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MaineSource Giveback Rewards Program

Church of Christ Uniting is now signed up for the Maines “MaineSaver” Giveback rewards program. This program is an ongoing fundraiser that allows nonprofit organizations to receive a percentage of all purchases made by their participating members. Anyone can join, and it’s free-of-charge, so feel free to give to friends and family.

It’s easy! Fill out the member application (attached below) and drop it off at MaineSource, the church office, or in the Sunday collection. (Each individual should have their own card rather than a family one.) Then, the next time you shop at MaineSource, pick up your MaineSaver Giveback Card and give it to the cashier at check out. Every six months, Maines will send COCU a check for 5% of our members total spending at MaineSource.

MaineSource is conveniently located at 900 Rutter Avenue in Forty Fort (just off of Welles Street, behind the Beer Deli). It is a large grocery store and party warehouse that offers small and large quantity items at very affordable prices. There is no membership fee. They are open to the public.

For more information about this program, please contact the church office.

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This Week at COCU (2/21/2016)

Sunday,                       February 21

10:00 a.m.                   Worship /Sunday School
11:00 a.m.                   Membership Directory Pictures – Fellowship Hall
11:00 a.m.                   Fellowship Hour – Fellowship Hall
11:30 a.m.                   Adult Sunday School Class – Lukens Lounge
11:30 a.m.                   Communication Meeting – Education Office
11:30 a.m.                   Education Meeting – Janjigian Room
11:30 a.m.                   Congregational Life Meeting – Conference Room

Monday,                      February 22

1:00 p.m.                   Staff Meeting – Conference Room
6:00 p.m.                   Yoga – Janjigian Room

 

Wednesday,                February 24

8:00 a.m.                   Prayer Breakfast at Ollie’s
6:30 p.m.                   Girl Scouts
7:00 p.m.                   Choir Practice – Fellowship Hall
7:00 p.m.                   Stitch Ministry – Education Office

 

Thursday,                   February 25

                                         NO LUNCH BUNCH THIS WEEK
  5:00 p.m.                   Picture Taking – Fellowship Hall

 

Friday,                        February 26

9:00 a.m.                   Girl Scout Cookie Distribution – Fellowship Hall

 

Sunday,                       February 28

10:00 a.m.                   Worship /Sunday School
11:00 a.m.                   Membership Directory Pictures – Fellowship Hall
11:00 a.m.                   Mission Lunch Fellowship Hall
11:30 a.m.                   Adult Sunday School Class – Lukens Lounge

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Rally Day & Sunday School News

Mark your calendars for the beginning of the 2015-2016 Church and Sunday School Year.  Rally Day will be held on Sunday, September 13th.  We will be handing out bibles to all of the 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th grade students during worship.  During Fellowship Hour on September 13th, information will be displayed on upcoming church projects and group studies that the church community can be involved in throughout the year.  The Director of Christian Formation, Lesley O’Boyle will be available for Sunday School registration and to answer any questions you may have about the Sunday School or youth program. 

Sunday School for all ages will begin Sunday, September 20th.  Sunday School for children in Preschool through 12th grades will be held during worship.

If your child is in 5th, 6th or 7th grades they will be part of the confirmation class in the 2016-2017 year.  The last confirmation class went through a year of prep work prior to their confirmation class year.  This additional prep year was found to be very helpful with their faith development and also helpful in the development of the friendships within the class.  This prep work was all done during Sunday School but used a confirmation curriculum which is more faith developing and in-depth than a regular Sunday School curriculum for their age.  They also worked on service projects, created their own classroom space and had fellowship time together.

If your child is in one of these classes please talk to them about this opportunity which will be afforded to them again this year.  Please express to them that this is just the beginning of a lifetime of exploring their faith and connecting all of what they learn to issues going on in their life.  If you and your child would like to look over the curriculum or ask Lesley O’Boyle, Director of Christian Formation, or a previous student questions about the program please feel free to email Lesley at lesley@cocu4u.org or visit her on Rally Day in Fellowship Hall.

 

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May Worship

May 3–  Church Without Walls Sunday

We will gather at our usual time 10am for prayer and praise in the sanctuary- but our sermon will be doing mission projects in fellowship hall, and throughout our community!

May 10– Mother’s Day Remembered; Choirs Celebration Sunday

Scriptures:  Acts 10: 44-48 Gentiles receive Holy Spirit; John 15: 9-17 Love one another
Sermon:  Staying Connected
Hymns:  Now Thank We All Our God; Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior; More Love to Thee, O Christ; When In our Music God is Glorified

May 17– Confirmation Sunday- Celebration of the Lord’s Supper

Scriptures:  Acts 1: 15-26 A new disciple chosen; John 17: 6-19 Jesus prayer for disciples
Sermon:  Not the end, but Beginning
Hymns:  I Come With Joy; God is Here; Wash, O God, our Sons and Daughters; Come, Let Us Use the Grace Divine

May 24–  Day of Pentecost

Scriptures:  Acts 2: 1-21 The Spirit rests on disciples like tongues of flame; John 16: 4-15 Jesus promises to be with them in the gift of God’s spirit
Sermon:  Holy Spirit!
Hymns:  God of the Ages; Come, Holy Ghost Our Souls Inspire; Holy Spirit, Truth Divine

May 31– Trinity Sunday

Scriptures:  Isaiah 6: 1-8 The prophet is called by God who fills the temple; Romans 8: 12-17 Paul describes life in the Spirit; John 3: 1-17 Nicodemus is told by Jesus to be born of Spirit
Hymns:  Holy, Holy, Holy; We Believe in one true God; Come Thou Almighty King

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Mary’s Group April Meeting

All are invited to join Mary’s Group for their April Meeting on Tuesday, April 14th at Fire & Ice Restaurant, Route 309, Trucksville.  Devotions will begin at 5:00pm followed by dinner and part 1 of our new study, “Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers” by Anne Lamont.

Please RSVP to Donna Dickinson at 570-696-2539 by Monday, April 12th.  Cost of the book is $11.00.  Orders are needed ASAP so that you have time to read pages 1 through 40 prior to our April meeting.

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains- where does my help come from?  My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”- Psalm 121: 1-2

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November Worship Schedule

November 3

All Saint’s Sunday- Communion and Prayer of Remembrance

Scripture:  1 Thes. 4: 1-12 Living a life that is pleasing to God and Luke 19: 1-10 Zacchaeus

Sermon:  Saints Go the Distance

Hymns:  709 Come, Let Us Join our Friends Above; 708 Rejoice in God’s Saint’s;

711 For All the Saints

1:00 P.M. American Guild of Organists meeting at COCU

November 10

Veteran’s Day Remembrance- Stewardship Sunday

Scripture:  Haggai 1: 15b-2: 9 Rebuilding the Temple and Luke 20: 27-38 Questions of Resurrection

Sermon:  Building for the Present- and Future

Hymns:  581 Lord Whose Love in Humble Service; 399 Take My Life and Let it be

Consecrated; 593 Here I Am, Lord

November 17

Annual Meeting of the Congregation following worship for the purpose of electing officers and setting the terms of call for the pastor

Scripture:  Isaiah 65:  The glorious new creation and Luke 21: 5-19 Destruction of the Temple

Hymns:  577 God of Grace, and God of Glory; 592 When the Church of Jesus; 571 Go Make of All Disciples

November 24

Christ the King Sunday- The Rev. Roger Griffith is our guest preacher for the day

Scripture:  Jeremiah 23: 1-8 Restoration after exile and raising up the line of King David and Luke 23 Jesus on trial before Pilate is declared to be the King of the Jews

Sermon:  What do we mean when we call Jesus ‘Lord’?

Hymns:  131 We Gather Together; 157 Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun; 716 Rejoice the Lord is King

 

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October Worship Schedule

October 6

World Communion Sunday & Presbytery Day at Camp Lackawanna

Scripture:  Luke 17: 5-10 & 2 Timothy 1:1-14

Sermon: A Little Bit Goes a Long Way

Hymns:  Christ for the World We Sing; For the Fruits of this Creation; Sheaves of Summer; In Christ There is No East or West; Let There Be Peace

October 13

The Reverend Lenard Buxton will be preaching.

Scripture:  Luke 17: 11-19 & 2 Timothy 2: 8-15

Hymns:  Praise to the Lord, the Almighty; Stand By Me; My Hope is Built

October 20

Stewardship Kick Off Sunday

Scripture:  Luke 18: 1-8, 2 Timothy 3: 14- 4:5 & Jeremiah 29: 1, 4-7

Sermon: The Power of Persistence

October 27

Reformation Sunday & Church of Christ Uniting’s Anniversary Sunday

Rev. Susan Wonderland, Associate for the Synod of the Trinity, will be our guest preacher.

Scripture:  Joel 2: 23-32 & 2 Timothy 4: 6-8, 16-18

Sermon:  Living Lives Pleasing to God- An Offering of Praise and Service

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Join us for the Adult Education Class meeting at 11:30 a.m. each Sunday morning!  Grab some refreshments during fellowship time, then come into Luken’s Lounge where you will be enriched by a variety of material and presenters!  This month we are discussing Mike Slaughter’s Shiny Gods.  Mike, a United Methodist pastor took his congregation from a small church of 125 in Ginghamsburg, Ohio into a thriving mega church with thousands worshiping each week.  This DVD centered discussion asks us to look at all the shiny gods we have substituted for the Lord of heaven and earth.

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Week Beginning 6-02-2013

Sunday,          June 2

  9:00 a.m.       Bible Study – Lukens Lounge
10:00 a.m.       Worship
11:00 a.m.       Fellowship Hour
11:30 a.m.       Adult Sunday School Class – Lukens Lounge

Monday,         June 3

11:00 a.m.       Lunch Bunch – Lukens Lounge
  4:00 p.m.       Stephen Ministry Meeting – Lukens Lounge
  6:00 p.m.       Yoga – Janjigian Room

Tuesday,         June 4

10:00 a.m.       Book Group – Lukens Lounge
  1:00 p.m.       Circle of Grace – Lukens Lounge
  6:00 p.m.       Women’s Fellowship Spring Fling – Fellowship Hall

Wednesday,   June 5

  8:00 a.m.       Prayer Breakfast – Ollie’s Restaurant
  7:00 p.m.       Compassionate Friends

Sunday,          June 9

  9:00 a.m.       Bible Study – Lukens Lounge
10:00 a.m.       Worship
11:00 a.m.       Fellowship Hour
11:30 a.m.       Adult Sunday School Class – Lukens Lounge

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PA Property Tax or Rent Rebate Program 2012

This program benefits eligible Pa residents age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older and people with disabilities age 18 and older.

The deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2012 is
June 30, 2013.

This program is based on age and income. This year’s maximum income for the rebate is $35,000 for Property Owners and $15,000 for Renters

You must provide a copy of your Medicare Card, Driver’s License, both copies of your paid 2011 taxes and renters should have a “Rent Certificate” signed by your landlord. If your spouse passed away during 2012 you must provide a death certificate.

You must provide a copy of all household income and one half of your Social Security as well as any withdrawals from an IRA, annuity, Vets Disability Benefits, Civil Services, Benefits, pensions and any wages or gambling or Lottery winnings.

It usually takes 120 to process your claim. Rebate checks are sent out the first week in July.

Booklets, paperwork, and assistance on this program are available courtesy of John O’Rourke, Volunteer Senior Advocate. John can also handle requests for help with the forms or questions about the rebate program. To schedule an appointment, please call 287-1102 and ask for John O’Rourke.

Note: If you received a rebate last year you should receive a 2012 booklet in the mail.

Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

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Benefit Luncheon for Judy Durso

Judy Durso BenefitDate: January 27, 2013
Time: 12:00 noon
Where: Fellowship Hall at Church of Christ Uniting, Kingston

Menu: Ham, Scalloped Potatoes,Green Beans, Salad, and Deserts

Judy is a lifelong resident of Kingston and a member of Church of Christ Uniting. She has been suffering with Emphysema which is a type of C.O.P.D for 18 Years. Emphysema destroys the lungs significantly over time. Judy requires a lung transplant and has been listed as a candidate on the transplant program at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Proceeds from this luncheon will help offset out-of-pocket expenses not covered by insurance. Particularly the necessary Medivac Helicopter to transport her to either hospital for the transplant.

Tickets for the Luncheon are $10.00 and may be
purchased at the Office, from Charlie Dancheck,
Bob Staley, Matt Pawloski or Judy’s place of business:
Super Styles Hair Salon
545 Northampton St.
Kingston

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Ruth’s Place Walk-A-Thon

Many thanks for your generosity in giving toward furthering Peace and Justice on World Communion Sunday. COCU’s locally designated proceeds from this offering will be donated to Ruth’s Place.

About Ruth’s Place

Many people think of a shelter as a place where homeless people go to get a bed and a meal, but so much more is needed to break the cycle of homelessness.  Ruth’s Place: House of Hope in Wilkes-Barre puts homeless women’s lives on a new path.

Homeless women are frequently the victims of violence and abuse; they may suffer from severe mental illness or addictions; and they are vulnerable to exploitation every day they are on the street.  They need a supportive, caring environment that acknowledges the depth of their trauma.  More importantly, they need assistance and counseling that addresses the root causes of their homelessness.  We invite you to be a part of this vision and end homelessness in Luzerne County.

Since 2003, Ruth’s Place has provided shelter to 1,515 women. In the past year we have helped place 83 women into permanent housing—where they have remained.  But despite these successes government support for homeless services has dwindled dramatically.  We need your help to assist these women.

Walk-a-thon

On Sunday, November 4, from 1:00-3:00pm, the shelter will hold a rally and walk-a-thon to educate the public about the plight of the homeless.  The walk, “A Mile in Her Shoes,” will start at 1:00pm on Wilkes-Barre Public Square and will go past the many agencies and sites that the homeless must visit every day to survive.For contact information call 570-822-6817.  For more information and to download pledge forms and releases, please visit:  www.ruthsplace.com.

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PA Property Tax or Rent Rebate Program 2011

This program benefits eligible Pa residents age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older and people with disabilities age 18 and older.

The deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2011 is
June 30, 2012.

This program is based on age and income. This year’s maximum income for the rebate is $35,000 for Property Owners and $15,000 for Renters

You must provide a copy of your Medicare Card, Driver’s License, both copies of your paid 2010 taxes and renters should have a “Rent Certificate” signed by your landlord. If your spouse passed away during 2011 you must provide a death certificate.

You must provide a copy of all household income and one half of your Social Security as well as any withdrawals from an IRA, annuity, Vets Disability Benefits, Civil Services, Benefits, pensions and any wages or gambling or Lottery winnings.

It usually takes 120 to process your claim. Rebate checks are sent out the first week in July.

Booklets, paperwork, and assistance on this program are available courtesy of John O’Rourke, Volunteer Senior Advocate. John can also handle requests for help with the forms or questions about the rebate program. For John’s direct contact information please call 287-1102 or 287-1915 after 3pm.

Note: If you received a rebate last year you should receive a 2011 booklet in the mail.

Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

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LIHEAP 2012

PA Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) opens again on November 1, 2011 through March 20, 2012 for Cash Component. Crisis Component-Crisis Exceptions Program will operate from November 1, 2011 to January 1, 2012. Regular crisis closing dates of March 30, 2012.

Anyone who received assistance from LIHEAP last year should receive their application in the mail for 2012.

To qualify you must meet the income brackets and provide the necessary documentation for all household income to the department. You must attach a copy of your main heating source to your application with the other documentation. Send the name and address of the utility company or fuel dealer to whom you want the payment sent. If your heat is included in your rent, attach a note from your landlord stating that the heat is included as well as what type of fuel is used. If you have a second heating source, attach your last bill for your main and second heating source. Check the appropriate box on the application for second source.

Household Size
– 1 person: $16,335
– 2 persons: $22,065
– 4 persons: $33,525

Anyone who has questions or wants help filling out the application for the LIHEAP Grants may contact John O’Rourke at 287-1102 or 287-1915. John will furnish the applications and all necessary paperwork to anyone who qualifies for 2010/2011. Please call for an appointment.

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Disney Youth Educational Series (Summer 2012)

Local seventh, eighth and ninth grade students will once again have an opportunity for a one-of-a-kind educational travel experience to Walt Disney World in the summer of 2012.  Students can participate in a Disney Youth Educational Series where specially trained Walt Disney World Resort facilitators use a captivating mixture of thought-provoking information, hands-on experiences, and fun to involve students in the learning process.  The trip will be chaperoned by our own Les Nicholas, an award-winning teacher with over 30 years of experience with student travel.  For more information, visit www.teentravelcamp.info or call Les at 288-7122.

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Free Pasta Dinner for Victims of September Flood

Ken Bond, the owner of the Pierce Street Deli in Kingston, will be hosting a free pasta dinner for victims of the September flood. The event will take place at the deli, Sunday, September 18th, 2011 from 5:00 – 6:30. Ken will be offering 200 dinners and they will be first come first served. If you know of anyone that has been a victim of the flood please pass on this message.

The Pierce Street Deli is located at 517 Pierce St., Kingston, Pa. 18704.  For more information please visit their website at http://piercestreetdeli.com/.

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