Bethany Church Offices|1208 Brookside Road, Wescosville, PA 18106

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?

Knowing when the church is closed because of weather is important.

In the case of inclement weather or power outages, any cancellation information will be posted at the top of all pages of this website. You can also check WFMZ-TV for cancellations. Additionally, we will utilize a phone tree which will update you on the status of our worship services.

In the event worship services are cancelled on Sunday morning, a blended service at 1:00 pm, a contemporary service at 3:00 pm and a young adult service at 5:00 pm on Sunday will be offered, weather permitting.

New Announcements

New Announcements

CARD SHOWER Pastor Ralph Stevenson, 6495 Hickory Road, Macungie, PA 18062

Operation Christmas Child Invite freinds and family to the Packing Party on Friday, November 3, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Wescosville Carlson Hall. Potluck dinner before Packing Party, see announcements under Small Groups. Drop off filled shoeboxes on November 11 and 12 before worship service at the OCC table. No toothpaste please. $9 shipping donation is needed for each box, but not required. Questions, please contact Julie DiGiacomo, digiajul@hotmail.com or 484-225-7448. New hygiene items, school supplies, small toys may be placed in the collection box outside the Wescosville office or OCC bin at the Macungie Campus by November 1.

Charge Conference Wednesday, November 1, 6:30 p.m. in the Large Group Room at the Macungie Campus.

Marriage Enrichment improves communication, renew intimacy, and make good relationships better. This even begins Friday, November 10 and ends Sunday, November 12. Contact Charlie Gardner at 610-395-3258 or at charlesegardner@ptd.net  for more details.

Meal Ministry We are looking for volunteers to handle making meals for people/families with illness or just coming home from the hospital, etc. Our goal is to have 6 teams with a coordinator for each team. This way we will be able to have a schedule and spread the requests. Sign ups will be in next weeks pew sheets. We do have a need now for someone. If you can help, please call the office.

MOPS – Help Wanted Bethany MOPS/MOMSnext is in need of childcare workers to provide a safe, loving environment for the children of our members during our meetings. Our meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month and childcare workers are needed from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. Background clearances are required. This is a paid position. If interested please contact Amy Collier at 484-597-1947 or dadazcollier@gmail.com

Hospitality Additional volunteers are needed for hospitality/Grace Cafe Saturdays 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., and clean-up 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Soup Kitchen Coordinator Bethany serves at the downtown soup kitchen several times a year. Our present coordinator has done this job for two years and is ready to move on to her next adventure. The next time Bethany will serve is February 2018. The coordinator needs to schedule Bethany volunteers. Please sig up on the pew sheets.

Ushers and Greeters are needed for all services. Conatct Donna Long in 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 Keri Crawford.

Bethany Book In each row there is a black binder know as the Bethany Book. Inside you will find special inserts, connection cards, offering envelopes, pens and weekly sign-up sheets for various opportunities and events at Bethany. Please be sure to pass the book down the row for everyone to see.

Ministry Announcements

Children's Ministry

You can still register of AWANA! Every Wednesday from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. at the Wescosville Campus! This program is Bethany’s Wednesday night kid’s club full of music, games, activities, awards and fun lessons. Kids learn more about God’s love, the Scriptures, and how a personal relationship with Christ affects their everyday lives. All children ages 2 through 4th grade are welcome! Pick up registration form from the Children’s check in desk or the church office. If you have any questions please contact the Children’s Director, Libby Barringer ebarringer@bethanyumchurch.com Join us!

Here are some of our upcoming theme nights:

November 1 – Operation Christmas Child

November 15 – Stuff the Turkey Night

Trunk ‘R Treat Wednesday, October 25, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the parking lot at the Macungie Campus. RAIN DATE: Friday, October 27, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Macungie Campus parking lot. Come out and enjoy this spooky and fun family event with decorated car trunks, treats, games, and concessions! Those interested in decorating a trunk or helping should contact Libby Barringer ebarringer@bethanyumchurch.com

Youth Ministry

Illuminate Youth Conference—SAVE THE DATE

November 10, 6:00—9:00 p.m

November 11, 6:00—11:00 p.m.

1208 Brookside Rd., Wescosville

More info: www.illuminateyc.com

The purpose of the conference is to challenge and motivate students of the Lehigh Valley and surrounding communities to dive deeper into their faith in Jesus Christ.

Check our website for weekly activities.

Men's Ministry

Save the Date Men’s Conference Stepping Up Men’s Conference, A Call to Courageous Manhood, on October 27 & 28 at Bethany Wescosville. Register online today at www.bethanyumchurch.com

Men’s Breakfast Saturday, November 18, 7:00 a.m. Wescosville Campus, Carlson Hall.

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/grups/BethanyChurchMensMinistry   We look forward to connecting with you and growing together in Christ through this new page.

Women's Ministry

Women’s Potluck Breakfast  Join us on Saturday, November 11 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the Wescosville Campus, Fellowship Hall. Come and hear our speaker, Bonnie Langan on the topic:  The Power of Womanhood. Breakfast is being made and served by the Men’s Ministry.

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, crochet stitchers or want-to-be stitchers are welcome to come at any time. Leader: Donna Long

Young Adult Ministry

SPOKEN If you are between the ages of 18-28 you are invited to join our young adult ministry called SPOKEN. This group will meet on Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall at the Wescosville Campus.

Small Groups Ministry

Friday Night Fellowship join us on November 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall at the Wescosville Campus. This month we will feature soup and salad followed by the OCC Packing Party. Sign up in the Bethany Book if you plan to attend.

New Members Class Beginning on October 29, you’re invited to join us for this 6 week class on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. in Room 307 at the Macungie Campus to learn more about the history of Bethany, the ministries we have to offer, how you can connect and serve as well as an explanation of the membership vows. Come and join us and become part of our church family. Sign up in the Bethany Book if you plan to attend.

Healing Oils of the Bible Did you know there are over 200 verses in the Bible that mention the use of oils and fragrant incense? Oil in the Bible has great significance and symbolism. Join us in Room 309 at the Macungie Campus on Mondays at 6:30 p.m., beginning November 6, as we look at many of these scriptures to understand their meanings and gain new insight about oils and what they were meant to be for us. Sign up in the Bethany Book if you plan to attend.

Special Needs Ministry

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

Ben’s Special Ventures Dog Biscuits Hand in Hand Ministry with Ben’s Special Ventures are selling specialty hand made dog biscuits. These special treats are made with love for your furry friends. Please see our table, on the second Sunday of the month, located in the church lobby before and after services. Contact Mimi Ludwig at mlludwig@ptd.net for opportunities to help sell these special furry friend treats at your local business.

Special Muffins from Special People Hand in Hand Ministry for Special Needs along with Ben’s Special Ventures are baking for your pleasure! Come see us at Grace Cafe on the second Sunday of every month! Donations are needed! This will help with supplies and help support our employees. Please contact Lisa Lacko at edlacko@ptd.net for more information. Thank You!

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.  If you have any questions please contact Pastor Ralph.  Thank you for caring.

Food Pantry and Allentown Children's Project

This year we have approximately 28 bags that we need to fill every week for the Allentown Children’s Project plus the emergency food bags for people that come off the street. Each bag gets at least 1 box of cereal, peanut butter, jelly, canned chicken or tuna, fruit or pudding, chili or beef stew, soup, mac-n-cheese, spaghetti and sauce, etc. Won’t you please help feed these families in need? WE DO NOT ACCEPT BABY FOOD. Please not open or expired items.

Mission News

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

Missionary News Learn what missionaries are doing to share Christ. See the mission binders in Café​ Grace today.

Twice Blessed

Twice Blessed  is our inner city outreach store located at 931 Hamilton Street, Allentown in The Caring Place.  Twice Blessed is now accepting new or gently used clothing, household items, sheets and towels.  We NO LONGER accept any TV’s,  electrical equipment, mattresses or box springs.  Please drop off your items at the store  between 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on  Wednesday thru Saturday. You can also drop your items off at Bethany Church at the bottom of the ramp near Fellowship Hall.   If you would like to volunteer at the store contact Sue LaBelle at 610-737-3346 or sign up in the Bethany Book.

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