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October 16th, 2011 3 comments

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From York Daily Record’s John Hilton

Is it possible for a Christian movie to compete against Hollywood blockbusters and be successful?  Well, it is possible and it did happen!  “Courageous”, the new movie from Sherwood Pictures, recently debuted 4th earning more than $9 million in its opening weekend.  It brought many movie-goers out that normally do not like what is produced by Hollywood.  Rev. Ken Gibson, pastor of Pleasant View Brethren in Christ Church in Red Lion, attended a prescreening of the movie and decided he wanted to bring the movie to York.  Sherwood pictures informed him that he would need to pre sell 1000 tickets to bring “Courageous” to York.  He did better.  By forming a coalition a churches and Christian organizations, He sold 1400 tickets!  For more information about “Courageous”, visit http://www.courageousthemovie.com/

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October 9th, 2011 No comments

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From Lancaster Online’s Joan Kern

With so many young churches sprouting up in the past few years, are there any older vibrant churches around?  Parkesburg Baptist Church answers with a resounding YES!  For their 125th anniversary, they are capping off a year-long celebration with a bang.  On October 16 at 3pm, they will hold a “Celebration and Challenge” Rally featuring Bob Lenz and Point of Grace.  Pastor Bob Coats, who has served the church for 8 years, commented, “We’re a very caring church.  It’s one of the things I love about this church.”  For more information on the “Celebration and Challenge” Rally, visit Parkesburgbaptist.org

 

http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/473561_Parkesburg-Baptist-Church-celebrates-125-years-.html

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October 2nd, 2011 1 comment

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From York Sunday News’ John Hilton

Can walking help feed the hungry?  At the 42nd annual York Crop Walk on Sunday October 9th, it will!  Last year’s walk raised $31,710 with 25% of the amount staying local and being distributed to 19 food pantries and agencies in the York area.  This year’s walk starts and ends at Sovereign Bank Stadium with a more comfortable walk taking place inside the stadium.  For more information on the crop walk or to sign up, contact the York County Council of Churches at 717-854-9504.

 

http://www.yorkblog.com/faith/

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September 25th, 2011 2 comments

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From York Sunday News’ John Hilton

With this terrible economy, are churches able to grow?  St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran church in York has in a big way.  They recently completed a 4 million dollar expansion and renovation project.  The project included a new pipe organ, a 3 story elevator, new restrooms, new childcare and office suites and 60 additional parking spaces.  The last renovation had occurred in 1968.  The restrooms and offices specifically needed modernization.  Rev. Kevin Shively commented on the project, “It allows us to continue to reach out to the community.”

 

http://www.ydr.com/local/ci_18923999?source=rss

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September 18th, 2011 2 comments

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From Lancaster Online’s David O’Conner

What would you do if doctors told you that your baby would not live much past birth?  Mark and Kristin Cote, of Millersville prayed that their unborn child would be a servant.  When she was born, Victoria Grace only lived 6 days, but her legacy has become much more than her fragile little body’s birth defect.  Mark, while on a missions trip to Peru saw that children were dying due to lack of easily accessible medicines and knew how to continue his dear daughter’s legacy.  The family set up a fund and ministry called Victoria’s Little Lambs.  In its first 6 months the ministry helped 60 children.  Since then the ministry has also expanded to Ethiopia and helps approximately 45 children a month.  The Cote family recently visited Peru and was amazed at how many children were being helped by Victoria’s Little Lambs.  Mark Cote commented, “One thing we continually marvel at is, now that she’s gone, how her legacy is impacting the nations, even one so far away and seemingly so different than the U.S.  And that’s a lesson of how God can fully use a servant who belongs to him.”  For more information or to donate you can contact Zion Church of Millersville, 317 N. George St. Millersville, PA 17551.

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August 28th, 2011 No comments

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From Lancaster Online’s Joan Kern

Can worshipping help you know what to do with your life?  For Rev. Richard Cowles Jr. it did.  While singing an anthem at Moravian College, he felt called to go into pastoral ministry.  His journey, which has been mostly in upstate New York, has led him to Church of the Apostles UCC in Lancaster.  Rev. Cowles is excited about his new position at Church of the Apostles.  He points to an active congregation with a preschool program, a food pantry and a concert series.  Rev. Cowles believes that this church can make a big impact on the local community.  He sees music as a big part of that.  Rev. Cowles says, “I love to use music as a source of joy and sustenance in times of trouble and to help build up community.”

 

http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/446027_New-designated-senior-pastor-to-serve-Church-of-the-Apostles.html

 

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August 21st, 2011 1 comment

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From Lancaster Online’s David O’ Conner

Can sports and faith really mix?  At Faith and Family Nights with the Lancaster Barnstormers, they sure do!  Faith and Family Nights allow for Christian musicians to perform to people who may not normally hear the message they are delivering.  Past performers at these games have been, Steven Courtney, Matt Goss, Brett Rush and Chuck Gibson.  Brett Rush said of the importance of his performance, “Music gives me the opportunity to communicate truth into people’s lives.”  Barnstormer players have also offered testimonies into how their faith has affected their lives.  Brian Radle, director of entertainment was approached by a fan during a Faith and Family Night who told Radle he was, “happy they were doing this.”  The next Faith and Family night will feature Salt and Light, a rock/funk/jazz/gospel group from Lancaster and will take place on Saturday, Saturday, September 9th at 5:45pm.  For more info visit LancasterBarnstormers.com.

 

http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/442238_Faith-and-family-at-the-ballpark.html

 

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August 14th, 2011 No comments

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From Lancaster Online’s Joan Kern

Can one letter really make a difference in someone’s life?  Rasheen Glover found out that it can.  Glover, a former drug dealer, received a letter from someone in prison that he knew from his years on the streets.  Through correspondence, his friend in prison became saved.  Glover says he can see a difference in his entire view of life.  In an effort to help others come to Christ, Glover held “Rack da Reservoir” last year and six people came to Christ through his testimony.  This year, “Rock da Reservoir” will be held Saturday August 20th in Reservoir Park in Lancaster.  Glover hopes to continue reaching people who are living in the lifestyle he formerly lived in.  Glover says that people who are living in that lifestyle can relate to his testimony and be changed to live for Christ.

 

 

http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/438314_Reservoir-gathering-returns.html

 

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August 7th, 2011 1 comment

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From Lancaster Online’s Joan Kern

 

Can God really use me despite what I have done and where I have been?  Amy Frey didn’t think so until a street evangelist approached her and told her she would do great things for God.  After the encounter, Frey was imprisoned in Philadelphia, but the evangelist’s words stuck with her.  She was visited by her estranged husband and a member of her church while in prison and began to believe that God could love her.  Upon her release, Frey and her husband reunited, found an apartment and she found a job.  Frey decided it was time to begin a ministry for the homeless and addicted and named it “A Day of Hope” in honor of the day her life was changed.  The ministry is having a kickoff event on Saturday, August 13 at Farnum Park in Lancaster.  The event will include a church service and picnic.  Frey summed up her hopes by saying, “As long as one person’s life is touched by the day, it will be worth it.”

 

http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/434359_-A-Day-of-Hope–for-all.html

 

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July 31st, 2011 No comments

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From Lancaster Online’s David O’ Connor

Have you wondered recently about the local ministries trying to rebuild Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010?  Joe Luers – a local business owner – is not wondering, he’s doing.  Luers is a board member of the Source of Life Ministry that helps children in Haiti.  After the Haitian Earthquake, the ministry’s safe house in Port-Au-Prince was heavily damaged which caused the staff and children to need temporary housing.  In an effort to raise funds to build a new safe house, Luers has agreed to match donations of up to $10,000 dollars through August.  He believes this is an opportunity to truly help the children of Haiti. For information or to donate, you can call 717-334-5405 or visit www.Source-of-Life-Ministries.org.

 

http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/430254_Business-owner-sets-up-challenge-to-help-Haiti-ministry.html

 

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July 24th, 2011 1 comment

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From Lancaster Online’s Joan Kern

Can you imagine living your life as a missionary in a foreign country and all of a sudden experiencing kidney failure?  For Lancaster County native, Randy Umble this was all too real.  While serving as a teacher to missionary children in Ecuador, he was told he would need a kidney transplant.  Randy’s wife, Melanie, was tested and against high odds was determined to be a match.  Randy received his wife’s kidney in April and the Umbles plan to return to Ecuador as soon as the doctor gives Randy a clear bill of health.  When asked about his wife’s gift Randy said,”I felt so much love.  I was just overwhelmed by her gift.”

 

http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/425571_Homesick–but-grateful.html