From the Pews

January Birthdays and Anniversaries

posted Jan 5, 2020, 7:30 PM by Bowmansville UMC

01 – Steve & Kristen Siekmann  - Happy Anniversary!
17 – John Ordong 
24 – Bob Shaw 
25 – Audrey Moore 
26 – Greg Stoos 
28 – Jean Schnorr

Parsonage Demolition Update

posted Jan 5, 2020, 7:06 PM by Bowmansville UMC

As of December 15th… the electric has been disconnected. Demolition of the building is expected the second or third week in January.  Following the demolition, we will begin to discuss the plans for a gazebo to be built on church property for the congregation to enjoy. In addition to this project, the two maple trees in front of the church will be taken down. This is a pro-active decision to prevent the rotted trees from potentially falling onto the church during a wind or heavy snow storm. 

How are you going to start off 2020?

posted Jan 5, 2020, 6:59 PM by Bowmansville UMC   [ updated Jan 6, 2020, 11:18 AM ]

What about creating a thankful jar or gratitude journal? Starting January 1st write down good things that happen to you, things that you are thankful for. - Surprise gifts - Accomplished goals - The beauty of nature - Laugh out Loud (LOL) moments - Memories worth saving - Daily blessings. Then on December 31, 2020 open the jar, or go back to page 1 of your journal and read about all the AMAZING things that happened to you throughout the year. Remember, even on our toughest days, there is ALWAYS something we can be grateful for.

Shared by Andrea McCarthy, Messenger Editor

Christmas Collection for the Trinity Food Pantry

posted Dec 4, 2019, 3:11 PM by Bowmansville UMC

 It has become a tradition in our church to collect items for the Trinity Food Pantry throughout the Advent season. Below is a list of suggestions of what you can bring in. Monetary donations may also be made during our communion offering in December. 

First Sunday in Advent: PAPER PRODUCTS (paper towels, paper plates, tin foil, toilet paper, Kleenex) 
Second Sunday in Advent: NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS (canned goods, pasta and sauce, soup, peanut butter & jelly, condiments, cereal) 
Third Sunday in Advent: HYGIENE PRODUCTS (tooth brush, tooth paste, soap, feminine products) 
Fourth Sunday in Advent: BABY ITEMS (baby food, diapers, wipes)

Communion Offerings for 2020

posted Dec 4, 2019, 2:48 PM by Bowmansville UMC

The worship team has chosen the following recipients to be blessed with your generosity throughout 2020. 

January / February: our Quilting Ministry 
March/ April: Tri Community Food Pantry 
May / June: WNY Freedom Lounge
July/  August: Depew Threads 
September / October: Dog Tags NY 
November / December: Trinity Food Pantry

Watch for information concerning each of these groups in the Messenger.

December Birthdays

posted Dec 4, 2019, 2:42 PM by Bowmansville UMC

04 – Destiny Beaver 
06 – Jeannette French 
23 – Tom Stenzel 
24 – Carol Reeb 
29 – Ann Niles

Welcome Pastor Kevin

posted Nov 4, 2019, 11:19 AM by Bowmansville UMC

BUMC officially welcomed Pastor Kevin on 11/3/19.  Kevin's family was present for the church service.  Afterwards, a delicious breakfast was served in the upstairs hall.....breakfast casserole, fresh fruit, juices, coffee, and of course.....many coffee cakes and other sweets.  Thanks to everyone for giving Kevin a warm welcome.

Altar Flowers

posted Nov 4, 2019, 10:57 AM by Bowmansville UMC

Thank you to Darlene Stoos for bringing some of the beautiful flowers from Cliff Sugg’s Garden into the church and onto our altar every week for the past couple months. We will be using artificial flower arrangements through the winter season.

If you would like to share a fresh bouquet for the altar to celebrate a special occasion, or to remember a friend or loved one, please feel free to bring them in!

November Birthdays and Anniversaries

posted Nov 4, 2019, 10:34 AM by Bowmansville UMC


01 – Nancy Wierbowski

04 – Kayla LaBerta

08 – Brian Stoos and Marybeth May

10 – Sandy May

11 – Bonita Brown

28 – Tom & Penny Stenzel (ANNIV.)

Message from our Messenger Editor, Andrea McCarthy

posted Nov 4, 2019, 10:29 AM by Bowmansville UMC

November is the time of year when people try to focus on the things they are thankful for in their lives; it is the month we celebrate Thanksgiving after all!

How often do you stop and think about the blessings in your life? Do you ever feel like there are days when the blessings fall short and aren’t plentiful, and you have to really search for something to be thankful for?


Did you know that Gratitude…

shields you from negativity, rewires your brain, eliminates stress, heals, boosts self-esteem and performance, and improves relationships?

Two years ago we started Thankful Jars in our house. At night before getting into bed we write down something from the day we were thankful for and put it in our jar. New Years day we empty the jars and are reminded of the many blessings we received throughout the year.

I encourage you to start a jar or get a journal and write down at least one thing every day that you’re thankful for, even on the hard days… especially on the hard days. Show gratitude to others when it made a difference for you. Praise God for his blessings.

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him; bless His name!” – Psalm 100:4

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