This Week's Need to Know

This Week's Need to Know

THIS WEEK’S TEXT: “Debt & Law – The Two Toughest Words You’ll Ever Love”  Romans 13: 8-10       Taught by:  Pastor Tim Boger

JOIN US THIS EVENING FOR PRAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY Our next Friday Night Worship Service will be held on this evening at 7:00 p.m. at The Common Place Church (209 Bellefonte Avenue, Lock Haven).   Pastor Tim will be speaking this evening.  This night of prayer and worship is for anyone who is burdened and cares about the battle with addiction in our community, and anyone who has family and friends caught up in it, and anyone who is themselves struggling with addiction. In one way or the other, that means YOU!

Every other Wednesday evening the Elders meet for several hours to pray for the body and seek wisdom as they strive to lead and shepherd the body at Big Woods according to the Word of God.  Last evening some of the pressing needs and prayer points that they are asking for you to pray alongside them can be found here.


·        Shepherding a Child's Heart: Shepherding a Child’s Heart is about how to speak to the heart of your child. The things your child does and says flow from the heart. Luke 6:45 puts it this way: “…out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” Through short videos, we will learn how to do this and spend time encouraging one another in the parenting process!  This class will be led by Pastor Aaron. (Classroom 1)

·         Young adults - Mark: Robbie Mays, Isaac Brady, and Branden Zembower will be leading a discussion through the gospel of Mark to help us understand what God's Word says and how it applies to our lives.  (Classroom 2)

·         Theology of Technology: Technology is the most rapidly shifting area of society. The iPhone was first released 15 years ago but has dramatically changed our relationships, society, and even the way we spend our personal time. New technology, new devices, and new apps seem to spring up every day. So what are we to do? For 6 weeks, we will be looking at the technology that is changing our lives, its benefits, and downfalls, and most importantly how we as Christians need to respond in a way that honors an eternal God.  This class will be led by Pastor Stuart.  (Classroom 3)

·         Summer Psalms with the elders: Each week, a different elder will teach through a Psalm that is particularly meaningful to them. Pastor Tim is eager to teach Psalm 51 and Bill Newman wants to look at Psalm 119 (the longest chapter in the Bible!). Join this class and hear what God is teaching our elders through the book of Psalms!  (Sanctuary)

The young adults and families are invited out to the Zembower/Frye complex – 225 Susquehanna Avenue, Lock Haven after church on Sunday for lunch and time together. Each family is asked to bring their own lunch. 

Come support our softball team Sunday afternoons at Peddie Park (912 Renovo Road, Mill Hall)! We play every Sunday afternoon during the summer from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and would love to see you there.  This is a great time to get to know other families in our community and even just hang out with others in the church. Bring snacks and drinks, or even a grill to cookout during the games! We hope to see you out there!

WOMEN’S PRAYER MEETING Please join us as we gather for a time of fellowship and prayer tomorrow, July 9 at 9:00 a.m. here at Big Woods.

Our next backyard BBQ will be held on Tuesday, July 12 at 6:00 p.m. at the home of Matt and Amy Modzel (280 Ridge Crest Drive, Howard).  Bring a meat, a chair, and a dish to share. In the event of rain, the BBQ will be cancelled.

Join us on Wednesday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m. for our next Prayer Gathering. This prayer gathering will be every other Wednesday and will be one of the ways we can bear one another’s burdens as we seek to faithfully follow Jesus together. 

If you've graduated from high school, don't have kids of your own, are between the ages of 18-30, and are looking for fun things to do this summer, look no further! Our goal is to create a community that is open for young adults to gather in fellowship. To cultivate this space, we will have a variety of activities and events - such as Bible studies, pool parties, game nights, bonfires, hikes, cookouts, outdoor excursions, and even some out-of-town adventures! The next event will be held July 15 at 7:00 p.m. for a Game Night at Robbie and Macala Mays (416 E. Bald Eagle Street, Lock Haven). Click here to find a schedule for all things young adult fun this summer. For questions or more information, please contact Robbie Mays at We look forward to seeing you this summer!

There will be two studies available to women this summer. No Other Gods: The Unrivaled Pursuit of Christ, a study on modern idolatry, will meet Monday evenings 6:30-8:00 p.m. and Tuesday mornings 10:30 -12:00 noon. Risen Motherhood: Gospel Hope for Everyday Moments will meet every other Wednesday from 10:30-12:00 noon.  We will meet again on July 20. Sign up for a study here.We also need Volunteers for Childcare for Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Workers will be paid. Questions? Email

In Ephesians 4:11, we learn that God has given the church teachers to build up the body of Christ. Teaching lab exists to help us find those whom God has given to our body. If you would like to learn about teaching and have the opportunity to teach in a setting that provides feedback to see if God has gifted you to serve in this way, join us Monday, July 25 at 6:00 p.m. here at the church in Classroom 1.

We will spend time at the July 27 Prayer Gathering for a time of Corporate Family Gathering.  We will be blessed with a time of prayer, dialogue, and a few ministry updates on our second quarter.

There will be a Big Woods motorcycle ride for anyone in the church that rides and any non-church friends they wish to invite to come along on July 31. The ride will leave the church parking lot at noon.  Anyone with questions can contact Dave Frankenberger at 570-295-2348.

Big Woods is offering a CPR and First Aid Class to anyone interested.  The class will take place on August 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  THERE IS NO COST.  Individuals interested must sign up and there will be required homework before the course.  If interested, please sign up here

There will be a “STOP THE BLEED” course offered at the church Saturday August 20 immediately following the CPR/First Aid Course. THERE IS NOT COST for this course. Stop the Bleed teaches what immediate responders, i.e. bystanders can do to stop potentially fatal bleeding before emergency responders can arrive. It will be limited to 10 individuals. Sign up using this link: STB sign up.

Big Woods Children’s and Youth Ministry will have students move up a grade at the end of the summer. On Sunday, September 4, we will be welcoming students into their new Sunday School classrooms and into Navigate Youth Ministry.