We lost a friend....

Longtime Faith member Dorothy Miller, 91, passed away last Sunday, September 12th at Lifequest Nursing Home.

Family and friends are invited to call from 10-11 am tomorrow (9/17/21) at Heintzelman Funeral Home in Hellertown. Click here for more details.

Please keep Dorothy's son, Robert, and her nieces in your thoughts and prayers.
Join us Sunday, September 19th
Sunday School begins at 9 am
All ages will meet in Fellowship Hall

Worship begins at 10:15 am

Join us for a Church Picnic following worship
Please bring along a salad and/or a dessert to share


Special thanks to Matt Wehr for substituting for Dennis Duda, and to Darin Jellison for sharing special music,
and to our volunteers:
Caroline Frantz, Head Usher
George Rau & Bob Shelly, Ushers
Jerry Trexler, Lay Reader
Bruce Torrence, Financial Secretary
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, Lawn Crew

Please Note:
The Worship Service will not be live streamed this Sunday.
We apologize for the inconvenience.

To listen to the service via live phone streaming, call
1-855-883-5992.
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.



Letter from our Conference Minister
My Dear Friends,
 
I write this today sitting in Steve’s hospital room. He will be fine, we pray, but he has pneumonia and myriad other health issues right now. And yet, I live in hope, as does he, that we have more years together. We will take what comes with prayer, hope, love, and grace. There’s always a lesson in these challenges.
 
Today, as yesterday as I spent the day in the Emergency Room with him, I am thankful for our access to excellent medical care, great physicians, safe hospital settings and the technology that allows all this to be possible for us. We are also thankful for access to our medical insurance, which will cover the bulk of the costs of this and his other care.
 
But there are others who I need to thank. Yesterday we held an open house lunch for our chaplains. I was not able to be present, but they shared with each other, were recognized by us and Christian and Barbara stepped in to thank them for me. The PNEC staff is wonderful! I could not do most of what I do without them. Really none of us could. Please take time to thank them, to show your appreciation and celebrate them. They truly are the foundation of the Penn Northeast Conference.
 
So, thanks to the staff. Thanks to our chaplains who have continued to serve daily, even while the rest of us were isolated in safety – they are the front lines. Thanks to our pastors who, in these difficult days, keep leading worship, offering pastor care in a variety of ways, and are managing the anxiety of our time with faith and courage. Thanks to all the front-line people who have worked diligently to sell groceries, work in service stations, staff pharmacies, direct traffic, fight fires, and on and on and on…. we couldn’t have made it through the last months without them.
 
I would be remiss if I didn’t also thank God. Thank God for hope and joy, for the blessings of love in our midst, for the courage to face these days, for the confidence to keep putting one foot in front of the other.
 
I have come to the realization that the world will never be the same as it was pre-COVID. I have also begun to realize that COVID will likely never leave us. As with other viruses, it will mutate and change, we will learn how to prevent and treat it, and we will adjust our lives in new and different ways each and every day. That could leave us with little hope, but that is not how I choose to live in the world. Rather, I will be thankful for what we learn, how we are and can be treated, what is good and helpful in the world and in our interactions with one another.
 
I will be thankful for my family, for my friends, for my pastor, for my co-workers, for all the ministers working to better the communities we serve, and for every breath I take. I hope you can find reason to be thankful as well.
 
In God’s hope and with blessings,
Bonnie
9th ANNUAL
FAITH UCC YARD SALE
 SEPTEMBER 25, 2021
8 AM TO 2 PM
Rain or Shine!
 
We are in need of the following help:

Baked Goods Donations
(Drop off Friday evening or Saturday morning)

Friday, September 24
6 pm - move items outside and set up the tent

Saturday, September 25
6 am - set up for the day
8 am -2 pm - cashiers, watching over tables

CLEAN UP - starting at 1:30 pm

Please sign up in the Narthex or contact Brenda Hovis at
610-282-3450 if you can help.
Encouraging our College Students

For those of us who have left home for the first time after graduation, whether it be to attend college or service or some other adventure, it can be a difficult and lonely time. Faith Church provides encouragement to our college students and lets them know that they are not forgotten and we are praying for their success. We do this by sending cards and care packages. The post office has boxes for a flat fee that can be jammed as full as you want with treats and fun things. Or send a note with a gift card to any place to eat. Anytime is a good time whether it be right after their arrival at college or during finals. We are looking for people to sponsor college students. Please contact Sandi DiSanto if you are interested in sending a card or care package to a college student this fall.
 
Sandi DiSanto · sandidisanto@gmail.com · 610-360-9637
LOOKING AHEAD TO OCTOBER...

Look for this flyer on our Facebook page and share with all your Facebook friends to get the word out to as many people as possible. Invite everyone to attend our exciting Rally for Rylie! Lots of fun and prizes happening!
(click link for more info and to register)
Recycling Soft Plastic

We are collecting plastic shopping bags and all other soft plastic bags (#2 & #4).  By February 15, 2022 we will need to collect 500 pounds of recyclable plastic in order to earn another TREX bench!

Collection boxes can be found in
the Narthex and in the Office Lobby

Here is a list of acceptable plastics:
 
Let’s save our oceans and the animals that live there
by turning these materials into a reusable product!
Any questions please see Jerry Trexler. 
The Betty Lou's Pantry basket has been returned to the Narthex and is anticipating your donations! Currently, the most needed items are:

Chunky Soup or Chili
Boxed Potatoes
(Scalloped, Au Gratin, Stovetop Stuffing)
Packaged Pasta & Rice Side Dishes

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.

SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS:


17 Cindy Talaber
17 Kate Jellison
18 Donna Herndon
21 Carrie Fosbenner
22 Romaine Zeiner
23 Cathy Wimmer
23 Diane Talaber
26 Susan Roberts
26 Erin Gollie
27 Abby Muth
28 Michael DiSanto
28 Damyn Allison
29 Ruth Smith
29 Eric Fosbenner

(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)