The Messenger – September 2019

Dear Church Family,

Due to recent events and situations happening in our church family and in my struggle to help, God led me to the Book of Daniel. As I read the first chapter (as I would encourage each of you to do), God reminded me that many times in our lives our faith will be tested.

In Daniel 1: 12 & 13 we read “Please test your servants for ten days: give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.”

Times were testy in Babylon. The King determined that the way to the hearts of captive Israel was through their youth. Win them over to your ways, assimilate them unto your culture, and they’d never turn against you. So he chose the cream of the crop of the young Jewish men to indoctrinate with the language and literature of the Babylonians (Daniel 1:4).

Daniel was wise beyond his teen years, understood the ploy of the king. So he took a stand. Although he could have dined on the royal food and wine, he requested nothing but vegetables, friends, and grain to eat, and water to drink. What were you thinking, Daniel?

The king’s fruits would not have been prepared according to festival dietary laws. Give into the king on this point and what would happen to the rest of your heritage? If you’re going to resist assimilation into a culture, you need to do what you can to be true to your roots. As to the wine, while not prohibited by Jewish law, imagine how easily a king could lull a group of young men into complacency by keeping them slightly inebriated.

At the end of the ten days the appearance of the young men on Daniels diet was noticeably better than that of the ones eating the royal food (Daniel 1: 15-16). Daniel and his friends influenced the king’s ideals rather than the other way around.

How is this relevant to you and me today, aside from the fact that most of us need a better diet? We live in a strange culture, in danger of being sucked into its depths. Our only way to remain pure is to take a stand for the things that please God.

Dare to be a Daniel!

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

Monday, September 2 – Happy Labor Day!

Sunday, September 8 – National Grandparents Day!

Wednesday, September 11 – Patriot Day

Thursday, September 12 – Presbyterian Women meeting – 11am in the Community Building

Wednesday, September 18 – Men’s Action Group meeting – 8am in the Community Building

Monday, September 23 – First Day of Autumn

Thursday, September 26 – Session Meeting – 2pm in the Community Building

Sunday, September 29 – Outdoor Service – weather permitting

Tuesday, October 1 – Newsletter Deadline

Craft & Bake Sale – Friday, October 4th 9am to 2pm and Saturday, October 5th 9am to 1pm – There will also be lunch available and soups available for eat in or take out. Many have been working hard to create handcrafted sewn items, wood items, maple syrup, honey and so much more. There will be lots of yummy and delicious baked goods for sale too. Be sure to spread the news. If you would like to contribute to the craft items or bake sale, please see Bonne Travis.

 Feed A Friend - In October we will be collecting dessert items for Feed-a-friend. This is a program put on by Trehab to give out Thanksgiving dinners. Without these baskets many people would not have a Thanksgiving dinner. Hope you can help us with this Mission Project.

 Prayer Shawls – If anyone knows of someone in need of a prayer shawl, please let Carolyn White know.

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

 Choir Practice has resumed – if interested in joining, please see Pastor Joe.

 Kenya – 8/2 Rev. Malaho reported That Patricia, his youngest daughter, was involved in a motor vehicle accident. She had minor facial injuries and a broken hand. 8/3 He reported that Esther. his #2 child, has throat pain and is in transport to Nairobi hospital to explore cancer virus. His wife Julia is on her way to monitor the daughter’s progress. They stay with relatives in Nairobi for a while.

8/14 Rev Malaho reported that he had had painful stroke in his right hand side and is is transport to Nairobi Hospital in public transport vehicle.

8/23 I asked for update on his health and his ladies. I reported that we offered prayers and support.

8/25 He reported that he is in hospital hostel and recovering. He sends gracious “Thank you”s for our prayers and financial support which is used for medication and hospital expenses.

8/31 He extends his  blessings to our church. He is recovering very well. Esther is on treatment but is recovering very well. Patricia has recovered and will be resuming her lectures on 9/5

And he is always very appreciative of our support both for our prayers and financial support.          By Jim Kessler

 New Fans and Lights – If you have not noticed the church has new fans and lights. The old fans and lights were replaced in August by volunteers in our church. A decision was made by session to replace the old fans due to the difficulty they were causing over the years. They operated by remotes and at time the lights would not be at the same brightness when the power was turned on. It would be difficult at times to get the brightness the same on all lights with the remotes. Turning on the fans and getting them to run at the proper speed would also cause problems at times. It took patience to get them adjusted right. When it was decided to replace the fans and lights a decision was made to get them rewired and operate the new ones from wall switches. When removing the old fans they noticed the lights were breaking off the fan base. Good thing they were replaced. Thank you to all who helped in the installation of the new fans and lights.

Recently we lost a dear Partner, Ken Post, and his memorial fund paid for the fans and lights. This was approved by the Post family. On Sunday the Post family joined us in church and the fans and lights were dedicated in Ken’s name. Thank you to the Post family.

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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