Greetings, Blessings, and GOOD NEWS! May you be blessed by this weeks readings, and enjoy reading this weeks edition of GOOD NEWS. We hope to see you at our first potluck of 2015, this Saturday, January 17.
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|This weeks readings:|
Take time to mediate on God’s word and prepare for worship this Sunday. And as you meditate on them, consider the question of the week: “How do we, as disciples of Jesus Christ, hear that word of God and put it into practice in our lives? What will I do this week to help another and be of service?”
1 Corinthians 7:32-35
His work is full of majesty and splendor, * and his righteousness endures for ever.
He makes his marvelous works to be remembered; * the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.
Life was not easy for the Jewish remnant that returned to Jerusalem after the exile to Babylon. Their neighbors were often hostile, the Persian officials were not always cooperative, and the economic system was difficult. Ezra the scribe and prophet Haggai describe some of these problems in their books and point out that the Jewish people were not always faithful to the Lord or generousness with each other. This is why God withheld his blessing. This psalm may have been written by one of the Levits to remind the people to put the Lord first and to trust in him to meet all their needs. -Warren Weirsbe
A GOOD REMINDER FOR US TODAY AS WELL!!!
|BLESSING OF THROATS AFTER SERVICE IN COMMEMORATION OF THE FEAST OF ST. BLASÉ|
St. Blasé was the bishop of Sebaste in Armenia during the fourth century. Very little is known about his life. According to various accounts he was a physician before becoming a bishop. His cult spread throughout the entire Church in the Middle Ages because he was reputed to have miraculously cured a little boy who nearly died because of a fishbone in his throat. From the eight century he has been invoked on behalf of the sick, especially those afflicted with illnesses of the throat
|Bring your Psalms!!! Feb 8 or 15|
In preparation for Ash Wednesday on February 18, we ask that you bring back your old palms on Sunday, February 8 or 15.
As is tradition, old palms are burned and the ashes used on Ash Wednesday.
|Friday, February 6 – 7:00 pm – First Unitarian Church|
In Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story, former U.S. Navy SEAL Christopher Beck embarks on a new mission as Kristin Beck. Kristin’s journey in search of the American ideals that she protected have a whole new meaning as she lives her life truthfully as a transgender woman.
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Berks County 416 Franklin Street, Reading, PA 19602(610-372-0928) will be hosting a showing of “Lady Valor” on Friday, February 6 at 7pm, free and open to the community – with a general sharing of reaction/responses to the film afterward.
Reading Pride Celebration wishes to thank the First Unitarian Universalist Church for the invitation to the community for this showing and conversation of a film dealing with transgender issues, so important to our LGBTA+ Community.
|TO CANCEL SERVICE or NOT?|
How you can be sure!
The freezing weather on Sunday morning kept some people home from service – and we understand! Better safe than sorry!
Certain members of the board have been tasked with making the decision to cancel services or not. We try to carefully watch the weather, predict what might happen by 1pm
service time, and make a careful decision. If canceled we will post as early as possible on our Facebook Page, send an email, and we do have an account with channel 69 news and you can see those closings at wfmz.com
Of course if power or internet becomes a problem, you may also call the church phone and the voice mail will be updated as well. If your still not sure, then always better safe than sorry. Spend some time meditating on the weeks scriptures in the safety and warmth of your home.
How are you doing answering this past week’s question
of the week from the bulletin?
“How will Jesus’ words today move me in this coming week to a commitment of belief and witness, compassion and service?”