Internal Announcements


posted May 31, 2017, 3:57 PM by Ken Schmidt   [ updated May 31, 2017, 3:57 PM ]


Our deacon team is beginning a new service to the congregation.
While we have ongoing deacon assignments for our senior citizens and those with special needs, this “on call” service is available to the whole congregation.

Consider this as a supplement and support to the pastoral care that our Pastor provides.
If you have a crisis, or compelling need, know that one of the deacons will be on call.

Current Deacon(s) on Call is on the bottom of the list:
  • June 25th - July 8th
    Stan & Oceana G.
    Posted May 31, 2017, 4:01 PM by Ken Schmidt
  • June 11th - June 24th
    Mina Sue B.
    Posted May 31, 2017, 4:00 PM by Ken Schmidt
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posted May 31, 2017, 3:42 PM by Ken Schmidt   [ updated May 31, 2017, 3:42 PM ]

Annual Conference for the Church of the Brethren is coming up again at the end of June.
This year the host city is Grand Rapids, Michigan, and we are being invited to participate in two ongoing projects - Bethany Christian Services & the Refugee Education Center.  (Needs List sheets are with each collection box)

•    The needs for Bethany Christian Services are as follows: Twin and Full Sheet Sets, Pens, Pencils, Envelopes, Notebooks, and Scotch Tape.
•    The Refugee Education Center is requesting Back Packs, Peanut-Free Granola Bars, Small Bags of Dried Fruit, Pretzels, Popcorn, and Crackers (i.e. Cheeze-its, Goldfish, Wheat Thins). 

If you would like to contribute to these projects, please place your items in the collection boxes at the entryways by Sunday, June 25th and Traci R. will get the items to Grand Rapids for us.

Greeting Cards

posted May 31, 2017, 3:35 PM by Ken Schmidt   [ updated May 31, 2017, 3:35 PM ]

Greeting Cards are available in the back gathering area on the shelves next to the library.  Price is 50 Cents each or 3 for $1.00.  The cards are nice to remember the birthdays of church friends as well as anniversaries, illnesses and sympathy.

Preparing for Summer 2017 Children’s Church

posted May 31, 2017, 3:31 PM by Ken Schmidt   [ updated May 31, 2017, 3:31 PM ]

Volunteers are needed to lead Children’s Church during the summer months of June, July, and August.  Please consider volunteering to help our young people continue to grow in their love of Jesus.  Any amount of time you can give will be most appreciated.  A SIGN UP SHEET has been posted on the bulletin board across from the mailboxes.  Contact Starr with any questions.


Sign-Ups for Summer Sunday School Teachers are also posted.  Please consider volunteering in this capacity.


posted May 31, 2017, 3:29 PM by Ken Schmidt   [ updated Jun 23, 2017, 10:49 AM ]




 It doesn’t seem possible that time is coming again to think about SATURDAY, AUGUST 19th.    


   So – NOW IT’S TIME to round up those unused items and put them in ROOM #129.   When the room fills up we will move to the next one.  Make sure the items are clean, and all parts are there (UNLESS YOU MARK THEM OTHERWISE).

While everyone works hard and is extremely tired by the week after, there is great joy is serving the Lord together in this endeavor.


Your Help is Needed in the following areas!

Contact Arlene J. ASAP!


·         Volunteers to handle the Silent Auction. 

·         Of course, Gerry S. will take care of the kitchen.  Soup & Pork BBQ Prep – Thursday, August 17th    at 8:30 AM. 

Anyone who can help in the kitchen with food prep, cooking and sales on the day of the Yard Sale should notify Gerry that you can help and when.

·         The bake sale table needs a captain.  Notify Arlene.

·         The outside plant stand needs a captain. Notify Arlene.

·         The book sales sorter and arranger is Phyllis P.

·         Check out help and floor sales help are also needed.


Please try and let Arlene J. know how you will help as soon as possible.  She is counting on everyone having a part in this annual yard sale. 

Adult Sunday School Offerings for Summer 2017

posted May 31, 2017, 3:27 PM by Ken Schmidt   [ updated May 31, 2017, 3:28 PM ]

The preparation for the 2017 summer quarter has been unusual. As the summer session has approached, I have had to draw upon my patience knowing our summer schedule for our Combined Adult Classes was not finalized. However, the summer sessions are now coming together and will focus on the current needs and values of the church.


June will begin with two additional Sundays utilizing the Six Thinking Hats framework to explore our views on the issues raised by the action on the welcoming sign. Our Executive Committee has requested two Sundays (June 4 and 11) for us to further process these issues. On June 18, the Witness Team is sponsoring a session with “Family Promise(an area ministry for homeless families) to explore the opportunities for our congregation to participate with this ministry. On Sunday, June 25, Warren E. will lead us with a surprise message you won’t want to miss!


The month of July starts with Messenger Sunday as many members attend Annual Conference in Michigan. On July 9th, Chuck G. will share his story about his recent trip to Ghana as part of a well-digging team. Then the plan is to offer five sessions about the congregation’s Core Values that were affirmed at the Spring Congregational Forum.  As this series unfolds, we will explore the path that led to the affirmation of these five Core Values for our congregation:


1. Strengthening Congregational Community,

2. Witnessing through Service and Outreach,

3. Welcoming and Valuing Others,

4. Developing Believers and

5.Living our Faith.


As the summer develops the schedule may change to meet the needs of the instructors as well as the needs of our members. I ask for your patience and flexibility in advance as we provide opportunities for Leadership Team to share important topics, and as our members share and shape our weekly conversations about the various topics. I leave you with a quote to think about: “It is a mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”


God Bless,

Bill C, Director of Christian Education

Preparing for National Older Adult Conference (NOAC)

posted Apr 28, 2017, 4:30 PM by Ken Schmidt   [ updated Apr 28, 2017, 4:30 PM ]

A Week of Inspiration for those 50+ at Lake Junaluska, NC on September 4 through 8, 2017.  See the poster on the bulletin board for more information.  Registration opened February 2017.  More in upcoming newsletters

Preparing for Summer 2017 Children’s Church

posted Apr 28, 2017, 4:21 PM by Ken Schmidt   [ updated Apr 28, 2017, 4:21 PM ]

       Volunteers are needed to lead Children’s Church during the summer months of June, July, and August.  Please consider volunteering to help our young people continue to grow in their love of Jesus.  Any amount of time you can give will be most appreciated.  A SIGN UP SHEET has been posted on the bulletin board across from the mailboxes.  Contact Starr A with any questions.

Meet our New Coordinator for Youth Ministry:

posted Mar 25, 2017, 7:37 PM by Ken Schmidt   [ updated Jun 23, 2017, 10:28 AM ]

Andrew W.!


Andrew began his work for the congregation at the beginning of April, and is already well underway with activities with our youth.  With his permission, here’s a bit of background for Andrew:

  •           born in North Manchester, Indiana to Dean and Jerriann (1986)
  • ·         the eldest of 3 sons, (Jacob and Laban are his younger brothers)
  • ·         moved with his family to Camp Blue Diamond (COB Camp in Middle PA District) in 1991, where his parents continue to serve as camp directors
  • ·         attended high school in Huntingdon, and was involved with Marching, Concert, and Jazz Bands, Show and Concert Choir, Drama Club, Ski Club, and Drum Ensemble
  • ·         attended Stone COB in Huntingdon and United Baptist Brethren in State College
  • ·         served on the Mid PA Youth Ministry Team and Youth Cabinet
  • ·         worked at Camp Blue Diamond as a full-time summer staff member for 8 seasons as a counselor, naturalist, games director, and worship leader
  • ·         attended Elizabethtown College, where he worked in the office of the chaplain, studied abroad in Sydney, Australia, and met his future wife, Lauren Ciriac.
  • ·         graduated from Elizabethtown College in 2008 with a B.A. in Religious Studies
  • ·         worked at Friendly’s Restaurant in Hershey, PA as a Cook and Manager (08-16) and Hummelstown UCC as the part-time Youth Coordinator (09-14)
  • ·         married Lauren C. in 2013.
  • ·         enrolled as a first-year student at Lancaster Theological Seminary, where he and Lauren live on campus.  Lauren works at “The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue” as a collections assistant, and has completed her Masters in
      •  Museum studies at Johns Hopkins University.
  • ·         expecting their first child in mid-September, and just learned that they will be having a daughter!

We welcome Andrew to this new role, and look forward to the energy and skills he brings to this role with our youth.  We are pleased to have both Andrew and Lauren worshipping with us, and look forward to their new arrival in the fall!

2017 Directory Staples

posted Mar 4, 2017, 4:42 PM by Ken Schmidt   [ updated Mar 4, 2017, 4:43 PM ]

Copies of the 2017 Directory were mailed out on Thursday, February 16, 2017.  If you have any trouble with pages missing or out of order, contact the church office and we’ll fix it.  We always have problems with the staplers.  If you need your copy re-stapled, please bring it to the church office.  Extra copies are available by contacting the church office.

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