COBYS HAS TALENT!
March 5 Banquet to Follow Talent Show Format
Talent shows like American Idol and America's Got Talent are all the rage on television these days. The popularity of these shows hasn't gone unnoticed by COBYS Family Services.
COBYS invites viewers to tune in for the COBYS Has Talent! Banquet on Thursday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Middle Creek Church of the Brethren. The evening will include a family style meal with a program to follow in the format of a talent competition.
New this year is a less formal option. Instead of coming for the full banquet meal in the main hall, guests may choose to come at 7:00 for heavy hors-d'oeuvres in the church gathering area, catered by Country Home Catering, and then watch the livestream of the show on the screen in the church sanctuary, beginning soon after 7:30.
Seating in the main hall is limited to 550, and last year the event sold out. The light buffet and livestream option is intended to make the program available to all who desire to come. See the Banquet Invitation for more detail and a reservation form.
Regardless of which meal option you choose, the talent show will be the same. In addition to some acts of varying quality and insightful comments from our highly qualified judges, our show will feature some contestants who have really useful talents, such as ability to provide compassionate care for children, teach parenting principles, or encourage people who need help. They will tell how they are using their talents to benefit children and families as part of the ministries of COBYS Family Services.
While we can't guarantee that all of the performers in our show will be particularly talented, we know we have one legitimate act. Mindy Nolt and Jared Hankee are a husband/wife duo from Lancaster. Blending the banjo, mandolin, guitar and their voices, they invite listeners to enjoy some down-to-earth music with creative harmonies and thoughtful lyrics. In addition to performing during the main show, Mindy & Jared also will provide gathering music in the main hall, soon after the doors open at 6 p.m. (Learn more about their music at mindynolt.com.)
Reservations are required, and the event will include an opportunity to support COBYS ministries. The cost to reserve a table for eight is $300. A few tables for 12 are available for $450. Tables are reserved when payment is received. Guests also may come as individuals or couples, give as they feel led at the event, and be assigned seating at unreserved tables in the main hall. (There is no assigned seating for the livestream in the sanctuary, but reservations still are requested.) See the Banquet Invitation for reservation options. The deadline for reservations is Monday, February 23, 2015. For more information (or if you miss the reservation deadline), please contact Don Fitzkee at 717-656-6580 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WORK FOR THE WELL-BEING CAMPAIGN SEEKS ADDITIONAL SUPPORT TO REACH GOAL
Pledges toward the Work for the Well-Being of the City campaign have reached more than two thirds of the $300,000 campaign goal. Additional pledges currently are being sought in the Church Gifts phase of the campaign.
As of November 1, pledges totaled more than $225,000. Of that amount, nearly $160,000 had been received.
In June 2013, COBYS launched the campaign to pay for a new Family Life Center facility, located at 171 E. King Street in Lancaster, and undergird Family Life Education programming.
In concert with the education theme, the campaign goals can be summarized in three R's: Retire remaining debt on the Family Life Center ($185,000); Recoup a portion of costs for furnishing the building ($45,000); and Raise new funds to support Family Life Education programs ($70,000). Any giving above the $300,000 goal will support additional educational programming.
In October 2012 COBYS purchased the 5,400-square-foot facility at the corner of King and Lime Streets to house Family Life Education staff and programs. The move was prompted by a need for consistent, well-equipped facilities for education and childcare and a growing realization that many people served by COBYS education programs live in the city.
The campaign will receive additional support through the November 21 ExtraOrdinary Give. All donations to COBYS from first-time donors through the online giving campaign will support the Work for the Well-Being campaign (unless the donor designates otherwise). Donors are invited to visit the Family Life Center during the ExtraOrdinary Give between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Those who stop by to donate will receive a whoopie pie from Zig's Bakery & Deli as part of The ExtraOrdinary Whoopie Pie Event.
VIDEO CLIP HIGHLIGHTS ADOPTION AS LIFE-AFFIRMING OPTION
The politically charged debate surrounding abortion sometimes drives people apart, but adoption is a life-affirming option that people of diverse perspectives can embrace.
COBYS Family Services has prepared a three-minute video segment for churches to use in their observance of Sanctity of Life Sunday on January 20. The video highlights the story of Beverly, who received free birth parent counseling through COBYS and chose to make an adoption plan for her soon-to-be-born daughter.
View and download the video here. Or check it out on Facebook and help spread the word to your friends. DVDs also are available for congregations who request them.
For more information about the video, contact Becky Frey or to learn more about COBYS Birth Parent Counseling services, please contact Melanie Swansfeger or go to http://www.cobys.org/birth_parent_counseling.
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