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June 2009

A Note from Pastor Joyce Smothers:

Dear Friends in Christ,

It has been fun, getting to know you since the first of May. I am having a wonderful time at your church. Please keep those sermon evaluations coming!

I will continue my morning office hours from Tuesday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., through the month of June.

Please call or email me ( your favorite hymn titles from our hymnal, THE WORSHIPING CHURCH. During the summer, we will sing them. I will call you in advance when your hymn choice will be sung, and your name will appear in the bulletin that week.(e.g. “requested by John and Jane Doe”).

Summer worship begins on Father’s Day, June 21. We will begin worshiping on Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. until September 13, when we will resume the ten o’clock worship time on Sundays.

Vacation Bible School is scheduled for July 13 through 17 from five thirty to eight thirty p.m. at our church. The theme for this year is DISCOVERY CANYON. We welcome children from pre-school through sixth grade. Please see or call Debbie Snyder if you would like to enroll your child, or you want to volunteer to teach. She can fill you in on minimum ages and activities and so on.

I plan to teach a week-long Bible study series on the book of Jonah, for adults, each evening during the week of Vacation Bible School. This will be “BIBLE STUDY LIGHT” —no Hebrew translation or exegesis, no scholarly articles to read. We will informally discuss the satirical and humorous story of Jonah and relate it to its historical period. We will also tie in some contemporary concerns, including prejudice, anger, forgiveness, indirect communication, and even problems in parenting. We will meet in my office. Please let me know if you would like to join us for one or more meetings. The series will based on the Presbyterian Horizons Bible Study Unit, “Above and Beyond.”

See you on Sunday!
Pastor Joyce

Pastor Joyce's Sermons

Vacation Bible School

Discovery Canyon VBS program will be held the week of July 13th - 17th from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. (Preschool through 6th grade) We're looking for volunteers, please see Deb Snyder. See the bulletin board for sign-up info.

Summer Worship Schedule

June 21 until September 13

Worship time 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
No Sunday School

Basket Bingo Proceeds

The choir would like to extend a great big THANK YOU to everyone in the congregation for all the support in making this years’ Basket Bingo a great success. We couldn’t do this without everyone’s help and support.  After all the money was counted and the accounting paperwork processed, we found that an error was made and the profit realized from the bingo is actually $5435.00.  This will all be donated to the Building Fund.  Thank you again for your support.  We look forward to the next one.

A Friendly Reminder

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

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 mail hallway and in the sanctuary. Thank you.

Giving Envelopes

The 2009 Giving Envelopes are ready. Please stop by the table in Fellowship Hall to pick up your envelopes. Thank you!

Choir Practice

Choir practice rehearsals are every Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. New members always welcome!

Nursery School News

A special Thank You to all our Families and Friends who helped us achieve another
successful year. Please continue to refer our programs to others.

From the Treasurer

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

Actual total Income: $36,940.71
Budget: $30,271.00

June Birthdays

Jessica Schedler, Rebekah Gilbert, Lori Shuey; (2) Larry Lorah; (3) Donna Martin, Jim Tremblay; Michael Kramlich; (5) Doug Sammak, Jerome Avate; (7) Kathleen McNeill, Andrew Bydlon; Kian Mahdi Linton; (14) Joseph Lynn, Brandon Hien; (15) John Filipovits; (16) George Goshey; Wendy Siep; (18) Alexis Jernegan; (19) Peter Gilbert; (20) Elizabeth Dorwart; (21) Sandra Bennett; (22) John Hrizuk, Michael Hrizuk, Rose Hrizuk, Tyler Jernegan; (23) Kristie Kern, Carlee Worman, (25) Thomas Bennett; (26) Cody Murphy-Miller; (27) Alvin Hart, Jill Lafaw, Brynne Heffner

July Birthdays

Susan Kovalchick, Calleen Sedora; (2) Kathleen Nevins, Haley Lyle; (3) Matthew Faisetty, Jimmy Bode; (5) David Hause, Jr., Sarah Kovalchick; (6) Norma O’Connor, Amber Schray, Kylie McFetridge; (7) Autumn Schray, Tyler Linton; (8) Donald DeWalt; (9) Denise Worman; (10) Maria Schedler; (11) William Fenstermaker, Melissa Moran, Jeffrey Shuey; (13) Katrina Wasson; Evelyn Hodes, Olivia George; (16) Taylor Apgar, Taylor Stauffer; (17) Carol Clancy; Kimberly Wall, Dan McNeill, Jeff Wimmer; (20) Anthony Scheirer; (22) Donna Fink, Rita Scheirer, Stephen Sasdi; (23) Ora (Dolly) Kramlich; (24) Mary Lorah; (25) Stacy Mohr; (27) John Bowman, Jeremy Ruch :29) Marijane Lynn, Amy Steigerwalt; (30) Sean McFetridge; (31) David Micio, Nick Micio, Steven Snyder, Tracy Stauffer.

Greeters and Ushers

Date Greeters Ushers
June 7 Ann Tremblay Eileen & Ann Tremblay
June 14 Lila Bowman Lila & Dick Bowman

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.

Deacons Prayer List

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

Additional Prayer Concerns:

Bruce Kunkle
Ben Sammak
Paul Hodes
Melissa Harth
Peggy Lalik
Julia Scavo
Kailynn Poplawski
Maria Schedler
Monica & Mario Vasquez
Madison Cerrone
Carol Clancy

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 thru Labor Day Weekend —
9:30 a.m. Worship, no Sunday School

July 13-17 — Vacation Bible School 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

July 13-17 — Adult Bible Study 5:45 to 8:15 p.m.

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