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January 16, 2021

Tomorrow at 10 a.m. we celebrate Baptism of Christ Sunday on Facebook and YouTube. We will hear the story of Jesus’ baptism in the River Jordan and remember our own baptisms. Have a bowl or cup of water nearby as you worship. 

Blessings,
Pastors Cecilia & Jameson
(484) 548-0033
pastor@newcreationucc.org
We will be holding a Budget Q&A on January 17th at 11am following the LiveStream worship. We will then have a Congregational Meeting on January 24th at 11am following the LiveStream worship to approve the budget.
 
Telephone Zoom Login
+1 929 205 6099
Meeting ID: 829 2410 2211


Online Zoom Login
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82924102211
Meeting ID: 829 2410 2211
 
The proposed budget is attached HERE for your review. There will be hard copies available under the Portico starting Thursday 1/14. Please share with those who do not have email access.
Annual Giving Statements
 
If we have your email address, you should have received your annual giving statement for New Creation on January 12th. If you did not receive it, please contact the church office or Craig Hill (485chill@gmail.com). Members for whom we do not have email will receive their printed copies with a mailing before the end of January.  If you know of anyone needing the paper copy sooner, either contact the office or Craig, or you can ring the office doorbell on Tuesday mornings from 10:00 - 11:00 am and we will bring it out to you. The building remains closed beyond essential business.
From the Spiritual Life Committee:
 
There are Upper Room devotionals for Jan. & Feb., Advent devotionals & your personal Star Words for 2021 in the plastic bin under the church portico. Please feel free to help
yourself to these items.
Click HERE to view the church calendar and don't forget to email Karen, the church secretary with committee meeting times so she can keep the calendar updated.

Update from the Reopening Taskforce

 

The Church Reopening Taskforce at New Creation was created to construct a comprehensive plan for reopening of the church building and set policies to govern the use of our physical facilities. We have met on a regular basis for the past 5 months to plan and create how best to resume the normal everyday functions of New Creation.Unfortunately, in October after only a few weeks of having in-person services, we were regrettably forced to suspend operations due increasing severity of the COVI19 epidemic.  Much prayer and thoughtful consideration went into this arduous decision. Multiple factors were used including: guidelines of Federal and State Health agencies, local health statistics and trends in case volumes, hospital occupancies and testing results available to the general public. Since that time, the Church building is only being used for most basic functions of preparing worship, carrying on essential functions of our Church’s mission and upkeep of the physical facilities of the building. The Taskforce is continuously reviewing the information available to best determine when and how to reopen all of New Creation.  The safety our Church members remains our utmost priority as we continuously are re-evaluating how best to continue the in-person facets of New Creation’s larger mission. We will continue to provide updates and look forward to a brighter future.

The Reopening Task Force
Members:                            Liaisons:
Dr. Dan Bowers                   Dorothy Fritchman
Liz Hill                                  Donna Lee
Jamie Horinko
Laura Klabunde                   
Kevin Kuehner                     

There is a pretty big game happening in a few weeks! Donate to our Super Bowl Basket Raffle for your chance to let us supply you with all the snacks you will need to enjoy the game! Here is a link to the Facebook fundraiser to purchase your tickets. If you would like to purchase in person, you can do so on 1/23 from 1 - 3 pm or drop off money in the church mailbox at any time.
 
$5 for 1 Ticket | $20 for 5 Tickets
Drawing on January 30th.
(Must be able to pickup Basket at the church or call the office to set of delivery.)

$200 Value Basket contains:
$25 Gift Card to Philly Pretzel, $25 Gift Card to Redners, Handled Bucket & Several Serving/Snack Trays, Plates/Cups/Napkins, Forks/Spoons/Picks, Tostitos, Doritos, Chips, Chips Ahoy Cookies, Salsa & Cheese Dip
As always, THANK YOU for your support!!
New Creation fundraising committee will be selling Jersey Mike's Subs coupons during drive through communion on Feb 7th.

 $8 each or 4 for $30

Due to The Backpack Project receiving such an overwhelming amount of donations during the past few months, New Creation will no longer be collecting assorted non-perishables. Instead we will be supporting the local Easton Food Pantry through ProJeCt of Easton by collecting ONLY tuna fish. Put the tuna in the plastic tub under the portico so that it may be delivered to the Pantry once a month.
 
Our congregation is always so generous. Thanks for supporting this organization that aids families in need in the Easton area.

~ Community Connections Committee

The 2021 offering envelopes are available for pick-up. You can call the church office to arrange a time to pick them up now. 
In the midst of this public health crisis, some of our church members have been laid off from their jobs, furloughed and had other extenuating circumstances. If you have fallen on hard times, we have church members who stand ready to lend a helping hand. Please email the pastors if you are in need of assistance, and your request will be kept confidential. 
Join us for Virtual Coffee Hour on Tuesday, January 12th. Click here for the link to laughter, friendship and uplifting prayer. 
Care for the Caregiver Workshop
An opportunity to share stories and receive information. 
Feb. 2nd from 10 A.M. to Noon

Are you a caregiver for a loved one? Join participants from across the Penn Northeast Conference for an opportunity to connect with other caregivers and hear from speakers:


Wendy Scott - Fleming Memory Center
Monica McCandless - Meals on Wheels Greater Lehigh Valley
Heather Strohm - Aging and Adult Services, Lehigh Valley
Katie Krum - LVCIL
Kellie Butsack - Alzheimer’s Association
Vicki Kocis - 
Phoebe Ministries
Deadline to register is January 28th. Click here to email the Pastors if you would like to attend, or call the church office.
Save the date for our next drive-thru communion service on Sunday, February 7th from 10 a.m. until noon. 
The following church members would like to say thank you to the Pastors, Our Church Family and the Called to Care team. Thank you for all of the prayers, phone calls, cards, gift bags and prayer shawls.

Kathy & Phil Gilbert (Gano's neighbors) for prayers & prayer shawls.
Lois Bohn for the wonderful Christmas Care Package.
Kay Hank for the Christmas goodie bag.

 
Thank you for turning in your Redner’s Receipts! Our recent check from Redner’s was $111.71. Every time you shop at Redner’s with your rewards card, save the receipt and drop it in the church mailbox. New Creation receives 1% back on all the purchases. 
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Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Clothing Drive Fundraiser!
Our church raised $1338.04. 
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A huge thank you to all who attended the Epiphany Drive-thru. Even with the winter weather, we had 60 participants and we raised $146 in donations for the Good Samaritan Fund, which supports people in need in our community. Thank you for your generosity.

The Fundraising Committee is selling Rada kitchen cutlery

paring knife: $5, potato peeler: $7, granny fork: $6 

Call or text church member Val Fortner at (610) 597-3633 if you are interested in making a purchase.

Contact Jessica for an appointment. 
Text or call 484-347-4915
January

01 – Arvilla Walter
02 – Lisa Brinker
02 – Pamela Noone
03 – Jill Furler
05 – Dawn Seiple
06 – Fred Mory
07 – Gilberto Garcia-Rodriguez
07 – Jay Golden **90yrs
         2143 Gruver Ave
         Easton, Pa 18045
07 – Anna Lopresti
07 – Bob Rice
07 – Donna Terranova
10 – Alice Mitchell
10 – Jarith Repsher
11 – Elizabeth Cowell
12 – Allison Zimmerman
14 – Rev. Jameson Baxter

 
  * Home Bound Members
** At least 90 yrs Young!

(Please consider sending these members a card or phone call! It will truly make their day!)
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15 – John Martin
15 – Barbara Schiavone
15 – Donna Stefanik
16 – Jordan Hodge
16 – Janis Lehr
19 – Catherine Grey
22 – James Pokrivsak Jr
24 – Matthew Bronico
25 – Pam Price
26 – Jean Laros ** * 93yrs
        Gracedale
        100 Gracedale Ave
        Nazareth, Pa 18064
27 – James Barrett
28 – Marie Clark
29 – Jennifer Shaner



 
January

14 – Shawn & Kathy Sofie (32yrs)
16 – Lee & Corinne Smith (67yrs)
26 – Floyd & Patricia Gray (64yrs)

 
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M -1/18     8 - 2
T - 1/19     OFF
W - 1/20    8 - 12
T - 1/21     8 - 2
F - 1/22     8 - 12

Church Phone #(610) 253-1541
Pastoral Emergency #: (814) 777-0414

PastorsRev. Cecilia Baxter and Rev. Jameson Baxter
Music DirectorDorothy Fritchman
SecretaryKaren Horinko

Custodian: Barry Savercool
Nursery Attendant: Korynne Haubrich
Treasurer: Cara Kuehner

Financial SecretaryCraig Hill

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