Martin Luther King Day of Service
Monday, January 18th, 8:00 a.m., Unitarian Society of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Drive
Please join with neighbors of all faiths for a day of hands-on service. If you would like to help out, go to www.mlkphillyuus.org. You can see what projects are available this year by clicking on Volunteer. Then pre-register for a project by clicking on Pre-Register. Preregistration closes at 12:00 PM on Saturday, January 14th. On-site registration and check-in will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 16th. Coffee, bagels, and other light refreshments will be provided.
Help Stop Hunger - Saturday, January 21, 9:00 a.m.
First Presbyterian Church of Germantown, 35 Chelten Ave.
FPGC has invited us to join them in a meal packing event for the Stop Hunger Now organization. Stop Hunger Now distributes food and other life-saving aid to vulnerable children and families around the world, and works to help end world hunger. On that day we will package at least 10,000 meals but our goal is much higher. Each meal costs $0.29 and consists of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a packet of 23 essential vitamins and minerals. Donations are also welcome! This hands-on activity is a good way for older children and teens to see the church at work. More information to follow.
Sunday, January 29, After church in the Parlor
On Sunday, January 29th, the Session invites the congregation to a light lunch and panel discussion with people from POWER, Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild. The Session is considering joining POWER, at the recommendation of the Social Justice and Environment Committee. We would like the congregation to have a chance to hear about their work and what would be required if we joined. I have invited Alexander Gurney, who serves on Session and the Social Justice and Environment
Committee, to use the space in the “Pastor’s Pen” to say more. You may also learn about POWER at www.powerinterfaith.org We encourage everyone to attend and to bring your questions!
Annual Corporation and Congregational Meeting
The Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation will be on Sunday, February 5th, after worship for the purpose of electing officers, reviewing the budget, and hearing from the different ministries of the church. Committee and Board Chairs: submit your reports for 2016 by Friday, January 27th to Angela at (email@example.com) for inclusion in the annual reports of the congregation and corporation that will be available at the February 5th meeting.
Confirmation Class begins for Middle Schoolers
Confirmation class begins for 6-8th graders on the first Sunday of Advent, November 27th. Ben Brandt and Jared Whalen are lead teachers (with others helping). The class will meet during the Sunday School hour, and this winter will focus on the book of Luke as a way to explore questions of faith while gaining a deeper understanding of the life, death and resurrection of Christ. Thank you to Ben and Jared for taking on this commitment. We are excited! Cheryl Pyrch and MK Dean will be working with High School students beginning in January.
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