Friday, November 30, 2012

Craft Bazaar ... still for sale!

Going once . . . going twice . . . .  Tomorrow from 8-3 is the finale of the bazaar. Check out these items, still available - along with much else!

Christmas Craft Bazaar Fun

Great fun, lots of laughs, and even a Santa's Secret Shop for the kids!

Christ the King!

This past Sunday in our 11:15 Celebrations service, Robin Bohanan spoke on "Christ the King", particularly from John 18:33-37. Her notes follow. Listen online to Robin's message, and here!
King – when you hear this word what images/thoughts come to your mind? 
Our Psalm today reflects these images –
Lord Reigns
Clothed with Majesty
Girded with Strength
Creator of the world/life – power
Throne established
Heralded – loud waters – flood of waters
Hurricane Sandy in New York/New Jersey – older couple who were rescued; stayed due to wife’s Alzheimer’s – never heard anything like this
Testimonies confirmed
Holiness befits thy house
The Psalmist presents us with the image of God as King – everything we expect in our King, our God. 
But the Gospel lesson takes us to the unexpected – to the cross.  Why is this?  We are looking for Christ the King; not Jesus the crucified man.
The Scripture today is taken from John 18: 33-37
When I realized that this was the Gospel lesson of today – I thought what are they thinking?  This is a scene in an entire story, a play if you will.  Why only focus on a few verses, one scene?

AIDS Stigmas Remain

For World AIDS Day (Dec 1), a story from The Interpreter, the official magazine of The United Methodist Church which is also available for free on-line subscription:

Can you get AIDS from a mosquito bite? How about eating food prepared by someone who has the disease? Or drinking after someone who is HIV-positive?

The Rev. Deborah Tanksley-Brown says some people still believe the answer to those questions is yes, despite all the information known about HIV/AIDS.

And without the facts, she says, people who don't have the disease are at risk of contracting it and those who do face stigmas that can isolate them from family, friends and faith communities.

See the entire article.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Decoration Day

Christmas decorating on Nov 24. Thanks to all those who helped out!

Learning Center Thanksgiving Feast

A wonderful feast for kids, teachers, and families on the Wednesday before the holiday!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Relief


A full tractor trailer plus a smaller 32' truck left Monday 19 November filled with items collected to assist our Good Shepherd Mission Central HUB in Northfield, NJ. Mission Central is committed to assist our HUB as they deal with the devastation in their community and Atlantic City, NJ region.
James Crummel/Reports on dual loading
Mike Kruleski/Photojournalist
abc27 NEWS
Continue to watch WHTM abc27 Harrisburg for continued coverage of the unloading and distribution of these relief supplies. Other pressing news as preempted Live coverage, however, there will be reports at Noon, 5, 6, and 7pm. Additionally, the whole story will be broadcast sometime Thanksgiving Day. Thank you WHTM for your coverage and assistance with this project.
In addition to these material donations, the community has also raised $30,000. These funds will go directly to assist low income families of the Atlantic City area recover from the flood. No administrative costs are taken from this, 100% goes to relief.
Please continue to lift the persons of the devastated region in your prayers as well as those who are working tirelessly to assist them in their hour of need.

Rev. Rob Visscher
Executive Director

Leisurely Thanksgiving

The Leisure Group met at Meadow Hill Restaurant for their annual Thanksgiving gathering. Food, great music, and plenty of fun!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thanksgiving Feast

It is a season for feasting, and we participated in providing feasts for many of our neighbors. Last Monday, Nov 18, our team provided groceries for complete traditional holiday meals - complete with turkey and stuffing! Thanks to Josie and the kitchen ministry!

Consecration Sunday Message

Last Sunday November 18, Rev. Mike Bealla, Director of Connectional Ministries for the Susquehanna Conference, was our Consecration Sunday guest speaker. He told his own story of falling in love with his wife, talked about falling in love with Jesus, and explored some of the ways we give and share ourselves with the ones we love.  "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength."  Listen online to Mike's message, and here!  And check out our FAQ sheet on Tithing as a spiritual practice.  If you want to make your prayerful giving commitment to the Lord and were not here for Consecration Sunday, you can contact the church office for a response card.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Consecration Sunday Meal

We had a wonderful breakfast during the Sunday School hour last Sunday for Consecration Sunday. Thanks to Bob and his crew, including a number of new hands! And, as an added bonus, we recognized a very special birthday milestone!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

50 Years Ago in Papua New Guinea

Never the Same from Pioneers-USA on Vimeo.

A great story, following up on the book Peace Child by Don Richardson (an excellent story itself).

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Global Church

A statistical table from the 2012 State of the Church report, for The United Methodist Church. Check out the complete report.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wisdom & Wealth #2: Security Blanket

Audio available, and here.
Proverbs 13.1-25, Mark 12.41-44, Psalm 62.5-12

We struggle in our relationship with money. Last week, I mentioned that we even have trouble talking about it, not because it is private or personal but because we are actually enslaved to it. Last week, we began to look at the book of Proverbs, in the Wisdom tradition of the Scripture, for insight into a spirituality of money. We discovered how money is a spiritual presence in our lives, how our relationship with money impacts our spiritual selves. Hear again these words:

Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that I need, 9 or I shall be full, and deny you, and say, "Who is the LORD?" or I shall be poor, and steal, and profane the name of my God (Prov 30.8-9).

We need a spirituality of money that is practical and down-to-earth, like the book of Proverbs. But since we struggle to even talk about it, and because (unfortunately) even the church is not trusted to talk about money, we all become extra sensitive.

Last week, we listened to the wisdom of John Wesley, a founding figure of Methodism, and his advice to gain all you can, save all you can, and give all you can. We looked at the insight from Proverbs regarding hard work, thriftiness, saving, avoiding debt, and giving.

Today, we are diving into Proverbs once again. This time, we’ll be looking at money and our personal security. Remember Linus and his blanket?

Scarcity: Friday night at the Fling, our family ate with Aileen K. She pulled out her tab, which I have here today, to show me that her server had torn it off of the already small memo pad and said, "Paper is scarce." Now, it was a joke, but it helps make a point. Here at the church, we do not buy paper by the sheet, or even by the ream (500 sheets). We buy it by the case – 5000 sheets of paper in one box! Paper is NOT scarce. Now, perhaps we mean that memo pads are scarce. If that is so, I encourage all of you to do what I do: Every time I vote, I ask the folks working the polls outside to give me the free memo pads with their candidate’s name. You will have enough memo pads for the year and you can tithe your memo pads to the church.

Bible Study

Pics of the Disciple Bible Study (Wednesday night) in discussion. Check out our "Groups" tab for info on our various smaller group opportunities.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

New Members

Welcome to our new members! From the top, Bill (presented by Ray), Jim (presented by Gary, JV and Fairyn (presented by Curvin), and Kevin and Teresa (presented by Robin). Check out "Being Bethany" for more info on Bethany and the membership vows.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Friday, November 9, 2012

The Fall Fling

Lots of work, and lots of fun as folks hang out and work together. Check out the brother and sister!