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Holy Land 2020:

Pastor Lenore will be leading a team to the Holy Land through Educational Opportunities from January 8 – 16, 2020. The trip is unique in that it is not JUST touring the holy sites but will include teachings by Rev. Dr. Gary Mason, a Methodist pastor from Ireland and the Director of Rethinking Conflict. Brochures are available for those interested. Initial deposit is due NOW to hold spaces.


Adult Membership:

Pastor Lenore will be offering a class during the Sunday School hour each Sunday in August for those adults  interested in joining the church either by transfer or profession of faith. The discussion will be based on the book United Methodist Questions; United Methodist Answers (books to be provided). Those wishing to join must attend at least two of these four classes and also meet with the pastor for one other meeting (to be scheduled at a time of mutual convenience) before joining. Others wishing to be part of this class for personal interest are welcome to attend too (books can be purchased on Amazon or Cokesbury or through the church office for $10). Please let Pastor Lenore know if you are planning to attend.


August Bible Studies:

(begins August 6)
Tuesday Morning 10 a.m. : Encountering Jesus
Join us in an 8 week study on who is Jesus and what was His purpose for coming. No books required.

Tuesday Evening 7 p.m.: Faith Lessons on the Promised Land
If you have an interest in Biblical geography and history and how it affects our reading of the Scriptures, join us for a 5 week study with Bible teacher Ray Vander Laan as he takes us to Tel Gezer, the Jordan River, Tel Jericho, Tel Beth Shemesh and Tel Azekah. No books required.


Walk to Bethlehem:

Get Your Walking Shoes Ready (and your step counter, too)!
Between the 1st of September and December 24th, we will be taking on a challenge to “walk” from Williamsport to Bethlehem (not in Pennsylvania). This is a church wide initiative to increase our physical and spiritual health as we attempt to log (together) the 5,799 miles that span between the two cities. Consider signing up to participate. A sign-up sheet is in the lounge or you can call in to the office to let us know that you are joining us.


College Bound:

It’s that time of the year again for those of you attending a school of higher education. We are asking for your college address. It doesn’t matter if you attend locally or at a distance, Saint John’s-Newberry would like to keep in touch with you, pray for you, also send notes of encouragement as well as some goody boxes. If you have a family member or know of someone in the church who will be attending a school of higher education, please contact the church office at 570 326-5569 or or sign up on the list on the bulletin board outside the office.


Electronic Giving:

If your family has an interest in using automatic bank transfers for sharing your financial support of the ministry of the Saint John’s – Newberry United Methodist Church, a form for that purpose is on the circular table in the Gathering Area or can be e-mailed to you on request. This method of giving may be used for gifts to the General Budget, Extra Mile Giving, Conference Missions and our Monthly Missions. If you have questions, please contact,
Joyce Paulhamus in the Church Office, 326-5569.


Backpack Blessing:

The Blessing will be held at both services on Sunday, August 25th. This is for All people going back to school no matter what age AND for any item you are taking with you back to school. Example…. backpack, notebooks, pencils, etc. Bring your items with you on August 25th.


Promotion Sunday:

September 8th — Moving up or Not all elementary students and their parents are invited to come to Fellowship Hall for a short program. The teachers will then walk the students to their classrooms.


Stop the Bleed Training Class:

This is teaching individuals how to provide vital initial response to stop uncontrolled bleeding in emergency situations, will be held on two dates, Thursday, September 12th at 6:30 p.m. & Saturday, September, 14th at 9 a.m.  Look for the sign-up sheet in the lounge.


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: (Beginning September) 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the Month; 6 – 7:30 p.m. at West End Christian Community Center, 901 Diamond Street and 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the Month; 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. at The Castellano Center for Community Outreach, 320 Park Avenue. Bring your lunch if on lunchbreak. 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.