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                     News from around the so pa district




               West Shore Church of the Brethren raised funds and supplied labor in
         September to enclose a porch for a member.  Mary and Morgan ("Junior") Hahn
         donated their construction skills (see Junior in the one picture) to make the new porch a
         reality.
               In October West Shore launched First Friday Flix, which were delayed by the
         COVID19 lock down (even though we've been paying for the CVLI license for
         months).  Eight people attended our showing of Secretariat.  We also show a short Bible
         -related video prior to the main feature.  Our November movie night featured Heaven is
         for Real.  December will be a Christmas-themed movie.  A homeschooling family who
         visited the church several times, suggested some movies, which we hope to show in
         future First Friday Flix (6 p.m. in the fellowship hall, which is accessed below through
         the parking lot behind the church, social distancing, masks while not seated).
               Also, on World-wide Communion Day in October the Love Feast was celebrated as
         planned, with sharing stories of humble service in place of the foot-washing.  In
         November we collected canned goods for Bethesda Mission in Harrisburg.  In December
         we are collecting items for families through New Hope Ministries, and providing cookies
         and Jesus DVDs for the Truckers Ministry.
               Women's Fellowship at West Shore's fundraiser through Rada Cutlery (note the
         corrected spelling) looks to be a success.  Orders were due November 15th to have time
         for pre-Christmas delivery.  The Women's Fellowship gets to keep 40% of the sales
         price, which should be well over $100.  We'll see when the total orders are known.
               Christmas Eve the service will start at 7 p.m. with masks while not seated and socially distanced.  Junior
         Hahn has written a 3 person skit (there's room on the platform to socially distance the actors) to share the
         Christmas story.  Lighting the Christ Candle on the Advent Wreath, Christmas hymns, scripture readings and
         special music will conclude with individual LED candles and singing Silent Night.
               We sent out the welcome letter from the church to 30 new residents in the township.  Shortly thereafter, a
         family of four visited in worship.  We are planning to send out another batch before long.  West Shore has a
         well-deserved reputation as a friendly church and we look forward to partnering with God to see what He will
         do.






                                                     Free Spring
                                              Church of the Brethren
                                                       25-Year

                                           Appreciation Celebration for
                                         Pastor Terry and Wanda Smith


         On October 25, 2020, Free Spring Church of the Brethren held an appreciation celebration for Pastor Terry
         and Wanda Smith for their 25 years of ministry at the church during Pastor Appreciation month.
         Due to COVID-19, they were unable to have a meal or party for them.  So instead, they presented Pastor Terry
         and Wanda with a personalized picture frame, bouquet, cards, and other gifts from the congregation.






         The Gettysburg Church of the Brethren has called Rev. Edward Robbins to become the settled
         pastor of the congregation. He had been serving as their interim minister for 14 months, and
         became the settled pastor on November 1, 2020.
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