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Annual Spring Brunch – Friends of United Methodist Homes of PA

THE FRIENDS OF THE UNITED METHODIST HOMES OF PA. invite you to their Annual Spring Brunch on Sunday, April 24, at Wesley Village from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under.  Tickets may be purchased at the door or call June in the church office. (We have 10 tickets in the office.) This year there are four reasons to attend: (1) The food! There will be an omelet bar, waffle bar, salads, turkey, fish, beef and ham with all the fixings, drinks and the most wonderful selection of desserts. (2) The fellowship! The yearly chance to see old friends and meet new friends. (3) The residents! Proceeds from the Brunch provide extras (entertainment, outings, special needs equipment, Christmas gifts, etc.) for the residents of both Tunkhannock Manor and Wesley Village that fees and reimbursements do not cover. (4) The changes!  Wait until you see how elegant the new look of Wesley Village is!  We hope to see you on April 24.  Bring your appetite.


E-TOUR VI: “Equipping Vital Congregations”

E-TOUR VI: “Equipping Vital Congregations” will take place Saturday, March 5, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Shavertown UMC, 163 N. Pioneer Ave., Shavertown, PA 18708. Lunch is included in the $5 registration fee. The deadline to register online is Friday, February 26:  For more information, contact Lisa Bender ( at  717-766-7441.  Learn about ministry in your neighborhood, mission opportunities, making disciples, VBS showcase, etc.


Food Pantry Weekly Food Offering

Thank you all for your generosity.  The weekly food offering is a great help in supplementing the Al Beech West Side Food Pantry.  Below is the list of items for the upcoming months.  The baskets are located in the Narthex where you can drop off your items.  We will make the food offering at the same time as the collection each week.

February 1:  Canned Fruit

February 8:  Rice

February 15:  Cereal

February 22:  Tuna Fish

Cereal, macaroni & cheese and peanut butter & jelly are welcome any time.


Al Beech/ West Side Food Pantry- October Weekly Food Offering

Thank you all for your generosity. The weekly food offering is a great help in supplementing the Al Beech West Side Food Pantry. Below is the list of items for the month of October. The baskets are located in the Narthex where you can drop off your items. We will make the food offering at the same time as the collection each week.

October 5    Canned vegetables

October 12   Spaghetti and spaghetti sauce

October 19 Cereal

October 26 Canned fruit cocktail

Cereal, macaroni & cheese and peanut butter & jelly are welcome any time.


Al Beech West Side Food Pantry Fundraiser

A Vendor Fair will be held at the Plains Pavilion on Saturday, October 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Start your holiday shopping early at a local craft fair and don’t forget to bring food to donate to the pantry. All the food donated will be given to the Al Beech West Side Food Pantry!

Foods in need are: macaroni and cheese, canned tuna, canned chicken, canned soup, canned fruit, canned veggies, peanut butter and jelly.

Also, Clancy Harrison, President of Al Beech food Pantry, will be selling a signed copy of her newly released book, Feeding Baby. Feeding Baby is more than a cookbook; it is a trusted resource to help parents minimize picky eating early in life by teaching flavor preference with fresh herbs, texture, aroma and fresh produce. Each recipe is designed to build dense bones, powerful brains, strong muscles and touch immune systems. Even if you are not planning to have children, it makes a perfect gift for an expecting or new parent!


Lenten Photo-A-Day Challenge

Are you looking for a daily dose of reflection and self-examination during the season of Lent?  Then Rethink Church with United Methodist Communications has a possible solution for you.  All the details are available at but to simplify the challenge there is a word of the day that participants are asked to reflect on and then capture a picture that you believe depicts the word of the day.  You can also sign-up for daily reminders that include a devotion.


Blue Christmas Services, December 19 and 20

BLUE CHRISTMAS – SERVICE OF THE LONGEST NIGHT at the Dorranceton United Methodist Church on Wednesday, December 19, at 7:00 p.m. and at the 2nd Presbyterian Church, Parsonage Street, Pittston, on Thursday, December 20 at 7:00 p.m. This special service will be a quiet, meditative service where we will have a chance to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas – God coming into our lives. If you know anyone who has suffered a loss this year, please invite them to one of these services.


Ruth’s Place Walk-A-Thon

Many thanks for your generosity in giving toward furthering Peace and Justice on World Communion Sunday. COCU’s locally designated proceeds from this offering will be donated to Ruth’s Place.

About Ruth’s Place

Many people think of a shelter as a place where homeless people go to get a bed and a meal, but so much more is needed to break the cycle of homelessness.  Ruth’s Place: House of Hope in Wilkes-Barre puts homeless women’s lives on a new path.

Homeless women are frequently the victims of violence and abuse; they may suffer from severe mental illness or addictions; and they are vulnerable to exploitation every day they are on the street.  They need a supportive, caring environment that acknowledges the depth of their trauma.  More importantly, they need assistance and counseling that addresses the root causes of their homelessness.  We invite you to be a part of this vision and end homelessness in Luzerne County.

Since 2003, Ruth’s Place has provided shelter to 1,515 women. In the past year we have helped place 83 women into permanent housing—where they have remained.  But despite these successes government support for homeless services has dwindled dramatically.  We need your help to assist these women.


On Sunday, November 4, from 1:00-3:00pm, the shelter will hold a rally and walk-a-thon to educate the public about the plight of the homeless.  The walk, “A Mile in Her Shoes,” will start at 1:00pm on Wilkes-Barre Public Square and will go past the many agencies and sites that the homeless must visit every day to survive.For contact information call 570-822-6817.  For more information and to download pledge forms and releases, please visit:


Lackawanna Presbytery Volunteer Villages

FOR PRESS, WEBSITES, NEWSLETTERS, BULLETINS, ETC: Important information for flood victims and volunteers. Please run this announcement as many times as possible.

The Presbytery of Lackawanna will open two Volunteer Villages in March to coordinate flood recovery and to host visiting and local volunteers. The volunteer centers, sponsored by churches across the presbytery’s seven counties and by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, will open at First Presbyterian Church of Towanda and at the Wyoming Institute at Wyoming Presbyterian Church on March 4.

Continuing the presbytery’s fall 2011 efforts, Volunteer Villages are established to provide space for meeting, fundraising, housing, and coordination of both local and visiting volunteer work. Out-of-town groups scheduled for this spring and summer include teams from throughout Pennsylvania as well as California, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina and Washington. The presbytery’s flood recovery committee works with municipal and service agencies in the communities affected by the flood to match victims with volunteer teams. Workers helped with clean-up and tear-down in Luzerne, Wyoming, and Bradford counties in the fall and expect that area to widen as rebuilding commences this spring.

Homeowners who need assistance are urged to contact the presbytery office for referral to the work-site committee as soon as possible. Volunteers wishing to use either volunteer center or join a work-site team should call the presbytery office for contact information. Church, community groups or families interested in hosting a dinner at either center for volunteers would be welcome, as would donations of funds or dry goods such as coffee, iced tea and lemonade mixes, spaghetti and manwich sauces, baked and kidney beans, canned tomatoes, and cereal. For more information on any of these opportunities, contact Administrative Coordinator Marge Zeigler at the Presbytery of Lackawanna at 570-348-0643.


Beth Moore Simulcast

Beth Moore Living Proof Live Simulcast Event

Sponsored by Christian Education Ministry, Forty Fort United Methodist Church

Saturday, September 10, 2011, 9-5pm

Beth Moore’s life-transforming Bible study challenges and inspires women of every age. Joining Beth at this daylong event is acclaimed worship leader Travis Cottrell and the Praise Team. Please note that men are also welcomed and invited. Tickets to this ministry are free, but necessary, and a free will offering will be taken. If you have any questions, please call the Forty Fort United Methodist Church at 287-3840.

Coffee, tea, muffins/Danish and juice available before the 10:30 a.m. start time. Lunch is provided by Atrium Restaurant at a cost of $8. You will need to pre-order and pre-pay for lunch. Checks should be payable to FFUMC, and mailed to the church (26 Yeager Avenue, Forty Fort, Pa. 18704.) Please put on the envelope “Beth Moore.”


 9:00 a.m. – Doors Open
10:30 a.m – Morning Session begin
12:30 p.m. – Lunch Break
2:00 p.m. – Afternoon Session begin
5:00p.m. – Conclusion

Beth Moore is a speaker and author of best-selling Bible studies and other books for women. Beth is a woman of purpose, preparation, prayer, and passion. It’s apparent in everything she does, from teaching her weekday class at Houston’s First Baptist Church to speaking to the thousands of women who attend her Living Proof conferences each year.

Travis Cottrell is a contemporary Christian singer, arranger, and worship leader from Franklin, TN. Travis uses a blended style of worship in leading churches, student conferences, and events such as Living Proof Live with Beth Moore.

Free tickets must be reserved in advance.

Lunch: $8, must be ordered in advance.

Questions or for tickets call: (570) 280-9589 or e-mail us at


Longest Night Worship

Not everyone feels “merry” at Christmas. Some people, quite understandably, suffer from “the blues” at holiday time. Those who mourn the loss of someone special, those coming to terms with life after a divorce or separation, people reeling from the loss of a job, and those battling cancer or some other disease or painful condition often find holiday festivities and traditional Christmas parties to be difficult to endure. Even the bright celebrations of Worship on Christmas Eve can be painful. In recent years, many churches have become sensitive to the needs of people who are “blue” at Christmastime by holding a special service on the longest night of the year. According to one description, such worship experiences create sacred space for people living through dark times. Such services are reflective, accepting where we really are, and holding out healing and hope.

On Tuesday, December 21, 2010, at 7 p.m., in the Sunday School Auditorium of First United Presbyterian Church, West Pittston our 2nd Annual Longest Night Worship Service will be led by the Rev. David Brague, Pastor of Second Presbyterian Church, Pittston, and the Rev. James Thyren, Pastor of the First United Presbyterian Church. The Scriptures, music and meditations offered will focus on the comfort God offers in the dark times of our lives. If “blue” is how you or someone you know feel at Christmas, please consider coming yourself or inviting those you know to attend with you.


Online Advent Study

Announcement from the UMC Susquehanna Conference, via QuickLINK

“UNCLUTTERED HEART” ADVENT STUDY, Nov 28, 2010 – Jan 6, 2011

cost: $40 – includes digital book, small group facilitation, online software

The popular Advent study, The Uncluttered Heart, is now an online small group experience through This online retreat, based on the Upper Room book The Uncluttered Heart by Beth A. Richardson, will help you make time for God during the busy days of Advent and Christmas.

Participants will receive daily encouragement and support from others on the journey. The study begins on November 28, 2010, the first Sunday of Advent, and continues until Epiphany, January 6, 2011. Rev. Suzanne Elliott, Pastor of Park Ave UMC in Chambersburg, will be a volunteer facilitator for one of the study groups specifically for clergy and laity of the Susquehanna Conference. This is a great opportunity for us to get to know each other. To enroll, go to – as you progress through the enrollment process watch for the specific group “Susquehanna Conference in Advent”. If you have any questions or trouble enrolling, email Lisa Buffum at BeADisciple ( a t ) sckans ( d o t ) edu.

Rev. Suzanne Elliott


World Community Day

The Church Women United of Wyoming Valley will hold their World Community Day event on Friday, November 5, at the First Presbyterian Church, Wilkes-Barre. There will be a luncheon served at the cost of $6.00 The registration begins at 11:15 with annual business meeting to follow, and lunch served at 12:00 noon. The speaker of the day will be Kelly Ranielli, Executive Director of “Volunteers in Medicine.” All women are invited to attend. Reservations are due by October 25 to Yvonne Baker or Joyce Shiplett.


Sky Lake Fall Festival – 10/03/2010

Soon the leaves will be turning bright red, orange, and yellow, which means it will be time to gather at Sky Lake for the annual Fall Festival on Sunday, October 3rd from 1:30-5:00pm. The Fall Festival is the primary way we replenish the Sky Lake Campership Fund. In addition to the funding available from local churches and organizations, over 100 children, youth, adults, and persons with special needs rely on the Campership Fund to make a week at Sky Lake possible. So not only is the Fall Festival a lot of fun, it’s also an easy way to support a great cause.

Fun events are planned for all ages, including:
* 9th Annual Youth Group Scavenger Cup Challenge
* Pie Sale
* Silent Basket Auction
* 5th Annual Pumpkin Search
For more information visit the Fall Festival website.