Get a glimpse of all of the exciting events that are happening at Central! Also be sure to check our Facebook Page often for event updates!
The featured shut-in for the month of January is Roy Applegate. Please bring your thinking of you cards to the Welcome Desk anytime during the month of January. At the end of the month Pastor Cole or Minister Robert Albino will deliver them.
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"Black Sheep" Street Evangelism
Street Evangelism happens on every other Saturday beginning January 27th at 10:30 a.m. weather permitting. If you want to participate, meet in the church's parking lot. See Victor Reyes for questions or for more details. If you would like to call him, he can be reached at 484-894-6048.
Central Assembly has a DayCare!
Please call Diane Mann, Director, at 610-694-0444 to register your child/children.
Visit the Day Care's website at:
Day Care Job Opportunities: For more information, please call Diane Mann at the number above.
KidCentral/Encounter Ministries Opportunities:
- Nursery Ministry (birth to 3 years) Days/Times: Sunday School, Sunday Worship & Wednesday Worship. Contact(s): Rosie Gonzalez 484-661-0834 or Shandell Velez 917-450-3771, Pastor Amy McClenithan (Sunday School and Wednesday Worship) at email@example.com. Wivina John (Sunday School Nursery) at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pre-K (3 to 5 years) Days/Times: Sunday Worship. Contact: Rachel Smith at 484-934-4240
- Kid Central (6 years to 5th grade) Days/Times: Sunday Worship and Wednesday Worship. Contacts: Paul McKay (Sunday) at email@example.com, Ronnie Lee (Wednesday ages 4 years to 5th grade) at 610-865-0577 or KidCentralBethlehem@yahoo.com
- Luv-N-Grub Days/Times: Wednesday Worship (Kid Central & Encounter Youth). Contact: Miriam Poche @ 484-553-2390 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bus Monitors & Van/Bus Drivers Days/Times: Wednesday Worship (before and after). Contacts: Chuch office at 610-865-0577 or email@example.com or see Trudy Reif or Alex Velez.
Encounter Youth is a dynamic ministry for Teens! See Pastor Nicole, Mario or Vanessa Trinidad and Maria Centeno for any questions or how to get involved. Also you can e-mail Pastor Nicole:
Every teen is welcome to attend on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center.
ALL4God Worship Dance is accepting people to participate within this ministry. Please go to Pastor Nicole McKay's facebook page for google.doc sign up and/or see Pastor Nicole and/or Vanessa Trinidad for questions and more details. This ministry meets Thursday evenings. Ministry is held in the sanctuary and/or Family Life Center.
Winter Retreat is scheduled for Friday, January 18th through Sunday, January 20th and is for those enrolled in grades 7 through 12. The theme is Not/Alone. Please go to pendelyouth.com/winterretreat2019 to find out more details for weekend 2. To confirm your student/s is interested, please see Pastor Nicoel McKay and/or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Men's Prayer Breakfast
Takes place every Saturday morning in at 7:00 a.m. in the church's sanctuary! There will be a men's prayer meeting followed by a breakfast at Bethlehem Diner. All men are welcome!
NEW is another Men's Prayer (ONLY) at 9:00 a.m. in the church's sanctuary. Please plan to be a praying part of one of these gatherings.
Central Provision (Food Pantry) Ministry
Keep in mind that this ministry can always use your non-perishable food/personal care donations.
Donations can be placed along the wall outside the Pastoral/Administrative Offices.
Monetary donations can be received at anytime; please mark offering envelopes "Food Pantry". Contact persons: Jacob or Lisa Bartholomew or e-mail email@example.com or call the church office.
NOTE: This ministry needs people to help pick up and unload food PLUS food distribution.
January 2019 dates for food distribution:
Monday, January 7th & 21st from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Event is held in the foyer of the Family Life Center.
Please use entrance on Eaton Ave. ONLY and have proof of Bethlehem Residency (Required).
December 2018 Central Provision Food Pantry served approximately 65 families. Monday, December 17th besides the above families receiving food, toys for tots provided toys to be handed out! Praise the Lord!
New opportunities to serve the Lord and CAG. How? We would like to establish a donations committee and a closet committee.Find out more by seeing, e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 610-865-0577 for Pastor Amy McClenithan ASAP!
Can't make it to church on Sunday?
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CENTRAL ASSEMBLY OF GOD IS GOING MOBILE:
Text cagfamilyapp to 77977 to download the latest version of our church's app to your mobile device! On our app you can stay up-to-date on every announcement, event, what's going on in particular ministries that you're interested in, give, take and download sermon notes, watch sermons and MORE!
Try it today!
Is the CAG Sound or IT Minitry calling your name? Please see or call George Mendez @ 610-462-8412
This ministry NEEDS your ministry -- WILL TRAIN
Kick off the new year in prayer at Central Assembly of God, Bethlehem, PA. Go to weekofprayer.ag.org for resources in English and Spanish.
Special options from this site are you can sign up to pray with millions of people all over the world and see our daily prayer focus. We will begin fasting/prayer emphasis on Sunday, January 6th through January 26th.
Beginning Sunday, January 6th at 6:00 p.m. Arabic Ministry will lead prayer.
Monday, January 7th at 7:00 p.m. Sunday School Ministry will lead prayer.
Tuesday, January 8th Pastors Cole & Amy will leader prayer noon to 1:00 p.m. then the Intercessory Prayer Teams will leader prayer at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 9th Encounter Youth/Kids Central will lead prayer at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 10th Spanish Mission will lead prayer at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, January 11th Pastor Cole will lead a whole church prayer at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 12th Men's Ministry will lead prayer at 7:00 a.m.
Details to keep in mind: The above prayer times will take place in the church's sanctuary from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Monday - Friday 7:00 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. Plus Tuesday, January 8th noon to 1:00 p.m. The rest of this time dedicated to fasting/prayer can take place within your homes except the following Tuesdays noon & 6 p.m. prayer in the sanctuary and P.M. prayer in room #13. Saturday Men's prayer meetings 7:00 a.m. & 9:00 a.m.
Pastor Cole is requesting, if physically able, to eat one meal a day. Use the time you aren't eating to fast/pray for Centrals A/G's prayer focus.
Thursday, Janary 24th at 9:00 p.m. will be a Conference call prayer meeting.
CALL 605-472-5542 (access#: 827488)
Sunday, January 27th we will conclude this fasting/prayer time with an extended Worship Service in adoration of our King. Believing miracles will take place during this fast and within this extended Worship Service. Expect Miracles 2019 because the best is yet to come!
Prayer focus points will be in paper form at Welcome Desk and on Central A/G's website and Facebook. Pastor Cole trusts you will dedicate this time in fasting/prayer.
New 2019 Prayer Opportunities are: pray in the sanctuary from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Monday through Friday--please enter through the Day Care entrance during those time slots.
First Sunday of each month at 9:00 a.m.
Every Tuesday from noon to 1:00 p.m. or in room #13 at 6:00 p.m.
Friday at 8:00 p.m. in room 13 with the Arabic Ministry.
Saturday Men's Prayer/Breakfast 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.
We would like you to e-mail us at email@example.com if you would like to be a part of web warrior team--you receive weekly prayer requests through e-mail or unchanged gang which receives prayer requests through a telephone call. Or if you would like to be a part of Minister Tina Morales-Negron prayer partners; contact her at 484-426-3006 for more details.
Tuesday, January 1st: Pastoral/Administrative Offices closed!
Wednesday, January 2nd: NO Family Night Services in lieu of New Year Holiday.
Honduras Missions' Trip is January 17th-27th. Please keep this Missions' Team in prayer for effective ministry.
"Live Loud" Men's Conference will take place February 22nd--23rd. We are blessed to have the Pennsylvania Delaware District Assemblies of God Men's Director Tom Rees as our primary speaker. He is a gifted and humble speaker. You will be inspired to go to a place where you live our your lives loud in the face of a not so quiet enemy trying to steal the voice of real men of God. Once again, we will have break-out sessions on Saturday with some anointed local pastors. Friday night includes a snack and Saturday includes an a.m. continental breakfast plus lunch. All this for $15 only. You can reserve your space by e-mailing the church at firstname.lastname@example.org or signing up at the Welcome Desk. Men's Conference fees can be given through cash, check and/or Pushpay. Please indicate for 2019 Men's Conference. Please see or call Pastor Cole McClenithan with any questions.
"Chosen Few" Boys Basketball Club meets every Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. Club is for boys ages (14-19 years) and is held in the Family Life Center. Please see Anthony Colon, Stephan Richards or contact the church office for more details and/or questions.
School of Ministry ADSOM Association of District Schools of Ministry Bethlehem Campus Winter 2019. PennDel School of Ministry is a member of the National Association of District Schools of Ministry. Classes meet at: Central Assembly of God, 1300 Eaton Ave., Bethlehem, PA 18018
Contact #: 724-212-7975 (Bob Lecocq) or PDSOM website @ penndelsom.org or take a paper brochure at our Welcome Desk.
For questions, please see Helen Edwards, site coordinator. E-mail her at email@example.com
Classes begin again Saturday, January 5th. Registration opens the 1st of each month and closes the 22nd of each month. Affordable, Fast-track Bible College. Become Certified, Licensed, Ordained Minister of the Assemblies of God.
Saturday, January 5th is Ministerial Ethics. Instructor: Pastor Steve DeFrain.
Saturday, February 3rd Class is Acts. Sign in deadline January 22nd.
Instructor: Pastor Cole McClenithan.
Pastor Cole along with the Executive Board of Central Assembly of God desires to make you aware that beginning in May 2018 construction will begin within the Family Life Center.
As the saying goes, "please be patient" with the co-ordination of building use as this construction is in progress. PTL we are moving forward. Sow a financial seed to the Family Life Center so CAG can complete its mission.
NOTE: The elevator has been installed and IS fully operational. Framing and plumbing have been put in for the bathrooms. SEE outside that landscaping has taken place. There are several new trees and other landscaping improvements. The retention pond is about 3/4 completed. See the expansion of the main parking lot is underway.
WM's Ministries project is with Compact Family Services. Assemblies of God COMPACT Family Services is the national affiliate child welfare agency of the General Council of the Assemblies of God and is a 501c3 non-profit.
Go to COMPACTFAMILYSERVICES.ORG to see what they do. You can give to our project anytime. Please indicate your gift is for Compact Family Services.
SPECIAL NOTE OF THANKS: Ruth Puleo, District WM's Director, extends a special note of thanks for CAG Women's Ministry gift and appreciation card as she transitions from District WM's Director to retirement. Please keep her and her husband John in prayer as they move to NC to be nearer to their two daughters and grandchildren.
Consider the birthday club challenge. If someone within your home has a birthday in whatever month of the 2019 year, you will give the amount of the age they turn on their birthday.
Example: John Doe or Jose Rodriguez turns 9 in January 2019, then they give $59 to the Family Life Center. Thank you for joining the 2019 BIRTHDAY CLUB challenge!
Royal Rangers Ministries meets every Sunday evening from 5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Interested? See Mario Trinidad or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Royals Ranger's Motto: "Ready, Reaching, Teaching and Keeping Boys for Christ!"
If you want a co-teaching missions experience for your children or kids you teach or kids' leaders/teachers please go to BGMCKids.ag.org This website offers virtual world travels with downloadable passports, interesting facts, devotions, activities, scripture pictures, games, language skills and much more.
Visitors to the site can listen to letters from missionaries who share what God is doing through funds given by BGMC kids. The site also features kids sharing what they are doing for missions and talking about how to pray. give and go for Jesus.
Free Online Lessions and Videos for kids at www.elife.ag.org
Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. Men's Basketball Fellowship in the Family Life Center (18 years and up). See or call Anthony Colon 484-353-8251 or Victor Reyes 484-894-6048.
January 2019 dates: Sunday, January 6th & 20th at 5:45 p.m. (also check out their Facebook page for dates). This ministry meets in the last two rooms on the right lower level of the church.
Please invite a friend/s and bring a snack to share.
Focus is Serving God through your Call.
Please see Carlos & Aurora Garcia for any questions.
Also you can check out this ministry's facebook page "Rooted" CAG Young Adults, Bethlehem, PA. We hope you will come!
We introduced the X-Treme Sisters' (CAG Women's Ministries) Facebook page along with the purpose of this page and other exciting details.
We are looking for women who like to write and would be willing to share a 3 minute video devotion on the Facebook page--if this type of ministry is calling your name, please see or inbox Pastor Amy. Everyone has something to share!
X-TREME SISTERS' Winter/Spring Bible Study "Broken & Blessed" by Jessica LaGrone. "Broken & Blessed" bible study traces the story of Genesis Family from Adam and Eve through the generation to Joseph bringing blessing from brokenness. Each and every family needs God's healing touch in some way at some time. Broken and Blessed reminds us that no matter how we mess up, our heavenly Father never gives up on us. He even uses our brokenness to bring blessing to His children. To reserve your study book, please see Pastor Amy, Kayla Albino, Florence Mestric, Corinne Poplawski and/or Shandell Velez ASAP. Cost is $13.
Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. Dates: 1/16, 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 4/24, 5/8
(Complete with Sweet Conversations and a Continental Breakfast). These X-Treme Sisters meet in the last two rooms on right first floor. See Pastor Amy, Florence Mestric and/or Corine Poplawski.
Fridays at 7:00 p.m. Dates: 10/12 & 10/26, 11/16 & 11/30 and 12/14
(Complete with Sweet Conversations and Snacks). These X-Treme Sisters meet in the upstairs Conference room which is over the Pastoral/Administrative Offices. See Kayla Albino and/or Shandell Velez.
Water Baptism Service is scheduled for Wednesday, February 13th 2019 at 7:00 p.m. If you or someone you know desires to follow the Lord through the Waters of Baptism; please e-mail email@example.com and/or sign up at the Welcome Desk.
2019 Discipleship Classes begin Sunday, January 13th, 2019 @ 9:30 a.m.
Sign up at Welcome Desk and/or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place within one of these Christian Educational classes:
Paper brochures are available at the Welcome Desk for more details.To reserve your space simply e-mail the church at email@example.com or see Wivina John, Sunday School Director or sign up at the Welcome Desk.
- D1: Relationship with the Lord and know Him.
- D2: Church life and knowing our A/G Doctrines.
- D3: Your life with Christ in public, a faithful witness and serving in the Body of Christ in church and outside.
- Leadership Classes 1 , 2 & 3: Our desire is to prepare leaders for the ministry of the Word as the Scriptures state in Ephesians 4:11 "... for the equipment of the saints, for the working of the ministry..." Suggested topics will be: *Introduction to leadership. *Are you called or made? *Becoming a leader. *Being a leader.
CALM the STORM Ministries--Rev. Peggy A. Schuele, B.S., M.P.C., C.R.T. certified in crisis and trauma therapy. Member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Available by appointment. Please call to schedule your appointment at 484-282-0785 or e-mail: PastorPeg@calm-the-storm.org
This is a new ministry within the Central Assembly of God Ministries.
Sign Language Classes are available through Central A/G Ministries.
Please contact Helen Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org to if you are interested. There is no fee.
2018 Contribution Statements will be available in January 2019. Please note they usually are ready for pick up towards the end of January.
Any questions, contact Teresa McNish, Treasurer and/or Ronnie Lee or Joe Fassman, Bookkeeping Office (610-865-0577)
Pastor Cole's inspirational thoughts for January 2019: Act Courageously:
Why is courage so essential in leadership and within your families? Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "You gain courage, strength and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face."
Anytime you do something new, waves of fear will likely assault your mind. That is why, and when, you need courage. In fact, unless fear is present, there's no need for courage.
That's what David learned when he encountered the giant Goliath. In 1 Samuel 17:45-47, David said to the Philistine, "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head....All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord's and he will give all of you into our hands."
That's a brave declaration, but David wasn't all talk. Verse 48 says, "David ran quickly toward the battle line." That's what parents and leaders do. They run toward the challenge, not away from it. David triumphed that day, and his influence began to grow. Why? Courage!
Challenge yourself, your family and those you lead in your work life or within the church ministry to be courageous because courage positively changes circumstances. The word encourage means to "put courage into." God encourages us by putting courage into our hearts.
If you find yourself growing fearful, remember these three things:
- Fear is normal within our lives-- don't retreat.
- God is with us in our fears. God was with David when he faced Goliath, with Moses when he faced Pharaoh and with Joshua when He called him to cross the Jordan River. AND God is with you. DON'T be afraid.
- Take a step. You will never overcome your fears standing still. To overcome fear, take one step. The first step will lead you to each step thereafter.
- Fear is normal within our lives-- don't retreat.
Teamwork makes the dream work:
Luke 5:1-11 It's true that teams have the ability to accomplish more than any one person could do on their own. Jesus certainly understood this concept and intentionally teamed up high-capacity leaders with one another. He almost never sent people out to do ministry on their own. Teams get more done, generate higher levels of creativity and demonstrate greater problem solving ability, while providing encouragement and support for members. Besides all that, teams have more fun. An old African proverb says, "If you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far, go together."