HAPPY NEW YEAR!
January's Focus on Faith is now available!

Pastor Bruce is on vacation through January 8th.
Should you find yourself in need of Pastoral Care during this time please contact Rev. Christian Creyer at (484) 866-5229.

The Worship Committee will be taking down Christmas Decorations
next Saturday, January 16th, at 9:00 am. Interested in helping? The committee would really appreciate it:)
Join us this 1st Sunday after Epiphany for our Live Stream Worship Service at 10:15 am. Special thanks to Darin Jellison for sharing his gifts of music. We will be celebrating communion during worship so if you have not picked up communion kits in the office foyer you may prepare your own elements prior to the service so you can partake during worship.

Click HERE to print a bulletin to follow along on 01/10/2021
In order to watch the live service at 10:15 am you must go to our YouTube channel (use this link or the link on the home page of www.faithchurchucc.org) Check it out ahead of time - you can subscribe and turn on notifications to get notified when Faith UCC, Center Valley goes live! If you prefer to watch the service later in the day, or watch past services, the recorded service will be available on our YouTube page and on Facebook.

To listen to the service on your phone, call 855-883-5992.
A Letter from Our Conference Minister

Yesterday afternoon the very foundations of our Democracy were challenged as rioters stormed into the Capital Building, destroying property, desecrating the safety and sanctity of our nation’s “house of the people,” sending our elected representatives into hiding and upsetting the work of our republic. I was heartbroken and appalled. Never in my wildest imagination would I have expected this type of insurrection in our nation, a nation which has had peaceful transitions of power since its founding.

Many of you know that I have protested for justice and against injustices in many venues – New York City, Washington DC, Allentown – all peaceful and orderly first amendment demonstrations. This, yesterday afternoon’s mob, was something I never could have imagined. I am grateful that more people were not injured or killed. That this riot happened is more than I can fathom.

Some pastors and I gathered for prayer yesterday afternoon at 4:45 in a hastily called gathering. (The Prayers for Our Country YouTube is available below for all of you to view) As we gathered, we prayed for peace, for kindness, for justice to prevail. The fall out of these illegal actions by those who claim to be patriots will scar the nation and our hearts for many years to come. Senator Chuck Schumer stated on the floor of the Senate: "It is very, very difficult to put into words what has transpired today. I have never lived through or even imagined the experience like the one we have just witnessed in this capital. President Franklin Roosevelt set aside December 7, 1941 as a day that will live in infamy, unfortunately we can now add January 6, 2021 to that very short list of dates in American history that will live forever in infamy."

I know that my role as Conference Minister is to profess our faith and not political opinions and yet, our faith is freely practiced in this country because of our democratic process and structure of our government. To usurp the democratic process is an attack on our freedom of religion and our faith practices. We are called, as people of faith, to respond to violence with calls for justice and peace, for reconciliation and compassion, and for an understanding of the need to respect our neighbors, all our neighbors. This does not mean we are expected to condone violence or the riots we saw yesterday. Rather, we are called to speak out for justice. Yesterday during our prayer vigil two scriptures were shared, which I now share with you:

Amos 5:24 (NIV) “But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!”

Micah 6:8 (NIV) “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

This is our call from the prophets. I add one more scripture today.

Galatians 5:22 (NRSV) “By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.”

Please, my friends, pray for peace. Pray for reconciliation. Pray for justice. Pray the Holy Spirit bless us with the gifts of the Spirit so we can make a difference in this divided and pain-filled nation.

Blessings,
Bonnie
Our conference leaders gathered yesterday for "Prayers for Our Country" (01.06.21). Click on the picture to watch the recording in which Conference Minister Bonnie Bates and other PNEC pastors took part.
Faith’s 2020 Closing Date will be Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Please plan your closing so that your final 2020 remittance will be
received in the office by Tuesday, January 12th. Offering received after the 12th will be credited to 2021.
 
2021 Offering Envelopes are available in the Office Foyer.
The foyer doors are unlocked Monday—Friday 8 am to 5 pm.
If you don’t have envelopes but would like them,
please contact the church office—610-282-3939.
If you would like your envelopes mailed to you
let Sandy know and she will send them out.
Winter Mission Project for Betty Lou’s Pantry

The Mission Committee has decided to try something different for the Souper Bowl of Caring this year.
 
Since the pantry is well stocked with hearty soups at this time, we are challenging Faith members to show that you care for all their needs by donating some much needed items. This winter the Mission Team would like to prepare Hygiene Kits for the families at BLP. When money is tight these much-needed hygiene items cannot be purchased.
 
Please find the details in January's Focus on Faith and keep an eye out for more info each week right here on This Week at Faith. 
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.


January Birthdays:

09 Dennis Eisenhart
10 Jared Gunther
10 Preston Amato
13 Joan Hassler
13 Thomas Heineman
15 Stanley Turel
15 Andrew Sosnowsky
15 Jerry Trexler
16 Robin Davis
19  Dwayne Schantz
21 Richard J Featherman
21 Christian Heaps
22 Christian Miller
22 Chris Thompson
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



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)