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

* The St. Francis Xavier Prayer Shawl Ministry, which meets on the second Tuesday of the month at the Xavier Center, has temporarily suspended its meetings due to the COVID surge. The group expects to resume meetings in the spring.

* There is a drive-thru food pantry from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month at GBC Church, 95 Fairview Road, Gettysburg, while supplies last. Visitors are asked to stay in their vehicles while they wait. Visit for more information.

* Gettysburg United Methodist Church’s Clothing Closet is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays.

* The Gettysburg Food Pantry, 153 N. Stratton St., is open every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to help those in need.

* Mt. Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4200 Carlisle Road, Gardners, has an outdoor food pantry on the church parking for those in need. Upper Bermudian Lutheran Church, 185 Ground Oak Church Road, Gardners, also has an outdoor food pantry located near the church on the parking lot. Donations to help with either of the food pantries will be greatly appreciated.

* Upper Adams Food Pantry, located in Centenary United Methodist Church, 99 N. Main St., serves families in the Upper Adams School District; second and fourth Mondays, 6-7:30 p.m. with meal; and the third Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for food distribution. For more information, call 717-262-8960.

* Monthly turkey dinner with dessert, $10, take out only, will be held Sunday, Jan. 16, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Immaculate Conception Parish Center behind Immaculate Conception Church, 106 Carlisle St., with handicap entrance at 101 N. Peter St.

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