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Calendar of Events for the Week of April 21, 2024:
Monday - 5:00pm - Karate
Tuesday -       
Wednesday - 7:00pm - Bible Study
Thursday - 5:00pm - Karate
Friday - 
Saturday -     

37th NORTHEASTERN PA SYNOD ASSEMBLY - This yearly event will be a one-day meeting either in person or on Zoom at Atonement Lutheran Church in Wyomissing on Saturday June 8th. Check-in begins at 7:30am and goes through closing worship at 4:00pm. We are required to send two delegates to represent our congregation. If you are interested in attending, please see Cindy by April 28th as registration is required. All costs are covered by the church.
SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS NEEDED - Dates are open for volunteers to teach Sunday School in 2024. Open dates are: April 28 and May 12, 19, & 26 for the Pre-K-4th grade class and May 12 for the 5th-7th grade class. Please consider helping by picking one of the dates. All material is provided. See the sign-up sheet on the table in the parlor.
MAY LUNCHEON SATURDAY MAY 11TH AT 12PM AT THE LOOKOUT HOUSE - Moms, grandmothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, all ladies of the church are invited. Bring your everyday and/or fancy apron!!! Meal includes sandwiches, soup, quiche, salad, beverage and dessert. For reservations call 570-788-1572 by Sunday May 5th or sign-up on the sheet on the table in the back of the church. Cost is $15 and you pay the day of the event. If paying by check-please make payable to the Lookout House.
FAMILY FUN AND GAME NIGHT - All are invited to attend a Family Fun & Game Night June 9th from 5pm-?? in Roth Hall. (NO May meeting) Feel free to being your favorite game, a friend, and a snack to share. All ages are welcome-we hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please contact the Fryes (Chuck & Jean) at 570-788-5700 or Deb Jones at 570-233-7675.

CASTING OUR NETS - May 5th will be the next gathering of Casting Our Nets ministry group. The group meets right after worship and the gathering lasts about an hour. Do you ever wonder what this group is all about? If you do, join us on the 5th of May.

RED IS THE COLOR...GERANIUMS ARE THE FLOWERS - Geraniums are needed to decorate our church for Pentecost Sunday May 19th and then planted outside to beautify our church grounds. Cost is $5.00 per plant. Please use the envelope in the basket in the narthex to order and pay for your flowers. Place it in the offering plate or call the church office to sponsor. Please make sure all information is written clearly on the envelope. Deadline to order is Sunday May 12th.

GERANIUM PLANTING - Help is needed Monday May 20th  (weather permitting) at 6:30pm to plant the geraniums from Pentecost around our church grounds. We need many hands. Please mark your calendar, bring a small shovel, and come out to join in the fun!!!

MAY NEWSLETTER - Articles for the May newsletter are due April 21st.
VALLEY INTERFAITH COMMUNITY MEAL - The next meal is Friday April 26th from 5:30pm-7:00pm at Black Creek United Methodist Church at 158 Golf Course Road in Sugarloaf. Tickets are available in the church office. There is no cost for the tickets but a free will offering will be taken. All proceeds go to fund the next meal. Please pick up your tickets by April 12th so they know how many to prepare for.

BEAR CREEK CAMP - Registration for Summer Camp is now open. See the poster on the bulletin board in the parlor for dates and take an information packet that shows costs phone, e-mail and other information. Financial help is offered to campers from our congregation (see Cindy).
BIBLE STUDIES - Wednesday night Bible Study is each week at 7pm. Currently, we are wrapping up Exodus and will be starting Leviticus shortly. Wednesday morning Bible Study meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 11am. We use the “Wired Word” current affairs material and discuss how it relates to the Bible and our lives.

2024 BULLETIN SPONSOR CHART IS AVAILABLE - Look for the sign-up charts on the bulletin board in the parlor to choose your dates to sponsor. Special flower pieces need to be ordered through the office (i.e. altar piece). Open bulletin dates are May 26th, August 18th and November 10th.
DEVOTIONS ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE - Have you seen and read the devotional prayers that are posted periodically on our congregation’s Facebook page? Hopefully, when you read them, you will find encouragement and a sense of God’s peace as you go about your daily life,
LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSE - LDR is asking for gifts to help with the recent disasters and wars. The survivors/victims need our support. Checks may be out to the church and marked LDR.

STEPHEN MINISTRY - Why is it called Stephen Ministry?  Stephen Ministry draws its name from the book of Acts. In chapter 6, Stephen was one of seven men chosen to provide caring ministry to those in need, particularly widows. Stephen was known as a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, full of God’s grace and power, and performed great wonders and signs among the people.  Stephen was also the first person in the Bible who was martyred for his conviction of his faith in Christ. 

Caring ministry has been a feature of the Christian faith throughout history – and it is at the heart of what Stephen Ministers do.  Stephen Ministry serves to bring Christ’s healing love to those who are hurt.  Jesus instructed his disciples to “love one another as I have loved you“ (John 13:34).   Stephen Ministry, as a care-giving ministry, equips people to offer that love through their caring presence, listening, encouraging, and praying with and for their care receivers.

We ask you to continue to pray for our Stephen Ministers and to help those with the gifts for this ministry to hear God’s calling and step forward so that we may reach out with compassion to those who need it most.  You can contact Deb Jones at 570-233-7675 for more information.

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* May Friendship Day – sponsored by Church Women United at St. John’s UCC church in St. Johns on Friday May 1st at 1pm. Bring your wrapped pennies for the collection of the ‘Least Coin’.

* Afternoon Tea - Sponsored by the Conyngham Valley Historical Society will be held Sunday May 5th at 2pm in the Conyngham Boro Building on Main Street. Cost is $15 and reservations must be made in advance as seating is limited. Call 570-582-9028.

* “Spring Fling” Flea Market – at St. John Bosco Church on Saturday May 11th from 7am-3pm and Sunday May 12th from 12:30pm-2:30pm.

* Tricky Tray Event – Saturday May 18th from 11am-3pm at the Sugarloaf Twp. Fire Department, 95 W. County Road sponsored by the Christina-Doherty FOP Lodge 84. Seven Police Departments will benefit from this event including Sugarloaf, Conyngham and Butler. Donations of tricky trays, gift cards or monetary donations can be dropped of at any of the police departments.