Saturday Morning, November 13, 2021
The scouts will out and about collecting food for Betty Lou's Pantry. Please leave a filled bag on your front step or near your mailbox by 8 am this Saturday. This is the most important food drive for the pantry. The generous donations from the Southern Lehigh community can provide 5-6 months of much needed food supplies. If your donation is not picked up please drop off at the Center Valley and Coopersburg Post Offices. 

Click HERE to see most needed items.
Sunday, November 14, 2021

Sunday School begins at 9:00 am
Worship begins at 10:15 am
Bring along your loose change for our
JOYFUL NOISE COLLECTION.
You will find a pot in the Narthex to toss your coins into.

Special thanks to Darin Jellison for sharing special music, Karen Talboo for sharing a mission moment about Joyful Noise,
and to our volunteers:
Brenda Hovis, Head Usher
Caroline Frantz & Joan Hassler, Ushers
Ron Demkee, Lay Reader
Bruce Torrence, Financial Secretary

Printed bulletins are available in the Narthex.

To view the live streamed service from home at 10:15 am
Sunday morning, go to YouTube

To follow along at home, click here to print the bulletin.

Keep Our Friends In Your Prayers

Our sexton, Dorothy Tornetta, is recovering from surgery.

Faith member Donald Koch is at Lehigh Valley Hospital with an infection.

If you would like to send get-well wishes...

Dorothy Tornetta
1015 Lake Lane
Pennsburg, PA 18073

Donald Koch
526 E Fairmount Street
Coopersburg, PA 18036
The Children and Communion Program will begin this evening for children in grades 2 or above. Parents and their children need to attend classes (via Zoom) from 6-7 pm this evening and again next Sunday evening. Your children will receive their first communion on November 28th - the first Sunday in Advent. If you are interested please contact Pastor Bruce at pastorbruce@faithchurchucc.org or speak to him following the service.
Faith Church will hold an on-line
Holiday Mini-Talent Auction
November 14-December 5
 
Our talent auction will be officially underway this Sunday at 12 noon! 
 
Thanks to everyone who has donated this year, we have some very unique and creative items up for bid. Below you will see instructions on how to proceed. 
 
(New items can still be added to the auction so if you haven't submitted your talent/service offering get it to Wes Koser asap!!)

Thanks,
the FUNdraising Committee
 
Wes Koser - koser1@yahoo.com or 610.841.7077
 
Instructions to bid:
 
1. To view the auction items, simply click on the link provided. www.32auctions.com/fucc2021 Anyone with this web address can view the items, so feel free to forward it on to others.
 
2. To bid, you have 2 options:
 
    a) Follow the on-screen instructions to create a username and bid on the items as you wish
    b) Email or call Wes Koser and state which items you would like to bid on and for what amount. Wes will then submit a bid for you using a generic Faith Church username.
 
Instructions to pay:
1. Once the Auction closes, you will be emailed instructions on how to pay online.
2. If you are uncomfortable paying online, you can pay for your items with a check or cash to on Sunday morning, or Sandy David during normal office hours.
3. Payment is expected to be made 1 week after auction closes. 
TUNE-UP for CV Vocalis!!
TODAY & NEXT SUNDAY
11:30 to 12:30
following worship
We need ALL vocal bodies to attend
to make this succeed
Wear your favorite mask
Please inform me if not possible to attend
215.840.4734
We will be decorating the sanctuary with Poinsettias for the Christmas season. Please print and complete the ORDER FORM and return with payment via mail, drop off at the office, or on Sunday in the offering plate. Deadline to order is Sunday, November 28th.
We voted to become an Open and Affirming Congregation, now what? 

Please join me in attending a webinar entitled “ONA Next, Best Practices From Thriving ONA Churches” on November 16, 2021 at 7:00 PM. You can attend from the comfort of your own home on your own computer!
 
ONA congregations that are visible and public in their commitment to inclusion can grow in numbers and spirit. This webinar shares best practices from growing ONA churches, including tips for marketing, communication, evangelism and advocacy. Led by Coalition Executive Director Andy Lang (he, him), this webinar will inspire our congregation to revive our Open and Affirming commitment, opening new doors for ministry, mission, advocacy and church growth.

ONA congregations that are invisible in their communities cannot grow, but churches that are visible in their ONA commitment can attract new members, including LGBTQ+ and straight millennial seekers. This webinar will teach best practices learned from thriving ONA churches, with practical tips for marketing, communication, ministry and advocacy. 

Attending this webinar DOES NOT COMMIT YOU TO SERVE ON ANY COMMITTEE OR TASK FORCE! How’s that for a deal?! No matter what your interest in the church or what committee you may serve on this has an impact on what you do and how you do it. Please join me and let me know if you intend to participate.

Pastor Bruce
NEXT SUNDAY
Sunday, November 21, 2021
       
   A Congregational Meeting will be held following
worship to:
 
 Approve a budget for 2022 
(click HERE to preview budget or call the church
office to request a budget mailed to you)
 Elect Rodney Koch to a second
3-year term & as Steward on the
Memorial and Enduring Gifts

We will be voting by Ballot.

  • Ballots will be handed out at worship on November 21st
  • Ballots may be printed out, completed (1 ballot for each voting member), and mailed back to church by November 22nd (click HERE)
  • Ballots can be completed on line (click HERE)
Interested in sponsoring ALTAR FLOWERS in 2022? Reserve your dates now! You can reserve your dates on the schedule in the Narthex or call or email the church office. The cost is $35. (Please hold off paying for your flowers until the new year:)
If you would like to take part in the service as usher or lay reader, please email Joan Hassler .
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.
Entitlement
by Kaji Douša 

“So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” – Matthew 20:16 (NRSV) 

I’ve been thinking a lot about entitlement. 
 
When you are entitled to something, it means you have a right to that thing. And when we have rights to things, that means we can set expectations about them. 

This gets problematic, though, when someone assumes the right to something that they do not have the right to. These entitlement assumptions go hand-in-hand with privilege. In fact, I’d say there is a direct proportion between level of privilege and level of entitlement.  
Jesus is well-familiar with privilege and entitlement.  

The laborers with the good jobs—the ones who woke up in the morning knowing just where they would get food to fill their bellies that morning and where they would rest their heads that night—were annoyed when the poor got to join them in their space. This happens with people whose entitlement is misplaced; they live and breathe scarcity. And because they expect the benefits to be limited, they want to limit the bounty just for themselves.  

And Jesus says: You know what? This is misplaced entitlement. 
 
Scarcity thinking is so easy to fall into. Once our fears are triggered—“There won’t be enough for me, let me hoard, let me block”—we will go to great lengths to hold on to everything to which we think we’re entitled.  

But Jesus says: No.  

No. You don’t have to think that way. 
 
I know you think there won’t be enough Jesus to go around.
 
But there always will be. 

God knows nothing of those limitations. 
 
Prayer
Thank you, God, for your boundless love. Help us to trust that you have it all. And then some.

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.
Recycling Soft Plastic

Keep those plastic bags coming!  

Collection boxes can be found in
the Narthex and in the Office Lobby

Here is a list of acceptable plastics:
 
Let’s save our oceans and the animals that live there
by turning these materials into a reusable product!
Any questions please see Jerry Trexler. 
Help fill the Betty Lou's Pantry basket in the Narthex! Currently, the most needed items are:

Chunky Soup or Chili
Boxed Potatoes
(Scalloped, Au Gratin, Stovetop Stuffing)
Packaged Pasta & Rice Side Dishes

Thank you to everyone who donated laundry detergent for BLP in October. Unfortunately, Faith Church fell far short of our request of 100 bottles. Please feel free to bring detergent to church on Sunday or deliver to the Pantry Wednesday Mornings between 9-10 AM

If you or someone you know is in need of food,
please call 610-282-2838 and leave a message
Let's remember our Friends, Members, Forget-Me-Nots and others as we continue through some uncertain times. Keep each other in your thoughts and prayers and stay connected if possible.

NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS:

11 Tootie Koch
11 Steve Sosnowsky
14 Jonah Ritter
15 Kevin Long
16 Zachary Long
18 Nicole Gasda
19 Marvin Neely
19 Meryl Bixel
22 Nolan Ryan
25 Rebecca Hite
26 Eric Koch
26 Noah Ritter
27 Robert Pierson
27 Ryenn Amato
  
(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. Through these uncertain times our financial obligations continue and our regular bills are still coming in. Again 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

(Updated 10.21.21)

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.





Contact us via email or call the church office at 610.282.3939

Dennis J. Duda, Organist & Music Director
Sandy David, Parish Administrator
(click on names to send an email)