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Church Slates Healing Service April 28, 2017

Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 3131 Columbia Ave., Lancaster, will host a healing service on Sunday, May 7, at 4 p.m. The service will include Holy Communion, the laying on of hands and anointing. The meditative and self-reflective worship experience will focus on the need for restoration of the mind, body, and soul. The church will give thanks for the gifts of God that come through the medical community.

The healing service is held twice a year. The second healing service this year is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 15.

Holy Spirit holds its regular Sunday worship service at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Clifton D. Eshbach is the church's pastor.


Church Plans Bible Lessons April 28, 2017

The Susquehanna Church of Christ, 30 W. Apple Ave., Marietta, will hold a series of Bible lessons from Friday, May 12, through Sunday, May 14. All lessons are free and open to the public.

The series, "Personalizing Christianity," will focus on how people can better serve God. The schedule of lessons is as follows: 7:30 p.m. on May 12, "Christian Rhetoric"; 10 and 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, "Dealing With Failure" and "Needful Preaching"; 9 and 10 a.m. on May 14, "Apathy, The Danger Within" and "How Shall We Then Live?"; and 6 p.m. on May 14, "Personalizing Evangelism." Free Bible study materials and a Bible study DVD will also be available.

For more information, call 644-4084 or visit www.


Pig Roast To Support Village Of Hope April 28, 2017

Members of the Manheim Brethren in Christ (BIC) Church Guatemala mission team will host a pig roast fundraiser from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 7, at 54 N. Penryn Road, Manheim.

Each meal will include pork, a baked potato, a roll, coleslaw, applesauce, a brownie, and a beverage. Takeout and dine-in options will be available. While preregistration is not required, organizers request that those planning to attend sign up by Friday, May 5, at to help ensure that enough meals are prepared. The cost of a meal is by donation.

Proceeds from the eighth annual event will support the team's upcoming work trip to Guatemala and the purchase of supplies for Village of Hope, where they will be serving. According to, the ministry is located in San Lucas and strives to provide family, faith, and a future to special needs children and vulnerable mothers and children in a family-style setting.

Manheim BIC member Jason Redcay explained that the yearly work trips began in 2010 when a group traveled to Guatemala to serve children at several orphanages. The families on the inaugural trip were all part of Blessing Innocent Children, a support group that is offered at Manheim BIC for families who are in the process of adopting or have adopted children. Anyone interested or involved in orphan care, foster care, or adoption is welcome to attend the meetings, which begin at noon on the fifth Sundays with a potluck meal in the Warehouse 54 cafe area of Manheim BIC.

Since the first trip to Guatemala in 2010, a team from Manheim BIC has taken a weeklong service trip to the Central American country each year. When a Guatemala missions committee was formed in 2015 to identify a single orphanage to partner with long-term, Village of Hope was selected.

Village of Hope has several children's homes and a school on-site and is in the process of building a church and launching a new home to care for terminally ill babies. Redcay noted that in addition to serving mothers and children, Village of Hope serves the local community in a number of additional ways, such as sharing the Gospel message, distributing food to those in need, and providing jobs to local workers.

"Village of Hope cannot survive without support from donors and partners like us," said Manheim BIC member Jamie Gish. "They are great stewards of what they have been given and are making a big impact on their community which will last generations."

This year, the team of 14 individuals from Manheim BIC will travel to Village of Hope from June 18 to 24. Their time will primarily be spent updating and renovating the children's homes, delivering food, and sharing Bible stories.

For more information, readers may call Manheim BIC at 665-2133 or visit


Breakfast, Yard Sale Posted April 28, 2017

Milton Grove United Methodist Church, 2026 Cloverleaf Road, Mount Joy, will host a community breakfast and yard sale on Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6.

The yard sale will take place on May 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and May 6 from 8 a.m. to noon. Breakfast will be available on May 6 from 8 to 10 a.m. There is a fee for the breakfast.


Plant Sale To Benefit Children's Home April 20, 2017

St. Paul Lutheran Church, 222 N. George St., Millersville, will hold its third annual spring plant sale on Saturday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the New Life Children's Home of Haiti. The home, an orphanage located in the small village of Charrier, L'artibonite, Haiti, is a ministry of New Life Mission - Haiti Inc.

The plant sale will feature annuals, perennials, vegetables, and herbs. Gerbera daisies, geraniums, packs of six annuals, and one-gallon perennials will be for sale, along with herb, tomato, pepper, zucchini, eggplant, and cucumber plants. Volunteers will wear Thrivent Financial T-shirts, as Thrivent has provided seed money for the outreach project.

St. Paul will match proceeds from the plant sale from its Global Mission Fund. The church will welcome the organizers of the mission to its service at 9 a.m. on Sunday, April 30, where they will share about their work in Haiti. Visitors are welcome. A more in-depth presentation will be given during the Sunday school hour from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Readers who have questions may call the church at 872-7392.


Event Proceeds To Benefit Little Library April 20, 2017

Girl Scout Troop 70180 will hold a bake sale on Sunday, April 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 700 Pleasure Road, Lancaster. Monetary donations will also be accepted at the event.

Proceeds will go toward building a weatherproof structure at the church to house an outdoor little library of books for children.


Wesley Women Plan Spring Tea April 20, 2017

The members of the fellowship committee of Wesley United Methodist Church (UMC), 40 W. Main St., Strasburg, have unpacked the good china and created a sumptuous menu for their third annual ladies' spring tea, which will be held in the fellowship hall on Sunday, May 7, from 1 to 3 p.m.

"The tea cups were collected from grandmas' attics and flea markets," said committee member Pat Desmond.

The delicate cups and their matching saucers will grace the tables at the event. Guests may choose from a variety of tea flavors, and men of the church will keep the hot water flowing.

"They will put on bow ties and serve," Desmond remarked.

Hot coffee will also be available.

Desmond and her fellow committee members, including Wanda Albright, Vickie Buller, and Janet Kingsley, plan to prepare the majority of the refreshments. Guests will be treated to savory finger sandwiches, fruit skewers, dessert tarts, and candies.

After enjoying the repast, attendees will be asked to turn their attention to the guest speaker, Karren Turner, who will speak on the topic of joy. Turner is a licensed minister who is passionate about identity and freedom through the power of the Holy Spirit. She has a teaching degree and a master's degree in Christian counseling. She has worked as a counselor at a crisis pregnancy center and has served in prison ministry. Turner has been married for more than four decades and has three adult children and six grandchildren.

Women of all ages - little girls included - are welcome to attend the tea. There is a cost to attend, and reservations must be made by Sunday, April 30. Readers may call Albright at 786-4735 or Buller at 687-0208 to purchase tickets for the event.

Attendees may dress up for the event, and hats are encouraged but not required.

"We want this to be a special day for the ladies," Albright said.

"I like (the event) because it's something for the women, and we can invite our friends," Kingsley added.

Everyone who attends the tea is invited to bring new cleaning supplies and paper products for Milagro House. Bleach, glass cleaner, sponges, toilet brushes, toilet paper, and paper towels are among the items that the organization needs. Milagro House provides housing and education for homeless mothers and their children, and Wesley UMC supports its work.

"We are encouraged to help the community," Buller said.

"There's a need, and we wanted to fill it," Albright added.

To learn more about Milagro House, readers may visit


Month's Mind Mass Announced April 20, 2017

The memory of Cardinal William H. Keeler will be honored and prayerfully remembered with a traditional Month's Mind Mass on Sunday, April 23, at Saint Patrick Cathedral, 212 State St., Harrisburg, at 4 p.m. This custom remembers the faithful departed one month after their passing from this world.

Invoking the redeeming love and consolation of the Divine Mercy, the celebration will begin with Exposition of the Most Holy Sacrament following the regularly scheduled 12:15 p.m. Mass. At 3 p.m., Bishop Ronald W. Gainer will lead those gathered in the solemn praying of the Divine Mercy Chaplet concluding with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. At 4 p.m., a solemn Mass will be celebrated for the repose of the soul of Cardinal Keeler.

All services are open to the public, particularly those in the local community who have been impacted by the ministry of Cardinal Keeler while he was a priest and bishop in the Diocese of Harrisburg. For more information, readers may call the Diocese of Harrisburg at 657-4804.


Hayshire UCC To Relight Cross April 19, 2017

Hayshire United Church of Christ (UCC), 100 Haybrook Drive, York, is relighting the 60-foot cross that stands on the grounds of the church in Manchester Township. The cross was originally erected in 1959, the year the church was built, and was first illuminated during the dedication of the church in November of that year.

In 1971, when the mechanics of the cross were no longer working, floodlights were installed to light it from beneath. Eventually, the cross fell into disrepair, and it has been many years since it has been lit.

It was the goal of the congregation to restore the cross to its original glory. The goal was achieved through a capital campaign titled "Light the Way." More than $31,000 was raised, which will cover the cost of both the cross project and a new monument sign on the grounds.

Work to refurbish the cross began on April 10. Changes include fresh paint, updated finishes and lenses, and the addition of color-changing LED lights.

A cross-lighting celebration is scheduled for Saturday, April 29, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The rain date will be Sunday, April 30. The community is invited to join the congregation for the outdoor dedication service, followed by light refreshments, and the inaugural lighting of the cross at dark.

For more information, readers may contact pastor Brenda Marin at 848-4007,, or


National Day Of Prayer Service Posted April 19, 2017

New Creation Community Church, 3005 Emig Mill Road, Dover, will host a National Day of Prayer service on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Participants will pray for the U.S.

All are welcome. For more information, readers may call 764-0252 or email

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