Here is our latest edition of The Beacon.
We are excited to announce that we are almost all caught up on uploading past Sermon Audio! We value the opportunity to provide you with the ability to listen to Pastor Ryan’s (and others’) messages while you’re traveling, when you’re unable to join us on Sunday mornings, or if you’d simply like to listen again.
Check out our SoundCloud.com Recent Sermons playlist for newly uploaded sermons!
The media is rife right now with hashtags, protests, and cardboard signs about whose lives matter. This is not our attempt to provide more political vitriol to the conflagration; nevertheless, at Watsontown UMC, we believe that Kids Matter. Big kids, little kids, girl kids, boy kids, old kids, young kids. Luke 18:16 states “Jesus said, ‘Let the all the children come unto me.'” Jesus valued the presence of children in the community of faith. Their perspective, their enthusiasm, their joy, their gifts and talents are all essential to a vital faith family. Youth ministries guru Kenda Creasy Dean said from the puplit of Kingston United Methodist Church that the presence of children, youth, and young adults in the life of the church is an important marker of health and vitality.
With that segue in mind, here are some of the many ways we want to lift up the ministries of children and youth in worship at Watsontown UMC in August and September.
AUGUST 14: This is our blessing of the back packs Sunday. School age young people are encouraged to bring their back packs full of school supplies to worship (that means you too college kids!). During worship, we will pray over and bless the back packs, as well as the students, teachers, and administrators who will be returning to school. If a child you know is in need of a back pack, we do have several that we can also provide.
AUGUST 21: On the third Sunday of August, we will hold our annual church family picnic. Unlike years past, this picnic will take place at Montour Preserve at 3PM. We have scheduled Heron Cove A Pavilion for the event. This is a great opportunity for kids to get out and…be kids. Families are asked to bring a dish to share as well as their own place settings. Visit www.facebook/watsontownumc to find our event page.
AUGUST 28: This Sunday is WUMC’s official Rally Sunday. That means we will be kicking off Sunday School for the 2016-2017 school year. Sunday School age children and youth are invited to come at 9:15AM for the kick-off celebration. At the 10:30 service, young people stick around to play the bucket drums for worship.
September 25: On September 25th, kids will help lead worship through song at 10:30. Rehearsal time will be 9:50AM on Sundays through September. Come on out and share your talents with the congregation.
For two Sundays (since 2/14), we have been issuing a notice that, at the conclusion of the 10:30AM worship service on February 28, Watsontown UMC will have a church conference to discuss the terms of a lease that has been drafted between our congregation and Kingdom Kidz, Inc. The lease is put forward by the Board of Trustees and has been drafted for us by Attorney Tom Boop of Sunbury.
A church conference (discussed in Paragraph 248 of the Book of Discipline) is a formal business meeting called to address matters of business related to the congregation. For a church conference, all persons who are professing members of the congregation are eligible to vote on the matter at hand. Because I have been asked, I also want to note that there is no “age requirement” when voting and participating in a church conference; any teenager who has completed confirmation and is a member of the church has equal say and vote during the proceedings as other adult members.
The following is a –> LINK <– to the proposed lease.
As pastor, I am delighted that the 3rd Street Property has been in use for the last year, and has been utilized by an organization with a mission similar to our own: to make disciples for Jesus Christ. Please come out to this week’s church conference and offer your voice to the conversation.
Pastor Ryan T. Krauss
The blueberry festival is coming on July 11!
Mark those calendars everyone because Watsontown United Methodist Church’s annual Blueberry Festival is on the way, July 11 from 9:00AM to 3:00PM. Just like last year, we will have t-shirts to commemorate the event, and you can even add your very own signature to the back of the final product ($5.00 sponsor)! The logo is similar to last year’s, just replace the “2014” with a “2015”:
A set of advance orders for t-shirts are being collected for those who would like to sport one prior to the big day. Shirts are available for $10 (Youth S/M/L; Adult S/M/L/XL) and $13 (2XL/3XL). V-Neck shirts are also available at $13 (Adult S/M/L/XL) and $16 (2XL/3XL). If you are interested in picking up this advance t-shirt, contact the WUMC office via phone (570-538-1017) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). Money does not need to be turned in right away; the office just needs a count for the initial order!
“Taste and see that the Lord is Good!” (Psalm 34:8).