Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Haitian proverbs

Gary Weaver, who did the orientation for Caleb and me, offered these Haitian proverbs and this picture of a cathedral destroyed by the quake two years ago.

If work were good for you, the rich would leave none for the poor.
Ignorance doesn’t kill you but it makes you sweat a lot.
Poor people entertain with their heart.

Financial Peace University

The video we plan to show on Sunday Feb 19. Come to the preview day on Feb 27. Pray for many folks in the church and community to attend and be blessed.

Haiti Trip

An announcement sent out throughout the Susquehanna Conference:
The Haiti Partnership is sending a group of Volunteers in Mission to Arcahaie, Haiti on February 16th and returning Feb 25th. This group of 10 VIMs will be working with the Arcahaie community building a kitchen, a storage area and security walls but they are most excited about the relationships that they will be building through the construction and music they will be sharing together. With a special offering collected by the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church, the Arcahaie VIMs will be purchasing a keyboard to take to the people of the Arcahaie church. There are several musically talented VIMs who will be assisting their team and the community. This is a diverse group of Methodists from York (PA) Bethany UMC, Tunkhannock (PA) UMC, Lemon (PA) UMC, Clarks Grove (PA) UMC, McKownville (NY) UMC and even a VIM from Maryland. These VIMs will also be working on a sewing project with the ladies of the community. The group is looking forward to their trip with much anticipation for the many projects and relationships they will be able to build. Please pray for their safe travel and success of their mission.

Jodi Crimmel
Haiti Partnership


I write this on the day prior to our departure for Haiti. We are so grateful for your generous support and, especially, for your prayerful partnership with Caleb and me. We are proud to carry the name and the gifts of Bethany Church along with us on this journey. And, we look forward to sharing our story on Sunday March 11 in worship.

We’re heading into Lent, the season of preparation for the Great Three Days of Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter. In the ancient church, this became a time to educate new believers, to prepare them for baptism, and to remind everyone of the central focus of our faith: the cross of Jesus Christ. On Sundays, our message series, “Scandalous: The Foolish Grace of God”, will come from 1 Corinthians and Galatians, around the theme verse of 1 Corinthians 1:23, “We proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolisness to Gentiles”. A nerd note: The Greek word translated “stumbling stone” or “offense” is the root of our English word scandalous; and the word for “foolishness” is the root of our English word moronic. On Thursdays at our Lenten dinners, we will learn from Craig Groeschel, founding pastor of LifeChurch.tv (yes, a crazy name), in the teaching series, The Christian Atheist: Believing in God but Living as if He Doesn’t Exist. It is an exciting time to learn and grow together, and it is a wonderful opportunity to invite a friend.

We have another great opportunity beginning mid-March: Financial Peace University, a video and discussion course from Dave Ramsey. Our own Ray Sandy will be facilitating the entire process. The course is designed to teach biblical principles for managing finances – it’s all God’s to begin with! – to move toward financial freedom and peace by reducing debt, expanding savings, and practicing generosity. It is built for anyone – so invite a friend! The preview night is Monday February 27 at 7:00 pm in the Gathering Place.

Finally, a blessing prayer from the apostle Paul, from my recent reading:
And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that tin the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God (Philippians 1:9-11).
Together on the journey!
Pastor JP

Monday, February 13, 2012

In Step

These guys at the last Church Council meeting showed up with the same shoes!

Washed Clean

A lightly outlined message on 2 Kings 5, without full text, a story of pride and humiliation, of a foreigner and the grace of God. Check out the audio. And, have fun with Arnold Lobel's Fables.

Financial Peace University

Coming soon! Check out our preview evening on Monday February 27 at 7:00 pm!

Saturday, February 11, 2012


The Craft Guild making plans for the Spring/Easter Bazaar. Feel free to join in on Wednesday mornings!

Thursday, February 9, 2012


The billy goats gruff got the best of the nasty old troll. If you would like to share stories with our Bethany Christian Learning Center, please contact director Wanda.

Polar Bear Bob

Bob and the Blue Line Plungers raised almost $4000 ($546 for Bob) for the Special Olympics by taking a dive in the 34-degree waters of the Susquehanna. The entire event raised over $53,000. Congrats Bob!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Bishop Visits, 2

From the breakfast reception, and the bishop telling a story with the children during the 11:15 service.

Souper Bowl Results

The Ravens pulled away in the fourth quarter and won our Bethany Souper Bowl of Caring. Thanks to all from the church and learning center who gave to support your teams! The food was delivered to the W.E.L.L., our food pantry partner, today, by Jerry and Joe.

Giants, 81 pounds
Patriots, 107 pounds
49ers, 68 pounds
Ravens, 194 pounds
All others, 18 pounds

TOTAL: 468 pounds


Monday, February 6, 2012

The Bishop Visits

We were blessed to welcome Bishop Middleton to speak in worship and fellowship with us over a breakfast reception, which her husband said was the best church breakfast he had ever had! Check out her message audio! More pics to come.


From Cyril of Jerusalem, in his lectures to persons preparing for baptism:

Great is the Baptism that lies before you:  a ransom to captives; a remission of offences; a death of sin; a new-birth of the soul; a garment of light; a holy indissoluble seal; a chariot to heaven; the delight of Paradise; a welcome into the kingdom; the gift of adoption!  But there is a serpent by the wayside watching those who pass by:  beware lest he bite thee with unbelief.  He sees so many receiving salvation, and is seeking whom he may devour.  Thou art coming in unto the Father of Spirits, but thou art going past that serpent.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Thanks to Steve O. for taking down the tree hanging over the garage. Two large limbs came out of it earlier this year, fortunately landing on the ground rather than the house. But now it is gone!