“My word that comes from MY mouth will not return to ME empty, but it will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do.”
We are already reading the February 2023 Newsletter. Instead of calling it a New Year’s resolution we here at Bunkertown choose to call it a, Challenge for 2023. That challenge is to read through the Bible in one year. What’s so significant about reading the entire Bible in one year if all we can say is, ‘I read the Bible in one year?’ The question is, ‘have you experienced Jesus in your reading HIS Word and that it has transformed your life?
The verse I choose in Isaiah speaks to the fact that, when God spoke, nothing remains the same and HIS Word is not Empty. Not empty like when God spoke and a universe was created and HE said; it was good. Or when Jesus spoke and the Lepers were healed. When the blind man was able to see because Jesus said so. When Jesus called Lazarus from the dead, how many times did HE call Lazarus, ONCE. Even when a sinner asks for forgiveness, like the woman at the well. She was forgiven.
What happens to you when you read you’re Bible? Does God speak to you and do you hear HIM? As you read your Bible, pray, listen to what God is saying to you.
Pastor Wes Stahl
Pastor Wes Stahl is an ordained minister with the International Fellowship of Bible Churches. (www.ibfc.org) He has studied at Ames International School of Ministry, The Wesley Institute, has a degree in Architecture from Pennsylvania College of Technology, and a ministry certificate in Bible Studies from Southern Methodist College. He and his wife Vickie helped to plant a new church in Vicksburg Pa where they served as assistants, board members, and trained for ministry under their lead pastor for 5 years. Pastor Wes worked for 25 years in construction and owned and operated an Architectural Drafting business until 2015 when he accepted the call to full-time ministry as the lead pastor at Bunkertown Brethren Church. Vickie worked in food service and manufacturing while raising 4 children but has blossomed as a true servant of Christ in supporting the ministry in Christian Love. Pastor Wes and Vickie have a passion for ministry based on Ephesians 4:12. Together Pastor Wes and Vickie have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.
“Welcome to the Bunkertown Brethren Church. Vickie and I are blessed to be called by God to shepherd His flock in Bunkertown since 2015. Vickie and I believe that Jesus gave us a great example of discipleship and disciple making in leading the disciples, investing in the 12, and training the 3. We purpose our lives to being disciplined and to helping disciple others in the same manner. We believe that beyond worship service; Sunday School, Bible Study, and especially small groups are ways to train, encourage, and hold each other accountable. Vickie and I are committed to the study of the Word of God as the authoritative and inerrant Scriptures and we use these scriptures as our complete counsel in living.
-Pastor Wes and Vickie Stahl
Assistant Pastor Steve Osenga
Pastor Steve Osenga has been a minister of the Gospel for 49 yrs. He is ordained with the International Fellowship of Bible Churches. Pastor Steve has pastored several churches, served as Associate pastor and planted a new church. He is presently serving at the Bunkertown Brethren Church – an Independent Fellowship as the Associate Pastor. His primary ministry is the Senior Adult Group and coordinator of Small Group ministry, he teaches an Adult Sunday School Class and preach when Pastor Wes is absent. His wife Shirley’s gift is hospitality and loves serving the Lord with her gift. Together Pastor Steve and Shirley have 4 children, 10 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren with which they are very blessed. Psalm 100:5 “For the Lord is good, His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.”
“As the Associate Pastor at Bunkertown Brethren Church, Shirley and I are thankful to God to be able to minister at BBC. Our primary place of service is to our senior adults. It is our goal to honor our seniors and to respect their wisdom and knowledge of God’s Word. Psalm 23 gives all HIS children encouragement for life now and for eternity because the “Lord is my shepherd”.
May God bless all His children as we worship, honor and praise our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at Bunkertown Brethren Church.”
– Pastor Steve and Shirley Osenga
Secretary Lisa Krall
In September of 2017 the Bunkertown Church employed Lisa Krall as the church secretary. Previously, Lisa and her husband Gary lived in Lebanon County, Pa where they owned and operated a dairy farm for 25 years. Lisa also worked as an office assistant for the Cornwall- Lebanon School District. Gary and Lisa moved to Juniata county in 2017 after selling their dairy farm and are now the owners of Stoney Creek Puppies in Thompsontown. Gary and Lisa served Midway Church as youth advisors in the past and have been serving our church as youth leaders for 2 years.
Administrative Pastor: Vacant- Now Hiring!
Bunkertown Brethren Church is seeking an Associate Pastor specializing in Administration to help lead our growing church. The link to the job description is Here. Associate Pastor – Administrative – January 2023 All applicants are invited to submit their resume and a copy of job application – pasto rfor the application to firstname.lastname@example.org.