The 23rd annual COBYS Bike & Hike was held on Sunday afternoon, September 8, at the Lititz Church of the Brethren, 300 West Orange Street, Lititz, PA 17543. Motorcyclists, bicyclists and walkers participated in support of the ministries of COBYS Family Services. Groups of family, friends and church members gathered support and pledges and helped make the event a wonderful success.
Over $117,000 was raised by the participants, supporters and business sponsors. The money raised is critical funds to support the children and families we serve. Our services in the community are often underfunded. Participants in Bike & Hike help make up the difference.
In addition to glorious weather, participants and visitors took part in a Silent Auction, family-friendly games and activities and enjoyed some ice cream and refreshments.
People who had not participated before we able to hear about COBYS and its ministries of foster care, adoption, counseling and family life education.
Flyway Excavating, Inc.
Homestead Nutrition, Inc.
Longenecker’s True Value & Appliances
Merchandiser Advertiser Pennysaver
The Country Store, LLC
Wenger & Company PC
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.
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.
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 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.