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BIKE & HIKE PLANS UNDERWAYBike & Hike

Plans are underway for the annual COBYS Bike & Hike, which will be held Sunday afternoon, September 13, at the Lititz Church of the Brethren. Brochures and information will be available here and mailed in late July.

The event includes a three-mile walk, 10- and 25-mile bicycle rides, and a 60-mile motorcycle ride, and for the second time a silent auction.

Walkers and bicyclists donate a $25 registration fee, obtain support from sponsors, or both. Motorcycles are $35 per cycle, plus $25 for an additional passenger. Those who pre-register by September 4 receive a $5 discount. Individuals who raise $25 or more in pledges do not need to pay the registration fee.

Each participant receives a free t-shirt, ice cream and refreshments, and a chance to win a door prize. Those who raise certain levels of support earn additional prizes. Plan now to participate!

We currently are seeking business sponsors and donors of supplies, prizes, and auction items. To learn more, contact Don Fitzkee at 717-656-6580 or don@cobys.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WORK FOR THE WELL-BEING CAMPAIGN SEEKS ADDITIONAL SUPPORT TO REACH GOAL

Family Life CenterPledges 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 June 15, 2015, pledges totaled more than $280,000. Of that amount, nearly $220,000 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 COBYS Birth Parent Counseling services, please contact Melanie Swansfeger or go to http://www.cobys.org/birth_parent_counseling.

 

 

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Summer 2015 Fostering Hope Newsletter

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February 2015 COBYS Connection Newsletter

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2014 Staff Christmas Card

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November 2014 COBYS Connection Newsletter

Fall 2014 Fostering Hope Newsletter

August 2014 COBYS Connection Newsletter

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April 2014 COBYS Connection Newsletter

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2013 Annual Report/Contributors List

2013 Staff Christmas Card

Winter 2013 Fostering Hope Newsletter

November 2013 COBYS Connection Newsletter

 

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