WORSHIP IN OCTOBER
As we continue through the Year of the Bible, Peter and David will preach on passages from the previous week’s readings.
10/1/2017 1 Kings 19:9-18
10/8/2017 Jonah 4:1-11
10/15/2017 Micah 7:14-20
10/22/2017 To Be Announced
10/29/2017 To Be Announced
October 1 is World Communion Sunday, when Christians around the globe will gather at the Lord’s table as an expression of the unity we find in Christ. We hope you will join us for this special event!
10/1/2017 Velma N.
10/8/2017 Carrie M.
10/15/2017 Emma H.
10/22/2017 Kevin S.
10/29/2017 Craig M.
As of September 4, Old Union needs $41,662.09 to pay off the building mortgage.
Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, Old Union now has a paved parking lot! We have increased the number of handicapped spots. If God has blessed you with strong legs, please save the spots at the front of the church for those with mobility issues.
The entire roof of the “old building” was replaced in September. Thanks to those who contributed to this project. We are still receiving donations to meet the shortfall.
Because the annex roof began to leak about six weeks before the roofers could begin work, we are now facing repair work for the annex ceiling. The property committee is receiving bids, but this will be another major expense for us to face.
Our pastor was elected to serve on the synod’s Permanent Judicial Commission. If issues arise in any of the synod’s presbyteries, which cover all of Pennsylvania, most of West Virginia, and a portion of Ohio, he will be part of the panel that will rule on them.
Peter will make his eighth trip to Ghana this month, beginning October 20. For two weeks he will teach a class at Peki Seminary, lead worship, speak at a prison, and offer seminars and workshops for church leaders. Please pray for a safe, effective, and encouraging trip.
While our pastor is in Ghana, please contact student pastor David S. if you have a pastoral concern. You can reach him at 724‐516‐7099 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can contribute toward the efforts of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to assist hurricane victims by calling 800-872-3283, marking your offering envelope “hurricane relief,” or sending a check to
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
P.O. Box 643700
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700
Thanks to everyone who donated disaster relief kits in September!
You help to “encourage and build up” the residents of the Mars Home for Youth through our pastor’s monthly worship leadership. Each Sunday afternoon, local church leaders bring the message of God’s love and grace to young people from troubled backgrounds. Your prayers are greatly appreciated!
For more years than anyone can remember, Old Union has been part of the Mars Applefest with our Apple Dumpling booth. And this year is no exception! We will make the dumplings the day before Applefest on Friday, October 6. Please sign up in the lobby to donate supplies or volunteer your help to contribute to this church-wide effort. We are also looking for donations of homemade pies.
The Budget Forum on October 2 is your opportunity to learn about our church’s finances and to offer your suggestions and ideas for the 2018 budget. If you are not able to attend, please speak with a session member or the pastor to share your thoughts.
The Personnel Committee will meet on October 10 for its annual review of church employees. The committee includes the chairs of each church committee and the clerk of session.
MISSION ENDOWMENT FUND
Old Union Church’s Mission Endowment Fund provides money from its investment income to support our mission efforts. The money may only be used for mission and may never be used for church operating expenses, and the principal of the fund is maintained so it can continue to generate income. Following the guidelines for the fund, the session allocated $7,300 at its September meeting. The Lighthouse Foundation, Fishbone Ministries (a children’s ministry in Butler), and Josh H. each received $1,000. The remaining $4,300 has been set aside to help cover transportation costs for next year’s mission trip, which will likely require airfare to Texas or Florida.
On December 16, the Lighthouse will hold its annual Christmas Toy Shoppe to help parents of families in need to “shop” for presents to give to their children. Watch for news from our deacons about how you can donate to new, unwrapped toys to support this ministry. Our final collection date will be Sunday, December 10.
On Sunday, October 1 the youth group will put on their walking shoes to spend the afternoon exploring the weirder side of downtown Pittsburgh. We’ll compete with youth groups from other churches in Beaver and Butler County to figure out clues, be silly, and meet people. The group will leave from the church at 1:00 and be back at 5:30. The event is free and open to all 6th-12th graders. Please speak with Peter. if you’d like to join us.
DISCOVERY DAY: “UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE”
You’re invited to investigate the challenge of discovering Scripture’s message at this special event for children, youth, and adults. Our adult speakers will be Rev. Dr. K. N., professor of religion at Westminster College, and Rev. Matthew E. of Wycliffe Bible Translators. Diana M., the presbytery’s youth coordinator, will lead our youth track, and Rev. Tega S. of Refreshing Springs Ministry will lead the children. The cost is $7, with a family maximum of $20. Please register on the church website or in the lobby by October 9!
“GROW” WITH OUR SISTER CHURCHES
Get Renewed On Wednesdays with our brothers and sisters from the Mars UP and Valencia Presbyterian Churches each week from now until Thanksgiving! We gather at the Valencia Church for a meal at 6:00, followed by fellowship and singing, then groups for all ages from preschool through adult. If you’d like a ride, please call the church office or speak with Lorene W.
OCTOBER’S YEAR OF THE BIBLE READINGS
2 Kings 1-5
2 Kings 6-10
2 Kings 11-15
2 Kings 16-20
2 Kings 21-25
Old Union Presbyterian Church | 200 Union Church Road, Mars, PA 16046
724-538-8672 | OldUnionChurch@gmail.com
724-538-8672 | OldUnionChurch@gmail.com