April 28 is DisAbility Awareness Sunday at First Church. Guest speaker Elizabeth Brake, a United Methodist pastor who was born with cerebral palsy, will describe her journey with disability and faith to a joint Sunday School class at 9:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room.
All are invited and encouraged to attend.
Pastor Brake resides in Mercersburg on her family’s dairy farm. Never one to let her disability stop her, she showed cows in 4-H and was an avid downhill skier (in a sit-down ski) throughout high school.
Pastor Brake earned degrees in education and family services from Messiah College, and a master’s degree in counseling from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She later returned to Messiah College to complete a second master’s degree in education. Her goal was to work in disability services for a college, but God had a different plan. Pastor Brake continued her studies to become a pastor. She currently serves the Roxbury and Upper Strasburg United Methodist Churches in Franklin County.
In addition, a Rejoicing Spirits worship service will be held at 4 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The service is specially designed and adapted for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families.
For more information, call or e-mail the church at 717.766.4611 or firstname.lastname@example.org.