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Committee News November 2018

Christian Ed

  • Our Sunday School classes are going great! Thanks to our marvelous teachers and the wonderful students! There is always room for more students. Children may begin Sunday School at 2 years old and we have classes for children up to and including third grade. Sunday at 9:00 a.m. meet in the Village School/Sunday School classrooms downstairs.
  • All ages join us in December in the Sanctuary at 9:00 a.m. for some videos about the holidays.
    • Dec. 2 –learn about Hanukkah
    • Dec. 9 – Veggie Tales Saint Nicholas
    • Dec. 16 – The Little Drummer Boy
    • Dec. 23 – Veggie Tales – The Toy Who Saved Christmas
  • Make it a family thing and enjoy this holiday season!

Cemetery Association

  • Cemetery Association annual congregation meeting will be Sunday, December 16 after worship. The Association financial report will be discussed along with election of trustees. Nominations from the floor will be accepted at that time, but you must be present to accept the nomination. We are looking for two people who would like to join the Trustees in keeping our cemetery running.

FUN Group

  • Bazaar & Filled Basket Auction: Saturday, November 10
    • Please plan to bring any filled baskets you would like to donate to the church the Sunday (Nov 4) before the Bazaar or at least by Friday night (Nov 9) at 6:30pm; that’s when we’ll be arranging them for the basket auction.
    • We would love to have some homemade goodies for our bake sale—drop them off Friday night or early Saturday morning.
    • Also, we could really use some help setting up tables on Friday night (November 9) and cleaning up on Saturday after the basket auction. If you are able to help with either set-up or clean-up, please sign up with Patti Mittl. With your help we’ll have another successful Bazaar & Basket Auction this year!
  • Church World Service clean-up kit drive – see the blog post for more information
  • Watch future newsletters for more information about
    • Angel Tree – continuation of CWS emergency clean-up kits
    • Share the Warmth

Music & Worship

  • Sunday, Nov. 18 will be a busy morning!
    • Come to church a little early to enjoy some coffee, juice and breakfast items with your church friends. Join us from 9:45 to 10:10 a.m. in the lower social hall every third Sunday.
    • During worship, we will be baptizing twins! Be sure to join in the fun.
    • Following worship, we will be burning our papers with sins from the past year written on them in the little chiminea outside of worship. Come to worship this day to send your past in smoke to our God and find cleansing renewal for the upcoming new year.
  • We now have bulletin magnifier sheets. There are two available for you to use in worship. They are the size of a full sheet of paper and can be found on the sound system. Pick one up and try it out, then return it to the sound system after worship.
  • White Gifts will once again be collected for the young adults (ages 12 – 17) at Bethany Home.
    • The white gift service takes place during worship on Sunday Dec. 9.
    • Please wrap your gift in white paper only or not at all.
    • Bethany can only use new items to give to the students living there.
    • Please use the wish list provided.
    • Is anyone willing to take our white gifts to Bethany Children’s Home in Womelsdorf during the week of Dec. 11 – 15 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.? Please speak with Pastor Lori if you are available to do this.

Social and Aid Committee

  • Another successful chicken potpie dinner was held on October 6; 250 hungry people, including all who helped, were served. Thank you!

Village School

  • All classes had Fall themed activities and Halloween Celebrations which included parents. Our three year old class had a visit from Upper Milford Fire Company and was taught about fire safety. The PreK class will visit the Emmaus Fire Company in early November. This month, our first of many literacy through the arts professionals will visit the 3’s and PreK classes. Returning artist Miss Lilly from Allegro Dance Studio will teach dance and a bit of music.


Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween safety tips from Safe Kids Worldwide, a nonprofit organization working to help families and communities keep kids safe from injuries.

Walk Safely

  1. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  2. Look left, right, and left again when crossing, and keep looking as you cross.
  3. Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  4. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  5. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  6. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Trick or Treat With an Adult

  1. Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well-lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe

  1. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  2. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  3. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  4. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

  1. Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  2. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians, and on curbs.
  3. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  4. Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  5. Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic, and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  6. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

Church World Service Emergency Cleanup Buckets

Supplies for emergency cleanup bucketsIn light of recent hurricanes, Consistory in conjunction with Faith United Neighbors (FUN) group has decided to once again create Emergency Cleanup Buckets for Church World Service. We did this a while back during Lent. Following is the list of items needed, in case you happen to find good sales on these items. Bring any or all of the items you can find. Please feel free to ask store owners for donations. Buckets from Church World Service USA have already been sent to people in the North Carolina area, so they can begin clean up. More buckets are always needed. If everyone gives a little, we can create a lot! Thanks in advance for your help. Please bring items to the pew outside the pastor’s office any time. Please also note that the items are specifically sized etc. to keep the buckets consistent and easy to share.

Here is what is needed

  • One five-gallon bucket with resealable lid (If bucket has been used, clean well but do not use if it has held chemicals of any kind.)
  • Four scouring pads
  • Seven sponges, including one large
  • One scrub brush
  • Eighteen reusable cleaning towels (e.g. Easy Wipes)
  • One 50 oz. or two 25 oz. bottle(s) of liquid laundry detergent
  • One 16-28 oz. bottle of liquid disinfectant dish soap
  • One 12-16 oz. bottle of household cleaner that can be mixed with water (no spray bottles)
  • One package of 48-50 clothespins
  • Clothesline, two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.
  • Five dust masks
  • Two pairs heavy-duty, waterproof dishwashing gloves (latex-free, non-surgical)
  • One pair work gloves, cotton with leather palm or all leather 24-28 heavy duty or contractor type
  • 30 45-gallon trash bags on a roll and removed from carton
  • One 6-9 oz. bottle of non-aerosol insect repellent

Do not enclose money inside the kits or in the shipping boxes.

Download a printable shopping list

All cleaning items must be new. All liquid items must be capped and securely tightened.

PLEASE NOTE: We will be asking for specific items we do not have enough of as our Angel Tree project this year so that we can complete as many buckets as possible.

Read more: Clean up bucket collaboration puts more than 1000 kits in the hands of hurricane victims

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