Thursday, March 31, 2016

Fwd: Exciting Woodcrest Events!

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Hello Friends of Woodcrest Retreat,
Spring has finally sprung and we hope you're enjoying the nice weather.
As you get ready for summer don't forget about these great Woodcrest events.
We invite you to attend:

Father/Daughter Canoe
Saturday, June 4th, 2016
Dad and daughter (ages 9 and up) will navigate the Schuylkill River together.
Father/Son Campout
Friday-Saturday, June 10-11, 2016
A great time for dad and lad (ages 5 to 15) to get away overnight and create memories.
Summer Camp Open House
Saturday, April 23, 2016, 9am-12pm
Bring someone that doesn't know about Woodcrest to experience camp in a nutshell.

Click here to read more about these events and to register.
We look forward to seeing you at camp!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016


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Attend our 2016 Annual Banquet
 The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10

Nurturing Hope and Facilitating Healing = leading them into the abundant life.

As a new believer, at 18 years old in 1972, I heard John 10:10 for the first time. The abundant life! That is what the ministry of Family Resource and Counseling Center ultimately offers those in our communities who are without hope and who need healing. 

The issues we have helped precious people through this year have caused me to dig my heals in deeper and grasp, with white knuckles, tighter, to my role of sustaining this ministry. The issues are local and private, but suffice it to say that if it was late-breaking news in Lancaster or Chester Counties, we may be serving those involved. God calls on us to help someone through a temporary glitch, and He calls on us for the major crises. 

When I write a grant proposal, one of the questions is frequently, "How many will be affected by your work?" Well, what do I say to that? In the grand scheme of things, how many people are affected when someone with anger, anxiety, depression, any form of mental illness receives hope and healing...or doesn't. Thousands? Millions? How many are affected in some way to a school shooting? A suicide? It is immeasurable. To receive true hope, or true healing, God's Word is part of the process; prayer is part of the process. The intervention of Jesus Christ by way of His Holy Spirit orchestrates the process. 

We honestly cannot continue to keep our doors open without the consistent, prayerful intervention of God's people who see value in what is done behind the closed doors of our counseling offices. We charge for our counseling services, and we do accept most major insurances. But those subsidized fees pay the operating portion of this ministry only. Our counselors are professionals with many years of experience and expert credentials; and they care deeply for those whom they serve. Often families facing a crisis are dealing with financial constraints as well. It is through the ongoing gifts of God's people that we are able to operate using a sliding scale. FRCC has no large corporate backing; our doors remain open because you have cared and because you value what we do. Thank you.

Please join us for our fundraising banquet on April 15 at 6:30 at Shady Maple Banquet Center. The cost of the meal is paid for by our generous sponsors. If you are not able to attend the banquet, won't you consider making a recurring donation to help sustain this ministry for God's glory?

Join us for the FRCC Annual Fundraising Banquet on April 15
We hope you are planning to attend this year's banquet. Would your business like to sponsor a table that will enable us to invite local friends to the banquet? Would you like to attend? Would you like to fill a table with friends and family? The Silent Auction is just another enjoyable part of the evening, along with music by SWAN 4-Kids and testimonies of our some of our clients who wanted to share how God has used FRCC in their lives. Some of the items on the Silent Auction this year are tickets to local restaurants and shows; a hot air balloon ride for two; greens fees for two or four at Fox Chase; organic herb gardens; jewelry and much more. You may click the link below before April 4 to reserve your space at the banquet, or call us at 717-442-9577 to make your reservation.                              

Miriam in Scotland
Miriam on Iona Island, Scotland
MMIRIAM BLANK  Miriam joined FRCC as a counselor in October 2002. She holds a Master's of Science in Nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina and a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Messiah College. She has also done graduate work in counseling at Millersville University and Westminster Theological Seminary.
Miriam is certified as a pastoral counselor through the American Association of Christian Counselors and Emerge Ministries. She is credentialed by the Board of Christian Professional & Pastoral Counselors. She is also certified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality inventory and is a certified Spiritual Director through Kairos School of Spiritual Formation.
Prior to joining FRCC, Miriam spent 16 years as a professional nurse and a nurse practitioner. She has a passion to see people find truth, hope and healing. 
A few of the many things she enjoys doing are traveling, cycling, reading, hiking, cooking and writing poetry. Her most recent adventure was a trip to Scotland. She has always loved adventure, i.e. skydiving, white water canoeing, spelunking and rock climbing.  However these days she is more likely to spend her free time gardening, biking or hiking. 
Miriam has lost substantial eyesight through a genetic condition called retinitis pigmentosa.  In learning to live with loss she has found surprising beauty, courage and tenderness.  Her losses have taught her to listen more deeply to others and with a greater compassion and wisdom.  

For more information on Miriam's spiritual direction work please take a look at our Spiritual Direction Brochure.

EMMAJANE DENLINGER  Emmajane earned her BS in Bible at Lancaster Bible College and her MA in Christian Counseling at Southwest Bible College and Seminary. She has more than 20 years of counseling experience. Currently, she provides mostly individual counseling to women; she occasionally works with couples. Emmajane's main approach to counseling is cognitive behavioral therapy.
For more than 14 years Emmajane has provided teaching and training in church settings, while also engaging in continuing education, in the following areas: ministers' and care givers' personality characteristics (according to Stephen Ministry traits), retaining a vision for God through times of crisis and trauma (Gary Oliver material), dementia and Alzheimer's disease, codependency, and addictions. She continues to deepen her knowledge in various areas and provide training as requested.
Emmajane has been married for 58 years, has 3 sons, and 7 grandchildren and a new great grandson! She has traveled to many countries visiting missionaries, served as a Stephen Minister Leader for 12 years, taught Sunday school, and was a Pioneer Girls Leader as well as serving on the Hope International Regional Board of Directors.

FRCC has three new church partnerships. Does your church currently have a partnership with FRCC? We have partnerships with 19 Lancaster and Chester County churches, seeing their members for a reduced rate, while being a part of their local missions budget. 

Contact Roxanne to have a Church Partnership Packet sent to your church

Our 2016 FUN FUNDRAISERS are listed below AND WE NEED YOU!
  • April 15 - ANNUAL FUNDRAISING BANQUET AND SILENT AUCTION at Shady Maple Smorgasbord.
  • May 7 - Please note the change in date of our: 
    MOTHER'S DAY TEA, Please invite your daughters, mothers, friends, etc.
  • September (tbd) - RUN FOR HOPE AND HEALING! 
  • November 18 - EXTRAORDINARY GIVE 

We need VOLUNTEERS and sponsors for these events! If you have an item to donate to our Silent Auction; want to be a food vendor for the Mother's Day Tea; would like to sponsor our RUN, or find a group of friends to participate; will hand out FRCC balloons in Lancaster Square for Extraordinary Give, we need you! 


Learn more by calling me at Roxanne (717) 442-9577

I speak of meeting the needs of our communities, fundraising, and sustaining FRCC, 
but without PRAYER you could give FRCC a billion dollars and our service would be simply helpful, clinical and temporal. When PRAYER lays the foundation
for all that we do, we know that our outcomes are eternal, clinical, therapeutic and a result of wisdom from God's Word. Thank you for praying for FRCC. If you have a prayer group, please add us to your list. God hears those prayers and lives are changed.

Thank you for your partnership,

Roxanne Holcomb
Family Resource & Counseling Centers

Family Resource & Counseling Centers

Family Resource & Counseling Centers, 835 Houston Run Drive, Suite 230, Gap, PA 17527
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Fwd: Attend The Chiles Urban Ministry Banquet

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Thursday April 7, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM EDT
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Shady Maple Smorgasbord
Shady Maple Smorgasbord,
129 Toddy Dr,
East Earl,, PA 17519
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Dear Philip, 

You are invited to the Chiles Urban Ministry Banquet!

Dr. Lawrence Chiles, Bishop of Koinonia Fellowship of Churches will speak about God's plan for transforming our devastated inner cities. Other inner city church planters will also speak. Come for an evening of fellowship, story telling and inspiration about the amazing things God is doing.

Register Now! (Click here)
I can't make it (Click here)
There is no charge for this banquet but reservations are requested. Please register by calling Joyce Martin, treasurer of Chiles MST, at 717 615-7928 or email her by clicking "Get more information".

Joyce Martin
Treasurer of Chiles MST

Chiles MST, 226 South Reading Road, Ephrata, PA 17522
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Fwd: MWC Info March 2016

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MWC Info | CMM Info | CMM Infos

March 2016

Fellowship and Renewal

New Executive Committee meets in Indonesia

Bogotá, Colombia – Excitement for Mennonite World Conference (MWC) Assembly 2021 was in the air at the MWC Executive Committee annual meeting 12–19 February 2016 in Semarang, Indonesia.

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Project: A-Mar, or Oceans of Love

South American Mennonite youth build friendships across borders

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"Not in my name" – European Mennonites reject violence

Bogotá, Colombia – Mennonite churches in Europe are responding the violence and displacement in the Middle East that is affecting their society.

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Mennonitischer Gemeiden (AMG – Mennonite church in Germany) and Algemene Doopsgezind Societeit (ADS – Dutch Mennonite society) each wrote a letter to their governments urging peace.

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Young Anabaptists: the present church

They have a relatively short history, but their voices at PA 2015 were arresting and incisive. In fact, the Young Anabaptists' presentations throughout the morning worship at the Assembly caused some of the most spirited conversation at the Farm Show Complex (FSC) and were shared and discussed extensively on social media and beyond.

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More united than ever before

Alfred Neufeld, chair of MWC's Faith and Life Commission, reflects on the state of the global Mennonite faith community

Alfred Neufeld, theologian, historian and generally insightful philosopher, reads on two tracks these days: "Proceedings" from past Mennonite World Conference Assemblies and social media.

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GYS sends a strong call to impact the world by sharing gifts

The three-day Mennonite World Conference (MWC) Global Youth Summit (GYS) at Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA, concluded Sunday, 19 July 2015, with a strong desire to impact the world by sharing their gifts.

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What I found at PA 2015 and will take home with me:

Being a part of the throngs at PA 2015 made Paulus Hartono of Indonesia reflect on his early life and how unlikely it is that he found his way to this place. Now a Mennonite pastor and highly active in peace work in Solo (Surakarta) Central Java, Indonesia, with its strong Muslim community, Hartono grew up in a Buddhist family.

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Prayers of gratitude and intercession

March 2016: Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! "You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ – he is Lord of all" (Acts 10:36 NRSV). At Easter, we praise God for the resurrection and pray that we would be faithful in proclaiming God's lordship through our words and our lives. As we celebrate with joy, we pray for our brothers and sisters in parts of the world we cannot name for their safety who are unable to celebrate openly due to persecution Read more...

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Fwd: The 60th annual Pennsylvania Relief Sale is this weekend!

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Dear friends,
The 60th annual Pennsylvania Relief Sale benefiting Mennonite Central Committee is this weekend!

60th annual Pennsylvania Relief Sale 
April 1-2, 2016  
Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex 
Harrisburg, PA

Don't miss the Pennsylvania Relief Sale 60th Anniversary Quilt, designed and donated by Ellen Ressler. The sampler quilt features 60 patches and 60 unique fabrics. Preview the Anniversary Quilt and more than 370 other quilts, comforters and wall hangings slated to be sold at the sale in the Quilt Auction Photo Gallery.

Images of Silent Auction and Country Auction items are also available to preview online. 
The 90-member Cumberland Valley Christian Choir will perform gospel music with hymns and narration at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
MCC alumni and friends are invited to come by the MCC display at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday for an informal time of coffee and fellowship.
Please visit or the PA Relief Sale Facebook page for additional details. To learn more about the sale's 60-year history, check out this anniversary article

We hope you'll join us to celebrate the sale's 60th year of supporting MCC's work in the name of Christ!

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Brian Snader                                                             Bruce Campbell-Janz  

Constituency Relations Associate                             Executive Director  

MCC East Coast

900 E. Howell Street
Philadelphia, PA 19149


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