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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 2010                        ECHOES OF FIRST                     VOLUME 20- NO. 11

Our Vision is to honor and glorify God by becoming a vital part of our community in
                      order to make disciples of Jesus Christ.

                      Identity     Implication       Impact      Invitation

                                   To make our Vision real:

 Strengthen your identity through worship as a person whose relationship to God
  is based on trust in Jesus’ death and resurrection;
 Explore the implication of your faith with other people;
 Make an impact in your world with the love of Jesus Christ;
 Offer an invitation to others to join you.
                                                  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.

                               Advent Workshop
                                 December 5
Please join us for the annual Advent Workshop on Sunday, December 5, 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 19
On Sunday, December 19, the Sunday School children will present Hark, the Herald
Angel, a Christmas Musical, set in heaven, where the angel choir is preparing to
announce the birth of the Son of God. An inquisitive young angel named Hark wants to
know all the whys and wherefores of the momentous event and God’s plan. There will be
one service that day: 8:30 a.m. – Breakfast Fellowship, 9:30 a.m. Adult Christian
Education (the children will be rehearsing), 10:30 a.m. – Worship/Christmas Musical.
Please contact Pixie Bachtell (215 257-6495) if you have children who would like to

           A Simple Plan for IMPACT and INVITATION
1) Find an “extra” in your life that you can do without. (For Pastor Blaik, it’s multiple cups
of coffee everyday!)
2) Stop buying that item for yourself and buy a gift card from a local supermarket when
you have saved an appreciable amount of money.
3) Carry the gift card and a church brochure with you (in your purse, wallet or glove
compartment of your car).
4) Pray that God will lead you to someone (or lead someone to you) who really needs the
gift card and is open to spiritual growth.
5) Give the gift card and the church brochure to the person at the same time when the
opportunity to do so arises and say to the person, “I’m giving you this gift card because of
what Jesus has done in my life. I invite you to find out more about him.”
6) Pray that God will use the gift card and church brochure to bring the person to faith in
7) Be looking for that person in worship and, if you see him or her there, be ready to greet
them with a smile.

                                Tools for Ministry
Mark your calendars and start spreading the word – the annual Tools for Ministry event is
scheduled for Saturday, January 29, at Quakertown UMC. Coffee and registration will be
from 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. and opening worship will begin at 9:30. There will be opportunities
for two workshops per person this year and the day will end by 3:00 p.m. Lunch will be
provided. The cost is expected to be about $10.00 per person. This year’s workshops will
include: Evangelism, Hospitality and Rethink Church, Visioning, Connecting to Your
Community, Revitalizing Traditional Worship, Youth Ministry and Children’s Ministry,
Leading Adult Bible Studies, Starting An Alternative Worship Service, Finance,
Stewardship, Navigating the New Database, Wellness Ministries, and Using Multimedia.
Watch for registration forms.
                             J.O.Y. Circle News
                            Jesus – Others – You
THANK YOU TO ALL who contributed food for Harvest Home and items for the Mitten
Basket. We appreciate your thoughtfulness.

THE GIVING TREES have tags for Christmas gifts and gift cards to purchase. We ask
that all gifts be returned to the church by Sunday, December 12.

CHURCH DECORATING will take place on Thursday, December 2, beginning at 6:30
p.m. Anyone interested in helping to decorate, please join us.

JOY CIRCLE CHRISTMAS DINNER will be held on Tuesday, December 14, at 6:30 p.m.
at the C & C Café on Market Street in Perkasie. Please contact Ruthanne Dietrich (215
257-9271) if you need to make a reservation.

THE JANUARY MEETING will be held January 13, 7:30 p.m. at the home of Judy
Hollenbach. Lois Heitz is co-hostess and Ruthanne Porter 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

                                   Zumba Party
You are invited to a Zumba Party on Saturday, December 11, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon.
Sweat the calories away while having a great time with the nation’s latest fitness craze!
The party will be held at Highland Park in the Dining Hall. The cost is $10.00 per person
and all proceeds benefit Highland Park Campmeeting and Youth Camp programs. The
Zumba class will be instructed by Highland’s own Todd Snovel. You don’t want to miss
this, so come on out and bring your friends!

                            Pennridge FISH
                    (Fellowship In Serving Humanity)
CLIENTS SERVED LAST MONTH: 265 families (501 adults, 327 children). Total served

IN NOVEMBER TWO RECORDS WERE SET: 20 families in one day; 74 families in one

FISH is preparing for Christmas distribution of dinners and gifts. Dates are December 16,
17 and 18. Turkeys are still being accepted. Donations have been coming in. We have
received over 7,000 pounds of food!


MANY, MANY THANKS to our First Church family for all your generous contributions.
                             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.

Mrs. Evelyn Bishop                              Mrs. Charlotte Meyers
Rockhill Mennonite Community                    Hidden Meadows on the Ridge
3250 State Road                                 340 Farmers Lane
Sellersville, PA 18960                          Sellersville, PA 18960

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Ewan                        Miss Beth Price
118 Allem Lane                                  329 Thistle Lane
Perkasie, PA 18944                              Perkasie, PA 18944

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT. Car dealerships in Bucks County participated in the “2010 Driving
Away the Cold” program. The winter cold will soon be here. The Bucks County Children
and Youth Social Services Agency accepted the donation of 42 new winter coats in
various sizes and colors from the “Driving Away the Cold” campaign. That same day
Thompson Toyota dropped off more than 100 new winter coats for children at the Tabor
Children’s Services in Doylestown. 147 other dealers in the area donated more than
20,259 coats this year alone. God loves a car giver!

Quakertown, along with the staff and customers, knitted and crocheted more than 40
scarves to be hung along railings and parking meters with tags reading “Need a scarf?
Please take me!” By the next day they were all claimed. This was approved by the
Quakertown Borough Council. God loves a knitter or crocheter!

long celebration of its 125th anniversary. The church was dedicated on November 10,
1886. A Christmas ornament depicting the church building is being offered to help
underwrite the cost of the anniversary celebration. At one of the Sunday services,
members will share memories of the church in years past in an “I Remember When”
exercise. I remember Rev. Howard Obold, do you?

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.

A BOOKMOBILE IS COMING TO NEW LIFE. New Life will have access to the
bookmobile twice a month. All of the clients will have the opportunity to expand their
knowledge and quench their thirst for reading by signing out books of their choice. New
Life is excited and pleased for the addition of the bookmobile to their programs. Don’t
forget to save labels. God loves a label saver!
JOY AT PARK AVENUE MANOR. A call was made to Park Avenue Manor to see what
they would like for Thanksgiving. Different items were suggested by the caller – candy,
brownies, pretzels, cheese curls. Surprise! They said they wanted cheese curls!! God
loves a cheerful giver!

                              Words of Thanks
From Marian Hinkle: I want to say a special thank you for your prayers, cards, flowers,
phone calls, the lovely prayer shawl and all the other ways you showed your love and
concern for me this past month or more. God bless you all.

From the Stauffer Family: Thank you to the congregation for all your prayers and cards
in the loss of our dear grandson, Sage Stauffer.

From the Hollenbach Family: Thanks to the congregation for your prayers and cards
and all your concerns during the recent death of our dear father, Russ Hollenbach.
Thanks also to the JOY Circle for doing the luncheon after the funeral. The family
appreciated all the help that was given to us.

From the Perkasie Fire Company No. 1: Thank you so much for your generous
donation to the Perkasie Fire Company Fire Prevention Open House. The raffle and
information you provided to the community was well accepted. A special thanks to Tom
Bishop and Rev. Blaik Westhoff. As you know, Perkasie Fire Company believes in
educating our community on fire safety and prevention. Our annual Fire Prevention Open
House has continued to grow each year with the generous support of groups like you.
Thank you again for your contribution. We hope you consider joining us again next year.

                                 FUMC Moms
Want to join a Christian web forum specifically for FUMC Moms? First Church invites you
to send an email to conveying your interest. You will
then be invited to join. The forum has one general group which addresses all Moms and
then subgroups relative to the ages of your kids have also been created to stimulate
conversation, strengthen you on your journey and offer an opportunity for prayer and
praise while honoring the God we love and serve.

                        2011 Offering Envelopes
If you are not currently using offering envelopes and would like envelopes for 2011,
please contact Ruthanne Dietrich (215 257-9271)

                            Snow Cancellations
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:
                              16 – Charles and Linda Luther
                              29 – James and Eleanor Landis

                          Would you like to have your birthday
                          and/or anniversary included in the
                          newsletter? Please contact the church
  2 – Sarah Keller
  5 – Daniel Eichlin
  6 – Alice Kotulka
      Greg Stayer            Parking and Facilities
  8 – Kearstyn Filer
      Jake McKay          Additional parking is available at
      Katelyn Myers       Grabowski Associates (Fifth and
  9 – William Krause      Market Streets – Please note: spaces
      Nicholas Leight     near the building are reserved for the
      Erma Oswald         tenants), Perkasie Fire House (Fifth and
 10 – Bruce Cage          Arch Streets), Perkasie Florist (Fifth and
 15 – Johanna Lopez       Arch Streets), and First Savings Bank
      Kimberly Rendler    (Market and Seventh Streets).
 16 – Brad Benner
      Howard Ewan         Our facilities are handicapped friendly:
      Kelly Hess          reserved parking areas, ramp entry and a
 18 – Joan Brawner        wheel-a-vator to the lower area. Walker
      Karol Richardson    and wheelchair are available.
 20 – Daniel Staats
 22 – Kiersten Phillips   It would be appreciated if the parking
      Katherine Nemchek   spaces in front of 505 – 509 Market
 23 – Orchys Rupp         Street be left open for those with
 25 – Ryan Johnston       handicapped needs.
 28 – Savannah Keller
 29 – Jane Baron
      Haley Wimmer
 31 – Linda Johnston

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