Newsyletter          November 16, 2020

WORSHIP ONLINE ONLY via Zoom or Facebook

Due to the dramatic rise of COVID cases in Orange County and the nation, on-site worship services are suspended 

until further notice. This was a difficult decision, especially considering the holiday seasons are upon us, but the health and safety of our congregation and their families must be our top priority. Online services will continue on  Zoom and Facebook. We encourage everyone to join the Zoom services! In addition to interactive worship, each service is followed by lively conversation at our virtual coffee hour. It is a great way to see and chat with one another!

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING – VERY IMPORTANT! This Sunday, Nov. 29, there will be a congregational meeting after worship to elect Officers. 

FOOD PANTRY: this week, Monday and Wednesday, from 9:30-11:30 am. This is our last distribution for November. There will be changes in protocol, since we are now in the Yellow Zone for COVID. We will no longer put out clothing and items for people to look through. We have bedding to hand out as requested. We also have coats, mittens, scarves, and hand warmers ready to distribute. Edwina made some beautiful and functional winter-wear. 


Thanks to the Food Box, we have extras of boxes of 100% grape juice, green beans, and cereal cups. Thanks to Councilman Scott Manley, we have 100 face masks we can distribute. Thanks to our congregation, we have plenty of cookies to add to our bags. They do look delicious! Thanks to our bag packers for leaving us with our bags for this week.


We have not stopped our mission. We cannot do any of this without all of you and the parts you play in allowing our on-going distributions. Kathy and I are so grateful for all your help and support. Debby and Kathy.

FUNDRAISER – Congratulations! Jeff and crew raised for their successful fundraiser. Over 100 dinners were made! Our thanks to all who gave their time and energy to this fundraiser. The money will be distributed to the Food Pantry, Buildings & Grounds, and Deacons.  

DEACONS: An Opportunity to serve Union Church, there are seats to fill on the Board of Deacons. Their vision is re-developing Fellowship in a digital era. You are needed! Please call Janice Anderson with questions or interest.


CHRISTMAS Season preparation is upon us and although we won't have in-church services we would like to maintain the tradition of Advent, marking each week as we approach Christmas. We are looking for one family each week who would be willing to do this at our Zoom service. Rev. Peter Surgenor has the readings prepared and Advent wreaths and candles waiting in the Church office for the lovely families who will volunteer to do this! Please call the office 562-0954, Rev. Peter Surgenor, or Libby Szymanowicz. Advent starts next Sunday!

COMMITMENT: Have you returned your pledge cards? This information is essential in helping to prepare the Church budget for next year.

PASTOR SEARCH Update: We have interviewed a prospective candidate for Union Church. We are also waiting on one other to submit their information to us. We are excited by the current interview but would like to speak to at least one other before moving forward. We are very hopeful to have a Pastor or Commissioned Ruling Elder (CRE) soon or by the end of the year. The committee wants to thank Rev. Surgenor for his assistance to us. 

News and Prayer: If you have articles for the Newsyletter or prayer requests, please contact Nancy. 


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