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January 2010


Results of the Survey Regarding One or Two Sunday Church Services

Based on the responses received from the congregation, Session has decided to go with the majority decision to continue with one worship service. Thanks to everyone for their participation!

Thank you!


BRRRR!!

Thank you all for your contributions to our Advent and Christmas celebrations. We had a white Christmas this year, full of beauty and color and music, and inspired by the Word of God. It was wonderful for the entire Smothers family to celebrate the season with you for the first time.

We were fortunate to be able to hold every Sunday worship service that was scheduled in December at our church, and to have to cancel only one program. We may not be so blessed in January, February and March. The following is the Session’s policy and procedure on church closings due to emergency weather conditions.

Although we will try our best to keep the church doors open in inclement weather, the Session may cancel worship in case of dangerous road conditions or power outage. Closing decisions for worship services in our church will be made by eight o'clock a.m. and all staff will be notified by telephone by 8:15 a.m. Property, Worship and Christian Education chairs will begin the chain of telephone calls, which will include key participants in worship. In the event of severe weather, please call the church office telephone number, 610-264-9693, by 8:15 a.m. to learn of cancellation of worship or Sunday School. Cancellations of church events will be announced on WAEB AM 790 (www.waeb.com), and WFMZ FM 69 (www.wfmz.com) The church website will list cancellations, as well. We ask everyone to use their best judgment in venturing out on a bad winter-weather day.

Two free officer training workshops for Presbyterians are being held on Saturdays this winter. I am hoping to go to both. Please let me know if you would like a ride—or if you need good directions!

At Princeton Theological Seminary, “Equipping the Saints: Leadership Training Day” will be held on January 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Programs include basic training for Elders, Deacons and Clerks of Session, a program for Christian educators on “Creating Safer Churches,” and training for Small Group Ministry, Stewardship, and Evangelism. Although classes are free, lunch will be available for ten dollars. Visit www.ptsem.edu/ce for more information. This event is co-sponsored by the Presbyteries of Monmouth and New Brunswick. Princeton Seminary is an hour and fifteen minutes from Whitehall.

At the First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, “Winterfest Workshops for the enhancement of leadership ministries” will be held on February 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Child care is available on request. Beverages will be provided. Participants are asked to bring their lunches. This event is sponsored by Lehigh Presbytery. Morning workshops will include, “Church Leaders as Spiritual Leaders,” “Caring to Listen and Companioning Those Dealing With Grief,” “Ways to Reach All Learners,’ “Discernment—Listening to God and One Another,” and basic training for church treasurers, plus several other offerings. There is an afternoon class on behavioral covenants (tools to help congregations and families set the terms for their lives together.) Check our church bulletin board or www.lehighpresbytery.org for more information.

On January 19 at six o’clock p.m. , the Genesis Bible study group will read the story of Sarah and Hagar as told in Genesis 18, and will discuss the theme of “faith and the outsider.” Kent Newhart leads a Bible Study group for adults—every Sunday at 8:30 A.M.

I pray that you will all stay warm and travel safely!

Blessings,
Pastor Joyce


A Bible Quiz

    1. What was the first thing that God created?
    2. Which day did God create plants?
    3. What was the boat Noah built called?
    4. How many of each type of animal did Noah have on the ark?
    5. What is the symbol of God’s promise to Noah?
    6. Who received the 10 commandments from God?
    7. What are we told to do in the fifth commandment?
    8. What was the name of Moses’ brother?
    9. What food do we ask God to give us in the Lord’s Prayer?
    10. People look on the outward appearance, but what does God look on?
    11. His father gave him a coat of many colors.
    12. Whom did king Darius throw into a lions’ den? This person prayed to God three times a day.
    13. This young boy defeated a giant.
    14. A fish swallowed this prophet.
    15. What animal was often used for transportation in the Bible?
    16. Who was the Son of God?
    17. What was the name of Jesus’ mother?
    18. What did Jesus’ father do for a job?
    19. Jesus told a parable about a prodigal ______.
    20. What is the shortest verse in the Bible?
    21. How many disciples or apostles did Jesus have?
    22. Which of the apostles betrayed Jesus?
    23. What is section of the Sermon on the Mount called, that talks about blessings?
    24. What did Jesus feed to 5,000 people?
    25. What was the name of the sea where Jesus calmed a storm?

ANSWERS: To Bible Quiz

LIGHT; 2. THIRD; 3. AN ARK; 4. TWO; 5. RAINBOW; 6. MOSES; 7. HONOR OUR FATHER AND OUR MOTHER; 8. AARON; 9. BREAD; 10. THE HEART; 11. JOSEPH; 12. DANIEL; 13. DAVID; JONAH; 15. CAMEL OR DONKEY (either is correct); 16. JESUS; 17. MARY; 18. CARPENTER; 19. SON; 20. JESUS WEPT; 21. TWELVE; 22. JUDAS; 23. THE BEATITUDES; 24. FIVE LOAVES OF BREAD AND TWO SMALL FISH; 25. THE SEA OF GALILEE

From the Newsletter of Union Hill Presbyterian Church, Denville, New Jersey


PER CAPITA

In January, members of the congregation should expect a letter from the church stating the per capita requirement for each member for 2010. The amount is $23.88, reduced from $24.11 in 2009.


Choir Rehearsal

Choir rehearsals are on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Rehearsals generally last about 1 hour. We are always interested in having new voices join our already wonderful choir. New members are always welcome. Choir Director—Joanne Matthews.


Chime Choir Rehearsal

Chime choir rehearsals are on Wednesdays at 6:15. You don’t need to read music or sing to ding! New members are always welcome. Chime Choir Director—Barbara Haberern.


Anniversary Book

The Church 150th Anniversary Books have been reduced 20%, due to a minor printer error. The cost is now $28.00 each. If interested, please sign the order form located in the downstairs vestibule of our church. Reserve your copy now!


A Friendly Reminder

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


January Birthdays

Dave Linton, Robert Wasson; (2) Deborah Hartman, David Hertzog; (3) Evelyn Groller, David Sentiwany; (5) Carol Snyder; (9) Kathy Waters; (10) Margaret Fink, Joshua Scherer Kathy Morusan; Monica Kern, Edward Santana-Grace; (13) Jennifer Strohl, Gavin Rusnock; (14) Tom Steigerwalt; (17) Brian Hart; (21) Stefanie Mondschein; (22) Robert Young; (24) Deborah Gilbert, Dunstan Linton; (25) Catherine Woodley;(26) Jean Krall, Alison Waters; (27) Jennifer Hartman, Amy Ruch, Lisa Rouch; (28) Sue Bode; (29) Matthew Mohr, David Wheeler; (30) Cory Juretus


February Birthdays

Steven Tremblay; (2) Barry Schlosser, Sonny Cardi, Linda Hardy, Erica Scherer; (4) Maryann Ramey, Steven Mondschein, Susan Setzer; (5) Alice Ann Geiger; (6) Alexander Fries; Pamela Sheffer, Niclose Apgar; (12) Honnell Linton, J. Richard Scheirer; (13) Peyton George; Patricia Frankenfield; (20) Doris Hrizuk Joshua Schedler, R. J. Kern; (21) Michael McFetridge, Jessica Hartman, Kevin Berk; (23) Louise Juretus; (26) Bryan Cope; (27) Joe Butchinski; (28) Robert Hartman, Jr.


Greeters and Ushers

Date Greeters Ushers
Jan 10 Sarah McClellan Dotti Somers & Donna Pontician
Jan 17 Sharen McFetridge Sharen & Bob McFetridge
Jan 24 Sentiway Family Sentiway Family
Jan 31 Donna Fink Donna Fink & Louise Juretus

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.


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 the Whitehall Food bank. Please place any donations in the cart located in the church foyer. Thank you.


Attention: Presbyterian Women

Beginning January 12th the Presbyterian Women will be changing their meetings to begin at 1:30 p.m. This is a change from meetings being held during the evening.

Jan. 12 P. W. meeting at 1:30 P.M.
(Coordinating team is hosting)
Jan. 25 P. W. Circle 1 will meet at noon
Jan. 28 P. W. Circle 2 (time to be announced)


Welcome to Janet Grantz!

Janet M. Grantz became our newest church member on December 20. A teacher for the Northampton School District, Janet is a lifelong resident of Hokendauqua. Her hobbies include gardening, crocheting and reading about American history. She and her husband, Bob have four grown daughters: Elizabeth, Allison, Lauren and Maureen. Janet is an accomplished pianist, organist and vocalist.


Treasurer's Report for November 2009

 
Actual
Budget
Total Income 11,402.50 8,112.00
Total Expenses 103,538.28 96,085.56
Net Income -6,378.13 -13,022.56

Deacons Prayer List

Armed Services Personnel
Teachers & Pupils
Church Ministries
Teens and young adults
Caregivers
Church Family Past & Present
World Peace
Ministers of the word & sacrament who are dealing with significant health issues

Additional Prayer Concerns:

Family and Friends of Joy Trinkle
Sgt. Graham Hantz
Peter Gilbert
Ava Linton
Marjorie Hein
Nicholas Leotti
Bruce Kunkle
Ben Sammak
Melissa Harth
Julia Scavo
Dan Gulini
Chris Jones
Maria Schedler
Joshua Scoble
Larry Martin
Sarah Hatzell
Mrs. Brett
Rev. Ray & Sue Brubaker
Jim & Maryann McFetridge Jr. and sons

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


REMEMBER ALSO THOSE MEMBERS OF OUR CONGREGATION WHO, BECAUSE OF HEALTH PROBLEMS, FIND IT DIFFICULT TO PHYSICALLY WORSHIP WITH US EVERY SUNDAY MORNING

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 Home, Rm. 1135, 1925 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.)


Schedule

WORSHIP TIME 10:00 A.M.
SUNDAY SCHOOL 8:30 - 9:30 A.M.

Jan. 10 —Installation/Ordination of new Church Officers at 10:00 A.M.
Epiphany Dinner at 6:00 P.M.
Jan. 21 — Session Meeting at 7 P.M.
Jan. 23 — Presbytery Meeting in Pottsville at 10:00 A.M.
Jan. 24 — Annual Congregational Meeting at 10:45 A.M.
Jan. 25 — P.W. Circle 1 will meet at noon
Jan. 28 — P.W. Circle 2 will meet (time to be announced)

Feb. 17 — Ash Wednesday Worship Service at 7:30 P.M.
Feb. 18 — Session Meeting at 7:00 P.M.
Feb. 27 —Winterfest workshop at First Presbyterian Church, Bethlehem, for Christian Educators and Officer Training from 8:30 A.M. to 2:30
P.M.

Mar. 21 —Westminster Village will present a “Minute for Mission”

Apr. 4 —Easter

Apr. 11 —CHES Pulpit Exchange


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