The Community United Presbyterian Church

 

                          

The Sacred Heart

“Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching the through   synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. The he said to his disciples, The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

Matthew 9: 35-38

 

June and July are the times of Strawberries—especially for CUP!       Nature’s candy that often takes the shape of a small heart. Though it is quite a lot of work. Our community, and my children, look forward to the Strawberry Festival all year. There is nothing like the combination of fresh strawberries and vanilla ice cream. In fact, it’s the only time my kids can eat dessert before their dinner. After all, I was faced with the logic of melting ice cream.

              I believe that all God created was good, and strawberries are a prime example of good fruit. From a botanical perspective, the  strawberry is not actually a berry, but rather a fruit.

              I remember reading a story of a monk who was walking along a path through a bamboo forest in China. Through the brush, a tiger appeared and the monk began running for his life. Soon, the monk came to a precipice and he had no choice but to try to climb down the steep cliff. Half way down, he looked below him and to his surprise, another tiger was pacing on the ground beneath him!  He could not go back, and he could not move forward.

As he hung to a wild vine on the side of the cliff, he noticed a wild strawberry growing just within reach. Holding on with one hand, he grasped the red fruit with his other hand and popped it into his mouth. In that moment, when he bit into the strawberry, it was the sweetest thing he had ever tasted.

In life, we cannot go back, and we are often unsure of what the future might hold. However, when we experience the fruit of God’s love for us in the present moment—whatever form that might take—and enjoy that gift of love—our hearts meet.

May God Bless each moment of your lives—and may you enjoy every bite!

Grafton

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Congratulations to Dot & Jack Seanor  who celebrated their 70th     Wedding Anniversary on May 20, 2019

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CHARLIE’S  BUCKETS

Three years ago CUP packed clean-up buckets after hurricanes and flooding hit many areas in the United States. We packed 15 buckets that year.

Charlie wanted to continue this project so he went to Lowes and Home Depot to see if they would donate buckets. A request  was sent on the church letterhead and each store donated 20 buckets.

In 2017 and 2018 Charlie and Judy made more buckets to help more flood victims.

Today there are still 20 empty buckets in Judy’s basement. So she would like your help to fill CHARLIE’S BUCKETS. Judy will give you a bucket and a list of items to fill the bucket or you can donate money and Judy will do the shopping. If you write a check please make it payable to CUP and put   Charlie’s buckets on the memo line. It takes about $75 to purchase all the items needed for a bucket. You can donate any amount. All buckets needs to be completed no later than August 30, 2019 so Judy can deliver them.

We hope you will consider helping to complete this project that Charlie started. Please help us fill all the buckets in Charlie’s memory.

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There will be a remembrance reception for Ted Mitchell at a future date this summer.  If you would like to attend this reception, please respond by June 15th to the following email, tedsmemorial1@gmail.com , with your full name and address.  Those who are willing can make a charitable contribution to Penn Trafford School District and in the memo line put In Memory of  Ted Mitchell - Elementary Libraries.

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We are again participating in the TOWN-WIDE YARD SALE  this year on June 22nd.  We will be collecting new and gently used items beginning June 10th through June 20th.

Please, we cannot accept electronics, TV’s or large furniture.

Please call Suzie at 724-668-8838 or Margaret at 724-668-7975 to make arrangements to drop off your items.

There will be food available starting with breakfast goodies….

Hot Dogs and Meatball Sandwiches for lunch. Snacks and drinks also available.

SEE YOU THERE

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Upcoming Events

  • June 1:      Strawberry Festival, 4:30 –7:00
  • June 9:     Worship, Pentecost Service
  • June 16:    Father’s Day Service
  • June 22:  Town Wide & CUP Yard Sale:  8:00—2:00
  • July 8–12: Vacation Bible School at CUP
  • Aug. 17: Watts Truck Show
  • Sept. 8: Sunday School resumes at 10 AM, for Children and Adults
  • Sept. 8: Worship returns to 11 AM
  • Sept. 9: Weekly Bible Study, Mondays, at 10 AM

 

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