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March 2014

A Publication from Hewitt Presbyterian Church Rices Landing, PA 15357

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“From the Pastor’s Desk” By Reverend Rach


Congregational News Building & Grounds Update


Congreational News Cont’d Upcoming Events


Agape Women’s Update Christian Education

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Mission & Evangelism March 2014 Calendar

Coming Up

“So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” - 2 Corinthians 5:17

From the Pastor’s Desk Reverend Geoff Rach 145 Carmichaels St. Rices Landing, PA 15357 (724) 501-2142 (home) (412) 400-4990 (cell)

Who’s ready for a restart to 2014 after this winter? It seems like we’ve spent the first two months of the New Year either cooped up inside

trying to stay warm or outside moving snow. This winter has put many of us in survival mode preventing us from seeing anything beyond cold and snowy days. Maybe you’ve been looking for a fresh start for some time in your life and for your family. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 5th. It’s a spiritual New Year. It’s a time of renewal in our lives. We have several opportunities at Hewitt Church in this upcoming Lenten Season to help you grow in your relationship with the Living God. There is Sunday School for all ages, Bible studies and special times of worship and fellowship. Set a goal for yourself and your family of being in worship every Sunday morning during Lent. God desires to make us new people through faith in Jesus Christ. We are told in 2 Corinthians 5:17,

“So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!”

May the Holy Spirit revive us and refresh us at Hewitt Church during this season of Lent.

Things to Remember: Ash Wednesday – March 5 We begin the season of Lent together on Ash Wednesday, March 5th. We will share a Meager Meal of soup and bread starting at 6:00 p.m. and begin worship at 7:00 p.m. Join us for this special time of worship and repentance complete with the imposition of ashes.

Daylight Savings Time Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 9th. Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour before bed on Saturday night.

Congregational News First Sunday of Lent – March 9

Sunday, March 9 is the First Sunday in Lent. We will celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper during worship. Committee meetings will also take place on March 9. The Building & Grounds, Christian Education, Mission & Evangelism and Worship Committees will all meet after worship. A Lenten Bible Study will begin at the manse on Sunday, March 9. There is more information later in this newsletter.

Sympathy Extended

Sympathy is extended to the family of Marie LeichliterKrause on the death of Marie’s father, Norman Leichliter. Mr. Leichliter passed away on February 17, 2014.

Looking Ahead

Turkey Dinner – Saturday, April 5 The Hewitt Church women will be having their annual turkey dinner on Saturday, April 5 from 4-7 p.m. Mark your calendars and anticipate a phone call asking for help. There will be more details to come. Palm Sunday – April 13 Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday April 13. The Choir will be having their Easter Cantata followed by a reception.

If anyone has any good news to share with their church family in our Hewitt Happenings please let the Church Office know and we will be glad to get it in the Newsletter.

March Birthdays

1 Geoff Rach 3 Christian Wilson 8 Austin Clark, Virginia Wainwright 22 Adam Brewer 23 Mike Brewer, Mona English 24 Matthias Rach 29 Evelyn Motzer 30 Diana Jeffries

March Wedding Anniversaries 2 Mr. & Mrs. Doug Wilson 23 Rev. Dr. & Mrs. Don Wilson 31 Mr. & Mrs. Bob English

To have your birthday or anniversary posted in the Newsletter please contact the church office.

Building & Grounds

Garage Sale – June 7 The Building & Grounds Committee would like to remind everyone to save their used items to donate to the Garage Sale on June 7. Stained Glass Window Repair Update Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Stained Glass Window Repair Fund. We are waiting for the repairs to begin on our Good Shepherd window.

Congregational News Hewitt Church Dartball Team

The Dartball team would like to thank all who baked and purchase items at our Bake Sale after church on Sunday, February 9. The following are the results of our games: Week 17 vs. Crabapple Community Church Lost 5-3, Lost 1-0, Tied 3-3 Week 18 Postponed till March 10 due to the weather Week 19 vs. Waynesburg Nazarene Won 5-3, Won 6-1, Won 10-1 Week 20 at Crosspoint Assembly of God Lost 9-8, Won 10-3, Won 4-3 Our current record is 28 wins-24 losses-5 ties. Upcoming Games: Week 21 24-Feb-14 at Waynesburg Methodist Week 22 3-Mar-14 vs. Pine Bank Methodist Week 23 10-Mar-14 vs. WWJD Christian Center

Upcoming Events Winter Jam 2014 (Christian Music’s Largest Annual Tour) • March 21 at the Consol Energy Center. • Open to entire church family • Please contact Cassie/Amy by March 7 if interested in attending • Cost is $10/ticket at the door • Departure from church is promptly at 4:30pm

Easter Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast April 19 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Accepting donations of wrapped candy, plastic eggs, and loose change

Lenten Bible Study

There will be a new six week Bible Study beginning on Sunday, March 9. We will be studying “Eat With Joy: Redeeming God’s Gift of Food” by Rachel Marie Stone. Books are $12. The group will meet Sundays through Lent from 5 to 7 p.m. at the manse. A light supper will be provided. Please let Geoff or Cara Rach know by Sunday, March 2nd if you are interested in joining.

Men’s Breakfast

The men of Hewitt Church are invited to breakfast on Saturday March 15 starting at 7:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. Please invite any other men that may be interested in this time of food and fellowship. If you have any questions please contact Rev. Rach.

World Mission Initiative Conference April 4-5, 2014 Pittsburgh Theological Seminary “Beyond the Stained Glass: The Church Sent into the World” Three keynote speakers: • Julie Clawson • Fahed Abu Akel • Richard Peace • Eighteen workshops on various mission emphases. If interested, see Debbie Wilson or Rev. Rach for additional information

annual harvest of 360 family farms. Thank you for supporting farming families around the world.

Hewitt Church Women

Women’s Bible Study On Monday, March 3 the Women’s Bible Study Group will resume at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall (weather permitting). We will pick up with Lesson #9 of First Peter Study book. Anyone wishing to join us is welcome. Contact Ellen Pahanish for more information.

Agape 7 The Women of Agape 7 will hold their monthly luncheon and meeting on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. in the Church Social Room. The hostesses for this meeting will be Mona English and Jane Gray. Devotions will be given by Evelyn Motzer. All women of the church are invited to attend.

Coffee Sales On the first Sunday of each month regular, decaf, some teas, hot chocolate and baking cocoa will be available for sale after worship. Proceeds from these sales benefit missions. Through Fair Trade, farmers support their families, stay on their land and care for the environment. Working in democratically-run cooperatives, small-scale farmers gain control of their own livelihoods and make strides together in organic agriculture and quality control. With the added income from Fair Trade, farmers invest in education and social services for their community. In the year 2012 individuals, schools and congregations across the U.S. purchased Equal Exchange coffee to the tune of 749,311 pounds that equals 29,972,440 cups which is equal to the entire

Hewitt Cookbooks Still Available The Hewitt Cookbooks are available for $13 each. These make excellent wedding gifts, bridal shower gifts and even baby shower gifts not to mention birthdays and anniversaries. Please contact Debbie Wilson, 724-852-6417; Mona English 724-592-6929; or Evelyn Motzer 724-592-5918 if you are interested. They will also be available the first Sunday of the month during coffee sales.

Christian Education

Sunday School Join us Sunday mornings before worship for Sunday School! We have classes for all age groups, child and adult. Sunday School takes place Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Hope to see you there! Children’s Church Children’s Church takes place on Sunday mornings during the Church service. Children K through 3rd grade are invited to go downstairs after the children’s moment during the worship service. Nursery Nursery is available for children up to age 5 during Sunday School and worship on Sunday morning. Chili Cook-off Thank You Thank you to all who contributed and participated in the 1st Annual Hewitt Men’s Chili Cook-off February 2. We had 8 entries with the winning entries being 1st Lynn Murral, 2nd Bill Ankrom, 3rd Dustin Teegarden. This was an enjoyable time for all, and we were able to raise $200 to support CE and future events. Youth Group Lock-In The Youth Group hosted a Lock-in on February 14th in the church social hall. There were 17 children and 8 adults that attended the event. There was a lot of food, many games, movies enjoyed, and very little sleep!

Mission & Evangelism One Great Hour of Sharing FAITH ENDURES

“Hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts.” - Romans 5:5

“After every storm, hardship and misfortune, a better day follows. By giving generously you can help rebuild strength and brighten lives - bringing promise to prayers of faith. God’s love is evidence that hope exists despite our immediate circumstance. One Great Hour of Sharing depends on YOU to help rebuild strength and brighten lives.”

“Did YOU know: • Gifts to the PC(USA) OGHS are shared by the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Presbyterian Hunger Program and Self-Development of People programs. • OGHS started after WWII in 1949 with an ecumenical radio appeal and over 75,000 churches participating. • In recent years, Presbyterians have given about $7.5 million annually. • Eight denominations and Church World Service participate in OGHS. • YOUR gifts to OGHS enable these programs to assist in the empowerment of others as they move past emotional, physical and spiritual misfortune.” Fish banks for use during Lent will be offered to families on Sunday, March 2. Last year our offering amounted to $636.05. Let’s consider a goal of $700 for this year. If 30 families at Hewitt gave $25 to OGHS, our offering would amount to $750. $25 over a 7 week period amounts to $3.58 per week…less than a Happy Meal at McDonalds. Will you consider participating in this challenge? There will be bulletin inserts on some Sundays during Lent to give you an idea of where YOUR OGHS offering goes. The fish banks will be collected on Sunday, April 20 - Easter Sunday.


17 Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


9 First Sunday of Lent Communion Committee Meetings “Eat With Joy” 5-7 PM

16 Deacons Meeting After Worship “Eat With Joy” 5-7 PM


“Eat With Joy” 5-7 PM



3 Home Dartball Vs. Pine Bank Methodist


“Eat With Joy” 5-7 PM

Mondays Dartball @ 7 PM


Every Sunday 9:30 AM Sunday School 10:30 AM Worship 7:00 PM Al-Anon



18 April Hewitt Happenings Articles DUE TODAY





19 Agape 7 Luncheon/ Meeting 12:30 PM Social Room


6 PM Meager Meal 7 PM Worship

5 Ash Wednesday

Every Wednesday Bells 6 PM Choir 7 PM



Session Meeting 6:30 PM





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15 7:30 AM Men’s Breakfast in Fellowship Hall




Coming Up More information located on the February calendar

Sunday Worship Time 10:30 a.m.

Inclement Weather Notice In the event of inclement weather please tune in to KDKA (1020 AM/TV2/ or WANB (1210 AM/105.1 FM) for information on Sunday morning worship or other church event/ meeting cancellations.

Coming Up Ash Wednesday – March 5 We begin the season of Lent together on Ash Wednesday, March 5th. We will share a Meager Meal of soup and bread starting at 6:00 p.m. and begin worship at 7:00 p.m. Join us for this special time of worship and repentance complete with the imposition of ashes. Daylight Savings Time Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 9th. Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour before bed on Saturday night.

March 2014

Hewitt Presbyterian Church 1206 Crucible Road Rices Landing, PA 15357 Rev. Geoff Rach, Pastor Phone: 724-592-6111 Email:

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