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Chiques COB Sets Evangelistic Services March 22, 2019

Chiques Church of the Brethren (COB), 4045 Sunnyside Road, Manheim, will hold evangelistic services on Sunday through Wednesday, April 7 to 10. The theme will be "Believe," based on the book of the same name by Randy Frazee.

On April 7 at 10:15 a.m., the title will be "God," and the service will be based on 2 Corinthians 13:14.

Evening services will take place at 7 p.m., with the schedule, including the titles and their Scriptures, as follows: April 7, "Personal God," Psalm 121; Monday, April 8, "Salvation," Ephesians 2:8-9; Tuesday, April 9, "The Bible," 2 Timothy 3:16-17; and April 10, "Sharing My Faith," Ephesians 6:19-20.

Featured during the services will be Tim Fleener, who serves as pastor at Richland Church of the Brethren in Lebanon County. He and his wife, Sarah, live on a small farm and raise sheep and beef cattle. They have two sons; one is married and the other plans to marry in the fall. They also have two grandsons.

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Spiritual Renewal Weekend Planned March 22, 2019

"Seeking First the Kingdom," a spiritual renewal weekend, is being planned at Lancaster Church of the Brethren, 1601 Sunset Ave., for Saturday, March 30, and Sunday, March 31, around the theme of spiritual disciplines, discernment and discipleship. Tara Hornbacker, recently retired professor at Bethany Theological Seminary, will be the keynote speaker on March 30 and the preacher at worship services at 8 and 10:15 a.m. on March 31.

In addition to Hornbacker's messages at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on March 30, workshops will be offered by Jennifer Biemiller, Peggy Gish, Leonar Ochoa, Jamie Nace and Christina Bucher. For more information, readers may visit www.lancob.org. or call 717-397-4751.

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Program Will Feature Juggler March 22, 2019

The Conoy Township youth organization CONNEC+ will sponsor Christian juggler Chris Ivey for a program on Thursday, April 4, at 6 p.m. at Word of Life Chapel, 139 Wickersham Road, Bainbridge. CONNEC+ is supported by four churches in the Conoy area that sponsor youth activities on the first and third Thursdays monthly.

There is no cost to attend the program, and the public is invited. For more information, readers may call 717-879-9147.

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New Worship Schedule Set March 22, 2019

Milton Grove United Methodist Church, 2026 Cloverleaf Road, Mount Joy, will have a new worship schedule starting Sunday, March 31.

Traditional-style worship will be held at 8:30 a.m. Small groups (Sunday school) will meet from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m., with contemporary-style worship to follow at 10:45 a.m.

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Jubilee Will Hold Golf Event March 22, 2019

Jubilee Ministries will hold its 23rd annual golf tournament at Fairview Golf Course, 2399 Quentin Road, Lebanon, on Wednesday, May 8, with tee-off at 1 p.m.

Community members are encouraged to register a group of four. Sponsorship opportunities are available as well. Readers may call 717-274-7528 or visit www.jub.org for more details.

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Church Will Host Giveaway March 22, 2019

Colemanville United Methodist Church, 210 Colemanville Church Road, Conestoga, will hold a Yard Give on Saturday, March 30, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Clothing for children, teenagers, women and men will be available, along with books, puzzles and small appliances. Everything will be given away free of charge.

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MOPS Auction Will Support North Star Initiative March 21, 2019

Memberships to local attractions, restaurant gift certificates, photography packages, massage sessions, and house-cleaning services are among the items the coordinators of the annual Faith Reformed MOPS auction are hoping to receive from donors.

"We're trying to appeal to busy moms," explained co-coordinator Hillary Prickett. "I would bid on (house-cleaning services) in 2 seconds. It's my least-favorite chore."

The auction will be held during the MOPS group's usual meeting time on Friday, April 5, starting at 9 a.m. at Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church (FRPC), 611 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville. While meetings typically end at 11 a.m., this special event is expected to continue until 11:30 a.m. A silent auction will open at 9 a.m., and a live auction will start a half-hour later. Donations already received for the auction include several baby quilts, home decor, a date-night meal prepared by a personal chef, child care, collections of children's books, gift baskets, hair products, fair-trade jewelry, handbags, a photography package, restaurant and coffee shop gift cards, and even a year's dues for MOPS membership.

Cash and checks will be accepted as payment for auction purchases. All of the proceeds will go to North Star Initiative, which operates the Harbor Restoration Program, a trauma-informed, strength-based residential program intentionally designed to treat the needs of female survivors of sex trafficking. Following a needs assessment, an individualized care plan is created for each client that may include life skills classes, access to trauma therapy and support, and planning and tools for safe, healthy, independent living. This is the second year that Faith Reformed MOPS has supported North Star through its auction. The 2018 auction generated $2,951, and the coordinators hope to exceed that this year.

"Last year, we chose North Star Initiative because MOPS International's theme was 'Free Indeed,'" Prickett said. "Helping women come out of sex trafficking was (a) perfect (fit for the theme). The ministry (North Star) does is so incredibly needed. We didn't think twice about partnering with them for a second year."

Child care will be available during the auction free of charge, but registration is required by Monday, April 1. To register their youngsters, readers may email andysusanyoung@yahoo.com.

Faith Reformed MOPS meets from 9 to 11 a.m. on the first and third Fridays of every month from September through May at FRPC. New members are always welcome. There is a cost for membership, which includes access to parenting resources, devotionals, newsletters from MOPS International, and lots of support. Prickett noted that during meetings, mothers of preschoolers work on crafts and other creative projects, engage in a faith-based curriculum, and socialize. There are even playdates and Moms' Night Out events.

"It's a good place to meet other moms and do parenting together," Prickett remarked.

For more information about Faith Reformed MOPS or to contribute to the auction, readers may email Prickett at hfprickett@gmail.com.

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Book It To The Mount Joy COG Sale! March 20, 2019

History. Mystery. Whimsy. Suspense. Science. Romance. Inspiration. Crafting. Cooking. The Mount Joy Church of God (MJCOG) Used Book Sale and Bake Sale will have all of this and more. Thousands of tomes will be available for perusal and purchase on Friday, April 5, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, April 6, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the foyer of the church, located at 30 E. Main St., Mount Joy.

Book sale coordinator Joyce Hershey explained that the book sale used to be part of the church's rummage sale, but now the event is all about books. "We want to recycle these books and get them in the hands of people," she enthused, "and we have a wide selection of books."

Aware that book sale enthusiasts can also become hungry, volunteer Sirenda McNece will assist with the food table, where coffee and baked goods will be available for takeout. "We call it Food To Go," she said, "and we'll also have American, Italian, and turkey subs, while supplies last." McNece got involved with the sale because she wanted to be more involved with the church and she loves books. "I read so much as a girl that my parents used to ground me from reading," she said with a laugh.

Proceeds from the sale will go to Elizabethtown Community Housing and Outreach Services (ECHOS), a not-for-profit agency that provides apartment or financial services to people in the Elizabethtown, Rheems, Bainbridge, Mount Joy, Marietta, and Maytown areas who are experiencing homelessness, are at risk of homelessness, or are otherwise in need, according to the agency's website, www.echoslancaster.org/. ECHOS was recommended to Hershey by the MJCOG church council as a worthwhile recipient of funds.

Hershey, who used to sort books for the sale in her home, now sorts and prices books in the church's basement. Dozens of boxes have already been prepared. "I check the condition of each book and put the price inside the cover. I like sorting: It's sort of like opening up a present," Hershey said with a smile. When considering what her favorite part of the church's book sales has been, Hershey paused, then shared, "It's very rewarding when someone asks for a specific author and I can help by finding the right book."

Categories of books will include history, science, romance, inspirational, children's, and special interest books such as cookbooks, craft books, how-to manuals, and more. In addition, there will be a special section of books such as classic Little Golden Books, volumes in Braille, vintage hymnals, and complete sets of Bible commentaries. Record albums - both 33 1/3s and 45s - will also be available, as will DVDs, CDs, audio books, and VHS.

When asked why people should attend the sale, Hershey replied, "The books will be very inexpensive." McNece chimed in, "And the proceeds go to a good cause. This is a family-friendly event. Bring your kids!"

Event attendees should use the Main Street entrance of the church. Parking is available in the rear of the building for those in need of handicapped-accessibility. Special discounts on books, including a price per bag, will begin on the final day of the sale at 11 a.m. For more information about the book sale, readers may contact Hershey at 717-653-8357 or the church office at 717-653-4695.

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Global Fair Will Celebrate World Cultures March 19, 2019

Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) will host the 22nd annual Global Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, at the 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum, 1849 Hans Herr Drive, Willow Street. The international festival will celebrate cultures and people from around the world through exhibits, food, animals, and more.

"Approximately 20 of our workers from around the world will set up displays," said Jessica Fellenger, EMM events coordinator. "It's a great way to learn about different countries and hear stories from other cultures. There's also a wonderful local presence of nonprofit organizations and churches."

Some of the countries to be represented will include Albania, Belize, Cambodia, Guatemala, Kenya, and Vietnam, as well as countries across the south, southeast, and central regions of Asia.

"Where else in southcentral Pennsylvania can you watch someone cook osh - a Central Asian rice dish - over a fire outdoors and enjoy a fresh plate of it?" Fellenger asked.

Attendees will also be able to purchase food prepared by local immigrants and refugees from Riversedge Mennonite Church, the Lao Fellowship of Harrisburg, the Upohar food truck, and local Spanish congregation El Buen Pastor, to name a few. Other options will include stroopies, which are caramel-filled Dutch waffle cookies, as well as yak jerky and ice cream.

Children may enjoy making crafts and playing games. "There will be a giant Jenga game and a water station that's especially fun in hot weather," Fellenger said. "A new treat this year is that the Mennonite Children's Choir of Lancaster will perform. And, of course, the always-popular alpacas will be there."

"Children are one of the big reasons we do this," said EMM president Nelson Okanya. "Our worldview expands when we learn about other cultures, countries, and religions. When we, and the next generation, understand those who are different from us, it results in tolerance and peace. Of course, hopefully the kids are having fun and not realizing they are really learning at the same time!"

Artwork will be available to purchase from two local artists: paintings by Ryan Sommers, who served as a teacher at the PROMESA school in Peru, and pottery by Assefa Haile, a former EMM staff member and a native of Ethiopia.

"I'm excited that Assefa plans to bring his potter's wheel and demonstrate throwing mugs," said Fellenger. "Pottery is an ancient art form with rich analogies to our lives. It's fascinating to watch a lump of clay become something useful."

Visitors to Global Fair may also enjoy the 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum and the grounds, including the Native American longhouse. Parking will be free of charge. Donations will be accepted for admission to Global Fair.

EMM is headquartered at 53 W. Brandt Blvd., Salunga. Its mission is to send personnel into the world with the transforming message of the Gospel as well as to catalyze mission engagement among congregations on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. To learn more, readers may visit www.emm.org.

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Cowboy Church Plans Services March 19, 2019

Silver Spurs Cowboy Church will be held on Sunday, March 31, at the Lewis Family Farm, 2200 Channel Road, Pylesville, Md. The praise and worship service will begin at 1 p.m., led by Brad Rineholt, an ordained Cowboys for Christ chaplain. There will be hymn singing and preaching, with a potluck dinner following. Those who are able are asked to bring a dish to share.

The church is continuing to collect nonperishable food items for the Southern York County Food Bank. Also, there will be an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 20, at Hershaull Park and an Easter sunrise service on Sunday, April 21, at 7 a.m. at the ranch located at 3231 Warner Road, Brogue,

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Program To Feature Hymns, Singing March 15, 2019

"Until Then," a program that will feature familiar hymns and congregational singing, will be presented by the Worship Ministries Department of Calvary Church on Sunday, March 24, at 3 p.m. in the auditorium at the church, 1051 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster. The doors will open at 2:30 p.m.

Admission is free, and tickets are not required. A freewill offering will be received. For more information, readers may call 717-509-6249 or visit www.calvarychurch.org.

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Jump For Joy Plans Session March 15, 2019

Jump for Joy, a nondenominational Christian fitness program, was slated to begin its spring session on March 19. There will be 12 classes this session. This is the 31st year that Jump for Joy is providing area women opportunities for regular fitness and fellowship.

Classes are set for Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:05 to 7:15 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Trinity United Church of Christ, 40 W. Pine St., Palmyra, on the corner of South Railroad St.

The instructor and program creator, Lynn Kuhn, will lead class participants through a complete body workout via aerobic dance routines choreographed to upbeat Christian and positive mainstream music. The one-hour workout will combine stretches, cardio, strength, and balance moves. The dance routines will always be followed by a core workout, stretches, and acool-down.

Each class will begin with a 10-minute devotional and prayer time as the program aims to promote physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

Individuals are invited to try their first class for free. For more information, readers may call Kuhn at 717-838-4682 or email Jump4joy87@verizon.net.

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Father-Daughter Event Planned March 15, 2019

Chanceford Presbyterian Church, 1784 Woodbine Road, Airville, will host its Father-Daughter Dinner Dance on Saturday, March 30, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. in its social hall. The evening will consist of music, dancing, a picture and dinner, and all daughters will leave with a special gift as well.

The dinner will include a choice of chicken supreme or lasagna as the main course, along with salad, rolls and butter, fruit, and an ice cream sundae bar with brownies, pies, and more.

Separate prices have been set for adults and for children ages 6 to 12, with children under age 6 admitted free. Fathers and daughters of all ages are invited, and relatives such as grandfathers and uncles are welcome to help escort daughters, especially for those with more than one daughter. There is no dress code, so dressing up and wearing jeans are both welcome.

Reservations may be made by calling Penny Snyder at 717-862-3732 and providing the meal choice, how many adults and children will be attending, and a contact phone number. The reservation deadline is Thursday, March 23.

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Thrifted Fashions Will Hit The Runway March 14, 2019

Proudly running his hand down a finely striped tie, New Hope Community Life Ministry executive director Neil Uniacke boasted, "I'm wearing thrifted threads."

"So am I, even my shoes," added Beth Tyson, manager of the Community Closet Thrift Store, which is part of New Hope.

Proceeds from the Community Closet, 128 TownsEdge Drive, Quarryville, support New Hope's mission to provide quality counseling for a variety of needs with a faith-based perspective regardless of the client's ability to pay. The ministry is headquartered at 248-A Maple Ave., Quarryville. The thrift store also donates a portion of its proceeds to other local nonprofit organizations.

"We make a serious effort to put out very nice items," Tyson said.

Uniacke concurred, relating that he had bought two brand-new dress shirts still in their plastic packaging at the Community Closet the previous week. "We have an incredible gem of a thrift store," he said. "You can save a lot of money and get really nice stuff."

While the racks and shelves are full of items in good condition, Tyson has been holding back a few select pieces in preparation for the ministry's annual fashion show. The event will be held on Saturday, April 6, at Refton Brethren in Christ Church, 110 Church St., Refton. The doors will open at 5 p.m., and the buffet will open for dinner around 5:45 p.m.

A silent auction will run during the evening, with additional opportunities to win door prizes and themed baskets. Tyson has been setting aside donations for the auction, and sponsors have contributed other things. Auction highlights will include gift certificates to local businesses and attractions, jewelry, handbags, handmade chocolate, local designer pottery, a rhinestone-encrusted domed cake plate, a hat tree, and a trip to the state Capitol with Rep. Bryan Cutler.

The highlight of the event, however, will be the fashion show. Tyson has planned for four groups of clothing, and the names of prize and auction winners will be announced between each group. An emphasis will be placed on spring wardrobes. The categories of attire will include casualwear, business/dressy, formalwear in a spectrum of colors, and bridal. Tyson noted that four bridal gowns have been donated to the Community Closet recently, and she plans to showcase them on April 6.

"They're not $4,000 gowns, but with a little bit of embellishment, the practical bride might do very well with (one of them)," Tyson remarked, noting that the gowns have been cleaned. One young lady has already claimed one for her own wedding, but it will still appear in the fashion show.

Practically everything that will be worn in the show has been donated to the thrift store. Tyson would like to borrow one very specific item, however. "I'm looking for a pair of indigo blue cowboy boots around a size 8," she said. "We have a bit of a cowgirl flavor (for at least one outfit)."

Close to 15 models appeared in the show last year, and Tyson anticipates approximately that many this year. New Hope counselor and board member Elaine Campbell will reprise her role on the runway. Other women and men of distinct ages and sizes will participate in the show. Tyson praised one woman in her 80s for her ongoing support of New Hope and her flair as a model. "She's a real showstopper," Tyson commented.

Tickets are required for admission to the fashion show, and they must be purchased by Monday, April 1. Folks may call New Hope at 717-786-2802 to order tickets.

Uniacke noted that while he plans to attend the fashion show, he will be there as a New Hope supporter, not as an employee. Beginning April 1, Uniacke will be working as a bereavement counselor with Hospice & Community Care in York County. He has led New Hope for seven-and-a-half years. The board of directors is accepting applications for Uniacke's successor.

For more information about New Hope and the Community Closet, readers may visit www.newhopeministry.info.

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Church Slates Message Series March 14, 2019

ValleyView Alliance Church, located at 200 Alliance Ave., directly behind Fulton Bank, in Hellam, invites community members to join its "Journey to the Cross" this Easter season. The "Journey to the Cross" message series began on March 17 and will continue through Lent, discussing the events that led up to Easter. The message series will conclude on Easter Sunday, April 21.

Additionally, members of ValleyView are following along with a 40-day devotional from the Billy Graham Center in Wheaton, Ill. To subscribe to the daily devotional, readers may visit www.billygrahamcenter.com/.

ValleyView Alliance Church will have a special Good Friday service beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 19. The Easter Sunday service will be multigenerational and will include a special children's message by member Terri McCleary. The church's Sunday worship service begins at 10:15 a.m.

For more information, readers may contact Crystal Bolton at 717-755-0193 or cbolton@valleyviewcma.org.

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Petra To Host Parenting Seminar March 13, 2019

The "Thrive!" live parenting seminar, hosted by Petra Church, 565 Airport Road, New Holland, is set for Saturday, April 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The topic will be "Equipping Children With Skills for Life," and the program is intended to provide parents with heart-based tools to help any child at any age with any problem. The seminar will be presented by Scott Turanksy and Joanne Miller from the National Center for Biblical Parenting.

A cost per adult has been set. Lunch will be included with registrations made by Friday, April 1. Child care for infants through 11-year-olds will be available upon request; the cost is by donation on the day of the event. Lunch will be available for children at a set price per meal with registration by April 1. Prospective guests should register at www.petra.church/parenting. For more information, readers may also call the church at 717-354-5394.

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"The Compassion Journey" Slated March 13, 2019

Compassion International, which focuses on child sponsorship and working to release children from poverty globally, will bring its "The Compassion Journey" event to Praise Community Church, 705 S. Ogontz St., York, from Friday, April 5, through Sunday, April 7. The event will educate visitors about the realities of life in extreme poverty, provide an opportunity to experience elements of another culture, and give a chance for visitors to discuss the experience through breakout-style discussions.

Admission will be free. The event was created with families in mind, so children are welcome. Visitors are encouraged to register for a time to attend and find more information about the event at https://journey.compassion.com.

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Church To Host Craft Class March 13, 2019

Mount Pisgah Trinity United Methodist Church, 5615 Mount Pisgah Road, Yorkana, will hold its next craft class on Thursday, March 21, at 1 p.m. Attendees will make a little Easter bunny out of a recycled yogurt jar.

Readers may call Sandy Abel at 717-751-6437 to register. Supplies will be furnished, with a set fee to cover expenses.

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Area Business Showcase Set March 13, 2019

On Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., local businesses and organizations will be showcased at the Chanceford Township Building, 33 Muddy Creek Forks Road, Brogue. The public is invited to stop in and check out what local businesses have to offer. The event will feature giveaways, drawings, and more.

SonLight Chapel, the event sponsor, will collect food items for Community REACH in Red Lion for its Summer Kids Kafe. There will also be a children's activity presented by Green Thumb Garden Club, a hot food and bake sale to benefit Bethel United Methodist Church, the sale of milkshakes, and barbecued chicken dinners being sold to benefit Brogue Lions Club.

For more information, readers may call the church office at 717-927-6261 or visit the Chanceford Area Business Showcase page on Facebook.

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Conversations Group Slates Meetings March 13, 2019

The Conversations Social Group gathers on Tuesdays at the Meeting House at 1715 Altland Ave., York. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the meetings start at 6:30 p.m. and last about one hour. Light refreshments are served.

The group will conclude a study by Max Lucado and Randy Frazee titled "The Story of Heaven." The meeting's format is a short video and discussion, and attendees may share experiences and opinions freely as they desire.

The group's next study, which will start on Tuesday, April 2, will examine "Parables From the Back Side" by J. Ellsworth Kalas.

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