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The Church Office will be closed this Monday, April 5th.
Holy Week Schedule
Communion kits are available Thursday and Friday from
7am - 5:30 pm in the office lobby or Saturday from 1-2 pm
under the portico. If you are not able to pick up your kits you may
prepare your own bread and wine/juice prior to the services in
order to take part during worship.
Maundy Thursday Tenebrae
Live Stream Service 
TONIGHT—7:30 pm
Communion will be served.
Maundy is the English form of the Latin word meaning commandment. Jesus’ new commandment to “love one another even as I have loved you” is the focus of Maundy Thursday.
Click here to print out the Maundy Thursday Service
Click here to print out the 9 am Easter Sunday Outdoor service. If we need to cancel this service due to bad weather you will receive a cancellation call by 8:30 am.

Click here to print out the 10:15 am Traditional Easter Service.
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.
April's Focus on Faith is HERE!
  • Read about our Reopening Plan
  • Consider being part of our Lawn Crew
  • See pictures from our 40 Days - 40 Items Challenge
Watch for a special email on Tuesday of next week with details regarding the reopening of the Church building!

If you have not taken the time to look at the following information, please do before next Sunday.

1) A survey about reopening: So we can best prepare for a return to worship. (click here to complete the survey)

2) Our Faith UCC reopening plan: The church will look different and we want to provide those details prior to worship.
(included in April's Focus on Faith)
 
3) Faith UCC Covid Screening form: We will need to utilize an online screening/registration form for each church service attended. (Congregants will be able to call the church and leave a message to make a worship reservation by 4pm Wednesday prior to Sunday service they wish to attend.) 

-The Consistory
Letter from our Conference Minister

Dear Friends,

This week is a mix of emotions – from the triumphant entry into Jerusalem to chanting crowds and waving palms, to the preparation of Judas to betray Jesus, to the washing of the disciples’ feet in humility, to the sharing of a Passover Feast which concludes with sharing the communion of bread and cup, to the arrest and scourging of Jesus, to the crucifixion and death of Jesus followed by his burial in a borrowed tomb…and then the waiting….through the night on Friday, through the day and night on Saturday and to the dawning of Sunday morning and the empty tomb.

We wait too. We wait for a return to some sort of normalcy in our nation, to a return of compassion and dialogue rather than diatribes, to a return of hope for peace…

And yet, as people of the Resurrection, as followers of Jesus, we know that Easter morning comes, that Jesus lives. Maya Angelou wrote a poem entitled, “Still I Rise.” Some of the words speak to the hope and energy in rising up in spite of the challenges and the hate.

“You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise…

Out of the huts of history's shame, I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain, I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear, I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear, I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise, I rise, I rise.”

Jesus, too, promised to rise and on Easter Sunday, Resurrection Day, he does, leaving the tomb empty and providing hope for all that is yet to come. Jesus promised to rise, and he appears to the disciples and to many others in the days following the Resurrection. He continues to teach and preach and heal and equip the disciples to keep up his work – to let the people know the Good News of a God that accepts them, forgives them, and loves them.

It is a promise we need to accept and believe in. It is a promise we need to share with others. It is a promise that anchors us in hope, the hope of God’s generosity, blessings, and love. Happy Easter, my friends! Rise up and live in hope.

Blessings,
Bonnie
Thanks to all who generously donated to the Heifer Project over the past few weeks. With the $540 received we selected:
1 Goat - $120
1 Sheep - $120
1 Pig - $120
1 Alpaca - $150
1 Hive of Bees - $30
Because we were able to submit our donation by March 31st our donations were TRIPLED so we actually purchased 3 Goats, 3 Sheep, 3 Pigs, 3 Alpacas, and 3 Bee Hives!

Your generosity makes a lasting impact on individuals and communities while helping them create lasting change!
THANK YOU!

CURRENT NEEDS

The pantry is well stocked but could use

SPAGHETTI SAUCE
MEAL HELPERS
(chicken/tuna/hamburger helper)

Drop your donations at Center Valley or Coopersburg Post Offices
or the Southern Lehigh Library. Donations can also be dropped
off on Wednesday mornings from 9-10 am at the pantry.
Thank you for your continued support.

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.

Birthdays:

April
2- Marge Kichline
3- Sue Walter
3- Rylie Maginn
5- Lisa Allison
 6- Mary Ellen Long
6-Bonnie Leight
 7- Jill Heineman
10- Kay Ruser
11- Adam Heineman
11- Avery Koser
12- James Snyder
12- Chris Miller
13- Corinne Gunkle
16- Ryan Schoenberger
22- Jan Hughes
22- Sonya Dill
23- Dee Hutchinson
25- Nancy Schantz
25- Vaughn Stoffey
27- Tyler Schaffer
27-Karli Hieter
28- Tom Hovis
28- Kevin Gollie
29- Adam Weidner
  
(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 March 25, 2021***

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)