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Reunion 2024



Registration forms available for download:  Click here for the registration form.


Schürch descendants of Lancaster County, PA extend a warm welcome to visit this summer. Enjoy this opportunity to connect with family members from across the U.S., Canada – and a few persons from Switzerland!  Learn more about our common Swiss history and emigration to North America, enjoy an afternoon trip to local Shirk/Sherrick homesteads…and yes, cemeteries!  Enjoy tasty food and fellowship…and the popular auction to close our reunion weekend!


To register for the reunion, complete the registration form by JULY 5, and mail it with a US $$ check/cheque to Ray and Joan Shirk, 11 Krell St, Nuangola PA 18707. A registration form and detailed information are also available for download at and the SFANA Facebook. All reunion activity (except Friday afternoon coach tours) will be held in the Millersville University Student Memorial Center, commonly known as “SMAC.”  Meals are provided on the second floor (elevator available) of Gordinier Hall, a short walk from the SMAC.


We are a diverse group of people with many interests and in our planning, we hope to meet some of those interests.   WELCOME EVERYONE.


Thursday, July 25

11am – 8pm    When arriving on campus, first pick up your registration packet at SMAC. Settle into your room (dormitory check-in available at 11am/ local hotel check-in is usually 3pm), look at exhibits, linger to visit with arriving persons, or explore the local area. NO MEALS are provided.


NOTE:  If you plan to stay overnight in the dormitory and expect to arrive after 8pm, please notify Ray and Joan on the registration form. Alternate plans will be shared so you can receive the access card required to enter the dormitory and your Suite key.   

Friday, July 26

7:00am – 9:00am    Breakfast (only for Option 1 registrants.)  Self-serve buffet with multiple vegan and

                                gluten free options    

8:30am                    Welcome and opening remarks

9:00am – 11:30am  Presentations

11:30am                  Conclusion of morning programming. Those who registered for a bus tour can relax,                                      and pick up a bagged lunch to eat before the tour or on the bus. 

12:00 noon               Bus tours depart – returning at approximately 4:30pm.

4:00pm – 6:00pm     Dinner. Self-serve buffet with multiple vegan and gluten free options (Option 1, 2 and

                                 3 registrants)  

6:30pm                     A special “Gratitude” service project. Details are a surprise, but it will link the morning                                  presentation about Dutch Mennonite assistance with current day refugees.


Saturday, July 27

6:00 – 8:00am        Breakfast (Option 1, 2, and 3 registrants.)  Self-serve buffet with multiple vegan and                                      gluten free options.

8:30 – 11:30am      Presentations

11:00am – 1:00pm Lunch (Options 1, 2, and 3 registrants.)  Self-serve buffet with multiple vegan and                                        gluten free options.

1:00pm – 4:00pm   Presentations

4:30 – 5:00pm        Gathering for a reunion photo – and family code group photos. 

5:30pm                   Special Dinner:  A summer BBQ buffet! (Served in our meeting space)

6:15pm                   Schürch Family Association business meeting and closing reunion remarks.

7:00 – 9:00pm        Auction!!

Sunday, July 28  There is no Sunday programming. However, for those who would enjoy worshiping in a                                 Mennonite church, Millersville Mennonite Church extends a warm welcome to all                                         reunion attendees. 

Additional program details

Children: Currently children’s programming is unavailable, however we welcome and encourage children to attend. Presently we are unable to meet the PA Child Protection guidelines requiring criminal background and child clearance checks. If you are a PA resident attending the reunion, have your current clearances and would enjoy volunteering for children activities, please contact Kathy Sherrick,  Copies of your clearances are required.  Any update on this will be posted on the website and SFANA Facebook. 

Genealogy Assistance:   If you are unsure about your family code line, historians will be available to assist you.  Availability times will be limited so we encourage you to send inquiries to the Association Historical Committee chair at    

Friday afternoon, July 26


Two tours of local historic Schürch sites are offered. Tours will be air-conditioned 52 passenger motorcoaches (including bathroom). The tour price includes the bagged lunch, a guide/host and driver tip. If there is low interest in a specific tour, a smaller motorcoach may be substituted. 


Codes C, N and H will visit sites in Western Lancaster County including West Hempfield and Manor Townships, and Lebanon County. Visits will include farms settled by Code C Joseph, 

Code N Ulrich, and Code H, Kaspar. 


Code E Unrich will feature homesteads and landmarks in Eastern Lancaster County, Cocalico and Earl Townships. 


NOTE: A third tour will visit several local Lancaster County tourist options with no Schürch family connections. This tour was designed especially for persons who have attended Lancaster reunions numerous times and have done the family code tours but this tour is open for anyone. 

Saturday evening, July 27 – AUCTION !!

***   Auction items may be paid by Visa or MasterCard  ***

Following the summer BBQ meal and business meeting, our professional family auctioneer, Clarence N. Shirk, will lead the fun-filled, rousing family auction! Each family unit is encouraged to donate an item to the auction. Past items have included hand-crafted items such as stained glass, artwork, framed photographs, baked items, canned jellies, maple syrup, wood carvings, historical books – even a NHL hockey stick and an antique treadle sewing machine! Auction proceeds help fund reunion and Association expenses. 


Accommodation Options – Registration Option 1 and 2 provide on campus dormitory rooms as a modestly priced option.  To view dormitory housing, check/click the link below and click on West Village. Single Suites have two interior rooms, each with one twin bed plus a full bathroom.  Double Suites have two interior rooms, each with two twin beds plus two full bathrooms.


Please note you will need to bring your own toiletries.  Bedding and towels are provided there are no housekeeping services. Entrance to the West Hall building will be accessed by a card and you will also have a suite key. At the end of your stay, the access card and room key must be returned. NOTE:  There is a lost SUITE KEY fee of USD $100.

Lancaster is a tourist destination with MANY hotels. Feel free to explore online and choose an option that meets your needs. 


These hotels are located closest to Millersville. 

  1. Candlewood Suites Lancaster West

100 S. Tree Dr, Lancaster PA  17603

    Note:      Rooms have fully equipped kitchens

Phone 717-537-2050           

15 minutes to MU


2.  Sleep Inn and Suites

310 Primrose Lane, Mountville PA  17554

      Notes:      Breakfast included indoor pool 

Phone: 717-285-0444

17 minutes to MU


3.  Comfort Inn    

3903 Abel Drive, Columbia PA 17512

    Breakfast included.

    Phone 717-285-9100

17 minutes to MU


4.  DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Lancaster  $$$

2400 Willow Street Pike, Lancaster PA  17602

Phone:  717-464-2711

    12 minutes to Millersville University


To view the Millersville University Campus Map:

Meetings/Summer Bar- B- Que/Auction     - # 53   Student Memorial Center

Dormitory Housing                                    - # 77    West Village Housing

Cafeteria                                                   - # 54    Gordinier Hall 2nd floor

Parking is available near the above


FLYING?  The closest airport is Harrisburg International Airport (MDT) – a 45-minute drive to Millersville. Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and the Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) are other options. Allow a 2 – 21/2 hours’ drive to Millersville. 



There is a wide variety of sightseeing options to explore within a two hours’ drive from Millersville:  the Ephrata Cloister, Sight and Sound Theatre (performing Daniel), Hershey Park, Gettysburg, Longwood Gardens…the list is practically endless!  Explore online or if you have specific questions, give us a call.                         


Click on the word form and download the reunion registration form.

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