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FOCUS ON FAITH
NOVEMBER ISSUE
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Join us this Sunday, November 1st for All Saints' Sunday. Special thanks to Brenda Hovis for reading scripture, to Darin Jellison, The Many, and The Porter's Gate for their gifts of music and song, and to Noah Jellison for editing the service.

We will be celebrating Communion during Sunday's service. Please prepare your bread and wine ahead of time so you can partake during the service.

Click HERE to print a bulletin to follow along on 11/01/2020

Sunday
  November 15, 2020
A Congregational Meeting
will be held to
 • Approve a budget for 2021 
• Elect Joan Demkee and Sandy Sosnowsky to our
Memorial and Enduring Gifts
Committee for a 2nd 3-year term

A Zoom meeting will be scheduled following worship on the 15th to answer any questions and discuss any concerns. Please take time to review the budget letter and the proposed 2021 budget. Links for the Zoom meeting and electronic/paper ballots will be available here on the weekly email on November 12th.
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If you have prayer requests you would like Pastor Bruce to share during worship please click here and fill in the information. Please keep in mind that he records the services on a Thursday so if your request is not received by Wednesday afternoon it will not be shared until the following week.

Our services are available to watch on Facebook and on our website. Remember, these services can be watched at 10:15 am and again afterwards at any time for those who miss it. To listen to the service over your phone, call 855-883-5992. Past services are available on our YouTube page.
Letter from Our Conference Minister

Friends,

As we approach All Saint’s Day on Sunday, we remember the saints of the Church and the saints within each of our congregations. It is good to remember, to celebrate and feel the nurture of our common sadness and grief. Yet, even in these days of pandemic, we are not people without hope. We are people who believe in the presence of God, in the presence of Jesus and Spirit, and in the resurrection life yet to come. These are the beliefs in which our hope lives.

This year we remember not only our personal friends and family members, but we also remember the nearly 9 million Americans and the 44.6 million individuals world-wide who have contracted COVID-19. Of those more than 231 thousand Americans and 1.2 million individuals worldwide have perished. We remember and mourn for all those individuals whose lives were cut short, whose families are grieving, and whose faith communities are mourning their loss.

Yet, there is hope. We can count on God’s presence in this pandemic, in whatever state we find ourselves, no matter the struggles. I was known as the minister of hope while I was in seminary, but my hope is not without a basis in faith. There have been many losses in my life, my brothers, my parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. Through all these losses, I have known and felt the presence of God. Sometimes I have angrily cried out in lament to God. Sometimes I have wept in despair. Sometimes I have felt numb. Yet, God was there, is there in all those moments.

As you remember and celebrate the saints of the church, I ask that you remember to remember with love and hope. Love is our gift from God and to one another. Hope is the gift we have been given through the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Our strength to remember and engage in love and hope comes through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.

Desmond Tutu spoke of hope saying, “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” This All Saints Day, my prayer is that you feel the hope that is our faith. 

Blessings,
Bonnie
Thank you for your generous response to our laundry detergent request!
We received a total of 112 bottles of detergent. You folks are amazing!!! If you still wish to donate please feel free to drop off at the Pantry from 9-11 on Wednesday mornings.

Be on the look out for a Scouting for Food bag next Saturday morning, November 7th. The scouts will be back around to pick them up on November 14th.

More details about Scouting for Food and how you can help with Christmas Giftcards for the pantry families are in the November Focus on Faith.
 
All are invited to continue to bring food donations to the pantry on Wednesday mornings between 9 and 10 am.
Please come to the pantry entrance and call down over the railing that you have a donation and would like some assistance.
You may also drop your donations at the Southern Lehigh Library or Coopersburg and Center Valley Post Offices.
Thank you for your continued support!
Let's remember our Friends, Members, Forget-Me-Not's and others as we continue through this pandemic. Keep each other in your thoughts and prayers and stay connected if possible.

(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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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
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