News

STAY AT HOME
 
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the stay at home order, please stay home and stay safe.  If you are planning to come to the church for worship or a meeting, please check with someone (Pastor Rob, Janet, a committee member, etc.)  to see if there will be a gathering.  Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
 
IDEAS FOR FASTING DURING LENT
 
In the words of Pope Francis:
Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
Fast from worries and have trust in God.
Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy.
Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.
Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.
 
 
LENTEN LUNCHEONS
 
The remaining Wednesday Lenten Luncheons have been cancelled.
 
WEDNESDAY WORSHIP
 
Pastor Rob announced that the Wednesday evening worship services have been cancelled.
 
CHOIR PRACTICE
 
Choir practice is held at 10:30 a.m. on each Sunday that the choir is providing the special music for the service.
 
 
CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY SERVICES
We will be accepting donations for CCS.  The CCS basket is in the Narthex every Sunday for your donations.
 
TRUSTEES  AND CHURCH COUNCIL
 
The Trustees meet the third Tuesday each month.  The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, April 21, at 7 p.m.
 
 
The Church Council meets the fourth Tuesday of each month.  The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, at 7 p.m.
 
 
CONNECTIONAL APPORTIONMENT
 
The 2020 Connectional Apportionment will be $11,633. This is a reduction of $2,131 from this year.
 
 
PRAYER CHAIN
If you have a prayer concern, please contact Betty Fetter at 887-2116.
ADDRESSES
Anyone interested in keeping in touch with the following people may do so by sending correspondence to the following address:
Kama Cleveland
Lutheran Home at Kane
100 High Point Drive
Kane, PA  16735
Please note:  Kama will be moving to Florida on March 17
 
Rev. & Mrs. Pete Graham
Bradford Ecumenical Home, Room 107
100 St. Francis Drive
Bradford, PA  16701
368-5648
 APRIL GREETERS

(Please sign up in the Narthex to be a greeter )
 
 
APRIL ACOLYTES
 
5 – Isaac Ours
12 – Mara Ours
19 – Isaac Ours
26 – Ethan Nannen
 
APRIL LAY READERS
 
5 – Bill Miller
12 – Trudy Comes
19 – Clark Johnson
26 – Bill Miller
 
APRIL USHERS
 
5- John Stratton, Graham Nannen, Ethan Nannen
12 – Betty Fetter, Brenda Young, Ronda Wian
19 – Rodney Hauck, Don Ross, Cecil Gallup
26 – Bill Miller, Joe Comes
 
 
UPPER ROOM
The “Upper Rooms” for March/April are in the rack inside the entrance to the Narthex.  Please take a copy if you are interested.
SECOND MILE GIVING
Money collected in the basket on the last Sunday of the month is for the Second Mile Giving.  Money collected goes to the Special Mission Fund.  Thanks for your support of this fund.
 
UMCOR SUNDAY
Every other month on the second Sunday, you will find a basket in the Narthex in which you may contribute money to UMCOR for health kits.  If you would rather purchase some items for the kits, these are suggested:  combs (large and sturdy, not pocket sized, at least 6″ long), finger-nail clippers, and bath-sized bar of soap (3 oz. and up).  All items must be in original package.  As you may know, the health kits are always needed somewhere and the United Methodist Women will use the money received on these Sundays to buy items needed for the kits.
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
 
The United Methodist Women meet the second Thursday of the month, August-May.  The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, April 9, at 11:30 a.m.
The United Methodist Women gladly accept donations year-round for Health Kits, which are always needed somewhere in the world.  UMCOR is also in need of birthing kits.
The UMW are having their Kitchen Shower.   The items needed are used for Friendship Sundays, Lenten Lunches, Soup Lunches and other events.  Current items needed include:  coffee (regular & decaf), 10 inch paper plates, small paper plates, sandwich bags, quart bags, gallon press & seal freezer bags, aluminum foil, dishwasher powder detergent, and money donations to buy a bulk plastic wrap dispenser.
 
RULES OF BEING METHODIST:  do no harm, do good, and stay in love with God.
 
What’s New?
 
Do you have an event or other news item that you would like to share with the United Methodist Church of Smethport Church Family?
If so, contact Ronda Wian, Communication Director, at 814-887-2047. Thank you.