We Care! We Serve! We Believe!
From the Laptop of Pastor Jane
Blessings to all! As I was reading my devotions for January 1st, I came across a simple poem:
God divided our life into years
To free us from our past tears
He gives us a New Year’s inning
To offer us a new beginning
He opens His forgiving heart
And provides a fresh start
He is always faithful and true
So joyous New Year to You!
There is something about a new start that brings hope, peace, joy and love to us, even as we are gathered with family and friends New Year’s Eve, eating that last piece of chocolate, cake, or large meal before the New Year begins. Have you ever found yourself saying?
I’ll start that new diet on January 1st?
I’ll go to church every week beginning in January?
I’ll read my Bible every day beginning January 1st?
I’ll call that family member or friend in the New Year?
I’ll watch what I spend, starting in January, after the good sales after Christmas?
I’ll remove that clutter in the house in the New Year?
I’ll take care of my health in January?
I’ll finish that project I started in the New Year?
Well friends, tomorrow is here and how is that list going?
Just like you, friends, I had too much chocolate (way too much chocolate), still looking for the sales, my health is not just right, I have friends to call, and if there is anything I really need to de-clutter is this brain of mine!
As I begin the New Year, there was something good about being home sick with the “bug”, for it gave me some needed time to reflect on 2018 and the countless blessings I experienced with my fam-ily, friends and church family and realize that Jesus calls me to “begin again” each and every day. He has not stamped the date January 1st but instead reminds me that each day I have a new beginning to seek and experience His hope, peace, joy and love and share it wherever I go.
So am I making some changes? You bet, taking baby steps each and every day with the hope that I will use my hands and feet for His Kingdom and be the best I can be. I am thankful to be able to walk along side of you in 2019 and watch where the Lord takes each of us! Remember, each day we have a new start for Him!
See you at church Sunday! I’ll be the one with the water bottle!
WE PRAY FOR
Restored Health: Barbara Conklin, Chad Michel, Dennis Noonan, Janet Styles, Donna Michel, Nancy McDonnell, Rich Rebecky, Kim Komarnicki, Ethel Van Der Horn, David H. Smith, Sheila Zieger, Herb Zieger, Jr., Kim Megnin, Paul Munch, Chris Masi, and Don Wetherhead
Shut-ins: Claire Wallenburg, Helen Nerder, and Joan Betsy
Lost loved ones: The Michel, Tanis, Paterson, Marchant, Bailey and Flaker families
Mission and Military: The Good Shepherd Mission; Bar-bara and Hilary Gierman at Camp Lebanon; Hilltop Ha-ven; Jaelon Santillan-Magat and all those serving in the military
W.I.N.: The pantry is currently in need of canned fruit, jelly, peanut butter, and pasta sauce (canned or bot-tled). The pantry does not need canned beans, canned corn, canned green beans, pasta or soup. Monetary donations are always welcome.
Joanne’s Joy will not be meeting in January. Thank you to everyone who purchased gift cards in 2018, we were able to provide gifts to the families at Hilltop Ha-ven as well as provide funds for our other mission pro-jects. Reminder: Gift card orders are taken on the first Sunday of each month.
Young at Heart had a wonderful Christmas luncheon and we thank Pastor Jane for making her home availa-ble to us. We will begin their year with the Valentine Luncheon in February (date to be announced).
Morning Worship Service each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Please join us.
Healing Hands will begin their 2019 season on Thurs-day, January 10th at 1:00 p.m. All women are wel-come. We are continuing the study on Women of the Bible.
God Sightings will begin on Thursday, January 10th, at 7:30 p.m. We are continuing the study of “Unshakable Hope”. All are welcome to join us.
Please join us for a short time following Morning Wor-ship on January 6th as we take down our beautiful decorations. Although the decorations may be down, we trust that the spirit of Christmas will last the whole year through.
Coffee and …
Please watch for our schedule of Coffee ands… in the bulletin and subsequent newsletters.
Valentine Luncheon …
The annual Young at Heart Valentine’s Luncheon is scheduled for Sunday morning, February 10th follow-ing morning worship.
Thank You …
A special thank you to each and every one of you who donated to all our holiday programs. We provided
- 50 blessing bags for the homeless,
- 60 pies and 5 turkeys for W.I.N.’s Thanksgiving bas-kets; and
- Gifts for the women and children at Hilltop Haven.
How wonderful that we were able to share the gifts of the holidays with so many in our area.
All annual reports are due in the Church Office by Janu-ary 13th so we can begin preparation for the Annual Meeting on January 27th. Please provide all files in ei-ther Microsoft Word of Excel format. Any questions, please see Ruth Leine.
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
- Healing Hands, January 10th, 1:30 p.m.
- God Sightings, January 10th & 24th, 7:30 p.m.
- Combined Board meeting , January 13th following morning worship.
- Annual Meeting, January 27th, 11:45 a.m. following Morning Worship
- YAH Valentine Luncheon, February 10th.
- Young at Heart meeting, March 5th.
- Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner, March 16th.
- Soup for the Soul, March 19th, 26th, April 2nd, 9th, and 16th.
- Children’s Easter Egg Hunt, April 20th.
Please sign up on the chart in the narthex if you would like to put flowers in the church to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or special event, or to remember a special loved one. Flower arrangements in a vase are still $15.00 each.