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August Newsletter

Personal Challenge Brings Me Closer to God

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." – Isaiah 41:10


Anticipation may be the most grueling aspect of any challenge. Whether it be the night before an athletic competition, a major exam, basic training or surgery – I find thinking about it is often more disconcerting than the event itself.


As I write this, I reflect on my morning in the eye doctor’s office where I learned I have a detached retina. First thing tomorrow morning I meet the eye surgeon to determine how to deal with it. “A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing.” I know just enough about detached retinas to be dangerous. The more I researched the topic, the more I have been confronted with sources saying recovery could take weeks, not days. Even more chilling is that restoring eyesight in my left eye is not-at-all certain. Hopefully, by the time you read this, such “worst-case-scenarios” will be cast aside. But right now, I cannot evade the weight of such possibilities.


Today I appreciate my eyesight more than ever. I love to explore the beauty of God’s creation, to see pure joy in the face of a small child, to read new insights, to research the deeper implications of God’s Word and how that impacts our lives – that’s why I preach from a manuscript – I try to cram in more information than my brain can contain at one time. The thought of losing even one of these gateways to such enrichment chills me to the bone.


I have been privileged to pray with so many precious people during such disconcerting times. Truth be told, in my heart of hearts, I want to be healed, I want a quick recovery, as little pain as possible, and even better eyesight than I had before this incident.


God knows my heart and we have pretty open communication – although, I confess there are times I long for greater specificity. When I pray with others, I am mindful of such longings. But my blessed assurance in this and in every challenge is that I do not face this alone, that my loving Heavenly Father is with me. He is working for good – whether it is how I envision the outcome or not. What matters is through it all, I grow closer to Him, my trust is deepened, my faith more certain, and I find true peace in His Presence.


Growing with you in Christ,


Dave Meckley, Pastor

Editor’s Note: Pastor’s column was written July 22 for August Jottings

Update: The Eye Doctor on Monday, July 22 said I had a detached retina.

The technician and later the doctor asked me to read letters on the chart with my left eye. I could only see the white board.

Tuesday morning I met with the surgeon who was going to determine how to treat my condition. In preparation, the surgeon's tech repeated that test. I answered the same, She then asked, "How about now?" I looked again and saw the last letter of the first line! Before long I read every letter of every line! I was told that is 20-40 vision. I asked if that was good.


The surgeon then examined me, and also said, "We need to repeat that eye exam." It didn't seem right to him that I could see nothing yesterday and be 20-40 today.

Same result second time. 
Then he couldn't find the retinal detachment - finally found a tear at "1:00" position.
The surgeon repaired it Thursday with cryotherapy (freeze to spot "weld" the tear). The cryotherapy is MUCH friendlier than what is necessary to fix a detached retina.

I am a grateful man, thankful for God's mercy and your prayers.


"His mercies are new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness!" - Lamentations 3:23

Outdoor Worship, Picnic, Back-to-School Observance To Be Held Sunday, Aug. 4, at Woodbury CC Pavilions


St. John’s will move outdoors on Sunday, Aug. 4, for worship and other activities at the pavilions of the Woodbury Community Center. The worship service will begin at 10 a.m. There will be no Sunday School, but families are encouraged to bring their children for activities that are being planned following a picnic meal. Hot dogs will be provided and persons are asked to bring a covered dish to share.


The worship service will include a commissioning of those who will be heading back to school later in August — students, teachers and staff.



2 Teachers Needed for 3 & 4-Yr. Old SS Class

Sunday School teachers met for a brief meeting following the Sunday school hour on July 21. All teachers were present. The meeting was to discuss the need to split our children’s classes up due to our growing children participation, and the need to find the extra space to have another class.


PeggyAnne Meckley offered to use the back of our sanctuary for her primary class, all attendees agreed to give PeggyAnne the go-ahead for a trial run to see if this will work well for her and her students. We will be seeking two teachers to work together to lead our 3-and-4- year-old students. This age group can be a lot to take on for one teacher, so we are seeking two who are willing to work together, as there are 10 students who will be regular attendees in this age group. Another benefit to this is that there will be one teacher to fill in as a substitute there if one of the teachers is absent.


The group also was able to address any need for ordering curriculum materials. Barb Thomas has agreed to order the needed curriculum this year and has chosen to step down from doing so after this year. We thank Barb for her many years of ordering curriculum. These duties will now go back to the consistory and Sunday School superintendent.


--Respectfully submitted,

Matt Nelson, Sunday School superintendent

Back to School Clothing Give-Away Aug. 9,10


A back to school clothing give-away for area families will be held Friday and Saturday, Aug, 9 and 10, at the Northern Bedford Clothing Bank in the Woodbury Community Center.


Hours are 10 3 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. till noon Saturday.


Everything is free, but donations will be accepted.


The event is sponsored by the Woodbury Church of the Brethren.

Mava Cottle to Again Host Guild Campfire on Aug. 8

The next Women's Guild event will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at Mava Cottle's Loysburg home for a campfire. Mava, Brenda Colyer and Julie Russell are the committee in charge of picnic foods, games, devotions, etc. All are invited — men and women, girls and boys of all ages — to enjoy the beauty of God's creation in the meadowland below Tussey mountain adjacent to Beaver Creek.

Prayer Walk Aug 20


The Southern Cove/Yellow Creek Ministerium again this August will sponsor a Prayer Walk at 6 p.m. Aug. 20, beginning at the Northern Bedford High School parking lot. All are welcome and encouraged to participate as they are able, walking and praying for the schools and all who are affiliated with public education locally.



Produce from your garden is accepted and appreciated by the Northern Bedford Food Pantry. Distribution is on the third Friday of each month at the Woodbury Community Center. Therefore fresh produce should be harvested shortly before the distribution if you have any to give away. Call Doris Miller at 224-5443 or Pat Snyder at 766-3532 to make arrangements.


For August, cake and cookie mixes are requested. Persons may leave their donations in the box on the back pew.

Seminar: Including Children in God’s Kingdom


Christ Reformed Church of Alexandria is planning a four-hour family seminar on Saturday, Aug. 17, on including young children in the Kingdom of God. Hours are 9 a.m. to1 p.m. Parents with young children are invited to attend and learn the importance and practice of family worship, both in corporate worship settings and in its extension throughout the week at home. Child care and activiies will be provided for children during the seminar. See a flyer posted on the vestibule bulletin board for more information or pick up a copy at the basement exit.

Hoss’s Benefit for Love INC Is Aug. 5


Hoss's Steak & Sea House in Bedford will hold a benefit for Love INC on Sunday, Aug. 5. A percentage of customers’ checks will go to Love INC for all diners holding a “Cash Cow Card” or number. Peg Wachter will have the coupons available in church for interested persons to pick up and dine out on that date.

Summer Visitors Worship at a Different St. John’s

Three visitors from another St.John’s (Hollidaysburg) joined our congregation for worship on July 21. They were Eileen Snyder, Paul Coxey and Bobbie Yoder. Bobbie is no stranger to St. John’s in Loysburg, where she grew up. She is a sister of Beth Clark, Berneta Gable, Birch and Tweet Snider. Eileen and Paul, however, were visiting here for the first time.

Folks who volunteer as greeters are reminded to record the names and addresses of visitors so that a card may be sent thanking them for attending and welcoming them to return.

CCCC Annual Gathering Delegate Report

By Pastor Meckley


Our Conference Minister Ron Hamilton gave a compelling message on Healthy Ministry, reminding us that God has a plan to save us, as He redeems all believers and all creation into His eternal Kingdom. These are not just words, but the reality that is lived out in His people by His power through His church (Ephesians 4:11-16). He noted this Scripture teaches that Christ’s church needs to be 1) mature 2) unified 3) truthbased 4) Christ-centered and 5) serving in love as together, pastors and parishioners, carry out the ministry of Christ in society today.


Ron announced the appointment of 4 Regional Pastors who will bring a more local CCCC response to more of our churches. Recently retired Pastor Tim Dubeau, who now lives near Pittsburgh, is serving our MidEast Region. He has already been a key contributor to our Allegheny Fellowship, and will provide more personal input and assistance to pastors and churches in our region.


Our CCCC President Todd Venman spoke humbly, eloquently and honestly about the austerity measures the CCCC has followed in recent years to get our finances on a solid footing. The real testimony is how CCCC leadership and delegates over this time worked through what could have been a testy, divisive issue. Instead, the truth spoken in love enabled us together to deal with this in a God-honoring way. Our giving in 2018 was up, in fact it was among the highest level of giving ever. Meanwhile, we kept spending 20% below budget, with an emphasis on ministry over administration. This is the third straight year the CCCC received the highest scores from our external Auditors.


Just after the turn of this year, the CCCC received a number of bequests that have not only put us in the black financially, but have prompted a “call to prayer” as we discern the Lord’s leading as to how best to invest in His Kingdom work. These generous gifts are one-time donations, so will not change our operating budget. As a new delegate asked a pointed question, and our parliamentarian explained Congregational polity and the role of our Board of Directors and the ultimate decision by the delegates at our Annual Gathering, I saw, even in a tedious business meeting, the wisdom of our polity and of our Godhonoring leadership in the CCCC.


The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) provided three different speakers, the first was Brian Kluth who spoke on financial health. He mentioned Barna’s latest finding that 50% of Christians give less than $50 per year. He went on to teach how this is not a financial problem, but a faithfulness problem. He detailed many practical insights to show Scripture does not teach a Prosperity Gospel, nor does it teach a Poverty Theology, but rather Scripture teaches Transformational Generosity (see chart). One difference, Prosperity teaches one gives to GET a blessing, Poverty teaches one gives to AVOID a curse, while Scripture teaches one gives to BE a blessing. Our motivation is not fortune nor fear, but faith in God who is our provider, and we are stewards of what is truly His.

Christians cannot serve God AND money, but they must be taught to serve God WITH money, the speaker said. He listed 10 ways God provides: 1) Primary Income 2) Extra Income 3) Extra Cash 4) Evaluate Expenses 5) People’s Help 6) Needed Items 7) Declutter 8) Stored-up Resources 9) External Resources 10) Miraculous Provisions.

NAE President Leith Anderson spoke of “Christ’s Hope for Christian Leaders”. He recalled two soldiers who participated in the D-Day invasion, which this year marked its 75th anniversary. The soldier on the ground saw the carnage and was sure we would lose. The other vet was a pilot who saw the slaughter, but also the breakthroughs, and was confident we would win. Two soldiers on the same day at the same place with vastly different perspectives. He led us through Scripture to show us how we must look at what God is doing in His Kingdom rather than just in my corner. He noted there are 1 million Christians in Nepal, and the church is growing in Cuba. The God of the universe is a God of hope.

Lee Eclov spoke on 1 Peter 5:1-4 in a message titled, “To Be Shepherds”.  These speakers’ messages were recorded and posted on the CCCC Facebook page where you can view it yourself. I attended 3 helpful workshops, one on forgiveness, another on equipping and a third on Guarding one’s heart and mind to find God’s peace in whatever situation.


I am grateful to attend the Annual Gathering whenever possible. It is a refreshing time to see firsthand the health and character of our Conference, as well as participate in the life of our Conference and connect with long time colleagues and meet and encourage the many new faces. I was able to meet several  new pastors and provide resources, prayer and encouragement as they  seek to minister faithfully.

Who We Are

This month Jottings features Carrie Mauk, who passed away Thursday, July 25, at 94 years of age, the oldest member of St. John’s. Because Carrie had been having some serious health problems recently, her “kids” put together this profile of their mom.




Carrrie’s residence since 2006, had been Graystone Court in Roaring Spring. For the most of her life, however, her home was the village of Lafayetteville, which the family and others call “Flitch.”


She was born Dec. 24, 1924, in Queen, Pa., the daughter of Ross Adam and Artie Mae Claycomb. She attended school in Claysburg. The Claycombs had two boys and two girls. They moved to a house in Sproul after losing the family farm during the great depression of the 1930s.


Carrie married George Melvin Mauk, nicknamed “Dick,” in 1946 and they first lived in a trailer on the property of her in-laws, George and Eva Mauk, in Lafayetteville. They later built a house across the road from the Mauk homestead and store. Here is where they raised their three children—Chris Mauk, Barbara Baker and Beverly Smith. There are seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.


The middle name of Carrie’s mother, Mae, is now being used in the fifth generation. It is the middle name of Carrie, her daughter Beverly, her granddaughter Lauren Sell and her great-granddauughter Dana Mae Sell.


Carrie worked for the railroad as a riveter during World War II. She was also a waitress and a cook at various restaurants. Her last job was at the Coachroom in Bedford as a waitress. She shared her knowledge of cooking and serving meals with the church ladies in St. John’s kitchen, where she helped prepare and serve many meals. For quite a few years the Women’s Guild served a monthly meal for the Cove Lioness Club in addition to holiday banquets, reunions, etc. for other groups. Carrie also helped at the monthly Southern Cove Fire Company turkey dinners, where she specialized in the noodles.


Carrie’s husband and her brother, Sherley Claycomb, built the family camp in Potter County during the 1950s. “Dad and mom took us kids to camp every year, and they later took the grandchildren every year,” according to the Mauk children. Carrie’s love was her roses. She had approximately 60 rose bushes at her home in Flitch.

For the most part Carrie and Melvin never ventured far from home, however they once took a bus trip that visited half of the 50 states. “Mom got homesick, but Dad would have traveled longer,” the children reported. Carrie and Melvin also traveled to Germany in 1972 to visit their son Chris when he was stationed there with the Army. “That is when Mom quit smoking — cold turkey,” they recalled.


The Mauks first attended the Barley Lutheran Church in Bakers Summit, but they started attending St. John’s in Loysburg in the early ’60s because Chris wanted to go to church where his friend Birch Snider and family attended.


“Mom was a firm believer of NOT borrowing money,” say the three children. “Mom and dad always paid up front for everything they bought.”


The parents also were strict disciplinarians. Chris remembers is mother making him get a stick off the ash tree in the backyard and then she would use it to give him a licking for doing something wrong. Barb remembers cleaning upstairs on Thursday nights and downstairs on Saturday. If the work was not done to Carrie’s satisfaction, she had to do it again. Beverly remembers when her horse pulled down the porch railing. “Dad was really mad,” she said, “Mom, however, wanted a new porch, so she was happy.”


The three Mauk children agreed their mother was always a hard worker and strong-willed. She was a very caring person who loved her neighbors in Flitch. She was very protective of her children and went to school many times if she felt her children were mistreated.

A Tribute to Carrie


Following is the notice of Carrrie’s death sent to the church’s prayer chain members by Barb Thomas early Friday, July 26:


Sadly we learn of Carrie Mauk's passing yesterday afternoon around 2:00. Please keep her children Chris, Barb and Beverly and their families in your prayers. Carrie was a mover and a shaker in our church family for many years until her health slowed her down considerably. She taught many of us great cooking skills and tips in the kitchen preparing meals. Carrie loved the music programs and special services as well as regular ones. She loved the Lord with all her heart, soul and mind. Details for her service are visitation Saturday, July 27 4-8 PM. Funeral service is Sunday, July 28 at 4 PM at St. John's Reformed Church, Loysburg, with visitation from 3-4 PM. The Women's Guild is preparing a meal for Sunday afternoon.


Samuel Nelson Born June 29

Samuel Kevin Nelson was born on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at 11:48 p.m. at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center in Roaring Spring.


The son of Matthew and Joy Nelson of Freedom Township, he weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces at birth and was 20 inches long. He has a big sister, Janelle (3 years) and a big brother, Jude (23 months).


Paternal grandparents are Kip (Kevin) and Amy Nelson and maternal grandparents are David and Julia Shanholtz.

Wachter Twins Born June 7

Twins, a boy and a girl, were born to Charlene Filsaime and Merle Wachter on June 7, 2019, at Magee Women’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.


Joseph Ferdinand Ambrose weighed 4 pound 14 ounces at birth, and Madeliene Marie Giselene weighed 4 pounds 10 ounces. They are living at Charlene’s address, 4307 Outlook Drive, West Mifflin, PA 15122.


Paternal grandparents are Ferdinand (deceased) and Peg Wachter. Maternal grandparents are Charles and Marie Filsaime.

A Note of Thanks


I would like to express thanks to everyone for the cards, phone calls, visits and for the food brought to me during my confinement due to the fracture of my kneecap.


Everything was very much appreciated and I'm really happy to be able to attend church again.


Peg Wachter

Read to Feed Book Store Open Wednesdays, Saturdays

The Read to Feed used book store at the Woodbury Community Center is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Wednesday and Saturday. It also is open every third Friday during the monthy food distribution at the Northern Bedford Food Pantry, also located in the community center. All proceeds from book sales go to support the food pantry. Books may be donated to the store during its hours of operation. If you have any books to donate, drop them off, and while you’re there look for something you would like to read. There is a great selection.

Hoss’s Benefit for Love INC Is Aug. 5


Hoss's Steak & Sea House in Bedford will hold a benefit for Love INC on Sunday, Aug. 5. A percentage of customers’ checks will go to Love INC for all diners holding a “Cash Cow Card” or number. Peg Wachter will have the coupons available in church for interested persons to pick up and dine out on that date.

New Quarter Starts Sept. 1 for ‘Our Daily Bread’


Devotions Copies of “Our Daily Bread,” the daily devotional guide for the months of September, October and November will soon be available on the welcome table. These guides for personal and family devotions have a one page devotional for each day of the quarter, beginning Sept. 1. They are made available to the congregation by the Women’s Guild.

Kendy Gable Marries Claudio Donzelli in Denmark

Kendy Gable and Claudio Donzelli were married on March 13, 2018, on the Danish Island of Ærø. The small island was covered in fog and the couple spent the day before the ceremony at the seaside. After the ceremony, they each bought a slice of cake from a local café and enjoyed it on the ferry back to the mainland. (Kendy had carrot cake and Claudio had lemon cake.)


Both Kendy and Claudio are active musicians in Berlin, Germany. Claudio is a member of the band Mighty Oaks and works also as a solo classical pianist and composer. Kendy is a singer-songwriter performing under her name. Claudio and a cellist, Marie-Claire Schlameus (who is German) will often join Kendy onstage.


Here is more about the newlyweds in Kendy’s own words:


Claudio and I are starting to write and work together more in the performance sphere. In addition to writing and touring, I teach vocal lessons to all levels of singers and just finished working with an organization called Music for Change & Chance. The organization works with women who have been displaced by war and political strife. My work with these women was just incredible. I guided their beautiful voices and they wrote their own songs mainly in their native languages which included, Arabic, Farsi, Persian, and Azerbaijanian. Most of the women came from places where it is shameful for women to sing in public. To give them a platform to sing their hearts out was healing and therapeutic for them. I look forward to continuing this work.


Claudio comes from Pesaro, Italy, which is a small city (100,000 people) along the Adriatic Sea (East Coast). Pesaro was an old Roman settlement and ruins can be seen all over the city center. His father, Roberto, is one of the last remaining hand leather workers left in Italy. He beautifully sews leather furniture, bags and saddles. Claudio's mother, Silvana, is an accountant and works with his father doing all of the orders, books, etc. They are hard working people and remind me so much of my parents. (Just the Italian version.)

Claudio has a younger brother who is 32 years old named Carlo. Carlo was just married to an American girl as well! They were living in Sydney, Australia, but are now in Fairhope, Alabama. The brothers have one grandparent still living, Olimpia Primavera, who is 85 years old and is famous for making excellent lemon cakes, piadina bread and handmade cappelletti pasta.


My family, Brad and Berneta Gable, own and operate Snider Homestead Farm. They will be making their first visit to Europe in October to meet our new baby! My brother, Aaron is working at the farm and is married to Amy. Their children, my dear nieces and nephew, Bella, Blaire and Cannon, run around the farm and keep things light. My Nana, Rosemary Gable, lives in Martinsburg and I continue to try to get her onto a plane to come to Berlin, but we shall see.


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After their marriage Kendy and Claudio visited with his family in Italy and then with Kendy’s family in New Enterprise. The congregation at St. John’s was pleased to have Kendy sing (as she has done many times in the past) during a June worship service. This time with Claudio at the piano.

Christmas in July‚ Day of Fun, Work

A fun and productive afternoon was held in the church fellowship hall on Wednesday, July 25 (when else?!!!) with Deb Bowser; Alaina, Mallory and Darcy Gates; Tina Gojeski; Linda Henderhan; Kim and Grayson Rodgers; Donna Smeltzer; Beverly Smith; and Barb Thomas.


Barb guided Mallory, Darcy and Grayson in making Paper Bag Angels. Tina led the children in creating beautiful, glittery snowflakes from empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls. Tina and Barb made one for themselves also.


Beverly and Kim inspected Chrismons for wear and tear as Donna and Alaina cut out new ones. Linda and Deb applied glitter & trim to old and new Chrismons for the church Christmas tree in Advent.


Eventually we all had a hand in adding wire hangers, cutting out and decorating. Throughout the afternoon hot chocolate, coffee and hot tea were available to drink with cookies homemade by Deb and Barb, all while listening to Christmas music.


Kim had her sewing machine set up and fabric was available to make new costumes. However, the group decided to wait until a Christmas program was planned to know what styles and sizes were most needed.


--Respectfully submitted, Barb Thomas

Consistory Continues Storm Window Considerations

St. John’s Consistory met July 5 and continued discussions on replacement of the storm windows over the sanctuary’s stained glass windows. Scott Shirk had submitted bids for removing old storm windows, painting the window frames and installing quarter-inch Lexan. Earlier the consistory had received a bid from Bedford Glass for installing clear glass to replace the existing Plexiglas. That bid did not include painting the frames before installation. The consistory decided to ask Scott Shirk for a bid to replace with glass rather than Lexan.


At the request of Barb Thomas, the consistory voted to allocate $500 to the Women’s Guild to supplement the cost of registration for the CCCC regional women’s retreat. The Sequanota Conference Center and Camp had increased it rental fees significantly so that individual registrations for the retreat would have had to be increased from $45 to $70. With the allocation from the consistory, registration will remain at $45. The retreat will be Sept. 14 and 15 with a Sept. 1 deadline to register.

Sunday School Continues Aid to Children International

St. John’s Sunday School has long supported two international children through Children International (CI) and occasionally is asked to make a special contribution, sometimes for a special birthday gift or for preventive health measures that the agency promotes in the countries where children are aided.


St John’s Sunday School sponsors Jailys Jhoana Acuña Romero, an 11-year-old girl in Colombia, and Lenin Saul Diaz Asimbaya, a boy in Ecuador.


Both children write letters to the Sunday School several times a year and also draw and color pictures to demonstrate their artistic talents. The agency also sends photos of the children. Recently the Sunday School received a letter from Jailys, along with her latest photograph, some art work and a report on her from Children International.


Here is her letter, translated from Spanish:


Dear Sponsors, Hello, and affectionate greeting for you all and at the same time, let me tell you that I am in a program of Children International called playing all day long. We do activities, drawings and I feel happy for writing to you. I am a smart girl, my teacher admires me, and I help her with my classmates in class. I also go to cinema with my parents and my little brother. I share with my parents and my friends. Thank you for your help. It is important to count on people like you. I say goodbye. Jailys Acuña


The CI report states that Jailys attends school and that her favorite subject is social studies. She loves to spend her free time engaged in activities like listening to music. She counts singing and dancing among her talents or hobbies.


Families in her community survive on incomes of about $125 a month. Because the unemployment rate is high, many parents struggle to find a steady job. When they do find consistent work, most adults are daily workers, vendors or bricklayers. The Romero family lives in a house constructed of concrete block walls, concrete flooring and a corrugated tile roof. It has a bathroom, a kitchen and a living room. Jailys sleeps on a wooden bed. Cooking facilities consist of a gas stove. The home has electricity and the family is fortunate to have running water.


More information is on the basement bulletin board. Look for Jailys’ photo.

Volunteers Sought to Help with Worship


Volunteers are being sought to help with the three regular worship services in August. None are needed for Aug. 4, which is the date for the outdoor worship and all-church picnic at the Woodbury Community Center, beginning at 10 a.m. For the remaining three Sundays in August volunteers are being asked to sign up for greeter and children’s lesson. The adult choir and the children’s choir will sing on Aug. 4 at the picnic. The adult choir will sing Aug. 11, and Wayne Kagarise and Beverly Smith will sing on Aug. 18 and 25. Acolytes for August are Ethan Hess, Bella Gable and Mikayla Widmann. The organist for August is David Snyder. Altar flowers in August will be given by Tina Gojeski and Peg Wachter. If you are willing to help with worship, please sign on the signup calendar on the welcome table. If you have questions see Joel Ritchey regarding greeters; Barb Thomas regarding music; and Beth Clark regarding children’s stories. 

Next Township. Recycle Days: Fri. & Sat., Aug. 9 & 10


The Bedford County recycle bins and trailers will be at the South Woodbury Township Building Friday and Saturday, Aug. 9 and 10. Help will be available to unload your recyclable materials from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.


Items accepted include newspapers, magazines, office paper, junk mail, flattened cardboard, aluminum and bimetal cans, glass jars (no window glass), and Nos. 1 & 2 (separated) plastic bottles and jars. Those dropping off plastic must have the two types separated, lids removed, and may not drop them into the bins in plastic bags.


Those who empty plastic, glass or metal drink and food containers in the church kitchen and fellowship hall are reminded to rinse, drain and deposit the empties in the appropriate container for recycling just outside the side kitchen door.

Women’s Guild Takes Ministry to Homewood

The Women's Guild organized its annual fellowship meal with residents at Homewood on Friday, July 12. Present from St. John's Reformed Church were Deb Bowser and her mother Peg Crawford; Jeanne Detwiler; Connie, Malachi, Ivy and Solomon Ochoa; Peggy and Joel Ritchey; Beverly Smith; David Snyder; Barb Thomas; and Peg Wachter.


Our honored guests were Gloria Baker, Judy Carper, Anne Detwiler, Marian Grassmyer, Phyllis Lamborn, Mildred Smith and Helen St. Clair for a total of 20 enjoying the delicious carry-in meal provided by St. John's members. The guild purchased chicken to accompany the covered dishes.


President Peggy Ritchey gave a warm welcome to all, followed by introductions and connections to St. John's. Barb Thomas offered the blessing.


Peggy held a brief business meeting to read a thank you from Homewood for hosting the May birthday party in the Springfield unit. She also explained a possible future fundraiser with Boscov's selling 25% off coupons for $5 to be used at the store on Oct. 16. The guild would keep the $5. (The guild voted yes to try this at a special meeting held July 21.)


Barb Thomas led the group singing with “You Are My Sunshine,” “Bicycle Built for Two” (thank you David Snyder for sharing with us the interesting 2nd verse!), “Peace Like a River,” and “Amazing Grace.” The Homewood residents thanked us over and over for inviting them. We were equally blessed with happy memories. Although a couple residents expressed a desire to be home again, all agreed they receive wonderful care and have a very comfortable lifestyle at Homewood. Jesus is faithful and true no matter where we call home.


--Respectfully submitted, Barb Thomas, assistant secretary

Ladies - Please keep the weekend of October 25/26 free to attend our 13th annual 4-C's Ladies Fall Retreat at Sequanota Conference Center near Jennerstown, beginning 5 o’clock Friday evening to approximately 3 Saturday afternoon. The cost will remain at $60 for Friday's covered dish fellowship meal and Bible session, overnight stay (motel style lodging, individual bathrooms, towels and bedding), and Saturday's brunch and Bible sessions. The cost for Saturday only attendees is $20. We will be studying Deb Burma's study, “Beautiful Feet,” as we examine the various styles of shoes we wear on life's journey, taking a close look at God's grace in Christ who walks beside us and forgives our sins. Registration forms will be available soon! Barb Thomas, 4 C's Allegheny Ladies Fellowship leader

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