The Weekly Word – This Week’s News From Coventryville UMC
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THE WEEKLY WORD
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NOTE: If you are not feeling well on any given Sunday and/or you have been exposed to someone with COVID, please exercise love, stay home, and take care of yourself. Join us in worship via live stream on the “Coventryville UMC” YouTube Channel— https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpeSkOcz5xHKcucCYmbN2Sw.
Thank you to all the volunteers who served and shoppers who contributed to the success of this year’s Christmas Bazaar! A wrap-up meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 22nd, at 6:30pm in the Chrisman House. Come and share your thoughts on this special event!
HARVEST HOME FOOD COLLECTION
Once again, we will be having a Harvest Home Food Collection. Items requested are boxes of stuffing, cans of sweet potatoes, cans of green beans, cans of corn, cans of cranberries, jars of turkey gravy, and boxes of candy canes. Please bring the non-perishables to church THIS Sunday, November 20th. Thank you for your generosity!
COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE
The Coventry-Warwick Ministerium invites you to celebrate Thanksgiving together in worship with fellow community members. The service will be held THIS Sunday, November 20th, at 4:00 PM. It will be hosted by Calvary Christian Center, 426 Laurelwood Rd, Pottstown. Give thanks in prayer, through scriptures and music, and hear local pastors share brief reflections. Offerings will be accepted to support the local mission efforts of the Ministerium.
ADOPT-a-FAMILY – MAKE THE HOLIDAYS SPECIAL
With the assistance of the Owen J. Roberts School District, the church will once again adopt families-in-need for the holiday season. Missy Walton has contacted the Guidance Counselors from the school district letting them know that we are here to support families within the community.
What can you do to help?
There are three ways of giving to this important community outreach.
- For those who are attending the in-person services, an Adopt-A-Family money collection box will be placed in the back of the sanctuary from now until Sunday, November 27th, where the congregation can make monetary donations.
- Donating online is another option for giving. Go to https://cumc.gvtls.com and select the Adopt-A-Family tab.
- Checks (made payable to Coventryville United Methodist Church) can be mailed to the church office at 1521 Old Ridge Rd, Pottstown, PA 19465. Please mark on the envelope that the funds are for the Adopt-A-Family program.
Once all funds have been collected, gift cards will be purchased from Giant, Walmart, and Amazon and given to the families for the parents to do their own holiday shopping.
The staff extends their gratitude to the OWLS for gifting the big mix of Christmas cookies! Your thoughtfulness and culinary skills are greatly appreciated. Extras are available for sale at the OWLS table in the lobby outside of Grace Hall. Pick up a box for just $8.00 and help support the OWLS mission efforts.
COAT and BLANKET COLLECTION
On Laity Sunday, Sue Meloy, a Mission First Operating Committee Member, expressed the need for winter coats and blankets for the people who come to Mission First for assistance. To fill this need, CUMC will be collecting women’s and men’s coats and blankets during the week of November 27th. The donations will be delivered during the week of December 5th. Please drop off your donations in the boxes in the smaller room of Little Learners (the former Sunday School room). Blankets should be on the bigger size not just the small ones that are made of fleece. Sue said the people who receive the blankets love to wrap up to keep warm. Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity. Blessings, Betsy Booker
OJRFOA TREE FESTIVAL
Owen J. Roberts’ Friends of the Arts Annual Tree Festival will be held at our church on Friday, December 2nd, from 4:30pm-7:30pm and Saturday, December 3rd, from 11:00am-2:00pm. Meals from a simplified menu will be available for purchase Friday night and Saturday afternoon. Friday’s menu items include hot dogs, sauerkraut, chicken noodle soup, chips, cookies, brownies, and beverages. Saturday’s selections will be cheeseburgers, hamburgers, hot dogs, sauerkraut, chicken noodle soup, French fries, cookies, brownies, and beverages. Everyone is welcome so we hope to see you there one or both days to enjoy the beautiful Christmas Tree displays. Remember to stop by the church kitchen for something to eat! Blessings, The Kitchen Crew of CUMC
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
Please remember the next blood drive will be on Wednesday, November 30th, from 2:00-7:00 PM. Spread the word to family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers. Please sign up at RedCrossBlood.org. Questions? See Betsy Booker.
Boyertown Area Choral Arts will offer a Christmas concert on Sunday, December 4th, at 3:00 PM at The Good Shepherd United Church of Christ in Boyertown (35 W. Philadelphia Ave). Be entertained by some traditional holiday favorites. Stay afterward to socialize and satisfy your sweet tooth at the cookie reception. Bring family. Bring friends. Enjoy the sounds of the season!
The OWLS will hold their annual Christmas party at the Inn at St. Peter’s. This festive gathering will start at 12:00 PM on Tuesday, December 20th. Attendees may bring a friend, but not their dog 🙂 Other things to bring are a wrapped $10 gift to exchange and a bell for seasonal fun. To make a reservation, please call Cindy Wakefoose at 610-469-6519.
The CUMC recyclers would like you to know that wiring is included with the items recycled for church income. Please keep this in mind if your Christmas lights have twinkled for the last time. They can still serve a good purpose. There is a drop off spot for donations 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).
CUMC and WAWA PARTNERSHIP
Pickup of free frozen WAWA food items (breakfast sandwiches, hotdogs, burritos, and more) is on Tuesdays from 4:00-6:00 PM. Get some items for yourself, a friend, a neighbor, a shut-in, the sick, the elderly, etc. Share the word of this great outreach program! Questions? See Laura Guest.
COLLECTION FOR MISSION FIRST, POTTSTOWN
The OWLS have a new direction in collecting items. These items will be donated to help Mission First in Pottstown. A collection tote will be in Grace Hall. The requested items in regular or travel size are as follows:
- Shaving cream and shavers
- Men & Women’s Deodorant
- Soap and bath gel
- Shampoo and rinse
- Bug Spray
Requested new or VERY gently used miscellaneous items include the following:
- Bath towels
- Wash cloths
- Hand towels
We will be taking the items collected to Mission First once a month and will add different items as we go along. Thank you for any donations you can give to Mission First.
- Online through the Advance at https://umcmission.org/advance-project/982450/.
- Call toll-free telephone: 888-252-6174.
- Send checks addressed to Global Ministries/UMCOR with “Advance #982450-Ukraine” written on the memo line. Mail donations directly to Global Ministries/UMCOR, GPO, P.O. Box 9068, New York, NY, 10087-9068.
- Attend the Ukrainian Prayer Service online or onsite at St. Andrew’s UMC, 999 York Rd. in Warminster on Thursday, March 24th, at 7:30 PM.
- PRAY FOR PEACE
ONLINE GIVING NEWS
Online giving just got easier! Access it now using a smart phone QR Code Reader (try QR Scanner). Scanning the code below will direct you to the CUMC giving link – https://cumc.gvtls.com. Click on the link in the app to be directed to CUMC’s giving page. Then, choose the fund you would like to support, enter an amount, click “Select”, and follow the remaining prompts to complete the donation. Thanks!
Did you miss the message this past Sunday, or would you like to hear it again? Visit our website’s sermon page – https://mycumc.com/2020/08/04/sermons/ and click on any play arrow. All the audio files can be downloaded to any smart device by clicking the 3-dots (kebab) menu on the far right of the file listing. Perfect for listening on the go!
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!
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.
Upcoming Sermons/ Scriptures
Jeremiah 23:1-6 • Colossians 1:11-20
Luke 1:68-79 • Luke 23:33-43
Isaiah 2:1-5 • Psalm 122
Romans 13:11-14 • Matthew 24:36-44
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.