From the Pews

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posted Jun 2, 2018, 7:30 PM by Bowmansville UMC

02 – Gianna Cash

07 – John French

14 – Sandy Bittermann

28 – Ken Kowalski

29 – Harley Cash


11 – Bud & Judy Martin

Estonia Mission

posted May 3, 2018, 10:21 AM by Dustin Skare

Coming to America......... MAY 7 - JUNE 19

Happy Easter from Estonia!

We are eager for spring to begin.  April 2nd, Tallinn had one of its biggest snowfalls of the year.  Presently, spring seems to have come.  We hope spring is in full swing in your part of the globe!  

Spring brings better weathe,r and it will also bring us to the United States for itineration.  Both of us will be visiting America in May and June, and we hope to see all of you at some point in our travels when we can tell you all the exciting things God is doing through our ministry in Estonia.

Kulli will come over first and be in the following states on the listed dates:  Virginia and Tennessee in the Holston Annual Conference (May 7 - 17) and Kentucky (May 18 - 21).

When Doug and the kids arrive, all of us will visit churches in the Upper New York Conference (May 25 - June 1) and attend the Annual Conference session and be together in Michigan June 3 - 5.

Doug will stay in Michigan until June 7, then visit Oklahoma (June 9 - 13), Houston (June 15 - 17), and Indiana (June 17 - 19).

Many of your churches have been contacted through a missionary liaison/conference mission chair, and we hope to visit you during our travels.  If we are not visiting a church with which you are connected, you may email us, and we will see if we can set up a time to have coffee with you during the week.

God is doing great things in Estonia.  We cannot wait to share them with you.  See you soon!

God bless you!

Doug and Kulli

May Birthdays and Anniversaries

posted Apr 19, 2018, 6:37 PM by Bowmansville UMC

01 – Alice Davies (90th )

03 – Kristen Siekmann

15 – Ed Wierbowski, Rev. Cheryl Brown

17 – Amanda Beaver

24 – Sue Kostorowski

25 – Ann Sikora

31 – Bud Martin, Shawna McCarthy

16 – Joe & Ann Sikora

23 – Bill & Linda King

29 – Ken & Marybeth May

WNY Perinatal Bereavement Network

posted Apr 19, 2018, 6:15 PM by Bowmansville UMC   [ updated Apr 25, 2018, 7:13 AM ]

One of our missions this year is support of the WNY Perinatal Bereavement Network.  The mission of this group is to assist the community in meeting the needs of people facing perinatal death.... the death of a baby from miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or early infant death.  The group assists with the grief process following the death of a baby.  Peer-to-peer support groups are available to assist after perinatal loss, subsequent pregnancy support, and grandparent support.  

During the months of May and June, our communion offerings will be donated to the WNY Perinatal Bereavement Network.

Check their website at for further information and volunteer opportunities.

After Easter Week Events.......

posted Apr 3, 2018, 9:56 AM by Bowmansville UMC   [ updated Apr 3, 2018, 3:26 PM ]


posted Mar 27, 2018, 1:47 PM by Bowmansville UMC

06 – Penny Stenzel

11 – David Niles

14 - Kylie McCarthy, Judy Martin

16 – Arika Buckley, Carol Janicki

19 – Bob & Sharon Wilde

24 – Linda King

28 – Kevin Janicki

29 – Amy MacPeek

30 – Aaron Stenzel

March Birthdays

posted Feb 26, 2018, 10:47 AM by Bowmansville UMC

07 – Mary Lee Wright

18 – Ted Janicki

25 – Cullen Brown

30 – Phyllis Hoskins

Bible Translation History

posted Feb 26, 2018, 10:43 AM by Bowmansville UMC

1,400 BC: The first written Word of God: The Ten Commandments delivered to Moses.

1,500 BC: Completion of All Original Hebrew Manuscripts which make up The 39 Books of the Old Testament.

200 BC: Completion of the Septuagint Greek Manuscripts which contain The 39 Old Testament Books AND 14 Apocrypha Books.

1st Century AD: Completion of All Original Greek Manuscripts which make up The 27 Books of the New Testament.

315 AD: Athenasius, the Bishop of Alexandria, identifies the 27 books of the New Testament which are today recognized as the canon of scripture.

382 AD: Jerome's Latin Vulgate Manuscripts Produced which contain All 80 Books (39 Old Test. + 14 Apocrypha + 27 New Test).

500 AD: Scriptures have been Translated into Over 500 Languages.

600 AD: LATIN was the Only Language Allowed for Scripture.

995 AD: Anglo-Saxon (Early Roots of English Language) Translations of The New Testament Produced.

1384 AD: Wycliffe is the First Person to Produce a (Hand-Written) manuscript Copy of the Complete Bible; All 80 Books.

1455 AD: Gutenberg Invents the Printing Press; Books May Now be mass-Produced Instead of Individually Hand-Written. The First Book Ever Printed is Gutenberg's Bible in Latin.

1516 AD: Erasmus Produces a Greek/Latin Parallel New Testament.

1522 AD: Martin Luther's German New Testament.

1526 AD: William Tyndale's New Testament; The First New Testament printed in the English Language.

1535 AD: Myles Coverdale's Bible; The First Complete Bible printed in the English Language (80 Books: O.T. & N.T. & Apocrypha).

1537 AD: Tyndale-Matthews Bible; The Second Complete Bible printed in English. Done by John "Thomas Matthew" Rogers (80 Books).

1539 AD: The "Great Bible" Printed; The First English Language Bible Authorized for Public Use (80 Books).

1560 AD: The Geneva Bible Printed; The First English Language Bible to add Numbered Verses to Each Chapter (80 Books).

1568 AD: The Bishops Bible Printed; The Bible of which the King James was a Revision (80 Books).

1609 AD: The Douay Old Testament is added to the Rheims New Testament (of 1582) Making the First Complete English Catholic Bible; Translated from the Latin Vulgate (80 Books).

1611 AD: The King James Bible Printed; Originally with All 80 Books. The Apocrypha was Officially Removed in 1885 Leaving Only 66 Books.

1782 AD: Robert Aitken's Bible; The First English Language Bible (KJV) Printed in America.

1791 AD: Isaac Collins and Isaiah Thomas Respectively Produce the First Family Bible and First Illustrated Bible Printed in America. Both were King James Versions, with All 80 Books.

1808 AD: Jane Aitken's Bible (Daughter of Robert Aitken); The First Bible to be Printed by a Woman.

1833 AD: Noah Webster's Bible; After Producing his Famous Dictionary, Webster Printed his Own Revision of the King James Bible. àà continued on back page à à

1841 AD: English Hexapla New Testament; an Early Textual Comparison showing the Greek and 6 Famous English Translations in Parallel Columns.

1846 AD: The Illuminated Bible; The Most Lavishly Illustrated Bible printed in America. A King James Version, with All 80 Books.

1863 AD: Robert Young's "Literal" Translation; often criticized for being so literal that it sometimes obscures the contextual English meaning.

1885 AD: The "English Revised Version" Bible; The First Major English Revision of the KJV.

1901 AD: The "American Standard Version"; The First Major American Revision of the KJV.

1952 AD: The "Revised Standard Version" (RSV); said to be a Revision of the 1901 American Standard Version, though more highly criticized.

1971 AD: The "New American Standard Bible" (NASB) is Published as a "Modern and Accurate Word for Word English Translation" of the Bible.

1973 AD: The "New International Version" (NIV) is Published as a "Modern and Accurate Phrase for Phrase English Translation" of the Bible.

1982 AD: The "New King James Version" (NKJV) is Published as a "Modern English Version Maintaining the Original Style of the King James."

1990 AD: The "New Revised Standard Version" (NRSV); further revision of 1952 RSV, (itself a revision of 1901 ASV), criticized for "gender inclusiveness".

2002 AD: The English Standard Version (ESV) is published as a translation to bridge the gap between the accuracy of the NASB and the readability of the NIV.

(From our March Messenger)

Childlike Faith

posted Jan 30, 2018, 5:50 PM by Bowmansville UMC   [ updated Jan 30, 2018, 6:09 PM ]

Pastor Jim shared a link to a news release from United Methodist Communications about a national advertising campaign last year featuring children sharing their ideas about open hearts, open minds and open doors, which happens to be the theme of the Methodist advertising for many years.  According to the article, the ads are asking "viewers to ponder what life would be like if everyone loved with open hearts, minds and doors as children do".  Click on the link below to watch one of the ads in the campaign. 

More ads can be viewed at

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posted Jan 26, 2018, 7:19 AM by Bowmansville UMC   [ updated Jan 26, 2018, 7:20 AM ]

04 – Justin Brown

05 – Jane MacPeek

11 – Todd Skare and Lindsey Siekmann

16 – Jean Meyers

23 – Ashely Block

February 28 - Todd and Bonnie Skare - 20 years!

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