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 JUNE  18 — JUNE  24
  Saturday
 6:00 PM – Narcotics Anonymous Meeting (6 pm to 8pm)
  Wednesday
 7:30 PM – Come as You Are AA Meeting
 6:30 PM – Worship Committee Meeting
NEWS  &  NOTES
  5 Things You Need to Know This Week at One UCC
  1. 1. We will be resuming weekly worship and beginning to reopen to indoor, in-person worship starting on Sunday, July 4th!!! A letter has been mailed containing more specific details. For now know that we will be alternating indoor and outdoor worship through the summer, some Covid-protocols will be in place for indoor services, and regardless of how we worship, the service will be at 9:30am (indoors or out) this summer.

2. PLEASE REMEMBER Worship is moving to 9:30am during the summer. Worship will remain on YouTube as usual.

3. Additional Outdoor Worship dates for are June are June 27th.

4. The Little Food Pantry is getting good use in front of the church! Any donations you can make right now are most appreciated. Thank you for your support of this ministry!

5. One UCC is looking to hire a Treasurer. Since last March, our Acting Treasurer has served in an interim capacity. We are now looking for a more permanent Treasurer. The position entails about 5-10 hours of work per week, training will be provided, and some compensation is offered. If you or someone you know is interested in the Treasurer position or you would like more details, please contact the church office.

  Dear Revs Episode 24 - A Gospel of Differences
  It's been a long time, but Pastors Becky and Matt are back with a new episode of "Dear Revs" on YouTube. In this edition, they answer the question of why are the four gospels in the Bible different. Good question, and long answer (but as succinct as two pastors can get). We hope you join in!

If you have questions for Pastors Matt and Becky, please share them in the comments section. We'll record a couple more episodes of "Dear Revs." and see where we are later this summer.

  Mark Your Calendar for Special Summer Social Events
  Many thanks to everyone who completed the survey about summer get togethers! Based on your input, the Mission Committee is planning two gatherings both on Sundays after church as that seemed to be the best day.

Mark your calendars now for a Waffle and Ice Cream Social on Sunday, July 25th following worship and Coffee, Cold drinks, and Conversation on Sunday, August 22nd also following worship.

  Words of Stone, Hearts of Flesh: The Ten Commandments
  During these uncertain times, it would be wonderful if we had some certainty, a set of guidelines, rules, or best practices to live as God’s people in the world. Good news—we do. For generations, people of faith have turned to the 10 Commandments as a set of such rules to guide behavior and moral choices. This summer we’re exploring the 10 Commandments to see what they teach us about how to be people of faith during these uncertain days.

Which of the Ten Commandments do you think is broken most frequently? We can make a pretty good argument for the commandment we're exploring this week--keeping the sabbath--as being the most broken. Does sabbath still matter and is keeping time for holy rest realistic or even desirable in our world? Join us for worship and holy rest this week!

STILL RATHER NEW THIS WEEK: Our next worship series about the 10 Commandments lends itself well to going deeper with the scripture. If you would like to go deeper with the 10 Commandments and Pastor Becky's sermon, try engaging with this sheet this week. Part sermon notes, part devotion, part journaling, the Go Deeper sheet is an experiment to connect worship more with our daily lives. This week's Go Deeper sheet can be downloaded here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1H-ZRjLYExJnShI1OL2g7AsLS71jpB755/view?usp=sharing

  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 July 4th, July 18th, August 1st, 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 June 27th, July 11th, July 25th, August 8th, 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.

  ***Save the Dates: Summer Outdoor Worship Dates
  ***Save the Dates: We are planning to hold outdoor, drive-in worship at 9:30am on June 27th, July 1th, July 25th, August 8th, August 22nd, and September 5th. The dates in July, 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.

  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.

  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.

  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 current view of the church garden...the sugar snap peas, tomatoes, and peppers are flowering, the lettuce is leafing, and the beans are coming along nicely! In a time when uncertainty and chaos feel rather constant, tending a garden provides a sense of healthy change, growth, and almost magic as seeds transform into food. If you're a gardener, blessings on your garden this growing season! If you're not a gardener, come take some peace from the church garden!

  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 clear storage box and the repaired black cabinet out front? Those are our Little Food Pantry. Now that the season has changed, all kinds of donations are being accepted once again. If you are unsure what to pick up, the Mission Committee suggests donations of snacks of all kinds except chocolate (due to the heat) for June. 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. A sign will be placed on the box explaining about our new program! 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!


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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