• Pastor Bruce will be returning from vacation on Monday, August 16th. If you find yourself in need of pastoral care until then, please contact Pastor Christian Creyer at 484-866-5229
Join us Sunday, August 15th at 10:15 am for Worship

Special thanks to Chuck and Karen Talboo for leading us in worship, to Darin Jellison for sharing his gift of music, and to our volunteers:
Joan Hassler, Head Usher
Jerry & Elaine Trexler, Ushers
Jerry Trexler, Lay Reader
Wes Koser, Stream Team
Tony DiSanto, Financial Secretary
Terry Muth & Glenn Gunkle, Lawn Crew

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 print out this Sunday's bulletin to follow along click here.

To listen to the service via live phone streaming, call
1-855-883-5992.
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.
Sue Walter remains in the hospital. Let's shower her with cards so she knows her Faith family is thinking of her:)

Please send your cards to:

Sue Walter
c/o The Spitzers
1987 Flint Hill Rd
Coopersburg Pa 18036



Letter from Our Conference Minister, Bonnie Bates
“Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” (John7:38 NIV)
 
Friends,
In these sweltering days of heat and humidity, in the teaming of wildfires in many parts of the western United States and around the world, with the progression of the Delta COVID variant, with the heated discussions about masking in schools, businesses, and communities, I feel a need for living water – refreshing, life-giving, living water poured out from Jesus. Can I be a source of living water based on my belief in Jesus?
 
This week I have managed to be in touch with numerous people who have a dissatisfaction with my approach to any number of issues, arguments with their church governing bodies and even with their pastors, and those who are critical of the church in general. I feel the need to pour out living water in each of these situations. I wonder how I am doing at reflecting the living water of Jesus.
 
In our increasingly divided world, where we focus on being right (sometimes at the top of our voices) rather than being in dialogue and understanding and respecting one another, living water is even more necessary in our spirits and in our world. As I taught a congregational polity class for one of our congregations this week, I again shared my concept of the United Church of Christ as a “big tent” where all are welcome, all are valued, all are worthy and celebrated. I reminded them, and therefore myself, that we are called to be in connected, covenantal relationships with one another – not to agree on all things, but to recognize Jesus as the head of the church, the trinitarian nature of God, the foundation of the Bible as our sacred text and the celebration of our two sacraments: baptism and communion. We do not have to agree about much else to participate in the United Church of Christ. We need to seek encounters with God that result in our actions in our families, congregations, communities, and the world being loving, filled with blessing and grace, and transformative. To me that is what sharing the living water is all about.
 
So, will you move forward this week, sharing the living water of Christ’s love, God’s grace, and the Spirit’s empowering with those you meet? Will you be a font of living water to those you encounter? Will you seek a time of refreshment with God to restore your living water? That is my prayer.
Blessings,
Bonnie
Recycling Starts Again

Beginning this Sunday, August 15, 2021, we will be collecting plastic shopping bags and all other soft plastic bags (#4).  By February 15, 2022 we will need to collect 500 pounds of recyclable plastic in order to earn another
TREX bench!

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. 
9th ANNUAL
FAITH UCC YARD SALE
 SEPTEMBER 25, 2021
8 AM TO 2 PM
 

WE ARE ACCEPTING DONATIONS OF YARD SALE ITEMS
through August 31!
NO COMPUTERS OR TV's
BIGGER FURNITURE WILL BE ACCEPTED
on Friday, September 24th.
 
The Fundraising committee is requesting that the items you plan to donate are in good shape and sellable. We would like to concentrate our time on sorting and pricing, so if you think it is worth something please donate it, but if it is bordering on trash please dispose of it and save us time. Thank you ahead of time for your help with this part of the yard sale.

We are looking for volunteers to sort and price items as well as help the day of the sale. There are sign up sheets in the narthex or call Ruth Smith at 610-797-4635.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
and stay tuned for more details!
Interested in joining Faith Church?
Contact Pastor Bruce for more info.
We will be welcoming new members during worship
on Back to Church Sunday, September 19th.
The Betty Lou's Pantry basket has been returned to the Narthex and is anticipating your donations! Currently, the most needed items are:

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

If you or someone you know is in need of food,
please call 610-282-2838 and leave a message
We have some openings for Lawn Crew volunteers during the weeks of 8/23 (1 helper) & 9/20 (2 volunteers). Please take a look at the 2021 schedule and see how you can help. Call Tim Hovis (484-223-9476) to let him know what dates you can cover.
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.

AUGUST BIRTHDAYS:
13 Noah Kandt
14 Brent Christman
16 Lee Kandt
17 Pastor Bruce
Lily Maginn
19 Terry Muth
20 Grace Benner
21 Justin Zsido
Trent Eaves
    Kylie Recke
22 Matthew Gumhold
27 Aaron Herndon
29 Lisa Schafer
30 Jane Van Horn
    Doug Hutchinson
31 Frank Styer
Susan Santoro
(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


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)