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Rissers Mennonite To Host Community Picnic July 18, 2018

Rissers Mennonite Church, 8360 Elizabethtown Road, Elizabethtown, will host its annual community picnic on Saturday, July 28. The entire event is free, and registration is not required.

Festivities are slated to begin at 5 p.m. with activities for children and adults. Children's activities will include a barrel train ride, bunnies to pet, a candy scramble, a bounce house, and an activity table with shelled corn and toy tractors and buckets to play with.

A variety of lawn games, including bocce ball, laddergolf, and cornhole will be set up to play, and a campfire will be blazing so that guests may roast marshmallows and make s'mores. Freshly spun cotton candy from a machine will also be available.

A barbecue chicken dinner will begin at 6 p.m. In addition to the main course, church members will provide hot dogs and an assortment of side dishes. Attendees are welcome to bring a snack item to share if they would like, but it is not required.

The main entertainment for the evening will be an outdoor movie showing of "I Can Only Imagine" at dusk. Folks may bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on. "I Can Only Imagine" was released in March and is based on the story behind the MercyMe song of the same name. J. Michael Finley stars as Bart Millard, the band's lead singer, who wrote the song about his relationship with his father, who is portrayed in the movie by Dennis Quaid.

Younger children are welcome to watch a VeggieTales movie inside the church, where free child care will be provided during the movie showing.

According to pastor Daryl Heistand, the community picnic is a tradition that began in 2008 and has been growing ever since. "It's a way we can bless the community and get to know people," Heistand said.

Rissers Mennonite Church offers worship services each Sunday at 10 a.m., with Sunday school for people of all ages at 9 a.m. All are welcome. For more information, readers may call 717-653-4549.


Prayer Vigil Held July 18, 2018

A prayer vigil was held on the lawn of Trinity Lutheran Church in New Holland on July 2. More than 50 people attended to pray, sing, and hear stories of immigration.

The vigil was organized by pastors Charles Oberkehr, Trinity Lutheran Church, and Dawn Ranck Hower, New Holland Mennonite Church. It began with a welcome by Oberkehr. Two local clergy also shared, including Elaine Miller Bortman of Ranck's United Methodist and Ranck Hower, whose message was translated into Spanish. Members from New Holland Mennonite sang "How Can We Be Silent?" Two local women, Jen Morales and Wanda Gonzalez-Bortzel, shared as well.

Candles were lit, and Patricia Heisse offered a prayer in Spanish. Overkehr then led the participants in a responsive reading. The evening concluded with Chuck Hagan leading "We Shall Overcome," as well as with a time of prayer.


Global Fair Held July 18, 2018

Eastern Mennonite Missions' (EMM's) 23rd annual Global Fair took place on July 7 at the Hans Herr House in Willow Street. It is estimated that more than 1,500 attendees experienced more than 20 different countries and cultures.

In addition to the usual mix of food stands held by local cultural groups and booths held by EMM international workers, Global Fair featured several new components this year, including a demonstration of traditional Korean dance by Moon Jung Kang.

EMM also hosted free children's activities, while several EMM workers hosted their own children's activities. Glenna Sollenberger played a wooden recorder and sang Psalm 121 in the Quechua language.


Color My Dreams 5K To Support Hands Across The Street July 18, 2018

Hands Across the Street serves people in Columbia and the surrounding areas in more ways than one, and Deb Bixler is hopeful that the inaugural Color My Dreams 5K will help to make the community aware of the breadth and depth of the organization's outreach efforts. Hands Across the Street is based at Columbia Presbyterian Church and offers free community meals, a Summer Food Service Program for children, Fourth Street Cafe events, a clothing bank, a winter shelter, and a comprehensive transitional living program.

"There are a lot of people in need, and sometimes we live in our own bubble or we reach out to faraway places instead of right here (in our community), and there are needs right here," remarked Bixler, who is organizing the 5K together with her family and other volunteers. All proceeds from the event will support Hands Across the Street.

The Color My Dreams 5K is set to take place on Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Chickies Creek Day Use Area, 1467 Long Lane, Columbia. People of all ages are invited to run or walk the course, which will follow a loop on Long Lane and through open fields and trails. The race will step off at 10 a.m. Five color stations will be situated at various points along the route, and organizer Eric Price noted that eco-friendly, biodegradable powder will be used for the color materials that will douse participants. Volunteers, including local student cheerleaders, will be on hand to provide plenty of crowd support for participants.

To register in advance, interested individuals may visit Separate prices have been set for adults and for children age 13 and under. The deadline to be guaranteed a race T-shirt is Monday, July 30, but folks may continue to register after that date and on the day of the event. Event-day registration and check-in will be open from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Participants will also receive breakfast during that time.

Several local food trucks will have items available to purchase during and after the race, including savory and sweet stuffed waffles, ribs, wings, ice cream, milkshakes, and more. A local disc jockey will be spinning tunes as well. Yard games will be set up to enjoy, and children may also play on the park's playground. "It's a family-type event," said Bixler, noting that folks who may not be interested in running or walking in the 5K are still more than welcome to attend the event and support Hands Across the Street.

"It's definitely community-driven. We're just trying to educate people in the local area and across all of Lancaster County about what Hands Across the Street does," Price said.

According to, 87 percent of students residing in Columbia Borough qualify for free or reduced lunches at school. During the summer months, Hands Across the Street steps in to meet that need. Hands Across the Street's Summer Food Service Program offers free meals to youths under age 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays through Aug. 17 at eight locations in Columbia and Wrightsville. A full list of those locations is available at In 2017, the Summer Food Service Program served more than 8,000 meals to local children.

For more details on the Color My Dreams 5K, readers may visit or call Price at 813-215-7801 or Bixler at 717-615-2934. Volunteers are also needed for race day and may contact Price or Bixler to sign up to assist.


150 Years Of Ebenezer July 18, 2018

Church Plans Anniversary Celebration

The congregation of Ebenezer Baptist Church, 2100 Fishing Creek Road, Wrightsville, will host a 150th anniversary celebration on Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29. The public is invited to attend the event, which will commemorate and look back on the history of the building since it was constructed in 1868.

According to pastor Mark Fillmore, the building originally housed the congregation of the Ebenezer Evangelical United Brethren Church for 100 years. The structure was remodeled in 1904, and the basement was dug out in the 1960s, with bathrooms and Sunday school rooms being added to the newly finished basement layout as well. A striking stone memorial in the front of the church bears the names of dozens of local individuals who were killed while serving in World Wars I and II, but it is unknown exactly what date that was put in place.

In 1968, the site became the meeting place for Ebenezer United Methodist Church for the next 35 years. At that point it was sold to new owners and was vacant for two years before Mark and his wife, Ruth Ann, began renting the space in 2005 for the Ebenezer Baptist congregation. Keeping Ebenezer in the name seemed like the right choice to the Fillmores, given its rich history and the fact that most local residents know the white brick building that overlooks the Susquehanna River simply as Ebenezer.

"We didn't change much when we moved in," said Mark, who had previously led a small Baptist church in Columbia before moving that congregation to the Ebenezer building in Wrightsville. Mark began preaching at age 32 and received training at Soul's Haven Baptist Temple in Loganville, where he was also ordained by the pastor. "It's just God's calling on my life. I can't do anything else and be satisfied," reflected Mark. "That's where our true joy is - in the Lord. We see the material world and people aren't really satisfied with that. Of course, the older you get, you realize there's more to life than the material world."

Mark and Ruth Ann are hoping to get the word out to individuals who have attended Ebenezer at any point in its history about the celebration, and they would like to welcome as many members of the community as possible to join in the event.

The festivities will kick off at 5 p.m. on July 28 with special music and an old-fashioned gospel sing, followed by a time of fellowship and refreshments.

Sunday school will begin at 10 a.m. on July 29, with a special worship service at 11 a.m. Guest musicians and old-fashioned preaching by Mark will be the focus of the time, and dinner will be served on the church grounds immediately following the service. The menu will stick to an old-fashioned theme as well, hearkening to the foods that would have been served at church picnics in the late 1800s. Chicken pie, pickled eggs, dill pickles, and sugar cakes and other old-fashioned desserts and pies are just a few of the items that church members will prepare for the meal.

Additionally, the bell tower, which Mark said was closed 30 years ago, will be opened up again for the church bells to be rung in honor of the anniversary celebration on July 29.

For more information, readers may call 717-586-6117.


Congregation Recreates 1868 Service July 18, 2018

As part of yearlong celebration of its 150th anniversary, Episcopal Church of the Trinity in Coatesville offered a special Civil War-era liturgy in the tradition of 1868, the year the church was founded.

"Welcome to 1868 and pretend that I'm not a woman," said the Rev. Sherry Deets, rector, when greeting congregation members and guests during the special Sunday service held on July 15. In honor of the event, Deets and congregation members were dressed in period attire.

Deets pointed out that the service followed the 1868 Book of Common Prayer and used songs and the language from that time period. "The service is a little different than what we're used to," she stated. "The language is very penitential. Enjoy the chance to learn what they did back in 1868."

Later, Deets also explained that the order of the service was slightly different. "Even though we did a recessional (today), there was no processional and recessional back then and less music," she said. "We sang 'Gloria in Excelsis' at the end. (In the modern service) that would normally be done at the beginning.

"It was also less participatory," she added, noting that she appreciates that the church's modern-day services are interactive.

Anniversary committee chair Joe Kirkner praised the congregation for dressing in Civil War-era garb. "This is typical of our congregation. If you ask them to do something, they will," he stated. He also recognized special guests in attendance, including pastor Emerson Cottrell from St. Paul's African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Coatesville. "He is in the church building that used to be our Episcopal church," noted Kirkner.

Also, in attendance was Mike Lemodetis, who portrayed the Hon. John Geary, 16th governor of Pennsylvania, who was in office during 1868.

The sermon was delivered by the Rev. Joan Wylie, deacon. "There were very few deacons in those days, and if there were a deacon, it most certainly would not have been a woman," she noted.

Following the service, a special luncheon featured food that would have been served during the time, including ham salad and cucumber sandwiches and cherry strudel. Mark Rimple provided lute music during the reception.

Additional anniversary events are being planned at the church this fall.

Historical displays will be exhibited in the church's Stone Hall from Monday, Sept. 24, through Friday, Oct. 12. Displays will depict the history of Coatesville, the church and the surrounding area.

On Thursday, Sept. 27, guest speaker Ross Kersey will present "The History of Coatesville." Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. with light fare provided, and the presentation will begin at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 30, at 4 p.m., Eugene DiOrio, history adviser for the Graystone Society, will present a program about the history of the church. A reception will follow. On Friday, Oct. 5, the Coatesville Area Senior High School gospel choir will perform in the sanctuary, followed by a reception.

The celebration will culminate on Saturday, Oct. 6, with an anniversary dinner at the Coatesville Moose Lodge and on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 9:30 a.m. with an anniversary celebration worship service officiated by the church's bishop, the Rt. Rev. Daniel G. P. Gutierrez.

In November, the church will install a time capsule with artifacts from the 150th anniversary celebration to be opened in 2118.

The first Sunday service of the Episcopal Church of the Trinity was held in Coatesville on Oct. 4, 1868, led by the Rev. George G. Field, who was the first rector of the new parish.

Episcopal Church of the Trinity is located at 323 E. Lincoln Highway, Coatesville. For more information on the anniversary events, readers may visit


Centennial Church Posts Schedule July 18, 2018

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

On Sunday, July 29, 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.

During the education hour on July 29 and Sunday, Aug. 26, participants will discuss the forthcoming ELCA social statement on "Women and Social Justice." Feedback from the discussion will be forwarded to ELCA as it prepares its formal statement on the subject.

Information about church events is available at or by emailing


Church Will Welcome New Senior Pastor July 18, 2018

Immanuel Evangelical Free Church, 1140 Witmer Road, York, will welcome pastor Sean Rajnic and his family on Sunday, July 29, at 10:30 a.m. After the morning worship service, the church will hold a cookout. The welcome events are open to the community. Rajnic began serving as the church's senior pastor on July 23.

Rajnic has 14 years of experience as a pastor. He received a Bachelor of Science in music from Penn State University, graduated with honors from Denver Seminary, and became licensed as a professional counselor. His experience includes leading a contemporary worship team, directing worship bands and choirs, and leading large-scale worship events featuring bands, dancing and special effects. He has also worked with team-based prayer and caring ministries, developed an adult discipleship plan in spiritual growth, developed curricula and communication tools, and led small group ministries. He also provides Christian counseling for couples and individuals in his private counseling practice. Rajnic is the husband of Beryl, and their daughters are Aria and Aliya.

For more information about the church, readers may call 717-755-2413 or visit or


Centennial Church Posts Schedule July 17, 2018

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

On Sunday, July 22, 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. All are welcome to join Tancredi during education hour at 10:45 a.m. for a discussion of the Scripture readings.

During the education hour on Sundays, July 29 and Aug. 26, participants will discuss the forthcoming ELCA social statement on "Women and Social Justice." Feedback from the discussion will be forwarded to the ELCA as it prepares its formal statement on the subject.

Information about the church is available at or by emailing


Church Posts Visitors Sunday July 12, 2018

Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, 310 Pilottown Road, Peach Bottom, will hold Visitors Sunday on July 22 at 11 a.m. Members of the public is invited to visit the church.

Lunch will be available to everyone after the service.


Reminiscent Of Yesteryear July 11, 2018

Ruhl's UMC To Host Community Picnic

It is a summer tradition that cannot be missed, an event that neighbors and members of Ruhl's United Methodist Church (UMC) mentally mark on their calendars and plan vacations around to be sure not to miss the fun: the annual community picnic. This year's event is set to take place on Saturday, July 21, at the Ruhl's UMC picnic grove, 2766 Newport Road, Manheim. All are welcome, and admission is free.

Church members will begin selling the locally famous homemade chicken corn soup by the quart at 9 a.m. Folks are asked to bring their own containers to transport the soup. Soup will also be available to purchase by the bowl throughout the day. "It's our traditional recipe passed on from way back," said organizer Gail Ruhl. "This is the only time of the year that we make that recipe. It's the old-fashioned version with handmade rivels, and it's made in big vats and cooks for a long time so it tastes really good."

Lunch will be available for purchase beginning at 11 a.m., and the kitchen will remain open until 8 p.m. Options will include hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, sausages, fresh watermelon, homemade baked goods, and hand-dipped ice cream.

A children's tent with activities and prizes will open at approximately 11 a.m. A bounce house and barrel train rides - all at no cost - will also be part of the festivities. Volleyball courts and a playground will also be open for use.

The Unforgettable Big Band will return for the fourth consecutive year to perform a selection of big band and swing music from 5 to 8 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the show. Cake walks, which will be free and open to people of all ages, will also take place during the evening concert.

Gail said that while the picnic was traditionally used to help raise funds for Sunday school initiatives at the church, in recent years proceeds from food sales have been used to maintain the picnic grove, and that will continue this year.

In addition to the annual community picnic, the grove is the site of a week of evening services each summer. The Grove Services will be held at 7 p.m. each evening from Sunday, July 22 through Friday, July 27. The speakers for each evening are as follows: the Rev. Larry Dunlap, the Rev. James Price, the Rev. Rick Rimert, the Rev. Tom Kinter, the Rev. Randy Leitzel, and the Rev. Blaine Wenger. The public is welcome to attend.

For more details, readers may call the church at 717-665-3400 or


Chapel To Host Groves July 5, 2018

Grace Chapel, 2535 Colebrook Road, Elizabethtown, will host the Rev. Timothy Groves of Time 2 Move Ministries on Friday, July 13, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 14, at 10 a.m.

Groves and his wife, Bethany, have been ministering for nearly three decades. They have served as pastors, mentors, camp speakers, teachers, evangelists, and more.

Pastor Mel Weaver invites readers to attend. More information can be found at or The church is located on Route 341, 4 miles east of Middletown and 2 miles west of Route 743.


Sunday School Class Enjoys Reptile Program July 5, 2018

Youngsters in Sunday school at Grace and Truth Fellowship in Morgantown, along with their family members, were recently treated to a visit by Jesse Rothacker from Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary, who combined a live animal show with humor and lessons from the Bible.

Rothacker brought many reptiles to the show, including snakes and turtles, and he often spoke with a live snake on his head or draped around his shoulders. His sense of humor was evident when he opened a box and said, "Well, there was supposed to be a snake in here," encouraging the audience to look under their chairs for the escaped critter, who hadn't really escaped at all.

"There are four families of reptiles - snakes, lizards, crocodilians and turtles," Rothacker said at the start of the program. "And you will meet all four today."

Rothacker displayed several varieties of snakes, including a corn snake and huge yellow boa constrictor. "If you see a snake, you should not try to pick it up," he told the children. "If you see a snake, (remember) it's not 'Stop, Drop and Roll.' It's 'Step Back, Jack.'"

Rothacker displayed the longest snake in Pennsylvania - a black rat snake. "This is a good snake to have in your yard," he said. "Rat snakes do not have venom. If you meet a rat snake, you are not in danger. The rat snakes like to eat thousands of rodents. They are an important part of the ecosystem."

He then showed the crowd a hognose snake. "They hiss as loudly as possible, like when you are getting a flat tire," said Rothacker. "If you get closer, they roll over on their back and (play dead). If you roll him right side up, he will roll back over to try to convince you that he is still dead."

Rothacker emphasized that all animals - including venomous snakes - were created by God and that every creature has a purpose. "I understand that lot of people are scared of venomous snakes, but they take out rodents and ticks and things that need to be under control," he said. "There is also some good that comes from venom. Of course, they make the anti-venom which is used when you get bit by a snake, but there are some medicines that are made from snake venom." He explained that venom is an ingredient that is used in the treatment of diseases such as cancer and glaucoma, as well as for pain management.

He concluded the presentation by bringing out a very large container and promising to show an American alligator. Although there was one inside, it was a very tiny young alligator. Rothacker compared the little creature to David in the Bible, who - despite being small of stature - was able to defeat Goliath and went on to become king.

"You can learn about God from His creation," Rothacker said. "When we look at these little alligators, it reminds me of what God does. When He wants to do something big, He doesn't always (choose) the biggest, strongest person - like King David in the Bible, who was one of the great kings in the Old Testament."

Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary is a reptile rescue and education group focused on educational outreach in the community and prevention of cruelty to animals. Rothacker and his rescued reptiles appear at more than 150 live events each year. They have appeared at the governor's mansion, for the U.S. Congress, with Jay Leno and in a variety of other settings. For more information about the sanctuary, readers may visit

Grace and Truth Fellowship, 201 Walnut St., Morgantown, offers Sunday school from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m., followed by the Sunday worship service 10:30 a.m. All are welcome.

For more information about the church, readers may call 610-241-7151 or search for "Grace and Truth Fellowship" on Facebook.


Monthly Craft Class Slated July 5, 2018

Mount Pisgah Trinity United Methodist Church, 5615 Mount Pisgah Road, York (Yorkana), will hold its monthly craft class on Thursday, July 19, at 1 p.m. This month the class will make fairy lanterns with a variety of items. Attendees will need a jar with a lid, such as a mayonnaise or pickle jar. Pints or quarts may be used.

To express interest in attending, readers are asked to call the church office at 717-252-4412 before Monday, July 16.


Church Slates Movie Night June 28, 2018

The Encounter Church, 221 N. Front St., Bainbridge, will show an outdoor movie in its parking lot on Friday, Aug. 17. The superhero movie will begin at dusk, rain or shine.

Admission is free, and free popcorn will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets.


New 5K Race Will Benefit Youth Organization June 27, 2018

Runners will have another option when it comes to stretching their legs and winning prizes this summer. A 5K race and fun run benefiting Solid Rock Youth Ministries will be held on the Enola Low Grade Trail on Saturday, Aug. 18.

Day-of registration will open at 7 a.m., and the 5K race will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Fairview Road Trailhead, 520 Fairview Road, New Providence. Runners and walkers will head east toward Atglen before turning around and concluding at the start. A water station will be set up at some point along the trail. Strollers are welcome, but pets will not be permitted.

Awards will be given to the top three women and top three men. Every registered participant will be entered in a door prize drawing. The trail will not be closed for the event, but only registered participants wearing race bibs will qualify for prizes.

The fun run will be open to children age 10 and younger. They will run a half-mile beginning at the trailhead, and their race will take place after the 5K concludes. Every registered young runner will receive a wristband.

Packet pickup will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, at Solid Rock's youth center, 34 E. State St., Quarryville. Tours of the facility will be available.

Planning for the new event has been spearheaded by Mary Price, who felt God's leading in the endeavor. She suggested the idea to Solid Rock Youth Ministries executive director Raeanne Nixon, who revealed that six months previous, she and board member Abbey White had kicked around and then rejected hosting a race because they did not feel qualified to plan it.

Incidentally, Price has never planned a 5K event, but she has participated in numerous races, and her brother has organized many. She also has an enthusiastic team surrounding her. Annamarie Dixon has helped to organize 5K races, and fellow team members Trey and Danielle Little and Matt and Megan Boulden have access to useful expertise, skills, and resources. Community members have also offered their support, and Price noted that Solanco cross-country coach Craig Ausel will lend his timing equipment for the race.

"The main purpose (of the race) is to raise awareness about Solid Rock," Price said, explaining that she was impacted by videos about the youth organization that were shown at her church. "It would have been a beneficial resource for my family (when I was in school)," she added.

During the school year, Solid Rock Youth Ministries offers after-school activities for students in kindergarten through ninth grade, and attendance each week averages about 70. Additionally, summer programs are available for students who will enter first through ninth grades this fall. The organization aims to provide a safe space for children and teenagers to grow in relationships with each other and with Jesus Christ. All activities are offered free of charge so that finances never cause a barrier to participation.

"That's why we're raising money," Dixon explained.

"It's neat to see how the Lord provides," Nixon added. She shared that the organization would like to expand its offerings to include programs for high school students, and that will necessitate additional funding. Solid Rock also recently hired Corey Alfonso full time as the program director. "As Solid Rock is growing, we had a need to hire additional staff members," Nixon said.

Folks who register by Tuesday, July 31, will be guaranteed an event T-shirt and will receive a discount on the entrance fee. Discounts for groups of five or more people are also available. Race and registration information, as well as sponsorship details and a list of this summer's programs, may be viewed at Registration forms may also be obtained at the youth center. Readers with questions may call Solid Rock at 717-786-8007.


Church Sets Movie Showing June 27, 2018

Dover Bethany United Methodist Church, 4510 Bull Road, Dover, will host a free showing of the movie "I Can Only Imagine" on Wednesday, July 11, in the church sanctuary. The movie is a story of forgiveness based on the life of singer and songwriter Bart Millard of MercyMe.

For more information, readers may contact the church at 717-292-2716.


Interfaith Dinner Set June 27, 2018

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA invites the community to the annual Interfaith Dinner during the occasion of the 70th annual Peace Convention (Jalsa Salana). The dinner, themed "Justice: The Foundation for Lasting Peace," will take place at the Pennsylvania Farm Show and Complex Center, 2300 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg, on Saturday, July 14, from 3:30 to 7 p.m.

Registration will be from 3:30 to 4 p.m. There will be a guest session from 4 to 5:30 p.m., followed by a guest dinner from 6 to 7 p.m.

Registration is requested by Monday, July 9. For more information, including how to register, readers may email or call 301-861-3939.


Centennial Church Posts Schedule June 26, 2018

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

On Sunday, July 8, 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. All are welcome to join Tancredi during education hour at 10:45 a.m. for a discussion of the Scripture readings.

On Sunday, July 15, the education hour topic will focus on the vision of the church's purpose, guiding principles, and strategic initiatives. On Sundays, July 29 and Aug. 26, the education hour topic will focus on the forthcoming Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) social statement on "Women and Social Justice." Feedback from these discussions will be forwarded to the ELCA as it prepares a formal statement on the issue.

Information about church is available at or by emailing


Cowboy Church Plans Service June 26, 2018

Silver Spurs Cowboy Church will be held on Sunday, July 8, at 3231 Warner Road, Brogue, in the barn, rain or shine.

The children's message will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the praise and worship service at 6 p.m. led by Brad Rineholt, an ordained Cowboys for Christ chaplain. The service will include music and Scripture. A potluck dinner, s'mores, and a campfire will follow the service. Attendees are invited to bring a dish to share.

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