#Labor of #Love for @BethanyHouseSvc

Playing with toys is hardly laborious, but giving them away sometimes is. Teach your kids the value of charity, as they have fun trading their toys. They will hardly notice that one or more of their toys make their way to another’s house; Bethany House.

Please join us:

  • Saturday, September 7, for the New Church of Montgomery’s
  • 5th Annual #ToySwap
  • benefiting Bethany House Services.
  • 10 am – 12 pm
  • 845 Congress Avenue, Glendale, OH.

Bring as many toys as you want to trade and one to donate.

All toys left after the Swap will be donated to children staying at Bethany House shelters.

Most children, after finding out that their toys will go to children who have no home and no toys, will gladly give away at least one toy, if not more at our #ToySwap!

Happy Sharing!

The Importance of Sharing

Luke 3:11 He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise

If you need a reason to share, the above Bible passage tells you to do it! Have faith:)

Happy Toy-Swapping!

#MindfulMonday Festival of Gratitude

fishandloves“IT IS TIME FOR THE FEAST”
Sermon by Rev. Dr. Sherrie Connelly
New Church of Montgomery
Sunday, July 29, 2018

In the reading from 2 Kings [4:42-44] we are told that the Lord gave the people food to eat, and there will be some left over.

In the reading from Psalm 145 [10-18] thanks and blessings are offered to our Lord. The people will receive food in every season. The desires of every living thing will be satisfied. And the Lord is kind in all things. The Lord is kind in all things.

Ephesians 3 [14-21] exhorts that our inner being will be strengthened through the power of the Lord’s Spirit, rooted and grounded in love. Christ in us enables vastly more than we alone are able to do.

The Gospel of John 6 [1-21] tells how, nearing Passover, Jesus took 5 loaves and two fish to feed the 5000, gathered at the Sea of Tiberius. Then, miraculously, He was seen walking on water.

From Emanuel Swedenborg, in Arcana Coelestia, n. 9294, we worship the Lord with thanksgiving, since truth has been planted in good. This is what sharing in the harvest feast is all about, planting good in the fields of our lives.

And so we come together on Sunday mornings, as a community, to worship the Lord, and to celebrate the riches of abundance we have been given. And at first to recognize this.

It is very good indeed, a blessing and a miracle.

The Feast, in scripture, multiplied abundantly so that a mere 5 loaves and two fish could feed 5000 people. A miracle indeed.

What are we to learn from this?

(1) We are always given more than enough, even though we may not recognize it at first.

(2) When we give generously to others, it grows to even more, through a multiplier effect, miracle upon miracle.

(3) Giving more than we think we can afford stretches us and gives us more back in doing so.

(4) Generosity multiplies the generosity of others.

(5) Feasting reminds us of the words festive, festival, and festivity.

All in all, there is plenty to celebrate. So let us rejoice.

(6) Our lives have feasts in communities, in congregations, in groups, in families, and as individuals. A set of nested celebrations.

May we reach out and touch each other.

(7) It is time for the Feast.

May each day bring love and joy into our hearts and into our lives.

May we recognize these Holy gifts and feel gratitude in abundance.


Happy #Toysday #ToySwap #SharingisCaring

What small, wonderful, unused, but still awesome toy do you have hiding in your closet, attic, basement, etc? Please share with others Sept 2, 2017, 10 am – 12 pm in Glendale at 845 Congress Ave, Glendale, OH, 45246. Kids and caregivers are welcome for this fun morning in Glendale! A Bakesale and donation box benefit Bethany House Services, women and children shelter. Any remaining toys will be given to the houses for their use. (Please launder or clean up toys and make sure they are in working order before the swap. Toys with multiple pieces can be bagged.)toyswap-monkeytoy

Mark your Calendars for the Toy Swap!

ToySwap_2016Second Annual Toy Swap will be held on Saturday, September 10th 9AM-12PM at the Glendale New Church; 845 Congress Ave, Glendale, OH.

Admission is Free!

  • Toys can be dropped off the evening of Friday, September 9th from 5-7 pm, for sorting.
  • Please bring gently used or new toys to exchange.
  • Bring one extra toy for donation to Bethany House Women & Children’s Shelter.
  • A Bake Sale will be also be held.
  • A donation jar will be available for monetary donations to the shelter.
  • Teach your kids to share with others by donating one of their toys to The Swap!

This is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors, a chance to help a child get a toy they otherwise couldn’t afford, a time for kids to find a new and interesting toy, and a nice activity in the village of Glendale! We hope to see you there!