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Four new Lutheran Social Services ministers commissioned

December 05, 2009

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Four new Lutheran Social Services Stephen Ministers were recently commissioned at a service held at St. Luke Lutheran Church, Chambersburg.

Barbara Boyer and Kirk Heffernan, Waynesboro, Pa., and Ruth Panesci and Judy Turley, Fayetteville, Pa., have completed the requisite 50 hours of training.

The Rev. John B. Ferra Jr., chairman of the Lutheran Social Services Board of Directors, presided at the Rite for Commissioning.

Stephen Ministers are trained lay people who provide ongoing Christian care and emotional support to people in the community who are experiencing a wide-range of life needs and crises. They receive ongoing peer supervision and continuing education. The Lutheran Social Services Stephen Ministry program has been providing care for people in Franklin and Fulton counties since 1990.

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For information on becoming a Stephen Minister or requesting services, call Carol Hughes, volunteer programs coordinator, at 717-264-5700.

Established in 1951, Lutheran Social Services of South Central Pennsylvania provides residential and assisted living, nursing and rehabilitation services in six continuing care retirement communities, community health services and a range of community outreach services.

Lutheran Social Services, working in partnership with local organizations, congregations, volunteers, donors, education providers and the business community, provides services in York, Adams, Franklin, Fulton and portions of Cumberland counties in Pennsylvania, as well as State College, Pa., and Carroll, Washington and Frederick counties in Maryland.

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