November 22nd - Order of Worship

10 A.M. Contemporary Sunday Service

November 22nd Hymn Sheets
Flower Dedication

The sanctuary flowers are given today in loving memory of Harold D. Work III from Blair and Mary Kay Glass.

November 20, 2020

Dear Family and Friends of Union Church,

We head into Thanksgiving week anticipating a wholly unfamiliar holiday season. Most of our Thanksgiving tables will have fewer place settings than usual. Annual travel plans to visit family, or have family visit us, have been put aside for this year. Some of us find ourselves in uncharted territory having to cook a Thanksgiving meal for the first time, leaving us anxious for ourselves and those for whom we will be cooking! Our capacity to love our neighbor is being stretched as governing and healthcare authorities challenge us to curtail our liberty in the interest of serving the good of the community.

The good news for the Thanksgiving Holiday is this: despite the number of challenges we encounter, there is always more for which we may be thankful. In Jesus Christ, our Lord has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and welcomed us into His Kingdom of Light! Even though we were enemies of God, Jesus has reconciled us, making us a friend of God and a fellow heir with him of an eternal inheritance. Indeed, the Lord welcomes us to his banquet table, inviting us to join all who have trusted the Lord over the years at the marriage supper of the Lamb! When we gather for worship around the Lord’s Table, we are given a snapshot and reminder of the Lord’s promise of the coming feast. I would also suggest that as we gather this Thanksgiving day, even if the numbers around our table are few, even if the meal isn’t what we are used to expecting, our heavenly Father is providing a little glimpse of the table in the Kingdom to come.

This week in worship, we will take a look at the way that Jesus describes the family table of the Kingdom of God (Luke 13:22-30; Revelation 19:6-9). I invite you to look at those passages beforehand. Let’s let these words about the coming banquet shape our Thanksgiving celebration. In that vein, I offer these practical suggestions for the Thanksgiving week ahead. Take some time each day to literally count your blessings. Make a list of the gifts of God that bring you joy in life, that make your life rich and full, then make a point to share that list with loved ones. Let that list inform your prayers of thanks on Thanksgiving Day.

Secondly, find a few moments to get online Thanksgiving week to expand your understanding of the worldwide body of Christ. You might start by exploring the websites of our mission partners in Panama, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Costa Rica and elsewhere. You will also find some helpful resources at Pastor Billy’s and my Alma Mater, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, A vast number of resources for exploring the global character of the body of Christ may be found at I encourage you to peruse these websites so that you have the faces of our brothers and sisters to the east, west, north and south of us in your mind as you sit down for Thanksgiving dinner. Even better, if you can find the names of some of these fellow disciples, make note of them. Call their names to mind on Thanksgiving Day. Most surely, when the great banquet of the Kingdom arrives, these brothers and sisters will be seated next to you, and across from you!

Please know that at the present time, there are no changes to our plans for worship in person and via live stream. We would simply remind those who gather in person to observe the guidelines for social distancing in the sanctuary – make sure to spread yourselves out sufficiently – and wear your mask and wash your hands frequently. We will keep you updated should government and healthcare leaders require differently of us.

On behalf of Pastor Billy and the rest of the Union Staff, I want you to know that we are thankful for you! Your faith in Jesus Christ and partnership in the Gospel blesses us and encourages us. We pray that the Lord will fill your Thanksgiving Holiday with joy as you offer the Lord thanks and praise!



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Guatemala Christmas Baskets

Today, Sunday, November 22, we will be collecting “Drive-By” donations for Guatemala outside of the Noble House following the morning's worship service from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. If interested, please feel free to drop by and provide a donation. We are accepting cash or a check made payable to Union Presbyterian noting “Guatemala Baskets” in the memo line. If you are unavailable on this date, donations can be mailed to Union or dropped in the offering (again, remember checks must indicate “Guatemala Baskets” on the memo line). More details available on the church app and website.

Angel Tree Donation Sign Ups

We are kicking off our Angel Tree Donations today! Click here to access the google document for sign ups. Gifts can be dropped off at the church on December 6th or 13th from 11:15 - noon or at Amanda or Sinikka’s homes before December 13th.

Women's Bible Study

Women's Bible Study: We will be traveling with Paul again, going to Ephesus and then back to Antioch, finishing his 2nd missionary journey. ALL WOMEN ARE INVITED! We meet Tuesday, November 24, at 12:30 in Fellowship Hall. Masks and social distancing are required. We hope to see YOU there!

Volunteers Needed!

NEEDED: Ten volunteers to purchase and cook a 15 pound turkey for the Hot Metal Church Thanksgiving meal. Deliver to church on Wednesday, November 25th. If you are interested, please contact Scott or Sinikka Davis at 412-788-9348.

Knitters and Crocheters Outreach

Looking for a mission project? Come and learn how to knit or crochet baby afghans. We just gave 85 baby afghans to Magee Women’s Hospital picked up by Medspeed and delivered to Magee and clinics throughout Alleghany County. They are given to the less fortunate newborns. We thank all of you who continue to give yarn and monetary donations, they are much appreciated. Call Ellen at (724)601-6268 or Loraine at (412) 452-0297.

2021 Offering Envelopes

The 2021 Offering Envelopes are available for pickup in the sanctuary.

Available Flower Calendar Date

If you would like to purchase flowers to honor or remember a loved one, call the office. $30 check payable to Union Church Deacons [placed in the offering any Sunday]. Flowers can be picked-up in the kitchen after service or donated for delivery to a Union Church member. The final date available for 2020 is November 29th.

Union Church of Robinson Twp.
6165 Steubenville Pike
McKees Rocks, PA 15136

Ph: 4127871818
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Sunday Morning Combined Worship is at 10 a.m.