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Pastor’s Message – 2-22-19

A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR SUE BENNETCH: H.A.L.T.!

Have you ever heard of the acronym H.A.L.T.?  Well, it stands for hungry, angry, lonely and tired. Support groups, counselors and others use it to remind people that if they get too hungry, too angry, too lonely or too tired, they should reach out to someone because they are beginning to swim in mucky water.  I like H.A.L.T. because it reminds us that keeping a balance in our lives helps us avoid getting ‘too’ anything for too long.

Our Deacon ministry is an important part of our church, and reflects our commitment to provide compassionate care to our congregation.  We want to be there to extend our support to all members who find themselves in difficult places (which can mean one thing for one person and another thing for someone else). Simply put: we want to be there for you. Somehow our burdens are lightened when someone is there to listen, to understand, and to be present.

Beginning March 3, and on the first Sunday of every month, we will once again take blood pressure readings after each of our services.  A record will be kept that you can take to your physician visit.  Look for us in the North Link – we will station ourselves outside Fellowship Hall.

I am also very happy to report that this spring, members of our Stephen Ministry Team will be available to those who are experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, finances, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, etc. These trained leaders are known for having a passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need. Watch for more information in future newsletters.

Another goal of 2019 is to increase our visits to those who are in skilled nursing facilities. We are compiling a list of names of members who would benefit from a visit. Please let us know if you have a loved one living in a facility, and include your contact information so we can keep in touch to update you on our visit.

And finally, just a reminder: if you or a loved one are admitted to the hospital, please let the staff know you are a member of First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem. Our code is 724.  If you would like a visit or a phone call please contact us at info@fpc-bethlehem.org or 610-867-5865 and let us know.

Friends, please know that each and every one of you is important to us, and you are in our prayers.

So if you find yourself needing to talk to someone, or would like a visit for yourself or a loved one, please contact me at sbennetch@fpc-bethlehem.org or at 610-867-5865, ext. 209.

Blessings,

Sue Bennetch

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