APRIL/MAY 2011 NEWSLETTER

 

 

FLICKSVILLE United Church of Christ

Sunday school @ 9:30a.m.

Worship @ 10:45a.m.

COME AND WORSHIP WITH US!

 

Pastor                                    Lori Esslinger

Church Treasurer               Nancy Hower

Asst. Treasurers                  Linda Smith

Christine Hitzel

Consistory Pres.                  Robert Engle

Vice Pres.                              Peter Layman

Office Secretary                 Candice Rissmiller

Organist                                Ann Ott

Sexton                                   Lisa Seiple

Christian Ed.                                    Lillian Ruch

Music & Worship               Carol Hilton

Fellowship                            Diana Ruggiero

Gift & Memorial                 Janet Brodt

Property                               Paul Labar

Cemetery                              Kermit Ruch

UCC Penn Northeast Conference

www.pnec.org

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                        

from the desk of Pastor Lori

 

 

 

From Holy Humor:  Betty Rowland suggests that many of us might be well advised to “Listen for Lent.”  “How hard it is to listen, really listen,” she writes.  “It’s a habit, a ministry, a way of life.  But it needs cultivating.  Listen to your children, to your spouse, to an elderly person, to your pastor’s sermon, to music, to the sounds of nature.  Listen for God.”  Why not give up talking for Lent?...

This is a simple story but a meaningful idea lies behind it.  You may have heard me say that we have been “blessed with two ears and one mouth.  We should use them in proportion.”  That means to me that we should talk less and listen more.  If you are really listening to someone, you might get tired.  It takes energy to really listen.  Instead of contemplating what you will say next, a good listener must truly focus on the words of the speaker.  It is helpful for us to listen to each other so we can learn from each other and grow together in God’s grace.

As we have studied during our Lenten Wednesday series, we have a finite period of time on this earth.  Heaven awaits those who believe.  We’ve been discussing exactly what that means using the book HEAVEN by Randy Alcorn.  We have agreed with him in some areas and have disagreed with him in other areas, but truth be told, no one truly knows what Heaven will be like.  We all want it to be a place of heavenly rest and peace.  We all want it to be a place where we can know God and be assured that He will listen to us.

As this Lenten season comes to a close and we celebrate Christ’s resurrection, let’s strive to listen to each other.  It might make a difference.

Peace for the journey,

Lori Esslinger

 

 

 

Our Lenten Season 2011

Our Lenten Book Study this year will be excerpts of the book by Randy Alcorn, HEAVEN.  I have copies of the study book we will use.   This great little book answers many of our questions about heaven using Biblical wisdom.  I have extra copies so you can share them with friends and family members.  Each week during Lent, we will meet together for an hour from 7–8 p.m. in the social hall on Wednesday evenings.  We’ll sing some old familiar hymns, spend some time studying and conclude with prayers.  Everyone is welcome to join in this inspirational time.  (soup and sandwiches will only be provided on two Wednesdays of this series.  Please pay attention to the bulletin for the exact dates so you don’t miss this delicious time of fellowship!)

Maundy Thursday worship will be held in the Sanctuary on Thursday, April 21st at 7 p.m.  We’ll share in the Upper Room drama and receive communion around the table with the disciples.

 

Easter Worship will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday April 24th.  (please note, there will be no Easter breakfast this year.)

                    

  

 

UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER

 

        April 2nd – Sunday School bowling party (reservations required)

·        April 3rd – One Great Hour of Sharing Offering received in worship

·        April 6th – book study at 7 p.m. Social Hall

·        April 13th – soup and sandwiches will be served at 6 p.m. in the Social Hall, book study begins at 7 p.m.

·        April 15th – 6 p.m. Egg Dying in the social hall.  A light dinner will be served.  Hard Boiled eggs are needed for this event.

·        April 16th – 11 a.m.   Easter Egg Hunt for our SS children – Bring your own basket!

·        April 17th – Palm Sunday – coffee hour at 10:10 in the social hall, begin Church World Service Blanket sale

·        April 21st – Maundy Thursday worship at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary

·        April 24th – Easter Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m. (no breakfast before worship this year)

·        April 29 – Friday (prepare the social hall for rummage items)

·        April 30 – Saturday.  Bring items in from shed for Rummage Sale pricing – All hands, trucks and muscles needed.  This usually happens in the morning.  Watch your bulletins for further details.

·        May 2 and 3 – You are welcome to bring items to the Social Hall to donate to the rummage sale.

·        Weeks of May 1 and May 8 – any available hands are needed to prepare items for the rummage sale.  We need help during the day and at night.  Please consider setting aside a few hours to help prepare for this worthwhile event of our church family.

·        May 1st – New Member class during the Sunday School hour

·        May 8th – Receive new members in worship – Festival of the Christian Home.

·        May 13th – Rummage Sale – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

·        May 14th – Rummage Sale – fill a bag day – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

·        May 15th – coffee hour 10:10 a.m. in the social hall.

·        May 29 – Memorial Day worship with service concluding in the cemetery.

·        June 5 – begin Church World Service Seeds and Tools project sale.

·        June 12 – Graduate Recognition Sunday – Pentecost Sunday – communion – wear Red!

·        June 19th – Summer Schedule begins – worship only at 9:30 a.m.

 

 

 

New Members:  We will be receiving new members into our church family on Sunday May 8th.  Please speak with Pastor Lori before May 1 if you are interested in uniting with our church family.

 

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts:  We have a great idea for gifts for all of your favorite mothers and fathers, men and women!  This year we will be participating again in the Church World Service (CWS) blanket program and the CWS Seeds and Tools project.  Starting April 17, you can contribute $5 to CWS and receive a greeting card to give or mail to your loved one.  The card will say that the gift of a blanket has been given in your honor to a person in need.  Starting June 5, you can contribute $5 to CWS and receive a greeting card that will say the gift of Seeds and Tools has been given in your honor to someone in need.  This is a wonderful way to honor the people we love and share much needed items with people all around the world through Church World Service.  Please contact Candy Rissmiller in the church office or on a Sunday morning to make your contribution and receive your greeting cards.  Checks may be made payable to Flicksville UCC.  A check from our church will be forwarded to CWS.

 

 

DON’T FORGET!!!!!

All kinds of help is needed for the set-up of the Rummage Sale –

Folding, pricing, stacking, hanging, etc. + lots of soup & baking for the Sale – SET-UP – April 29th & 30th  / May 2nd-6th & 9th – 11th

RUMMAGE SALE: MAY 13TH (9AM-4PM) MAY14TH (9AM-4PM)

 

                                                                    

 

Events in our community:

 

·         TUESDAY LENTEN LUNCHEONS

 

Lunch begins @ 12 noon in Fellowship Hall at Trinity Lutheran Church, 401 Broadway, Bangor

 

MARCH 29: FLICKSVILLE U.C.C.

Pastor Lori Esslinger will lead devotions.

 

APRIL 5: EAST BANGOR UNITED METHODIST

Pastor Janet Saddel will lead devotions.

 

APRIL 12: 1st UNITED EVANGELICAL CONGREGATIONAL

Pastor: Ron Shipman will lead devotions.

 

APRIL 19: TRINITY LUTHERAN

Pastor Frank Stinner will lead devotions.

 

WEDNESDAY EVENING SERVICES:

There will be NO Midweek Services this year.

 

GOOD FRIDAY

Cross Procession begins at noon at 1st United Evangelical Congregational Church:

We conclude with worship at 1st United Methodist.

 

EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE

Service begins at 6:00 a.m. at the top section of

 St. John’s Cemetery.

 

·       April 9, 2011: Sausage & Pancake Supper

Richmond United Methodist Church

3:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m.

Phone: 610-588-7317 for more info

……………………………………………………………………………………………………S.S. NEWS:   CHRISTIAN EDUCATION COMMITTEE

   The Sunday School has several things coming up the next two months.

·        Saturday, April 2nd – the children have their annual Bowling Party @ Bangor Bowling Center.  The time is from 2-4p.m.  The cost for the SS children and teachers is free, any siblings, parents, grandparents or friends who would like to join us are more than welcome – their cost is $9 per person.  This includes 2 hours of bowling, shoes, choice of pizza or hot dog and a drink.  Just call me for a permission slip or add it to your child’s permission slip.  Slips must be returned on March 27th or 30th at the latest.

·        Friday, April 15th – the children will be having their egg dyeing party @ 6p.m.  We will need hard boiled uncolored eggs for dyeing.  If you bring them to the church before 6p.m., please put them in the refrigerator.  The children will be treated to refreshments after the eggs are dyed.  All parents and siblings are also invited to dye eggs and eat.  We look forward to seeing everyone there. 

·        Saturday, April 16th – the children will have their Easter Egg Hunt @ 11a.m. This is held rain or shine.  If it is nice we will go outside to hunt.  If it rains or “snows” we will hunt indoors.  There are 3 age groups and 3 prizes per group.  If any parent or older sibling would like to help hide eggs, please come Saturday morning before 11a.m. Also remember to dress according to the weather.  Please bring a basket or something to put your eggs in.

·        Sunday, April 17th – this is Palm Sunday & the children will be bringing home their filled baskets they made in March.  The Pairs & Spares Class plus donations from the congregation are used to fill these baskets.  There will be a basket in the narthex for donations of wrapped candy or money to help defray the cost of filling the baskets.  I would like to thank the Adult Sunday School Class for helping to make the baskets on March 20th.

·        Sunday, April 24th – Easter morning, there will be NO S.S. this day & worship will begin at 9:30a.m.  Hope to see the S.S. children in church this day.

·        May brings Mother’s Day.  We are working on something for that day.

   The Christian Ed. Committee and S.S. children want to thank everyone who bought candy bars or sold bars for us.  We are all sold out!  THANKSJ

   We are still saving soda tabs and collecting food donations in your rooms for our food pantry.

·        June 12th – is Children’s Day.  The S.S. teachers are planning to cook breakfast for the children of the S.S..  Some of the children will also participate in the worship service as Liturgist, Ushers, and Greeters. We will also observe Pentecost this day with Communion.  This is also the last day of SS for the summer, but we do want you to come to church @ 9:30a.m. – S.S. resumes September 11th @ 9:30a.m.

   Gosh – it looks like we almost got through another year.  Hoping you have a Happy Easter and Spring.  You’ll hear from us in June.

         

                                        Lillian Ruch & Christian Education Committee

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL PERFECT ATTENDANCE

JANUARY                   FEBRUARY

Mikaylah                              James
James                                    Trista

Trista                                    Paris

Derek                                   Derek

Troy                                      Troy

Noah                                     Noah

Tyler                                      Tyler

Juztyn                                    Juztyn

Tess                                         Tess

                                                Nikki

 

FELLOWSHIP COMMITTEE NEWS:

·        April 24th   No Easter Breakfast this year

·        April 30th   Bring in items for the Rummage Sale

·        May 13th & 14th Spring Rummage Sale

 

PAIRS & SPARES COMMITTEE NEWS:

·         April 3rd – Sunday meeting @ 6:30 p.m.

                Thanks,                     Carol Hilton     

 

The FLOWER/BULLETIN CHART available dates:   $35 flowers / $10 bulletins

APRIL 3RD                                           SEPTEMBER 4TH

JUNE 5TH & 12TH                          OCTOBER 30TH

JULY 31ST                                  NOVEMBER 6TH, 13TH, 27TH       DECEMBER 18TH                             

 

    ** IF REQUESTED DATE DOESN’T APPEAR ON THE LIST PLEASE LET ME KNOW**

If you would like to sponsor the flowers and do not want the expense ***PLEASE*** let me know – we have silk arrangements that can be used!   Thanks CandyJ

 

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Worship Helpers:

APRIL           3RD  – USHERS – Larry Rissmiller & Jim Hilton        LOCK-UP (LARRY)

                                    LITURGIST – Sherry Heard                               ACOLYTE – Tess

                                    GREETER – Pete Layman

                        10th – USHERS – Larry Rissmiller & Jim Hilton        LOCK-UP (LARRY)

                                    LITURGIST – Allison Witmer                            ACOLYTE – Derek           

                                    GREETER – Calvin Labar

PALM SUNDAY17th – USHERS – MaryAnn McEvoy & Anna Mae Becker

                                    LOCK-UP – Dave Jones

                                    LITURGIST – Jim Hilton                                     ACOLYTE - Juztyn & Tyler

                                    GREETER – Karl Reddinger

EASTER        24th – USHERS – MaryAnn McEvoy & Anna Mae Becker

                                    LOCK-UP -   Dave Jones

                                    LITURGIST – Lisa Seiple                                   

ACOLYTE – Mikaylah & Allison

                                    GREETER – Kermit Ruch

MAY                  1st -  USHERS – Dave Jones & Pete Layman           LOCK-UP (PETE)

                                    LITURGIST – Mikaylah Ott                               ACOLYTE – Courtney

                                    GREETER – Paul Labar

                            8th -USHERS – Dave Jones & Pete Layman            LOCK-UP (PETE)

                                    LITURGIST – Taylor Hitzel                                ACOLYTE – Troy 

                                    GREETER – Calvin Labar                                             

                        15th – USHERS – Dawn & Dylan Kaiser                       LOCK-UP – Larry Rissmiller

                                    LITURGIST – Anna Mae Becker                       ACOLYTE – Tess

                                    GREETER – Kermit Ruch

                        22nd – USHERS – Dawn & Dylan Kaiser                      LOCK-UP – Larry Rissmiller

                                    LITURGIST – MaryAnn McEvoy                      ACOLYTE – Noah

                                    GREETER – Charles Jones

                        29th -   USHERS – Mikaylah Ott & Diana Ruggiero   LOCK-UP (DIANA)

                                    LITURGIST – Gladys Miller                               ACOLYTE – Juztyn

                                    GREETER – Karl Reddinger                              

 

IF YOU NEED TO MAKE A SCHEDULE CHANGE – PLEASE LET THE OFFICE KNOW!            

       THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR HELPING TO MAKE OUR SUNDAYS FLOW SO SMOOTHLY.                                                                                 

THANK YOU PAGE

o   Slate Belt Ministerium – Thank you for your generous contribution to our Social Concerns Fund which is used to support people in our communities experiencing financial crisis.  Without the support of our local pastors and congregations, we could not pool our resources to make them help as great a  number of people.  God’s Blessings,   Pastor Paulette Obrecht -  Treasurer

 

o   Bethany Children’s Home -  We are thankful for all of our friends throughout the year that provide financial support to our on-campus residential and therapeutic programs.  Your gifts help us to provide for the needs of 75-100 kids on a daily basis.  Thank you for your generous contribution of $445.  Thank you for making Bethany part of your Mission ministry. 

Jonathan Henning – Chief Relations Officer

 

o   Thanks so much for the cards, prayers and well wishes.  Hoping to see you all soon.  In God’s love,   Brad Reddinger

 

 

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“Appreciate your ability to make up your mind to be happy

and grateful for the simple things in life..”

 

SINCE WE HAVE PURCHASED A BEAUTIFUL SIGN FOR OUR FRONT PROPERTY – THERE WILL ONLY BE ONE LINE TO THIS SECTION – IF INTERESTED IN READING MORE – COME TO CHURCH & READ THE SIGNJ

 

                                    APRIL

                 

 

 

S.S. @ 9:30AM

ACOLYTES

3RD – TESS                    10TH – DEREK               17TH – JUZTYN & TYLER          24TH – MIKAYLAH & ALLISON

 

WORSHIP @ 10:45AM
           

           

 

 

 

SUNDAY

 

MONDAY

 

TUESDAY

 

WEDNESDAY

 

THURSDAY

 

FRIDAY

 

SATURDAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

2

SS BOWLING PARTY 1-3

3

4TH SUNDAY IN LENT

Pairs & Spares

@ 6:30PM

 

4

 

 

5

OFFICE

8-12

 

6

BOOK STUDY @ 7PM

 

7

OFFICE

8-12

TOPS 10:30AM

 

8

 

9

10

5TH SUNDAY IN LENT

 

11

 

 

12

OFFICE

8-12

FAITHFUL FEW @ NOON

 

13

SOUP & SANDWICH

@ 6PM

BOOK STUDY

@ 7PM

 

14

OFFICE

8-12

TOPS

10:30AM

 

15

EGG DYEING

@ 6PM

 

16

EGG HUNT

@ 11AM

17

COFFEE HOUR 10:10

CWS BLANKET SALE BEGINS!

 

18

 

19

OFFICE

8-12

 

20

FELLOWSHIP

7:30PM

 

21

MAUNDY

THURSDAY

UPPER ROOM DRAMA 7PM

 

22

OFFICE

8-12

TOPS

10:30AM

 

23

GOOD FRIDAY

SERVICE

UP TOWN

 

24

WORSHIP

@ 9:30AM

 

25

 

26

OFFICE

8-12

CHRISTIAN ED @ 6PM

 

27

 

28

OFFICE

8-12

TOPS

10:30AM

CHOIR

7:30PM

 

29

 

SET-UP

RUMMAGE SALE

 

30

 

BRING IN

ITEMS FOR

RUMMAGE SALE

                   MAY

                                               S.S. @ 9:30AM                  WORSHIP @ 10:45AM

SUNDAY

 

MONDAY

 

TUESDAY

 

WEDNESDAY

 

THURSDAY

 

FRIDAY

 

SATURDAY

 

1

NEW MEMBER CLASS

DEADLINE BLANKETS

 

2

 

RUMMAGE

SET-UP

 

3

 

RUMMAGE

SET-UP

 

OFFICE

8-12

 

4

RUMMAGE

SET-UP

 

PL  3PM -?

CONSISTORY

7:30PM

 

 

5

 

RUMMAGE

SET-UP

 

OFFICE

8-12

TOPS

10:30AM

CHOIR 7:30PM

 

6

 

RUMMAGE

SET-UP

 

7

 

8

NEW MEMBER

CLASS & RECEPTION

 

MOTHER’S DAY

 

9

RUMMAGE

SET-UP

 

10

OFFICE

8-12

PL 10:30-2

FAITHFUL

FEW @ NOON

 

11

RUMMAGE

←SET-UP

 

12

OFFICE

8-12

 

13

RUMMAGE

SALE

9AM-4PM

 

14

RUMMAGE

SALE

9AM-1PM

 

 

15

COFFEE HOUR

10:10AM

 

 

16

 

17

OFFICE

8-12

PL 10:30-2

 

 

18

FELLOWSHIP

COMMITTEE

7:30PM

 

19

OFFICE

8-12

TOPS

10:30AM

CHOIR

7:30PM

 

20

 

21

 

22

5TH SUNDAY

AFTER EASTER

 

23

 

 

24

OFFICE

8-12

CHRISTIAN ED @ 6PM

 

25

 

26

OFFICE

8-12

TOPS

10:30AM

CHOIR 7:30

 

 

27

 

28

 

29

MEMORIAL DAY WORSHIP

Larry Rissmiller

(speaker)

 

30

 

31

OFFICE

8-12

 

 

ACOLYTES

1ST – COURTNEY

8TH – TROY

15TH – TESS

22ND – NOAH

29TH - JUZTYN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                         

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                   APRIL -  BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
 
3RDBETTY LEIBIG                                                14TH – SHERRY HEARD

6TH – CHELSEA MOORE                                       15TH – AMBIE HOWER

7TH – SANDY D’ALESSANDRO                               20TH – PATRICIA SNODDY

9TH – COURTNEY SMITH                                      22ND – BOB ENGLE

9TH – RUTH CORLEY                                            29TH – JACKLYN ARTLEY

12TH - TAYLOR HITZEL 

 
ANNIVERSARIES

NONE LISTED – HAVE WE FORGOTTEN SOMEONE?

 

 

 

 

MAY – BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES

 

BIRTHDAYS

5TH – JAMIE ROWE 

5TH – GABBY

5TH – DONALD KAISER III

6TH – KERMIT RUCH

12TH – ANN OTT                     21ST – DAN RUGGIERO                31ST – PASTOR LORI

13TH – PATRICIA BROWN          24TH – LILLIAN RUCH                31ST – KANSAS

13TH – FERN PYSHER              24TH – JOE DIMARCO  

21ST – ANNA MAE BECKER      25TH – KAREN CORLEY

21ST – CATHY ENGLE               29TH – TODD OTT

 

ANNIVERSARIES

3RD – BRUCE & JANNA KLINE

23RD – FRED & CHRISTINE HITZEL

30TH – DAVID & SANDY D’ALESSANDRO                  

 

THINK SUMMER !

WE HAVE CHRISTIAN CAMPING INFORMATION –

SPEAK WITH PASTOR LORI FOR MORE DETAILSJ

 

 

CONGREGATION NEWS

 

Shannon Rowe was selected as an “Albright Face” for the college website.

Also over the summer Shannon and her friend David Yadush also from Pen Argyl wrote a play for a Grant Project – the theater director loved it and decided to use it for one of their productions.  It will be performed at the Wachovia Theater at Albright on April 27, 28, 29.  So come out and see “Or Something Like That”

Written and directed by Shannon Rowe & David Yadush!

 

 

 

 

 

WHEREVER CHILDREN ARE

By Ben Burroughs

 

Where there are children, flowers grow . . . to fill the

World with cheer . . . for little ones convey to us . . .

The fact that God is near . . . children are like rosebuds . . .

Bursting into bloom . . . because their mannerisms seem . . .

To disperse worldly gloom . . . children have magic power . . .

That causes hearts to smile . . . wherever there are children . . .

Life always seems worthwhile . . . they vex us and perplex us

With different things they do . . . but when the skies are filled with rain

They make the sun come through . . . a house without the patter

Of little childish feet . . . lacks the main ingredient . . .

To make it all complete . . . there’s merriment and laughter . . .

That reaches near and far . . . yes, life is truly wonderful . . .

Wherever children are.

 

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