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The attendance at the March 19th worship service was 88.

The attendance at the March 15th mid-week Lenten service was 39.

The flowers gracing the altar for the March 26th worship service are presented to the glory of God and in loving memory of the birthday of John Vatavuk on March 24th by Janet and family.

Our next anointing for healing will be held during worship on March 26th.

The lectors for the month of April are Ron Coughenour, Deb Halkovich, John Krajnak, Jenn Seese, Tim Thomas, Chris Hoffman, Eric Smith, Levi Thomas, Elliott Shaffer, Ron Costlow, and Sally Shaffer.  Please pick up your reading on the table in the narthex.

The April schedule for acolytes, lectors, communion assistants, and offering counters is posted on the bulletin board.  Please check the schedule if you volunteer for any of these.

Thank you for the wonderful response in sponsoring Easter Flowers this year.  We have a total of 75 flowers ordered!  The church will certainly look beautiful this year!      St. Thomas Altar Guild

Help is needed to decorate the church for Easter at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 8th.  With many hands it shouldn't take long to complete.

Thank you for the cards, good wishes, and prayers during my recent operation and recovery.  I am getting better every day!         Edie Zschoche

The Knotty Quilters are in need of sheets to be used for backings.  If you would like to donate sheets, please see Bev Jackson.

The Area Agency on Aging of Somerset County invites you to join us for Dinner and a Seminar.  The seminar topic is Estate Planning presented by Attorney Lauren Presser.  It will be held on March 28th from 6:00--8:00 p.m. at Church of the Brethren, 606 Berlin Plank Rd, Somerset, PA.  Dinner will be provided but a reservation is required.  Please call 814-443-2681 and reserve your spot by March 18th.

Good Friday Services will be at the Tire Hill CBC on April 7th from 12--3 p.m.  The theme for this service will be "Journey of Love".  Speakers will be Pastor Wes Yoder, Pastor Bill Wenger, Pastor Dan Rhodes, and Pastor Brian Simmons.  Music will be provided by The Glory Guys.


The Luther League will be selling apricot rolls and nut rolls for Easter. An order form is on the table in the narthex. This fundraiser that happens twice a year is important to raise funds for the youth to attend Quake in the winter and In-Tents Camp in the summer, plus to help with various other projects.  They are looking for helpers to come out to Bethel U.M. on Thursday evening and Friday evening (March 30th and 31st) and the morning of April 1st.  There are sign-up sheets on the table in the narthex for those who are willing to help.

Upcoming Dates:

March 29--Mid-Week Lenten Meal--6:00 p.m.

                    Mid-Week Lenten Service--7:00 p.m.

April 2--Palm Sunday Worship w/Holy Communion--9:00 a.m.

April 6--Maundy Thursday Service w/Holy Communion--7:00 p.m.

April 7--Good Friday Tenebrae Service--7:00 p.m.

April 8--Decorating Church for Easter--9:00 a.m.

April 9--Easter Sunrise Service--6:30 a.m.

               Easter Breakfast following worship--7:30 a.m.

               Easter Festival Service--9:00 a.m.

April 16--Worship w/Holy Communion--9:00 a.m.

April 20--Church Council Meeting--7:00 p.m.

April 23--Worship--9:00 a.m.

April 30--Worship--9:00 a.m.

The Food Service committee met on February 5th and made plans to have the following dinners:  April 9--Sunrise Breakfast, April 22--Spaghetti Dinner, May 16--Election Day Soup & Gob Sale, May 20--Picnic Dinner, August 19--Roast Beef Dinner, September 16--Turkey Dinner, October 21--Pork, Sauerkraut, Haluski, etc...(ethnic) Dinner.  Any help will be greatly appreciated.  More specific information as to the cost of dinner, when and what help is needed, etc... will be announced closer to each event.  Money raised from these events will be given to the church's 150 Project.

Plans are being made for this summer's Vacation Bible School.  It is called "Stellar" (outer space theme) and scheduled for June 12--16. If you would like to help out, please see Pastor Nila.

Our 2023 church envelopes are available for pick-up on the table in the narthex.  If you don't see your envelopes, please let either the secretary or Pastor Nila know.


The 2023 flower chart is now posted.  Please consider sponsoring either altar or chancel flowers.  The prices are $40 for altar flowers and $30 for chancel flowers.  Those sponsoring flowers are reminded to turn in their announcement to the secretary no later than 12:00 p.m. Wednesday of the previous week for inclusion in the bulletin.

For this year, a lasting memorial will be made to the 150 Fund in memory of the deceased member for the amount of $50.00.  This is in lieu of flowers sent to the funeral home.



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