Communion Will Be Served On January 17th

Communion Will Be Served On January 17th

Posted by andrew on January 15, 2016

Bread and Cup Communion will be served at both the 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. worship services on Sunday, January 17, 2016. Please contact Pastor Dave if you would like to receive home communion or if you know of someone who would like to receive it.

Bible Study – The Gospel of John

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This past spring, Pastor Dave offered a class on the overview of the gospels on Wednesday evenings during the season of Lent. As a spin-off of that class, he will be offering an ongoing Bible Study on the Gospel of John on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
We live in an era where the people in the church are not as familiar with the content of the Bible as previous generations were. There is no way around this. If we want to know the content of the Bible, we have to read and study it on a regular basis. Engaging in a Bible Study on one gospel on two evenings a month will not make us proficient in the Bible as a whole, but it is a start.
The Bible Study will begin in September. Due to scheduling conflicts, the first class will begin on the third Wednesday, September 16 and then continue on the first Wednesday in October, October 7 and so forth. If you plan to attend please let Pastor Dave know and start reading the Gospel of John.

Craft Wish List for Vacation Bible School

Posted by andrew on July 27, 2015

Here is a list of a few supplies needed for the Craft Center at VBS. If you have anything on hand or want to purchase an item, your help is greatly appreciated. A collection box is in the lobby of the church.  Thank you so much, Bobbi Mellinger.

CRAFT WISH LIST

EMPTY CEREAL BOXES

HEAVY DUTY ALUMINUM FOIL

SMOOTH STONES  (any size under 3 inches)

EMBROIDERY THREAD  (any color)

BATTERY OPERATED TEA LIGHTS  (can be purchased in the dollar store)

District Women’s Fellowship at Camp Swatara

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All women are invited to attend Women’s District Fellowship at Camp Swatara August 16-18. The speaker is Jennifer Kreighbaum. Her theme is “Seeds, Stones, & Mountains”. Come join in the fun of worship, praise, singing, crafts, swimming, hiking and so much more with your sisters in Christ from across the District! Please see Barb McNally for registration information, including Camp fees. Preregistration is required for this event. Childcare will be available for children ages 3-8.

District Conference Theme – 2015

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The theme for the 46th Atlantic Northeast District Conference on October 3 will be Come to the Water based upon Isaiah 55:1-3 and John 4:5-15. When we thirst for God and His righteousness, we will find spiritual strength and sustenance as we drink of the Living Water, Jesus Christ. In Him our spiritual thirst is quenched from the well that will never run dry.

Many in our world today are thirsting after the things of this world only to end up never having their thirst quenched. In Christ we find true meaning and purpose in life. Jesus offers us an abundant life from his life-giving streams of mercy and grace. The symbol of water has additional significance for Brethren through the ordinances of baptism and feet washing.

My goal is that every congregation in our District will be represented at the conference. Each congregation will be invited to bring a container of water which will become part of a basin of water giving rise to a fountain symbolizing our part in joining together to share the Living Water of Christ to a world that is thirsty for salvation.

As conference participants come to the water, they will experience conference business in the context of worship with times of celebration, singing and prayer. I anticipate the conference to be a time of both information and inspiration. I am praying that this gathering will not be just about business but about renewal and revival in the church. Come to the Water and be refreshed for the ministries which bring us together as the Atlantic Northeast District.

Invite others beyond delegates to attend and participate. Come, taste and see that the Lord is good.

Bob Kettering, Moderator

Birthright and Genesis Pregnancy Center Baby Shower

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In honor of our mothers, the Witness Commission will be collecting items for mothers and babies in need, during the month of May.  We will be having a baby shower for Birthright and Genesis Pregnancy Center.

We will be collecting everything a baby might need: blankets, sheets, towels, diapers, formula, baby food, clothing and toys.  Expectant Moms would appreciate men’s T-shirts in extra large and 2 extra large.

All donations can be dropped off in the crib in the lobby.

Fellowship and Service at Camp Swatara April 24-26, 2015

Posted by andrew on March 19, 2015

The Witness Commission invites you to join us for a weekend of fellowship and service at Camp Swatara on April 24 – 26th. We plan to start the weekend off on Friday evening with board games and snacks in the West Area Lodge. Our service project is scheduled for Saturday morning. Camp Swatara has suggested that we complete the second half of the project that we started last year – staining the new West Area cabins (weather permitting). Saturday afternoon will be full of recreational and fellowship activities. We hope to be able to have a campfire and roast marshmallows for S’mores Saturday evening. We will worship together on Sunday morning before we return home.
We will be staying in two of the new West Area cabins. The cabins are heated and have bathrooms and showers in the cabins. We will be using the West Area Lodge for indoor activities. All meals will be provided by Camp Swatara and served in the East Area dining room.
The cost of the weekend is $67.50 for adults and $33.75 for children after a 25% discount given by Camp Swatara in thanks for our service. And those who pay by March 31st will receive a $10 discount for Adults and $5 discount for children. Single day prices for those who would like to come on Friday and stay for Saturday, or come on Saturday and stay until Sunday are $38.25 for adults and $19 for children. If you can only make it for the day on Saturday, the only charge would be for meals.
A member of the Witness commission will be in the lobby with the sign-up sheet to answer questions after each service.
It is always good to take time from our busy lives, to fellowship and work with our church family.

Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center Continuing Education Events

Posted by andrew on February 13, 2015

Coming soon:

“Lives of Devotion: Biblical Approaches to Spiritual Life” – taught by Bob Neff and Christina Bucher

Biblical scholars Bob Neff and Christina Bucher take us beyond the Psalter to delve into the Bible’s devotional texts and their varied spiritual “dispositions.” How do these ancient expressions of piety compare to the modern ones we know best? How can the biblical examples enrich our own spiritual lives? How can they help us to understand religious expressions different from our own?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (doors open at 8:30) Elizabethtown College, Susquehanna Room

Cost is $60 and includes light breakfast, lunch, and 0.6 CEUs.

 

Also planned:

“Emotional Intelligence: The Difference that Makes the Difference,” taught by Don Booz

Saturday August 22, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (doors open at 9:30 a.m.) Nicarry Meeting House in the Brethren Home, New Oxford, PA

“The Gospel of Mark and Twenty-First Century Ministry,” Dan Ulrich, keynote, plus panelists from multiple ministry contexts

November 9, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Juniata College

Cost is $60 and includes light breakfast, lunch, and 0.6 CEUs.

 

Coming in Spring 2016:

“The Book of Chronicles and the Church: Theology, Continuity, Innovation, and the Kingdom of God,” taught by Steven Schweitzer

Save the date! Vacation Bible School

Posted by andrew on January 27, 2015

Save the date! Vacation Bible School has been scheduled for the week of August 10-14. We need lots of volunteers! Please put this on your calendar and plan to help us out. For more information, see Kim Hallman, VBS Director.

The Four Gospels: An Overview

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During February and March, Pastor Dave will offer a class entitled, “The Four Gospels: An Overview.” The class will examine the similarities and the differences of the gospels and it will discuss the overall message that each gospel writer portrays. The class will be offered on five consecutive Wednesday evenings beginning February 18 and ending on March 18. Each class session will run from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. If you plan to attend the class or have any questions, please contact Pastor Dave.