THIS WEEK AT FAITH

September 25, 2022

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



Regular Office Hours:

Monday - Thursday 9 am - 4 pm

Friday - CLOSED


www.faithchurchucc.org


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Join us for Worship this

Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost

HARVEST HOME SUNDAY

September 25, 2022


Sunday School for all ages - 9:00 am

Worship - 10:15 am



We welcome the following guest musicians -

Grace Spruell, vocalist

and

Eileen Wescoe, pianist



(Click here to print bulletin)


Volunteers:

Kim Ritter, Head Usher

Faye Tirpak Usher

Barb Maursky,  Lay Reader

Bruce Torrence, Financial Secretary

Brian Bross, Lawn Crew


Special thanks to Debi Biery for decorating

our altar for Harvest Home!



To view our live streamed services  at home go to YouTube


This Week....


  • Parish Administrator Sandy David will be out of the office on Monday.
  • Faith in Stitches will meet Tuesday at 1:30 in the Memorial Room. 
  • Next Sunday is World Communion.

COVID Guidance

(Borrowed from Pennsylvania Southeast Conference eNews)

Despite President Biden’s remarks in Sunday’s "60 Minutes" interview that, “the pandemic is over," Covid-19 is still designated by the federal government as a public health emergency and will continue to be so through at least October 13 when that declaration is up for possible renewal. Viruses in general have a consistent track record of increasing during fall and winter months and there is no compelling reason to believe this year will be any different. There is no immediate change in the public health guidance which includes:

·   Promoting the importance of being up to date with vaccination.

·   Reiterating that regardless of vaccination status, COVID-19 positive people need to isolate.

·   If you test positive for COVID-19, stay home for at least 5 days and isolate from others in your home.

·   Physical distance and masking are still important components to protect yourself and others.

·   Be attentive to Covid levels and prevention recommendations in your local area which, for Pennsylvania, you can find here: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html

FROM OUR 

CONFERENCE MINISTER

- Rev. Dr. Bonnie Bates


“I am the church! You are the church; We are the church together

All who follow Jesus; All around the world; Yes, we're the church together”[1]

 

Dear Friends,

 

As I travel around the conference, speak with pastors and laity, and see the life of our congregations unfold, I am so very grateful. I am grateful for pastors and congregation members who act in and on behalf of their congregations to serve in the community and the world. I am grateful for the honest exchanges of ideas, even when our theological interpretations are different and seem at odds with one another. I am grateful for our full and part time chaplains who have served so diligently through the COVID pandemic and continue to serve in these tumultuous days. I am grateful for conference board members and ministry team convenors and members and all the work they do on behalf of local congregations and the conference. I am grateful for a dedicated staff with whom I can share ideas and on whom I can depend.

 

I feel truly blessed to be serving among you. And there is still more work for us to do. Our discernment and vision team has been gathering to gain insights into how pastors feel the conference should move forward. We are beginning to explore the best ways for congregation members to give their input as well. It may be that Area Mission Councils may convene locations for congregation members to talk with the Discernment and Vision Team members. It may be that congregations will host opportunities to talk with the Discernment and Vision Team. Whatever the mechanism, I hope you will take time to offer your ideas, needs, and hopes for the conference. This is an opportunity for you to tell your story, describe your successes and identify your needs.

 

Covenant requires that all settings of the church speak with one another, listen to one another, respect one another, and seek to support and grow with one another. This is the agreement we make when we proclaim ourselves to be the United Church of Christ. Our conference vision is to be: “United in Faith … Committed to Love…Created to Serve.” Our conference mission statement is to be about: “Changing lives by equipping, empowering, and supporting those who would spread Christ’s ministry.” It is vitally important that we be in this journey of faith together.

 

As you know, I have served here for 5 years, longer than I have served in any ministerial or leadership position in the church. I am grateful that we have been working together for this amount of time and I look forward to continuing our work together. We are the church as we gather and talk and meet and worship and write and celebrate and mourn together. We are the church when we engage one another in our faith journeys no matter where we are, no matter where we serve, and no matter how we see our individual or collective faith unfolding. This is a gift from God, and I for one, am so grateful for it.  


Blessings,

Bonnie

 

[1] http://pateys.nf.ca/cgi-bin/lyrics.pl?font=regular&hymnnumber=475


Side Note:

After reading Bonnie's letter I googled the song mentioned and found this video of a children's choir singing in 2013. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did:) - Sandy

A Wee Church 

~ Matt Laney


Large crowds were traveling with Jesus. He turned and said to them, “Whoever comes to me and does not hate their family, yes and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” – Luke 14:25-27 (NRSV, adapted) 


Jesus would have benefited from a book or two on church growth. 

 

If so, he might not have torpedoed an impressive, growing entourage with impossibly high requirements like, “Hate your family, hate your life, exchange all your worldly possessions for a cross.” It’s almost as though he was shooing people away! 

Well, yeah. He was.  


Look at the first line: “Large crowds were traveling with Jesus. He turned and said to them…” Did you catch that? Large crowds traveling, not following. So Jesus laid it down. He culled the rolls, separated the mesmerized masses from the faithful followers. He apparently wasn’t into big church. His ego didn’t need it.  


Most churches in the United Church of Christ have less than 100 people in attendance on a Sunday morning. Often far less. Despite the financial and organizational challenges that come with modest-sized memberships, small church (or small groups within a big church) might be the sweet spot.  


Sure, a big crowd feels nice, but a wee community of committed people is all Jesus wants.  


Prayer:

Jesus, I’m failing on a few requirements, but I’m leaning on you, on the disciple to my left and on the one to my right, for grace along the way.


About the Author

Matt Laney is the Senior Pastor of Virginia Highland Church UCC in Atlanta, GA and the author of Pride Wars, a fantasy series published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Young Readers. The first two books, The Spinner Prince and The Four Guardians are available now.

WITHIN OUR CHURCH FAMILY!


Let's share members' and friends' milestones, special happenings, achievements, and more. Email me with your news by Wednesday morning and I'll include it here!


Congratulations To

Doris & Ray Horwath

on their

60th

Wedding Anniversary!

Is there someone in your life in need of prayer? Click here to fill out a prayer request form and Pastor Bruce will mention that person’s first name during worship. Please be sensitive to privacy. Permission to share from those involved must be granted before making a request.

PLEASE NOTE:

**We do not need any cereal

or soup at this time**


ITEMS CURRENTLY NEEDED: 


 BAKED BEANS

BOXED POTATOES/STUFFING MIXES



VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE

If you would like to take part during worship as usher or lay reader, please email Joan Hassler .

Let's remember our Friends, Members, Forget-Me-Nots and others as we go through the week. Keep each other in your thoughts and prayers and stay connected if possible.



  SEPTEMBER


23 Cathy Wimmer

23 Diane Talaber

26 Susan Roberts

26 Erin Gollie

27 Abby Muth

28 Michael DiSanto

28 Damyn Allison

29 Ruth Smith

29 Eric Fosbenner

 


(If you would like to send cards, addresses can be found in the Members & Friends Directory link at the bottom of this email.)


Click here for a list of birthdays and addresses of our Forget-Me-Not's. Some phone numbers are also included if you'd like to give a call! Also included on the list are names, addresses, and phone numbers of members who usually attend services but don't get to see the recorded services on a regular basis. Reach out to them and say hello or fill them in on the weekly news!

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
IMPORTANT LINKS

SEPTEMBER FOCUS ON FAITH

(Archived Newsletters)


MEMBERS & FRIENDS DIRECTORY

(Updated July 2022)


Need to make changes, corrections, or additions to our Church Directory? Click HERE to let us know if your info is current or if we need to make

changes. Thanks in advance for taking the time to keep our

Church Directory up to date.


FAITH'S MISSION BOOKLET


PENN NORTHEAST CONFERENCE


UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST


Contact us via email or call the church office at 610.282.3939


Rev. Dr. Bruce C. Stevenson, Lead Pastor

Dennis J. Duda, Organist & Music Director

Sandy David, Parish Administrator

(click on names to send an email)