September 2, 2021
Sunday Worship & Communion at 9am
September 5, 2021 ~ Mark 7:24-37
We welcome guest preacher Rev. Charlie Nease.
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Welcome Rev. Charlie Nease
Our guest preacher this Sunday, September 5 is Rev. Charles (Charlie) S. Nease, Jr. Before entering ministry, Charlie spent 25 years in the Building Material Industry in sales, management, and marketing with Georgia Pacific, Distribution Division. He left the business community and entered Lancaster Theological Seminary in 1980. While in seminary he served two churches in the Coal Region: St. Paul’s in Sacramento, PA, and St. Matthew’s in Spring Glen, PA.
 
After graduation Charlie served Canadochly UCC, York, PA, and while in York served a term as Moderator of the York Association.
From Canadochly he moved to Reading to Serve St. Thomas UCC; also served a term as Moderator of the Reading Association, and on several committees of Pennsylvania Southeast Conference.
 
Charlie retired from St. Thomas and the full-time ministry in 1998. Since retirement he has served several part-time interims in the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ.
In remembrance of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, IUCC will be engaging in a National Day of Service offering various opportunities to volunteer or participate. All of the following activities will happen on Saturday, Sept. 11th and are open to anyone.

  • Providing a meal to local first responders to enjoy at their respective stations. If you would like to help prepare soup or donate baked goods please contact Kate Conrad at 610-763-7073 or mamac303@comcast.net. Monetary donations toward meal prep will be accepted in the church office with a note for “first responders”.
  • Spiritual Life Team will be offering guided labyrinth walks from 8:30-10:45am
  • Cemetery clean up at Fairview Cemetery, IUCC's cemetery at 4pm. Help prep the cemetery for the fall and honor the heroes of 9/11 by gathering together for a service project benefitting IUCC's cemetery. Please bring gloves and wear work clothes. To sign up please contact Amanda Hornberger at amandajhornberger@gmail.com 
  • Carillon ringing during nationwide observed moments of silence

Questions about activites can be directed to individuals mentioned above or by contacting the church office at 610-777-7107 or secretary@immanuel-ucc.org.
  • Sunday Adult Forum (formerly Coffee and Conversation) will be meeting in the Ruth Room on the lower level at 10am. For five Sundays, we will watch different videos by theologian and author Rob Bell. We will watch one short video (15 minutes or less) with discussion afterwards. Each video stands on its own, so please don’t worry if you have to miss a week. Feel free to come to one or to all five! Any questions, please email Pastor Beth at clergy@immanuel-ucc.org.

  • Faith formation is open to children PreK through 6th grade, meeting throughout the school year on Sunday mornings from 10-10:45am. Join us for games, art, music, science, and more as together we read Bible stories and scripture, learn what it means to be a Christian and explore how our faith is a part of our daily living. ALL ARE WELCOME! No advanced signup is required. Please note that this year, all students will meet together in the music room to begin. For more information, email Kelly Barnett (barnettkellym@gmail.com) or contact the church office. 

Registration is now available for this FREE, fun, and thought-provoking program. Join us whether for just one or all the sessions.

You’ve seen the brightly-painted chairs and read about the program. But being “brave” sounds scary, right? Public speaking, blind dates, enclosed spaces, or swimming with sharks? We promise – NONE of that.
 
Being brave is allowing yourself and others the courage to be authentic, speak openly, take risk, and listen with empathy.
 
BRAVE SPACE: Conversations celebrates individual creativity and offers collaboration as a way to foster empathy and understanding. With the assistance of professional facilitator Sharon Mast, we’ll get to know our “neighbor” – whether it is a coworker, family member, or stranger – that just doesn’t think, look, or act like you.
  
Click here for the full flier and more information. Or call the IUCC office at 610-777-7107
September 9: IUCC Singers (gr. 7-Adult) will begin meeting Thursday evenings from 7-8:30pm. We will be rehearsing and preparing music for worship and special events throughout the fall.

September 14: IUCC Youth and Children’s Arts/Music Programming - Students in grades K-8 can join Mr. Stephen, Ms. Cara, Ms. Tama, and special guests every Tuesday after school for art and music activities. Students can come anytime between 3:30-4:00pm for a snack and some games/hang out time. We will transition from large group to small group, age-appropriate activities from 4:00-4:45pm, with a focus on building both life skills and community through musical and artistic expression.
ACTIVITIES
September 8: Book Babble (Women's Book Club) and LIFFT (Ladies in Faith & Fellowship Together) will have a combined meeting at Barnes & Noble for their annual book selection. Meet at Barnes and Noble at 7pm

September 15: Senior Ministry will meet at 1:30pm in Fellowship Hall. Jackie Confalone, nationally certified group fitness instructor and personal trainer for over 35 years, will be speaking and demonstrating balance poses and deep stretches. Join us in your comfortable clothes and learn ways to increase your flexibility, balance and range of motion. Healthy snacks will be shared.

September 24: Breaking Bread will resume meeting this fall at 11:30am!
Bring your own lunch and we will partake in conversation, guided by a focus question, supporting scripture, and sending prayer. We will continue to meet outside at the edge of the parking lot (by the Labyrinth) so please bring a chair. In case of inclement weather, an indoor space will be announced prior to the meeting date.
SPECIAL FALL EVENT(S): VIOLINS OF HOPE
Violins of Hope is a collection of violins that survived the Holocaust.
Several events at Immanuel for the fall will be centered around this collection.

Violins from the collection will be on exhibit at the GoggleWorks from November 1-13, 2021. LIFFT and Senior Ministry are providing two opportunities to view the exhibit at the GoggleWorks on Sunday, November 7 and Wednesday, November 10. For more information see LIFFT and Senior Ministry announcements in the coming weeks.

The companion book, "Violins of Hope" by James A Grymes is the October 6 selection for Book Babble. Book Babble will also be hosting a discussion with the author via Zoom on the evening of October 13. If interested in the book, please contact the office. Cost is $10 (checks made out to IUCC) or exact change.

Stay tuned for information on a workshop and concert coming up in November.
AS THE GARDEN TURNS...
Excitement in the pollinator garden. No less than 15 monarch caterpillars were spotted; right on schedule! It’s a dramatic (but slow-moving) race to eat the leaves of the Swamp Milkweed (favorite food to butterfly caterpillars yet poisonous to most other herbivores) as fluttering Monarchs seek the nectar of the flowers above. Also seen, bees enjoying the Coneflowers and Joe-Pye-Weed. Stay tuned to see what nature brings next to the ever-changing garden!
NATURAL DISASTER CALL TO ACTION
The UCC is issuing a call to action to help those affected by the recent headline-making natural disasters.
 
In Haiti, a massive 7.2 earthquake on 8/14 followed by a tropical storm just two days later killed more than 2,200 people, injured 13,000 and destroyed 53,000 homes. The country was already in political chaos after its president was assassinated less than a month earlier. The UCC hopes to raise $100,000 to assist the people of Haiti facing this crisis.

Currently, several U.S. states are reeling from the impact of Hurricane Ida with significant power outages and other wind and water damage. While only beginning to assess conference needs, the UCC has launched a ‘Severe Storms 2021’ appeal to take donations for Hurricane Ida relief.
The Global H.O.P.E. team strives to help in both short-term and long-term recovery needs.
 
In addition to help through prayer, if you are led to give financially designate Natural Disaster under “Other” here or write it on your check in the memo section. The total given by IUCC will be forwarded to Wider Church operations and split between the two funds. Your donation will be reflected on your giving statement.

Should you or someone you care for be in need of pastoral support
at any time please contact the church office at 610-777-7107 or secretary@immanuel-ucc.org 

Prayers are powerful! If you or someone you know is in need of prayers, please let us know. It is always confidential. There are prayer cards in the sanctuary or you can contact the church office.


Rev. Megan Huesgen will be on sabbatical July 20 - October 11, 2021