NEW PROJECT: We want your unwanted coupons, even slightly expired ones! Give us those annoying printouts from the cash register at your favorite supermarket (must say “manufacturer’s coupon” at the top). Military families will be grateful. These coupons can be used by military families six months after their expiration date, but they prefer you do not send them TOO expired because they need time to process them and the families need time to use them. Please put your coupons in the box on the church kitchen window sill. Thanks! (If you would like to learn more, please watch for the article in the August Newsletter.)
The First Presbyterian Scholarship Fund Committee will accept applications until July 29, 2018. Active members pursuing an undergraduate or graduate level course of study may apply for a Kintner/Brown scholarship grant. The Doug Johnson Fund is specifically for post-high school, trade, technical, business school, or education majors; the Kovarick Fund is for college juniors and seniors. Forms are available below.
Every second Sunday through the period we don’t have our organ, we are going to worship with a historic music practice. This month we'll enjoy bluegrass music of Renegade Ramblers during our service. This will be a very special service, so we hope you will invite a friend.
Please join us for SUMMER SHARE on August 12th after worship, when we will have a special once a month Coffee and Conversation gathering. We hope all in attendance will bring something to SHARE on this day to make for a GRAND event! Our August Share will make goodie baskets for our Main Street neighbors...and you are asked to bring the goodies! Make your favorite cookies or snacks--things that don't have to be refrigerated. We will share them with each other and pack up some for gift baskets. This is in keeping with our mission of hospitality!
PW will be sewing Little Dresses again this summer. We will cut out the dresses on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 2pm, and will sew on Saturday, Aug. 18. For those who are early risers we will start at 9 am, but any time you can manage is okay with us. Just let Sue know if you plan to cut or sew so she has enough supplies and tables ready in advance. We could use non-sewers to measure, pin, and iron. Bring a bag lunch as we will break for lunch.
The beginning of a new season of singing is fast approaching. Preparations for music have been made. The choir room will be dusted off and ready in time for our first rehearsals beginning Thursday, August 23 at 7:00pm for the Senior Choir. Senior choir is open to all teens and adults who enjoy singing for worship. This choir sings every Sunday, at worship, and for special services, leading hymns and liturgy, and singing a specially prepared anthem. If you aren’t a member of our choir, I hope you will consider joining us this season.
You may recall that the choir and a few extra friends sang the National Anthem last summer at an Iron Pigs Baseball game at Coca Cola Park in Allentown. They have been invited to sing again this year! The date is Friday, August 24, so mark your calendars! The first pitch is 7:05pm. Reserve your $11.00 ticket now by contacting the church office!
We are excited that the final phase of the organ and sanctuary renovations has begun. This project should last about 4-6 weeks, so we estimate the completion near the end of August. If you’ve been here on Sundays, you know we are worshiping in our beautiful and accommodating Fellowship Hall while this work is being completed. Photos of the project will be posted here.
It’s time to start thinking about Stroudfest, the annual celebration that takes place during the Labor Day weekend. Saturday, September 1 is the date for this year’s event. In addition to The Amen Café, we will be hosting a Yard Sale in our Fellowship Hall from 10am until 3pm. Volunteers will be needed in both areas.
The Amen Café will once again be serving hotdogs, along with chili sauce, sauerkraut, relish, onions, etc. Bottled water and Lemonade will be available as well. We will need cashiers, grillers, and runners.
The Indoor Yard Sale is a new event this year. Again, there is a need for cashiers and area coordinators. Areas include (but not limited to) are lawn and garden, furniture, clothing, crafts (I’m hoping to unload a lot of leftovers from the Holiday Bazaar!), candy, and antiques and collectibles.
- Donations are needed and welcomed. Please bring them clean, and ready to price. Pick-up service will be available for larger items. Tell your friends and neighbors that we are collecting donations.
- Donations we do NOT want: computers, monitors, car seats, TV's (except like-new flat screens), textbooks, encyclopedias, old National Geographics, ski equipment, and things that don't work.
- If you are willing to organize and area, or perhaps partner with someone, please let me know! Organizing will take place over the summer months. Sign-up sheets are available in the back hallway.
- Volunteers will be needed the week after to dispose of leftover items.
As anyone who has worked the Holiday Bazaar will tell you, it is a great way to meet your fellow congregants in a fun and loving project!
Our Presbyterian Women (PW) ask you to donate to this cause...
Church Women United is collecting new and slightly used purses (through September). If you have purses please drop them at the church office or bring them to church. The purses are sold on Ebay to help victims of human trafficking. Learn more by clicking here.