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News from Christian Ed…
Adult Plus (open to all interested persons – teens included!) Sunday School- We have been meeting in the Sanctuary at 9 a.m. for 6 weeks to view a video and discuss: “Wrestling With Angels.” Speak with Pastor Lori if you have any questions.
Pick one or join them all! These are the remaining Sundays in October:
Oct. 6: Forgiving: How do I forgive and get on with my life?
Oct. 13: Doubt: How can I question and still believe?
Oct. 20: Love: Why is loving so hard?


News from the Cemetery Association…
The Cemetery Association will have a brief meeting after worship on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019 to vote on By-Law changes. The By-Law changes were sent to each family with the Christmas card you received this summer. If you need another copy, please contact the church office by email: ozuccoffice@ptd.net or call 610-966-3601. Please plan to stay
for that meeting.

News from the Evangelism and Membership Committee…
Join us at Upper Milford Community Day on Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Upper Milford Township Building. We have been provided a space at this event to sell water, coffee and other drinks as well as talk about our church. Helpers are needed for all time slots. See Darlene Schmeltzle for signing up.

Join us for Supper Club on Friday, October 11 at 6:30 p.m. We will meet at the Carriage House Restaurant, 745 Gravel Pike, Route 29 in East Greenville.
Lunch Bunch will meet on Friday, October 25 at 12 noon at Perkins on Lehigh Street. Enjoy good food with friends!

Mark your calendars for Dec. 7, 12 noon in the lower social hall for our Church Advent Party. It will be a pot luck meal with our famous games, a craft (very easy and not mandatory!) and a collection of gifts for our Advent mission of Bright Hope, which is an outreach agency for mothers and babies (kind of like Mary and baby Jesus!). Some of the items most needed are: Baby Wipes (unscented preferred), Diapers-sizes Newborn, 4, 5 & 6, New Baby Bottles, Baby Wash, Baby Shampoo, Baby Lotion, Boys and Girls new clothing-sizes 18 months, 24 months, 2T more needed, but smaller sizes too, New Sippy Cups, New Baby Towels and Washcloths, Receiving Blankets (not crib blankets), New Crib Sheets, and New Diaper Bags. So instead of gifts for each other, we will be bringing gifts for the babies and mothers in need right here in the Lehigh Valley. Our own Nancy  is a volunteer with Bright Hope. Join us in worship in late November to hear more of their story. Questions? Speak with Linda  or Pastor Lori.
News from our Food Pantry…
Zionsville Area Food Pantry – Our church is again this year supplying stuffing mixes for the Food Pantry Thanksgiving Bags. We need 120 boxes by November 4th. Thank you!
Remember that you can bring items to our Church for the Food Pantry at
any time. The pantry is always in need of personal care items, paper products and all kinds of non-perishable food. Pick up extra at the grocery store and bring it to Church. Place in the shopping cart in the first floor Social Room. Thank you!

We are also collecting clothing, household items, toys, books, etc. all year around! These items will be sorted and distributed to our food pantry clients four times a year. Thanks in advance for your support. Place items on the bench outside of Pastor Lori’s office and mark it “stuff.”

News from the FUN Group…
Faith Uniting Neighbors Group

COMING EVENTS:
The annual Bazaar & Filled Basket Auction is scheduled for Saturday, November 9th this year.

What fun basket are you going to contribute? Would you like to have your own table at the event? Contact Ardyth  (610-965-8829) if you would like to reserve a space (a reservation form is included in the newsletter)—don’t miss out!
Please contact Jan  (610-966-2609) if you would be able to help solicit prizes in the Macungie, Emmaus, or Zionsville areas…a copy of the letter to solicit items from local businesses to be used to fill baskets for the auction is included with the newsletter. She will coordinate solicitation so that we avoid approaching the same business multiple times.
We would love to have some homemade goodies for our bake sale (we’ll remind you in next month’s newsletter). Also, we could really use some help setting up tables on Friday night (November 8) 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.


FUN Adult Hobby/Craft Nights.

Do you like to knit, crochet, cross stitch, quilt, make cards, jewelry? Beginning on Wednesday, October 2 at 6:30pm, FUN will kick off our new Informal Creative Craft Nights. We plan to meet monthly, usually the 1st Wednesday of the month. Bring the current project you are working on and socialize with other crafty people. Occasionally we would like to feature a learning session, depending on what people are interested in…Bring your Ideas….and Bring a Friend! Our second meeting will be on October 30 (instead of a November meeting), and then December 4.

Angel Tree
This year the Angel Tree will support Bright Hope Pregnancy Support Centers (brighthopecenters.org). Their mission is to honor life and offer hope by providing pregnancy support services, resources and life skills education to women, men and youth. They also have a temporary housing program for homeless pregnant women. Look for the Angel Tree Sunday, November 10. The angels will contain items that are most needed by the organization. Angels will be due back to the church Sunday, December 8 (the day after the Advent party).

News from Music and Worship Committee…
Third Sunday Treats on October 20, 2019. Come to church a little early to enjoy some coffee, juice and breakfast items with your church friends. 9:45 to 10:10 a.m. in the lower social hall every third Sunday 

Fire Safety Month is Coming! Please use the closest exit to get out of the building. If we are in a group setting, the safe place to gather is the cemetery, away from the building. In that location, we will be out of the way of any equipment needed to put out the fire or help in whatever situation is happening. Always remain calm and know that God is with us!
Dedication Sunday – Please mark your Calendar for Oct. 20 as Dedication Sunday – where we will celebrate the many gifts that have been given over the past year. The biggest gift to be celebrated is the Chair Lift that has been placed in the Village School entrance. That gift was made by Phil  in memory of Sandra. It has had a challenging start in our building but because of the perseverance of our sexton, Rich  I think we are now on the way to successful operation of the chair. It is very simple to use. It is always on. Just be patient and try it out some day. Join us in Worship at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday October 20 to hear the other items donated to our church this year.


All Saints Sunday – Join in worship on Sunday Oct. 27 at 10:15 a.m. for All Saints Day and Reformation Sunday. Welcome the family members of the loved ones of our congregation who have died this past year and prayerfully remember them while family lights a candle on the altar for each one. This is a moving and meaningful service of worship for those who are grieving.

Christmas Eve worship! We are looking for your input to make some decisions regarding our Christmas Eve schedule of services. Please use the enclosed survey to “register” your opinion. There are four services listed to pick from. Please choose three that you think will best suit our church. The Wiggly Giggly service is already planned to have Dave Fry with us and is quite a hit with families with young children. Our 11 p.m. service has averaged about 20 worshippers in the past few years. We are considering a 3 p.m. worship service especially geared to our worshipers who prefer to not travel at night and who might bring along our homebound members to be able to be in the sanctuary again. We value your opinion and report back to you the results after the Congregational Annual meeting in November. Thanks in advance. Return surveys to the church office or drop in offering plate any Sunday. If you have any questions, please speak with Pastor Lori.
News from the Outlook Committee…
All You Can Eat Breakfast – Saturday, October 19 from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and will continue the third Saturday of each month. Omelets are made to order. Our buffet will include bacon, ham, sausage, eggs, French toast, pancakes, potatoes, chipped beef, toast, juice, coffee, tea, fruit cup and dessert. Come and enjoy this hot and wonderful breakfast served by our Outlook Committee.
Christmas Cookies and Candy – Taking orders for Vanilla and Chocolate Cut-Outs ($13.00/pound) and Chocolate Covered Cherries ($13.00/pound). Orders will be taken until Sunday, November 24, 2019. Pick up will be at our annual Cookie Walk on Saturday, December 14th between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. To order call the church office at 610-966-3601; email at ozuccoffice@ptd.net. 

News from the Social and Aid Committee…
The Social and Aid Committee will once again be making Chicken Pot Pie with homemade noodles ($8.00) and will be available to purchase by the quart. This year they are also selling Pickled Red Beets ($5.00) by the quart. Orders must be placed by Sunday, October 27, 2019 by calling the Church office at 610-966-3601 or Annie at 610-966-5242; email at ozuccoffice@ptd.net or beeffarm@ptd.net. Pick up will be from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on November 9th during our Church Bazaar and Filled Basket Auction. 


News from The Village School…
We are full swing back to school and the children are settling nicely into their routines as we look forward to our Fire Safety and Pumpkin Patch field trips this month! We still have some openings in our 3’s class if you know of anyone who might be interested in our unique Literacy Through The Arts program. Our program includes local Resident Artists in Dance, Music, Art and Yoga. Many thanks go out to our congregation members who purchased apple dumplings or pies to support our fundraiser! Pick up is 10/16 from 11:30-12:30 and 5:30-6:30.

Did you happen to see our colorful new sign on the red doors that proudly displays our new logo? Village School is re-branding our logo to reflect our love of the arts and the role it plays in our preschool. The design was created by our artistic 2’s aide, Rachel. If you are on social media, please like and follow us throughout the school year on Facebook. When you search for us, we are “The Village School Preschool in Old Zionsville”. We invite you to share in the smiles and enjoy all the fun things we do during the year! If something catches your eye, or your hearts, feel free to share anything on your wall so that everyone can see what a great little school we have to offer at OZUCC!

We are looking for a church member who would be interested in joining the Village School Board, with the intention of being mentored this year to take over as Chair next year. Judy will be stepping down as chair of the Village School at the end of this year. We have a wonderful board in place that works well together and it would be an easy position to step into. If you would like more information, please feel free to contact Judy, or speak to Wendy Yeakel at church.

Dan Schantz Fundraiser – Coupons for FUN Group’s Dan Schantz Fundraiser are included in this month’s newsletter. They are good until December 25. We will receive $2.00 when the coupon or app is presented with a minimum $10.00 purchase. Remember you can share them with friends, too!

Annual Report Time!! Committee Chairs and others who usually
write a report for the Church Annual Report need to have their report
ready and in the church office by October 6, 2019 to be included. This
report is to include data from Oct. 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2019. They will be handed out at our Annual Congregational Meeting on November 10.

In order to be reimbursed, or to receive credit as a church donation, original receipts for labor and materials purchased on behalf of the church must be received in the office within 60 days of the date from purchase or by January 14, 2020 for purchases in November and December, 2019.

Eyeglass Donations – A collection box for used eyeglasses is located at the front door entrance of the Sanctuary. The Lions Club appreciates your donation.

Make a Daily Click!!! At www.greatergood.com. What You Can Do: Small Actions, Big Results – Did you know that you can make a difference by simply clicking a button on your computer that will provide resources to those in need? And the best part: It is FREE! According to Les, who has been doing this for years, it is easy to do! He does this every day and the clicks add up. Look under the Free Actions tab and scroll down, you will be able to click on 11 sites that provide free help for all kinds of things like: Breast Cancer, Hunger, Alzheimer’s, Rain Forest, Clean Water and more! Check it out!

Nov 3, 2019 – Daylight Saving Time Ends
At 2:00a.m. on Sunday, November 3, 2019, clocks are turned backward 1 hour. Set yours back on Saturday night before going to bed
so you are not late for church!

Our Church Annual Meeting is scheduled for Sunday Nov. 10 immediately following worship. We hope all members will stay for this brief but important meeting to approve the church budget and to elect and approve new members for Consistory.
If you have interest in serving on Consistory or any committee, please speak with Pastor Lori. A nominating committee is being formed but the Call of God is stronger!!

Deadline for material to be included in our November newsletter
is October 29. Please place all info in the Secretary’s mailbox
or email to the office at ozuccoffice@ptd.net.

Dan Schantz Fundraiser

          Coupons for FUN Group’s Dan Schantz Fundraiser are included in this month’s newsletter. They are good until December 25. (Please note: FUN Group will receive the proceeds through June, and Village School will receive the proceeds from July through December.). We will receive $2.00 when the coupon or app is presented with a minimum $10.00 purchase. Remember you can share them with friends, too!

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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