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Church Wide Prayer Chain If you would be interested in receiving prayer requests via email, please contact Donna Long at email@example.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.
Four Stations of the Holy Spirit Join us on Saturday, November 17 in the Large Group Room at the Macungie campus for training on the four stations of the Holy Spirit from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Stay for the worship service, have supper after worship from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., them training continues until 8:00 p.m.
Charge Conference This will be held on Tuesday, December 4 starting at 6:15 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, Wescosville campus.
Mercy Me Concert Mercy Me along with David Crowder & Micah Tyler will be performing on Friday, May 10, 7:00 p.m. at the PPL Center in Allentown. We have 50+ reserve tickets. They will be the best $40 seating available. We will get a discount dependent on total tickets purchased. We are taking ticket reservations from now until December 31. Reservations close January 1, 2019. We will then purchase the tickets and give you the final cost. We will not be able to reserve additional seating after January 1. Please contact the church office 610-395-3613 or email Scotty Coyle firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your tickets.
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 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 and Celery. And now with Fall arriving, Hot Chocolate! Additional volunteers are needed for Hospitality/Grace Cafe on Saturdays 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sundays 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for cleanup.
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.
Children / Family Ministry
Wednesday Night is Family Night at Bethany.
Have you been to our Wednesday Family Night? So far, it’s been a huge success. We’ve had more families come to the free meal and the programming for all ages than we expected. Kids get to have fun learning about God, teens hang out and discuss their faith in real life, and adults learn together about practical theology. Come to the Wescosville campus anytime between 5:15 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. for the meal, then head off to your age group from 6:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. This is for the whole family. And if you’re single or don’t have kids, you’re still part of our church family.
Wednesday Night Schedule Changes
November 21 No Family Night—No meal and No groups
December 26 No Family Night—No meal and No groups
Wednesday Night Volunteers We are looking for volunteers to help Chef Alderson prepare, cook and/or serve our family meals. Please contact Jim Thomas at email@example.com or Marleah Doyle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AWANA Wednesdays 6:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. for children ages 2 through 5th grade. $50 per child per year. No Awana on November 21 and December 26.
Young Family Sunday School On December 2 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. a facilitator will guide families through crafts, activities and prayer, discovering the joy of preparing for Christ’s birth. Held each week.
Caroling Join us on December 7 for family caroling from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Meet at Wescosville and we’ll head out in groups to the local neighborhoods. We’ll return to the church for hot chocolate and cookies at 7:30 p.m. All ages welcome. Children through 5th grade need a parent present.
Lessons and Carols On Sunday, December 9 children will participate in the 10:00 a.m. service, helping to act out the nativity. All children will be making costumes in Sunday school, learning Silent Night in words and in sign language.
One Starry Night The Children’s Christmas party will take place on Wednesday, December 19 from 6:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. during Awana. This is a family event. Experience what Bethlehem was like when Jesus was born through drama, crafts, and activities.
Ugly Sweater Youth Café Friday, December 7 from 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at the Macungie campus following Christmas caroling. Be sure to wear your ugly sweater.
Christmas Party / Gift Exchange Wednesday, December 19 from 6:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. during small groups. Bring a gift to exchange with others of the same gender. There will be Christmas theme food, games, activities and not to mention the family dinner at 5:15 p.m.
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. No meeting on November 21 and December 26.
Men’s Breakfast Join us next month on Saturday, November 20 at 8:00 a.m. as men who attended Lake Champion share their testimonies. There is a $5 donation to help cover the cost of the Breakfast.
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.
Washington DC Tour Join us for an overnight tour of Washington DC April 5-6, 2019. Cost is $275/person or $425/couple (based on double occupancy). Price includes: bus transportation, museum of the Bible, and one night hotel with breakfast. Make checks payable to Cruise Time Plus and mail to: 1709 Dell Street, Allentown, PA 18103. First come first serve. No refunds for cancellations. Bus will leave Bethany Macungie campus at 6:30 a.m., so arrive early. We will return on Saturday after 6:30 p.m. Questions, contact Brenda Punchak at 610-709-9876 or email@example.com.
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
11/11 Marian Johnson 5747 Kernsville Road, Orefield, PA 18069
11/11 Michael May 5636 Walnut Street, Apt. A, Macungie, PA 18062
11/12 William Malkames 2901 Edge Mont Drive, 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. No bible study on November 21 and December 26.
Book of James Bible Study Co-ed bible study on Thursdays, September 12-December 13, 7:00 p.m. Macungie campus with no study on November 22. Marjanne Meyer is using RightNow Media to study The Book of James by Francis Chan.
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 along with Duke’s Delites are baking for your pleasure! Come see us this Sunday at Grace Café. Donations are needed! For more information please contact Lisa Lacko at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 this Sunday 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 email@example.com.
Fun Night Out Join us on Saturday, December 1, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Mimi Ludwig at email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 Weekly Needs For this week, ACP is running low on 28 oz. plastic jars of Peanut Butter, plastic containers of Jelly, boxes of Cereal, Canned Fruit.
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.
Operation Christmas Child (OCC) Shoebox Collection Today is the last day we are collecting filled shoeboxes here at the Macungie campus. If you still need to hand your box in, please see the National Collection Week dates and times listed below.
OCC National Collection Week The Wescosville campus will be open for collection during these hours—11/12: 2-4pm, 11/13: 3-5pm, 11/14: 4-6pm, 11/15: 3-5pm, 11/16: 5-7pm, 11/17: 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., 11/18: 12-2pm, 11/19: 7am-9am.
OCC Trip If you are interested in serving at the OCC processing center in Baltimore, you are invited to join us on Saturday, December 1. We will be taking the Bethany bus from the Wescosville parking lot at 5:30 a.m. to serve from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., stop for lunch and then hope to be home around 5:00 p.m. Please contact Julie DiGiacomo at email@example.com or at 484-225-7448 or stop by the OCC table TODAY to find out more details and to sign up. Cost is $7 to reserve your spot on the bus. Seats are filling fast! Helpers need to be 13 years or older.
Twice Blessed A Huge THANK YOU to all the people who helped Twice Blessed move to our new location!! GOD BLESS YOU ALL!! Watch for our Grand Re-opening!!