THIS WEEK AT FAITH

February 4, 2024

No matter who you are
or where you are on life’s journey
you are welcome here.

FAITH UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

5992 Route 378

Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.3939



Office Hours:

Monday (*remotely) - 9 am - 4:00 pm

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - 9 am - 4:00 pm

Friday - Closed/Pastor's Sabbath


*Sandy will be working remotely but will check messages

on a regular basis. If you find yourself in immediate need,

call or text her at 610-967-9232.


faithchurchcv@gmail.com

www.faithchurchucc.org


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(Updated January 2024)


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February's Focus on Faith is here!

In it you'll find

  • A Note from the Pastor
  • The Lenten Season
  • CWS Blanket Month
  • Missions
  • Volunteers
  • February Bible Readings
  • Puzzles and more!

Join us for Worship this

Scout Sunday

5th Sunday after Epiphany

February 4, 2024

10:15 am Worship

Sunday School


Guest Speaker - Ellie Kane

"Scouting and the Community"

Order of Worship

Thanks to our Volunteers:



Donna Schudel-Barone, Head Usher

Faye Tirpak & Doris Horwath, Ushers

Barb Maursky, Lay Reader

Bob Shelly, Financial Secretary

FAITH UCC CALENDAR

Pastor Bruce will be on vacation from February 3rd through the 12th to see the Northern Lights in Iceland! Should you find yourself in need of Pastoral Care please call Pastor Teresa Martin at 717-654-4044.

  • Saturday 02/03 - 1:00 pm Hall Rental/Lenner
  • Sunday 02/04 - 10:15 am WORSHIP/SUNDAY SCHOOL;

Faith Singers Rehearsal following Worship

  • Monday 02/05 - Sandy Works Remotely
  • Tuesday 02/06 - 2 pm Faith in Stitches; 7 pm Worship Mtg
  • Sunday 02/11 - 10:15 am WORSHIP/SUNDAY SCHOOL

VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE

Is your closet too full? Do you have clothing that no longer fits you? Are blankets sticking out of your linen closet? The Allen Clothing closet has a solution to help you. One day every month the William Allen High School clothing closet is opened to the public to come in and select clothing, toys, blankets, and household goods. All sizes of clothing -- mens, womens, infants, and childrens clothing are welcome. If you have anything that you are looking to get rid of, please bring it in to Faith Church. If you have any questions, ask Donna Schoenberger (610-390-1574). All donations are greatly appreciated.  At this time of year warm sweaters, winter coats, hats, gloves, etc. are desperately needed.   Thank YOU.

UPDATE ON CEREAL BOWL OF SHARING


As of Monday you have generously given 215 large boxes

and 48 individual size boxes of cereal.

Way to go!!! Keep the cereal coming!

The Souper Bowl of Sharing has a new name -

The “Cereal” Bowl of Sharing!

 

Betty Lou’s Pantry is in desperate need of cereal!!

Instead of collecting soup this month, we are going to be

collecting boxes of CEREAL!

 

Let’s see how many boxes of CEREAL we can get to help out our neighbors in need through February 18th.

LENTEN SCHEDULE


Ash Wednesday

February 14, 2024


1st Sunday in Lent

February 18, 2024


Palm Sunday

March 24, 2024


Easter Sunday

March 31, 2024


Our friends at A Sanctified Art have provided a special e-reader version of this year’s Lenten devotional, which you can access on your computer and mobile devices:

https://online.flippingbook.com/view/1072485778/


They have also provided the Daily Devotionals for you to access on

your computer and mobile devices:

Daily Devotional Cards

(if you see ... on any of the cards you need to click to read more)


In order to protect their work, please refrain from sharing this link or posting it on social media.


*If you prefer a hard copy of the Lenten Devotional and the Daily Devotional Cards you will find some in the Narthex.

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Bootstraps

by Rachel Hackenberg 


God heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. God determines the number of the stars, and gives to all of them their names. The Holy One lifts up the downtrodden, and casts the wicked to the ground. God covers the heavens with clouds, prepares rain for the earth, and makes grass grow on the hills. – Psalm 147:3-8 (abridged) 


I don’t know the names of all the stars, and I’ve never tried to count them. I’m content with trusting that God has done so. 

I cannot assemble the clouds or provoke them to rain. I make no claim to a green thumb, and I’m fortunate when a houseplant thrives despite my best efforts. It’s just as well that God sends rain to the grass and rivers to the sea. I certainly cannot. 


Yet I have nagging doubts about God’s capacity to cast down the wicked. (See how well wickedness is thriving in the world!) 

And I wonder whether God can be trusted with the brokenhearted, considering how many generations pass down the pain of unhealed wounds.

 

It’s not complicated to praise God’s talents with nature. It’s harder to praise God’s abilities with people. Or maybe I just find it easier to praise God for the kind of work that I can’t control. Maybe I find it difficult to trust God with the kind of work I tell myself I should control. Rain falling, plants growing, seasons changing, rivers flowing—that’s clearly God’s work. But I think I should bind my own wounds so God doesn’t have to, and pull my own pieces together so the Holy One doesn’t waste time lifting me. 

 

Bootstraps really trip up my faith. Still I keep trying to use them. 


Prayer

Great is thy faithfulness, morning by morning. Merciful God, teach me my work and let me love you for yours.

About the Author

Rachel Hackenberg serves on the national staff for the United Church of Christ. She is the author of Writing to God and the co-author of Denial Is My Spiritual Practice, among other titles. Her blog is Faith and Water.

If we need to cancel worship because of inclement weather you will receive a recorded phone call from the pastor. If you no longer have a landline and use your cell phone for calls, please call the church office and let us know.

ITEMS DESPERATELY NEEDED: 



CEREAL

SPAGHETTI SAUCE


FEBRUARY


04 Darin Jellison

04 Griffin Koch

05 Brett Dill

05 Karlee Allison

06 Tracy Adams

06 Bob Campbell

07 Ben Keeler

10 Ethan Stevenson

13 Grace Koch

14 Jade Stoffey

15 Joe Smith

15 Molly Grammer

18 Steve Fosbenner

18 Eric Hite

19 Sandy Sosnowsky

22 Elisa Talboo

22 Nancy Gollie

22 Dana Kernick

22 Monica Gunkle

23 Brenda Hovis

28 Donald Koch, Jr  

A Special THANK YOU to all who continue to financially support our ministry as you are able. We'd like to remind you there are several ways you can do this:

  1. Mail your offering directly to the church
  2. Make an electronic donation through Tithe.ly on our website's Giving page
  3. Use your bank's Bill Pay service
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JANUARY Focus on Faith

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Contact us via email or call the church office at 610.282.3939

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Rev. Dr. Bruce C. Stevenson, Lead Pastor, 484-893-0698

Dennis J. Duda, Organist & Music Director, 215-361-8641

Sandy David, Parish Administrator, 610-282-3939