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 SEPTEMBER  23 — SEPTEMBER  29
  Wednesday
 7:30 PM – Come as You Are AA Meeting
 7:00 PM – DEAR REVS – EVERY OTHER WEDNESDAY
  Saturday
 6:00 PM – Narcotics Anonymous Meeting (6 pm to 8pm)
  Sunday
 11:30 AM – One UCC's Drive-up Prayer and Blessing (11:30am - 12:30pm) Church front - wear masks
 10:30 AM – Outdoor Drive In Worship - Communion (Weather Permitting)
NEWS  &  NOTES
  Drive-up Prayer and Blessing to Resume on June 21st
  Drive-up prayer and blessing will resume on June 21, 2020, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at the front of the church building.

  A Meaningful Way to Give Back Right Now
  This is a school year like no other. We’ve heard about the changes this year is bringing to children, their families, and our entire community. If you’re looking for a way you can do something to help kids learn and help families juggle this wild season, consider making a donation to Opportunity House’s Second Street Learning Center. Our congregation is not equipped to help schools in the area meet the enormous challenges of right now, but our friends at Opportunity House are. For years our congregation has supported the work of Opportunity House. Their Second Street Learning Center will be operating a virtual school on-site for children from kindergarten through elementary school. They write about this program, “Each child will be getting their own Chromebook computer from their respective schools and we will provide supervision for virtual learning for over 100 children each day. Even though the computers are provided by the school, we will need sturdy bags to store them in, electric power strips, extension cords and headphones to make this work.” If you would like to make a contribution, please contact Opportunity House at (610) 374-4696 or visit their website www.opphouse.org.

  Hearts Full of Prayer
  Our Hope is in God

"I put all my hope in the Lord. He leaned down to me; he listened to my cry for help. 2 He lifted me out of the pit of death, out of the mud and filth, and set my feet on solid rock. He steadied my legs. 3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise for our God." (Psalm 40:1-3a, NRSV)

The hearts are a call to deep prayer as we all have been affected by Covid-19. While the death toll in Pennsylvania has slowed in recent days, throughout our country it has not. As of Thursday morning, almost 159,000 people in the United States have died because of Covid-19. According to researchers, this number is likely an underestimate. Yesterday alone over 1,000 people died in the US due to Covid. Today, August 6th, is also the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. Between the bomb on Hiroshima and the one of Nagasaki, an estimated 200,000 people died. At our present rate of death, the US will surpass the death toll of the atomic bombs in Japan in about six weeks. This much preventable loss of life, whether due to war or illness, breaks the heart of God. Friends, may we continue to pray for strength, courage, and hope to shape a better world.

  DEAR REVS CONTINUES – EVERY OTHER WEDNESDAY
  We will continue to share videos on One UCC's YouTube channel and Facebook every other Wednesday for now. Taking inspiration from the every day, we'll continue to answer questions, address things you're curious about, and discuss finding the holy in all kinds of places. If you have a burning faith question or something you would like to see us discuss or cook, message us or contact Pastor Becky (revjph@outlook.com). All askers will be kept anonymous. Please send Pastor Becky your questions!

How are you feeling about back to school? Pastor Becky is nervous about her first back to school in 18 years, and their PK shares her feelings about starting 8th grade! Pastors Matt and Becky offer a bit of wisdom (hopefully!) and a blessing for back to school time. Watch episode 14, "Back to School," here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7460H-QkK4

  CROP WALK 2020
  ***Everything you wanted to know about this year’s CROP Walk but were afraid to ask is here! More than in recent years, our support of the CROP Walk is vital with so many households in the US at risk of food insecurity due to the pandemic. The funds raised from the CROP Walk go all over the country and world, with a quarter staying right here in Berks County. You can help by participating in the walk or by donating to our walkers. Please contact Bob Lehr or the church office to participate or find out who is walking. Alternately, you can register to participate and/or find our congregation’s registered walkers on One UCC’s CROP Walk page:

https://www.crophungerwalk.org/readingpa/Team/View/137390/One-UCC-crop-walk

In lieu of an organized walk this year, our congregation is doing our own “CROP Walk” around Kenhorst on the Sunday the walk would have been held, October 11th. Following our outdoor service that day, we’ll wear masks, physically distance ourselves, and walk through our neighborhood to raise awareness of hunger. If you are uncomfortable participating in that event, you are most welcome to do your own walk (physical or virtual) and still raise money to support the CROP Walk. (If you are a walker and need help registering to connect yourself with our congregation’s CROP Walk page, please contact Pastor Becky.)

Be a part of ending hunger, one step at a time!

  Fall Activities Cancelled
  Many events we know and love that happen in the fall will not be happening this fall. The annual September Church Picnic is cancelled. Choir is not restarting any time soon. The Doors to Understanding fine art photography show is postponed until 2021. Candy making is not happening this fall. The church Bazaar as we have known it is not happening, but we are discussing a soup and barbeque sale around the first Saturday in November. More details will be available soon.

The Council has made these decisions with heavy hearts. We miss being together. We look forward to our fall activities --- both for the connections we make with each other and the ways we can serve God through them.

Our first priority right now is showing love for God and neighbor by doing our part to keep people safe and to keep the virus from spreading. It would be spiritually and emotionally devastating it anyone contracted Covid from attending an event here or if our congregation became a hotspot in the community.

Please know we are discussing ways to build community as safely and faithfully as this time allows.

Friends in Christ, please keep praying and keep doing the things we all need to do to protect ourselves and others: wearing masks in public, avoiding crowds, washing hands, and physical distancing. This time, too, shall pass, and with our prayers and efforts pass more quickly.

  Annual Church Bazaar 2020 - Alternate Food Sales
  The Annual Church Bazaar has been cancelled. However, there are alternate food sales occurring.

Currently, Homemade Potato Filling is available for sale, $3/pint. If you would like to buy any, please contact the church office to place your order and arrange a pick-up. If no one answers, please leave a message, and we will call you back. Many thanks to Nadine Griggs for making the potato filling and providing this fundraise for our congregation!

**GRAB A BOWL and SAVE THE DATE!—in lieu of our annual church Bazaar, we will be holding a soup and barbeque sale on Saturday, November 7th.

More details will be available in the coming weeks!

  New Information for Drive-In Outdoor Worship and Communion
  **New information**

One UCC's leadership has also decided to add additional Drive-in/Outdoor worship services on August 30th, September 13th, September 27th, October 11th, October 25th, November 15th, and November 29th.

**New information** Also, the last Sundays of August, September, October, and November will be communion Sundays, at both Drive-in Worship and virtual worship. If you attend Drive-in Worship, you are welcome to bring your own bread and juice/water if you are not comfortable receiving the elements the church will safely and hygienically provide.

  Reopening Update
  The leadership of One UCC met and discussed reopening to in person, indoor worship. Noting the rising number of cases, the increased evidence Covid-19 spreads through aerosols, the quality of our sanctuary’s ventilation, and the limited capacity of people who can safely be in the sanctuary at one time, we are not returning to indoor worship at least through October. We will continue with Drive-in/Outdoor worship at least through October. We will continue with Drive-in/Outdoor worship and recording worship. We will continue to keep everyone updated on changes.

  PASTOR BECKY'S OFFICE HOURS
  In February 2020 we voted to move forward with the Future of the Church Team’s recommendation of option #3, which allows for a part-time pastor. As my M.Ed. program will be time consuming, I am moving to part-time ministry starting September 1st. For the rest of 2020, I will be working about 25 hours each week as my class load is lighter this semester.

However, in the Spring 2021 semester (starting mid-January), my class load will be intense and so I will be moving to half-time. More details will be forthcoming later this year.

For the remainder of 2020, my office hours will be Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9am-noon. These are not the only hours I’m working, but they are the hours I will be consistently available at church if you need to reach me. My responsibilities will include: preparation and leadership of worship (crafting the liturgy, scripture study, sermon prep, including bulletin preparation, finding and guiding lay liturgists, preaching, prayers, etc); some faith formation and vitality work (Bible study/confirmation, service, identifying helpful resources and opportunities and helping lay persons take advantage of them); some leadership development mainly with Council and the Worship Committee; pastoral care in collaboration with lay visitors and crisis pastoral care; weddings, funerals, and baptisms; participation in wider church meetings and activities such as conference and association meetings as time permits; and inspiring and energizing and deepening spiritual connections and faith understanding. Please see Newsletter for more details.

  "CAN" You Spare A Moment?
  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...)

  Church News and Updates Email List
  We’ve started an email list for church news and updates! We need your permission to add you to the email list. If you don’t currently receive the emails and you wish to do so, please contact Pastor Becky (revrjph@outlook.com) to be added to the list.

  Director of Music Contact During 2020
  Jeff Miller, Director of Music, can 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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