COBYS Banquet to Feature 'Nightly News' Format
Have you heard the news? COBYS Family Services is branching out into television news at a fundraising banquet on Thursday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Middle Creek Church of the Brethren. Doors open at 6 p.m.
"The COBYS Nightly News Banquet" will feature aspiring anchormen Mark Cunningham and Don Fitzkee (who haven't quit their day jobs as COBYS Executive Director and Director of Development just yet) delivering "all the news, real and imagined" on the WCOBys evening newscast.
"Last year's Prairie Home Companion radio show format was such a success," said Fitzkee, "that we figured it's time we take the next step into television."
WCOBys Nightly News will feature some real news about COBYS ministries to children and families, along with some more whimsical fare. Expect up-to-the-minute traffic, weather, and sports reports, along with a unique take on the news of the day. And, of course, no television show is complete without a few commercial breaks.
The evening will begin with a quick-hitting news summary-the "Top Six-and-a-Half at Half-Past-Six," and then move into a feature on the Culinary Arts (a family style meal).
The Arts & Culture segment of the program will feature a performance by The King's Strings, comprised of adoptive parents John & Cindy King and some of their eight stringed instrument-playing children. They play a variety of musical styles, but specialize in fiddling.
There is no charge to attend The Nightly News Banquet, but reservations are required and the event will include an opportunity to support COBYS ministries. Click here for a printable invitation with directions to the church and a response card. Register by returning a card or by contacting Don Fitzkee at 717-656-6580 or email@example.com no later than February 28, 2014.
Guests have the option of reserving a table of eight by enclosing a donation of $250 or more with their registration. (A few tables of 12 also are available.) Those who reserve tables will receive preferred seating. Only those reserving a table are required to donate in advance.
Those unable to attend can support COBYS ministries by sending a check designated for the banquet to COBYS Family Services, 1417 Oregon Rd., Leola, PA 17540. Or give online at cobys.org.
Last year's COBYS banquet attracted 549 people and resulted in donations totaling $44,132. Middle Creek Church of the Brethren is located at 351 Middle Creek Road, Lititz.
Praise Dinner to Feature Penn View Bible Institute Choir, Ensemble
The Penn View Bible Institute Choir and Instrumental Ensemble will provide a program of inspirational music at the 19th annual Wenger Foundation Praise Dinner on Wednesday, April 16, at 6:00 p.m., at the Lebanon Expo Center. The event will benefit COBYS Family Services and three other ministries.
The 60-voice choir and instrumental ensemble are touring groups from Penn View Bible Institute. Located in Penn's Creek, Pa., the school offers Christian education from kindergarten through postsecondary level in the conservative Wesleyan-Arminian persuasion. The Institute prepares men and women, at the postsecondary level, for the pastoral ministry, missions, the Christian music ministry, Christian school teaching, Bible teaching, and other church ministries.
In addition to music, the Praise Dinner will include a buffet meal catered by Country Home Catering. Other ministries benefitting from the event are Evangelical Seminary, Friendship Community, and On Fire Youth Ministries.
The cost to attend is $100 per person or $1,000 per table of 10 guests. All donations support the designated ministries. Underwriting all of the event's expenses are: John Byler; Country Fare Restaurant; Roger & Marjorie Gerhart; Good's Disposal Services; Bud & Joyce Mitstifer; Tom B. Morrissey TV & Appliance; Roger & Carolyn North, North Group Consultants; Reedy Diesel Service; Bill & Nancy Smeltzer; Gene Wenger's Meats & Fine Foods; Sight & Sound Ministries, Inc.; and Wengers of Myerstown.
The Wenger Foundation, Inc., was established in 1996 as the charitable giving arm of the Wenger Family of Companies. Since then, the Foundation has awarded more than $2 million to a variety of Christian and community ministries, including $287,109 to COBYS, which first became a beneficiary of the Praise Dinner in 1999.
Last year's Praise Dinner attracted a record attendance of some 900 people, and raised more than $100,000, including $20, 049 for COBYS.
Invitations will be mailed in early March. For more information, please contact the Wenger Foundation at 717-866-2130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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