SUNDAY WORSHIP AT OLD UNION
September 1: “Worship as You Work:” Read Matthew 5:13-16
September 8: 11:00 worship resumes: Read Psalm 86 and Matthew 14:22-33
September 15: Mission trip presentation
September 22: Read Luke 23:1-25
September 29: Read Isaiah 55:1-7, James 4:1-3, and Psalm 73:23-28
Sept 1: Velma N.
Sept 8: Becky M.
MISSION TRIP PRESENTATION
On Sunday September 15, members of the mission team that went to North Carolina in August will share their experiences. Come to find out how Old Union Church has helped to “encourage one another and build each other up” more than 500 miles away!
Are you interested in joining Old Union Church and becoming an official part of our family? Are you a member but would like a “refresher” about what church membership means? Speak with the pastor, who will begin a membership training session soon.
September 1 is our last day of summer schedule, with worship at 10:00. Beginning September 8 we will resume our regular Sunday morning schedule with Sunday School at 9:45 and worship at 11:00.
Years ago, Old Union had a group named “Helping Hands,” which met occasionally to take care of some maintenance and updating for the church facilities. The session would like to bring Helping Hands back to life, and we’re looking for at least six people who would like to take part. If you’re interested or would like more information, sign up in the church lobby or speak with Carrie M.
WORSHIP AS YOU WORK
“I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work…” (Eccl. 3:22)
Take part in Old Union’s observance of the Labor Day weekend by wearing your work clothes to worship on Sunday September 1. Your “labor” may be a job that earns a paycheck, work in and around your home, or studies in the classroom. Join us as we celebrate the many forms of productivity that God gives to us!
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SUNDAY SCHOOL BEGINS SEPTEMBER 8
Sunday School is your opportunity to
Join us for a fellowship dinner after worship on September 8. If you are able, please bring a dish to share.
Old Union Church will not be working with a student pastor this school year. The student who was going to join us has withdrawn from seminary.
Mark your calendar! We’ll be making apple dumplings on Friday, October 4, to be sold at the Mars Applefest the next day. You can sign up to donate supplies and to lend a hand on Friday morning. If you’ve never joined us before, we’ll teach you how!
The Mars Home for Youth will have a Harvest Open House and Car Cruise on September 28, 11:00-3:00. The event is free. Go to learn more about one of our local mission projects!
Beginning October 1, Old Union will hold a three-part video series to challenge our faith. The video presenter will be Danielle S., a Salvation Army officer and best-selling author with global mission experience, who trains, advocates, and inspires people to live differently. Watch for more information, and invite your friends to join us!
The church nominating committee is beginning its work to identify and invite people to serve as officers for our congregation: session members, deacons, auditors, and nominating and manse committee members. Please lift up the committee in prayer as they seek God’s guidance If you are asked, please spend time in prayer and conversation with your family to see if this is an opportunity for you to live out your faith in a new way.
The Hymn Society of the United States and Canada announced in July that the winner of its “Greatest Hymn of All Time” contest is “Holy, Holy, Holy.” With more than 800 people participating in a March-Madness-like bracketing competition, “Holy, Holy, Holy” beat out “Amazing Grace” in the second round, 70% to 30%. What do you think is the greatest hymn of all time? Tell Peter, Charlene, or Cindy, and we’ll be sure to sing it this fall!
MISSION CO-WORKERS IN GHANA
We pray weekly for Josh H., one of our denomination’s mission co-workers in Ghana. In the past year, Ruth B. has also begun work in Ghana, focusing on community health evangelism programs. Ruth visited Old Union last year before beginning her work. Josh and Ruth have now been joined by John E., a long-term volunteer who be working to address issues of systemic poverty. He supports the work of several church-affiliated programs that provide mentoring and job training for young adults, and also a church program that supports the elderly. As we continue to pray for Josh, let’s also remember Ruth and John’s work.
If you would like to place an announcement in the weekly worship bulletin, please send it to Linda W., our secretary, by placing it in her box in the church office. Linda will need to receive it by Wednesday morning in order for the announcement to appear in the next Sunday’s bulletin.
Linda Wright, our church secretary, prepares our monthly newsletters, and is eager to receive material for it. If you have something that you would like to have included in the newsletter, please get it to her by the 15th of the month. You can place it in her box in the church office.
Old Union Presbyterian Church | 200 Union Church Road, Mars, PA 16046
724-538-8672 | OldUnionChurch@gmail.com
724-538-8672 | OldUnionChurch@gmail.com