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Christian season of hope, renewal is here: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 3/20/18

Spring has sprung and we are a weary people very much in need of the warmth and comfort it promises to bring.

What joy the kiss of the sun brings us as we turn to it and yearn for its warm …

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Christian season of hope, renewal is here: LaVonne Ackerman


Spring has sprung and we are a weary people very much in need of the warmth and comfort it promises to bring.

What joy the kiss of the sun brings us as we turn to it and yearn for its warm embrace!

It reminds me of the message of the cross. Christians all over the world are entering into the season of hope and renewal. I hope the sun warms you, and I hope the Son embraces you!

Have a wonderful week and don't forget to share your news with me so I can share it with your neighbors! Feel free to email or call me. I am always looking for people to answer the Question of the Week!


Happy 19th cake-and-ice cream day to Dylan Zimmerman of Lower Swatara. He celebrates on Wednesday, March 21. Enjoy all of it, Dylan!

Best wishes to Matthew Wincoop Jr. of Lower Swatara on Thursday, March 22. This guy turns 16 and celebrates his honk-honk-beep day! Be safe, Matthew!

Grant Carpenter of Lower Swatara marks his double-toothpick birthday on Thursday, March 22. Happy 11th cake day, Grant!

Madison Sieber of Middletown hits No. 14 on March 22. I hope your Thursday is full of thrills. Happy birthday!

Best wishes for a fantastic Friday birthday to Charles Turner of Lower Swatara. He parties on March 23!

Many good vibes are sent out to Bobby Appleby of Lower Swatara on Friday, March 23, for a happy birthday. I hope 46 fabulous things happen on your special day!

Happy 76th birthday to Earl Lippert of Lower Swatara on Friday, March 23. May your weekend be full of love and lots of laughter. Enjoy all of your blessings, Earl!

Caitlyn Gingrich of Royalton marks her last teener cake day on March 23. Hope your confetti-popping Friday birthday is super-fantastic, Caitlyn!

Here is a loud shout-out happy big five-oh birthday to Lisa Shaver of Lower Swatara. This pretty lady celebrates her landmark 50th cake day on Saturday, March 24. I hope your day is blessed beyond comprehension, Lisa!

Becky Carpenter of Lower Swatara observes her frosty-filled day on Saturday, March 24. I hope the cake is perfect and the weekend is super-fun. Enjoy!

Happy 20th cake-and-ice cream day to Joey Keating of Lower Swatara. May your Tuesday, March 27, be full of special friends and family, love and joy. Have a terrific birthday week, Joey.

Here is a shout-out to Diane Myers of Lower Swatara. Her special day is Tuesday, March 27. I hope the warm breezes of spring are blowing for you!

Kelsey Thomas of Lower Swatara celebrates her 22nd razzle-dazzle birthday on Tuesday, March 27. I hope all things good and right happen for you, Kelsey!

Happy birthday to Carter Dryer of Lower Swatara. His landmark 21st cake day is on Tuesday, March 27. Many good wishes to you for a future that shines, Carter! Congrats and enjoy.

Happy landmark birthday to Shayna Hardy of Royalton. Shayna reaches No. 21 on March 27, too. Best wishes and congrats to you for a terrific Tuesday cake day!

Chad Kreiser of Middletown celebrates his 17th happy birthday on this popular day to be born, March 27! Have a wonderful week and a really special Tuesday, Chad.


Best wishes to Earl and Pat Lippert of Lower Swatara. They celebrate 58 years together on Monday, March 26. May your week be wonderful, full of reminders of your love for one another!

Happy 38th anniversary to Richard and Delores Fetter of Lower Swatara on Tuesday, March 27. Enjoy your romantic holiday all week long!

Easter Egg Hunt and more

All families are invited to the amazing 9,000 egg hunt at Susquehanna Valley Evangelical Free Church, 6433 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31.

There will be hunts for various age groups, hundreds of prizes, games, a trackless train, 50 live animals, and obstacle courses. Please bring your basket!

Register online at or call the office at 717-545-2188 to sign up.

Zucchini bread

from the Wedding Book Collection

3 eggs, well beaten

2 c. sugar

3 tsp. vanilla

1 c. oil

2 c. grated zucchini

3 c. flour

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

3 tsp. cinnamon

1 c. chopped walnuts

1 c. raisins, optional

Beat first 3 ingredients, then add the rest. Mix well, pour into 2 regular greased and floured loaf pans. Bake for one hour at 350 degrees. Sprinkle with 10x sugar.

Good News clubs

For kids who like to learn about the Bible, play games, sing songs, listen to missionary stories and enjoy treats … this club is for you!

Fink Elementary School has a Good News club that meets Thursdays after school until 4:45 p.m. in the school library. This is free for students in grades 1 through 5. Children can pick up permission slips in the school office or parents may call Brooke Morrison, 717-652-0372, for information.

Kunkel Elementary School has a club Monday after school and the Reid Elementary School club meets Wednesday after school. School offices have permission slips.

Clubs are not sponsored or endorsed by the Middletown Area School District.

Quote of the Week

“Say what you mean, mean what you say, and don’t say it mean.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

What do you love most about spring?

“I like the break we get from school, warmer weather, Easter season, going to church and Easter dinner!” — Gyles Adderly, 14, Middletown.

“Hiking in warm weather. My favorite trail is the one in Bainbridge.” — Jess Boltz, 20, Lower Paxton.

“The beautiful weather.” — Rylee Leeper, 11, Middletown.

“Baseball. I play third base and pitcher.” — Logan Benner, 11, Middletown.

“My birthday, March 10th!” — Nadia Fairchild, 8, Middletown.

“The joy of seeing new life in nature and, most of all, the joy of Easter when we celebrate Jesus' resurrection which gives hope to everyone.” — Louisa Morgan, Londonderry.

Proverb for the Week

Misfortune pursues the sinner, but prosperity is the reward of the righteous (13:21).

Reach LaVonne Ackerman at 717-649-7366 or by email at