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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THIS  WEEK @ CHURCH
WEEK OF NOVEMBER  26 — DECEMBER  2
  Saturday
 6:00 PM – Narcotics Anonymous Meeting (6 pm to 8pm)
  Sunday
 10:30 AM – CANCELLED - Outdoor Worship in Parking Lot
 12:00 PM – Deadline to Participate in the Cookie Exchange
  Wednesday
 7:30 PM – Come as You Are AA Meeting
 7:00 PM – DEAR REVS – EVERY OTHER WEDNESDAY
NEWS  &  NOTES
  Upcoming November Events
  Sunday, November 1st, is All Saints’ Sunday. If you wish to remember someone who has dies in the past year, please contact the church office by October 25th with the person’s name, date of death and an optional photo.

Sunday, November 15th, is the Congregational Budget meeting following the outdoor worship service. The meeting is for the purpose of presenting and voting on the 2021 church budget. In case of bad weather, the rain date is November 29th following outdoor worship. If it’s bad weather then, we’ll hold the meeting via Zoom. The budget and associated materials will be available toward the beginning of November.

  Advent Starts with HOPE
  Advent is a season that looks in two directions at once--backwards toward the birth of Jesus and forward to the return of Christ. Whether a baby in Bethlehem or the return of a Savior to set things right, God's breaking into the world is disruptive. In this holy disruption, we have hope. Join us this week in prayer and hope that God would tear open the heavens and set the world right.

  Outdoor Service Cancelled for Sunday, November 29, 2020
  Drive-in/Outdoor Worship CANCELLED this Sunday, November 29th

Hi Friends, Pastor Becky here. Unfortunately, we are cancelling outdoor worship this Sunday out of an abundance of caution. Due to the new Department of Health's order that Pennsylvanians who travel out of state must have a negative Covid test or quarantine upon arrival, I'm in quarantine currently. I was in Maryland earlier this week for my stepmother's funeral, and testing capacity in Berks County is poor if you need a test only because you've been out of state. While last Saturday I made an appointment to be tested, the earliest I could get a test is November 30th. I've been told to expect results 3-7 days after that. Currently, I am fine, we're all healthy, and my family and I took precautions to be safe while we celebrated my stepmother's life. I'm just awaiting testing. As a result, I will not be in the office until I know I'm Covid-free. If you need your Pastor, I'm a phone call, text, video chat, or email an away. I will be leading Sunday's worship service on YouTube, thanks to the wonder of technology. Thank you for your support and understanding.

Also, however you chose to celebrate Thanksgiving, please be safe. Please keep the health of those you love and our healthcare workers in mind in the choices you make. We're all sick of Covid, and it will go away faster if we all make sacrifices and do our part. We can very tangibly live out Jesus' Great Commandment to love God and love neighbor by staying home, wearing a mask while out, and by washing our hands. Blessings and prayers for a healthy Thanksgiving!

  Reopening Update
  The leadership of One UCC met and discussed reopening to in person, indoor worship. Noting the rising number of cases, the increased evidence Covid-19 spreads through aerosols, the quality of our sanctuary’s ventilation, and the limited capacity of people who can safely be in the sanctuary at one time, we are not returning to indoor worship at least through October. We will continue with Drive-in/Outdoor worship at least through October. We will continue with Drive-in/Outdoor worship and recording worship. We will continue to keep everyone updated on changes.

  Cookie Exchange for 2020
  ***CALLING ALL BAKERS! Do you like baking? Do you enjoy eating different types of homemade cookies? If you answered yes, then this is for YOU. One UCC is hosting its first annual congregational cookie exchange. If you chose to participate in the cookie exchange, you will need to submit your name and what type of cookie that you plan to bake to Katie Szajek (call/text 610-823- 7692) or to Pastor Becky (by calling the church office at 610-777- 5211 or email oneucckenhorst@gmail.com) by Sunday, November 29th!

Once we see how many people are participating, you will be notified about how many cookies you will need to make. Basically, you will bake a certain number of one type of cookie. In return, you will get a certain number of different types of cookies! You will get a sampling of each type of cookie that is made for the exchange. You will need to drop your cookies off to church by Friday, December 18th. Please make sure that your container is labeled with the type of cookie as well as your name. The cookie exchange part will have to be tabled this year. Instead, Bonnie and Katie Szajek will create the cookie samplers and will have them ready for you to pick up on Sunday, December 20th , time for pick up will be decided soon. It’s a really easy way to try different cookies for the holidays. Please consider participating in our first annual congregational cookie exchange. We can’t do this without you!

  Advent Devotional Available
  Advent begins on Sunday, and so does the Christian liturgical year. We are offering a daily Advent devotional for anyone who would like a guide for extra time of prayer and meditation during this season. The devotional is available for download here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_7Gb_tYjw7LGTWFITrcr3aU02x6gQz_1/view?usp=sharing

  New Information for Drive-In Outdoor Worship and Communion
  **New information**

***Save the Dates: We are planning to hold outdoor, drive-in worship services at 10:30am on December 13th, and December 24th (7:00pm on Christmas Eve), conditions permitting.

The last Sundays of the month will be communion Sundays both virtually and in person.

Maybe you noted Christmas Eve, conditions permitting, might be an outdoor worship service at 7:00pm. As of now, we are planning for a recorded Christmas Eve service on YouTube and a candlelight parking lot service. Our sanctuary does not have the ventilation necessary to support a crowd on Christmas Eve. This reality is heartbreaking for us all. Best case scenario, our prayers are answered, Covid goes away, and we can have Christmas Eve worship as usual. Worst case scenario, we will light candles in the parking lot, sing “Silent Night” in our cars, and still celebrate Jesus’ birth together as creatively, meaningfully, and safely as possible. Please start preparing now for a Christmas that will look differently, please keep praying for everyone’s health and safety, and we’ll keep you updated as we get into December

  Introducing the Little Food Pantry!
  Have you noticed the black storage box that is out front? That is our Little Food Pantry. We are asking for donations (food items and bottled water). Donations can be placed directly in the Little Food Pantry. If the box is full, please place donations inside the church, in the cardboard box located somewhere near Pastor Becky’s office. 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 S. (610-823-7692). We cannot wait to get this new program off of the ground and we can’t do it without your help!

  PASTOR BECKY'S OFFICE HOURS
  In February 2020 we voted to move forward with the Future of the Church Team’s recommendation of option #3, which allows for a part-time pastor. As my M.Ed. program will be time consuming, I am moving to part-time ministry starting September 1st. For the rest of 2020, I will be working about 25 hours each week as my class load is lighter this semester.

However, in the Spring 2021 semester (starting mid-January), my class load will be intense and so I will be moving to half-time. More details will be forthcoming later this year.

For the remainder of 2020, my office hours will be Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9am-noon. These are not the only hours I’m working, but they are the hours I will be consistently available at church if you need to reach me. My responsibilities will include: preparation and leadership of worship (crafting the liturgy, scripture study, sermon prep, including bulletin preparation, finding and guiding lay liturgists, preaching, prayers, etc); some faith formation and vitality work (Bible study/confirmation, service, identifying helpful resources and opportunities and helping lay persons take advantage of them); some leadership development mainly with Council and the Worship Committee; pastoral care in collaboration with lay visitors and crisis pastoral care; weddings, funerals, and baptisms; participation in wider church meetings and activities such as conference and association meetings as time permits; and inspiring and energizing and deepening spiritual connections and faith understanding. Please see Newsletter for more details.

  "CAN" You Spare A Moment?
  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...)

  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)

In our sanctuary, we have over 8,000 hearts to remember the people in Pennsylvania who've died from Covid-19. In the US this week, we reached the somber milestone of over 200,000 Covid deaths. If you have been in our sanctuary, try imagining what 200,000 hearts would look like. 8,000 fills our sacred space. If we had a heart up for each person in the United States who died of Covid, our ceilings would be covered, and the hearts would be going down the walls. Keep praying, friends, keep wearing masks, limiting gathering sizes, avoiding poorly ventilated spaces, washing hands, and showing kindness to each other. All these actions are ways we show love toward God and neighbor, the greatest and most fundamental of all Christian commandments.

  DEAR REVS CONTINUES – EVERY OTHER WEDNESDAY
  We continue to share videos on One UCC's YouTube channel and Facebook every other Wednesday for now. Taking inspiration from the every day, we'll continue 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 or cook, message us or contact Pastor Becky (revjph@outlook.com). All askers will be kept anonymous. Please send Pastor Becky your questions! Please note, "Dear Revs." likely will be on hiatus for a couple of weeks.

The link to this week's episode, "Asking for Prayers" can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RysNSLcnGwg

  Church News and Updates Email List
  We’ve started an email list for church news and updates! We need your permission to add you to the email list. If you don’t currently receive the emails and you wish to do so, please contact Pastor Becky (revrjph@outlook.com) to be added to the list.

  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).

  Congregational Visitation Being Started for 2020
  Pastor Becky is starting a congregational visitation program in 2020. She is looking for people who would be interested in visiting with a homebound church member once a month. The visit can be in person or over the phone.

The only qualifications needed to be a congregation visitor are: one hour a month, a caring heart, and a willing spirit.

This is part of the Future of the Church option 3 we voted on in February. Training and support for this ministry provided! No cold calls—we’ll introduce you to your church friend. If you are willing to serve in this visitation ministry, please contact Pastor Becky as soon as possible.

If you would like to become a congregational visitor or would like more information, please contact Pastor Becky.

  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.

  ATTENTION: All knitters and crocheters
  Would you like to do something mission-oriented with your abilities? Would you like to learn how to knit or crochet? I'd like to find some people interested in starting a Prayer shawl and lap-ghan ministry in our church.

Prayer shawls are intentionally knitted or crocheted while praying for the intended recipient, then given to them in honor of a life changing event (a death in a family, a birth, leaving for college, etc.).

Lap-ghans are for those confined to wheel chairs. Or we could make full-sized afghans for anyone confined to bed.

This is a caring and loving ministry for our congregation and beyond.

Please contact Nancy McNabb if you are interested in joining this ministry. We could meet monthly to pray and chat together.


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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