News

 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
 
Wednesday, February 14 – Lenten Devotions & Lunch – 12:05 pm – Speaker:  Pastor Len
Thursday, February 15 – Bible Study – 10 am
Thursday, February 22 – Bible Study – 10 am
Wednesday, February 28 – Lenten Devotions & Lunch – 12:05 pm – Speaker: David Ball
Thursday, February 29 – Bible Study – 10 am
Thursday, March 7 – Bible Study – 10 am
Wednesday, March 13 – Lenten Devotions & Lunch – 12:05 pm – Speaker: Caleb Raught
Thursday, March 14 – Bible Study – 10 am
Thursday, March 21 – Bible Study – 10 am
Tuesday, March 26 – Trustees – 6:15 pm
Tuesday, March 26 – Church Council – 7:15 pm
Wednesday, March 27 – Lenten Devotions & Lunch – 12:05 pm – Speaker: Pastor Max Simms
Thursday, March 28 – Bible Study – 10 am
Friday, March 29 – Good Friday Service –  7 pm @ Eldred
Saturday, April 27 – Michael Facciani – 2 pm @ Lakeview
Sunday, April 28 – Sunday Service – 10 am @ Eldred
Sunday, April 28 – Michael Facciani – 2 pm
 
LAY READERS
 
February 18 – Linda Ness
February 25 – Trudy Comes 
 
USHERS/GREETERS
 
Ushers/Greeters are needed. There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex or call the church office (814-887-2455) or call Gail McBride (814-887-2135).
 
BIBLE STUDY
 
The Smethport ministerium will be sponsoring Bible Study during Lent. The Bible Study will be at 10 am on Thursday mornings at Smethport. The topic will be “Final Words from the Cross” by Adam Hamilton. If you miss a Thursday morning class, you can go to Eldred the following Wednesday at 1:30 pm. The books are being provided by St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.
 
LENTEN FOLDERS
 
Lenten folders are available in the Narthex. The money received will go to the current expense account.
 
PRAYERS NEEDED
 
Please keep Flo Carter in your prayers.
Please keep Jan and Bob George in your prayers. Send correspondence to:
Rev. & Mrs. Robert George, Jr.
2182 Egolf Rd.
Bedford, PA 15522
 
SMETHPORT MINISTERIUM
 
The Smethport Ministerium will be sponsoring a bible study. More information will be posted once it is available.
 
CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY SERVICES
 
The CCS basket is in the Narthex every Sunday for your donations.
 
MEMORIAL FUND
 
When you give money to the Memorial Fund, please include the name and address of who you want the acknowledgment to go to as well as your name and address so the Memorial Fund Sec./Treas., Barb Ball, will have the necessary information.
 
NEW MEMBERS WELCOME
 
Anybody who is interested in joining the church should talk to Pastor Len.
 
CHARGE CHANGE
 
Beginning July 1, 2023, we will become part of a 3-church charge – Resilient Charge. This means that worship times are changing.  Pastor Len will be traveling to the various churches and worship times will be as follows:
 
Ceres – 9 am
Eldred – 10 am
Smethport – 11:15 am (Effective October 15, 2023)
 
US DISASTERS
 
If you would like to contribute money to UMCOR for the US Disasters, please write the following on your envelope and mark it as follows:
Advance #901670 for US Disasters or Advance #999895 to go where most needed.
 
If you would like to aid Ukraine, make check out to Global Ministries/UMCOR with Advance #982450 written on the memo line. Mail to Global Ministries/UMCOR, GPO PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068 or give the check to the church to mail with other donations or give online at https:/umcmission.org/advance project/982450.
 
NUTURE & OUTREACH
 
The Nurture and Outreach Committees continue to sponsor projects to reach out to our members and our community. Watch for more information as it becomes available. Thank you.
 
CARDS AND LETTERS FOR SERVICEMEN
 
These young servicemen would love to receive mail. Their addresses are as follows:
 
SPC Bryce Hale
PO Box 71925
Fort Bragg, NC 28307
 
CPL Gallup, Andrew W.
1067 CTC
APO, AE 09330
 
TRUSTEES  AND CHURCH COUNCIL
 
The Trustees normally meet the third Tuesday each month. 
 
 
The Church Council normally meets the fourth Tuesday of each month.
 
CONNECTIONAL APPORTIONMENT
 
The 2023 Connectional Apportionment will be $10,598. This is an increase of $89 from 2022.
 
PRAYER CHAIN
 
If you have a prayer concern, please contact Betty Fetter at 887-2116.
 
UPPER ROOM
 
The “Upper Rooms” 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 Women of Faith will use the money received on these Sundays to buy items needed for the kits.
 
SMETHPORT UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
 
The Smethport United Methodist Women normally meet the second Thursday of the month, September-May. 
 
The Smethport UMW gladly accept donations year-round for Health Kits, which are always needed somewhere in the world.  UMCOR is also in need of birthing kits.
 
 
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.