Indoor Worship
Service Times: Sunday 8:30 a.m. & 10:00 a.m.
100 Timothy Drive, Elizabeth, PA 15037 412-751-0511

Indoor Worship

In-person worship returns!

IN-PERSON WORSHIP – IN SANCTUARY

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24th 8:30 & 11:00 AM

LIVE STREAMING @ 11:00 AM

 

Sunday, October 24th – 22nd Sunday after Pentecost

Scripture Lesson – Mark 10:46-52 – “A Squeaky Wheel”

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  Church Youtube channel

(note: service may take a few days to be public when searching. Use the facebook link or our video list to get to the video soon after the service)

 

**PLEASE BE PREPARED TO FOLLOW THE CDC GUIDELINES BY WEARING MASKS INDOORS FOR THE ENTIRE WORSHIP SERVICE REGARDLESS OF YOUR VACCINATION STATUS.  THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO KEEP ALL IN ATTENDANCE HEALTHY.**

 

SERVERS – Sunday, October 24th   

8:30 am

Greeters/Ushers – Christine Ashton, Tim Durant

Attendance – Lynda Krol

11:00 am

Greeters/Ushers – Merle Shotwell, Fred Brassart

Attendance – Phyllis Chernicky

 

Online YouTube service can be accessed on our website www.chcumc.org and choose the option for Live Stream Series for a list of available dates, the Central Highlands Facebook Page or directly by searching Central Highlands Community United Methodist Church in YouTube.

 

WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS - WEEK OF OCTOBER 24-OCTOBER 31

Sunday, October 24 – Worship 8:30 & 11:00 am – Adult Sunday School 9:40 am

Sunday, October 24 – Youth Group 6:30 pm

Monday, October 25 – Audit-Gronlund Team 9:00 am

Tuesday, October 26 – Church Council 7:00 pm

Wednesday, October 27– Pastor’s Bible Study 10:00 am

Wednesday, October 27 – “Sweet Hour of Prayer” 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Thursday, October 28 – Hearts Afire Choir Rehearsal 6:00 pm

Thursday, October 28 – Shepherds 7:00 pm

Sunday, October 31 – Worship 8:30 & 11:00 am – Adult Sunday School 9:40 am

Sunday, October 31 – TRUNK or Treat 6:00-8:00 pm

STEWARDSHIP MOMENT- October is Stewardship Month

As we continue our Stewardship month, let’s resume our exploration of our United Methodist vows to faithfully participate in its ministries with our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service and our witness.  

Gifts – take some time to reflect and talk with God about all the gifts and talents with which you have been blessed and remember to give thanks to God for each of them.  Some of those gifts were given to you at birth, while other gifts have been cultivated throughout your life, and still other gifts are yet to be explored.  Some gifts are given to us to use for a little while, while other gifts are given for a lifetime. 

Contemplate upon what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 12:4-7

4There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord, 6There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.

7Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.

Open your heart and listen to how you can use those gifts wisely and share them generously for the good of the Body of Christ. Ask yourself, am I being a good steward of the gifts God has given?

REMINDER:  The “Raise the Roof” Campaign is ongoing – you can help restore the balance in the Building Fund by designating a portion of your giving to “Raise the Roof”.  There is always continuous maintenance for our beautiful church grounds and your donations will go a long way to be sure our building remains safe and secure.  Please mark your check or envelope with “Building Fund”. 

SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN—We are looking to open Sunday School for children on Sunday, November 7th.  For planning purposes, there is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex.  If you have children or grandchildren, we ask that you place their name, age and other contact information on those sheets.  If you are interested in helping, please see Karen Prescott.  It is important that we all grow in our faith, children and adults.  Other adult groups will also be opening up soon.  We continue looking at “The Purpose Driven Church” on Sunday at 9:40 and Pastor Steve’s Bible study on Wednesday at 10:00 am will be studying the Gospel of John beginning October 27th.  Bring your Bible and join the discussion as we explore God’s word. 

Pastor Steve is leading the Adult Sunday School class @ 9:40 am.  The study will be around the Rick Warren Book – “The Purpose Driven Church”.  The class is held in Fellowship Hall.  This class is for all Adults. 

 

Pastor’s Wednesday morning Bible Study meets at 10:00 am each week.  Everyone is welcome to join in.  Beginning October 27th, the group will start the study of the Gospel of John.  Bible Study has moved inside to the Bodnar Room.  Assignment for next week is to read the first Chapter of John.

 

ZOOM BIBLE STUDY has been suspended indefinitely.    

“SWEET HOUR OF PRAYER” – Wednesday, October 27th will be the last week.  From 6:00 – 7:00 PM the sanctuary will be open for silent prayer.  Come for a few minutes or come for the whole hour.  There will be no formal agenda, simply an intentional environment for you to speak to and listen to God without any distractions.  The altar candles will be lit, inviting the Holy Spirit to meet us during this time.  Soft instrumental music will be played.  We ask you to arrive and leave in silence out of respect for others.  Rev. Janet Lord is coordinating. 

The Youth Group will meet this Sunday evening, October 24th @ 6:30 pm.  Any youth grades 6-12 are invited to attend.  Questions—Contact Hannah Durant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Central Highlands will sponsor a TRUNK OR TREAT in our parking lot on Sunday, October 31st from 6-8 pm during the Elizabeth Township Trick or Treat Hours.  Bring your treats and greet the children. There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex for those that plan to participate.  

Wreaths Across America – The Wreaths Across America campaign will begin this weekend.  We will be collecting funds to support this worthwhile project of providing a Christmas Wreath on every grave of every fallen American hero in the National Cemeteries across the country.  The cost remains $15 per wreath or you can give whatever you can.  This year we will only accept donations in the form of checks made payable to Wreaths Across America.  If you would like your donation directed to our local National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, please make that notation on the memo line of your check.  An envelope will be provided in the next few weeks bulletins with deadline for all donations on Sunday, November 14th.  You can also mail donations to the church office. 

 

UMW is planning their annual Fall Fashion Show for Sunday, November 14th @ 1:00 pm in the Activity Center.  The theme this year is “Here Comes Santa Claus”.  Luncheon will be served.  Tickets are available from any member or in the church office for $10.00.  Queens Beads Boutique of White Oak will be providing the fashions and accessories.  Plan to spend the afternoon full of good food, fashions and fun!!

ANYONE WISHING TO BE A PART OF THE HEARTS AFIRE CHOIR is welcome to join Choir Director, Jennifer Herrington and the choir members on Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 pm in the Choir Room for rehearsal.  Any questions, please contact Jennifer @ (412) 352-2589.

The Evangelical Congregational Church 312 Olive Street in McKeesport is sponsoring a Stuffed Pork Chop Dinner on Saturday, November 6th from 4:00–6:00 pm.  The dinner is take out/curb side pickup only.  Reservations are necessary and can be called into Suzanne @ 724 864-3738 by October 24th.  Cost is $10.00 for Adults and $6.00 for Children.  It features homemade pies plus a bake sale.  (For curbside pickup, park in the lot behind the church and call 412 916-3300.) 

 Bethesda United Presbyterian Church, 314 Third Street, Elizabeth will hold their advance order apple dumpling sale.  The apple dumplings are $4.00 each and may be picked up on Saturday, October 30 from noon until 2:00 p.m. at the Church.  Orders must be received by Sunday, October 24.  The apple dumplings may be ordered “baked” or “unbaked and frozen.”  Please call 412-384-9616 to order.  Please leave your name, phone number, number and type of apple dumplings requested if you get the answering machine.  You will receive a return phone call confirming your order.  You may also drop your order off at the Church (white mailbox on porch if no answer) or mail your order to the Church.  You may pay in advance (check payable to Bethesda Board of Deacons) or pay on pick-up.  The order forms are on the table in the Narthex.

Bethesda United Presbyterian Church, 314 Third Street, Elizabeth will hold their 5th ALL CHRISTMAS FLEA MARKET on Saturday, November 20 from 8 am to 2 pm in their Fellowship Hall.  There is a large parking lot on the side and rear of the church.  Admission is free.  There will be a large selection of items for sale including Christmas trees and wreaths, baskets, indoor and outdoor decorations, decorative items, etc.  There is something for everyone!  A limited amount of homemade soups will be sold by the quart “to go”.  First come, first served. 

The Washington District School of Lay Servant Ministries will be holding classes this fall on two Saturdays – November 6th and November 13th at the First UMC in Washington, PA.  Brochures are in the Narthex with the full course offerings. The classes are open to any that would like to become/or remain Certified Lay Speaker or Lay Servant.  Classes can also be for your personal enrichment.   More information can be found at www.wpaumc.org/washington.

The Round Hill Clothes Closet is available to anyone in need of clothing for women, men and children.  Please pass the word that the clothing is free and food pantry access is not a requirement.  An appointment is necessary to shop and can be made by calling the RH Church Office (412) 384-5889.  Also, if you have donations to drop off, please call ahead to the Round Hill Church Office to be sure someone is there to accept your donation.  Please don’t leave them outside the door.  Jan Gronlund is the Clothes Closet Coordinator and would be happy to answer any questions.

MEALS ON WHEELS - Please consider volunteering for MOW!!  Contact Linda (412) 751-2230 or call Suzie in the office to get on the schedule.  Thanks to all who volunteer for MOW.  You are appreciated.  When you are speaking with family, friends and neighbors, don’t forget about the services of the MOW Program.  Meals can be provided daily, a few times a week, on a temporary basis following an illness or long term.  The price is $4.00 per day which provides a hot, freshly cooked delicious meal and bagged items including milk – all delivered right to the doorstep. 

 

Birthday Celebrations this week:  October 21 – Don Ulbrich, Darlene Andrews; October 23 – Tatum Stammer; October 24 – John Villella; October 28 – Ryan Hemminger, Evelyn Sweeney, John Walker; October 30 – Ella Heaton; October 31 – Ruth Krise, Allene McCall.  A very Happy Birthday to all!!  Please let me know of any birthdays that may not be part of my records.

Ruth Krise will be 92 on October 31st.  She remains in Grandview Estates and I believe they are still closed down for visitors.

On Thursday, 28th, my mom, Lois King, will be 95. 

Please keep the following members & friends and their families in prayer:

  • Prayers for Pat Lyle.  She is not feeling well and has also been dealing with the sale of Trisha’s home and cleaning out her things.  It has been a very stressful time.  We think of all of the family as Sunday would have been Trisha’s 50th Birthday.  We continue to pray for Pat and the children. 
  • Carol Barr is home recuperating following her time in Jefferson Hospital.  Her problem has been diagnosed and she is on the mend.  Prayers continue for Carol and family.  We hope to see her back soon. 
  • Linda Way, our MOW leader, had surgery last week.  She is home now and will be recuperating for a few weeks before she is permitted to return to work.  Linda is missed in the kitchen each morning.  Prayers for Linda;s healing.
  • Tom Coughenour is home from Jefferson Hospital.  Tom is dealing with multiple health issues.  Please keep Tom, Ginny and family in prayer. 
  • Judy Ulery’s sister, Viv Arendas, will be undergoing surgery on October 22nd.  Please keep Viv and family in prayer. 
  • A friend of Linda Vota, Fran Barron, needs our prayers.  She is currently in McKeesport Hospital with COVID.  Please pray for Fran and family.
  • I spoke with Shirley Shaffer this week and she reports that David Shaffer has been progressing with his therapy and treatments.  Continued prayers for David as he recuperates from his hospitalization. 
  • Please continue to remember the long list of friends and family members mentioned each week by Pastor Steve during worship.  Many are currently awaiting results and scheduled for testing and procedures.  Others experiencing COVID within their families, surgeries, cancers.  Please pray for these families and for the doctors and medical personnel caring for each and every one.
  • Continued prayers for our members and friends in senior facilities that are now closing because of COVID exposures.  Please reach out by phone or cards to those you know are in these facilities.  Please call the office for names and addresses if you desire to send cards. 
  • We continue to pray for all of the persons named on our Frontline Workers list - doctors, nurses, medical personnel, first responders, retail workers and all providing the much-needed services to the community during the pandemic.  We thank them for their dedicated service and pray for their safety and good health.  I will keep the list of frontline workers.  When and if there is a specific need, please let me know.

 

Intercessory Prayer List

Prayer & Health Concerns: Pat Lyle, Carol Barr, Judy Laughery, Linda Way, Liam, Erica, Niece Nancy, Nephew Brian, Tom Coughenour, Fran Barron, Rose Roberts, Donna Carney, Ian Gilbert, Viv  Arendas, Dave Shaffer, Susan Henry, Harriet Grant & Family, Becky Hrutkay, Brian Scott, Ann Bensema, Helen Markus, Dave Markus, Jerry Lazar, Waugaman Family, Dee Peters, Sandy Williams, Cheryl Courley, Mike Lattanzi, Henry Sproat, Ric Roberts  Family, Ken Stalowski, Russ’s Family, Landon, Clarence Hobaugh & Family, Vi, The Hopkins  Family, The  Michael Kochman Family, Nancy Shotwell, Bob & Nancy Hoffman, Marcy King/Burd family, Tyberius Ten, Ric Roberts parents, Sandy Wrona, Mike & Kyle, Penny Roemer, Nancy (Wendy Pezel’s Mom), Bobbie Carroll, Mia Gill, Linda Logue, Arlene Schlander, Dick Mayfield, Donna Newingham, Rubbie Greenewald, David Rusz, Lois Davis, Family of Mike Simon, Ruth Vuckovich,  Linda Schneider, Jennie   Carothers, Jennifer & daughter Sophia, Elaine Webster, Family of Trisha Ten, Kristy Hruska, Nancy Mihalko, Carrie States, Carolyn Svec, Sandy Williams, Linda & family of Bob Blakey, Family of Taylor (Husband Brandon), Marie Custer, Gerry Enlow, Roger Carothers, Kyle, Clarence Hobaugh, Family of Jeff School, Michael Bill  Family, Karnes Family, Elaine Ross, Wendy Mackey, Joan Cochran, Lorraine Ulrich, Barb Mayfield, Don Ulbrich, Ruth Brothers, Angie Vitullio, Charles & Son, Family of Jean Swartz, Karen Jones, Lauren, Karen & Family, Art Mackey, Carol Walker, Kosanovich  Family, Bob Forney, Maryann Shaffer (Nancy Starr’s  Mother), Dale Baumgartner, Scott & Kailey Johnston, Katie Ponsonby

   

Our homebound, nursing home and care center members:  Marie Custer, Ruth Krise, Lois Davis, Faye Puskaric, June Nock, Emily Moore, Gail Hankins, Carolyn Svec, Ed Gronlund

Those serving in the Military:  Seth Smith, John Anderson, Bryan Bound, Zach Lepley, Frank Coulter, Jared Booth, Joseph Puharic, Christian Painter, Chris McCall, Johnny Summers, Zach Trunzo, Tyberius Ten