The September issue of FOCUS ON FAITH is hot off the press! Enjoy!
Frank Styer will celebrate his 99th Birthday on
Tuesday, August 31st.

Evelyn Hovis will celebrate her 92nd Birthday next
Sunday, September 5th.

Let's shower them with Birthday Wishes!

Send cards to:
Frank Styer
2434 Forest Drive
Coopersburg, PA 18036

Evelyn Hovis
4645 Lanark Road
Center Valley, PA 18034
Dear Friends,

With an increase of COVID-19 cases with the Delta Variant, I would like to request that those attending Sunday worship return to the practice of wearing masks until future notice. This is the advice coming from pa.gov: If you are fully vaccinated, to maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission. According to the CDC Lehigh County is a High Transmission Area.

I know that wearing a mask can be bothersome, if not uncomfortable, but I want our worship space to be a safe and healthy place.

Pastor Bruce
Join us Sunday, August 29th at 10:15 am for Worship

Special thanks to Darin Jellison for sharing his gift of music, and to our volunteers:
Joan Hassler, Head Usher
Diane Neidermeier & Joan Hassler, Ushers
Ron Demkee, Lay Reader
Darin Jellison, Stream Team
Tony DiSanto, Financial Secretary
Tom Herstine, 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 print out hymns 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.



Letter from Our Conference Minister, Bonnie Bates
Galatians 3: 27-29 reads:
“As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to the promise.”
 
Friends, As I reflect on the world in which we live and look at the divisions and separations that sometimes drive our decision-making, I am drawn to this text. In Christ Jesus we are one; we are the same; we are children of the Living God. This text calls us to talk with one another with a clear recognition that each of us, practicing people of faith or not, has a spark of the Divine Creator (however we define that) within us. We are each and all valuable, worthy, and loved beings – even when we do not recognize that in ourselves or others.
 
In the coming days we will be asked to examine how we care for one another and keep each other safe. How do we respond to wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods? How do we respond to our departure from Afghanistan and how do we welcome refugees and immigrants from war-torn cultures? How do we respond to mask mandates and calls for additional “booster shots” for our vaccinations? How do we recognize the political and policy decisions being made in our nation and around the world?
 
All the decisions made in our families, churches, communities, nation, and the world have an impact on how we encounter one another, how relate to one another. Which brings me to another set of song lyrics I want to share. (Sometimes you might wish I didn’t listen to so much music, but it does ground me.) There is a new song performed by the duo For King and Country. It is titled “Relate” and I share some of the lyrics with you.

“I don't know what it's like to be you;
You don't know what it's like to be me
What if we're all the same in different kinds of ways
Can you, can you relate?
We both know what it's like to be hurt
We both know what it's like to feel pain
But I think it's safe to say we're on to better days
Can you, can you relate?
Can you relate?” [1]
 
Friends, can we through the grace of God endeavor to relate to one another? That is my hope.
 
Blessings,
Bonnie
 
Recycling Soft Plastic

We are collecting plastic shopping bags and all other soft plastic bags (#2 & #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
Rain or Shine!
 
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.
 
We are in need of help on Friday, September 24th to move yard sale items outside and to set up the tent.
Help is needed Saturday morning, 7 am on the 25th, to set up for the day. Help is also needed throughout the sale and at 1:30 to start cleaning up. Please contact Brenda Hovis at 610-282-3450
if you can help.

We are also in need of baked goods for our Bake Sale.
Interested in joining Faith Church?

A New Member Orientation will be held
Sunday, September 12th from 2 - 3 pm in the Memorial Room.
Please RSVP to Pastor Bruce by calling
610-282-3939 or emailing pastorbruce@faithchurchucc.org


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 an opening for Lawn Crew volunteers during the week of 9/20 (2 volunteers). Please take a look at the 2021 schedule and consider 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:

27 Aaron Herndon
29 Lisa Schafer
30 Jane Van Horn
    30 Doug Hutchinson
31 Frank Styer
31 Susan Santoro

SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS:

01 Anna Tilley
03 Iris Shelly
03 John Barone
03 Greg Thompson
03 Adriana Muth
03 Tim Long
05 Evelyn Hovis
05 Pauline Kemmerer
06 Nathan Smith
06 Paul Stebbings
09 Patti Shelly
10 Carol Beck
10 Olivia Muth
14 Howard Barrick
14 Virginia Haller
14 Patricia Bley
17 Cindy Talaber
17 Kate Jellison
18 Donna Herndon
21 Carrie Fosbenner
22 Romaine Zeiner
23 Cathy Wimmer
23 Diane Talaber
26 Susan Roberts
26 Erin Gollie
27 Abby Muth
28 Michael DiSanto
28 Damyn Allison
29 Ruth Smith
29 Eric Fosbenner

(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)