From the Pews

Messenger Moment by Andrea

posted Jun 24, 2020, 1:56 PM by Bowmansville UMC

For the Children and Children at Heart

Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest." So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. Mark 6: 30-32

Is It Time For A Vacation?

I would venture a guess and say that we have all been on vacation before. I also know there are folks reading this that NEED a vacation NOW.

Some of the places I have gone on vacation in the past… Florida, England, Ireland, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Syracuse. I know, Syracuse doesn’t sound like a vacation spot at first because it is just a short drive down the 90 and there’s no beach. But sit tight and you’ll understand why it has been one of my favorite places to go. There are places I have on my vacation bucket list. The Grand Canyon, hiking a mountain in a state park in the midwest, San Diego California, camping in the Adirondacks. Where have YOU been on vacation and where would you like to go?  

Did you know that Jesus taught his disciples that it was important for them to take a vacation? Jesus' disciples traveled from town to town telling others about God and His love for them. They traveled every day preaching, teaching, and healing the sick. They worked so hard that they often didn't even have time to stop to eat or sleep. They became very tired.

When Jesus saw how tired they were, he said to them, "Come with me to a quiet place and get some rest." The Bible then says, "So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place." There are some things I want you to think about here.

First, Jesus said, "Come with me." When we take a vacation, we need to remember to take Jesus with us. Some people never give Jesus a thought when they go on vacation. We should include Jesus in all that we do. A vacation away from home shouldn’t be a vacation away from Jesus.

Second, the Bible says the disciples went away to a quiet place. Their main purpose was to rest and renew their strength. Some people plan a vacation that is so full of activities that when they come home, they are more tired than when they left! Remember I told you about my vacation to Syracuse? I went 4 summers in a row. I went alone. I stayed in a hotel. I read by the pool. I walked around the state fair and spent time just sitting and people watching. My phone was on silent. I didn’t have to think about work. My kids were safe and being taken care of. I had a dog sitter. It was just me, with no real plan, and no schedule. It was a few days break away from life at home and it was perfect. I always returned refreshed, relaxed, and refocused. And isn’t that what Jesus wants us to do?

I hope that you make time to go on a summer vacation. You don’t need to go far, and it doesn’t have to be for long. Just remember wherever you go you take Jesus with you, and don't forget to set aside some time for rest and relaxation while you’re away.


July & August Birthdays and Anniversaries

posted Jun 24, 2020, 1:55 PM by Bowmansville UMC

 


JULY

02 - Andrea McCarthy

02 - John & Jeannette French

03 – Tracy Barnowsky

03 - Jim & Phyllis Hoskins

11 – Deanna Skare

13 – June Brant

23 – Greg & Darlene Stoos

 

AUGUST

01 – Al & Sandy May

05 – Joan Miller

10 – Bob & Jane MacPeek

12 – Bob MacPeek

19 – Dustin Skare

19 - Tyler Siekmann

  28 – Conner Brown

June Birthdays and Anniversaries

posted May 25, 2020, 9:09 AM by Bowmansville UMC   [ updated Jun 15, 2020, 6:21 PM ]

07 – John French

11 – Bud & Judy Martin

14 – Sandy Bittermann

28 – Ken Kowalski


Missionary Update from Estonia

posted May 25, 2020, 9:02 AM by Bowmansville UMC   [ updated May 25, 2020, 9:03 AM ]

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Doug and Külli's Missionary Update

Greetings from Estonia! It has been awhile since our last newsletter so we thought we should update you on what is going on with our ministries especially since the world has changed so much over the last handful of months due to the corona virus.
          On March 12
th, Estonia declared a national state of emergency due to the corona virus. Since that time, every level of school has been closed. All churches were also closed until just a couple of weeks ago. Now they are open with spacing restrictions. The photo above shows Kalev doing one of his many home school assignments. Like many parents in America, we are presently having to home school our three children making sure they do the assignments sent to them by their teachers. Doug has had to relearn some 5th grade math to help Karl! Kulli often feels like home schooling three kids is like living four parallel lives, there are many schedules to keep and many assignments to do. Thankfully Estonia has well developed e-school system. This country votes online, banks online and most of the government business can be taken care of online also. It is sometimes called E-stonia. Still, this is too much right now and we all miss the normal life back. 


Easter was different this year and so was Mother's Day and probably the Pentecost will be.  We are all in this together and we pray that God will see us all through this time of trial. 


(Click on the above link, "view this email in your browser" to read Doug and Kulli's full update, plus more photos)

How you can pray during this time of quarantine…

posted Apr 27, 2020, 6:13 PM by Bowmansville UMC


Dear Heavenly Father,

We come before you seeking your comfort, guidance, and protection. The news is swirling with accounts that are scary concerning the coronavirus. So many are sick, some have died, and all are impacted by the resultant events in their local communities.

For those who are feeling afraid, we call upon the strong name of Jesus. More than any other command in all of scripture, you instructed us to not be afraid. Our times are in your hands, and we trust in you. You can use even the brokenness of creation to bring you glory; we ask that your resurrection power be at work in this situation and equip us with your hope.

For the individuals who are hospitalized, we ask that your protective care and healing be upon them. We know that your unconditional love continues to pull us near, even when others around us might be tentative or afraid. Be a felt presence with those who are fighting—help them to know the depth of your love anew.


For those who are tending to people who are sick, we ask for an extra measure of your grace. Give them the wisdom they need to effectively administer care while safeguarding themselves and others. You are our Healer; we give thanks for all who serve as instruments of healing. Be with their hands and feet as they serve as yours.

For the families who have lost loved ones, we pray for your peace. Welcome those who have passed on into the joy of your eternal home, a home where there is no more sickness nor pain. May they delight in your presence as we receive the comfort of that promise.

Father, we hate that we have seen these deaths, and we ask that you put an end to this virus. Strengthen our immune systems in fighting it. May the seasonal turn to warmer weather eliminate it. Be with those who are working toward preventative measures.

In the meantime, Lord, help us to make smart decisions. Guide us to do what we can to protect ourselves and our families, and then leave the rest to you. We offer our praise that we worship a God whose eye is on the sparrow. We know you are ever mindful of us and our wellbeing—that hasn’t changed.

As we as individuals pull closer to you, we ask that we as citizens of the world soften towards each other. The virus has impacted our common humanity, demonstrating that what unites us is stronger than what divides us. Help us to make inroads of connection with one another that will sow seeds of future blessing for all.

Your hope—like your love—is unflappable, always giving us reason to offer you thanks. We pray these words collectively in the victorious name of your Son, confident that you have heard us, Amen.

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May Birthdays and Anniversaries

posted Apr 27, 2020, 6:10 PM by Bowmansville UMC   [ updated Apr 27, 2020, 6:11 PM ]

01 – Alice Davies

03 – Kristin Siekmann

15 – Ed Wierbowski

16 – Joe & Ann Sikora 

17 – Amanda Beaver

23 – Bill & Linda King 

24 – Sue Kostorowski

25 – Ann Sikora

29 – Ken & Marybeth May 

31 – Bud Martin, Shawna McCarthy, Pastor Kevin


The Virus Stole Easter by Kristi Bothur

posted Apr 13, 2020, 10:03 AM by Bowmansville UMC


With a nod to Dr. Seuss 😊


Twas late in ‘19 when the virus began
Bringing chaos and fear to all people, each land.

People were sick, hospitals full,
Doctors overwhelmed, no one in school.

As winter gave way to the promise of spring,
The virus raged on, touching peasant and king.

People hid in their homes from the enemy unseen.
They YouTubed and Zoomed, social-distanced, and cleaned.

April approached and churches were closed.
“There won’t be an Easter,” the world supposed.

“There won’t be church services, and egg hunts are out.
No reason for new dresses when we can’t go about.”

Holy Week started, as bleak as the rest.
The world was focused on masks and on tests.

“Easter can’t happen this year,” it proclaimed.
“Online and at home, it just won’t be the same.”

Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the days came and went.
The virus pressed on; it just would not relent.

The world woke Sunday and nothing had changed.
The virus still menaced, the people, estranged.

“Pooh pooh to the saints,” the world was grumbling.
“They’re finding out now that no Easter is coming.

“They’re just waking up! We know just what they’ll do!
Their mouths will hang open a minute or two,
And then all the saints will all cry boo-hoo.

“That noise,” said the world, “will be something to hear.”
So it paused and the world put a hand to its ear.

And it did hear a sound coming through all the skies.
It started down low, then it started to rise.

But the sound wasn’t depressed.
Why, this sound was triumphant!
It couldn’t be so!
But it grew with abundance!

The world stared around, popping its eyes.
Then it shook! What it saw was a shocking surprise!

Every saint in every nation, the tall and the small,
Was celebrating Jesus in spite of it all!

It hadn’t stopped Easter from coming! It came!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!

And the world with its life quite stuck in quarantine
Stood puzzling and puzzling.
“Just how can it be?”

“It came without bonnets, it came without bunnies,
It came without egg hunts, cantatas, or money.”

Then the world thought of something it hadn’t before.
“Maybe Easter,” it thought, “doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe Easter, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

And what happened then?
Well....the story’s not done.
What will YOU do?
Will you share with that one
Or two or more people needing hope in this night?
Will you share the source of your life in this fight?

The churches are empty - but so is the tomb,
And Jesus is victor over death, doom, and gloom.

So this year at Easter, let this be our prayer,
As the virus still rages all around, everywhere.

May the world see hope when it looks at God’s people.
May the world see the church is not a building or steeple.
May the world find Faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection,
May the world find Joy in a time of dejection.
May 2020 be known as the year of survival,
But not only that -
Let it start a revival.

A Message For The Children At Heart

posted Mar 29, 2020, 7:02 PM by Bowmansville UMC

It certainly has been an interesting couple of weeks. We have been instructed by the government and the CDC to stay home and practice social distancing. Churches are closed. Schools are closed until April 20th (for now). Non essential workers are no longer allowed to work. People are hoarding toilet paper and chicken.

This isn’t an ideal situation we are in. There is so much that we could spend our days complaining about (I read more than my fair share on social media). And yet, when we stop to think about it, there really is a lot we have to be thankful for.

I have played more cards and board games with my kids. We get to cook together, do crafts and projects. We go for a walk almost everyday. We stay up later than usual and sleep in a bit. Our days have no schedule, but we get our work done. The kids “go to school” in their pajamas. We are safe and healthy, and we have each other to hug every morning when we get up, every night before bed, and anytime we want throughout the day.

 I know God is with us during this storm, just like He has been through every other one we’ve been through.  I know I’m not alone in this either. He’s some proof from others in our church family...

“As far as I know we are healthy. We have a house full of food. I am able to work from home. We have projects to work on and books to read. We are sheltered, warm, and not alone. We are connected to literally hundreds of friends and family via Facebook, email, texting.”

“I am thankful we have savings to cover any bills while only one of us is working right now.”

“I am thankful for the health of family and friends and my faith in God that we will get through this.”

“I am thankful for our church family and the ability to stay connected, a safe place to live, and to be around those who love me. “

And while we can count our blessings each and every day, there are still things that remain on our hearts that need to be lifted up in prayer.

  • Prayers for the medical staff everywhere, and for their knowledge and ability to help no matter what the risks are. 

  • In addition to the health care workers and all that are in essential jobs and continue to work, I pray for the vulnerable ones in abusive relationships and the young people in abusive families. The stress of this situation can only be making their situation worse.

  • I pray for the safety of all the essential personnel and that people that are home will enjoy the extra time with family. 

  • Prayers for anyone that is not lucky enough to have extra money or food. 

Your church family is here for you if you need anything. Stay connected. Call. Write. Get on the computer and video chat. Pastor Kevin is always available by phone or email too. We WILL get through this! We are blessed beyond measure, even during days of uncertainty. 

From April Messenger by Andrea


April Birthdays and Anniversaries

posted Mar 29, 2020, 6:58 PM by Bowmansville UMC

14 – Kylie McCarthy & Judy Martin

16 – Carol Janicki

19 – Bob & Sharon Wilde (ANNIV.)

24 – Linda King

28 – Kevin Janicki

29 – Amy MacPeek


February Birthdays and Anniversaries

posted Jan 30, 2020, 8:23 PM by Bowmansville UMC


04 – Justin Brown 
05 – Jane MacPeek 
11 – Todd Skare 
14 – Lindsey Siekmann 
16 – Jean Meyers 
23 – Ashley Block 

28 – Todd & Bonnie Skare - Happy Anniversary!

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