November 19, 2023

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


5992 Route 378

Center Valley, PA 18034


Office Hours:

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

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

Friday - Closed

*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.

[email protected]


(Updated November 2023)

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Join us for Worship this




November 19, 2023

10:15 am Worship/Sunday School

We will hold a Congregational Meeting to elect members of the Memorial & Enduring Gifts Committee and the

Treasurer. We will also approve a 2024 Budget.

This Sunday's Order of Worship

Thanks to our Volunteers:

Mike Ford, Head Usher

George Rau & Cindy Talaber, Ushers

Cindy Talaber, Lay Reader

Tony DiSanto, Financial Secretary

Jerry & Elaine Trexler, Altar Flowers

Tom & Brenda Hovis, Sunday School

To view our live streamed services at home go to YouTube


  • Sunday 11/19 - 10:15 am WORSHIP/SUNDAY SCHOOL; Congregation Meeting; 6 pm Children & Communion Meeting
  • Tuesday 11/21 - 2 pm Faith in Stitches
  • Thursday 11/23 - Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Friday 11/24 - Pastor's Day Off; Office Closed
  • Sunday 11/26 - 10:15 am WORSHIP/SUNDAY SCHOOL; 6 pm Children & Communion Meeting


Dear Fellow Members of Faith Church,


Attached please find the proposed budget, approved by the Consistory, for 2024.

We have been very attentive in writing this budget and nearly all line items remain virtually the same.  We will be seeing a decent reduction in the Pastor’s cost of health insurance, so ultimately the 2024 budget will come in less than our 2023 budget. We realize that the financial situation of our church can change at any moment, so we will continue to monitor all expenditures each month.

Please take time to review the proposed budget. A meeting is scheduled following worship on Sunday, November 19th to answer and discuss any questions you may have. 




The Consistory

The Budget and Finance Committee 

2024 Recommended Budget

Native Plant Demonstration Garden Update

Many thanks for the help and generosity of those who participated in the garden work party on Sunday.

We will gather again Friday (11/17) from 4:00 p.m. to dusk, Saturday (11/18) beginning at 11:00 a.m. If there is still work to be done we will work after the Congregational Meeting on Sunday (11/19).

Please contact Patience Stevenson 610-248-5587 or Rose Mirth 610-417-4153 with any questions.

The Worship Committee is decorating the sanctuary with Poinsettias for the Christmas Season. If you would like to purchase a plant you can do so in church the next 3 Sundays or you can order on line below. The deadline to purchase is November 27th.

Poinsettia Order Form 

From our Conference Minister,

Rev. Dr. Bonnie Bates

Psalm 145: 9-10 “The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made. All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your faithful shall bless you.”


Dear Friends,


This Sunday, November 19, is Covenant Sunday for Penn Northeast Conference. We hope you are using some of the worship resources we provided, and perhaps using the video produced by the Generosity Team. Patty will include links to both in this issue of This Week.


As I was thinking about covenant, I was drawn back to the covenants in scripture: God’s covenant with Noah after the flood; God’s covenant with Abram after God requested he move to a new place; God’s covenant with the Israelites as Moses led them out of bondage; and Jesus’ call to a new covenant in his life and God’s love. Covenant are promises, but more than one-minute promises, they are guidance for relationships in the present and in the future. It’s not always easy to keep a covenant. Keeping faith in a covenant requires work, dedication, and commitment.


When the United Church of Christ was formed as a denomination, we incorporated covenant into our relationships between the settings of the church. The local church, as the center of our denomination, had a lot of autonomy in decision-making – about their pastors, their buildings, their budgets, their missions, and mission giving. Yet, the local congregations were called to act with that autonomy in covenant, in the promise to listen, seek, understand, and respect the words and the actions of the other settings of the church. Sometimes we forget that to be in covenant with is not the same as agreeing with every word spoken by every person in every setting of the church. Just as pastors have freedom in their pulpits, Conference leaders have freedom in their preaching, teaching, and writing, and the national setting and their staff also have that same freedom. We do not need to agree, but we are in covenant with each other, called to listen well and remain in relationship – even or maybe especially when we disagree.


Recently two churches have left the denomination because they disagree with the “doctrine” of the United Church of Christ. Friends, we have NO doctrine. We have a firm belief that Jesus is the head of the church, that there is a triune God, that we can come together in unity about the essentials of our faith, but we can acknowledge diversity of thought, opinion, belief, and words in everything else. We, in the UCC, are different from hierarchical denominations. We do not tell each other what to say, believe, or even do. We merely, or maybe essentially, request a covenantal love, respect, and care for one another as we journey in faith.


This Covenant Sunday I will celebrate my covenantal relationships with our local churches and with the national setting. I will celebrate the diversity and gift that is the United Church of Christ. Will you join me?




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Your Days Are Numbered

by Vince Amlin 

Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God… A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night… Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. – Psalm 90:1-2, 4, 12 (NIV) 

On a rainy Wednesday afternoon, my family gathered with a dozen others outside the mouth of a cave in Northern Spain. Our guide unlocked the gate and led us on a 20-minute walk, deeper and deeper into the earth. 

Finally, we stood in total darkness at the heart of the cavern until our guide turned on his flashlight and panned it slowly across the rock wall to reveal a horse, painted in purple with a black mane and standing in a red field. 

This image, the cave’s earliest, is thought to be as many as 63,000 years old. By far the oldest human-made thing I have ever been in the presence of. 

It was beautiful…and daunting. 

To hold my own life up against that timeline. To reckon my days against that horse’s. It makes my time here seem very small. And makes the God who stretches from everlasting to everlasting seem very large. 

It makes the psalmist number his days. To count each one as precious, knowing how few we have been given by the one who was before horse paintings, and before horses, before caves that lead into the earth, and before the earth itself. 

To remember just how brief it all is, he says, gives us a heart of wisdom. 


God teach us to number our days.

About the Author

Vince Amlin is co-pastor of Bethany UCC, Chicago, and co-planter of Gilead Church Chicago, forming now.






So far we've collected

361 lbs of plastic!

We need another 42 lbs

by December 31st.

Keep up the good work and


Thanks for taking part to help keep our planet a

beautiful place to live and play!!

A list of Do's & Don'ts are available in the Narthex!


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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 on our website's Giving page
  3. Use your bank's Bill Pay service

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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