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

Back to Bells Ice Cream Social Tuesday, September 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the Macungie Campus. Have you ever wondered what it takes to ring bells and be a part of Bethany’s two handbell choirs? Bethany has a beginner bell choir (no music reading experience necessary. You just need to count to 4!) and an advancedbell choir. Come to our fellowship evening of fun and games and have all of your questions answered. We will have “hands – on” time and instruction and plenty of one-on-one time with our dedicated and exprienced ringers. We always have room for more full-time dedicated ringers and even substitute ringers. come out and help us make a joyful noise! Contact Carol Geiger at c.ann.geiger@gmail.com with questions.

Backpacks will be collected in the bins in the Narthex during the months of August and September. Please drop off gently used backpacks and school supplies for the children in the Allentown School District who otherwise would not have these items. Call Amy Kirkner at 610-349-7283 with any questions.

 We need you! 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.

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

Come and join AWANA this Fall!

We’re happy to announce that AWANA will start its new year this Wednesday, September 20 from 6:15—7:45 p.m. at our Wescosville Campus.  We invite all children between the ages of 2 years old through 4th grade to join us on Wednesdays for a great time at AWANA!  Register at the AWANA table in the narthex.  Questions?  Contact Children’s Director Libby Barringer at

ebarringer@bethanyumcnurch.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. 

Men's Ministry

Save the Date   We will hold a Men’s Conference on Friday night and Saturday, October 27 & 28, at the Wescosville Campus.   More information to follow.

Men’s Breakfast—Saturday, September 16, 7:00 a.m. Wescosville

 

Women's Ministry

Women’s Potluck Breakfast  Join us on Saturday, October 14 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall at the Wescosville Campus.  Come and hear our speaker, Traci Alleman.

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

Spiritual Gifts Class Do you know what your spiritual gifts are? What good works does God have planned for you to do? You’re invited to join this class offered on Sundays at 11:15 a.m. in Room 312 at our Macungie Campus, beginning October 8.

Financial Peace University A new FPU class will be offered onSundays at 6:30 p.m. beginning on September 17 with a preview on September 10 in the Large Group Room at the Macungie Campus.   The cost of the class is $93 per family.  Payment plans and childcare are available.  If you plan to attend you can register on line at https://fpu.com/1044377.

Constitution Class You’re invited to join this 6-week class in Room 307 at the Macungie Campus on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m., beginning September 21, as we partner with Faith & Freedom Coalition of Pennsylvania to teach the Constitution from a Biblical world view.  You’ll discover the Biblical principles built into the Constitution that forms the firm foundation of a strong and healthy society and what happens when that foundation is eroded away by not following God’s leading. 

Journeys with the Messiah Beginning October 5, you’re invited to join group on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. in room 312 at the Macungie Campus, as they take this one-of-a-kind photographic journey created by Michael Belk that depicts the modern-day revelance of the ceturies-old messages of Jesus. The result is beautiful and thought provoking images that are comforting, enlightening, full of hope and challenging.

Bethany Basics Starting Point for those that are newer to our church and want to know more about Bethany, we invite yuo to join us for a short informational session held either on Sunday, October 1 at 11:00 a.m. or on Wednesday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m. 

Friday Night Fellowship join us on October 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall at the Wescosville Campus. This month we will feature a mini chili cook off where everyone is sure to cast a vote and have lots of fun. If you are interested in entering a chili or simply want to come for taste testing, games and fellowship please sign up.

Free to be Healthy Class Slavery to food, emotional hang-ups and spiritual untruths can hold us back from healing, affect our immune system and prevent us from being the very best we can be to serve the Lord to our full potential and live life to the fullest. Beginning on October 1, you’re invited to join this 4 week class to set yourself free; free to be physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy.

God, Guide My Family Young Adult Group join this group of young adults, off site, every other Sunday, September 30, at 6:00 p.m. After watching a faith-based video, the adults will discuss and reflect on the lessons they learned while the children play and build Christian friendships with their peers. If you are interested in joining, please call or text Brittney at 484-375-5995.

New Members Class Beginning on October 8, you’re invited to join us for this 6 week class 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.

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.

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.

Help Feed the Hungry in Our Neighbourhood

Food Pantry and Allentown Children’s Project Cupboards are BARE!!!!! Please provide only the items requested.  No glass jars and no expired or soon to be expired dates, no open containers, please.  Canned Chicken 5 oz, Canned Tuna 4.5—5 oz., Canned Fruit, 20 oz. jelly, 18 oz. peanut butter, 15-24 oz. tomato sauce, 15 oz. vegetables (including potatoes), 15 oz. chili and beef stew, 10.75 oz. soups (vegetable, tomato, chicken rice/noodle), 6.9 oz. Rice-A-Roni, 7.25 oz. Mac-N-Cheese, 15-20 oz. fruit (any kind), 15 oz. canned spaghetti, 11-28 oz. baked beans, 4-pack pudding cups, 6-pack applesauce cups, instant oatmeal (8-pack individual serving packets), ramen noodles.  We are no longer saving plastic bags.  Thank you for your generosity.

Thank you!

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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