More About the Clarion Church of God...

When visiting our church, please fill out a Friendship & Communication card that is located in back of each pew; place it in the offering plate or hand it to an Usher.
Also, for those worshiping with us for the first time... we have a gift for you. Please stop @ the Welcome Center in the Narthex by the Main Entrance to pick it up.


Monday, April 7, 2014

Jamaica Mission Trip Update - April 2014

Each member of the Jamaica Mission Team is responsible for filling two 50-pound suitcases with donations.  We would love your help in gathering things for the Jamaicans. 
The #1 requested and needed item are children’s clothes.  Underlined items are also greatly needed.  Bring your items to the bins in the foyer.

TOOLS - heavy duty brick trowels, paint brushes, framing hammers, handsaws, heavy electrical cords, new power tools, drill bits, 7.5” saw blades, screw bits (Please only bring quality, name brand tools, the cheaper tools will not hold up. It would be better to bring 1 good tool rather than several cheap ones.)

SCHOOL SUPPLIESbackpacks, hard black composition books, notebooks, pencils, pens, markers, school glue, rulers, scissors, tape, construction paper

SHOES - any shoes, work boots, adult soccer shoesblack leather school shoes, children’s shoes, 
flip flops, high heels, ant type of women’s shoes
 
TOILETRIES (huge need for these) - baby powder, shampoo, lotions, toothbrushes, toothpastebar soap, adult diapers, baby lotion, body wash, spray air freshener, 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner

MEDICINE - adult and children's cold medicine, Tylenol or any brand, high, anti-fungus cream, pin worm medicine, vitamins, gauze, Band-Aids, antibiotic creams, bandages, muscle rub, cough syrup, first aid kits, adult and children’s vitamins

HOUSEWARESAll sizes of bed sheets, pillowcases, towels and small washcloths, sewing machines in good working order, material, hard plastic plates & bowls, silverware, any pots and pans, sharp knives, dish towels, inexpensive irons

CLOTHES - clean gently used or new clothes, children clothes (especially boys’ clothes), new underwear & socks, infant clothes, men’s pants, adult clothes (Jamaica is a tropical climate, so do not pack winter clothes), any type of soccer gear – especially adult-sized soccer equipment, men’s cargo and athletic shorts (especially size 30,32) men’s sizes can range 26-38 but nothing larger, women’s shorts, dresses, capris, nightgowns, no primarily white t-shirts
MISCELLANEOUS - AAA, AA, C & D size batteries, watches, radios of any kind, toys, padlocks, hats, jewelry (necklaces, earrings, etc.), soccer balls (no footballs or baseballs), extra flashlights & batteries, hats, purses, bags (especially huge, oversized bags and purses), neckties

ITEMS NOT TO PACK (all are items that have come down over the years)
bowling balls, electric blankets, humidifiers, one shoe, heavy winter jackets, clothes for dogs

Nursery - April 2014

4/6 - Kalee Ferguson, Vicki Quinter & Maci Thornton    
4/13 - Judy Garris, Brenda Smith & Jayna Bates        
4/20 -Anna Kriebel, Mindy Bish & Maya Thornton 
4/27 - Tammy Cloak & Karen Hazlett

Birthdays - April 2014

Birthdays
       
4/1 - Joann Switzer
4/3 - Hannah Allen & Michaela Callander
4/5 - Ame Pentz
4/7 - Hannah Henry & Andrew Preston
4/10 - Kalaya Edmonds, Brad Harriger 
4/11 - Robert Gates & Maya Thornton
4/12 - Noah Morgan
4/13 - Isaac McNany & Emily Quaill
4/14 - Mike Bailey & Jonneta Shick
4/15 - Jennifer Morgan & Donna Oberlander
4/20 - Clarence Evans
4/23 - Sarah Shick
4/24 - Zack Johnson
4/25 - Alicyn Burford
4/27 - Dean Papke
4/28 - Rich Atherton

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Bulletin Announcements - April 2014

If you are new to Liberty Street C.O. G. (in your mailbox is a blue sheet with needed family information). Please place these in the secretary's mailbox.  The church mailboxes are located in the Narthex & arranged alphabetically.  Please check your mailboxes for information we may have placed in there.  If you are unsure if you have a mailbox, or you do not have a mailbox & want one, call Tammy @ 814 - 226 - 8672. You are important to us & we need to keep you updated on all activities!


For all that have a computer... go to the Church Blog for your September Newsletter. You can find us @ www.clarionchurchofgod.blogspot.com.  Subscribe to the church blog, & all posts/updates will be delivered right to your email address Inbox.

Also, we have Sunday School classes for all ages.  Nursery , Preschool, K-2nd, 3rd - 5th, Jr. Youth, Sr. Youth & 3 Adult classes... check us out today!

We are offering a "Live Worship Telecast" in the Fellowship Hall to help accommodate the seating needs of our growing church!  Praise the Lord!  Anyone is welcome to check it out & share in this new Worship extension.   With video recording of the service in this way, we will also be able to improve our outreach to our shut-ins by giving them our worship on DVD. Finally, if you are absent from church on Sunday & would like a copy of any of our Sunday morning sermons, please call the church office. We would be happy to send you one. 

WWCH Channel 1300 on AM Broadcasting @ 11AM every Sunday...  The first Sunday of every month a pre-recorded service from Liberty Street Church of God with Pastor Bruce will be heard.  If you are unable to attend church on any Sunday morning, tune in to AM 1300.

WEATHER CANCELLATION - if we have bad weather or if it is calling for bad weather, please go to radio station WCCR 1300 AM for church cancellations.  We will also put out cancellations by email.

Group Activities:
Men’s Group - every Monday night @ Joe's Gym (ends 4/28)
Ladies Nite Out - 4th Tuesday of the month from 6-8PM
Youth Group (7-12th grade)... Sunday night @ 6PM
Jr. Youth Group (4- 6th grade)... Sunday nights @ 6PM
Parent's Night Out - 3rd Friday of the month from 6 - 10PM (ends in May/restarts Fall)


Fellowship Opportunities  & April Special Events 
Be sure to check your email & the Church Blog!!

SPRING SMALL GROUPS
March 2nd - April 21st? ... Spring Bible Studies.  Please sign up in the Welcome Center for childcare if needed.
His Needs/Her Needs:
Sundays 6-8PM @ the following locations:
Mark and Karen Hazlett’s home with Nancy Jeannerat leading - ALSO, for those who attend the Bible Study at the Hazlett's... Childcare is available and will be at their home (not at the Church)
Joe and Bonnie Ferguson’s home with Joe and Bonnie leading
Pastor Bruce and Judy’s home with Pastor Bruce and Judy leading
or Wednesdays 6-8PM starting March 5th @ 6PM @ Whitehall (location to be determined) with Randy and Sue Evans leading.
**An alternative study: Real Relationships-From Bad to Better and Good to Great will be held Wednesdays from 6 - 8PM in the Church Fellowship Hall with Clyde and Trish Bish leading.

REMINDER:  If you owe for your Spring Bible Study Book His Needs/Her Needs... you can drop it off @ the Welcome Center or put itin the Secretary's mailbox.

Lenten Luncheon Series 2014  
The Scandal of Lent - First Presbyterian Church, Clarion Pa
April  2 - The Scandal of Heaven and Earth (John 5:21-27) - TBA   
April 9 - The Scandal of Servanthood (John 13:1-7) - Clara or Jerry Belloit   
April 16 - The Scandal of Crucifixion (John 3:13-15) - Bruce Wilson
*We are incharge of the meal on Wednesday, April 9th
 Good Friday Cross Walk - 
12:00 Immaculate Conception - TBA 
12:30 First Baptist Church - Scott Hauser        
1:00 Grace Lutheran – Deryl Larsen  
1:30 Liberty Street Church of God – Jake Jacobson                                       
2:00 First UMC – Bruce Wilson                                      
2:30 First Presbyterian – Dave Selleck


April 17th - Maundy - Thursday Service
April 20th - Happy Easter — Christ Is Risen

General Announcements:
Youth News... The Sr. Youth has been watching the movie “The Passion” in Sunday School leading up to Easter.  We will be looking at the events leading up to the crucifixion and the days following.
April 9th @ 6:30pm - Nursery thru Youth Teachers (of Sunday School) Meeting 

April 12th @ 2:30pm - you are invited to the Wedding Ceremony of Duane & Tiffany Troutman @ the Whitehall Tabernacle w/Reception to follow.  A sign up sheet willbe inthe Welcome Center.  We need your RSVP by March 23rd.  The couple requests your presence & no gifts please.

April 13th after Worship - B.Y.O.P. (Build Your Own Potato... Chili, Cheese, Sour Cream, Taco, Etc.)  Youth Fundraiser... Sign up sheet in the Narthex
Menu:  Large Baked Potato or Sweet Potato, Tossed Salad, Roll & Dessert
Price:  Donation Only
Benefits: Sr. Youth IYC Trip in July

April 13th @ 1pm - Easter Egg Hunt - Children thru grade 6 - Games, Prizes & Crafts.  The Jr. Youth will be sponsoring the Easter egg hunt here at the church.

April 13th - Sr. Youth going to Brookville for the Musical presentation “The Choice” (the presentation of the crucifixion).  This is free for the youth.  We will be leaving the church at 5:00 p.m. and will be returning approximately 10:00 p.m.  We will stop for a quick meal following the presentation, please bring money with you to eat.  Please let Judy know if you are going.  There is limited seating.             
**There will be NO Jr. or Sr. Youth at the church that evening**

April 17th Maundy - Thursday Service Seder Meal @ 6pm & Footwashing & Communion @ 7pm

April 18th 6-10pm - Parent's Night Out - Sign Up sheet in the Welcome Center - this is the last PNO until Fall

April 20th @ 7am - Sunrise Service @ Trinity Point property
(Sunday School @ 9am & Easter Celebration Service @ 10am @ Liberty Street) 

April 27th following Worship - all ladies are invited to a Baby Shower for Jennifer Morgan. Jennifer & Shawn are expecting a baby boy & are registered @ Walmart.  Ladies... come celebrate this most joyful upcoming event.  Lunch will be served.

April 29th @ 6PM - Ladies Night Out -  come & be a part of the fun & fellowship - bring a friend - we'll be sharing in devotion, food & conversation, & a JEWELRY PARTY - the hostess is donatind 50% of her profits to the Jamaica Mission Trip in August ---  looking forward to seeing you there & meeting new people.

May 2nd - Youth IYC Fundraiser -  all 3 Subways in Clarion will donate $1 for every foot long sub & $.50 for every six inch sub sold between the hours of 11AM - 7PM.  All you have to do is buy a sub & they will donate to the Youth that are going to IYC this July in Nashville, TN.  Please spread the word to all your friends & co-workers to purchase a sub that day!!  

Adult Sunday School Classes -  
Prayer Room - Beth Henry - The Book of Moses Study
Kitchen area - Mike Bailey - Study on Corinthians
Homebuilders - Matt & Jenny Bates - Parenting - Creating an atmosphere of Biblical Growth in your home
Education Wind (1st room of the left) - Jacqueline Marrone & Joe Ferguson - Study on the Old Testament II Samuel


** If you know anyone graduating from High School or College that attends LSCofG, please inform the Office.  We will be honoring our graduates on June 1st.

AAA Life Services than you for your generous hearts.  We graciously gave $1,165.94 through the Baby Bottle Boomerrang Fundraiser.  Way to go LSCofG!

Tithing Envelopes If you are in need of tithing envelopes please see Diane Gross or call the Church Office @ 814-226-8672.

How to go Online to see the Church Directory....
To see the Church Directory online you have to go through this blog because the directory is a PDF file. Click on the link   http://directory.instantchurchdirectory.com/73945862/churchdirectory.pdf.   The Password is "church" (all in lower case letters).  That should open the PDF file for your viewing.  You may also load a free App for your smartphone.  In the App Store... search  instantchurchdirectory & follow the instructions to download.  If you wish to have a printed hard copy, contact Tammy in the Church Office @ 226 - 8672. There are also some available in the Welcome Center.  This is an ongoing process as we add new families weekly.  Please let us know of any updates or corrections.

Employment Exposure
We are adding a space to our church blog to include:
· Employment needed
· Job opportunities
Or making your current employment known to the church family
This is an opportunity to help our church family members in need & to provide them with an opportunity to use companies & services where they know a familiar face/name & a Christian connection.  This is for attendees/members of the church.

If you are interested in posting on the blog, please e-mail your information to Tracy Miller at: tmhm72@yahoo.com

The Library has a lot if duplicate books.  If you would like to check the book truck in the Library to see if there are any you want, please help yourself.  More will be put out over the winter.

If you are interested in being in a Women's Prayer Group, there is a sign-up sheet in the Welcome Center.


Are you looking for a Ministry to be involved in?? - We are in need of men & women that would be interested in transporting elderly to appointments occassionally.  Sometimes they may need to go to Pittsburgh.  Please let the Church Office know if you would consider being on a list of names for us to call when the need arises.

Attention: Teachers, Nursery Workers & Volunteers -  If you have received your Child Abuse Clearance in the mail, please bring it to the church office ASAP.

Watch fort updates & events on the Church's or Youth Group's Facebook page http:www.facebook.com/groups/173856376044348 -- Liberty Street Church of God Youth Group.


Check out these exciting stories on Clarion Sports Zone - posting by Dave McClaine


We are in need of additional:

1) Nursery Workers - We are so blessed with lots of babies that we need more adult help.  Please see Michelle Aites if you are interested in helping w/Sunday School Nursery or Worship Nursery.

2) SonShine Club Workers - We are being blessed with more children in our Sonshine Club Ministry!  We are asking that anyone willing to come out of retirement (teaching Sonshine Club) or looking for a new ministry (teaching Sonshine Club) , please see Hayley Jeannerat. You can call her @ 764-5390 or the church office @ 226-8672 or email her @ hayleydj@windstream.net.  There are 2 groups - Younger (3yr. - Kind.) & Older (1st - 3rd gr.).  Because of age, helpers are placed with the younger group.  No need to worry about preparing a lengthy lesson.  Hayley makes a 6 month rotation schedule & currently teachers are teaching every 5 - 6 wks., but if there were more volunteers you would teach less often.  What a blessing to see children learn of our wonderful Savior. 
God Bless you all for your help and we look forward to adding  additional teachers to our schedule.  (New Teacher on board: Kalee Ferguson- Thanks Kalee for your servanthood.)

3) Welcome Center Volunteers - Please see Tammy Lerch or call 226-9680 if you are interested.

Coming Up…
Christian Women Connection --- Schedule for 2014
Registration for Spring Convention and Fall Convention begins @ 4:00 pm.  We go to supper @ 4:30 pm

Ladies Retreat is sponsored by  Whitehall Camp.

Spring Convention on Friday, May 16th.  Supper @ 4:30 pm.  We will begin fellowship, devotional and our auction @ 6:00 pm.  On May 17th from 9:00-9:50 am is registration and a light breakfast.  Our meeting will begin @ 10:00 am with Will Huebner as our guest speaker.  We will break for lunch and come back for a business meeting.

July 30– cleaning day @ the Missionary cottage.  Bring your own lunch.

August 1– Missionary cottage open 10am-4:30pm.

August 2Saturday, Prayer 10:00am
TuesdayWednesday & Thursday-Conferences @ 1pm with Nancy Roudybush.


Prayer Breakfast @ Nickleville



Wednesday Evening– Pie & Icecream Social until 10:30 pm.

Friday, August 8-Memorial Tea & Business Mtg.  All ladies are invited to this meeting.  It will be in the Friendship room @ 1pm.  Bring your favorite tea cup.

Youth Camps
Sr. High Camp (grades 9-12) June 15 - 20
Jr. HIgh Camp (grades 6-8) June 22 - 27
3 - 5th Grades -- June 29 - July 3
Your cost is a $25 Registration Fee to the Church if you attend LSCofG.  LSCofG will pay the remaining amount of your camp cost.  All registrations, health forms, & the $25 Registration Fee need to be into the Church by May 8th.

Mission Trip to Jamaica 2014
It’s time to start planning for Jamaica!   If you would like an opportunity to serve God on the mission field and are ready for a life-changing adventure, we invite you on a one-week mission trip to Harmons, Jamaica.  We’re working with an organization called Won by One to Jamaica to plan a trip for our church August 10-17, 2014.  Anyone age 13 and over is welcome.
Harmons is a small mountain village of 3,000 people in south central Jamaica.  It’s an impoverished community with around 75% unemployment.  Quality medical treatment is lacking and money for basic needs is limited.  One practical objective of our trip will be to help alleviate some of the physical hardships the citizens of Harmons experience every day.
Our jobs there may include tasks such as:
*constructing houses
*carrying marl (basic ingredient for making concrete) 
*helping at “Blessings In Store,” a second-hand store created by the Won by One ministry, now run by local Jamaicans
*repairing homes
*assisting school teachers
Now is the time to make a commitment to going on the trip.  If you are interested, please see Matt & Jenny Bates at the table in the church foyer.  A $100 per person deposit will be required to secure your spot.  Each team member must raise an additional $1,350 to cover trip expenses (airfare, ground transportation, meals/accommodations, etc.)  Passport not included.  The deposit will be due September 15.  If you have questions, contact Matt & Jenny Bates at 814-764-6056 or at - mrbates_2000@yahoo.com




   

Prayer Concerns - April 2014

Most Recent Concerns - 

4/17 - Sharlene Wingard - came through her procedure well & is suppose to get home today from the hospital - continue praying for Sharlene & her recovery
4/17 - Loretta Wedekind - is in the Clarion Hospital/they are running tests
4/15 - Please pray for 2 children from Jefferson County (1 month old & a 1 year old) - both parents are being incarcerated - pray they find a proper placement for these two children
4/15 - Sharlene Wingard - going in for surgery on Wednesday morning to Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh to have her (4th) defibrillator replaced & to insert a new wire - prayers for Denny too
4/14 - Grant Kriebel(Tammy McClaine's Uncle) -  has been in Florida with his wife for the winter & suffered a major heart attack this past Friday - they were starting home for PA -   Grant is a healthy (so we thought) 70 year old - he had his second surgery this morning & will have one more on Wednesday - he will not be allowed to travel for awhile
4/11 -  request from Dale & Lisa Buchwitz  would like prayer for Dalton.  After 7 months of no parental contact and after a letter has been sent out that the judge has changed Dalton's goal to adoption, mom called CYS to set up a visit with Dalton next Thursday.  She called to talk with him yesterday.  As I know that the goal has already been changed, we know the circumstances,  we know that it would take a lot for the judge to change that goal, it is still a concern for us, as we have to wait 2  more months for the next hearing.  Please pray for Dalton, he will be very confused.  Pray for us as I have to let him go on this visit.  It will not be easy.  
4/11 - Update from Dale & Lisa - when the doctor took a biopsy of  Lisa's dad's cyst and went back for more testing... the cyst was gone.  We are praising the Lord.
Dale's dad continues to do well and they have taken him off of Cumedin.  He is just taking asprin.  We have so much to be thankful for.  
4/11 - Jonatha Ochs friend Linda - had a heart attack and is in Allegheny General
4/7  - Jean Johns - fell and is back in the hospital
4/7 - The Live Feed is "FINALLY" working again in the Fellowship Hall for our Worship Services
4/5 - Mary Reed - has had the flu for a week

4/5 - Barb Stewart (friend of Mary Reed) - having surgery on Thursday
4/5 - Vickie Cooper asks prayer for Vanea - Vanea's fever has gone up, she's been sick all week & has not had any energy - Alissa is concerned that she has malaria
 4/5 - Marissa Atherton - finished her finals yesterday & test for dental hygienist - she will get the results in about three weeks & is nervous about it
4/4 - Baby Karson Ochs will be having surgery this morning to repair the hole in her voicebox - this is Janet Norris's greatgranchild
4/1 - Baby Karson Ochs is back in Pittsburgh Hospital - she has lost weight

Praises

Prayer Concerns
 Burden for the Lost - Our Government & Leaders (local, state, national) -  Donna Oberlander (State Rep) - President of the U.S.    Spiritual Growth for our church family  - The Unsaved - Pastor Bruce & Family - Our Community - Other Churches in our Community - Our Military - Our College Students - Unspoken - REVIVAL - Construction workers & Delta Contractors @ Trinity Point - Building the Trinity Point Facility
Terry Aites (waiting for kidney transplant) - Arianna Evans - Phyllis Traister - DuWayne & Thelma Miller - Jon Fye (Dawn Christie's brother) - Jamie Best - Melissa McCloskey (cancer) - Jeremy Willy - Brian McGarrity (cancer) - Jack Hiles - Michelle Blauser - Clarence & Shirley Evans - Judy Fiscus - Janet Young - Connie Minich - Debbie & Dave Jordan - Jessica Henry (MS & Chemo treatments) -  Don Barger - Mike Roach (cancer Pastor & Judy's brother-in-law) - Frances Hile - Judy Schwab - Don Norris - Pat Radaker (fell) - Matt Harrington - Pearl Manross - those w/cold & flu - Dori Lawrence - Kathy Ealey - Vonnie Tiley - Rudy Tesch (Brenda Smith's Dad) - Jennifer Morgan (pregnancy) - Aly Johnston (pregnant) - Sgt. Seth Long (Afghanistan) - Tom Buzard (cancer/Park Hill Congregation) - David Guess (Duane Troutman's grandson) Sarah Switzer (Jim & Joann Switzer's granddaughter) - Julie Mays (H1N1 Virus) - Mark Kahle (heart transplant) - John Swanger - Ronald Crosswaite - Ben RIce - Janet Morrison (cancer - Pat Radaker's cousin) - Penny Hynd - Jum Huber

Snowbirds
Fred & Martha Glosser - Nancy Yates - Bill & Lois Brandenstein - Ray & Marian Peltcs

Missions and Outreach
Whitehall Camp & Conference Center  - AAA Life Services - WPA Ministries of the COG - COG Ministries Anderson, IND - Food For Friends - Koinonia (CUP campus) - Alyssa Cooper Sande (Africa) - Jessica Wilson (Dominican Republic) - Clarion Ministerium - Rebecca New-Edson (WPA COG Ministries Dir.) - Rev. Jim Lyon (Gen. Director Elect)

Nursing/Personal Care Home/Rehab Patients
Nila Minich (Gene Minich’s Mom) – Clarview, Sligo
Pearl Manross - Golden Living Shippenville
Edna Burford - Golden Living Shippenville
Sue Foust - Laurel Brook Brookville
Alice Ferguson - Laurel Brook Brookville

Ministries & Leaders of Our Congregation
Children & Youth Ministries - Our Boards & Committees - Sunday School - Sunday Worship Services - Pastor Bruce & Gamily - Church Staff - Women's Ministries