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 DECEMBER  7 — DECEMBER  13
  Wednesday
 7:30 PM – Come as You Are AA Meeting
 6:30 PM – Mission Committee Meeting
  Saturday
 6:00 PM – Narcotics Anonymous Meeting (6 pm to 8pm)
  Sunday
 10:30 AM – Worship Service
 11:30 AM – Council (Eat-Pray-Meet) Meeting (following worship and includes lunch)
NEWS  &  NOTES
  5 Things You Need to Know This Week at One UCC
  1. The Mission Committee meets Wednesday evening, December 7th, at 6:30pm. If you would like to be part of the conversation, please come to the meeting. All are welcome!

2. Throughout this season, we are offering a daily Advent devotional for anyone who would like a guide for extra time of prayer and meditation. Limited printed copies will be available at worship starting this Sunday, and the devotional is available for download here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ayHnuTvaRRCyjcwtmIUo pCgRw4jOq94H/view?usp=share_link

3. During the Christmas season, we will be collecting gifts for Bethany Children’s home. The Mission Committee recommends the following gift ideas: gift cards (Redner’s, Michael’s, Target, Amazon, Wawa, McDonald’s), towels, and washcloths. All gifts should be unwrapped. A full list of gift ideas is found at

https://bethanyhome.org/holidays-at bethany/.

Gifts will be due to church by Sunday, December 18th at 11am.

4. Poinsettias are available to order for Christmas Eve! They come in red, white, or pink and cost $12.00 each. If you would like to order any poinsettias, please sign-up on the sheet outside the sanctuary, call into the church office, or email us a oneucckenhorst@gmail.com. The deadline to order is December 18th.

5. Introducing Eat-Pray-Meet! At the January Congregation Meeting, scheduled for Sunday, January 15, 2023 (weather permitting), we will be discussing a new format for Council. See the write up later in the bulletin for more details.

**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.

  Share the Christmas Spirit with Bethany Children's Home
  As is our tradition, during the Christmas season, we will be collecting gifts for Bethany Children’s home. The Mission Committee recommends the following gift ideas: gift cards (Redner’s, Michael’s, Target, Amazon, Wawa, McDonald’s), towels, and washcloths. All gifts should be unwrapped. A full list of gift ideas is found at https://bethanyhome.org/holidays-at-bethany/. Gifts are due to church by Sunday, December 18th at 11am.

  Poinsettias are available to order for Christmas Eve!
  They come in red, white, or pink and cost $12.00 each. If you would like to order any poinsettias, please sign-up on the sheet outside the sanctuary, call into the church office, or email us a oneucckenhorst@gmail.com. The deadline to order is December 18th.

  Advent 2022 Daily Devotional Available!
  Throughout this season, we are offering a daily Advent devotional for anyone who would like a guide for extra time of prayer and meditation. Limited printed copies will be available at church starting this Sunday, and the devotional is available for download here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ayHnuTvaRRCyjcwtmIUopCgRw4jOq94H/view?usp=share_link

Please note the devotional begins tomorrow, November 24th. We added a couple of "bonus days" to Advent!

  Advent Worship Series (November 27 to December 24)
  The Names of Christ: Naming the One We Welcome
The Great High Priest. The Morning Star. Emmanuel. Alpha and Omega. We have a lot of names for Jesus Christ, and in Advent we tend to refer to them often to describe the One we are getting ready to welcome. However, what do these names of Christ have to do with us today? Does it matter that Jesus is also the Great High Priest in an era where a priest's role and function is barely understood or valued? That's what we wonder about as we welcome Advent this Sunday. We hope you join us for 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!!!

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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 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.

  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.

  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.


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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