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Shenkel United Church of Christ

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SHARINGS AND CONCERNS December 2013 & January 2014

SHENKEL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 1580 Shenkel Road Pottstown PA 19465

ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED Shenkel United Church of Christ’s “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.


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Community Lunch Bunch: 11:30 AM

Communion Welcome back Pastor Bonnie! Luncheon after 10:45 service

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Healing Prayers

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Farewell/ Thank you Luncheon for Doug Holder And Caroling after luncheon

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Community Meal: Noon at Christ Episcopal Church Services 7 & 10 PM

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Card Making Class: 10 AM

Mid-Day Dinner Club: Noon at Douglassville Hotel

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Quilters: 9:30 AM

Congregational Meeting: 10 AM

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Consistory Meeting: 7 PM

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1580 Shenkel Road, Pottstown PA 19465 610.326.3535 Email: shenkelucc@aol.com www.shenkelucc.org The Pastor’s Pen CONSISTORY OFFICERS

Vice President James White Secretary Lynne Moyer Treasurer Ken Bevan Financial Secretary Chris Gray Assistant Financial Secretaries Doug Allen Director of Music Ministry Dmitry Shmelev Elders Lynne Moyer Bill Faust Chris Gray Gary McDermit Sherri Mocarski

Deacons Jeff Graef

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

“Blessed is the one who stays awake...”

President Jeff Graef

Pastor Bonnie L. Moore 484.524.8280 blmoore@comcast.net

- Revelation 16:15 Advent means “coming;” the season of Advent is the season of waiting in anticipation of the birth of Jesus and the ushering in of God’s realm of peace, hope, joy and love. Although it sometimes may feel as if that Realm will never arrive, I learned something about “staying awake” during my sabbatical. The Boundary Waters area of northern Minnesota is a beautiful and carefully preserved wilderness area. No motor boats are permitted, and only a limited number of campers are allowed in on any given date. As you might imagine, the area is filled with wildlife. While on a Renewal in the Wilderness canoe trip there, I was thrilled to see many loons swimming and diving (including a mother loon feeding a fish to one of her chicks) a bald eagle soaring overhead, and some amazing beaver houses. But much to my disappointment (and I’m pretty sure I was the only one in our group who was not simply relieved), none of us ever saw a bear. I kept watch everywhere we went. I looked for evidence of bears, I scanned the woods, the watering spots and even our cabin’s compost site regularly for bears. I “stayed awake” - but I never saw a bear. The last night before we headed home we stayed in a motel in Ely, just outside the Boundary Waters area. It was nice to have hot running water, flush toilets and a restaurant to help us transition back into civilization. So as we were driving down the deserted highway on our way to the airport at 6 am the following morning, I had to do a double take when I saw a large brown animal lumbering across the road directly in front of us. Yes - I finally got to see my bear! But here’s the thing - although “staying awake” will not guarantee that the thing you are watching for will appear (ask any kid who’s stayed awake as long as they could on Christmas Eve), “staying awake” will guarantee that you won’t miss what you’ve been waiting for when it’s right in front of your eyes. This Advent, stay awake. And may you be blessed by doing so.

Aaron Gray James White

Be God’s, Pastor Bonnie

Andrew Foss Rick Viti Newsletter Editor: Judy Embriani

Assistant Editors: Bill Baseley, Erika Augustine and Carol Lykens


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HERE AT SHENKEL UCC…. Shenkel UCC celebrates the sacrament of Holy Communion at both services on the first Sunday of

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

each month. Communion will

nation of your discretion to the Cluster. If a cash donation to the Cluster 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.

also be served at both services on Christmas Eve. Each time communion is served, some of the bread and non-

You can also dedicate a Choir Anthem with a donation of $30. With ever-increasing costs of choral music, this sponsorship will help stretch our budget and continue to bring quality music to Shenkel. Dedicate your anthem to someone special, an event in your life, or just to the fact that you love music. Thank you for this needed contribution to Shenkel. Blue envelopes are in the Narthex for your sponsorships.

alcoholic wine that has been consecrated at the

There are many dates open for sponsorship and dedication during this and the upcoming months. Please complete one of the special flower/bulletin/anthem 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 sign your name on the chart in the narthex by the appropriate date after you have completed your envelope.

know, would appreciate “distance-communing”

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 with their Shenkel Church family!

HEALING PRAYERS The third Sunday of each month is a time for prayer and anointing. Healing Prayers are offered during all services on that day for anyone who desires individual prayers or prayers on behalf of another in need. The Prayer Chain is in need of revision. We need new volunteers to be on the prayer chain and make calls. Freda Wanner and Ann Baccari would like to be removed as the first people to be contacted and placed at the end of the list. Please Contact Freda at 610-610-323-5229 or Ann at 610-953-3278 if you would be willing to be part of the prayer chain.

On Sunday, December 15th, we will have a congregational meeting at 10 AM, just prior to the late worship service. The agenda for this meeting includes the election of the 2014 Consistory and the approval of the 2014 budget. Please make every effort to attend.

On Sunday, January 26th,we will hold the annual congregational meeting . Copies of the 2013 Annual Report and new Shenkel UCC Church Directory will be available for you to order.


ADMINISTRATIVE NEWS….

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November Consistory Highlights…. Our primary concern is in regard to the Basic Operating Budget for 2013 (What happened to BOB?). At the time of November’s Consistory meeting we were $36,141 in the red. Historically we see an increase in giving at the holidays, but we are concerned that this year will fall short again. Please help ensure that Shenkel’s ministry can continue to thrive. The Stewardship Committee is planning more events for the next year that will provide fun and entertainment and will also help to raise funds. Stained Glass Windows – The final bill for the Stained Glass Windows has been paid, but we still need to raise $10,069.75 towards the total cost. Finance and Consistory will be working on plans to cover this cost. Everyone’s help continues to be appreciated. Discussed additional opportunities for the Youth to be involved in the operations of the Church. We will extend an invitation for Youth members to attend and be part of both the Consistory meetings and Stewardship Meetings. For all in the Congregation: Please know that the Consistory Meetings are open, if you desire to learn more about the running of the church. Complete copies of Consistory Minutes are available from the church office upon request.

SAVE-A-TAPE PROGRAM This is the easiest way 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 return the entire register tape. Redner’s will not accept any register receipt that has any part of it removed. Keep up the good work and thank you, Redner’s!

DO YOU HAVE NEWS FOR THE BULLETIN OR THE NEWSLETTER? Just a reminder that all bulletin announcements should be at the church office by each Tuesday at noon to be included in that week’s bulletin. Newsletter articles must be submitted by the 15th of each month to be included in the next issue.

As of October 31, 2012…. YTD

Current Fund

O.C.W.M.

Actual

102,565.42

9,661.50

Budget

130,225.14

9,166.67

Difference

(27,659.72)

494.83


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FOR YOUR INFORMATION…. WELCOME BACK!

Sunday, December 1, Pastor Bonnie will officially return to our pulpit after her three month sabbatical. After the late service, we will have a ―Welcome Back‖ luncheon for her in the social hall. The luncheon will be provided completely by the PRC and Fellowship Committees. All we have to do as her congregation is come and celebrate with her and each other. No doubt she will have lots to share with us about her time away. Hope to see you there. ARE YOU A COMMITTEE OR A MINISTRY TEAM CHAIRPERSON? Something to think about…. believe it or not, the end of the year is fast approaching, and your annual committee report will be due at the church office no later than December 15th in order for the annual report to be completed on time. Ministry team coordinators are also welcome to submit a yearly update for the annual report. Please consider this suggestion for annual reports You can either just add bullets under these categories, or incorporate these into a more narrative report --- accomplishments during 2013 -- concerns or questions that arose during the year -- hopes and plans for 2014 Thank you.

The Yale Spizzwinks (?),

the world's oldest undergraduate a cappella group, featuring Shenkel's Collin Gray, will be performing a public concert at Owen J. Roberts High School, Friday evening, January 10, 2014. Ticket information and concert details forthcoming.

LONGEST NIGHT SERVICE Christmas can be a painful time for some individuals. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died; it may be a time that has always been difficult. The constant refrain on radio and television, in shopping malls and churches about the happiness of the season, about getting together with family and friends, reminds many people of what they have lost or have never had. The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation—all these can make us feel very alone in the midst of the celebrating and shopping. We need the opportunity and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern. We need to know that we are not alone. Our spirits sink, as days grow shorter. We feel the darkness growing deeper around us. We need encouragement to live the days ahead of us. For these reasons, a special ―Longest Night‖ Peace Service is being offered on Saturday, December 21, at 7:00 p.m. at Shenkel United Church of Christ, 1580 Shenkel Road, Pottstown. Come and join us in sharing and hearing prayers, Scripture, and music that acknowledge that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle - and that God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness. Everyone, regardless of church background (or lack of it), is welcome. Please extend an invitation to your friends, neighbors and colleagues.


SHENKEL LOVES TO GIVE…. Pottstown Cluster News – December 2013 & January 2014 The Cluster welcomes all cash, food and clothing donations between the hours of 8:30 am to 12:00 pm on Monday through Friday. Please come to the back door off the alley. Parking spaces at the rear of the building are reserved for people dropping off donations. PANTRY NEEDS: Oatmeal, Boxed Potatoes, Canned Fruit, Canned soup, Canned pasta, Stuffing, Baby Food, Juice, Tea, Coffee and Soy Baby Formula. The pantry is also very much in need of plastic grocery bags. Please contact Sherrie at 610 -970-5995 for more information. THE DRY GOODS DEPARTMENT: Any donations of children’s winter clothes and coats TOILETRIES: Personal hygiene items such as toilet paper, soap/body wash, toothpaste, shampoo/cream rinse CLEANING PRODUCTS: Laundry detergent, dish soap, toilet cleaners multi-purpose cleaners. Blankets and sheets are also needed. Please contact Vickie at 610-970-5995 for more information. Also the Cluster is planning to collect gifts for over 400 children. Shenkel will have an angel tree in the narthex and hopes to collect gifts of unwrapped toys or clothing for children 6 years and younger. Some suggestions include: gift cards, educational toys, books, coloring books/crayons, dolls, puzzles and clothing. See page 12 of this Newsletter for further details.

Do you need a special gift? We still have some copies of Collin Gray’s CD of original piano music, Reflections, available for purchase. The CDs cost $15, and are available from the church office. All proceeds will go to support Shenkel work camps.

Tammy Graef is once again working with Ministries on Main Street, helping to provide holiday meals for the homeless. If you can provide any help with donations of nonperishable food items, paper products, and especially frozen turkeys, please call Tammy at 610-469-6085. All help is greatly appreciated!

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REMEMBER TOO…. 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. The cartridges are recycled 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. The mission of the Christmas Fund is to provide assistance dollars in situations of critical need, including Pension Supplementation, Health Premium Supplementation, Emergency Grants, and Christmas “Thank You” Gift Checks to lower-income retired UCC pastors. The offering on Christmas Eve benefits Shenkel’s Help Fund.

January's Special Offering is Bethany Children's Home Bethany Children's Home provides residential services for children and adolescents who are unable to live with their own or a substitute family. Founded in 1863 and related to the United Church of Christ, Bethany serves more than 300 boys and girls each year on its Womelsdorf, PA, campus.

THANK YOU! to everyone who shared second -mile gifts, time and energy during my sabbatical. I haven't heard much yet (I've only been home for 48 hours!) but I have heard that you all have a lot of stories to share with me! Thank you, too, for making the sabbatical possible for me. I had a wonderful, renewing time, and I have a lot of stories to share with you, too!


BULLETIN BOARD….

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COMMUNITY LUNCH BUNCH December 2013 COME ONE, COME ALL…. Joan Johnson, former Director of Ministry of Music here at Shenkel, will be here to entertain us with her wonderful musical talents on the piano. We will also get the opportunity to sing along with her to jump start our holiday spirit.

SHENKEL QUILTERS

The Shenkel Quilters will meet on Tuesday(s) December the 3rd and the December 17th at 9:30 AM in the church social hall. In January, we will meet on the 7th and the 21st. We want to wish everybody a warm, wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! Margie Allen

Come out for a good lunch, great music, and lots of festive holiday fun! Bring your friends and neighbors too. Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex.

The cost of the event is $6.50, which covers your lunch and the cost of the program. WHEN: Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Shenkel UCC’s Fellowship Hall 1580 Shenkel Rd Pottstown, PA 19465

For more information please call Ruth Klein at 610-326-4520.

Mid-Day Dinner Club Shenkel's Mid-day Dinner Club meets at 12 noon on the third Tuesday of each month – and you’re invited to join us! The next meeting date is Tuesday, December 17, and we’ll be eating at the Douglassville Hotel. The January location will be determined at the lunch in December. The Mid-day Dinner Club is open to young-at-heart adults of any age who enjoy eating out and would like to get to know other Shenkel members a little better. Call the church office if you’re able to join us!

CARD MAKING CLASS YOU SHOULD KNOW…. Sunday worship is never cancelled due to snow or inclement weather. If possible, though, please plan to attend the 10:45 service to give the snow removal crew time to clear the parking lot and sidewalks. The choir directors and Sunday School teachers will contact you if there is a cancellation of any programs. Of course, you should always use your judgment as to whether it is safe enough to drive.

The card making class generally meets on the third Thursday of each month at 10 AM The next meeting will be on Thursday, December 19th. The January meeting will be on Thursday, January 16. The cost of the class is $8.00 which will provide all participants with three beautiful cards To insure there will be enough materials prepared for everyone, please call Connie Armbruster at 610-326-6516 if you plan to attend. Hope to see you on December 19th and on January 16th.

Prayer Shawl Ministry A Prayer Shawl Ministry is ongoing here at Shenkel. Members of this wonderful ministry knit and crochet prayer shawls for people in need of them. They also makes blankets for newborn babies and baptisms. These tal-

ented ladies have decided not to meet at church on a regular basis, but continue their work in the comfort of their homes. They are always looking for extra hands. If you like to knit or crochet (or would like to learn), please contact the church office at 610-326-3535.


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STEWARD’S CORNER It's almost three months that Pastor Bonnie went on something called a ―sabbatical,‖ but before she left, she called the troops together and made plans! She asked people if they would like to assist with keeping the many activities going while she was away. There were many people who responded and were excited to be part of keeping the show going. And kept it going they did! They were wonderful....so efficient and thorough. Pastor Bonnie will be so happy to learn that everyone took their role seriously. She trained them well; every detail covered, and they were very serious and effective. What a crew! I recommend that we all congratulate them and keep them on board. Pastor Bonnie prepared them ―to the ―T,‖ and I think that means: terrifically, thoroughly, and trustworthily. If I had hands, I would applaud them, but they will have to accept my paws and my praise! Welcome home, Pastor Bonnie!! Steward

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS 9:30 a.m. in the Social Room Join us Sunday mornings at 9:30 in the social hall.

Everyone is welcome! Upcoming Classes: December 1st — “Poverty” by Amy Rossman from the Pottstown Cluster In January: A series entitled “Five Wishes” which will help anyone wanting to make their final wishes known, with instructions on how to prepare for those difficult end of life decisions.

COMMUNITY LUNCH BUNCH January 2013 COME ONE, COME ALL…. In January, we will welcome an expert on wildlife in Montgomery County to tell us all about the white tail deer that are so prevalent in our area. Come out for a good lunch, an interesting program, and lots of good fellowship. Bring your friends and neighbors too. Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex.

The cost of the event is $6.50, which covers your lunch and the cost of the program. WHEN: Thursday, January 2, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Shenkel UCC’s Fellowship Hall 1580 Shenkel Rd Pottstown, PA 19465

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Tis the Season…. Once again, Shenkel will sponsor a Giving Tree to help make the holidays of those less fortunate a bit merrier. The tree in the narthex holds ornaments that can be used to identify holiday gifts and toys to be donated to Bethany Children's Home or to the Pottstown Cluster Toy Drive.

Gift requests for the Cluster will be printed on the back of the ornaments, and a flyer with suggestions for Bethany Children’s Home gifts is available in the narthex. Please help make the holiday special for these children by taking an ornament and returning it to church, attached to an unwrapped toy or gift certificate. Watch the Sunday bulletins for updated information. Deadline to receive gifts at the church for both places is next Sunday, December 8th. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Stubbe at 610-326-5301 or see Pastor Bonnie.

Saturday, December 21 at 7 PM — Longest Night Service, designed to offer hope and healing.

Bethany Children’s Home Each year the friends and supporters of Bethany come together to participate in an Annual Christmas Program for our youth. In addition to providing a safe and healthy living environment, Bethany works to help our youth understand the process of giving, receiving and saying thanks. For many of our youth, this will be the first holiday away from their families. For some, it may be the first time they remember receiving gifts. And, to receive these gifts from "strangers" can be a powerful example of Christian love. Some time ago, a 15 year old girl left her cottage in tears, after a birthday party planned for her. She explained that she had never before been given a birthday party or gifts. It was an overwhelming experience for her. Holidays and personal accomplishments are important to celebrate. It is why, at Bethany, we say a prayer and grace every night for the blessings we receive. If you would like to help make this holiday season a little bit brighter for the youth at Bethany, pick up a "Bethany Wish List" from the narthex and drop off a gift at our Giving Tree before December 8th.

Tuesday, December 24 at 7 PM — Children and Families Christmas Eve Service, geared toward families with children, and will include communion, light sticks, and a unique presentation of the Christmas story.

Tuesday, December 24 at 10 PM — A traditional Christmas Eve candlelight service with communion and special Christmas music.

Thirty copies of ―A World Awaits”, Daily Reflections for Advent from the works of C.S. Lewis are available in the narthex for your use in spiritually preparing for the beautiful season of Advent. Together with the words from scripture, Lewis’ language, in all its original intensity, will help you focus on the meaning of the Incarnation with all its promise for humanity. Pick up your copy today.


MORE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW….

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Last summer, a friend of mine shared this thought: ―We plan ~ and God just laughs!‖ For God often has plans different from ours! When I wrote my article for last month's Newsletter, I assumed that would be my final article. Wrong! Here I am again! Our new Director of Music was to have begun by now, but had a family emergency and returned to Russia to assist his father. Dmitry's Dad suffered a cerebral stroke. As of this writing, his father still is not responding to treatments, and Dmitry remains in Russia. Let us keep Dmitry, his father, and their family in our prayers. In the meantime, our Chancel and Youth Choirs have been hard at work preparing for the upcoming Advent and Christmas Seasons. It continues to be such a joy to work with all of the musicians! They are the best! The Choirs and I looked forward to welcoming Pastor Bonnie back to Shenkel! We missed her! To welcome her return, the Chancel Choir prepared a special Anthem for the November 24th late Service. The Choir reprised the beautiful anthem, ―Look at the World,‖ written by famed composer John Rutter. This anthem was first sung for Pastor Bonnie when she was installed here at Shenkel. We hope all of you enjoyed hearing it. On December 8th, it will be our joy to welcome home Susan Royer (if Dmitry has not yet returned) since I will be supply preaching for another church that day. It is always a blessing to have Susan share her gift of music with us! Thank you, Susan! The Youth Choir will sing in Advent, and at the 7 PM Christmas Eve service. The Chancel Choir will share special anthems at the 10 PM service that night. During this busy season, may we all remember the “Reason for the Season!” I wish all of you a most Blessed Thanksgiving, a holy Advent Season, a Merry Christmas, and God's richest Blessings for the New Year ~ 2014! Yours in Christ's love, Doug Holder

In Appreciation….. On Sunday, December 22ND, we will celebrate the dedicated service of Doug Holder as our Director of Music Ministry with a Thank You Luncheon immediately after late church. With his actual departure date unknown, we set this date so as many as possible can plan to attend to say our “Thank yous” and extend our best wishes to him for the future. After the luncheon, we will be going caroling, and of course, we hope that Doug and John can join us for that too! It’ll be fun time for all.

ALL CHURCH CHRISTMAS CAROLING Immediately following the luncheon for Doug Holder on December 22nd , we will go Christmas caroling together. We should be returning to the church by approximately 3:00 for cookies and hot chocolate. This is always a fun holiday experience, so be sure to participate. Look for more information in the weekly bulletin.


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HELPING EVERYWHERE…. WHERE IN THE WORLD IS ARIEL? By Betty Kreiger

You may remember my wonderful granddaughter, Ariel Royer. She worked (and played ) with the Shenkel Youth Group for a year or so in the recent past and had a wonderful time with them, training them for leadership and service to Shenkel. She finished her time with Shenkel's youth, and moved on to serve in a mission program in Ammon, Jordon. She represents the UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST in their GLOBAL MINISTRIES. Many of you have asked: "Where's Ariel?" and she gave me permission to answer that question and share her activities with you. Here are A few words from Ariel: Hello Shenkel Family, I have launched into my work with the Orthodox Initiative, where I am serving as their Communications Department for the year. One of my responsibilities is to create a website and manage social media. I am also working on spreading the word about our Winter Appeal. The mission of the Orthodox Initiative is to determine what populations are the most vulnerable in Jordan and assist them. Currently, that population is largely the Syrian refugee community that grows by the hundreds daily. This winter we are hoping to distribute winter coats, cook stoves and food. If you are interested in helping with this project, you can send your checks to Global industries, 700 Prospect Ave., #718. Cleveland, Ohio, 44115 USA, (with the indication that it is for the Orthodox Initiative - Jordan.) Thanks for your support. I appreciate how attentive and interested you all have been in the work! I wish you were all here to see it. I miss you all and think of you often. Love, Ariel Ariel is pictured here with a little girl from Jordan named Su’ad that she met when delivering supplies to her town. More information can be found about the Winter Appeal on the bulletin board in the social hall and in the narthex. Please help Ariel’s mission.

SHARE THE LOVE! There are still a few spaces left on the Valentine's weekend workcamp at Old First UCC in Philadelphia. We'll head out on the evening of Friday, February 14 and will celebrate Valentine's Day in South Philly. On Saturday, we'll be working at Broad Street Ministries and preparing and serving dinner at Old First's Shelter. We'll decide together where we want to worship on Sunday before we return home. The trip is open to anyone age 13 and up. Please contact the church office or talk with Pastor Bonnie with questions or to reserve your spot.

LUMINARIES FOR SALE Our Youth Group will be selling luminaries again this year to light our way into church Christmas Eve. This has become a lovely Shenkel tradition. You can sponsor one or two or five….or as many as you like. Watch for our young folks in the narthex in the coming weeks.


SHARING WITH OUR CHURCH FAMILY AND FRIENDS…. Birthdays…..

Shenkel will be praying for these randomly selected members and friends of our congregation during the month of December:

12/03

Hudick, Kyle

12/04

O'Drain, Mari

12/04

HUDICK, KORTNE

12/04

Baker, Taylor

Pat and Don Laverty

12/04

Chidawu, Isabelle

Michael, Madison and Jonathan Miller

12/05

REINERT, DAVID

Americ, Kevin, Max, Myles and

12/06

Bade, Carl

12/07

McCullagh, Maggie

12/09

Dise, Abigail

12/10

FAUST, ELLEN

12/10

KLEIN, ROBIN

Pat and Fred Kerlin

12/10

DECKMAN, CHRISTINE

Barbara Sweinhart

12/15

Walters, Verna

12/15

Foss, Analexis

12/16

ELLIS, DAVID

12/17

KERLIN, PATRICIA

12/17

WOODMAN, ELLA

12/18

Caplan, Gillian

12/18

Miller, Sierra

Horace Ingram

12/20

Gergle, Judith

Elizabeth Bevan

12/20

Shenk, Amy

12/21

Bortz, Betty

12/22

Helmers, Sara

Bonnie Moore

12/22

KLEIN, TIMOTHY

Charlene Logan

12/22

FAUST, Jim

12/23

Miller, Dave

12/23

Palubinsky, Josh

12/24

AUGUSTINE III, TJ

12/26

Luckenbach, Jeffrey

Brianna Megni

12/26

Bevan, Anna

Debbie and Nicole Smith and

12/27

MCKIERNAN, TOM

Tom Davis

12/28

MARKLEY, ADDISON

Angela Reid Quashigah

12/29

HAMPTON, GEORGE

Alyson Painter

12/31

MELLINGER, MELISSA

12/1

Denise, Joe, Joseph and Dylan Yannick

Maggie Mccullagh Carol and Ron Pearson 12/8

Taylor Murphy

Anna Baccari Mary Lou and Harold Smith 12/15 Robin, David and Timothy Klein Sara Helmers Marilyn and David Lloyd

12/22 Deb and Hunter Matthews

Cindy, Gerry and Joshua Rogers Lori and Frank Brewer 12/29 June and Frank Hartung

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SHARING WITH OUR CHURCH FAMILY AND FRIENDS….

BIRTHDAYS….. 01/01

Brewer, Lori

01/03

Baker, Tammy

01/04

Ambrose, Wendy

01/04

Yocom, Kimberly

01/04

Scheler, Jenny

01/05

Miller, Susan

01/05

YANNICK, DENISE

01/05

Apgar, Noah

01/09

Dushanko, Olivia

01/10

Heath, James

01/13

Wanner, Freda

01/13

Andrien, Andrew

01/13

Foss, Brandon

01/17

WOODMAN, ADELYNN

01/20

Brewer, Frank

01/21

Martin, Mike

01/21

Painter, Kailyn

01/22

BILINSKI, STEFAN

01/22

Keim, Aurora

01/24

KLEIN, DAVID

01/24

Metzger, Matthew

01/25

DEVINE, JARED

01/26

Walters, Richard

01/26

WOODMAN, SHARON

01/27

KLEIN, ERIC

01/29

Iezzi, Brian

01/30

HUDICK, JILL

01/31

Heimbach, Crystal

Shenkel will be praying for these randomly selected members and friends of our congregation during the month of January: 1/5

Judith and Joe Gergle Michaela Craner Tyler Rogers Katie Hudick Missy and Jason Mellinger

1/12

Gillian Caplan Ethel Miller Jeff Luckenbach Clair and Jim Faust Diane and David Reinert

1/19

Laurie and Kurt Painter Richard, Ryan and Ricky Golden Carole and Henry Bailey Angela and Caleb Haslett Samantha Pennell

1/26

Josh Palubinsky Evelyn Rodriguez Sue and Barry Miller Gene, Emily and Nick Takach and Eric Croom Samantha Terrell

Thank you to all our friends at Shenkel for

Many thanks to my church family for their

your beautiful cards, prayers and for your con-

calls, cards, visits and prayers during my re-

tributions to George’s memorial fund at

cent hospitalization and rehab. They were

church. It all meant a great deal to me during

very much appreciated! You are all awesome!

this difficult time.

Ann Baccari Kay Ellis

Shenkel December 2013/January 2014  

Shenkel Newsletter

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