The Messenger – October 2022

Dear Church Family & Friends,

If you spend any time at all watching television or pretty much any of the social media outlets this month you will be bombarded by political ads.

And we all know that when political candidates run for office, the media is relentless in comparing what they say with past facts about their behavior.

Reporters know that voters are looking for leaders who are consistent in their beliefs and in their behavior. We want to be able to trust that once a candidate is elected, he or she will do what they said they’re going to do.

Whether we realize it or not, we Christians are all held to this same standard.

Paul in Colossians 3:17 wrote; “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

We may not be running for office, but others notice how our words line up with our actions. As followers of Christ, we want to make sure we “walk the talk” and do more than just give lip service to our faith.

There’s nothing more disheartening to see than a person who claims to know Jesus doing something that’s obviously opposite of his example. I’m not only talking about person-to-person contact, but also what we reveal about ourselves on social networks.

As a pastor there are times when I get tired of people telling me to be careful what I say or do in public. While I appreciate their intention, don’t we all do and say things we wish we could take back.

“Walk the talk”. God calls all of us to be doers of his Word and not hearers only.

Today let others know you follow Jesus by what you say and what you do.

As Paul reminds us: “whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Col. 3:17.

In His Service,   Pastor Joe


If you feel like you’re losing everything, remember that trees lose their leaves every year and they still stand tall and wait for better days to come.” —Unknown

No peace, no God, Know peace, Know God. –Unknown


Sunday School – 8:15 AM in the Community Building

Choir Practice Thursdays at 1pm

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 10:00am to 12:00pm

Sunday, October 2ndWorld Communion Sunday

Monday, October 10th Columbus Day-to-day

Thursday, October 13thPresbyterian Women meeting – 11am

Saturday, October 15thSession Meeting – 9am

Wednesday, October 19thMen’s Breakfast – 8am

Tuesday, October 25thNewsletter Deadline

Sunday, October 30thReformation Sunday

Monday, October 31stReformation Day

Thank you Pastor Joe for your dedication and faithfulness in sharing the word of God with us and for your love and encouragement in each of our lives, and for all that you do.  Also, thank you to Rev Alan Hickok, Pastor Marilyn Barnard, Rev. Chase Page and Rev. Bill Townsend .  You are all a blessing to each of us.   You are in our prayers and We love you!!!

Mission for Feed-a-friend through Trehab will start October 23rd. Monetary donations will be asked for instead of dessert items. Those who wish to start giving now may do so.

Choir practice will be Thursday’s, at 1 o’clock at the church. Please consider joining us in singing God’s praises!

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.

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

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

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.

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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