Green Tree’s Message Center Is Up and Running

Green Tree’s Message Center Is Up and Running

Posted by andrew on October 2, 2013

Please take a moment to drive by the new Message Center located on Egypt Road. Andrea Brown and Mary Raudenbush have been maintaining the center following a brief training session from Signarama.

Andrea and Mary welcome any suggestions or ideas that you may have for the center. Please put comments in their mailboxes.

Congratulations to Our Graduate

Posted by andrew on September 7, 2013

Lauren A. Hannan graduated from East Stroudsburg University on May 18th with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.
In the June issue of the Greeter we acknowledged the following graduates: Brad Christoffersen, Theresa Ford, David Lovecchio, Derek Rubendall

The New Inglenook Cookbook

Posted by andrew on April 13, 2013

The Inglenook Cookbook series has been a cherished tradition passed from generation to generation. The recipes contained in these cookbooks were tested in Brethren kitchens across America and selected for their value, excellence, and simplicity.
Now, more than a century after the first Inglenook Cookbook, Brethren Press has followed in that same tradition by publishing The New Inglenook Cookbook.
Brethren Press is offering generous pre‐publication discounts off the retail price of $28 to ensure that the cookbook finds its way into your kitchens. For individual copies ordered before April 15, the price will be $21 each. If your congregation makes a group order of 10 or more copies before April 15, the price will be $16.80 each.
To place your order call 800-441-3712 or visit:, the Inglenook website.

Kirk Celebrates 25 Years

Posted by andrew on April 9, 2013

The year is 1988. A young, multi-talented musician comes to Green Tree in mid-March, to be our organist/pianist. Bob Morris is our Choir Director, and the two work well together. Come summer, Bob leaves and Kirk Maurer is asked if he would take over the direction of both choirs. He accepts and the rest is history!
Fast forward 25 years. Kirk continues to provide beautiful instrumental music every Sunday and he has a real talent for choosing the perfect anthems for both choirs.
Kirk has been happily married to his beautiful wife Lynn, for nearly 18 years. They are the proud parents of 2 lovely daughters, Laura, 17, and Rachel, 15. The members of the Worship Commission wish to express to him their heartfelt thanks for sharing his talents as Green Tree’s Minister of Music for 25 years! We look forward to many more! Congratulations, Kirk, and God Bless!

Remembering and Honoring Our Loved Ones

Posted by andrew on April 7, 2013

The Worship Commission would like to invite you to remember or honor a loved one. Whether it is remembering a loved one who has passed or noting to honor someone special in your life, you can share this any Sunday under “Special Remembrances” in our bulletin.
In addition to this, we would also invite you to share a picture of your loved one. The picture would be shown during the worship services on the same Sunday as recognized in the bulletin. Pictures would need to be submitted to Mike Lantzy and Andy Hallman Email one week prior to the Sunday they are shown.
For more information on the submission of special remembrances for the bulletin and/or pictures, please contact Debbie Connor.

Camp Swatara Appoints Administrator

Posted by andrew on March 12, 2013

Joel and Linetta Ballew of the Shenandoah District in Virginia have been called to the position of Administrator at Camp Swatara, beginning June 1. They will share the position as Co-Administrators and together they bring an expansive skill set. Linetta brings organization and administration skills and over ten years of experience and leadership in Outdoor Ministry. She has experience in the American Camping Association accreditation program, and has shared her leadership with the Church of the Brethren Outdoor Ministries Association. Joel has knowledge of current technology and marketing, as well as an extensive camping background. He also brings experience in non-profit leadership and fund-raising. Joel has been in Pastoral Ministry for nine years. Joel and Linetta are articulate speakers, creative thinkers and are both licensed ministers pursuing ordination.

Thank You!! From the Worship Commission

Posted by andrew on February 1, 2013

The Worship Commission would like to thank everyone who helped to make this Advent and Christmas season so special for all who came to our worship services at Green Tree. Thanks to the Lantzy’s and the youth for decorating our church. Thanks to Mary R. for gathering all the necessary information for our bulletins and putting it all together each week. Thanks to Rod, Deb, Kathy B. & Dave C. for portraying the characters during our Advent candle lightings and to Bob & Jen for portraying Mary and Joseph on Christmas Eve. Thanks to our Sunday school children, teachers and parents for a wonderful Children’s Christmas program.

Thanks to those who shared their beautiful voices with special music: Kirk, Sandie, Sara O., Kathy B., Cathy F., & Deb. Thanks to all the choirs for their beautiful and inspiring music. Thanks to Kirk for his talents and leadership of our choirs and presentation of the cantata on Dec 23rd.

Thanks to others who assisted on Christmas Eve: Barry & Harry, ushers and Judy and Mike, candle lighters. Thanks to everyone who purchased poinsettias for our worship center.

Thanks to Pastor Dave and Pastor Rod for their inspiring messages.  Most of all, thanks to God for sending His Son, Jesus Christ in the form of a baby boy to bring us joy, peace, love and the hope of eternal life in His Heavenly Kingdom.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Keep the Labels Coming!

Posted by andrew on January 30, 2013

Green Tree has been working with Campbell’s Labels for Education Program by collecting labels. This program benefits numerous nonprofit organizations that have an educational focus. We qualify for the program because of our Sunday School program.

A form is posted on the bulletin board with a list of eligible products from which we will gather the labels. Some products will have the Labels for Education logo on it, such as General Mills Cereal, Betty Crocker Potatoes, Gold Medal Flour, and

others.   Here is a copy of the logo that you need to be looking for:  label

There are numerous other products that are eligible for the program but do not carry the Labels for Education Logo. A listing of such products is posted on the bulletin board in the lobby.

A Campbell’s Label for Education drum is located in the church lobby for you to place your collected items.

Thank you for your participation!

The 2013 Directory Is Being Prepared

Posted by andrew on January 20, 2013

The church secretary has begun work on the 2013 Church Directory for Green Tree Church of the Brethren. Please call the church office at 610-666-6700 with any changes that need to be made for next year. Check your own family’s and other relatives’ listings to see if the information about children living at home, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses are up-to-date.

Your assistance will make the new directory more useful to everyone in the church.

We have some new books in the library

Posted by andrew on December 26, 2012

For those interested in studying books of the Bible, we’ve added these Believer’s Church Bible Commentaries:  Joshua; Proverbs; Ruth Jonah Esther; 1 & 2 Peter Jude; and 1 & 2 Thessalonians.

And for books relating to Christian living, we have:  Worship is a Verb by Robert Webber; Praying the Psalms by Walter Brueggemann; Claiming the Beatitudes by Anne Sutherland Howard; Christianity Beyond Belief:  Following Jesus for the Sake of Others by Todd Hunter; Peace Be With You:  Monastic Wisdom for a Terror-Filled World by David Carlson; and Economy of Love:  Creating a Community of Enough by Darin Petersen.

Other books that are new to the library this year are:  The Runner’s Bible by Nora Holm; Fearless by Max Lucado; The New Dare to Discipline and Parenting Isn’t for Cowards both by James Dobson; and Peace in Isaiah by David Leiter.

Happy reading!