SUNDAY WORSHIP AT OLD UNION
Spend Sunday mornings with us, as we reflect on “Encounters with Jesus.” How did a face-to-face meeting with our Lord change the lives of the people who met him?
1/6/2019 Luke 7:36-50
1/13/2019 Matthew 15:21-28
1/20/2019 Luke 10:38-42
1/27/2019 John 5:1-15
The youth of Old Union are combining with the youth from Crestview and Plains Churches for their activities this year. On January 19 we will go to Erie to work with CHOSEN, one of Old Union’s mission projects. CHOSEN (Christian Hospitals Overseas Securing Equipment Needs) receives donated medical equipment and refurbishes it to be sent to mission hospitals. After our time at CHOSEN, we will enjoy the water and slides at Splash Lagoon. Plan to leave from the church at 10:00. We will return home in the evening.
Old Union will hold its annual Lego Tournament on Saturday, January 12. Dozens of young builders (1st through 6th grades) will gather in our fellowship hall and basement for competitions and activities to encourage fellowship and creativity. Space is limited, so sign up soon! Speak with Peter or sign up in the lobby if you would like to help with registration, lunch, or if you would like to be a judge.
Old Union will host a domestic violence awareness and prevention workshop sometime in January or February. VOICe (Victim Outreach Intervention Center), Butler County’s agency to support victims of domestic violence, will run the workshop. Watch for the date and more details to come.
Break the Habit! Free Tobacco Cessation classes will be held at the Butler YMCA on Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00, beginning January 23, and at the Rose E. Schneider YMCA in Cranberry on Thursdays, 6:00-7:00, beginning January 24. Call 724-432-3474 for more information and to register.
Would you like to be part of a spaghetti dinner in February to raise money for Old Union’s mission projects? Speak with Peter if you are interested.
“Thanks to everyone who made the celebration of my twenty-fifth anniversary of my service as Old Union’s pastor such a wonderful event! It is a joy to serve the Lord together with you, and I look forward to what he has in store for us in the years to come!”
Be sure to express your thanks to our outgoing officers, for their service to God and our congregation.
Abena B., Jim C., Dottie G., and Lorene W. are each finishing six years of service on session. Ruth J. and Nancy K. are completing their service as deacons, while Mary M. is continuing for a second three-year term.
On January 6 we will install our new officers. Bill H. and Sally P. will join the session, and Dottie G. will join the deacons. Please pray for them as they lead us in service to Christ.
At press time, we have vacancies on session, deacons, and the nominating committee. If you are interested in serving, or if you would like to suggest someone, please speak with Nominating Committee chair Jill M..
THE STORY OF THE GUTENBERG BIBLE
During the Middle Ages, books in Europe could only be made by hand. They were rare and expensive, inaccessible for the vast majority of people. When Johannes Gutenberg invented the moveable-type printing press in 1454, books became affordable and widely available for the common person.
People could now read the Bible themselves, instead of relying on priests and other church leaders to interpret it for them. This direct access to the word of God generated independent thought and inquiry into faith, leading to the Protestant Reformation seventy years later.
The first book to be made on Gutenberg’s printing press was the Latin “Vulgate” Bible, which had been used by the Church for more than a thousand years. Translations of the Bible into modern languages such as English soon followed, leading to the King James Version in 1611.
In honor of his twenty-fifth anniversary as Old Union’s pastor, Peter gave the church an exact-scale replica of the Gutenberg Bible, which will be on display at the front of the church.
Old Union Presbyterian Church | 200 Union Church Road, Mars, PA 16046
724-538-8672 | OldUnionChurch@gmail.com
724-538-8672 | OldUnionChurch@gmail.com