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Monday, 01 October 2018 15:05

October 2018

Message from the Pastor

Commitment Sunday: I Belong!

Many years ago people in various communities had a relationship to the church in their neighborhood. In those days people were proud to belong to their church. The church and the schools were the nerve centers of the community. You went to church, you belonged to a church, and that is what you did.

To say we belong to something—a community, a church—means the place is important to us. It is the same with our families as well. The idea of belonging to something means that that thing gives us a sense of purpose. Our congregation has been a community for many people for many years. This year is the church’s 132nd anniversary. Through the years, many of us have had a part to play. So many people over the years—what the Bible calls “a great cloud of witnesses”—have played their part to make this church a community where people can belong. Some of us were baptized here, went to Sunday school here, were confirmed here, went to youth group, and were married here. For some of us our parents were married here and our kids were married here and their kids were baptized here and so on.

It was a great occasion when the entire family gathered for worship on Christmas or Easter. For some of us this congregation has been

Thursday, 27 September 2018 11:52

Ghana Mission 2019

We believe everyone deserves access to quality healthcare, but in some villages in Ghana, majority of people rarely see a dentist. Our Ghana Mission for 2019 will provide dental care and supplies to people in Ghana. Starting in October we are collecting these items for our 2019 Dental Mission:
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental Floss
  • Mouth Wash
Donated items can be left in the box in the Welcome Center labeled "Smiles for Ghana".
 
Next year a team of volunteers and dentists and hygienists will be traveling to Ghana to help with dental care. Please pray for this upcoming mission. If you are interested in going on this mission or helping in any way, please contact the Church Office for more information. 570-839-9902.
Thursday, 27 September 2018 08:00

Spaghetti Dinner - October 17th

Once again, we will be having a Spaghetti Dinner on Wednesday, October 17th from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. in the Covenant Hall. 

The cost will be $8 for adults and $5 for children and $25 for a family of 4. 

People may eat in or take out. 

Dinner will include:

Our annual charge conference is around the corner again! Our cluster of churches is scheduled to meet at 4pm on Sunday, October 21st at Mt. Pocono UMC.
 
As we prepare for the charge conference, all ministry leaders are supposed to write a summary of the work for their area. This will be presented to the District Superintendent as part of the state of our church which is filed with the conference.
 
So please pray for this event and plan to be part of the charge conference.
In Making Sense of the Bible, Adam Hamilton invites us to an honest conversation about the Bible. The book begins with foundational questions such as how and when the Bible was written, who decided which books made it into the scriptures and why, how literally must we read it, is the Bible contradictory or is the Bible wrong?
 
The author also considers the real questions people frequently ask that continue to divide Christians and denominations alike.
 
This will be a DVD-and-Book Study.
The six-week study starts on Thursday, September 20 and ends on October 26th. We are meeting in the Parlor for the DVD Discussions from 7:00p.m. - 8:30 p.m. A copy of the book is $10. If you are interested in participating, please sign up in the Welcome Center to request a copy of the book. Checks can be made to Mt Pocono UMC with memo “Book study”, or please call the Church Office at 570-839-9902.
Saturday, 15 September 2018 20:58

SAVE THE DATE! November 11 Celebration

We continue to give thanks to past and present members and friends of this congregation for their generous acts of kindness and faithfulness. As we begin the 131st anniversary of ministry on this mountain, I know many of you have given your time, talents and treasures in many ways to support the work of Jesus Christ on this mountain and I am very grateful for all your contributions.
 
This month the Administrative Council voted to authorize Wendy Swiderski, our church treasurer, to write the last mortgage check. Glory to God! Our Church will be officially debt free for the first time in many years. “Praise the Lord!” because we all know the stories of how this church went bankrupt because of a heavy debt burden. I want to thank everyone who has given toward the mortgage over the years and
Saturday, 15 September 2018 16:59

Church Parsonage Roof Fund

Thank you to everyone who has given to support the replacement of the Church Parsonage Roof.
So far we have raised $8149.86. Our goal is $13,500. Please continue to pray for this project. God bless you for your continued support.
Saturday, 01 September 2018 03:34

September 2018

Message from the Pastor

Ecclesiastes 3 says, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven; a time to be born, and a time to die. A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted.” As humans we often take for granted the cycle of life. God’s creation is filled with beauty and wonder. How the universe works is a wonder. Everything is interconnected: plants, animals, seas, the eco system, seasons, weather and the galaxies.

Many times we are not aware of the changing seasons of life and how time passes and changes. We fall into a routine each day and feel we are masters of our own universe. God gives us time and seasons to measure or evaluate our lives. The animals, plants and weather are all part of it. The changing seasons give us a rhythm of life. Seasons display God’s cycle of life: birth, death and new birth.

The month of September begins another season for many of us. It is a time for students to go back to school. Summer is almost over, the long days of freedom, the pool, the beach, the trips, barbecues, family reunions, no homework, and the season of fun is over. Things around us begin to ramp up. The retail stores

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Song of the Week

Hallelujah, Grace Like Rain (YouTube Video)

by Todd Agnew

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