THIS WEEK AT FAITH

June 5, 2022

No matter who you are
or where you are on life’s journey
you are welcome here.

FAITH UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

5992 Route 378

Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.3939



Regular Office Hours:

Monday - Thursday 9 am - 4 pm

Friday - CLOSED


www.faithchurchucc.org


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Just when we thought COVID was a thing of the past it spikes again. Here is the latest from the CDC:

 

In Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, community level is High.


Given this change I am requesting that people attending worship in person wear masks.


Pastor Bruce


https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html

The June issue of Focus on Faith is here. In this issue you'll find

  • A Note from the Pastor
  • Family Bible School
  • Special June Dates
  • Mission Info
  • and more!

Join us for Worship

Sunday, June 5th

Pentecost Sunday

Confirmation Sunday

Darin Jellison will share special music.


Sunday School at 9 am

Worship begins at 10:15 am

Communion will be served.


God’s blessings to our confirmands:

 

Avery Koser

Noah Jellison

Weiland Hite

 

Please join us for a

Cake and Coffee Reception

to celebrate with our Confirmands as they

enter their new commitment to Christ’s Church.

                         

(Click here to print bulletin)


Volunteers:

Justin Koser, Head Usher

Linda Torrence, Usher

Cindy Talaber, Lay Reader

Keelers, Altar Flowers

Bruce Torrence, Financial Secretary



To view our live streamed services  at home go to YouTube


Parish Administrator Sandy David is on vacation through Wednesday, June 8th.

Please continue to pray for Ken & Kim Ritter. Ken has been struggling with recovery from a stroke. He is currently in the ICU at Lehigh Valley Hospital.


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.

A Letter from our

PNEC Conference 

Minister

…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control… (Galatians 5:22).

 

Dear friends,

 

My heart continues to be heavy – another shooting, more deaths from COVID, political discord, continuing war, economic crises, global warming (affecting less developed nations more strongly than developed ones) …where and when does the pain stop? Where and when and how do we change the world, pursue the world God intended us to inhabit? I cannot believe this is the world God wants, that Jesus moves us into or that the Spirit empowers us for.

 

My friend and colleague, Michael Piazza, wrote in his own devotional “Liberating Word” this morning reminding us that Pentecost is being celebrated on Sunday. “The church will celebrate the holy day of Pentecost on Sunday. Jesus told his disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they received power. It seems this gift is needed now more than ever…Spiritual power is counter-cultural for we intellectuals and liberals, but maybe desperation will motivate us to turn our faces heavenward. In a mystical way, God’s Spirit may transform us and help us find a source of strength and power, if not for ourselves then for our children.”[1]

 

The Galatians scripture quoted above is one of the scriptures that reminds us of what the gifts of the Spirit are: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. How do we live into these gifts in these days? Perhaps the wisdom comes from a Matthew West song I heard the other day, “Humble and Kind.” The refrain of the song is:

“Hold the door, say ‘Please’, say ‘Thank you’

Don't steal, don't cheat, and don't lie

I know you got mountains to climb

But always stay humble and kind” [2]

 

And the last refrain shifts just a little:

“Don't take for granted the love this life gives you

When you get where you're going don't forget turn back around

And help the next one in line

Always stay humble and kind.”[3]

 

Perhaps we can move more toward using the gifts and fruits of the Spirit in the coming days. Maybe the Holy Sprit will empower us to pray and talk and act to create the world God hoped for at creation. That is my prayer.


Blessings,

Bonnie

 

[1] Piazza, Michael, Liberating Word, accessed June 2, 2022

[2] McKenna, Lori, songwriter, Humble and Kind, recorded by Matthew West, accessed June2, 2022 Tim McGraw - Humble and Kind Lyrics | Lyrics.com

[3] Ibid.


Not VBS, This Year its FBS!

 

This summer Faith Church will not be having a traditional Vacation Bible School but rather a FAMILY BIBLE SCHOOL! On the evenings of June 7, 8, & 9, families are invited to gather at the church and learn how the simple act of planting native plants is an act of stewardship of “Mother Earth.” One of God’s first instructions to Adam and Eve was to “take care of the garden.” Those instructions have been passed down to us.

 

Each evening, from 6—8 pm, will involve the planting of some native plants culminating in the creating of a Butterfly Garden that will naturally attract and support pollinators which are essential to life.

 

So come any evening you can, it need not be all three evenings. Come as youth, come as parents, come as entire families, come as interested individuals, come as avid or amateur gardeners, or come for fellowship, fun, and lessons about how to make our church property a sanctuary of life!


Sign up HERE!

 

Please contact Patience Stevenson at 610-248-5587 or patiencestevenson@rcn.com if you have any of the following plants you could share with us:


Echinacea- coneflowers

 

Rudbeckia hirta- black-eyed susan

 

Eupatorium dubium- Little Joe Pye weed

 

Helianthus-sunflowers

 

Liatris-blazing star


Solidago-goldenrods

 

Symphyotrichum-asters

 

Thanks very much!

Father’s Day

June 19, 2022

 

Join us in a tribute to our Fathers!


Pastor Bruce would like to gather as many pictures of “dads” as possible. Please email a picture of the dads in your life (living or passed, grandpas, dad in laws, and yourself if you are a dad) so he can put this together.

 

The deadline to receive these pictures is June 15th.

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRADUATES!!


We at Faith would like to honor our 2022 High School and College Graduates during worship on June 19th.

 

Please EMAIL the following information (along with a picture if possible) by June 12th.


  • Name
  • Date of graduation
  • Degree
  • School name
  • Future plans

 

We can’t honor you if we don’t hear from you!!

Thanks so much to our Lawn Crew members who have helped in the past and to those who are still able to keep our property looking great!


We currently have several open weeks on our Lawn Crew Schedule and are looking for volunteers to fill the openings.


Please take a look at the schedule below and see where you may be able to help.


2022 Lawn Crew Schedule

ITEMS CURRENTLY MOST NEEDED: 


CEREAL BOXED POTATOES STOVE TOP STUFFING

SIDE DISHES (RICE-A-RONI, KNORR'S RICE)

MEAL HELPERS (GROUND BEEF, CHICKEN, TUNA)

If you would like to take part in the service as usher or lay reader, please email Joan Hassler .

Let's remember our Friends, Members, Forget-Me-Nots and others as we go through the week. Keep each other in your thoughts and prayers and stay connected if possible.



JUNE


 05 Alyce Featherman

 05 Roger Erney

 05 Alison Stebbings

 05 Miles Stebbings

 06 Adele Gasda

 08 Jean Cambiotti

 08 Carol Eisenhart

 09 Ellen Stetler

 09 Sara Hovis

 09 Morrison Hite

 12 William Steele

 12 Brooke Bittenbender

 13 Nicole Schaffer

 16 Gertrude Steinbach

 17 LaVerna Diehl

 17 Diane Haas

 18 Diane Jenny

 18 Brenda Snyder

 19 Amanda Y

 24 Karen Talboo

 25 Jennifer Schaffer

 26 Monica Campbell

 27 Deb Orach

 27 Adam Bouc

 27 Andrew Weidner

 28 Rodney Koch

 

(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. 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

JUNE FOCUS ON FAITH

(Archived Newsletters)


MEMBERS & FRIENDS DIRECTORY

(Updated April 2022)


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.


FAITH'S MISSION BOOKLET


PENN NORTHEAST CONFERENCE


UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST


Contact us via email or call the church office at 610.282.3939


Rev. Dr. Bruce C. Stevenson, Lead Pastor

Dennis J. Duda, Organist & Music Director

Sandy David, Parish Administrator

(click on names to send an email)