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WJTL’s Junction Center Hall Officially Named

phredd : January 16, 2017 7:01 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages

Construction of the performing arts hall at The Junction Center is phase 3 of a five-year process.  The cost to complete this final phase is slightly more than $2,500,000 of which 80% is being paid from internal ministry funds.  This leaves a minimum balance of $500,000 that needs to come from donations to the WJTL building fund.
Our prayer in the beginning was that a legacy donor could be found to provide half of that amount in matching funds to start the fund drive.  Several months went by without any success in finding this donor and frankly it was becoming a bit discouraging.
Last March WJTL president Tim Landis was attending a family dinner with his siblings at the home of his mother Rhoda. Father Robert had recently died which had left a big hole in the family gathering.  During desert Tim mentioned his frustration with being unable to secure a lead gift to start phase three.
Someone suggested in jest, “Why not call it the Robert M. Landis Memorial Hall.”  After chuckling about it awhile the conversation turned to other subjects.  Over the next several weeks this conversation was constantly on Tim’s mind and it started to make more and more sense.  Even as a family project it would be a sacrificial gift but one that would hopefully encourage others to give.  After talking with the other family members (Rhoda, Cheryl, Tim, Bärbel, Karla and Geoff) it was enthusiastically decided to jointly make this matching challenge gift in memory of their father, Robert M. Landis.
Robert had loved the Lord, loved his children and loved Christian music.  One treasured heirloom he left behind was a round pitch pipe that he purchased at the age of 18.  This device was used when leading worship at the small Lancaster City mission church he attended from the time of his marriage until his death at the age of 83.  It also saw service in numerous quartets and choirs over the years.
Robert never sought the spotlight and was most comfortable volunteering behind the scenes.  In the early 70’s his children all were very involved in bringing contemporary Christian music to the Lancaster area.  Artists such as Keith Green, Second Chapter of Acts and Barry McQuire ate at his table and even slept in their RV’s in his driveway.  He also served as the plumber for the Creation Festivals for many years and built the infamous early shower units.
One of the first contemporary concerts he attended was by Petra in 1975.  Tim was a little concerned what his reaction would be to their song, “Killing My Old Man”, but his only comment was, “The drummers are pretty good.”  They had two sets of drummers back then.
Although he definitely would have been embarrassed, the official name of the hall at the Junction Center will be called, “Robert M. Landis Memorial Hall,” but often will be referred to as “Landis Hall” when brevity is required.

Building Fund Update:  As of January 13, 2017, the sum of gifts and pledges total $63,588.67 from 230 people and 18 organizations.  Combined with the challenge gift of $250,000 this means that a total of  $313,588.67 has been raised leaving a balance of $186,411.33 minimum that still needs to be raised.

 

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Five Fun Free Family Things To Do January 13-15, 2017

phredd : January 13, 2017 8:53 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend
January 13-15, 2017

5 FestivICE winter ice festival in downtown York tomorrow (Sat. Jan. 14) from 9am-3pm. Over 18,000 pounds of interactive ice, entertainment, ”Frozen” princesses and ice themed market vendors, Dancing Yeti and York Revolution’s own mascot; Downtown. Face painting, balloon artists, rides, games, inflatables… and more. More Info: Festivice.com

4 Second Fridays in Downtown Lititz, tonight (Friday, Jan 13)from 5-9pm.  Artists, entertainers, musicians, and exhibits, shops, galleries, and more. Free parking is available in the parking lots north of Main Street.  More Info: LititzPa.com

3 Winter Walks at Pinchot State Park tomorrow (Sat. Jan. 14) beginning at 1pm. Experience Pinchot Park during the winter season with these easy to moderate walks led by the park naturalist. The walks will last about an hour to an hour and a half, depending on weather conditions. Dress for the weather, and bring water and/or snacks as desired.  More Info: 717-432-5011

2 LANCASTER’S “ALL-CROW” ART SHOW OPENS at Manheim Township Public Library, Granite Run Dr, Lancaster, today (Friday, Jan 13) from 5:30-8pm.Enjoy Crow-themed artwork, help create a group crow art piece to add to the show, Plus hot crow-coa, caw-fee and crow-ssants. More Info: SomethingToCrowAbout.Net

1 The One Hundred and First Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show comes to a close this weekend, it is tonight and tomorrow (Friday & Saturday, Jan. 13 & 14) today 9am-9pm and tomorrow 9am-5pm at the Farm Show complex in Harrisburg.Tractor Square Dancing, Animals, Exhibits, Butter Sculpture and more. All events are free but there is a fee for parking. More Info:  FarmShow.State.PA.US

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Compassion Guatemala Trip

phredd : January 6, 2017 10:36 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages

Lisa  and I will be heading back to Guatemala with Compassion International  January 28-February 4, 2017

We will be visiting GU-501.  That is Compassion’s project many WJTL listeners helped sponsor in 2015.

If you have a sponsored child from GU-501 and you would like to send along a gift for your child, please put everything in a one gallon (or less) zip-lock bag. If you sponsor more than one child please make one for each child.  The child’s name and number, along with the sponsor’s name and number, need to be clearly marked on the outside of each bag. Or you can put on a piece of paper that is able to be seen clearly through the bag.  Please DO NOT send along any money inside the bags because we won’t have the chance to do currency exchange while on the trip.

Here’s a few ideas of small things you can include:

  • Photos
  • Postcards
  • Greeting cards
  • Coloring pages or small book
  • Paper crafts
  • Stickers
  • Bookmarks
  • Musical greeting cards
  • colored pencils, crayons or markers
  • hair ribbons & barrettes
  • school supplies
  • puzzles

 

Drop off, or mail your child’s gift (in a gallon, or quart bag) to  WJTL, 1875 Junction Road, Manheim, PA 17545 by January 20th.

Lisa and I are looking forward to seeing the children we sponsor AND we are looking forward to delivering your gifts to your child as well.

Here’s a photo of what a baggie of gifts could look like.

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Five Fun Free Family Things To Do Jan 6-8, 2017

phredd : January 6, 2017 8:53 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend
January 6-8, 2017

5 First Friday Lancaster in Downtown Lancaster tonight (Friday, January 6)  5-9pm.  Art galleries, studios, museums, music, and more in downtown Lancaster.   More Info: VisitLancasterCity.com

4 Music Friday at Speckled Hen in Strasburg tonight (Friday, January 6) 6-9pm. Music performed by local artist Josh Leininger; attnedees will have an opprortunity to support support building wells in countries without clean drinking water through charitywater.  More Info: The Speckled Hen Coffee Facebook page

3 We The People: First Friday Initiative is a series of free First Friday performances. This Friday will feature The Gospel of Lancaster – a celebration of spiritual music rooted in many churches across Lancaster County. The concert is tonight (Friday, January 6) at The Ware Center, downtown Lancaster at 7:30pm. The performance will include music, dance and spoken word from a wide range of area churches.  More Info: artsmu.com

2 Musical Art Society Soiree Of Musical Styles, Sunday (January 8) 3pm at the Bachman Center in Lancaster. The Lancaster Woodwind Quintet will perform.   The concert is free, however donations may be made to the scholarship fund. More Info: LancasterConservatory.org/events

1 The One Hundred and First Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show opens to the public tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 7) 8am-9pm at the Farm Show complex in Harrisburg. Saturday features opening ceremonies with Gov. Tom Wolfe, Swine and Horse comptetitions, cooking demonstrations, rodeo and so much more.  The event continues through Saturday, Jan. 14. All events are free but there is a fee for parking. More Info:  FarmShow.State.PA.US

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Five Fun Free Family Things To Do Dec 16-18, 2016

phredd : December 16, 2016 8:53 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend
December 16-18, 2016

5 Messick’s 4th Annual Christmas Drive-Thur animated light show, featuring over 70,000 lights choreographed to Christmas Music. Continues today, tomorrow and Sunday (Dec 16-18) 6:30p-9pm with shows beginning every 15 minutes at Messicks Farm Equipment in Elizabethtown. Donations benefit local nonprofits. More Info: Messicks.com

4 Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas event tonight (Dec 16) 6pm-8:30pm. Wagon rides, Decorated historic buildings, bonfire and carols accompanied by the Lititz Moravian Trombone Choir.  Cookies & hot cider in the yellow barn. The event is free, please bring one or more non-perishable food itemsfor Lancaster Food Bank. More Info: LandisValleyMuseum.org

3 The Christmas Story Live Nativity at Woodcrest Retreat, Ephrata, today 6-8:30pm and tomorrow 5-8:30pm (Friday, Dec 16 and Saturday Dec.17) Actors and animals in six unique scenes. Guests will depart every 10 minutes to travel with Biblical characters and receive items to assist them on the outdoor journey along candlelit wooded trails.  More Info: WoodCrestRetreat.org

2 The Music for Everyone (MFE) Community Chorus accompanied by Big Boy Brass will perform a free Holiday Concert in the festive lobby of the Marriott Hotel at Penn Square tonight (Friday Dec. 16th) at 7pm. All ages are welcome to share in this joyful community event and join The Chorus in a traditional Holiday Sing-a-Long. MFE Chorus Facebook Page

1 15th Annual Journey With Jesus at Ed’s Landscaping in Elizabethtown tomorrow (Sat. Dec. 17) from 6pm-8pm on North Market Street in Elizabethtown, two miles from the square.  Journey with Jesus is a walk through event with key scenes from the life of Jesus.  Donations benefit the ministry of WJTL. More Info: (717) 367-1006

 

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Five Fun Free Family Things To Do – Dec 9-11, 2016

phredd : December 9, 2016 8:53 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend
December 9-11, 2016

5 Messick’s 4th Annual Christmas Drive-Thur animated light show, featuring over 70,000 lights choreographed to Christmas Music. Opens tonight (Friday, Dec 9) and runs this weekend 6:30p-9pm with shows beginning every 15 minutes at Messicks Farm Equipment in Elizabethtown. Donations benefit local nonprofits. More Info: Messicks.com

4 Pathway Community Church of York 3rd Annual Night Of Lights tomorrow (Saturday, December 10) from 6-8pm. Christmas lights, choirs, food trucks, free Christmas trees, horse & carriage rides, story-time & a free gift for children, and free family photos (with your pets). More Info: www.pathwaycc.org

3 Happy Birthday Jesus Family Event – Sunday (Dec. 11) from 10am-11:30am at Kochenderfer UMC of Lebanon. Drama, games, and a birthday celebration for Jesus. More Info: kochenderfer.org

2 Lancaster Gifts That Give Hope Alternative Gift Fair tomorrow (Saturday, December 10) 10-4pm. 30 non-profits and a Marketplace featuring non-profits offering fair trade, sustainable, or social enterprise goods for sale.  KCB live on location 10-noon. with FREE goodies, Chick-fil-A cookies, door prizes, games, chances to request songs and talk on the radio and more! More Info: giftsthatgivehope.org

1 15th Annual Journey With Jesus at Ed’s Landscaping in Elizabethtown tomorrow (Sat. Dec. 10) from 6pm-8pm on North Market Street in Elizabethtown, two miles from the square.  Journey with Jesus is a walk through event with key scenes from the life of Jesus.  WJTL broadcasting Live and donations benefit the ministry of WJTL. More Info: (717) 367-1006

 

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Five Fun Free Family Things To Do Dec 2-4, 2016

phredd : December 2, 2016 8:53 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend
December 2-4, 2016

5 An Evening of  Christmas Worship featuring Brad and Rebekah at Grace Fellowship, Shrewsbury Sunday (December 4) at 7pm.  A love offering will be taken. More Info:  gfcshrewsbury.org

4 Community Christmas at Grace, West Lincoln Avenue in Lititz, tomorrow (Saturday December 3) 3-6 p.m. Music, movies, refreshments, wagon rides, a live nativity and more. More Info: meetgrace.org

3 Lebanon Christkindl Market, tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 3) from 9am-4pm at Coleman Memorial Park in Lebanon. Inspired by the 700-year-old traditional German Christkindl market, this is a festive event prepared by various churches, organizations, and residents featuring outdoor booth, crafts and traditional Christkindl treats.  More Info: LebanonChristKindlMarket.org

2 The Mennonite Children’s Choir of Lancaster, a 130-voice choir composed of singers in grades 2 – 12, will present a Celtic-themed Christmas Concert with guests The Irish Blessing Band and friends Sunday (Dec. 4) 4pm-5:30pm at Highland Presbyterian Church in Lancaster. More Info: MennoniteChildrensChoir.org

1 After 257 years, the Lancaster Public Library has decided to throw a birthday party for itself.  The library is hosting a free, family-friendly birthday party tomorrow (Saturday, Dec 3) at 2pm which will include a story time, a birthday cake and giveaways. More Info:  lancaster.lib.pa.us.

 

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Thank You Extraordinary Givers

phredd : November 19, 2016 5:37 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages
Thank you WJTL Family! YOU ARE EXTRAORDINARY GIVERS!!! You helped WJTL raise $164,744 of support during this year’s Extraordinary Give. AND Thank you Lancaster County Community Foundation for Championing Giving and Generosity and for Celebrating many great organizations from our community.
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Five Fun Free Family Things To Do – Nov 18-20, 2016

phredd : November 18, 2016 8:53 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend
November 18-20, 2016
5 International Games Day at Lancaster Public Library tomorrow  (Sat. Nov. 19). 10am-12noon and 1pm-4:30pm. Board Game Collections available to play, and a number of volunteers on hand to teach the rules. The program is free but registration is required. More Info: lancaster.lib.pa.us

4 Science of Star Wars, today (Friday, Nov 18) 3-6pm at The Lancaster Science Factory. Capital City Jedi Knights will perform a lightsaber battle! Related Movie activities in the Science Cafe. FREE ADMISSION from 3 – 6 pm. More Info: LancasterScienceFactory.org

3 Elizabethtown Holiday Parade tomorrow (Sat. Nov. 19) at 2pm.  The parade begins at the corner of South Market and West Bainbridge Streets, and travels North on Market Street to the intersection of North Market Street and Mechanics Alley.  More Info: etownonline.com

2 Extraordinary Night of Joy Community Concert tonight (Fri, Nov 18) at The Conestoga Valley High School from 7pm-8:30pm. Featuring CV grads Alex Arias and Liz Fulmer, Rich Lucchese, CV Choral Group and several church Praise bands. More Info: CVCCS.org

ExtraGive FEST – tonight (Friday, Nov 18) 5pm-midnight. Celebrate the Extraordinary Give with a finale event featuring 10 bands at 2 locations – Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square and Lancaster County Convention Center. Don’t forget to check out the Greist Building lights. More Info: ExtraGive.org

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Extraordinary Give is Today

phredd : November 18, 2016 12:01 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages, Uncategorized

The Extraordinary Give is happening today.  This is Lancaster’s biggest day of online giving, but you don’t have to be from Lancaster to donate to WJTL.  Over 400 Non-Profit Organizations are participating.  Your donations are stretched by  $250,000 from the Lancaster County Community Foundation and their sponsors. There are also special incentives and bonuses for organizations that total another $50,000.  Last year you helped WJTL raise $159,487.  Today’s event was created to encourage and inspire giving.  We want to invite you to donate to WJTL today by clicking on this link.  We know there are many worthy organizations vying for your attention and donations today. Please consider supporting WJTL-Creative Ministries Inc.  Thank you for believing in the ministry and mission of WJTL.

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