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June 2010

Note from Pastor Joyce

Our congregation will worship from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Sundays through Labor Day. The earlier worship time, and the lighter workload of church leaders, provide us with new opportunities for Bible Study.

The Christian Education committee and the Presbyterian Women are providing resources and sponsorship for “Esther’s Feast”, a nine-week discussion series on this Old Testament book, to be held from 11:00 to 12:00 noon every Sunday from July 11 through September 5.

Free study books will be available in regular and large print. The pastor will lead our discussions. Please see her to obtain your copy of the book, Esther’s Feast, by Patricia K. Tull, on or after July 8. Both men and women are encouraged to attend.

We have experimented with evening and weekday scheduling. It seems that Sunday morning is the most convenient time to meet, for the majority of adults in our church – before or after worship.

The 8:30 a.m. Bible study group will continue to meet on Sundays all summer.

I hope you can join us for Bible study this summer. God doesn’t take a vacation from us. The opportunities for growing in faith are as boundless as the summer season!

Pastor Joyce

Books of the Bible

There are names of 16 books of the Bible hidden in the paragraph below. See how many you can find. A preacher found 15 books in 20 minutes, but it took him three weeks to find the 16th one! Have fun!!

Thanks to Gail Rhinehart for sharing this. Our Confirmands found all sixteen books!

I once made a remark about the hidden books of the Bible. It was a lulu, kept people looking so hard for facts and for others it was a revelation. Some were in a jam, especially since the names of the books were not capitalized. But the truth finally struck home to numbers of our readers. To others it was a real job. We want it to be a most fascinating few moments for you. Yes, there will be some really easy ones to spot. Others may require judges to help find them. I will quickly admit it usually takes a minister to find one of them, and there will be loud lamentations when it is found. A little lady says she brews a cup of tea so she can concentrate better. See how well you can compete. Relax now, for there really are sixteen names of books of the Bible in this paragraph.

Help for Our Troops

Master Sergeant Chad Rhinehart (relative of Gail Rhinehart) is currently stationed in Afghanistan. His unit is assisting schools there, and they're requesting help in collecting school supplies and clothing for the Afghan children. Some of the main items they could use are pens, pencils/sharpeners and notebooks. As for clothing, winter clothes are best — shoes, boots, gloves and hats are all good. Boxes are located on the stage in the fellowship room for collection of the school supplies and clothing (including "gently used" children's clothing). Any contributions are welcomed.

Relay for the American Cancer Society

Whitehall’s Relay for the American Cancer Society will take place at the Whitehall Stadium on Fri., June 25th at noon to Sat., June 26th at noon. There will be music, food and fun. The Luminous Service will be Friday night at 9:30.

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.

June Birthdays

Jessica Schedler, Rebekah Gilbert, Lori Shuey; (2) Larry Lorah (3) Donna Martin, Jim Tremblay; Michael Kramlich; (5) Doug Sammak, Jerome Avbate; (7) Kathleen McNeill, Andrew Bydlon; Kian Mahdi Linton; (14) Brandon Hien; (15) John Filipovits; (16) George Goshey; (17) Wendy Seip; (18) Alexis Jernegan; (19) Peter Gilbert; (20) Elizabeth Dorwart; (21) Sandra Bennett; John Hrizuk, Michael Hrizuk, Tyler Jernegan: (23) Kristie Kern, Carlee Worman; (24) Madison Fehnel; (25) Thomas Bennett; (26) Cody Murphy-Miller; (27) Alvin Hart, Jill Lafaw, Brynne Heffner

July Birthdays

Tara Fehnel, Susan Kovalchick, Calleen Sedora; (2) Kathleen Nevins, Haley Lyle; (3) Matthew Faisetty, Jimmy Bode; (5) Sarah Kovalchick; (6) Norma O’Connor, Amber Schray, Kylie McFetridge; Autumn Schray, Tyler Linton; (8) Donald DeWalt; (9) Denise Worman; (10) Maria Schedler; William Fenstermaker, Melissa Moran, Jeffrey Shuey; (13) Katrina Wasson; (14) Evelyn Hodes, Olivia George; (16) Taylor Apgar, Taylor Stauffer; (17) Carol Clancy; (19) Kimberly Wall, Dan McNeill, Jeff Wimmer; (20) Anthony Scheirer; (22) Donna Fink, Rita Scheirer, Stephen Sasdi; Ora Kramlich; (24) Mary Lorah; (25) Stacy Mohn; (27) John Bowman, Jeremy Ruch; (29) Amy Steigerwalt, Marijane Lynn; (30) Sean McFetridge; (31) David Micio, Nick Micio, Steven Snyder, Tracy Stauffer.

Greeter/Usher Schedule

We will soon be developing the 2010-2011 Greeter and Usher schedules.
If there are any individuals interested in having their names added to the list please contact Lila Bowman at 610-264-2482 or Joanne Matthews.

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
Church Family Past & Present
World Peace
Ministers of the word & sacrament who are dealing with significant health issues

Additional Prayer Concerns:

Claudia McManamey
Aidan Galloway
Sarah Hatzell
Melissa Moran
Joshua Scoble
Barbara Quigg
Ben Sammak
Melissa Harth
Jonathan Linton
Chad Rhinehart
Bob Underwood
Richard Pontician Jr.
Rev. Ray & Sue Brubaker
Dottie Derrico
Jim & Maryann McFetridge Jr. and sons
People of Santiago Chili

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 Home, Rm. 1123, 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.)



June 20 —Worship time change to 9:30 a.m. until Sept. 12 (No Sunday School for summer)
August 2-6 — Vacation Bible School

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