E-MESSENGER JANUARY 2013 UNION UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 200 BROOKLINE BLVD. HAVERTOWN, PA 19083 610-789-1700 Fax – 610-789-0136 email@example.com www.unionhavertown.org
JANUARY WORSHIP Saturday, January 5: 5:00 Evening Praise Sunday, January 6: Epiphany of the Lord 9:45 a.m. -- Bible Study Time for all ages 11:00 a.m. – Worship Service – Holy Communion – Isaiah 60:1-6, Matthew 2:1-12
Saturday, January 12: 5:00 Evening Praise Sunday, January 13: Baptism of the Lord 9:00 a.m. - Family Breakfast 9:45 a.m. -- Bible Study Time for children 11:00 a.m. – Worship Service – Isaiah 43:1-7, Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
Saturday, January 19: 5:00 Evening Praise Sunday, January 20: Second Sunday after Epiphany Human Relations Day 9:45 a.m. -- Bible Study Time for all ages 11:00 a.m. – Worship Service – Isaiah 62:1-5, John 2:1-11 12:15 p.m. - After-Church Fellowship
Saturday, January 26: 5:00 Evening Praise Sunday, January 27: Third Sunday after Epiphany Sacrament of Baptism 9:00 a.m. - Service of Healing Prayer 9:45 a.m. - Bible Study Time for all ages 11:00 a.m. – Worship Service – Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Luke 4:14-21
FROM THE PASTOR: Some Thoughts as we Begin the New Year: I believe that each new beginning (and the New Year certainly counts!) requires significant personal reflection and a new or renewed plan to live out God’s purpose in our lives and the life of God’s church. Jesus told us to count the cost…, to consider…, to seek…, and to serve. As we follow our Lord’s example, we realize anew that it takes dedication to do so and a personal spiritual compass to keep us on the right path. So, let’s reflect! 2013 finds me ever more committed to ministry that makes a difference for our Lord at Union. These reflections are guided by the plan for revitalization that has been such a vital work of our Leadership Team over the last several years. 1. Youth and Family Ministry: If Union is to reach into our community with a welcome to Christ and an invitation to grow in His grace, we need to provide a vital, exciting, and ongoing program that meets the needs and interests of children, youth, and families in our community. We are so thankful for our Youth and Family Ministries Coordinator, Timothy Wotring, and look forward to a year of renewed programming and ministry for families in our church and surrounding community. 2. Community Service: We might use the term “Mission” but our goal is to invite members of our community to join us in this work and they are likely more familiar with a call to community service for those so in need of help and support. We want to provide an avenue for that service to happen, believing that our Lord will touch the hearts of these servants with his grace and an invitation into a personal relationship through service. 3. Worship for those without a Church: We continue to affirm God’s call to us to provide an alternative weekly worship experience that is intended to serve our own members but is primarily designed to welcome new persons to a new place in our community. Our Saturday Evening Praise continues each Saturday at 5 p.m. Admittedly, our attendance has been quite low this year, but we have noticed that those attending are often newer persons and persons not able to attend on Sunday. There is a need and desire for this worship experience! However, without greater support from more members of our church family, this ministry will not be able to continue. There is a “critical mass” that becomes necessary for a worship service to grow. Your support for this ministry is vital, even if you are very much a “traditional” worship attender. Please come out some Saturday evenings and invite your family and friends who have no church home to this worship experience. 4. Ongoing Study and Growth Opportunities: We need to be nourished and enriched with God’s Word and the encouragement of one another as we walk the path of discipleship together. Study and small group opportunities are being offered regularly. Please choose to be a part of Sunday School, Wednesday morning study, DISCIPLE II, or one of our evening studies when they are offered.
Please keep all of our ministries in your prayers. Please join me in a renewed commitment to honor God and bless Godâ€™s people. Thankful for our partnership in ministry, Mary Jane TIMOTHY WOTRING TREASURER. . . . .. . . . . . . . TOM McALPIN CHURCH SECRETARY . . .CYNTHIA L. KLINE MESSENGER EDITOR . . . .BARBARA DRAKE
Grace Brogan Lindsay Brogan Betty Parsons Anita Radke Joan Consul Caroline Schaible Charlotte Applegarth Mary Hankins Joy Bennett Daniel LaDue Stephanie Brunelli Lois Flounders Matthew LaDue
Matthew Shaw Sue Owen Yuki Ishida Edythe Flanagan Alison Simpson Mary Kennedy George Keller Doris DuVal Jim Brodie Janet Tyler Ardelle Clarke Herman Kirby
MEETINGS Thursday, January 3 (7:00 p.m.) Stewardship Task Force Tuesday, January 8 Board of Trustees
New Year, New Life (2013) Creator God, Who are you, God from the beginning? I hear the angels and demons, Both bowing down in homage. I read of humans Forgetting how or choosing not. Why create us at all? Why offer us New Life After Casually, Critically, Callously, Criminally, We have botched the old one? Do you dare to love us still? --Bunnie Bryant
Thursday, January 24 (7:00 p.m.) Worship Committee Monday, January 21 (7:00 p.m.) Leadership Team
STAFF PASTOR. . . . . . . . . . . . .MARY JANE KIRBY MINISTER OF MUSIC . . . . .YUKIKO ISHIDA ORGANIST . . . . . . . . . . .JOSE MELENDEZ YOUTH & FAM. MINISTRIES. . . . .
Please join us for our Family Breakfast on Sunday, January 13 at 9 a.m. We are so thankful to the Methodist Men for serving us a delicious breakfast. Following breakfast we will hear from Gene Foehl and Erica Weihermuller from the Unity Center in Chester. They will tell us more about their work to provide support and blessing to the children and their families in Chester. You
will hear more about the After-School Program that we will be helping with, starting this month. It will be informative and we pray that you will be able to join us for breakfast on the 13th and stay to hear about this vital ministry and our opportunity to serve in this new year.
COMMUNITY DINE AROUND 2012-2013
Luncheon dates: January & February - NO MEETING
CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS The Christmas decorations will be taken down on Monday, January 7 at 7:00 p.m. All persons are invited to come and help.
JAZZ VESPERS featuring “The Pete Smyser Quartet with Larry McKenna” playing the music of Harry Warren
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2013 7:00 PM
at UNION UMC
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN Special Mission Recognition Lorraine Shappell was given a Special Mission Recognition pin at the December meeting in appreciation for her Sunshine card ministry. This means that $40 was given to UMW mission work in her name. Thank you, Lorraine, for your faithful caring. New Members During 2012 we welcomed the women of Drexel Hill UMC who have joined us for UMW activities: Betty Krom, Sandy Borders, Jane Leggieri, Lu Anne Wolf, Lola Fusco, Fran Conway, Carol Hatten, Sally Mullin, Cindy Carper, Sylvia Nespoli. January Activities Help with IHN hosting during the week of January 27. Help with After School Program on January 14 & 28. Read a book from the Reading Program (see list on cart in narthex). Use your craft skills to make something to sell at Spring Flea Market. No lunch meeting in January. February 12 Lunch and Program Join us and invite a friend to our Valentine lunch when the program will focus on Sisterhood.
METHODIST MEN Union United Methodist men breakfast Meeting: Men from Hope and Union Church get together and have breakfast. No agenda is set. All men, sons and men guests are invited to attend and meet for breakfast on Saturday January 19, 2012 at the Country Squire Diner, West Chester Pike, Broomall, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. At this event each person will pay for his own breakfast. RSVP soon. Call Jim Drew at 610-446-5791.
SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE Applications for post high school educational opportunities are now being accepted by the Board of Trustees. Application letters should include the applicant's name, school or college being attended, major, date student began studies there, when student expects to complete studies, degree or certificate to be awarded at the end of the program, and church activities at Union, (number of years involved, level of involvement [Sunday School, youth group, etc.], name of a church member, Sunday School teacher or youth sponsor who knows the applicant well.) Application letters should be submitted to the church office by February 15, 2013 for consideration by the Board of Trustees. Scholarships will be awarded at the end of March, 2013. Donations to the Scholarship Fund may be made at any time.
Lisa Kowalski Tommy McDonough Heather Brogan Lindsay DiLullo Vurley Czekalski Joan Consul Joyce Kowalski Lois Flounders Todd Schmitt Karen Danley
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If we have missed your birthday, we apologize. Please call the church office to add your birthday to the list.
DISCIPLE I GROUP HAS “GRADUATED” – READY FOR DISCIPLE II ….WILL YOU JOIN THEM? We congratulate the DISCIPLE I study group as they have completed their study of the books of the Bible (Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study). A Retreat was held as the group considered their calling to discipleship and where their journey of discipleship is taking them next. Those who have completed the DISCIPLE I study are: Jonathan Davis, Matthew Kirby, Jim McDonough, Barbara Murphy, Reinsen Nadeak, Laura Radke, Janet Tyler, Scott Wampler, and Mary Jane Kirby. They have decided to continue this intensive study of the scripture which requires a discipline of daily Bible Reading. “Into the Word, Into the World” is the title of their next study, which looks closely at Genesis and Exodus, Luke and Acts. This is a 32 week study which will be meeting on Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m., starting at the end of January. There is room for more, so please consider talking to Pastor Mary Jane or any member of the group about this exciting new study. You are welcome to join this group in their journey of growing in the Word and discipleship.
WEDNESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY TO RESUME!
All are invited to join a Wednesday morning study which will be held most Wednesdays from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at the church. The group has requested that the study focus on one of the books of the Bible. A request has been made that we begin with a study of the Psalms. Our first session will take place on Wednesday, January 16. Please let Pastor Mary Jane know if you would like to attend. You are welcome to join us!
THANK YOU, CHURCH FAMILY!
I am once again overwhelmed by your generous, generous monetary gift to me for Christmas! Thank you to each one of you. Your kindness and support for myself and my family mean so much. I am honored to serve as your pastor and I continue to learn much from you, my church family, about the grace and love of our wonderful Lord. You are all in my prayers. Blessings in the New Year! - Pastor Mary Jane
GOODSEARCH FUNDRAISER! Thanks to church and extended family members another $327.62 came to the church in November through Goodsearch. Information is below. When you buy items online, look for a goodsearch connection and indicate that you want
goodsearch monies to come to Union United Methodist Church in Havertown. Thanks to Joyce Kowalski for telling us about this!
Fundraiser for the church is easy as:
Select: Union United Methodist Church Havertown. Search: stores or coupons Shop: % is donated to Union Facebook: “like” Goodshop and receive coupons See Joyce Kowalski with questions.
JOURNEY TO BETHLEHEM – DID WE MAKE IT? We have been totaling our walking (or running) miles since October as we, as a church family, have been taking a spiritual journey to Bethlehem along with Mary and Joseph. It has been a good journey! Members of our church family handed in their miles over this three month period and it has been good to walk (and healthy to walk) this journey as well. Did we make it? Almost! Good job, everyone, our total miles came to 5,465.41. Thanks so much for keeping track, writing it down, calling it in, e-mailing it in. It is great what we can do when we work together! Now, let’s keep the healthy walking going and also the healthy spiritual journeying with a new Bible Study for the year: Choose: • Wednesday mornings at 10 • The Psalms (starting Jan. 16) Sundays at 2 p.m. • DISCIPLE II (Into the Word, Into the World, Luke-Acts) – start date t.b.a. • Sunday School classes at 9:45 a.m. every week – wonderfully informative and insightful! • Soon - Spiritual Gifts study
MESSENGER SPONSOR The January Messenger is sponsored in memory of Anna Pearce. Please consider being a sponsor for the Messenger. Sponsors cover the expenses related to printing and mailing the Messenger ($100), so that we can share church news with visitors, friends and neighbors, as well as church members. If you would like to sponsor a future edition, contact Barbara Drake or the church office.
MISSION, OUTREACH, AND COMMUNITY SERVICE Union Given Award On December 12, the Homeless Services Coalition of Delaware County presented a certificate of recognition and a check for $50 to Union United Methodist Church in appreciation for the church’s commitment to assisting homeless persons through Interfaith Hospitality Network. The certificate says, “You Make a Difference! As a valuable partner with the Homeless Services Coalition, your church is a critical component of our services system. You are welcoming, encouraging and nourishing to the homeless persons who utilize your place of worship. Your willingness to open your doors and serve provides a warm, safe and comforting place for persons living on the streets of Delaware County. The HSC is proud to recognize your dedication and thanks you for continuing your mission.” Union has contributed the $50 to IHN. The certificate was presented at a Holiday Recognition Brunch attended by the staff and volunteers of many organizations working to help homeless persons. Seven of those groups presented awards to previously homeless persons who
participated in their programs and succeeded in overcoming the problems that caused their homelessness.
Interfaith Hospitality Network Union will be hosting our IHN guests during the week of January 27. Help will be needed after worship to set up the guest rooms. You can participate by giving your time to prepare meals, play with the children, chat with the adults around the dinner table, get to know the families and pray for them, and stay overnight at the church. Let Bev Kester, our coordinator, know what you can do.
Several years ago our church felt that God was calling us to provide an after school program for the 6th graders of Havertown. We faithfully provided that program for two years, but the number of youth participating did not demonstrate to us that there was a real need for this program. Now we have an opportunity to participate in an after school program that is truly needed. It is at the Main Street Elementary School in Upland, which is part of the Chester-Upland School District. We will be providing an enrichment program along with the already successful mentoring program provided by the staff of Dave Martin’s company, Knowledge Points. The children will be 8-10 years old from grades 3-5. We need 6 people on 6 Mondays to carry out a program planned by the staff of Unity Center, whose founder is Gene Foehl, grandson of Harry Longnecker, a long-time member of Union. We will be leading
educational games, arts projects, and physical activity and will be at the school from 3:45 to 6:00. The dates are January 14 & 28, February 11 & 25, March 11 & 18. You do not have to participate on all 6 days, but that means that more than six people are needed. So far five people have expressed interest in participating. If you are not available on Mondays, you could help other churches who will be there on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The direct route to the school from Union is route 1 south to route 352 south, to Upland Road, which goes right after the Brookhaven Shopping Center. Upland Road becomes Main Street. Talk to Pastor Mary Jane or Barbara Drake if you would like to help.
YOUTH AND FAMILY MINISTRY NEWS JANUARY 2013 It has been a joy working with the youth and children at Union. Advent Season is a busy time to join a church family, and I felt nervous about fitting in. However, the family at Union has welcomed me fully and made my transition smooth. I am excited and ready to try new and different things the help our youth ministry grow. In Sunday School, we have been learning about different methods and ways to follow Jesus. We are starting a new series from now until Lent focusing on the Holy Fools in the Christian Tradition, sifting through the lives of these saints and finding theological ideas to wrestle with and understand better. The Youth Group is going through some growing pains as we process what works best at Union and become welcoming of other youth in Havertown. The Middle and
High School Youth Group will start meeting on Wednesdays at 7:30-8:30pm. Expect food, movies, games, and a lesson. In February, we will find a time for all the younger children to meet once or twice a month to join in song, food, and crafts. Our Wednesday youth meetings will begin on January 16 and will be held on January 23 and 30th as well. Our Youth Council will be meeting soon and more activities and programs for our younger children will be announced soon. Don’t miss the Family Fun Night on January 18!
We are once again joining with Havertown’s Youth Together for a Service Project in Philadelphia on January 18-19. On Friday we will arrive in the city and get to know one another through games and worship. Then, on Saturday morning we will work with an organization in the city that helps those in need. We will grow together through the work that Christ commands us to do. Epiphany Wonder, Timothy Wotring
UPCOMING FAMILY FUN NIGHT!
All are welcome to come out for an evening of fun on Friday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. Polly the Magician will bring his entertaining program to Union. Please circle your calendar and bring your family to this special evening. Refreshments will be served. Don’t miss it! Please invite other family and friends, your
neighbors (your co-workers too!) to a fun evening.