HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Frank Allebach, Wanda Brunner, Liberty McClaskey, Bonnie Smith 15th; Justin Gregory 16th; Norman Weiss 17th; Lillian DiLenge, Alice Forst, Andy Tawney 18th; Gary Brown, Andy Damiani 19th.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Pepito and Jonna Dee 16th; Shaun and Meghann Permar 18th.
SCRIPTURE READINGS: Psalm 46; Romans 15:4-6, 13; Hebrews 11:1-16
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Seeing the City. Take some time and remember the lives of great folk of faith you find in the pages of the Old Testament. Folk like Noah, Abel, Sarah, Enoch, and Abraham. What was it that enabled them to be such bastions of faith? We’ll see it mattered what they saw. For they saw much more than met the eye. Looking at the world around them, they were able to identify something more. What they saw and acted on made God not ashamed to be called their God.
WE WELCOME CATHY SANDER to Leidy’s Church today. She and her husband Mick were added to our Mission budget this year. They are serving in eSwatini – formerly known as Swaziland. She’ll catch us up on what the first year in-the-field looks like. Cathy is also the daughter of Leidy’s Church member Thelma Spitzkopf.
A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING is scheduled immediately following the service of worship. The purpose of the meeting is to elect Consistorymen. Those men being nominated to serve as Elders are Ken Merritt and John DiLenge. Being nominated to serve as Deacons are Kendall Musselman and Shaun Permar.
THE AUGUST FELLOWSHIP LUNCHEON happens next week. No agenda, no expectations, just good, simple food and fellowship in the Lord.
THE ISSUES & ANSWERS SCHEDULE for August is filled with opportunities to get informed about God’s work around the world. Here’s the line-up:
- August 11th – Cathy Sander serving in eSwatini
- August 18th – Chris Kulp serving with 100Fold in US & Asia
- August 25th – Joe Gale serving as a Montgomery County Commissioner.
With the exception of Mr. Gale, all the speakers are included in the Leidy’s Church Mission budget. From each of the speakers we will be able to catch a good look at what God may be doing in their part of the world and gain insight on how to pray and support that work.
SLMT – CUCUTA flies south this Wednesday. The Lord willing, they will fly north next Wednesday and return to our fold. The intervening week will be filled with work and ministry in conjunction with the Good Samaritan House and the congregation of Pastor Dagoberto Angarita, in whose homes they will be staying and enjoying hospitality. Here are the team members so you can pray for them:
- Martha Wolgemuth
- Herb Wolgemuth
- Emma Coale
- Sharon Kostishion
- Steve Marks
- John Niederhaus
We will be commissioning them during today’s service of worship.
YOUTH FELLOWSHIP meets this afternoon from 3-6 at the home of the Heebner’s, their address is 2775 Hedrick Rd., Harleysville. Main course is provided, but bring along a side dish (salads, coleslaw, etc.) or a dessert dish. Reminder that girls and guys should wear appropriate swimsuits.
THE SUITE BRASS QUINTET will be performing in concert at the Church of the Holy Spirit on Friday evening, August 23 at 7:30. Included will be a mix of sacred music, fanfares, marches, fest music, patriotic music, and jazz. In addition to the standard trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba, there will also be featured piccolo trumpets, an alphorn and a euphonium. The church is located at 2871 Barndt Road in Harleysville. Admission is free, but a free-will offering will be taken. Refreshments will be served after the concert.
WANT WOOD? GO HERE! Old Goshenhoppen Reformed Church in Woxall has wood for the taking. Many, many trees on their property were toppled during the June 19 sheer wind/tornado storm that ransacked the Woxall area. If you’re looking for firewood logs to take home, they’ve got some for you. They also would be glad for folk who would help pick up sticks in their picnic grove in preparation their Oyster Supper next month. For complete info, contact Pastor Kevin Park at 267-373-7230.
BMCE B&P BREAKFAST, the fall rendition, happens on Thursday, September 12th. Featured speaker will be Pam Brunner who, with her husband Andy, ran the Towne Restaurant for many years and now runs the Franconia Café, and Market. When purchased through Leidy’s Church, tickets are $10. The breakfast happens at Pam’s nearby competitor(!), the Franconia Heritage banquet center. It begins at 6:30. Tickets are available from Jack Parry, Pastor Niederhaus, or the church office.
WONDERING WHERE Cucuta, Colombia is? On the narthex wall directly across from the middle doors of the sanctuary is a good map – and some other details – that will help you figure it out. Stop and take a gander.
SOME LADIES HAVE EXPRESSED INTEREST in attending the Answers for Women 2020 Conference at the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, KY on March 27-28. Entitled Truth: Uncovering the Lies We Believe, the purpose is to help us recognize truth from God’s Word so we can discern right from wrong and not be deceived. Conference tickets are $104 if gotten before October and include Ark admission. Housing and travel expenses will vary, but an Airbnb has been found close by which holds 12. If you are interested, please sign up on the sheet on the narthex wall. Info packets are there if you would like details.
PATTERNS OF PRAYER take place the first and third Saturdays of each month. We pray in the morning from 9 to 11 in Rm. 117. Participants are welcome to come and go as schedules permit/necessitate. This Saturday is the third Saturday of August, so we’ll be praying and you’re welcome to join as well. If you have any questions or suggestions for prayer, please speak with Patricia Martindell.
AN ONGOING REQUEST for the Philadelphia Street Missions. This past winter Leidy’s Church was very gracious in providing clothing in the way of coats, socks, blankets and shoes. It filled a need for many people during the winter months, but summer brings a different need. An insert is in your mailbox with a list of items that would make a big difference in the life of a homeless person. Any items you are able to provide can be placed in the boxes in the coat closet. Please call Darlene Schmidt with any questions, 267-373-8918.