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Community Fun Day Planned At Grace Church August 18, 2017

The members of Grace Evangelical Congregational (E.C.) Church invite Columbia-area residents of all ages to the second annual Community Fun Day on Saturday, Aug. 26, at the church, located at the corner of North Eighth Street and Walnut Street, Columbia.

Free activities for the whole family will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Children can enjoy a bounce house, and there will be a dunk tank for individuals of all ages to take a few throws.

Hot dogs, popcorn, water, and other edible treats will also be available at no charge.

"The church is sponsoring this day as an opportunity to greet neighbors and friends and to introduce the church family to our community," said pastor Don Wert, noting that everyone is welcome. "We want the community to know that we care about them."

Wert's hope is that this event will allow people to get to know Grace E.C. Church and what it has to offer. Grace Church started to minister to the people of Columbia more than 100 years ago and is an Evangelical Bible teaching ministry. Wert has served as the church's lead pastor since 2013.

Grace E.C. Church holds worship services each Sunday at 10:30 a.m., with Sunday school at 9:15 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend, and child care is available during the services. Columbia-area residents are also welcome to join in the weekly prayer meeting and Bible study offered at the church each Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Members of Grace E.C. Church also help sponsor the Good News Club at Park Elementary School on Tuesday afternoons for six weeks each fall and spring.

For more information about the Community Fun Day or the church, readers may call Wert at 717-299-2904.

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Church Sets Rally Week Events August 17, 2017

Palmyra Church of the Brethren, 45 N. Chestnut St., Palmyra, is holding Rally Week events through Sunday, Aug. 27. On Thursday, Aug. 24, an ice cream social will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. in the church's youth room following Palmyra Area School District open houses. The week will conclude with a worship service on Aug. 27 at 9 a.m., followed by a special fellowship breakfast.

All events are open to the public free of charge. For more information, readers may call 717-838-6369.

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VCF Will Host Speaker August 17, 2017

Victory Christian Fellowship (VCF), 695 E. Ridge Road, Palmyra, will host speaker Andrew Taylor on Sunday, Aug. 27, at 10 a.m.

Taylor works with the APT (AustralAsia-Pacific Thrust) Foundation, a teaching and mission organization. Taylor supports pastors in developing countries. APT constructs church buildings, feeds and educates children, and establishes elementary and secondary schools and Bible colleges.

The public is welcome to attend. A freewill offering will be received. For more information, readers may visit www.vcfpa.org or call 717-838-2033.

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Church Posts Surveys August 17, 2017

The Catholic Church is seeking candid feedback from youths and young adults on the topic of their faith. To do so the Diocese of Harrisburg and the Vatican have both released surveys.

The responses will be incorporated into a working document for bishops when they gather at a synod in October 2018 at the Vatican. A synod is an assembly of bishops from around the world who aim to assist the Holy Father by providing counsel on important questions facing the church in a manner that preserves the church's teaching and strengthens the church's internal discipline.

The topic of the October 2018 synod will be "Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment." Attendees will examine how the Catholic Church can better support young people on their lifelong faith journey, including how the church can lead young people to recognize and accept the call to the fullness of life and love. The church is asking young people to help identify the most effective ways of announcing the Gospel.

In preparation for the synod, Pope Francis is asking young people ages 16 to 29 to tell him about their engagement within the church. Links to the surveys are available at www.HbgDiocese.org/synod2018.

In conjunction with the 2018 synod and the Vatican survey, the Diocese of Harrisburg is also undertaking surveys of youths and young adults ages 15 to 39. Those who identify as Catholics, as well as those who do not, are encouraged to complete an online questionnaire. The results of the diocese's surveys will be used to answer questions of the Synod of Bishops and to better serve youths and young adults within the diocese.

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Free Clothing Giveaway August 17, 2017

Hosanna! A Fellowship of Christians, 29 Green Acre Road, Lititz, will host a free clothing giveaway in the fellowship room at the church on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 7 to 11 a.m. Gently used clothing will be available for men, women, and children in a wide range of sizes. All are welcome.

For more information, call the church office at 717-626-2560 or visit www.hosannalititz.org.

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Church Plans Sportsmen's Dinner August 17, 2017

Mount Pleasant Church of God, 146 S. York Road, Dillsburg, will host its sportsmen's dinner, Whitetails and Dinner, on Saturday, Sept. 16. Doors will open at 4 p.m., and dinner will be at 5:30 p.m.

In addition to dinner, the evening will include desserts, door prizes, and silent and live auctions. The featured speaker will be master sportsman Steve Rockey, who will share a seminar on attracting whitetails through the art of rattling. Several whitetails will be shown coming in to the hunters' rattling tactics, with one buck rattled across a frozen river.

For tickets, readers may call 717-697-1424 or email mtpcog@gmail.com.

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Community Blood Drive Posted August 16, 2017

The next community blood drive in the Stewartstown area will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 29, from 3 to 7 p.m. The event will be held in the fellowship hall at Stewartstown Presbyterian Church, 14 College Ave., Stewartstown.

Walk-ins are welcome, and donors will receive a free T-shirt. A form of identification is required to donate.

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Church Plans Yard Sale August 16, 2017

St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 205 W. Main St., Dallastown, is accepting vendors for its annual yard sale on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ten-by-10-foot spaces are available for rent, with a limited number of tables available to rent for an additional fee.

The event will be held rain or shine. Preregistration is encouraged, but registrations will be available on the day of the event if spaces are still available.

For more information or to preregister, contact the church office at 717-244-2090.

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Women's Circle Posts Pie Sale August 15, 2017

The Women's Circle of the Lewisberry United Methodist Church, 309 Market St., Lewisberry, is offering six-inch and nine-inch meat pies for purchase. Chicken pies and beef pies are available.

Orders are due by Monday, Sept. 4, and pies may be picked up in the church kitchen on Tuesday, Sept. 19, between 3 and 6 p.m. For more information, readers may call Deb at 717-215-9990.

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Sportsmen Dinner Set For Sept. 14 August 14, 2017

New Path Community Church pastors Jay and Jean Frey are bringing together a passion for community, the outdoors, and hunting for the inaugural Hunt and Gather Sportsmen Dinner.

"We're very community-minded and just wanted to bring the community together under something we love," said Jay. He and Jean and their entire family are avid hunters and enjoy spending time together outdoors. Hosting a sportsman's dinner in Mount Joy has been on their hearts for a long time, and this year things lined up for the dream to become a reality. "Anybody that loves the outdoors will love this," Jay remarked.

The public is invited to attend the event, which will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Kraybill Campus of Lancaster Mennonite School, 598 Kraybill Church Road, Mount Joy. Attendees may park in the back lot and enter through the gymnasium entrance.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner, which will be catered by a local barbecue business, will be served at 6:30 p.m. Heath Painter, owner of Heath Painter Productions and Tribe Archery, will be the guest speaker for the evening. Jay and Jean got to know Painter a few years ago. "He's very energetic, very engaging, and he loves what he's doing," said Jean.

Painter knew from an early age that he wanted to make his living in the outdoors. He served four years in the United States Coast Guard and studied photography and film at the Ohio Institute of Photography and North Carolina School of Arts. He went on to work as a hunter and motion picture cameraman with television shows including Realtree Outdoors, Archer's Choice TV, Bushnell's Secrets of the Hunt, Back Road Adventures, ESPN's Advantage Adventures, and numerous Outdoor Channel shows.

Nicknamed "The Optical Predator," Painter later transitioned to working in front of the camera as a representative for many leading outdoors companies. He has hosted various hunting and adventure television shows, such as Game and Gear Adventures, Ohio Outdoor Adventure, The Bounty Hunter, Dreams to Reality, and Sportsmen of North America Television.

Painter also used his experiences as an archery enthusiast to work with a team to develop a fully customizable bow designed to help mitigate the effects of the archer's paradox.

Hunt and Gather Sportsmen Dinner attendees will be entered to win a variety of hunting-, fishing-, and outdoors-themed giveaways. Jay noted that more than $5,000 worth of giveaways will be distributed at the event, many of which have been donated by local businesses. Attendees will have the chance to win firearms and crossbows, as well as a six-person trip to Rock Hall, Md., and a wild boar hunting trip for two in Texas.

To order tickets, interested individuals may visit www.mynewpath.org or call 717-742-0639. The deadline to order tickets is Friday, Sept. 8.

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Free For All: Ruhl's UMC To Host God's Clothing Closet August 14, 2017

The community is invited to Ruhl's United Methodist Church's (UMC) 17th annual God's Clothing Closet event, set for Saturday, Aug. 26, from 8 to 11 a.m. at the church, 4810 Elizabethtown Road, Manheim.

The event will feature free quality used clothing, footwear, and accessories for men, women, and children in all sizes and for all seasons. A limited number of shopping bags will be available, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own. The facility is air-conditioned and handicapped-accessible, and it has plenty of parking. On-site child care will be offered while parents shop.

Organizer Kris Gray said that donations of nonperishable food or toiletries for the Manheim Central Food Pantry are encouraged but not required. Currently, the particular needs for the food pantry include canned fruit, canned meat and soups, peanut butter, strawberry jelly, cereal, and boxed potatoes.

In addition to clothing, free Bibles and devotional materials will be on hand for adults and children. "We give away hundreds of Bibles each year," Gray said. A limited number of quilts handmade by members of Ruhl's UMC will be available for new mothers of infants.

After folks finish shopping, they are welcome to relax and enjoy light refreshments and live music in the church fellowship hall. Attendees may also view the "Jesus" movie during the event.

The God's Clothing Closet event has drawn more than 500 attendees for the past five years, and Gray noted that people begin lining up outside the church well before the doors open. "It's controlled chaos, but it's fun," Gray said. "The whole event is designed to show the love of Jesus to others. Lots of people get involved. The church loves this event."

Organizers actively look for children's clothing donations throughout the year, since that is typically where they see the highest level of need. Most of the items are donated by families from the church and the surrounding area, and donations of children's clothing will still be accepted at the church from Monday, Aug. 21, to Friday, Aug. 25.

Leftover clothing and items will be donated to Mennonite Central Committee and other local ministries.

Readers may call the church at 717-665-3400 for more information.

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Church Will Host Speakers August 10, 2017

Victory Christian Fellowship, 695 E. Ridge Road, Palmyra, will host Trenton and Jessica Herald on Sunday, Aug. 20, at 10 a.m. The Heralds are motivational speakers focused on reaching youths.

All are welcome to attend. For more information, readers may contact 717-838-2033 or visit www.vcfpa.org.

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Back-To-School Event To Feature Haircuts, Backpacks August 10, 2017

"We had seven salon chairs donated, and I just filled that last chair (with a stylist). We will have seven top stylists," enthused Drema Duncan, director and prekindergarten teacher of Preschool Pebbles, as she discussed the plans for the Scissors Snipping event she has slated for Sunday, Aug. 20. "We want local families to know they have somewhere to get (free) haircuts for back-to-school."

Scissors Snipping will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at Living Stones Vineyard Church, 2292 Robert Fulton Highway, Peach Bottom, where the preschool is located. Professional stylists will give haircuts to children ages 3 to 10 at no charge. Children will also have the option to accessorize their new hairdos with headbands or barrettes.

To further ensure children have what they need for school, backpacks containing basic school supplies will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for those who need them.

The haircuts will be available to walk-ins, so anticipating that there may be some waits, Duncan has arranged for enjoyable things to do at no cost to participants. Two of the preschool's classrooms will be open for play - the third classroom will serve as the salon - and the outdoor playground will be accessible as well. A movie will be shown, and fresh popcorn will be served by Living Stones pastor Bud Stillman. Other snacks and beverages will be available in the church's cafe. Face painting will also be offered.

Duncan thought up the event and planned it out within a week's time.

"I have had such an awesome response in many ways so far: volunteer stylists and donations of back-to-school supplies and even gifts for kids," she said. "So many people are wanting to help, some as far as York."

Helping others and meeting needs are hallmarks of Living Stones Vineyard Church. Preschool Pebbles was launched in 2013 as a ministry of the church in order to provide a Christian-based safe, caring, and fun learning environment for children in the Southern End. The adults responsible for making that happen are Christine Lewis, who teaches the 2-year-old class; Brooke Wagner, who is the teacher of the 3-year-old class; and Patricia Giffing, who is the aide in Duncan's prekindergarten class.

"We provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum and interest areas to facilitate each child's learning experience," Duncan wrote in the preschool's brochure. "It is our desire that each child grows to love learning, learns a bunch, makes some awesome friends, learns how to be a positive part of a community, and gets to know Jesus."

The preschool is still enrolling for the 2017-18 school year. Classes are available for children who will be 2 years old by Saturday, Sept. 30, through age 5. Two-day and three-day programs are available. Classes will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from September through May. Afternoon classes will be added if there is enough interest.

To learn more about Scissors Snipping or the preschool, readers may contact Duncan at 717-344-4790 or preschoolpebbles@aol.com. The school may be found on Facebook by searching for "Preschool Pebbles."

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Church Sets Outdoor Worship Service August 9, 2017

Luther Memorial Church, 1907 Hollywood Drive, York, invites the public to the church's annual outdoor worship service on Sunday, Aug. 20, at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

The service will include a back-to-school blessing for teachers, students and school staff. The service will be followed by a covered dish picnic and games for all ages.

For more information or to make reservations, readers may call the church office at 717-854-1219 or email info@lutherpeople.org. In the event of inclement weather, the service and picnic will be held inside.

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"God's Not Dead" Actor To Speak At CEF Banquet August 9, 2017

Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) of Lancaster will roll out the red carpet for its Funding the Future banquet event on Thursday, Oct. 19, when it welcomes David A.R. White as its guest speaker. White, who produced and acted in the top inspirational film of 2014, "God's Not Dead," and its 2016 sequel, "God's Not Dead 2," will present the message "What Role Will You Play?"

"Movies are great and inspire us to do something, and the question is 'What do we do?'" said CEF director Chris Wenden. "We need to go from being movie-watchers to faith-livers."

Since 1944, CEF of Lancaster has been dedicated to introducing young people to Jesus Christ and discipling those who embrace the Christian faith. The nondenominational organization's four full-time and five part-time staff members work with more than 400 volunteers who offer church-supported and parent-approved after-school Bible clubs, 5-Day Clubs, church day camps, vacation Bible schools, and Bible clubs for middle school students. Wenden reported that approximately 1,800 children are served each year.

"Nationally, eight out of 10 adults are not going to church," Wenden reported. "That means a good number of children won't learn about Jesus in traditional settings. Churches need to think outside the box."

White has been endeavoring to work outside the Hollywood box in recent years. He is the managing partner of Pure Flix, which claims to be the largest faith-based movie studio in the world. He also recently published "Between Heaven & Hollywood," an inspirational book. According to www.davidarwhite.com, White grew up in a Mennonite farming town in Kansas, and he questioned why God would give him a dream of entering the entertainment industry.

"David has a real passion for knowing what you believe," Wenden said. "We wanted to bring someone in who has a shared vision of what we do in CEF."

The Funding the Future banquet will be held at the Palm Court of DoubleTree Resort by Hilton, 2400 Willow Valley Pike, Lancaster, on Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m. Admission to the banquet will be free of charge, but attendees will be invited to partner financially with CEF that night and throughout the year.

"A significant portion of our funding comes from individuals and business donations," Wenden explained.

A VIP meet-and-greet opportunity with White will be offered at 5:30 p.m. for a nominal fee. VIP privileges will include a professional photo autographed by White, a souvenir-filled gift bag, and light refreshments.

"If they loved the movie ("God's Not Dead"), here's their chance to rub shoulders with a movie star," Wenden remarked.

Tickets are going quickly, so while the deadline to make reservations is Thursday, Aug. 31, folks should not delay in visiting www.ceflancaster.org to register. Sponsorship packages are available, and interested individuals may contact CEF children's ministry specialist and banquet coordinator Mimi Stem at 717-569-5412 or mstem@ceflancaster.org for more information.

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Cowboy Church Plans Service August 9, 2017

Silver Spurs Cowboy Church - The Hopewell Project will be held on Sunday, Aug. 20, 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, Scripture, and Holy Communion.

A potluck dinner will follow the service, and attendees may bring a dish to share. Attendees may also make s'mores around a campfire.

Also, donations of items will be accepted as part of a Stuff the Jeep collection for the Children's Home of York. Donations will also be accepted on Sunday, Sept. 3. Items needed include school and art supplies, sports balls, toiletries, AA and AAA batteries, craft kits and athletic socks. Items are need for male and female teens up to age 18. A complete wish list is available by visiting www.childrenshomeofyork.org and clicking on Support and then Wish List.

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Centennial Church Posts Schedule August 9, 2017

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

On Sunday, Aug. 20, 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.

Jaime Frazier, the church's new coordinator of faith development, will attend Centennial for the first time on Aug. 20. Frazier will provide youth and family enrichment opportunities to bring the message of Christ's love into the lives of Centennial's children, youths, and adults.

Registration is now open for crafters to reserve tables for the church's 25th annual Christmas Crafts Festival, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11. Registration forms are available by contacting the church office.

Information about the church is available by visiting www.centenniallutheran.org or emailing info@centenniallutheran.org.

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MOPW Will Host Clothing Giveaway August 8, 2017

"We're trying to fulfill the need God showed us," Nancy Harnish said, explaining why the Middle Octorara Presbyterian Women (MOPW) will host a clothing giveaway on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 7 to 11 a.m. "There's such a need in the community."

This is the third annual giveaway that the MOPW has hosted at Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church, 1199 Valley Road, located 4 miles east of Quarryville on Route 372. Everyone is welcome to take what they need from the items donated by church members and friends.

"We have enough clothes for everybody," remarked MOPW member Marlene Fromm. "People redd out their closets and bring the extra clothing to us."

Several rooms of the church have been filled with clothing, and on the day of the event, all of the items will be stacked on tables and hung on clothing racks. Newborn sizes through 5T will be located in the social room between the sanctuary and the fellowship hall, while the rest of the items will be in the fellowship hall. Bags will be provided, and guests may shop at no cost from the good-quality clothing, some of which is brand new and still has tags. A consignment shop in Strasburg has contributed items for the event. Little girls' dance outfits, medical scrubs, and maternity styles are among the offerings.

"The kids' and teenage school clothes go first," said MOPW moderator Cathy Miller.

"But the tables are (piled) so high," Fromm added, gesturing about 3 feet above a table. "There's plenty."

The times for the giveaway have been moved up an hour to accommodate another function at the church in the afternoon. Judging by last year, however, the earlier start will not be a problem for visitors.

"I got here at 6:30 a.m., and they were lined up already," Harnish recalled.

There is no cost for the clothing, but guests are invited to bring nonperishable food items and other donations for Solanco Neighborhood Ministries if they are able. Any leftover clothing will be picked up by the Salvation Army.

For more information about the clothing giveaway, readers may call MOPW member Shirley Miller at 717-786-3690.

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Missionaries Will Present Program August 2, 2017

Melvin and Anna High will present a program on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m. at Gap Fire Company, 802 Pequea Ave., Gap. They will share stories about their experience as missionaries to Mexico. The couple continues to operate Flame of Truth ministries. They will return to Mexico in October.

The Highs are originally from Lancaster County. Melvin grew up Old Order Mennonite, and Anna was raised in an Amish family. In 1962, Melvin and Anna loaded their station wagon with their children and moved to Mexico. There, they learned to speak Spanish and added three more children to their family, two by birth and one through adoption.

Flame of Truth has founded 80 churches in Mexico. The ministry also includes a campground that serves as respite for other missionary couples traveling through Mexico, dorms that host groups that serve local communities on short-term trips, and a food pantry that aids those in need.

The program will include music and refreshments, and a freewill offering will be received. The public is invited to attend.

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Justice Sunday Event Planned August 2, 2017

The Interfaith Justice Council (IJC) will hold a Justice Sunday event at York Friends Meeting, a Quaker organization located at 135 W. Philadelphia St., York, on Sunday, Aug. 13. Worship will begin at 11 a.m. followed by a shared meal. At 1 p.m., there will be a community discussion focused on the role of justice in a life of faith. All are welcome to attend.

The IJC met at Canadochly Lutheran in East Prospect on July 9 for a similar event, featuring worship, a meal, and conversation. Participants received news from Canadochly Lutheran, including information about the church's work in the community.

On Sunday, Oct. 8, St. John Lutheran Church, 175 E. Main St., New Freedom, will host the IJC and Imam Suleyman Eris, the president of the Respect Graduate School in Bethlehem. Eris will be the keynote speaker at a community discussion regarding interfaith dialogue with the Islamic community.

The IJC is a group of people of faith from throughout York County, including congregations in New Freedom, East Prospect, the city of York, York Township, and Dover. Members meet once per month to promote interfaith dialogue, build face-to-face relationships, and gain insight through shared experiences. The IJC is open to all, regardless of faith or creed.

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