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Chimes – This Week’s News From Coventryville UMC 

Upcoming Events and News:

AFTER CHURCH FELLOWSHIP
Skip and Betsy Booker are happily hosting the next After-Church Fellowship hour THIS Sunday, February 23rd. Plan on dropping in at Grace Hall after the 11:00 AM service for some great food and companionship!

RECEPTION FOOD REQUEST
Our church will be hosting the first Lenten service on Ash Wednesday, February 26th. We would appreciate food donations for the social hour following the service. There will be a sign up sheet in the back of church. Please feel free to drop off your item at the lunch bunch gathering that day or before the service. Thank you everyone for your help. In Christian love, Cindy Wakefoose

ASH WEDNESDAY
As part of the Coventry/Warwick Ministerium’s Lenten Program, we will be hosting the Ash Wednesday service on February 26th at 7:00 PM. Rev. Denny Emrick will be preaching. Come and take advantage of this solemn community event with prayer, song, and reflection. Following the service there will be reception with light refreshments in Grace Hall.

SENIOR LUNCH BUNCH
The next lunch gathering of seniors will be on Wednesday, February 26th, from 12:00-2:00 PM in the Chrisman House. A sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board across from the main office. Questions? Check with the Bookers or call the main office at 610-469-9350. Join in the fun and enjoy the food!

2020 LENTEN PROGRAM
Save the dates for the Coventry/Warwick Ministerium Lenten services. After we host Ash Wednesday service on February 26th, other dates for the community services are March 4, 11, 18, 25, and April 1. These Wednesday services will start at 7:00 PM with light refreshments and fellowship after each service. The Good Friday service on April 10th will be at 2:00 PM. All offerings will go to the discretionary fund of the Coventry/Warwick Ministerium.

QUARTERS & BEVERAGE MONEY
A huge thank-you to everyone who has been bringing in quarters for the baskets in the sanctuary and for purchasing beverages in the silver refrigerator in the kitchen. These past 2 months we have collected over $120.00 to send to ASP. The money goes to rebuilding and building homes for people in the Appalachia area. Please check out the bulletin board outside the Nursery for pictures and thank-you letters we have received from the folks at ASP.

The OWLS have been sending these donations to ASP and at times round out the dollar amount to send a nice donation. Again, many thanks for your generosity.

The next few months the quarters collected will go to the Ministry on Main Street to help with laundry money for the folks there. In the past, we have donated over $400 to this ministry between collection of quarters and proceeds for an outside mission from our monthly dinners.

Our congregation has been so giving in both these areas and your kindness is appreciated so much.
Many Blessings, Betsy Booker, Lay Leader, CSM at CUMC

THRIFT SHOP
Need some retail therapy? Check out the latest additions at our Thrift Shop on Saturday, February 29th. Hours of operation are 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. Find gifts, dishes, housewares, clothing, toys, electronics, and more. There’s something for everyone. Do you have items to donate? Drop-off times are during sale hours or call the main office at 610-469-9350 to make arrangements.

VBS: ALL ABOARD! ROCKY MOUNTAIN RAILWAY- WHERE JESUS’ POWER PULLS US THROUGH
Our first meeting for VBS 2020 will be held on Tuesday, March 10 at 6:30 pm. We will be planning decorations, volunteers, and a project timeline. Please join us for CUMC’s biggest Outreach event. Help and prayers appreciated. Hope to see you at our first meeting. Please contact Heather or Betsy with questions. Thank you, CUMC VBS 2020

BIBLE STUDY UPDATE
There is a scheduling change for our Wednesday Bible Study with Pastor Will. Now through Lent, there will be just one study session at 10:30 AM. The topic remains The Life and Times of the Apostle Paul. All are invited to this study of perhaps the most influential follower of Jesus of all time.

OUR NEXT BLOOD DONATION DRIVE
Our next Blood Donation Drive will be Monday, March 30th, from 2:00 to 7:00 PM. Registration is open at RedCrossBlood.org. We had a very successful drive in January with over 25 donations accepted with 4 Power Red donations. AWESOME! Cancer patients need blood the most of any one group. It is wonderful that we can help those patients by hosting a blood drive. Please sign up as soon as possible. The spots filled up quickly. Sign up for this drive is only available online. If you do not have access to a computer, please contact Maggie or myself so we can enter your information digitally. This will eliminate the possibility of having multiple people scheduled for the same time. Thank-you for your donations and your time for this important event!
Many Blessings, Betsy Booker, Lay Leader, CSM at CUMC

METAL RECYCLING
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, or call the church office (610-469-9350) for pick-up arrangements.

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 610-469-9350.

Faith Matters

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

February 23rd – The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany
Genesis 45:3-11,15 • Psalm 37 • 1 Corinthians 15:35-38,42-50 • Matthew 5:38-48

March 1st – The First Sunday of Lent
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 • Psalm 32 • Romans 5:12-19 • Matthew 4:1-11

The Welcome Table- A Contemporary Worship Service- 9:30 AM
Traditional Worship Service- 11:00 AM

Service Matters

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.

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