Bensalem UMC - Bensalem United Methodist Church



Bensalem UMC - Bensalem United Methodist Church
Bensalem UMC
Pastor’s Message
May 2014
To the Church of Bensalem,
When I began writing the letter for this month’s Salute I found it hard to believe that I
was writing the letter for the May Newsletter and that summer was almost upon us, but it is..
We have had so many things going on in our great church this past month that the time seems to
fly by.
And although we have a lot of things already planned for May like our Flea Market and
a Coffee Night Cafe, events for June like our church picnic, a praise band concert and a children’s night event, we are even making plans for some church socials in July and August,
where does the time go?
And just as fast, our Church Conference will soon be upon us and plans are already in
the works for that. I have asked the heads of the various committees within our church to look
for folks to take over their positions as well as help fill positions within those committees. So if
you are interested in serving your church, helping it grow and are considered, please accept the
position knowing that you are helping others to be led to Christ. All we do here is for one common goal and that is to, “Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World”.
May 14th to the 17th is our Eastern Pennsylvanian Annual Conference, it is an exciting
and prayerful time, please remember to keep the pastors, delegates and participants in prayer as
they discern the direction of our churches that week. This year I am extra excited because on
Friday May 16th at 7:00, I will be Ordained as an Elder in Full Connection.
Also keep in mind and on your calendar June 8th for our Church Picnic at Neshaminy
Park, with our second service held at the park. Also be aware of our summer hours of 8:30 first
service, and 10:00 for second service which begin the following Sunday on June 15th.
Have a wonderful May, enjoy the weather, keep on spreading the Gospel message, and
may God continue to bless you and your families.
Pastor Bob and Karen
Wood River
2nd Wed 1:30-3:00
Mondays Boy Scout 7PM
Tuesdays TOPS 7PM
Wednesday Bible Study 9AM & 7PM
Thursdays Zumba 7PM
4300 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA 19020
Phone (215) 245-1215
E-mail [email protected]
Find us on Facebook Bensalem UMC
Please email Salute articles to [email protected] by 20th, Thank you.
United Methodist Women
The next meeting of the Bensalem United Methodist Women will be Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 9am
in the church parlor. Connie Kurtiz will lead the lesson (Mother's Day). If you’d like, please bring a
breakfast item to share. All women are encouraged to participate in this vital ministry. Together we
can truly make a difference in our community and in the world.
The mission collection items for May are:
( for men, women or children) for United Neighborhood Services at XXX
Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA and
FLIP FLOPS (any size) for BUMC member David Karyea to send to Liberia for dis-
These items can be placed in the boxes marked UMW in the narthex of the Chapel/Sanctuary or
brought to the May meeting.
Treasurer’s Report
There is $845.26 in the bank: $100.00 will go to Ingathering, $400.00 to our pledge, and $50.00 to
missions for youth to attend summer camp
Growth and Outreach Committee
Fun Events to look forward to in the upcoming months
May 16th
7:00 PM Esspreso Yourself Coffee House
Church Picnic 6/8/14
Praise Band Concert 6/14/14 12pm
Kids Game Night 6/20/14 7pm
JOB 19:25
I know that my Redeemer
lives, and that in the end he
will stand upon the earth.
2014 College Graduates
Allison Kibler, Chelsea Allen, Carrie Allen and Christina Caporale
A BIG thank you goes out to the BUMC Sunday School for making
Lenten Prayer Pretzels. The pretzels were included in a care package to
the students with an Easter message. Thanks so much!
Over the next couple weeks students will be going through finals week;
send a note of encouragement, it will make their day J
Lori Caporale, College Care Coordinator
Justin Kibler
280 McElwain Hall
University Park, PA
Allison Kibler
30 Cartledge Lane
Millersville, PA 17551
Chelsea Allen
253 Ridge Ave
State College, PA
Carrie Allen
4250 Knox Road
Apt 1200 B
College Park, MD
Christina Caporale
2 Windsor Court
Millersville, PA 17551
Jason Caporale
Mail Box 207
Widener University
One University PL
Chester, PA 19013
Nate Davis
2 Morningstar Lane
Apt 7
Shippensburg, PA 17257
Pastor Bob
Got a green thumb? You can plant it or use it to plant. Choose wisely
Anyone interested in adopting an empty garden please contact
Sharyn MacMoran 215- 327-1448 or
Pictures of these folks are in your directory, but their
addresses were not included
Music Director -Kate Strubinger
1904 Rampart Lane
Lansdale PA 19466
Day School Director – Lisa Woods (Mrs.John)
3249 Ethan Allen Court
Bensalem, PA 19020
And the winner is…
Mr Don Hatfield for his entry to name United Methodist’s new coffee house
Espresso Yourself Coffee House
Congratulations!! To Don
The Salute is looking for feedback on whether there is an interest in posting a
Items For Sale
Items For Trade
Services for Trade Section: Ex: One trades a plumbing service for a home
cooked meal.
If you are interested in having this type of information in Your Salute
Please email Yes, I would like to see this in the Salute or No, not at this time
The Margaret Whyte
Is available for students
who are church members
and majoring in Education or Ministry.
A letter of request must be submitted to Pat
Cielinski by
Sunday, May 25th.
The Trustees will award the scholarships
Donations of applesauce., tea
bags and gravy are needed
at the present time.
Mark them for AFF and
leave in the narthex.....
Attention Ginny Craig or
Carol Kulik.
Today Not Tomorrow, talk to a friend, child, family member about drugs..Save a Life
Bucks commissioner: Heroin is No. 1 problem
BUCKS COUNTY - The most important issue facing Bucks County isn't economic development, the expensive new
Justice Center, or any of the other items regularly discussed at county meetings, according to Commissioner Diane
It's heroin abuse.
Marseglia made that case at a breakfast Wednesday at Bucks County Community College hosted by the Lower Bucks
County Chamber of Commerce.
Citing statistics and friends who died from the drug, Marseglia, a former social worker, described the growth of heroin
in Bucks County in stark terms.
"This is of epidemic proportions," she said.
More than 60 percent of admissions to county treatment centers relate to heroin and opiate use, she said. Last September,
she said, 63 people in Bensalem overdosed on heroin - one fatally. And about half of the drug deaths in the county stem
from heroin abuse, she said.
Heroin has been in the news with the death of the actor Philip Seymour Hoffman of an apparent overdose and the capture of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, accused head of Mexico's largest cartel.
But officials here have been noting its rise and combatting its growth.
Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said last summer that the drug had made a "strong comeback" in recent
years, citing 52 heroin-related deaths in the county in 2012. And the General Assembly is considering at least a halfdozen bills drafted to address the heroin and prescription drug problem, including one from State Rep. Gene DiGirolamo
(R, Bucks).
Marseglia urged those at the breakfast to recognize the problem of drug use, and suggested a number of ways to help such as donating to treatment centers or raising awareness about the importance of guidance counselors in schools, as
they can be the first line of defense in noticing drug use.
Drugs Do Not Discriminate on age, gender, religion or Sex
A teenager sent a "warning" letter addressed to heroin just three weeks before she died from an overdose.
Hannah Meredith, 17, vowed to say goodbye to the drug in a diary entry released by her family in an effort to warn others of the dangers of drug addiction, Sky News reports.
She had overdosed on three separate occasions before her death on October 20 last year.
"Dear Heroin, I never want to touch you again," Hannah wrote.
"You've ruined my life, made me steal from my family…
"I'm so ashamed of myself because of you."
Hannah, from Llanelli in West Wales, became hooked on the drug when she was 15 after first experimenting with ecstasy on her 14th
Buck County Help
• General Questions about drug and alcohol services call Bucks county Drug and Alcohol Commissions, Inc
(215) 773-9313
• County Wide Toll Free Number for emergencies
1- (800) 499-7455
Prayer Time
Pray that our Pastor and Pastors families will be cared for and respected and
receive good consideration, so they can
to grow too, as they are usually misunderstood, under-appreciated, and ignored or overworked. Pray that all the
staff be committed to their families
with authentic love and care, that they
will be strong and learn in the midst of
trials, their homes a refuge and haven
of rest and not be condescending or
withdrawing from their own families
(Psalm 91:9-15; Phil. 4:19; 1 Peter
Funnier than Funny
Boy Scout Troop 130
Boy Scout Troop 130 News
Boy Scout Troop 130 will be serving a Pancake Breakfast
on May 10th from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Adults - $6.00 Children (10 & younger) - $4.00
Dan Mitchell would like to thank all who donated
non-perishable food items for his Eagle Scout Project.
Troop 130 will be marching in the Bensalem Memorial Day Parade
on May 23rd, along Rte. 13 (Bristol Pike).
Come out and watch them as they carry their banner
Showing that Bensalem U.M.C. is their sponsor.
Bensalem United Methodist Church
4300 Hulmeville Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
Our Mission: To experience and share Christ’s love by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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