The Community United Presbyterian Church

 


                          

              “The most valuable thing the Psalms do for me is to express the same delight in God which made David dance.”       C.S. Lewis

              “Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, while he and all Israel were bringing the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.”          2 Samuel 6: 14-17

   Ever since my sister and her husband moved Myrtle Beach, S. C. about 20 years ago, that area has been our family vacation spot. It seems to have a bit more of a draw than visiting me in Pittsburgh, PA for some reason!

   In 2000, upon my graduation from Duquesne, I had the opportunity to move to Charleston to teach in the Graduation School at the Citadel. Though it only takes about half a day to drive from here to there, this southern beach seemed a world away.

   Though we recognize many signs of summer, there is a special calling to the beach in those southern states, a siren’s song that plays on every local radio

station, a cue for students to kick off their shoes after school, dig their toes into the sand, to let go of   daily worries, and dance with abandon. This calling is the Carolina Shag.

    The cool music of the day is discarded with their shoes, and young and old come together to dance this 1940’s combination of swing and jitterbug to the beach music which seems to remind us of simpler more carefree times, while the ocean breeze carries our worries away.

     The Bible is filled with music & songs in Psalms—of worship. It tells of David’s dance before the Lord when the ark was returned to Israel, and all the people rejoiced. Yes, worship can be a solemn moment of silence, or prayer. Yet, it can also be an expression of delight in the Lord.

     Trusting in God to care for us, loving one another as God commands, experiencing the peace and joy that only the Holy Spirit can bring to our lives—this is paradise, God’s Kingdom on earth, a garden of   Delight, a return to innocence.

   Let go of your earthly burdens for just a short while—delight in the Lord.

   Many say that life is a journey, but I see it as a song—a dance. The goal of life is not to reach the end of the song. The goal of life is to dance with delight while the music plays!

   “There is a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.” 

                                                                                                                                       Ecclesiastes 3: 4                                                                            

         Join CUP in the Dance!

                                                      Grafton

 

 

        


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WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND OUR CHURCH 

  • May 27: Worship Service at 10 AM during the Summer
  •                  Sunday School on Summer Break
  • May 28: Memorial Day Service at Union Cemetery
  • June 2: Strawberry Festival, 4:30 –7:00
  • June 17: Father’s Day Service at 10 AM
  • June 23: Town Wide Yard Sale: 8:00—3:00 (inside & out)
  • June 25—June 29: Vacation Bible School, Congruity PC
  • July 6 : Minute to Win It— Gray Wing Park @ 1 PM

 

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The New Alexandria Ministerium Invites Children to

 Shipwrecked VBS: Rescued by Jesus.

  A summer kids’ event called Shipwrecked VBS will be hosted at Congruity Presbyterian from June 25 to June 29, 2018. At Shipwrecked, kids discover that Jesus rescues them! Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and devour yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible    adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s love, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long. Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. Each day concludes with the Sail Away Sendoff that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned. Family members and friends     are encouraged to join in daily for this special time at 11:45 AM.

Kids at Shipwrecked VBS will join a missions effort.

Shipwrecked is for kids from Preschool to Fifth Grade and will run from 9 AM to 12 PM each day. For more information, call 724-668-7752

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The Deacons wish to thank everyone who helped make there Spring Pie Sale a success. They sold 41 cases of pies. They have 3 Pecan extra. If you wish to buy any of the extras just call the office.

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Congrats to the following Grads:

Jennifer Resslar graduated from Robert Morris, with a Degree in Engineering, Mathematics and Science, on May 6th.

Ryan Slezak (Jacquie Ray’s Grandson) graduated from Westmoreland  Community College with an Associates Degree in Robotics.

Brendan Sauers graduated from PA Cyber School on June 9. He will attend University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg in the fall.

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CWS Tools Sunday                                             June 17, 2018

The Deacons have decided to honor Father’s on Father’s Day by collecting donations to “Building a Brighter Future” this project equips families worldwide with the tools that they need to build brighter futures- literally.

Be a partner in the heavy lifting. “That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when the flood arose, the river burst against that house but could not shake is, because it had been built well.”  Like 6: 48

 Members of this congregation are encouraged to donate the cost of a tool in honor of or in memory of his/her father.  Interested participants may send a donation of $5.00 for each person you would like to honor to Deacons or mail it to the church at P O Box 361, New Alexandria, PA 15670. Before the deadline of June 10, 2018

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We are again participating in the TOWN-WIDE YARD SALE  this year on June 23rd. We will be collecting new and gently used items beginning June 11th through June 21st.

Please, we cannot accept electronics or TV’s

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….

Pulled pork and Meatball Sandwiches for lunch. Snacks and drinks also available.

SEE YOU THERE

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The Deacons want to thank everyone who helped the Chinese Auction a success. They raised $ 1,205.00.

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Bob Burkholder and Geoagia Sauers would like to thank everyone who participated in the Strawberry Festival. The profit was $ 2,491.54. With out the help of the CUP members this would not be a success.

 

 

                         


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