The Messenger – October 2018

From The Pastor’s Desk…..

Dear Church Family,

God surely has blessed me in giving me the opportunity to serve with you in partnership to spread the gospel.
So where do we begin? In my morning devotions I was reading in Psalms 46:10 where It says “Be still and know that I am God”. This really touched my heart for I have been
struggling with knowing where to start, what direction to lead, and what purpose or mission does God want us to accomplish. So I decided to Be still and know that He is God. To take one step at a time and see where he leads.
Like standing in the woods in autumn we really don’t see the beauty of the forest or if we we stand to close to any great masterpiece we miss much of its beauty. Close proximity
to any great historical events make it impossible to appraise them. Two men died at the age of 33. Alexander having conquered the world, and Jesus Christ having been crucified on the cross. Long range vision will enable us to see that the cross would out last the throne.
History teaches us that dictators, conquerors, oppressors never have the final words that belong to God.
So our chief concern must be to remain in harmony with the will and purpose of God.  Our mission then is to spread the gospel and live our lives to His glory.
This fall take the long look, see the beauty that surround us and Be still and know that He is 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 Notice
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, October 7th – World Communion Sunday
Monday, October 8th – Columbus Day
Thursday, October 11th – Presbyterian Women meeting 11am
Wednesday, October 17th -  Men’s Action Group meeting 8am
Sunday, October 28th – Reformation Sunday
  Tuesday, October 30th – Newsletter Deadline
Wednesday, October 31st – Reformation Day
Sunday, November 4th – Daylight Savings Time Ends

Thank you to all who donated, baked and helped with the Rummage Sale and Bake Sale and luncheon. A total of $1123.55 was raised.

Sunday School meets at 8:30am...If you are able to attend, we have a seat for you.  We are studying,
“Looking for Heaven on Earth”

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

Feed-a-friend…We will be collecting dessert items again this year for the Thanksgiving baskets from Tre-hab. Our collection dates will be from Oct. 7th until Oct. 28th.

Prayer Shawls –   I have several prayer shawls available, if anyone knows of anyone who could use one, please let me know. Thank you, Carolyn White

This month has been especially trying for our friends in Kenya.First, Rev. Malaho had serious digestive problems and required travel to a hospital in Nairobi, a fourteen hour trip across the country. A couple of our members helped to pay for his medical expenses. Because he needed funds for medical expenses, the family’s food supplies were diminished and they have run out of soap and some food essentials.Of course children and school activities don’t stop, so when he returned home he was needed to keep the school running.The big issue was that their government changed some rules and instituted a new value added tax on things including food, clothing, electricity, even the funds that we send, may be taxed. We will watch to see how this all works out this month.  By Jjim Kessler

Loose Change Offerings ( coins and bills)
1st Sunday – Local Missions
2nd Sunday – Local Missions
3rd Sunday – Kenya/Rev. Malaho
4th Sunday – Community Building
5th Sunday – Trehab Local Food Bank (whenever there is a 5th Sunday)

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