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120 WEST MAIN STREET, NEW HOLLAND, PA 17557 Church Phone: 717-354-0226 Website: Pastor: Ray Voran Pastor Email:

MAY 2015 “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” (Galatians 5:22-23 NLT). Many people within the church consider these two verses from Paul’s letter to the Galatian church, usually referred to as “the fruit of the Spirit,” to be among their favorites, and with good reason. Through these words God gives us a wonderful explanation of what it means to be filled and controlled by the Holy Spirit. In our messages that focused on grace, we talked about justifying and sanctifying grace. Remember that justifying (or saving) grace is the fancy term that basically means salvation. Accepting the gift that God offers each of us so that our sins are forgiven and our relationship with Him is healed. Unfortunately many Christians stop right there. We are called to continue on to sanctifying (or perfecting) grace- the grace of God that moves us on to holy living. While this is a long process that will probably not be completed in this lifetime, it is God’s intention that, through the Spirit living within us, we continue to become more like Him. And that brings us back those verses in Galatians and the Fruit of the Spirit. We will be talking about the Fruit and work and gifts of the Spirit throughout the rest of the spring and summer months (maybe not every Sunday but that will be the general theme). !2

It would be a wonderful thing if New Holland UMC would be known as a place where people display things like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. This is possible as we grow in God’s sanctifying grace and give control of ourselves over the Spirit. I pray that each of us experiences this growth in our walk with the Lord. May 10 …… Mother’s Day Mini-Tea May 14 …… Church Clean-up, 6 pm. to dusk

Pastor Ray

May 15 …… Bingo at Welsh Mountain May 14-16 ... Eastern PA Conference June 5 & 6 ... Book Sale

Our Worship Service starts at 9:00 a.m. every Sunday. 10:00 a.m. Time of Fellowship 10:30 a.m. Sunday School

June 14 ……. Connextion Picnic July 19-23 ….Vacation Bible School ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Contacting Pastor Ray ~ email: Home: (717) 656-0812 Cell: (717)333-6939 Look for me on Facebook: Ray Voran

Regular Events Knepper Care Group – Second and Fourth Mondays, 7:00 p.m. Naval Care Group – Second and Fourth Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. Community Senior Center – Second Thursday, 10:00 a.m. Community Meal – Third Thursday, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. LUMINA ministry – Second Thursday

Coming Events: May 3 …… Retirement Party for Mike Alleman, Grandview UMC, 12-3 p.m. May 7 ……. Lancaster Co. National Day of Prayer !3

! The Annual Conference of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference will be held May 14-16, 2015. This year will feature worship services with Bishop Peggy Johnson and other UMC Bishops and also a presentation by keynote speaker Cliff Christopher. In addition to all the important business that is addressed each year at Annual Conference, we will be electing delegates to represent the Eastern PA Conference at next the General Conference and NE Jurisdictional Conference that will both be held next year. Please keep the Annual Conference and all the delegates in your prayers at this important time

for our church and denomination. Thank you to Win Hall and Tim Hess for attending along with Pastor Ray.

888 Pleasure Road Lancaster, PA 17601 Enjoy the Country Fair

PICNIC TIME! We will be having our annual Northeastern Lancaster County Mission Connexion p i c n i c o n Su n d ay, June 14, 2015. This includes our church and EUMC, Ranks UMC, Leola UMC, Churchtown UMC and St Paul’s in Terre Hill. The picnic will once again be at Leola Community Park right along Rt. 23. We hope to have a bounce house and other activities. The picnic will begin in the afternoon and include a potluck supper. Exact times will be announced but circle the date!


Rev. Michael Alleman retires after 36 years in ministry at Grandview, New Holland, & Covenant United Methodist Churches. Honor his partner, Megan Alleman, in life and ministry, too.

Sunday, May 3 Country Fair: Noon – 3 P.M. Special Worship Services: 8:15, 9:30, & 10:45

Grandview UMC !4

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Pulled Pork Root Beer Sweets & Other Treats Carnival Games Video Tribute Hymn Sing


New Arrival: Our former pastor, Dan Unrath, wishes to announce the birth of a new granddaughter, Ava Lynne, born on April 1. The parents are Jonathan and Lauren Unrath.

Special Music During the Summer

If you would be interested in helping, please contact Julie Mitton at 717-572-6202 or call the church office.

! Special Music … We are looking for individuals who are willing to provide special music during the worship services throughout the summer. Contact Tim Hess or Julie Mitton if you are willing to do this or if you have any questions. Juliet Mitton

Coming in July Vacation Bible School


We are beginning our planning for VBS this summer and we are looking for help. VBS will be held Sunday July 19- Thursday July 23 from 6-8 PM. We have leaders for each section but are looking for some helpers to assist them. Here are some of the areas in which you would be able to help: • • • • • • • • •


Decorating Registering/checking in kids when they arrive each night Opening and Singing Imagination Station Craft Snack Time Bible Story Closing Chaperoning kids

! BINGO! We will be leading Bingo at the Welsh Mountain Retirement Home on Friday, May 15, at 6:00 p.m. We can meet at the church at 5:30. The residents of the home really enjoy this! CHURCH SIGNS: The Trustees and Church Council are in the process of considering options for upgrading our church sign. Several estimates

have been obtained, and we expect to make a decision within the next month or two. At this point, it looks like the cost will be approximately two to three thousand dollars. CHURCH CALENDAR: We are planning to do a church calendar for 2016. While this will serve as a fundraiser it will also give us a be a nice way simply to spread some news about the exciting things that take place at the church and be reminded of birthdays and other special events within our church family. As you keep this in mind, we hope you can help. We will need some nice pictures (at least 12) of the church and the various events that take place here. If you have the opportunity, please take a picture of the church looking nice and send it to Pastor Ray who will save until the end of the year when we can pick out the ones we like best! Thank you.

GOLD MEDAL CERTIFICATE: We are happy to report that New Holland UMC received a “Gold Medal Certificate” at our recent Southwest District conference for paying 100% of our Connectional Ministries in 2014. We have not met this goal in many years. Thank you all for your generous giving. Please remember the church as we strive to pay all the bills and meet this goal once again in 2015.


! • Ed Ludwig, son of Ethel Ludwig, who suffered a heart attack • John Baxter and his family, as he is hospice care for esophageal cancer • Val Voran’s mother, in rehab • Pray for Christians around the world as they face persecution.



May May May May May

3 10 17 24 31

Shirley Givler, Arentz Menard Loretta Zimmerman, Marvin Mondesir Jane Keene, Florence Petit-ton Liz & Mark Lennon, Guy Petit-ton Barb Mask, Sharma Menard Lay Readers

May !6


Marie Boisrond

May 10 May 17 May 24 May 31

Julie Mitton Ginny Smith Pat Williams Joyce Wilbur Tellers for May

May May May May May

3 10 17 24 31

Tim Hess & Sandi Rapp Karen Miller & Sandi Rapp Tim Hess & Sandi Rapp Karen Miller & Sandi Rapp Tim Hess & Sandi Rapp

May 27 May 27 May 27

Kevin & Loyda Brendle Graham & Jane Webster Nate & Ginny Smith

Please call the church office (354-0226) so we can update our records if your name for your birthday or anniversary was missed.

Birthdays and Anniversaries


Thanks and Cheers May May May May May May May May May May May May May May

4 6 7 10 12 17 21 22 23 24 26 27 29 31

Jeremy Good Kay Trostle Lucinda Boone Ann Hansen Joe Mitton Ethel Davis Mary Jane Delgado Dolly Blessing Anne Hall Ryan Stoltzfoos Ashley Baxter Bill Middleton Rachel & Ben Wagner Dee Sauder

! May 1 May 20 !7

Roy and Bert Schroll Kay & Gary Trostle

•Cheers to Loretta Zimmerman for taking the church curtains home and washing them. – Fred Naval •

Dear Friends, many thanks to those of you who sent cards to our family when John passed away. I treasure every one and could see your face as I read your card and all of the beautiful encouragement. John and our family enjoyed our many memories of special times spent with you – lovely music, wonderful meals and extraordinary moments. You are ever in our thoughts. – Barbara L. Hale

Ranck’s United Methodist Church at the New Holland United Methodist Church Dinner is served with all ages welcome. -- Dee Kopicz, Outreach Chair at Ranck’s United Methodist Church (610-223-8207)


Book Sale Donations The Book Sale committee donations of your unwanted condition. Please bring bookroom and place them on inside the door.

is looking for books in good them into the the empty table !

Clean-up Day -- The Trustees have scheduled a time to do a general clean-up of the church and grounds. It will be May 14 (Thursday) from 6 pm-dusk. A list of jobs is currently being compiled. Most of the jobs will be outside and will include: washing down the entrances, rejuvenating flower beds, trimming shrubbery, spreading mulch, etc. Contact Mike Bressi, Trustee chair, or Fred Naval, sexton, with any specific suggestions. You can help by directly participating or by donating funds to cover any costs incurred

Free Community Meals 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. May 21, 2015 Third Thursday of every month !8

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