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.

If worship services are cancelled on Saturday night or Sunday morning, a Traditional service at 1:00 p.m. and a Modern service at 3:00 p.m. will be offered at the Macungie Campus, weather permitting.  Please continue to check the status of our worship services on WFMZ and Bethany’s website.  Additionally, we will utilize a phone tree, which will update you on the status of  worship services on those particular weekends.

 

New Announcements

New Announcements

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.

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  Help is needed for the following:  Sat. setup 4-5pm; Sat. cleanup 6-7pm; Sun. early setup 7-8am; Sun. maintain 8:15-9am, 9-10am and 10-11am.  Please contact Marie Musser at RLMam@ptd.net if you are able to help.  Donations are needed for Saturday and Sunday Fellowship time.  We would like to try to get some healthy snacks: Animal Crackers, Pretzels, Cheese, Fruit, Carrots, Celery, and Hot Chocolate.

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.

Ministry Announcements

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.   

Revelation  Room 311  Facilitators: Matt Mumma and Bud Reed

21 Most Effective Prayers  Room 309  Facilitator: Ken Young

2 Corinthians  Room 312  Facilitator: Mike Bunner

Making Modern Disciples  Coffee House Style at Grace Café    Facilitator: Scotty Coyle

Word and Prayer  Start date: February 3,  Room 304  Facilitator:  Nancy Beitler

 

Children / Family Ministry

Wednesday Night Family Meal  Free meal every Wednesday for our church family in Fellowship Hall, Wescosville.  Join us anytime between 5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

Teacher & Assistants Needed  A 10:00 a.m. Elementary Teacher & several Assistants are needed to serve once a month.  Contact Marleah.

AWANA  Wednesdays 6:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. for children ages 2 years through 5th grade. 

Young Family Sunday School  Held each week 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  A facilitator will guide families through crafts, activities and prayer.   

Ties & Tiaras  February 15, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.  Daddy Daughter Dance for ages Birth through 5th grade.  Pre-registration required.  Sign up in the Narthex or at the Children’s Desk.

VBS ROAR 2019  June 24 – 28  SAVE THE DATE!

Discipleship

Chili Cook-Off  A weekend with no FOOTBALL!?  We have you covered.  Sunday, January 27 beginning at 5:00 p.m.  The 6th annual Bethany Chili Cook-Off features 2 divisions.  A children’s dessert division in Carlson Hall and an adult chili division in Fellowship Hall.  Great prizes for the top 3 in both!  This event is free and open to the public, so your friends can come and enter!  Please register with a name, theme, and photo to promote your chili to Scotty and he will make a poster!  Send to scoyle@bethanyumchurch.com.  There are no judges, YOU decide.  Every person will get 3 dessert and 3 chili votes.

Point-in-Time Count Training  Become a trained volunteer to collect data on sheltered and unsheltered people who are experiencing homelessness.  Training will be on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  Located at CACLV’s Forte Building at 1337 East Fifth Street, Bethlehem in the first floor Community Room.  To sign up contact Chris Cassidy at 484-893-1047 or ccassidy@caclv.org.  This training is mandatory to volunteer at The Point-in-Time Count which will take place the night of Wednesday, January 23 and during the day of Thursday, January 24. 

New Members Class  Are you interested in becoming a member of Bethany Church?  The new member class is to ensure you understand the church’s doctrine, how it governs and most importantly how to become a vibrant disciple.   There are two options; Sundays, beginning January 27 at 8:00 a.m. at Macungie or Tuesdays, beginning on January 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Wescosville.  This is a 6-week course led by Scotty Coyle.  Please contact Scotty scoyle@bethanyumchurch.com to register.

 

Youth Ministry

Workshop: for Parents  Video and group discussion with parents of teens from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Wescosville campus on Saturday, January 26.  Free lunch to follow!

Small Groups Combined  JR. High & SR. High small groups meet together on Wednesdays at the Wescosville campus from 6:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.  Small groups split after food, fun, games, and in-depth bible studies. 

 

Men's Ministry

No Regrets Men’s Conference  The 7th annual Lehigh Valley Simulcast located at Faith Church in Trexlertown will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  It is hosted by Courageous Men of the Lehigh Valley.  Register online at faithchurchLV.com.  The cost is $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

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

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. 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.

Ladies’ Potluck Breakfast  Next month’s breakfast will take place on February 9 in Fellowship Hall, Wescosville from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Our speaker is Aryn Coyle, “The Most Important Thing”Join us!  Bring a dish to share and a friend!

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

Seniors Happy Birthday

1/22 Clay Smith 1521 Minesite Road, Allentown, PA  18103

 

 

Bible Studies/Small Groups

Adult Discipleship Discussion (ADD to your faith)  Join us for an interactive bible study every Wednesday in the Wescosville sanctuary from 6:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.   

Divorce Care  Divorce Care Spring 2019 session begins on Thursday, January 24.  It is a weekly seminar/support group that will help you heal from the hurt.  It’s a warm, caring environment led by people who understand what you’re going through.  Please visit divorcecare.com for more information or to sign up for the class.

Financial Peace  Learn to use biblical and financial principals to improve your finances.  Sundays at 9:00 a.m. beginning February 17 through June 16, at the Macungie campus.  Cost is $99.  Led by Jim Socci.  Questions?  Contact Scotty at 610-395-3613.

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  Come see us this Sunday at Grace Café. Hand in Hand Ministry is baking for your pleasure!  Donations are needed!  For more information please contact Lisa Lacko at edlacko@ptd.net.

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

Fun Night Out  Join us on Saturday, January 19, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Macungie campus.  We will have games, snacks, food and fun!  Feel free to stay until your child, teen or young adult feels comfortable.  Or, drop off after filling out our “Get to Know You” form for them to stay with our capable volunteers, many of whom are parents of special needs children and young adults.  For questions or concerns, contact Lisa Lacko at edlacko@ptd.net or Mimi Ludwig at mimi.ludwig57@gmail.com.

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.

 

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 TOP NEEDS  Bags of Rice, Dried or Canned Beans, Canned Chicken, and boxes of individual Granola Bars.  Any other donations are greatly appreciated as the pantry is running low on all items.

Food Pantry TOP NEEDS  Ramen Noodles, Jelly, Canned Chicken, Canned Ham, Stew, Canned Potatoes.

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. 

Although some of the items are the same, you will see some different items between the two lists.  Please no expired items.  We do not accept baby food.  Thank you for your help.

Mission News

Operation Christmas Child  Thank you church family for your support of this ministry.  We packed 1,843 shoebox gifts at the packing party and 247 shoeboxes were packed by Bethany individuals and family bringing our church’s total to 2,090.  Please pray for the children who will receive these boxes and that God’s love will be felt by their whole community!

Twice Blessed

Twice Blessed was blessed many times over by all of you and your most generous donations.  We are saddened to have to close, but were not approved by the zoning board, and can not find another location.  Our only hope is that people have seen Jesus in this ministry, and have been touched as much as we have for the past 14 years.  God Bless all of you for your continued support of this ministry.

Marci Alderfer, Ellie Kullmann, Susan LaBelle, Molly Matchette, Barbara Schuler, Gary Speth, and Susan Ungerer.