From the Pastor - February 2019

For those of us who have been active in the church our whole lives, the thought of an uncertain future is more than troubling; it can seem world-shattering. In the case of our current predicament, it is likely to get worse before it gets better. The Special Session of the General conference is meeting this month in order to vote on one of the many plans that have been submitted from the Commission on a Way Forward. Regardless of which plan gets the most votes, the difficult truth is that there will be people that leave the denomination, there will be individual church that leave the denominations, there will be individual pastors that leave the denomination. That means that there will be changes for everyone. The process of appointments of pastors is likely to be affected in some way. The financial well-being of both individual churches and whole conferences will also be affected adversely.

This may sound like a bit negative, and it is. However, it is also important to recognize that regardless of what happens, our work at Neidig Memorial and at Mount Zion must and will continue. Over the past three years as your pastor, I have come to realize that despite the differences that exist between us, we have something that unites us that is even stronger, our zeal to do the work of our Lord, and our love for this world full of God’s children. Whether in Nicaragua, or Red Bird, or even down the street in Oberlin or on the East Side, our good God has called us to live out his Holy Commandment, to love our God with all our heart, mind, strength, and soul and to love others as he loves us.

Please continue to pray for our church, and our denomination. Keep in mind that while we seek to live out God’s will, we are still very much human and we will fall short time and time again. The good news, though, is that God already know that. He included that in His master plan, and He sent us Jesus so that we could join in His heavenly work here and enter, one day, into His eternal blessed rest. Let us continue to live for God this year, whatever comes to pass, because regardless of where we find ourselves. God still calls. The only question that remains is “Are you ready and willing to answer?”

Pastor Steve

An archive of Pastor Steve's past "From the Pastor" writings can be found here.

Neidig Memorial UMC has two sister churches with who we share space and activites. Pastor Steve also serves as pastor at Mt. Zion UMC and New Thing UMC (Pastor Joann Darrow) shares our space. For news of these organizations, click on their names here:

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Neidig Memorial United Methodist Church would like tto thank the following local business for their support by providing food donations for the Children's Holiday Workshop: Midtown Pizza on Eisenhower Blvd., 3 Brothers Pizza and ???. Please consider patronizing these local businesses when you dine out.


All church service and activity cancellations will be annount on channels 27 (WHTM) and 21 (WHP) through the scrolling cancellation list on the bottom of those channels news screens. If you have a function at Neidig and you need to have a cancellation announced, contact Sharon Staub (717.216.1040) or Pastor Steve.


The 2019 Flower and Bulletin signup calendars are on the bulletin board across from the chapel main doors. Please sign up for flowers or bulletins in honor or memory of a loved one. The flowers are $25.00 and the bulletins are $5.00


There is a new Bible Study beginning at Neidig on Wednesday mornings at 10:00a.m. The study is entitled "Women of the Bible". Pastor Joann Darrow, the minister at New Thing Church will be leading the study. All are welcome to come and join this Bible Study.


(Yes, you read correctly. Summer camp information already.)

The 2019 Summer Camp booklet and schedule are available on the bulletin board outside the chapel. For more information, please contact the church at 717.939.6921.

United Methodist Women

The UMW will meet next on Tuesday, August 6th.

Fellowship Hall, 6:30 pm.

There will be no July meeting.

"Coins for the Legacy Fund - Saving God's Creation

All are invited to join the United Methodist Women in helping to raise money for the mission work of the United Methodist Women. There are papers for the Legacy Fund available at the rear of the sanctuary to guide you each month to participate in this project.

Remember - the Legacy Offering should be given to Betty Dunkelberger or Peggy Gundy by Dec. 9th

Help the Homeless

by picking up a "homeless bag" from classroom 4. Show others you care by passing them out to those you see asking for help on the street.

United Methodist Men Meeting

All men are welcome to come and join in fellowship at our monthly meeting and activities. The meetings are currently held on the 1st Tuesday of the month. November's meeting is the Tuesday, the 6th in Classroom #4. All men of Neidig and the Community are welcome. Please note, that the time of 1st Tuesday is not written in stone. If you would like to attend UMM but that time does not fit your schedule, please contact Mike Emerick at Neidig (717.939.6921) and he will call you back to discuss what works. We are willing to change meeting time.

Neidig's "Meals on Wheels"

The "Meals on Wheels" team from Neidig Church is in need of more helpers. Drivers as well as runners are needed. It will only take up about 1 1/2 hrs. of your time for 1 day every 6 weeks. There is great satisfaction in helping your neighbors and serving God. Please see or call Peggy (number in directory) if you can help in any way or have any questions.

MOVIE NIGHT: Saturday July 20th at 8:00pm

July 20th at 8:00 pm in the parking lot or, if weather bad, in Fellowship Hall


FREE. Everyone welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

Krafty Klatch

Our Krafty Klatch continues meeting on the 2nd Monday of the month from 5:30-9:30 p.m. and on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Mark you calendars and bring your WIPS and new projects to Fellowship Hall. Need ideas? We have a small library to get those creative juices flowing. For more information or questions, email Sharon at irishcreme57 at gmail dot com. Please follow our Facebook page to keep up with changes or cancellations. If the summer weather becomes unbearable, meetings may be cancelled.

Monday, July 8th h at 6pm - 9:30pm if weather allows (oops, sorry. posted the wrong date last month)

Wednesday, July 17th at 9:00am - 1:00pm - cancelled due to weather and personal conflict (sorry)

Monday, August 12th at 6:00pm - 9:30pm if weather allows.

Wednesday, August 21st at 9:00am-1:00pm if weather allows

If the weather is suitable or if we get the A/C installed in Fellowship Hall, we will have July and August meetings.


Missions is looking for some fresh blood. We are looking for people with time and energy to organize our monthly missions. If you are interested in participating contact Sharon at 717.216.1040 .

July Mission

I have no clue, yet. LOL.

June Mission - Still Accepting Donations

During the month of June we are collecting items for the Dauphin County Prison's Prisoner Commissary. Our thoughts are with those Fathers who have fallen on difficult times They are in need of sweat suits, i.e. sweatshirt and sweatpants in all men's size from small on up. Summertime is the time of year where most arrests occur and many of those are released in the winter - in the shorts and t-shirts in which they were arrested. The prison chaplain provides needy men with warm clothing for their release.

Place your donations in the front of the sanctuary. If you prefer to make a monetary donation, please place your donation in the collection plate and mark it for June or July Mission.

Adult Sunday School Mission Project

Adult Sunday School is collecting personal toiletry items for Pat Nissel Street Ministry. We are working in conjunction with the Adult Sunday School . Toiletries for both men and women are needed but mostly for women as that is their largest client base. While all items are needed, in particular they need full size bottles/tubes of:

  • Body wash
  • Shampoo
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant

Cash donations can be given to Peggy Gundy and item donations can be placed in the basket on the chapel altar.

Missions Questions: CONTACT SHARON STAUB 717.216.1040 or with any questions.

Mission Central Computer Ministries

On January 20th, Mission Central held a special collection of electronics/computers. However, they accept for recycling and refurbishment computers, accessories, cables, wires, old cell phones and other old electronics (excluding televisions) year round. To have any of these items claimed for MIssion Central contact Sharon at and she will make arrangements with you to collect.

Just thought you might like to know: Conference Events

(information from the conference newsletter)


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