WORSHIP AS YOU WORK
Help us celebrate Labor Day during worship on September 4 by wearing your work clothes to church! “Work” includes not only what earns a paycheck, but also work around the house and as a student.
Our new Sunday School year begins on September 11, and we’d love to have you join us! The children’s class will meet in the church basement, and the adult class will meet in the conference room. This is a great way for you to grow your faith through discussion and in-depth Bible study.
MISSION TRIP PRESENTATION
Last June, Old Union led a work team to western Kentucky to spend a week helping tornado victims rebuild. Join us for worship on September 11, when they will tell us about their work and how they saw God at work.
Join us for a fellowship dinner after worship on September 11. If you are able, please bring a dish to share.
Representatives from MHY Family Services (formerly known as the Mars Home for Youth) will join us for worship on September 18 to help us learn about their work, and how we are helping them help at-risk children and teenagers.
FOOD FOR STUDENTS
Longmore Academy, located at the Mars Home for Youth, is a school for students who are not able to attend their local school. Many of them come from families in need. Over the summer, Old Union provided food for their summer school students to get through the weekend. Because it went so well, we are planning to continue this through the school year, and perhaps also provide food for students in need in the Mars School District. The number of food packages we prepare will go up from 40 to as many as 100. We anticipate the cost for this project will be about $500 per week. The session has authorized use of income from the Mission Endowment Fund and funds designated for child and youth ministry to pay for it. Each Sunday after worship, please help us pack up the food parcels. We are also looking for people to deliver the food to the schools. Please speak with Mary Rae T., chair of the mission and outreach committee, if you’d like to help. If you’d like to contribute to support this cause, please mark your donation “Food for Students.”
Last fall, Old Union put together five “clean-up buckets” for Church World Service to give to disaster victims. The recent flooding in eastern Kentucky has depleted their supply of these buckets. The session has set a goal to raise enough money for 25 buckets, at a cost of $75 per bucket. If you’d like to contribute, please mark your donation “Clean-up Buckets.”
On Monday September 26, Old Union will host mission speaker Maina T., a theologian and climate change officer from the south Pacific island nation of Tuvalu. The meal will begin at 5:30, with Mr. T. speaking afterward. This will be a great opportunity to learn about environmental issues as well as peacemaking from a new perspective.
Old Union will continue our tradition of selling home-made apple dumplings at the Mars Applefest, which will be held October 1. Please sign up in the lobby, or call the church, if you’d like to donate supplies or if you’d like to help make the dumplings on Friday September 30. There’s a job for everyone, and we’ll train you!
The family of Walt and Carolyn L. invite you to join them for a celebration of their lives, to be held at Adams Township Park on Saturday, September 10, beginning at 3:00. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Rose O. at 724-900-0054 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The churches of Harmony and Zelienople will hold a free event in the Zelienople Community Park, featuring food, games, prizes, and entertainment. “The Gathering” will be held on Saturday, September 10, 11:00-3:00.
If you’d like to learn more about our church’s finances, and if you have ideas or suggestions for next year’s budget, please join us for the budget forum. It wasn’t scheduled yet when the newsletter went to press, so watch for details about when it will be held. During the forum, we will prepare a suggested budget for the session to review and approve before presenting it to the congregation at its November meeting.
CEMETERY TASK FORCE
Over the past few years, the investment income from the cemetery fund has not been enough to cover mowing and other expenses. The session has appointed a task force, made up of a session member, a cemetery committee member, a finance committee member, and a congregation member, to consider options for how to resolve this issue. Watch for more information to come.
LEARNING HOW TO SPELL “PRESBYTERIAN”
The Presbyterian constitution includes two books. The first is the “Book of Confessions,” which contains twelve explanations of our beliefs, ranging from the opening centuries of the Christian faith to the late twentieth century. Some, such as the well-known Apostles Creed, are rather short, while others are much longer. The Second Helvetic Confession is more than 65 pages long! The first two (the Nicene Creed and the Apostles Creed) are universal statements of the Christian faith that apply to all churches. The next six come from the years when Presbyterian or Reformed faith began in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, to outline and define this particular branch of the church. In particular, the Westminster Confession of Faith was the defining document for US Presbyterians until the second half of the twentieth century. The last four documents address contemporary challenges that the church and our society have faced, ranging from Nazism to racism to the turmoil of the 1960’s. Copies of the Book of Confessions are available in the church library, or at pcusa.org/resource/book-confessions
TRAINING FOR OUR PASTOR
Peter has begun a two-year program to be trained as a spiritual director. Part of the training includes six "intensive" weekend conferences at a retreat center in North Carolina. He attended the first intensive weekend in March, and he will go for the second weekend this month: September 15-19.
The pastor's regular day off is Thursday.
If you would like to support the work of our church but don't carry cash or use checks, or if you want to be faithful in your giving on the Sundays when you don't attend worship, you have three options available.
1. Go to the church's website and find the "Give Now" button on the homepage. You can make a one-time gift, or you can set up a repeating donation.
2. Set up an "Automatic Offering": to be drawn each month from your bank account. Pick up a form to fill out in the church lobby, or find one on the church's website on the "Automatic Offerings" page.
3. Many bank websites have a bill-pay feature, which you can set up to have the bank mail a check directly to the church. Each bank is different, but many will allow you to set this up to repeat as you wish.
Old Union Presbyterian Church | 200 Union Church Road, Mars, PA 16046
724-538-8672 | OldUnionChurch@gmail.com
724-538-8672 | OldUnionChurch@gmail.com