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 OCTOBER  20 — OCTOBER  26
  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 Worship (Parking Lot - Weather Permitting - Communion)
 11:30 AM – Busy Bag Pick-up (following worship service)
NEWS  &  NOTES
  Drive-up Prayer and Blessing Suspended Indefinately
  ***Please note Drive-up Prayer and Blessing is being suspended indefinitely. If we go on lockdown again, we’ll restart this practice. In the meantime, if you wish to speak with Pastor Becky or have her pray with you, please give her a call/text/email or make an appointment to see her.

  Busy Bags Available for Pick-up on October 25
  Virtual learning is tough for everyone. We want to make it a bit easier for kids and the adults who love them! On October 25th, One UCC is giving out busy bags with a snack and several simple activities to keep elementary aged kids busy until you're available to fix a Zoom link, answer a question, or the million other things you are trying to balance. The Busy Bags will be available in drive-up fashion, so stop by on October 25th to receive yours.

RSVP on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/344571526862518/ and please share with anyone interested!
  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 ORDER SOME FOOD!!! In lieu of our Holiday Bazaar, we are having a soup & BBQ sale on November 7, 2020. Pick is up at One United Church of Christ rear parking lot door between 9am and 1pm. You can pre-order until October 18th by calling the church office (leave a message if no one answers…we’ll confirm your order) or email oneucckenhorst@gmail.com. If you don't pre-order, food will be available first come first served. BBQ is $9.00 a pint. The soup is $9.00 a quart. The 4 soups are chicken noodle, ham & bean, Italian wedding, and beef barley.

More details will be available in the coming weeks!

  Upcoming November Events
  Sunday, November 1st, is All Saints’ Sunday. If you wish to remember someone who has dies in the past year, please contact the church office by October 25th with the person’s name, date of death and an optional photo.

Sunday, November 15th, is the Congregational Budget meeting following the outdoor worship service. The meeting is for the purpose of presenting and voting on the 2021 church budget. In case of bad weather, the rain date is November 29th following outdoor worship. If it’s bad weather then, we’ll hold the meeting via Zoom. The budget and associated materials will be available toward the beginning of November.

  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 October 25th, November 15th, and November 29th.

**New information** Also, the last Sundays of 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...)

  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)

In our sanctuary, we have over 8,000 hearts to remember the people in Pennsylvania who've died from Covid-19. In the US this week, we reached the somber milestone of over 200,000 Covid deaths. If you have been in our sanctuary, try imagining what 200,000 hearts would look like. 8,000 fills our sacred space. If we had a heart up for each person in the United States who died of Covid, our ceilings would be covered, and the hearts would be going down the walls. Keep praying, friends, keep wearing masks, limiting gathering sizes, avoiding poorly ventilated spaces, washing hands, and showing kindness to each other. All these actions are ways we show love toward God and neighbor, the greatest and most fundamental of all Christian commandments.

  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!

The link to this week's episode, "St. Francis of Assisi and Pet Blessing" can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPRGyEjOr4I&t=1s

  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.

This is part of the Future of the Church option 3 we voted on in February. Training and support for this ministry provided! No cold calls—we’ll introduce you to your church friend. If you are willing to serve in this visitation ministry, please contact Pastor Becky as soon as possible.

If you would like to become a congregational visitor or would like more information, please contact Pastor Becky.

  Introducing the Little Food Pantry!
  Have you noticed the black storage box that is out front? That is our Little Food Pantry. We are asking for donations (food items and bottled water). Donations can be placed directly in the Little Food Pantry. If the box is full, please place donations inside the church, in the cardboard box located somewhere near Pastor Becky’s office. 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 S. (610-823-7692). We cannot wait to get this new program off of the ground and we can’t do it without your help!

  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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