HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
Thursday, April 18 Seder Meal 7 p.m. Macungie Campus -a reenactment of the Last Supper.
Friday, April 19 Good Friday Cross Walk 5:15 p.m. beginning at Macungie Campus ending at Wescosville Campus.
Friday, April 19 Good Friday Service 7:00 p.m. Wescosville Campus
Saturday, April 20 Easter Worship Service 5:00 p.m. Macungie Campus
Sunday, April 21 Sunrise Service 6:00 a.m. Macungie Campus bring lawn chairs
Sunday, April 21 Easter Services 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. No Family Sunday School at 9:00 a.m.
Graduation Recognition If you are a college graduate, December 2018/Spring 2019, or graduating from High School this year, please sign up on sheets next to the Welcome Desk or call the church office by Sunday, May 19 so you can be
recognized by the church on June 2.
BRIGHT HOPE – BABY BOTTLES ARE ALMOST HERE! On Mother’s Day weekend (May 11/12), baby bottles will be available for you to pick up, take home and fill with your contributions for the Bright Hope Pregnancy Solution Center. This organization provides free, confidential and compassionate care to women, men and youth so they can choose life for their unborn child. They also offer many other services, including housing for homeless pregnant women and comprehensive educational programs for our schools. Baby bottles will be collected on Father’s Day weekend (June 15/16).
AFC Summer Basketball Registration Open through May 15. We are looking for recreational players in 3rd grade or older, and travel players going into 5th grade through 10th grade. For more information, go to athletesforthecross.com/registration
AFC Travel Soccer Tryouts for the 2019/2020 season are scheduled for April 15 and April 25. We are looking for players born between 2005 and 2009. For more information, go to athletesforthecross.com/travel-tryouts-2019-20
Preschool Registration For information on registering for Bethany’s 2019/2020 preschool year, contact Amy Hain at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
TRUSTEES ANNUAL SPRING CLEANUP
Saturday, May 11 – 8 a.m – 12 p.m.
Wescosville Campus Repair wood fence around retention pond and trim weeds, plant flowers and cleanup flower beds around building.
Macungie Campus Spread mulch around building and around trees. Flower beds need to be addressed. Please bring wheel barrels, shovels and rakes to Macungie. Rain date will be May 18th. Any questions please contact the church office.
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 4-5 p.m.; Sat. cleanup 6-7 p.m.; Sun. early setup 7-8 a.m.; Sun. maintain 8:15-9 a.m., 9-10 a.m. and 10-11 a.m.. 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.
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.
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 302 Facilitator: Ken Young
Book of Acts Room 312 Facilitator: Mike Bunner
Making Modern Disciples Room 309 Facilitator: Scotty Coyle
Word and Prayer Room 304 Facilitator: Nancy Beitler
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.
Awana Closing Ceremony: Wednesday, May 1, 6:15 p.m. Wescosville Sanctuary
VBS ROAR 2019: June 24 – 28 SAVE THE DATE!
Wednesday Night Family Meal Everyone is invited to a free chef-prepared meal every Wednesday in Fellowship Hall, Wescosville. Arrive any time between 5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Bethany Men’s Night at Big Woody’s, 3941 Chestnut Street in Emmaus. Come join the men of Bethany for a night of food, fun and fellowship on Thursday, April 25 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Note: you are responsible for paying for your meal. If you plan to attend, please sign up at the Welcome Desk or email Paul Abbott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
4/25 Rita Jewell 998-38 S. Krocks Road, Allentown, PA 18106
4/25 Marjorie Stefke c/o Country Meadows, 4035 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem, PA 18020
4/28 Thomas Leitgeb 2331 S. Howard Street, Allentown, PA 18103
4/30 Judith Chermansky 1874 Bent Pine Hill, Fogelsville, PA 18051
5/1 Corinne Alderfer 6246 Woodfern Drive, Emmaus, PA 18049
5/1 Marie Gradwell 1328 Russet Road, Allentown, PA 18104
Small Groups/Bible Studies
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.
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 baking for your pleasure! Come see us on the second Sunday next month at Grace Café. Donations are needed! For more information please contact Lisa Lacko at email@example.com
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 on the second Sunday 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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.
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.
Mother’s Day Brunch “Adopt a Lady” catered brunch Saturday, May 11 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. $5.00 per person (pay at the door), 12 years and older. RSVP by April 28 via Women’s Ministry Facebook page, Signup Genius or Marjanne Meyer at 484-553-9377 and leave message.
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 Sunday School Every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. at the Macungie campus in Rooms 305, 306, 307.
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 meal on April 17.
Family Retreat Please join us on Bethany Church’s 1st annual Family Retreat. Get away with your family in beautiful Lancaster County at Black Rock Retreat Center and enjoy a faith and fun-filled Friday night, Sept. 6th through Sunday afternoon, Sept 8th. Lodging will be very comfortable in hotel-style rooms.
An early bird discount is available now until April 21. Stop by the table in the narthex for more information, or visit the Youth page on the Bethany Church website. Questions? Email Jim Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org Hope to see you there!
Special Events Please mark your calendars and pray for our youth as they prepare for these special events:
April 21: Early bird discount for Family Retreat ends
April 26-27: World Vision’s 30-hour famine at Wescosville Campus 6:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (sign up now)
August 3-9: Youth Mission trip to Pittsburgh (sign up now)
Sept. 6-8: Family retreat with low-ropes team building course for youth, laser tag, glow in the dark dodgeball, campfires, and more (register by April 21 for discount).
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 Canned Chicken, plastic jars of Jelly, Cans of Pasta Sauce and Boxes of Oatmeal Packets. Any other donations are greatly appreciated as the pantry is running low on all items.
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.
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.
Missions Binder Letters and updates from our missionaries and organizations are located at the Information Desk.