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January 21, 2021

Scripture Reading

1 Samuel 3:1-10
John 1:43-51

Rev. Nancy Mikoski

Rev. Casey Aldridge; Dr. Christine James (Seminary Intern), John Coats, Bob Fletcher, and Nathan and Tressa
This Sunday worship will take place over Zoom, beginning at 10:15 am. It will include the "Ordination and Installation of Elders and Deacons"

If you are listed in the church family directory with an email, you will receive a link on Sunday morning. If you want to receive this link and have not, please contact the church office at

There will be no recording of this worship and no bulletin. All elements with worshiper participation will be on the screen. You may also share joys and concerns live.

How to access worship by telephone is communicated directly to our seniors. If you need this information, contact the church office at

Morning Prayer
"As I rise this day, O God, I give you thanks for breath and life, for the people I will see today, for family, neighbors, and friends, and for those whose ways are challenging to my serenity. Help me to give thanks especially for the people who pull me to new understandings and show me sides of life that I have not known or do not welcome. Urge me to follow you today; in Jesus' name. Amen."
Evening Prayer
"As the evening comes and the time for rest draws near, O God, I give you thanks for another full and mystifying day. I have not done everything I had hoped to do. I have not forgiven myself or others as I ought. I ask now that you, who know me through and through, will lead me to let go of what I cannot change and seek anew tomorrow for a more enlightened path. I long for your guidance and your care. Guard my sleep, and let me rise renewed; in Jesus' name. Amen."
Source: Feasting on the Word Year B Volume 1 Kimberly Bracken Long, editor. WJK. Louisville. 

News . . .  Briefly
  • In case you have difficulty reading off the computer screen or will be on the phone, the Affirmation of Faith and Apostles' Creed follows:
Affirmation of Faith

The great ends of the church are:

   The proclamation of the gospel for salvation of humankind;
   The shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God;
   The maintenance of divine worship;
   The preservation of the truth;
   The promotion of social righteousness; and
   The exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world.
      (Source: PCUSA Book of Order F-1.0304 )

Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;  from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
  • This is a list of the officers who will be ordained and installed:
Deacons to be ordained and installed:   Kristin Fechter and Barbara Sergeant
Deacons to be Installed: Chris Larthey, Clark McAvoy, Kathy Pietras, and Jason Wisinski
Elder to be ordained and installed: Bill Traubel
Elders to be installed: Sarah Gregg and Dee Norris
  • When the screen during worship over Zoom is being shared for music or for a slide, participants see all of the viewers in a column.  If the column of 'pictures' blocks a portion of your screen, here are two ways you can move it:
1.) At the top of that column is a black line/bar.  To move that column out of the way, click that bar and drag it out of the way. (When you have the bar grabbed, a 4 pronged icon will pop up and you know you can move the area you are targeting.)
2.) In that same black line/bar, there are several icons: a small line, a small rectangle, two lines, and a grid.  Click the small line.
  • Look for a letter from the church to your home about the Matthew 25 initiative. The letter answers common questions about what becoming a Matthew 25 church means in the lives of our church family. The letter should arrive by early next week at the latest. If you have not received a letter, please contact the
  • We continue to need a volunteer to cover the church office desk in support of PPNS on Thursday and Friday mornings. The most crucial times are from 9-11:15 am on Thursdays. You may volunteer for one week or for multiple weeks. There are safety procedures in place and you will be alone in the office and behind a plexiglass shield. The office is not open to any unscheduled visitors at this time. The key duties are to sign for a very occasional package or answer the phone. (You have access to remote support from Eva.) Your presence is just in case so that Hope Anderson may handle her PPNS duties uninterrupted. Contact Jane Simpson if you can make time available to help with this mission. Thank you for considering this.
  • Virginia Silliphant's family asked to share this note of thanks: "Thank you to Barbara Pratt and all of the Parish Callers for the lovely birthday cards you sent Virginia Silliphant in celebration of her 92nd birthday.  She loves each one and keeps them on the coffee table in front of her chair so she can enjoy them over and over again.  We appreciate being part of a loving and caring church family! Your support and kindness are especially meaningful as Virginia transitions from home to assisted living."
  • If you missed the Justice Concert, you may still enjoy it on YouTube.
  • There is still a chance to read and reflect on the prayers and recollections the PPC Mission, Peacemaking, and Justice Committee and the Pennington Interfaith Clergy Group assembled Here is the link for the PPC document. This is a link to the interfaith document previously distributed by email on the 16th.
  • Please remember that diapers are still needed by HomeFront. Please leave them in the bins at the front of the church or in between the double glass doors off the courtyard. HomeFront continues to need all sizes but particularly the larger sizes. Thank you for your efforts in support of the neediest in our community.
  • Additional support is still needed for the traditional college student packages. Please learn more below.
  • All child, youth, and adult Christian Education programs continue over Zoom. See the recurring schedule at the end of this newsletter.
  • For youth programs, please contact Rev. Casey Aldridge, or if you are already registered, look for his emails.

2021 College Care Package
In years past the Deacons’ Heart Tree allowed the PPC congregation to sponsor Care Packages that were delivered to our young-adult members who were attending college, working from home or working elsewhere.  This year, due to COVID-19, there will be no Heart Tree, so we ask for your help by making monetary donations either by check or by using the Donate Now button at the top of the website. Please make sure you write “College Care Package” on the check memo line or in the Donate Now Notes section. Your donations will be used to buy food items and gift cards as well as to offset the cost of shipping.  All donations are due by Sunday, Feb. 7, so that we can purchase the items, package, and ship.  Please contact Ron Russell or Kathy Pietras with your questions.
Pray for our Community ...
  • Our neighbors at the St. James Roman Catholic Church
  • For our new government that they may serve us all well and faithfully
  • Our healthcare workers who are doing heroic work as the pandemic continues to accelerate
  • All those suffering from COVID19 or who have lost family and friends to COVID
  • All those developing, approving, manufacturing, transporting, receiving, and  administering the COVID19 vaccines so that this pandemic may be controlled
  • All those suffering the many forms of insecurity due to COVID19 and all those who are helping
Continue to Pray for …
Galen Meyer and his family; Edna Neu; Barb Sergeant; Jean Cooper's family and friends; Ruth Morewood's family; Cindy Reeder; Evelyn Marion Keneman; Virginia Silliphant; The family of Dorothy Bryan; the family of Alice Blackwell; Don Trismen; Edna Stout; Robin Hepburn; Elsa and Charles Koczan; Melanie Parsons; Bob Macek; Shirley Norton; Corinne Beyer; Bill Sherman; Marji McAvoy; Hal Wittlinger; Marge Ryan; David Anderson; Michael Berkowitz; Karen Kelly; Dawn Cocco; Bob Fletcher; Dee Wilson; Caroline Woodward; Jayne and Jay Neary; and all families who are grieving and lonely.

Pray for Our Church Family ...
We pray each week for those listed alphabetically in our church family directory. This week: Dusty Mulder; Chris Murphy, and Jon and Murf Butler; Jay and Jayne Neary; Allison, Mark, Fred, and Elizabeth Neary; Edna Neu; Frank and Kim Newport; Tim, Dee, and Rachel Norris; Nat and Shirley Norton.

Pray for the People of the World …
Please continue praying for the world. All nations are being impacted by the pandemic, on top of the daily universal challenges that include climate change, and economic, food, and physical insecurity. 

Prayer Chain ... 
Contact Nancy Lehman to request prayers. She will distribute the request to the PPC's Prayer Chain. If you want to use a telephone, please call Barbara Pratt.

Let us Pray in the Name of Jesus Christ ... 
"Eternal almighty God,
We praise you for raising to life again our crucified Lord,
Because in that death and resurrection we have new life.
Life to be lived in knowing the one who knows us so well,
Life where all we had done wrong has been put right with you,
Life whereby the Holy Spirit’s presence we are being put right,
Being made whole, called as witnesses to your compassion in Christ.
Life that because it comes from you is eternally lived with you.
We humbly acknowledge all you have done for us.
Real and honest God,
We know that you see us, we know you know us.
We cannot hide from you, so we open ourselves up to you.
Search us and reveal our ways and thoughts to us
Where we have sinned and done wrong. O Lord, we ask you to forgive.
Where we have left your good undone, we ask you would forgive.
We thank you that because you are faithful and just that we are forgiven.
Change us, O God; turn us from our ways to seek and follow yours.
Help us to live out the good news of your just and righteous love, "



Recurring Schedules at a Glance

It's never too late to sign up for any Christian Education, Youth Group, or other repeating events. You may send an email to to be put in contact with the program leader.
Sunday Schedule

9:00-10:00 am - Adult Education: Bible and Theology on Zoom
9:15-9:45 am Age 3 - Grade 4 Church School and Music with Mr. Phil on Zoom
10:15 am  Worship via our website or on Zoom (contact the church office to receive links to worship over Zoom or by telephone)
11:30 am - Virtual Coffee Hour on the first Sunday of the month (Find the link on the online worship page.)
11:30-12:30  Grades 5-8 Church School on Zoom
11:30 - 12:30 Grades 9-12 Church School on Zoom
6:30-7:30 pm Sunday Night Central Youth Group (grades 5-8) on Zoom

Youth Group Events 
Please contact Rev. Casey Aldridge, Youth Minister, if you are interested in programs for young people in middle-school and high-school. Registered youth and their parents will receive an invitation to Church School and youth activities with the link to a Zoom meeting.

Weekday Christian Education and Fellowship Events

Wednesday, 9:30-11:30 am, Shalom (a women's study group) on Zoom) Contact Madeleine Mansier if you are interested in joining. (final 2020 meeting on 12/16; 2021 starts Jan. 6)

Thursday, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, Racial Equity Discussion Group (formerly the Wednesday afternoon group) following Eddie Moore Jr's "21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge."  Contact Nancy Schluter.

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