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posted Jul 15, 2017, 10:56 AM by Bowmansville UMC

Congratulations June!

posted Jul 15, 2017, 10:51 AM by Bowmansville UMC   [ updated Jul 15, 2017, 10:54 AM ]

June celebrated her July 13th birthday with her church family on July 9.  She has been blessed with a loving family, and we are blessed to have her a part of our church family.  Happy Birthday June!

(See photo gallery for more pictures)

Birthdays and Anniversaries in July

posted Jul 1, 2017, 12:26 PM by Bowmansville UMC   [ updated Jul 3, 2017, 1:01 PM ]

July 1      Tim McCarthy
July 2      Andrea McCarthy
July 3      Tracy Barnosky
July 11    Deanna Skare
July 13    June Brandt
July 31    Cheryl Pillard

July 2     John & Jeannette French
July 23   Greg and Darlene Stoos
July 27   Pastor and Rev. Cheryl Brown

Message from Our Lay Leader

posted Jul 1, 2017, 12:20 PM by Bowmansville UMC

To all the family members of our BUMC:

Just FYI…. If any of you ever have any questions, issues, concerns, or needs (personal or whatever), please contact Pastor Jim or me as your Lay Leader and we will do our best to address them as soon as possible. Pastor Jim wants to be attentive to all of our needs, but he needs to be informed of them, of course, being cognizant of privacy issues. If you choose to talk to me, that is just fine as well, as I am in touch with him at all times & we meet to discuss problems, issues, concerns and joys since that is part of my role as Lay Leader. I will try to be aware of what is happening in our family as well so I can help however I can. Thank you to all of you, my dear friends. We indeed, are a family whose members love and care for each other. Let us continue to do just that.

Wilma P. Taylor


posted Jul 1, 2017, 12:16 PM by Bowmansville UMC

Congratulations to our graduates! - Class of 2017
Angel Stenzel graduated from Depew High School and Justin Brown graduated from Lancaster High School

Good luck and may God Bless you as you continue your journey of life.

Also graduating from Kindergarten are Shawna McCarthy and Lindsey Siekmann.  Blessings to these young ladies as they start the next phase of their education in First Grade in the fall.

Red Bird Mission Project

posted Jun 2, 2017, 11:06 AM by Bowmansville UMC   [ updated Jun 18, 2017, 6:52 PM ]

Pastor Jim and his wife, Cheryl, will be going to Red Bird Missions in Beverly, Kentucky after church services on August 20 until August 24 for a Missions hands-on approach.  The Mission is collecting Campbell's UPC Labels for Education....they have collected 1.4 million and need 100,000 more to get a MINI VAN!! Additionally, the following items are especially needed and will be delivered by Pastor Jim:

For kids:
construction paper, board games, calculators:  TX, TXI 30A, clorox wipes, tissues (full box size), colored and black markers, colored pencils, 1" binders, children's dictionary, loose-leaf "college" rule 3-hole paper

For families:  shampoo, soap, deodorant, baby shampoo, nutrition drinks (like Ensure), toothbrushes, family- size toothpaste


Red Bird Mission, Inc. and Red Bird Clinic, Inc. have been providing ministries in the distressed region of the Appalachian Mountains since 1921. Chronic poverty, lack of jobs, poor housing, and rugged mountainous terrain provide obstacles to a fuller life for the residents of this area. Red Bird Mission and Clinic strives to meet these needs through ministry in five areas: Education, Health and Wellness, Community Outreach, Economic Opportunity, and Community Housing Improvement.

Support for these ministries come from churches and individuals across the nation, including The United Methodist Church. The Mission reports there has been a decline in the support received, and they are currently facing a financial crisis that is making it difficult to continue all the areas of ministries provided. 

Prayer Quilt Ministry

posted Jun 2, 2017, 10:30 AM by Bowmansville UMC   [ updated Jun 2, 2017, 12:52 PM ]

The Prayer Quilt Ministry Team is ready to spring into action whenever the need arises.  A lovely quilt was recently blessed and presented to Alyssa, the great granddaughter of June Brant and grand niece of Carol Janicki.  Many prayers from the congregation accompanied the quilt......prayers for Alyssa, her family and caregivers, and the medical professionals who have treated her.  Alyssa and her family were in church for the presentation of the quilt.

Dad Joe, Ashley, Joey, Alyssa and Mom Tracey

Great Grandma June, Alyssa, and Great Aunt Carol

Alyssa's thank you note to the congregation:

It means a lot to me to have a room full of strangers to care so much.  I love my quilt.   I sleep with it every night and it gives me comfort.  Thank you so much for everything.

Birthdays and Anniversaries in June

posted Jun 2, 2017, 9:58 AM by Bowmansville UMC   [ updated Jun 18, 2017, 6:46 PM ]

June 2            Gianna Cash
June 7            John French
June 14          Sandy Bittermann
June 27          Ron Skare
June 28          Ken Kowalski
June 29          Harley Cash

June 11          Bud and Judy Martin

Lifetime Achievement Award for Milly

posted Jun 2, 2017, 9:52 AM by Bowmansville UMC   [ updated Jun 2, 2017, 12:51 PM ]

Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the Millenium Hotel in Cheektowaga, Milly Whittaker was surprised and honored with a LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD by the Cheektowaga-Lancaster Zontians. Milly is a Charter Member of this organization. CONGRATULATIONS, MILLY!

Milly and several of her church family that were able to attend the event.

Information about Zonta from their website:
Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.   Zonta International is in 67 countries with more than 33,000 members in over 1,200 Clubs.  Zonta International envisions a world in which women’s rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential.  In such a world, women have access to all resources and are represented in decision making positions on an equal basis with men.  In such a world, no woman lives in fear of violence.  Zonta’s world is divided into 32 Districts of which we are District 4

On November 8, 1919 in Buffalo, New York, Marian de Forest, along with other prominent women leaders, forged ahead to begin the Confederation of Zonta Clubs. In 1927, when the Zonta Club of Toronto was chartered, the name was changed to Zonta International.

Zonta takes its name from the Lakota Sioux Indian word meaning “honest and trustworthy”.

Gold Star Mom's

posted Jun 2, 2017, 9:02 AM by Bowmansville UMC   [ updated Jun 2, 2017, 9:04 AM ]

Thank you! We raised $316.00 in monetary donations for GOLD STAR MOMS. Andrea will take items brought in to Ann Davis at Gold Star Moms. The money will go towards items for the sixteen families they will be helping during the holidays.

Thanks for the update Sandy/DS

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