Kreutz Creek Presbyterian Church in Hellam Township is the latest York County church to partner with the Self Help and Resource Exchange (SHARE) discount food program.

Kreutz Creek joins Chapel Hill Church of God in York Springs, Otterbein United Methodist Church in York Township and St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Freedom as SHARE distribution points.

The York County Food Bank brought the SHARE program to the area in August, and Executive Director Jonathan Fisher said it is filling the void left by Angel Food.

The food bank distributed a few dozen boxes of food during its initial distributions. It is now serving 180 families at the food bank location alone, Fisher said. There are six distribution sites in all, including the September House Senior Center in West York.

Angel Food announced in September that it was going out of business after 17 years, citing the economic downturn's effect on many of the organization's customers as its downfall. Angel Food officials were indicted in September on allegations that they used for-profit businesses to transfer money from Angel Food to them for their personal benefit.

Like Angel Food, the SHARE program offers about a 50-percent discount off food purchases, with several packages offered to anyone, regardless of income. The main "value package" costs $20 and includes chicken, pork, ham, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruit and additional "shelf-stable items," such as rice or flour.

Program supporters say it includes enough food to feed a family of four for a week.

Unlike the Angel Food program, the SHARE program requires two hours of community service from customers per order. When placing their food orders, customers fill out a form describing their volunteerism.

The Rev. Marion Haynes-Weller of Kreutz Creek said the Philadelphia-based SHARE program "promotes healthy living by providing affordable, wholesome food," much of which is grown on Pennsylvania farms.

In other religion news around the region:

Courting youth: Heidelberg United Church of Christ is trying to attract more youth via its HeidelBean coffeehouse, which opens at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

The coffeehouse will host musicians, poets and artists in conjunction with First Fridays downtown in York. Phillip Nathaniel Freeman of The Lone Wolf Project and guitarist Jordan Reichard will perform this week.

Also, musician Brahmii Lagrutta of Heidelberg will perform. An open mic will be available for attendees to take the stage. Coffee and desserts will be available for a donation.

Attendees can enter through the side door accessed from Philadelphia Street, or by the back door at the rear of the church. Anyone interested in performing at future events can call the church office at 717-854-7125.

Ministry after dark: The Night Ministry program at York Hospital will celebrate its 35th anniversary this month, said spokesman Barry Sparks.

The volunteer ministers are on call 24 hours a day for patients who are dealing with concerns, despair and pain during the overnight hours, Sparks said.

There are 10 night ministers who cover one night a month and average about 900 pastoral encounters a year, he added. They volunteer from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. The program runs Monday through Friday from September through May.

Over the years, more than 100 community clergy from every major faith group in York have been involved in the Night Ministry program, Sparks said. The Rev. Uble Frost, 78, began with the program in 1977 and remains active, he said.

The hospital will recognize the program anniversary with a banquet later this month.

Passings: The Rev. Ronald E. Peirson, 75, formerly of Hanover, died April 11 at York Hospital.

He graduated from Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary in 1962, and his third year seminary internship was at Evangelical Church of Resurrection in Caracas, Venezuela.

He retired as a Lutheran pastor in 2001. He served St. John Lutheran Church in Maytown, Lancaster County, from 1962 to 1973; Trinity Lutheran Church in New Holland, Lancaster County, from 1974 to 1984; St. Mark Lutheran Church in Hanover from 1985 to 1989; and St. John Lutheran Church in Stewartstown from 1990 to 2001.

The Rev. Bradley E. Rentzel, 66, died April 12 at York Hospital.

He graduated from Northeastern High School in 1963, Lebanon Valley College in 1967, and Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Rentzel ministered at Emmanuel United Church of Christ in Hanover, Mt. Zion UCC in York, Salem UCC in Dover, and Lischey's UCC in Spring Grove.

He was the parish pastor for 16 years at Trinity UCC in Hanover. Rentzel was the Mount Wolf historian and wrote a history of the town.

Vacation Bible school: Summer means vacation Bible school programs for many area churches.

To have your vacation Bible school listed in the York Daily Record, send announcements to news@ydr.com by June 4 with VBS title/theme, church name, location, times, cost and contact information.

To order

What: SHARE food box

When: Place orders 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday; food pickup from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. May 19

Where: Kreutz Creek Presbyterian Church, 85 Old Church Lane, Hellam Township

Cost: $20 for the basic value package

Details: Visit www.yorkfood
bank.org and click on "SHARE" to see menus. Call the church at 717-840-0955, or email kcpc@nfdc.net.

If you go

What: Live music at the new HeidelBean coffeehouse

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Heidelberg United Church of Christ, 47 W. Philadelphia St., York

Cost: Free

Details: Search for "Heidelberg United Church of Christ" on Facebook