“When Helping Hurts” – Interested in going deeper in thinking about mission and outreach? Michelle Schwartzman, our Volunteers in Mission Coordinator for the Susquehanna Annual Conference, is going to offer an online (ZOOM) class for us based on the “When Helping Hurts.” All are invited. You do not have to have read the book to participate, but we are making a few copies available her at the church for purchase or you can order your own online if you are interested in going even deeper. Classes will be on Monday evenings, February 1 – March 9 from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. This opportunity is being sponsored by our Missions Team, chaired by Tom Hirschle. Please contact the church office if you would like to sign up so that we can send you the ZOOM link.
Pastor Lenore will be offering a book study in January on “Reforesting Faith: What Trees Teach Us About the Nature of God and His Love for Us.” This is a great study that connects the study of God’s Word and Creation Care. We will gather for three sessions to discuss this book. Order ahead so that you can be prepared. Books can be ordered online or at the church office. Please register with the office if you are interested so that we can arrange times/methods (live or ZOOM) that work for everyone.
“Troubled Minds” – A relevant topic for our times and for the Church in 2021. Pastor Lenore will be leading a book discussion on the “Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission” by Amy Simpson. There are two opportunities to be involved in this discussion on February 11th; the first at 1 p.m. and the second at 7 p.m. Both of these will be offered via ZOOM, so please contact email@example.com to get your link. This is being offered through United Churches of Lycoming County. Copies of the book can be purchased online at most booksellers either hard copy or e-book format. Read ahead and come prepared to talk with others about your insights from the text. **Note: This is NOT geared towards mental health professionals. Our hope is to have frank discussion with clergy and church membership who engage with those dealing with mental health issues daily, both at church and in the home.
Many of you might be familiar with the old-time hymn “Lead Me to Calvary.” The refrain goes like this: Lest I forget Gethsemane, Lest I forget Thine agony, Lest I forget Thy love for me, Lead me to Calvary.
Lest we forget, we will be traveling the road towards Calvary during the weeks leading up to Easter. Beginning with our Ash Wednesday Service at 7 p.m. on February 17th, we will journey together, remembering all of Jesus’ predictions about his imminent death as he travelled towards Jerusalem.
Williamsport Area Christian Mental Health Support Group:
is a space for Christ-centered support, safety and healing for those in our community who experience mental health difficulties, either themselves or in their families. A spiritual support group is not group therapy, but a ministry in which members seek to help support each other during their time of need and to grow spiritually in their relationship with God. When & Where: (New Schedule Beginning February 2021) 1st Tuesdays of the Month; 6 – 7:30 p.m. at West End Christian Community Center, 901 Diamond Street. An experience of supportive relationships, prayer, healing and inner strength. You are not alone. Call 570-323-9456 or 570-326-5569 with any questions.
Take What You Need, Give What You Can… 24-Hour Food Pantry:
Suggested items to be donated: soups; paper products; canned fruit; laundry supplies; canned vegetables; personal care items; peanut butter, etc. Please no glass!! Items may be placed in the basket in the lounge by the fireplace. Monetary donations are also appreciated.