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This is a page that will be devoted to sharing personal testimonies, blessings, and extraordinary things that the Lord does through the Old Bethel Church.  It's a testimony to HIS goodness, mercy, and grace extended to those that love Him.

Psalm 107:2 "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy"

Titus 3:5 "Not of works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy.."
9/5/2018 2018 Jubilee Parade

Beautiful day for a parade! Hundreds of water bottles with the plan of salvation on them and candy bags filled with a gospel tract, a church card, and some sweet treats were handed out on this beautiful September evening! 
 
 

12/20/2017 Christmas Caroling




9/4/2017 Labor Day Picnic 2017

Such a beautiful day for a picnic! Lots of food, fun, and fellowship! A great day spent with the church family.


8/17/2017 New York City Missions Trip

18 adults and teens traveled to New York City August 17-21 for a Missions Trip and Youth Rally event with First Bible Church in Staten Island. The teens spent Thursday evening at the Staten Island Ferry terminal handing out tracts, singing, and street preaching. Friday, they spent time in the church's print shop and Friday evening participated in the rally with preaching by Mike Rabino and Aaron Riddle. Saturday the "War Tour" took place with over 40 folks from both churches walking Broadway handing out tracts, singing, and street preaching. After services on Sunday, the group was able to explore the sites of New York City and enjoy the scenery. Over 2000 tracts were handed out and several got to speak with people one on one about the Lord. The church even had a visitor attend on Sunday that had talked with the group Thursday evening. It was a great experience to serve the Lord and fulfill the Great Commission. "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15


7/16/2017 Camp Harvest Bound 2017

12 Teens and 4 Adults set off July 16th to make the 10 1/2 hour journey to Camp Harvest Bound in West Chazy, NY.  The greatest blessing was seeing 4 of our young people realizing their need of a Savior and getting saved during the week. We estimated hearing approximately 22 sermons over the 6 days and had hours and hours of fun on top of that.  It was hot and tiring, but well worth the time and investment.




7/2/2017 Patriotic Musical Sunday!

Several of the piano students and the Children's Bell Choir played patriotic instrumental specials for the regular Sunday Worship service. It was a blessing to see everyone use the talents God has given them to praise and worship Him and honor our great country.


6/23/2017 2017 Teen Lock-In

2017 Teen Lock-in was held on June 23rd - 24th from 7PM until 7AM! Approximately 46 adults and teenagers began the night (and only a few "adults" had to leave during the night!) There was great preaching, food, and fun but most importantly 1 teenager got saved during the evening. A special thanks to Pastor Jason Porter (and wife) and Greg McFadden  (and family) for making the trip in from Michigan and BJ Tyrell and Rob Oswald coming in from New York to participate in the evening's activities. You can view more pictures of the evening on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OldBethelChurch/










2/23/2017 Youth Ablaze

Youth Ablaze 2017 was a special year for the Old Bethel Church. Every year Pastor Roscoe hands out Flame Awards.  This goes to Pastors, Youth Pastors and Laypeople who have diligently served the Lord over the years. Pastor Riddle received one of the awards this year as he, his wife and Aaron took 7 teens to Rochester, NY to participate in this amazing event.  The theme of "Continue" was a challenging topic to all who attended. The preaching and music was all a blessing.  It was truly an honor and blessing and very humbling to be a recipient of this very special award but more importantly to be a part of such a God-glorifying Youth event. 



                           

2/11/2017 Valentine's Day Banquet



A great time was had at our Valentine's Day Banquet. John & Beth Oleyar were the special guests. John gave a devotion and then stayed and preached for the Sunday Services! Delicious food, great message, and wonderful time of fellowship was had by all who attended!











2/4/2017 Teen Scavenger Hunt

The teens traveled to the Westmoreland Mall for a fun-filled scavenger hunt. They ate at Chic-Fil-A where a full restaurant also got to hear the gospel message.  The video shows some of the fun things they "found" and participated in.



12/18/2016 Christmas Program 2016

Christmas Program Bulletin 2016.pdf

  The Christmas program "The Christmas Story in Scripture and Song" was presented on December 18th at 1:30 PM . 







12/11/2016 Nursing Homes and In Touch Hospice House Caroling

December 4th and December 11th, the Old Bethel Church spread some Christmas cheer to Siemon's Lakeview Manor, The Patriot, and Meadow View nursing homes as well as the In Touch Hospice House. Some places we walked through the halls singing carols. In some we were able to be stationary, so we also took the Hand Bells and sang to the piano. Either way, we were blessed to be able to minister in this way and pray we were a blessing to those we sang to!

12/10/2016 Christmas Banquet

What a great time we had at our Christmas Banquet 2017 as 48 of us gathered to enjoy the evening!  Shane Ivy was our special guest as he provided beautiful piano Christmas music. (It was also his birthday, so we presented him with a dessert cookie and sang Happy Birthday.) He was accompanied on "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" by our very own Sarah Sechler on violin - it was a pleasant surprise to all!  A game of Gag, Good, or Great was played which brought many laughs. The meal was delicious, the fellowship was sweet, and the fun was contagious! 


10/9/2016 Pumpkin Fest / Jubilee Parades

Thankful for the opportunities to share the Gospel in our surrounding communities. This year we handed out a total of 3000 candy bags & water bottles between 2 parades. ALL which had the gospel on them. Praying that the Lord uses just even one to reach a lost soul.

8/27/2016 Gospel Music Festival Weekend!

What an amazing weekend... filled with beautiful weather, amazing fellowship, food, fun and wonderful music. Thank you to ALL who attended making this our biggest year yet. A special Thank you to the music groups who shared the talents for the glory of the Lord.





7/10/2016 Camp Harvest Bound Teen Camp

11 Teens and 4 Adults headed to West Chazy, NY - 600 miles away - to attend another great year of teen camp! Great preaching, music, games, and fun was had by all! 


5/9/2016 Mother's Day Service & Lunch





3/25/2016 Annual Good Friday Trash Pick-Up Day



3/23/2016 Easter Caroling

Several folks of all ages went around to the elderly and shut-ins to bring some "Son"shine to them this Easter season. We had a beautiful evening to sing about our Savior and what He did for us on the cross to bring about the free gift of Salvation to those who believe and call upon His name.

2/28/2016 Appreciation Sunday

Once a year we like to give special recognition and thank some of the many that help out in a big way in the church. This year, those involved in the youth: Jr. Church - Mona Miller and Bethann Rice, Wednesday Night - Jennifer Riddle, Sunday School - younger kids Jeremy & Sarah Sechler, and Teens - Aaron Riddle. Also Scott Baker who does so much behind the scenes from changing light bulbs to shoveling snow and much, much more. And the plaque this year was given to Ronda Baker for her 30+ years of being the financial secretary.

2/26/2016 Hockey Game Fun

22 of us attended a Johnstown Tomahawks Hockey Game Friday evening.   The kids (and adults) had a great time even though the home team lost!
                                                                

2/6/2016 Annual Valentine's Banquet

LOVE!!! "And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity." I Corinthians 13:13 Such a sweet time filled with fellowship, food and fun at our annual Valentine's Banquet. Dwayne Ross gave an excellent devotion on Love between a husband and wife and how to protect a marriage. The games provide a lot of laughter and fun.

12/27/2015 Christmas Piano Concert with Shane & Nathan Ivy

Shane and Nathan Ivy presented a piano and vocal concert for us. They willingly use their talents to honor the Lord and blessed us with their gift of music. The recording of this concert can be found on our "Sermons" page.

12/20/2015 Christmas Gifts for Jesus

Our annual Christmas Gifts for Jesus service took on the meaning of Courage this year! Through little "Bits of Courage" the meaning behind Courage itself was told through the story of the birth of our Saviour! During the night many displayed courage in giving their talents (gifts) for the Lord. We had many of our piano students preform, vocal solos and instrumental pieces... All for the Glory of the Lord.

12/5/2015 Annual Christmas Banquet

e annual Christmas Banquet was held at the church this year. M&M Catering provided the meal and several of the ladies decorated a theme table.  Pastor Dave Smith was the quest preacher and presented a great message on "Worshiping Christ". 



9/19/2015 Apple Cider Making

Much fun was had by those who turned out to help press the apples into cider... A great night of fellowship with a "delicious" final product! 



9/9/2015 Farmer

The rain gave way to a beautiful rainbow and great time at the New Centerville's Farmer's & Thresherman's Jubilee parade Wednesday September 9th. Our group of kids and teens passed out tracts on bottled water that were decorated by those who came to Camp Courageous VBS as well as bags of candy with tracts and our church info in them.









9/5/2015 Stoney Creek Gospel Bluegrass Concert

Stoney Creek Gospel Bluegrass group joined us for the Labor Day weekend for a special Gospel Bluegrass Concert & Services. What a beautiful weekend it turned out to be, which allowed us to enjoy the music, food and sweet fellowship outside. What a blessed time it was to get to know this talented group of people who truly have a heart for the Lord. 

 www.stoneycreekgospel.com



8/22/2015 Mastery Prison Ministry Trip - South Carolina 2015

The Mastery Trip to South Carolina was unique this year. From August 17-21, Mike Hamilton, founder and director, was able to take his two children, Michael and Christian, along with his father and father-in-law on this particular mission. Pastor Duane also attended with his three boys, Brandon, Aaron,and Daniel. Along with one other man, Cliff, the 10 of them were able to minister in 10 different prisons in 5 days. A total of 206 men and boys (and one waiter at a restaurant) received Jesus Christ as their Savior. All Praise be to God for how He moved this week.

7/12/2015 Camp Harvest Bound Teen Camp - July 12-18, 2015

6 Teens and 3 Adults set off on a 12 hour trip (one way) to West Chazy, New York to attend Camp Harvest Bound Teen Camp. Many spiritual decisions were made, including one salvation, and LOTS of fun was had participating in the many activities.  So many things we could say about each and every day that was a blessing. Pastors Chris Ryman, Samson Ryman, and Tim Shirley presented timely messages in the evening services and a variety of youth pastors and pastors gave the messages in the morning services. The following are some pictures of just some of the events .....

Gaga Ball                                                                                          Nine Square in the Air

 

Hockey                                                                                             Paintball  



Hamster Ball Races                                                                         Mechanical Bull Riding



Volleyball                                                                                         Dodgeball





    
 Jousting/Boxing Ring                                                                    More Dodgeball




6/28/2015 Baptisms

What a blessing it was to have 6 people (ages 9-50+) follow the Lord in Believer's Baptism today! The Lord is still working and saving souls! What a great God we serve!

5/10/2015 Mother's Day Special






   We were extremely blessed to have Shane and Nathan Ivy with us on Mother's Day for the evening service. Shane and Nathan are both accomplished musicians and shared their gift of music. Shane played piano and Nathan sang. The concert in it's entirety can be found on  our "Sermons" page.

4/24/2015 Kid's Camp Out

On Friday April 24th, we held our first Kid's Camp Out night in the church Blue Room. What a blast it was. Sixteen children attended and 14 of them stayed over night in the tents that were set up. There were many activities for them to do from minute-to-win-it games such as 100 cup challenge,  21 cup individual challenge, and the M&M race. However, the favorite event of the night was the obstacle course that was set up throughout the church. The kids LOVED IT and asked to go through it numerous times.  When it came time to settle in for the night, we started off by roasting some smore's and having popcorn while watching a movie. Despite all the excitement, all the kids slept through the night.  The next morning, we had a delicious breakfast and then it was back on the obstacle course for a while until it was time to go home.  Praise the Lord for the great turn out of children and the all the adults that helped during the entire event. It was a great time of fun and fellowship. Stay posted as we plan to hold another event like this in the near future.

4/17/2015 Revival with Evangelist David Nix

Revival Services were held April 12th-16th! What a blessing Evangelist Nix was. God used His messenger to stir the hearts and revive the saints. The last night, a precious soul was saved as well. We praise God for what He is doing at the Old Bethel Church! 

4/5/2015 Easter Sunday! Early Easter Service & Breakfast - Easter Caroling

We celebrated Easter Sunday with a special early service and morning breakfast starting at 8:00 AM.  Many came out and enjoyed the service, breakfast, and fellowship. It was a blessing to have several visitors in our regular 10:30 worship service. Over 20 folks then joined us to go Easter Caroling in the evening. What a great way to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! 

3/22/2015 To God Be the Glory!

   March 22, 2015 was an exceptional day to be in the house of the Lord!  Two precious souls were saved - one in Sunday School and one during the morning worship. The previous week, a young man also came to the saving knowledge of Christ - making 3 in the month of March that now can say they have a home in Heaven!  
   The evening service had another wonderful blessing.... Abraham Kline, a young man called to preach and desiring to go into evangelism was with us. What made this even more powerful was that just a little over 6 months ago, Abraham was on life support and facing the decision of removing the life support or living in a "vegetated" state the rest of his days on earth.  Abraham chose to trust that God would do what was best and relied on prayer to see him through. Even though he walks with a walker and has a trache still in place, he gave his testimony and preached on the power of prayer. While he was in the hospital, he wrote words down about prayer and asked Aaron if he would put it to music.  To conclude the service, Abraham and Aaron were able to sing the song that Abraham wrote..... God is truly so good! To God Be the Glory! 

3/1/2015 Missionaries Fred & Lisa Slagle

Missionaries Fred & Lisa Slagle shared their desire to serve in India with us on Sunday, March 1st during the Sunday School and Morning Worship Service.  India has approximately 1.4 billion people and only about 2% profess to be Christians. Fred and Lisa have a heart to reach as many as possible with the gospel while there. Fred will be preaching and teaching with a national pastor there and Lisa received cosmetology training so she can use her skills to witness to the ladies of the lower caste.  This couple loves the Lord and His Word and desires to faithfully serve Him in India. 

2/28/2015 Mastery Prison trip to California

Pastor Duane and Aaron traveled with Mastery Prison Ministry to the state of California from February 24-28.  They were able to see 68 men trust Jesus Christ as their Savior on this trip.  

2/23/2015 Youth Ablaze Trip

   A group of 9 set out in a rented van on February 19th for Rochester, NY to attend the Youth Ablaze Conference hosted by Chili Baptist Church.  Upon arrival we were greeted by -10 degree temperatures (but many warm hearts)!  The preaching and fellowship was a blessing, the music was very uplifting and God-honoring, but most of all God spoke to the hearts of those that attended.  
   Due to an approaching snow storm, the group decided to leave Friday night after services. The group was on the road by midnight and drove through the night in the sub-zero temperatures. At approximately 3:00AM, the group stopped to gas up along RT220 in Lock Haven, PA. Upon exiting the gas station, several "warning" lights came on and the power steering went out. While continuing to drive down the highway, the I80 ramp was under construction and just ahead.  As the van approached the intersection, it stalled.  The van drifted through the intersection and onto the ramp, but because of construction, there was no where to pull off. As the group sat alongside the road with a temperature of -5 degrees and no running vehicle, Pastor Duane quickly said "Praise His Holy Name!" This was actually a quote from a preacher at the conference that continued to challenge the youth to always praise the Lord no matter where you were at or what you were going through.  Youth leader, Aaron, followed that comment up with breaking into song "Praise Him, Praise Him, Praise Him in the morning, Praise Him in the noon time, Praise Him, Praise Him, Praise Him when the sun goes down"... However, Pastor Riddle quickly changed the last words to "Praise Him when the van breaks down!"  
   Pastor Riddle dialed for roadside assistance, but the message on the other end said "Due to a large volume of calls, there were no representatives available to take the call." (Really, at 3:30AM in the morning???) So a 911 call was made to get the police and seek help. It was WAY to cold to get out and walk, and the van had no heat because it wouldn't run. The police called a tow truck and between the tow truck and police, they were able to transport the group to the next exit where there was a Pilot gas station/restaurant.  The garage where the tow truck hauled the van was across the street from the Pilot, but didn't open until 8. There was no way to know what was wrong with the van and if it could be easily fixed until after then.  The Enterprise Rental place that was in nearby Lock Haven wasn't open on Saturdays, so Pastor started making calls to see how the group could get home. The rental place that the van was rented from left no emergency numbers and they didn't open until 9AM. A few people from back home had agreed to come and get the group, but again the storm was approaching quickly and the group was bound to have to drive through it by the time those folks would have arrived.  A Comfort Inn was a few hundred yards down the road, so it was decided that the group would walk down there and get a few rooms to rest until those traveling would get there.  The group had not slept and exhaustion was really setting in.  As the group approached the counter of the Comfort Inn, the lady who would be fixing the morning breakfast there was just coming in to work. She heard the story and immediately offered her husband's service. He had vans and hauled Amish people around.  The group decided to take them up on their offer and no longer need to get any rooms, as they would soon be on their way home. The lady took off for the day so she and her husband could drive the group back to Somerset in 2 vehicles.
    Pastor Riddle and the ladies drove with the woman, and Aaron and the guys drove with the man.  Pastor Riddle witnessed to the woman and she told him that she was saved in a prison in San Diego, CA... (Pastor Riddle is heading to San Diego to go into several prisons the end of February)... amazing!,  As Pastor Riddle is talking to her, Aaron texted him and said, "Dad, be praying, we are witnessing to (the husband) and I think he's on the verge of getting saved."  A short time later, Aaron texted and said "Dad, he just got saved!"  As soon as we got to Somerset, the husband jumped out of his vehicle and shouted to his wife, "Honey, I just got saved!"
   Things in life don't always go as planned! But God is ALWAYS in control. He knows where we are, what we are going though, and how to help us..... Sometimes, we forget that and begin to murmur and complain, but...... I Thessalonians 5:18 says "In every thing give thanks: for this the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."  That (husband) has a home in Heaven today because the group chose to praise God in the midst of their circumstances and still be obedient to "Praise His Holy Name!"  Thank God for His safety, protection, and provision on this trip, but most of all for seeing fit to use this group to lead (the husband) to the Lord on February 21, 2015!