Women's Fall Auction a Success

The sound of women greeting each other, sharing stories, eating together, and browsing through sale items warmed the atmosphere of the sanctuary. Over 90 women showed up to kick of the Fall Bible Studies with a delicious brunch including autumn-inspired cupcakes, fruit trays, breakfast casseroles, and drinks. Megan Royes spoke candidly about Christ's work in her life, sharing stories from her work with Disciplemakers, and her own experiences as a wife and mother, steering her children toward Jesus. Our entertainment for the morning was our lively auctioneer, Rich Hornberger. Somehow he was able to auction off items while refereeing an entire room of women! He also successfully distracted people from the fact that they were bidding against their friends -- the favorite quips of the morning were, "Don't worry, you'll still be friends!" and "It's only money!"  In short, the auction was our most successful ever. The Holy Spirit lifted our hearts toward heaven, and outward toward each other.

The proceeds from the auction will be used to cover the cost for childcare during our women's Bible studies which begin this month.

95+ Attend Men's Dinner

Over 95 men showed up on Thursday, September 4 for our annual Fall Men's Dinner. This evening, honoring our first responders at the Twin Valley Fire Department and providing men a chance to enjoy dinner together (catered by Grumpy's), compete in an archery competition, and hear Sean Jones tell his story, was a fantastic time. If you missed this one, stay tuned for future men's events!

Gospel-Centered Community T-shirts

Over the last two months our young adults had three fundraisers for Twin Valley Fire Department and Good Shepherd’s Fold Orphanage by hosting movie nights in Livingood Park. We have several t-shirts remaining ranging from sizes Child small to Adult 2XL from those events. If you would like a great looking shirt designed by Caleb Stoltzfus, come by the library this Sunday (August 31) where we will have them available for $15.  All money goes directly to the two organizations designated above.

Movie Nights on the Lawn

Most nights when the orange sun sets behind the western horizon, the giggles and laughter of children playing on the jungle gym in Livingood Park dissipate, but for two Fridays in July the night was just beginning because “Movie Nights on the Lawn” was about to start.  The conversations between young adults from Community Evangelical Free Church about having a safe, family friendly event that would benefit two organizations had become a reality.  

On July 11, Clint and Dawson Estes regaled observers, reclining on picnic blankets and folding chairs, with a wide mixture of songs from Coldplay to Simon & Garfunkel.  As the lightning bugs twinkled against the encroaching velvet night, “The Sandlot” projected on to an inflatable screen in the middle of the soccer field.  

On July 25, the songs and wit of “The Muppet Christmas Carol” filled the cool night as guests celebrated Christmas in July.  The combination of Clint Estes on guitar at 8:00 and a singing, dancing frog dressed as Bob Cratchet on screen at 9:00 served to complement the sweet smell of fresh popcorn wafting from the concession stand.  

The Elverson Borough, the Friends of the Twin Valley Fire Department, and Vine & Branches (a ministry of Community Evangelical Free Church) united to provide these free nights out while raising donations for the Twin Valley Fire Department and Good Shepherd’s Fold Orphanage.  

Our local fire department is comprised of 52 active volunteers who go through a minimum of 140 hours of training.  In this year alone, they have responded to over 210 incidents as they serve six townships.  The gracious service of these firemen and firewomen keep taxes down in our area and do so while operating within a 10-year budget.  

In addition to serving the residents of our area, we wanted our community to help another community. Since 1994, Good Shepherd’s Fold (GSF) in Jinja, Uganda has provided a Christian home to orphans and destitute children.  In addition to being a children’s home for 83 residents, a school for 450 students, and a farm to employee locals, GSF also provides medical care for infants and the elderly.  All these activities occur even though the average annual income in Uganda is $455 (1% of the average annual income in the United States).

On August 8, “Movies on the Lawn” will have its final feature film of the summer, The Princess Bride.  Snacks and concessions will go on sale at 7:45 pm.  Chris Burkholder will take to the microphone at 8:00 with guitar in hand.  This family favorite features, as one character says, “Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles...” and will start at 9:00.  

There is no cost to attend, but donations are welcome.  All proceeds from concessions and “Movies on the Lawn” t-shirts go directly to the Twin Valley Fire Department and Good Shepherd’s Fold Orphanage.  Checks should be made out to “Community Evangelical Free Church” with “Movie Nights” written in the memo line.  

Come on August 8 to watch The Princess Bride under the stars as we support two organizations that serve their communities.  If you are unable to attend, but would like to support these two organizations, you may do so by sending a check to Community Evangelical Free Church, PO Box 299, Elverson, Pennsylvania with the above designation.

Father's Day

Sunday is Father's Day... we're grateful for all that God is doing in and through the dads at CEFC.  If you're still looking for the perfect gift for dad, here are some great places to look:

Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation

CCEF has books, audio, and articles on a wide variety of subjects.

New Growth Press

The same company which published A Better December has a lot of great books that dad would enjoy.

Westminster Bookstore

Westminster Theological Seminary has one of the finest bookstores in the area.

One book that you might consider: A Quest for More by Paul Tripp.