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May 2009

A Note from Pastor Joyce Smothers:

Dear Friends in Christ,

I am so pleased to be here. In May, I will be setting up open hours in the pastor’s office, so we can get to know each other. On Tuesday through Friday, through May 29, I will be in my office from nine a.m. to one p.m. (except for emergencies) to chat with anybody who comes in, or anyone who calls me at the church telephone number. Please feel free to drop in—not necessarily for a reason that is “important!” If you’d like an appointment to speak privately with me, please feel free to call and we can set up a time at your convenience—afternoons and evenings are fine.

John and I will be attending all the choir rehearsals on Wednesday nights. On Mondays and Saturdays, I will take scheduled time off—unless anyone in the congregation has a special need. After June 1, when I have a better idea of your needs, I may revise my open morning hours.

I am thrilled to have my own copy of the church’s 150th Anniversary Book. Every day I find I can match a few more of your faces with your names, your parents’ and children’s names, family group shots, etc. I find your stories about the church’s history, your jobs, and your families so fascinating. And I love your precious old photos! The Smothers’ extended family is spread out from San Diego and Seattle to New York City, Schenectady and Boston.

John and I are new in town this month, and we are delighted to have been so warmly, and quickly, welcomed into your church Family.

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. We're looking for volunteers, please see Deb Snyder. See the bulletin board for sign-up info.

Nursery School News

May 2009:
We will be concluding our school year with promotions and graduations at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 14th, and Friday, May 15th. Have your child here by 9 a.m. dismissal will be early on these days.

Bring a teddy bear to school for our “Teddy Bear Picnic” on Thursday, May 7th, and Friday, May 8th. This will also be the Photo Sale day when parents can obtain pictures of their children for a donation.

A special “pet” show and tell will take place prior to dismissal time 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 12, and Wednesday, May 13th. Pets will be outside in the parking lot for viewing (weather permitting).

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.

Registrations for the Fall of 2009 are open to new students.

Confirmation Class

Our confirmation students, along with members of the Youth Group, are currently working on making a new banner to be presented to the congregation in time for Easter services. The banner will be their “gift” to our church. In the past few months we have discussed the history of Presbyterianism and the history of our own Presbytery church in Hokendauqua. For the next few weeks we will be discussing the Statement of Faith of the Presbytery USA church and learning how to put together our own “statement of faith”. Upcoming events will include a trip to Camp Brainerd and volunteering our time at a local food bank. As always if your child cannot attend class on Sunday morning or if you have any questions, please either call Eileen at 610-261-2012 or Carl at 610-868-1884.

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!

May Birthdays

Donna Givler; (4) Aiden Jacoby: (5) Mike Farber; (7) Ryan Pontician; (8) Carol Kerewich; (9) Joyce Wheeler; (10) John Faisetty, Josh Rotunda; (11) Irwin Kreglow, Randy Cope; (12) Will Hoke; (13) Andrew Smicker; (15) Joyce Bruda, Bill Miller;
Tim Snyder, Nancy Dutt; (17) 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.

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

Greeters and Ushers

Date Greeters Ushers
May 3 Joyce Wheeler Karen and Scott Cope
May 10 Susan Hoke Susan and Emily Hoke
May 17 Jean Krall Jean Krall and Doris Hrizuk
May 24 Patti Sammak Sammak Family
May 31 Sharon McFetridge Sharon and Bob McFetridge
June 7 Ann Tremblay Eileen and Ann Tremblay
June 14 Lila Bowman Lila and 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
Richard Pontician Jr.

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.)


May 12 — P. W. Association Meeting 7:00 p.m.
May 17 — Rev. Smothers’ Installation Service at 3:30 p.m.
May 18 — P. W. Circle 1 at noon
May 19 — Elections
May 21 — Session Meeting at 7:30 p.m.
May 28 — P. W. Circle 2 at noon

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