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N. M. Churches Join For Christian Unity
Couples' Dinner Concerts
Marriage Building Weekends

N. M. Churches Join For Christian Unity

On Sunday, January 18, the churches of New Milford, PA will join at an Ecumenical Service for Christian Unity at 3:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, Main St. Participating in the service will be St. John’s RC Church, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, and the United Methodist Church. Pastor David Riley, pastor of First Baptist, will be the host and officiant. The preacher will be Sr. Kathleen Smith, director of the Spiritual Care Department at Marian Community Hospital, Carbondale.

The worldwide observance, the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, began in the Episcopal Church in 1908. The commitment was to pray and minister for the fulfillment of the prayer of Jesus "that all may be one." Over the decades the observation attracted a wide sponsorship, including Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox. In 1935 Abbe Paul Couturier, a Roman Catholic priest in France, advocated a "Universal Week of Prayer for Christian Unity" during which Christians would pray together "for the unity Christ wills by the means He wills."

With the Second Vatican Council of the Roman Catholic Church, 1962-1965, an increasing number of Roman Catholics joined other Christians each year in January for common prayer for unity. Since 1968 an ecumenical group has developed common Bible texts and themes for use worldwide. The theme for 2004 is Peace and the Biblical text is "My peace I give you – not as the world gives. Let not your hearts be troubled." (John 14:23-31)

The offering at the service will benefit the Route 11 Corridor Ministry.

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Couples' Dinner Concerts

Candlelight dinner, great music, and good fellowship with other couples combine to make the annual Couples’ Dinner Concerts at Montrose Bible Conference very special. Dreyer Lodge Tea Room, 5 Locust St., Montrose will be the setting for three dinner concerts held on consecutive Saturday evenings. Each program begins at 6:00 p.m. with a banquet dinner followed by a concert designed to celebrate the love of husbands and wives.

On January 24, the concert will feature Reg and Gretchen Dunneman of Binghamton NY. They always present a program that is both fun and uplifting.

January 31, will bring Robert and Joyce Hayes from America’s Keswick to Montrose. They are well known in this area and will present a very special program.

The musicians for the concert on February 7, are Bert and Marian Britt. Bert is a Word of Life soloist and his ministry was greatly enjoyed last year in Montrose.

Seating is limited for these dinner concerts and reservations are required. Contact Montrose Bible Conference at 5 Locust St., Montrose, PA 18801 or by phone at (570) 278-1001.

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Marriage Building Weekends

Are you looking for a way to renew your level of love for your spouse? Come to Montrose Bible Conference for a Marriage Building Weekend and celebrate the hope and potential in your relationship. There are three different weekends from which to choose. Each program offers sound Biblical teaching designed to encourage couples in their life together, combined with inspiring music, good fellowship with other couples, and time to spend alone with your husband or wife.

Weekend one is January 23-25, and will include Dow Pursley from Baptist Bible College, Clarks Summit, PA as speaker. He conducts marriage seminars across the country. Reg and Gretchen Dunneman of Binghamton, NY will provide music for this program. Weekend two is January 30 - February 1, with Pastor David Wilson returning as speaker. Robert and Joyce Hayes from America’s Keswick will be ministering in music. The dates for weekend three are February 6-8, and will feature Pastor Dan Young and musicians Bert and Marian Britt.

Each weekend program begins with supper at 6:30 on Friday and concludes with Sunday dinner served at 12:30. Limited lodging options are still available and commuters are welcome for all three of these weekends. A detailed brochure may be obtained by contacting Montrose Bible Conference at (570) 278-1001.

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