All Saint’s Sunday
All Saint’s Day is celebrated on November 3, with All Saint’s Sunday occurring on November 3. Brownback’s will commemorate those who have passed away during this past year.
Mark your calendars now for the annual church bazaar on Saturday, November 9, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Lunch is served from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. The Fellowship Hall will be filled with attic treasures, baked goods, crafts, toys, plants, and books.
Sat., 11/2 – Set up tables
Sun., 11/3 – Move Attic Treasures to Fellowship Hall tables
Mon, 11/4 – Deadline for Attic Treasures donations
Fri., 11/8 – Deadline for dropping off baked goods
Sat, 11/9 – The bazaar begins!!
Many volunteers are needed to help sort through the donations. Contact Michelle Kullen or Greg Siwik if you can help.
We cannot accept donations of electronic devices such as televisions and computers. Due to safety regulations, we are also unable to accept baby car seats and booster seats.
Plan to do some baking for the big day, too. Pies are always a big hit – at the Bake Table and as dessert after lunch. Drop your baked goods off at the church by Friday evening, 11/8. If you’re crafty, crafts are also always needed! Then, come and enjoy the big day – our Holiday Bazaar on November 9.
The Missions Committee of Brownback's United Church of Christ is challenging church members to donate 50 boxes of instant mashed potatoes (water base) for Holiday Boxes to be distributed to the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities. The Missions Committee will match the 50 boxes, which will equal 100 boxes for PCRC client holiday meals. The collection will run from Sunday, November 10 until Sunday, December 8.
Samaritan Purse’s Christmas Shoeboxes
Samaritan Purse’s Christmas Shoeboxes for Children are due at Brownback’s by Sunday, November 10. They will be dedicated during our Worship Service on November 17. A sincere “Thank you” to all who contributed to this mission project.
The men of the church are invited to breakfast at The Ridge Restaurant on November 11 at 8:30 AM. Breakfast is BYOB – Bring Your Own Bible. We will discuss Luke 21:5-19.
Mission Project: Operation Christmas Child
Again, this year, we are involved with packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, a mission of Franklin Graham, who is the President of Samaritan’s Purse. This is a good way to get involved in the evangelism and discipleship of children around the word and to give them much needed items which they don’t have and can use.
Fill a shoebox with items for a child at home or overseas. Labels, shoeboxes, and a list of unacceptable items and suggested items to pack, are on the table in the Fellowship Hall. We are starting the project now while school supplies, flip flops, and other items are on sale.
All “completed” Boxes are due back at the Church the week of November 11th; they will be dedicated during the Worship Service on November 17.
Hanging of the Greens
Our annual service of The Hanging of the Greens will be held on Sunday, December 1 during the 10:00 am Worship service. Plan to be with us as we decorate our Sanctuary for Advent and Christmas. Come learn the significance of each type of greenery, as the youth of the church help to decorate the Sanctuary.
Kids’ Christmas Musical
The Kids' Christmas Musical will take place during the Worship Service on Sunday, December 8. This year's show is titled CAKE: Christmas Acts of Kindness, where a group of students is given a group project over Christmas Break that encourages them to show God's love and kindness to all. Mark your calendars to come out and support the kids in sharing a relevant message for all ages! Rehearsals will be starting soon!
Young at Heart
Our next Luncheon and program will be held December 12th. Elva Hurst will present “Chalk Talk,” an old art form using florescent chalk, with music, sound effects, and narration; an exhilarating experience. She will also share her life in Lititz on her 48 acre “Plain and Fancy Farm” with art studio, gift shop, and art gallery. This will be a wonderful introduction for us to the Season of Christmas.
Christmas Eve Services
Brownback’s UCC will have two Christmas Eve services this year on December 24. A Family Service with communion will be held at 6:15 pm, while the 8:00 pm service will be a Traditional service of readings, carols, and communion. Look for more details in the December issue of News & Views.