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November 2009

Survey Regarding One or Two Sunday Church Services

It has been brought to Session’s attention that some of the congregation may be interested in reinstating our two church services. Due to the costs associated with holding two services, we have decided to take a survey to find out if there is enough interest to support two Sunday Services.

Please consider the choices below.

— Continue as we are with One service at 10:00 am

— Reinstate two services: 8:30 a.m. First service (to coincide with the Sunday School Classes) AND 10:15 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. Second service

There are several ways to respond.

1. Mail the form (included in this month's printed newsletter) to The First Presbyterian Church of Hokendauqua, 3005 S. Front Street, Whitehall, PA 18052.

2. There will also be a form drop off box in the downstairs vestibule of our church.

3. You may also respond via email:

4. Call the church office at 610-264-9693 and leave a message.

This is your church; we are interested in our members responses. Thank you!

Welcome To Our New Members!

Donald (Don) and Michele (Shelly) Heiney live in Catasauqua. Don is a lifelong Methodist, and Shelly attended Sunday School in our church. The Heineys were married in our church and their grown son, Chad, was baptized here.

Dorothy J. Kehs was a member of the Faith Presbyterian Church, Emmaus, for many years. She has recently moved to North Catasauqua. Dorothy is retired and has a grown son: James Fogel, Senior.

Sarah McClellan lives in Whitehall. She has recently transferred her membership from the Asbury United Methodist Church, Allentown, to our church. She is an active member of Circle Two of the Presbyterian Women. In the eighties and early nineties, she was a member here, and was active in choir and P. W.

Dana and Eugene Setar live in Whitehall. Their daughter, Stephanie, attends our Sunday School, and their son, E. J.; is in our confirmation class. Dana was, raised as an Evangelical Lutheran, and Gene grew up in the Russian Orthodox faith.

Our new members will be welcomed in worship on November 1.

Congregational Meeting

There will be a congregational meeting on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 10:45 a.m. the meeting will be to elect new officers and receive the 2010 budget.

Adult Bible Study Classes

Adult Bible study classes will meet with Rev. Smothers on Nov. 17 (Genesis I) from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. and on Dec. 1 (Genesis 2,3) from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

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.

An Invitation from United Presbyterian Church of Slatington

Please join us at the United Presbyterian Church 6750 PA Rt. 873 Slatington, PA 18080 on November 8th, 2009 for our “51st” Annual Gymanafa Ganu (Welsh Hymn Sing). The afternoon session will begin at 2:30 p.m. and is open to everyone. Our Conductor is Mr. Robert A. Jones from NY, our Organist is Mr. Robert Miller from ME, and our Pianist is Mrs. Anna Mary Milot, Choir Director/Organist of the Slatington United Presbyterian Church. Special music will be by the “Tri-Cees Coral” from the Schnecksville Campus of Lehigh Carbon Community College under the direction of Dr. David A. McConnell. Please join us for this annual tradition. Music is sung mostly in English and some Welsh, if you are able. An expanded “Te Bach” (Welsh Tea) will follow the program. A free will offering is taken to help defray expenses. For more information call the church at 610-767-8113 or Mrs. Milot at 610-767-8337.

Anniversary Book

The Church 150th Anniversary Books will be on sale for Christmas. The cost is $35.00 each. For those of you interested, please sign the order form located in the downstairs vestibule of our church. Orders will be taken until November 29, 2009.

A Friendly Reminder

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

November Birthdays

Colleen George; (2) Cora Apgar; (3) Brad Bloszinsky; (4) Keven Lorah, Shelby Fenstermaker, Michael Jernegan; (5) Nancy Hamm; (6) Kelly Rusnock; (7) Jonathan Linton, Tom Waters; Dorothy Somers, Jakob Huffman; (11) Scott Gilbert; (12) Julie Berk; (13) Taylor Geiger; Carl Moran, Kyle Rusnock; (15) Althea Lychak, Kelly Ward; (16) David Fehnel; (18) June Linton, Kathleen Rowland; (20) William Geiger III; (21) Michael Lorah; (22) Tom Heffner; Doug Barriner; (25) Laura Wheeler-Cassavell, Jack Wall; (26) Tim Faisetty, Kelly Hawes, Robert Lychak, Pat Dolgos; (27) Deborah Bendekovits; (30) Charles Kerewich, Steven Haberern.

December Birthdays

Shannon McNeill; (3) Tori Snyder, Michael Woodling; (5) Amy Keller; (6) Jack Wheeler; Walter Bloszinsky, Andrew Snyder; (8) Mae Hart, Matthew Jernegan, Karen Sentiwany; Wilson Paul Scheirer, Bryant Autrey, Bryan Dannecker; (10) Barbara Johns; (12) Dave Micio; Cody Storm; (15) Kathleen Fenstermaker; (16) Robert Schlosser, Kathy Kovalchick; Katie Dyer, Kyle Worman; (18) Tiffany Bennett; (20) Randy Walters; (22) Alexis Adams; Mike Wiehl; (27) Carol Steigerwalt, Janet Ward, David Apgar; (29) Mackenzie Fehnel; (30) Erin Matthews, (31) Dotty Derrico

Greeters and Ushers

Date Greeters Ushers
Nov 8 Eileen Tremblay Ann and Eileen Tremblay
Nov 15 Carol Steigerwalt Tom & Carol Steigerwalt
Nov 22 Sentiway Family Sentiway Family
Nov 25 (eve) Pat Frankenfield Pat Frankenfield & Linda Schlosser
Nov 29 Fenstermaker Family Fenstermaker Family

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 our local Food bank. Please place any donations in the boxes in the main hallway and in the sanctuary. 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:

Ava Linton
Marjorie Hein
Nicholas Leotti
Bruce Kunkle
Ben Sammak
Melissa Harth
Julia Scavo
Dan Gulini
Chris Jones
Maria Schedler
Peggy Sobroski
Joshua Scoble
Rev. Ray & Sue Brubaker

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.)

Thank You!

The Presbyterian Women are grateful to all those who helped make the October Basket Social a great success. Thanks to all the Volunteers, Baskets, Baked Goods,
Donations and Tickets Sales which gave us a profit of $1,585.65. We could not have done it without you.

Presbyterian Women

Presbyterian Women will be having their meeting on Nov. 10th at 7:15 p.m. – Thank Offering will be Circle 1. Host will be Circle 2.

Thanksgiving Eve Service

The Thanksgiving Eve Service will be on Wednesday, Nov. 25th at 7:30 p.m.


SUNDAY SCHOOL 8:30 - 9:30 A.M.

Confirmation Classes—Nov. 8, 15, 22, and 29 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 1—Sunday School Halloween Party 6:00 p.m.
Nov. 7— Memorial Service for Sarah Webb Bryan at 12:30 p.m.
Nov. 17—Bible Study Class for Adults (Genesis I) 6:00– 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 19—Session and Deacons’ Joint meeting 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 21—Presbytery Meeting at Summit Hill Presbyterian Church
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Nov. 22—Congregational Meeting (Election of Officers; receiving the
2010 budget) 10:45 a.m.
Nov. 25—Thanksgiving Eve Service at 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 29—Advent begins
Dec. 1—Bible Study for Adults (Genesis 2,3) 6:00—7:30 p.m.

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