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` 120 WEST MAIN STREET, NEW HOLLAND, PA 17557 Church Phone: 717-354-0226 Church Fax: 717-354-7942 Website: Pastor: Ray Voran Pastor Email:

JUNE 2013 I imagine most of you are aware of this since I mentioned it at several meetings and during one or two worship services, but I missed about half of our annual conference in May to attend our daughter Sara’s baccalaureate and graduation ceremonies at Messiah College. Win Hall and Loretta Zimmerman faithfully participated in the whole conference, so you should talk to them to get the complete report. Once again this year I was encouraged simply by being a part of that large gathering that reminded me that, even as each of us is a part of this congregation, New Holland UMC is a part of the larger church, which is a part of the Church Universal and the gates of hell will not prevail against us! And I do want to mention two things that were discussed at the annual conference: --Imagine No Malaria. The bishop of the Western PA Conference spoke on Friday morning about this effort to eradicate malaria (a disease that, as we know, is preventable and treatable) from the African continent. He told us that a child dies of malaria in Africa every 60 seconds. This is a real tragedy; BUT, when the Imagine No Malaria project began several years ago, a child died every 30 seconds, so we have made a difference. Imagine No Malaria is an example of something that is done right. United Methodist Churches from across the nation are involved in this effort along with other churches, community groups, businesses and individuals. While we see progress, the speaker encouraged us to continue the struggle so that we can witness that number changing to a child dying every 5 minutes, then every hour, day, month, and so forth. 2

I realize, of course, that there are many worthy causes and great ministry opportunities. We need to choose how we should best distribute our funds (that often seem limited). I am glad, though, that our church has a history of supporting Imagine No Malaria. By God’s grace and with His help, we are making a difference! --Stand In The Gap! Dr. Mary White, Eastern PA Conference Lay Leader, spoke to the assembly on Thursday. The portion of her message that stuck with me the most was when she quoted from Ezekiel 22:30 saying that we are called to “stand in the gap.” At that time, cities were protected by stone walls. If your wall was falling down, you were open to be attacked, and you would need someone to stand in that gap to provide protection. It was true thousands of years ago and is still true today. Our world is full of dangers – pathways that lead to destruction. As the church, we have the responsibility and privilege of standing in the gap, showing the way of salvation. What a great honor! Feel free to contact me with any questions regarding Annual Conference. If I do not know the answers, I will direct you to Win or Loretta. Thanks and blessings, Pastor Ray Our Worship Service starts at 9:00 a.m. every Sunday. Sunday School is at 10:15 a.m. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Saturday IGNITE service starts at 4:00 p.m. with fellowship; service at 4:30 p.m. Contacting Pastor Ray ~ email: Home: (717) 656-0812 Cell: (717)333-6939 Look for me on Facebook: Ray Voran

Burgers-n-Bibles –First Thursday, 11:30 am, at Wendy’s Restaurant LUMINA ministry – Second Thursday ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Special June Events Book Sale – Friday, June 7 (1-5 p.m.) and Saturday, June 8 (8 a.m.-2 p.m.) Father’s Day – June 16 Vacation Bible School begins – June 16 and continues each Sunday at 10:15 a.m. Food Voucher Distribution – June 19 Bake Sale at the Park – June 29

Regular Events Knepper Care Group – First and Third Mondays, 7:00 p.m. Naval Care Group – Second and Fourth Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. Bazaar Workshops – Second and Fourth Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Community Senior Center – Second Thursday, 10:00 a.m. Seniors meet at Yoder’s Restaurant – Third Saturday, 11:15 a.m. 3

Discipleship Opportunity! I shared with the Church Council in May that we are planning a small group discipleship training opportunity. This will be based on Rick Warren’s “40 Days of Purpose.” You will hear more about it in the coming months (we will likely begin around the middle of October). This is just to let you know that it is coming. I

4 believe we all benefit by becoming better disciples of Jesus Christ (that is our calling after all – to be and to make disciples). As we strive to reach those in the community with the Good News of the Gospel, it just makes sense that we also are growing in that Good News. Stay tuned for more information! -- Pastor Ray

Come to This Year’s Book Sale Held on Friday and Saturday This year New Holland United Methodist Church will hold its annual Book Sale on Friday, June 7, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 8, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It is coming up FAST! As you are spring cleaning, please consider donating your used and unwanted books to this annual event. Any current gently used books that you are willing to donate would be greatly appreciated. The chairperson, Loretta Zimmerman, says that text books and magazines will not be offered at the sale so please do not bring them to the church. All other books may be brought to the church during regular church hours. Please call the secretary at 717-354-0226 to make arrangements to drop the books. Our proceeds will be going to the Red Bird Mission in the Appalachian region of Kentucky to minister to poverty-stricken children. Thank you all for any help you can give for this mission. -- The NOW Committee

Hear ye, Hear ye Kingdom Rock is coming to NHUMC for 2013 VBS! 4

Beginning Sunday, June 16th, every Sunday at 10:15 a.m., children and adults alike are welcome to join in Kingdom Rock Vacation Bible School! We hope to see you there! In preparation, the Christian Education Committee has placed a display up in the narthex requesting supplies for this summer’s Vacation Bible School, Kingdom Rock! Help support our Vacation Bible School any way that you can. Thank-you! ~The Christian Education Committee

Local UM Bishop Returns from Visit to U.S. - Mexico Border Immerses into border life during immigration policy reform consideration As the United States Senate prepares to consider a major bill on immigration policy reform, local United Methodist Bishop Peggy Johnson has just returned home from a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border near San Diego, where she joined 69 other bishops from around the U.S., Africa, Asia and Europe. The purpose of the bishops' visit on May 7 was to immerse themselves in the reality of life at the border and sharpen their focus on how The United Methodist Church can be in ministry with border residents. "The visit to the border reminds me once again of the scourge of racism and classism on the planet. I pray for and will work for the day when people can realize that only when everyone has justice and bread and access to life then there will be peace," stated Bishop Peggy Johnson. Some of the bishops visited the San Ysidro Port of Entry, the busiest border crossing in the world, as well as the border wall, the most striking symbol of U.S. border enforcement policies, and the Plaza de las Americas.

Others crossed into Mexico and visited the Plaza del Bordo, an open-air migrant encampment that includes both internal migrants, as well as immigrants who have crossed into the U.S., been detained by the U.S. Border Patrol and have been repatriated or returned to Mexico. The bishops distributed health kits to the community and visited a ministry of the Methodist Church of Mexico. Additionally, they joined for a service of Holy Communion and hiked through the Tijuana Estuary, one of the last undeveloped areas in the region. The hike allowed participants to experience a bit of the terrain that immigrants crossing over into the U.S. navigate. Border community leaders, leaders of the Methodist Church of Mexico, area United Methodists and news media joined the bishops during the visit. For more information about The United Methodist Church's ministries and beliefs regarding immigration, go to

project meetings. – Joy Heisey, organizational leader

Free Community Meals 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. June 20, 2013 Third Thursday of every month Ranck’s United Methodist Church at the New Holland United Methodist Church Dinner is served with all ages welcome. -- Dee Kopicz, Outreach Chair at Ranck’s United Methodist Church (610-223-8207)


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Pat Williams and Vanapolie Gauthier Loretta Zimmerman & Arentz Menard Heather Bressi & Marvin Mondesir Shirley Givler & Florence Petit-ton Jane Keene & Guy Petit-ton Lay Readers

 Thank you to all that helped to make our first Chicken Bar-B-Q a success. We had tremendous support from Selma, Hank, Terry, Fred, Thierry, Donna, Sandi, Pat, Norece, and Ray W. Thank you also to all in the church family that supported this effort with the purchase of chicken. We were able to distribute 21 dinners to those in need. Again, thank you and God bless! --Sincerely, Heather Bressi

 The Garden Spot 4-H Club would like to thank NHUMC very much for the use of your facility for our March/April 5

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Shirley Givler Marie Boisrond Julie Mitton Ginny Smith Pat Williams

Birthdays: June 1 Dottie Baer June 5 Shawn Merkli June 8 Esther Smith June 14 David Hillard June 15 Tim Hess

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Sandi Rapp Cindy White Bob Bell Bets Wright

Anniversaries: June 1 Hank & Selma Wells June 3 Joe & Judy Turbedsky June 14 Ray & Dana Neyman June 15 Jon & Cathy Williams June 21 Ken & Judy McLean June 25 John & Fran Baxter June 28 Richard & Anne Hall Please call the church office (354-0226) so we can update our records if your name was missed.

Important June Dates June 9 deadline Father’s Day Video – If you would like a picture in honor of your dad, grandfather, etc., on the video, please label your picture and put it in Pat Williams mailbox by June 9, or email photos to

June 11 and 25 Bazaar Craft Workshops are held the second and fourth Tuesday each month, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Anyone interested in making crafts for the Christmas Bazaar is welcome to join the fun and fellowship.

June 16 Vacation Bible School Opens -- 10:15 a.m. Children and adults alike will enjoy the program features. Plan to attend every Sunday throughout the summer. 6

June 19 Food Vouchers will be distributed at NHUMC on June 19 between 1:00-4:00 p.m. Recipients must be at least 60 years old and earn less than $21,257 per year (or $28,694 for two). Proxy forms if you are having someone pick up your voucher are available by calling the Office of the Aging at 299-7979. Newspaper article of May 8 (page B11) stated that the time would be from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; however, our church time is from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Call 354-0226, New Holland UMC. – Win Hall

Prayer and Praise

• Retea Pagdanganan (a senior at GSHS),

daughter of Yvonne Stolzfoos’ coworker, awaiting second brain surgery • Ron White, neighbor of Sandi Rapp, receiving cancer treatment • Stena Mc Carty, friend of Virgina Meck, stage 4 cancer • Judy Fisher, friend of Virginia Meck, breast cancer • Dina McCarty, friend of Shiela Arment’s mother, stage 3 cancer • Dottie Hararas, sister of Cathy Williams, treatment for cancer • Peggy Graber, family friend of Dave and Judy Trost, treatment for cancer • Ivan Frybarger family, on his recent death • Max and Megan (Riehl) Demianovick, on their recent marriage


Dates to Remember

Graduate Recognition – As the school year comes to an end, we want to honor all our graduates. Please contact the church office (354-0226) if you or a family member is


graduating from high school, college, or any other school or training.

6 june 2013 newsletter  
6 june 2013 newsletter