Announcements

Visit this page to find emergency cancellation procedures, hospital visit information, and recent announcements to stay up to date on everything going on at Bethany!

Emergency Cancellation Procedures

If both the 8:00 and 10:30 services are cancelled on Sunday morning, a service at 1:00 pm will be offered at the Macungie Campus, weather permitting.  Please continue to check the status of our worship services on WFMZ and Bethany’s website.  Additionally, we will utilize the b-mail and our Bethany App, which will update you on the status of worship services.

Hospital Visits

Please contact the church office if you or a family member will be going to the hospital. When you register at the hospital please use Church Code 747. If you have any questions, call the church office at
610-395-3613.

General Announcements

There are many ways to still contribute:

  1. Mail or drop off at the office
  2. Online via our website – Give.
  3. Text to give – 610-215-7451 – enter code and amount:
    1. Dough2Door = DtoD plus amount
    2. Mac – Worship 2021 = General plus amount
    3. Kingdom Building 2021 = KB plus amount
    4. Missions Donations = Missions plus amount

Our cupboards are bare!  We are looking for donations of “Rold Gold” pretzels, “Nabisco Barnum” animal crackers and baked goods.   The reason we are asking for specific brands is because of allergies.  We also have a bakers list.  We encourage the bakers to pick a week that they would like to donate.  If you are interested please contact Jennifer Alderson.

If you would be interested in receiving prayer requests via email, please contact Donna Long at dlong@bethanyumchurch.com so you can be added.

Volunteers are needed to take parishioners who were recently in the hospital to doctor appointments and to therapy appointments. If you are able to serve in this mission, please contact the church office at 610-395-3613.

Partnership Class – For those interested in “partnering” with God in the mission and ministry of Bethany Church, Partnership Class will be offered on Sundays, January 23 and 30 from 9-10:15am at the Macungie campus. (Partnership Class replaces membership class) Please sign up via the Bethany app, by stopping by the Info Desk on Sunday mornings, or contacting the church office 610-395-3613. For questions about Partnership Class, contact Donna at dbarnwell@bethanyumchurch.com

 

Bethany Group Life – Please contact Donna Barnwell, Pastor for Discipleship, in the church office dbarnwell@bethanyumchurch.com for information on different groups and classes at Bethany. There are women’s groups, men’s groups, zoom groups, in-person groups, men and women groups, daytime groups, and evening groups. For a list of current groups, Adult Ministries – Bethany Church (bethanyumchurch.com) and look under the Group Life section.

 

Sunday School Class – Personal Financial Stewardship (sister class to Financial Peace) will meet January 16 – March 13, 2022 each Sunday at Macungie campus in room 309 from 9-10:15am. Want to learn more about living a debt-free life and God’s principles for money? Come to room 309 on Sunday, January 16 at 9am and be a part of this short-term study.

 

Spiritual Gift Class– A short-term study group on Spiritual Gifts will begin on Wednesday, February 2 at 6:15pm. The class will meet each Wednesday evening, Feb 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 6:15-7:45pm at the Wescosville campus. In the study, you will learn more about how God has uniquely gifted you to serve Him. Please sign up by January 31 through the Bethany app, by stopping by the Info Desk on Sunday morning, or by contacting the church office.

 Volunteers are needed to serve by ushering, greeting, and sitting at the Welcome Desk for Sunday services and special services.  If you would like to serve in this way, please contact Donna Barnwell at dbarnwell@bethanyumchurch.com   or call the church office 610-395-3613. 

TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP

Make a Webpage using Google Sites

Tuesday, January 18 7-8pm

Harness the power of your Gmail account to create a webpage using the Google Sites app. Offered in person at Wescosville fellowship hall and on Zoom. Requirements: You must have a pre-existing Gmail account that you can log in to. (We can help you with this if you contact us, using the email below, ahead of time) You need to be in front of a computer in order to do the activities (not a mobile device or tablet). If you cannot bring your computer with you, then stay at your computer and use Zoom. No “technical” expertise required – this workshop is for novices and we’ll keep it simple! To sign up, send an email to WomensMinistryBethanyUMC@gmail.com Please indicate if you will attend in person or on zoom. If you have specific goals for this workshop, please include this in your email when you sign up.

Ministry Announcements

Please stay tuned for upcoming events

Adult Sunday School Classes are offered every Sunday at the Macungie campus during the Sunday School hour beginning at 9:15 a.m.  You may join a class at any time.

The Bethany Church app has a listing of current Adult Sunday School classes and the topics each class is studying. 

Monday, October 4, 2021
6:00pm
Large Group Room
Macungie Campus
 

If you are visiting for the first time, please stop by the Children’s Desk for information on our ministries and events and receive a welcome gift for your child.

Beginning Sunday, September 12th, we will be launching new classrooms for our Children’s Sunday School program. Growing from 3 classes to 7, we will have classes for 2-3 year old’s, 4-5 year old’s, Kindergarten, First, 2nd & 3rd, and 4th & 5th. Maps and signs will be available to assist you in picking up your children after the 10:30 service.
 Sunday School: 10:30am. We would appreciate more helpers in each class. We have all our core teachers in place, but could always use assistants or subs.
Please contact Pastor Marleah at mdoyle@bethanyumchurch.com or Brittney Lutseo at blutseo@bethanyumchurch.com if you are interested in serving our children in this way.

Trunk R Treat

Wednesday, October 27, 6:00-7:30pm, Macungie Campus There will be NO AWANA that night and youth are asked to come and help as well as decorate the church bus together.  If you would like to decorate your car or donate candy for this event,  please contact Pastor Marleah at mdoyle@bethanyumchurch.com

Awana  Awana is our mid-week children’s program which will is held at the Wescosville Campus.  There is a family meal from 5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and then Awana runs from 6:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.  Ages 2 years through 5th grade.  Register online at www.bethanyumchurch.com.

Classroom assistants are needed.  The classroom assistant would require you to be at Awana each week, listening to the children recite their verses, helping the leader during lesson time and bringing the children down together for game time.

MOPS & MOMSnext: Mothers of Preschoolers and Elementary students meetings are the 2nd & 4th Fridays 9:30-11:30 am at Macungie Campus. All moms are welcome to join in a time of gathering, community, learning and fun. Come spoil yourself with some Mom time. MopsKids is available for children.

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS AT BETHANY FAMILY NIGHT

Wednesday evenings at Bethany, Wescosville campus, starting September 22: 5:15-6pm chef prepared dinner for the whole family 6:15-7:45pm Awana for children, youth group and adult bible study groups

Information about Wednesday evening adult bible study groups can be found below.  Questions about Awana, Youth group, or Wednesday evening adult bible study groups?  Please contact Pastor Marleah or Donna in the church office.

40 Day Prayer Vigil Sept. 22 – Oct. 31
 
The S.O.U.L. Ministry is inviting you to be part of daily prayer vigils that will take place at the outdoor cross behind the Macungie building parking lot and the soccer fields.
Come to the Cross and join the SOUL team in prayer:
– for families
– for all people to value life more deeply
– for hearts and minds to be changed to save lives
– for Bethany to be a safe welcoming place where women and men facing difficult pregnancy decisions can come to find help, hope and acceptance in the healing power of Jesus.
2 Chronicles 7:14. and Proverbs 31:8-9
Daily devotion guides for the vigil are available and can be found on Sundays at the rolling desk along with other materials for S.O.U.L. Donations requested.
Questions? Email Carlene at soulccm7@gmail.com
 
Daily schedule:
Mondays at 12 noon with Bob Hubbard
Tuesdays at 6:00pm with Dave Miller
Wednesday’s at 6:00pm with Heidi Spangler
Fridays at 6:00pm with Patty Huff

Partnership Class – For those interested in “partnering” with God in the mission and ministry of Bethany Church, Partnership Class will be offered on Sundays, January 23 and 30 from 9-10:15am at the Macungie campus. (Partnership Class replaces membership class) Please sign up via the Bethany app, by stopping by the Info Desk on Sunday mornings, or contacting the church office 610-395-3613. For questions about Partnership Class, contact Donna at dbarnwell@bethanyumchurch.com

Bethany Group Life – Please contact Donna Barnwell, Pastor for Discipleship, in the church office dbarnwell@bethanyumchurch.com for information on different groups and classes at Bethany. There are women’s groups, men’s groups, zoom groups, in-person groups, men and women groups, daytime groups, and evening groups. For a list of current groups, Adult Ministries – Bethany Church (bethanyumchurch.com) and look under the Group Life section.

Sunday School Class – Personal Financial Stewardship (sister class to Financial Peace) will meet January 16 – March 13, 2022 each Sunday at Macungie campus in room 309 from 9-10:15am. Want to learn more about living a debt-free life and God’s principles for money? Come to room 309 on Sunday, January 16 at 9am and be a part of this short-term study.

Spiritual Gift Class– A short-term study group on Spiritual Gifts will begin on Wednesday, February 2 at 6:15pm. The class will meet each Wednesday evening, Feb 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 6:15-7:45pm at the Wescosville campus. In the study, you will learn more about how God has uniquely gifted you to serve Him. Please sign up by January 31 through the Bethany app, by stopping by the Info Desk on Sunday morning, or by contacting the church office.

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Men’s Ministry Facebook Page We are excited to announce the launch of our new Facebook Page, designed specifically for the men of Bethany. We look forward to connecting with you and growing together in Christ through this new page.

We are excited for the 2021 season of Operation Christmas Child. You’ll be encouraged to pack your own shoebox and/or RSVP to attend a packing party. Please mark your calendars with the dates below and more details will be coming in October. The packing parties are a great family activity or invite a neighbor to come with you! If you have any questions, please email Julie DiGiacomo at digiajul@hotmail.com

Important OCC dates:

Sun., 10/3-OCC shoeboxes distributed at Macungie

Thurs., 11/4: 1-3pm & 6-8 pm packing parties at Wescosville 

Fri., 11/5: 9-11am & 6-8pm packing parties at Wescosville campus

Sun., 11/7 & 11/14 return individually packed OCC shoeboxes to Macungie

January 3       Stuart Schwartz 1523 Steeple Chase Drive, Schnecksville, PA 18078

January 4       Richard Moyer 1310 S. 9th Street, Allentown, PA 18103

January 5       Barbara Sefranek 5749 Springhaven Lane, Macungie, PA 18062

January 6       Kathy Lewis 5758 Tavistock Lane, Macungie, PA 18062

January 7       Bud Reed 8680 Hensingersville Road, Macungie, PA 18062

January 8       Carol Hockman 4902 Spruce Road, Wescosville, PA 18106

January 15     Bobbi Utzler 3108 Elizabeth Lane, Macungie, PA 18062

January 17     James Warmkessel 4501 Stole Road, Emmaus, PA 18049

January 29     Maria Merrill 643 Broad Street, Apt #101, Emmaus, PA 18049

 

Duke’s Delites:  Hand in Hand Ministry along with Duke’s Delites, a division of the Love Ran Red Foundation, are selling specialty hand made dog biscuits.  See our table next month in the church lobby before and after services.  For opportunities to help sell these special furry treats at your local business, contact Mimi Ludwig at mlludwig@ptd.net.

Special Needs Prayer List:  If you would like to add your child, teen or young adult with special needs to our prayer list, please contact Paula Dooley at paula@dooleymc.com.

Women’s Ministry News

Saturday, January 8, come and hear about several women in the Bible who trusted God and lived out our 2022 theme “Fearless”  In addition to learning about these “fearless” women in the Bible, great fellowship and food, a special surprise will be handed out.  It’s a Potluck Breakfast so please bring a dish to share if you can.  The time and place:  9-11am at the Wescosville campus fellowship hall.  And don’t forget to sign up now for this event and look for more information on future events by using the following link:    

https://sites.google.com/view/bethany-womens-ministry/home

Facebook: Did you know that the women have a Facebook page? It is a private site where we share prayer requests, give announcements and share our events. All ladies of our church are invited to find us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/BethanyUMChurchwomen

Purls: Join this group of ladies on the third Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the Studio, as they stitch prayer shawls, lap robes and baby blankets for those in need. All stitched items are prayed over before giving them to the recipient. Shawls and lap robes are also donated to various nursing homes. This month, they will also be stitching winter hats, mittens and scarves for children in Allentown. ALL knitters, loomers, crochet stitchers or want-to-be stitchers are welcome to come at any time. Leader: Donna Long

Friday, October 1st: FIRST FRIDAY!!!! We will be bringing back Youth Fridays, formerly known as Cafe! This is a great time to invite your friends. Each month will include a different theme, hard-core games, calmer games, food, and an inter-generational activity. 7:00-9:00pm Typically held at Macungie Campus.
*** We are planning to go to a corn maze for our October event.
 
Monday, October 11th: Youth Hang Out Day. 10:00am-2:00pm Wescosville. All youth and friends are welcome to come play games, relax, eat & have fun.
 
Wednesday, October 27th: TRUNK R TREAT. Help us decorate the Bethany Bus and hand out candy for our annual Trunk R Treat. Great time to invite friends.
 
Sunday School will look a little different beginning October 3rd. Students will have the opportunity to choose classes based upon interest.
  1. Confirmation is for students in 7th grade and above who are interested in learning more about their faith and are considering becoming members of Bethany Church. There is a $20.00 cost for materials.
  2. Disciple is designed for students who want to really dig deep into Scripture and learn what the Bible says. Encouraged for high school students, this will be an inter-generational class, meaning adults will also be participating.
  3. Topical: Each week we will focus on a different hot topic and look at what the Bible says about that topic. This is designed to help students learn how to live our their faith in their daily life.

Small Group Bible Study: After the Family Meal on Wednesdays.

Missions Announcements

Emergency Food Bank
We thank you for your continued support of this ministry. Each week we will post if there is a need for certain items. If you know of any individual/family in need please call our church office. Thank you.
Items needed this week: Soup, Pudding Snacks
 
Allentown School Project
Great News!!
We are now sponsoring NewComer Academy. This school is made up of refugee children.
We pack 25 bags everyweek. That means we need 25 of everything listed below.
The list of their needs is:
Canned vegetables and fruit, soup, Mac & Cheese, Pasta/Tomato Sauce, Rice/Beans, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Cereal, Breakfast Bars, Pancake Mix and Syrup, Oatmeal, Juice, Popcorn, Pudding, Granola Bars
Toiletries: Shampoo/Conditioner, soap, toothpaste, deodorant
THIS WEEKS NEEDS ARE: Spaghetti Sauce, Boxed Oatmeal Packets
 
If you do not want to shop, we like to shop at the Grocery Outlet, and could use some grocery cards from there.
Grocery Outlet is located at Tilghman Square Shopping Center
 

Thank You! 

In October, the Mission team and youth requested donations for refugees coming into our area.  The response was amazing! Bethany Church donated 7 complete boxes and numerous individual items including gift cards. Your generosity will help our new neighbors have the items they need!  Thank you again.

PS  We are no longer collecting items for the incoming refugees.  Please find other appropriate places to give your donations. 

Please check out the Bethany Church app for new and updated mission/missionary news.

Connect With Us

Have you found the ministry where God wants you to serve? Would you like to volunteer at the church but don’t know where to begin? For answers to these questions and more, contact the church office at 610-395-3613  or explore these related pages of our website.