First Responders

A flag with the names of the fallen first responders is displayed during the Lancaster 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Clipper Magazine Stadium on Sept. 10, 2017.

First responder appreciation day

Petra Church, 565 Airport Road, New Holland, will recognize local first responders on Sunday as a way to convey their thanks for first responders’ courage, commitment and extraordinary service. All area fire fighters, EMTs, law enforcement officers and others who respond to emergency situations are invited to either the 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. service at Petra.

First Responder Appreciation Day is being spearheaded by Thunder Outreach Ministries, a faith-based organization in the Reading area that reaches out to area churches, businesses, fire and police departments, mayors and other community-based groups.

This special event will give guests a chance to visit, enjoy a service at Petra and receive free tickets to a Reading Fightin Phils baseball game. A complimentary pizza lunch will be offered to first responders after the 11 a.m. service.

How Lancaster should deal with hate

Jewish Family Services of Lancaster will present a program on “Hate in Lancaster County: Our Community’s Response” at 7 p.m. Sunday, in the sanctuary of Congregation Shaarai Shomayim, 75 E. James St. The program will address the Lancaster community’s response to hatred directed at individuals and groups in Lancaster County.

Rabbi Jack Paskoff of Shaarai Shomayim will be the keynote speaker. Other participants include Chief Peter Anders of the Millersville University Police Department; Dan Jurman, CEO of Community Action Partnership of Lancaster; Nicole Kaplan, registered nurse; and Mukaram Syed of the Islamic Center of Lancaster. Lancaster attorney Nina Shapiro will serve as the panel moderator.

The program is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the program in the temple’s social hall.

Music appreciation Sunday at Otterbein UMC

Otterbein United Methodist Church’s Chancel Choir and handbell choir will celebrate Music Appreciation on Sunday at the 9:30 a.m. worship service under the leadership of Bill Rhoads, director of music and organist. Maggie Eckroat will perform on cello during one of the anthems.

Church of Brethren hosting lawn party

The Lancaster Church of the Brethren, 1601 Sunset Ave., will hold its annual lawn party at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Items on the menu will include chicken corn soup, chicken pot pie, pork barbecue, hot dogs, salads and desserts.

Homemade strawberry pies may be preordered by calling the church office at 717-397-4751.

Lighthouse Benefit auction scheduled

The 28th Lighthouse Benefit Auction will take place Friday and Saturday, June 7-8, at 144 Orlan Road, New Holland. The event runs from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The auction will include quilts, wall hangings, farm supplies, plants and more.

Founded in 1975, Lighthouse Vocational Services is a nonprofit that provides skill building, employment, volunteer opportunities, assessment and job placement services for persons with developmental challenges.

For more information, contact Christina Cruz at 717-354-0355 or

Son Light craft show and bake sale

Son Light Bible Church, 2503 Oregon Pike, will hold its annual craft fair from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 8, at the church. Baked goods also will be available. For additional information, contact Caitlyn Wagner at

Bright Side Baptist hosting Men's Day June 9

Bright Side Baptist Church will host its annual Men’s Day at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 9. The sermon will be delivered by the Rev. Benjamin Haley of Union Baptist Church in Allentown.

Old Zion Strawberry Social June 8

Old Zion Church, 187 Reifsnyder Road, Lititz, will hold its annual Strawberry Social from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8. Volunteers will prepare local, homegrown strawberries, a wide variety of delicious cakes served with homemade vanilla ice cream from Fox Meadow Creamery, topped with whipped cream. This $5 dessert include a beverage. Chicken corn soup also will be available for $3. Music will be provided by local group Southbound 897. The 1813 country church will be open for tours.

Bethel EC sing-along, ice cream social set

Bethel Evangelical Community Church, 3716 Main St., Conestoga, will hold or a Summer Sing-Along at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 8. The hymn sing will be followed by an ice cream social.

Wenger Meetinghouse hymn sing

The fourth annual hymn sing will be held at historic Wenger Meetinghouse, 16 Supervisors Drive, Jonestown, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 9. Hymns will be sung a cappella from the 20th century, when the meetinghouse was in use by the United Zion Church.

Program on using film as interfaith tool

Eastern Mennonite University, 1846 Charter Lane, will hold a continuing education program titled “Film, Religion & Culture: Using Cinematic Narrative as a Tool for Interfaith Dialogue,” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 14 at the S. Dale High Leadership Center.

This workshop-style event, featuring Jerry Holsopple, will model how to use film to stimulate interesting theological discussions. It includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Advance pricing is $45 for the public; $40 for students; $50 for pastor clergy seeking contact hours. There is a $5 extra charge at the door.

To register, go to

Rohr Chabad to mark Shavuot

Rohr Chabad Jewish Center, 1024 Harrisburg Pike, will celebrate the 3,330th anniversary of the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai with a service on June 9 with the reading of the Ten Commandments. Chabad will also hold services on June 10 that will include a Yizkor memorial service.

Shavuot is celebrated for two days, beginning at sundown on Saturday, June 8. Known as the Festival of Weeks, it celebrates the completion of the seven-week Omercounting period between the second day of Passover and Shavuot.

Chabad of Lancaster will be joining thousands of other cities throughout the world, as they stay up late to learn Torah during the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.

“The tradition to learn all night traces back to more than 3,000 years ago,” Rabbi Elazar Green said. “On the night before God gave the Torah to the Jewish people, the Jews went to sleep waking late in the morning. As a symbolic rectification for this, Jews customarily stay awake studying Torah until the morning, on the first night of Shavuot.”

Acclaimed cantor Joseph Green will be leading several of the holiday’s services. Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, call 717-723-8783 or