Congregational Life

Apple Butter Boiling –

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For many decades, friends and members gather for a busy week of snitzing bushels of apples, securing cider, and preparing jars. This event is culminated on Saturday when we gather to tend many copper kettles over open fires, stirring for hours to produce gallons of tasty home-made apple butter.  Proceeds help support our local church budget and our many areas of ministry and outreach.

 Cider Press – 

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The cider press currently appears at the annual Heritage Fair at Camp Blue Diamond, on the 4th Saturday of every September.  An antique cider press was donated to the church, and had been a favorite at the annual Fall Foliage Festival in Bedford the first two weekends in October since 1965.  It took hundreds of bushels of apples and many hands of volunteers to keep the apples supplied, press the apples into juice, and serve customers who wait in line for a cup of hot-spiced cider or a gallon of the freshly-pressed drink.  Over the years, the proceeds benefited our youth for their NYC trips or other missions such as About My Father’s Business.

Church Festival

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On the third Saturday evening in July, delicious food is served for several hundred from the area, who look forward yearly to good food, fellowship, and plenty of home- made ice cream! Proceeds each year are  given to a community organization.

Vacation Bible School, or VBS

This is the highlight of the summer for children from the church and community, assisted by adult and youth volunteers for evening sessions during a week in June.  Great music, Bible classes, recreation, crafts, and service projects are enjoyed by all!

 

District Youth Volleyball Tournament

In the past, our youth have participated in this district event each March, held at Juniata College.  We hope to return in 2017.

NYC – National Youth Conference –

The next NYC will be held in July 2018!  The 2014 conference theme was “Called by Christ, blessed for the journey together.”  Our youth have worked hard in previous years to raise money to attend one of these unforgettable conferences, hosted by the Church of the Brethren denomination in Fort Collins, Colorado.  This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity!  Learn more at www.brethren.org/yya/nyc/

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.”

Psalms 133:1 NKJV

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“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17 RSV