Chimes – This Week’s News From Coventryville UMC
Upcoming Events and News:
Bargains are to be found at CUMC’s Thrift Shop on Saturday, December 14th. Stop in between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM to see what’s new.
BREAKFAST with SANTA
Enjoy a free pancake breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 14th, from 9:00-11:00 AM. Kids, young and old, are invited to share in this meal, take pictures, play games, make crafts, and listen to Christmas stories. Come and be merry!
Please join us for a Pasta Dinner on Saturday, December 14th, from 4:00-6:30 PM. Dine-in or Take-out! Adults are $12.00; students & seniors (65 & older) are $8.00; and kids (5 & under). Menu items include: pasta, meatballs, roll/butter, apple sauce, dessert, coffee, water, and iced tea.
PARTICIPANTS NEEDED! If you and your family would like to participate in the Advent Candle Lighting ceremony over the next few weeks, please see Pastor Will.
The OWLS Christmas party is scheduled for Tuesday, December 17th, at 12:00 noon, at the Inn at St. Peters. Remember to bring a $10.00 gift to exchange and a bell. If you would like to be included, please call Cindy at 610-469-6519 by December 8th. We are looking forward to a fun luncheon!
The next After-Church Fellowship will be on December 22nd at 12:00 PM in Grace Hall. This will be the Miracle Sunday Celebration Hour as titled by Pastor Will. Statements of gratitude will be announced and donation envelopes collected. Let’s give thanks and cheer our efforts to maintain this beautiful church!
SENIOR BRUNCH BUNCH
Our Senior Lunch Bunch is changed to a BRUNCH BUNCH in December. Join us for Brunch on Monday, the 30th, at 10:00 AM in the Chrisman House. There is a sign up sheet for food items outside the church office. Sandy, Skip and I appreciate everyone’s help to make this a special day. Blessings to all for a happy and healthy holiday season filled with love. You all are special people in our church and community. Best regards, Betsy
To the Family and Friends at Coventryville UMC: The planter is beautiful. Thanks for thinking of me during and after my transplant! That was awesome! Thanks to everyone for the cards and messages of encouragement! Everything is still going great! Love, Helene
To the OWLS: Thank you for gifting the big mix of Christmas cookies! Your thoughtfulness and culinary skills are greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Pastor Will and Maggie
Our Wednesday Bible Studies with Pastor Will are at 10:30 AM and 7:00 PM. The topic remains The Life and Times of the Apostle Paul. All are invited to this study.
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE
Our Candlelight Christmas Eve Service will be at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, December 24th. This special service will feature music by our choirs, traditional Christmas carols, and a Christ-centered message from Pastor Will. Invite friends and family to join us as we celebrate the birth of our Savior.
Our next blood donation drive will be on Thursday, January 30, 2020, from 2:00-7:00 PM in Grace Hall. Stay tuned for more details!
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.
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
December 15th – The Third Sunday of Advent
Philippians 4:4-7 • Psalm 146:5-10 • James 5:7-10 • Matthew 11:2-11
December 22nd – The Fourth Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 7:10-16 • Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 • Romans 1:1-7 • Matthew 1:18-25
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
Canned pasta sauce is requested for December. Additional donations may include 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.