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 AUGUST  2 — AUGUST  8
  Wednesday
 7:30 PM – Come as You Are AA Meeting
  Saturday
 6:00 PM – Narcotics Anonymous Meeting (6 pm to 8pm)
  Sunday
 9:30 AM – Indoor Worship
 11:00 AM – Brave Space Camp Days at Immanuel UCC (11:00 am to 3:00pm)
NEWS  &  NOTES
  Mark Your Calendar for Bazaar Discussion Meeting, August 16, 2021
  A Bazaar Meeting is schedule for Monday, August 16th at 6:30pm at church. Please come and voice your opinions, suggestions.

This is not a meeting to ask you to do a job but mostly a meeting to brainstorm if and how we want to do the bazaar. Hope to see you there.

  Pastor Becky on Vacation from August 2 to 15, 2021
  Pastor Becky will be on vacation August 2nd-15th. In the event of a pastoral emergency, the on-call pastor can be reached through the church office.

Please note the next weekly News and Updates email will arrive on Thursday, August 19th.

On Sunday, August 8th, Mrs. Nancy McNabb will be our guest preacher and worship leader.

On Sunday, August 15th, Sarah Hostetter, President of God's Precious Children, will be speaking during worship. If you sponsor a child's education in Liberia, sponsorship renewals will be available that Sunday. If you cannot attend worship, they will be mailed to you. If you wish to sponsor a child's education, that opportunity will be available on August 15th.

  Mark Your Calendar for Special Summer Social Events
  The Mission Committee has planned one gathering for an August Sunday after church.

Mark your calendars now for Coffee, Cold drinks, and Conversation on Sunday, August 22nd also following worship.

  5 Things You Need to Know This Week at One UCC
  1. August's worship services will be: indoor services for August 8th and August 15th due to Pastor Becky being on vacation both Sundays. The next outdoor worship service is August 22nd.

2. Pastor Becky will be on vacation August 2nd-August 15th. In the event of a pastoral emergency, please contact the church office for the local pastor name and contact information.

3. Beginning on August 1st, we are transitioning to livestreaming the worship service! If you want to join in worship online live, please go to our YouTube Channel, (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHUua_X9q0AuoI1g En7vahQ?view_as=subscriber) and look for the August 1, 2021 worship service link around 9:30am on Sunday. If you attend worship in person, the biggest change you will notice is acknowledgment of online friends joining us for worship. If you want to watch worship before 9:30am on Sunday, that option will not be available while we’re live streaming. If you want to watch worship sometime after the livestream, worship will be available a little later on Sunday on YouTube and throughout the week. Thank you for your understanding as we make the switch to another format of worship!

4. Monday, August 16th at 6:30pm at church there will be a meeting about the bazaar. Please come and voice your opinions, suggestions. This is not a meeting to ask you to do a job but mostly a meeting to brainstorm if and how we want to do the bazaar. Hope to see you there.

5. Our friends from God’s Precious Children will be joining us in worship on Sunday, August 15th to update on their mission educating children in Liberia. If you wish to renew your sponsorship, find out more about sponsoring a child’s education, or learn more about God’s Precious Children, please make plans to join in worship August 15th.

  Brave Space Camp Days at Immanuel UCC
  Brave Space Camp Days will be held at Immanuel UCC (99 S. Waverly Street, Shillington) on Sundays, August 8, 15, and 22. This free program is thanks to Hawley and Myrtle Quier Fund of Berks County Community Foundation.

This event will have community building fun activities...including playing and learning, getting to know neighbors, and building communication, respect and empathy.

Registration is now open for Brave Space Camp Days. This interfaith program is open to all children who have finished K-6th grade and will be held both outdoors and indoors on Immanuel's campus.

Join us for one or all of these Sundays - August 8 (11:00-3:00), August 15 (11:00-3:00), and August 22 (beginning at 11:00, leading up to the Music Made Local Concert), as we play, learn, and paint together!

To sign up for this program, click on the above image, contact Kelly Barnett, barnettkellym@gmail.com, or the church office, secretary@immanuel-ucc.org.

  Science and Faith: Origin Stories
  How did life as we know it come to be? What do the stories of creation and evolution reveal about ourselves, our culture, and God? These are among the questions we're wondering about this Sunday as our Science and Faith worship series continues. We hope to see you Sunday or beyond!

  ***Save the Dates: Summer Outdoor Worship Dates
  ***Save the Dates: We are planning to hold outdoor, drive-in worship at 9:30am on August 22nd and September 5th. The dates in August and September for outdoor worship will move indoors for bad weather.

During the hot-weather outdoor worship services, stay in your air conditioned car, and tune your radio to 89.7 FM . Feel free to keep your car running (for cool). 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. 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.

  Reopening The Church
  Friends in Christ, the leadership of One UCC has discerned it is time to return to weekly worship and some indoor, in-person ministry starting Sunday, July 4th. A letter detailing these reopening plans is being mailed, and a copy of the letter can be downloaded from the link below. Please keep our congregation in prayer as we transition to the next phase of pandemic ministry, and please know our congregation is keeping you prayer as we all move into new ways of being shaped by the past 15 months.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1s_BDrXF71m6y68yLysSC-5R62huux5wf/view?usp=sharing

Indoor worship services are scheduled for August 1st, August 8th, August 15th, and August 29th. Worship starts at 9:30 am. Please bring a mask and practice social distancing while in church. Worship will include congregational singing.

Outdoor worship dates are August 22nd and September 5th. If bad weather occurs, worship will be moved indoors.

Weekly worship on You Tube will continue in some fashion during this time.

  Outdoor Worship During Spring and Summer Tips
  Now that the weather has warmed up, you will have the option of hearing the service both through speakers in the parking lot or through your vehicle/portable radio. The choice is yours how you listen. The only exception is on Sundays with possibly rainy weather, the speakers will not be used. If you use the radio option, the frequency is 89.7 FM.

Beginning with the May 23 outdoor worship service: wearing masks for outdoor services are optional. If you wish to continue wearing a mask, you are most welcome to do so.

Summer worship start time changes to 9:30 am beginning on Sunday, June 6, to Sunday, September 5.

Sitting in your car, listening to the service on your radio, will continue to be an option throughout the year. If it’s too hot/humid, stay in your air-conditioned car if you desire. As long as the weather is cooperative during the warmer weather, the speakers will also be set up, so you can sit outside to listen to the service. The option is yours. Any time the weather threatens rain, the service might be “radio only.” If you don’t see any speakers on poles set up, it’s “radio only.” Otherwise, you have the option to sit in your car with your radio, or sit outside listening to the PA speakers.

If participating in a drive-in worship service is uncomfortable for you or if you are in a higher risk group and it’s better for you to not attend, please know we understand, love, and support your decision to stay home. Please make the best choice for yourself given your unique circumstances. Even on Sundays when we are having drive-in worship, the service still will be available on YouTube/podcast.

  Church Wide Picnic - September 12 at Church
  On Sunday, September 12, following morning worship (beginning at 9:30 am to 10:30 am), our annual church-wide picnic will be held at the church.

The church will be supplying hotdogs, hamburgers/cheeseburgers, rolls, condiments, beverages, and paper supplies (plates, cups, and utensils) for the day.

Items to bring: a covered dish/dessert to share, utensils and plates, bingo prizes, lawn chair, and a friend or two. There will be guessing games, children's games, and bingo throughout the day. Please mark this date on your calendar.

  A Call for Pictures!
  God's creativity and beauty surround us constantly...as close to us as our own backyards and along the byways we travel. Where have you noticed God's presence? Snap a picture, send it to us (oneucckenhorst@gmail.com), and we'd love to include your picture in this weekly email!
  A Garden Takes Shape
  If you are at the church building, you might notice our container garden beginning to take shape. The Mission Committee is busy planting fresh vegetables that will be available for harvest when the plants are ready. The container garden will be supplementing the Little Food Pantry with fresh produce. When the crops are ready for harvest, details will be shared about what’s being picked and how to pick the crop. Keep watching the bulletin and these weekly church email for updates on our garden and when the crops are ready to pick. You are most welcome to stop by church and help yourself to lettuce, beans, peppers, and tomatoes later this year! If you would like to help out with this project, please contact church office or Pastor Becky.

Many thanks to Jeff Biehl for building the container garden frame for us!!

A harvest is appearing! Some produce in the container garden is ready to pick and go to a good home. Many thanks to everyone who has been helping to water, feed, weed, and check on the garden! (And let's pray for some rain to help out our garden as well as farmers in our area!)

  Livestreaming Worship Begins on Sunday, August 1,2021
  Not that we weren't before, however, starting Sunday we'll be live anywhere in the world that has access to YouTube! We are transitioning to our YouTube worship life being live streamed on Sunday mornings and then a recording of the live service will be available shortly after the stream ends.

If you want to join in worship online live, please go to our YouTube Channel, (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHUua_X9q0AuoI1gEn7vahQ?view_as=subscriber) and look for the August 1, 2021 worship service link around 9:30am on Sunday.

If you attend worship in person, the biggest change you will notice is acknowledgment of online friends joining us for worship.

If you want to watch worship before 9:30am on Sunday, that option will not be available while we’re live streaming. If you want to watch worship sometime after the livestream, worship will be available a little later on Sunday on YouTube and throughout the week. Live streaming is a work in progress, and we will continue to make adjustments as needed. We'll let you know of any significant changes. Thank you for your grace and understanding as we make the switch to another format of worship!

  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!!!

  Director of Music Contact During 2021
  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...We Remember...
  We remember those lost to Covid.
We remember plans disrupted and lives changed.
We remember the ache of uncertainty.
We remember the discomfort of mask-wearing,
the discomfort of sacrifice,
the inconvenience love sometimes asks.
We remember how much we mean to each other,
We remember the value of every day.
We remember we are all made in God's image.
We remember....

Over the past couple of weeks, the numbers related to Covid-19 have been encouraging from declining case counts, hospitalizations, and deaths to increased vaccination rates. Our sanctuary remains current, remembering the over 27,000 people in Pennsylvania who have died from Covid-19. The good news you can see reflected above, that it's been almost 2 months since we had to add a heart. As Pennsylvania lifts restrictions and changes protocols, as our congregation's leadership talks about resuming more normal church life, please keep grace, understanding, and compassion at the forefront of your reactions, conversations, and interactions with others. In all things, show love toward one another, especially when it's tough, especially when you disagree, and especially when love is needed most.

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

Pastor Becky’s office hours for May to August are Sundays 9am - noon and Thursdays 9am - 11am. 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.

  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 black cabinet out front? That is our Little Food Pantry. It continues to get good use, and any donation is appreciated. If you are unsure what to pick up, the Mission Committee suggests canned goods for August.

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 or text Katie Szajek (610-823-7692). Thank you for all your support!

  Protocols for Indoor Worship:
  The service is at 9:30am
• If you are sick or feeling unwell, we kindly ask you to worship from home.
• Masks are required when inside the building for worship regardless of vaccination status.
While many people in our congregation are vaccinated, we are mindful not everyone has been or can be. As an act of hospitality and sacrifice (very Christian things to do), we are asking everyone to wear a mask while in the building for worship. We will keep revisiting this protocol as the summer wears on and public health guidance is updated.
Social distancing will be encouraged.
• 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 and the air conditioners will be running to provide as much ventilation in the sanctuary as possible.
• Worship will include congregational singing.
• Our already additional and thorough cleaning of the church building will continue.


As we move worship indoors once again, 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.


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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