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Indoor Yard Sale

The Lancaster Church of the Brethren, 1601 Sunset Ave., Lancaster, will hold its annual indoor yard sale on Saturday, April 6, from 7 to 11 a.m.

Individuals who wish to sell items may call George Harmes at 717-569-5277 for details.


Fling into Spring Fashion Show

When the women of the Lititz Springs Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star inherited the Lititz Lionesses Club's spring fashion show, the members were ready to start organizing the event. "We love to dress up, and we've held fashion shows before," said Lititz Springs Chapter member and fashion show organizer Ann Watson.

The club invites area women to the first Fling Into Spring Fashion Show, which will be held in the garden room of the Eden Resort and Suites, 222 Eden Road, Lancaster, on Saturday, April 13, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Watson noted that the clothing, which will be provided by Ruthie's, a women's boutique that has locations in Ronks and Bird-in-Hand, will appeal to a range of tastes. "We love to have all ages because the fashions are appropriate for all ages," said Watson, who added that a full range of sizes will be available as well.

The club is working with local business owner Ruthie Carpenter to organize the show, and Watson pointed out that Carpenter has lined up on-trend spring fashions for the event. "(There will be) a lot of teal and bright colors and prints," said Watson. "(The collection) has wonderful flowing tops that are appropriate for all body shapes."

More than eight models will appear in the fashion show. Models will include members of Eastern Star and their daughters and granddaughters. Among them will be Brenda Long, Hanna Mckennon, Moira Donegan, Linda Shoemaker, Marissa Greathouse, Kendall Hunsicker, Dorothy J. Becker-Drumheller, and Helen Row.

In addition to the Lititz Springs Chapter, members of the Robert Fulton Chapter of Quarryville will also model clothing. According to Watson, the designs have already proven to be popular. "Our members went for their fittings, and they were thrilled," she said. "They (were) excited about wearing these (clothes)."

The luncheon menu will include the resort's specialty chicken dish, garden salad with dressing, dinner rolls, and chocolate mousse for dessert.

In addition, themed baskets and door prizes will be available for giveaways as part of the event.

The Order of the Eastern Star is the largest international fraternal organization open to men and women. The Lititz Springs Chapter, which draws more than 100 members from Ephrata, Lititz, and Manheim, meets in the Manheim Masonic Lodge on the fourth Thursday of each month. "We have a lot of fun," said Watson. "We have parties and state events."

Watson also noted that organization members hold a variety of fundraisers, including a food stand at the Manheim Farm Show Parade and a community garage sale. The fashion show will be a new fundraiser for the chapter. "Our main focus is charity, and we do a lot for our communities," explained Watson, who said that local groups that serve the community, including police, food pantries, and local social services agencies in Ephrata, Lititz, and Manheim, are the main recipients of funds raised by the chapter, but she added that the organization also donates to nonprofits that work to fight multiple sclerosis.

The local chapter welcomes new members who meet certain criteria. "There is an ethical component, and we are looking for community leaders who want to be involved in service," said Watson. Readers who would like to know more about membership may call Darlene Bechtel at 717-626-9912.

Tickets are required to attend the luncheon and fashion show. Individuals who wish to purchase tickets are asked to do so by Tuesday, April 9. Tickets may be purchased by calling 717-336-1082 or 717-201-4489.


Dinner and Movie Showing

Palmyra First United Methodist Church, 520 E. Birch St., Palmyra, will host a free dinner and a movie on Sunday, April 7. Dinner will be served at 4:30 p.m., and the movie "Indivisible" will be shown at 5:30 p.m.

Free child care will be provided. For more information, readers may call 717-838-2551 or visit


First Friday Presentation: "Visual Trauma and Empathy"

The Department of Humanities at Penn State College of Medicine will host a First Friday presentation titled "Visual Trauma and Empathy" on April 5 from noon to 1 p.m. in Room C2860 in the Biomedical Research Building, Penn State College of Medicine at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, 700 HMC Crescent Road, Hershey.

Art historian and curator Rachel O'Connor will discuss how visual expressions of physical trauma can inform medical practitioners and help foster empathy.

O'Connor began her training in studio art and art history at Messiah College before attending Savannah College of Art and Design for graduate school, where she specialized in post-World War II and contemporary art. She is curator for the Art Association of Harrisburg and an adjunct professor of art history at Messiah College.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, readers may email or visit


Annual Library Benefit Event

The Lebanon Community Library will hold its 25th annual benefit event for its children's department on Saturday, April 27, at the Lebanon Country Club, 3375 Oak St., Lebanon. When the event begins at 5:30 p.m., guests may mingle, enjoy music and hors d'oeuvres, and browse the auction items. Remarks will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by dinner. The event will have a "Kentucky Derby" theme, and guests are encouraged to wear their derby finest.

The library is seeking monetary sponsorships in any amount, as well as items or experiences to auction off at the event. Items up for bids at past events have included stays at vacation homes, spa experiences, gift certificates, themed baskets, sports memorabilia, and more.

Tickets will include dinner, live music, and the auction. Tickets may be purchased by speaking with any library board member or by contacting Michelle Hawk at 717-273-7624, ext. 208, or

Proceeds from the benefit will provide provide books, programs, and more for the children's department. For more information and to view the auction items, readers may visit


Race Against Racism

"(The Race Against Racism) is another way to forward the mission of empowering women and eliminating racism," explained Bob Hebert, Lancaster YWCA director of communications and community engagement. "It's a fundraiser for us, and it supports our social justice programming. Specifically, we host a social justice institute four times per year."

This year's Race Against Racism, which Hebert noted is the longest-running consecutive race against racism in the country, will be held rain or shine on Saturday, April 27. The certified 5K course will begin in Musser Park, located at East Chestnut and North Lime streets in Lancaster, at 9 a.m. Following the run, Hebert said about 70 to 80 children typically take part in a Kids' Fun Run, which spans Musser Park. The Fun Run will be held at about 10:30 a.m., when the run is completed and the course has been cleared. The Fun Run is open to children through age 12 for a nominal fee.

The 12th annual Humanity Fest, a multicultural festival, will be held in Musser Park in conjunction with the race. Humanity Fest, which will be open from 7 to 11:30 a.m., is designed to celebrate the diversity of the local community. The event will feature food, face painting, and handmade crafts. "Community organizations will have displays," said Hebert. "The YWCA will have a table, and our sexual assault prevention and counseling center will have a table set up."

The honorary chair of the 2019 race will be Norman Bristol Colon, who has been appointed by Gov. Tom Wolf to serve as executive director of the Governor's 2020 Census Complete Count Commission. Colon was the first Latino/Hispanic assistant director of admissions at Millersville University (MU), where he was responsible to implement MU's first strategy for recruitment of Latino students. The model was later used by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Colon was a founder and first national chair of the United States Council on Latino Affairs, an organization formed to advance the status of more than 55 million Latinos living in the U.S.

According to Hebert, funds raised by the race will help cover the costs associated with Racial Justice Institute - Parts One and Two, which the organization presents several times per year. "(Each part) is a three-day course that discusses systemic oppression and racism that goes on in the country and how to combat it," explained Hebert. "(The institute) brings diverse people into the same room (to) learn about what racism is and (how to) respect each other's backgrounds." Part one of the institute is open to the public; to take part two, a participant needs to have taken part one or have other social justice training.

Hebert researched the history of Lancaster's Race Against Racism, which will be run for the 21st time this year. "From what I could find, it started in 1999, and it has been growing ever since," said Hebert. "It was an initiative from the national YWCA." Hebert explained that several other Races Against Racism will be held at the same time as the Lancaster race, including one in York and one in Harrisburg.

The 5K course follows a route through Lancaster city. "(The course) goes down Chestnut and then by McCaskey (High School) and loops around back on Chestnut," said Hebert, who warned runners to be wary of potholes. The course is lightly rolling with some incline toward the end and is considered good for beginners. Walkers are welcome.

More information about the race may be found at Runners and walkers who register prior to Monday, April 8, will be guaranteed a T-shirt and pay a discounted fee. Water bottles will be given to registered runners while supplies last. Readers who wish to register online may do so by visiting the previously mentioned website. Registration on the day of the event will begin at 7 a.m. Teams are welcome to register online.


MJAA 50th Anniversary Celebration

The Mount Joy Athletic Association (MJAA) will celebrate its 50th anniversary during its opening-day event on Sunday, April 7, beginning at 2 p.m. at Kunkle Field, 301 Manheim St., Mount Joy. The MJAA has produced six players drafted by Major League Baseball (MLB). Two of them have played in the major leagues, with one being named to the MLB Hall of Fame. One of the six is currently an MLB coach.

Activities will include a silent auction, wiffle ball games and the honoring of past members. Admission is free, but attendees are asked to bring nonperishable food items for donation to the Mount Joy Food Bank.

"We want all alumni, as well as anybody in the community, to attend," said Stacey Crider, MJAA secretary. She noted that planning for the event began last fall.

The event will begin with a welcome ceremony on the baseball field, where plaques will be handed out to past coaches and others by members of the 50th anniversary committee. A representative from the committee will then provide a history of the MJAA. "We are hopefully going to form a '50' on the field and take a photo with a drone," noted Crider.

After the ceremony, there will be wiffle ball games for various age groups. Players can register on the day of the event to participate.

Visitors will also be able to bid on silent auction items during the day. Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the wiffle ball games at approximately 4:30 p.m. Silent auction items will include gift baskets, an autographed Barnstormers baseball and a gift certificate for rock climbing.

"The big item (has been donated) by Ron Wagner, who has been part of the association from the beginning. He is still on our board today," Crider explained. "He made a shadow box with a Donegal High School baseball jersey signed by Mike Sarbaugh, third-base coach for the Cleveland Indians; Chris Heisey, who played for the Washington Nationals; and (MLB Hall of Famer) Bruce Sutter." All three men, who are members of the MJAA Hall of Fame, also autographed baseballs for inside the shadow box.

Vendors, including representatives from home-based businesses, will be on-site, and the MJAA concession stand will be open, offering root beer floats, as well as the famous Kunkleburger, which is a large hamburger on a Kaiser roll that comes with toppings.

There will also be a display of photos and memorabilia. Those who would like to contribute items to the exhibit are asked to email

The MJAA was established in 1969 by the merging of Kunkle Oil 12U and 14U baseball teams in Mount Joy with other sponsored teams from nearby Florin. Crider, who learned more about the history of the MJAA from Barry Etsell, the first vice president of the organization, noted that a few years later, the MJAA approached the Mount Joy Borough Council to ask for $1,500 to finance the cost of building dugouts, the concession stand and bathrooms.

Around 1971, lighting was installed at Kunkle Field by an all-volunteer crew. "Ed Jones was construction supervisor at PP&L. Barry Etsell went to Ed Jones and asked for light poles. Two days later, (Jones) made it happen," Crider said. She noted that Jones was the grandfather of her husband, Matt, who is the current MJAA president.

Today, MJAA offers instruction and competition for tee-ball (ages 4 to 6) and 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U baseball and softball teams for children from across the Donegal School District and surrounding areas.

In addition to the celebration on April 7, representatives from the MJAA will participate in the Mount Joy Memorial Day Parade on Saturday, May 25, and MJAA players and coaches will take part in a parade walk before the Philadelphia Phillies game on Sunday, June 23.

For more information, readers may visit or


KnockOut PD 5K Run/Walk

The second annual KnockOut PD 5K Run/Walk event will take place on Saturday, April 13, at 9 a.m. at Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, during Parkinson's Awareness Month.

Registration will include custom finisher medals for all participants, music, post-race snacks, photos, and a race T-shirt for those who register by Sunday, March 31.

The event will be a disposable chip-timed race. Packets will be available for pickup on April 13 from 8 to 8:45 a.m.

Signs will be placed in various locations to direct participants to parking areas and to the packet pickup location, which will also be the start and finish lines of the 5K. Picnic tables will be available for use before and after the race and "park-like" public restrooms on-site.

Registration will end on Wednesday, April 10. There will be no race-day registration.

To register, readers may visit For more information on the event, including volunteer or sponsorship opportunities, readers may contact Tammy Smith at

Proceeds will benefit the Parkinson's Foundation.


Boy Scout Troop 30 Pancake Breakfast

Boy Scout Troop 30 will hold its annual pancake breakfast on Saturday, March 30, from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 3131 Columbia Ave., Lancaster. Attendees should enter on the lower level. The breakfast will include all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage. Coffee, milk and juice will be offered. Takeouts will be available.

Separate costs have been set for adults and for children ages 2 to 12, with children under 2 admitted for free. Funds raised will be used for new camping and canoe equipment for the troop.



GEARS will hold its annual Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 13, at 10 a.m. at the Elizabethtown Community Park, located off Mount Joy Street in Elizabethtown. GEARS once again will partner with the Elizabethtown Lions Club, Elizabethtown Rotary Club and other sponsors for this event.

Egg hunt times and participants' age ranges are as follows: 10:15 a.m., ages 6 months to 2 years; 10:30 a.m., ages 3 to 6 years; 10:45 a.m., ages 7 to 9 years; 11:15 a.m., ages 10 to 12 years; 11:30 a.m., senior citizens age 60 years and up; and 11:45 a.m., youths and adults ages 13 to 59 years. Prizes and candy will be available for each egg hunt, and a cash grand prize will be awarded in the egg hunt for adults. There is a fee to participate in the egg hunt for adults. All other egg hunts are free of charge.

Additional activities will be available for a nominal fee each; these activities will include a moon bounce, a barrel train and a soccer kick. Balloons will be available from a balloon artist free of charge.

For more information, readers may visit


Friends of the Library Jewelry Sale

According to Kathie Arnold, a member of the Friends of the Lititz Public Library, the Friends engage in a number of activities that benefit the institution. "We helped out as servers and greeters at the Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast," noted Arnold, who added that the Friends conduct twice yearly book sales. "(We do things) that support the library."

One of the Friends fundraising endeavors is a jewelry sale. Now in its sixth year, the 2019 sale will be held in the community room of the Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz, on Saturday, March 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Monday, April 1, from 2 to 7 p.m.

The Friends' have been collecting baubles, necklaces, bracelets, pins, earrings, rings, beads, and more for some time. "We have a tote full of donations, and we have shoeboxes full of donations we have been sorting out," said Arnold, who noted that most items come from estates and from individuals who are downsizing. She noted that she donated a number of items she had not worn for some time, and she confessed to purchasing a number of items last year.

The Friends work to divide the items into groups and display them in an attractive manner for the sale. "We sort them out so it's nicely (arranged)," said Arnold. "This year we will have room dividers with fabric covers and pins to display the necklaces." The Friends also removed the glass from large picture frames to create displays. Arnold estimated that a dozen tables were filled with items at the 2018 sale.

Among the items that will be offered for sale will be watches that will be sold as is. Categories have been created for clip earrings, vintage jewelry, children's jewelry, and holiday jewelry. Arnold noted that both cufflinks and belly-button rings have been part of the sale in the past. All items will be nominally priced, and jewelry sets will be sold at special prices. "We have scads of earrings, necklaces, and bracelets," said Arnold.

The Friends will continue to collect gently used pieces of jewelry right up until the start of the event. Following the sale, Arnold said the items that are left will be boxed up and stored for next year. "That gives us a headstart," she said.

Last year's sale raised a record $1,900. Funds raised by the event will be donated to the organization's general budget to be used at the dicretion of the library. The Friends' next fundraiser will be a book sale, which will be held at the library from Thursday, May 2, through Saturday, May 4.

Readers who would like more information may visit or call 717-626-2255.


Pet Photos With the Easter Bunny

2nd Chance 4 Life Rescue has posted two events.

A spring bingo fundraiser will take place on Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m. at Moose Lodge, 18 N. Market St., Elizabethtown. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m.

Pet photos with the Easter Bunny will be offered on Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Waggin Wheels, 709 Cloverleaf Road, Elizabethtown. There is a fee for a 4-by-6-inch color photo print in a frame. Readers may bring their dog, cat, rabbit, or rat.

For more details, readers may visit


Soldiers of the Law" Memorial Motorcycle Ride

The Pennsylvania State Police Museum and the Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club will hold the 15th annual "Soldiers of the Law" Memorial Motorcycle Ride on Saturday, April 27, at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy. Participants will receive a light breakfast, a guided tour of the academy, a self-guided tour of the museum, an event pin, a police-escorted 85-mile ride and a lunch at the academy following the ride.

The ride will begin and end behind the Pennsylvania State Police Academy on Academy Drive which turns off Hersheypark Drive, directly across from Tanger Outlets. Participants will be able to enjoy rural riding at a casual pace in the mountains and valleys of Dauphin, Lebanon and Schuylkill counties, with traffic control provided by law enforcement.

Ride staging will be from 9 to 11 a.m. A one-hour tour of the academy will take place at 9:30 a.m., and the ride will depart at 11 a.m. following a memorial ceremony. There is a fee to participate. Commemorative shirts are limited and can also be preordered to ensure the correct size.

This year, the group will remember fallen Pennsylvania law enforcement officers lost during active duty in 2018. Proceeds from the ride will support the museum and the families of fallen officers.

For more information, readers may contact Kristen at 717-534-0565, email, or visit Registration forms are available on the website. Ride-ins for registration will be accepted on the day of the event.


June Performance Camp

The Hershey Area Playhouse's Theatre Academy will once again offer a June Performance Camp for students in grades one to 12. Each age group will be given a script and the opportunity to audition, rehearse, and perform on the last evening of camp.

The focus for each group will be learning the actors' tools through fun and educational drama games, exercises, and improvisation exercises. Each student will work on in-depth character work, blocking and movement, and the details and nuances needed for great performance.

This year's camp runs for two weeks from Monday, June 17, through Friday, June 28. Classes run Monday through Friday and will culminate in a performance by each age group on June 28 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friends and family members are welcome to attend the performance.

Meeting times are as follows: grades one to three, 9 to 10:30 a.m.; grades four to six, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and grades seven to 12, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Interested participants may register at to save a spot and then download and print out a registration form, which should be mailed to the Playhouse with a check. For more information, readers may call board member Cory Wilkerson at 717-269-9026. More information about Hershey Area Playhouse, 830 Cherry Drive, Hershey, is available at


Palmyra Public Library Benefit & Silent Auction

Palmyra Public Library will host "Springtime in the Vineyard," its sixth annual benefit and silent auction, on Saturday, April 13, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey, which is located at 598 Schoolhouse Road, Middletown. The event will feature a buffet dinner, beverage selections, and a large silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the library.

Proceeds from the event will support the operations of the library, which saw more than 150,000 visitors in 2018. Some of the library's many programs include science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) classes and MakerSpace sessions. Other educational programs include adult technology and financial classes, preschool classes, and the Summer Learning Program. The theme for the Summer Learning Program this year will be "A Universe of Stories," and the program will feature professional educational performers, preschool classes, workshops, and an at-home activity program.

Tickets for the April 13 fundraiser can be purchased at Palmyra Public Library, 50 Landings Drive, Annville, in the Flightpath Sports Park, or online at For additional information, readers may access the library's website or call 717-838-1347.


A Year With Frog and Toad"

Susquehanna Stage Company will perform its children's workshop production of "A Year With Frog and Toad" at the Marietta Center for the Arts, 133 W. Market St., Marietta. Performances will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 29, and Saturday, March 30, and at 2 p.m. on March 30 and Sunday, March 31. Through stories and songs, the show tells the story of an unlikely friendship.

The show is directed by Nicole Fickes and features Carly Evans and Quinn Fickes in the roles of Frog and Toad. Malloree Marshall, Zac Snyder, and Laurel Fickes play supporting characters. The ensemble of performers portraying other animals consists of Sydney Droege, Sylvie Willing, Ava Wolfersberger, Claire Hanlon, Portia Keddie, Liam Nornhold, Emma Antonacci, Ava Arroyo, Nyah Hankins, Seth Manning, Molly Barrett, Hayden Bires, Addison DeLuca, Quinn Edwards, Summer Frey, Molly Kitchen, Emma Witman, Tessa Barden, Kinsey Fries, Stella Heysek Breese, and Teddy Best Jr.

Tickets are available at


AYCE Chicken and Roast Beef Dinner

Chapel United Methodist Church, 3050 Cape Horn Road, Red Lion, will be the site of an all-you-can-eat chicken and roast beef dinner on Saturday, April 6. Dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. in the parish hall. Carryout meals will be available.

The cost of a meal includes baked chicken, roast beef, mashed potatoes, corn, stuffing, dessert, and a beverage. Proceeds will benefit Servants Inc., Faith Beyond the Pews. To reserve meals, readers may call 717-578-1264.


Community Breakfast

The Willing Hearts group at Ironville United Methodist Church, 4020 Holly Drive, Columbia, will host its semi-annual free community breakfast on Saturday, April 6. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Everyone is invited to enjoy good food and fellowship. For details, readers may call 717-684-8072.


Marionette Passion Play

A Marionette Passion Play will be performed on Saturday, April 20, at 1:45 and 5 p.m. in a Christian coffeehouse atmosphere located at the Holy Land Christian Theater in Cackleberry Farm Antique Mall, 3375-2 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise. Joe Dunfee is the new steward and performer of the play.

The show covers the time from Jesus being brought before Pilate to the resurrection. It will run for an hour, including a 15-minute intermission. The large, professional-level marionette production features 3-foot-tall marionettes, professional voice actors, and orchestration on recording. Volunteer performers are utilized.

The performance is not geared toward young children; third grade is the lowest recommended age limit, provided the children, accompanied by their parents, can sit quietly throughout the performance.

The idea for the show was conceived in 1986 by Kenneth Kleinfelter, who ministered as "Captain Ken" in his marionette ministry based in Renovo, and his puppeteer friend Robert Knechtel, who was an accomplished marionette maker and performer, having been on television in the Buffalo, N.Y., area throughout the 1950s and '60s.

Knechtel passed away a decade ago, and Kleinfelter is unable to perform. His family decided to give the Marionette Passion Play to Dunfee of Gordonville. With the show in its new home, Dunfee has assembled a volunteer team and is seeking additional places to perform in the Lancaster County area.

There is no admission fee, but a freewill offering will be received. For more information, readers may contact Dunfee at 717-203-8670 or


pork dinner

As part of its ongoing efforts to help people in need in other countries, Chiques Church of the Brethren (COB), 4045 Sunnyside Road, Manheim, will hold its annual pork roast dinner on Saturday, April 6. Proceeds will benefit the Haiti Medical Clinic Program and the Nigeria Crisis Fund.

No tickets are required; people can stop by to eat anytime between 4 and 7 p.m. The dinner will be available by donation only.

The menu will include pulled roast pork, fresh fruit salad, pepper slaw, fresh-baked rolls, baked potatoes, macaroni and cheese with stewed tomatoes, buttered carrots, French-style green beans, applesauce and beverages. For dessert, there will be homemade pies and cakes.

"The dinner is prepared from scratch by members of the church," said Chiques COB congregation member Sandy Brubaker, one of the event organizers, noting about 40 individuals volunteer at the dinner each year. "We usually serve about 500 people, and the meal is served buffet-style." Takeouts will be available.

A silent auction will also be held at the event. Auction items will include themed gift baskets, baby quilts, doll clothes, handmade greeting cards, handmade pillowcases, a framed print and more. The winners will be announced at 7 p.m. Winners who are not present will be notified.

Brubaker explained that the Nigeria Crisis Fund started in 2014 in response to terrorist attacks in northeastern Nigeria by Boko Haram, now part of ISIS. The fund brings relief to people affected by the violence by providing food, water, agricultural tools and seeds for planting, as well as education and teaching services.

The Haiti Medical Clinic Program was started about a year and a half after the earthquake of 2010. A COB doctor from Kansas visited Haiti with a work camp, saw the devastation and lack of medical care and decided to start a mobile clinic. The clinic, which is supported by COB members, visits about 12 different villages four times a year to provide health care and prenatal care. The program has also started building clean water systems in villages where water is in low supply or contaminated.

Brubaker said that Chiques COB has been involved with the two charitable programs since they started. "(Church member) Carolyn Fitzkee organized three trips to Haiti over the last several years with members that are medically trained, working with the medical clinics," she said. "The groups (also) helped with building projects, working with children and encouraging our Haitian brothers and sisters. There were about 15 to 20 people involved in each trip."

Brubaker, a nurse, has taken part in four trips to Haiti with her husband, Paul, a medical doctor. "These experiences have changed our outlook on Third World countries and the severe poverty and injustice," she stated.

The church collects regularly scheduled offerings for Haiti and Nigeria, and this is the fifth year for the pork roast dinner to benefit these programs. "Initially, the goal was modest, as we had no idea what kind of response to expect," said Brubaker. "The first year we raised $24,000. The third year, 2017, we had Andy and Terry Murray with us, famous folk singers in Church of the Brethren circles. We raised $49,000 that year. The sum total for the four years is about $140,000. This is divided equally between the two programs."

For more information, readers may call 717-665-3466 or visit Those who are unable to attend the dinner but would like to contribute can visit the church website, choose "Giving" and designate a contribution for "2019 Haiti Medical/Nigeria Crisis Benefit Dinner Fund."

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