The Messenger – May 2019

Dear Church Family,

This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24. How many times have you heard or read this Psalm? If you are like me, more than you can count. As May begins, maybe it’s time to put these words into practice. Make every day count.

Imagine that you receive a gift of $1,440 from a relative. You want to be sure you make the best use of this gift, so you keep accurate records of your spending. You even show your records to your relative so they will be pleased to see how special this gift is to you.

Have you considered the fact that you receive a gift of 1,440 minutes daily from God? What if you had to give an account to him at the end of the day on how you spent those minutes? Most of us would have to admit that some of the time was wasted. What if we had to write off, as a loss, the time we didn’t purposefully use?

Our time is like money. Once we spend it, we can’t get it back. We don’t always spend our time wisely. PS 118:25 reminds us that today, like every day, is a cause for celebration. God challenges us to use each day for His purposes. Each day God deposits 1440 minutes into our “Time account.” He wants us to spend it wisely. He gives us many possibilities to use our time for His purposes.

We need to begin each day with an attitude of cheerfulness, thanking God for another day full of minutes and hours. Let others see the joy that can only come from our Lord. Be quick to laugh and slow to anger. Share God’s goodness with all who surround you.

Today’s time has already been deposited into your “time account.” Make the most of this day! It’s a non-renewable resource.

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

Thursday, May 2nd – National Day Of Prayer

Thursday, May 9th - Presbyterian Women meeting – 11am

Sunday, May 12th – Happy Mother’s Day!

Monday, May 13th – Ladies Spring Banquet – 6pm

Wednesday, May 15th – Men’s Action Group – 8am

Saturday, May 18th – Armed Forces Day!

Monday, May 20th – Victoria Day! (Canada)

Monday, May 27th – Happy Memorial Day!

Tuesday, May 28th – Newsletter Deadline

Thursday, May 30th – Ascension

Graduations are coming up! If anyone has a family member graduating from Nursery School through college, please let Carolyn White know, so I can put in the June newsletter.

 I have been with the expectation over the winter that Relay would be different this year and it is. Susquehanna County is combining with Wyoming County and it will be held at the Wyoming County Fairgrounds, near Tunkhannock, on Saturday, June 1st from 9 am until 10 pm. There will be a survivor ceremony at 5 pm with a complimentary dinner to follow. They’re also planning a luminaria ceremony at dusk. If anyone wishes to make a donation or would like more information, luminaria forms or survivor dinner forms, please see me. Thanks so much, Debbie Stalker

Prayer Shawls – If anyone knows of someone in need of a prayer shawl, please let Carolyn White know. So far this year, we have given out 5 prayer shawls.

Baby Bottle Campaign for Care Net begins April 28th and continues through May

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 6pm is the annual meeting for the Franklin Hill Cemetery Association, in the Community Building. Everyone is welcome.

The monthly meeting of Presbyterian Women was held on Thursday, April 11, 2019 with 8 ladies present. It was decided to discontinue the Dimes for Water collection, but no decision was made as to what should replace it. We will continue to contribute to Women’s Resource. Gwenn is leading the decorating for the Ladies Spring Banquet which will be held Monday May 13 at 6:00. All women and girls are encouraged to attend this event whose theme is “God Rocks”, with our guest speaker, Peggy Walker. Just bring a dish to share and come prepared to receive an evening of Blessings. Many ladies turned out to sew on the first Tuesday of the month to make place mats for Meals on Wheels. Everyone enjoyed picking and choosing fabrics from each other’s stash and the sounds of running sewing machines probably were heard from passersby on the road! ! Those who don’t sew helped to cut or press and a lot was accomplished, however, many more need to be made, so come join us on May 7 between the hours of 8:30 and 2:00 in the community building. If you are sewing, bring your machine – if you don’t have fabric, there will be plenty there from which to choose, easy patterns to use, and instructions if needed. Crafts are being made for the upcoming craft, soup and bake sale to be held October 4 & 5 in the Community Building. Reminders will be emailed and in the bulletin when a group will gather to work on craft items. Stay tuned.. ……. Reminder – No rummage sale items should be dropped off this spring as those sales are no longer being held. We welcome women the second Thursday of each month beginning at 11:00 for a time of sharing, caring, praying, laughing, enjoying. . . .

Kenya Update… on 3/27, We sent funds a bit early to pay their electric bill to keep the water flowing. His response was; “With total humility and respect,Thank You, because of you our children enjoy a bright future, and even the seniors have a greater increased life expectancy” Thank You.  The funds you sent were used as follows; $85 electric bill, $115 food, $80 medication, $50 school supplies, $50 poultry feed, $20 local travel. Thank You and God bless you.  4/9… It has been very, very hot and they have had severe storms. Their water pump has been hit by lightening again and the roof of his house has been damaged and a corner has been carried away. It was an old roof. The roof was last repaired in 1984. Our church sent emergency funds on 4/23 to repair their water pump and Rev. Malaho responded, “Praise God! It is by grace of God that do what we are doing and what we have achieved. Thank You and praise God!” By Jim Kessler

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 – 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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