WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY
Christians around the globe celebrate the first Sunday of October as World Communion Sunday, when we all gather at the Lord’s Table as an earthly witness to the heavenly banquet that is to come. Join us, in person or by livestream, on October 3!
HOW DO YOU WANT TO GET YOUR NEWSLETTER?
This is the last newsletter that we will send as a bulk mailing. Beginning next month, you will not receive the newsletter by mail if you are able to access it by email or from the church’s Facebook group. We will also invite people to pick up their copy of the newsletter at church on Sunday. This change will save the church postage fees and will make the newsletter preparation much easier. To get your newsletter by email, please go to the bottom of the church’s website main page to join the church’s listserv email list, or email the church at email@example.com and ask to receive the newsletter by email. You can also join the church’s Facebook group if you’d like. Or, you can sign up in the church lobby if you’d like to pick up your copy on Sunday mornings.
Each Sunday after Children’s Time, the youngest members of our church family are invited to go downstairs for age-appropriate activities as they are supervised by church volunteers. They will rejoin their families during the hymn after the sermon.
If you have not been vaccinated or if you have not had COVID, please wear a mask while inside the church building. Please continue to use the hand sanitizing stations when you enter the building.
If you would like to learn about our church’s finances and operating budget, you’re welcome to join us for the annual Budget Forum, which will be held Monday October 4 at 7:00 PM. Please also bring your questions and suggestions for Old Union’s 2022 budget.
Each Sunday during worship, the children will have an opportunity to come forward for an age-appropriate message. We’re looking for volunteers to help lead this Children’s Time. We’ve got resources to help plan, and with enough volunteers no one will need to lead more than a couple times a year. Speak with the pastor if you’re interested.
It's time for a new picture directory for the church! The photographer will be at our church on Friday October 22 from to 2:00-8:30, and on Saturday October 23 from 10:30-4:00. Please schedule your portrait sitting on a weekday by going to ucdir.com: click on “Photography Appointment Scheduling Login,” and use the church code PA904 and the password photos. You may also schedule your time on Sunday in the church lobby, or call the church office at your convenience. You'll receive a free 8 X 10 and the opportunity to buy more photos if you'd like.
If you're not available on these dates, you can schedule at time on October 26 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sarver (church code PA907; password photos) or on October 27-30 at Gospel Fellowship Church on McFann Road just off Route 8 (church code PA 903; password photos).
If you have friends or family members who are not part of the church but would like to have a professional portrait, they are also welcome (we just won't put their picture in the directory). If you aren't able to have your portrait taken, the church will pay the $15 fee to have your submitted photo included in the directory.
We’d like to resume our monthly fellowship dinners, held after worship on the second Sunday of each month. But in order to do so, we need some helpful hands in the kitchen. Please speak with Peter if you’d like to help.
Our new prayer group meets before worship to pray for our worship service (for people's hearts to be open, for God to be glorified, for the worship leaders, for our singing and praying together, for the children, for no technological glitches, etc.). You can pray either silently or aloud. The group will meet in the conference room at 10:45, at the conclusion of the adult Sunday School class.
One of our members would like to start an AA group at our church. Please speak with Dave O. or Sally P. if you’d like to help.
St. Kilian Roman Catholic Church will hold a Taize prayer service on Tuesday October 12 at 7:00, featuring ecumenical meditative music, prayer and Scripture readings.
Join us on the morning of Friday October 1 as we revive Old Union’s tradition of making Apple Dumplings for the Mars Applefest. Work will begin at 8:00 or 8:30, and should be concluded before lunchtime. There’s a place for people of every skill and experience level, and it’s a great way to share in the fellowship of our congregation!
PRAYER CARD PROJECT
As part of our efforts to encourage and build up members of our community, Old Union’s Prayer Card Project invites people to send us their prayer requests. Each time we receive a request, someone from the church will lift up that prayer for the following week. If you would like to help distribute prayer cards, please speak with Mary Rae T.. If you would like to pray for requests as they come in, please speak with the pastor.
Lifting up Body, Mind, & Soul A Time to Seek God’s Wholeness and Healing Sunday, October 17, 4:00 PM Light meal to follow God desires a life of joy and peace for us all. Join us for a time to seek his mercy and grace for the troubled parts of our lives. Physical Emotional Mental Spiritual Relationships Economic Old Union Presbyterian Church 200 Union Church Rd, Mars PA 16046 724-538-8672 www.OldUnionChurch.co
AIR CONDITIONING FOR THE SANCTUARY
The next big project at the church will be air conditioning for the sanctuary. We estimate the cost to be about $25,000 or more. We already have $4,000 for this project, and we expect to receive another $6,000. The proceeds from our fund-raising activities (including the apple dumplings) will go to this project as well. Please consider making an extra contribution to the church for this project. Once we have $20,000 in the air conditioning fund, we will begin making installation plans.
Old Union Presbyterian Church | 200 Union Church Road, Mars, PA 16046
724-538-8672 | OldUnionChurch@gmail.com
724-538-8672 | OldUnionChurch@gmail.com