WORSHIP IN SEPTEMBER
As we continue through the Year of the Bible, this month’s sermons will address passages that we read the week before. You will also have your first opportunity to hear a sermon from our student pastor, David S..
9/3/2017: 2 Samuel 6:12-23
9/10/2017: 2 Corinthians 10:1-6
9/17/2017: David S. preaches
9/24/2017: Proverbs 3:1-8
9/3/2017 Elvis M.
9/10/2017 David S.
9/17/2017 Bill H.
9/24/2017 Charlene S.
SEPTEMBER 3: WORSHIP AS YOU WORK
September 3 is the last Sunday of “summer schedule,” with worship beginning at 10:00. Weather permitting, we will worship in the pavilion. In honor of Labor Day, please come to church in your work clothes, so that we can express our gratitude to God for ways in which can be productive. If you are a student, wear what you would wear to school. If you are retired or work at home, wear what you would wear when doing chores.
Old Union Church will return to its regulars Sunday schedule on September 10, with Sunday School classes for all ages at 9:45, and worship at 11:00.
This year’s Sunday School teachers:
Preschool/Early Elementary: Jill M.(Abena B. substitute)
Older Elementary/Youth: Bill H. and Becky M.
Adults: Barb C.
Thanks to everyone who participated in this summer’s shoe drive, in support of CHOSEN (Christian Hospitals Overseas Securing Equipment Needs), one of Old Union’s mission projects. At last report, we were on track to double our goal of 400 pairs of shoes!
September marks the beginning of a new year for youth group, and we welcome all 6th-12th graders, no matter which church they attend (or none at all). We’re still developing plans, but our September event will be held on either the 9th or 23rd. We will visit a mosque in Pittsburgh, then go caving at Laurel Caverns. Watch for more information to come soon!
UPDATE ON PRISM
PRISM (Pittsburgh Region International Student Ministries), one of Old Union Church’s mission projects, offers hospitality to international students at Pittsburgh universities, along with opportunities to learn about the gospel and American life. PRISM has been able to expand its work this year in two ways. First, their new Hospitality House provides housing and meeting space for their work with the students, and a passenger van makes it easier for them to move students around to various events where they can interact with followers of Christ. Thanks to everyone who supported their Garage Giveaway in August, to form a first connection with incoming students, and a thanks to all who support them with financial contributions.
The Butler American Legion Post is holding a “Stand-Down” to provide services, supports, and resources for veterans in need. For more information about how you can help, or to pass the word along to a veteran you may know, please call 724-287-6797 or 724-284-5114.
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING IS AT WORK
The money you donated in Lent for the One Great Hour of Sharing is hard at work! About a third of the money goes to the Presbyterian Hunger Program, to alleviate hunger and address its root causes. In 2016, PHP gave over 160 grants totaling more than $1.2 million to make a difference in communities across the nation and world. To learn more about the work your money is doing, go to presbyterianmission.org/hunger, or see the flyer in the church lobby.
At press time, we are still waiting for work to begin on repairing and replacing the roof on the “old” church building. Thanks to everyone who is contributing to help us meet this expense of $34,000.
Join us for a picnic after worship on September 10, as we say farewell to summer, begin the new Sunday School year, and welcome student pastor David S.. Meat, condiments, and drinks will be provided; please bring a picnic dish to share.
Paving work for the church parking lot is scheduled to begin this month!
DISCOVERY DAY: “UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE”
The Bible is the word of God, but it isn’t always very easy to understand. And it often surprises us with its message when we read it closely. Join us on October 14 for Discovery Day, as guest speakers and leaders will join us to explore ways to understand the Bible. The cost is $7.00 per person, and we will offer programs for children, youth, and adults. Watch soon for promotional and sign-up information!
“GROW” WITH OUR SISTER CHURCHES
Our brothers and sisters at Valencia Presbyterian Church have gathered for years on Wednesday evenings for GROW: Getting Renewed on Wednesdays. Their time together included a meal, fellowship, and small group gatherings for everyone from nursery school to adults. A couple years ago they invited the Mars UP Church to join them, and this year they’ve asked us to be part of GROW. If you are looking for an opportunity to “grow” in your faith during the week, this event is for you! This fall’s sessions will meet at the Valencia Presbyterian Church, beginning on September 20. We are looking into carpool possibilities from Old Union. Watch for more information!
SEPTEMBER’S YEAR OF THE BIBLE READINGS
2Cor 11-13; 2Thes
Job 41-42; Prov 1
Old Union Presbyterian Church | 200 Union Church Road, Mars, PA 16046
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724-538-8672 | OldUnionChurch@gmail.com