Church briefs are devoted to news of upcoming special events and activities for the area religious community.

* Designer Purse and Bag will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School. Doors open at 5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6:30. Advance tickets can be picked up in the school office, 465 Table Rock Road. For more information call 334-4221.

* The Upper Bermudian Lutheran Parish will hold a Family Day event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 15 at Upper Bermudian Lutheran Church, 185 Ground Oak Church Road, Gardners. The day will begin with service. Immediately following, there will be an animal presentation by “Creatures Great and Small.” Lunch will be provided, followed by games and activities and the running of the Dandy Dave Derby, a pool noodle horse race for jockeys of all ages. For additional information or directions, please call Joyce Sowers at (717) 778-7567.

*Harrisburg Diocesan Charismatic Day of Renewal will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Diocesan Center, 4800 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg. The program is entitled, “The Beginning and the End: The Healing of Past Soul Wounds” with Keynote Speaker Fr. Paul C. B. Schenck and will include a breakout session of “Unleashing the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.” To register, visit or Cost includes lunch. Call Joyce at 717-308-7245.

* Wesley Chapel UMC Fall Festival, Saturday, Sept. 21, noon to 5 p.m. Rain or shine. Music by “The Bluegrass Chapel Band” from 2-5 pm. Serving fried oyster sandwiches, homemade chicken corn soup/beef vegetable soup, kettle fried potatoes, steamers, hot dogs and homemade baked goods. Address: 654 Old Waynesboro Road, Fairfield. Health Ministry team offering free blood pressure screenings.

* Redeemer’s United Church of Christ, Littlestown, will host a Tex Mex Dinner from 4-7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, with a last seating at 6:30. The menu will feature three varieties of chili, salsa, guacamole, and churro sundaes. Raffles and door prizes will also be available. Children under 5 eat for free. Tickets are also available at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, please contact the church office at 717-359-4019, or email the church at

* Lower Marsh Creek Presbetyrian Church, 1865 Knoxlyn Road, Route 116 West of Gettysburg, will have multi-family yard sales in the church parking lot in Fellowship Hall on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Baked Goods, soups and coffee will be on sale in Fellowship Hall.

* Toms Creek United Methodist Church, 10925 Simmons Road, Emmitsburg, Maryland, will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and pork fundraiser. The menu includes scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, chipped beef gravy, home fries, toast, muffins, fruit, coffee, tea and orange juice. baked goods are available for purchase. Call Dottie Call Dottie at 301-447-2403 or 301-693-1505, or Debbie at 443-536-2951 to place order. Questions, please call the church at 301-447-3171.

* Trinity United Church of Christ, Gettysburg, is sponsoring a bus trip to the Flight 93 Memorial on Saturday, Oct. 12. The bus will depart from Trinity at 60 East High St. at 7 a.m. and return at 4 p.m. Bring bagged lunch. Purchase tickets by calling the church office weekday mornings at 717-334-7266.

* Members of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Abbottstown are joining Father Ho Lung (Missionaries of the Poor) on a Mission Trip to Jamaica Nov. 2-10, 2019, to serve the people. Why not consider joining them? Contact Roy Wainwright at or 717-619-7243. Find more information at

* First Baptist Church of Gettysburg, 1015 Chambersburg Road, beginning Sept. 4 from 6-8 p.m. AWANA — For ages 3-12th grade. Free Dinner at 5 p.m. Also, on Sept. 29, Auri Hauben from Chosen People Ministries will speak on Yom Kippur — Day of Atonement at the 9 and 10:30 a.m. services.

* Day of Pilgrimage is held Sunday through Friday starting with a 1:30 p.m. Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 339 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg, Md.

* The Clothing Closet at Gettysburg United Methodist Church, High Street, Gettysburg, is open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

* The Gettysburg Food Pantry, 153 N. Stratton St. is open every Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

* Upper Adams Food Pantry serves soup/sandwiches plus provides food assistance every second and fourth Monday from 6-7:30 p.m., at Centenary Methodist Church, 99 N. Main St., Biglerville. Call 717-677-6951.

* Mt. Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4200 Carlisle Road, Gardners, has an outdoor food pantry on the parking lot of the church for those in need. Donations greatly appreciated.

* Immaculate Conception Church Thrift Shop, 5 Carlisle St., New Oxford, is having a clothing sale, buy one, get one free; the second item must of equal or lesser value. Shop hours are Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Questions call 717-624-1272.

* Free Fitness Program at Lower Marsh Creek Presbyterian Church, 1865 Knoxlyn Road, Gettysburg, on Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m.

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