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THE WEEKLY WORD
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LOCAL HURRICANE RELIEF – Dear Friends,
Last Sunday during announcements we watched a YouTube message from our Bishop, Bishop John Schol, informing us of the damage and suffering Hurricane Ida has caused in Louisiana and here in Pennsylvania. Bishop Schol extended an invitation to us, members and friends of Coventryville, to assist our conference with a special offering to help our brothers and sisters affected by this hurricane clean up and rebuild their churches, homes, business, and lives. In our Ad Council meeting this past Tuesday, September 14th, we thought it would be most helpful if we as a church family sent in one offer to assist with this need. Hence, I am asking you to make a sacrificial offer next Sunday, September 26. All funds received will be sent in one check to our conference office in Valley Forge. Attention Disaster Response Advance Special project # 0345. Thank you for joining me and others as we together do the work of Matthew 25:35-36, 40.
Grace, peace, and love,
Calling all ladies! The OWLS will hold a picnic luncheon on Tuesday, September 21st, at 10:00 AM in the pavilion. (The event will be held inside if there is inclement weather.) The main chicken dish and beverages will be provided. Attendees are welcome to bring a side dish, dessert, or both. Pastor Stacey will be in attendance and leading Bible Study. So, bring a friend, bring your Bible, and bring a smile!
Bible Study takes place on Wednesdays. Pastor Stacey facilitates prayers, readings, and discussions at 10:30 AM and 7:00 PM. Come with an open mind, a loving heart, and a Bible as we gather through the power of the Holy Spirit and learn about Proverbs.
Pastor Stacey will hold a Healing Service from 4:00-4:30 PM on Thursday, September 30th. Come and pray for people and situations that require healing. Feel free to email any particular needs you would like to be included to Pastor Stacey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MOMS IN PRAYER
On Thursday mornings throughout the school year, the local group of Moms in Prayer International has weekly prayer meetings in the Chrisman House Library from 8:00-9:15 AM. The group’s mission is to pray for our children, schools, and all that comprises the learning environment. This is an opportunity for our CUMC moms, grand moms, and great-grand moms to attend. For more information about this non-profit organization, visit MomsInPrayer.org.
FELLOWSHIP IS BACK!
Starting Sunday, October 3rd, indoor fellowship will begin after the 11:00 AM service. These gatherings will continue on the first Sunday of every month. Please join us! Questions? See Pastor Stacey or Danette Dean.
COTTAGE MEETINGS – COMING SOON!
We are currently taking names of people who would like to host and/or participate in Pastor Stacey’s Cottage Meetings. These will be scheduled for the end of September/beginning of October. Pastor Stacey would like to meet with small groups of people to ask some questions and get to know everyone.
Please see the sign-up sheets located at the back of the Sanctuary and in Grace Hall. Some names have already been added. Meeting times, places, and hosts will be determined by the sign-ups. NOTE: Some gatherings will be held in the Library at the Chrisman House. Masks may be required as guidelines change. Let us pray for God’s blessings and the presence of the Holy Spirit as we plan, sign-up, and participate in the upcoming Cottage Meetings. Questions? Please see Betsy Booker or Pastor Stacey.
CELEBRATE FALL AT CUMC!
Take note of our October 9th Events
Start the day with a visit to our THRIFT SHOP. The doors will be open from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM for all curiosity seekers and bargain hunters. Come and enjoy some retail therapy!
Then from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, please join us for a FREE INSIDE TRICK OR TREAT TRAIL. Lunch items include a free hot-dog with chips and a drink. Welcoming all who are willing to participate in setting up along our inside trail and handing out treats “or” stop by and enjoy “Free” lunch, treats, games, crafts, and story time. Masks are required if not vaccinated. Setup begins at 10:00 AM.
Take a break in the afternoon to work up an appetite for a RIBS & CHICKEN DINNER. Dine-in or take-out between 4:00-6:00 PM. The menu includes ribs, chicken, green beans, macaroni salad, applesauce, cole slaw, a roll with butter, dessert, coffee, water, and iced tea. Prices are Adults: $13; Students & Seniors (65 and older): $11; Kids (5 and younger): Free. Masks are required if not vaccinated.
CUMC SHIRTS FOR SALE
Recently, CUMC shirts were found in the Sanctuary. Now located in Grace Hall, there are some gray ones sized for men and pink ones sized for ladies—limited sizes and quantities are available. Cost is $5.00/shirt, and the proceeds will go to the Trustees to build up their account. A money can for payments is on the table in Grace Hall. Thank you for your support of the Trustees.
ASP—DRINKS & DONATIONS
The refrigerator in the kitchen has been restocked with soda, iced tea, and water. Need a refreshment? These beverages are available for $.50 each. Please place payment in the can in the refrigerator. Many thanks from the OWLS. The money collected is sent to the Appalachia Service Project (ASP) two-to-three times per year. Your support is very much needed and appreciated. Visit ASPhome.org to learn more about this non-profit organization that repairs and replaces homes for low-income families in Central Appalachia.
KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE
UMC Safe Sanctuary policy is for anyone working with or around children. It is required to have your PA State Child Clearances completed and on file. According to Safe Sanctuary policy, these clearances are good for 5 years. If you plan to help with VBS this year and do not have your clearances, or need to renew them, please do the following:
- Go to the Safe Sanctuaries page on the EPAUMC website— https://www.epaumc.org/safe-sanctuaries/
- Scroll to the Selection & Screening section on that page
- Follow the instructions on how to obtain the clearances online
- Once the information is entered and you receive the clearances, use the print option and give a copy to Betsy Booker for the church’s files.
This is of upmost importance for our church to safely and legally have contact with children. Please see Betsy Booker with any questions or if you need assistance in obtaining your clearances. Thank you for abiding with the UMC Safe Sanctuary policy.
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
Psalm 1 • James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a
Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 • Psalm 124 • James 5:13-20 • Mark 9:38-50
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.