Attic Scavenger Hunt

Ever wondered what is in the attic at Friedens, well wonder no more. Some enterprising souls went on a scavenger hunt with pictures to prove what they found. With the Church being 120 years old it was hard to visualize what might be awaiting. And no we do not have bats in our belfry! What they found was interesting to say the least, and certainly not what was expected. See the pictures to satisfy your curiosity. Thanks to the group for sharing their trek with those of us who are not so brave or who could never have negotiated that ladder!

Congratulations Bryan & Carol

Once again Friedens very own administrative assistant, Carol Kantner, takes first place at the Bernville Community Day brownie bake off competition and comes in second place to Bryan Shaver’s pineapple upside down cake. If you care to try your own hand at these award winning recipes Bryan & Carol have thoughtfully shared their delicious recipes for you to enjoy. Be sure to share a picture of you & your family enjoying them.

Irresistible Brownies


·         3/4 c butter

·         2 c sugar

·         1 1/2 c flour

·         1/2 c cocoa (Special Dark Cocoa)

·         1/2 tsp baking powder



·         4 eggs

·         2 tsp vanilla

·         2 c special dark chocolate chips

·         1/2 c bittersweet chocolate chips

·         1/4 tsp salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Melt butter, then add sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt, eggs and vanilla.  Stir until smooth.  Add 1 cup special dark chocolate chips and 1/2 c bittersweet chocolate chips.  Spread into 9 x 13 greased baked dish and sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips.  Bake 30 to 35 minutes and cool.  Cut into squares.








Pineapple Upside Down Cake


Cake batter

·         1 1/3 cups All Purpose flour

·         2/3 cup sugar

·         2 teaspoons baking powder

·         2/3 cup milk

·         ¼ cup butter softened

·         1 egg

          1 teaspoon vanilla


Pineapple topping

·         2 tablespoons butter          

·         1/3 cup packed brown sugar

·         1 8-ounce can pineapple slices, drained

        6 maraschino cherries

Melt butter in a 9 x 1 ½ inch round baking pan.  Stir in sugar and 1 tablespoon water. Arrange pineapple and cherries in the pan. 


Prepare batter for cake separately.  In a bowl combine flour, sugar, and baking powder. Add milk, butter, egg, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low till combined. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Pour batter on top of arranged pineapples.


Bake at 350 for 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out of center clean.   Cool on wire rack for 5 minutes. Loosen sides: invert onto a plate. Serve warm- serves 8.




With video games and other electronics, you often have the chance to hit a “reset” button. This makes the game or device simply go back to the beginning, and the user gets to start over. I have also seen this labeled as “refresh.”

A few weeks ago I was very sick with a stomach bug. I could not do anything for two days, and very little for two more, and do you know what….the world didn’t end. A blessing of that sickness was that as I regained my health, I found that my brain had “reset” a bit. Things I had been worried about before I got sick turned out to be things not worth worrying about. The down time I needed for my body to recover ended up being a recovery period for my mental health as well.

Lesson learned. We all need times/activities to be able to rest our worried little minds and refresh our mental health, but we are often so hurried and harried that we don’t take the time to do so. Sometimes we damage our physical health because we didn’t monitor our mental health.

So my friends, I challenge you….find a way to take a mental Sabbath. Realize that we need to take care of not only our bodies, but also our minds.

Don’t wait until a worn-down spirit/psyche breaks down your body and you become physically sick. May the Holy Spirit guide you to places/times/methods of allowing your overworked mind to reset and refresh.

Peace. Pastor Rob


Jungle Safari -Vacation Bible School 7/18-7/22


Jungle Safari  (click “read more” for registration info)
VBS: July 18- July 22, 6 – 8 pm
Picnic & program July 24, 10:30 am
All ages welcome: Students-ages 2-10  Helpers-ages 11+
Please register by July 11, 2016 by completing and submitting the form below
or call the Church office 610-488-6260 or 610-488-0206
Evangelical Lutheran Friedens 537 N Main St, Bernville PA 19506

Friedens VBS Registration Form

“Prayers and Pizza” by Pastor Robert Argot

“Prayers and Pizza” by Pastor Rob Argot                 pizza_12699c

As I write this newsletter, I am recovering from being a chaperone for four days. The Hamburg Area High School sent about 75 instrumental/ vocal musicians and their chaperones for a very unique experience. We saw Phantom of the Opera on the first day, Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty, and 9/11 Memorial on the second, Central Park and other NY landmarks on the third day, with that evening being a concert in which Hamburg performed. Sunday we worked our way home. What an experience.

I have lots of visual images in my mind…the only pane of glass to have survived the crashing of the two Trade Center towers…a crushed fire truck…the inspections areas of Ellis Island through which my mother and her family may have gone….well behaved teenagers with the ability to nap in unique positions.

And yet, for me, one of the more unique visuals which happened not once but twice…seeing what used to be a church building now being the site of a pizza shop.

As conversations over the fence have become text messages…as one car per family becomes one car per per-son…as youth sports as recreation has become youth sports as competition and parents living their dreams through their children’s accomplishment….is the church becoming replaced by pizza?

Are people hungrier for pizza than for faith? Craving a deep dish more than a deep spirituality? Wanting to share breadsticks rather than….bread?

Actually….I don’t think so, but in our commercialized society, where the cost of 30 seconds during the Super Bowl could feed….well…a lot of people….there is a message of telling people what they want. We are told we want pizza, or a car, or this medication, or involvement in that lawsuit, or to have that body shape, or this wall.

I believe that people are as still as hungry as they ever were for faith, prayer, relationship, connection, and spirituality….we just don’t realize that that is the hunger we have, and we spend so much time trying to satiate that hunger, but with the wrong stuff.

Offer to share the “good stuff”….the heavenly food…with those around you. Keep your neighbors, families, communities, and churches in prayer.

The pizza will wait.


Pastor Rob