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Shenkel United Church of Christ


SHENKEL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 1580 Shenkel Road Pottstown PA 19465


Shenkel United Church of Christ “The NEWSLETTER” is a monthly publication prepared, edited, and mailed by the leadership and staff to all members and friends of the church. It communicates news about our life, purpose, and mission as a Church of Jesus Christ. Information related to our partnership as a member of the United Church of Christ and wider church/community outreach is included on a regular basis. The Church is located at Unionville & Shenkel Roads in North Coventry Township.

2010 Sun









Agape 7 PM

Community Lunch Bunch 11:30 AM

Book Study Group 7 PM







Healing Prayers

Youth Group 7-8:30 PM



Community Thanksgiving Meal 5 PM Noon at Christ Episcopal Church



Youth Group Laser Tag 4-7:15 PM





Book Study Group 7 PM

Healing Prayers 9:15 AM Old First Work Camp Prayer Team Meeting 6:30 PM

Meeting 7 PM

Choir 7 PM



Book Study Group 7 PM

Youth Group 7-8:30 PM

Peace Service 7 PM



Deadline for “ A Christmas Carol” tickets



Quilters 9:30 AM Confirmation Class 7-8:30 PM Elders 7 PM Consistory 7:30 Book Study Choir 7 PM PM Group 7 PM

Daylight Savings Time ends 2 AM Communion National Friend Raising Day Youth Group 7-8:30 PM




Choir 7 PM





Old First Work Camp Continues until tomorrow


1580 Shenkel Road, Pottstown PA 19465 610.326.3535 Email: Pastor Bonnie L. Moore 484.524.8280 Monday—Sabbath Day

The Pastor’s Pen


Office Hours: Tues., Wed., Thurs 9:00 AM—1:00 PM


“For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it?”


- Luke 14:28

Kimberly Yocom Vice President Barry Miller Secretary Sandy Rowe Treasurer Ken Bevan Financial Secretary Barry Miller Assistant Financial Secretaries Doug Allen and Lori Scharneck Director of Music Ministry

Jesus was annoyed with his followers. It seemed to him that they were taking things like building a tower or waging war far more seriously than discipleship. At least, he pointed out to them, when they considered undertaking those other tasks, they gave thoughtful consideration to all that the commitment would entail, and made sure they would be able to follow through and complete what they’d begun – before they started! Apparently some of Jesus’ followers had jumped in to discipleship without carefully thinking through what discipleship really meant – which gave others the impression that they weren’t really serious about their commitment. Jesus needed followers who were on fire for the gospel, AND, he needed followers who were thoughtful, committed and willing to follow through on whatever undertaking they had begun. Jesus knew that someone’s ―yes‖ didn’t mean much if they never said ―no;‖ it more likely meant that they never stopped to fully consider what their ―yeses‖ would entail. There are an unlimited number of ways one can be a faithful follower of Jesus, but every one of them requires a 100% commitment to the task to which one has said ―yes.‖ Are you following through on your commitments? Are you ―first sitting down to estimate the cost‖ before saying ―yes‖ to a new project, a new ministry, or a new role? Remember, there is no single person whom Jesus expects to do everything – that’s why the church is known as the body of Christ, made up of many, many different individuals! Might it be more faithful to say ―no‖ to some of your commitments so someone else who is looking for a way to engage in ministry, and has counted the cost, has a chance to say ―yes‖?

Joan Valentine Johnson Elders

Be God’s, Pastor Bonnie

Glen Hoff Carol Lykens Barry Miller Sandy Rowe Wayne Klein Deacons Barbara Burhans Richard Golden Vera Hoff Claire Faust Kim Yocom

November 7 is National Friend Raising Sunday… … and Shenkel UCC is participating! On Friday, November 5, a new ad, ―Uniquely UCC‖ will be released to Keeping You ePosted subscribers. It will appear on the UCC’s Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube pages, and will also be available at and You can forward this invitational video to family, friends, and neighbors or you can just ASK folks to worship with you on Sunday, November 7th. Never underestimate the power of personal invitation. The UCC congregation with the most visitors overall and the most visitors per capita of membership will receive some great prizes. Shenkel always extends a warm welcome to our visitors – let’s make November 7th a day to remember! Secretary: Judy Embriani

Newsletter Editor: Kim Metzger

Assistant Editor: Bill Baseley




Carol Lykens Glen Hoff


Tootie Hine


Ron & Carol Pearson Barb Burhans Clair Faust


Sue and Gary Stultz

Ushers needed

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Ronald & Joan Christman

Ronald & Joan Christman

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Ushers needed

Ushers needed



DON’T FORGET to set your clocks BACK one hour before going to bed on Saturday, November 6th!

“Flours” is a collection of pantry items or a monetary do-

nations to the pantry. If a cash donation to the pantry is made, a wheat arrangement will be placed on the altar. Altar flowers are $30.00 and bulletin dedications are $6.50. Food Sculptures are also gladly accepted.

Please note there are several Sundays available for sponsorship and dedication during this and the upcoming months. Please complete one of the special flower/ bulletin envelopes below the sign-up chart, enclose your payment, and either put it in the collection plate or in the Secretary’s box by the office door. You should then sign your name on the chart in the narthex by the appropriate date. Thank you.

Just a few notes…. Thank you to choir members who faithfully fold the bulletins each week. Please know that your time is greatly appreciated. Reminder….If you have information for the Sunday bulletin, please call or email the church office before Tuesday at noon of the same week. Information for the Newsletter must be here at the office by the 15th of each month. Sometimes the schedule for completing, proofing, and printing the Newsletter on time is very tight, and your cooperation and promptness saves me a great deal of time and your information is sure to be published.



Greetings to the Shenkel UCC Community! My name is JoAnne McGee and I am a Student-In-Care with the Heidelberg Association of the PA Southeast Conference. In May 2011, I will graduate from Lancaster Theological Seminary, having earned (God willing) a Master in Divinity. I am privileged to be able to complete my field education requirement for this school year with you at Shenkel. I am excited for the opportunity to experience parish ministry with the Shenkel community and look forward to meeting all of you. May the Peace of Christ be with you, JoAnne

Work Camp Support Needed! When the Confirmands and other members of the Youth Group go on their Work Camp on November 19-21, one of their tasks will be to prepare and serve dinner on Saturday night to the guests at Old First Reformed UCC’s shelter. They will be planning the menu in early November, and would appreciate the congregation’s support of items for the meal or a monetary contribution to cover their purchase. Please contact Sherri Mocarski at 610-906-1373, or by Sunday, November 7th if you would like to help out. In addition – some of the youth will be hosting the Old First Clothing Cupboard on Saturday morning. As the weather gets colder, the men will especially be looking for items such as hoodies thermal underwear, heavy socks boots or leather shoes men’s coats, hats, gloves and scarves. Any items dropped off at church (there’s a table in Fellowship Hall for your contributions) before 5 pm on Friday, November 19, will be hand delivered to the Cupboard, and very likely distributed by our youth on Saturday morning! Please keep our youth in your prayers as they spend the weekend in Philadelphia. Thank you!

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At October’s meeting, Consistory…. Received thank you letters for contributions given to Bethany Children’s Home, The PSEC Ensuring the Future – Mensch Mill Priority fund, and Phoebe Ministries Received a certificate of appreciation and plaque for our support of the Pottstown Cluster Arranged for a free inspection of the church’s stained-glass windows Heard an update from Richard Golden, Cemetery Superintendent, as he is updating and organizing cemetery records and policies Approved the last day of Sunday School as June 12, 2011, with one service at 10:45 that day and the all -church picnic to follow Learned that another Safe Church training will be held sometime in November (interested persons should contact Glen Hoff) Approved a date for another Amazing Shenkel Auction – April 2, 2011 Approved plans for the installation of parking barriers along the street side of the church parking lot Gave final approval to the Bill Boyer Scholarship Fund guidelines (Note: disbursements will not be made from this fund until the principle reaches $20,000) Approved hosting a field education student from Lancaster Theological Seminary pending an interview and approval by the Lay Committee Set the date for the annual congregational meeting for January 30, following the one service which will be held at 10:45 Had some preliminary discussion on how Shenkel might support the Cluster’s capital campaign Agreed to help Trinity UCC when they host the homeless in March Decided to participate in the UCC’s ―Friend Raising Sunday‖ on November 7 Complete copies of Consistory Minutes are available from the church office upon request.

SAVE-A-TAPE PROGRAM This is one of the easiest ways to help our church financially! Just ask for a Save-A-Tape card at the customer service spot at your local Redner’s store, show your card at the register when you check out, then bring your register tapes to church and deposit them in the box in the Narthex. These tapes are collected routinely, presented to the store, and Redner’s donates a percentage of your total purchase to the church. Be careful to bring your tapes in regularly instead of saving them at home, as they do expire if not redeemed within a certain time period. Also, please do not remove any part of the receipt, otherwise, the register tape will not be accepted. Easy money! Great job to you register tape savers. Keep those register receipts coming!

ARE YOU A COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON? Just a gentle reminder that the end of the year is fast approaching, and your annual committee report will be due at the church office by December 15th in order for the annual report to be completed on time.

As of September 30, 2010 Year to

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SHENKEL QUILTERS November is finally here and we are really excited for the Quilt Raffle Drawing that will held at the Annual Thanksgiving Meal at Shenkel Church on November 21st at 5:00. We've sold a lot of raffle tickets and we thank everybody who supported this cause. A special, special thank you to Joan Johnson who donated the proceeds of her piano concert to our cause. Also, Kim Yocom, we can't thank you enough! We hope to send a nice check to Pastor Bryan Sirchio for his mission to help the Haitian children. There are a few books of raffle tickets left, and hopefully, we'll be able to sell all our tickets by the 21st. Please see Margie Allen, Marie Bade, Barbara Brown, Pat Laverty, Barb Painter, Yvonne Strom or Charlotte White for ticket information. If you haven't turned in all your ticket stubs, give them to one of these ladies. The Shenkel Quilters will meet on Tuesday, November 9th at 9:30 in the Church Social Hall. We will NOT meet on the 23rd because of the Thanksgiving holiday.


Thursday, November 4th at 11:30 AM COME ONE, COME ALL! At our next event, Debbie Bessert will speak about Rosalynn Carter. We will also learn about Habitat for Humanity, which is one of Rosalyn and President Jimmy Carter’s passions. We will have a special nail collection to benefit the special work of this wonderful hard-working organization. Please bring a container of nails. The nails may be of any type or size you like, but the container you bring should contain only one size.

*All participants are asked to contribute $6.00 to cover the cost of the lunch. Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex or call the Shenkel UCC church office at 610-326-3535 by the Monday prior to the program to reserve your spot. For more information please call Ruth Klein at 610-326-4520

Christmas Worship Opportunities For those who like to plan ahead – Sunday, December 5, 6:00 pm – Hanging of the Greens Service Sunday, December 19, 10:45 am – ―On Our Way to Bethlehem‖ – a Christmas musical Tuesday, December 21, 7:00 pm – Longest Night service, designed to offer hope and healing Friday, December 24, 7:00 pm – Family Christmas Eve Service, geared towards families with children, and will include familiar Christmas Carols, some special children’s songs, a re-telling of the Christmas story along with communion and the singing of Silent Night under the glow of light sticks Friday, December 24, 9:00 pm - a traditional Lessons and Carols Candlelight service, including music from the Chancel Choir, Holy Communion and the singing of Silent Night Friday, December 24, 11:00 pm – still under construction! If you are planning to attend the 11 pm service, please contact Pastor Bonnie or a member of the Music and Worship Committee and share your thoughts! Sunday, December 26, 10:45 am – An opportunity to sing some familiar, and some unfamiliar Christmas Carols, and hear the stories behind their composition



WORLD COMMUNITY DAY 2010 Building the Beloved Community This year’s World Community Day honors the challenge left to us by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A gathering to renew our faith and commitment to this worthy goal will by held on Friday, November 12 at St. James Lutheran Church at 2:00 PM under the sponsorship of Pottstown Church Women United. Dr. King believed that economic justice can – indeed MUST be earned by nonviolent means. His pragmatic guidance, intended to be a way to solve serious conflicts, is as relevant today as it was in his time. This celebration will consider what Dr. King’s vision asks of us in our communities as well as in our larger society.

LOOKING WAAAY AHEAD…. Boyertown Senior High School will present Phantom of the Opera on April 7, 8, 9 and 10, 2011 ( April 10th is the only matinee.) Boyertown’s musical productions are legendary, and tickets are already available. Tickets are $12 each and can be obtained by contacting Vera Hoff at 610326-7549 by November 7th. Get the good seats early!

Practices are underway for the Christmas musical "On Our Way to Bethlehem" which will be presented to the congregation on Sunday, Dec. 19 at the 10:45 service (only one service that day). The Chancel Choir will begin practicing their music for Advent/Hanging of the Greens/Christmas on Thursday, November 11 from 7-8:30pm. Practices will continue on Nov. 18, (none on 11/25 - Thanksgiving) Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16 and Dec. 23. If you'd like to sing during this season...please come to as many rehearsals as you are able. We would love to have you join us. The Joyful Noise Choir (pre-school through 2nd grade) will begin rehearsing on January 9.

Save the Date: Sunday, December Hanging of the Greens Come to

5th at 6 PM

this service of celebration and preparation on Sunday, December 5th at 6 PM. Wear casual clothing, perhaps your most colorful Christmas sweater, and help the church get decked out for the birth of the Christ Child. Bring a gift for Bethany Home (more info to follow) as your offering and an ornament to place on the sanctuary tree.

HOLY COMMUNION Shenkel UCC celebrates the sacrament of Holy Communion at both services on the first Sunday of each month. Each time communion is served, some of the bread and non-alcoholic wine that has been consecrated at the altar will be saved in a traveling communion kit, ready to go to the homes or hospital rooms of members who were unable to be present, and would like to receive the sacrament. Please let Pastor Bonnie know if you, or someone you know, would appreciate ―distance-communing‖ with their Shenkel Church family!

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attend the

Celebration of Ministry of The Rev. Dr. F. Russell Mitman Conference Minister and President Pennsylvania Southeast Conference United Church of Christ On Saturday, November 20, 2010 All are welcome to join in the Worship Service of Farewell at 3:30 P.M. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church 1000 W. Main Street Lansdale, PA 19446 A Celebratory Dinner will be held at the same location in Hyson Hall at 5:30 P.M. ~Reservations are required for dinner. Due to capacity limitations, please reserve early~

Also, a Book of Memories is being created for Rev. Mitman. If you would like to submit a letter or fond memory for inclusion, please do so on a page no larger than 8 1/2 x 11. Please mail it by November 5th to: Rev. Corrine Dautrich 197 Lake Road Fleetwood, PA 19522

There’s still time….. “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” Saturday, December 11th The Pottstown Ministerium has reserved a block of tickets for this wonderful Christmas classic to be held at the TriCounty Performing Arts Center on Saturday, December 11th. The show will begin at 8 PM, but we will also have the opportunity to enjoy a time of fellowship prior to the show from 7-7:45 PM with a private room and refreshments. Our seats will be reserved for us and we will all be seated together. Tickets are: Adults: $21 Students and Seniors (65+): $19 Kids (12 and under): $13 This group rate will apply to tickets ordered /paid for by November 14th. Please contact Judy at the church office to place an order and pay for your tickets. See flyers in the narthex and social hall for more details.

Please see the flyer in the narthex or in the social hall for complete information. Additional reservation forms are available in the church office.

COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION (Co-hosted by Shenkel UCC and Temple UMC) Join us at 5 PM on Sunday, November 21st in Shenkel’s Social Hall to share a light supper and time of thanksgiving with family, friends and neighbors. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Cluster food pantry. AND…. The winning ticket for Shenkel’s beautiful quilt will be drawn this evening.


SHENKEL LOVES TO GIVE…. POTTSTOWN CLUSTER INFORMATION FOR NOVEMBER The Pottstown Cluster Outreach Center is now open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM— 12:00 PM for client services and to accept donations at 137 Walnut Street in Pottstown.

For November, the pantry is asking for the following items: Emergency Food Pantry Needs: Peanut butter, jelly, low sodium soup, toilet paper, baby wipes, oatmeal, cereal in individual serving boxes, laundry detergent, dish detergent, and plastic grocery bags (no other sizes). Clothes Closet Wish List: boy's underwear sizes 4-6, 8, 10, and 12, boy's pants size 10, girl's clothes size 3, boy's and girl's socks, all sizes, men's boxers, sizes 2x,3x, men's t-shirts, sizes 9--12, women's bras, sizes 38-40, women's socks, large, dishes, silverware, pots/ pans, coffeemaker, iron, king sheet set and queen sheet set.

AND DON’T FORGET…. The Pottstown Cluster Food Bank collection at Shenkel is the 1st Sunday of each month. Please place your items in the large plastic bins in the narthex.. AND...Please bring in your used cell phones and empty ink cartridges and place them in the box across from the nursery, or in the box located on the coat rack shelf across from the office. These cartridges are re-cycled to Staples, and the church receives credits toward the purchase of office supplies. The used cell phones are given to the police department to be distributed to abused women.

Did you know….

The special offering during the month of November is the All Saint’s Offering, which benefits the Retired Clergy of the PSEC. We are also receiving the Thanksgiving Offering this month, which helps stock the North Coventry Food Pantry. Please be as generous as you can. Thank you.

that the Bryan Sirchio concert Shenkel UCC sponsored for Hope Outreach Ministries UCC, a congregation in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, raised $502.10 for their Men’s Overnight Ministry? It was great to be able to ―share‖ him and his ministry with another community that really appreciated his message of hope. Thank you! (You can read more about Hope UCC at http://

GOODIE BAGS For Spring City Veterans Center Once again, Pottstown Church Women United is remembering the Veterans with ―Goodie‖ bags for Christmas. Needed are these items: Deodorant, 1 pair of Socks, Shampoo, Shaving cream, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Comb, 5 Disposable Razors, Large bar of Soap, Wash cloth, Pens, Pencils and 10 sheets of paper and 10 envelopes. We will collect these items in November. Last day to give is December 5, 2010.


STEWARD’S CORNER…. I happened to be a typical mouse in the corner back in September when that lady, Louise Jones, came to the adult Sunday School class and shared her story about "Amazing Grace". She writes beautiful poetry to include in her message. She loves our adult Sunday school class, and they love when she comes to visit us. When she left, she went home and wrote a wonderful poem about "US". I was glad that Judy, our church secretary, put it in this month's newsletter. Here it is, a tribute to Shenkel church as we prepare to celebrate our 173rd anniversary.

WHERE TWO OR THREE ARE GATHERED 9-26-10 Louise Jones Where two or three are gathered in my Name There I will be In the midst of them Words echoed through the ages In chapels and sanctuaries In small groups and large, At gravesides and hospital beds Comforting words. No need for a multitude Just two or three Gathered in faith and Christ is there A certain connecting energy forms in the air Or is it the still small voice of calm? Each one aware of the Presence Named or simply felt And so it was on a Sunday morning In an adult class of Shenkel faithful When a guest speaker would lay her laments bare before them Anxious and uneasy, what would they think? Dare she expose this wounded side of her soul? Yet with each word, another face nodded with understanding With every tear shed, a shared one was given Oh, blessed saints of Shenkel, Do you know how you bless lives? Do you know that when tears turn to song And you echo the notes, you help heal a fellow sojourner? And a speaker who knows one can’t stay on the street named lament Will also learn not to fear being on it What a miraculous gift to impart Oh, dear Ones gathered in His Name. Your church nestled in the wildwood Is so much more than stone and mortar It is a sanctuary where prayer has soaked the walls And Christ is in the midst of you May you ever know the blessing Of your willingness to go to places that hurt And your faith that allows someone to share those wounds And come away, a little more whole Dear brothers and sisters who gather at Shenkel United Church of Christ Know that Christ is indeed ―in the house‖ And this writer has felt His Presence And seen His face in your eyes, smiles, and open hearts My love and gratitude, Louise Jones



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Vera Hoff COLE MAJOR LOUISE HINE Alex Mocarski MELANIE ELLIS Vicki Scharneck MICHAEL MILLER Kaleena Sweinhart Liza Eames BREANNA MEGNI BEATRICE ALDERFER Noah Scharneck JOHN SABO VIRGINIA JOHNSON Peter Wanner JARED REID CHRISTINE GALE Edward Pedrick Marilyn Lloyd Clair FAUST Jacey Caplan Ben Mocarski Dylan Scharneck TARA OPLINGER Tracy Dise Charlene Logan Linda Foss Wanda Craner MATTHEW SNYDER Mary Lou Smith Mindy Chidawu Nicholas Iezzi Lydia McMurray

Healing Prayers We have healing prayers during both services on the second Sunday of each month. It is our hope that you will use this opportunity to participate. Healing prayers are also offered the third Thursday of every month at 9:15 a.m. in the sanctuary. Anyone in need of prayers for themselves or on behalf of another is welcome !

Elizabeth Bevan Alan Gerber Lori and Tom Klein Diane Devine Ellen Faust

11/14 Kelly Martin Kortne Hudick Drew Sweinhart Dawn and Joe Yannick Judy Gaul 11/21 Dillon Gaul Jennifer, Greg andJacey Caplan Jeremy Hampton Sandra Weller Gene, Emily and Nick Takach and Eric Croom 11/28 Tyler Rogers Carol Lykens Rebecca, Joe, Grace and Cole Major and Seth Dawicki Dee Dee, Pete and Julianne Wanner Emily Lloyd

SHENKEL MAILBOX…. Dear Shenkel Family, Thanks for everything. I couldn’t have done it without you. Love, BOB

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