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Adoption Coalition to Sponsor Free Movie Night at Penn Cinema

Adoption Coalition of Lancaster County2016 Movie Night PosterThe Adoption Coalition of Lancaster County (ACLC) is sponsoring a free Movie Night featuring Annie at Penn Cinema on Thursday, May 26, at 6:30. Tickets and vouchers for free popcorn will be available starting at 5:45 p.m. and are free while supplies last.

Held in conjunction with National Foster Care Month, the event aims to help raise awareness of the need for foster and adoptive families. Adoption professionals will be available in the lobby prior to the movie to answer questions and provide information about adoption.

Annie is a 2014 retelling of the classic tale, starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz, and Jamie Foxx. A foster child sees her life change when business tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. The film is rated PG.

The Adoption Coalition of Lancaster County is a group of agencies affiliated with the Statewide Adoption & Permanency Network (SWAN), who share the goal of finding permanent adoptive homes for children in the state foster care system. Members of the ACLC include Bethanna, Bethany Christian Services, Children's Home of York/Children's Home of Reading, COBYS Family Services, Community Services Group, Families United Network, Pressley Ridge, and the Lancaster County Children & Youth Social Service Agency.

Each member agency and the Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange will have staff available to provide information about foster care and adoption before the movies. The event is open to the public and registration is not required.

Penn Cinema is located at 541 Airport Road, Lititz. For more information, contact ACLC member Mary Sourber at or 717-656-6580.



'Reunion-Goers' Set New Marks in Giving and Attendance
COBYS Offers Daytime Banquet Option for First Time

COBYS BANQUET 031016"Alumni" attending the COBYS Family Services School Daze Reunion Banquets at Middle Creek Church of the Brethren on March 4 had some fun, learned a thing or two about COBYS ministries, and gave a lot of money to support the "class project," which just happened to be COBYS.

The banquet setting was the 35th reunion of the class of '82 from the imaginary Mid-Central High School, where quite a number of COBYS-related folks were said to attend. While the school and the reunion were just pretend, the program included some real high school photos and information from presenters and quite a bit of genuine information about COBYS ministries.

As of March 9, income totaled $54,500, up from last year's record amount of $53,277.58. By the time all the gifts are in, income is expected to exceed $55,000. "The strong financial support of our ministries felt really good," said Director of Development Don Fitzkee. "We are grateful for the many generous people who gave through the banquets."

For the first time COBYS hosted both daytime and evening programs. Volunteers from the Middle Creek Church of the Brethren served a total of 588 people (230 daytime, and 258 evening), but 14 of those were program participants who attended both times. After subtracting the duplicates, we were left with 574 unique attenders. The previous high attendance was 558 two years ago.

"We were thrilled with the strong daytime attendance," said Don. "After maxing out the facility the past few years it is nice to have room to grow again."

Program highlights included sharing from Stan Bucher, daughter Rachel Swank, and foster twins Jenni & Jessi, telling of the lasting impact they have had in each other's lives over a quarter century, and a video segment featuring the story of COBYS adoptive parents Brad & Mimy Rollman and their four children, the youngest of which was adopted the day before the banquets. COBYS staff provided additional updates about programs and services.

Mixed in with these presentations was some of the usual silliness that goes with COBYS banquets, including the singing of the school alma mater, greetings from a presidential candidate who graduated from Mid-Central, and an amazing scientific discovery from alumnus Doug Balmer.

A photo gallery from the banquets can be viewed on the COBYS photo gallery.

Video of the program is available on YouTube. Individual segments of the program, such as the Rollman family video, will be posted separately on YouTube in the near future.

Special thanks to Mark Myers of S.R. Film & Video for providing video and photographs.




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 COBYS Birth Parent Counseling services, please contact Melanie Swansfeger or go to





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