News from the Cemetery Association…

Cemetery Association Annual Congregation Meeting will be Sunday, December 3 after Worship.  The Association Financial Report will be discussed along with election of Trustees.  (Budget is attached to Newsletter) Nominations from the floor will be accepted at that time but you must be present to accept the nomination.  We are looking for two people who would like to join the Trustees in keeping our cemetery running.



News from the FUN GroupPatti Mittl


 FUN Stuff

Bazaar & Filled Basket Auction

Saturday, November 11

Please plan to bring any filled baskets you would like to donate to the Church Sunday (Nov 5) before the Bazaar, or at least by Friday night (Nov 10) at 6:30pm…that’s when we’ll be arranging them for the basket auction.

We would love to have some homemade goodies for our bake sale—drop them off Friday night or early Saturday morning.

With your help we’ll have another successful Bazaar & Basket Auction this year!!




FUN Group has several social outreach projects available to you over the next couple of months, including an Angel Tree, and Share the Warmth.  Please feel free to participate in as many or as few as you feel comfortable with.



Angel Tree to Benefit Turning Point    

We will once again be hosting an Angel Tree to benefit Turning Point.  Look for the tree to appear on Sunday, Nov 12 after the Bazaar & Basket Auction.  Gifts should be returned to the Church no later than Sunday, December 3.




Share the WarmthDuring the month of December, we will be collecting new and clean, gently used items.  We will be collecting any warm clothing, including coats, hats, mittens, gloves and scarves for those in need of some extra warmth this winter.  The items can be any size…children or adult.  Please bring your donations to our Church no later than Sunday, January 7, 2018.  The items will be distributed through the Zionsville Area Food Pantry and/or Closet of Hope.

Hygiene Kits for Church World Service

Thanks to everyone who contributed items to be included in the Hygiene Kits.  We have completed 90 Kits!  Thanks again for your support in this project!



News from Music and Worship Committee…

Sunday, Nov. 12 following worship, we will be burning our papers with sins from the past year written on them in the little chimnea outside of worship.  Come to worship this day to send your past in smoke to our God and find cleansing renewal for the upcoming new year.


Mark your calendars!  Sunday, Nov. 26, Sharon Harfman from Amigos de Guatemala will be with us in worship to give us an update on the progress of the construction of the clinic as well as to sell some handmade items from Guatemala!!  Just in time for Christmas gifts!!  She will be selling them cash and carry before and after worship.  Tell your friends to join us!


As you consider beautifying our Sanctuary with flowers for 2018, we want you to know that you have options.  You can continue to place real flowers from George’s Greenhouse, or you can opt to place one of our lovely seasonal silk arrangements on the altar.  You won’t get to take the flowers but you will make the same donation to the church as you would for real flowers.  The donations will be put into a fund to fix and protect our stained glass windows.  If you have any questions, feel free to speak to Pastor Lori, Darlene Schmeltzle or Susan Jacobs.  Thanks in advance for beautifying our church.


White Gifts will once again be collected for the young adults (ages 12 - 17) at Bethany Ministries. The white gift service takes place on Sunday Dec. 10 at 10:15 a.m.  at our church.  Please only wrap your gift in white paper or not at all.  Bethany can only use NEW items to give to the students living there.  During worship, you will be instructed to come forward to share your gift while our young people will place them under the tree.  This has always been a very meaningful and wonderful part of our Advent celebration.  Wish list from Bethany is attached with this newsletter. Is anyone willing to take our white gifts to Bethany Children's Home in Womelsdorf during the week of Dec. 11 - 15 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.???


Make plans for Christmas Eve!!!   We have a regular schedule at church in the morning on Sunday, Dec. 24:  9 a.m. Sunday School, 10:15 a.m. worship- 4th Sunday of Advent.  5 p.m. will be our Wiggly Giggly Service especially geared for children and their families.  Our friend, Joel Shimer, is our guitar musician to lead the musical portion of this meaningful service where everyone can wiggle and giggle our way through the exciting Christmas story of Jesus’ birth.  7:30 p.m. (with bell choir prelude at 7 p.m.) is our traditional service of lessons, carols and candles, 11 p.m. is our mellow quiet service of scripture, carols and candles.


Bell Choir rehearsal is on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.  Choir rehearsal is on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. We are thankful for all of our choir members and their dedication, and honored to have Gerry Mosemann to direct the rehearsals.  If you would like to join either choir, please feel free to come to their rehearsals in the downstairs choir room and give it a try.  Bell Ringers are needed!



News from Social and Aid Committee…

Lunch will be served at the Craft Bazaar and Basket Auction.  Join us!


Beef and Corn Pie Fundraiser is beginning in December with orders.  Profits will go into the Window Fund to fix and protect our stained glass windows.  Beef Pies will be $6.00 each.  Corn Pies will be $4.00 each.  Orders must be received by Sunday, December 31, 2017.  Pick up will be on Saturday, January 13, 2018 (with a snow date of Sunday, January 14, 2018) between 10:00am and 12:00pm in the church downstairs social room.  Order forms are included with this newsletter.



News from the Outlook Committee…

All You Can Eat Breakfast - Saturday, November 16 from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  and will continue the third Saturday of each month.  Omelets are made to order.  Our buffet will include bacon, ham, sausage, eggs, French toast, pancakes, potatoes, chipped beef, toast, juice, coffee, tea, fruit cup and dessert. Come and enjoy this hot and wonderful breakfast served by our Outlook Committee.


Annual Cookie Walk - Saturday, December 9 from 8 a.m. till noon.  Homemade cookies and candy will be for sale by the pound.  A light lunch will also be available.  Bakers are needed to make their favorite cookies and bring them to the church by December 8th.  Orders are being taken for Cut-Out Cookies and Chocolate Covered Cherries with a deadline date of November 26th.  Order forms are included with this newsletter.  Call Darlene Schmeltzle at 610-966-5115 with any questions.  Pastor Lori will be having a White Elephant Sale during the Cookie Walk in the upstairs Social Hall.


News from The Village School…

We are off to a wonderful start for the 2017-2018 school year. Mrs. Yeakel, Miss Deb and Miss Judy have been having fun with our largest 2 year old class to date. Mrs. Yeakel and Miss Liz are  enjoying seeing the children in the 3's and Pre-k classes back this year and getting them into the school year routine.

We would like to thank everyone who supported our successful Apple Dumpling Fundraiser in October. We love that you support our school throughout the year, and can't thank you enough for always having big hearts and faith in our school. We will be having a pie sale in March for Easter!


In October, the 3's and Pre-k classes visited The Savidge Farms Pumpkin Patch. It has become a wonderful tradition for the Village School every fall as we start off the new school year. Fun was had by all. 


October is Fire Prevention and Awareness month. The Pre-k class visited the Emmaus Fire House and the 3's received a visit from the Upper Milford Western District Fire Company. 


As part of our Literacy Through The Arts Program, Miss Lily from Allegro Dance in Emmaus, will be visiting the 3's and Pre-k classes. The children always have fun when Miss Lily comes to the Village School and can't wait for the next time that she comes!


Thinking about flowers as a gift?  Use the coupons from Dan Schantz Greenhouse!  (enclosed with this newsletter and can be found at entrances at church and in the pews)  The Village School will receive a $2.00 donation from every coupon used.


The Village School is looking for people who would like to be on their sub list.  If you or anyone you know would be interested in subbing, please get in touch with Wendy at 610-965-4787 or Judy at 610-703-8354.

Sunday, November 5, 2017, 2:00 am clocks are turned backward 1 hour.  Set yours back on Saturday night before going to bed so you are not late for church!

Poinsettias Christmas poinsettias orders are now

            being taken!  You may drop your order with payment

           in the offering plate any Sunday by December 3rd.

          Order forms are enclosed with this newsletter.

Medicine Containers - We are no longer collecting orange medicine containers.  The charity we were collecting for has enough.  Thanks to everyone for contributing and to Julia Yeakel for spear heading this effort.


Eyeglass Donations - A collection box for used eyeglasses is at the front door entrance of the Sanctuary.  The Lions Club appreciates your donations.


In order to be reimbursed, or to receive credit as a church donation, original receipts for labor and materials purchased on behalf of the church must be received in the office within 60 days of the date from purchase or by January 10, 2018 for purchases in November and December, 2017.


Lost and Found – Do you sometimes find things missing?  You forget where you left something?  We have a Lost and Found box you could check anytime – it is located on top of the mailboxes across from our upstairs bathroom.  If you don’t see what you are looking for in the box, ask Pastor Lori, we may have it in the office.  We have a few things in there under lock and key!!