FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
501 Market Street
Perkasie, PA 18944
Blaik J. Westhoff, Lead Pastor, firstname.lastname@example.org
D. Larry Bachtell, Director of Music
Jac Filer and William Karaffa, Co-Directors of Congregational Ministry
Donna Schudde, Administrative Assistant, email@example.com
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.
MAY 2010 ECHOES OF FIRST VOLUME 20 – NO. 5
Honoring All Women
The men are providing breakfast for everyone on May 9 from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
will include Belgium Waffles and Omelet Stations, plus other gourmet items. This
Mother’s Day Breakfast is in honor of all women. There will be only one church service
that morning held at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. It will be a “blended service” with both
the Choir and the Broken Strings Praise Band participating. We hope that you will be in
“Be A Hero”
Living Like Jesus
Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Summer Camp 2010
To “Be a Hero” for God means recognizing a need, realizing that something can be
done to address that need and taking the risk to act. Each day campers will hear a story
of a biblical hero who followed God in a brave and amazing way. God’s heroes act in
ways big and small as they welcome, befriend and include others, as they give, rejoice
and share the good news. Campers will leave camp ready to use their courage and faith
to “Be a Hero” for God.
Children and youth of all ages are encouraged to participate in a summer camp
experience at Gretna Glen, Camp Innabah, Pocono Plateau or Carson-Simpson Farm.
Booklets are available on the table in the Fifth Street vestibule or check out the website
Peace With Justice Sunday
The offering on this Special Sunday empowers United Methodists to work for peace,
love and compassion for God’s children everywhere. Special offering envelopes are
located in each vestibule and will be included in the bulletins on May 30. In today’s
economy, your contributions are needed more than ever.
Grand View Hospital Offers
Free Car Seat Checks
Through a grant from the state of Pennsylvania, Grand View Hospital is able to provide
free car seats to individuals who do not currently have a car seat and cannot afford one
or have an unsafe car seat and cannot afford a replacement. To receive a free car seat,
the individual must register for a car seat check appointment through the Grand View
Information Line at 215 453-4300, informing the operator that he/she cannot afford a
seat. A representative from Grand View will then make the necessary arrangements
with the caller.
The importance of planning should not be overlooked. Many of us do not take time to
properly plan for our death. Some feel it is not time, but who knows how much time
there is? Is your relationship with others and especially God what you desire? Will the
dreams for your loved ones be fulfilled? Participation in church and Sunday school
activities can be most beneficial. Estate planning can also help relieve some concerns.
Why not start today by participating more with your church friends and by preparing or
updating your will. – FUMC Memorial Committee
National Day of Prayer
The National Day of Prayer is a day designated by the United States Congress when all
Americans regardless of faith are asked to come together and pray in their own way for
our country and leaders. The 2010 observance of the National Day of Prayer will take
place on Thursday, May 6, and the theme is Prayer! For Such A Time As This, inspired
by Nahum 1:7, which states, “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares
for those who trust in Him.” Today the need for prayer is as great as ever. Be a prayer
Highland Park Christian Youth Camp
July 25 – August 1
Youth who will be in grades 7-12 during the 2010-2011 school year, as well as 2010
graduates, are eligible. A full daily schedule is provided for campers under the direction
of capable counselors. Activities meet the physical, social, intellectual and spiritual
needs of each individual. Campers will enjoy movies, campfires, crafts, softball, beach
volleyball, swimming, bowling, team activities, talent show and much more! Registration
forms are available on the table in the Fifth Street vestibule or you may obtain a form
online at www.highlandparkcampmeeting.org.
J.O.Y. Circle News
Jesus – Others – You
It’s that time of year again – time to acknowledge our Graduates. Please advise
any JOY Circle member if you know of a graduate from either high school or college.
Graduates will be acknowledged on Sunday, June 6.
The May JOY Circle meeting will be held on Thursday, May 13, at the home of Betsy
Branson. Orchys Rupp is co-hostess and Ethel Hurley will offer devotions.
Thank You So Much. . .
From Joanne Clark: My church family has been so very kind and thoughtful toward
me. While I recuperate at home, I think of all of you often and you are always in my
prayers. Thank you so very much for your prayers, phone calls and delightful visits. I
also want to thank you for the many beautiful flowers and home cooked meals delivered
to me during this time. May God bless you all and keep you safe as we grow in Christ
and share our faith and ministry.
Annual Church Auction
Our Annual Church Auction will be held on Saturday, September 18, at 6:00 p.m.
(preview from 5:00–6:00). Hors d’oeuvres and dessert will be served. Items for the
auction may be left on the table outside the YF room.
Health and Welfare
The “Stitchery” (former baseball factory) is a beautifully transformed building located
at 815 West Chestnut Street, Perkasie. It was originally built as a baseball stitchery and
most recently used as a senior activity center. Habitat for Humanity has converted the
building into six condominium units on three floors. Each condo ranges in size from 950
to 1020 square feet and the first floor units are fully handicap accessible. Habitat is also
putting the finishing touches on the Emerald Hollow community, a 75 townhome
development in Trumbauersville Borough and Milford Township. The community is
proud to say it has 15 acres of open space with walking trails and is recognized as one
of the largest and innovative Habitat projects in the Northeast.
Each of us has a purpose and God needs what we uniquely have to give. A huge
bag of popcorn (one of their favorite gifts) was given to the Park Avenue Manor
residents. They were delighted with the popcorn. They always look forward to the
monthly treats. A mouthful of joy – joy is everywhere this time of the year.
I approve this message. A reminder and a thank you for saving Campbell Soup
labels for New Life Youth & Family Services. This is the perfect time of the year to
eat that M’m M’m good Campbell Soup – 25 delicious varieties. Try it, you’ll surely like
it. Save the label!!
Cookie kindness. The Brownies of Groveland Troop 2451 used their entire cookie sale
profits – about $440 – to buy food for the Plumsteadville Food Pantry. The girls shopped
for the food and then took it to the pantry where they helped stock the shelves. Good
Meals on Wheels volunteers are needed. Call Ruth Schoeller at 215 721-5394 for more
All year long remember the homebound. They truly enjoyed the Easter flowers given
to them by the church. The test of our love to God is the love and concern we have for
Words of Thanks
Dear First UMC Congregation:
Thank you for your contribution of $140.00. Your contribution has been designated
toward Haiti Relief. We are excited about the great things God is doing through Mission
Central and your gift, along with others, will help us to fulfill our mission statement,
“where visions of ministry become missions of hope and where promises of faith are
kept in projects of service.” Thank you so much for supporting the ministry of Mission
Eric R. DeWalt
Executive Director, Mission Central
5 – Greg and Karen Stayer
8 – Ken and Lois Groff
Frank and Andrea Moyer
12 – Bruce and Jill Cage
19 – Duane and Lisa Reiss
30 – Len and Ethel Hurley
Would you like to have your
birthday and/or anniversary
Birthdays included in the newsletter? Contact
the church office (215 257-4626).
1 – James Landis
3 – Kathy Ciarlo
4 – Wayne Tobin ***
5 – Kyle Filer
7 – Bruce Bovard Parking and Facilities
Additional parking is available at
10 – Sean Lerro
Grabowski Associates (Fifth and
Market Streets - Please note: spaces
near the building are reserved for the
11 – David Zatlokovicz
tenants), Perkasie Florist (Fifth and
12 – Victor Sawi
Arch Streets), Perkasie Fire House
15 – Barb Vergamini
(Fifth and Arch Streets), and First
17 – Kristin Myers
Savings Bank (Market and Seventh
18 – Richard Fly
19 – Kathy Bennett
20 – Kellie Leight Our facilities are handicapped friendly:
Evan Warbrick reserved parking areas and ramp entry.
21 – Sharon Allison Large print bulletins, wheelchair and
Laura Krause walker are available.
23 – Hope Fisher
25 – Matthew Hejnar It would be appreciated if the parking
28 – Kevin Johnston spaces in front of 505 – 509 Market
30 – Charlotte Baumgartner Street be left open for those with