May 24, 2020

News and announcements from the Immanuel Leidy's Church community.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Ruth Bugge 26th; Donna Frueh 27th; Anna Heebner, Linda Stretch 29th; Adine Doran, Kevin Godshall, Skip Smith, Krista Tyson 30th; Wendy Murphy June 2nd; Sarah Kulp, Jacqui Shafer, Ruth Thompson 3rd.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Jim and Ginna Foote 26th; Jeff and Debbie Schatz, Aaron and Alisha Vogelzang 30th; George and Donna Frueh June 2nd; Jack and Karen Parry 3rd.

THE SERMON TITLE this morning is We’re All Millennials. The book of Revelation has multiple controversial passages. Someplace near the top of that list are the first few verses of chapter 20. On this Memorial Day weekend, since everyone will be gone down the shore or up to the mountains, it seems like a good time to slip this passage by folk without many paying attention. We’ll do a survey of millennial positions and then indicate what the passage really teaches! We’re all millennials, that is, we have millennial positions. Only one position is the correct one, however. Fortunately, it is held by our Preacher! He’ll explain it.

SPECIAL THANKS to the music and A/V personnel who continue to work hard to make our service happen – and to make it available online. All this work of ministry is deeply appreciated.

THANK YOU from Bill Wack for the cards he received celebrating his 90th birthday.

FROZEN PRE-COOKED MEALS are available from the church. They consist of a variety of casseroles: chicken, stuffed pepper, chili, etc. If this would be a help to you or someone you know, call the church office to arrange a pick-up time. 

THANK YOU from Mabel Neal for the cards she received for her birthday. They were much appreciated.

THE CONFIRMATION CLASS will meet again this Monday evening at 7:30 via Zoom. If you are a member of the class and have not received an invitation, let Pastor Niederhaus know asap so you can join in all the fun!

PRAYER-POINTERS. Here are two prayer points for this week as we pray for the Gospel Gleanings outreach to the Erukulu people:

  • Pray that God would bring hope to the Erukulu people. They are like the people described in Ephesians 2:12: . . . separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. For that to happen they need to learn about Jesus, who He is, what He did, and why it matters to them.
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to inspire India Bible Literature personnel with the significance of what they are doing. They are the ones who make known to the Erukulu people the covenants of promise and give them the basis for true hope.

THANKS TO Tim Leidy, the Property Committee, and many other volunteers who have made our church grounds look dazzling. Weeds have been pulled, mulch spread, and everything made to appear at its finest. Your labors have not been in vain. 

THE ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION IS No, the American Legion will not be at local cemeteries on Memorial Day conducting services to honor fallen military personnel. Regrettably, they’ve had to cancel. If you’re looking for an alternative, here’s something you might consider. On Monday evening at 7 folk are welcome to gather in the parking lot of Christ Reformed Church at Indian Creek. The church bell will toll for 4 minutes – one minute for each century in which military personnel have fallen defending our land. The National Anthem will be sung. Pastor Scott Nice will share some appropriate thoughts and have a closing prayer. Those present may stay in their cars or stand outside. There will be loudspeakers to help everyone hear. As an interesting side-note: Christ Reformed Church has had members serve and fall in each of the four centuries: 1700s, 1800s, 1900s, and 2000s. 

A SEARCH IS ON FOR GRADUATES! Please notify the office if you or a person from your family is a graduate this year. Include the school from which they are graduating and what their plans may be for the future. We would like to have the information for the June newsletter. Thank you.

ANYONE INTERESTED IN BEING BAPTIZED should contact Pastor Niederhaus. We are planning to include baptisms in the service of worship on June 14th

HEAR THE APOSTLES’ CREED read by various families of Leidy’s Church. Each family contributes one small portion, but it is a huge blessing to see and hear. Go to our website at and scroll down just a bit, next to the What’s Coming Next banner, and on the left you will see a vimeo box titled Christian What Do You Believe. Simply click on that box and it will unroll before you. Our thanks to Barb Gehman who coordinated the effort and put it together in a presentable form. All the staff say Thank you, Barb!

THE CONSISTORY has agreed that Leidy’s Church will be open for public worship beginning June 7, 2020. A letter giving details has been sent by email to our members and friends. The letter also can be accessed at our website. Here are some bullet points from the letter:

  • No one should feel pressured to come to worship, but we will be open for public worship.
  • If anyone is ill, if anyone feels unsafe, or if anyone for some other reason is uncomfortable coming out to worship, we encourage you to stay home.
  • We especially encourage those who are in high-risk categories to consider staying home. Usually, this refers to the elderly and those with compromising health issues. No one from those categories should feel obligated to come out to worship at this time.
  • We will continue to livestream our services so everyone will have access to our worship.

If you cannot gain access to the letter, let the church office know and those smiling ladies will get one to you! It’s a longish letter with 14 bullet points of basic info and 6 square points of additional info. You are encouraged to read all of the letter. 

THANK YOU TO ALL who have continued to make financial contributions even though we are not gathered as a congregation and have no formal Offering time! We do need ongoing support to pay our various ongoing bills. Online giving has been utilized by some. Others have “mailed it in” and really done so! A few have stopped by the church office and chatted with our office personnel while dropping off their tithes and offerings. To all, we say: Thank You very much

FOOD COLLECTION is taking place under the auspices of the Church & Community Committee. A table is in place in the narthex where you may bring your food donations. This is done in conjunction with the Keystone Opportunity Center. Here are the foods they are looking for at this time:

  • Canned vegetables – corn, green beans, potatoes, carrots, beets; Pork & Beans; Beef Stew; Tuna; Canned fruit in juice; Juice boxes; Jelly (strawberry & grape); Canned chicken; Soups – all varieties; Saltine crackers, Cheez-its, Wheat Thins; Snacks: granola bars, peanut or cheese crackers, Pop Tarts; Size 5 and 6 diapers; Dish soap.
  • You should check the expiration date on donated items to insure they are useable. Please have them here by May 31st. Thanks for your help.

NEWSLETTER ARTICLES ARE DUE in the church office on Tuesday for the June Newsletter.