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 APRIL  5 — APRIL  11
  Sunday
 9:15 AM – SUNDAY SCHOOL AND WORSHIP SERVICE CANCELLED
 10:30 AM – Palm Sunday - Virtual Worship Service with Communion
  Tuesday
 6:30 PM – Council Meeting
  Wednesday
 7:30 PM – Come as You Are AA Meeting
  Thursday
 5:30 PM – Maundy Thursday - Drive-up Holy Communion (Back Parking Lot - Remain in Your Car) [5:30 pm to 7:00 pm]
  Friday
 7:00 PM – Good Friday - Virtual Worship Service
  Saturday
 6:00 PM – Narcotics Anonymous Meeting (6 pm to 8pm)
NEWS  &  NOTES
  Drive-up Prayer and Blessing for April 5
  Drive-up prayer and blessing available this Sunday, April 5th, from 11:30am-12:30pm. Pull up in front of the church building, and Pastor Becky will pray with you from a social, but not spiritual, distance!

  Virtual Communion on Sunday, April 5
  We’re trying out virtual communion next Sunday, April 5th. When you get ready for worship, please have a bread product and grape juice/wine/water on hand for communion.

  Services for Holy Week 2020
  Find Resurrection during Holy Week with One UCC

Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter worship services will be available on YouTube or podcast on this website.

For Maundy Thursday (April 9) from 5:30 PM TO 7:00 PM, there will be drive-up Holy Communion. Pull up in the back parking lot and stay in your vehicle...less contact than take out!!

  Into April , Here’s How One UCC is Being Church Together: Worship
  · Worship: Sunday morning worship will be held at 10:30am as usual by live stream only. Worship in-person is not happening through March. This is an experiment, and your grace and feedback are welcome. The space where we’ll gather for worship is online at our congregation’s new YouTube channel. Find our online sacred space at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHUua_X9q0AuoI1gEn7vahQ?view_as=subscriber

· Podcasts: We also will be continuing the podcasts of Sunday worship. You can listen to those from our website, www.oneucc.org, and look for the “Podcasts” tab on the left-hand side.

· Sunday Bulletins: Sunday bulletins have been one of our usual sources of information. The bulletin will be available for download on the website. Bulletins will also go out on our new weekly email. If you are someone staying at home and don’t do computers, we’ll mail you a bulletin.

· Email List: We are starting an email list for church news and updates. If you have email and would like to join the list, please email Pastor Becky (revrjph@outlook.com).

· Drive-up Prayer: Every Sunday we’re not worshiping in-person and for as long as we’re able, I will be offering drive-up prayer and blessing from 11:30am-12:30pm. Pull up in front of the church building (by the offices), stay in your vehicle, and I will be out to pray with you.

· Lent Prayer Services: Wednesday night prayer services will continue on our YouTube channel. If you’d like a copy of the service in advance, please email me.


For the remainder of the Pastor's letter see Pastor's Page
  Into April , Here’s How One UCC is Being Church Together: Office Hours,
  · Church Office: The church office is remaining open Monday-Thursday mornings, 9am-noon. If you are planning to stop by or drop something off, please call first. Please do not stop by if you are not feeling well. The church phone number is 610-777-5211.

· Meetings: Currently we are working on a plan to figure out church meetings. Stay tuned.

· Pastoral Care: Right now care facilities and the hospital are not allowing visitors, even clergy, and so I am not doing regular in-person visits. Likewise, out of an abundance of caution, I am not doing in-home visitation at the moment. That being said, if you or a loved one are in a crisis or dying, I will come to be with you in person if you wish. Call or text me (301-471-3185). If you are scared and/or having a hard time coping with our realities right now and need to talk, call me. I’m available by phone for prayer as well if you just need that. I will be calling all of our homebound members, and the church is sending out cards to check in on folks.

For additional information, see the Pastor's Page
  April Newsletter
  Due to changes in staffing because of Covid-19, the April newsletter will be available for download here or on this website (see Newsletter button on left side of title page):

https://mcusercontent.com/7d0b4f89d9f20dd36398d6354/files/dc92aaff-0de4-4eef-b675-1ee7c2e1fa36/April_2020_Newsletter_Articles.pdf

If you desperately would like the newsletter mailed to you, please contact the church office.

  Wanted: Photos and under 60 Second Videos!
  Please send a picture of you and your family to tape to the pews at church! Also, if you’d like to send greetings to your church friends, take a 60 second or less video on your phone, tablet, computer, whatever, and send the file to Pastor Becky so she can share it on One UCC's YouTube channel. If children are in your video, in your message please state permission to have your children on YouTube. All videos and pictures can be sent Wanted: Photos and under 60 Second Videos!

Please send a picture of you and your family to tape to the pews at church! Also, if you’d like to send greetings to your church friends, take a 60 second or less video on your phone, tablet, computer, whatever, and send the file to Pastor Becky so she can share it on One UCC's YouTube channel. If children are in your video, in your message please state permission to have your children on YouTube. All videos and pictures can be sent to revrjph@outlook.com.

  A Moment of Connection
  In these days, one of the most powerful ministries you can offer the world is presence. If you're not doing so already, take a few moments this week to connect with others by phone, video chat, email, text, or even a hand-written letter. Think about the people you see or sit near at church, and reach out to them. Take a moment to chat with a friend or family member. If someone in your life has gone quiet and you're not sure why, gently check in with them. Send a note of encouragement to someone on the front lines caring for others and the community.

  Cancellation of Church Activities and Worship Services Into April
  All church activities and worship services are cancelled into April.

Updates from Pastor Becky and the church council will be posted on this website and Facebook to keep the community informed of when church activities will resume due to the Covid-19 pandemic. See letter on Pastor's Page.

  Doors to Understanding: You're Invited to a Gallery Opening
  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 May.

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

On May 1, 2020, 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,

  Multi-Generational Adult Easter Egg Hunt
  New date announced for the Multi-Generational Egg Hunt is Sunday, June 7, 2020, beginning at 2:00 pm.

Sorry, kids, this egg hunt is for grown-ups only!! Come hunt for eggs and prizes, but the real prize is caring for our community!!

Tickets are $8.00 whether purchased in advance or at the door on day of the hunt. All proceeds will be split between Opportunity House and One UCC.

Contact Katie Szajek for tickets/payment/more information through email at k.szajek@aol.com.

This egg hunt is for ages 13 and up!! We will have four different age groups: Generation Z (teens); Millennials (20 - 39); Generation X (40-54); and Baby Boomers (55 and above). There will also be a separate indoor area/hunt for individuals of all ages who have mobility challenges.

Each egg hunt will feature eggs that are filled with a variety of items. Some eggs will contain candy. Some eggs will contain raffle tickets. The remainder of the eggs will contain a prize ticket that can be redeemed for a prize at the prize table. The raffle tickets will be used to enter the raffle gift drawings which will be held at the end of the egg hunt. You do not have to be present to win.

This event will be held rain or shine. If it is raining, all hunts will take place inside the church building. We hope to see you there!!

  Save the Dates for Summer Fun with Immanuel UCC
  This summer we are offering two ways to have fun and grow in faith with our friends from Immanuel UCC.

Vacation Bible School 2.0 is changing dates to Thursday evenings in July - the 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th. VBS 2.0 will be help in the evenings, and more information will be forth coming. Children and volunteers will be needed!

Summer Hangout Nights with IUCC are happening on the following Sundays from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
*June 14
*July 19 and
* August 16
More details will follow in future newsletters.

  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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