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Sheep's Pasture to offer used books, CDs, gifts

March 15, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. -- It will be a shop with a mission.

Offering gently used books, CDs and gifts, the soon-to-be-opened Sheep's Pasture in downtown Chambersburg will funnel proceeds into various Christian ministries.

And founders promise to provide materials at a good price.

"Every economic range does love a bargain, but my heart saw a need for people who absolutely cannot afford it," said Janet Johnston, whose idea sparked Sheep's Pasture's creation.

Donations of Christian media and gifts are being accepted at 81 N. Main St. as renovations are under way to prepare the rented space. Johnston hopes to create an upscale browsing section and comfortable seating area, where tea and coffee will be served.

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"People are going to come to enjoy comfort, friendliness and warmth," said Johnston, who is the director of the House of Grace women's ministry, which promotes self-sufficiency.

She plans to provide some materials for a borrowing system similar to a library. The name for the store was taken from Psalm 100:3, prompting Johnston to label it "a place to graze and to feed" for the soul.

"We're looking for every category of Christian literature," Johnston said, explaining that study guides, children's literature and pastoral lectures will be among the offerings.

Two Boy Scout troops signed up to paint and build bookshelves.

"I'm looking forward to people discovering what something like this provides. ... I'm excited for people to catch hold of this," Johnston said.

For more information about Sheep's Pasture or to volunteer, call 717-261-0977.

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