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Put God First

Put God First

 

Don’t wait until the house is all kept,

The beds are made, the floors are swept:

Put PRAYER first.

Don’t wait until the newspaper is read,

Your books are balanced, and you are in bed:

Put the BIBLE first.

Don’t wait until the cupboards are bare,

There’s nothing to depend on but God and prayer:

Put FASTING first.

Don’t wait until the last bill is paid,

The account is large; vacation is made:

Put the CHURCH first.

Don’t wait until you’ve nothing to do,

Until all is finished-for we never get through:

Put GOD first.

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Images from Conference, 2018

Conference 2018

Last week was the annual business conference of the Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection of Churches, held at the beautiful Stoneboro Camp Ground just outside of Stoneboro, PA.

175 years!

The theme for this years conference was’ Visions of God’s Manifest Glory.’

Each day, there are 2 sessions going on-the church, in the main tabernacle, and the Womens Missionary in the missionary/youth tabernacle.  Each church in the connection is represented by an elder as well as an elected delegate.  I am the Womens Missionary president of our local church, Cottage Hill, and so spend my days in the missionary sessions.

There is much that goes on during the sessions, but here are just a few pictures from them.

Nancy Troyer, our very able President, gave a wonderful devotional on Friday morning from Titus 2, verses 3-5….

3 The aged women likewise,

that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness,

not false accusers, not given to much wine,

teachers of good things;

4 That they may teach the young women to be sober,

to love their husbands,

to love their children,

5 To be discreet, chaste,

keepers at home, 

obedient to their own husbands,

that the word of God be not blasphemed.

How I love these verses from God’s Word!  How wonderful to have a book, our guide book, to instruct us how to live our lives!  How wonderful to have Godly women that live His admonition before us.

My daughter Maria was put in this year as the new YMWB (Young Missionary Workers Band) reading secretary.  Her job is to find good, holiness books for our young people.  She worked very hard at finding a number of good literature books, and presented them to the body of women.  She must have done a very good job of presenting a brief overview of each book as she sold out of most of them in just a day or two.  She will be ordering more for the Youth Convention and main Family Camp so all who desire them may purchase them.

The main focus of our sessions is, of course, our missionaries, and it always a pleasure to get to hear from any of our missionaries that are at conference.  The Gilbert and Jenna Camp family, along with their 6 children, missionaries to Northwest Indian Bible School in Montana, spoke to us.  One of the main jobs of the Womens Missionary Societies, is the financial support of each of our missionaries.

The missionaries from Northwest that were at conference this year-back, Rev. Dan Hardy, Jr., Rev.Gilbert Camp; front, Misty Taggert, our newest, and just commissioned missionary Abby Goodenow, and Jenna Camp.

During the main missionary service, the young people sang for us-they did an outstanding job!

The oldest attendee at the Missionary meetings- Mrs. Ruth Ewing-101 and 1/2 years old.  She wanted to come and be a part-blessings on her!- so her daughter, Beverly Johnson,  brought her.  Thankful for the dedicated elderly!

A very familiar sight,  and the place to be 3 times a day-the dining hall line.

And a few images from the evening services….

And impromptu and unpracticed men’s quartet.  They did a great job, as expected.

L to R;  Rev.Doug Strawn, Rev.Mark Deeter, Rev.Jonathan Troyer, Rev. Jonathan Bell.

Rev. Doug Strawn, the Sunday morning worship speaker.

Rev. Daniel Hardy, Sr, president of Allegheny Wesleyan College, asked a number of college students to speak during the Sunday afternoon service.

And as always, we were blessed with beautiful music!

Natatlie Crouch on the harp.  Just Beautiful!

The big change that was voted on and passed this year, was to shorten conference from Wednesday through Sunday to Wednesday through Friday.  So, no more Sundays at conference in the near future.

Till next year!  Keep working!  Keep faithful!

May God bless Allegheny!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faith · Family

A Good Father

 

A good father

is one of the most

 unsung, unpraised, unnoticed,

and yet one of the most

valuable assets

in our society.

Billy Graham

May God give us good and faithful fathers in this day and age!

My father, Harry Carl Kjellberg, age 86, holding his youngest great-grandson, Jackson Clyde, 7 months.

This day I am thanking God for the faithful fathers in my life.

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Proverbs 17:6

Children’s children are the crown of old men,

and the glory of children are their fathers.

Faith

The Shepherd’s Charge

The Shepherd’s Charge

The shepherd walks before his flock

To lead them safely home;

He guides them through the treacherous spots,

Retrieves them when they roam.

He shields them from both wolf and thief,

By name he knows each sheep;

He loves them and would give his life

His charge to safely keep.

Thus Jesus walks before His own

To lead them all the way;

He guides them through the storms of life,

And seeks them when they stray.

He helps them o’er the rugged paths,

By name He knows them all;

He gave His life on Calvary’s cross-

That they might never fall!

Poem credit-Lester L. Schmunk

Photo credit-Teresa Tobin via Pinterest

Faith · quilts

A New ‘Baby’ Quilt

The Prairie Queen Quilt

Part 1

This is National Quilting Day….

fabric for pink Prairie Queen quilt

…And so, in honor of this day…

I just bought fabric for a new quilt for a special little girl. The pattern is called ‘Prairie Queen’, a variation on the simple 9 patch.

She told me that her favorite color was pink, and I chose these pinks and a brown sprigged with pink blossoms for the fabric.  I have found that choosing colors of fabric to be one of the hardest parts of quilting.

I am excited to be working on a quilt again-it has been a long time for any quilting for me, due to our move, and all the work, time and chores that accompanies moving.  But I finally have an area set up for my sewing in our new house.  ( Well, mostly set up…there is still more that I would like to do!  Will be posting photos of my sewing room soon.)

I will post pictures of the advancing stages of this quilt as they get done…I am very excited to be back to quilt making again!

Happy Quilting!

And, in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day and my Irish heritage….(My maternal grandmother, Ellen Fullerton,  along with her sister, Catherine,  immigrated from County Donegal, Ireland when she was 18 years old.)

A quote attributed to St. Patrick-

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Faith

Spring Forward

Spring Forward

It is that time of year again…

a miserable time of adjusting to the time change!

I found this cute song, by The Choir Project.

The words are;

God of sleep, and God of slumber,

help us not be late, we ask;

Changing clocks one forward number,

may we not forget this task.

Choir directors, preachers, teachers,

all will bless your holy name,

if to Sunday church on time we come.

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Don’t forget or you will be late for church!

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Ephesians 5:14

Awake thou that sleepest,

and arise from the dead,

and Christ shall give thee light.

 

 

Faith

The Important Things

The Most Important Things in Life

 

There are only three things that

are eternal in this world….

1. God,

2. His Word, and

3. The souls of men.

Wouldn’t it make sense to invest our lives

in the Word of God and

the people of God?

Robby Gallaty

Psalm 119:89

For ever, O LORD,

thy word is settled in heaven.

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John 3:15

That whosoever believeth in him (Jesus)

should not perish,

but have eternal life.