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Ways to Keep in Touch with

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GREEN POND UMC  LEADERSHIP
 

Senior Pastor: 
The Rev. Scott Freidgen-Veitch

       9711 Easton Road, P.O. Box 75,
      Kintnersville, PA 18930

       610-717-8336

       revscottfv@gmail.com

Youth Coordinator:

        Megan Schaeffer

         Green Pond UMC

         610-253-2731

         greenpondumcyouth@rcn.com

Council Chair & Acting Finance Chair: 
       Matt Matulewicz

        1401 Jeffrey Lane

        Easton, PA 18045

         610-703-4352

         matulewicz@rcn.com

 

Office Administrative Professional & Treasurer:

      Helen Boddy

      Green Pond UMC

      610-253-2731

      greenpondumc@rcn.com

Financial Advisor:

       Brad Schaeffer

       Green Pond UMC

        610-438-4664

schaefferfinancialandtax@yahoo.com

SPRC Chair:        

      Jeff Walters

     17 Alpine Dr.

      Easton, PA  18045

      610-428-1072

     jswalters@rcn.com

Trustees Chair:  

       Deanne Gade

       3589 Southwood Dr.

       Easton, PA 18045

        610-559-9938

        wagade@yahoo.com

Lay Leader:  

       Maxine Willoughby

       800 Fanning Mill Rd.

       Stewartsville, NJ 08886

       908-859-4844

        mhwillow@msn.com

Sexton:

       Linda Klump

Spiritual Nourishment for the Week

Community Blog

Reading as a Spiritual Discipline: by Rev. Scott Friedgen-Veitch

 

I thought initially that doing these Wednesday Spiritual Disciplines would be hard, as I thought “How many can there be?” However, I am finding out that the simplest of activities can be a “Spiritual Discipline.” And there is no lack of them.


For the first twenty-four years of my life, reading was a chore, a difficult task that I avoided at all cost. It was not until I continued college at University of Delaware and had to take an Intro to English class, that I found out that I have a condition called Dyslexia. This condition makes reading hard for me because it replaces letters that are not there or removes them completely. It’s a brain thing. I enrolled in the learning center, and there they taught me ways of compensating for my dysfunction, and I found a great gift in the ability to read better.


As you know, my wife Lori is a librarian. Her life revolves around books and reading. AND, she is one of the best readers I know. During this time of Covid 19, we have developed a new routine. Every morning when we are together, she wakes me up by sitting by the side of my bed, and she reads a devotion aloud to me. That really starts my day off nicely. It's often in the form of a Christian Daily Devotional, however in secular publications, there are pearls to be had, when you listen. That is what I am good at. Finding God between the lines.


With modern technology, you can have this gift at your fingertips. I prefer to be read to, and I can achieve that by having Lori read to me, listening to my laptop or computer read, or listening to books on tape or on a kindle. Any way you prefer, one can find inspiring words, by authors who seem to also speak the language of God, the language of love, and caring and compassion.


It is not a matter of how you read, it is what you turn your attention to. It is what you choose to read. Good reading can come in the form of the Bible, a work of fiction on non-fiction. It can be poetry or even lyrics to a hymn. No matter what you like, there is something special out there, for you to find and enjoy.


Now, I do not think of reading as a “Discipline”, I.E. punishment or restriction, but something that gives me joy and peace. No matter if you are being read too, or are doing the reading yourself, reading can be a “Spiritual Discipline,” and something that connects you to God and others.

GPUMC Spotify Worship Playlist: by Megan Schaeffer


We have been trying something new by offering a worship playlist through Spotify. It's good to have music as part of our Sunday worship time! We will continue to send out a new Spotify list each Friday. You can listen to the songs before or after you listen to Pastor Scott's sermon on Sunday morning. Or you can listen anytime! If you have any questions about Spotify, you can email Megan Schaeffer at greenpondumcyouth@rcn.com. Links will be emailed out on Fridays, and will also be on the home page of our website.

Homemade Masks Available: by Pam Boddy

Homemade, cloth masks are being made and are available for those who may need them! If you or your family need masks, please get in touch with Pam Boddy (610-547-4020, awboddy@gmail.com), who will gladly make sure you are supplied with what you need.

Daily Devotionals for Kid & Teen Worship

Here are your weekly devotions for Kid and Teen Worship! First, reflect on our memory verse for the month: Let us not become tired of doing good. At the right time we will gather a crop if we don't give up. Galatians 6:9 (NIrV). Then, click on the links below to reflect on more Bible verses throughout the week. 

Kid Worship Daily Devotions

Teen Worship Daily Devotions

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 (now in VIDEO format) 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.

GPUMC Cares Act: by Matt Matulewicz


The Cares Act Payroll Protection Loan has been received into our account for the amount of $26,277. There are certain guidelines that we must adhere to ensure full forgiveness of this loan.

Our accountant Brad shared that 75% must be used for payroll and the rest can be used for utilities. We must restore payroll to our paid staff equivalent to the rate before the lockdown happened. Reports are available in ADP to show that this was done. Brad shared that starting this Thursday for an 8 week period those resources will be paid at full amount.

We are grateful for this gift and the ability to keep paying our staff during this time.

Announcements

  • Online Giving/Giving by Mail 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. Click here to give online! Or, you can mail your giving envelopes/checks in to the church! We are checking the mail regularly, and making sure deposits happen as needed.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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:

    • sliced bread

    • lunch meat: ham/turkey/ salami/ bologna

    • sliced cheese

    • frozen burgers 

    • frozen chicken

    • hotdogs

    • 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 dndesentis@yahoo.com.