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Parish Administrator Sandy David will be on vacation
through August 23rd. There will not be a weekly email sent next week.

This email contains information for Worship
on August 16th & August 23rd.

Dear Friends,

It’s great to be back after a lovely vacation … well to be honest, it was hard to leave sitting on the porch gazing at the lake, swimming, sailing, and the glorious sunsets behind Mt. Monadnock every evening but we all have to return to reality at some point!

While I was away there was a torrential rainstorm (we had it up in New Hampshire as well) and unfortunately my office got flooded but good. On Monday I was greeted by a soggy carpet and a very musty smell. A de-humidifier isn’t going to fix this mess so I’ve called a carpet guy but I will have to move some furniture. If anyone who has a strong back and some spare time might be able to help me out I would greatly appreciate it!

Some sad news to report. The Worship Committee has recommended that our building remains closed and the issue to re-visited in November. This recommendation will be sent to Consistory for their final approval. This was not an easy decision. We all want to gather together as soon as we can but the risks are simply too great. The Medical Community is now finding that people who contract COVID-19 are developing secondary medical problems after recovery. My wife’s cousin’s daughter (I think she is 38) contracted COVID-19 and after recovery has developed two autoimmune diseases as a result of having the virus. There is so much that we still do not know about this virus. And so stay tuned. I am in touch with our Conference and many clergy colleagues and their decisions are very similar to ours. I miss seeing your faces and hearing your voices every Sunday if not more often. I miss those who stop by the office to ask a question or just to say “hello.” We’ll get through this and will be stronger as a result of it!
 
Please remember the ongoing Sacred Conversation About Race via Zoom on Monday at 7:00. I’ll be sending out the Zoom invitation Monday afternoon.

Blessings,
Pastor Bruce

Join us this Sunday, August 16th for our Service of Worship.
Darin Jellison will provide special music and Karen Long will share the scriptures.

Click on the date to print a bulletin to follow along:
08/16/2020 Worship at 10:15 am

Next Sunday's Worship will include special music by Darin, Sandy Sosnowsky will share the scriptures, and the Talboo's will share "News from the Pews."
08/23/2020 Worship at 10:15 am

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 Thursday morning 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. Past services are available on our YouTube page.

Committee Meetings:
Budget & Finance is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, August 19th at 5:30 pm.
Let's remember our Forget-Me-Not's as we continue through this pandemic.
  • Bob Fosbenner celebrated his 89th birthday on August 2nd
  • Grace Benner will celebrate her 78th birthday on August 20th
  • Frank Styer will celebrate his 98th birthday on August 31st
Let's shower them with cards to brighten their day!!

Click here for a list of birthdays and addresses. 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. Feel free to reach out to them and say hello!

Our Fall Yard Sale
scheduled for
Saturday, September 12th has been cancelled for this year:(

Thank you to those of you who have been collecting treasures for our yard sale. Unfortunately we will not be able to collect your treasures, because we have no place to store them. So PLEASE do not drop anything off at church starting August 16th. If you can hold on to your treasures and stick them in a corner of your basement until next year that would be greatly appreciated. 
Updated info for Betty Lou's Pantry:

Betty Lou's Pantry, the local food pantry serving the Southern Lehigh area, is very low on certain items due to the cancellation of the annual post office food drive as well as multiple small collections that are done by local businesses, sports teams, schools and more. 

All are invited to bring donations to the pantry on Sunday, August 16 between 10:00am and 1:00pm located at 333 East Oxford Street in Coopersburg. Please remain in your car, drive up around the perimeter of the parking lot and stop at the tents outside the pantry. Volunteers will take bags from your trunk or back seat to minimize contact.

At this time, the pantry is most in need of the following items:
·        Hearty Soups with Meat
·        Boxed Pasta (not spaghetti)
·        Canned Pasta in Sauce (Chef Boy-R-Dee Ravioli type items)
·        Meat Helpers (Chicken, Meat and Tuna helpers)
Our Mission Team usually meets their mission pledges with the proceeds from the Spring and Fall Bingo events. Because both events have been cancelled for this year due to COVID-19, they ask you to prayerfully consider how you may be able to help.

Currently, they are working on fulfilling the following pledges:

Commitment is $600 - to date we received $404

Commitment is $800 - to date we received $775

Thank you again to all of you for your generous support of our missions!!

For those of you who donate through Tithe.ly, the current pledge designations will continue to be updated on the giving page.
One volunteer is needed to help the week of 8/24 and 2 volunteers are needed the week of 9/21. Please consider helping and contact Tim Hovis at 484-223-9476. 
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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