Union UCC, Neffs, Pennsylvania December 2009 Vol XXXV Issue 12
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
Consistory News 2
Children’s Corner 4-6
Honoring the past
Youth Group 8-9
Celebrating the present
New Members 12
Building the future
Music Notes 13
RX Corner 19
CHRISTMAS GREETINGS FROM
The Setting for THE CHURCH STAFF
Celebration Pastor Thomas, Pastor Kris, Pastor Patience,
Kathy Bonsell, Mike Baer, Blake Hoppes,
On Christmas Eve the Judy Klingensmith, Dave DiPaolantonio,
sanctuary provides the setting for Barbara Carinci, Tara Henninger, Roger Faust,
Donna Baringer, and Jake Evans.
Christians to celebrate their trust
in God as the “Almighty One Who
Will Bring Peace And Wholeness
To The World”. This is the God
whom we worship and adore. On
Christmas Eve we join in express-
ing our longing for peace. On
Christmas Eve we celebrate its
coming, even before it is com-
pleted on the earth. All of these Christmas Eve Services
abstract ideas and hopes are em-
bodied in Jesus, God’s Messiah.
In the following pages you
will find details concerning the 5 p.m. -Family Service;
three services offered. One is
small children family friendly with
plenty of action and singing. Com- 8 p.m.- Carols & Special
munion will be served at the later
services. The enchanting service
Music; Communion &
of candle lighting, included in all Candlelight
three, will symbolize the mystery
of this night and the wonder of 11 p.m. Carols & Special
faith. Music; Communion
Join in the celebration and & Candlelight
invite another to share this holy
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By Barbara Carinci (subject to approval) taken to accept the revisions, and it will be
The monthly meeting of the Union United mailed to the congregation the first week of
Church of Christ Consistory was called to order on January. In a 9:15am session a discussion will
Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, by President Rich be held, and then presented for approval at the
Carinci. Semi-annual meeting January 27th.
The Secretary’s Report, Treasurer’s Report Property Committee reported that the hot
and November bills were presented and ap- water heater over the downstairs boy’s room has
proved, after two minor corrections. been repaired, and it seems to have corrected
After Rick Klingensmith presented the Treas- the Protect Alarm issues also. Pantry refrigera-
urer’s Report, a discussion followed regarding the tor has been repaired again. The Church and
financial shortage of $8643 so far for the fiscal grounds will soon be decorated for the season.
year. Money has been secured from the Reserve Evangelism Committee - Gift bags were
Fund to cover this. It is hopeful that things will made. Yard signs can be picked up now and
balance out better the next month, as there are placed in yards the first week of December.
five Sundays in November. Stewardship Committee - the Committee
Christian Education Committee reported Fair was a huge success. Thanks to all. Audit
they are in the process of planning the Advent for the 2008-2009 fiscal year has been com-
Celebration, beginning with Alathea on Dec. 6. pleted.
Tentative hoagie date is March 6, 2010. Kathy Fellowship Committee - Jean Seaman re-
Bonsell will be attending UCC Partners in Educa- cently retired from the Committee after many
tion National Event in Nashville, TN, Feb 1-3. years of being a member and leader.
Mission Committee reported that our church Worship Committee - Christmas plans are
is continuing to work at the NLFB for November. underway. A new way of doing communion both
We will be donating the potatoes, purchased from in the pew and at the altar will be attempted and
Tim Geiger, for both Thanksgiving and Christmas then evaluated in January.
NLFB food baskets. All tags from the angel tree Copies of the Consistory Minutes (subject to
have been picked up. This benefits the Bethle- approval) and monthly finances are available on
hem Salvation Army. the table in Room 101 (Memorial Hall).
Constitution Review Committee presented The next regular meeting of the Union
the final draft of the amended Church Constitution United Church of Christ Consistory will be
and By-laws. After much discussion a vote was held Monday, December 21, 2009, at 7:00 p.m.
in Room 101.
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Purpose of Babble from the Belfry
The Mission Statement of Union UCC
The purpose of the Newsletter is to
Our church is a diverse family of believers, spiritually inform and share the good news of
united in Christ, rooted in a rich heritage and growing Jesus Christ as embodied in the life
with vitality into the future. of this church with members and
We proclaim God’s word, nurturing and inspiring the community at large.
dedicated Christian discipleship through worship,
Articles are to be positive in nature
education, pastoral care, fellowship and outreach within
and respectful of others’ opinions.
our community and the world.
Adopted January 15, 2001
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By Phil Wehr
Leaves are raked, oil has been bought, the snow blower is tuned up, ice
melt is in storage, fall is fading fast, winter will soon be here. The weekly and
yearly chores around the church property mirror what goes on in all of our
homes, just on a much bigger scale. There is always something needing to be
done, be fixed, be repaired, be cleaned, or another bill to be paid.
The property committee thanks Koren Plumbing for their donations of time
and materials to repair a problem toilet, and hot water heater in the preschool
boy's room. Thanks are also in order to Selig Electric for their time to replace
various light fixtures and provide guidance on electrical issues around the
church property. Bastian Floors repaired some floor tiles in the nursery and
Kleckner's Appliances repaired the pantry freezer, all as donations.
We are grateful for their service, and others who help to rake leaves, mow grass, clean
flower beds, and shovel snow throughout the year. Speaking of snow, we are always happy
for volunteer snow cleaners, so if you have time after a snowfall, bring a shovel and find a
sidewalk or set of steps and start shoveling.
December is a favorite time to visit Union UCC as many folks decorate and beautify the
church property to celebrate the birth of Christ. There are many happenings this December,
please check out the rest of the newsletter and plan to attend the special church services and
church events. Our Christmas Eve services are especially beautiful, meaningful and a family
tradition. Bring your family and friends and celebrate the Christmas season with your church
family here at Union United Church of Christ in Neffs.
If you, or another member of our church family, has
news of accomplishments you want to share, please
send it to the church office, email secre-
firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop a note in the offering
Members in the news:
The George Family. Appearing in the November 5, Thursday, December 3rd
2009 edition of the Parkland Press, East Penn newspa- 6:30pm Memory Room
per contributor, Ken Petrini, wrote an article on the
Join us to watch a Christmas themed
George family connection with the Ironton Phone Com-
pany. This year the company is celebrating its 100th anni-
movie (to be determined)
versary of service, and the George family has led the Bring some cookies to share with the
company for most of its history. group (if you want).
The third generation of George family members em- Beverages & popcorn will
ployed by the phone company and who are also currently be provided.
members of Union United Church of Christ: Bill George,
President; Pat Stewart; Allen (Sonny) George; Rose Let's enjoy a relaxing evening together
Marie Beck; and Carolyn George. before the "Christmas rush".
Brad and Scott Nagle were photographed during the
Call Deb Baer for more info 610-502-
Country Holidays Craft Show and published in the Park-
land Press 2957 or email@example.com
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CHILDREN’S CHURCH DECEMBER CALENDAR
Dec. 6 Church Family Worship
Dec.13 Church Family Worship
Dec. 20 Luke 1:39-45, (46-55)
Dec. 27 Church Family Worship
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Operation Christmas Child
Mission Accomplished:85 filled shoeboxes
and $588 were delivered to our local drop off site.
A great big thank you to our church families and the Neffs Preschool for
participating in this mission project. Another big thank you to all who helped
organize and load the shoeboxes. And finally, a big thank you to the Mission
Committee for their monetary donation.
Little Lambs Nursery
We need you! No experience necessary! Please sign up for one Sunday this year to
help Billie Jo Witczak in the Nursery. We need one additional adult in the Nursery
every Sunday in order to fulfill our Safe Child Policy. Billie Jo takes care of all the
details. Your job is to just enjoy our littlest members. A sign up sheet is located on
the Nursery door. Youth are also encouraged to sign up on the door.
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WHAT’S HAPPENING AT SUNDAY SCHOOL?
Preschool: In the preschool Sunday School class, we talked about helping
and how the people rebuilt the temple in Jerusalem. To remind us that
God's love changes us and gives us joy, we made a color changing craft.
The children have been learning a new bible verse: Make a joyful noise to
the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises (Psalm
98:4). The children played instruments and made their own to make joyful
noise to the Lord.
2nd/3rd Grade: The 2nd and 3rd Grade Sunday School Class continued to
learn stories from the Old Testament until we begin making the switch to
the New Testament with the arrival of Jesus. They are now able to find the
Book and the Chapter in the Bible. We will be adding on finding verses as well. We have
many second graders who have earned a bible by attending at least five Sundays. Con-
gratulations to all.
4th/5th With the help of the 2nd and 3rd grade class, the 4th and 5th grade class filled Hallow-
een treat bags for the children who attended the Miracle League Halloween party.
We traveled with the Israelites back to Jerusalem and rebuilt the temple dedicated to God.
We attended the festival of the booths, listened to Ezra, asked for forgiveness and made
covenants with God to follow his commandments.
Please be prompt in dropping off and picking up your children.
Education Hour is 9:15-10:15. Also, please have your children take a
bathroom break before Sunday School and Children’s Church.
Thank you !
Sunday School Christmas Program
(during the 10:30 service)
The children of our Sunday School program will share their songs, “pieces” and
the Nativity story with you as we get ready for the birth of baby Jesus.
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The Preschool students shared a special Thanksgiving feast as they learned
about the first Thanksgiving and discussed all the things for which they are
thankful. During Chapel time, we talked about giving thanks to God for all that
he has given us.
The students brought in items to fill shoe boxes for Operation Christmas
Child. The Preschool was able to fill eleven shoe boxes to help with this Church
Kidstuff ($25) and Enjoy the City ($15) books are still available. The books
make great Christmas gifts! The sales will end December 6th. If you would like
to purchase a book, please stop by the Preschool office or call (610) 767-5327.
We thank everyone who donated items for the Preschool parent group used clothing and
household item drive which we held in November. This fundraiser benefits our Preschool children
by providing funds to help with field trip costs and with the purchase of new equipment.
SANTAS NEEDED – NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
The Preschool is looking for Santa volunteers for December 22 and December 23
for our Preschool Christmas programs. The Preschool does have a Santa suit avail-
able and we provide the gifts for Santa to distribute. If this is something you enjoy do-
ing or would like to give a try, please see Linda Migliori or contact the Preschool at (610)767-5327
for more information.
ALL CHRISTIAN EDUCATION VOLUNTEERS
(Sunday School, Children’s Church, Little Lambs, CE Committee, VBS)
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Sue Ondrey has been nominated as the December Catch the Spirit
Award recipient by Stewardship Committee. She will be recognized on
December 20th at the 10:30 a.m. Horizon Service.
Sue spent the first half of her childhood in the Midwest (suburb of Chicago),
and the other half on the east coast (Pluckemin, NJ and Berwyn, PA). She
was baptized Methodist, raised Presbyterian, and later, married a Catholic.
She notes, “So as a young family moving to the Lehigh Valley we took the op-
portunity to visit many churches, learn about different denominations, and find
one church that would be a match for our whole family. This transition was
educational and strengthening for us, but hard on our parents.”
Sue has been married to Jim for 14 years. They have two daughters, Jennifer
in 7th grade and Natalie in 5th, plus two cats that just recently joined their fam-
ily. Jim’s job brought them from Phoenixville to South Whitehall in December
Sue has a degree in Psychology from Indiana University (Bloomington, IN) then later went back for
her MBA at Penn State Great Valley. At this point in time she is not currently working, but she says
she seems to be busier than ever. Her most recent paid position was in real estate sales and re-
cruiting. Sue has also worked in administrative positions and in information technology, managing a
helpdesk for a pharmaceutical company.
Sue talks about her hobbies and free time mentioning, “During soccer season our free time is mini-
mal, as Jim coaches and I assist with the soccer club’s website and registrations. When I’m not driv-
ing the kids around I like to do projects around the house, work in the yard, spend time with my fam-
ily, and listen to music.”
The Ondreys joined Union UCC about two years ago, but have been involved with the wonderful
programs much longer. Currently, Sue is on Consistory and the Church and Ministry Committee.
Although, the formation of the HUG group brought her to Union UCC years ago. She has also been
involved with VBS and women’s retreats ever since.
Sue on being a member at Union UCC says, “I can’t imagine not being actively involved with our
church family. It’s the old saying that you get back more than you give.” One of her favorite church
memories is, “When we first visited this church, one of the girls asked what the words said on the
arch behind the altar. I came up with a funny translation and we still laugh about it.”
When asked why she loves our church Sue replies, “I love my church because of the simplicity of
the inclusiveness and the deepness of the spiritual connections. “
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Walk With Us
YOUTH GROUP NEWS 6th-12th Grade
For more information, forms, deposits, or sign ups contact:
Pastor Kris firstname.lastname@example.org 610-657-6007
See the youth group newsletter or Sunday bulletin for details and updates.
Anyone who is in grades 6-12 is considered a member of youth group.
Any parent, guardian of our youth or adult can assist youth group.
Friends and families are always invited.
Sat Dec 5 7-9:30pm Middle School Christmas Party AT CHURCH
(6th-8th Grade) Get in the spirit as we make gift bags for our nursing
home members and go rockin’ around the Christmas tree. We’ll need
parent help and cookie donations. Sign up with PK.
Sat Dec 19 7-10pm High School Christmas Party (9th-12th
Grade) Christmas Caroling and then back to Pastor Kris’s house for some
figgy pudding and Christmas cheer. We’ll need parent drivers. Sign up with
Sun Jan 10 Breakfast Club (AND anyone in 9th-12th Grade)
Serves Breakfast at St. Paul’s, Allentown.
Meet at church at 6am, cook and serve breakfast to help people In need
of a meal. Go out for breakfast with the group (bring money), home 9:30-
Sun Jan 31 Breakfast Fundraiser by Chef Kathi and Crew
$5 for Adults $3 for Children 12 and under
Come support our youth group and our summer trip.
Youth Group Families—sign up to help with this breakfast.
As shoes for your feet—put on whatever will make you ready
to proclaim the gospel of peace.
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Feb 6-7 Confirmation Sleepover and Worship
11:30am-1pm Souperbowl Sunday and Youth Group Lunch and Meeting
Feb 16—Serve at Pancake Supper Bring your family for a fun church night out. Help
serve from 6-7pm and enjoy entertainment from 7-8pm.
Feb 27—Murder Mystery Dinner Night Fundraiser
You are cordially invited to a surprise party to celebrate the triumphs of the es-
teemed archeologist Dr. Richard Denile. Imma N. Denile, your hostess, is hoping that
her husband will regale us with some stories of his adventures. He has recently un-
earthed a pharaoh’s tomb and discovered more then he ever imagined. Join us for
an exotic night as we discover that love and murder are never out of fashion.
March 7—Youth Sunday at 10:30 Worship We are already planning this service, let Pas-
tor Kris know how you want to participate.
Spring Weekend: April 16-18 Youth Group Goes to Robin Hill! (8th-12th Grade)
$25 Due Feb 7
TAKE THE JOURNEY... FOLLOW THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD
Summer Trip: Regional Youth Event July 21-25 Lebanon Valley Col-
lege, Annville PA
High energy music and worship, workshops, and service projects with your
favorite UCC church friends from Neffs and Pennsylvania and several sur-
rounding states. Let Pastor Kris know now if you are interested in
getting more information about this. $50 Deposit Due January 10
SUNDAY MORNINGS 9:15-10:15am
THE MUNCH BUNCH (6th & 7th grade 2nd Floor Room 203)
CONFIRMATION CLASS (8th grade Youth Room)
THE BREAKFAST CLUB (9th- 12th grade Room 4 Basement)
THE EDGE (6th and 7th Grade) During 10:30 Worship/Children’s Church
YOUNT ADULTS and COLLEGE STUDENTS
December 27 is College Student Sunday—This is a Sunday to worship together, help
with worship, and/or meet each other and Pastor Kris for lunch.
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Sunday, December 13th
Union UCC hosts the Parkland We are looking forward to an exciting year!
Well known author and teacher, Philip Yancey,
High School Chorale presents on DVD The Bible Jesus Read. He
explores the writings of the Old Testament and
Enjoy a concert of holiday music in our reveals truths and scripture that Jesus grew up
beautifully decorated sanctuary. on. This laid the foundation for everything that
A free will offering will be taken to support Jesus said and did. Come and join us for good
the Chorale. fellowship and a learning experience.
Refreshments follow the concert. We will start 7pm in Room 5. For more infor-
mation cal H.B. Burger at 610-767-5344.
Here is a question for you. What do the Craft Show, Easter Egg Hunt,
Basket Social, Build Your Own Sunday, Blues Nite Out, Soup Nite, County Sale,
Tailgate Party, Hoagie Sales, Raised Cake Sales, and Hang In Night all have in
common? Yes, yes we know that all of these events happen here at Union
UCC, and yes most of them have something to do with food.
Still thinking? Well, the answer is that all of these events were thought up
by church members. Each event has many church members planning and
working for days and weeks to make each event successful and meaningful to
the life of our church. They give of their time, treasures and talents to glorify
God and spread goodwill through the church and the community.
This is Stewardship, members and staff working together for a common
goal, promoting Union UCC's spirit. Our church property, including the grove is in constant use hold-
ing special events like these, and many more.
The special part of all of these events are the people and the talents that they share with others.
Some members plan, organize and set up, some bake, cook, dip ice cream or serve food, some are
gracious hosts, greeters, ticket sellers or phone callers, while others clean up, wash dishes or move
tables and chairs, members working together sharing God's gifts. Everyone is needed to make it all
Union UCC is so fortunate to have talented members and is always looking for more members to
help and even start new events. You are needed. Your help and new ideas are vital to the continu-
ing growth of Union UCC. These events are a great way to meet other members, and share the love
of your church with your friends or neighbors.
You can be an active leader or helper during our many events, or just a member in attendance,
which all ultimately support Union UCC's mission.
Take the time, your life will be enriched.
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WANTED: UNWANTED HOLIDAY DECORATIONS
It’s that time of the year when you are decorating and un-decorating for the holidays.
How many items do you keep in your holiday bin that you don’t even use anymore?
SANTA’S ATTIC is looking for those unwanted decorations. Christmas, Thanksgiving,
Halloween…..even Easter decorations are welcome! Bring your “gently used” decorations
to Memorial Hall and place them in the marked box on the stage during the months of
December and January. Don’t worry….you’ll see them again next October at our Country
Holidays Craft Show!
GO GREEN for the HOLIDAYS….let’s reduce, reuse and recycle those decorations!
Women’s Retreat Day
Art and Prayer Workshop
Saturday, January 16, 2010
At Union UCC, Neffs
$25 (Includes supplies and Lunch)
“ Making art can be a profound process of healing,
prayer and wholeness.” ~ Leader: Lynn Penney
We will be dyeing and decorating silk prayer shawls. No experience necessary.
Space is limited. Reservations can be made by giving your $25 to the church office by
December 6. Friends are welcome.
Women’s Retreat at
Trout Lake, Stroudsburg
March 19-21, 2010
Cost: $110 (Includes Room, All Meals, Activities)
$50 Deposit Due December 6th to the church office.
Checks to: “Union UCC”
Leader: Pastor Kris
This weekend is a time for you. Have fun with your sisters from church.
Feed your spirit. Friends are welcome.
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The Congregation December brings birthday greet-
Welcomes These ings to our Homebound Members:
New Members Patricia Szapacs—December 15
3733 Phillips Rd
Slatington PA 18080
Nikki Makos Lovelight House
P O Box 332 STAFF BIRTHDAYS
Julie De Oca Montes Treichlers PA 18086 Roger Faust, Facility Care-
taker, will celebrate his Birth-
Carolyn O’Brien Eleanor Piger—December 24 day on December 9th.
320 E. Montgomery St
Barbara Panner Allentown PA 18103 Mike Baer, Music Program Co-
ordinator, will celebrate his
Don Penrod Birthday on December 23rd.
Peter and Amanda Smyth
Sons, Elliot, Ethan, Erik,
CHRISTMAS EVE YARD SIGNS
R e d i sc o v e r C h r i s t m a s. . . Yard Signs from the Evangelism Committee
Watch for our yards signs again this year. They will
C H R IS TM A S EV E W O R S H IP be available for you to pick up at the Coffee Hour on
the Sundays in November. We ask that you place
5pm 8pm 11pm them in your yard in December to welcome your
friends and neighbors to our Christmas Eve services.
U N IO N U N IT E D C H U R C H O F C H R IS T If you have a yard sign from previous years, feel free
5550 R O UTE 873 N EFFS to reuse it.
The Hannah Fund was established to help the Snyder-Samuelson family during their
daughter Hannah’s treatment for leukemia. The Fund continues to help other children and
families with medical needs. If you know of someone who could use our support,
please contact a Pastor or the church office. You can make contributions at any time to:
“The Hannah Fund.”
This month the Hannah Fund helped 3 year-old Gracie who is on life support. Please
keep her and her family in your prayers.
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YOUTH CHOIRS – Practice is Tuesday night:
Cherubs-6:00PM.; Juniors-6:30; Middlers-7:00
December 24th – Christmas Eve Service at 5:00 PM.
Singers do not need to wear their choir shirt, you can dress in your finest
Horizon Choir rehearsal is on Sunday at 9:15 AM in the choir room
Heritage Choir rehearsal has been moved to Wednesday night at
7:00 PM in the choir room.
As Christmas Eve approaches (quickly!) I think about all of the music in our services and all of the
singers and instrumentalists who share their talents on this special night. There will be music for or-
gan, piano, guitar, brass ensemble, and, of course, vocalists. Other highlights in December include
the return of Alathea (December 6) and the Lessons and Carols (December 20).
All are welcome to participate in choir; you can get more information by coming to a rehearsal or by
contacting Mike Baer via the church office or by email < email@example.com >
Music Leadership Team, Coordinator
IMPORTANT REMINDER: Church Code 511.
All committees and groups must complete a use The Lehigh Valley Hospital will not list pa-
of facility form to schedule events or activities. tients under our congregational code unless
Please contact Barbara, Church Administrator, in given permission by the patient. If you are
the church office at 610-767-6961 hospitalized, please let the hospital staff know
or firstname.lastname@example.org for forms and room that you would like us to be notified. Our
availability. Thank You! church code is 511. This allows the church
staff to know that you are in the hospital.
BUSY BEE QUILTERS
The Busy Bee Quilters are always looking for new quilters. No experience is
needed, they will gladly teach anyone their quilting skills. Join them on Wednesdays be-
tween 9:30 am and 3:00 pm in Room 4. Just look for the quilt in the middle of the
room. There are always quilt tops that need to be quilted, so come and enjoy a few
hours of fellowship along with using a needle and thread to create long lasting
quilts. The monies earned from quilting support different church projects as needed.
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Missions around the World.
Yes, the New York Yankees won the World Series this year, and the
Phillies came in second, but they are still the National League champs. Yes,
New York fans everywhere are rushing to buy their World Series T-shirts, sweat
shirts, hats, jackets, and everything in between.
But what happens to all of those preprinted shirts, hats and jackets proclaim-
ing that the Phillies are the 2009 World Series champions? Well a humanitar-
ian group based in Seattle called World Vision has created a solution to that
Each fall and winter for the last three years, thousands of team championship caps,
jerseys, shirts, etc... produced before the championship games in football and baseball
and then unusable for marketing in the U.S. when teams do not win the titles are sent to
impoverished nations around the world.
Once the World Series or Super Bowl is over, shipments of clothing are immediately
shipped to countries like Zambia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Romania. Over 2,000 items
were shipped to Indonesia to help families who lost everything from the recent earth-
quakes and natural disasters.
Rich Stearns, President of World Vision states " As hard as it is for us to believe, this
might be the only piece of brand new clothing these people ever had in their lives. Most
people who receive these jersey's and T-shirts do not even know who the Yankees or
Phillies are, they are just looking at these items as new clothes."
Phillies fans can be comforted with the fact that World Series Championship gear is
heading to those in need around the world, but so is sports gear from the Los Angeles
Dodgers and the Anaheim Angels.
The Mission Committee.
OPERATION FOOD BANK
During November, Union UCC members volunteered their services at the
Northern Lehigh Food Each week over 70 families were provided with five to
eight shopping bags of food, produce, baked goods, toiletries, and other
items. The NL Food Bank is currently serving over 300 families each month,
which includes many families with children.
Your continued support filling the shopping cart with groceries in the foyers each week truly
makes a difference to each of these families lives. Popular items include canned soup, vegetables,
or fruit, boxed cereals, pasta and rice, brownie or cakes mixes, Jello and pudding mixes.
The NL Food Bank provides a special food distribution for all 300 families for Thanksgiving and
Christmas. Each of the twelve participating local churches provides one item for this special
day. For these distributions, Union UCC provides 300 - 5 lb bags of potatoes purchased from Tim
Geiger Farms of Schnecksville, utilizing funds from the Benevolence Envelopes.
After a year of planning, the food bank's plan for expansion is finally moving forward. Construc-
tion was scheduled to begin in mid November to provide 1,000 square feet of much needed storage
space for their operation. Plans call for a new 8 x 10 walk in cooler, and 8 x 10 walk in freezer to be
installed. Union UCC has pledged $2,000 for these units, with other donations already in place.
The leaders of the Northern Lehigh Food Bank thank everyone at Union UCC for their past and
continued support to serve the families in the local community.
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On November 1, 2009 we honored our Saints, living, and those
who have completed their journey since November 2, 2008.
“A Relationship With God Displayed”
Catch the Spirit Award Recipients:
Gloria Beltz Carol Mesics
Maria Beltz Dave & Dolly Mulcahy
Laurie George Linda Stewart
Alex Krisko Thelma Trobetsky
The Kuhns Family Chris Wrobel
“A Relationship Remembered” “A Joyful Relationship”-
Those Who Have Entered Their Eternal Baptized since Nov. 2, 2008:
Rest since November 2, 2008
Madison Amorim Luke Jachowicz Brady Schlosser
Wayne Blose Jeff Moyer Trevor Amorim Brodey Keller Cole Steffie
Larry Cressman Joanne Moyer Miranda Brown Brody Krier Alivia White
Matthew Feher Betty Peters Ava Christman Cameron Oravec Believer’s
Arlene Haas Kenneth Snyder Colin Eisenhard Devlin Phifer Baptism:
Elaine Jones Frances Stumpf Briana Everk Ryden Philbin Hannah Gombos
Mabel Kern William Stumpf Taylor Everk Landon Ricka- Vancent Miller
Gertrude Knipe Leona Schuler Thomas Foster baugh
Ruberta Linde Meta Wotring Emily Glosan Adrianna Schla-
Paige Harlow uch
The Spirit of Christmas at Union United Church of Christ
Dear Fellow Parishoners,
For us, Christmastime is always a very special period in our church year. Foremost in our minds is the
birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and what that event has meant to Christians for almost two thousand years.
We also share in the established tradition of giving gifts to friends and loved ones. With that in mind, the
members of Consistory thought it would be great if we as a congregation would join together in expressing our
love and appreciation for our hard-working pastors and staff by presenting each of them with a monetary Christ-
We hope that you agree with our idea. You can share in this gift by giving your check to David or Karen
Fleming or by sending a check in whatever amount you are led to give to:
(Make checks payable to:) Karen Fleming, 1248 Warwick Place, Allentown, PA 18104
So that we can process your gifts, please be sure that we receive them no later than December 17th. What-
ever amount we receive will be proportionally divided and given to each staff member from the congregation.
Thank you for your support of our staff at this glorious time of year. God bless you.
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Enjoy an Musical Guests
Alathea At Union UCC
Sunday, December 6
Christmas 8:00 am and 10:30 am
Free Will Offering Collected
CDs For Sale
Including Their Christmas
SUNDAY MORNING ALIVE! (SMA)
Sunday, December 27th at 10:30
Sunday Morning Alive will continue to lead worship on Sundays at 10:30
throughout the year for about six Sundays. Our worship team continues to
grow in numbers and we love to lead worship.
All who are thirsty, come to the fountain;
dip your heart in the stream of life.
Future dates: February 14, March 7, and May 23
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Sunday, December 6, 2009 Sunday, December 13, 2009
Second Sunday of Advent Third Sunday of Advent
Musical Guests:Alathea 8:00am Heritage Service
8:00am Heritage Service 10:30am Horizon Service
10:30am Horizon Service Text: Luke 3:7-18
Text: Luke 3:1-6 Sermon: Look Forward
Sermon: Make Ready Rev. Patience Stevenson
Rev. Thomas N. Thomas Lay Readers: 8:00 – Suzanne Schneider
Greeters: Lou & Mary Burdick, Tim & Michelle 10:30 - Sunday School Reader
Brader Greeters: Lou & Mary Burdick, Tim & Michelle
Acolyte: 8am Bo Miller Brader
10:30am Alexis Middaugh, Trisha Nagle Acolyte: 8am Katie Purner
10:30am Jacob Steidinger, Nathaniel Rex
Sunday, December 20, 2009 Friday, December 24, 2009
Fourth Sunday of Advent Christmas Eve
Service of Lessons and Carols 5:00 pm Family Service with Candlelight
8:00am Heritage Service Acolytes: Blaire Liscka, Jonathan Wenner
10:30am Horizon Service 8:00pm Horizon Service—Candlelight &
Text: Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) Communion
Sermon: Moving with Mary’s Song Acolytes: Nathaniel Rex, Katie Purner
Rev. Thomas N. Thomas Lay Reader: Harry Burger
Lay Readers: 8:00 – Curtis Frantz 11:00pm Heritage Service-Candlelight &
10:30 - Donna Christman Communion
Greeters: Ralph & Joan Eberts; Doug & Acolytes: Sam Smith, Laura Beltz
Claire Kern Lay Reader: David Fleming
Acolyte: 8am Fiona Bloise
10:30am Zachary Trexler, Jonathan Wenner
Sunday, December 27, 2009
First Sunday after Christmas
Young Adult College Student Sunday
8:00am Heritage Service
10:30am Horizon Service-CFW
Text: Luke 2:41-52 Every Sunday,
Sermon: Who Is This Child? In Memorial Hall
Rev. Kris P. Snyder-Samuelson 9-10:15 am and 11:30-12.
Lay Readers: 8:00 – Lucille Kuhns
10:30 - Young Adult
Greeters: Ralph & Joan Eberts; Doug &
Acolyte: 8am Jennifer Herbine
10:30am Jacob Steidinger, Trisha Nagle
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Our Helping Hearts group cares for our homebound and nursing home members by
delivering flowers sponsored by church members and by visiting, sharing prayers
and Christian friendship. Our Communion Ministers also share in this ministry by
delivering communion. If you would like to share in this work, or if you know of
someone who is in need of this ministry, please contact one of the pastors.
Our next meeting will be on Thursday, December 3.
By Dr. Ann Kirka, RPh
As you enjoy the sights and sounds of the upcoming holiday season, be aware
of the potential dangers around us- such as carbon monoxide. Carbon monox-
ide is an odorless, tasteless, colorless gas that can cause severe illness or
Carbon monoxide (CO) is produced by any open flame from fossil fuels. Ex-
amples include flames from your fireplace, gas water heater, gas oven, or any other household
appliances that may consume fuel or have a flame. Automobile exhaust also produces high levels
Common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, dizziness, weakness, vomiting,
chest pain, and confusion. High levels of CO can cause loss of consciousness or death. People who
are already sleeping may not experience any symptoms before being poisoned.
Prevention is the key in avoiding CO poisoning. Carbon monoxide alarms and combination smoke
detectors and CO detectors are available at most hardware stores. They can be hardwired or
run from batteries. If your need for protection is seasonal (occasional fireplace or kerosene
space heater use), consider using a battery operated CO detector.
Wishing you and your family a safe and Merry Christmas!
Volume XXXV, Issue 12
Are you looking to connect with other parents, make new
friends, learn something new, or simply get a break from the
kids? We’re “HUG” and our purpose is to have fun, learn,
and support each other in a non-denominational group so
that everyone feels hugged.
Meetings are held twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Mondays(9:15 -11:15 am).
12/14 Lois Kilcoyne—“Organic Eating & Nutrition”
12/28 No Meeting, Christmas Break
Standing in the Neffs kitchen during a break
from serving soup at a Golden Times luncheon, the
For those wise in years and
soup chef remarked on a memory of a delicious nut
cake prepared by a parishioner some years ago. I
young at heart. (Senior Adults)
was delighted to report that I had heard tales from
the baker herself of how her husband used to Our next gathering is
gather the rare hickory nuts in hedgerows, and how Tuesday, December 1st
hard the nuts were to crack! Can you guess the 12-1:30.
name of the baker? Hilda Nagel!
Not too long ago Donald Bachman painstakingly cracked countless Program: Christmas Carols
hickory nuts in order for his wife, Janet Bachman, to bake the legendary
Hickory Nut Cake for one of our Golden Times luncheons. Many of us have
wonderful memories of favorite dishes or meals prepared by friends, parish-
ioners or family members. Be sure to share a written copy of the recipe with
your family and friends this holiday season. Don’t forget that many treas-
ured recipes are in the church cookbook, A New Beginning.
Here is Hilda Nagel’s recipe for Sugar Cookies – a real holiday treat!
Mix together ½ lb. butter, 1 egg. Add 1 c. sugar and mix. Add 2 cups flour
and ¼ tsp. baking soda. Mix well, wrap in waxed paper and refrigerate
overnight. Inside tips: 1. Roll out the dough into very thin layers (1/8-1/4
inch), cut and decorate, then place carefully on ungreased cookie sheets. 2.
Watch your cookies carefully in the oven – they only need to bake about 3
minutes at 350 degrees. (Hilda bakes 2 sheets at a time – one each on the
upper rack and lower racks of her oven – and switches them at the 3 minute Join us for some homemade
mark if they are not yet golden.) These cookies taste best if shared with soup, a sandwich and dessert
others. and a brief program.
“Tales from the Road,”
Rev. Dr. Patience D. Stevenson, Pastor of Visitation
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Reports You can help BUILD THE FUTURE
of our church’s ministry.
for Remember Union UCC in your will.
Date Worship Service Date Worship Ser-
October 4 (8 am) 77 October 18 (8 am) 64
Operating Designated Grand 246 176
Fund Funds Total All
October (8am) 81 October 25 (8 am) 79
7-1-09 $ 9,644.00 $ 26,161.00 $ 35,805.00 129 175
Income 128,173.00 25,250.34 153,423.00 VIDEO SERIES
October 4 73 October 18 80
Expenses 143,888.00 23,707.00 167,595.00 October 51 October 25 49
10-31- (-$6,071.00) $27,704.00 $21,633.00 TOTAL ATTENDANCE October 2009 – 1,489
TOTAL ATTENDANCE October 2008 – 1,280
2009 AVERAGE ATTENDANCE October 2009– 372
AVERAGE ATTENDANCE October 2008 - 320
Designated Funds category includes offering for
NIN, Mother’s Day, OGHS, Lenten, Advent, Im-
provement Fund, Flowers, Directory, Bulletins,
Phoebe Campaign, & Special Gifts.
Madeline Bingell Don & Eunice Diehl Audry Knerr
Eleanor Kleckner Diana Miller Linda & Will Romig Pastor Kris
Jean Seaman Jill Schlosser Marianne Ulrich Don & Marlene Steffy
Phil & Julie Wehr
Stanley Wieand Barbara Panner Judy Hoffman
Volume XXXV, Issue 12
ERNEST P. HOFFMAN In Memory of Frances P. Susan and Carrington Smith
passed away October 30, (Bittner) Stumpf: John & Gloria Simock
2009 and was laid to rest No- M/M William E. Omick Doris Durand
vember 6, 2009 at Union M/M Arthur L. Stahley Donald & Eunice Diehl
Church Cemetery. Mrs. Velma E. Wehr Larry Dalrymple
Philip & Julie Wehr Mary & Ted Clarke
HENRY T. ROHR passed Catherine Szoldatits Kathy & Richard Bonsell &
away November 2, 2009 and Mrs. Vera A. Wetherhold & Family Family
was laid to rest November 6, Carol Sipple Richard W. Blose & Family
2009 at Egypt Cemetery. M/M Robert O. George Mrs. Velma E. Wehr
Philip & Julie Wehr
In Memory of Ernest Hoffman: Mrs. Ver A. Wetherhold &
Richard & Dorothy Wiltraut Family
Parkland School District Cliff & Carol James
Louise Smith Louise I. Fritchey & Family Martha & Luther Lutz
Phillip and Rachel Gintz Family M/M William F. Fritchey M/M Dennis D. Rothrock
Denise Dorman Fry M/M Claude O. Serfass Harry B. Burger
M/M Ray I. Hamm Donna E. Christman
Miriam Hausman Susan & Donald Rumble
Francis & Rose Anne Mourey Clara A. Hoster
Carolyn M. George Audrey L. Kershner
Ella & Ken Kunkle Sybil R. Mohr & Family
Josephine Gower Carolyn George
M/M Burdell C. Steigerwalt Community Fire Co. No. 1
Marion H. Reichenback Donnie & Heather Kern
Eddie & Emma Hittner
In Memory of Henry T. Rohr:
In Memory of Leona Schuler: M/M Harvey J. Rohr
Daniel & Debra Topp Lewis & Gloria Smith
M/M Clifford Snyder M/M Robert E. Hoppes
FROM THE CHURCH OFFICE:
Offering envelopes will be mailed to members the first
week of December.
If you did not have When new envelope packets are
an order mailed to received, PLEASE DO NOT USE THEM UNTIL 2010.
you, but only Some members will receive new envelope numbers.
chose the free To avoid any error in posting contributions, only use 2009 envelopes
8x10 they are in in 2009 and only 2010 envelopes in 2010.
the church office
ready for pick-up. The direc- 2009 CONTRIBUTION CREDIT
To receive credit for 2009 contributions, all contributions MUST BE
tories will be ready in 2010.
RECEIVED in the church office BEFORE 1:00 PM, DECEMBER 29,
2009. ALL CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED AFTER THIS DATE AND
TIME WILL BE CREDITED FOR 2010. If you are mailing from out of
state, please allow two weeks for delivery.
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A License For Reducing Christmas Stress
For those who desire an excuse for reducing the stress of the frantic
American cultural Christmas, I present to you this license.
A Christmas License
a) The bearer of this license is entitled to prepare for the festival of
Christmas by devoting the four weeks of Advent to nurturing relationships
among family, friends, neighbors, and church family.
b) The bearer of this license should not be expected to stress his or her financial resources
when purchasing and presenting gifts. (see section a)
c) The bearer of this license is not a host for a program on the Home and Garden Television
Channel or the Food Network. Hospitality expectations should be set to stress reduction levels.
d) If the bearer of this license is a disciple of Jesus of Nazareth, he or she can be excused
from any activity that detracts from his or her appreciation of the
subtle revelation of God’s love shown in the life, death, and resur-
rection of aforementioned Jesus, also know as “Christ”, or
By the power vested in me, signed-
Thomas N. Thomas
Senior Pastor, Union United Church of Christ, Neffs
Rev. Thomas N. Thomas Mike Baer Donna Baringer
For Pastoral Emergencies Music Program Coordinator Weekday Lockup
Cell Phone: (610) 780-2338, E-mail Address: email@example.com
E-mail Address : firstname.lastname@example.org Jake Evans
Blake Hoppes Sunday-Set-up
Rev. Kris Snyder-Samuelson Organist/Pianist/Accompanist
Cell Phone : (610) 657-6007 E-mail Address: email@example.com Rich Carinci
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org UCC Consistory President
Church Administrator Kathi Fuellhart
Rev. Patience Stevenson E-mail Address: email@example.com UCC Consistory Vice President
Pastor of Visitation
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org Tara Henninger Audry Knerr
Office Secretary Flower Secretary
Kathy L. Bonsell E-mail Address: email@example.com Home Telephone : (610) 760-1176
Director of Christian Education Roger Faust
E-mail Address : firstname.lastname@example.org
6 8am 13 8am 20 8am 27 8am
Heritage Worship –Alathea Heritage Worship Heritage Worship Heritage Worship
9:15 - 10:15 am 9:15 - 10:15 am 9:15 - 10:15 am 9:15 - 10:15 am
Holy Grounds Holy Grounds Holy Grounds Holy Grounds
Education Hour Education Hour Education Hour Education Hour
Confirmation Class Confirmation Class Confirmation Class Confirmation Class
Adult Bible Study Adult Bible Study Adult Bible Study Adult Bible Study
Horizon Singers Horizon Singers Horizon Singers Horizon Singers
10:30am 10:30am 10:30am 10:30am
Horizon Worship-Alathea Horizon Worship Horizon Worship Horizon Worship,
Church Family Worship Church Family Worship Children’s Church & The Church Family Worship
Advent Brunch 6pm Scrapbookers
MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
1 9am Staff Meeting 2 9:30am 3 7pm Chris- 4 9 am Bulle- 5 7pm Middle
10am Program Staff Busy Bee Quilters tian Ed; Help- tin Prep School Christ-
12noon Golden Times 10am Knitwits ing Hearts/ 9:30am Study mas party
6pm Cherub Choir 6:30pm Spiritually Communion & Prayer Group
6:30pm Junior Choir Fit Ministers
7pm Middler Choir; Bi- 7pm Heritage
ble Study Choir; Church &
7:30pm High School Ministry
7 1pm Property 8 10am Helping Hands 9 9:30am 10 8pm 11 9 am Bul- 12
6:30pm Spiritually Fit 6-8pm Children’s Choirs Busy Bee Quilters Tech Commit- letin Prep
7pm Fellowship 7:00pm Bible Study; 10am Knitwits tee 9:30am Study
Worship Committee 6:30pm Spiritually & Prayer Group
7pm Heritage Choir
;Church & Ministry
14 9:15am HUG 15 9am Staff Meeting 16 9:30am 17 18 9am Bul- 19 NEWS-
6:30pm Spiritually Fit 10am Program Staff Busy Bee Quilters letin Prep LETTER
6-8pm Children’s Choirs 10am Knitwits 9:30am Study DEADLINE
7pm Bible Study 6:30pm Spiritually & Prayer Group
7pm Heritage Choir
21 6:30pm Spiritu- 22 6-8pm Children’s 23 9:30am 24 Christ- 25 26
ally Fit Choirs Busy Bee Quilters mas Eve Christmas Day
7pm Consistory 7pm Bible Study 10am Knitwits 5pm Family Church Office
7:30pm Upper Lehigh 6:30pm Spiritually Service Closed
Lions Fit 8pm Horizon
28 6:30pm Spiritu- 29 9am Newsletter 30 9:30am 31 NEWSLETTER
ally Fit 6-8pm Children’s Choirs Busy Bee Quilters DEADLINE
7pm Bible Study 10am Knitwits DECEMBER 15th