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Hello Friends,

As we continue to stay safe safe at this time I will share the latest updates on church life:

  • 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.

Join us this Sunday for our Service of Worship - A Petition to Listen, Hear, Learn, and Respond. Click on the service to print out a bulletin to follow along:

In lieu of our congregational meeting this Sunday, June 7th , we will be voting electronically to approve a slate of Elders, Deacons, and Consistory officers. Click HERE to cast your vote. The deadline to have your vote counted is Wednesday, June 10th so please cast your vote as soon as possible. (Please have all the Faith members in your household complete an electronic ballot. It is every member's right and responsibility to take part.)

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 continue to keep former members, Jim and Joyce White in your thoughts and prayers. Joyce had aortic valve replacement surgery on Monday.
If you would like to send a card or note...
472 Tall Maple Road
Forksville, PA 18616

Please be safe and remain healthy.

Blessings,
Pastor Bruce
Thank you to everyone who has generously supported our Joyful Noise Fund. You have helped us catch up for the moment but we will continue to need the extra support throughout the time we are not able to gather for worship. We are committed to Global Ministries, Bethany Children's Home and Beyond Borders and grately appreciate YOUR help so we can continue helping THEM.
For our Tithe.ly users - you now have the option to designate a portion of your donations to Joyful Noise.
A Note from our Conference Minister

"If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you” (John14:15-17).

These words that Jesus spoke to the disciples, Jesus also speaks to us. In these days of pandemic, racial tension, protests and looting, it can be hard to feel and find the presence of God. The solution, however, is not to shrink from our call to love God with our hearts, minds, souls and strength, nor from our call to love our neighbor as ourselves. Our call is to move into these challenges to love with the knowledge that we are not alone – we are never alone.

Last Sunday we celebrated Pentecost Sunday, often noted as the birth of the church, when we recall the gift of the Holy Spirit. But Pentecost is not just a day. Pentecost is a season – a time of recalling how much God loves us – so much that God provides ongoing support and empowerment to us through the Advocate about whom Jesus taught.

An advocate is defined as “a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy.” To be an advocate of God, therefore, is to be an advocate of love, grace, forgiveness, reconciliation, joy, and hope. To be an advocate for God is to share that love, grace, forgiveness, reconciliation, joy and hope with the world. In these challenging days, weeks and months, it can seem difficult to have enough strength to offer anyone, even ourselves that love and blessing. We can get weary. I, too, get weary, with the strain of social-distancing, separation from family, the challenges of the racial strife in our nation and the violence and brutality being perpetrated.

This week I had the opportunity to hear a sermon by the Right Reverend Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church which was offered on Pentecost. Within the sermon was a call to action to keep up the work of the church, the work of Jesus. He quoted the African-American Spiritual There is a Balm in Gilead “If you cannot preach like Peter, if you cannot pray like Paul, you can tell the love of Jesus, who died to save us all. There is a balm in Gilead, to make the wounded whole, there is a balm in Gilead, to heal the sin-sick soul.”1

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I need that balm for my soul. I needed the reminder that I am not alone. We all need the reminder that the Advocate, the Holy Spirit is poured over us yesterday, today and in all the years to come. May that knowledge be the balm for your spirit in these days.

Blessings,
Bonnie

1 - New Century Hymnal
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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