"LAWN RANGERS"; volunteers who generally work with trimming of the grass, hedges and general landscaping will resume work in the Spring.
Wednesdays With Larry Larry and a few other volunteers meets each Wednesday morning to address a wide array of maintenance projects throughout our church building. If you would like to be a part give us a call; 412-264-0470 ext. 10.
Office Assistants If you have skills and/or interest in helping out at our church office, please give us a call. 412-264-0470 ext. 10.
Willing Workers Our church is a large facility with diverse opportunities for volunteers. If the above mentioned times and opportunities are not within your schedule, again, give us a call, leave a message and we’ll be blessed to coordinate volunteer opportunities with you.
FURNACE REPAIRS our heating system is requiring some further repairs/updates. Our heating contractor will be installing 3 new commercially rated thermostats, one new valve control motor, cleaning several furnace room clogged lines and several clogged valves, plus cleaning and adjusting of the burners in each of our boilers. Additionally, thanks to a generous donation, one additional new boiler will be installed. Our heating system is designed to function with 9 boilers. Currently we have one new boiler, plus one additional new boiler to be installed. These updates will leave us with 2 new boilers, 5 older/functioning boilers, and 1 old boiler beyond repair/not working. During the next five years, our Session hopes we can receive enough donations, plus our fundraisers, to install 7 additional new boilers. Each boiler is $6,500.00. If you are able to contribute any amount to the Furnace Fund, your church shall be blessed.
UPCOMING 30-MINUTE BIBLE STUDIES During the Advent Season, four (4) 30-minute Bible studies will be offered. We will be following Charles Dickens' long-standing movie: "A Christmas Carol." Our four 30-minute studies will review:
1) Scrooge (Bah Humbug!—Selfishness);
2) Marley and the Ghost of Christmas Past (Regret);
3) Ghost of Christmas Present (Repentance); and
4) Ghost of Christmas Future (Salvation).
Each 30-minute 'class' will be offered on the following dates and times:
Saturday evenings: 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
November 30, December 7, 14, 21
Sunday mornings: 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
December 1, 8, 15, 22
All meetings will take place in the Praise Center. We will be using the display screen as part of our Bible Studies. Please feel comfortable to attend one or more of our 30-minute Bible Studies this Advent/Christmas season.
BIRTHDAY CAKE FOR JESUS It has been a while since we last assembled a gigantic birthday cake for Jesus. We will be making a birthday cake 4 feet wide by 8 feet long. We will need 25 white sheet cakes (9 x 13 pans) iced with white icing. All 25 cakes will be brought to the church on the day of our Advent Dinner (December 1). The cakes will then be assembled. "Happy Birthday Jesus" will be written across the cake. We will then sing Happy Birthday to Jesus. Afterwards we will share in some of Jesus' birthday cake. Then a few volunteers will load the remaining cakes to be taken to The Light of Life Mission (a homeless shelter) on the North Side of Pittsburgh.
LIVING NATIVITY Our Annual Living Nativity will take place Friday, December 6, from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Please sign up if you are willing to wear a costume and serve as a Biblical character at this year's Living Nativity. Characters participate for 30-minute segments. Spread the Word!!!
SET-UP FOR LIVING NATIVITY The shed which houses our Living Nativity will be set up on our church lawn on Saturday, November 30, at 9:00 a.m. Please stop by if you wish to assist.
HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS/BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE Each year, as the holiday seasons of Thanksgiving and Christmas approach, good souls are faced with loss or hardship. On Sunday, December 15, at 2:00 p.m. our church will once again be offering a time
of worship for all who may have suffered loss from illness, death, divorce, job loss, or are feeling alone for the holidays. "Comfort, comfort my people says the Lord." Please join us, or come with another soul who
needs hope for the holidays. Please feel comfortable to bring a picture of your loved one to display during the service.
OUR NEW SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS/JUNIOR CHURCH has been quite successful. Junior Church occurs during our worship hour. Children, ages 4 and older, are to meet with their family for the beginning of our worship service. Following our sharing in 'The Lord's Prayer' and the Children's Moment, children, age 4 and older, may follow a teacher out of the sanctuary to the Lower Parlor for Junior Church. The basics of our Christian faith are being taught in a joyous manner. Please encourage our children to attend. Laurie Zickgraf and Sarah Zickgraf are leading Junior Church.
COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING WORSHIP SERVICE We are invited to an Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service at the Felician Sisters on Monday, November 25, at 7:00 p.m. Rev. Tom will be the preacher. Come and meet others who share our Christian faith and love as we worship the Lord together and 'give thanks.'
THE WEST HILLS FOOD PANTRY is sponsored by all of our churches in the Moon and Coraopolis areas. This past week more than 200 families have come to the Food Pantry in need of food and other household supplies. Your donations of food, canned goods, and paper products are much needed and sincerely appreciated. Financial contributions further enable our Food Pantry to purchase needed food items at a discounted price. Items needed during the month of November: Canned vegetables, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie filling, boxed potatoes, stuffing, paper products. Please pray for the many volunteers, contributors, supportive churches and clients who receive from our West Hills Food Pantry. A wholesome Christian Mission to support.
GIFT CARD DONATIONS NEEDED FOR TURKEYS Our West Hills Food Pantry is requesting $20.00 gift cards from area stores to be used for purchasing turkeys for our 200 plus families needing help for the holidays. Please call the church office or place gift cards within an offering envelope marked "Turkey Fund." God will bless our Thanksgiving efforts.
MEALS ON WHEELS Join other homebound seniors or disabled adults in receiving well-balanced, nutritious meals delivered to your home on a regular basis. Available to adults of any age or income. A meal is delivered directly to your door every Monday through Friday. You will receive a warm smile from a friendly face. If interested in enrolling yourself or a loved one in Meals on Wheels, call Barb at 412-262-5973.
THANKSGIVING DINNER PROVIDED FOR WEST HILLS RESIDENTS
The CORAOPOLIS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH is beginning an annual tradition of hosting a COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER for those individuals and families who are in need or who want a warm and friendly place to enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner and fellowship. This Thanksgiving Dinner will include a full-course traditional turkey dinner with desserts and beverages on Thanksgiving Day from 12 Noon – 5 p.m. A 36-inch flat screen TV will also be available for attendees and volunteers to watch Thanksgiving Day football as part of the fellowship opportunity. Area residents wishing to attend are asked to please call the Church at 412-264-3727 to make a dinner reservation or for further information. The CORAOPOLIS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH is located at 1205 Ridge Avenue, Coraopolis, PA 15108. We urge you to please encourage those individuals and/or families who might be in need or who would benefit from this Thanksgiving Day fellowship opportunity to attend. VOLUNTEERS - Those who would like to volunteer to donate a turkey, or to cook a turkey, or assist on Thanksgiving Day, please call the church at 412-264-3727. THANK YOU!!!