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Monthly Archives: May 2015

Epworth Missions & Programs

holdings a globeEpworth’s Mission Statement:

Following Christ’s example, we create caring communities.

Some missions and programs we work with and collect for are listed below. The most current information about things needed for current collections are posted in the Bulletin each week. 

Backpack Pals of Bethlehem – Provides food backpacks (commercially packaged non-perishable nutritious food) over long vacation weekends to local school children who may be experiencing food insufficiency when not in school.  Backpack Pals is a partnership.  Key volunteers and food items come from the community, congregations, organizations and individuals. Non-food items are also included, such as age appropriate reading and educational materials and personal hygiene products.


Northeast Ministry Food Bank – Our mission is to empower individuals and families of the Marvine-Pembroke community to break the cycle of dependence and reach their highest potential. Our vision is a unified community which supports and builds self-reliant and responsible individuals


Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley
 – Turning Point is a safe place where victims of abuse and their children can find refuge. They provide services in lehigh and Northampton Counties and reach nearly 4000 people a year through their programs and services. These services include a 24-hour help line, safe house, counseling, support groups, court advocacy, community outreach, prevention education, and medical advocacy.

 

New Bethany Ministries- The mission of New Bethany Ministries is to provide opportunities for a secure future to the hungry, homeless, poor and mentally ill of the lehigh Valley. The organization’s goal is to help families and individuals who are capable to become self sufficient and live independently. They als strive to identify and optimize opportunities to improve the quality of life for their guests who cope with mental illness, disabilities and/or extreme poverty.

 

Epworth Youth Ministries & Education

Epworth has Children and Youth programs for all age levels. It is our goal to nurture and help children grow in their faith. We provide a safe and welcoming environment where the children and youth can thrive.

Epworth participates in Safe Sanctuary* rules for the safety of our children.

 

    • Sunday School Sunday School takes place mid-September through the end of May.  Classes meet weekly during the worship service for those age 3 through 5th grade.  A Middle School class and a Senior High School class each meet on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month, also during the church service.  A fully staffed nursery is provided for all children through age 2.

 

    • Summer Services – In the summer (June, July & August), Activity Bags are provided for all children during the worship service.  These Activity Bags are designed to allow the children to engage in the service.  In addition, each Sunday (except the first Sunday of the month) a combined Sunday School class will be held during worship–immediately following the Children’s Message. Also,all children up to Kindergarten age may utilize the nursery throughout the summer.

 Jesus loves you

    • Youth Group – The Epworth Youth Group is open to anybody from 6th -12th grade.   We meet the second Sunday of each month from October through May.  In addition to these monthly meetings, the youth participate in other activities such as (but not limited to); mission work, team building, fund raisers, & camp-ins at church.  Our yearly highlight is an annual Fall Retreat Week-End designed for fun, fellowship and spiritual growth
    • Youth Bible Study – Youth Bible study meets the first Wednesday of the month from October through May.  All youth through 12th grade are invited to participate in this program. We begin with Dinner at 5:30pm. Following the meal, an Epworth adult leads the youth in a thought provoking study which covers a variety of Biblical topics.

 

* Epworth’s commitment to the welfare of our children and youth is evident in our Safe Sanctuary Policy, a policy that protects our children and youth by requiring background checks of volunteers and staff, establishes the “two adult” rule, and educates all staff and volunteers on how and when to report abuse.

Sunday Scripture – May 31, 2015

Gospel Lesson for May 31, Trinity Sunday –

John 11:1-6, 17-19, 32-44

The Death of Lazarus

Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, ‘Lord, he whom you love is ill.’ But when Jesus heard it, he said, ‘This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.’ Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, 6after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.

Jesus the Resurrection and the Life

17 When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus* had already been in the tomb for four days. 18Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles* away, 19and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’ 33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. 34He said, ‘Where have you laid him?’ They said to him, ‘Lord, come and see.’ Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, ‘See how he loved him!’ 37But some of them said, ‘Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?’

Jesus Raises Lazarus to Life

38 Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. 39Jesus said, ‘Take away the stone.’ Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, ‘Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead for four days.’ 40Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?’ So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upwards and said, ‘Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.’ 43When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, and let him go.’
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Pastor Jenny’s Message Scripture –

Romans 8: 31-39

God’s Love in Christ Jesus

31 What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? 33Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.* Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36As it is written,
‘For your sake we are being killed all day long;
we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.’
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Epworth Church Groups & Committee

Conceptual symbol of multiracial human hands making a circleEpworth United Methodist church has many groups and committees for those wishing to join in or get involved. Below is a short over view of many of the groups and committees that meet regularly.

 

Communion Stewards – Communion Stewards help prepare and serve the sacrament of Holy Communion. As United Methodists, we believe that communion is a sacred meal where we feast with Christians around the world and on both sides of eternity. It is a meal where God’s presence and grace are mysteriously available to everyone. The United Methodist table is OPEN to all people – people of all ages and nations, people with whom we agree or disagree, people who go to church every Sunday and people who haven’t been in decades; here, communion is served to EVERYONE who is open to experiencing the grace of God revealed in Jesus Christ. If you are interested in this sacred ministry, please contact the pastor, John Carr, or call the church office.

Prayer Chain – A prayer chain is a group of church members who are linked like a chain. Each member relaying the need for prayer to another. Epworth has 3 prayer chains. One is for those who prefer to receive the info by email and the other two receive phone call when there is a request for a prayer concern. The request can be for a member or anyone in need of prayer. For more information please contact Lois Tarbell

Counting Teams – Our Counting Teams at Epworth are charged with sorting and counting the financial contributions from our congregants on a weekly basis.  Each team is comprised of 3-4 people who are assigned this duty on a particular Sunday of every month.  We are always looking for additional individuals or couples who are interested in participating in this vital task for the church.  We also have opportunities for people who would like to be trained and then used as substitutes when our regular team members may not be available.  If this is something you would like to explore, please call or email the Church Office and you will be contacted by the Financial Secretary.

 

Holy Time – Holy Time is a time apart each Tuesday morning. This group discusses the deeper roots of the Scripture to be preached on the upcoming Sunday. Together, we pray, laugh, cry, and eat! Interested in digging a little deeper in your faith or getting a little more out of worship on Sundays? Come to Holy Time! Contact the church office for more information.

United Methodist Women The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church. We invite all women to attend any or all programs!

Craft Group – Members meet usually twice a month in the church to create crafts or make crafts in their homes for the fall craft fair. The 2nd Saturday in October, 9 AM to 3 PM, is our annual craft fair in the fellowship hall. A bake sale, used book sale, silent auction, and luncheon are also included.

Book Discussion Group – Members meet the last Thursday each month at Atria, 1745 West Macada Road, Bethlehem PA to discuss a book of choice. Book titles are chosen by members biannually.  A list is posted on the hallway bulletin board of the church and cited in the church bulletin.

Bible Study Group – Members met periodically through the year to discuss a book of the Bible, on Sunday evenings, in the church library. Please contact the church office for more info and times.

Peace with Justice Sunday on Sunday, May 31st

dove_with_oliveAn extra envelope for this offering may be found in your book of envelopes.
This offering supports peace with justice ministries in the Conference and peace with justice work in the United States and around the world.


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