Souper Bowl Sunday

As you cheer on either the Ravens or the 49ers this Sunday, remember it’s also SOUPER Bowl Sunday at New Bethel. In past years we have asked everyone to donate at least $1.00 on that Sunday in a special collection.  This year, in addition to the monetary donation, we would like everyone to contribute at least 1 can of soup!  The goal is 100 cans of soup (though more would be great).  As in years past, the donations will be going to Friend, Inc.  Please bring your donations between now and February 3.  Thank you everyone for your participation.


January Board Minutes

New Bethel Church of Albany Township

Church Board Meeting Minutes

Monday, January 7, 2013

7:00 PM New Bethel Church Social Room


Betsey Nehf, Richard Albright, Joanne Waidelich, Tim Kleinsmith, Marilyn Lutz, Pastor Dave


Tim Kleinsmith called the meeting to order at 7:05PM.  Pastor Blitch opened with a prayer.

The minutes were read and approved.


Treasurer’s Report: Reference written report. Our total expenses year to date are $122,005.25 and the current total income is $108,257.71.The income in the last month has helped the deficit. The treasurer’s report was approved by Betsey Nehf  2nd by Marilyn Lutz.


Giving Record: Reference written report. Marilyn will be discontinuing envelopes to all inactive members of the congregations. She will be sending out a notification.  They will remain members of the congregation. If there is any address changes please contact Marilyn Lutz so we can keep our mailing list up to date. The report was approved by Betsey Nehf and 2nd by Marilyn Lutz.


Pastor’s Report: The Pastor mentioned that the keyboard is not working properly. He will be making arrangements to get it fixed. Carl Loeser Organ service was at the church on Friday. Tim will be contacting him to see what was done and what still needs to be finished. Colton Sterner has volunteered to organize a praise band. We look forward to enjoying this new direction to worship.


Old Business:

Sandwich Fundraiser:

The next sale will run from January 11- 25. We will be making them at 8:00A.M.and delivering after 10:00 A.M. on February 2nd. If you can volunteer please contact Joanne Waidelich.


We are starting the process of organizing committees. We have been brainstorming to find people that the board feels will be best suited for these positions. Please be open minded if you are asked by a committee member, it is an intricate part of ensuring the growth of the church for the future.


Next Meeting is February 4th.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:50.

Respectfully Submitted,

TONIGHT at New Bethel: Heart to Heart

“Heart-to-Heart: As Your Parents Age” When it’s time to have “the talk” with your parents will you be prepared? Come to this workshop on January 14, 2013 at 7pm. As our parents age there are conversations that aren’t easy to start, but they need to happen nevertheless. Attend this interactive workshop and you’ll gain tips for having healthy conversations with your parents about their vision for the future. Become prepared to face potential challenges all while keeping your parent’s best interests in mind.

Sunday School News

Food Donations for Friend,Inc

The Sunday school is once again filling holiday food boxes for the families in need.  Watch for your child to bring home a list of donations needed to fill the boxes.

Winter Accessories for Kids

Do you have any coats with the tags still on them that your children didn’t wear?  How about hats, scarves, and gloves?  The Sunday school will be collecting new hats, scarves, gloves and coats for children for the holidays.  You can start bringing your donations to the church anytime.

Christmas Program and Caroling Hayride

The Sunday School Program and Christmas Caroling Hayride will be on December 16, 2012.  The Program will be held during the church service at 9AM.  Following the Christmas Cookie Social at approximately 10:30AM we will embark on our caroling hayride.  This year we will have two wagons since we had such a wonderful turnout last year.  We will bring holiday cheer to the community of Kempton for approximately 2 hours tentatively returning to the church at 12:30.  To warm our tummies and toes we will have a lunch of mac n cheese, hotdogs, and hot chocolate before heading home.  PLEASE PLAN TO JOIN US!! EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

**Watch for a rehearsal schedule to come home shortly for the Christmas program.

August 2012 Board Minutes

Church Board Meeting Minutes

Monday, August 6th, 2012


Betsey Nehf, Richard Albright, Joanne Waidelich, Tim Kleinsmith, Marilyn Lutz, Pastor Dave

Tim Kleinsmith called the meeting to order at 7:13 PM.  Pastor Blitch opened with a prayer.

The minutes were read and approved.

Treasurer’s Report & Financial Secretary’s Report: Reference written reports. The reports were approved by Betsey Nehf and seconded by Joanne Waidelich.

Pastor’s Report:

Wildwood Retreat:

There were six students that attended. It was a great success. Next year Pastor Blitch will be looking into a rescue mission.

Bible School:

Bible School went well. There were 45 children in attendance. Abby Claypoole did a wonderful job but will be handing it over to a new chairperson for next year. We thank her for running it for the past several years.


The Pastor will be on vacation from Aug.19 (after church) till the 25th. He will also be adding the 29th till Sept. 1st. We hope he enjoys some well deserved rest and relaxation.

Potato Project:

New Bethel will be helping pick potatoes on Saturday October 13th. Participation is open to the whole church. The more help the better. Time and location will be announced closer to the date.


The Pastor was informed that the federation paperwork is almost finished. There a couple things that still need to be addressed but it is moving along nicely.

Christian Education:

The Christian Education committee has been tossing around the idea to provide before and after school care for our local community. We will keep the congregation apprised of any further discussions.

Old Business:

  Fire Tower:

The fire tower has been cleaned and looks great! A dehumidifier has also been purchased for the area. Thank you to all who helped with the cleaning.


The drainage issues have been looked into, but require much more attention. It continues to be an ongoing project.

   Harvest Fest:

Harvest Fest will be held on October 6th. It looks like there will be tons do, please come out and support the church.


As stated in the minutes of June, the church is running below budget. We would like to have a hoagie sale. If anyone is interested in chairing this, please speak to a member of the board or Pastor Blitch.

Next Meeting is September 10, 2012.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:02.

Respectfully Submitted,

Joanne Waidelich

Golf Tournament for Love for Lance

              “Frankie’s Eagles”

      Third Annual Charity BENEFIT

  Golf Tournament (All Golfers Welcome)

Date: Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Time:  1pm shotgun start, registration @ noon

Place: Woodbridge Golf Club, 440 Albright Rd. Kutztown, PA

(located in Maxatawny, just outside Fogelsville)

Format: Scramble, best ball of foursome

Make your own foursome, or we can place you on a team

Price$75 per golfer

Includes: green fees, cart (18 holes), dinner, beverages,

and prizes after the round at the Pavilion.


Please send all registrations/foursomes/payment to:

Frankie’s Eagles, 6021 Makala Ct. Germansville, PA 18053

To donate money/prizes or to sponsor a golf hole, contact Kris at 610-972-5568 or 610-760-0999

Get your favorite BIBLE verse out on the course for $25

Deadline for sign-up and payment — Sept. 15th, 2012

Click below for the registration form.

Tournament Flier with Registration Form

Harvest Fest Updates

Harvest Fest food, fun, and activities are being planned for  Saturday, October 6, from 2 – 8pm. The committee is working on delicious food  ideas, BINGO, riveting entertainment, hay rides, and two talks by that famous  expert on ghost stories and bizarre happenings, Charlie Adams. Yes, I said Charlie Adams will be right here at New Bethel!

We need many volunteers to make this event run smoothly, so everyone can  have fun and also help the church to earn some extra funds. Please consider  donating some of your time to help at one of our stations. -See our volunteer  coordinator, Tina Schucker, for more information.

Also needed are donations of  old clothes and boots for a game, drinking or decorative glasses, uwrapped gifts  under $10 for BINGO prizes, prizes for the Chinese auction, pepper cabbage, macaroni salad, potato salad,  coleslaw, cakes, and pies. Pumpkin pies are needed, as well as pumpkin eaters,  for a pumpkin pie eating contest. We’ll pick a few hardy souls (eaters) and vote for the eater that we feel is up to the task .

Everyone is welcome to join our committee to help plan this exciting festival.

Volunteer to help on the sign up sheet in the narthex or contact Donna Graff.