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!
THIS  WEEK @ CHURCH
WEEK OF JANUARY  30 — FEBRUARY  5
  Wednesday
 7:30 PM – Come as You Are AA Meeting
  Saturday
 6:00 PM – Narcotics Anonymous Meeting (6 pm to 8pm)
  Sunday
 10:30 AM – Worship Service
 10:30 AM – Worship Service with Communion
NEWS  &  NOTES
  January Mission Project: Mitten Tree
  The Mission Committee is starting a Mitten Tree for the month of January. Any new mittens, gloves, hats, or scarves may be placed on the Christmas tree outside of the church office throughout the month. At the end of January, we will donate these needed winter supplies to a local organization.

  4 Things You Need to Know This Week at One UCC
  1. The Little Food Pantry is getting good use in front of the church! Any donations you can make are greatly appreciated.

2. We will be sending in a shipment of used printer ink cartridges soon. If you have any you would like included, please bring them to church.

3 “Coldest Night of the Year” is an upcoming event in our area that seeks to raise funds for people experiencing hunger, homelessness, and hurt in our community. The Coldest Night of the Year event in Reading raises money for New Journey Community Outreach and will be held at Penn State Berks on Saturday, February 25th starting at 4pm. The event features a 2.5 or 5 K walk and a light meal. If you are interested in walking, volunteering, or donating, please talk with Pastor Becky or a member of the Mission Ministry team.

4 One UCC is looking at the possibility of hosting a “Free Market” community event on Saturday, May 20th. This event is just in the planning and dreaming stages. We’re envisioning something like a flea market except everything is free. This would be a great way to get rid of usable items you have around your house and don’t know what to do with OR if you’re looking for an item come and peruse what people bring. We’re also exploring having food trucks come and some activities for kids. This would be a great way to bring the community together and meet more of our neighbors! If you are interested in helping or planning, please talk with Pastor Becky.

**As we go into the winter season, please remember if you are sick or feeling unwell, we kindly ask you to worship from home. Our services continue to be livestreamed and available on our YouTube Channel.

  Notes about Music for Today's Worship Series
  In keeping with our worship theme “How Did We Get Here? The History of Christianity in Five Sundays,” the music for this week focuses on the Reformation Era, ~ 1400-1700 CE.

The opening hymn, “O Spirit of God,” is an example of German Reformation era hymnody. The lyricist, Johann Niedling, who was a professor and composer in Altenburg. The composer, Samuel Scheidt, was an influential organist in the early Baroque period, in north German school of organ music.

While not much is known about those who composed the middle hymn, “I Greet You, Sure Redeemer,” the hymn does come from the Strasbourg Psalter, which was edited by the great Reformation figure, John Calvin. How music was utilized in worship was a part of the Reformation, ranging from Ulrich Zwingli, who although an accomplished musician, believed music had no place in Christian worship, to Martin Luther who sought to make music in worship accessible. John Calvin was in the middle of these positions, believing music should be a part of worship, the laity should be actively involved in congregational singing, and that new settings of the Psalms were the most appropriate choice for congregational music. The Strasbourg Psalter reflected Calvin’s beliefs on congregational music. Interestingly, our hymn tune Old Hundredth (tune of the traditional Doxology) comes from the Strasbourg Psalter.

The last hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is our God” is the most well-known example of Reformation era hymnody. The hymn’s composer, Martin Luther, is a key figure in the Protestant Reformation, known for nailing his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany in 1517 and sparking a movement that changed the world. Luther himself was an amateur musician who wrote dozens of hymns in the vernacular of his day and sought to make both the music and lyrics accessible to the average person.

  How Did We Get Here?...The history of Christianity in five Sundays (January 15 to February 12, 2023)
  How did the Christian Church change from a group of nobodies following a man who was executed by the state, yet claimed to be God, to the behemoth of the institution it is today? In just 5 Sundays, we'll trace the quick outline of Christian history to see how did we get here, inhabiting a Church of declining relevance, hit by scandals, yet still a powerful force for good and hope in the world. This week we visit the Reformation. We hope you will join us for worship!!

  “Coldest Night of the Year”
  “Coldest Night of the Year” is an upcoming event in our area that seeks to raise funds for people experiencing hunger, homelessness, and hurt in our community. The Coldest Night of the Year event in Reading raises money for New Journey Community Outreach and will be held at Penn State Berks on Saturday, February 25th starting at 4pm. The event features a 2.5 or 5 K walk and a light meal. If you are interested in walking, volunteering, or donating, please talk with Pastor Becky or a member of the Mission Ministry team.

  “Free Market” community event on Saturday, May 20th
  One UCC is looking at the possibility of hosting a “Free Market” community event on Saturday, May 20th. This event is just in the planning and dreaming stages. We’re envisioning something like a flea market except everything is free. This would be a great way to get rid of usable items you have around your house and don’t know what to do with OR if you’re looking for an item come and peruse what people bring. We’re also exploring having food trucks come and some activities for kids. This would be a great way to bring the community together and meet more of our neighbors! If you are interested in helping or planning, please talk with Pastor Becky.

  Director of Music Seeking Choir and Handbell Members for 2022-23
  Want to sing in choir, or be in the bell choir? Or want to try it to see if you enjoy it? No commitment! Simply talk to Jeff, or contact him via cell (610-406-1664), or email (jeff@simonapple.com). For now, rehearsals are as needed, not weekly. Choir rehearsal is occasional, after Sunday service, for about 15 minutes. Bells are also occasional, typically on a Wednesday, for 45 minutes starting at 6:30 or 7pm. Reading music is not required, or necessary. It’s all very low-key, no pressure, and flexible to accommodate everyone’s schedule. Also, anyone who would like to perform special music in the service at any time, please contact Jeff.

  We're Now on Instagram!
  One UCC has launched an Instagram account! The Holy Spirit called One to venture into a new space to share the ministry of the Church with others. By venturing into a new space, we hope to share our ministry with a wider variety of people. If you would like to follow this account, you can go to Instagram and search for OneUCCKenhorst or One United Church of Christ.

  Director of Music Contact Information
  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.

  Introducing Eat-Pray-Meet
  These are strange times to be Church. Noting current realities that we want our congregation to be as informed about church happenings as possible so that we can have adequate input into church matters and noting the recent difficulty of finding Council members, we’re exploring changing the format of Council. Rather than elect Elders and hold a monthly Council meeting of Elders, Officers, and Pastors, we would like to explore having a monthly meeting of our congregation that includes everyone! This meeting would be called Eat-Pray-Meet, and we’re envisioning it would take place the second Sunday of the month after worship (and involve a meal).

Everyone is invited to attend, everyone can give input, and everyone can vote, like in a congregational meeting. Rather than having Elders, we would move toward having an Executive Committee made up of a Moderator, Assistant Moderator, Secretary, Treasurer, Financial Secretary, and the Pastors. The Executive Committee would make nominations for the offices and ask the congregation to approve the nominations as we currently do for Elders and the financial offices.

We are hoping to test this new format and live into a new way of being church together before addressing the bylaws. The current bylaws were created for a different reality of being a small congregation together. The pandemic and current societal trends necessitate changes that we will live into and then codify.

Council is next meeting on Sunday, December 11th following worship, and if you would like to come to the early part of that Council meeting and ask questions or hear more information, you are invited. We will be discussing this Eat-Pray-Meet proposal and looking to move into this new format following our annual congregational meeting in January.

  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...)

  Did you know we have a weekly church email?
  If you would like to receive the latest One UCC news and updates, please email oneucckenhorst@gmail.com and let us know you would like to subscribe or let Pastor Becky know you’d like to subscribe.

The weekly church email usually arrives on Thursdays or Fridays. If you have subscribed but aren’t finding it, check your junk mail settings.

  The Little Food Pantry Continues!
  Have you noticed the black cabinet out front? That is our Little Food Pantry. It continues to get good use and back stock is low. Any donations, or monetary donations if you don't want to go shopping, are appreciated.

Donations can be placed directly in the Little Food Pantry. Now that the weather has warmed up, any sort of donations are being accepted. 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. Anyone who is in need may walk up and take what they want/need. If you have any questions, call church office. Thank you for all your support!

  OFFICE HOURS: CHURCH and PASTOR BECKY
  Church Office Hours have returned to normal. The office will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8:30am-11:00am, subject to change.

Nancy McNabb, Lay Pastor, will have office hours on Tuesdays from 9am to Noon.


Pastor Becky’s office hours will only be on Sundays 9am - noon. 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.

  Help Both Our Church and Our Planet at the Same Time!
  You can do that by recycling your used printer ink cartridges through Planet Green Recycling!

There are two ways to participate.
1. Drop off used ink cartridges at church and we will submit to “Planet Green Recycling”

OR

2. Mail in cartridges yourself doing the following: a. Open the following link on PC:
https://www.planetgreenrecycle.com/
b. Click on item 2 “Free USPS Label”
c. Fill in label request:
i. Your First and Last Name
ii. Your Email address
iii. Organization Program Code: Enter 31591
iv. Address - Enter Church address:
1730 New Holland Road
Kenhorst, Pa. 19607
v. Identify how many cartridges YOU MUST SEND AT LEAST 4
vi. You will receive a prepaid label in your email to mail in cartridges
vii. Box up cartridges, attached label and drop off at post office

Check will be mailed directly to “One United Church of Christ. The church will receive $1.00 for every cartridge (commonly used cartridges).

If you choose to mail in your cartridges yourself, it is very important to make sure to include the church’s Organization Program Code so we receive credit for your cartridges.

Thank you so much for your support!!!

  Protocols for Indoor Worship:
  The service is at 10:30am
• If you are sick or feeling unwell, we kindly ask you to worship from home.
•Masks are encouraged but not required when inside the building for worship.
If you are more comfortable wearing a mask, please continue to do so. As we have been, we are following CDC guidance and best faith practices with these recommendations.
Social distancing will be encouraged.Please note the pews that are roped off are closed to help with spacing and please keep those pews closed.
Contact tracing will continue so that in case someone attends worship and tests positive for Covid, we can appropriately inform others who were also present.
• Windows will be open to some extent to provide additional ventilation in the sanctuary.
• Worship will include congregational singing.
• Our already additional and thorough cleaning of the church building will continue.


As we worship indoors, please be mindful everyone’s experience in the pandemic has been different. Also, please be aware some are in contact with people who are unvaccinated either by choice or circumstance. Some people may be okay with a physical greeting and some people may continue to appreciate 6 feet of space around them. Conversation is the key to navigating each other’s contact comfort levels, and so please check in with each other.

Even on Sundays when we are having indoor worship, the service still will be available on YouTube, live at 10:30am and a recorded copy of the live service later on Sunday and throughout the week.


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!

Questions, please email us at oneucckenhorst@gmail.com.

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