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J ULY / A UGUST 2011

T HE R IGHT R OAD

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does, in fact, please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always, though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone. ~ Thomas Merton

I NSIDE T HIS I SSUE

T HE R IGHT R OAD T HE P ASTOR ' S P EN S UNDAY S CHOOL N EWS C OMMITTEES & O RGANIZATIONS U PCOMING A CTIVITIES B IBLE Q UIZ YUM E VENTS M ISCELLANEOUS I NFORMATION G REETER S CHEDULE A NNIVERSARIES B IRTHDAYS K IDS ' P AGE J ULY / A UGUST C ALENDARS 1 2 2-3 4-5 6-7 7 8 9-10 11 12 13 14

Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world ~ Psalm 19:4

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What summer lull? In many Churches things slow down considerably for the summer ­ NOT HERE! Things are humming! June, July and August are as T HE busy as any other time. We have a full slate of Worship Services and Sunday P ASTOR ' S School, mid-week Bible Study & Prayer Meeting, VBS, P EN Youth Mission Trip, special youth activities, an Outdoor Service, "Rock" events, etc. So whoever thinks that things quiet down, let them take a look at what we have going on. We have a wonderful God who is there for us at anytime ­ and we have a Church that's here for us at anytime too. Enjoy the summer, but remember we're open for "business" all year. With our great A/C in the sanctuary, there's no reason to stay home because it's too hot. I'm looking forward to seeing you this summer. Rev. Bill Miller

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C RUSADER

The Crusader Class wishes to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who made this our 9th year participating in the Bernville Community Yard Sale a huge success. With all the rain we've been having this spring, our #1 THANK YOU goes to God. He blessed us with a truly delightful day. Sunny, bright, and with temperatures in the low 80s. We couldn't have asked for nicer weather. THANK YOU to all those who prepared and/or donated food and supplies, served food, and set up and cleaned up. Your time and cooperation were greatly appreciated. It's a lot of hard work but the fellowship among the customers, workers, and folks selling their wares to treasure hunters makes for a day of fun. The Pepsi Cola Co. again was very generous in donating Pepsi products. The drinks that were not sold will be used by our Youth Group on their mission trip to Kentucky. THANK YOU, Pepsi - You're the best! May God Bless You All, Betty Himmelberger

"God has given us two hands: one to receive with and the other to give with. We are not cisterns made for hoarding; we are channels made for sharing." ~ Billy Graham ~

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Our class intends to have another jewelry fundraiser in the fall, and we will post the date when we have a firm one. Our first one kicked off to such a good start that we have been able to give more to worthwhile causes, which was our intent starting in 2011. We want to become generous and cheerful givers because that is submission to God, which is more pleasing to Him than simple obedience. The difference is that we may obey with gritted teeth, while an attitude of submission is doing something in joy before the Father. There was a dire need expressed through a prophetic ministry on the internet, for a pastor in Kenya who reported that his family had not eaten for a week. Conditions there were quite severe. I emailed this pastor and we had several conversations as he expressed how difficult things were in his country. I am amazed at the power of the internet, that one could have a conversation with a pastor in Kenya! His hope was that he and his parishioners could become self reliant and not have to ask for famine relief periodically. With some combined efforts of giving with which our class participated, he reported that they would be able to build a chicken house, buy chickens and feed, and prepare and plan ahead so that people would not starve again. What a joy and honor to partner with God in situations such as these! We continue to learn about the Song of Solomon which is such a rich expression of love and worship to the King of Kings. We have had a number of supernatural experiences during these weeks of study and fellowship. We love it when the Holy Spirit moves among us. I want to encourage all of us to begin to pray in earnest for Israel. God tells us that when we pray for Israel, He will bless us so we know it is very important to God that we bless and cover Israel daily. There are many wonderful scriptures to pray, such as Deuteronomy 33:25-29; Ezekiel 36:6-12, 25-31, 33-37; Psalm 122:6 and 128:6 and 130:7. Use these, or find your own scriptures, and pray from your heart for God to bring His covenant plans forth for that nation, and to protect Israel as the nations of the world rise against her. Pray for Muslims, Jews, pagans, to come to know Jesus Christ as the Messiah. Pray for God to send dreams and visions to these people because their culture readily accepts that these are from God. Many have turned to Jesus as a result of Him coming to them in a dream. It is our responsibility to pray for them, for the Jews have given us priceless gifts. When you pray for Israel, and for all other things God places upon your heart, you are lifted higher to the Father, you have more peace and more relationship with Him. Let's go, church - rise up to the place God has for you. Remember, if you are not praying, the enemy is advancing. Have a wonderful summer! Kathi Basehore

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C OMMITTEES & O RGANIZATIONS G UILD

Summer is here and I hope it will be a time of relaxation for everyone. It is also a relaxing season for the Guild before the busy fall begins. On July 26, the Guild will have its annual banquet at Risser's Restaurant at 6:00 p.m. Anyone is welcome, but reservations must be made with Millie Graeff. Craft classes will begin on Monday morning, August 29 from 9:00 a.m. to noon, in preparation for the bazaar in December. Anyone is welcome to join us. Even if you think you are not a crafty person, there is always something that you can do. I hope everyone has an enjoyable and safe summer. wonder where the summer has gone. Soon school will begin and we will

Our next meeting will be held on August 30 at 7:00 p.m. Hope to see you there. Jean Luckenbill

L IBRARY

Listen to the Music If you enjoy Christian music, why not check out the wide variety of CDs available in the church library. There are several dozen CDs with nearly as many varieties of performers; there are older recordings as well as newer ones, in musical styles to suit almost every taste. If you're into a solid rock sound, take a listen to Kutless' To Know that You're Alive. For rap fans, there's B. Reith's Now is Not Forever. What about the adult contemporary sound of Phil Stacey's Into the Light with his heartfelt vocalizations and lyrics. If you're in the mood for a mix of artists on one CD, then Above the Noise, or With Open Hands, or the annual Wow Hits series is for you through which you'll hear many of your favorite contemporary artists like Third Day, Michael W. Smith, FFH, Jars of Clay and Caedmon's Call. The angelic harmonies of Point of Grace with their CD, Free to Fly, will warm your heart. If the solid twang of country music inspires you, David Johnson's Many Roads to Home will be manna for your spirit. Whatever your musical preference, our library has Christian CDs to touch your soul and bring glory to our Lord.

"In the summer, the song sings itself." ~ William Carlos Williams ~

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S T . T HOMAS C EMETERY

We've been in "full lawnmowing / caretaking" mode since May and our "team" is battling the usual elements of "wet weather and the heat". But we persevere nonetheless. Our young lads from Tulpehocken High School are again supporting us and working very well with our supervisory staff. Any retiree that has some free time on their hands, we can always use assistance in supervising these students. An adult must be with them while they work and able to troubleshoot any problems that arise. So if anyone can help us out, please see me ASAP. During the summer months, we usually work from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Thursday, with a make-up on Friday in the event of cancellation due to rain. If you've got 2 hours to spare, it would help us immensely. We've got at least 2, sometimes 3 young men weed whacking; 2 lads push mowing and our tractor mower operating at the same time. We will be utilizing 8 students over this entire mowing season (usually up to November). They each will be putting in 35-40 hours of work on the cemetery as the time requirement for their graduation projects. (Two of them are close to finished already). This is such a huge benefit to the cemetery and is a big savings to our treasury. Mrs. Bross has again supplied us with a great group of students. We owe her a great deal of thanks for her assistance to us. All of the above equipment (4 weed whackers, 3 push mowers, 2 riding mowers) are kept in shape by Glenn Fox' mechanical / engineering abilities and volunteer time to keep us moving properly. This is another financial savings which is a big help to keep us operating. We go through quite a bit of gas over the mowing season and this is a big expense for us as well. At the same time you may note that our many war veterans' graves were enhanced with new flags which are placed in remembrance of those interred. The flags were placed this year by the students as part of their graduation project work. Cemetery Books are available for lot locations and if you are interested in having one, please contact us. If you have any questions, or suggestions, these too we will gladly answer "ASAP". Respectfully, George F. Eisenbrown, President

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UPCOMING ACTIVITIES

The Art of Hearing God 3-day fast track conference is being held here at our church from 7/14 - 7/16/11 and this is the UPCOMING pre-requisite course for Understanding Dreams and Visions conference which is being held here on 8/4 - 8/6/11. These CONFERENCES courses teach us how to more clearly hear God's voice through dreams and visions which come under the spiritual gifting of prophecy, or speaking under the influence of the Holy Spirit. Since 1/3 of the Bible relates to dreams and visions, this is an area of tremendous importance to God. He spoke through them in Bible days, and He speaks to us through them today. See Joel 2:28, Job 33:15-16, Rev. 19:10 and 1 Corinthians 14:1 as just a few scripture verses which pertain to this truth. To sign up for the courses, go to www.streamsministries.com and click on training, then onto the course names, then click on the Bernville class. You may also call Streams Ministries at 888-441-8080 or call Kathi Basehore for details or help at 610-488-7812 or email her at [email protected] Come out and learn about the differences between prophets and psychics, about how to fine tune your spiritual frequency to hear God more clearly, about how to spiritually listen to others, and much more! Begin your journey with God on learning how He speaks to you in dreams and visions. It could be a life changing event for you.

PHILLIES GAME IN WASHINGTON

Saturday, August 20

Phillies vs. Nationals in D.C. The sign-up sheet for the trip to Washington, D. C. to see the Phillies play the Nationals, filled up in 90 minutes! FULL PAYMENT IS DUE BY JULY 31. We have a full bus, but a waiting list is available. Those coming on the trip will receive a letter outlining details for departure and rules for attending the game. If you have any questions, see Pastor Bill.

S T . T HOMAS D AY AT K NOEBEL ' S S ATURDAY , A UGUST 27, 2011

We have PAVILION "U" reserved for picnicking, so bring your lunch and/or supper! Information about discounted ride tickets will be forthcoming.

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Outdoor Service at the Park

Sunday, August 21, 2011

8:00 a.m. Chapel Service NO Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Service in Umbenhauer Park bring your chairs and enjoy the fun! followed by a covered dish lunch meat and drinks are provided everyone is invited

B IBLE Q UIZ

Many people travel for leisure during the summer. In Bible days, travel was most often done out of necessity. Scripture records many notable journeys. Match the people in the left-hand column with their correct travels in the right-hand column. A. B. C. D. Abraham and Sarah Mary, Jesus' mother Joseph, Mary and Jesus Apostle Paul 1. 2. 3. 4. Traveled to visit cousin Elizabeth Traveled from Haran to the land of Canaan Took missionary journeys to Turkey, Macedonia Traveled to Egypt to flee from King Herod

The answer is: A2, B1, C4, D3

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YUM E VENTS

Laser Tag: Please join us at Laser Quest on July 6 for three games. We will gather at the church at 6:00 p.m. and return around 8:30 p.m. The cost is $18.00 per person plus the cost to purchase snacks or beverages. Mission Possible: Our annual mission trip is on July 9 - 15. There are 18 youth, 12 adults and 3 children that will be going to Pikeville, KY to run a Bible Camp at the YMCA, repair a home for a family in need, and take part in Shoes for Hope. We ask that you would keep us in prayers. Bernville Pool Night: On July 20, we will have a Bernville Pool Night. All teens in the area are invited to join us at the pool at 7:00 p.m. for three hours of great fun and swimming. If thunderstorms hit, we will gather at St. Thomas for an evening of fun and food. Please plan to join us and bring your friends. Explosion: Please join us for an afternoon of music and mayhem on July 24. This event will begin at 4:00 p.m. and will include incredible music, some zany games, and an opportunity to go crazy! Watch for more details in the future. Glow in the Dark Mini-Golf: On July 30 we will meet at 6:30 p.m. to travel to Bernie's Mini-Golf in Schuylkill Haven to have some ice cream and play a round of mini-golf. Your game will cost $6 plus the ice cream. We will return to St. Thomas by 10:00 p.m. Please come and join us! Roller Skating: On August 3, we will travel to Skateaway in Shillington to roller skate. The cost to skate is $5 or $1 if you just want to hang out. We will meet at the church at 5:30 p.m. and return around 9:00 p.m. Reading Phillies Game: On August 4 the Reading Phillies will play the Harrisburg Senators followed by post-game fireworks. We will leave St. Thomas at 5:30 p.m. and the cost per ticket for this great evening is $10. Anybody Want to Play Some Football: On August 10 anyone who is interested can join us for football and capture the flag at Umbenhauer Park. We will gather at the park at 6:00 p.m. and play games for 2 hours. Drinks will be provided. Dig-In Preview Night: On August 17, Dennis Degler will host a Dig In gym night. This night will comprise of fun sports, the use of the Wii and the PS2. There will be plenty of snacks and drinks provided for those who attend. Bernville Pool Night: August 24 is another Bernville Teen Pool Night. games and good things to eat. See the information above. Photo Scavenger Hunt: This year we're going to the mall to take pictures on August 31. We will meet at St. Thomas at 5:30 p.m. and concludes at 8:30 p.m. *Permission Slips for any events can be obtained at YUM meetings or on the Church web site. **Be sure you have a medical form on file in the office before attending any of these events. ***If anyone needs financial assistance for the events listed above please don't hesitate to ask.

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MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION

C ONGRATULATIONS T O O UR G RADUATES

Adam S. Bross received a B.S. Cum Laude in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has been involved in two research groups working in the areas of thin film deposition and semiconductors. He will be attending graduate school at RPI where he will focus on LED/solid state lighting research. Dennis L. Degler graduated from Tulpehocken High School. He will be attending ITT Technical Institute in King of Prussia to study Cyber Security in the field of Criminal Justice. Rebecca M. Kline graduated from Tulpehocken High School. She plans on attending Reading Area Community College and transferring to Kutztown University majoring in Education and Art. David D. Peiffer graduated from Tulpehocken High School and Berks Career & Technology Center, West Campus, with his certificate in Carpentry. He was named BCTC Outstanding Male Student for the West Campus for 2011. He will be attending Pennsylvania College of Technology in August majoring in Building Construction Technology. Jenna L. Pendleton graduatedfrom Tulpehocken High School. She plans on attending Miscericordia University's five year Occupational Therapy Master's program in the Fall of 2011. Kara M. Pendleton graduated from Millersville University, Magna Cum Laude, with a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics. She plans to pursue a career in economics and is currently employed at Integrity Bank. Jennifer M. Stum graduated from Fleetwood High School. She enjoyed her time at Fleetwood where she participated in cross country, track, chorus, three years of German, Homecoming/ Prom committee, interact club, yearbook, outdoor club, and excelled art (portfolio/studio). She works on campus at Kutztown University and has decided to attend Kutztown University to pursue her college degree. Jennifer L. Williamson graduated from Tulpehocken High School and Berks Career & Technology Center. She has been in the Occupational Child Development class at BCTC for the past three years and plans to pursue a career in child care. She also was part of the work program this year volunteering at A Step Ahead Child Care Center. Jenny has been an honor roll student for her entire high school career.

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M EET O UR N EW M EMBERS

Stephanie Matthews Joel Batdorf Larissa Ott Marlene and Bruce Good Bill Brandt lives in Bernville with wife, Bridget. His interests include reading, walking and hiking, studying the Bible, music, and home improvement projects. Clayton Wagner Jr. lives in Hamburg and his interests include hunting, fishing, shooting sports, golf, guitar and wood working.

L IVING W ITH G RIEF

Pastor Bill asked Mary and I to consider starting a grief support group. We have accepted and now are inviting anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one to join us. We struggled through grief when we lost our mates just as some of you have and we know what you are going through. WE don't have answers but we do have experiences that may be of help. We're hoping that as we share experiences with one another we will be able to gain emotional strength to live life as God has intended. Our plans are to meet twice per month beginning on Tuesday, July 12 at noon in our home. We will provide lunch and share together for approximately 1 1/2 hours, or whatever time our schedules will allow. At each session we will determine the next meeting time. We are open to meet at any time most convenient to those who join. Mary and I realize that any loss causes great sorrow so we want you to know that anyone is welcome whether it is for the grieving of a mate or parent or sibling or child. You may join us at any time. We being with no agenda, just the sharing of life. Perhaps, later the study of a book, and there are many available, will bring value to our group. Please join us, bring a Bible, so that the Lord may lead our discussions. May God bless you. Our home is located at 116 Shartlesville Road, Bernville, PA 19506 and our phone number if 610-488-9623. It would be helpful to know if you'll come. Arlan Bond

"Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths." ~ Etty Hillesum ~

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S CHEDULES

10:30 Sunday Service Date July 3 July 10 July 17 July 24 July 31 Aug. 7 Main Entrance Melanie & Gerry Gernert David Peiffer & Family Bob & Mim Kripplebauer Fern Wenrich Jason & Heather Leonard Gerry Ruth Library Entrance Ed & Dorothy Meredith Gladys Eyer Judy Guthier Irene Blatt Dick & Grace Reber Jennifer Williamson Charles & Scarlett Seifrit Holly Boltz Eric Bross Family Chester & Jean Luckenbill Ruth Koenig Arthur & Anna Mae Smith Shirley Miller Elevator Entrance Ken & Donna Heffner Dorothy Showers Ada Fox Violet Hartman Pam Graeff Mildred Neuin Gail Stamm Donald & Nancy Lynn Jan Keeney Lynwood & Helen Mack Larry & Bonnie Rentschler Tom & Diane Witmer Randy & Darlene Nye

Aug. 14 Fritz & Louise Wolf Aug. 21 Susan Gernert/June Wenrich Aug. 28 Michael Pendelton Family Sept. 4 Forrest & Corrinne Wagner

Sept. 11 Tom & Candie Stewart Sept. 18 Earl & Sandy Bond Sept. 25 Robert & Shirley Luckenbill

SPIRITUAL INSOMNIA

Studies show that most Americans don't get adequate sleep. Whether an overcrowded schedule or insomnia is to blame, the short and long-term effects are alarming. It's tough to maintain a healthy mind and body when you're sleep-deprived. Likewise, we require sufficient, regular quiet time with God to stay spiritually healthy. Even Jesus needed time alone with God. Luke 5:16 says Jesus withdrew to deserted places to pray. Think how much more we need to listen for God's voice and learn from his Word!

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ANNIVERSARIES JULY

1 - Ken & Sharon Gehris (39 years) 4 - Mark & Sharon Rutherford (1 year) 12 - Lance & Amy Sterner (8 years) 26 - Chris & Marcy Hibshman (3 years) 27 - Glenn & Millie Lessig (54 years) 29 - Lynwood & Helen Mack (67 years)

AUGUST

6 - Gene & Gloria Davis (23 years) 8 - Barry & Kelly Ackerman (13 years) 13 - Richard & Michele Schaeffer (17 years) 17 - Rose & Ernest Ebling Jr. (15 years) 19 - Joel & Sara Jackson (11 years) 22 - Ronald Jr. & Denise Beissel (30 years) 27 - Brian & Nancy Luckenbill (23 years) 28 - Randy & Karen Becker (29 years) 28 - Dale & Beverly Wentzel (40 years) 31 - Gregory & Susan Dries (8 years)

WHATEVER THE WEATHER

No matter the forecast, weather can remind us of God's presence: When it's sunny, remember that Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12). When it's cloudy, remember that God often spoke to and guided his people from a cloud (Exodus 13:21-22). During a thunderstorm, remember the thunder and lightning when God beckoned Moses to Mount Sinai (Exodus 19:16). When it rains or snows, remember that God's Word serves his purpose just as precipitation does (Isaiah 55:10-11). When it's windy, remember that "a wind from God" came at Creation (Genesis 1:2), and God's Holy Spirit arrived at Pentecost like a mighty wind (Acts 2:2).

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BIRTHDAYS JULY

4 - Brent Beissel Ronald Beissel Jr. 5 - Judith Guthier 6 - Brayden Ackerman Carter Lutz Jesse Miller 7 - Donald Lynn 8 - Alexandra Ricketts Isabella Rioux 9 - David Himmelberger 10 - James LaFollette Jonathan LaFollette Dylan Plato Winnie Faust 11 - Barbara L. Williamson 12 - Denise Beissel Steven Degler 13 - Kristin Becker Glenn Rumbel 15 - Charles Paulson Jr. 20 - Charles Seifrit 21 - Tyler Davis Betty Berger 22 - Nancy Luckenbill Blanche Schlappich 24 - Lindsey Rumbel 25 - Clara Hardick 26 - Laural Haas Leslie Weidman 27 - Connor Long 28 - Zachary Ricketts Renee Nye 29 - Jenna Pendleton 30 - Drew Weishaar Rowena Henderson Linda Focht

AUGUST

1 - Tyler Blatt Randy Nye 3 - Hayden Leonhard Glenn Luckenbill 5 - Geraldine Ruth 7 - Katherine Travis Lance Sterner 9 - Sara Jackson Alexa Heim 10 - Nicole Davis Bella Woll 13 - Pam Ashman Eric Troutman 14 - Virginia Schmehl 15 - Ashley L. Wise Scott Graeff Dennis Degler, Jr. Barbara Hullinger Vernon M. Reifsnyder 16 - Bryllee McCollum 18 - Tyrus McCollum 23 - Lynwood E. Mack 24 - Wendy Zellers Ashley Stoudt 26 - Clinton Keeney 27 - Brennon Zellers Susan Himmelberger 28 - Michael Davis John Hartman 29 - Eleanor Stickler Chester Luckenbill 30 - Audrey Jonas Gary L. Zellers

"What if you could measure your age not by the weakness of your body, but by the radiance of your spirit?" ~ Dr. R. Maurice Boyd

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