PENNSYLVANIA SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE
OF THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
One United Church of Christ

1730 New Holland Road, Kenhorst, Reading, PA  19607
"Adapting, Welcoming, Serving, Growing in Faith"
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This is an exciting time in our communal life together. We’re discovering God’s surprises and we hope that you will be one of God’s surprises to our community. Come and worship and share in fellowship with us…there’s a place for you here!
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Payday loans are the best here!
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Payday loans are the best here!
THIS  WEEK @ CHURCH
WEEK OF JANUARY  23 — JANUARY  29
  Saturday
 6:00 PM – Narcotics Anonymous Meeting (6 pm to 8pm)
  Wednesday
 7:30 PM – Come as You Are AA Meeting
 7:00 PM – DEAR REVS – EVERY OTHER WEDNESDAY
NEWS  &  NOTES
  5 Things You Need to Know This Week at One UCC
   1. Our Annual Congregational Meeting will be Sunday, January 31, 2021 following the Outdoor Worship service that day. This notice services as the call to the meeting. More details later in the bulletin.

2. The Mission Committee is hosting a virtual Game Night this Friday evening, January 22nd, from 7-9pm. Game Night will happen over Zoom, and as such, if you would like to attend, please register with Pastor Becky by telling her you would like to attend. She will send you the Zoom info. Hope to see you there!

3. If you’re one of the lucky people who gets to write an Annual Report for 2020, they are due to Gloria Miller as soon as possible. Thank you!

4. The next Busy Bag Giveaway is Sunday, January 31st following the Annual Meeting, approximately 11:30am 12:30pm. If you know anyone who could benefit from a bag to help keep their kids in hybrid/virtual school busy until they answer a question, fix a technical issue, etc…, please tell them to stop by for a bag.

5. The Little Food Pantry is getting good use in front of the church! The Mission Committee is trying something new, and for the month of January suggests adding donations of cereals, oatmeal, cream of wheat, and powdered milk. See the note in the bulletin for more details. Thank you for your support of this ministry!

  Busy Bags Available for Pick-up on January 31
  Virtual learning is tough for everyone. We want to make it a bit easier for kids and the adults who love them! On January 31st, One UCC is giving out Busy Bags with a snack and several simple activities to keep elementary aged kids busy until you're available to fix a Zoom link, answer a question, or the million other things you are trying to balance. The Busy Bags will be available in drive-up fashion starting around 11:30am, so stop by on January 31st to receive yours. RSVP on Facebook (https://fb.me/e/SPnkNQwl), email the church (oneucckenhorst@gmail.com), and please share with anyone interested!

  ***Save the Dates: Outdoor Worship for January 2021
  ***Save the Dates: We are planning to hold outdoor, drive-in worship at 10:30am on January 31st. Yes, we are going to try to continue worship outside in winter. Yes, we realize it’s cold. If people can be outside for hours to watch sporting events, hunt, or walk around festivals, we can handle a half-hour worship service. Pray for good weather!

During the cold-weather outdoor worship services, stay in your warm car, and tune your radio to 89.7 FM . Feel free to keep your car running (for heat). You can certainly turn off your car, if you wish, but your car will not remain heated, and there is a chance of draining your car battery using the car radio (unless you choose to bring a portable radio). Services are approximately 30 minutes, and running your car for that amount of time uses about ¼ gallon of gas, on average. No social distancing is required in cars, so cars can park in every space. There will be no outside speakers set up, so you will not be able to hear the service without your car, or portable, radio. Most car radios are digital and allow you to precisely tune to 89.7, whereas portable radios that require manual tuning are harder to dial in the precise frequency. The church radio transmitter has a very small range, and can only broadcast to the church parking lot – your radio at home will not pick up the signal.

  Star Gifts for 2021
  Sunday, January 3, 2021—YouTube Worship includes blessing the 2021 Star Gifts. Drive-up Star Gift Words will be available between 11:30am-12:30pm on January 3rd at church. They will also be available on January 10th during Outdoor Worship, or Pastor Becky would be delighted to mail one to you. Just let her know if you would like to receive a star word by mail.

  Call to Attend One UCC's Annual Meeting January 31st
  Covid-time makes everything complicated, including having an annual meeting, but we're creative and have figured out January 31st, following the Outdoor Worship Service, will be our 2021 Annual Meeting!

The purpose of the meeting is to elect new Council members. Currently one nomination has been received. We are looking for two more people to join Council, serving a 3 year term. Council meets once a month, and in addition to attending Council meetings, Council members are asked to give leadership to the congregation’s committees. If you are interested in serving on Council, please contact Nancy McNabb.

In case of bad weather, the Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday, February 7th. Annual Reports will be available soon.

  January - February 2021 Worship Series
  **As we make our way into 2021, we hope you join us for our January-February worship series,“Where is God when I’m ____________________________ (Overwhelmed/Frustrated/Depressed/Lonely/Comfortable)” We’ve been there. We know how such emotions feel. For people who seek to live by faith, we struggle to find God when we’re struggling and when everything is going perfectly well. Some Christians say if we had enough faith, we would not feel these ways. That’s a bunch of BS. This winter, we’ll talk about where God is in these seasons, how the Bible shows these seasons are natural and normal for faithful people, and how we can navigate through them healthily.

  OFFICE HOURS: CHURCH and PASTOR BECKY
  Church Office Hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 8:30am-11:00am.

Pastor Becky’s office hours are Sundays 9am - noon and Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm. Please call before you stop by to make sure no one’s schedule has changed, and please wear a mask.

In case you need the contact information:
• We are on Facebook and search for One United Church of Christ! Like our page!
• Pastor Becky’s Contact Info: 610-621-2891, home phone 301-471-3185, cell phone/texting revrjph@outlook.com

The fastest way to reach Pastor Becky is by texting her cell phone.
  Director of Music Contact During 2020
  Jeff Miller, Director of Music, can be reached via his cell (contact church for the number) and by email (jeff@simonapple.com).

  Missed a Sunday? Listen to Podcast on this website
  Podcasts of the Sunday services are now available on the church website (www.oneucc.org).

Currently the podcasts start with November services and will be swapped out weekly for the next few weeks until we are caught up with the current service.

If you missed worship on Sunday or would like to hear parts of it again, please listen to the podcast.

  Hearts Full of Prayer
  Our Hope is in God

"I put all my hope in the Lord. He leaned down to me; he listened to my cry for help. 2 He lifted me out of the pit of death, out of the mud and filth, and set my feet on solid rock. He steadied my legs. 3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise for our God." (Psalm 40:1-3a, NRSV)

Our sanctuary now holds over 18,000 hearts in remembrance of those who have died from Covid-19 in Pennsylvania. Yesterday, January 13th, was the single deadliest day of the pandemic in the United States with over 4,400 dying. Try to imagine that number of white hearts in our sanctuary (hint: we started with over 4,000 in May), and remember at this rate, the deaths in the US will equal the total amount of hearts we have in the sanctuary in less than 4 days. While we're all tired of mitigation measures, they are as important as ever. In addition to praying, please keep making choices that value everyone's life.

  Dear Revs. Continues with Self-Care in Stressful Times
  How do we care for ourselves when life gets stressful? Join Pastors Becky and Matt for "Dear Revs." Episode 22 as they share tips for navigating through these weird days: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETMEdXzXeTA

We continue to post Wednesday afternoon videos taking inspiration from the everyday to answer questions, address things you're curious about, and discuss finding the holy in all kinds of places. If you have a burning faith question or something you would like to see us discuss to e-mail Pastor Becky (revrjph@outlook.com). All askers will be kept anonymous.

  CAN you spare a minute...
  Did you know One UCC collects aluminum beverage cans we recycle to help fund our ministry? We will gladly take any aluminum beverage cans you drop off at church. If you wish to drop some off, please call the office (610-777-5211) to arrange a time to do so. **Please note we ONLY accept aluminum beverage cans. Please do not give us your tin cans (pet food cans, fruit cans, etc...)

  The Little Food Pantry Continues!
   Have you noticed the clear storage box that is out front? That is our Little Food Pantry. We are asking for donations of dry goods only for the winter months, due to concerns about freezing. Dry goods include pastas, cereals, beans, rice, etc…. Donations can be placed directly in the Little Food Pantry. If the box is full, please place donations inside the church, near the sofa. The Little Food Pantry will be monitored a few times a week to make sure that it is continually stocked. A sign will be placed on the box explaining about our new program! Anyone who is in need may walk up and take what they want/need. If you have any questions, call or text Katie Szajek (610-823-7692). Thank you for all your support getting this off of the ground!

If you would like to contribute to the Little Food Pantry and aren’t sure what to pick up, for the month of January, the Mission Committee suggests cereal, oatmeal, cream of wheat, and powdered milk. Please remember to purchase things without liquid for the winter months. Thank you for your support!


OUR CHURCH
Welcome to One United Church of Christ. Our church has a new vision statement: "Adapting, Welcoming, Serving, Growing in Faith." Come join us for worship service at 10:30 am on Sunday as we continue to grow this new vision. Our liturgies are crafted in a new way that is welcoming and easy to follow. Our music programs are outstanding with the leadership of our Director of Music, Jeff Miller, who is also composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist for Simon Apple, and Celtic World Orchestra. We hope you will come visit soon and experience our warm hospitality!

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