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501 Market Street
Perkasie, PA 18944-1467
215 257-4626

Blaik J. Westhoff, Lead Pastor,
D. Larry Bachtell, Director of Music
Jac Filer and William Karaffa, Co-Directors of Congregational Ministry
Donna Schudde, Administrative Assistant,
Edmund Schonheiter, Custodian

Breakfast Fellowship: 8:00 a.m.
SpiritLight Contemporary Worship: 8:30 a.m.
Sunday School Opening: 9:15 a.m.
Christian Education for All Ages: 9:30 a.m.
Tradition Keepers Classic Worship: 10:30 a.m.

DECEMBER 2009                        ECHOES OF FIRST                     VOLUME 19- NO. 11

                                               Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
                                                         7:00 p.m.
                                           On Christmas Eve we celebrate
                        the gift of the Christ Child with a service of lessons,
                                        carols and candles.
                         In the beautiful setting of poinsettias and
                        Christmas greens, we invite you to join
                          us as we share the first Christmas
  in                               word and song.
     Christmas Day Service - December 25 - 9:00 a.m.
                      (lower level)
                          Carol Sing (pick your favorite carols!)
                           Proclamation of the Christmas Story
                          Refreshments (bring a snack to share)
                         Come dressed informally (pajamas OK!)
  If you would like to help with refreshments, please contact Susan Westhoff at 215 257-4625.

                              Men’s Breakfast
                            December 5, 8:00 a.m.
Men are invited to a Breakfast on Saturday, December 5, at 8:00 a.m. The breakfast is a
full Chuck Luther prepared meal with entertainment provided by The Broken Strings
Praise Band. There is no charge but we do ask that each man bring a BAG of non-
perishable food or cash for the FISH food pantry. After the meal and entertainment, we
will take the food to FISH. Men are encouraged to bring a son, father, brother or friend to
enjoy good fellowship and good food.

                               Advent Workshop
                                 December 6
Please join us for the annual Advent Workshop on Sunday, December 6, immediately
following the 10:30 a.m. Tradition Keepers service. Everyone is invited to enjoy a light
lunch and make simple Christmas crafts to take home – or just enjoy lunch and
fellowship. Come enjoy the Advent festivities.

                     Children’s Christmas Musical
                             December 20
Join us on Sunday, December 20, for the 10:30 a.m. Tradition Keepers service. The
Sunday School children will present Meet Me at the Manger.

The children will be practicing during the Sunday School hour each week until then, with
Saturday rehearsals scheduled for December 12 and 19 at 10:00 a.m. at the church.
Contact Pixie Bachtell (215 257-6495).

                                Words of Thanks
        The Pastor Nominating Committee of the Presbyterian Church of Deep Run wants
to thank Pastor Westhoff and the church for the use of your facilities for our training
retreat on October 23 and 24. We were meeting to be trained on the first phase of the
process for our search for our next installed pastor.
        Your facilities were very helpful. It was good to have a room with a place to work at
tables and also sit in comfortable chairs to reflect as a group. The room provided us with
all the amenities we needed. The peacefulness of the facilities allowed us to focus and
prepare for our journey to find a new pastor!
        Thank you for your church’s hospitality. We are so very appreciative.
                             Health and Welfare
the year. People seem to be more friendly, more giving, more loving. Perhaps because
we are reminded that God gave us His Son as a tiny baby to love us and save us. What
JOY! Let us make a special effort to spread joy in some way to the homebound. The test
of our love to God is the love and concern we have for one another. “Christmas waves a
magic wand over the world, and behold, every thing is softer and more beautiful.” –
Norman Vincent Peale

TO OUR HOMEBOUND MEMBERS: Thank you for the memories we have made
together. Our love and prayers are with you. May your days and hours be full of hope, full
of grace, and full of truth, as together we grow in the love and knowledge of our Savior.
Mr. John Alexy                                  Miss Beth Price
Quakertown Manor Genesis Eldercare              329 Thistle Lane
1020 S. Main Street                             Perkasie, PA 18944
Quakertown, PA 18951
                                                Mrs. Catherine Sawi
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Ewan                        Filbern Manor
118 Allem Lane                                  410 N. Water Street, Apt. 9-M
Perkasie, PA 18944                              West Newton, PA 15089

Mrs. Elizabeth Marcano                          Mrs. Patricia Stanley
7 N. 2nd Street                                 Rockhill Mennonite Community
Perkasie, PA 18944                              3250 State Road, Room 211
                                                Sellersville, PA 18960

Mrs. Evelyn Bishop                              Mrs. Charlotte Meyers
Souderton Mennonite Homes                       Hidden Meadows on the Ridge
207 W. Summit Street, Room 5003                 340 Farmers Lane, Room 311
Souderton, PA 18960                             Sellersville, PA 18960

O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL. Are you saving Campbell Soup labels and box-tops for
New Life Youth & Family Services? This is the perfect time of the year to eat that M’m
M’m good Campbell Soup and then save the label. It is such a small thing to do but the
results are outstanding. Here are a few things that New Life has seen in 2009:
   January - Ground breaking for Brett’s Place, the new girls’ residential facility.
   February - Kimberly Dent began her new position as President of New Life.
   April - Annual Banquet was a great success. The second year Gardening Program
     was started in the spring and continued through September – it was also a great
   May - The Sports Banquet sponsored by Allan A. Myers – a great time was had by all.
   October - Dedication and Open House for Brett’s Place. About 200 in attendance.
     Accepted the first girls into the program – should be at full census by Christmas.

JOY TO PARK AVENUE MANOR RESIDENTS who received individually wrapped
packages of candy corn and a huge bag of popcorn. They love popcorn and it’s good for
you, too, As usual, many thank you’s. Good exercise for the heart is to bend down and
help another person up.
                         United Methodist Women
UMW CHRISTMAS MEETING AND BREAKFAST – Saturday, December 12, 9:00 a.m.
at the church. All women are invited!

SHAWL MINISTRY will meet in the church library at 10:30 a.m. on the fourth Monday of
the month. No meeting in December – next meeting January 25.

BOOKS – BOOKS – BOOKS! Take a look at the church library! Gail Snyder, Gene
Soliday and Rogger and Pat Stauffer have cleaned up the library and you should have an
easier time finding books to take out. Taking out books will be on the honor system. You
no longer have to sign them out, just return them to the shelf when you are finished. Let’s
all try and keep it looking great! If you have any Christian book donations for the church
library, they may be left in the bin in the library.

THE DONATIONS FOR HANDS FOR CHRIST have been sorted. Pat and Rogger
Stauffer will be taking the items to Virginia. A plastic bin for donations of biblically based
educational and inspirational material has been placed on the back wall in the coffee nook
area. Thank you to everyone for your donations.

                            Pennridge FISH
                    (Fellowship In Serving Humanity)
THE PANTRY is preparing for Christmas dinners and toys. Distribution will be December
17, 18 and 19.

FOOD NEEDS: cans of fruit (especially apple and cranberry sauce but any kind is fine),
canned juice, cake mixes, cookies.

GIFT NEEDS: new gifts for ages 12 – 16 (ask a teenager for suggestions), caps and
mittens for any age. All donations will be greatly appreciated.

MAY GOD give all of our generous church families a joyful Christmas and a blessed New

                            Note from the Porters
Friends of ours who recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at an Open House
requested that in lieu of a gift, an item for FISH be brought. We received a thank you note
telling us of the donations: cash and checks $1,778.00, value of food and diapers
$788.00, a total of $2,566.00. Needless to say, they never expected this, but how nice!

                                Church Closings
If there are any questions as to whether services are cancelled at First Church due to
inclement weather, please call the church office (215 257-4626). There will be a message
on the phone. The information will also be available on our website:
                             J.O.Y. Circle News
                            Jesus – Others – You
THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the annual Mitten Basket. We collected a
total of 77 items to be distributed to those in need.

THE GIVING TREE has tags for Christmas gifts and gift cards to purchase. We ask that
all gifts be returned to the church by Sunday, December 13.

CHURCH DECORATING will take place on Thursday, December 3, beginning at 6:30
p.m. Anyone interested in helping to decorate the sanctuary, please join us.

REMEMBER THE ADVENT WORKSHOP on Sunday, December 6. Lunch will be served
after Tradition Keepers followed by a series of crafts to make. An afternoon of fun for

JOY CIRCLE CHRISTMAS DINNER MEETING will be held on Tuesday, December 8, at
the C & C Café on Market Street in Perkasie. The time for the meal will be 6:30 p.m.
Please contact Dee Tropea (215 536-1829) or Ruthanne Dietrich (215 257-9271) if you
need to make a reservation.

JOY CIRCLE is making a donation to the Police and Fire Benevolence Fund in memory
of Tim Bennett, who belonged to our church.

THE JANUARY MEETING will be held January 14, 7:30 p.m. at the home of Orchys
Rupp. Mary Kooker is co-hostess and Courtland Gardner will offer devotions.

POINSETTIAS will adorn our sanctuary again this year. The plants are offered to you for
$6.00 each and may be dedicated in honor or in memory of a loved one. Order forms are
located in the Fifth Street vestibule or contact Pixie Bachtell (215 257-6495) or the church

                          Thank You So Much. . .
       I would like to thank you so much for all your prayers for my recovery from back
surgery. I would also like to thank the time and effort that was put into scheduling all the
different families that went out of their way to plan and cook healthy, nutritious and
especially delicious meals for me and my family. This was true stewardship.
       I also want to send a belated thank you for the prayers for my son Jared Ruger
while he is serving our country. He left again for the conflict in Afghanistan. Please
continue to pray to keep him safe and bring him back home to us.
       Also, please pray for my son Richard Fly III as he is going through basic training in
the Army. Pray that his faith helps him stay strong this first time away from his family.
       There are truly not enough words to thank the congregation for what you have
done for my family over the years since I became a member. I truly believe that God led
me to this wonderful place of worship and friendship.

                                                       From my heart to yours in Christ,
                                                       Carol Adams
                              16 – Ronald and Janet Dietrich
                              29 – James and Eleanor Landis

                          Would you like to have your birthday
                          and/or anniversary included in the
                          newsletter? Please contact the church
                          office (215 257-4626).
  2 – Sarah Keller
  5 – Daniel Eichlin
  6 – Alice Kotulka
      Greg Stayer                 MISSION STATEMENT
  8 – Kearstyn Filer      The mission of First United Methodist
      Katelyn Myers       Church is to be an ALIVE, Christ-
  9 – William Krause      centered community of faith.
      Nicholas Leight
      Erma Oswald                  VISION STATEMENT
 10 – Bruce Cage          The First United Methodist Church shall
 15 – Johanna Lopez       be:
      Kimberly Rendler            An Accepting community
 16 – Brad Benner          We show love and understanding to all.
      Howard Ewan
      Kelly Hess                 A Learning community
 18 – Joan Brawner            We grow in our knowledge and
      Karol Richardson         application of God’s Word.
 20 – Daniel Staats
 22 – Kiersten Phillips          An Involved community
      Katherine Nemchek       We meet people where they are.
 23 – Orchys Rupp                A Vital community
 25 – Ryan Johnston       We respond to needs in our community.
 28 – Savannah Keller
 29 – Jane Baron                An Equipping community
      Haley Wimmer        We prepare believers to be active in the
 31 – Linda Johnston                 body of Christ.
                        Can You Help?
We are in need of help in our nursery. Both our SpiritLight and Tradition Keepers services
offer a nursery filled with toys, crafts, smiles and love for our members to share. However,
over the last few months, we haven’t been able to offer consistent care for either service
due to lack of adult participation. We are asking you to please commit to two Sundays in
the coming calendar year (not a continual set schedule or rotation, just two Sundays of
your choice). You would be needed from 8:30 to 11:15 a.m. (feel free to come for our
complimentary breakfast from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m.) and there would be another adult to help.
We are asking all of our church members, not just those with small children. With the
growing number of children in our church community, we need all of you to help out. If
you have any questions, please call or email Robin Lerro (215 258-3385 – Thank you for your prayerful consideration.

                            Parking and Facilities
Additional parking is available at Grabowski Associates (Fifth and Market Streets –
Please note: spaces near the building are reserved for the tenants), Perkasie Fire House
(Fifth and Arch Streets), Perkasie Florist (Fifth and Arch Streets), and First Savings
Bank (Market and Seventh Streets).

Our facilities are handicapped friendly: reserved parking areas, ramp entry and a wheel-a-
vator to the lower area. Large print bulletins, walker and wheelchair are available.

It would be appreciated if the parking spaces in front of 505 – 509 Market Street be left
open for those with handicapped needs.

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