About Us

“The Church of the 3 Bells”

Pastor – Thadius Sales

Sunday School – 9:00 AM
Service Time – 10:30 AM

 

Purpose Statement

We are the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist worshiping family. We strive to serve God through the love of Jesus by creating nurturing relationships to bring healing and reconciliation that all may know the full power of God in their lives.

 

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July 3, 2016

Happy Fourth of July weekend. Hope you all enjoyed friends and family in God’s wonderful, beautiful world that He created for us to enjoy.

Upcoming coming events are Vacation Bible Schools at many churches in our area. Check out signs in front of churches as you drive along the highways .

You can go to more than one of them . Our VBS is going to heldJuly 25th through July 29th. in the evenings-6:00 PM to 8:30 PM each evening  Children age ranges stretches from age 3 through Teens.

Pastor Rob’s Children’s Message centered around the 240th anniversary of our Independence Day and its meaning for us. Our appeal for freedom  was also an appeal to God . When we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States, let us remember to also pledge allegiance to the Christian Flay. In remembrance of this Pastor led the congregation in the pledge of allegiance to both the United States Flag and the Christian Flay. Future events that are also relevant are the Franklin Graham Harrisburg Event August 11th. Sign up sheets are at the back of the church. Our Bible verses for today’s sermon were Luke 10:1-11. “Jesus Sends Out the Seventy-Two” Have you noticed? Is the corn in area “knee high by the fourth of July?” Have you seen grain heads forming on stalks in the fields? Jesus calls us to go out and spread seeds about His Kingdom and our Savior  amongst people of our world. Just as corn, grain and other crops flourish and are harvested, we too can produce a “harvest” for our Lord. We ended our service with the song, “Freely, Freely”. How true this hymn is relevant in today’s world. As Jesus comes into our lives , we are changed. Yes, the fields are out there and ready for planting.

 

 

April 10, 2016

Remember to read both front and back of bulletin. It snowed. God keeps us busy, doesn’t he?Soon it will be hot, hot , hot. Our Church Report from Dennis Otto is at the back of the church. We will be discussing it at our next church meeting , Sunday April 17th after morning worship service.

Church Rummage Sale will be April 22 and 23.

Friday and Saturday. This is sponsored by our Sunday School. So when you are Spring ( Snow? cleaning), let us know if you would like to have someone come and pick up any donationed items. Or you can drop them off at the church.

Tuesday evening Bible Study continues at 7PM.

We have begun a new series. The Parables of Paul. Come join us as we learn together.

There is never a bad time to come to Jesus. Keep that in mind this week as you go about your daily lives. Children’s Message as always is good food for thought for adults as welll  as the children. Today it involved a journey around the church. Ask the children why was the “journey” taken. Our Bible verses were from John 21:1-19. “Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish”When you view a movie, do you ever think the movie is over ? You get up to leave and lo and behold, there’s MORE to it. That is what happens in this story.

The gospel continues after Jesus helps the disciples catch a boatload of fish. He talks with Peter about what is next for them. “Feed My Lambs” is His instruction to Peter. “Follow Me”. He says this instruction  3 times so that Peter will understand the importance of this teachiing.

“Follow ” is an action verb, folks. We are not just to sit in a room and read. We are to teach our children, our community , and others about Jesus and THE GOOD  NEWS.  It’s our responsibilty. We are all called to be Shepherds, not just a few . AND SO THE STORY CONTINUES.

March 27, 2016

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HE IS RISEN. HE IS RISEN INDEED. This Easter Sunday we had both Sunrise and Morning Worship Services. Both of them were well attended and in between we had a delicious breakfast and wonderful fellowship.

Thank you for all who helped.We are thankful and full of praise that we can worship openly in our nation. Pastor Rob’s Children’ Message centered around The Empty Tomb. He used plastic eggs to illustrate this to the children. We had special music. It was wonderful. Our Bible verses for morning services were John 20:1-18-The Empty Tomb.

The Resurrection  and it’s meaning. Our Sermon celebrated this empty tomb.

John’s Gospel tells us Jesus was laid to rest in a gardern.

This briings to mind the first garden in the Bible in Genesis. Adam and Eve pushed away from God. God’s work has always been to continue to restore the broken relationships people have had with God and others. We can draw closer to God before death overtakes us. We are Easter people. We thank God for the empty tomb and what it means for us. The power of God raised Jesus from the dead . Jesus gave us His life for us so that we may have a relationship with God. He suffered, had joys , frustration, and shed tears for us. He experienced it all . He knows our trials that we face each day . Jesus had his eyes focused on the Cross. He walked on. We should do the same. If we stop at the Cross, that’s not the end of the story. After Jesus’ death He continues to seek us, comfort us , give us rest , and build a relationship with us. We have this blessed assurance. We can talk to God as a friend.

He’s close to us always. We can turn our troubles over to Him and He will bless us. God has us in His hands. Don’t subscribe to the ‘Swoon Theory”. HE IS RISEN. HE IS RISEN INDEED.

 

 

March 20, 2016

Pastor Rob has issued a challenge for us this week. READ PHILLIPIANS 2:5-11 and reflect on what Jesus has done for us.

We had Special Music by Richard, Melanie and a reading by Myrle. It was great. Lots to reflect upon. Thank you all for sharing your talents.

This Palm Sunday was our Sunday School Program. Thank you to the children, their relatives, and the teachers who participated and put this program together. Our program was followed by donuts ( lots of donuts) and beverages in the fellowship hall. A good fellowship time was enjoyed by all .

Palm Sunday is the beginning  of Holy Week. As we follow Jesus’ walk into Jerusalem and to the Cross, remember each day to reflect on the events that happened and their significance and importance in our daily lives.

During the Children’s Message Pastor Rob had the children lay down their coats and then cover them with palms. The vivid image of this event in our center isle will be remembered by both children and adults alike. Our Bible verses today were  Luke 19:28-40.. “The Triumphal Entry”.

The Passover Festival  and its air of anticipation from the people who believed they were to receive a king. Most kings in Biblical days came in on strong, handsome, large horses. Jesus chose to come in on an unridden donkey. Most kings ruled by force and might. Jesus ruled by peace  and gentleness. We have to go through Friday to get to Sunday and the Resurrection. Jesus humbled Himself and died for us. He was obedient to God even unto death. Tuesday evening our Bible Study continues with the Study of John., Come learn along with us.

Church Services this week: Maundy Service, Thursday, 7PM
Good Friday Service 7PM.
Sunday School Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday, 2:30 PM at the church.
Easter Sunrise Sunday Service 7AM. Breakfast 9AM. Morning Worship 10:30 AM.

 

March 13, 2016

As we get closer to the Easter Season, please be in prayer for those in the world who have not yet come to Christ. God works in mysterious ways so be aware of opportunities that may arise as this season is upon us.

Today our Children’s Message was extra special as we prayed for them and for all the other children ( and teenagers, and young people) to come under God’s blessings and protection in their daily lives.

Bible verses for our Sermon were Phillipians 3:4-11. Paul is telling us about the passion of knowing Christ. All the fame and fortune in the world cannot compare to knowing Christ as our Savior and Lord. AS we go about our daily lives we tend to sometimes forget that our first love is to be Christ.Do we know Jesus or do we just know about Jesus?Sometimes we do take Paul’s statements seriously, sometime we do not follow Jesus and His teachings. Do we know Jesus’ sufferings?

Can we trust God? Yes, we can, even through the dark times. He is a God of justice, mercy, love, and grace. God wants us to know His love and His peace. Ask yourself, what do you have that is more important than knowing and following Jesus?

This coming Sunday, March 20th is Palm Sunday. Our Sunday School Program will be during the morning Sunday School Hour., Please come out and join with the children is celebrating the meaning of Easter through their eyes.

Church Council will be held following worship  on March 20th There will be a Maundy Thursday Service at 6:30 PM on  March 24th. There will be a seder feast and service.
Easter Flower Orders should be in so that we can honor our loved ones.
Easter Egg Hunt-Saturday, March 28th-2:30 PM
Easter Service, Sunday March 27.. Sunrise Service  7AM. Morning Worship Service-10:30 AM .
No Sunday School on Easter .

 

March 6, 2016

Pastor Rob and his wife, Melanie welcomed a new grandbaby this morning. Congratulations to their family.

At the church conference it was voted to give the church board permission to pursue purchasing a house for use as a parsonage for our church. We also voted to sell the old parsonage lot in Gaines. These events will proceed in a timely manner according to the district guidelines.

Children’s Message centered around different styles of parties. Ask them  for details.

Bible verses for our Sermon this morning were from Luke 15:1-3 and 11-32.”The Parables of the Lost Coin, Lost Son and Lost Sheep.” These three parables illustrate Jesus’s instructing his disciples on what is going to happen to Him , how the disciples should act towards others when these events take place and how we are to also act in our daily lives towards others. We are to celebrate the outcome of each of these parables. It is not for us to decide. It is God’s job .

Communion was held this morning. After morning worship and the church conference a wonderful meal and fellowship was held in the fellowship room. Remember to read front, back and inside of bulletin.

A busy month as Easter comes early this year. Plus Daylight Savings Time Change as well. With the warm Sunday we had this week, it gives us all Spring Fever..planting, mowing, picking up twigs all that good activity that allows us to enjoy God’s world.

Tuesday evening Bible Study continues at 7PM. We are studying John. Come join with us as we learn and fellowship.

Easter Sunday School Program will be Sunday , March 20th  at  9 AM . Easter Egg Hunt-Saturday, March 28th-2:30 PM
Easter Service, Sunday March 27.. Sunrise Service  7AM.
Morning Worship Service-10:30 AM . No Sunday School on Easter .

Spring Rummage Sale-Friday & Saturday-April 22 & 23.

 

February 28, 2016

March will be here this week. A busy month as Easter comes early this year.

Plus Daylight Savings Time Change as well. With the warm Sunday we had this week, it gives us all Spring Fever..planting, mowing, pickin up twigs all that good activity that allows us to enjoy God’s world. Tuesday evening Bible Study continues at 7PM. We are studying John. Come join with us as we learn and fellowship.
Special Church meeting will be held on March 6.
Easter Sunday School Program will be Sunday , March 20th  at  9 AM .
Easter Egg Hunt-Saturday, March 28th-2:30 PM
Easter Service, Sunday March 27.. Sunrise Service  7AM. Morning Worship Service-10:30 AM .
No Sunday School on Easter .
Spring Rummage Sale-Friday & Saturday-April 22 & 23.

Bible verses for our Sermon were Luke 13:1-9-Repent or Perish.

 

February 14, 2016

Church service remains at 10:30 AM. We are extending an invitation to all  who would like to join in with the Children’s Sunday School Opening to come out and sing along with them and teach them some of our adult favorite songs as well. We are working on teaching the children that adults have Sunday School too . Glad to hear that many of you read last week’s news and wondered and asked , “What is going on? “. “Did I miss something in the announcements?”

It’s been chilly outside this past week and weekend. We have been blessed with   a warm winter so far. Easter is early this year, Daylight Saving Time is early too. So Spring will be here soon. Maple sap is running and folks are making homemade maple syrup. Yummy. A good way to enjoy God’s bounty and warm up your tummy too.

Choir wil not be meeting til further notice. Tuesday evening Bible Study has begun our new series: John. Come join us and learn along with us. It starts at 7 PM.

Our adopt a Highway is on its way. Spring will be here soon. When we get our offical packet, come join us, walkiing, picking and of course, food afterwards.

Church Çouncil will meet after morning worship service on Sunday, February, 21st.

The movie, RISEN is being shown at the Wellsville Theatre February 19-20-21 at 7PM and 8PM . Matinees at 2PM and 4PM. Call 585-593-6899 for further details or directions .

Bible verses for our Sermon, “The Temptation of Jesus”. were Luke 4:1-13.  Jesus was in the desert for 40 Days. In that time frame , the devil was a busy man ( as he is in our daily lives) tempting Jesus in many ways. Look up these verses for God’s direction on how to resist temptation in your life. Why did Jesus wait to answer Satan’s questions? What did Jesus reply to Satan’s questions? The answer are not in the wind, they are in the Word of God. Let remember to give God the glory when we help one another. Follow God’s Plan in your life and you will be blessed many time over and over.

Children’s Message cenered around special hearts that Pastor Rob shared with the children and us. Ask them about it. It is a great true story.

February 7, 2016

NEXT.  SUNDAY….CHANGE IN SERVICE TIME…..IT WILL BEGIN AT 9AM.  We are inviting the children to see how the adult Sunday School is held ( as they are in their classes when the adults are having class. )We are going to learn some of their opening songs and praises and they will learn some of the adult class openings. Lent begins this week. Bible verses for Pastor Rob’s Sermon, “The Transfiguration” were Luke 9:28-36.After the people had an encounter with Jesus, He went up to the mountaintop where God spoke to the disciples and explained  that Jesus is God’s son. This was a very blessed encounter with God. The white altar cloths help us to remember the cloud that was present at this time.

 

Pastor Rob explained to the children about the white altar cloths and their meaning. What happened why they got there? Ask them and you will learn along with them. Our Sunday School Valentine Celebration will be held.Sunday , February 14, duriing Sunday School time……… If you have an opportunity to come and share this event with us , please do. The children have made their “boxes”. You can drop in a card or  small treat if you wish.

 

January 24, 2016

Remember to read front, back and inside the bulletin. Lots of excellent information inside and outside. Next Sunday after our worship service there will be a light luncheon ( soup and sandwiches) before our Workshop. All are welcome to attend as our conference leaders come up and work with us on the direction and vitality of our church in our community and beyond.

Community Cantata Practice continues on Mondays, 6:30 PM at the Lighthouse Church in preparation for the Palm Sunday( March 20th) performance at the Galeton High School. Choir Practice in our church continues on Sunday Morning 9:15-9:45 before worship service.

There is still time to attend adult Sunday School Class after choir practice. Tuesday evenings, 7 PM our Bible Study continues.

Children’s Message centered around  cups of chocolate. Be sure to ask the children which cup they preferred. God uses all our body parts to determine taste, not just just one sense. Scripture this morning was 1 Corinthians 12:12-31.Paul tells us that we are all a part of the body of Christ. Just as God designed our body parts to work together as a whole. So, too, did God create the Church with many body parts to work together to be interconnected to follow Christ, to praise Him . All parts are indispensable. Each part has a purpose. As a single part, we may be called to work with another part for God’s glory. God gives each of us talents. Let’s share them with  other body parts of the human race and use them to further build  His Kingdom. God gives us graces,talents, gifts to do what He calls us to do. He equips us to meet whatever He asks us to do. Livings things have two choices: live or die.How is it with your soul? Are you living or dying?Paul tells us : what happens in one part of the body affects other body parts.

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