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October 2007

Greeters and Ushers

  Greeters Ushers
October 14 Doug and Patti Sammak Doug and Patti Sammak
October 21 Margie Arehart Sharon and Bob McFetridge
October 28 Shirley Adams and Eileen Petrasovits Shirley Adams and Eileen Petrasovits
November 4 Marie Lychak Richard Lychak and Joe Macrina
November 11 Pat Frankenfield Linda Schlosser and Pat Frankenfield
November 18 Joyce Wheeler Tom and Carol Steigerwalt

Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) Update

The Church Information Form (CIF) has been posted on the Presbyterian USA website, and we received 25 matching Personal Information Forms (PIFs) to our criteria. The PNC met on September 25 to review these matching applicants and seven other applications received via mail or email. It was decided to request an audio or video tape of a sermon from the aforementioned seven to get a better idea of their speaking skills. The committee will reconvene on October 4 to continue reviewing the applications.

Get to Know Your Congregation!
Introducing .... Richard and Barbara Haberern

Current Address: 4710 Route 309, Box 193, Schnecksville, PA 18078 (same place Barbara was raised)

Hometown: Schnecksville (for both of us - we grew up right down the street from each other on Route 309)

Previous Churches attended: Neffs UCC, Slatington Presbyterian, Summit Hill Presbyterian, Cookeville Presbyterian Church (in TN), and last, but the best, Hokendauqua Presbyterian

Current job, hobbies or special talents:

Rich: Job: Night Manager, Wingate Inn
Hobbies: Kayaking, Photography, Visitor Guide at Game Preserve Talents: Public Speaking, Wooly Bully (mascot at Game Preserve)

Barbara: Job: Secretary, LCCC
Hobbies: Playing Piano, Reading, Singing, Gardening, Co-Founder of LCCC Tri-Cees (college staff/community choral group) Talents: Playing Piano, Singing, Songwriting

Involvement w/Hokey Pres:

Rich: Church Choir, Chime Choir, Session, Substitute Lay Pastor when needed

Barbara: Church Choir, Chime Choir, PNC Committee, Ladies Group Pianist

Fun or special memories of Hokey Pres:

Choir Basket Bingo, Chime Choir shenanigans, Ladies' Group socials - anything where the church functions as a family and works together for a common goal, which we think is the best part of the church - the family environment

How did we come to find/attend Hokey Pres:

Visiting area churches

Family: We have two children, Steven and Stefanie. Steven is married, and he and his wife Laurie live in Reading. They work at Arrow International, where Steven is a financial analyst. Stefanie is married to Dennis Clark, and they live in Nesquehoning, where Stefanie works as a second grade teacher at Panther Valley Elementary School. We love them dearly and are very proud of their accomplishments.

In addition, we live with my father, Wayne Blose, who is 90 years young and keeping us in line. (We also have a cat - Callie and a dog - Toby.)


Sunday School children and their families (and anyone else!) is invited to " Boo at the Zoo" at the Lehigh Valley Zoo (Trexler Game Preserve) on Sunday, October 28th. Please see Eileen Tremblay for more information.

Also, Rich Haberern is offering complimentary passes to the Lehigh Valley Zoo for any day. Please see Rich for more information.

Bluegrass Service

Jordan Spring Bluegrass Band will again bless our church with their joyful music during the worship service on Sunday, November 11th. Don't Miss it!

Children's Service

Join us for a Children's Service on Sunday, October 21st. The children will be singing a couple songs, and Eileen will be giving a Children's Chat. A "Joyful Noise: collection is also planned.

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.


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

Chime Choir

We're looking for people who have a love of music and have an urge to ding! Please come and join the "Not Ready for Prime Time Chimers" on Wed. evenings at 6:15 p.m. For further information, contact Barbara Haberern at 610-799-3184. Remember - You don't need to sing (or even read music) to ding!


Our choir will again be sponsoring a Basket Bingo on Friday, November 16, 2007--Save the Date!

Doors open @ 5:30 p.m.
Bingo starts @ 7:00 p.m.

At the Schnecksville Fire Company

Proceeds to benefit:
Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council

Deacons Prayer List

Bodish Family
Teens and young adults
Church ministries
Armed Service Personnel
Jeannette Hause and family
Teachers & Pupils
Linton Family

Additional Prayer Concerns:

Family and Friends of David Hause III
Monica & Mario Vasquez
Linton Family
Baby Makayla Fickes
Fehnel Family
Maria Schedler
Jim Hodes
David Troxell
Tim Billig

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!

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