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May 2008

Get to Know Your Congregation!

John and Joyce Wheeler

Current Address:
3229 N. Front St., Whitehall

Joyce: Pennsburg, Montgomery County, PA.
John: Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

High School / College:
Joyce: Upper Perkiomen High School - then Temple University School of Nursing for RN degree.
John: Medical School of the University of British Columbia - for MD degree.

Previous Churches:
UCC Pennsburg & Fullerton.

Current job, hobbies, talents:
Joyce: Current School Board Director. Enjoys gardening, reading.
John: Retired. Now a Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist, Penn State Master Gardener with Lehigh County. Has enjoyed teaching vegetable gardening to under-privileged inner city Allentown kids. Currently - a part time student at LCCC in Horticulture.
Both: Four wonderful children and 9 grandchildren keep us busy.

Involvement with Hokey Pres:
Joyce: Former VBS and Sunday School teacher, Elder, and Representative to Presbytery.
John: Former Elder and Sunday School teacher.

Fun, special memories:
1 - Our church sponsored a mission to the migrant farm workers who serviced the local orchards back in the 1970s. Several church members - especially the youth - joined us on our weekly rounds of all the
orchards, both caring for the workers and painting and sprucing up their living quarters.
2 - All member weekend retreat at Camp Brainerd.
3 - Peach festival and church dinners.
4 - VBS in Carpenter's Den.

How did we find Hokey Pres?
We visited the church - only two blocks from our home. The people were friendly - so we became regular members.

Family Info:
Four children - Laura, Sharon, Jack and David. Laura was married in Hokey Pres church. Our daughter, Sharon, was married by Minister Dave Batchelder, who drove to Boston, MA to do so. All four children were confirmed in Hokey Pres church. Our nine grandchildren love visiting the church.

In conclusion:
We have been very happy at First Presbyterian Church of Hokendauqua, and we appreciate the love, friendship and support which all of you have given to us over the past 40 years.

John and Joyce

Welcome new members

Ms. Valerie Mack, Mr. Walter Hertzog, Jr. and Mrs Louiseann Hein!

Barbeque and Bluegrass

Join us for “Barbeque and Bluegrass” on Saturday, June 21st at Hokey Pres Church! Jordan Spring Bluegrass Band will be performing for our guests. We will be selling tickets for the event, and proceeds will benefit the Roof Fund. Detail to follow.

New Email Address

The First Presbyterian Church of Hokendauqua now has a new e-mail address:

Vacation Bible School

2008 Vacation Bible School will be held Monday, June 23rd through Friday, June 27th from 6 to 8 p.m. (A lite dinner will also be served between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m.) Please plan to join us for the fun!

May Birthdays

Donna Givler; (4) Aiden Jacoby; (5) Mike Farber; (7) Ryan Pontician; (8) Carol Kerewich; Joyce Wheeler; (10) John Faisetty, Josh Rotunda; (11) Irwin Kreglow, Randy Cope; (12) Will Hoke; (13) Andrew Smicker; (15) Joyce Burda, Bill Miller; (16) Tim Snyder, Nancy Dutt; L. Kathryn Fogel, Frank Kovalchick, Joseph Sasdi; (18) Jeff Matthews, Kimberly Bydlon, Lauryn Bodish; (19) Patrick Adams; (27) Andrew Kern, Brooke Petrasovits, Kevin Swartley; (28) Erin Petrasovits, Kenneth Swartley; (29) Karen Bydlon, Shannon Adams

May 17th—A Happy 106th Birthday to Mrs. Kathryn Fogel! Hokey Pres loves you!

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 Seip; (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

Turning Point

We are still collecting used cell phones and have now added the collection of 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.


The choir practices Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Voices needed! Come join us for a fun and rewarding time.

Chime Choir

The chime choir practices Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m. Chimers needed! Come ding with us!

Deacons Prayer List

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

Additional Prayer Concerns:

Graham Hantz
Ben Sammak
Melissa Harth
Sania Owens
Jeff Newman
Maria Schedler
Monica & Mario Vasquez
Fehnel Family
Linton Family
Baby Makayla Fickes
Mark Scherer
Ann Kreglow

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 - C20 Whitehall Manor, 1177 Sixth St., Whitehall, PA. 18052

Mrs. Ruth DeLong - 4230 Dorney Park Rd., Apt. 401, Allentown, PA. 18104

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 - Country Meadows, Rm. 18, building 4, 4007 Green Pond Rd. Bethlehem, PA. 18020

Jeanette and David Hause III - 247 E. Walnut Street, Allentown, PA 18109

Mrs. Mary Lorah - 1801 Newport Ave., Apt. 212, Northampton, PA 18067

Mr. William J. Marks, Sr. - 3227 N. 3rd St. Whitehall, PA. 18052

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

Mr. Titus Ruch Sr. - 1419 W. Linden Street, Allentown, PA 18102

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

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

Parish Nurse

Our church may be looking for another Parish Nurse. If any RNs in the congregation are interested, please contact the church office at 610-264-9693 or someone on Session. Thanks!

Drip, Drip, Drop!

Our leaky roof has been fixed! Please click here for photos. Thanks to all who have made contributions to our Roof Fund. We are still accepting donations
to cover the cost of the repair.

Presbyterian Women's Mission Project

Celebrate Father’s Day -- donations of tissues, deodorant, socks, playing cards, tee shirts, shaving cream, pens, etc. Place gifts in the basket in the church lobby by June 8th for delivery to local nursing homes.

Interested in Volunteering in the Nursery?

We are organizing a volunteer list to staff our Nursery during worship service. A volunteer will be in the Nursery during an entire service, if parents wish to drop off their child in the beginning or the middle — of worship service. Please see the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board or see Tammy Seidick. Thank you!

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