June 2023 🍉☀️🍦🏊♀️🩴
The Forty Fort United Methodist Church
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For over 150 years, we have been a church who loves the Lord Jesus Christ,
and we look forward to sharing the good news with you.
"Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him."
⛪ Mission ⛪
The Susquehanna Conference & the ONE MATTERS AWARD
- Bill Davis, Chairman of our Administrative Council, and Pastor Richard Bradshaw recently attended the Annual Conference held May 18 - 20, 2023 at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport, Pa. The theme for 2023 was "New & Improved through Christ."
- Each year an equal number of clergy members and lay members attend their conference's annual conference session for worship, fellowship, and to conduct the business of the conference, which may last 3-5 days. These sessions include reports of past and ongoing work; adoption of future goals, programs and budgets; ordination of clergy members as deacons and elders; and election of delegates to Jurisdictional and General Conferences (every 4 years). The bishop presides over these meetings.
- A conference is the "basic unit" of the UMC. The United States has 54 annual conferences, supervised by bishops in 46 episcopal areas.
- Our church received the One Matters Award. In presenting this award, the conference stated that "Forty Fort UMC increased significantly in membership and attendance in 2022 as well as expanded their ministries to the community around them with the goal of building relationships and intentionally sharing the good news of Jesus." Accepting the award is Pastor Richard Bradshaw and Lay Representative Bill Davis.
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✝️ Pentecost Sunday
✝️ Trinity Sunday
Trinity Sunday, Year A - Lectionary Planning Notes
Trinity Sunday is about God and not about us. And yet, because we can know God only in relationship, it has to be about us too. We acknowledge the God we worship and praise, the God to whom we owe everything, but we understand and/or experience God through how God interacts with us individually and collectively.
✝️ Evangelism Sunday
Rethinking what we mean when we talk about evangelism
What are your thoughts on evangelism? Evangelism is understood as the means through which we usher someone towards a belief in Jesus Christ and Christianity. The very word may provoke a knee-jerk resistance among many of us-for assorted reasons. It has for me, which I'll go into here.
❤️ A Heartfelt Donation
Each month, we designate a group or charity for a love offering; it's a way to bring us together as a community and provide spiritual and financial support to those in need. Please consider making a love offering donation in the offering plate or by mail. June's recipient is Dinner for Kids: a service for at-risk children (in the greater Wyoming Valley) that provides freshly prepared, “kid approved” nutritious and balanced dinners in microwave-safe containers, accompanied by fresh fruit. The program delivers for each child six meals per week, year round.
👪👨👩👧 Save this Date for SEPTEMBER
We could always use more volunteers at our annual community fair. (The church will be sponsoring a spot, too.) Join the fun! Contact the church or Ninaleigh Wozniak: (570)371-1460 or firstname.lastname@example.org to help.
"In 1974, shortly after we were married, Bill and I bought a home in Forty Fort. At that time we joined FFUMC. Bill was the administrator of the Luzerne County public defender's office, and I was an elementary teacher in Wyoming Valley West. Both of our sons, Billy and Andrew were baptized at FFUMC. On most Sundays, you can see Andrew’s sons, Camden and August running around!
Two years ago we moved to the Brooks Estates at Wesley Village. Bill enjoys his therapy, having lunch with friends, and attending the social activities there. I babysit, work at Back Mountain Auctions, and occasionally still do an estate sale.
Next year will be our 50th at FFUMC. We have made many good friends from the moment we joined and still enjoy making new ones as the church grows. FFUMC is welcoming, friendly, and always there to help someone in need."
One of the goals of the Congregational Care Team is to create a Favorite Bible Verse Devotional for our members. This is a project that they will be working on this summer.
- First, they'll ask for suggestions from the congregation; entry forms will be in the bulletin and in the Congregational Care Corner.
- You can make as many entries as you wish---anonymously or by giving your name.
- All we need on the form is the location of your favorite verse(s)---for example, John 3:16. We'll take care of getting the exact quotation or passage correct.
- The Care Team, working alongside Pastor Rich, will provide the remainder of the verses and hope to have this project completed in the fall!
Church newsletters (which include a monthly calendar) are available in print form in the Congregational Care Corner. They can also be found on our website and Facebook page. We have been sending them to those with email addresses. NOTE: If you haven’t been receiving the newsletter via email, please call the church office to update your contact information.
☎️ ✉️ IMPORTANT Info.
- Congregational Care Corner - Please check our table in the chandelier room. It has information and resources that you can use.
- CEO - The Commission on Economic Opportunity: Any member or visitor of our church who has daily living needs (rent, food, heating oil, etc.) should contact the CEO, a great local organization that responds to basic, material needs of children, adults, and seniors in poverty. Click HERE.
- Dial 211: PA 211: Get Connected. From help with a utilities bill, to housing assistance, after-school programs for kids, and more, you can dial 211 or text your zip code to 898-211 to talk with a resource specialist for free. Click HERE.
- Dial 988: If you or a loved one are experiencing a mental health crisis, a new phone number was recently implemented to connect you with mental health and behavioral services. People who call, text, or chat with 988 will be directly connected to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Callers will receive phone-based support and connections to local resources based on their specific needs. For more information, go to dhs.pa.gov and search for 988.
- Family & Caregiver Support Group - Alzheimer's Association (Greater Pennsylvania Chapter)
- Offers peer or professionaly led groups for caregivers and others dealing with Alzheimer's
- All support groups are facilitated by trained individuals.
- Meetings are held once per month on the first Thursday of the month at 10:00 a.m.
- 4 East Center Hill, Dallas, PA 18612 (The Meadows) - (570)675-8600
Veterans - The Care Team has created a Veterans Support Services booklet for its parishioners and their families. It contains vital information that is not specifically medically related. Veterans and their families may not be aware of these services if they haven't had any direct association with the VA Hospital, or if they don't have online access to any of their resources.Paper copies can be found in the Congregational Care Corner.
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Pastor: Richard Bradshaw
Location: Forty Fort United Methodist, 26 Yeager Avenue, Kingston, PA, USA