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Swamp Christian Fellowship In Reinholds Celebrates 275 Years

Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese

Swamp Christian Fellow­ship invites the community to celebrate its 275th anniversary on Sunday, June 2nd from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 390 Swamp Church Road, in Reinholds.

Shown in the photo, from left to right, are (front) Mike Messner, Elder (helping to hold a congregational photo in front of Swamp Church dated September 27, 1931); Chris Messner; Archer Wagner; Barrett Wagner; James Frazier; Luke Frazier (holding a commemorative plate, c. 1950); (back) Amy Wagner (holding a land grant dated May 22, 1755; Nick Wagner; Patti Gress; Estella Reich (holding a wedding photo of herself and the late John Reich dated February 9, 1963); Diana Frazier; and Pastor Craig Frazier (holding a Bible presented to the first Pastor of Swamp, Rev. John Wasldsch, by Rev. Michael Schlatter in 1755. The Bible was printed by John Ludwig Brandmiller in 1747 in Basle, Switzerland).

The church might be older than the country, but more than history or a building, the church is its people. Come join them for fun for the whole family and meet the people of Swamp. They will serve smoked pulled pork sandwiches for lunch and a Kona Ice truck for dessert. There will also be a bounce house obstacle course, pony rides, scavenger hunt (with kids and adult prizes), live music and more. At 3:30 p.m., they invite you to tour the Historic Building, built in 1806, where they continue to worship each week. At 4:00 p.m. they will have a brief message from Pastor Craig and worship followed by more fun.

Join Swamp on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. for Worship, and at 10:30 a.m. for Sunday School. Their service is a blend of contemporary and traditional — relatively informal, yet always seeking to honor Christ. Please come as you are. Pastor Craig Frazier of Denver, has been serving Swamp Christian Fellowship since 2017. 

Swamp Christian Fellow­ship is one of the oldest congregations in northern Lancaster County. Settlers of the Reformed faith located in the vicinity of the church as early as 1727. A preaching point was established at Michael Amweg’s (now Swamp) as early as 1749. In the extract of a Baptismal Book of Michael Amweg, the first baptism is dated July 20, 1749; the date they use for the age of the church.

On May 22, 1755, William Penn’s descendants deeded a tract of land called “Swamp Church Ground” to the Calvinist (Reformed con­gregation). A log building was erected as a place of worship in the present old cemetery. And in 1806, the present two-tone sandstone building was built. The educational building was constructed in 1963 and expanded in 2001 to allow for church growth, however, the original sanctuary is still used for worship from September through May each year.

For more information, visit, or call 717-336-6748.

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Lititz Library Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Birthday Bash

Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese

Join the Lititz Public Library for their 25th Birthday Bash. On Saturday, June 1, the community is invited to attend a day of celebration. The Lititz Public Library’s Kissel Hill location will turn 25 years old this year. On Saturday, June 5, 1999, the library celebrated its grand opening with much fanfare and community festivity. Help them to honor the community library once again.

Shown in the photo, from left to right, are Julie Meiskey, Kay Burky (Co-Chair 25th Anniversary Committee), Lynette Meck (Board Chair), Scott Burky (Co-Chair 25th Anniversary Committee) and Maryann Richmond (President, Friends Group).

Starting at 11:00 a.m. and running until 4:00 p.m., the library will have special free activities for adults and children of all ages. Children are invited to write or draw birthday wishes to the library with chalk on the sidewalks and play with bubbles. In addition, balloon art will be created and shared with children by Majik Andrew Entertainment from noon to 2:00 p.m. There will also be face painting from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., a bouncy house from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Aaron’s Books will have their new book bus in attendance throughout the day.

In addition, there will be three food trucks in attendance. Free cookies will also be available. The Lititz Community Band will be playing a free concert from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the library’s backyard. 

Step inside the library to see a curated photo display of the library over the years. A handmade model of the library, made by Russ Hogg, will be on display. The library will also have proclamations and citations for view from State Senator Aument, State Representative Fee, and U.S. Senator Casey. 

All events will be held rain or shine, so stop by to help the Lititz Public Library celebrate its 25 years at the Kissel Hill Road location. The library would like to thank their generous sponsors and appreciates all the support the community has given to them throughout the years, and continues to give to them as they strive to make this hometown library the best it can be.


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Ephrata Honors Banners Recognize Those Who Served

Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese

Cocalico Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3376 (The Ephrata VFW) is proud to announce that Phase IV of the Ephrata Honors Banners will be displayed by Memorial Day. To celebrate this auspicious event, where they once again honor and pay tribute to many military men and women in the Ephrata area, the Post will hold a brief ceremony on Saturday, May 25 at 11:00 a.m. in the Banquet Room of the Post at 141 South State Street, Ephrata. Everyone is invited to attend.

A directory of the Phase IV banners will be available, which will include a list of all veteran’s names and their locations along State and Main Streets. It can also be found on the Post’s website,

The Post thanks Ephrata Borough, the Public Works Department, and Mainspring of Ephrata for their ongoing support of the program.

Shown in the photo, from left to right, with sample banners, are Post Commander Randy Rice, and Post Junior Vice Commander Dan Messimer.

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41st Annual Terre Hill Antique And Classic Car Show To Be Held

Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese

The 41st Annual Terre Hill Antique & Classic Car Show is scheduled for Sunday, June 2 at the Terre Hill Community Park, Terre Hill, and is sponsored by the Weaverland Valley Fire Department. The event is rain or shine and the first 100 registered show vehicles will receive a Dash Plaque. All classes will be judged by popular vote with 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Awards in each class, plus Weaverland Valley Best of Show Trophy. Registration is from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and voting ends at 2:00 p.m. with winners announced at about 2:30 p.m. Spectators are admitted for free and there will be breakfast, lunch and fun from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

The following is a list of classes for vehicle entry: 1. 1900-1954 Antique Cars; 2. 1955-1957 Antique Cars; 3. 1958-1965 Antique Cars; 4. 1966-1969 Antique Cars; 5. 1970-1975 Antique Cars; 6.1976-1999 Antique Cars; 7. Street Rods thru 1948; 8. 1949-1966 Street Machines; 9. 1967-1999 Street Machines; 10. 1964-69 Camaros, Firebirds, Cudas, Javelin/AMX, Mustangs, Cougars; 11. 1970-99 Mustangs, Camaros, Firebirds, Challengers, Cudas, Javelin/AMX, Cougars; 12. 1953-99 Corvettes; 13. 1900-69 Trucks; 14. 1970-99 Trucks; 15. 1900-99 Motorcycles; 16. Farm Tractors; 17. 2000-2024 Open Class; and 18. AACA Seniors.

There will be a ballot for each show entrant and lots of door prizes for entrants. Winning vehicles will be paraded. For more information, call 717-445-4581. Pre-register by Thursday, May 30, or on the day of the show.

Shown in the photo, from left to right, are (front) Bob Snader with his 2014 Dodge Challenger, Jeff Shirk with his custom 1955 Buick; (middle back) Jon Seibel with his white 1953 Chevy; and (back right) Paul Lausch with his 1965 Studebaker Daytona.