Beth Coffman, Editor                                                                                                  October 2019

…..from the Interim Pastor’s desk

October is my favorite month, especially here in the New York State where Indian Summer gives way to crisper days and the hills are soon ablaze with color. I was delighted to find the trees along the Taconic Parkway already turning when I drove to Freedom Plains earlier this week to be formally received as a member of the Hudson River Presbytery. I suspect the peak will arrive just before our Harvest Fair on October 18 and 19.

I am amazed to realize that my first month among you has already passed. It has been a busy time of getting to know your names and faces and learning some of the basics of life at Union Church. I was delighted at the return of Rick Coffey and the choir on September 8; they add immeasurably to our worship. I’ve enjoyed gathering on Wednesday evenings with the hearty group of biblical scholars that are pondering the week’s sermon text. It was especially gratifying to meet with the trustees and begin mapping out the next steps on the path to Union Church’s new permanent pastor. Selfishly, I hope we don’t cover the ground too quickly, as Sarah and I are finding life in Pocantico Hills to be very agreeable indeed.

You may be wondering what you can do to help. Participate! The Harvest Fair will be a major opportunity for Union Church to welcome our neighbors and show the community that God is at work in this place. Let’s all be there. There is nothing more important for a church in transition than that its people show up and demonstrate their love for the church and confidence in its future. And don’t forget Sundays. A full, engaged congregation on Sunday mornings invigorates everyone, and liveliness begets liveliness. Make your voice heard and your presence felt!

See you in church!

PREACHING
SCHEDULE
Oct 6 “Why Church? Mentors”
 Luke 17:5-10; 2 Timothy 1:1-14
Oct 13 Guest Pastor – Rev. J. Bruce Baker
Oct 20 “God Keeps Coming” Jeremiah 31:27-34; Luke 18:1-8
Oct 27 “Poured Out Psalm 65; Luke 18:9-14
FELLOWSHIP HOUR VOLUNTEERS
(after 11:00 service)
Oct 6 Sledge
Oct. 13 Sunday before Fair
Oct. 20 Sunday after Fair
Oct. 27 OPEN

Please consider hosting a future Fellowship Hour.  The last Sunday in October is open as are many dates in November and December.  If you have any questions, please ask any Deacon or the Church Office.  The sign-up sheet is on the door in the coffee serving window.  Thank you!!

HARVEST FAIR

THE HARVEST FAIR IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18,  9-5 AND SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 , 9-4. 

UCPH is a flurry of activity these days, thanks to a hard-working militia of members and friends that are working non-stop to make this highly anticipated event possible!

Don’t miss out on the special fellowship of this great weekend –as always, there’ll be lots of treasure (and good company) in Antiques, Books, Clothing, Flowers, Furniture, and White Elephant.

Be sure to bring your appetites this year too, since we’re partnering with several popular Food Trucks for a cornucopia of good eats!

Sales volunteers are needed in every department and to help direct parking – sign up in the fellowship hall and join in the fun.    

DEADLINE FOR DONATIONS

The deadline for bringing in donations is Sunday, October 13th. Thank you!

HARVEST FAIR WORKER PARKING

You are requested to park in the meadow behind the church, which is accessed by the Carriage Road immediately to the Right of our Parking Lot entrance nearest the Fire House.  There is limited parking behind the Christian Ed Building and Manse.  Please do not block the drive for it is used to pick up furniture.

BAGS  NEEDED FOR HARVEST FAIR

We are in need of large and medium paper shopping bags if you have any extras at home.

FINE ARTS EVENT – MARK MORGANELLI JAZZ CONCERT

Mark Morganelli will be performing a collection of Brazilian and classic jazz standards on Sunday, November 10th at 3:00 in the Sanctuary with a reception to follow in the Parish Hall.  Tickets can be purchased for $10 each in advance on Sundays after worship services, reservations can be made by calling or emailing the church office (914.631.2069/ beth.ucph@optimum.net).  Tickets should also be available at the door on the day of the event.

PRAYER REQUESTS

Prayers continue to be requested for Pheobe Luciano who is in rehabilitation after a serious car accident.

If you wish to request the prayers of the congregation, please contact the church office at beth.ucph@optimum.net or 914-631-2069. 

EMAIL ADDRESSES

If you are not currently receiving emails from Union Church, please consider providing us with your email address.  We do not send an excessive amount of emails but we do   communicate some things by email that we do not send out in print.  It would be up to you if you wish to receive the Tower Chimes in print or only by email.    Please send to the church office at beth.ucph@optimum.net.