MARK YOUR CALENDARS Anniversary/Reformation Sunday On Sunday, October 27 Starview UCC will be celebrate her 62nd anniversary at the 4832 N. Sherman Street Ext. address. It is also Reformation Sunday, which is the Protestant (non-Catholic) Christian holiday that commemorates a movement started in the 16 century by the German monk named, Martin Luther. In 1517, on Halloween, Luther nailed 95 Theses to the door of a church in Wittenberg. These 95 Theses expressed his concerns over corruption in the Catholic church. Luther wanted the Catholic Church to "REFORM" some of their practices. One of his primary concerns was the church selling "indulgences" to people in order to release them from having to serve penitence for their sins. Luther considered this to be an act by which people had to pay for their sins or tried to buy their way into heaven. For example, if someone confessed to the priest that they had sinned by stealing, the priest might require them to "donate" a specific amount of money to the church and/or tell the "sinner" that in order for their sins to be completely forgiven, they would have to go to a foreign land and help build churches for several years. This act of selling indulgences opened up debate with religious scholars during that time. The Catholic Church refused to "reform" and so a new religious movement began. It became known as the Protestant Reformation. Since the mid-16th Century it has been observed as an official holiday, but it's official date of October 31st was set in 1717. ____________________________ All Saints Day On Sunday, November 3, we will remember the saints of Starview UCC who have died since November, 2018. The term “saints” refers not only to Christians who have died, but also to those yet living and show extraordinary love for Christ in their lives. Please plan to be present to remember and celebrate God’s continued activity in the lives of the saints. We will remember and celebrate the gift of this life and eternal life, especially for: Louise Heindel October 17, 1954-February 7, 2019 These friends, who also considered themselves to be unofficial members of Starview UCC, will also be remembered: Raymond "Bud" Moyer (December 31, 1944 - November 6, 2018) and Margaret Stonesifer (May 15, 1927 - December 29, 2018).
The Community All Saint’s Day Service will be held at St. Paul’s UMC, 436 Board Road, Manchester on Friday, November 1 at 7 PM. ____________________________ Veterans Day Service In worship on Sunday, November 10 we will honor the veterans of our congregation and local community. On Wednesday, November 13, your mid-week after-school youth program (LOGOS) will be honoring our veterans as well, by inviting them to be their honored guests during Family (Dinner) Time from 6-7 PM. ____________________________ York Association Annual Meeting The Annual Meeting of the York Association will be held at Mt. Zion UCC, Ridgewood Road on Sunday, November 10 at 2 PM. Arrive at 1:30 PM and enjoy some light refreshments. Pastor Laura will be attending. TWO delegates are also needed. JoAnn Kreeger will be attending as the York AssociationPresident. ____________________________ Thanksgiving Service Sunday, November 24 we will hold our Annual Thanksgiving Worship Service. This year, some special guests will provide the sermon. Community Thanksgiving Service Tuesday, November 26 will be held at 7pm @ Otterbein UMC, Mt. Wolf. Pastor Mark Zortman will be preaching. ____________________________ Annual Fall Congregational Meeting Immediately after worship, on Sunday, November 24, we will hold our Annual Fall Congregational Meeting for the Election of Committee and Council Members and the Approval of the 2020 Budget. This is the day of our Thanksgiving Service, so afterwards we will gather downstairs for a time of fellowship around a light meal of soup and bread. ____________________________ Blue Christmas Service Sunday, December 1st @ 5pm Christmas can be a very painful time for some of us. It may be the first Christmas without a loved one or it may simply be a difficult time for any number of reasons. The constant refrain in shopping malls and eve our churches, about the happiness of the season and getting together wit family and friends only serves to remind many of what they have lost or never had. The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of loneliness—all of these can make us feel even more alone in the midst of celebrating. For these reasons, you are invited to a Blue Christmas service, which provides the space and time to acknowledge the sadness and concern. There will be prayer, scripture reading, music, and a candle-lighting that acknowledges God’s presence for those who mourn and struggle. Everyone, regardless of their church background (or lack of it) are welcome to attend this service on Sunday, December 1 at 5 PM. ____________________________ Christmas Caroling Immediately after worship on Sunday, December 8, EVERYONE is invited to go Christmas caroling to visit our "shut-in" or "homebound" church members. Afterwards, we will return to the church for hot chocolate and cookies. ____________________________ Christmas Cantata Sunday, December 15 the Chancel Choir will offer this year's Christmas Cantata. More details will follow in the November/December newsletter. ____________________________ Christmas Eve Candlelight Services with Holy Communion Tuesday, December 24 - at 6:45 PM, church members will provide special music prior to a traditional Service of Lessons and Carols which will begin promptly at 7 PM. ALL CHOIRS will provide music during the service.
Tuesday, December 24 - At 11 PM, church members will provide special music prior to a "Midnight Candlelight Service" which will begin promptly at 11:15 PM. At exactly midnight, the service will "pause", the chimes will toll, and the "Christ Child" will be carried into the service to signal the arrival of Christ and Christmas Day. ____________________________ Christmas Carol Sing Sunday, December 29 - A relaxed Christmas Carol Sing will happen as part of the worship service