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March 4 COBYS Banquet to Spoof a High School Reunion
New This Year Is a Second Daytime ProgramMark and Don Graduation photos - Ryan Shenk and Mark DeRose

COBYS Family Services invites you to their version of a high school reunion at the annual informational/fundraising banquet. The School Daze Reunion Banquet is slated for Friday, March 4, at the Middle Creek Church of the Brethren. In addition to the evening banquet, for the first time we also will include a daytime program. For the noon program, doors open at 11:30 and the banquet begins at noon. For the evening, doors open at 6:00 for the 6:30 banquet. (For more details, view the invitation.)

Both events will include a family style meal, followed by a program in the guise of a 35th class reunion for the imaginary Mid-Central High School Class of '82. (Math was never our strong suit.)

The program will feature alumni of our imaginary school who have gone on to accomplish great things. Along with those Middlers who have become excessively rich, invented truly amazing gadgets, found cures for incurable diseases, and are running for high office, a remarkable number of MCHS alumni have a connection to the ministries of COBYS Family Services. We'll feature some real people who have dedicated themselves to providing compassionate care for children, walking alongside parents facing challenges, or encouraging people who need help. We think you'll enjoy meeting some of these genuine people who aren't just putting on airs.

Acoustic duo Ryan Shenk and Mark DeRose will provide music for each program. Ryan is Worship Arts Professor at Lancaster Bible College, and Mark is a performing songwriter with numerous recordings and extensive touring experience. Ryan and Mark have been performing together for about two years.

Seating for each banquet is limited to 450 (a reduction of 100 from previous years). If both time slots fit your schedule, we encourage you to choose the daytime event. Your chances of getting a good seat toward the front are higher at noon, and we are anticipating possible over-booking for the evening. We'll have the same delicious food and an inspirational, informative, and entertaining program each time.

Reservations are required, and the event will include an opportunity to support COBYS ministries. Guests may reserve a table of eight for $300 or a table of 12 for $450. Guests also may come as individuals or couples without reserving a table and give as they feel led at the event. Those not at reserved tables will be assigned seating at unreserved tables in the main hall.

Invitations are being mailed the last week of January. To reserve your place, please tear off the response slip from the invitation, or contact Nicole Hurst at 717-656-6580 or by Monday, February 22, 2016. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. A table is considered reserved when payment is received.

If you are unable to attend, you can support COBYS ministries by sending a check designated for the banquet to COBYS Family Services, 1417 Oregon Road, Leola, PA 17540. Or give online and write "banquet" in the description.

For more information, please contact Nicole Hurst at 717-656-6580 or or Don Fitzkee at



Sigman, The Taylors to Provide Inspiration for the 21st Annual Praise Dinner
Mike SigmanSpeaker Mike Sigman and gospel artists The Taylors will provide inspiration and entertainment at the 21st annual Wenger Foundation Praise Dinner on Thursday, April 21, at 6:00 p.m., at the Lebanon Expo Center. The event will benefit COBYS Family Services and three other ministries.

Sigman is the Lead Pastor at Grace Community Church in Lancaster and a frequent preacher at area churches and camp meetings. In addition to serving as both a pastor and bishop in the Evangelical Congregational denomination, he is past president of Evangelical Seminary in Myerstown.

The TaylorsThe Taylors are a nationally known brother-sister quartet from North Carolina. In 2008, The Taylors won First Place in the Talent Showcase of the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. They have had the opportunity to perform on national and international stages.

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 $125 per person or $1,250 per table of 10 guests. All donations support the designated ministries. Underwriting all of the event's expenses are: the John & Judy Byler Charitable Foundation; Brightbill Body Works; Country Fare Restaurant; Roger & Marjorie Gerhart; Good's Disposal Service; Kline Kreider & Good Auctioneers; Tom B. Morrissey TV & Appliance; Roger & Carolyn North, North Group Consultants; Sight & Sound Ministries, Inc.; Bill & Nancy Smeltzer; Jim & JoAnne Speers; Gene Wenger's Meats & Fine Foods; Wengers of Myerstown; and other anonymous donors.

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.

Last year's Praise Dinner attracted some 850 people, and raised more than $130,000, including $26,038 for COBYS. Since 1999 COBYS has received more than $331,000 through the Praise Dinner.

For more information about the event, please contact the Wenger Foundation at 717-866-2130 or




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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