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"
EXPLORE



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 MAY  28 — JUNE  3
  Saturday
 6:00 PM – Narcotics Anonymous Meeting (6 pm to 8pm)
  Tuesday
 6:30 PM – Council Meeting
  Wednesday
 7:30 PM – Come as You Are AA Meeting
 7:00 PM – DEAR REVS – EVERY WEDNESDAY
NEWS  &  NOTES
  Zoom Fellowship Time! Sundays 11:00 am to Noon
  We are going to experiment with a Zoom Fellowship Time this Sunday from 11am-noon. Say hi to your church friends! Stop in any time between 11am and noon to say hello. To join the meeting from a computer, tablet, or smartphone, use the “Join Zoom Meeting” link. To join the meeting by telephone only, call one of the “Dial by your location” numbers such as the Maryland one, 1-301-715-8592.

If you need a Zoom tutorial, contact Pastor Becky before Sunday.

Check out the newsletter for more information.

  Tentative Drive-in Worship Services Scheduled!
  At One UCC's May Council meeting, we discussed the possibility of outdoor, drive-in worship services ahead of Berks County being green. The latest public health guidance indicates holding drive-in worship at yellow would be a low risk activity with certain precautions in place.

We are TENTATIVELY planning to hold outdoor, drive-in worship services this summer on June 28, July 26, and August 30. However, certain conditions must be in place to have drive-in worship:

1. Berks County must be yellow or green under the reopening plan
2. No rain
3. Social distancing of 6 feet or more at all times
4. Non-worship leaders have to wear masks at all times, and worship leaders have to wear masks when not leading worship
5. If you wish to sing, you have to stay in your car (because group singing requires at least 16 feet of space between people and is a dangerous activity right now)

These are the most basic conditions we need to have in place to hold drive-in worship this summer. Further plans and instructions will be developed and communicated to you in the coming weeks.

If participating in a drive-in worship service is uncomfortable for you, please know we understand and support your decision to stay home. Worship still will be available to you in some format TBD.

  Our hearts are with those lost to Covid-19
  We are continuing to place hearts in the sanctuary to remember those in Pennsylvania who have died from Covid-19. As of May 21st that number is over 4,800. Many, many thanks to everyone who has been cutting out hearts! We have enough hearts for the moment, but sadly we will be needing more. It takes time to hang up 4,800+ hearts, and so what you see in the picture is around 2,000 up so far. When cutting out hearts and hanging them up, it's sobering to realize just how big a number 4,800 is. Imagine, then, how big 93,863 (the number of US deaths as of writing this) is.

While Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have died in service to our country, and we do that, we also need to remember their service was given on behalf of the common greater good, not individual, personal (and selfish) freedoms. May the ways we are living now honor the sacrifice of our military personnel who gave their lives for us all.

Our hearts and prayers are with those who have died in service to our country, with those who have died in the current Covid-19 crisis, and with the loved ones they all leave behind.

If interested in cutting hearts for this project, please contact Pastor Becky for the pattern or a member of the Mission Committee.

Please contact Pastor Becky before delivering hearts to the church.

  Green Means Go, Sort Of
  One UCC's Council met in May and determined we will not hold in-person gatherings or meetings until Berks County is green under Pennsylvania's color-coded reopening plan. Our congregation is comprised of many people in high-risk groups, and caring for the vulnerable is a deeply held practice of One UCC. Once Berks County reaches green, we will thoughtfully, carefully, and responsibly begin to make decisions about how to reopen to in-person ministry. We will keep you updated as developments unfold.

As such, the Adult Easter Egg Hunt rescheduled to June 7th is now going to be held some time in the fall. All church meetings that are happening right now are occurring by Zoom or similar digital platforms. VBS and Summer Hangouts with Immanuel UCC are also not happening this summer.

Please be aware that even when Berks County is at green, church will not be back to normal yet. The latest guidance recommends continued social distancing (keeping 6 feet apart), wearing masks, washing hands, and cleaning high-contact surfaces frequently while at green. Another key issue we are monitoring is the role of group singing in spreading the virus.

Keep the faith, friends. As of today, we have not heard of anyone in our congregation who has had Covid-19. These strange virus mitigation measures we're all asked to do are paying off locally and even nationally. We will get through this, and we will do so by the strength of community. That being said, social distance doesn't mean isolation. Keep calling each other and checking in. The Mission Committee and Pastor Becky want to know if you feel isolated and would like someone to check on you. Please let us know what you need.

In the meantime, be well, keep wearing those masks, washing those hands, staying home, and praying fiercely!

  Doors to Understanding: You're Invited to a Gallery Opening
  This event is scheduled to open on October 2 at 6:00 pm.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Throughout May, we are going to be working to recognize the importance of mental health within the life of faith and reduce the stigma and shame around mental health issues.

One way we're doing this is through an art exhibit on display at church throughout October.

The exhibit is called "Doors of Understanding" and features the fine art photography of Rachel Conrad.

Evenings in October, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm we are hosting a gallery opening for this show. Everyone is invited. Tickets are $5.00 per person or $10.00 for a family.

Please invite others you think may be interested. Proceeds will benefit a yet to be determined agency in our community that works with mental health education and advocacy,

  Need A Ride to Church?
  Transportation is available for individuals who may need a ride to church or Sunday School. Please call the church office at 610.777.5211 if you would like a ride to Sunday school and Worship.
  Sponsorship Charts for 2020
  The Sponsorship Charts for 2020 are posted in the narthex. Sponsors are needed throughout the year. Please make sure you fill in your name along with the name of whom it is in memory or in honor of.

There is one central dish flower arrangement per week. Costs are Altar Flowers - $30.00 per dish floral arrangement; Eternity Candle $3.50; and Bulletins $5.00.

Thank you for your participation during the year of 2020.
  Spare Change Can for 2020
  "Don't let the spare change you are carrying in your pockets/purses weigh you down! Bring in your spare change to help keep our expenses down."

We are collecting spare change during the year to support the following community activities and utilities:

Mary's Shelter- February, April, June, and December

Bazaar - September and October

Easter Egg Hunt - March

Breakfast with Santa - November

Heating/AC - January and July

Water - May

Church Picnic - August

Thanks for your generosity and contributions to keep these activities happening and keep us solvent.
  Director of Music Contact During 2020
  Jeff Miller, Director of Music, will be available for discussions at the church on Thursdays from 9:30 am to Noon, Wednesdays after choir rehearsal (~ 8:30 pm). and any Sunday after the morning worship service (~11:30 am).

Jeff can also 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.

Training (if you wish) and moral support will be provided.

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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