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

Upcoming Events & News

View all this news and more in our weekly e-newsletter, The Weekly WordClick here to add your email address to the distribution list.

A special thanks goes out to our guest preachers during the month of July:
4th – Jim Harrop
11th – Ted Maurer
18th – Rev. Jim McNair
25th – Rev. Tom Davis-Shappell
We appreciate their time and efforts in making our worship services special during this gap month.
The new Pastor will start on August 1st.

Out of the Office: Please note that the Main Office will be closed July 19-July 23. Maggie will be on an Appalachia Service Project mission trip in West Virginia. The best method of communication for urgent administrative questions will be texting Maggie’s phone at 215-527-1869. The office will reopen at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, July 27th. May there be safe travels and good weather!

With Maggie being away, there will be a one-week suspension of The Weekly Word e-newsletter. Your Inbox next Thursday, July 22nd, will be a little leaner. The publication will resume on Thursday, July 29th. Please have all announcements emailed to by 5pm on Tuesday, July 27th. Thanks!

Have you ever wondered how CUMC had the little Upper Room prayer booklets in stock for 50 years? Thank you Peg Batdorf! She has graciously gifted the church with these daily prayer guides for all those years. Now, she’d like to extend this generous opportunity to others. If interested in sponsoring the publication either bi-monthly or yearly, please contact Maggie in the main office at 610-469-9350 or

Landscapers discovered ground nests by the embedded log alongside the drive between the pavilion and Chrisman House and by the stumps on the other side of the Chrisman House. Take caution in those areas.

The next Trustees meeting will be on Monday, July 26th at 7:00. To view past meeting minutes, please visit the MyCUMC website at

On Monday, July 26 at 6.30 p.m., the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference will be holding a special retirement celebration via Zoom with the hope all congregants can participate. In addition, here are special ways suggested to bless her in the next chapter of life.

  • Provide a gift to the Congo Partnership in her honor.
  • Post a greeting of abundant gratitude for her work within the conference on, or send cards of thanks to Bishop Peggy Johnson, P.O. Box 820, Valley Forge PA 19482-0820.

“It’s not often that our annual conference has had the honor of celebrating a moment like this in a Bishop’s life. Let’s work on making it extra special for Bishop Johnson.” Scott McDermott, Episcopacy Committee Chair

Find out what’s going on in the Eastern PA Conference by viewing the NEWSpirit Digest, a weekly e-newsletter. Content includes News & Views, Mission & Ministry Opportunities, Learning Events, Resources, Around the UM Connection, Reminders, and Save the Dates. Check out the recent and past issues posted on the Conference’s website –

The next Thrift Shop opening will be on Saturday, July 31st, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Enjoy some retail therapy and come see what’s new!

Sunshine and warmer weather call for outdoor gatherings. It’s the perfect time of year to use Coventryville’s Pavilion. Please know that non-member requests for use must be sponsored by a church member, and both members and non-members need approval by the CUMC Methodist Men. There is no charge, however donations to the Methodist Men group are appreciated. All requests must be accompanied by a Church Facility Usage Request Form. Email or stop by the main office for a copy— Thanks!

Meet our new neighbors – Red Dog Market
The old Coventry Parlor has a new look as a food market. Stop in during shop hours Tuesdays-Saturdays 10am-6pm, and meet the owners Emma and Aaron! Check out the inventory of seasonal and locally home-grown products of fruits, vegetables, flowers, dairy, grains, snacks, drinks, and meats. For quick eats, try fresh coffee and baked goods in the morning or a to-go lunch anytime. Read more about the Red Dog Market story at

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—
  • 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 – 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 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 Thank you for your continued support!

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 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 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

July 18
Psalm 23 and Psalm 89: 1 – 4 • Ephesians 2:11-13 • 2 Samuel 7:1-14a

July 25
Ephesians 2:11-22 • Romans 12:17-21 • Matthew 5:9

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.

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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