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Calendar of Events for the Week of June 23, 2024:
Monday - 5:30pm - Karate
Tuesday -       
Wednesday - 7:00pm - Bible Study
Thursday - 5:30pm - Karate
Friday - 
Saturday -   
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL - VBS is planned for the week of August 5th – 9th from 9am-Noon each day. Children age 4 through completed 4th grade may register. Storytime, crafts, games and refreshments make up the morning. Registration forms are on the table in the parlor or you can contact the church office. Older youth and adults are needed to help, so please consider being a part of VBS. This year’s theme is ‘What a Mess at VBS!’
DISCIPLESHIP SATURDAY/SUNDAY AND THANK YOU TO PASTOR LUPOLE - This weekend, June 22 & 23, we will have ‘Discipleship Saturday/Sunday’ where all those who serve our church in the many areas of discipleship will be recognized for all their time and talent in serving the Lord. On Sunday, we will say thank you to Pastor Wayne Lupole for the time he served as our Designated Pastor. After the 10:45am worship service on Sunday we will have a fellowship time with a ‘make your own Sundae Bar’ along with other goodies as we acknowledge all the ministries of our church. Please plan to join us that day.

"CHRISTMAS IN JULY" ON JULY 21 (9AM-10:30AM) - “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”, well, Christmas in July, that is. This Sunday morning event will have a variety of things to do, including a visit from ‘Humphry’, the real-live camel! But what is Christmas with out cookies and gifts? That morning, we will decorate (and EAT!) cookies and assemble gift back packs with school supplies to give to children of clients of the Valley Food Pantry. Everyone is welcome to participate in this special morning and be sure to invite someone to come with you. (Rain date July 28th).

SCHOOL SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR “CHRISTMAS IN JULY” - On July 21st (rain date July 28th) we will be assembling school backpacks and we need supplies to put in them. A box is in the church parlor where you can make a donation. Monetary donations would also be appreciated. Item needed include the following:

Pens, pencils, markers, crayons, colored pencils, rulers, erasers, pencil pouches, glue stix, tablets, notebooks, pocket folders, craft scissors, small packs of tissues, small bottles of hand sanitizer.

Thanks in advance for your generosity! The backpacks will be given to the children/grandchildren of the Valley Food Pantry clients.

DON’T FORGET YOUR OFFERINGS DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS - As we move into the days of summer to relax and maybe take some travel time, the work of the church continues every day. We need your continued support, even if you are away from worship. Thanks.

VALLEY FOOD PANTRY NEWS - With summer months coming and school our for the season the food pantry is requesting items for the children being home: cereal, other breakfast items, Manwich, tuna, spaghetti’os, and other lunch items, snacks. Paper towels and toilet paper are always needed. Place your donations in the grocery cart in the vestibule. Thanks for helping!
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 - Stephen Ministry is available to every adult in our church community.  For care receivers, Stephen Ministry can provide:

*Comfort and support. Stephen Ministers are there to listen, offer encouragement and pray with care receivers.

*Hope and healing. Stephen Ministry can help care receivers find hope and healing during difficult times.

*A sense of community. Stephen Ministry can help care receivers feel better connected to their church community. 

If you are going through a challenging time, or if you know someone who is, please contact Deb Jones at 570-233-7675 or Pastor Cindy. Our Stephen Ministers are ready to bring God’s love and care to those in need. It’s a great way for you to show how much you care! 


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OTHER COMMUNITY EVENTS:

* Historic Brainerd Church in Sybertsville presents an evening of music with the Hazleton Liberty Band Sunday June 23rd at 5pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating.
* CVHS Concerts at the Gazebo – June 23rd, July 21st, July 28th and August 11th. All concerts are at 6pm. See the poster on the bulletin board in the vestibule for more information. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating.
* Summertime Tea – Saturday July 20th at Christ Lutheran Church in Hazleton. Two seatings at 11:30am & 1:30pm. Cost is $25.00 per person. Call 570-751-6717 to make a reservation.
* CALLING ALL MUSICAL THEATER GEEKS! - The St. John Bosco Church Music Ministry is holding an organizational meeting and open casting call for their upcoming variety show, “Broadway Bound”, on June 26 at 6:30 pm in the church. We welcome anyone to participate, age 7 and up, even if you’re not a member of the parish.  We are also looking for people who would like to help with tech, tickets, publicity, choreography, etc.  The show which will be held on September 6 – 8 in the parish center, will feature vintage and contemporary Broadway songs.  Ensemble songs will include the entire cast, but there are also a small number of pieces for solos, duets, and small groups.  If you would like to audition for one of these, please contact Jen Gerhard at jgerhard@mmiprep.org. 



 

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