St. John’s United Church of Christ, Fullerton
575 Grape Street, Whitehall, PA 18052
Church office: 610-264-8421
John 3:16 “For God so loved that world, that God gave a son to die for us.”
Dear Church Family,
Last night was Ash Wednesday. We had a good crowd at worship as we brought in
together the Lenten liturgical season. Lent should never be taken lightly. We
humans know all about that – we have to prepare you know – hence, Mardi Gras
and Shrove (or Fat) Tuesday.
In order to prepare ourselves for Lent, some of us think we need to get out all of our old bad habits,
by doing them one last time. Some of us party – as in the Mardi Gras crowd. Some of us eat
things, lots of things, the things we plan not eat during the 40 days of Lent. As I questioned myself
about how I would sacrifice during this Lenten season, I again decided to work on eating better and
exercising. Always a good goal! But, for me, a goal that proves illusive.
Shove Tuesday, several members stopped in at the church offices with fassnacht donuts. I think we
ended up with 6 dozen. Then the question of lunch came up – always an interesting question at
church. “What shall we eat today? Let’s make it good. I’m dieting – starting tomorrow – and so I
think we will need to include dessert!”
And so the 2010 Lenten journey began and now continues to move ahead. It is the day after Lent
and so far so good. I haven’t given in to chocolates or the entire list of carbohydrates that seem to
forever be calling my name. I have taken Louie (our shih tsu) for a long walk, two days in a row! I
have also spent some time talking with God about how weak I am to be making the same bad
choices day after day, year after year.
The season of Lent is a time to look within ourselves and see exactly who we really are as a human
being. If you are looking at yourself and seeing someone who is blameless in all things, then you
are not looking close enough. Each of us has places in our lives where we are weak. Most of us
spend too much time on things that are of little consequence in the long run. In my humble opinion,
these are the areas that need some fine tuning with us. These really tough areas can only be
overcome with the help of God.
And so the 2010 Lenten journey continues. I am going to try hard to reach my goals during Lent and
beyond. I am focusing on the fact that God so loved us weak human beings that God sent a son to
be with us. Jesus, who was human and more, died for us and because of him we have a good
crack at eternal life.
What is your Lenten Journey going to take on – or give up? Whatever you choose to do; keep your
eyes on our Savior!
See you in Church,
Aubrey Jane Beckwith was born on POLICIES
February 2nd at Lehigh Valley Hospital,
Cedar Crest. She was 6 lbs. 8oz. and 20 When being admitted to an
inches long. She is the first child of Brad area hospital please inform
and Alyssa Beckwith. them your church code is 473.
Please have a member of your family also
Congratulations to this family! call and let us know you have been
Spencer Jack Riedy was baptized on DEATHS
February 14th. Spencer is the second son of June Snyder died on January 8th. She was
parents Dan and Kristen Riedy and little the mother of Craig, Tim and Scott Snyder
brother of Nicholas. and Judy Lucci.
Brothers ~ Phoenyx and Braylon Roy Comfort died on January 13th. Roy
Getchius were baptized on February 21st. was the husband of Gladys and father of
Phoenix is 2 ½ years old and Braylon was Diane Edelman.
born on January 25, 2010. The boys’
parents are Amber and Ryan. Gary Cortright died on January 31st. Gary
was the husband of Michelle Bergeris-
Cortright and the father of Drew and Seth.
Doran Hamann died on February 3rd.
4-10 ~ Joshua Miller & Veronica Zalamea Doran was the husband of Betty and father
5-8 ~ Casey Schmoyer & Justin Brosious of Doran and Carl.
5-22 ~ Ashley Hanzl & Ricky Venanzi
6-4 ~ Sara Moreira & Dave Przytulski Joan Gillespie died on February 5th. Joan
6-12 ~ Carolyn Buck & Doug Lenik was a retired organist at St. John’s. Her
daughters are Sharon Dietz and Lynn Butz.
Kevin Haines died on February 14th. Kevin
was the fiancé of member Susan Mitchell,
VISIT OUR CHURCH’S WEBSITE son of Corrine and Don. He was the father
www.stjohnsuccfullerton.org of Stephanie and Jason.
Karla Young - In spite of being out in 2009 for ANNIVERSARIES
10 weeks due to rupturing her Achilles tendon,
Karla Young was pleasantly surprised to find March 3 –
herself the "2009 MVP (Most Valuable Marilyn & Daniel Yankovich, Sr. – 59 years
Employee) with her employer Aesculap, Inc, a
member of the B/Braun group of companies, March 5-
during January's Communications Meeting. She Karen & Timothy Christman – 33 years
was presented with an award and a 6 day all
expense paid trip for two to the all inclusive March 6 –
resort Excellence Riviera in Cancun Mexico in Noreen & Bruce Miller – 28 years
April. Wonderful, Wonderful Karla!!! Judith & Matthew Sommer
March 7 –
George Williams received a large,
Louise & Harry Houser – 46 years
contemporary trophy and company recognition
recently. George is an Account Executive for March 9 –
Conway-Freight. He was voted to receive the Janet & Gary Black – 36 years
company’s Quarterly Leadership Award. A DonnaLee & Dewey Yeatts
party was held in George’s honor.
Congratulations George! March 11 – Jennifer & Arden Snyder
March 14 –
OUR MEMBERS WHO Bettyjane & Joseph Bonshak – 47 years
ARE CELEBRATING March 20 – Ellen & George Updegrove
AN 80th (+) BIRTHDAY March 24 –
Susan & Dale Brinker – 31 years
March 3 Blodwyn Wetherhold 82
March 9 Robert Coombe 80 March 25 –
Mary Ann & William Ambrose – 44 years
March 22 Sylvia Hafer 83
March 26 –
March 23 Lena Miller 93
Patricia & Lars Gerber – 51 years
Ethel Weiland 82
March 24 Catherine Knappenberger 92 March 28 – Susan & Richard Kaiser
March 31 Richard Scheirer 80 March 31 –
Jean & Robert Coombe – 59 years
April 3 Margaret Guzzie 92 Linda & Scott Powell – 31 years
Donald Mullins 81
April 4 Gladys Doyle 91
April 6 Mary Woods 84
April 7 William Meckes 81
April 9 Fern Kuhns 82
April 15 Esther Schwenk 97
April 22 Betty Merkle 84
April 30 Charles Muth 86
If you know of someone who is celebrating an Page 3
80th (+) birthday and is not listed, please notify
the church office.
St. John’s UCC, Fullerton
Thanks to your sponsorship, we were able
to serve more than 75 families. Over 175
children’s faces lit up when they saw their
Rev. Becky and St. John’s UCC family, Christmas gifts come in; a priceless moment
Thank you so much for your prayers and for which we say thanks.
visits at the hard time in my life. I was
thankful for every prayer uttered on my On behalf of all the families and staff we
behalf. Thank you for the prayer shawl. I want to thank you for thinking of us this
sure used it a lot. It is always good to know holiday season.
that people care for you when you have a Sincerely,
need. Jennifer Hernandez-Reyes
Yours Truly, Caseworker and Marsha Eichelberger,
Rachel Hillegass Director ~ Sixth Street Shelter
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Dear Becky, Thank you for the visits you St. John’s UCC, Fullerton,
made to Roy. His service was a special way I would like to thank Rev. John Dech for
to send him home to God. Thanks for your coming to give me Communion.
caring and kindness to me. You are very
special to me. Eva E. Kuhns
Gladys Comfort *~~~* ~~~* ~~~* ~~~* ~~~*
*~~~* ~~~* ~~~* ~~~* ~~~* Thank you to Paul F. and Susan A.
Geissinger who purchased a 4-drawer file
Pastor Becky, It was wonderful to have you cabinet for the church.
as part of Mom’s life (Joan Gillespie). Your
visits were well appreciated over the years.
We especially appreciated how you made *~~~* ~~~* ~~~* ~~~* ~~~*
her Celebration of Life service so very
special. It was good to be back at St. John’s
surrounded by so many of our family and
friends. Mom would have loved being an MILLER
organist with you as her pastor! On behalf
of the entire family, KEYSTONE
Love, BLOOD CENTER
Thank you to the following people who gave
*~~~* ~~~* ~~~* ~~~* ~~~* blood during the month of December: Paul
Long, Luther Smith, Barbara Williams and
SPECIAL THANKS to the Weaver family for January: Lori Silfies, Brian Fisher, Lars
burning last year palms for us to use for Ash Gerber, Sandra Glass, Ronald Glass,
Wednesday of this year. It is a very messy L. Ritz, Mark Moll.
job but they did it willingly! Thanks so much.
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ASSOCIATE PASTOR: MEMORIALS
REV. GEORGE ECKSTEIN Thank you to the
At the February Consistory meeting the who gave a
Rev. George Eckstein was elected as our new donation to the
Associate Pastor. Pastor George is currently Memorial Fund in
the half time pastor at St. Mark’s UCC, memory of David
Allentown. He has a special interest in visitation Bartholomew:
and feels God is calling him to our church. Marie Fatzinger, James and Barbara Kirka.
The process to find an associate included
Thank you to the following people who gave a
advertising the position and accepting profiles
donation to the Endowment Fund in memory of
(resumes). The Personnel Committee then
Roy Comfort – Thomas and Emilie Moyer,
sifted through the profiles and scheduled
Doris Chuss, Ralston and Larue Angelstein,
interviews. The committee unanimously
James and Mary Lou Tretter, George Hartzell,
agreed. The next step was for Pastor Becky to
Gail and John Hanzl, Paul E. Geissinger, Jr.,
spend some time with the candidate to see if he
Mr. and Mrs. Ted Lorchak, Mr. and Mrs. Barry
would fit into our staffing mix and if their ministry
Everett, Dorothy Baer, Ruth and Mike Dreher,
styles were compatible. Pastor George was
Frederic and Susan Koch, Rose Shambo,
then invited to meet with Consistory.
Richard and Alethia Smith, Gloria Beltz, Shirley
The Rev. George Eckstein loves how much we Abel, Becky and Bob Beckwith, Renee and Ed
laugh at St. John’s! He speaks of how everyone Spielman, John and Amanda Bolton, Mr. and
seems to get along so well and how we work at Mrs. Robert Weaver, Mr. and Mrs. Craig
doing the Lord’s work together. He is very Merkel., Mr. and Mrs. Larry Albright, Mr. and
anxious to begin his ministry at St. John’s. He Mrs. Franklin Nolt, Bonnie Cocivera, Mr. and
will be joining us on March 16th. You are invited Mrs. Warren Weiland, Aaron and Marietta Fox,
to come meet him during worship on March 21st. Archie Sterk, Dolores Kotsch, Linda and
The next newsletter will include more Thomas Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. Chester
information about our new associate – from him! Cressman, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Victor Smith, Linda
Moller, Thomas Edelmnan, Loren and Geraldine
Keim, Joseph Pavlacka, Beverly and James
Rarig, Geraldine Deily, Thomas and Evelyn
BRENT NAILOR Broad, Carl and Arline Yoder, Charlie and Linda
Apple, Mary Jane Ott, Phillip and Juliann
DEPLOYED / Paladino, Sara Siegfried, Eugene Gallagher,
Barb Thomas and Kelsey Gallagher.
HEATHER MILLER HOME!
Thank you to the following people who gave a
Brent Nailor was deployed donation to the Memorial Fund in memory of
to Haiti recently. Some June Snyder: Charlotte Mellon, Anna Batori,
pictures were released by Thomas and Emilie Moyer, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest
our government showing a Angstadt, Ray and Doris Rauenzahn, Ronald
soldier handing food and Rita Pulcini, Randy and Catherine
packets out to children. Bachman, Jean and Robert Coombe, Paul E.
Guess who the soldier is? Geissinger, Jr., Marie Mizgerd , Becky and Bob
That is our Brent! Beckwith, Whitehall Women’s Club, Mr. and
Mrs. Franklin Nolt, Dona Trumbauer, Carolyn
Heather Miller has completed her time in the US
and Gerald Schwenk, Sr. and David and
Marines. Heather reached the rank of Staff
Sergeant during her eight year tenure. She is
now taking some well-deserved vacation before
acquiring more education.
Heather and Brent – you make us proud! Page 5
YOUTH AND CHRISTIAN EDUCATION NEWS
EASTER EGG HUNT PALM SUNDAY DONKEY
The Annual Easter WALK
Egg Hunt will be on
Saturday, March The Sunday School program will be
27, 2010. Please collecting the following items for Gress
see your child's Mountain Ranch for our Palm Sunday
Sunday School Donkey Walk on March 28. The Gress
teacher for a Mountain Ranch is a large and small animal
registration sanctuary, offering "forever" homes for
form. Cartons with empty plastic eggs will be unwanted animals. These animals are
in the Parlor beginning February 28. Please trained to work with troubled youth and
take a carton and fill it with treats and goodies depressed adults.
for our Egg Hunt.
Please see your child's Sunday School
teacher or Heidi Metzger with donations or
YOUTH GROUP MEETINGS questions. Items needed are: apples,
carrots, large & small, dry and canned cat
FOR MARCH: food, cat litter, Quaker oats, bananas,
March 10 - Border Blessings - Meet at Romaine lettuce, parsley, Pepto Bismol,
Borders Bookstore at 6:00 PM to relax and applesauce, Gatorade for the pigs, all kinds
talk about life. of crackers for the goats, apple and
cranberry juice, cheerios and shredded
March 14 - Youth Group Meeting in Room 305 wheat cereal. The Gress Mountain Ranch
12:00 - 2:00 PM - Please bring a snack to will be providing the donkey for our Donkey
share! Walk on Palm Sunday.
March 17- Border Blessings
The Palm Sunday
March 28 - Palm Sunday! - Service Project Donkey Walk will
be March 28th at
9:30AM during the
WORKING WITH YOUTH Sunday School
hour. Families are
There are three essential qualifications for warmly welcomed
adults to be trained for working with youth. to come and
1. They love the Lord. celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into
2. They love the church. Jerusalem as we listen to scripture and
3. They love to be with youth. witness to our neighborhood.
Anything else can be taught and learned.
From Passing on Faith: a Radical New Model
for Youth and Family Ministry by Merton
Stommen, PhD and Richard Hardel, DMin
*If that sounds like YOU see Heidi for ways Page 6
you can build relationships with the awesome
and inspiring youth of St. John's!
UPCOMING EVENTS & NEWS
LENT SCHEDULE NEED THE PASTOR?
WANT A VISIT?
“WORSHIP/BIBLE STUDY” There are HIPAA laws
about privacy. We only
This year during the find out if you are
Lenten season we hospitalized if a family
will be trying to member calls or if you
figure out the give your church name
Psalms. How much upon entering the hospital – even then we
do you know about them? Why was David don’t always get accurate information.
given so much credit for having written Pastor Becky would like to visit our
them? What happens if we update the members when there is a need. But, you
language – do they still have meaning for us need to let her know.
We hope you will join us on Wednesday
nights during Lent as we journey through the
Psalms. The Lenten services are at 7:00PM NEW MEMBERS GROUP
on February 24th, March 3rd, March 10th,
March 17th and March 24th. See the flyer in
A request was made that we put together
this newsletter with information on the
another new member’s group. We are doing
Worship/Bible studies and Holy Week.
On March 7th during the Sunday School time
(9:30) in the Pastor’s Office the group will
NEW ACOLYTE ROBES meet. On March 14th during the 10:45 a.m.
service the group will join with our family at
A member, who wishes St. John’s.
to remain anonymous,
recently received an If you know of anyone interested in joining
inheritance. She was the church, please let Pastor Becky or the
surprised by the windfall office know as soon as possible.
and wanted to honor the
giver by choosing to do
some things with the
money that might make the giver proud.
So… When our member saw how
wonderful the choir looked in their new
robes, an offer was made to buy the
acolytes six matching robes. The request
went through the Worship and Music
Committee and was approved by the
Consistory. On February 7th the robes made
PENNY PARTY FRIENDLY’S NIGHT
CANCELLED Come on out on Tuesday, March
Our Penny Party which was originally 23rd between 5:00 – 8:00PM. St.
scheduled for Saturday, March 6th has been John’s receives 10% of all of
cancelled. It will be scheduled at a later date. Friendly’s receipts during this
time. Meet your friends and
relatives there; we need to take
GIRL SCOUT SUNDAY over Friendly’s that evening. See you
Sunday, March 7th we will
have Girl Scout Sunday.
St. John’s joyfully hosts 3
troops which includes a
Daisy troop, and two BASKET BINGO
Brownie troops. All the
Our next Basket Bingo will be held on
troops will be present at
Friday, April 16th at 7:00PM. Tickets are
the service. Their leaders are Evelyn Broad
$15.00 in advance or $20.00 at the door.
– Daisy Troop leader, Michelle Schuler and
You can purchase your tickets in the church
Debby Mausteller – Brownie Troop leaders.
office or call Evelyn Broad at 610-264-2000.
Please warmly welcome the girls, the
leaders, and the families who will be
worshipping with us on the 7th!
WE NEED USHERS,
FREE FILLING??? SCRIPTURE READERS
Our service to God takes so many different
Yep – that’s right – F . . . R . . . E . . . E . . . shapes and forms. Helping to lead worship
Call the church office (610-264-8421) to pick is an important way to serve. If you would
up your 2 lb. container of delicious filling!!! like to be a scripture reader please call Ruth
Christman. She will gladly schedule you for
the service time of your choice.
Would you help with ushering? Sharon
YARD SALE/FLEA Foellner has been gathering names to help
MARKET usher at both services. Please let her know
of your interest.
Our next St. John’s
Would you like to be a greeter at the door on
UCC yard sale will be
Sunday morning? Then call Suzie Fahringer
held on March 20th
if you would like to help at the 8:15AM
from 8:00AM – Noon.
service and Ruth Christman if you would like
If you have any items
to help at the 10:45AM service.
that you would like to donate, you can start
bringing them to the church and put them in
the back stage area in Fox Hall. If you have
any questions, please talk to Evelyn Broad
(610-264-2000). Page 8
LOOKING AHEAD AT 2010
We look forward to another exciting year
here at St. John’s. There are so many
I am honored to have the privilege of serving activities already planned for 2010. Special
as consistory president for 2010 and look activities during Lent and Advent. A concert
forward to another in July by the Barnstormers – a male choir of
busy and exciting year about 75 voices. The second “mission fair”
in this “happening this fall. There are too many activities to list
place”. At the today but be sure to read the Sunday
consistory retreat in bulletins and newsletters for upcoming
January we looked at events.
establishing goals for
2010. We will continue to encourage our
committees and other groups as they do the
We will continue to maintain our 2009 goals work within our church – new members are
- increasing and maintaining attendance at always welcome to join. We thank Pastor
our church services. Attending church Becky for providing spiritual leadership and
services is an important way to refresh us for her tireless support of this congregation.
spiritually and to maintain relationships We also want to thank our entire staff for
within our church family. their hard work. Most of all we thank you,
our congregation, for your participation and
We will continue to strive to maintain a support.
balanced budget and look to see
stewardship as a goal for 2010. We want to Connie Viglione, Consistory President
encourage good stewardship in our
congregation – sharing of our time, talents,
and financial resources to help our church
thrive. By encouraging electronic giving we
can get over those financial bumps when
attendance is low due to weather conditions.
A new goal will be to encourage more family CHECK OUT
involvement in our Sunday School programs
and in church activities. Growth in our THIS WEBSITE
Christian Education programs is certainly
something to celebrate and support.
The physical needs of our church will be on
the agenda as restoration work will continue Nixle is a community information service that
and work by the airport will be happening allows you to receive trusted, up-to-date
this year. The security system for our neighborhood information for where you live,
church is near completion. We will also be work, visit or where your family and friends
looking for ways to complete the work in the are located throughout the country. The
foyer areas to match the hallways, replacing service is free.
carpeting, and fixing the breakfast club area.
Hopefully, you will hear more about this
work during 2010.
MUSIC NOTES MISSION MOMENT
Palm Sunday is a
We can’t thank you enough for your response to
mixed emotion day.
the appeal for Haiti Relief after the devastating
We start off with
earthquake in January. Our congregation has
shouts of joy, “Blessed
given over $1,200.00
is the king who comes
for this effort. On the
in the name of the
back of the bulletin on
Lord!” Palm Sunday is
February 14 reports of
also called Passion
how these funds are
Sunday. We know
being used was
shouts of “Crucify,
highlighted – hopefully,
crucify him!” will be heard during Holy Week.
you read this “Mission
We will have a triumphant procession with palms
on Palm Sunday. We will sing the ancient hymn
We are now actively
“All Glory, Laud and Honor”. This hymn was
involved in helping the Whitehall Food Pantry as
written approximately A.D. 820 by Bishop
part of the coalition of churches. Each of the six
Theodolph of Orleans, France, while he was
churches will be helping to man the pantry on a
imprisoned at the monastery of Angers. He was
rotating basis and each church will help with
a well known poet, pastor, and beloved bishop
providing the needed items for the Food Pantry.
of Orleans. When Emperor Charlemagne died in
If you wish to help as a volunteer, perhaps only
814, Bishop Theodolph was put in prison by
once or twice contact Kathy Kaintz or Julie Beck.
Charlemagne’s son and successor, for allegedly
They are working with Mary Jane Ott and Jean
plotting against him. A well-known legend has
Troy who have been attending the coalition
long been associated with this hymn. It is
believed by many that a short time before the
bishop’s death in 821, Charlemagne’s son, Louis
March is the time for the first special UCC
I, was visiting in the area where the bishop was
offering – One Great Hour of Sharing. The
imprisoned. The bishop is said to have been
donations for the Haiti disaster went directly to
singing and worshiping by himself. When the
Haiti and therefore will not be available when
emperor heard this particular text being sung, he
other disasters happen – tornadoes, hurricanes,
was so moved by the incident that he
floods, etc. The theme this year is “Feed My
immediately ordered the bishop’s release. The
Sheep” inspired by John 21:15-17 when Jesus
text pays tribute to Jesus as he passes the great
asks Peter, “Do you love me?” If you are
crowd on His way to Jerusalem. It speaks of
familiar with this scripture, you may know that
highest praise to our Lord and Savior.
after Peter confesses to loving Jesus, Jesus tells
him, “Feed my sheep.” We too are called to
We close our Palm Sunday service with the
care for all who are in need, just as God cares
hymn “Journey to Gethsemane”. It was written
for each of us. When you make an offering to
by James Montgomery and takes us on a
One Great Hour of Sharing, you actively
journey from Jesus praying in the garden of
participate in tending God’s flock throughout the
Gethsemane to his being lifted on the cross at
world. These monies bring shelter, food, water,
and medical supplies to disaster survivors as
well as providing education so they can better
May the joy and sorrow of Palm Sunday prepare
provide for themselves. We ask that you
you for Holy Week knowing we will experience
prayerfully consider giving to this special UCC
the ultimate joy of Jesus’ resurrection on Easter
offering during March. Thank you.
Your Mission committee,
Linda Apple Julie Beck Evelyn Broad
Kim Devers Kathy Kaintz Susan Rarich
WHITEHALL FOOD WOMEN’S RETREAT
PANTRY NEEDS YOUR With the success of the
HELP! first retreat, this second
retreat is filling up fast. A
Our Mission Committee, along with your $35.00 deposit is needed
support, has continually supported the to reserve your spot. Call
Whitehall Food Pantry located at St. Susan, our Office
Stephen’s Church. Administrator to make
The Whitehall Food Pantry is in need of our
help. We are asking our Church family to Place: Kline Center, Mensch Mill, Alburtis,
lend a hand. Several organizations and PA
other churches have been working on a
project with the Food Pantry to keep the Dates:
pantry up and running. We hope to become May 14th, 15th, 16th
more active by collecting more items and Time: Friday evening – noon Sunday
volunteering time to the
pantry. This will Led by: Pastor Becky
involve our Church
volunteering and Retreats are for getting away and
spending time on a renewing/starting relationships with each
rotating schedule. At other and with God. We will have all 12
this time we know it will rooms with 3 comfortable beds in each
be every 6 weeks that room, a fireplace, plenty of space, lots of
our Church will be wooded paths and more. We always fill the
needed on a Monday place with laughter and the Holy Spirit
evening from 5-8 p.m. supplies the rest. Don’t worry if you don’t
We will be given an actual schedule know anyone – you will by the end of our
confirming the dates the St. John’s will be time together!
scheduled to help. If you missed the first one – you won’t want
to miss this one!
Our first date will be Monday, February 22,
2010. So if you are looking for some way to
help, and your time is limited, this will be a
wonderful way to get involved! LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE
If you would like to become a part of our MOVING
team, Whitehall Food Pantry Pals, please
email Julie Beck @ email@example.com or When we send materials from the church to
call at 610-261-0554. You may also help by your home and you
simply donating food items. We hope to have moved there is a
have a weekly drive of certain food items, $.59 fee due to the
which will be announced at a later time. post office when it is
returned to us. Please
Thanks so much! help us save money
Mission Committee/ and more importantly
Whitehall Food Pantry Pals let us know where you
HEALTHCARE MINISTRY Check your feet daily. Visit your doctor twice a
St. John’s Congregation! This month the year. Visit your eye doctor once a year.
Healthcare Committee is going to focus on
diabetes. Visit your dentist twice a year. Maintain a
healthy weight. Check your blood pressure
It is estimated that more than 23 million people regularly.
are living with diabetes with 24% of cases going
undiagnosed. If you find yourself more hungry Let us know if you have any questions or ideas
and thirsty than usual, losing weight for no so that we can better serve your needs. You can
apparent reason, or frequently having to urinate, contact Sharon Antrim or Ginny Brokenshire
these could be warning signs of diabetes. You with your concerns. Have a fun time in the
should see your doctor for a fasting glucose snow---spring is on the way!
blood test to check your body’s blood sugar <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <>
Diabetes occurs when your body cannot
regulate blood sugar. The pancreas is a small
organ in your body that secretes digestive
enzymes into your digestive tract and also
secretes the hormones insulin and glucagon into
your bloodstream to help regulate blood sugar
levels according to your body’s needs.
There are two main types of diabetes. With
Type I diabetes (juvenile diabetes), the body’s
immune system destroys insulin-producing cells
in the pancreas. This type cannot be prevented
and you need to take insulin everyday. Type II
diabetes occurs when your body cannot regulate I WOKE UP
blood sugar. Family history and age increase
your risk of getting Type II diabetes. 90 to 95% Poem written by Eleanor Wuchter
of people with diabetes have Type II.
I woke up this morning with a smile on my face,
Diabetes makes you more prone to nerve I woke up this morning by God’s good grace.
damage, skin infections, eye problems, heart
disease, high blood pressure, stroke, kidney I woke up this morning and heard the birds sing.
failure, gum disease and loss of teeth. So , it is And, wished in a way that it was spring.
important not to take this disease lightly. You Looked out of the window, saw a blanket of
must keep your blood sugar under control to white, it snowed again, much to children’s
avoid such health problems. delight.
If you do have diabetes, make Well, I woke up this morning with work to be
sure you are under a doctors’ done and perhaps there’ll be time for a little fun.
regular care. Quit smoking.
Use aspirin therapy to prevent Some say it’s not good for all work and no play –
heart problems. Get regular so, I’ll put off till tomorrow what I don’t do today.
exercise. Follow a meal plan to And maybe tomorrow with God’s good grace I’ll
control the diabetes. Take be able to say – “I woke up this morning to
medications as prescribed. Check your blood another great day!”.
UPDATES AND THIS AND THAT
GIANT FOOD STORE –
CASH FOR CAUSES
Were you there? If so, I bet you still have a
smile upon your face! We had a great time. $27,000 worth of gift cards were purchased
during 2009. We receive a 5% discount
The meeting was mixed with reports and fun which added up to a $1,350 profit for the
skits. President Connie Viglione led us calendar year. Unfortunately, only 23
through a good meeting. We sent financial different people took advantage of this
reports to audit. We learned (a skit) exactly fundraiser (and not all of them are church
what does go on at Stewardship & Finance members, either). Out of those 23, only 11
meetings! people purchased gift cards on a regular
basis. Imagine the money we would raise if
The Christian Education group mimed how we could persuade more of our church
hard it is to get unstuck from sin. The Youth family to support this great cause. It costs
Group let us know all about various forms of nothing more than the price of the gift card
God’s love. And the staff? Well, they ended itself.
the day with a song rewritten by Gail Hanzl
followed by the staff singing “Every Bunny BIBLE BRAIN TEASER
Loves Some Bunny….” Mardi Gras beads
were tossed about as we all remember that I once made a remark about
Lent was to begin in three days. the hidden books of the
Bible. It was a lulu, kept
You really need to get this meeting on your people looking so hard for
family’s agenda. So much fun and yet so facts, and for others it was a
much work goes on at St. John’s – all in the revelation. Some were in a
name of our Savior! jam, especially since the
names of the books are not
Thank you Evangelism Committee for capitalized, but the truth
organizing the covered dish meal and the finally struck home to a
consistory for set up/clean up. numbers of readers. To
others, it was a real job. We want it to be a
most fascinating few moments for you. Yes,
there will be some really easy ones to spot.
NEWSLETTER DEADLINE Others may require judges to help them. I
will quickly admit it usually takes a minister
The articles for the April to find one of the 16, and there will be loud
newsletter are due on March lamentations when it is found. A little lady
14th. The newsletter will be says she brews a cup of tea so she can
collated on March 23rd. concentrate better. See how well you can
compete. Relax now, for there really are the
names of 16 books of the Bible in these
sentences. To see if you found the 16
Page 13 books of the Bible listed here go to page 14
for the answers.
MEDICAL EQUIPMENT THE SAFEST PLACE
How to stay safe in the world today
Our medical equipment inventory is being used
extensively by our congregation! During the 1. Avoid riding in automobiles because they
past year (2009), a total of one hundred and are responsible for 20% of all fatal
fifteen (115) units of equipment were used. We
have an average of 10 to 15 pieces of 2. Do not stay home because 17% of all
equipment on loan monthly. This makes this accidents occur in the home.
ministry extremely gratifying! Please continue to
3. Avoid walking on streets or sidewalks
take advantage of this if the need arises.
because 14% of all accidents occur to
CURRENTLY WE HAVE:
WOODEN CRUTCHES 4. But, you will be pleased to learn that only
ALUMINUM ADJUSTABLE CRUTCHES .001% of all deaths occur in worship
“FORE-ARM” ALUMINUM CRUTCHES services in church and these are usually
ALUMINUM FOLDING WALKERS WITH related to previous physical disorders.
WHEELS Therefore, logic tells us that the safest place
ALUMINUM FOLDING WALKERS NO for you to be at any given
WHEELS point in time is at church!
ALUMINUM FOLDING WALKER WITH
WHEELS AND SEAT And Bible study is safe too.
ALUMINUM FOLDING WALKER WITH The percentage of deaths
WHEELS AND TRAY during Bible study is even
ALUMINUM NON-FOLDING WALKERS less.
ALUMINUM ADJUSTABLE CANES
So attend church, and read your Bible… It
FOUR PRONG ALUMINUM CANES
could save your life!
TOILET FRAMES WITH SEAT &
CHUTE (TO FIT OVER EXISTING
PORTABLE ALUMINUM COMMODES BIBLE BRAIN TEASER
WITH SEAT (FOR USE WITH BUCKET)
COMMODE EXTENDER (PLASTIC
INSERT FOR TOILET BOWL) ANSWERS
REG. BATH BENCHES
BATH BENCHES WITH BACK
WHEEL CHAIRS (FOLDING FOR I once made a remark about the hidden books
TRANSPORT), WITH FOOT RESTS, of the Bible. It was a lulu kept people
(1 LIGHTWEIGHT) NO FOOT RESTS looking so hard for facts, and for others it was
( 2 FOLDING WHEELCHAIRS WITH a revelation. Some were in a jam especially
LEG AND FOOT RESTS) since the names of the books are not
TUB RAIL (TO ASSIST IN AND OUT OF capitalized, but the truth finally struck home to a
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BED PAD easy ones to spot. Others may require judges
to help them. I will quickly admit it usually takes
To secure any available item for your use, a minister to find one of the16, and there will be
please call Bob Coombe @ (610)-264-9316 or
loud lamentations when it is found. A little lady
our Office Administrator, Susan.
says she brews a cup of tea so she can
concentrate better. See how well you can
Page 14 compete. Relax now, for there really are the
names of 16 books of the Bible in these
MARCH WORSHIP WORSHIP PARTICIPANTS
Third Sunday In Lent March 7th
8:15AM and 10:45AM 8:15AM
Elders: Mary Jane Ott, Robert Scheirer
Scripture: **Psalm 63:1-8 **Luke 13:1-9 Ushers: Head Usher – John Viglione,
Hymns: Connie Viglione, Tim Silfies, Ron Glass,
Lord Jesus, Who Through Forty Days Jean Troy, Bob Coombe, Don Brensinger
Ah, What Shame I Have To Bear Greeters: Nancy and Walter Ebling
On A Hill Far Away
Scripture Reader: Ron Glass
Acolyte: Emilie Dumbach
Fourth Sunday In Lent 10:45AM
8:15AM and 10:45AM Elders: Doris Smith, Sally Gibson
Ushers: Head Usher - Kathy Kaintz,
Scripture: **Joshua 5:9-12 **Psalm 32 George Williams, Kim Devers, Curtis
Christman, Lora Nailor, Melanie Fehlinger,
Hymns: For The Fruit Of All Creation
Paul Geissinger, Jr.
All My Hope On God Is Founded
What Wondrous Love Is This Greeter: Mary Ann Weaver
Scripture Reader: Evelyn Broad
March 21st Acolyte: Dakota Begel
Fifth Sunday In Lent
8:15AM and 10:45AM
Scripture: **Psalm 126 **John 12:1-8 8:15AM
Ushers: Head Usher – Karla Young,
Hymns: Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed Zach Young, Karen Moyer, Cindy Reck
Said Judas To Mary
Beneath The Cross of Jesus Greeters: Charlie & Linda Apple
Scripture Reader: Connie Viglione
Acolyte: Robert Clark
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8:15AM and 10:45AM
Scripture: **Psalm 31:9-16 Ushers: Head Usher – Doris Smith,
**Luke 19:28-40 Sally Gibson, Bonnie Cocivera,
Hymns: All Glory, Laud and Honor JoAnn Sutter
Ride On! Ride On In Majesty Greeter: Sally Gibson
Journey to Gethsemane
Scripture Reader: Nancy Bowman
Acolyte: Georgia Weaver
Ushers: Head Usher – Robert Coombe,
Jean Coombe, Beth Erney, David Erney DATES TO REMEMBER
Greeters: Mary Jane Ott & Susan Rarich
Scripture Reader: Kathy Kaintz March 7th
Acolyte: Aaron Young Girl Scout Sunday
9:30AM - Class for new members
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10:45AM New members joining
Ushers: Head Usher – DonnaLee Yeatts, at 10:45AM service
Dewey Yeatts, Staci Kuhns, Cathy Kuhns Easter Flower orders due
Greeter: Marian Kline March 20th
Scripture Reader: Sue Weldner Yard Sale – Fox Hall
8:00AM – Noon
Acolyte: Alexis Macher
5:00 – 8:00PM
8:15AM March 27th
Ushers: Head Usher – Kerry Dorney, Easter Egg Hunt
Robin Dorney, Donna Held, Keith Held March 28th – Palm Sunday
Greeters: Jean & Robert Coombe 9:30AM – Donkey Walk
Scripture Reader: Tom Moyer
Acolyte: Kyle Brokenshire
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Ushers: Head Usher – Sally Gibson,
Doris Smith, Bonnie Cocivera, JoAnn Sutter
Greeters: Bill and Betty Moll
Scripture Reader: Candy Miller
Acolyte: Sarah Schaffer
St. John’s United Church of Christ,
575 Grape Street, Whitehall, PA 18052
Church Office 610-264-8421 Fax No. 610-264-4300
Rev. Dr. Becky J. Beckwith’s email firstname.lastname@example.org
Gail Hanzl’s email email@example.com
Susan Kuder’s email firstname.lastname@example.org
Heidi Metzger’s email email@example.com
George Williams’ email firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Office Hours
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
8:15AM and 10:45AM
Sunday School – 9:30AM
ST. JOHN’S UCC, FULLERTON STAFF
Senior Pastor: Rev. Dr. Becky J. Beckwith
Pastor Emeritus: Rev. Aaron W. Fox
Director of Music: Mrs. Gail Hanzl
Pianist: Mrs. Emilie Moyer
Office Administrator: Mrs. Susan Kuder
Director of Christian Education and Youth: Ms. Heidi Metzger
Sexton/Custodian: Mr. Bill Kern and Mr. Scott Weaver
President: Mrs. Connie Viglione
Vice President: Mrs. Mary Jane Ott
Treasurer: Mr. George Williams
Financial Secretaries: Mr. & Mrs. Tom & Emilie Moyer