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Organization Posts Seminar Series March 22, 2018

Apostles Academy of Arts and Sciences has announced its spring 2018 offerings in the Heritage and Horizons semi-annual series of seminars. The spring five-week series is titled "People, Places, and Things - Celebrating 30 Years of History, Science, Literature, Religion, Community Services, and Music!" The programs will be held at Church of the Apostles United Church of Christ, 1850 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, on Tuesdays, April 3 through May 1, from 9:30 to 11:50 a.m. in the sanctuary. Doors will open at 9:15 a.m., and attendees should use the main church entrance. All community members may participate.

Each session will include a 20-minute break between speakers for light refreshments. Each speaker's presentation will be approximately one hour long.

On April 3, Melissa Leibig, director of community outreach for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lancaster County, will present "Making a Difference in a Child's Life," and the Rev. Clair Wagner will present "Four Dozen Lancaster Tidbits: Part 1." Wagner is a Historic Lancaster Walking Tour guide and a retired United Methodist Church pastor.

On April 10, Wagner will present "Four Dozen Lancaster Tidbits: Part 2," and Robert Mouland will present "Tall Tales of Young George Washington Shown on a Transparent." Mouland is a re-enactor and presenter of historical entertainment. He has made a replica of Le Transparent, a forerunner of motion pictures.

The April 17 seminars will be "How 18th- and 19th-Century Architect C. Emlen Urban Redefined the Architectural Landscape of Lancaster City" by architect Gregg Scott and "Wake Up Spring" by Ann Strauss, a naturalist and environmental educator with Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation. Scott is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a senior partner at RLPS Architects, a newspaper columnist, and the recipient of the Journalist and Educator Award from the Historic Preservation Trust.

On April 24, Sgt. David Bolton and K-9 officer Diesel will present "Police Partners," and Dr. Bruce Bomberger will present "The Making of Museum Makers: The Landis Brothers of Lancaster County." Bolton and Diesel represent the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit, and Bomberger is a historian and the curator at Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum.

The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Hamilton, a licensed clinical social worker and pastoral counselor from Lancaster, will present "The Opioid Crisis and Seniors" on May 1. The second half of the program will be "May Day: A Celebration of Spring."

The registration fee includes refreshments, mailings, speaker expenses, and other costs associated with the program.

Walk-in registrations will be accepted on the first day. For more information and to register, readers may call Church of the Apostles at 717-392-5718.


Worship Services, Egg Hunt Planned March 21, 2018

Bethel United Methodist Church, 1674 Furnace Road, Brogue, plans special events for Easter weekend.

The church will hold its annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 31, at 1 p.m. Highlights will include crafts, the Easter story, and an egg hunt for children through sixth grade. Children will be grouped by age for the egg hunt.

On Easter Sunday, April 1, at 7 a.m., the community is invited to an Easter dawn worship service followed by a light breakfast. A morning worship service will be held at 9 a.m., and Sunday school will meet at 10:15 a.m. Everyone is invited.

For additional information, readers may call the church at 717-927-9380.


Church Sets Discussion Series March 19, 2018

Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church is offering a six-week discussion series called "Is This One the One?" that kicked off on March 16, with a second session held on March 23. After a break for Good Friday, March 30, the group will continue to meet at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays, April 13, 20, and 27 and May 4.

The series is held at the home of pastor Sam Andreades and his wife, Mary K., 331 Stony Hill Road, Quarryville. Singles and dating couples are invited to participate. Sam will provide information on recognizing a life mate. Desserts will be provided.

For more information, readers may call the church office at 717-786-7559.


Sunrise Service To Feature African Children's Choir March 15, 2018

The African Children's Choir will perform during the annual Easter sunrise service that will be held at Black Rock Retreat, 1345 Kirkwood Pike, Quarryville, on Sunday, April 1. The program will begin at 6:15 a.m. and will take place on the ballfield directly below the crosses. Guests are welcome to bring blankets or lawn chairs to sit on. Some benches will be provided, but they will be limited.

According to, the African Children's Choir is a program of Music for Life, a Christian organization that strives to provide education, discipleship, and leadership skills to children throughout Africa. The members of the choir range in age from 7 to 10, and they sing a blend of traditional and contemporary music. Many of the performers have lost one or both parents through the devastation of war, famine, and disease.

A continental breakfast will be provided after the program. The refreshments will be served free of charge in the Maranatha Retreat Center.

Registration is not required to attend the event. If guests would like to spend the night before the service in the Maranatha Retreat Center, discounted rates are available. Folks may call guest services at 717-529-3389 to learn more.


Youths To Stage "Belles On Their Toes" March 15, 2018

Life Youth Productions will present the comedic play "Belles on Their Toes" in the Performing Arts Center of Lancaster Mennonite School, 2176 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 23, 24, and 25. The doors will open at 6:45 p.m. each night. No tickets are required, and a freewill offering will be accepted.

"Belles on Their Toes" is the sequel to "Cheaper by the Dozen," which Life Youth Productions presented several years ago. The play is based on the book of the same title, which was written by siblings Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey. It is the continuing adventures of the Gilbreth children after the death of their father, efficiency expert Frank Gilbreth Sr.

Life Youth Productions is the dramatic arm of the youth group at Life Mennonite Fellowship Church, 732 Millwood Road, Willow Street. The group mounts a production in alternate years as a fundraiser for biennial mission trips. In addition to "Cheaper by the Dozen," previous plays have included "Anne of Green Gables," "Anne of Avonlea," and "Ben Hur," which was presented in 2016.

"We choose our plays by a vote," explained youth group adviser Priscilla Zook. "'Ben Hur' was very dramatic, so pretty much everybody wanted to do a comedy. The hardest part is finding a play with a large cast."

Forty youth group members, ranging in age from 15 to 21, have signed up for the mission trip, and all of them are expected to participate with the production of "Belles on Their Toes." The cast has been rehearsing since October under the direction of Amy Gingerich, who has appeared in several Life Youth Productions shows.

"When they did 'Anne of Avonlea" four years ago, Amy was Anne, and she knocked it out of the park," Zook said. "She studied her lines for five hours a day."

Gingerich's dedication is indicative of the quality of the shows presented by Life Youth Productions. "They do a really good job," said Zook, who noted that she is a theater fan and has experienced Broadway productions.

While each participant is responsible for the individual cost of the mission trip, any money raised by the play will be divided among the participants to offset their costs.

The group will travel in July, first spending four days in London at a Youth With a Mission (YWAM) training base before moving on to Albania, where the group will work for 10 days. Three couples will travel with the youth group, and YWAM will supply a missionary couple in Albania to supervise the group.

For more information about the show or the mission trip, readers may call Zook at 717-989-4014.


Volunteers Needed For Meal-Packing Event March 15, 2018

In February, Lora Mangus Wenger visited Real Hope for Haiti (RHFH), which partners with Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) to rehabilitate malnourished children by providing meals to families and teaching them the importance of regular, consistent nutrition.

"For the most severely malnourished, the children are admitted to the RHFH clinic and may stay for six to 18 months until they are fully healthy again. Many of these children are close to death, suffering from parasitic infections, tuberculosis, and malaria, but with consistent care, they fully recover and return to their families well," Wenger said. "On behalf of these children and thousands of others around the world, thank you for supporting the FMSC MobilePack. Every prayer, person, and penny count in the effort to alleviate world hunger."

Wenger is the chairperson for the Lancaster County FMSC MobilePack, which has been hosted by her congregation, Willow Street Mennonite Church, 399 E. Penn Grant Road, Willow Street, for several years. The fifth such event will be held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 6, 7, and 8. Two-hour shifts will be held throughout the weekend, and folks may sign up at

During the MobilePack, volunteers will portion raw ingredients into MannaPacks, which FMSC will ship to partners around the world. There will be a variety of work, which will range from very active to stationary. Folks may be seated to perform some of the tasks. At least 1,500 people are needed to cover all of the shifts. Many of the slots have been filled, but more than 100 remain.

"The community is very supportive, as they snatched up the volunteer slots far more quickly than expected, even after increasing from 200,000 meals last year to 300,000 meals this year and increasing our volunteer slots from 1,000 to 1,500," Wenger observed. "Additional volunteer openings often arise within two to three weeks of the event as last-minute plans change."

There is no cost to participate in the MobilePack, although participants are asked to raise funds to cover the cost of the meals that they will assemble. Donations are also welcome and may be made at the aforementioned website. Nearly $67,000 is needed for this year's event, and just under half that amount has been donated so far. A fundraising event for the MobilePack will be held at Isaac's Restaurant, 226 Gap Road, Strasburg, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, through April 8. Coupons for the fundraiser, through which 25 percent of purchases made with the coupon will be donated to the MobilePack, may be picked up at the church.

For more information about the Lancaster County FMSC MobilePack, readers may call the church at 717-464-2422.


Family Movie Night Slated March 15, 2018

The Upper Room Church, 1401 Williams Road, York, has scheduled a free family movie night for Sunday, March 25, at 6 p.m. The movie "Time Changer" will be shown, and free popcorn and beverages will be provided.

The community is invited. For more information, readers may visit


Youth Group To Host Dinner And Auction March 14, 2018

Folks looking for a weekend getaway or day trip, as well as those who would like unique gifts for family and friends, may find what they are seeking at the annual student fundraising auction that will be held on Saturday, March 17, at Grace Church at Willow Valley, 300 Willow Valley Square, Lancaster. A hearty breakfast will be available for purchase beginning at 7 a.m., and the auction will kick off at 9 a.m.

In addition to mountain vacations and cultured pearl jewelry, the auction will feature a leather couch, luxury themed gift baskets, new electronics and small appliances, gift certificates to local businesses and regional attractions, and signed sports jerseys from Magic Johnson and former Flyers goalie Bernie Parent. A plethora of Phillies memorabilia, along with tools, outdoor and recreation items, homemade baked goods, and more, will be up for bids as well.

For a complete list of items that will be offered at the sale, readers may view the auction catalog by visiting and clicking on the Auction button. Folks may also preview all of the items at a spaghetti dinner that will be held at the church on Friday, March 16, from 5 to 6 p.m. Separate costs for admission have been set for individuals and families.

The proceeds from the auction and the spaghetti dinner will be used to fund the youth group's attendance at Momentum Youth Conference in Indiana this summer.

For more information, readers may call the church at 717-464-2782.


Church Honors Longtime Organist March 14, 2018

Shiloh Lutheran Church recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of its organist, George Boyer. He began playing for the church as a substitute in January 1968 and, with a few breaks, has been the permanent organist ever since.

Boyer began taking organ lessons at a young age and played for his first church service at age 12. His first regular paying job was at Westminster Church in York. He also played at Roundtown Lutheran Church until he left to attend Gettysburg College. While in college, he played for chapel services on campus. He graduated in 1961 and received a master's degree in music at Ithaca College in 1966.

Boyer also played for the U.S. Air Force Band for nine years. He then taught music for many years at Central High School, Junior High School, and Elementary School.

He has also been a volunteer for the Shiloh Fire Company for 39 years, serving as fire chief for nine years. Now retired from teaching, he volunteers for a community breakfast, is a member of the Shiloh Lions Club, and travels with his wife, Diana.


National Day Of Prayer Scheduled March 14, 2018

First Capitol-York National Day of Prayer is seeking churches to host the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 3, in several communities in York County, including Delta, Dover, Fawn Grove, Felton, Franklintown, Glen Rock, Goldsboro, Jacobus, Jefferson, Lewisberry, Manchester, New Freedom, New Salem, Railroad, Spring Grove, Wellsville, West York, Windsor, Winterstown, Yoe, Yorkana, and York Haven.

The First Capitol-York planning team desires to fill each of the 36 total boroughs and townships of York County with host churches for the annual National Day of Prayer event.

For more information, readers may contact Dr. Ken Gibson, Chairman of the First Capitol-York National Day of Prayer at or 717-968-5521. Those who have already hosted NDOP in their borough or township are also invited to contact Gibson.


Cowboy Church Plans Service March 7, 2018

Silver Spurs Cowboy Church - The Hopewell Project will meet on Sunday, March 18, at the Lewis Family Farm, 2200 Channel Road, Pylesville, Md.

The children's message will begin at 12:30 p.m., followed by the praise and worship service at 1 p.m. led by Brad Rineholt, an ordained Cowboys for Christ chaplain. The service will include Holy Communion.

A potluck dinner will follow the service. Attendees may bring a dish to share. March 18 will be the last day the church will collect nonperishable food items for the food bank.

The church will hold an Easter egg hunt on Sunday, April 8, at Hershaull Park, 7677 Church Road, Felton. The date reflects a change from the church's usual schedule.


Church Will Host Evangelist March 6, 2018

Windsor Assembly of God, 21 N. Penn St., Windsor, will hold worship services featuring evangelist and recording artist Carl Harris. The services will take place on Sunday, March 18, from 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and on Monday, March 19; Tuesday, March 20; and Wednesday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Harris is an Assemblies of God ordained evangelist who has presented the Gospel across the country. His messages include teaching, preaching, and humor.

For more information, readers may call Pastor Chris Golembiowski at 717-244-6236.


York Aglow Plans Service March 6, 2018

York Aglow will present guest speaker Anton Luse on Saturday, March 24, at First Assembly of God Church, 2270 Susquehanna Trail North, York, at 9 a.m. The community is invited to attend.

For more information or prayer requests, readers may call Cheryl Johnston at 717-968-4453, Patty Bentley at 717-343-3429, or Sharon at 970-759-2422.


Church Posts Archery Program March 6, 2018

First Baptist of Pequea, 6062 Old Philadelphia Pike, Gap, will host the True Target Archery Program. Participants will receive information and be fitted for bows on Tuesday, March 27. The program will take place every Tuesday beginning on April 3, and it will end with a tournament on Saturday, May 12.

For more information, contact Doug Kauffman, children's outreach director, at 610-804-3442.


Auction Will Support Student Missions March 1, 2018

The annual student ministries auction that will be held at Manor Church, 530 Central Manor Road, Lancaster, on Saturday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. will fund mission trips to Haiti and Pittsburgh this summer.

It has been a tradition at Manor Church to send rising seniors outside the United States for service work, while the younger students volunteer within reasonable driving distance. Along with youth leaders, 15 high school students who have finished their junior year will travel to Leogane, Haiti, in June, and approximately 30 students who have completed seventh through 10th grades will spend a week in Pittsburgh in July.

"They're eager to develop their world view," commented student ministries pastor Ryan Cobb.

"I want to experience something different and help other people," said junior Jenna Flatley. "We'll be going out of our comfort zones."

The group going to Haiti will work with a missionary family that is doing local community development work. In addition to offering some children's programs, the teenagers anticipate volunteering in a vocational training center and a medical training facility and acting as conversational partners in an English class.

"We're helping others in need," said junior Ty Erisman.

"I'm looking forward to meeting the little kids," added junior Aislyn Evans.

In Pittsburgh, the team will have lodging in a church in New Kensington. Their service will take them to several areas, including Lawrenceville, where they will volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club. Physical labor at several churches and at a food bank is also on the schedule.

"It's not us initiating but supporting what's already going on," Cobb explained.

The two trips are estimated to cost a total of nearly $53,000. Each participant is expected to contribute an amount, resulting in an auction goal of $35,605. Refinished furniture, gift certificates to area businesses and attractions, a foosball table, artwork, home decor, quilts, sporting goods, tools, and more have been donated for the auction. Juniors Mike Brumbaugh and Josh Brandt have refinished a little red wagon, and Manor Church maintenance director Scott Hess has crafted several birdhouses. Homemade pies, breads, and jerkies are consistently popular items and are expected to be part of the auction again.

"They can sometimes go for hundreds of dollars," Cobb remarked. "The church and the community really enjoy the auction."

Breakfast and lunch foods provided by a caterer will be available for purchase all day. The menu will include egg sandwiches, doughnuts, coffee, iced tea, hot dogs, barbecue, soup, soft-served ice cream, and baked goods.

For more information about the auction or to donate, readers may visit or call the church at 717-285-3138.


Banquet To Focus On Mennonite And African-American History March 1, 2018

Attendees at the annual banquet of the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society will be invited to learn and to reflect on the intersection of Lancaster County Mennonite and African-American history. Guest speaker Leonard Dow will share on the topic "This Is My Story, This Is My Song," relating stories from his life. The banquet is slated for 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, at the DoubleTree Resort, 2400 Willow Street Pike, Lancaster.

Dow was reared in Philadelphia and first encountered Mennonites when he enrolled at Christopher Dock Mennonite High School, where he was one of 30 black students recruited to integrate the student body. He later went on to attend Eastern Mennonite University, where he still holds basketball records and where he met his wife, Rosalie Rolón.

Dow served as pastor at Oxford Circle Mennonite Church for 19 years and also served as bishop of the Philadelphia District of the Lancaster Mennonite Conference. He currently works for Everence Financial in Philadelphia as a stewardship and development specialist. Dow believes his call is to use that role for the benefit of urban churches nationwide.

In addition to Dow's presentation, Melody Pannell, assistant professor of social work, will give a brief talk on her experience writing the history of Seventh Avenue Mennonite Church, Harlem, New York City.

Attendees will also be treated to a performance by Franconia Conference minister and bishop Ertell Whigham and his ensemble, which will perform a blend of gospel, rhythm and blues, hymns, and black American jazz.

A fee has been set for attendance at the banquet, and tickets may be purchased at or by calling 717-393-9745. The deadline for registration is Saturday, March 10.

The Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society's annual banquet is part of more than 40 Lancaster Roots 2018 events. Lancaster Roots combines the events of the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society and the 1719 Hans Herr House & Museum. Through public presentations, food, music, field trips, and classes, these events aim to reveal Lancaster and its people, including their stories, culture, and history.


Irish Dancers Will Perform At Lenten Tea February 28, 2018

Irish dancers from the Paloma School of Irish Dance will present the featured program at the Lenten Tea hosted by Middle Octorara Presbyterian Women (MOPW) on Saturday, March 10, at Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church (MOPC), 1199 Valley Road, located 4 miles east of Quarryville on Route 372. The doors will open at 1:30 p.m., and the program will start at 2 p.m.

The mission of the Paloma School of Irish Dance is to help everyone fulfill their potential in Irish dance, no matter their age, level of natural ability, or commitment level. The training emphasizes Irish dance techniques and fitness so that dancers are prepared to dance competitively, perform, or enjoy it as a hobby. When Paloma School dancers perform, the booking fee benefits the Paloma Irish Arts Foundation. According to, the foundation was formed for the promotion of and education in Irish cultural art forms. The foundation offers noncompetitive Irish dance classes and instrument lessons.

Paloma dancers performed at a Celebration of Mothers held at MOPC last year, and MOPW member Boni Henry enjoyed the performance. When planning the Lenten Tea, Henry suggested booking the group.

"It's mostly kids and teens (dancing), and it's high energy. It's lots of fun," Henry said. "I especially like their mission statement."

Following the program, which will take place in the sanctuary, tea and sandwiches will be served in the fellowship hall. A variety of teas, sandwiches, fresh fruit, and cookies will be offered. Ceramic teapots will grace each table, and guests are invited to bring their own teacups. Additional cups will be provided.

"It's fun to bring your own teacup," Henry said. "I always think of (the Lenten Tea) as a welcome to spring after the dull, dreary days of winter."

The Lenten Tea will be open to the public at no charge, but donations will be accepted. The proceeds will be used by the MOPW to support local missions. Henry reported that in 2017, the MOPW gave almost $1,000 to local families in need.

Folks who plan to attend the tea should contact Henry at 717-808-4534 or as soon as possible with the number of people in their party.


Centennial Church Posts Schedule February 28, 2018

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

On Sunday, March 11, there will be a worship service at 9:30 a.m. The service will include a message by pastor Jerry Tancredi and the celebration of Holy Communion. The education hour for attendees of all ages will follow the worship service at 10:45 a.m.

The church will host an interfaith community Lenten worship service on Wednesday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. The Rev. Nathan Coleman of Bethel Baptist Church of Phoenixville will give the message. Refreshments will be served following the worship service. All are welcome to attend.

The church will hold an Easter egg hunt for children on Palm Sunday, March 25, at 11 a.m. following the worship service. Children from birth through grade five may participate; they should bring their owns baskets.

The public is invited to attend worship services on Maundy Thursday, March 29, and Good Friday, March 30. Both worship services will be held at 7:30 p.m.

On Easter Sunday, April 1, worship services will be held at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Special music will be presented beginning at 8:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., prior to the worship services. An Easter breakfast will also be served from 7 a.m. to noon.

Information about church events is available at or by emailing


Church Plans Craft Class February 27, 2018

Mount Pisgah Trinity United Methodist Church, 5615 Mount Pisgah Road, York, will host its monthly craft class on Thursday, March 15, at 1 p.m., led by Judy Krow. Attendees will learn to make greeting cards, such as birthday, Easter, sympathy, and get well cards, with pieces from a die-cutting machine. All supplies will be provided; there is a nominal fee to cover expenses.

Reservations are requested by Monday, March 12, by calling the church at 717-252-4412.


Church Posts Easter Season Events February 27, 2018

ValleyView Alliance Church, 200 Alliance Ave., York, has announced its Easter season events. The public is invited to attend.

The "Journey to the Cross" message series will be available through Easter Sunday, April 1. A "Journey to the Cross" guide is available to people who would like to follow along throughout the Easter season. The 40-day guide is suitable for families or individuals to read, discuss and reflect upon. Sunday worship services begin at 10:15 a.m. and are multi-generational and family-friendly.

The Gathering will be held on Sunday, March 11, at 6 p.m. The event will be a time of praise and prayer, jointly led by area Alliance churches for all Christians in anticipation of Passion Week.

The church will hold an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 24, at 1 p.m. The egg hunt is for children ages 2 to 10 and will be broken into three separate events for the following groups: 2- to 4-year-olds, 5- to 7-year-olds, and 8- to 10-year olds. There will be plenty of eggs for the children to find, and some eggs will feature tickets redeemable for special prizes. Registration is available by visiting and clicking on the Easter Egg Hunt banner.

A Good Friday service will be held at 7 p.m. on March 30. Easter will be celebrated on Sunday, April 1, at 10:15 a.m.

For more information, readers may visit or call 717-755-0193.

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