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The Weekly Word – This Week’s News From Coventryville UMC 

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THE WEEKLY WORD
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THRIFT SHOP INFO
The Thrift Shop had a wonderful day the Saturday of the Bazaar. Total sales and donations for the day were $734.10. I think that is a new record for sales in one day. Thank you to the ladies who worked so hard to get everyone in the door and through the line (Sallie, Helene, Bev, Grace). Thank you to Maggie who makes sure the public knows about us, along with Felicia who makes sure our roadside banner is up. And a special thank you to Janie Camaho for all that she does for the shop. Janie works tirelessly to make sure that donated items are priced and beautifully displayed; then sets up for openings.

The Thrift Shop has a small but very effective committee. I didn’t mention everyone here, but I appreciate all of you and the work you do to make the Shop successful! I also appreciate all of the donations that we receive from our parishioners and faithful friends from outside CUMC. Thank you for your support! Donna Yurick, Thrift Shop Chair

Stop in at the Thrift Shop THIS Saturday, November 28th, from 9am-12pm to see what’s new. Enjoy a little retail therapy!

POINSETTIAS
Now is the time to order your holiday flowers to help decorate the church. Choices include 6” and 7” pots with a new variegated shade. Click here for the order form. Selections are due by December 6th. Your plants will be available for pick-up after the Christmas Eve service. Thanks for helping to beautify CUMC for the holiday!

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
CUMC will host another Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 8th and 9th, from 2:00 to 7:00 PM. Please mark your calendar to help save a life by donating your time and blood. Donors can register at RedCrossBlood.org. Questions? See Betsy Booker or call the main office at 610-469-9350.

OWLS NEWS
The next OWLS meeting will be Tuesday, December 15th at 10:00am. There won’t be a Christmas Party. However, we will happily meet in-person in Grace Hall with enough room to safely distance the seating. Please wear a mask, bring your Bible and a box lunch.

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 asking for families’ wish lists.

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, December 6th 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 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, volunteer shoppers will be given the families’ wish lists and they will purchase the gifts. Missy will arrange getting the items to the families prior to Christmas day. If you have any questions, please see Missy Walton or Laura Guest. Thank you for supporting the Adopt-A-Family Program.

CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE
(Subject to change if health or government officials announce new guidelines.)
There will be two Christmas Eve services – 6:00 and 8:00 PM. Attendance will be limited to 25 people including Pastor Will and service ministers. Registration is necessary to not exceed this limit and for potential contact tracing. To sign-up: 1) use the sheet in church, or 2) call the main office at 610-469-9350. In addition to the two onsite services, there will be a 7:00 PM “at-home” service led by Pastor Will from his home to yours! Your cooperation in making these services special is appreciated!

STAFF CHRISTMAS GIFT: ‘TIS the SEASON
Please make a contribution so we can show our appreciation to all of our staff members for Christmas. Donations can be 1) dropped in the Offerings basket in church with “Staff Gift” noted on the envelope/check, 2) mailed to the office at 1521 Old Ridge Rd, Pottstown, PA 19465, or 3) given online at https://cumc.gvtls.com by clicking on the Staff Christmas Gift tab. Questions? Please see Steve Gerhart.

HARVEST HOME FOOD COLLECTION
Thank you to everyone who generously donated to the food drive!

MUCH APPRECIATED
Cindy Cooper extends her thanks for all the cards, phone calls, and prayers she received while recovering from COVID-19. She is feeling better now!

VBS 2021
As we begin to focus on how to be a more positive influence in our community, thoughts turn to CUMC’s VBS program which has always been a popular and well attended community event for children, young and older adults. Next year, we will be presenting “Rocky Railway—Jesus Power Pulls Us Through.” Among the much needed items for decorating for VBS-2021 is the need for artificial Christmas trees. If you have any artificial trees-no matter what the size– you were thinking of replacing, please consider donating or loaning them to our VBS. Look for more details in the upcoming months. It’s exciting to offer this program to our community once again. Thank-you CUMC for your continued and loving support of our VBS program. Betsy Booker and Heather Hampton co-directors.

CDT BOOK CLUB – Wednesday Mornings
The Congregational Development Team (CDT), has started the “CDT Book Club Day”. Discussions of the book “The Post-Quarantine Church” by Thom S. Rainer span six Wednesdays via Zoom from 11am to noon.

Chapter 5 Summary from our Lay Leader, Betsy Booker –

Rethink Your Facilities for Emerging Opportunities
“But if church leaders and members don’t take this opportunity to rethink everything they’ve been doing, it will be an opportunity wasted. GOD MAY BE WAITING FOR YOU TO WRITE A NEW STORY FOR YOUR CHURCH ON THE BLANK SLATE HE HAS PROVIDED YOU”

Three Thoughts:

  1. Think about how your church facilities were used before the pandemic and how that is changing and might change more
  2. Think of ways that your church may partner with another organization in the use of your church facilities
  3. Think about how the digital streaming of services during the pandemic might change the future of your worship services in you physical facilities.

Change in Mindset:

  1. Our church facilities have been underused greatly
  2. “The key is to see the church building from the perspective of the community rather than their church members.”
  3. Change from inwardly focused to outwardly focused in all we do.

(Due to traveling and the change in the time zone—I missed last week’s book club—the above are highlights from the Chapter not the actual meeting)–BB

“Quietly Courageous” by Rev. Gil Rendle is the next book club offering. Beginning on January 13, 2021, sessions will run on Zoom from 11:00-12:00pm for six Wednesdays. Rev. Rendle will facilitate discussions and encourage church leaders to stop focusing on the past and instead focus relentlessly on their missions and purpose. Registration and book are required for participation. Please see Betsy Booker if you are interested.

For more details about this encouraging book club, click here to view the flyer.

SERMON AUDIOS
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!

SUNDAY’S COVID-19 ETIQUETTE
-> Be exposure and symptom free
->Wear a mask
->Check in for attendance
->Socially distance
->Wash hands often
->Pray for good health
If you have any questions or comments about these guidelines, please contact Pastor Will by phone, 484-942-0257, or email whumes@gmail.com.

WEEKLY GIVING
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!

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. 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.

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

November 29th – The First Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 64:1-9 • Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 • 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 • Mark 13:24-37

December 6th – The Second Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 40:1-11 • Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 • 2 Peter 3:8-15a • Mark 1:1-8

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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