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Take a Hike at COBYS 23rd Annual Bike & Hike

The 23rd annual COBYS Bike & Hike will take place on Sunday afternoon, September 8, at the Lititz Church of the Brethren, 300 West Orange Street, Lititz, PA 17543. From seasoned motorcyclists to Sunday strollers, hundreds of participants are expected to attend to support the ministries of COBYS Family Services. Groups of family, friends and church members are encouraged to attend, donating to participate, or lining up sponsors to support their efforts.

Participants can choose from three modes of transportation and four routes:

  • 3-mile walk through Lititz
  • 10- or 25-mile bicycle ride through Lancaster County scenery
  • 65-mile motorcycle ride through beautiful northwest Lancaster County

New this year is the COBYS Family Celebration where people can enjoy family-friendly games and activities while learning about COBYS programs.

A Silent Auction runs throughout the afternoon. After enjoying some ice cream and refreshments, the event concludes with door prize and silent auction winner announcements, capping a great day of giving.

Schedule for the event:
12:45 p.m. – 65-mile Motorcycle Registration begins
1:30 p.m. – 65-mile Motorcycle Ride begins
1:30 p.m. – Walk & Bicycle Registration begins
2:00 p.m. – 25-mile Bike Ride begins
2:30 p.m. – Walk & 10-mile Bike Ride begin
2-5:00 p.m. – COBYS Family Celebration
4:30 p.m. – Silent Auction and Door Prizes winner announcements and celebratory remarks

According to Anne Stokes, director of development, “Bike & Hike is a great way for individuals, families and churches to gather together with our sponsoring businesses to not only have fun, but to raise critical funds to support the children and families we serve. Our services in the community are often underfunded. Participants in Bike & Hike help us make up the difference.”

People who have not participated before or heard about COBYS and its ministries of foster care, adoption, counseling and family life education, are encouraged to attend.

Pre-registration for Bike & Hike is encouraged but not required. It can be done online at, with a minimum donations of $25 before September 3 or $30 after. Full event information is available on the website and participants can create their own online fundraising page to gain support from friends and family.

COBYS asks area businesses and individuals to consider donating a door prize or silent auction item to make Bike & Hike a success. Donations are welcomed up to the day of the event. Bike & Hike is a great way to promote your business at this popular fundraising event and support COBYS at the same time! To arrange a donation of a door prize or auction item, please contact Director of Development Anne Stokes at 717-656-6580 or


A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors!


Flyway Excavating, Inc.
Homestead Nutrition, Inc.
J.B. Zimmerman
Keller Bros.
Longenecker’s True Value & Appliances
Merchandiser Advertiser Pennysaver
Rohrer’s Quarry
The Country Store, LLC
Wenger & Company PC


National Foster Care Month – Foster & Adoptive Families Meet & Greet

Meet Foster & Adoptive Families

On Friday, May 31 COBYS held a Meet & Greet event for prospective foster and adoptive families. They were able to learn about the short-term, long-term, and lifetime ways foster/adoptive families serve children in foster care! The event was held at Keystone Church, 20 Harristown Road, Paradise, PA 17562.

COBYS foster/adoptive families have all been through the steps and process – thinking about, praying about, and learning about foster care and adoption. They decided the time was right for them to open up their heart and homes.

Families learned about the steps to become an approved resource family for children in foster care and discovered what it is like to create relationships with foster children and their birth families. They heard about the experiences of some of our resource families providing short-term, long-term, and lifetime care for children.

Family Fun!

Kid friendly crafts and stories emphasize the love and security offered by parents and the importance of being safe. Games and a fantastic playground were available so kids had a chance to play while grownups conversed.


COBYS staff are passionate about the ministry of foster care and adoption! They are always available to discuss the requirements and process to become approved with COBYS as a foster/adoptive resource family as well as any specific questions you have.

Learn more about the three types of foster care, click here.

2019 Family Fun Walk

COBYS 25th Annual Family Fun Walk was held on rainy May 5 at Peter Becker Community in Harleysville.

Loyal families, youth groups and individuals gathered again for the beautiful 3-mile walk to raise money in support of COBYS’ ministries. All participants were treated to ice cream, refreshments, fellowship and door prizes after the walk.

Youth groups from Coventry, Indian Creek and  Quakertown Churches of the Brethren earned gym and pizza nights by raising more than $1,000.

Thanks to our Event Sponsors Bauman Family Fruit Butters & Cider and Gouldey Welding & Fabrications and Sponsor Bergey’s, Inc.

COBYS is grateful for the investment of the sponsors, walkers, and volunteers at this event. Over $10,000 was raised through their dedication and efforts.


COBYS Banquet Shares “Story Time” of Successes

COBYS Family Services “Story Time Banquet,” held March 14 at the Middle Creek Church of the Brethren, revisited some old familiar children’s stories and drewinspirational parallels and lessonswith the work done by the ministries of COBYS Family Services.

The program was offered twice on the same day—at both a lunch and dinner seating. This year’s event with combined total attendance of nearly 500 people, raised more than $56,000.

Attendees learned what “Corduroy” has to do with Adoption, how “The Cat in the Hat” relates to the COBYS Permanency unit, and how the Family Life Education program takes a page from “The Little Engine That Could.” The banquet also included good food, fellowship, wonderful music provided by John Frye, Pastor of Worship and Care at Calgary Church in Lancaster at lunch. The Ridgeway Brass from Ridgeway Church of the Brethren in Harrisburg provided evening entertainment this year.

New to the annual banquet this year was a storybook donation drive. Having books to call their own is important for the kids COBYS serves through our foster care and adoption programs. Attendees generously filled bin to overflowing with donated books.

Video of the entire program and of some individual segments is available on the COBYS YouTube page.

Thanks to all who supported COBYS through this event.