Methodists meet for annual conclave
PENNSDALE The East Lycoming network of Methodist Churches met Monday evening, September 18 at Pennsdale for their annual gathering. Attendees were welcomed by host pastor Kevin St Martin, along with district superintendent Beth Jones.
The stage of the sanctuary was decorated with a hanging faux pine tree to which large paper roots were attached. Prayer was a component of one of the roots needed for growth.
A representative from each congregation spoke of their community outreach programs.
The representative from Franklin-Fairview Church along Route 42 in Franklin Township, shared how a roadside snack table was set up for motorcyclists. He noted the scenic route has heavy bike traffic which they enticed to stop to share The Word. Plans are to continue next summer.
Carol Mordan reported the Kedron and Point Bethel Churches recently cooperated and purchased 24 backpacks they filled with school supplies.
Announcing a twice monthly daytime gathering for women, Deb Stackhouse of the Tivoli Church reported on the Christian Women’s group. She noted women of several denominations attend. They begin with devotions and schedule speakers with interesting topics.
Representing the Clarkstown Church, Stephanie Shipton told of a project new this year, that of a “Garden of Faith.” The project was in cooperation with the neighboring Messiah Lutheran Church. Vegetables planted in raised boxed beds were shared with parishioners who are unable to garden either due to lack of space or for health reasons. Extra eatables were offered to the surrounding community.
Another sign of growth at Clarkstown occurred September 3, when Pastor Connie Waugh welcomed three new members.
District Superintendent Jones announced January 1, 2018 as the official date for the merging of the Hughesville churches. Christ United Methodist and Bethany United Methodist will be known as “The Beacon.”
Last June, during the fireman’s parade, adherents had distributed leaflets announcing the merger. Additionally, a display featuring a lighthouse in a seashore scene, garnered a first-place award at the Lycoming County Fair.
During the annual service, special music was provided by a combined choir which sang, “Tree of Life.” Brian Scott conducted along with Lana Force at the piano, both from the Hughesville Churches.