College student finds mission setting at LifePath’s Cornerstone Ice Cream shop

College student finds mission setting at LifePath’s Cornerstone Ice Cream shop

Elizabeth Katz, a Biblical Studies major at Lancaster Bible College, says working at Cornerstone is a “big blessing.”

Elizabeth Katz has been on mission trips in traditionally warm places such as the Dominican Republic and New Mexico.

This summer, her ministry is taking her where the temperature dips to freezing: at Cornerstone Ice Cream, right in her hometown of York.

The ice cream shop, which is operated by LifePath Christian Ministries at 101 N. Newberry St., is open Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Landing a job at the shop last summer put Elizabeth, a Biblical Studies major at Lancaster Bible College, in a mission setting without leaving home.

“Ministry is very important to me. It was a big blessing,” she says of working at Cornerstone.

Paying it forward

The shop rewards youth who pick up trash in the neighborhood with an ice cream cone. Students with school ID and veterans receive a discount.

Customers can perform their own good works by “paying it forward” for a sundae, a milkshake, or a cone for someone who comes into the shop after them.

For Elizabeth, there’s no science to deciding who benefits from that generosity.

“It’s how the Lord leads you and puts something in your heart,” she explains, adding it’s a matter of “getting to know the people in the area who can’t afford things like that.”

All you do, she says, is go outside and ask, “‘Hey, want some ice cream?’ and talk with them.”

‘Where the Lord leads me’

Faces light up when customers learn that a Good Samaritan has paid for their treats.

“It’s definitely a blessing to witness that,” she says.

After earning her associate degree next year, Elizabeth will continue her ministry.

“I’d love to get on a mission team of some sort, travel, spread Jesus,” she says.

Where that happens, she notes, depends on “where the Lord leads me.” For now, he’s leading her to York.