January 22 - 29, 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


Regular Office Hours:

Monday - Thursday 9 am - 4 pm

Friday - CLOSED

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Please keep the Hovis Family in your thoughts and prayers.

Evelyn Hovis passed away on Monday at the age of 93. A Service will be held here at Faith on Saturday (1/21) at 11 am. Visitation will be from 10-11 am. Click here to see the original email announcement with more details.

Join us this Sunday

January 22, 2023

Sunday School for all ages begins at 9 am.

Worship begins at 10:15 am.

Third Sunday after Epiphany

Special Music (prelude) by Darin Jellison

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Special Thanks to our Volunteers:

Tom Hovis, Head Usher

Deb Herstine & Heather Koser, Ushers

Darin Jellison, Lay Reader

Tom Hovis, Financial Secretary

To view our live streamed services at home go to YouTube

In 1990 the Souper Bowl of Caring began with a simple prayer from a youth group in South Carolina. The prayer was simply this: 


“Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us

be mindful of those who are without a bowl of soup to eat”.


Since then, more than $110 million has been raised and donated to organizations that provide shelter to the homeless and food for the hungry. Right here in the Southern Lehigh area, Betty Lou’s Pantry provides food for over 100 families and 300 individuals, many of whom are children.


The Mission Team would like to challenge all of you to support the Souper Bowl of Caring by bringing several of these food items EVERY Sunday now through February 26:






We challenge the congregation to donate at least 100 cans of Chicken Noodle Soup, 50 jars of Peanut Butter, and 50 jars of Jelly. Donations can be left in the Narthex on the table marked Souper Bowl of Caring.


THEN…On February 19, we will be holding a “Soup Cook-Off” after worship. Start planning now to bring your favorite soup to share and maybe your recipe will be Faith Church’s Best Winner! More details will be available in the February Newsletter.

We are sure that many of you will be gathering with friends and family to watch the Super Bowl. There will more than likely be an abundance of snacks and beverages.  As we gather for this event let us not forget our neighbors in need and help to provide a family with a hot bowl of soup on a cold winter’s night.  


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

Upcoming Week....

  • Monday (1/23) Sandy works away from office
  • Tuesday (1/24) 7 pm Memorial & Enduring Gifts Mtg
  • Wednesday (1/25) 1 pm Pastor Mtg
  • Thursday (1/26) 7 pm Consistory Mtg
  • Friday (1/27) Church Office Closed/ Pastor's Day Off.

From our Sabbatical Conference Minister,

Rev. Dr. Becky Beckwith

“Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it."

Psalm 34:14


Who are your heroes? I guess in order to answer that question you need to figure out your definition of a hero? Last week we celebrated and honored Martin Luther King. MLK was a hero. We still look at his life and his legacy with awe. He spoke so eloquently and with such wisdom. Does one need to be like MLK in order to be on your hero list?


Long, long ago at a summer Vacation Bible School program we talked all week about heroes. Jesus was at the top of the list for some obvious reasons. The list of heroes included both men and women, people from all walks of life, children, pets, family members. The list grew and grew.


One learning for all of us is that heroes are not always easy to spot. You don’t need a cape or special outfit to be a hero. The ability to fly is not mandatory. In fact, heroes are moving about in the midst of everyday life, going unnoticed. 


Lucas is one of my heroes. He has a way of seeing ‘inside’ of people. He just seems to know when someone needs a hug or a kind word. Lucas was only seven years old when Louie, our 17-year-old Shih Tzu, died. He died the day before Thanksgiving. We told the grandkids of Louie's passing. We also told them that we were still celebrating Thanksgiving since we still had so much to be thankful for.


Thanksgiving Eve I headed off to lead worship and Bob went over to drop something off at Lucas’ home. My husband was taking Louie’s death pretty hard, but I knew the family would not see his tears.

Lucas ran to Bob and cuddled with his Pop Pop. He said he was sorry Louie died. Bob told Lucas it would be hard at night since Louie slept with us. But we would be okay.  As Bob was getting ready to leave, Lucas came running over to him.


“Here Pop Pop,” Lucas said as he handed his grandfather his favorite stuffed dog. “You and Nona can borrow my dog to sleep with for a while. Maybe you won’t miss Louie as much."


Someone who shares simple acts of kindness is one of my definitions of a hero. Each and every day, we have the opportunity to be a hero. In our everyday lives, there are opportunities for us to be a hero for someone else. I hope you step up. I also pray that a hero shows up for you when you need one!



Becky Beckwith

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Lesson of the Flowers

The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Living God abides forever.” – 1 Peter 1:24b-25a (NRSV) 

A flower produces pollen, and something helps it move. If the pollen reaches a receptive flower, it pollinates, and maybe it’ll fertilize, and then maybe it forms a seed. A lot has to happen right for this little vessel of potential life to come about.  

Then: the seed has to go. It can’t stay where it was, because if it did, the new life would compete with the old. So instead, the flowering plant depends on others to get those seeds moving to a new place. 

Suitable ground allows that seed to break open. Only in that opening can the seed grow. The opening is called germination.  

Then: it must dig roots. 


Roots pick up those essential life elements: water. Nutrients to grow. Only when the root structure is sufficient is the plant ready to produce a shoot and emerge from the soil.  

That shoot turns into a stem, which carries the nutrients up from the earth as the plant starts to reach towards the light. From the stem, the plant grows leaves, which pull in the light and turn it into sugar. And as they do, they release oxygen. That’s photosynthesis.  

And, when the time is right and the plant reaches a certain point of maturity, it’s ready to develop its beautiful flower, which is where this process starts again.   

A mature plant is productive and moves through these cycles as long as its own life continues. But its seeds endure. As do their seeds. 


As do you. 



May my soul dance to the flower’s rhythm, O God.

About the Author

Kaji Douša is the Senior Pastor of The Park Avenue Christian Church, a congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ, in New York City.

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.






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.


19  Dwayne Schantz

20  Richard J Featherman

21  Christian Heaps

22 Christian Miller

22 Koltin Leh

25 Matthew Talboo

27 Luke Schafer

27 Riley Snyder

28 Ronald Stoffey

30 Leah Conners

31 Gail Clark

31 Matthew Allison


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

Rev. Dr. Bruce C. Stevenson, Lead Pastor

Dennis J. Duda, Organist & Music Director

Sandy David, Parish Administrator

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