This Week’s Prayers: (Please submit to Church office or write on sheet in Narthex.)
For Hope and Healing: Naomi Finney (recently hospitalized, now home recuperating); Janet Sadjian (severe pain due to compressed discs in lower back) Jim Foulke (friend of Sharman’s and Mathers’); Jeff DarDenne (friend of John Ekey); Barbara Daugherty (sister-in-law of Hank & Laura, undiagnosed heart condition); Charles Sievers (@ Brookside); Arlene (friend of Heather Dalton, on the loss of her mom); Brian Finney (cont’d recovery from heart surgery); Alyssa Bucher (granddaughter of Blanche Erwin); Nadzeya Maroz (God’s blessing while looking for new apartment).
For members of our military serving abroad and their families: specifically, for Joe Kane on his recent deployment to Afghanistan.
For Comfort in a Time of Loss:
The Miller family on the death of Richard Sullivan Miller, Jr. (aged 56), former member of WGUMC, on 1/4/20. A service was held on 1/10 at First UMC of Muncy, PA. He is survived by his parents Aline & Richard Miller Sr. A lengthier obituary and expressions of sympathy/condolence can be found and shared at: www.grenoblefuneralhome.com
The Keckler family on the recent death of Barbara Keckler (friend of Barb & Chuck Staley).
The family of Kathy Harrod on the death of her mother, Mary Harrod. A memorial service was held on Saturday, December 28th in Ohio. Condolences can be sent to Kathy at: 28 Patterson Avenue, East Norriton, PA 19401.
Note of Thanks:
“Dear Church friends, Since I haven’t been able to get out to church, I was pleasantly surprised to see the church come to me. On Friday evening a group of energetic carolers came and heartily sang Christmas carols outside of my house. Thank you all for the gift of song and the beautiful poinsettia plant. May Jesus bless you all richly in return for sharing His love with me. ` Janice Boehm”
From Pastors Lorelei and Jane, Gayle, Kathy, Wendy and Roy: “Our sincere thanks to the congregation, for your kind and generous gift to each of us. Thank you also for the individual expressions of appreciation for our service in 2019.”
Sunshine Member with New Address: Ann Boyer, 1320 Mill Road, Belle Haven Nursing Home, Room 48-2, Quakertown, PA 18951. There is a card in the Narthex for all to sign.
Monday, January 13th 9:30 am Keeping Your Balance 6:30 pm Girl Scouts 7:00 pm TOTAL Class (Hank & Laura’s home) 7:00 pm New Initiatives Meeting (Kitchen or Rm TBD) Tuesday, January 14th 10:00 am Reflections on Faith & Art: “Examining Social Justice in Arts” 7:00 pm Faith and Art – repeat/ identical session Wednesday, January 15th 3:00 pm Sung Kwang Pres. Church 6:30 pm Crossroads Rehearsal Thursday, January 16th 6:00 pm Naranon Anniversary Meeting (Fellowship Hall) 6:30/7:30 pm NO WGUMC choirs, resume next week (1/23) Saturday, January 18th 8:00 am Crossroads Rehearsal 1:00 pm Private Party (Fellowship Hall) Sunday, January 19th 9:15 am Sunday School 10:00 am Coffee Cart & Singing and Ringing 10:30 am Worship (with message by Rev. Rick Sivers) 1:00 pm Sung Kwang Pres. Church and Naranon Workshop 5:00 pm Friendship Meal (Winter Foods: soups, stews, casseroles) 7:00 pm Philomusica Rehearsal (sanctuary for 1/26 concert)
Announcements & Thank Yous
UMC Press Release statements available: Following last Friday’s announcement, 1/4/20, of a proposed plan to be taken to General Conference in May 2020, which may result in a denominational separation (or “split” as referred to by many media sources), the full Press Release and our Bishop Peggy Johnson’s response have been posted on the bulletin board. The Pastor and Church Council welcome any continued questions which this press release may have created, and would like to stress that no separation and/or “split” has as of yet been adopted. Also, along with these statement, the statement of identity and summary of our own WGUMC process and conversations thru 2019 is also available. In this time, it remains important that we are in continued prayer for the General Conference which is to come, as well as for our witness a local church and our leadership through this time.
Reflections on Faith & Art Series continues: Our 2nd Tuesday series will continue in January, with classes at both 10am and 7pm. In honor of the Martin Luther King holiday, our first session, held on January 14th, will be entitled “Examining Social Justice in the Arts.” Pick up a brochure in the Narthex and invite a friend!
ATTENTION PARENTS of Minor Children: As part of the ongoing implementation of our updated Safe Sanctuary Policy (which addresses Child-Safety issues and the protection of Vulnerable Adults) we now require parents/guardians to sign-in and sign-out their children (infant thru 4th grade) for all regular programs and events. Such programs include Sunday School, Singing & Ringing, Nursery, and Children’s Church. All classrooms serving these age-groups (Nursery, PreK-K, K-4) have clip boards just inside the doors for such sign-in and sign-out purposes. The Children’s Church sign-in sheet and clip board is located at the rear of the church – on yellow paper. All parents and guardians will now be required sign-out children for each activity, and/or grant written permission for teachers to provide escort to an immediately following activity. Children will only be released to those persons parents/guardians explicitly specify. Any questions can be directed to Pastor Lorelei, the office, or Ted Abel as our recent Safe Sanctuary trainer. Thank you.
SAVE PENNIES for the MILK MONEY PROJECT The Kindergarten-Elementary Sunday School class is saving pennies for the Milk Money Project sponsored by Heifer International throughout January. A little milk money can change a lot of lives in the southern highlands of Tanzania, where it costs $2.00 for a week for a student to receive milk. Please help by saving pennies. Place them in the Narthex or in Room 201.
Giving Tree Thank You: Thank you to our many members who participated in our December Giving Tree, which collected over a total of 5+ bags of hats, gloves, scarves and various other items of clothing were collected and donated. Of the donations, Blanche Erwin remarked that included were over 100+ hats, many of which we hand-crocheted or knit, and done so with tender kindness. We are pleased to share that this year’s recipients include McClure Elementary School in Philadelphia (a previous field education placement of Kaitlyn Hunt – and recently in the local news for asbestos remediation) and families and neighbors of the Casa del Pueblo ministry of Lehman Memorial UMC. May these simply gifts bless their recipients richly.
Closing of Davisville Road: Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA is planning to close Davisville Road between Terwood and Byberry Roads beginning Monday, February 17, for roadway and culvert construction. The closure will be in place 24/7, weather permitting, thorough Friday, May 15. Local access for resident and businesses will be maintained – but PennDOT advises motorists to allow extra time when travelling due to backups and delays.
Information regarding Snow & Weather-Related Closings: Decisions about holding Sunday services will be made by 6:00 am Sunday morning. Please call the church office for a message on the voicemail, and check your email for a message from the church. You can also check the church Facebook page and/or website. KYW News Radio and CBSPhilly.com will be called and notified in extreme circumstances – but should be a last resort for members to ascertain closure announcements. Info. related to cancellations of small group ministry and rehearsals should be directed to the coordinator or leader of that group. The church office will follow the Upper Moreland School District schedule related to closure or delayed openings (i.e. If a 2-hour delay is called, the church office will open at 11 am.)
Upcoming January Administrative Meetings:
Monday, January 13th – 7:00 pm New Initiatives meeting (note new date)
Wednesday, January 29th – 7:00 pm Church Council meeting (note new date)
In The Community
Lunch & Learn: Multiple Sclerosis – Friday, January 31 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm at the Community Room of the Super Giant Food Store, 315 York Road, Willow Grove, PA. Join us for a lunch and learn session. Learn about multiple sclerosis as well as current and emerging treatments. Lunch will be provided. RSVP at email@example.com by January 24.