Past Events


December 24:  Christmas Eve

Everyone was cordially invited to attend our Christmas Eve service. The pre-service music began at 6:30 pm. Bob Burkhardt, our Director of Music, prepared 30 minutes of holiday music for everyone’s enjoyment. The Chancel Choir, Bob Burkhardt, and Patrice Burkhardt all performed a variety of Christmas music.

A candle light worship service then began at 7:00 pm. The Advent Candles were lit. Christmas Carols were sung. The finale was a moving experience of singing “Silent Night,” while each member of the congregation was given a candle to light.  At the conclusion of the service, everyone extinguished their candles as they sang “Joy To The World.”  This was a memorable and meaningful service, as we recognized the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.


December 16:  Live Nativity

On December 16th, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, the Youth presented a Live Nativity.  Due to the rainy weather, only one scene was presented.  Cookies and refreshments were also available in the Narthex.


December 16:  Chiques Lunch Bunch

On December 16th, following the Christmas Cantata, the Chiques Lunch Bunch made their annual trip to Mamma Rita’s Italian Restaurant.   Right here in Mount Joy, Mamma Rita’s is known for their delicious Italian food!  Our group enjoyed mouth-watering pizzas, huge Stromboli, hot soups, salads, great sandwiches, and delicious Italian entrees.  Twenty-two individuals attended the event.  During the meal, everyone enjoyed talking and catching up with each other.

Each individual then entered a raffle for the door prize.  Rick Hean, Lisa Gibble, and Audrey Buckner each won a mini red poinsettia plant, donated by Patrice. Everyone agreed that the Chiques Lunch Bunch always enjoys good food and good fellowship!


December 16:  Christmas Cantata

On Sunday, December 16th, at a combined worship service, the Chancel Choir performed a Christmas Cantata.  THE MERCY MANGER, composed by Randy Vader, Jay Rouse, and Rose Aspinall, is a dynamic Christmas musical which chronicles the birth of Jesus in a plan from God to provide us with mercy–in a manger.

The Choir had been rehearsing and working on THE MERCY MANGER since mid-September.  They were both pleased and proud to present it to the congregation.  They hoped that the Cantata would allow all of us to reflect on the true meaning of the season.  THE MERCY MANGER put into perspective this blessed time of year when we celebrate the birth of Jesus.


December 9:  Performing Arts Concert Series:  The Four Seasons Singers

On Sunday, December 9th, at 3:00 pm, the Performing Arts Concert Series presented the Four Seasons Singers.  The Four Seasons Singers, under the direction of Bob Burkhardt, made their third annual Christmas appearance here at Chiques. As always, the Singers performed a variety of seasonal music to appeal to everyone’s musical tastes, ranging from pop favorites to traditional carols.  They performed “It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas,” “Feliz Navidad,” “Carol of the Kings,” “O Holy Night,” and many more.  A light reception of coffee and cookies was held in Sloan Hall following the concert.


November 27 – 28: Church Directory Photos were taken.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, November 27 and 28, from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm, in the Narthex, Lifetouch took photos for the new church directory. Each individual or family will receive a complimentary 8 x 10 photo, and all photos will be received by Christmas for those who ordered photos to give as gifts to family and friends!


November 12: Annual Charge Conference

On Monday, November 12th, at 6:30 pm, Chiques UMC  hosted the 2018 Annual Charge Conference. We joined several other United Methodist Churches in our area as we celebrated the past year and prepared for the year ahead.  There was a special worship service, with both the Chancel Choir and the Praise Band performing.


November 10: 46th Annual All Church Bazaar

On Saturday, November 10th, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, we held our 46th Annual All Church Bazaar!  As always, there were baked goods, including our world-famous apple dumplings!  In addition to our mouth-watering apple dumplings, there were also homemade cookies, cakes, pies, and desserts!
In Sloan Hall, there were various vendors, selling wares of handmade items, holiday decorations, chocolates, and jewelry.  Don’t forget our White Elephant Room, located in the Thomas Room. It was loaded with a myriad of unique treasures!   Our kitchen had a variety of homemade soups, hot dogs, BBQ, beverages, and more.  Please remember that all proceeds went to many different organizations, located here in Mount Joy and the Lancaster County area.


Sunday, November 4:  Anniversary Sunday

On Sunday, November 4th, we celebrated our 59th Anniversary at Chiques UMC. We held a combined service at 9:45 am, when we celebrated this milestone. We also celebrated All Saints Day by remembering those who had passed during the year. We also recognized Irma Halstead, our 50-year member.
Following the service, there was a reception of cake and coffee in Sloan Hall. There was a special cake, as well as Carol Thomas’s famous punch! 


October 20:  Fall Fest

August 12 – 16:  Shipwrecked Vacation Bible School

Come sail away…
To the best week of the Summer!
Chiques United Methodist Church
Sunday, August 12, 2018 – Thursday, August 16, 2018
6:00 pm – 8:10 pm
(Dinner 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm)
Ages 3 years – Grade 6
At Shipwrecked VBS, kids discover how Jesus rescues us through life’s storms. This week is packed full of amazing experiments, creative games, surprising adventures, incredible music, and best of all, new friends.
Register today at

Check the Welcome Center for details.
Contact Pastor Mike Byrd at 215.859.8409, or the church office at 717.653.5175.


July 29:  Farewell Luncheon for Donna Torner

On Sunday, July 29th, following the 9:45 am combined worship service, a Farewell Luncheon was held for Donna Torner.  Donna has been the Administrative Assistant at Chiques since 2003.  She recently decided to retire so that she can stay closer to home and spend more time with her grandchildren.

At 11:00 am, everyone came upstairs to Sloan Hall, where lunch was served.  The meal consisted of sandwich wraps, potato salad, a vegetable tray, potato chips, cake, punch, coffee, and beverages.  In the kitchen helping with the meal were Patrice Burkhardt, Audrey Buckner, Sandy Myers, Sue Thompson, Donna Shank, Jay Mueller, and Bob Burkhardt. 

At the conclusion of the meal, a program to recognize Donna took place.  Patrice Burkhardt opened the program, by welcoming  everyone.  Pastor Michael Byrd then spoke and thanked Donna for her service.  Audrey Buckner then spoke on behalf of the Women in Mission.  Roger Gundlach spoke on behalf of the Elderberries and the Chronicle.  Jay Mueller spoke on behalf of Volunteers in Mission.  Bob Burkhardt and the Chancel Choir presented Donna with a lovely engraved clock.  Patrice Burkhardt and the Prayer Shawl Ministry presented her with a beautiful prayer shawl, made by Elaine Bowersox.  Rick Hean then spoke on behalf of the congregation, and presented Donna with a love gift.  Pastor Beverly Andrews, Pastor Emeritus of Chiques, and her husband, Pastor Rick, also attended the event.  Pastor Bev expressed her thanks to Donna for all that she did during the six years that she worked with her.  Last, but certainly not least, Donna herself spoke and thanked the congregation for their work, cooperation, friendship, and fellowship.

It was a lovely afternoon, with over 100 people attending the event.  It was a real blessing having so many people come to thank Donna for her service and to wish her well.  We will certainly miss our beloved Donna!


June 16:  Summer Kick-Off Event

On Saturday, June 16th, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Chiques hosted our 2nd Summer Kick-Off Event. There were approximately 20 different vendors, selling their wares.  

Some of the vendors were:

  • Angie Green with Tastefully Simple

  • Tina Smeltzer with Perfectly Posh

  • Annie Stoltfuz with Tupperware

  • Paula Witmer with Jewelry

  • Esther Marrero with Jewelry

  • Julie Waltman with Blueberry Silks

  • Scrubbees

  • Abigail and James Boylan with Abigail’s Pink Zebra

  • Art Geigley with various items

  • We would like to thank all of our vendors for attending our event!  We certainly appreciate their participation!

A big thank you goes to Nikki Griest for organizing and chairing the event.  It was her creative idea that all proceeds benefit the ROOF FUND!  A special thank you to Rick and Jennie Hean, our chef and food manager. Their barbecue, hot dogs, and hamburgers were delicious!  We would also like to thank all those who donated baked goods.  And a special thank you to our Trustees for helping to set up and clean up. 

It was a great day, with beautiful weather, and good fellowship!


June 6:  A Prayer Shawl Ministry Celebration

On Wednesday, June 6th, the Chiques Prayer Shawl Ministry celebrated a milestone!  On May 27th, they prayed over and delivered their 200nd prayer shawl!  What a great accomplishment!

Instead of gathering at the church for their regular meeting, they met at Mamma Rita’s Italian Restaurant, here in Mount Joy.  Twelve individuals attended the event.  Patrice began the program with an Opening Prayer, in which she thanked God for this ministry.  She then gave her Opening Remarks, in which she thanked the members of the group for their dedication and loyalty to the ministry.  She also thanked Pastor Mike for praying over the prayer shawls and for his support of the ministry.

Everyone then enjoyed a lunch of soups, salads, stromboli, pizzas, and Italian entrees.  Following the meal, Patrice then served a delicious cake from the Country Table Bake Shoppe for dessert.  At the conclusion of the meal, Patrice then awarded three door prizes.  Judy Riley won a gift card to A. C. Moore; Pastor Mike won the floral centerpiece; and Linda Mains won a gift card to A. C. Moore.

It was a lovely afternoon with good friends, good food, and good fellowship.  Patrice is very grateful to the women in the ministry who give so freely of their time, their talent, and their treasure.  She is indeed very proud of them and The Chiques Prayer Shawl Ministry!


May 11:  Mother-Daughter Banquet

On Friday, May 11th, at 6:00 pm, the Women in Mission sponsored the Annual Mother-Daughter Banquet.  77 women attended the event! 

Audrey Buckner opened the program as she welcomed the group and gave the opening prayer.  A delicious dinner, catered by Country Home Catering, was then served by our own Chiques men.  The dinner consisted of tossed salad, chicken breast, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, rolls and butter, ice cream cake roll, and beverages.  Games were played and prizes were awarded to the lucky winners. 

Barb Geiner, 2017 Mother of the Year, then announced and presented the 2018 Mother of the Year, Nikki Griest.  At the conclusion of the meal, everyone went down to the sanctuary for the entertainment.  The Peace of Mind Band provided the women with an hour of inspirational music!  Myrl Greiner, a member of the band, read a poem about her own mother, and she also made a special presentation for the young girls in the audience!  

A special thanks to Audrey Buckner, her committee, and the Women in Mission, for a wonderful event!  It was truly a lovely evening!


May 9:  Chancel Choir’s Last Rehearsal of the Season

On Wednesday, May 9th, the Chancel Choir finished their last rehearsal of the season.  They will be singing through Memorial Day Weekend, and then they will be off until September.  At the conclusion of their last rehearsal, Bob took the Choir to Rita’s Italian Ice, here in Mount Joy!  He wanted to thank everyone for their time and their dedication to the Choir! So it was Bob’s treat!  Everyone agreed that the frozen yogurt and frozen ice tasted so good on their throats after singing at the rehearsal!


April 22:  The Performing Arts Concert Series presents The Valleyphonics

On Sunday, April 22nd, at 3:00 pm, the Performing Arts Concert Series presented The Valleyphonics.  The group included Bob Mains on clarinet and vocals; Linda Mains on piano, keyboard, and harp; Larry Sweger on bassoon, clarinet, and piano; and Allison Smith on flute.  Each of these individuals is a fine musician in their own right.  Collectively, they perform beautiful music together.

They performed 90 minutes of music, ranging from Mozart, to Bach, to P.D.Q. Bach, to hymns, to folk songs.  They opened their program with “Hymns for Ensemble.”  There was a duet of flute and bassoon with “Bach Two-part Invention.”  Linda did a beautiful solo on piano with “His Eye is on the Sparrow.”  Bob and Linda also did a beautiful duet of “How Deep The Father’s Love for Us.”  Each selection was researched and introduced by a member of the group. 

It was a wonderful concert, with great music and rewarding fellowship!  We were very pleased to see that  86 people attended the event!


April 1:  Easter Sunday

On Sunday, April 1st, we celebrated Easter Sunday with a combined service at 9:45 am.  The Praise Band opened the service with two uplifting praise songs.  The Chancel Choir then performed the anthem, “Alleluia, He Lives.”  Pastor Mike delivered his message, which celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Everyone who attended the service agreed that it felt good to be at Chiques on this very important day!


March 29:  Maundy Thursday

On Thursday, March 29th, we celebrated Maundy Thursday. We began the evening with a simple supper of ziti, bread, and water at 6:00 pm in Sloan Hall. Then at 6:45 pm, Pastor Mike led us in remembering how Jesus began what we know as Holy Communion.  We then celebrated that meal as Jesus instructed us to do. 

Then at 7:00 pm, we moved down into the Sanctuary for a Tenebrae Service.  We  remembered Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane in song.  As we remembered and joined in song, we extinguished the candles, symbolizing the removal of the Light of the World whose coming we celebrate at Christmas with the lighting of candles.  Those who attended the Maundy Thursday service always comment how special it is.


March 25:  Palm Sunday

On Sunday, March 25th, we celebrated Palm Sunday.  He held our regular worship services at 9:00 and 10:30 am, during which time palms were given out.


March 24: Annual Easter Egg Hunt

On Saturday, March 24th, at Noon, the Annual Chiques Easter Egg Hunt took place! Donations of wrapped candy, baked goods and food donations, and crafts were all enjoyed.  It was fun watching the little ones hunt for the eggs!  Friends, neighbors, and family members all enjoyed this event!


February 25:  Happy Birthday Eleanor!

On Sunday, February 25th, Sloan Hall was filled with excitement as we celebrated the 100th Birthday of Eleanor Sloan!  Eleanor has been a long-standing member of the Chiques Family.  She was surrounded by her family and friends, as they celebrated her special day. 

102 individuals attended the event, which consisted of Eleanor’s children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, friends, and members of Chiques UMC.  Individuals came from California, South Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, and New Jersey, as well as from various parts of Pennsylvania.  Pastor Mike gave a blessing of the food.  Everyone then enjoyed a lovely luncheon of soup, salads, sandwiches, wraps, fruit, and beverages.  For dessert, a beautiful pink 3-layer cake was served with ice cream.  Throughout the event, a lovely video was played on the large screen, highlighting Eleanor’s life with her family and friends.  Various members of her family spoke, including Eleanor herself!  She was most gracious as she introduced and thanked various family and friends.  Patrice Burkhardt, and the Chiques Prayer Shawl Ministry, presented Eleanor with a lovely pastel blue prayer blanket.  There were beautiful pink centerpieces, balloons, and more.   A photographer was present to take photos of the various groups, and to capture the many memories of this special occasion.  It was a lovely afternoon with delicious food, family, good friends, and great fellowship!

The Chiques Family would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Eleanor on her special day, and we wish her much happiness and good health in years to come!


December 31:  One Worship Service and Pancake Breakfast

On Sunday, December 31st, plan to join us for a Pancake Breakfast, which will be served from 8:30 to 9:30 am.  Be sure to come hungry! 
Following the breakfast, we will have one combined worship service at 9:45 am.  What a wonderful way to begin the new year and celebrate our faith, friendship, and fellowship at Chiques!



 December 24:  Christmas Eve

On Sunday, December 24th, we will have our regular worship services at 9:00 and 10:30 am. 
We will also have a wonderful Christmas Eve Service.  At 6:30 pm, we will begin with 30 minutes of Pre-Service Music.  Then at 7:00 pm, we will begin our Candlelight Service.  Be sure to join us for this special service.



December 17:  Living Nativity:  CANCELLED


December 17:  Chiques Lunch Bunch

On Sunday, December 17th, at 11:30 am, the Chiques Lunch Bunch headed over to Mamma Rita’s Italian Restaurant for a delicious lunch.  They have an extensive menu with salads, hot and cold subs, pizzas, huge Stromboli, and Italian dinners.  Twenty (20) people attended the event.  Everyone enjoyed the food and the fellowship.  At the end of the meal, Patrice gave each person a religious note pad, as a stocking stuffer.



December 17:  A Christmas Cantata, performed by The Chancel Choir

On December 17th, at 9:45 am, The Chancel Choir performed A Christmas Cantata, entitled “At Last, Noel.”
AT LAST NOEL, composed by Randy Vader, Jay Rouse, and Rose Aspinall, is a dynamic Christmas musical which chronicles the birth of Jesus in a portrait of love beyond measure, miracles beyond imagination, and sacrifice beyond reason.  The music has a fresh, contemporary feel, while still incorporating several traditional carols, all beautifully arranged and prepared in a way that promises to draw everyone into the themes and mood of AT LAST NOEL.
During the Christmas season, we all find ourselves caught up in the rush of decorating our homes, shopping, hosting family, friends and neighbors, and immersed in the overall bustle of the season.  Why not take time to reflect on the true meaning of the season, by joining us for this very special service?
The Choir has been rehearsing and working on AT LAST NOEL since mid-September.  The music and text have become a part of us over that time, and we invite you to share in this moving experience.  It promises to put in perspective this blessed time of year when we celebrate the birth of Jesus.



December 10:  The Performing Arts Concert Series:  The Four Seasons Singers

On Sunday, December 10th, at 3:00 pm, The Four Seasons Singers returned to Chiques to present their Holiday Concert.  They performed a variety of secular and sacred songs, which put us all in the holiday spirit!  There were small groups, solos, and large group selections.  Following the concert, there was a light reception in Sloan Hall with coffee and cookies.



November 11:  45th Annual Church Bazaar

On Saturday, November 11th, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, the Chiques 45th Annual Church Bazaar was held.  The Chiques Women in Mission chaired the event.  There were vendors in Sloan Hall and a White Elephant Sale in the Thomas Room.  Our famous Apple Dumplings were on sale in the Nursery.  They were absolutely delicious!  And of course, there was a breakfast/lunch available in Sloan Hall, with a variety of soups, hot dogs, beverages, and baked goods!  A big thanks to everyone who was involved in this project:  From those who set up, to those who worked the event, to those who helped with clean up!  What a great church project, with good fellowship!



November 5:  Anniversary Sunday

On Sunday, November 5th, we celebrated our 58th Anniversary!  We had a combined service, with communion.  During that time, we remembered those who had passed.  We also recognized our new 50-year members of Chiques.  Following the special service, we enjoyed a reception of cake and coffee in Sloan Hall.



October 29:  Pancake Breakfast

On Sunday, October 29th, from 8:30 to 9:30 am, a Pancake Breakfast was held in Sloan Hall.  55 people attended the event!  They enjoyed large, fluffy pancakes with butter and syrup, regular bacon, turkey bacon, scrambled eggs, sausages, fresh fruit, baked goods, coffee, tea, and juice!  Everyone enjoyed the food and the good fellowship! 

The breakfast was by donation only, and the proceeds were used to pay our Connectional Ministries Fulfillment.  We received a total of $341. in donations!  So many thanks for your generosity!  Many thanks also to Rick & Jennie Hean, Ron & Donna Prokay, and their team for providing us with a delicious breakfast!



October 22:  Chiques Lunch Bunch

On Sunday, October 22nd, the Chiques Lunch Bunch went on the road to Mick’s All American Pub.  25 people attended the event!  Pastor Mike first gave a blessing over the food, and then we enjoyed a bountiful lunch!  Mick’s is known for their large salads, their cheese pizza (a favorite of the children), their French Onion Soup, and their sandwiches!  After the meal, we celebrated the birthdays of Lorraine Funk, Pastor Mike, and Cindy Byrd.  We also celebrated the anniversaries of Jack & Lorraine Funk, and Pastor Mike & Cindy.  Bob Burkhardt led us as we sang both the “Happy Birthday Song” and the “Happy Anniversary Song.”  Gourmet cupcakes were enjoyed by those celebrating their special day, while the rest of the group enjoyed fall chocolates for dessert!  Everyone enjoyed the food and the fellowship!


October 14:  Fall Fest




On Saturday, October 14th, from 12:00 to 4:00 pm, Fall Fest took place!  Chiques UMC was alive with children and their parents, as they enjoyed a variety of activities!  There were two Bounce Houses (one in the shape of a church) where children of all ages climbed, slid down, and had fun!  There were also Pumpkins to decorate with paints and stickers!  You should have seen those faces!  Barb Geiner was also there to do Face Painting with the many children!  And new this year, there was a Balloon Artist!  He and his colleague blew up balloons in a variety of animal shapes!  And of course, there was Food!  Lots of food!  Rick Hean and Bob Burkhardt manned the grill to cook 80 hot dogs and 100 hamburgers!  There were several soups and lots of goodies for dessert!  As an added treat, Tom Wanger drove his truck and trailer to provide Hay Rides for young and old alike!

And if that was not enough, at 3:30 pm, there was a Trunk or Treat in the church parking lot!  Several cars were decorated and full of candy to give out to the many  Trick or Treaters!  All in all, it was a great day for adults and children alike!  Many thanks to Meghan Muehling and Nikki Griest for preparing this event!


October 8:  Peace of Mind Band

On Sunday, October 8th, at 3:00 pm, Chiques Church and the Performing Arts Concert Series presented the Peace of Mind Band.  They gave a one-hour concert in the sanctuary.  The band is composed of three members:  Clair Greiner, on guitar and vocals, Myrl Greiner, on keyboard and vocals, and Dean Thomas, on bass guitar.  Their program was titled “Things That Matter…Songs and Stories of Faith, Family, Friendships.”

Eighty-one people attended the event and enjoyed the music.  A small reception in Sloan Hall followed the concert, where everyone enjoyed coffee, tea, and homemade cookies.  There was also a “Meet and Greet” with the members of the band.  It was a lovely afternoon, filled with music, friends, and fellowship!


August 6:  Chiques Lunch Bunch

On Sunday, August 6th, the Chiques Lunch Bunch went to BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, in Lancaster.  29 people attended the event!

BJ’s is a relatively new restaurant, just outside the Park City Mall, where the Macaroni Grille used to be.  They have a very extensive menu, with everything from appetizers, salads, mega pizzas, and entrees, to desserts.  Their specialty is a “Pizookie,” which is a large cookie, usually served with ice cream and other delicious items!  Four different Pizookies were passed and shared!

It was a fun afternoon, with good food and good fellowship!  Everyone enjoyed talking with each other and catching up!  As a special treat, Pastor Mike’s mother and stepfather, from Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, also joined us!  So we enjoyed chatting with both family and friends!


July 8:  Vacation Bible School

On Saturday, July 8th, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Vacation Bible School took place at the church.  Barb Geiner, Megan Muehling, and Kathy Gohn prepared the event for the Chiques Family and the Mount Joy Community.  The theme was Family Carnival Day.  There was a Bounce House, arts and crafts, games, Bible stories, games, face painting, and lots of food.
This was a wonderful outreach to the families in our community.


July 2:  Welcome Pastor Mike and Cindy 


On Sunday, July 2nd, we welcomed Pastor Michael Byrd and his wife, Cindy, to the Chiques Family.  Pastor Mike preached at both the 9:00 am and the 10:30 am services.  At the 9:00 am service, Bob Burkhardt asked the Chancel Choir to come in and sing a special anthem, entitled, “Celebrate the Day.”  Pastor Mike then gave his first sermon at Chiques, entitled, “The Heart of Service,” which encouraged the congregation to serve the Lord, the church, and the community. After Pastor Mike gave the Benediction, Bob Burkhardt and the Chancel Choir surprised both him and his wife, as they “laid hands on” them as the Choir sang, “Here I Am, Lord.”  The congregation wished to show their support and their solidarity, as they welcomed both Pastor Mike and Cindy to the Chiques Family.

At 10:00 am, Pastor Mike and Cindy came up to Sloan Hall to enjoy refreshments and meet members of the congregation.  Joining them were their daughter in law, 3 grandchildren, and Cindy’s father.  Mike then conducted the 10:30 am service, with the Praise Band performing.

At noon, the Chiques Lunch Bunch went to Mamma Rita’s Italian Restaurant, here in Mount Joy.  This was a special Lunch Bunch, as we welcomed Pastor Mike and Cindy.  As a special treat, Cindy’s father was also there!  35 people attended the event.  There was good food and good fellowship.  In addition,there were balloons, cake, bookmarks, and chocolates!

All in all, it was a wonderful day.  We are very happy to have Pastor Mike and Cindy here at Chiques!  And we were very pleased to have so many members of the congregation in church and at Lunch Bunch!


June 11:  Farewell to Pastor Bev

On Sunday, June 11th, we said good bye to our dear Pastor Bev.  At 9:45 am, we held a combined service, in which both the Praise Band and the Chancel Choir participated.  Pastor Bev gave her last sermon at Chiques, in which she spoke about her life journey.  The Chancel Choir sang a special anthem, “You Raise Me Up,” dedicated to Pastor Bev.  At the conclusion of the service, the Choir then sang a Choral Benediction, “We Say Amen.”  Bob Burkhardt invited the congregation to “lay hands on” the Choir, who in turn “laid hands on” Pastor Bev, as they sang the song.  In so doing, the entire Chiques Family was connected to both Pastor Bev and to each other.  It was an emotional time for everyone. 

The quilt, a gift given to her by the congregation, was on display in Sloan Hall, as well as the engraved clock, given to her by the Chancel Choir.

Following the service, everyone moved to Sloan Hall for a reception, hosted by Bob and Patrice Burkhardt.  Two sheet cakes were cut and served, both of which were inscribed with “We Will Miss You, Pastor Bev.”  Coffee was served by Linda and Gerry Geib.  Carol Thomas served her famous punch.  Elaine Bowersox, Jay and Sylvia Mueller, and Maria Adams helped Patrice and Bob with the reception. 

Everyone enjoyed the refreshments, and the opportunity to wish Pastor Bev and Pastor Rick good health and much happiness in their retirement.  We will certainly miss them!


June 7:  Pastor Bev’s Retirement/Farewell Luncheon

On Wednesday, June 7th, the Chiques Prayer Shawl Ministry hosted a Retirement/Farewell Luncheon for Pastor Bev.  The event took place at Mamma Rita’s Italian Restaurant, here in Mount Joy.  Thirteen members of the Prayer Shawl group attended the event.

Upon entering the restaurant, Cathy Shope greeted Pastor Bev and presented her with a lovely corsage.  Patrice Burkhardt then welcomed everyone and gave a brief history of the Chiques Prayer Shawl Ministry.  At the end of her comments, she presented Pastor Bev with a prayer shawl, which was prayed over by each of the members of the group.  Carol Thomas then gave a blessing of the food.  Judy Riley had purchased an arrangement of purple balloons, which gave the table a festive atmosphere.  At each place setting were crocheted crosses, beautifully made by Sue McMahon and Esther Marrero.  Everyone then enjoyed a delicious lunch of various Italian entrees.   Following the meal, Nikki Griest presented Pastor Bev with a card and gift card to The Hideaway Restaurant, located in Gretna, near Pastor Bev and Pastor Rick’s home.  At the end of the meal, everyone enjoyed a dessert of white and chocolate cake, purchased by Linda Mains and Patrice.  At the end of the Luncheon, Maria Adams then presented Pastor Bev with a lovely floral arrangement, which was purchased by Elaine Bowersox, Shirley Ware, and herself. 

It was a lovely luncheon, with good food and good fellowship.  And it was a memorable occasion, as Pastor Bev had approved of the original idea of a Prayer Shawl Ministry, when Patrice suggested it four years ago.  Moreover, Pastor Bev prayed over each and every one of the 131 prayer shawls that the group has given away since its inception in 2013.  So our time together was truly bittersweet as everyone wished Pastor Bev much health and happiness in her retirement, even though we will miss her terribly!


May 21:  Pastor Bev’s Retirement Banquet

On Sunday, May 21st, from 12:00 to 2:30 pm, we held Pastor Bev’s Retirement Banquet at The Gathering Place, here in Mount Joy.  Over 100 people attended the event!  Rick Hean opened the ceremony with a warm welcome to everyone who came.  Jenny Hean then gave a blessing of the food.  Everyone enjoyed a buffet lunch of salad, stuffed chicken breast, roast beef, ham loaf, buttered corn, whipped potatoes, cake, and an ice cream bar.  Rick Hean then opened the floor to various speakers and presentations.  Bob Burkhardt and the Chancel Choir presented Pastor Bev with a lovely clock, engraved especially for her.  Carol Thomas and Elaine Bowersox then presented Pastor Bev with a beautiful queen-size quilt and also a lap quilt from the congregation.  Pastor Bev was truly moved.  Other individuals then came forward and spoke, thanking Pastor Bev for all that she has done for Chiques.  The banquet was a wonderful opportunity to say thank you to Pastor Bev and to wish her well in her retirement.   And of course, it was a lovely way for everyone in the Chiques Family to share a meal and enjoy fellowship!



May 12:  Mother/Daughter Banquet

On Friday, May 12th, at 6:00 pm, in Sloan Hall, the Chiques Women in Mission sponsored their annual Mother/Daughter Banquet.  Pastor Bev opened the program with welcoming comments and a blessing of the food.  Everyone then enjoyed a delicious dinner of tossed salad, chicken, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, rolls and butter, and ice cream cake roll, all catered by Country Home Catering.  The handsome and efficient servers of the meal were Jay Mueller, Larry Bowersox, Gary Ault, Rick Geiner, and Matt Geiner.  Following the meal, Marcia Fuhrman, past winner of “Mother of the Year,” announced this year’s winner, Barb Geiner.  Marcia gave a lovely biography of Barb, helping us to know her better.  After the announcement, both Audrey Buckner and Lisa Gibble read poems about mothers.  Then a game was played and prizes were awarded.  At the conclusion of the dinner, the women proceeded to the sanctuary, where entertainment was provided by Elva Hurst, a chalk artist.  

Everyone had a wonderful time!  It was so nice seeing all of the mothers, grandmothers, daughters, granddaughters, friends, and neighbors come together to celebrate this special holiday!  A special thanks to Audrey Buckner, Lorraine Lutz, and the Chiques Women in Mission for preparing this lovely event!


May 7:  Four Seasons Singers Concert

The Four Seasons Singers will be returning to Chiques to present a Spring Concert on Sunday, May 7th, at 3:00 pm.  The group was featured in a Christmas Concert this past December, and will now present a wide and varied repertoire of music for their Spring Program.  We hope that you can join us for a wonderful Sunday afternoon of music.  Admission is free, and a free will offering will be collected for the Performing Arts Concert Series.  There will be a light reception following the concert in Sloan Fellowship Hall.


April 30:  Pancake Breakfast

Are you hungry for pancakes?  If so, you are in luck because we will be having another Pancake Breakfast on April 30th, from 8:30 am to 9:30 am.  Worship will follow at 9:45 am in the Sanctuary.  Donations will be taken and monies collected will help lower the cost for Pastor Bev’s Farewell Dinner.  So bring your family, your friends, and  your appetite!


April 16:  Easter Sunday Dinner

Last Easter a group of Chiques folks went to Gus’s for Easter Dinner together.  It was enjoyed so much, we’re doing it again this year!  We’ll eat at the Country Table Restaurant this year on Sunday, April 16th at 11:10 am.  Each person orders from a special Easter menu, with meals ranging in price from $9.99 to $14.99, plus dessert.  Our reservation begins at 11: 00 am, so we’ll go right from the worship service.  If you’d like to join us, we have 18 spaces available.  Please contact the church office, or use the sign up sheets at the Welcome Center or in Sloan Hall.  The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, April 11th.  Like an Easter egg hunt, don’t wait.  You might miss out!


 April 16:  Easter Sunday:  One Service at 10:00 am

“He Is Risen!”  “He Is Risen, Indeed!”  is a world-changing, life-changing conversation.  We all have the joy of sharing in that conversation with our friends, family, and church family this Easter, April 16th.  We will gather in one service at 10:00 am to celebrate the Good News of Jesus’ resurrection and his promise of resurrection life for all who believe and follow Him.  Glory will fill the sanctuary as we rejoice with hymns, praise songs, and anthem; enjoy the beauty of the flowers; and consider our final temptation–believing this good news is literally too good to be true.  Your Easter Offering envelopes will be welcomed at this service, of course.  Most importantly, YOU are welcomed to be a part of the world wide celebration of the triumph of God’s love over the powers of evil and death.


April 13:  Maundy Thursday

On Thursday, April 13th, at 6:00 pm, everyone is cordially invited to a  Maundy Thursday Dinner.  This will be a simple dinner; nothing fancy.  No appetizers; no salad; no desserts; no coffee; no drinks.  The menu will consist of baked ziti, Italian bread, and bottled water.

If you are interested in attending, please use the Sign-Up Sheets, found in both the Narthex and Sloan Hall.  Because we need an exact count of those attending, the deadline to sign up is April 9th.

Upon completion of the meal, at 7:00 pm, we will have Communion, and then move to the Sanctuary, for our Tenebrae Service.  Please plan to join our Chiques family of friends, as we move toward the most important holiday of Easter Sunday!



On Saturday, April 8th, there were Easter eggs, chocolates, candy, Easter baskets, bunny ears, children, parents, and grandparents galore, as everyone enjoyed the annual Easter Egg Hunt!  The weather cooperated and the sun was shining, as the children hunted for Easter eggs on the church property.  And it did not take long before all of the eggs were discovered!  Everyone then found their way up to Sloan Hall, where they opened their eggs and collected their candy.  There was also a table of refreshments, where everyone cookies, brownies, cheese doodles, and beverages!   Following the refreshments, the children gathered around as Pastor Bev spoke to them about the history of Easter eggs and the importance of Easter Sunday.  Many thanks to Lisa Gault and her committee for their work on this activity!



On Sunday, April 2nd, the Chiques Lunch Bunch went to the Mount Joy Diner.  There were 24 people in attendance, our largest group ever!  Everyone enjoyed good food and good fellowship!


March 1:  Lent Begins

Jesus gave himself completely to God’s work of redeeming the world and all of  us.  This season of the church year invites us to intentionally give our attention to Jesus for six weeks.  That is not much in response to the gift of eternal life!  As we face the transitions happening in our church and our world, we all need to come closer to Christ as our guide and friend.

This year’s Lenten Journey begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1st.  We will gather in the Sanctuary to quiet our minds and hearts and enter in this centuries-old practice of preparing ourselves to walk with Jesus through His struggles and receive the great gift of eternal life in Him on a joyous Easter.  Our service will begin at 7:00 pm and will include scripture, simple songs, and optional ashes or oil to equip our personal and congregational journey of Lent.


January 29:  New Pastor Announced

In a combined worship service on January 29th, the waiting and wondering ended much earlier than we anticipated.  Rick Hean, chair of the Staff Parish Relations Committee, announced that Michael Byrd will be our new pastor, beginning July 1, 2017.  Mike is coming to us from Bethany UMC in the Allentown area.  Rick shared that the SPRC members were very quickly impressed with Mike in their meeting with him and the District Superintendent.  “Before the door even closed all the way after Sandy Myers took him out to tour the building, we were all saying ‘Yes, he’s the one!'”  Pastor Bev shared that she has already met with Mike and  agrees that he will be a good fit for our congregation — especially in light of the work of the Strategic Planning/CAT results retreat.

Over the next few months, Pastor Bev and Pastor Mike will be meeting and corresponding to work on a smooth transition.  Pastor Mike is very excited by the work we are doing in our Strategic Planning, and Pastor Bev will be keeping him abreast of what’s happening on that score.  He has experience working outreach to new people, and is thrilled that’s one of our top goals.

Please keep Pastor Mike and his wife, Cindy, in your prayers as they make this transition.  They’re excited to move into the Mount Joy area, having come here for vacations and having some family ties not far away.  You’ll be getting more information as we move forward in this transition.

We are truly blessed to have this appointment come so early in the season.  Praise God from whom all blessings flow!



 On Saturday, January 28th, a group of 26 individuals came together with consultant, Dr. Sharon Barley, to begin moving Chiques into the future God has in mind for us.

First we worked in pairs, then in larger groups, and finally we shared the things each group noticed that needed to be changed, physically, to make our church more inviting and user-friendly.  Some can be done almost immediately; others will take longer.  Here’s the list in priority order and the people who’ve committed to make things begin happening:

Narthex Make-Over:  Elaine and Larry Bowersox, Patrice and Bob Burkhardt, Lisa Gault

Signage:  Gary Ault, Rick Geiner, Donna Torner

Sunday School Rooms Makeover:  Beth Watts, Sandy Myers, Megan Muehling, Barb Geiner

Upgrade the Church Website:  Patrice Burkhardt, Nikki Griest

Get Our Name on the Building:  Donna Torner

Sanctuary Window Treatment:  Sandy Myers

Lighted Outdoor Signage:  Steve Palmeter

Storage Shed Upgrade:  Trustees

Carpet Cleaning/Replacement in Sloan Hall:  Trustees

Our next gathering will look at strategies for reaching out and building relationships with new people, and how we can equip ourselves to carry them out.  Once again, everyone is welcome to join in this gathering.  This is, literally, all our work.  The church is the people, and every person’s input and efforts are necessary to move forward.