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Daily Devotionals for Kid & Teen Worship
Ways to Keep in Touch with
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GREEN POND UMC LEADERSHIP
The Rev. Scott Freidgen-Veitch
9711 Easton Road, P.O. Box 75,
Kintnersville, PA 18930
Green Pond UMC
Council Chair & Acting Finance Chair:
1401 Jeffrey Lane
Easton, PA 18045
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Green Pond UMC
Green Pond UMC
17 Alpine Dr.
Easton, PA 18045
3589 Southwood Dr.
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Spiritual Nourishment for the Week
How to Worship Without Going to Church: by Rev. Scott Friedgen-Veitch
This has to be the most surreal time in my life. Never before have I not been able to go to church for my spiritual development. As you are quite aware, we have had to postpone Sunday Worship because of the Covid 19 Virus. However, that is not going to stop us here at Green Pond United Methodist Church providing you with tools and ways to comfort your soul and provide spiritual guidance. There is no reason to make this interesting time one void of Worship. Here are some ways you can be spiritually filled while sitting at your own home.
There are times in life when you are not able to attend a traditional church service on Sunday morning. Fortunately, we live in a time when there are many ways to worship. So, here are a few tips I found online that just might be what you are looking for. In this article by South Bay Church Pastor Martin Hawley, you will find several ways to fill that need to worship our Lord God. Under normal circumstances, I would encourage you to employ these recommendations to employ in addition to Sunday Worship. But for now, I encourage you to add these to your daily and weekly routine.
1. Read and study on your own.
Our relationship with God is first and foremost, personal. This means that we can build our relationship with him regardless of where we are. For millennia, believers have kept God close to their hearts when the world around them was uninterested and disengaged. And today, we can still connect with God without a physical church to attend. Open up your Bible (physical or on your smartphone) and spend some time reading over the Word of God, his promises, and his desires for your life. Then pray and communicate with God – discussing your greatest challenges, struggles, joys, and dreams. I recommend the Life Application Study Bible. God wants to be an intimate part of your life – and this is always the best place to find him whether you can make it to church or not.
2. Find individuals or a small group you can study with.
You can create a group online (for example, with Facebook) or just call a friend. Although our personal relationship with God should be the cornerstone of our faith, we are always encouraged to worship with others. As Jesus says in Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three gathers in my name, there am I with them.” Keep in mind during this time of Covid 19, we are to employ “Social Distancing”, we can gather via phone, or internet.
3. Listen to sermons on the radio, an app, on your smart phone, or online.
We post the most recent Sunday Sermons on our website www.greenpondumc.com or you can listen to Christian Radio to hear sermons. They have been aired on the radio for decades – and now there are apps and websites that provide even more options. See YouTube as an example. Whether you’re on the road, in a hotel, or confined to home, you can enjoy a wide range of sermons and inspirational thoughts by turning to these resources.
4. Watch live church services online or on TV.
What’s better than listening to a sermon in person? Being able to watch it. Not only do you appreciate the message, but you can enjoy the worship experience and feel like you are not missing out on church. You will be able to see many elements of the service that are enhanced through this process. We here at Green Pond United Methodist Church are hoping to launch live streaming of our Sunday Morning Worship in real time soon. We are still in the process of working out the details, so stay tuned. If all goes to plan, you will be able to watch our services live on Sunday mornings via a computer, iPad, or phone. Then they would be available via our website (and maybe YouTube too).
These are only a few ways to stay connected to your church family, your pastor, and your God. Take care and God bless.
A Note from Barbi Oakley
For those in need of help with errands and such in these times (grocery shopping, etc.), Barbi Oakley has offered to help out. If you need help, give her a call at 610-905-9638. Many thanks for your generous offer from all of us at GPUMC!
Daily Devotionals for Kid & Teen Worship
As we continue our theme of forgiveness, remember our memory verse for the month: Put up with one another. Forgive one another if you are holding something against someone. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13 (NIrV). Click on the links below to reflect on more Bible verses that will help teach us about forgiveness.
Ways to Keep In Touch With Your Church Family
Special Phone Chains: Many of you are already involved in various small groups. We are asking the leaders of the following groups to please set up special phone/communication chains with your group members: Trustees, Evangelism, SPRC, Church Council, Finance, Missions, Ushers/Greeters, Youth Ministries, Gospel Train Club, Thursday Bible Study, Mom's Bible Study, Women's Bible Study, Busy Hands, Counters, Lifesong, and any I may have missed. Please check in with each other at least once a week, so we don't lose touch! Those not in any of the above groups will be a part of a chain with Pastor Scott, Meagan Ackerman, or Nan McQuillin. If you find that you are not being contacted and you wish to, please contact the church office with your name and phone number/email. It's possible we may not have your contact information, and we'd hate to lose touch because of that!
Call Your Friends: Groups and phone chains aside, we also encourage everyone to take this time to check in with your friends and families. As many engage in social distancing for safety, it's more important than ever to reach out! Call, text, email, send a letter...anything will do to let those you love know you're thinking of them.
Online Sermons: Sermons will be recorded and posted on our Home page. So, each Sunday morning you can tune in there to hear the newest message! Previous sermons from the last couple weeks will be archived on our Worship page if you miss one.
Online Giving Reminder: A reminder that you can give online through the Giving page of our website! If you've been curious, now may be a perfect time to try it out. If you need help or have questions, simply contact the office and we will have our Financial Secretary, Suzie Eaton, get in touch and help you out.
Need Help with Errands?: For those in need of help with errands and such in these times (grocery shopping, etc.), Barbi Oakley has offered to help out. If you need help, give her a call at 610-905-9638!
Looking Into Livestreaming: We are looking into what would be required to livestream sermons/services. If you know about this subject or would like to help us research, please contact the office to let us know.
Easter Flowers: Due to the current circumstances, we will not be ordering Easter flowers in the way we normally do. However, we will have 2 bouquets on display at the Easter service (assuming we are back up and running by then): one to represent those we wish to honor, and one to represent those we wish to remember. We apologize, and thank you for your patience!
Kid & Teen Worship: Being run remotely. Families should receive materials and activities via email from Megan Schaeffer. Devotionals also available on this page; updated and sent out on Wednesdays.
Easter Egg Hunt: Event cancelled.
Project of Easton Food Bank: Any donations should be made directly to the Food Bank at 320 Ferry Street, Easton, PA. Tuesdays are the best drop off days.
Ministry of Friends: Until further notice Safe Harbor will be closed to the public, including their day program, volunteers and meal providers. Our Ministry of Friends program provides the lunch every Sunday, which would now be for 40 residents. If you are able to provide the meal you can drop it off with the house manager earlier that day or Saturday. Please note, they will no longer accept food already prepared, but rather food items they will prepare themselves. As always please make sure you speak to the house manager on duty and let them know you are dropping off the Sunday lunch meal. Meal food donations they recommend are:
lunch meat: ham/turkey/ salami/ bologna
fresh vegetable platters/ fresh fruit
If you would like to sign up and provide the Sunday lunch or have any questions regarding this, please feel free to contact Dianne DeSentis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday Afternoon Bible Study Group: Meetings suspended at least until April.
Attention Graduating High School Seniors: If you are a graduating high school senior and a member of the church, you may apply for the Jack H. LaFever Memorial Achievement Award. An applicant for this Award must be a church member. Selection is based on church and community service, scholastic achievement, and extra curricular activities. You do not have to be considering post high school education to be eligible for the Award. Applications may be emailed to you by the church office (email@example.com) or Alex Konya (firstname.lastname@example.org) and must be returned to the church office no later than April 1st, 2020.
Attention Post High School Students: Church members planning to enroll in college, vocational or technical school, or those who are currently enrolled, and need help with the cost of furthering their education should apply for an interest-free loan from the church's Educational Assistance Fund. Loans are based on the availability of funds and must be repaid in full. An applicant for this loan must be a church member. Applications may be emailed to you by the church office (email@example.com) or Alex Konya (firstname.lastname@example.org) and must be returned to the church office no later than April 1st, 2020.
Looking for New Committee Members: The Educational Assistance Committee is looking for new members. The Committee started in the 1970’s at First UMC when the members of the Wesley Class decided to help students from the church with their higher education expenses. Over the years, the Committee has helped 46 church members by lending over to $94,000 in interest-free loans. Loans can be used for college, vocational or technical school classes. In addition to the loan program, the Committee also administers the Jack H. LaFever Memorial Achievement Award, a scholarship given to a deserving member of Green Pond UMC who is graduating from high school. The Award has grown from $100 at its inception to $1,000 annually. The Committee has awarded 27 Memorial scholarships, totaling $22,700. The LaFever Fund has also been used to help the church’s youth with donations of game and sports equipment, money towards youth retreats and VBS. The Committee currently consists of Alex Konya (Chairman), Helen LaFever, Jill Moulthrop, Diana Gerbino, Barbie Lewis, Nan McQuillin and Delores Danner. We would like some new members to join us. We usually meet once a year, in April or May, to discuss our finances and discuss/vote upon loan and Award applications. If you are interested in serving Green Pond UMC and helping its youth, please contact Alex Konya at or 610-354-2234 to discuss.