Join us this 3rd Sunday after Epiphany for our Live Stream Worship Service at 10:15 am. Special thanks to Darin Jellison for sharing his gifts of music and to the Kosers for filming.

Click HERE to print a bulletin to follow along on 01/24/2021
In order to watch the live service at 10:15 am you must go to our YouTube channel (use this link or the link on the home page of www.faithchurchucc.org) Check it out ahead of time - you can subscribe and turn on notifications to get notified when Faith UCC, Center Valley goes live! If you prefer to watch the service later in the day, or watch past services, the recorded service will be available on our YouTube page and on Facebook.

To listen to the service on your phone, call 855-883-5992.

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.
From our Conference Minister

My friends, Yesterday was Inauguration Day, a celebration of the peaceful transition of power which marks this nation as a democracy and a republic. I hope you had a chance to watch at least some of the event. If not, you likely missed the poem shared by the National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman. I excerpt a portion of the poem, “The Hill We Climb” here in this letter:

“…Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true:
That even as we grieved, we grew,
That even as we hurt, we hoped,
That even as we tired, we tried,
That we’ll forever be tied together, victorious –
Not because we will never again know defeat
But because we will never again sow division.”[1]

These words touch me. They speak to us of perseverance and the building of relationships in unity, one with another. The past year has been a difficult one; more than 400,000 dead from COVID-19, a lack of personal connection in pastoral care and worship, challenges to our finances and our employment. Yet, we are all still connected, all still a part of the one body, the Body of Christ.

This week Christians all over the world have been celebrating the World Council of Churches celebration of the Week of Christian Unity. I have participated through prayer services and meditations, conversations on ecumenism and public and private prayer. I have been reminded again and again that there is one God we worship, one Redeemer we follow, and one Spirit who strengthens us. Yes, we have grieved. Yes, we have been hurt. Yes, we are tired. Yet, as John 15:1-17 (the passage used this week for the time of Christian Unity) reminds us, we abide in Christ and Christ abides in us. Christ is the vine, and we are the branches. We are all connected as faithful followers of Jesus.

So, recognize the grief but also see the growth. Experience the hurt but also know the hope. Be tired but keep trying. We are together, connected and in relationship with one another. May we remember that in the moments, days, weeks, and months ahead. 

Blessings,
Bonnie

[1]Authored by Amanda Gorman, provided as quoted from the Tribune Content Agency by Julia Barajas
The United Church of Christ recently began offering Daily Devotionals on their website. You can use this link to go to the Daily Devotionals page at your leisure. Or, you can go to www.ucc.org and subscribe to have them emailed to you on a daily basis!
2020 Year End Giving Statements will be mailed out next week. If you would prefer that I email your statement to you please email me.
~ Sandy
Winter Mission Project for Betty Lou’s Pantry

**A container is inside the office foyer for you to drop your personal hygiene kit donations!**

The Mission Committee has decided to try something different for the Souper Bowl of Caring this year.
 
Since the pantry is well stocked with hearty soups at this time, we are challenging Faith members to show that you care for all their needs by donating some much needed items. This winter the Mission Team would like to prepare Hygiene Kits for the families at BLP. When money is tight these much-needed hygiene items cannot be purchased.
 
Please find the details in January's Focus on Faith and keep an eye out for more info each week right here on This Week at Faith. 
Let's remember our Friends, Members, Forget-Me-Nots and others as we continue through this pandemic. Keep each other in your thoughts and prayers and stay connected if possible.


January Birthdays:

21 Richard J Featherman
21 Christian Heaps
22 Christian Miller
22 Chris Thompson
22 Koltin Leh
25 Matthew Talboo
27 Luke Schafer
27 Riley Snyder
28 Ronald Stoffey
30 Leah Conners
31 Gail Clark
31 Matthew 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
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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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