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!
THIS  WEEK @ CHURCH
WEEK OF MAY  17 — MAY  23
  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 (check whether service is indoors or outdoors)
 9:30 AM – Sunday School
 10:30 AM – Outdoor Worship Service (Weather Permitting)
NEWS  &  NOTES
  3 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, and now that the weather has changed, we can put out dry and canned goods once again.

2. From May 8th to June 19th, our congregation will be collecting socks, underwear, and t-shirts for New Journey Community Outreach in Reading. We will be collecting for all sizes, all ages, and all genders! Socks and underwear should be new; t-shirts may be new or gently used. Thank you in advance for your support!

3. The next Outdoor Worship service will be Sunday, May 22nd at 10:30am. Throughout the warmer months, Outdoor Worship will take place on the last Sunday of the month at 10:30am (thus June 26th, July 31st, and August 28th).

  **A Word of Appreciation
  Thank you to all who helped with the Egg Hunt – those who made monetary contributions, those who bought and filled plastic eggs and those who helped at the hunt. Your generosity and help were greatly appreciated.
A thank you also to those who participated in the Egg Hunt. The weather held and we had around 60 children who got lots of eggs. It was wonderful seeing everyone after 2 years of drive-by egg hunts.
Thanks again to everyone!
  Volunteer Reading Tutors needed for Ready.Set.READ! Program
  Help make a difference in a child’s life! Volunteers are needed to tutor 1st grade students with reading at Cumru Elementary, and Mifflin Park Elementary on Thursdays from 1:45 – 2:45 PM.

No previous teaching experience is required. This opportunity is for anyone interested in volunteering weekly for one hour from January through May.

Current background clearances are required prior to assignment. Please contact Darby Wiekrykas at United Way 610-685-4574 or darbyw@uwberks.org.

  May Faith Practices
  Want to deepen your faith but don’t know where to start? Ever wish someone would just hand you a list and say try doing these things? Good news, we've got such a list! Each month, we’ll publish a list of spiritual practices for you to try that month. Engage in all of them or just some of them. Think of the list as a “spirituality choice board.” A digital version of May's list can be found at:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/12fqIe1khOVFsMCzEK06ack8AEeD9vvQuek_pxo7L1Tg/edit?usp=sharing

  Disciples of Jesus
  How do we follow Jesus in a complicated and confusing world? Jesus' first followers wrestled with such questions just as much as we do. In this Easter season we're looking at who Jesus' first followers were and how their lives were changed by relationship with him. This season also invites us to reflect on the difference Jesus makes in our lives. Join us as we discover who Jesus' first followers were and what they can show us about following him today. This week we encounter John the Beloved Disciple. We hope you join us for worship!

  Reminders for Outdoor Worship:
  • When we’re outdoors, you have the option of sitting outside, or listening in your vehicle with your car radio, or portable radio. The radio frequency is 89.7 FM. If the weather is rainy, we will move the service inside. If the weather is too cold, we will either move the service inside, or, it will be “radio only.” If you don’t see any speakers set up on the poles, it’s “radio only.”

• If you are sick or feeling unwell, we kindly ask you to worship from home.

• You may wish to bring blankets and anything you need to keep warm (or conversely sunscreen and cool beverages if the weather is warm. April’s weather is unpredictable…be comfortable).

• If weather or other conditions are uncooperative, we will announce any changes to the service by the church email and Facebook. If you are uncertain about the service, feel free to call or text Pastor Becky (301-471-3185).

Even on Sundays when we are having Outdoor Worship, the service still will be available on YouTube but livestreamed around noon and then available afterwards.

  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.

  Director of Music Contact During 2022
  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....

As we inhabit mid-February, we can rejoice Covid case counts are declining, however the number of deaths still is increased. The white hearts in the sanctuary are current, remembering the 43,500 plus Pennsylvanians who've died due to Covid-19. Please keep praying and helping each other be as healthy as possible in body, mind, and soul.

Please read Pasto Becky's message on the Pastor's Page.

  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 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.


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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