Fellowship

Again this year, we would like to offer SUMMER FELLOWSHIP GOODIESThe Fellowship Commission does not schedule coffee hours during the summer. We have all the weeks filled except July 30, so I am asking you to consider hosting July 30. I will set up coffee and cold drinks.  All the paper goods will be supplied. The “host/hostess” will be asked to supply cookies, cake, or coffee cake and 2 containers of the large size of 1/2 and 1/2.  The “host/hostess” will need to set up before the service and clean up after  It only takes about 15 minutes to set up and about 15 to clean up.  I will have a sign-up available this Sunday for you to volunteer. Please consider volunteering to help us socialize after worship service on Sunday mornings.  I thank you very much in advance!!  If you have questions, please contact me at kathyahobbs6@gmail.com or 908-380-0307.

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FELLOWSHIP COMMITTEE RAFTING TRIP

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WHEN: Saturday, July 29, 2017
WHERE:  Indianhead Canoes, 1138 Delaware Dr., Matamoras, PA 18336
TIME:  Meet at 9:30AM, rafting will end about 2-3PM
COST:  $46/pp for 2-9 paying adults (ages 12 & over)
             $42/pp for 10-19 paying adults
             $40/pp for 20-29 paying adults
             Kids 11 and under are FREE!!

Come and join the Fellowship Committee on a fun filled day rafting on the Delaware River! We will meet at Indianhead Canoes, Matamoras Base Station for 9:30AM.  After signing waivers & making payment, we will board a school bus to take us upstream to our departure area.  There we will get paddles, life preserves & then depart in our rafts.  Rafts will be organized with 4-6 people in them.  About ½ way through our trip, we’ll pull to the river’s edge and stop for lunch.  The trip ends at the Matamoras Base, where we can avail ourselves to the bathrooms/changing rooms.  For those interested, we’ll gather at the Apple Valley Restaurant, 104 Route 6, Milford, PA (about 15 minutes away) for dinner before heading back.

For more info, contact: Keith & Melissa Bellamy at 908-672-4489 or mapalfy@optonline.net

Indianhead Canoes – www.indianheadcanoes.com

Apple Valley Restaurant – www.applevalleyrestaurant.com

FAQS

What do I wear?   Bathing suits, shorts, shirt or rash guard for sun protection; hat and/or sunglasses; river or water shoes, Tevas or old sneakers for footwear (no flip flops since you must walk on rocks to get in/out of rafts).

SUNSCREEN!!  

What about lunch?  Pack a lunch, snacks & drinks, preferably in a cooler that will help them stay dry.  Avoid glass bottles. Bring a bag for all trash.  We’ll pull over on the river to stop and eat.

What ages are appropriate to go?  Indianhead requires all rafters be at least 30 lbs.  Generally, kids 5 and older have a great time! While younger kids have gone, it depends on the individual kid.  It’s not dangerous, just more about keeping their interest for a 4-hour trip.  For adults, you will need to climb in and out of the raft at the river’s edge and should be able to help paddle.  This is considered a beginner – intermediate trip, with just some small rapids areas.

What about water guns?  They are encouraged!  You will want ones that are longer so you can reach over the side to fill.  Rafts not interested in battle can claim “Swiss” status.

What shouldn’t I bring on the river?  Anything valuable, including wallets, keys, etc.  Keys can be safely left in an envelope (provided by Indianhead) at the Matamoras Base office.

MORE FAQS

How long does it take to get there? What’s the directions?  It is approximately 1 hours, 45 minutes from BBPC to the Matamoras Base Station.

  •   Rt. 287 N to Rt. 80 W
    • Rt 80 W to Rt 15N (NJ exit 34B)
    •   Rt 15N to Rt 206N
    •   Rt 206N across bridge to 209N
    •   Rt 209N thru Matamoras to bridge
    •   Turn left on Delaware Drive just before bridge. 2 miles to Base

What facilities are at the Matamoras Base Station?  There are bathrooms & changing rooms, a small store, and a couple picnic tables.  It’s suggested to arrive wearing what you plan on rafting in and then changing after the trip into dry clothes.

How do I sign up & who do I pay?  You can sign up below or by calling/emailing Keith & Melissa Bellamy at 908-672-4489 or mapalfy@optonline.net   You’ll pay them at the Matamoras Base the morning of the trip, when we can account for any group size discounts.  Please have cash available.

What if I sign up and then can’t go?  You can cancel up to 48 hours prior.  After that, we’ll lock in our reservation numbers and you would be responsible for covering any costs that are incurred for your spot, which would be $10.

What if it rains?  If it’s raining when we arrive and still raining at noon, we can get a full refund.  If it stops before noon, there are no refunds. There are no refunds once we take the rafts out.  Pray for sunshine!!

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” …and in the middle of the night, little elves came out of the woodwork and set up the tables, and made fresh tea cakes and coffee for the throngs of people who would surely be in attendance at the morning worship…”

If you thought fellowship on Sunday mornings was secretly designed and executed by little elves that lurk in the smallest of hiding places in the old church building, you are mistaken! The reality is that a dedicated team of BBPC members takes great care in making sure an opportunity to linger and chat exists after each church service, both on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. But we are much more than just the commission that brings the food…we also have goals and objectives to not only make your post worship experience the best it can be, we are also committed to creating opportunities for members to make friends and enjoy their full church experience.

The fellowship commission hosts a variety of quarterly events, including a Seder meal, church picnic, annual potluck and other events designed to appeal to both adults and children. But the most important part of who we are and what we do is not often seen. We are a commission that primarily supports the work of other commissions. When the session schedules the annual meeting, it’s the fellowship commission that organizes the potluck. When the mission commission hosts a review of a trip to a foreign country, the fellowship commission provides the refreshments. When we welcome new members into our church via the membership commission, we organize a new member reception after the service in which they are received. The list is potentially endless! It is our greatest joy to be of service to other commissions to make their programs shine.

If you are interested in serving on the fellowship commission, please contact Chairperson Connie Sopko for more information. Come and learn the secrets of the fellowship elves! Our potential to serve and support is beautifully blessed by adding committed members to our group