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Kensill Fund For Hope Auction Sept 28

posted Aug 30, 2019, 9:25 AM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Sep 9, 2019, 2:11 PM ]

Kensill Fund for Hope Auction Date Set for Sept 28

posted Jul 1, 2019, 3:02 PM by Lois Kerchner

Mark your calendars now for Saturday, September 28, 2019 for the Kensill Fund for Hope Auction starting at noon. It is a great time of fun and fellowship, but, most importantly it is the annual event our church holds to contribute to the Kensill Fund for Hope, the fund used to provide scholarships for students who participate in the ministries of the Mid-Town Parish United Methodist Church in North Philadelphia.

 We will again have delicious chicken Bar-b-que for sale that day.

 What can you do to help?

Donate new or gently used items for the auction; think of services, dinners, food or activities you can donate (we will print up certificates for these); talk to friends with shops or businesses to solicit donations; and let a Mission Committee member know if you would like to help with the auction in any way. We would greatly appreciate help before and during the day of the auction.  Later there will be sign-up sheets in the Narthex. 

Donations may be placed on the stage in Fellowship Hall beginning in September.  You may do Sunday drop offs when the church is open, or call Mary Yohe to arrange a date or time for drop off.    

Our thanks in advance for your continued support!   

The Mission Committee

Church Picnic, Aug 17, 4 - 6 PM

posted Aug 12, 2019, 5:47 PM by Lois Kerchner

Mark your calendars now, and plan to attend our Church Picnic! Saturday, August 17th, 4-6p.m. 

We will provide chicken, and need you to bring the extras!  Please return the sign up and let us know where you will help! Many hands make light work. You can also sign up on Facebook. Please return signup sheet to the church office. 

click for a sign up sheet that is printable

Combined 10 AM Service with Concert and Luncheon on July 28

posted Jul 1, 2019, 12:34 PM by Lois Kerchner

Come join us for a meal, fun & fellowship after the 10 AM Combined Service, where the gospel group The Hyssongs will be performing a concert. Bring your favorite food items to share, a main dish, salad, side dish or dessert.  A sign-up sheet is in the lobby, or sign up on the sheet below.  Info can also be found on Facebook. Please return signup sheet to the church office.

Dell, Susan, and Richard Hyssong travel full-time as the award-winning Hyssongs. Their energetic ministry combines family vocal harmony, humor and brass instruments (trumpet and trombone) to delight audiences with their Christ-centered message, shared through the powerful medium of music. The family's classical music background along with their harmony and specific chord structures, lend them a unique sound that has made quite an impact on audiences.

The group has been singing together as a family for 23 years. The Hyssongs have received many accolades for their quality, inspirational Southern Gospel sound.  They were awarded the Singing News Fan Award for Favorite New Trio 2014 at the National Quartet Convention, Pigeon Forge, TN. Every year since then they have been voted Top Ten Trio of the Year. You can visit their website: www.thehyssongs.com.

We will be taking a love offering to help support the Hyssongs ministry as they spread the gospel.  Cash and checks made out to The Hyssongs will be appreciated.  Questions, see Joyce Hall.

Seniors Event - Dutch Apple on Sept 19

posted Jul 1, 2019, 11:54 AM by Lois Kerchner

The Super Seniors will be attending the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre on Sept 19 to see "Finding Neverland". Sign up sheet is in the lobby.

Combined Services, Special Dates for 2019

posted Jul 1, 2019, 11:43 AM by Lois Kerchner

Combined Services, 2019

Feb 10, 2019 - Luncheon and Game Day.  

March 24, 2019 - Combined Service & Luncheon.  

April 21, 2019 - Easter Combined Service  - Breakfast, brunch.  

May 19, 2019 - Combined Service - Luncheon.  

June 30, 2019 - Use VBS video and songs - Combined Service - Luncheon.  

July 28,  2019 - Combined Service, Luncheon, Concert.  

October 13, 2019 - Combined Service, Luncheon.  

December 8, 2019 - Combined Service & Christmas Dinner.  

Other Dates for 2019

Saturday, April 13, 2019 - Easter Egg Hunt.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 - Spring Fling.

Sunday June 23 - Thursday, June 27 - Vacation Bible School.

Saturday, August 17- Church Picnic.

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - Harvest Party.

Saturday, November 2, 2019 - Craft Show.

Operation Christmas Child Leola UMC 2019

posted Jul 1, 2019, 11:42 AM by Lois Kerchner

For 2019
we would like to collect items year round for Operation Christmas Child.  We need your help in collecting donations to fill our shoeboxes, which go to children around the world. Last year we filled 50 shoeboxes with donations.

What ages are the children?  Ages 2 to 14
Where do donations go?  A collection box near the mailboxes in the narthex.
Monetary Donations?  Yes. Shipping is $9 per shoebox. Place monetary donations into a pew envelope marked OCC, and place it in the offering plate.  The children will be taking a collection at the combined services this year for Operation Christmas.

Items that cannot be included in Shoeboxes.  Candy; gum; used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military toys; chocolate or food; seeds; fruit rolls or other fruit snacks; drink mixes (powdered or liquids); liquids or lotions, medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers, aerosol cans.

Suggestions for Items to Donate by Month






Combs, Hair Brushes & Hair Ties


Coloring Books & Stickers




Wash clothes & Bar Soap


Toothbrushes & Dental Floss


Colored Pencils, Crayons


Jump Rope & Toy Cars


Pencils, Pens, Pencil Sharpeners


Legos & Baby dolls


Handwritten Note to Recipient

Getting to Know You

posted Jul 1, 2019, 11:38 AM by Lois Kerchner

We would like to encourage members to get to know each other more at Leola United Methodist Church. With 2 different worship times, this should help us get more familiar. The link below is available for printing. Please fill this out and return it to the church office or place in the offering plate.  The monthly newsletter has been featuring different members for our "Get to know you" effort.

Vacation Bible School June 23-27

posted Jun 3, 2019, 7:48 AM by Lois Kerchner

Well rumor has it that a game show is coming to Leola UMC. Mark your calendars now for the week of June 23 to June 27, 2019. This year’s VBS is Studio Go. This is going to be packed with extra games for the children to play at the opening, during, and at the closing of each night. The children will learn what it means to Go Lead, Go Risk, Go Tell, Go Obey, and Go Serve. We need your help to prepare and make this years VBS memorable. Please consider volunteering your time and talent in teaching the bible lessons, become one of our cast, we need stage crew members to help with walking the children, or perhaps you’ll enjoy our decorating committee which will transform the Narthex and Sanctuary into a sparkly game show stage. Watch your newsletters for more information or contact Lori Strickler.

Spring Fling May 18, 4-6 PM

posted May 6, 2019, 7:54 AM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated May 6, 2019, 8:02 AM ]

Come join us for the fun at our Spring Fling on May 18, 4-6 PM. Music by Matt Wheeler, face painting, butterfly craft, games, food and fun!  

Hoina Update

posted Apr 15, 2019, 12:11 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Apr 15, 2019, 12:20 PM ]

 The Children at Hoina, one of our missions that we support in India, recently took on a project to paint the cement walls that surround this school in India.  The pictures and part of the article in their newsletter is written by Darlene Large, a Leola resident who founded this school.


"On my most recent trips to India, word “got around” that I had arrived. A good number of our graduates whom we call HOINA Tigers called me, visited me, telephoned me, and emailed me. They brought me up to date on where they are now and what they are doing. They thanked me and said they are praying for HOINA and all of us as well as America and its wonderful, generous donors. Thankfully, I was able to accomplish much in the short time I was overseas on this trip, just about seven weeks, rather than my usual three months.

While in India, I had an idea. We have 24 acres, and we are surrounded by high cement walls as many properties there are. Since I am a retired art teacher and I know that our students are not offered art classes in school, I decided the children needed art to develop the right side of their brains. Besides, looking at high whitewashed walls is boring. We broke up into teams of two and three. The children drew their ideas on the walls with pieces of charcoal, and then the children began painting their wall space. We have a few murals left to do, but about three-fourths of them are finished as you can see in the photos this month. The 12- to 21-year-olds did this work.

We then invited 40 teachers from their schools to come for tea and be the judges. We gave awards to both the first place boys’ team and the first place girls’ team. (See photos for details.) Many teachers said it was a difficult task for them as so many were excellent. Since some of the murals weren’t finished in time for the judging, those students will complete their projects once the summer holidays arrive in May. Our children will spend March finishing their school year as they prepare for April’s annual exams. The break in May will be welcome just as summer vacation is here in the U.S."



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