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"Christmas At Salem" Will Offer Gifts Galore October 20, 2017

The children's gift tree will be absent from the 32nd annual Christmas at Salem holiday bazaar, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, at Salem United Church of Christ (UCC) of Rohrerstown, 2312 Marietta Ave., Lancaster. However, there will be plenty for youngsters to do to get into the spirit of Christmas.

"We will have (Santa's Workshop) - a room for kids to make crafts and decorate cookies," said pastor Laverne DiNino.

Youngsters might also be interested in the used books and DVDs that will be offered for sale.

Of course, there will be lots for adults as well. In addition to the reading materials and movies, there will be nearly 40 crafters and other vendors selling their wares. Items will include crocheted scarves and blankets, jewelry, handmade cards, pillows, wreaths, cheese boards and other wood crafts, fused glass, holiday ornaments, garden decor, Pokemon collectibles, and ceramics. Home-party sellers will offer women's clothing, handbags and totes, hair accessories, papercrafting supplies, and fragrance products. Boy Scout Troop 64, which Salem sponsors, will also have a booth at the bazaar, where Scouts will provide information about Wreaths Across America and accept donations.

A silent auction of select items will run concurrently with the bazaar. A Penn State-themed wreath, a knit shawl, a hand-painted slate, an appliqued wool tablemat, and a slate-roofed birdhouse will be among the items up for bids. Additionally, there will be opportunities to win a queen-size Amish-made quilt.

One aspect that the organizers consider unique to their event is the freshness of the baked goods. Pumpkin and mincemeat pies will be baked at the church the day before the bazaar, and sticky buns will still be coming out of the ovens when the doors open to the public.

"We have quite a following of people who come just for the food," remarked church member Eileen Shipe.

Church cooks will prepare gallons of vegetable beef soup, which may be purchased by the bowl or the quart. One man likes the soup so much that he tries to be first through the doors, large containers in hand, the organizers said.

Other hot foods and baked goods, including breads, cupcakes, brownies, cookies, and cakes, will be available. Church member Shirley Reitz noted that while it is not a baked item, fudge is one of the big sellers from that section of the bazaar.

Proceeds from the bazaar will be used for charitable purposes.

"We have been focusing on Disaster Relief, an organization the UCC supports," DiNino said. "But we tend to give locally. We provide money for emergency (home-heating) fuel. If there's a special project we're undertaking for the church, we'll usually give some there."

Ginny Deaner, who helped to begin the bazaar in 1985, noted that while the items offered at the bazaar have changed through the years from entirely handmade by church members to products crafted by others, the bazaar itself has not lost its purpose. "From the start, it was dedicated to helping others," Deaner said.

For more information about Christmas at Salem, readers may call the church at 717-397-0141.


Church To Celebrate The Reformation October 20, 2017

First Presbyterian Church, 7 Marietta Ave., Mount Joy, has been celebrating the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation. During worship services in October, members of the church have dressed as John Calvin, John Knox, and Ulrich Zwingli and each given a short presentation about his life.

On Sunday, Oct. 29, during the worship service at 11 a.m., Martin Luther will visit and tell about his life and his participation in the Reformation.

Everyone is invited to attend the service. Afterward, refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall, and there will be more information about the month's events and the lives of the men who have been portrayed.

For more information, readers may email or call 717-653-5888 and leave a message.


Church To Celebrate Reformation October 19, 2017

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 11 N. Queen St., Maytown, will mark the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran/Protestant Reformation on Sunday, Oct. 29.

A service at 10:30 a.m. will feature decorations, a visit from the Great Reformer, Communion using the 1771 pewter, and music provided by the choir, the praise band, a soloist, and a brass quartet from Manheim. Another highlight will be the reception of the Doane family (Rob, LeeAnn, Isabel, Mary Faith, and Jovanna) and Michele Melhorn.

After the service, all are invited to attend a German heritage banquet prepared by Charles Johns and the parish's Social Ministry Committee, which will feature pork and sauerkraut and dessert. A freewill donation is requested to benefit the parish youth ministry.

For details, contact pastor Bob Lescallette at 717-426-1643 or


Worship Team To Present Service October 19, 2017

The Friendship Community worship team will present a program on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 9:30 a.m. at Kauffman Mennonite Church, 1355 Lancaster Road, Manheim. A light meal will follow the service. The offering to be received that morning will go to Friendship Community.

The team members are residents of Friendship's various residential settings. Friendship Community provides Christ-centered services to more than 140 people with intellectual disabilities in various programs and locations throughout Lancaster and Lebanon counties. The Friendship Community offices are located at 1149 E. Oregon Road, Lititz. For more information, readers may call Friendship Community at 717-656-2466.


Willow Street Church To Launch Saturday Service October 19, 2017

Grace Community Church of Willow Street (GCC) is growing. While plans are in the works to enlarge the facility at 212 Peach Bottom Road, Willow Street, the church is expanding in other, more immediate ways. On Saturday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m., GCC will launch a regular, weekly Saturday worship service. It will be similar to the contemporary services held on Sundays at 9:15 and 11 a.m. GCC also offers a traditional service at 8 a.m.

The church wants to accommodate folks who have other commitments on Sunday mornings, particularly those whose jobs require that they work weekend shifts. Nearly 100 members have committed to attending the Saturday services regularly, which will free up some seats on a Sunday morning. Lead pastor Mike Sigman noted that an average of 950 people attend GCC worship services on a Sunday. While the existing sanctuary is capacious, it has neared its limit. Sigman attributed the growth to GCC's commitment to treating people with dignity, value, and respect as image-bearers of God.

"We don't want to see the momentum hindered," Sigman remarked. "It's exciting what God has done."

John Baker, who works part time as the pastor of teaching and visitation, and his wife, Cindy, will make Saturday services their main priority. Baker, Sigman, and associate pastor Paul Weitzel will share preaching duties. Worship pastor David Julian has expanded the slate of worship team participants to ensure that proficient musicians are available to accompany congregational singing during each service. Additionally, he has developed a team of four people who will each lead a worship team; two of those are students from Lancaster Bible College.

To ensure that Saturday service attendees are integrated and assimilated into the church community, the leadership has been strategic, Baker said. In addition to the pastoral rotation, there have been changes in language, such as adopting the phrase "a weekend of worship," and intentional times of gathering as a large group for fun and fellowship outside of worship services.

The support of the congregation has been resounding. Along with 60 worship team participants, 70 volunteers were required to consistently staff the children's ministry. Nearly all of the positions have been filled.

"We are seeing people say, 'This is my church, and I'm committed to the mission' and (being) willing to serve," Sigmund observed.

Nursery care will be available during all of the services. Classes for children up through third grade will be offered on Saturdays, and classes up to fifth grade are offered during the 9:15 and 11 a.m. services on Sundays. Classes for adults are held during the week at the church and in homes.

GCC was founded in 1995 by a team sent from Grace Evangelical Congregational Church in Lancaster. Wil Martin, who was the first pastor, remains on the congregation's pastoral team. GCC has never received an offering during a service. Instead, attendees may place donations in boxes by the door if they choose. The Bible is the primarity authority at GCC, so worship songs are carefully selected, and the Scripture-based sermons are both expositional and practical. The current sermon series, which will continue through November, is focusing on biblical accounts of people loving God and loving people.

"We offer an authentic experience," Baker remarked. "There's not a lot of glitz or big programming. We're just people doing life together."

To learn more about GCC and watch past sermons online, readers may visit They may also contact the church at 717-464-5333 or


Church Sets Movie Night October 19, 2017

Zion United Methodist Church, 2595 Freysville Road, Red Lion (Freysville), will hold a movie night on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. "The Case for Christ" will be shown.

"The Case for Christ" is about a man who tries to disprove his wife's faith with an unexpected result.


Fall Craft Show Will Feature 40-Plus Vendors October 19, 2017

The Believers Sunday school class at Mechanic Grove Church of the Brethren, 1392 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville, will hold its sixth annual fall craft show on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. More than 40 crafters and vendors will be on hand to sell their products and services.

All of the spaces are full, said vendor coordinator Melissa Kreider. "We have a lot of great returning vendors and some new ones," she commented.

"We tried really hard not to fill up with home-party vendors," added class member Kari Johnson.

Birdhouses crafted from repurposed tools and other materials, carpenter bee traps, twig light arrangements, quillows, fabric handbags, towel angels, textile art, table runners, holiday and seasonal decor, goat milk soap, rustic handmade wooden signs, embroidered hooded towels, Haitian tinware and jewelry, babywear, and sandtarts are among the unique items to be offered by creative vendors. Direct sale companies that will be represented at the event are those that sell women's apparel, scented products, food storage containers, children's books, adhesive nail decor, cooking and other kitchen supplies, and high-end DIY home decor. Crafters and vendors have been posting examples of their inventory at

The Mechanic Grove Painting Group will be featured, and members will sell a variety of artwork. The church's women's fellowship group will offer mincemeat pies and apple dumplings. Additionally, the Believers class members will serve a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, and eggs for a fee. Soups and salads will be available for lunch, and a great number of baked goods will be offered as well. Vegetable beef, broccoli cheddar, and chicken corn noodle soups will be available for takeout in quarts or in smaller quantities to enjoy at the craft show.

"We make 90 to 100 quarts of soup," Johnson said. "Sometimes they're gone before lunch."

The apple dumplings are also a highly popular item. Kreider noted that the entire supply was sold out before 10 a.m. at last year's craft show.

The event's layout was designed with a thought toward adults with children. The aisles are wide to accommodate strollers, and high chairs will be available in the cafe area.

The Believers Sunday school class typically raises about $2,500 through the event. A portion of the proceeds goes to Nu Water Works, a program of G.O.D. International, which works with wells and water problems in Uganda. The class also uses the proceeds to fund community meals held at Huffnagle Park during the summer months.

The class members range in age from 30 to mid-40s, and many have small children. Fitting in the organization of a large craft show is not necessarily easy, but the adults feel it is important.

"We want to be examples to our kids (of service to the church and helping others)," Kreider remarked. "Plus, our (older) kids love helping with this."

For more information about the fall craft show, readers may call the church at 717-786-2723, visit the aforementioned Facebook page, or send a message to @MGCBfallcraftshow on Facebook Messenger.


Soup, Bake Sale Planned October 19, 2017

Jerusalem Church and St. Paul's Lutheran Church invite the public to their fall chicken corn soup and bake sale, to be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, in the Penryn Church Grove, located at the end of Picnic Grove Road off North Penryn Road.

Chicken corn soup and an assortment of homemade baked goods will be available starting at 8 a.m. Takeout orders of homemade chicken corn soup will be available from 8 a.m. to noon, and individuals should bring their own containers.

All proceeds will benefit the Grove maintenance fund. This will be the last event of the season, with the next event slated for Saturday, April 28, 2018.


Olivet UMC Celebrates 200 Years October 18, 2017

Sen. Andrew Dinniman joined local officials and parishioners in marking the bicentennial of Olivet United Methodist Church (UMC) in Coatesville at a celebratory event and luncheon on Oct. 6. Dinniman presented a special citation commemorating the milestone and also read a letter from Gov. Tom Wolf in honor of the occasion.

The Oct. 6 event kicked off a weekend of activities commemorating the church's 200th anniversary, including a public open house and concert on Oct. 7 and a special luncheon at the Coatesville Country Club following services on Oct. 8.

Patty Biffen, co-chair of Olivet's Bicentennial Committee and Olivet layleader, gave a presentation on the church's history. Michael Givler, co-chair of Olivet's Bicentennial Committee and chairman of its Staff Parish Relations Committee, spoke of the parish's legacy of commitment and involvement in the Coatesville community.

Givler referred to work on the Third Avenue Streetscape Project, currently underway. The streetscape project, the first phase of revitalization work related to the new Coatesville Train Station, aims to transform Third Avenue as a gateway into the city from the new station. It includes the repaving of Third Avenue and the installation of sidewalk amenities, including ADA accessibility improvements from Lincoln Highway to Fleetwood Street.

The project also calls for the repaving of and significant improvements to the nearby parking lot of the church, which will be available to rail riders under an agreement being worked out with the church.

The entire project is expected to be completed in about a year.

In addition, the design work on the realignment of the station's location on Fleetwood Street is ongoing, but preliminary design work is complete. These designs include plans for commuter and bus access and a review of conceptual designs offering transit-oriented development projects related to the new train station.


Apple Butter Boil Planned October 18, 2017

Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church (UMC), 962 Flintville Road, Delta, will hold its annual Apple Butter Boil. Mt. Nebo UMC has been making apple butter for more than 100 years. The event will begin at 8 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, and continue on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Orders may be placed now for quarts or pints of apple butter. Regular and sugar-free apple butter will be available. To place an order, readers may call 717-456-5662 and leave a message with a name and phone number, including an area code, along with what quantity and type of apple butter is wanted.

Patrons are asked to provide clean, standard size glass canning jars (pints or quarts) for the apple butter. Jars should be brought to the church utility building at the top of the hill on Nov. 3 or prior to 10 a.m. on Nov. 4. Jars should be labeled with patron's name.

Apple butter may be picked up until late Saturday afternoon and again after church on Sunday until 2 p.m. Some jars will be available for those who need them.


Church Posts Hymn Sing October 18, 2017

Gospel Light Baptist Church, 129 Slackwater Road, Millersville, will host an old-fashioned hymn sing on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. The community is invited. On the fifth Sunday of each month, the church's evening service focuses on the ministry of music.

The hymn sing will include a hymn history and a short biblical music lesson. The congregation will select the hymns to be sung, and special music will be provided by the members of the church. A time of fellowship will follow the hymn sing.

For directions, call 717-560-3761 after 5 p.m. More information about the church is available at


Lifetree Cafe To Hold Program October 18, 2017

Lifetree Cafe will offer a program on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. in the pole barn located at 46 W. Franklin St., Strasburg, behind Wesley Church. The mysteries and meaning of mental illness will be explored, and participants will have opportunities to discuss mental illness that they or people close to them have experienced.

Admission to the 60-minute event is free.

For more information, call David Alderson at 717-687-6392.


Gift Shop Sets Hours October 18, 2017

The Ten Thousand Villages Gift Shop in room 206 at Oxford Presbyterian Church, 6 Pine St., Oxford, will be open from Friday, Nov. 3, through Sunday, Dec. 17, featuring items by artisans in more than 33 countries. Hours will be Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., as well as First Fridays, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m.

On Nov. 3 and Dec. 1, local author Iris Gray Dowling will be present from 5 to 8 p.m. to greet guests and sign books. Copies of her books will be available for purchase.

For more details, readers may call the church office at 610-932-9640.


Apple Dumpling Sale Announced October 18, 2017

Winterstown United Methodist Women of Winterstown United Methodist Church will hold an apple dumpling sale on Thursday, Nov. 2. Apple dumplings can be ordered by calling 717-244-1378 by Friday, Oct. 27.

Orders may be picked up at North Hopewell-Winterstown Fire Hall, 12246 Winterstown Road, Felton, from noon to 7 p.m. Proceeds will support the installation of the new septic system for the church.


Congregations Plant Tree October 18, 2017


Cowboy Church Posts Service October 18, 2017

Silver Spurs Cowboy Church - The Hopewell Project will be held on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 3231 Warner Road, Brogue.

The children's program will begin at 5:30 p.m. The praise and worship service will follow at 6 p.m. and will be led by Brad Rineholt, an ordained Cowboys for Christ chaplain. The service will include singing and Scripture.

There will be a potluck dinner afterward, as well as s'mores and a campfire.

In preparation for the upcoming holidays, there will be a collection of nonperishable food items for the Southern York County Food Bank.

Attendees are reminded that daylight saving time ends on Sunday, Nov. 5, so clocks should be turned back on the night of Saturday, Nov. 4.


Fall Fest October 18, 2017

Pleasureville United Methodist Church, 2606 N. Sherman St., York, invites the public to attend a Fall Fest on Saturday, Nov 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Highlights will include crafts, vendors, homemade hot food takeouts and a bake sale. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, readers may contact the church office at 717-757-3216 or visit


Wrightsville AOG To Host Fall Fest October 18, 2017

The heart behind Wrightsville Assembly of God's (AOG) annual Community Fall Fest is to love the community with no strings attached, explained pastor Aaron McNatt. "This is the fifth year and the event has really grown, but the vision has stayed the same," reflected McNatt. "Halloween is the one night of the year that the neighbors are actually walking around and knocking on your door, so we said, 'Let's turn the lights on, and let's throw a party.'"

Area residents are invited to wear costumes - or not - and drop in at Wrightsville AOG, 365 Orange St., Wrightsville, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31, for an evening of free food and activities.

Outdoor activities will include a bounce house and an inflatable slide, carnival games with prizes, a car bash, a petting zoo, hayrides, cake walks, and more. New for this year will be a bicycle obstacle course set up by a local bicycle shop. The shop will provide bicycles of various sizes for youths to ride as they navigate the challenge.

Inside the church, volunteers will serve hot dogs, homemade soup, snacks, baked goods, and beverages. The Rotary Club of Eastern York County will also offer french fries. All of the food is free.

More than 700 people have attended the event in recent years, and McNatt said that many families stop in before, during, or after their regular trick-or-treating route. "Our church family gets excited about the opportunity each year, and volunteers come out by the dozens to make sure it's a fun, safe, and memorable night for all the families," stated McNatt. "Most of the games are geared toward the children, but guests of all ages come out to enjoy the festive atmosphere."

The growth of the Community Fall Fest mirrors the growth that the Wrightsville AOG congregation has seen as a whole in recent years. Prior to McNatt's installment as pastor in 2013, church membership had dwindled to approximately 30 individuals who were eager for revitalization.

The church added events such as Fall Fest, an Easter outreach, and a Christmas Eve service, while also being intentional about partnering with traditions that have already been established in the Wrightsville community for years. The church plays a part in the town's annual Christmas tree lighting and hosts students from Wrightsville Elementary School for a weekly Released Time program.

The building underwent a physical transformation, beginning with an upstairs renovation in 2014 to expand the children's ministry space. "We did that in faith, because at that time we had no kids and no one to lead a kids' ministry, but as we started moving that way all of the pieces started coming together," McNatt recalled. Exterior doors were replaced and the foyer was renovated in 2015 to create a cafe atmosphere designed to help people connect, said McNatt. Finally, at the end of 2016, renovations were completed on the sanctuary.

Another change at Wrightsville AOG was hiring staff members beyond a lead pastor for the first time in its history. The church welcomed Valerie McClure as secretary in 2015 and Chris Merrill as connections pastor in 2016.

The children's ministry has seen tremendous growth in the past few years, and overall church attendance has increased so much that a second service time was recently added to make room for even more growth. Wrightsville AOG launched its new service times at 9 and 11 a.m. on Oct. 8. "We set a new record for attendance, so that was a nice confirmation," remarked McNatt. "But more than the size of it, what's exciting to me is the health of it and the direction that it's going. If you focus on the health, growth will follow. We are right here in the community, and we want to have a positive impact."

For more details, readers may visit or call 717-252-3623.


Church Sets Family Movie Night October 17, 2017

Mount Wolf Community Church, 98 S. Sixth St., Mount Wolf, will sponsor a free Family Movie Night on Friday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. Free refreshments will also be provided. The entire family is invited to attend. No tickets are required.

For details, contact the church office at 717-266-8453 or More information about the church is available at visit


Mothers' Club Slates Sale October 17, 2017

The Mothers' Club of St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, 601 S. Harrisburg St., Oberlin, will hold its annual walnut roll and poppy seed roll sale. The rolls may be ordered by calling 717-564-2704 or 717-564-5093. The deadline for orders is Sunday, Oct. 29.

Quantities are limited. Distribution will take place on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon at the church.

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