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Stay up to date with the happenings of Lehman Memorial United Methodist Church by visiting our blog. You'll find information such as announcements, sermon notes, and updates to encourage and challenge your walk with the Lord.

UMC postpones General Conference

by: Karl Smith

02/25/2021

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Meeting on February 20, the Commission on the General Conference made a decision to further postpone the 2020 General Conference until August 29 – September 6, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minn. as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the safety of mass gatherings and travel.

Read all the details here.


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Bishop Johnson announces her retirement

by: Karl Smith

02/20/2021

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Bishop Peggy A. Johnson has announced her plans to retire after the Northeastern Jurisdictional (NEJ) Conference. “I have prayerfully considered this decision,” Bishop Johnson wrote in an open letter Feb. 13, “and I feel that it is in the best interest of the church and my family not to take another episcopal assignment in order to continue serving until 2024 (my mandatory retirement date).”

Read her full letter


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It's time to order Easter tulips

by: Karl Smith

02/18/2021

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With Easter coming, it is time to start thinking about beautifying our church with Easter tulips   The Chancel Committee will be taking orders the week of February 21 through March 7 - No orders can be accepted after March 7. The cost of each plant is $8. If you care to place a plant in memory of or in honor of a loved one or contribute to our missions project (which will go to the Love Fund) please pick up an envelope in the office or on the table...


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Our return to in-person worship is postponed

by: Karl Smith

02/17/2021

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A message from Pastor Andy:

Lehman Members and Friends,

It seems our church building has seen better days. Perhaps you have heard, IF you were able to hear our Sunday broadcast, that the boiler burned a hole in itself on Friday. We're counting our blessings that nothing worse took place, but we're not exactly happy about having no heat in our building and having to make immediate, costly repairs! You may have noticed that the worship leaders ...


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Food pantry closed Thursday

by: Karl Smith

02/17/2021

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We've seen the weather forecast so we're going to keep the food pantry closed Thursday. We will be open as usual on Monday at 9 a.m. for pick-ups.


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Here's the Ash Wednesday service video

by: Karl Smith

02/17/2021

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We are encouraging you to watch the service before coming to church to receive ashes between noon and 1 p.m. or between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Pastor Andy and Pastor Nancy will impose ashes on visitors' hands or foreheads - you can drive up (making sure everyone in the vehicle is wearing a mask), receive the ashes, then be on your way.


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Pastor Andy's note on Lent's worship theme

by: Karl Smith

02/17/2021

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From Pastor Andy:

Lent has historically been a time to work on the “inner man or woman of faith.” It was a time for new believers to prepare themselves for initiation into the faith (baptism), and for others to make a concerted effort to grow in theirs. One of Melinda’s and my favorite sayings we use on the boys is “garbage in, garbage out.” In essence, what we take in/practice internally has a way of sho...


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Lent Photo-a-Day 2021

by: Karl Smith

02/15/2021

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The custom for Lent is to give up something for 40 days, but this year the Methodist church is asking if you are willing to add something. It's Lent Photo-a-Day where you are asked to post a photo a day to social media during Lent with each photo connected to a specific word.  You can find the details on the church's website. Be sure to tag your post with  #rethinkchurch. Daily reminders will be posted on the UMC ...


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Another weather-related change

by: Karl Smith

02/13/2021

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With the impending weather, we are going to cancel this weekend's 9:30 a.m. service and just livestream a single service at 11 a.m. A reminder that Lent starts this week with our Ash Wednesday service.


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Meet our guest soloist for Sunday's 11 a.m. service

by: Karl Smith

02/10/2021

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We are thrilled to announce that Hannah J. Hannon will bless our 11 a.m. service Sunday with "He Shall Feed His Flock" from Handel's "Messiah" in addition to our hymns. 

Hannah is in her last semester of classes as a Music Education and Bible major at Cairn University and will be student teaching this Fall before heading into the world a...


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Only one service this Sunday

by: Karl Smith

02/06/2021

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In deference to the looming snowstorm, we are going to hold a single service tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. So be sure to join the livestream at 9:30 and, weather willing, we'll get back to both services next week. 


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Be a hero: Blood drive Tuesday

by: Karl Smith

02/05/2021

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As we continue to navigate this pandemic, blood donations remain essential to the health of our communities. That's why we're hosting a blood drive in Fellowship Hall Tuesday, February 9 from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

We want to emphasize that each blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, including but not limited to:Spacing appointments to minimize contact between blood drive p...
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Here are the plans for Ash Wednesday (Feb. 17)

by: Karl Smith

02/02/2021

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It may seem like 2021 just started, but Lent is almost here.

Ash Wednesday is February 17 and like everything else we've been doing, it will be different than what we're used to because of COVID restrictions.

We will offer a prerecorded video service that will feature choir, scripture, a sermon, and other elements of a traditional service. We are encouraging you to watch the service before coming to church to receive ashes between noon and 1 p.m. or...


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Eastern PA Annual Conference set for May 20-22

by: Karl Smith

02/02/2021

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The 236th session of the Eastern PA Annual Conference, May 20-22, will take place mostly online for a second consecutive year, after making history with that first-time format in 2020. The conference business session will again be held via a Zoom webinar, with pre-recorded reports and eBallot voting on Friday, May 21. Non-members will again be able to view the session livestreamed on the Conference’s Facebook page. Get ...


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The food pantry, office, and preschool are closed Tuesday

by: Karl Smith

02/01/2021

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For everyone's safety, the Loaves & Fishes food pantry will not open Tuesday. We will be happy to serve clients Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon. The church office and preschool will reopen Wednesday. 


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