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Hope this weekly email continues to find you all healthy and safe!
During this time of "shelter-in-place" take a moment and contact a church member or friend to see how they are holding up.
Give them a call, send them a note, stop by their house on a beautiful day
and visit with them outside - 6' apart of course
Many of our older members do not use computers or have email.
They are not receiving these weekly emails or seeing our recorded worship services. Give them a call and fill them in on what's happening at Faith.
I guarentee you'll enjoy it as much as they will:)

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Hello Friends,

As we continue to stay safe in our homes I will share the latest updates on church life each week in this email:

  • Our church building continues to be closed until future notice. This decision will be re-evaluated once we are clearly in the “green zone” and we have implemented a plan to keep everyone safe and healthy. 
  • Our Sunday services are available on Facebook and our website each Sunday at 10:15 am. Remember these services can be watched at the time of the service and again afterwards for those who missed it.

Click on the service to print out a bulletin to follow along:
  • 5/24/20 Worship @ 10:15 am
  • Special music will be performed by Darin Jellison, and Brian Jones. Brian is the music and choir director at the Metropolitan Community Church of the Lehigh Valley.
  • Special thanks to all the musicians taking part in our services, to Patience Stevenson for reading scriptures, to the Jellison family for sharing a greeting, to Autumn Kandt for editing the service, and to Darin for uploading them for all of you to watch.

Hope you enjoyed last Sunday's NEWS FROM THE … PEWS?
Special thanks to the Hite family for sharing their greeting! We will continue to connect with each other by sharing greetings and stories about how you are coping in these different times. If you are interested in taking part, please call or email me for details.

Confirmation/Pentecost Sunday is next Sunday, May 31st. We will be celebrating confirmation and communion during worship. You can pick up “Communion Kits” like we used at Easter or you can prepare your own elements at home. Pick up times will be Tuesday, May 26 through Thursday, May 28 from 12:00 - 2:00. Drive to the side of the church building by my office door, stay in your car, honk your horn, and I will come out gloved and masked to deliver your kits.

In lieu of our congregational meeting on June 7th, we will be making paper ballots and electronic ballots available to approve a slate of Elders, Deacons, and Consistory officers... read more on page 6 of the June issue of Focus on Faith .

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 be safe, stay inside as much as necessary, and remain healthy.

Blessings,
Pastor Bruce
The June issue of FOCUS on FAITH is here....

Click on the picture to read the latest happenings at
Faith Church!
ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
Sunday, June 7, 2020
A ballot vote will be held to approve a slate of
Elders
Deacons
Consistory members
See details on page 6 of the June issue of Focus on Faith

Sadly, there will not be a Church Picnic this year:(

Our Joyful Noise Fund needs your help!

When we gather for worship, on the second Sunday of each month, the children collect a special offering during worship that is to be used for children’s missions only. Three missions are supported by the Joyful Noise offering: Global Ministries, Bethany Children's Home, and Beyond Borders. To learn more about these missions click here: https://www.faithchurchucc.org/mission/joyfulnoise/

Please prayerfully consider how you might help while we are not physically meeting for worship. Please be sure to designate your contributions as " Joyful Noise ".

For our Tithe.ly users - you know have the option to designate a portion of your donations to Joyful Noise.
A Note from our Conference Minister
Hello friends,

A couple things have come into to mind and awareness that I want to share with you this week. The first is the need for us to continue to be cautious about the decisions we make: about gathering, about mission, about our public and private stances on issues. These are really difficult times, but the times are not the same for all of us. One of the UCC Daily Devotionals from Vince Amlin reminded me, and I hope will you, that we all come from different places and perspectives in this time of pandemic. Here are his words: The Same Boat, Vince Amlin, May 18, 2020

“The soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners … but the centurion ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and make for the land, and the rest to follow, some on planks and others on pieces of the ship. And so it was that all were brought safely to land.” - Acts 27:42-44, excerpted (NRSV)

“Some say we’re all in the same boat during this pandemic. But as this story from Acts shows, even people in the same boat aren’t in the same boat.
Some can swim; some can’t. Some have decision-making power; some don’t. Some have just been saved from death; others are still heading to their executions. Not the same boat.
When I pray with members of my congregations who still have to leave their homes every day to do work that is unsafe, I know we’re not in the same boat.
When I hear my friends Kaji and Donna describe ministry in New York City, where, as I write, almost 1 in 400 people has died, I know we’re not in the same boat.
When I see that black citizens of Chicago are dying at 6-times the rate of whites, I know.
We are not even in the same storm.
Paul himself offers a different model of solidarity.
“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.”
Rather than claiming we’re in the same boat, the gospel tells me to find out about my neighbor’s boat. Seek to understand their experience of this storm.
And listen when they tell me what I can never understand.
It prompts me to ask how we ended up in such different boats.
And do something about it. And not stop until everyone is brought safely to land.”

This was a good reminder for me. I hope it is for you as well.

A YouTube video reminded me, however, that we are all in this together – even if it’s not the same boat or storm. I hope it will lift your spirits, because truly we are all in this together… https://youtu.be/lR1Hk0FVi_k

Blessings,
Bonnie 
Spring has sprung and the grass is growing! Here is the 2020 Lawn Crew Schedule . We have some open dates on the schedule and are looking for volunteers to help out. If you are interested or have questions please contact Tim Hovis at 484-223-9476.


Special thanks to all of you who help keep
the church grounds looking great...
The Lawn Crew
The Property Committee
The Church Members who weed the gardens and plant flowers
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 ***(at this time the mail is being forwarded to Sandy's "home office" and the church mailbox is not being checked on a regular basis so it may not be safe to place your envelopes in the church mailbox)***
  2. Make an electronic donation through Tithe.ly 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

Dennis J. Duda , Organist & Music Director
Sandy David , Parish Administrator
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