A program which provides an opportunity of faith-based lessons celebrates its 40th year this fall. ERTH (Ecumenical Religious Training for the Handicapped) begins with a picnic on Saturday, Sept. 14, in the South Shelter of Fantle Memorial Park at noon. The picnic lunch is hosted by the Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery.

Classes begin Saturday, Sept. 28, at Peace Church, East 31st Street, Yankton, at 1 p.m. The group will meet Saturday afternoons through the end of April 2020 at eight local churches for lessons and fellowship especially designed for adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. Any adult living in the greater Yankton area in group homes, on their own or with a caregiver is welcome to attend classes.

This year’s teachings will be based on the Psalms and how the lessons they contain relate to everyday life situations. Every participant in ERTH receives a copy of The Good News Bible to be used at each class.

The program had its beginning in 1979 when members of Sacred Heart Parish sought to better serve its members with special needs, but it soon grew to involve more local churches. Churches which will host ERTH classes this year include Peace Church, United Church of Christ Congregational, St. Benedict and Sacred Heart Catholic Churches, Riverview Reformed, St. John’s Lutheran, Trinity Lutheran and First United Methodist.

ERTH is supported by contributions from the participating churches as well as Sacred Heart Monastery, participants’ contributions and donations from Marty Council-Knights of Columbus.

Anyone interested in attending ERTH classes this year or learning more about the program can come to the picnic or call 660-0953 for further information. New participants and teachers are always welcome.

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