Welcome to this church. We hope that what you find on these pages will entice you to visit us and get to know us up close and personally. We have a heart for Jesus the Christ, for one another, and for the community in which God has placed us. We have found strength, peace, love and hope in Jesus and we want to share this with you, so that you can enter into a dynamic relationship with Jesus. If you already know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, we want help you grow closer to him in fellowship and service. We are a church where everyone is welcome to worship, grow and minister.
SERMON FOR THE WEEKS OF SEPTEMBER 18 AND 25, 2022
The sermons for these weeks which were preadched Rev. Dr. Jeff Shanaberger are now on Facebook and YouTube.
FROM PASTOR GARY
SYATP – It has been a long time since I have seen those five letters together. Today, as I was listening to WJTL 90.3 FM on my way into the office, I was reminded of the global movement and emphasis that “began in 1990 as a grass roots movement with ten students praying at their school. Decades later, millions pray on their campuses on the fourth Wednesday in September.
See You at the Pole™ is simply a prayer rally where students meet at the school flagpole before school to lift up their friends, families, teachers, school, and nation to God. See You at the Pole™ is a student-initiated, student-organized, and student-led event.” (From the SYATP website). Although I was used to seeing and being a part of this rally when I served as Associate Pastor at the United Methodist Church, since coming here I have not heard about it happening in some of our local school districts like CD and CD East. I heard the recorded messages of two people on the radio today giving their report of what happened at their schools. One person said there were 40 people at their SYTAP and another said there were 35 at theirs.
What is exciting about this event is first that students and teachers are gathering together to pray for a variety of things. Sometimes they will start with a worship song or two and maybe a scripture, but then they spend 20 to 30 minutes praying.
But secondly, it is an open, public proclamation of their faith, their belief in Jesus the Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. This event happens before school starts and goes on while students and teachers are coming to school.
This morning my encouragement to us is to pray daily for friends, families, teachers, schools, churches and our nation to God. But let us also publicly proclaim that we are Christ followers. Matthew 10.32-33, 32 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.” These students are risking ridicule, mocking and even worse by standing around the flag pole worshipping and praying. Let us follow their example in fervent prayer and public proclamation.
WORSHIP CELEBRATION ON OCTOBER – This Sunday we will return to our study of another story in life of Elijah. This one reminds us of the grace and mercy of God when we repent of our sins. This is fitting as we will also celebrate Holy Communion. The sermon title is “God Always Forgives.”
ADULT SMALL GROUP STUDIES READINGS –
October 4 – Tuesday - 10:00 AM - Psalm 71:1-6
October 5 - Wednesday - 6:30 PM – Luke 14:1, 7-14
ABWM – The ABWM has decided to reinstate the mission buckets. One will be on the table between the chairs in the lobby and the other on the table in the sanctuary. The first designated recipient will be the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. There is a challenge presented by one of our members that we set a goal of $400. The ABWM have accepted that challenge. Help us mee this goal as we hep those in our community who are hungry.
GIANT GIFT CARDS – You can purchase gift cards from the ABWM to be used at Giant Grocery stores and at the gas pump. When you purchase these gift cards, ABWM receives 5% of the purchase which they use totally to support their missions and missionaries. If you would like to purchase any gift cards please see, or call Judy M.
TITHES AND OFFERINGS – We want to thank all of you for your continued faithfulness to the ministry of Christ through sending in your tithes and offerings. For those attending our in-person worship celebrations you will be able to place tithes and offerings in an offering plate in the front of the sanctuary on Sundays. For those not ready to attend yet, you can continue to mail them, or drop them off in the church mailbox.
FOOD DONATIONS – We encourage you to continue to donate food for the local food pantry. If you would like to donate food, please bring your food to the church and they will be taken down to Calvary UMC. The third Sunday of the month will still be Food Bank Sunday.
How To Become a Follower of Jesus
"If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10.9
Becoming a follower of Jesus Christ requires repenting of your sins, and believing that Jesus died on the cross and rose again to forgive you of those sins and entering into a relationship with Him.
If you are ready to become a follower of Jesus Christ pray this prayer:
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose again from the dead. I turn my life over to You. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. Amen.
For more information about your new life in Jesus Christ, contact us at the church.
Ways to Accept Christ