The Messenger – June 2022

Dear Church family and friends.


With all that we’ve seen in the news, about the war in Ukraine. And the uncertainty of what will happen in the future. Many of us as believers, wonder what roll the United States will play in the outcome of that war and what roll we should have in these uncertain times, as God’s faithful.

Praying about this I remembered the word’s Moses wrote in Exodus 15:3.

The Lord is a warrior; the Lord is his name”. Also the instructions Paul gave to Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:12. “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

With those scriptures planted in my heart, after some time in prayer, the Holy Spirit lead me to share with you these truths.

So if you’re a follower of Jesus, then you’re also a fighter, and if we’re created in God’s image, then we too, have this fighter inside us as part of our nature. This is not just a cultural, patriarchal thing. It’s a God thing. For all of us, both men and women, we are inherent to our Creator’s design. And don’t forget the greatest warrior who ever lived, was Jesus. Surprised?

Many of us imagine Christ based on pictures of him, all meek and mild, smiling as children gather at his feet with sheep grazing nearby. But if you look at his life, this picture is incomplete.

The Son of God was not a divine doormat. He was overwhelmed with righteous anger, violently toppling the tables of the money-changers in his Father’s temple. He was a troublemaker a religious warrior, threatening the religious establishment of the day, willing to buck the Pharisees and their religious establishment. He is the fierce King of Kings whose eyes are like blazing fire and who wears a robe dipped in blood (Rev. 19:13) tells us. Jesus is both the Lamb of God and the Lion of Judah, the Prince of Peace and the Risen Savior, overcoming sin and death once and for all. We must consider all of what the Bible tells us to fully appreciate God’s character and Jesus’ example. No doubt about it, Jesus was a fighter. And so are you.

So what is our roll in these on going battles of our world today? We are to have Faith in God and His word and live a life as Jesus set before us. Be both the Warrior of truth and the friend of the lost.

Let’s start by praying together today.

Jesus, I want to be both gentle and defiant, meek as a lamb and fierce as a lion, just like you. Today help me and all the faithful fight whatever stands in the way of growing in faith.” Amen.

In His Service,     Pastor Joe


Congratulations to each of our graduates! You each are very special and we are all proud of your accomplishments! God’s Blessings and our prayers for each of you and all that awaits

you in your future!!!    Continued prayers for those serving our Country!!!



Sunday School – 8:15 AM in the Community Building

Choir Practice Every Thursday at 9:00am for the summer

You may reach Pastor Joe at 570-465-7303 or his cell #570-267-4570

Every Thursday Pastor Joe will be at the church from 10:30am to 12:30pm for the summer


Sunday, June 5thPentecost

Sunday, June 5th – Hymn Sing – 3pm

Thursday, June 9thPresbyterian Women Meeting – 11am

Sunday, June 12thTrinity Sunday

Tuesday, June 14thFlag Day

Wednesday, June 15thMen’s Action Group Meeting & Breakfast – 8am

Sunday, June 19thHappy Father’s Day!!!

Tuesday, June 21stFirst Day of Summer

Tuesday, June 28th – Newsletter Deadline


Thank you all who donated to our CareNet Mission - $1489.00 was collected!!!


Don’t Forget to check your mailbox as you enter the vestibule on the wall to the left.

Please sign up to host one of the social hours on the Sunday after Communion Service on the first Sunday of the month. Hosting only means setting out what is brought and cleaning up afterward. It does not mean bringing everything to share.


Don’t forget to check out our Website – we now have a Donate Button through PayPal just click on the button on the home page and make your donation! And also our Facebook page!

Plastic Grocery Bags – Please give bags to Bonne Travis – these are used to crochet sleep mats for the homeless.

Don’t forget our card ministry - If you would like a card sent to a particular person to give them a lift or let them know they are missed or offer encouragement, etc. etc., just give the name and address to Cathe. Cards, envelopes and postage will be provided and placed on a table in the Community Building the first Sunday of each month. As we file past the table on our way to the coffee pot, we will be able to sign each of the cards and Cathe will address the envelopes and mail them.

Men’s Action Group ***For help with small projects for church family and neighborhood, please call Pastor Joe Travis at #570-465-7303 or email him at

Loose Change Offerings ( coins and bills)

1st Sunday – Local Missions

2nd Sunday – General Fund

3rd Sunday – Kenya/Rev. Malabo

4th Sunday – General Fund

5th Sunday – Trehab Local Food Bank (whenever there is a 5th Sunday)

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