The Messenger – June 2018

From The Pastor’s Desk…..

Dear Church Family,

Busy, Busy, Busy! June is here and the race is on. We have so many events to attend, so much to accomplish that we forget that as Christians we are first to follow Christ.
In my morning devotion, I was reading of the calling of the first disciples. I’m sure they were as busy in their lives as we are. In Mark 1:18 we read, “At once, they left their nets and followed Him.”

Can you form this picture in your mind? As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw fishermen busy with their chores. As He came to Simon Peter and his brother Andrew, He stopped and invited them to come with Him.
Scripture tells us that immediately (at once) they stopped their work and followed Him. Imagine that: one minute they are fishermen, the next they are followers of Jesus, to become two of His disciples.

What happened here? Had they heard of this Jesus, of his teachings, of his miracles? Were their hearts and minds already turning, toward Him? They didn’t ask, “Where are you going? What are we going to do? What about our boat?

What draws us to Jesus? As He speaks to us at work, at play, or just our general busy lives are we so drawn to Him that we immediately respond? Or are we more inclined to respond, just a minute, not now, or perhaps let me finish this?

When Jesus calls, will we stop and follow Him? Reading on in Mark 1 we learn how He called James and John. They also stopped their busy fisherman chores and followed Him without delay.

What about us? Are you too busy for God?

In His Service,
Pastor Joe

Sunday School – 8:15 AM in the Community Building
Choir Practice  Every Thursday at 1:00pm
Evening Bible Study – Postponed Until Further Notic

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 2-4pm if you need him

Sunday, June 3rd – New partners joining, Coffee hour and cake following
Thursday, June 14th – Flag Day
Thursday, June 14th – Presbyterian Women meeting, 11am.  Bring a bag lunch.
Sunday, June 17th – Happy Father’s Day!
Wednesday, June 20th – Men’s Action Group meeting, 8am for breakfast
Thursday, June 21st – Session Meeting, 1pm
Thursday, June 21st – First day of summer
Saturday, June 23rd – Relay For Life
Sunday, June 24th – Outdoor Service
Tuesday, June 26th  – Newsletter Deadline

Relay For Life – Saturday, June 23rd in the New Milford Park (next to the New Milford swimming pool).  Begins at 11am.  If interested in the survivor forms as well as the luminaria forms, please see Debbie Stalker.  We will be walking in honor of  Debbie, please see Cathe Parks or Rose Jones, if interested.

Prayer Shawls –   I have several prayer shawls available, if anyone knows of anyone who could use one.   Thank you, Carolyn White
MENS ACTION GROUP  If anyone is in need of transportation and/or assistance for doctor or hospital appointments, please contact Bill Printz at #570-967-0858, or e-mail
If anyone needs visitation or for a friend, neighbor or family member, please contact Ken Post at
#570-879-4219, or e-mail  OR Bill Printz at   ***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 – Local Missions
3rd Sunday – Kenya/Rev. Malaho
4th Sunday – Building Maintenance
5th Sunday – Trehab Local Food Bank (whenever there is a 5th Sunday)

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