October 24th Sunday School Cancellation

Due to the recent cases of COVID-19 in our congregation I will be cancelling Sunday School on October 24. Based on the date of diagnosis and CDC guidelines we should be able to begin Sunday School again on October 31, Halloween (imagine that!). I appreciate your cooperation in wearing masks. I know that they can be uncomfortable but safety is essential. Protect yourself, protect the people you love, protect your faith community.

Pastor Bruce

Reminder:
Wrapped shoe boxes for the Holiday Hope Chest mission need to be back to church by this Sunday, October 24.
Join us Sunday, October 24th
as we celebrate the baptism
of Giovanni Carmelo Farino
Worship begins at 10:15 am

Special thanks to Darin Jellison for sharing special music,
and to our volunteers:
Becky Hite, Head Usher
Ruth Smith & Linda Torrence, Ushers
John Barone, Lay Reader
Bob Shelly, 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 from home, click here to print the bulletin.

Join us THIS SUNDAY for a time of Biking or Hiking and lots of fun and prizes! A Food Truck from the Caring Place will be at the Upper Saucon Township park so stop by for lunch after worship!

There is still time to register! If you can't participate but wish to make a donation, you can do so on the website below or stop by the event to make a donation.

All registration fees and donations benefit Pitt-Hopkins Research Foundation!

Event Details:
Food Truck opens after 11:30 am
Registration opens at 12:30 pm
Start Time is 1 pm

Upper Saucon Community Park
3231 Preston Lane
Center Valley, PA 18034

Report to the pavilion for registration!



(click link for more info and to register)
Faith Church will hold an on-line
Holiday Mini-Talent Auction
November 14-December 5
 
Can you offer an item or talent to auction off?
 
Please email the details (description and picture if possible) to Wes Koser at koser1@yahoo.com or print and fill out an offering form and drop it in the offering plate or church office, OR click HERE to fill out an offering form on line.
 
Items up for bid could include delectable homemade foods, entire meals delivered to your door, household services like HVAC maintenance, gardening, sports certificates, travel bargains, computer technical assistance, specialty services, hand crafted items and more all donated by church members.
 
Please have your offering details to Wes by November 7th.
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.
October is Neighbors In Need Month! In 2021, Neighbors in NeedUnfailing Love” offering is focused on supporting organizations and projects that are serving homeless and immigrant neighbors or communities. NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry and the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries to provide funding grants to UCC churches and organizations leading justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects in their communities. Please prayerfully consider how you may be able to help. Special offering envelopes are in the narthex or you can designate a portion of your offering "NIN". You'll also find a Neighbors In Need designation on our Tithe.ly page.
A Letter from our
Conference Minister

Dear Colleagues and Friends,
 
I have a confession to make. I find wearing a mask very uncomfortable. There I said it and you can all admit it too. That being said, I wear my mask anyway – to the grocery store, to shop in other locations, to churches I visit, during in-person meetings unless everyone feels safe and comfortable without, and in worship. For me, wearing my mask is an act of loving my neighbor.
 
There are many among us, and we shouldn’t have to self-identify in every setting, who have family members, or are ourselves, immunocompromised. We do not feel safe without a mask and wish all the people in gatherings we attend would wear theirs as well. Even with a vaccination and a booster, breakthrough cases happen. As this virus continues to mutate, the vaccinations may become less effective. I do not want to risk carrying the virus to someone or from someone. My comfort is not worth someone’s serious illness or death.
 
People call the Conference Office all the time to find out what they should do. My recommendation – until we know that the virus is completely under control (and it is not!):
1.   wear a mask in public places (including churches),
2.   don’t sing in church without a mask,
3.   maintain 6 feet of social distancing,
4.   maintain attendance and contact information.
 
We can recommend but can’t mandate vaccines within the church. Even though almost all the hospitalizations and deaths in our region are a result of the Delta variant and are unvaccinated people, masks are still a good protection for all of us.
 
I know this will be a challenge for many of us. I know this is the United Church of Christ and I can’t “tell” you what you should do, but from the bottom of my heart, I ask you to follow the CDC, Department of Health and governmental guidelines. Please love yourself and love your neighbor.
 
Blessings, 
Bonnie
Fall Bingo
Sunday, November 7th
Tickets are on Sale NOW!

Be sure to take a look at the
for detailed information.

Volunteers are needed!

You are invited to a
Concert to Honor
and Help Our Veterans
featuring

Jason Moon,
a nationally-known versatile and dynamic performer who is both a seasoned troubadour and a dedicated advocate for our veterans. 

Date and Time: Sunday October 31st at 4 pm
Where:  Saint John’s United Church of Christ
538 E Thomas Street, Coopersburg PA 18036

Free Will Offering to be taken to benefit our Veterans and Tails of Valor. Refreshments will be on sale before and after concert.

Learn More by clicking HERE
Dear members of Faith's congregation,

We are carefully monitoring and following guidelines for healthy attendance at music opportunities at Faith Church. We want to inform you of several music encounters for our congregation in the coming weeks...READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE!  
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.

OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS:
21 Doug Jenny
21 Logan Koch
22 Debby Herstine
22 Susan Angstadt-Sullivan
23 Jean Rau
24 Wayne Biery
24 Addison Dill
25 Jane Lenner
25 Deb Biery
26 Hunter Steele
27 Ron Demkee
27 Charles Castetter
27 Anthony DiSanto Jr
28 Susanna Berghold
28 Tyshonn Barone
28 Trevor Campbell
29 Zina Sosnowsky
30 Debra Miller
31 Mim Allison
 
(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)

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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
(click on names to send an email)