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A monthly newsletter of Lansdale United Methodist Church Volume XL, Number 8, March 2014 www.lansdaleumc.org Circuit Rider Looking aheadOn April 18 th , from 1-3 P.M., a Childrens Good Friday Program is being held for children from ages 4 through sixth grade. They will participate in a lesson, singing, crafts, and a snack. Register for this free program using the form on the page 8, or on-line at www.lansdaleumc.org. Teen and adult helpers are also welcome to participate. Come and help children learn why Good Friday is an important part of Easter. Dont miss LUMCS Youth Musical : DAVEThe story of David and Goliath set in the American West Performances: Saturday, March 22nd ~ 7PM Sunday, March 23rd ~ 11:15AM and 7PM Our talented teens will entertain and inspire you! A free will offering will be taken at each performance. Do some Spring cleaning now and bring your rummage to church! The actual sale takes place on Fri., April 4 (1PM to 7PM) and Sat., April 5 (8AM to 1PM - ½ Price Sale all day $2 Bag Sale begins at 11AM) Lunch available both days Collection and Setup: Sat., March 29 th : 9AM to 11AM Mon., March 31 st & Tues., April 1 st : 6:30 PM to 9PM Setup will be completed on Wed.: 6:30PM to 9PM The following items are being collected beginning March 29 th unless otherwise noted : In Stringer Auditorium Furniture (drop off on Monday night, Mar.31 st ONLY, starting at 7PM) Clothes - new or used - must be clean. Place items on the stage only. (If you have items that can remain on hangers, please do so.) Inside Turner Room (place all items inside Turner Room. The hallway/stairs cannot be blocked) *Household Items/Linens *Kitchen Items *Books/DVDs/CDs *Sporting Goods *Holiday Decorations *Pet Items *Electronics *Games/Puzzles Your help is needed ... for merchandise sorting (Mon. through Thurs.), merchandise pricing (Mon. through Thurs.), cashiers on sale days (Fri. and Sat.), and cleanup on Sat. April 5 th (Noon - 2PM). Please see Brent Snyder with questions or email [email protected] Community Ash Wednesday Service March 5th, 7 P.M. to be held at L.U.M.C. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season. (Easter this year is April 20 th .) May our Lord and Savior bless you as we begin the Lenten journey. There will be the giving of ashes and Holy Communion. This can be an extremely powerful service as we focus on what Jesus the Christ has done for us. I strongly encourage you to attend and be blessed. Nursery care will be available. This is the first in a series of Midweek Lenten Services to be celebrated at the North Broad Street churches LUMC, Holy Trinity Episcopal and First Baptist. See the following page for a complete listing of locations and speakers. Pastor Max
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  • A monthly newsletter of Lansdale United Methodist Church Volume XL, Number 8, March 2014

    www.lansdaleumc.org

    Circuit Rider

    Looking ahead On April 18th, from 1-3 P.M., a Childrens Good Friday Program is being held for children from ages 4 through sixth grade. They will participate in a lesson, singing, crafts, and a snack.

    Register for this free program using the form on the page 8, or on-line at www.lansdaleumc.org. Teen and adult helpers are also welcome to participate.

    Come and help children learn why Good Friday is an important part of Easter.

    Dont miss LUMCS Youth Musical :

    DAVE

    The story of David and Goliath set in the American West

    Performances:

    Saturday, March 22nd ~ 7PM

    Sunday, March 23rd ~ 11:15AM and 7PM

    Our talented teens will entertain and inspire you!

    A free will offering will be taken at each performance.

    Do some Spring cleaning now and bring your rummage to church!

    The actual sale takes place on

    Fri., April 4 (1PM to 7PM) and Sat., April 5 (8AM to 1PM - Price Sale all day $2 Bag Sale begins at 11AM) Lunch available both days

    Collection and Setup:

    Sat., March 29th: 9AM to 11AM

    Mon., March 31st & Tues., April 1st : 6:30 PM to 9PM

    Setup will be completed on Wed.: 6:30PM to 9PM

    The following items are being collected beginning March 29th unless otherwise noted :

    In Stringer Auditorium Furniture (drop off on Monday night, Mar.31st ONLY, starting at 7PM) Clothes - new or used - must be clean. Place items on the stage only. (If you have items that can remain on hangers, please do so.)

    Inside Turner Room (place all items inside Turner Room. The hallway/stairs cannot be blocked)

    *Household Items/Linens *Kitchen Items *Books/DVDs/CDs *Sporting Goods *Holiday Decorations *Pet Items *Electronics *Games/Puzzles

    Your help is needed ... for merchandise sorting (Mon. through Thurs.), merchandise pricing (Mon. through Thurs.), cashiers on sale days (Fri. and Sat.), and cleanup on Sat. April 5th (Noon - 2PM).

    Please see Brent Snyder with questions or email [email protected]

    Community Ash Wednesday Service

    March 5th, 7 P.M.

    to be held at L.U.M.C.

    Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season. (Easter this year is April 20th.) May our Lord and Savior bless you as we begin the Lenten journey. There will be the giving of ashes and Holy Communion. This can be an extremely powerful service as we focus on what Jesus the Christ has done for us. I strongly encourage you to attend and be blessed. Nursery care will be available. This is the first in a series of Midweek Lenten Services to be celebrated at the North Broad Street churches LUMC, Holy Trinity Episcopal and First Baptist. See the following page for a complete listing of locations and speakers.

    Pastor Max

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    Worship Services for March

    March 2nd - The Last Sunday after Epiphany - Communion Sunday Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:10 Meditation: "Blessed are Those Who are Persecuted Because of Rghteousness" Pastor Max Hymns: #66 Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven (Opening)

    #2155 Blest Are They (Prayer) # 393 Spirit of the Living God (Preparation) #2254 In Remembrance of Me (Communion) #710 Faith of Our Fathers (Closing)

    March 9th - The First Sunday of Lent Scripture Reading: Luke 8:1-3, Mark 15:39-41, Mark 16:9-11 Message: "Deliverance " Pastor Max Hymns: #365 Grace Greater Then Our Sin (Opening)

    #2155 Blest Are They (Prayer) # 99 My Tribute (Preparation) #378 Amazing Grace (Closing)

    March 16th - The Second Sunday of Lent Scripture Reading: John 4: 4-29 Message: "Encounter a Better Offer" Deb Neild, Assistant to the Pastor, Deacon Candidate Hymns: #128 He Leadeth Me (Opening)

    #2269 Come Share the Lord (Prayer) #174 His Name Is Wonderful (Preparation) #297 Beneath the Cross of Jesus (Closing)

    March 23rd - The Third Sunday of Lent Scripture Readings: Luke 19:1-10 Message: "Little Big Man" Pastor Max Hymns: #127 Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah (Opening)

    #2162 Grace Alone (Prayer) #2152 Change My Heart O God (Preparation) #354 I Surrender All (Closing)

    March 30th - The Fourth Sunday of Lent Scripture Readings: Acts 9:1-18 Message: "Are You Serious, Paul?" Pastor Max Hymns: #363 And Can it be that I Should Gain (Opening)

    #2163 He Who Began a Good Work in You (Prayer) #393 Spirit of the Living God (Preparation) # 2171 Make Me a Channel of Your Peace (Closing)

    2014 Community Lenten Services Schedule Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

    Theme: Finding Your Place Date Church Speaker Topic

    March 5 Ash Wednesday

    Lansdale United Methodist Church

    Rev. Amanda Eiman Holy Trinity

    The Wilderness

    March 12

    First Baptist Rev. Dr. Max Jaouen Capernaum & Galilee

    March 19

    Holy Trinity Episcopal

    Rev. Dr. Kent Berghuis 1

    st Baptist

    Mount Transfiguration

    March 26

    Lansdale United Methodist Church

    Pastor Chris Hamilton Samaria

    April 2 First Baptist Youth Presentation Upper Room

    April 9

    Holy Trinity Episcopal

    Rev. Lonnie Turnipseed Lansdale UMC

    Gethsemane

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    March 2014

    Dear Friends,

    The six weeks before Easter is called the "Lenten Season". It is a time to focus on the suffering, death and resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The word "lent" means "lengthen" and stands for that time in spring when the days grow longer.

    The original period of Lent was 40 hours. It was spent fasting to commemorate the suffering of Christ and the 40 hours He spent in the tomb. In the early 3rd century, Lent was lengthened to 6 days. About 800 AD it was changed to 40 days. Lent starts on Ash Wednesday, 40 days before Easter but Sundays are not included in those 40 days. Those 40 days correspond with Christs 40 days in the wilderness.

    Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, is celebrated in many parts of the world with feasting and takes its name from "shriving" or forgiving sins. The FRENCH call it "Mardi Gras". (I never understood why Lansdales has a Holiday parade called Mardi Gras in November.) The Germans call it "Fausching". The feasting comes from the custom of using up household fats prior to the 40 days of Lenten fasting, when no fat is used.

    The Lenten season is intentionally set aside for examination, instruction, repentance and prayer. This season is one of preparation for all the people of God. It is written in Galatians 6:3-5, For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For each one shall bear his own load.

    As we enter the Lenten Season, let us examine ourselves and draw closer to His presence and grace by intensifying our prayer time, by increasing our Bible reading, by improving our worship attendance, and by multiplying our fellowship with one another. Let Gods grace grow in you and flow through you. It will be amazing.

    In Gods Love,

    Pastor Max

    Special

    13 Day Holy Land Trip

    is scheduled for

    MARCH 3, 2015

    There is still time to get a slight discount on the specialty tour of the Holy Lands with Educational Opportunities scheduled from March 3rd to March 15th of 2015. This trip is titled a Holy Land Experience and will cover several sites that are not visited on the Classic Tour that many of us have already experienced. There will be no planned extensions to Egypt or Jordan, however you can join other tour groups if you desire to visit them.

    The cost is approximately $3548, however if you register with $300 down before April 3, 2014, the cost will be $3468.

    Let me know if you are interested and missed the February 22nd meeting. Call 215-855-8364 or email me at [email protected]

    Pastor Max

    Sign up for the

    Membership Class!

    Are you interested in joining our church? If you have been worshiping with us, if you have been enjoying our fellowship, and if you are interested in becoming part of our fellowship and want to join our church membership, please contact the office at 215-855-8364 and sign up for the membership class. Membership classes are being held at 10:15A.M., on Sundays March 2nd, 9th, and 16th, in the conference room next to the church office.

    New members will be joining our fellowship on March 30th at either service.

    Dont forget on

    Sunday, March 9th...

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    The Prayer Shawl Ministry meetings will be held on Tuesdays, March. 4th and 18th from 1 to 3 P.M. in the library.

    Ladies, please join us for the monthly Prayer & Praise Breakfast. We shall meet at Franconis near Redners at 8:30 A.M. on Thursday, March 27th.

    We are looking forward to seeing YOU there! No reservations needed.

    Mens Breakfast at Code Blue Shelter

    The March UMM Monthly Men's Breakfast Meeting will be on Saturday, March 15 at 8:00 A.M.

    This month we are meeting at the Cold Blue Shelter located in Luther Hall of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansdale. LUMC Code Blue Coordinator Richard Hardesty will provide a tour and info on Code Blue.

    Attention Moms! Do you worry about your children? Come experience Gods peace and hope when you pray alongside other moms. Moms in Prayer International, formerly Moms In Touch, gathers moms together to pray for God to transform our children and schools. Wont you join with us in prayer for this next generation? We will meet in the church library on Tuesday, March 4th and 18th at 7 P.M.

    Please contact Patty Stemler, 267-912-7364 or [email protected] for information about our local group. For more information about Moms in Prayer International, visit www.MomsInPrayer.org.

    Special Notice: Childrens Coats

    We are collecting gently used childrens and teens coats for Telford United Methodist Churchs free coat room. Please place them in the collection box outside Stringer.

    This is a great time of year to pass along coats that no longer fit your children and grandchildren. Contact: Joanne Jacoby, (215) 822-3157.

    On Souper Bowl Sunday we collected 86 cans of soup and $25 for Manna on Main Street!

    Plan ahead...

    Easter Breakfast

    at the Church

    The Lansdale United Methodist Men will host a breakfast for the congregation on Easter morning. Come to celebrate a glorious Easter Sunday Church Service and bring the family and friends to break bread with us.

    Breakfast will be available prior to both Church services. There will be a free will offering taken. All profits will be donated to support the ongoing LUMC fund raising effort in the Fulfilling Our Covenant campaign.

    Date: April 20, 2014

    Place: Stringer Auditorium

    Time: 7:30 - 8:30 A.M..

    and

    10:15 - 11:00 A.M..

    A sign up sheet will be posted on the Stringer Bulletin Board in late March. Look for it then and please sign up.

    You can celebrate the Easter miracle by joining family and friends in breakfast prior to attending Easter services.

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    Greetings in the Name of Jesus Christ,

    I hope you are as excited as I am by the news that our Fulfilling the Covenant Capital Campaign has not only reached but exceeded our $3 million goal! This is an important milestone in the history of our Annual Conference. It is our first capital campaign to reach its goal.

    To all of you who made pledge commitments I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation. Thank you for your willingness to participate in this endeavor and for your sacrificial stewardship to ensure that our local churches might be spared the burden of increased payments to the Pre-82 Retired Clergy Pension Liability.

    Your sacrifice means that significant ministries will not be further hampered or diminished because of this obligation. And it will help to ensure that the liability may be completely paid off by our 2021 schedule, if not before.

    Again, thank you, thank you, thank you for your selfless generosity and your commitment to faithful stewardship of God's abundant gifts. I rejoice in our ministry together, inspired by Jesus Christ and manifested through our local churches. Sincerely, Bishop Peggy Johnson

    ~~~~~~

    March Anthems

    March 2nd ~ "The Beatitudes" the classic interpretation of this text by H R Evans.

    Ash Wednesday, March 5th - - in combination with the choir from !st Baptist Church under the direction of Janet Gross -

    "My Song Is Love Unknown" by Robert Powell

    Christ In Me" by Marie Armenia

    March 9th ~ Hear the Call of the Kingdom" by the Irish Troubadours, Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

    March 16th ~ "An Unexpected Cross" by Ernie Haase and Joel Lindsey

    March 23rd ~ "Loving the Lamb" by Kyla Rowland

    March 30th ~ Combined with the Choir and Bell Choir from Christ UMC

    "All Depends on Our Possessing" by J.S. Bach

    "What Wondrous Love is This" arranged by Jack Schrader

    "Joy in the Morning" by Natalie Sleeth

    Christ United Methodist and

    Lansdale United Methodist Choirs

    to combine for March 30th Service

    The Choirs of CUMC and LUMC will combine at the LUMC 9:00 A.M. service on March 30th. Our guests from CUMC will include the bell choir as well as the Adult Choir. The CUMC Choirs are under the direction of Miki Chelton.

    The combined choirs will perform three numbers, including Natalie Sleeth's "Joy in the Morning".

    They will repeat their performances at Christ UMC on April 6th.

    Bishop Peggy Johnson

    The UMC website

    The United Methodist Church announces that UMC.org, the denomination's official website, has gotten a makeover.

    Who are we? What do we believe? How do we serve? What's going on? The new UMC.org makes finding information and staying in-the-know more user-friendly with improved search capabilities -- and it's mobile friendly too!

    UMC.org still has all the award-winning stories and photos you're used to seeing, but now it will be more about your own spiritual journey - a place to help you navigate faith, giving, life issues and what it means to be a United Methodist.

    Be sure to check it out.

    http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001PNnjF-Q8pUmrF_-TOc7VGaqBiautdjG9aXdW0Gr1E-LzREz7tkev5WAJWMSNisx5V5Fx8i38ztkKtdAw-djpZLMKbtWxaM-dYAcVkB0dr89Gw8_RAosbku2NOl8cd1cDY_MRU5dZ6QxbO0cv5wEjEToXYqTx8KDvdNXnobHroOk9t2FDqFSeGYKb6qeylGOK&c=lVjAJjouBTjUndeBKCNcwzBXjRuf

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    Current Food Needs

    While Manna appreciates all donations, the following goods are especially needed right now: Canned Fruit (peaches, pears, fruit cocktail, pineapple, mandarin oranges, etc) Canned Meats (tuna, chicken, turkey, chili, beef stew, chicken dumpling, salmon, spam) Fresh produce: Vegetables and fruits (bananas, apples)

    And the Survey Said.. Thanks to everyone who took the time to complete the 2014 LUMC Goals Survey. We received a total of

    59 surveys. You have spoken loud and clear about what you as the members of the church would like us to focus on in the upcoming months and we appreciate your input.

    Church Council met the other night to review the results and we are happy to report we will be focusing on the following key areas in 2014:

    Developing a process for engaging visitors.

    Establish a new young adult group (post-college and singles).

    Increase church advertising and promotion through social media, a digital sign and other means.

    Increase attendance at the Praise Service by 20% of the current average attendance.

    Another goal also received a high number of votes and that was to increase church membership by 20 members. We agreed to monitor this over the course of the year but we felt this will be a RESULT of doing all the other things we have prioritized over the course of the year.

    We also received a number of write-in comments on the survey and we have logged and discussed each of these. Church Council leadership all agreed that we also need to focus on Sunday school growth, attendance and the actual facilities that we have for our childrens Sunday School. This will be our 5th goal.

    As one of the leaders of this church I am SO encouraged by the survey and by the growing excitement and creativity I see in many of our members. I believe that 2014 will be an awesome year: already, members have come to us with additional ideas and an offer to start a new small group. Please keep our church in prayer and consider what you might do to help us achieve our goals. I have seen many new faces enter our doors and I am praying we can get them engaged in the life of our church.

    Please consider doing something for our church that you have never done before. Look for opportunities for service that fit into your busy schedule. When God calls you to do something, He will find a way for you to do it. Remember the Power of One (each one of us) working together as a team is unstoppable!! Look for opportunities that you see advertised in the bulletin, Circuit Rider, on the bulletin board and many other ways. Or feel free to talk to Pastor Max or any Church Council member about ways that you can become involved.

    LUMC Praising God, Making Disciples Serving All!!

    Manna Mondays at Molly Maguires

    Molly Maguires Pub Lansdale invites you to dine out to end hunger!

    On Mondays, from 11A.M.-10P.M., Molly Maguires will donate 15% of your bill to Manna on Main Street (excludes alcohol sales). Please specify that youre dining out for Manna!

    Come on over to Mollys for Manna Mondays. Thank you!

    Molly Maguires: 329 W. Main Street, Lansdale

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    The Blue Envelope Mission Emphasis for March is U.M.C.O.R.s One Great Hour.

    These once a year donations are used for operational needs for U.M.C.O.R. (United Methodist Committee On Relief.) Throughout the rest of the year 100% of donations go to designated response areas nationally and internationally for disaster relief.

    Your donation is important this month to maintain U.M.C.O.R.s ability to respond quickly around the world whenever needed.

    ~~~~~~~~

    SAVE THE DATE!

    Spring is on the way and...

    Apple Dumplings are Coming!!! May 6, 2014

    Watch for order information that will be posted on sign-up bulletin board

    this month and during April. Dont be left out.

    They are delicious!!

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    Mission Team Prayers Requested

    Carpenters Calling Mission Team will be heading to Crisfield, MD March 30 to April 5, 2014. A multi church team with 10 volunteers from LUMC will be part of about 40 volunteers responding for continued rebuilding and repair efforts from Super Storm Sandy flood damages. Traveling and safety for volunteers on jobsites need your prayers.

    Adult Dine-Around The Dine-around has once again been

    scheduled at the Olive Garden. Please join us there on Thursday, March 6 at 11:30 A.M.

    Please sign up on the bulletin board outside Stringer Auditorium and include your phone number in case we must cancel again due to bad weather. For this month only, Bill Cole will be in charge. If you have any questions, please call Bill at 215-997-8133.

    If you have a request for the Prayer Chain, please call Janet Harper, 215-699-3026.

    Online Prayer Requests are also available.

    Missions Work Area

    Save the Date!

    Volunteers in Motion

    Imagine scores of local churches in the North Penn School District united to serve our community. Imagine homes of those who are struggling being painted, parks being cleaned, older folks being visited, and relationships being formed within our local community. Join other volunteers on May 3 from 9-12 A.M. A celebration, including a light lunch will follow. More information to follow in the coming months.

    NEED HELP? Do you have a job that you could use help with but are unable to do yourself? Perhaps a cleaning or painting project, or mulching, or gutters to clean. Contact your pastor and they will pass on the information. Yours could be one of the projects for Volunteers in Motion on May 3rd.

    Do You Like to Garden?

    Would you be interested in helping Manna develop a community garden with Christ United Methodist Church in

    Lansdale?

    We are exploring a community garden project with Christ United Methodist Church and would like to form a committee to help us plan this project. We would love to hear your ideas, learn from your experience and develop this project with you and the Church!

    Please contact: Kristyn DiDominick, [email protected], or 215-855-5454,

    ext. 14.

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    Nursery News - March 2014

    Welcome to all the newborns born in the past couple of months. I would like to invite you to our church nursery.

    My name is Donna Fritz and I have been a member here for over 45 years, and the nursery director for almost two years. I have had childcare experience teaching preschool, and after receiving a certificate from the Sheffield School for Nannies I helped raise two children for nine years. Two years ago I received my CDA (Child Development Associate credential) from Manor College. I will be renewing my CPR and First Aid Training very soon. Working with children and seeing them grow and learn is very rewarding to me. I hope to see more infants, toddlers and children come soon to our nursery. Sunday morning hours are 8:45A.M. 12:45P.M.

    Miss Donna

    You are invited to participate in a Good Friday Program for Children

    Age 4 through Sixth Grade

    Learn why Good Friday is so important to Easter!

    Friday, April 18th - 1:00-3:00 P.M.

    Lansdale United Methodist Church 300 North Broad Street, Lansdale, PA 19446 (215) 855-8364 www.lansdaleumc.org

    Enjoy music, crafts, a lesson, and a snack as part of the Good Friday program.

    All activities are free. Your registration on or before April 14th.

    is greatly appreciated!

    Kindly return your registration in 1 of 4 ways: 1. The church office 2. The bulletin board outside Stringer 3. The Education Director mailbox at LUMC 4. Mail to the address above. For more information or to help with the program, [email protected]

    Registration Form For April 18, 2014

    Good Friday Program for Children Name of Child:___________________________ Parents/Guardians Names:_________________ _______________________________________ Address:________________________________ _______________________________________ Home Phone #:___________________________ E-mail Address:___________________________ Phone # where we can reach you in case of emergency: ____________________________________ Age of Child:___________Birthdate:__________ Please list any allergies or any other physical or medical issues of which we should be aware. _______________________________________ _______________________________________ Please indicate if you would like to help with the Good Friday program in any of these areas: Name :_________________________________ Phone #:________________________________ _____ Crafts ______ Photography _____ Snack ______Clean-up or _____ Lesson/Storytelling Where Needed

    Recycling

    Sat., March 1st

    9 - 10 A.M. Drop off at church parking

    lot

    Please check the bulletin board for the items which are accepted. They must be clean and sorted in the various categories. We will only be taking cardboard if there is room.

    The suggested donation is $2 to cover the cost of gasoline and the $8 drivers entrance fee at the Pottstown recycling facility.

    For information call Mike Nickerson (215-661-8975)

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    College Care Packages

    Oasis (former ly known as the 1935 Young Adult Group) is collecting $5 gift cards for Starbucks, Wawa, or similar stores to use in care packages for our members who are college students. A box labeled "College Care Packages" will be outside Stringer Auditorium from now until Sunday, March 9th.

    Please contact Catherine Goerss-Murphy at [email protected] or 267-337-2715 with any questions. Thank you!

    As I sit here in February looking out at all the snow, its hard to believe that March, and Spring are just about a month away. It cant come quick enough for me. I love the beginning of Spring-seeing the bulbs start to sprout, and buds start to appear on the trees. The earth is coming back to life after a very long, very snowy winter.

    March also begins the season of Lent. Lent is a time of preparation for Easter. Christians use this time to re-evaluate their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something, or to volunteer and give of themselves for others. The Sunday School will be using this season to support a very special Lenten Mission Project. This year our chosen project is the Haiti Hot Lunch Program. The Hot Lunch program provides Children in schools operated by the Methodist Church of Haiti with hot, nutritional meals, that many children otherwise would not receive. Before this program was started, most children did not eat a meal at school. This program ensures access to nutritional meals, cooked on-site, to provide energy for them to learn throughout the day. More information will be presented on Sunday, March 9th, during the Sunday School time and both Church Services.

    Confirmation Class is going strong with 7 young adults meeting each week during the Sunday School time. On Sunday, February 8, the students were presented with new Bibles during the worship services. These Bibles are to be used as they prepare for Confirmation and joining the church. The students in the class are:

    Jason Beideman, Journey Burroughs, Johnny Mowbray, Jimmy Neild, Stephen Nwogwugwu, Dianna Perry and Owen Ranck. Please pray and support these young adults as they prepare to dedicate their lives to the Lord and to the church.

    I wish you all a wonderful March. Please come on out to Sunday School. There are a lot of fun things going on and we want you and your children to be a part of it!!

    Liz Bonner

    Childrens Education Dirctor

    G.Y.M. Gods Youth in Motion

    The Youth are just finishing our latest unit discussing Christmasno I did not stutter. I said Christmas. Christmas approaches so quickly and the season is so full of activities that we never actually get an opportunity to discuss the components of the story of Christmas. Weve discussed Mary and Joseph and their relationship and most recently the Wise Men and their relationship with Herod. With the Wise Men and Herod, the Wise Men knew of and saw the Star. It meant hope, grace and a symbol of the Messiah to them. To Herod, the star was a threat. A threat to his lifestyle and his Kingdom. In this lesson we discussed how even today, this simple lesson of the same symbol meaning different things to different people still applies, 2,000 years later. Same lessondifferent times. Ask your teenager!

    Thank you to everyone for their support of the Youth through the Lasagna Sale and Spaghetti Dinner. Proceeds from the two events will go to support the Youth Musical. The Youth Musical will take the place the weekend of March 22nd & 23rd. Well tear down the stage and return Stringer to its normal configuration on Monday, March 24th @ 6:30P.M.

    We are looking forward to April, the Rummage Sale will be Friday, April 4th and Saturday, April 5th. Collections and setup will begin on Saturday, March 29th from 9A.M. to Noon. Please mark your calendars.

    Last but not least, the Youth Mission Trip is coming July 12 to 19. Were headed to McColl, SC and have started signups now. Cost is $100 for church members, $200 for non-active, non-Members. Deposits of $50 are due March 1st. Spots are limited. Please see Brent Snyder ([email protected]) with questions.

    mailto:[email protected]

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    Needed: Circuit Rider Editor

    Please consider taking over as editor of this monthly publication. Without an editor, we may not have an April edition. Knowledge of layout using Microsoft Word and/or Publisher is necessary. Proof and edit articles and info submitted by others on a monthly basis. If you are interested please contact the church office.

    3/3 Lisa Shook 3/4 Melissa Sesi 3/5 Jamie Bonner Patricia Kulp 3/6 Kara Whitman 3/7 Christina Moses Anthony Mackiewicz Warren Shaedle Tom Jones 3/9 Roger Ranck 3/10 Megan Duffy Michelle Bradley Richard Lehman 3/11 Marsha Edwards 3/12 Jean Lowe Jeannie Kohler Megan Neild 3/13 Jim Dietterich 3/14 Joan Johnson Richelle Monti 3/15 Allison Williams Brian Kalisky 3/18 Mitch Nickerson Colby Weiss

    3/22 Kerri Johnson Holly Kennedy 3/23 Sharon Gerhart Jenna Gottlieb Kathleen Keffer 3/26 Ben Kalisky Judy Mills 3/27 Mickey Gerhart Pete Noll 3/29 Donna McGuire April Uhlenburg Kellan Kurtz 3/30 Laura Ann Kehler Doris Schroeder Leslie Neer Dean Nwogwugwu 3/31 Robert Blankenship Richard Hardisty Katie Daubney 3/31 Cindy Scheetz

    3/6 Gordon & Virginia Williams..66th 3/8 Michael & Kimberly Paris..11th 3/17 Susan & Anthony Fischer...13th 3/20 Frank & Cynthia Mensah12th

    Thank you again for hosting the American Red Cross blood drive at Lansdale United Methodist Church this past Monday. Your support is much appreciated, we couldnt do it without you!

    Here are the results of the drive:

    Goal: 17 Donors Scheduled: 33 Presenting Donors: 30 Double Red Cell: 1 (=2 donations) Total Pints Collected: 26 Thats 153% to goal!

    I look forward to working with you again for the next blood drive, which is tentatively scheduled for Monday, December 22, 2014 for the hours of 2pm to 7pm. Please let me know when you can, if this date works for the church next December.

    If at all possible, also let us know if you are interested in hosting a drive for us mid-year, in the spring or summer, as we are always in need to collect the lifesaving blood needed for the patients in our local area.

    Thank you again for all your support and we wish you the best in the new year! Suzette

    Suzette Pavia Account Manager Penn Jersey Blood Services Region

    American Red Cross 700 Spring Garden Street Philadelphia PA, 19123

    ~ Thank you ~

    ~ Can you Help? ~

    ~ Birth ~

    Congratulations to David and Becky Nofsinger on the birth of a son, Zachary Michael Hofsinger, born February 14, 2014, at 8lbs. 2oz., 22 inches. His proud sisters are Ester and Susan.

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  • Lansdale United Methodist Church

    215-855-8364 Fax : 215-855-1534

    e-mail: [email protected] www.lansdaleumc.org

    Church Office Hours:

    Mon. - Fri., 9 A.M. - 3 P.M.

    Our church extends a warm welcome to you.

    Senior Pastor: Rev. Dr. Max Jaouen

    Staff

    Pastor: Rev. Dr. M ax Jaouen Assistant to the Pastor: Debra Neild Administrative Assistant: Jennifer W arner Music/Choir Director: Ed Roberts Organist: Ruth Rineer Contemporary Worship Leader: Eva Jennings Childrens Education Director: Liz Bonner Youth Director: Brent Snyder Nursery Director: Donna Fritz Bright Beginnings Nursery School: Liz Bonner Custodian: Bill Scheetz

    The Circuit Rider is a monthly newsletter of Lansdale United Methodist Church. Leave articles with name and phone number in the newsletter mailbox in the church office or e-mail to [email protected] We reserve the right to edit for content and space.

    Editor: Louise Lehman, (215) 368-3092 Production: Joan Johnson, Dick Lehman, Betty Starrett

    Lansdale United Methodist Church 300 North Broad Street Lansdale, PA 19446 RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED

    Nonprofit Org. U.S. POSTAGE

    PAID Permit No. 180 Lansdale, PA

    Church Leadership

    Lay Leaders: Luann Ingram Church Council: Bill Cole, Assistant Chair Cindy Scheetz Church and Society: Lonnie Turnipseed Discipleship: Peter Noll and Paul DeLong Family Council: Patty Stemler and Sheila Weiss Finance: Ron Joyce Financial Secretary: W arren Shaedle Lay Leadership: M ax Jaouen and Bob Kennedy Librarian: Verna Colliver Missions: Ed Hartmann Staff Parish Relations: Dave Edwards Treasurer: Darren Johnson, Assistant Treasurer: Richard Hardisty Trustees: John Dasch UMM President: (Acting) Joe M illman UMW President: Worship: Connie Barnes and Maryellen Reinmiller

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    Sunday Morning Worship Services:

    9 A.M. Traditional 11:15 A.M. Contemporary

    Church School: 10:15 A.M. All ages

    Nursery Care: - infants to age 3 all morning

    The April newsletter deadline is

    March 12th, 2014

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