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August 2009

A Note from Pastor Joyce Smothers:

Dear Friends in Christ,


The name of God occurs 23 times in the 85 verses of the Old Testament Book of Ruth. God is constantly involved in the story of this young woman – a foreigner, newly arrived in a strange land. Join us for four Tuesday and Thursday evenings of Bible study in late August and early September, in my office from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free study guides are available; we will read the second half of Above and Beyond, which you already have if you participated in our class on the Book of Jonah. (We have large print editions if you prefer them.)

Classes will be held as follows:
Tuesday, August 25 – 6:00 to 7:30 p.m..
Tuesday, September 1 – 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, September 10 – 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 15 – 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Guest pastors in the pulpit during my vacation from the 7th to the 17th of August will be
*Sunday, August 9 – Pastor Henry Distler
*Sunday, August 16 – Reverend John Stoner
Sunday worship begins at 9:30 a.m. until September 13, when we will begin our normal 10:00 a.m. startup time for worship.

Don’t forget to call or email me with your favorite hymn requests!
My email address is We will honor each hymn request, and notify you when it will be sung.

Vacation Bible School was a wonderful success! The group raised $300.55 for the PCUSA Pentecost offering and for the Allentown Rescue Missions’ new After-school program. Many thanks to Debbie Snyder, VBS Director, and the staff – all of them dedicated volunteers. You can see samples of the children’s craft projects on the Christian Education bulletin board.

Sunday School will begin at 8:30 a.m. on September 13. A joint youth group, with the First Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua, is being organized as well as a confirmation class for students in seventh grade and up. Please call me at 610-264-9693 if you would like your child to participate in either group.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Joyce

Pastor Joyce's Sermons


A freebee is available from the Smotherses – Our home computer printer “breathed its last” in June. We replaced it with a different brand. This has left us with about ten unopened Canon printer ink cartridges. These will fit only a small percentage of Canon printers- those which use cartridges that feature a large number six on each box. These cartridges are FREE to a good home – see Joyce or John Smothers.

Presbyterian Women Basket Social and Bake Sale

The Presbyterian Women will be sponsoring a Basket Social and Bake Sale on October 17th, from 9 to 12. Please save the date.

Greeters and Ushers

If you are interested in becoming a greeter or usher, please contact Lila Bowman at 610-264-2482. It is a great way to get o meet people that come to our church.

A Friendly Reminder

Please remember to make sure all doors are locked and all lights are turned out when leaving the Church. Thanks!

From the Treasurer

Our year to date Actual Income compared to our budget for January thru May 2009.

Actual total Income: $45,473.72
Budget: $37,415.00

August Birthdays

(1) Sane Fillman, (2) Michele Walters, Jay Gilbert; (4) Brock Fenstermaker, Richard Graumenz; (7) Vanessa Schlosser, Stephanie Bennett; (8) Eric Bode, Tyler Keeler; (9) Jeanne McNeill; (11) Denise Graumenz; (12) Shelly Kovalchick, John Wheeler; (13) Janet Bloszinsky, Ashley Valkert; (14) William Marks, Sr.; (15) Lindsay Wasson, Richard Bowman, Sr.; (18) Tyler Graumenz, Joseph Murphy, Barbara Quigg, Titus Ruch; (20) Chris Mondschein; (23) Raymond Bottazzi, Linda Schlosser; (26) Melissa Scheirer; (30) Eric Hien; (31) Jared Shuey Madeline Scheffer

September Birthdays

Haley Linton: (5) Matthew Snyder; (6) Sue Butchinski; (7) Jessica Filipovits, Emily Hawes; Ann Tremblay, Joanne Matthews, Natilie Keller, Jeanine Snyder; (11) Jeanne Miller, Sharon Mohr; (15) Tara Galloway; (17) Peg Hodes; (18) Melissa Ruch; (19) Paula Scherer, Ryan Kovalchick, Brady Pidgeon; (22) Sandy Moran; (23) Zachary Hartman; (24) Braidon Berk; Robert Schlosser, Leyna Jernegan, Tom Bowman; (26) Kathy Micio, Richard Woodling; Patrick Lyle; (28) Amy Pidgeon, Dan Schedler, Betty Cunningham; (29) Karen Cope, Kevin Strohl; (30) Justin Wall, Paige Linton.

Greeters and Ushers

Date Greeters Ushers
August 2 Joanne & Jeff Matthews Joanne & Jeff Matthews
August 9 Sally & Tom Heffner Sally & Tom Heffner
August 16 Barb Quigg Barb Quigg

Turning Point

We are still collecting used cell phones and empty printer cartridges for Turning Point. Please place your phones and cartridges in the box on the table in front of Fellowship Hall. Turning Point can receive up to $3.50 for each phone or cartridge. Thank you.

Food Collection

Session and Sunday School will be collecting non-perishable food items to go to our local Food bank. Please place any donations in the boxes in the main hallway and in the sanctuary. Thank you.

Deacons Prayer List

Armed Services Personnel
Teachers & Pupils
Church Ministries
Teens and young adults

Additional Prayer Concerns:

Matthew Faisetty
Faisetty Family
Marjorie Hein
Bruce Kunkle
Ben Sammak
Paul Hodes
Melissa Harth
Peggy Lalik
Julia Scavo
Kailynn Poplawski
Maria Schedler
Monica & Mario Vasquez
Madison Cerrone
Richard Pontician Sr.
Nicholas Leotti

If you have any changes or additions to the prayer lists please contact the church office (610-264-9693) or Lila Bowman.


Mr. Ray Bottazzi - Traditions of Hanover, 5300 N. Gate Dr. , Bethlehem, PA. 18017

Mr./Mrs. James DeWalt 3108 N. 3rd St., Whitehall, PA 18052

Ms. Kathryn Fogel - Phoebe Terrace, Apt. 201, 1940 Turner St., Allentown, PA. 18104

Mrs. Evelyn Groller - Westminster Village, Rm. 101B, 803 N. Wahneta Street
Allentown, PA 18109-2491

Mrs. Mary Lorah - Phoebe Home Rm. 280B, 1925 W. Turner St., Allentown, PA 18104

Mr. William J. Marks, Sr. - Cedarbrook Nursing Home, B-3, 350 S. Cedarbrook Rd.,
Allentown, PA 18104

Mr. Harry Millen - 3004 N. Third Street, Whitehall, PA 18052

Mrs. Norma O'Connor - 212 Orchard Drive #1, Whitehall, PA. 18052

Mr. Titus Ruch Sr. - 160 Oley Furnace Road, Fleetwood, PA 19522

Mrs. Catherine Woodley - Eastern Comfort III 206 Diamond Street, Slatington, PA 18080

Mr. and Mrs. Grace and Robert Young - Apt. 2204 Kirkland Village, One Kirkland Village Circle, Bethlehem, PA 18017

(Cards and prayers are some ways we can show our love for those in need within our church family.)


June 21 through September 6 —
9:30 a.m. Worship, no Sunday School


August 20 — Session Meeting 7:00 p.m.

Bible Study: The Book of Ruth
Aug. 25 (Tues.) 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 1 ( Tues.) 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 10 ( THURS.) 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 15 (Tues.) 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 17—Basket Social & Bake Sale 9:00 to 12:00

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