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St. James Church To Host Sale January 16, 2019

St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 25 N. Adams St., York, will host a sale on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be books, puzzles, baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, and lunch items for sale.


Hopewell UMC Packs Meals January 16, 2019

Members of Hopewell United Methodist Church (UMC), 852 Hopewell Road, Downingtown, recently took part in an effort to feed those across the world suffering from hunger.

Proceeds from the Hopewell UMC congregation and Hopewell vacation Bible school raised more than $6,765 in order to pack 23,328 meals for those in need around the world through Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now), an international relief effort that apportions food and aid to impoverished countries.

More than 100 volunteers of all ages helped to pack the meals within a two-hour time frame.

Greg, one of event's organizers, shared his story of how hunger impacted his childhood and why he gives his time to Rise Against Hunger.

For more information about the church, readers may visit


Centennial Church Posts Schedule January 16, 2019

Centennial Lutheran Church, 1330 Hares Hill Road, Kimberton, has posted its schedule of activities.

On Sunday, Jan. 27, there will be a worship service at 9:30 a.m. The service will include a message by pastor Jerry Tancredi and the celebration of Holy Communion. The annual congregational meeting will be held following the worship service. and a celebration luncheon will follow the meeting.

On Sunday, Feb. 3, all adults are welcome to join in for a new eight-part series during the Education Hour at 10:45 a.m., following the worship service. The series will review the book "Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again" by Rachel Held Evans. Participants may contact the church office to obtain a book.

All are invited to Scout Sunday on Feb. 10, when several of the Scouts from the church community will participate in the worship service.

Information about church events is available at or by emailing


Day Of Prayer Service Planned January 11, 2019

Women from the Warwick Association of Church Women met recently to plan the annual Lititz Day of Prayer Service, set for Friday, March 1. The service will start at 7 p.m., with music beginning at 6:30 p.m. The group voted that the host church will be Lititz Trinity, located at South Cedar and East Orange streets, Lititz.

The Lititz Moravian Trombone Choir and St. James Folk Group will be invited to provide the prelude music. Additionally, the group voted to have pastor Ryan Taylor as the featured speaker. He is the associate pastor at Trinity. The women on the committee are planning to have light refreshments following the service, as well as a time of fellowship.

Posters will be placed throughout the community to announce the event.


ValleyView Alliance Plans Chili Cook-off, Silent Auction January 10, 2019

The SURGE Student Ministry at ValleyView Alliance Church, 200 Alliance Ave., York, will host a chili cook-off and silent auction on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 11:45 a.m. Admission is free.

The chili cook-off continues a tradition that began in 2013. Youth pastor James O'Handly and SURGE students and leaders are excited to host this friendly, family cooking competition and see whose chili can claim the title of ValleyView's Best Chili 2019. Attendees will be able to vote for their favorite chili, with a winner being announced at the end of the event. In addition to several types of chili, a variety of desserts and beverages will be available for people to enjoy.

"This is an event that allows our church family to show off their culinary skills and share it with others," says O'Handly. "It is our hope that those in Hellam and surrounding communities would join us for an afternoon of good food and friendly competition."

Silent auction items have been donated by York Revolution, local restaurants, attractions, and more.

The event will serve as a fundraiser for the nine SURGE students and four leaders who will be attending the Christian and Missionary Alliance's triennial conference, LIFE, in July in Orlando. The LIFE Conference is designed for high school students ages 13 to 19.

This year's conference theme will be "Awaken: Awaken to life in and with Jesus." LIFE Conference is a gathering of the next-generation Alliance family that wants to experience God and expand His kingdom locally and globally. LIFE Conference seeks to glorify God in worship, word, and community; expose God's heart for the lost; introduce Jesus Christ into the whole life of each student; and inspire students to join the global Alliance family.

For more information or to inquire about contributing a pot of chili or a silent auction item for the event, readers may contact Crystal Bolton at 717-755-0193 or


Atglen Church Reopens For Sunday Worship January 9, 2019

After being closed for several months last summer, congregation members at Atglen Missionary Baptist Church have announced that the church has reopened. The church, located at Main and Dallas streets in Atglen, is now holding Sunday services at 11 a.m. The worship leader is the Rev. Joe Newsome.

According to church member Dora Yates of East Fallowfield, the historic church was built in 1858. "The church was started by Hephzibah Baptist Church in the 1800s as Glen Run Baptist Church," she explained. "In 1858, they vacated the church where Glen Run Cemetery is located and built the present building in the town of Atglen."

The vacated church building at Glen Run slowly deteriorated and was later taken down. A chapel was built at the entrance to the cemetery in 1890. The chapel is still used for funeral services and special events.

After a series of pastors through the years, Atglen Missionary Baptist Church's most recent leader was the Rev. Charles Montgomery, who served at the church until June of 2018. "The membership had dwindled, and the church (closed its doors) in June," said Yates. "On Nov. 4, we began meeting again."

She noted that church member Carson Arnold spearheaded the effort to reopen the church. "He went to Nottingham Missionary Baptist Church to ask (pastor) Michael Moore if there was a way to reopen the church," Yates related. "They were very instrumental in helping their sister church. Michael Moore sought out Joe Newsome, an evangelist and supply pastor, to help us out until a permanent pastor can be found. The Rev. Newsome is not the permanent pastor, but he is willing to stay as long as we need him."

Yates said that the current church congregation is composed of new members and those who attended the church prior to its closing, including her and her husband, Ernest. "We attended there years and years ago, so we have come back to help," she said.

With the exception of stained-glass windows that were added in the 1970s, the church building has remained unchanged since it was built. "It's a beautiful building," Yates said. "Back in the 1970s and '80s a lot of maintenance work was done on the building and the stained-glass windows were put into place. They were just frosted windows before that."

All are welcome to attend the 11 a.m. services, which feature music, Scripture readings and prayer. "We have an organ and a piano but no one to play them, so everything is a cappella," Yates said. "We open with song, then we have prayer and an offering. Pastor Joe then brings the sermon. His sermon is based on the Scripture we read that day."

She said future plans call for the church to have a choir and possibly add more services. "As the church grows, we will open early for Sunday school and have mid-week services and Sunday night services," she said, adding, "Pastor Joe announced that on April 10 through 14 we will have a five-day revival meeting with special singing each night and concluding on April 14 with Communion (at the Sunday service)."

For more information, readers may search for "Atglen Missionary Baptist Church" on Facebook.


Yoga Classes January 9, 2019

Hayshire United Church of Christ, 100 Haybrook Drive, York, will offer yoga classes on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. The classes are open to everyone.

There is a cost per class. For more details, readers may call the church at 717-848-4007.


Church Plans Blood Drive January 9, 2019

St. Peter's United Church of Christ, 1193 Clover Mill Road, Chester Springs, will hold its semiannual Red Cross blood drive on Monday, Jan. 28, from 2 to 7 p.m. Appointments are available, but drop-ins will also be welcome.

To schedule an appointment, readers may call Annamae at 610-608-8005 or 610-827-7645.

A link to register for the blood drive is also available by searching for "St. Peter's Pikeland United Church of Christ" on Facebook.


Cowboy Church Plans Service January 9, 2019

Silver Spurs Cowboy Church will be held on Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Lewis Family Farm (Mason-Dixon Game Outfitters), 2200 Channel Road, Pylesville, Md. The praise and worship service will begin at 1 p.m. and be led by Brad Rineholt, an ordained Cowboys for Christ chaplain.

There will be singing and preaching, as well as a potluck dinner after the service. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share during this time of fellowship.


Centennial Sets Schedule January 9, 2019

Centennial Lutheran Church, 1330 Hares Hill Road, Kimberton, will host a worship service at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20. Pastor Jerry Tancredi will give the sermon, and Communion will be observed.

On Sunday, Jan. 27, the annual congregational meeting will be held following the 9:30 a.m. worship service. A celebration luncheon will follow the meeting.

On Sunday, Feb. 3, all adults are welcome to attend the first session in a new, eight-part series during the Education Hour at 10:45 a.m., following the worship service. The series will review the book "Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again" by Rachel Held Evans.

All are invited to Scout Sunday on Feb. 10, when several of the Scouts from the church community will participate in the worship service.

Information about church events can be found at or by emailing


MGCB Will Offer Financial Peace University January 8, 2019

At the beginning of summer 2006, Jim and Sharon Godfrey were in a good situation regarding their finances. They had five figures in savings and decided it was time to take care of some home repairs. Then, it seemed like everything that could go wrong did. At the start of autumn, the couple realized they had neglected to reserve funds to pay their union dues, then one child hit a deer with their car, and two weeks later, the second child hit a deer with their car.

"We found ourselves living paycheck to paycheck," Jim recalled.

The pain of the Godfreys' mistakes with money made Dave Ramsey's financial principles look attractive, and after listening to Ramsey's talk show on satellite radio, the couple decided to put those principles into practice. In a decade, the couple had paid off four auto loans and a mortgage, and they retired early.

"(Debt) feels like a monster is after you," Mary Etta Reinhart mused, adding that there is hope. "You can get out of debt."

Jim and Mary Etta are the co-coordinators of the upcoming session of Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University, which Mechanic Grove Church of the Brethren (MGCB) will host on Mondays from Jan. 28 to March 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jim is a former technology education teacher, and he will lead the classes, sharing plenty of anecdotes from his own experiences. Each session will also involve watching a DVD of instruction given by Ramsey. Attendees will learn about budgeting, saving, eliminating debt, and investing.

"The class is interesting, and Jim is a good teacher," Mary Etta commented. "The strength of the class is in the interaction. You can come to class, share your struggles and successes, and bounce ideas off each other."

"When you're finally out of debt, (the program) gives you permission to spend, and it gives you financial peace," Jim added. "Those are two words that don't typically go together: 'financial' and 'peace.'"

While the series will be offered at a Christian church, folks of all religious backgrounds are welcome to attend. Jim described the program as "not heavily faith-based," but Ramsey does occasionally refer to biblical ideals. "Until I listened to (Ramsey), I didn't realize how much the Bible talks about finances," Jim remarked.

Child care will be offered at no charge for youngsters up to age 12 by members of MGCB's children's outreach ministry. Jim and Mary Etta are excited to be able to offer child care because it removes a barrier to participation.

"Parents sometimes say, 'We would love to attend, but we don't have child care,'" Mary Etta said.

"If they're trying to get out of debt, spending (additional) money on child care is kind of (counterproductive)," Jim pointed out.

A free preview will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21. During the session, attendees will watch introductory videos, pick up class materials, and ask questions of Jim and Mary Etta. Child care will be provided.

A limited amount of materials will be available at a discount, and they will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Folks may register for the class, purchase discounted materials, or learn more about the program by calling Mary Etta at 717-786-4323 or Jim at 717-687-0237.


Elizabethtown Mennonite Plans Pizza Baking Contest January 4, 2019

As work on the renovations and addition to Elizabethtown Mennonite Church were well underway in 2018, the board members realized that the budget no longer allowed for the immediate inclusion of volleyball nets and basketball hoops in the new multipurpose gymnasium. "All I was looking forward to was the basketball hoop and volleyball net," recalled 13-year-old Colin Miller with a smile.

Colin, who attends Elizabethtown Mennonite Church with his family, mentioned his disappointment to pastor Conrad Kanagy when they were both volunteering during a community-wide service day in July. The two talked about potential solutions and came up with the idea for a pizza baking contest fundraiser based on their common love for making - and eating - pizza. "I said, 'Why don't we propose it to the board as a fundraiser?' and Colin took off with it," Kanagy shared. After Colin's slideshow presentation and explanation of the idea, the board members agreed it was a great suggestion and planning for the event began.

The pizza baking contest fundraiser is set to take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, in the new multipurpose gymnasium at Elizabethtown Mennonite Church, 300 S. Spruce St., Elizabethtown. Community members are invited to attend and may make reservations by calling 717-682-1907 or 717-669-0074. Admission is by donation, and proceeds will go toward purchasing sports equipment. Any additional funds raised will be put toward the building fund.

Ten groups will be baking pizza, and attendees will have the chance to sample all 10 pizza entries. A full salad bar and beverages will also be available. People will be able to vote for their favorite pizza for the People's Choice winner. Colin also reached out to Sal Bellia, owner of Sal's Pizza in Elizabethtown, to serve as a local celebrity judge for the contest. Bellia was happy to help out. He will be judging pizzas based primarily on taste, as well as on shape and appearance. Employees from Scenic Ridge Construction, the company that completed the work on the church, will also serve as judges.

Winning pizzas will be auctioned off for folks to purchase once the sampling and voting have ended.

"This facility was always intended to be used by the community, and we feel that we're here to serve the community. This (pizza baking contest) is a good fit with that," Kanagy stated.

In the near future, free weekly workouts for men will be offered in the gymnasium by two church members with personal training and weightlifting experience. Kanagy said that, once finalized, the details on that will be posted on the church sign.

Groundbreaking for the addition to Elizabethtown Mennonite Church took place on May 12, 2018. Renovations were also made to the interior of the building. The sanctuary now has seating capacity for 213 people, and the wooden benches were replaced with chairs. Rain delayed construction somewhat, but Kanagy said the majority of the work has been completed at this point. An official dedication service for the new space will take place on Sunday, Jan. 27.

Kanagy and his wife, Heidi, who serves as the minister of care, are thankful for how supportive Elizabethtown Borough has been of the project as well as for how the congregation took initiative with the entire process. "We have had excellent leadership from within the congregation," said Kanagy. "We really felt like God's spirit has led and directed all of this, and we're really grateful."

Elizabethtown Mennonite Church offers weekly Sunday services with classes for people of all ages at 9 a.m. and worship at 10 a.m. All are welcome. To learn more about the church, readers may visit


Church To Hold Service January 3, 2019

The Grace Campus of Millersville Community United Methodist Church, 163 W. Frederick St., Millersville, will host its monthly service of peace, hope, and healing in the sanctuary on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. Pastor Bruce Heydt will share a message titled "Relating With God," based on II Chronicles 7:13-15.

The service will include personal and community prayers, songs, Holy Communion, healing prayers and, if desired, anointing and laying on of hands.


Church Sets Sermon Series January 2, 2019

Grace Covenant Church, 444 Creamery Way, Exton, has posted its current sermon series, "No Condemnation."

The seven-week teaching series, based on Romans 8, began on Jan. 6 and will continue on Sundays during 9:30 a.m. worship services. The public is welcome to attend.

The church is located located in the Oaklands Corporate Center. For more information, readers may visit


Centennial Sets Schedule January 2, 2019

Centennial Lutheran Church, 1330 Hares Hill Road, Kimberton, will host a worship service at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13, to celebrate the baptism of Jesus. Pastor Jerry Tancredi will give the sermon, and Communion will be observed.

On Sunday, Jan. 27, the annual congregational meeting will be held following the 9:30 a.m. worship service. A celebration luncheon will follow the meeting.

Information about church events can be found at or by emailing


Nuts 'n' Bolts Of Consignment To Return December 27, 2018

Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church has slated the fourth annual Nuts 'n' Bolts Of Consignment. This fundraising consignment sale, set for Saturday, Jan. 12, was originally targeted at male sellers and shoppers.

"I thought, 'We have all these yard sales and stuff women come to, wouldn't it be interesting to have a sale that would attract men?'" event organizer Boni Henry recalled. "People look for it now and are hoping to come back."

Tools, sporting goods, gardening items, construction materials, fishing and hunting gear, and crafts will be of interest to all shoppers. Those items and much more will be available at the Nuts 'n' Bolts Of Consignment event. The sale has expanded so that it includes an even wider variety of items such as antiques, furniture, landscaping, vintage jewelry and more. Some of the items that have appeared at previous sales included cornhole games, fishing rods, duck decoys, and Amish-made items. As with any sale of this type, no one can predict what specific treasures might be found at the upcoming event.

"We get a lot of different things," Henry said. "It seems like it's kind of morphed where some women come and bring things they want to sell too."

Te event will run from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the church social hall, with free coffee and snacks for shoppers. This year there will be a special "Mystery Tool or Antique." Those who attend will have the opportunity to guess what it is. Correct entries will be given a prize.

Consigners, who will retain 80 percent of the sale price, are still being sought. Anyone with items to sell should contact Henry to ensure a space will be available. She may be reached at 717-808-4534 or Readers may also call the church office at 717-786-3402.

Items should be tagged with prices and delivered to the church in the evening on Friday, Jan. 11. Sellers do not have to attend the sale. Unsold items must be picked up in the afternoon following the sale on Jan. 12.

Proceeds from this event will go to the church's mission team, with a goal of $500 in mind for this event. Henry described the church as mission-minded with projects and support assisting areas in this country and around the world. "We've been going to Peru every year for a long time. We have other mission projects too," she said.

In Peru, the church efforts have centered on the village of Tamshiyacu. "Our main project for many years was to try to get some clean water going," Henry said. "Now we concentrate more on medical issues. They have issues with malaria, parasites and tuberculosis - we take them medical supplies. Every year when we go, we have some sort of project we work on."

Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church is located at 1199 Valley Road, Quarryville. The Nuts 'n' Bolts Of Consignment event will be held indoors, but in the case of dangerous weather, there is a snow date of Saturday, Jan. 26. Notice of postponement as well as more information on the sale can be found at


Women's Bible Study Announces New Series December 27, 2018

Change of Pace South (COPS), a community women's Bible study supported by the Friendship Foundation, will begin its winter session on Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Providence Church, 269 Cinder Road, New Providence. Breakfast refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall prior to a time of worship and music in the church sanctuary. Four courses of study will be offered this session, including "God of Creation," "Hoping for Something Better," "Psalm 23: The Shepherd With Me," and "Jesus Among Secular Gods."

"God of Creation: A Study of Genesis" by Jen Wilkin is a DVD-based study with a workbook that addresses deep questions: Where did everything come from? Why is the world so broken, and how can that brokenness be made right? The in-depth study of the first 11 chapters in Genesis will reveal a transcendent God and will aim to shape participants' understanding of the Bible as a whole. The course will meet for a total of 13 weeks.

The study of "Hoping for Something Better" by Nancy Guthrie will also meet for 13 weeks. According to Hebrews 11:40, God has something better planned for His children. The book of Hebrews was written to people who lived with disappointments and doubts and needed to see clearly what makes Jesus worthy of worship and pursuit. The thorough and practical book study of Hebrews aims to direct hope to Jesus.

"Psalm 23: The Shepherd With Me" is a seven-week DVD-based study by Jennifer Rothschild that points women to the powerful tenets contained in the familiar Psalm, including that God is the Good Shepherd who provides the protection, comfort, guidance, rest, and companionship many women long to have. The study includes a workbook with daily personal assignments.

The second seven-week study option will be "Jesus Among Secular Gods" by Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale. Through DVD and workbook lessons, the study aims to prepare participants to defend the hope of Christ against the cultural philosophies that are prevalent today, such as atheism, scientism, hedonism, relativism, pluralism, and humanism. A conversational approach will be encouraged in learning about these views and sharing the claims of Christ with others.

The two seven-week studies will be followed by a six-week study of "Finding I AM: How Jesus Fully Satisfies the Cry of Your Heart" by Lysa TerKeurst.

In addition to the Bible studies, a prayer group will be available for women to attend at any time. COPS is interdenominational and welcomes women from all generations, churches, backgrounds, and experiences. The group will meet regularly on Wednesday mornings for a total of 13 weeks throughout the winter and spring unless inclement weather would prompt a cancellation. Weather closings will be posted at

Women are encouraged to preregister at the group's website. Registration may also be done in person on Jan. 16. During each meeting, children will be supervised by dedicated child care workers who strive to provide a loving nursery for infants and toddlers as well as a program for 2- to 6-year-olds to learn Bible lessons enriched with related crafts, songs, games, and activities. Supervision is also provided for homeschooled children.

There is no fee to attend COPS, but there is a cost for study materials. A freewill offering will be accepted each week to cover child care expenses. For more information, women may view the website or call Jennifer Hatch at 717-548-2962.


Sexton Will Visit Church December 26, 2018

Red Lion Zion United Methodist Church, 1155 Felton Road, Red Lion, will host a special visit from musician Carol Sexton, who is blind. Sexton will visit the church on Sunday, Jan. 27, during the church's spiritual growth time at 10:15 a.m.

A resident of Malvern, Sexton plays the piano and performs Southern gospel music. Her resume includes performing at the Capitol Theatre in Chambersburg for five years and at the Roy Clarke Jam Session in Branson, Mo., as well as sharing her talents in retirement communities, nursing homes, senior centers, and churches.

The event is free and open to the public. For more details, readers may visit or contact Joan Alley at 717-244-2585 or


Praise And Worship Service Slated December 24, 2018

Silver Spurs Cowboy Church will celebrate the arrival of 2019 on Sunday, Jan. 6, at the Lewis Family Farm (Mason-Dixon Game Outfitters) at 2200 Channel Road, Pylesville, Md. The praise and worship service will begin at 1 p.m., and it will be led by Brad Rineholt, an ordained Cowboys for Christ chaplain.

Attendees will sing, listen to a message, and observe the sacrament of Communion. There will be a potluck dinner after the service, so attendees may bring a dish to share during this time of fellowship.


Church Plans Anniversary Events December 20, 2018

St. Paul's United Church of Christ (UCC), 50 N. Main St., Manheim, will celebrate its 250th anniversary in 2019. The public is invited to the events.

The celebration will kick off on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. Bev Geib and founding members of the contemporary worship team will perform Geib's original song, "Making a Difference Through the Love of Christ," based on St. Paul's mission, during the worship service at 9:30 a.m. A brunch, complete with birthday cake, will follow the worship service.

Other events throughout 2019 will include a special presentation by Piercing Word, a brief history of St. Paul's UCC by historian Burt Savitz, graveyard tours, and a final celebration.

For more information, visit or contact the church office at 717-665-2447 or

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