Hospital Visits

Hospital Visits-If you, or a family member, are going to the hospital, please call the office and let us know. When you register, please use our Church Code 747. They may no longer call us, but we can ask if anyone is registered. If you have questions call 610-395-3613.

When is Church Cancelled?

Emergency Church Cancellation Procedures 

If worship services are cancelled on Sunday morning, a service at 1:00 p.m. will be offered at the Macungie Campus, weather permitting.  The status of our worship services will be on WFMZ and Bethany’s website by 6:15 a.m., Sunday morning.  Additionally, we will utilize the phone tree.  Please check back on WFMZ and the website, after 11:15 a.m. to check on the status of the 1:00 p.m. worship service.

 

 

New Announcements

New Announcements

CHAMPION’S LUNCH August 25 after the 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. services, you can support Men’s Lake Champion Men’s Retreat by buying lunch to take home or eat in the Café.  You can pay for a $10 ticket before church to have a to-go plate ready for you when you leave or purchase a meal as you leave.  Menus will be announced, all proceeds will go to Lake Champion Scholarships.  To donate, volunteer or register, contact Pastor Scotty at scoyle@bethanyumchurch.com.  All men who volunteer and serve will get an equal share in proceeds towards their Lake Champion Trip. 

LADIES SAVE THE DATE!!! Friday October 4, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Macungie Campus. Worship, Word FM Giveaways. Sherri from the Brant and Sherri Show will be the guest of honor with comedy,  storytelling and spiritual challenge. Cost is $20 GA and we do have limited VIP tickets for $40 that include dinner and meet and greet with Sherri. VIP Doors Open 5:45, GA Doors Open 6:30. VIP Entry 5:45 p.m. $40, Early Access $25, General Admission $20. Avoid the online fees, get your tickets at the Bethany Church Office, Wescosville or the Information Desk during Sunday Worship, Macungie. Starting September 1, 2019. Tickets are also available right now at itickets.com.

2019 WOMEN’S RETREAT Join us for a weekend away to grow closer to God and other women, Friday October 25th—Sunday October 27th at Bear Creek Lutheran Camp, Bear Creek, PA. Cost $125 (Due by October 10, 2019). Pick up a flyer/registration form at the Welcome Desk. Contact Brenda Held at 610-762-5398 or brendasueheld@gmail.com with any questions.

If you come to church on Sunday via Brookside Road, coming from Wescosville, please be advised that you will need to detour.  We have received notice from PennDOT of road work scheduled for the  Brookside Rd. underpass at the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks. Brookside Road will be closed from Indian Creek Road to Lehigh Street from August 12th through August 23rd for construction. Detours will be in effect.  The remainder of Brookside Road (from the bypass to Buckeye Road) will be under night time milling and paving starting this week for the next few weeks. 

 THANK YOU FROM BRIGHT HOPE  We are pleased to let you know that your congregation collected $3,013.93 in our Baby Bottle Campaign.  Your support allowed our Door of Hope maternity home to house 13 different women over the past 12 months.  Lives were saved, shelter provided and skills were taught to help these women live a self-sufficient, pro-abundant life for themselves and their children. It’s because of your leadership and the generosity of your congregation that this mission continues.  We truly thank God for you and the believers of Bethany UMC.

 BACKPACK MINISTRY  We are once again collecting new or “gently used”  backpacks for the students in the Allentown school district.  Through your generosity in the past, we have provided several hundred students with new backpacks.  We will be collecting them from now until September 22nd.  There will be a box located in the Narthex marked “Backpack Ministry” where you can place your donation.  Thank you in advance for considering this need.  If you have any questions, you can contact Marci Alderfer at marcicolt@gmail.com or Jane Miller jane@miapro.com or 610-360-5242.

TWICE BLESSED to DOUGH2DOOR Now that we no longer have Twice Blessed, people do not know where to donate their items.  Dough2Door is not only feeding the homeless, they are helping to furnish homes for the needy.  If you have household furniture, blankets, bedsheets, pots and pans, etc., please contact John MacDonald at 484-347-9283 to see if his team needs them.  Unfortunately, they have no place to store these items so if they don’t need them at that time, please contact Scotty Coyle who will get in touch with VALOR who helps the needy veterans.

Registration  For information on registering for Bethany’s 2019/2020 preschool year, contact Amy Hain at ahain@bethanyumchurch.com.  Classes are available for ages 2-5 years, classes run 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., with extended day option available until 1:30 p.m.

Compassion Carpool Volunteers are needed to take parishioners who were recently in the hospital to doctor appointments and to therapy appointments. If you are able to serve in this mission, please contact the church office at 610-395-3613.

Hospitality, Ushers and Greeters are needed for all services. Contact Jeff Martin for Ushers and Scotty Coyle for Greeters by calling the church office.

Grace Café / Hospitality  Our cupboards are bare!  We are looking for donations of “Rold Gold” pretzels, “Nabisco Barnum” animal crackers and baked goods.   The reason we are asking for specific brands is because of allergies.  We also have a bakers list.  We encourage the bakers to pick a week that they would like to donate.  If you are interested please contact Donna Long at the church office.

Info Desk Would you be able to come to worship service 20 minutes early and sit behind the info desk to answer any questions people might have? If interested please contact the church office.

Church Wide Prayer Chain  If you would be interested in receiving prayer requests via email, please contact Donna Long at dlong@bethanyumchurch.com so you can be added.

Ministry Announcements

Active Retirees

Join us once a month for adventures in and around the Lehigh Valley.  We are kicking off the group with a trip to Heisler’s Cloverleaf Dairy for miniature golf and lunch/ice-cream on your own on Thursday, September 26, 2019.  The rain date will be Friday, September 27, 2019.  We will be traveling in the Bethany Bus and will be collecting a nominal fee for transportation expenses.  We will be leaving at 10:00 am from the Wescosville parking lot.  Make your reservation no later than Sunday September 22, 2019. Hope you can join this new group for fun and fellowship! Please email or call to make reservations.  Email is marcicolt@gmail.com or phone number is 610-393-7357.  Tom and Marci Alderfer

Adult Sunday School

Adult Sunday School Classes are offered every Sunday at the Macungie campus during the Sunday School hour beginning at 9:00 a.m.  You may join a class at any time.

Romans  Room 311  Facilitators: Matt Mumma and Bud Reed

Spiritual Gifts  Room 302  Facilitator: Ken Young

Book of Acts  Room 312  Facilitator: Mike Bunner

Making Modern Disciples  Room 309    Facilitator: Scotty Coyle

Children / Family Ministry

If you are visiting for the first time, please stop by the Children’s Desk for information on our ministries and events and receive a welcome gift for your child.

Special Events Leadership Team:  Trunk R Treat, Ties and Tiaras Daddy Daughter Dance and the Easter Festival require planning.  Would require 1-2 meetings prior to each event, help setting up, running and tearing down after each event. 

Sunday School Coordinator:  Would help schedule and send emails to the Sunday School Teachers.  We are currently using an online curriculum so the lessons and video are downloaded each week, save the video to a flash drive and print a copy of the curriculum for each classroom (3) and emailed to the teachers.  The email also includes which teachers are scheduled for that week. 

Family Sunday School Co-Leader:  At 9:00 a.m. on Sundays, the whole family comes together and a lesson is facilitated.  Marleah Doyle will continue to teach and would appreciate an assistant. 

Awana  Awana is our mid-week children’s program which will begin on September 25 at the Wescosville Campus.  There is a family meal from 5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and then Awana runs from 6:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.  Awana clubs will be starting on September 25th.  Ages 2 years through 5th grade.  Register online at www.bethanyumchurch.com.
Classroom assistants are needed.  The classroom assistant would require you to be at Awana each week, listening to the children recite their verses, helping the leader during lesson time and bringing the children down together for game time. 

Discipleship

Life Groups  Life Groups is another name for small groups with a focus on applying Bible study to modern life’s challenges. How do I start one? How do I find one? What groups are available? Where do I meet people who are like me and have the same challenges and questions? The answer to all of the above is the Life Groups. For more information please contact Scotty Coyle at scoyle@bethanyumchurch.com 

Leaders looking to launch groups will be looking to find others with similar interests and availability.

Give the Holy Spirit a chance to make a connection and start your next major journey into a deeper faith!

Men's Ministry

MEN’S RETREAT Lake Champion is an in-depth Men’s Retreat with a great balance between lecture, worship and recreation. September 19 – 22,  Glen Spey, New York $260. Join 300 men at beautiful Lake Champion, hear from national speakers, live worship, great food and great activities.  The men of Bethany church will be reserving one to two dorms. This is a faith expanding weekend where you can take time to reconnect with God. You can register online http://priorityone.org/last-chance-register-today or contact Pastor Scotty with questions. 

Men’s Ministry Facebook Page We are excited to announce the launch of our new Facebook Page, designed specifically for the men of Bethany. To join, visit us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/BethanyChurchMensMinistry   We look forward to connecting with you and growing together in Christ through this new page.

Seniors Happy Birthday

8/31 Karen Reinhart 224 Village Walk Drive, Macungie, PA 18062

Small Groups/Bible Studies

“Adorned” Ladies join Pastor Gary’s wife Krista for a 14 week study through “Adorned” by Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth. The study will begin on Sunday, August 25, 2019 @ 9:00am. We will meet in Room #310 at Bethany United Methodist Church, 3801 Brookside Road, Macungie. Come prepared to discuss Chapter One from the book and the workbook on the first day.

Kingdom Man Join us on a journey to become the men God created us to be. Every Thursday of the month (except the fourth Thursday) 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in room 312 at the Macungie Campus. Beginning October 3.

Celebrate Recovery  EVERY Thursday 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, Wescosville for anyone over 18 dealing with hurts, habits or hang-ups, not just addictions.  We have found through Christ, healing can be found.  Child Care is available!

 

Special Needs Ministry

Special Muffins from Special People  Hand in Hand Ministry is taking the summer off.  Come see us in the fall on the second Sunday of every month at Grace Café.  Donations are needed!  For more information please contact Lisa Lacko at edlacko@ptd.net.

Duke’s Delites  Hand in Hand Ministry along with Duke’s Delites, a division of the Love Ran Red Foundation, are selling specialty hand made dog biscuits.  See our table next month in the church lobby before and after services.  For opportunities to help sell these special furry treats at your local business, contact Mimi Ludwig at mlludwig@ptd.net.

Special Needs Prayer List  If you would like to add your child, teen or young adult with special needs to our prayer list, please contact Paula Dooley at paula@dooleymc.com.

Website  Please check out our updated information about our ministry and upcoming events on the Bethany Church website under Ministry/Support Ministries/Special Needs Ministry.

Women's Ministry

Women’s Breakfast Saturday, September 14  9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Wescosville Church. Topic: FUN EVENT. Bring a dish to share.  Sign up for Child care – $5.00 per child (proceeds go toward Belize Missions).  RSVP on sign up sheet next to the Welcome Desk. 

MOPS/MOMSnext  This is a special ministry for all moms.  Come join us for a cup of coffee, delicious breakfast and grow in friendships and faith.  Every 2nd and 4th Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. starting in September at Macungie.  MOPS is also in need of a Coordinator for the children of our MOPS moms.  Responsibilities include coordination of the teachers and finding subs as needed.  If interested, please contact Kelly Bender.

Facebook Did you know that the women have a Facebook page? It is a private site where we share prayer requests, give announcements and share our events. All ladies of our church are invited to find us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/BethanyUMChurchwomen

Purls: Join this group of ladies on the third Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the Studio, as they stitch prayer shawls, lap robes and baby blankets for those in need. All stitched items are prayed over before giving them to the recipient. Shawls and lap robes are also donated to various nursing homes. This month, they will also be stitching winter hats, mittens and scarves for children in Allentown. ALL knitters, loomers, crochet stitchers or want-to-be stitchers are welcome to come at any time. Leader: Donna Long

Youth Ministry

Youth Sunday School  Every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. at the Macungie campus in Rooms 305, 306, 307.

Small Group Bible Study Wednesdays through August 21, Youth Group will be a little shortened for the summer months. From 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. we will be reading through and studying the Gospel of John.

Did You Know?

Have you found the ministry where God wants you to serve? Would you like to volunteer at the church but don’t know where to begin? For answers to these questions and more, contact the church office at 610-395-3613.

Saving God’s Children Sponsors Contribution envelopes are located at the literature stand near the Information Desk at the Macungie Campus.

Altar Flowers The cost is $20. Please sign up at the Information Desk to reserve your date.

Hospital Visits Please contact the church office if you or a family member will be going to the hospital. When you register at the hospital please use Church Code 747. If you have any questions, call the church office at 610-395-3613.

Missions Announcements

HURRICANE VICTIM RELIEF

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) spends 100% of your donation on the project you select.  All operative and administrative costs are paid for out of General Boards.  If you would like to donate to the victim relief from the hurricanes, please go to www.umcor.org and highlight national disasters.  Read about the latest info and make a donation.  Thank you for caring.

Food Pantry and Allentown Children's Project

Allentown Children’s Project  Accepting donations over the summer for fall.  Donations needed:  Soup, Fruit, Cereal, Pudding, Pasta Sauce and Jelly.  No glass jars, please. 

Food Pantry TOP NEEDS  Soup, Peanut Butter, Pudding and Chili. 

Food Pantry and Allentown Children’s Project  Please see the Food Pantry and ACP donation bins located in the Narthex for a complete list of items needed for each of these volunteer efforts. Please no expired items.  We do not accept baby food.  Thank you for your help.

Mission News

Missions Binder  Letters and updates from our missionaries and organizations are located at the Information Desk.