The Worship Committee will be taking down Christmas decorations this Saturday morning (Jan. 15th) at 9 am. Your help would make it faster and easier for all! Come when you can, leave when you must. All help will be very much appreciated:)

Sunday, January 16, 2022
2nd Sunday after Epiphany
Martin Luther King, Jr Sunday

9:00 am Sunday School
10:15 am Worship

(Don't forget to bring along your loose change that you
were planning to bring last Sunday!)
Special thanks to Chuck Talboo for sharing
our Mission Moment: Souper Bowl of Caring,
and to our Allentown Partners in Ministry from
~The Caring Place
~The Allentown Rescue Mission
~Pathways - Lehigh County Conference of Churches
for sharing this week's message.
 
Volunteers:
Becky Hite, Head Usher
Caroline Frantz, Usher
Ron Demkee, Lay Reader
Tom Hovis, Financial Secretary

Click here to print a bulletin for January 16th worship

To view the live streamed service from home at 10:15 am
Sunday morning, go to YouTube
The church office will be closed Monday, January 17th
in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr Day
On January 17, 2022, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday will mark the 27th anniversary of the national day of service. This day was established to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King, and to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

Americans celebrated the first official Martin Luther King Day, which is the only federal holiday commemorating an African-American, on Monday, January 20, 1986. In 1994, Congress designated the holiday as a national day of service, and marking the third Monday in January every year as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service - a "Day On, Not a Day Off."

Dr. King advocated for nonviolent resistance to overcome injustice as a means of lifting racial oppression. He created change with organized sit-ins, marches, and peaceful demonstrations that highlighted issues of inequality. Dr. King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964; he was the youngest person to ever receive this high honor. He followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and father by entering the ministry to become a Baptist minister. On April 4, 1968, at the age of 39, he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee as he stood on the balcony of his hotel. Dr. King traveled to Memphis, Tennessee to lead a march in support of striking sanitation workers.

We remember Dr. King as a husband, father, friend, and fierce advocate for the betterment of all people. Honor his memory by organizing, volunteering, and spreading the word. Remember to MAKE IT A DAY ON, NOT A DAY OFF, for you and those around you.
If You Want to
Sing Out
by Liz Miller 

Be filled with the Spirit,as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts. – Ephesians 5:18b-19 (NRSV)

I come from a family that never lets our inability to carry a tune prevent us from singing as boldly and as often as possible. If melodious voices waft, ours cut through the air like strong cheese. Whether we are at a shopping mall or in Sunday worship, when a familiar song begins, we join in with the only dynamics we know – loud and unashamed.

I have a distinct childhood memory of sitting in a church pew, my mother and grandmother on either side of me, each of us bellowing the opening hymn. The person in front of us slyly glanced over their shoulder to see who belonged to the voices that stood out from the otherwise harmonious congregation. My mom made eye contact and offered a joy-filled grin as explanation.

The sacredness of church music has nothing to do with soaring soloists or tight harmonies. When we invite everyone gathered to turn to page 476 and unite our voices, we practice Christ’s all-inclusive love. There are no auditions required, only a willingness to risk the vulnerability of being heard.

Church is a place where children who are too young to read, adults who never learned to read music, and elders who have all the words memorized are invited to make music together in praise of our Creator. Singing reminds me that God gave me a voice; singing together gives me the courage to use it.

Prayer
Whether the notes are too sharp or the melody falls flat, whether we’re singing on mute during Zoom worship or through a mask in person, fill us with the Spirit of Song.
About the Author

Liz Miller serves as the pastor of Edgewood United Church (UCC) in East Lansing, Michigan.
Interested in sponsoring ALTAR FLOWERS in 2022? Reserve your dates now! You can reserve your dates on the schedule in the Narthex or call or email the church office. The cost is $35. (Please hold off paying for your flowers until the new year:)
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.
Dear Faith Members & Friends,

We began collecting plastic shopping bags and other soft plastics on August 15, 2021. We had until February 15, 2022 to collect 500 pounds in order to earn another TREX Bench. We are excited to say that as of January 3, 2022 we have collected over 520 pounds!!!!!!

Thank you to everyone who helped us reach/surpass our goal and special thanks to Jerry Trexler for all his time and efforts!!!!!

The collection bins have been removed from the narthex and the office lobby but if you wish to continue saving our oceans and the animals that live there, you can drop your shopping bags (and #4 plastics) at Giant in Coopersburg. There are collection bins at the entry doors.
Help fill the Betty Lou's Pantry basket in the Narthex! Currently, the most needed items are:
Cereal
Meat Helpers
(Tuna, Chicken, Ground Beef)
Toilet Paper

If you or someone you know is in need of food,
please call 610-282-2838 and leave a message
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.

JANUARY

13 Joan Hassler
13 Thomas Heineman
15 Andrew Sosnowsky
15 Jerry Trexler
16 Robin Davis
19  Dwayne Schantz
20  Richard J Featherman
21  Christian Heaps
 22 Christian Miller
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
IMPORTANT LINKS

(Updated 10.21.21)

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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)