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September 2009

A Note from Pastor Joyce Smothers:

It’s fall — can you believe it? God is blessing us with cooler weather already. How the summer has flown by! I have spent a quiet four months, getting to know you better. It is delightful to be your pastor!

September is always the time to return to business as usual. Worship will resume its school—year starting time, 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 13. And our Sunday School classes start at 8:30 a.m. that day. We are delighted to have John Hrizuk back on Session, as a member of the Fellowship and Congregational Life Committee.

Do you know someone who wants to join, or rejoin, our church? A two-part Inquirers’ Class, for prospective and former members, will be held on Wednesday evenings, September 16 and 23 from 6—7:30 p.m. in my office. Please call the church office at (610)-264-9693 office if you’d like
to enroll.

October 4 is World Communion Sunday. We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper with Christians worldwide.

Yes, the First Presbyterian Church of Hokendauqua is moving into an exciting future. You won’t want to miss it! Watch the bulletins, for announcements of youth adventure trips, beginning in October.

Pastor Joyce

Pastor Joyce's Sermons

Welcome Breakfast

Please come and join in for the Fellowship/Group Life Committee’s Welcome Back Breakfast on Sunday, Sept. 13at 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. There will be no cost but a free will offering will be accepted. We will be serving pancakes, sausage, egg strata and coffee, tea or milk.

Choir Rehearsal

Choir rehearsals will begin the new season on Wednesday, Sept. 9th 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 will also begin on Wednesday, Sept. 9th. Rehearsal will begin at 6:15. You don’t need to read music or sing to ding! New members are always welcome. Chime Choir Director—Barbara Haberern.

Presbyterian Women Basket Social and Bake Sale
Saturday October 17th, 9 am - 12 pm

The Presbyterian Women need your help to make this event a success! Donations of baked goods / gift cards / gift baskets as well as monetary gifts will be greatly appreciated. If you have items to donate and need help creating the basket please contact Donna Fink. Baskets will be accepted any Sunday and are due October 14th.

Tickets: $5.00 each. Available from any member of the P. W. Circles.
October 16th from 3 -7 pm: Tickets on sale and baked goods may be dropped off.
October 17th: Drawing will be held at 12:15 pm.

With these economic times, we accept that it might be a burden to some of our members to donate at this time. If you would like to contact a business that you patronize to ask for a donation please call Janet Ward at 610-264-7691 to receive a letter which requests donations.

Pork and Sauerkraut Supper

The Fellowship/Group Life Committee will be holding a Happy Halloween Pork & Sauerkraut Supper on Saturday, Oct. 31st at 6:00 p.m. The Cost will be $10. per person. This will include a pork & sauerkraut platter including meat, potatoes and applesauce; rolls & butter; dessert and a beverage. Tickets will be on sale prior to the dinner and also at the Women’s Assn. Basket Social. They will also be available at the door.

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.

A Friendly Reminder

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

From the Treasurer

Our year to date Actual Income compared to our budget for January thru July 2009. Actual total Income: $ 61,156.83. Budget: $53,171.00

September Birthdays

Haley Linton: (5) Matthew Snyder; (6) Sue Butchinski; (7) Jessica Filipovits, Emily Hawes; Ann Tremblay, Joanne Matthews, Natilie Keller, Jeanine Snyder; (11) Jeanne Miller, Sharon Mohr; (15) Tara Galloway; (17) Peg Hodes; (18) Melissa Ruch; (19) Paula Scherer, Ryan Kovalchick, Brady Pidgeon; (22) Sandy Moran; (23) Zachary Hartman; (24) Braidon Berk; Robert Schlosser, Leyna Jernegan, Tom Bowman; (26) Kathy Micio, Richard Woodling; Patrick Lyle; (28) Amy Pidgeon, Dan Schedler, Betty Cunningham; (29) Karen Cope, Kevin Strohl; (30) Justin Wall, Paige Linton.

October Birthdays

John Tremblay; (2) Jeffrey Stauffer III; (6) Dennis Shelanick; (7) Lois Yudt; (9) Melody Faisetty; Ben Mullikin; (11) Cheyenne Dougherty, Thomas Gross; (13) Mark Scherer, Jeff Stauffer; Holly Hodes; (15) James Shedlauskas; (16) Margie Arehart; (17) Alice Wall, Kyle Worman; Sharon McFetridge; (21) Valerie Mack; (22) Heather Miller; (23) Bruce Linton, Janelle Sentiwany, Evelyn Unangst; (24) Melissa Lorah, Lauren Sammak (31) Walter R. Hertzog Jr.

Greeters and Ushers

Date Greeters Ushers
Sept 13 Mae Hart Al Hart & Richard Lychak
Sept 20 Sentiwany Family Sentiwany Family
Sept 27 Lila Bowman Carl Moran & Jeff 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.

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

Additional Prayer Concerns:

Matthew Faisetty
Faisetty Family
Marjorie Hein
Bruce Kunkle
Ben Sammak
Paul Hodes
Melissa Harth
Peggy Lalik
Julia Scavo
Kailynn Poplawski
Maria Schedler
Monica & Mario Vasquez
Madison Cerrone
Chris Jones
Nicholas Leotti
Barbara Johns

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.)


Keith E. Williams, a son of this congregation, sent an E-Mail expressing his deep memories of what it was like growing up in this church.

After receiving a copy of our 150th Anniversary Celebration Directory, he couldn’t help but begin to recall many fond memories of the learning experience he received in our Sunday School.

His is married and God has blessed him to be the father of 5 children. He is the descendant of:
Jonathan—Great Great Grandfather
Oliver B.—Grandfather (The room behind the choir is in his name)
Keith E.
Sean E.—son (6th generation)

He highly respects and has great admiration for his Aunt Evelyn (Williams) Groller and for Sandy (Williams) Moran and her husband Carl for their dedication, concern and care of Evelyn.

Sandy and Carl are two people who do so much for our church family and Keith reminds us how fortunate we are to have them as members of our congregation. He feels their faith walk is just simple and so complete despite all the trials they have faced.

In closing he quotes Psalm 100—

This is very true of Hokey First Presbyterian Church.

Why do Presbyterians say “debts” in the Lord’s Prayer?

The New Testament gives us tow versions of the Lord’s Prayer. In Luke 11: 1-4 we learn to ask God to “forgive us our sins,” but most Presbyterians follow Matthew 6: 9-13 and pray “forgive us our debts.”

The root meaning of the Greek word for debt is the money a borrower owes to a lender (often with the implication that it has remained unpaid too long). In religious contexts, however, the word is usually not about money, but about the unfulfilled debt we owe to God: our sacred duty to reverence and obedience. Our failure to discharge our obligation to God becomes a synonym for sin, so when we pray “forgive us our debts,” we are asking for pardon for not meeting our covenant
Responsibilities to God.

It makes no great difference whether we ask God to forgive us our debts or trespasses or sins — these are all functionally equivalent terms. Still, there can be a significant devotional strength to the word debt, if we let it remind us that our relationship with God is not one of happenstance, but of sacred duty.

From Ayers, James. “Questions & Answers,” p. 32


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

Bible Study: The Book of Ruth

Sept. 1 ( Tues.) 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 10 ( THURS.) 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 15 (Tues.) 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 17—Basket Social & Bake Sale 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Oct. 31—Pork & Sauerkraut Supper 6:00 pm

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