Good Neighbors in the Village

Our summer lunch program is in full swing, with meals being served from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 10 at the Family Life Center of Christ United Methodist Church.  The Lancaster Eagle-Gazette did a story about the program in their June 9 edition.  We know we are not reaching all the children and adults in need, but we are doing something, and building relationships at the same time.  If you want to join us for lunch, please stop in!  

The following churches have agreed to provide 2 volunteers to greet and monitor guests and 4 dozen cupcakes, brownies or cookies (no nuts or peanut butter, please) on each of the days indicated below. Desserts should be brought to the meal site by 11 a.m. and the two greeters should arrive no later than 11:45.  Anyone assisting in the kitchen should report by 11.


  • Faith Lutheran Church: July 6, 11, 13
  • New Zion: July 18, 20, 25, 27
  • OPEN: Aug. 1 and 3
  • Life Bridge Church: Aug. 8 and 10


We are hoping one of our partner churches will pick up the open week.  If you can help, contact Gayle McCreery at 740-438-3820 or me (phone number below).


Add an hour of playtime to your summer schedule and come make a craft with the lunch bunch!  Susan Kocher dreams up hands-on crafts and activities and gets supplies together, but extra hands frequently come in handy.


We still need contributions of good quality prepackaged foods for the send-home bags.  Churches may call Darcy at the CUMC office, 740-862-4343 or Rita Radford at 614-204-0818 to arrange a pick up of donated food.  Here's an idea of the kinds of nutritious options we'd like to include in the bags:

  • Cereal
  • flavor packets for water
  • spaghetti sauce
  • spaghetti noodles
  • pretzels
  • breakfast bars
  • cookies (individual packs)
  • juice boxes, applesauce
  • fruit cups and vegetables (individual packs)
  • peanut butter
  • mac and cheese (boxes or individual prepackaged servings)
  • corn chips
  • dried fruit
  • pudding cups
  • ravioli
  • celery/carrot sticks, etc.


Other bits of Good Neighbor information:


-- The senior events on Wednesday (chair volleyball followed by a hot lunch) continue to attract a sizable audience.  Seniors are showing up earlier and earlier to get more games in, so that what used to start at 10 a.m. is now starting before 9:30.  We love that enthusiasm!


-- TeenServe organizers need cooks to help prepare breakfast and supper for 400 work campers who will use Bloom Carroll High School as their home base while they perform maintenance and repairs to homes in Baltimore, Thurston, Lancaster and Carroll from July 9 to 15.  Contact Diane Mertz at


-- Our After School Program hosted by Faith Lutheran is starting to make plans for the 2017-18 school year. To learn more about volunteering, contact Deb Fisher ( or 740-654-7345) or Kay Williamson ( or 740-407-7554).


-- Do you know someone who needs a wheelchair ramp into their home? We design and build ramps through a partnership with the Fairfield County Center for Disabilities. We are working on our fourth installation of the year. Let us know if we can solve your access problem.


-- GNIV needs a recording secretary and a webmaster.  Can you help?


All kinds of research shows that people who feel connected to others have fewer health problems and more satisfying lives.  So keep on being a Good Neighbor where you live – it helps others and it helps you!