The Summer’s Not Over Yet!

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance” (Colossians 2:23-24).

We’ve been having a busy summer at Watsontown United Methodist Church! Here is a snapshot of many of the ways we hope you’ve been connecting with us (and even more importantly, seeking to connect with Jesus Christ).

1) Every weekday since school let out, volunteers from Watsontown UMC have made the Watsontown Memorial Park their home. The Kids Cafe outreach serves a free meal all children and youth who show up to eat. You can find these volunteers, kids, and families chilling out by one of the pavilions from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. No one is turned away. How blessed we have been, too, for the partnership of the Hoeganaes Corporation and Watsontown’s First National Bank who have given of their own time to serve. This program will continue until the beginning of the school year.

2) The Watsontown UMC’s 5th Annual Blueberry Festival has come and gone. Food, vendors, games, a bounce house, model trains, and scouting stands took center stage as our congregation opened its doors for a summer community event. Sincere and heartfelt thanks go out to the Blueberry Festival Planning Committee under the leadership of Faith Hoover and Melinda Pick for another successful event. Be ready to mark your calendars for next year as the blueberries keep coming back!

3) Another GoFishGuys Vacation Bible School went out with a literal splash! What better way to conclude a week-long journey of singing God’s praise, dancing, reading the Bible, and growing in faith than to invite the Warrior Run Fire Department to hose down three “lucky” fundraisers. Mission efforts for the Wounded Warriors, Warrior Run Fire Department, and 2017 Vacation Bible School raised over $1,000. Way to go! But the greatest gifts of the week cannot be bought or counted; so we pray for all of the children who drew close to God over the week. We are also grateful for the work of the VBS Committee and for chairperson Camy Brungard’s leadership to touch the lives of community young people!

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But the Summer is not done yet! Below is glimpse of what we have planned as August rolls around and families prep to go back to school.

  • You are invited to Worship @ the Campfire every Thursday at 7:30PM until Labor Day. The fire ring has even had a face-lift!
  • You are invited to a Blessing of the Backpacks on August 14 at 8am and 10:30am worship services. Children are asked to bring their back packs full of school supplies to be blessed and prayed over. If you know someone who might need a back pack, call the church office.
  • You are invited to a Church Picnic on August 21 at 3PM. This year, the location will be Montour Preserve, Heron’s Cove A Pavilion. This will be a pot-luck event so you are encouraged to bring a dish to share. Worship services will be held as normal that morning.

No matter what your summer holds, don’t forget to make time for you and God, and God’s Spirit in you. You are loved by the people of the Watsontown United Methodist Church.

Pastor Ryan

Vacation Bible School and Annual Blueberry Festival

Wow, how did July get here so quickly! The summer is in full swing and the people of Watsontown UMC are keeping busy as ever. If you haven’t connected to the weekly Kid’s Café ministry yet, you don’t know what you are missing! Every weekday in the park, volunteers from the church and community have been serving over 50 free lunches every day. And, of course, church leaders have been working hard to put together our premiere events for July: the Blueberry Festival and Vacation Bible School.

Come on out to the church Sunday July 5 to Thursday July 9 starting at 6:00pm each night for Vacation Bible School. Brought to you by the Go Fish Guys, this year we are going Backstage with the most important book in the world, the Bible. Young people will be engaged in Bible reading, games, sports, crafts, snack and dancing. Get pumped with great tunes, skits, and the fire found only in God’s Holy Spirit. No preregistrations are required but are certainly welcome. Click on the drop-down menu above to learn more about how you can connect to this great event.

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And stick around for July 11 for the 5th annual Blueberry Festival. Running from 9:00AM until 3:00PM, there will be food, vendors, crafters, kid’s games, pony rides, friendship, fellowship and more! Click on the Blueberry Festival dropdown menu above for all of your Blueberry Festival needs.

Be blessed and keep enjoying your summers!
–Pastor Ryan

Here Comes the Blueberry Fest!

Date: Saturday july 12, 2014
TIme: 9AM to 3PM
Location: 1319 8th Street Drive in Watsontown (17777)

In 24 hours, Watsontown United Methodist Church will undergo an annual one-day transformation. The festival committee has been hard at work all year coordinating food, vendors, and volunteers. In 24 hours, the world at Watsontown United Methodist Church will exude all shades of BLUE. The 4th Annual WUMC Blueberry Festival is upon us!

Each Blueberry Festival has so much to see and do! If you arrive at 9AM, the kitchens are open for the blueberriest breakfast you’ve ever had. The multipurpose room of the church will host a total of 26 vendors with all sorts of wares (from tasty goodies to duct tape apparel). For those who walk in at lunch time, this year’s main course is a pulled pork BBQ sandwich; the kitchen will also be turning out other delicious items like sausage sandwiches, blueberry buckle, and walking tacos to name a few.

Outside of the church building, eight more vendors pitch their tents. The side lot is also home to a number of family-friendly and children-oriented activities. Irish Meadows Stable will be present with a pony ride, veteran conductor Gene Farley will be pulling the barrel train, and of course the Dunk Tank will be ready to test pitching arms. Also keep an eye out for the bottle ring toss and Dr. Dale’s mini-golf extravaganza. Those who stick around later into the afternoon may also enter the blueberry eating contest!

Looking for a fun and leisurely way to spend your weekend after the craziness of the 4th of July? Look no further than the 4th Annual Blueberry Festival at Watsontown United Methodist Church. We’ll be looking for you!

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Blueberry Festival T-Shirts 2014

The blueberry festival is coming on July 12!

The Blueberry Committee is doing something quite exciting this year; how would you like to advertise this great community-building event with a newly minted t-shirt? Stuffed in the bulletins for the last few worship services, we have had order forms featuring the following logo:

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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 $12 (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 (office@watsontownumc.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).