Chimes – This Week’s News From Coventryville UMC
Upcoming Events and News:
MIDWEEK MEDITATION Pastor Will presents a new Midweek Meditation on Coventryville’s YouTube page. Click here to access. For the next few sessions, he will be referencing a book by Henri J.M. Nouwen titled, “Can You Drink the Cup?”. The focus will be on holding, lifting, and drinking the cup as Jesus did.
WATER IN SILVER REFRIGERATOR
The bottles of water have been replenished in the sliver refrigerator. Just perfect in case you forgot your BYOBeverage for church service. If taking a water bottle, please remember to place your 50 cents donation in the can for the Appalachia Service Project.
Thank you! The OWLS of CUMC
THANK YOU from the APPALACHIA SERVICE PROJECT
We know that our work serving Appalachia’s poorest families, who lost jobs and hope during this crisis, is only possible because of your generous support. Thank you for supporting the ASP family and our mission during this challenging year. Read more…
THE POWER of a LETTER
By: Bishop Peggy A. Johnson
Long ago, an African American teenager from Troy, Alabama, wrote a letter that would help change his life forever. His name was John Robert Lewis and the letter was sent to a pastor by the name of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr… Dr. King not only wrote back to this 18-year-old, but he included in the letter a roundtrip bus ticket to Montgomery and an invitation to come meet him.
Read more of Bishop Johnson’s reflection.
A SPECIAL THANKS! Dear Family and Friends, From a well-decorated family gathering to numerous greeting cards, phone calls, and well wishes, my 90th birthday was a truly special occasion. Thank you for making me feel so loved and appreciated! I gratefully pray for all of you blessing my life so richly. With heartfelt sincerity, Jane Jugan
The United Methodist Men (UMM) organization has published a free collection of prayers, United Methodist Men Pray for Peace With Justice. A few hard copies are available for pick up in the main office. A digital version can be downloaded by clicking here.
CONFERENCE-WIDE PRAYER The Eastern PA Conference holds half-hour prayer meetings every Tuesday at noon using the Zoom video-chat application. The sessions started weekly in April in response to the COVID-19 shutdown. Bishop Peggy Johnson is a frequent attendee, as well as other conference leaders, pastors, and laity. Click here to learn more and to access the Zoom details.
OUTREACH PROJECT The Rev. Myra Maxwell, East District Disaster Response Coordinator, is leading an outreach project to have masks made for adults and children. She is looking for donations of suitable cloth and volunteers who love to sew and are willing to help others by sewing cloth masks. If you are interested or have questions, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUBSCRIBE to our YOUTUBE CHANNEL Sunday’s service will be live-streamed, not pre-recorded. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to view the service live. It’s EASY! Go to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpeSkOcz5xHKcucCYmbN2Sw. Click on the SUBSCRIBE button. If not signed in, click on SIGN IN. Use a Google account to log in or create an account. It’s FREE! Get notifications of new content. Find newly published videos in your Subscriptions feed. Be a part of our YouTube family!
ONSITE WORSHIP What to Expect
- BYOB-Bring your own Bible (books have been removed).
- Singing is by a soloist only.
- Drop point for offerings.
- Prepackaged elements for Communion Sundays.
- Hospitality remains on hold.
- BYOB (again)-Bring your own beverage.
Code of Conduct What to Do
- Check in using the attendance sheet
- Be symptom free
- Be exposure free
- Report any symptoms to Pastor Will immediately
- Wash or sanitize hands regularly
- Wear a mask
- Social distance a minimum of 6-ft
DONATIONS REQUEST We need donations of Clorox or other disinfecting wipes, face masks, and disposable gloves for use in the sanctuary once we reopen for worship. Since they are difficult to find at this time, please purchase them when available for our use in the church. Please drop them off at the church during office hours. Thank you for your support with this effort.
FREE HISTORIAN LEARNING The United Methodist Commission on Archives and History is offering a free online course that will cover a range of skills needed to become a church historian. The 12-week course will begin September 14th, and people can take it at their own pace. Read more…
Regularly scheduled giving continues with three options – 1) drop-off in the main office or during the weekly service, 2) checks mailed to Coventryville UMC, 1521 Old Ridge Rd, Pottstown, PA 19465, and 3) online at https://cumc.gvtls.com. Thank you for your continued support!
FOOD CARD PROGRAM
Using Giant and Redner’s gift cards from church when grocery shopping helps financially thanks to the stores’ rebate programs. Please contact Marlin at 610-469-6671 to make a purchase. Drop-off or pick-up arrangements can be made. Your support is appreciated!
The Methodist Men continue to collect all metal, some appliances, and electrical wiring for recycling. This generates income for the church. Deliveries can be dropped off behind the shed in the cemetery. If pick-up arrangements are needed, please call Janice Camaho (610-469-6141) or Lowell Fries (610-323-4227).
e-Giving Made Easy
Go to https://cumc.gvtls.com and select the giving fund you want to contribute to, enter an amount and your preferred frequency of donating. Repeat the process for any additional funds you’d like to support. Then, proceed to checkout. An email address is required, along with your contact information. Payment can be made through your checking account (preferred method since the charge to the church is significantly lower) or a credit card. Contact and payment information is stored to make future payments easier. For more detailed instructions, visit https://tinyurl.com/yb442ylw. Questions? Contact the main office at 215-375-2979.
Young Adult Bible Study
The next meeting of Coventryville United Methodist Church Young Adult (ages 18-35) Bible Study will be announced soon. We have been meeting at 7:00 PM in the Chrisman House or in people’s home. Please contact Emily Sollenberger for more information.
Upcoming Sermons/ Scriptures
August 2nd – The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Genesis 32:22-31 • Psalm 17:1-7, 15 • Romans 9:1-5 • Matthew 14:13-21
August 9th – The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 • Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b • Romans 10:5-15 • Matthew 14:22-33
The Welcome Table- A Contemporary Worship Service- 9:30 AM
Traditional Worship Service- 11:00 AM
OUTREACH: First: Sales of water, soda, and iced tea in the silver refrigerator in our kitchen for the Appalachia Service Project. Second: the collection of quarters for laundering for the homeless and the ASP. Third: donations to the Hygiene Kits for UMCOR.
TEACHERS AND HELPERS NEEDED: We need some folks to teach or assist in teaching our elementary age children on Sundays from 9:30 am until 10:30 am, starting in November. Those interested in helping with this important ministry are invited to come and observe the current teachers in action on any Sunday. Volunteers may give one or more Sundays of their time each month (any time at all will be greatly appreciated). Please note that all teachers and helpers will need to have current child abuse and criminal background check clearances. Please see Betsy Booker or Sandy Geisler for more information.
CAN YOU HELP? If you could drive someone to an appointment, pick up groceries, or prepare a meal, Contact the church at 610-469-9350 or Sandy Geisler at 610-804-2925.
FOOD PANTRY DONATIONS
Any of the following food donations for the pantry would be greatly appreciated – 16oz size vegetables and fruit, single portion sizes of fruit, cereal, Chef Boyardee pastas, packs of crackers, individual juice drinks, etc. Peanut butter, jams, jellies, 1lb boxes of pasta and 14-24oz pasta sauce and 16oz varieties of Chef Boyardee are always needed. No institutional size foods or foods with outdated “use by dates” can be used. If you won’t eat it, then please don’t donate it. Thank you! Questions? Contact Dawn Fries at 610-326-9082.
Aluminum Can Recycling
Please put your DRY, clean and preferably crushed cans in a plastic grocery type bag and drop them in the trash can behind the shed.