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Mission for August & September:  Relief Buckets for Church World Service 

Our Mission Team is asking for your help! Just like last year, we would like to assemble 12 “Disaster Relief Clean-Up Buckets." There are a few ways YOU can help:

1. Pick up a list from back table or use the list at the back of this newsletter & put together a bucket. Please  purchase the bucket & when filled, it is @ $85.

2. Choose some of the supplies to donate. Please place them in the green basket at the back of the church before the end of September.

3. You can donate some funds towards a buckets' items. Please mark your donation check “Relief Buckets” in the memo & make it payable to St Vincent UCC.

St. Vincent Mission – Relief Buckets Check List

· Purchase a 5 Gallon Bucket (Home Depot or Lowes)

· 24-28 heavy duty/contractor type 30-45 gallon trash bags on a roll (removed from carton)

· One 50 oz. or two 25 oz. bottle(s) of liquid laundry detergent

· Eighteen reusable cleaning towels (e.g. Easy Wipes)

· Clothesline, two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.

· One package of 48-50 clothespins

· One 16-28 oz. bottle of liquid disinfectant dish soap

· One 12-16 oz. bottle of household cleaner that can be mixed with water (no spray bottles)

· One 6-9 oz. bottle of non-aerosol insect repellent

· One scrub brush

· Four scouring pads

· Seven sponges, including one large

· Five dust masks

· Two pairs non-surgical, non-latex gloves  

. One pair of gloves, cotton with leather palm or all leather

All cleaning items must be new – all liquid items must be capped and securely tightened.  Place all items into the bucket, making sure they are packed securely to avoid damage during shipment. Snap the lid on tight and return to the church on or before Sunday, September 29. 

PLUS: More Mission News:

As you all know, the annual (now semi-annual) chicken barbecue is a great traditional fundraiser for our church that goes back decades. Although some things have changed since it started, one thing that remains the same is the good food and fellowship that it brings. Well now we can also add mission outreach.

Typically, every year members are provided a supply of tickets to sell to family and friends to raise funds for the church. A few years ago, the mission committee began asking folks if they would pay for & donate a ticket or two with the hope that we could provide a delicious chicken dinner to residents at the Good Samaritan Shelter. Initially we were able to provide 25-30 dinners! The gentlemen there were touched & grateful for the meals!

The following year we asked folks again and were able to secure enough donations to not only provide meals to The Good Samaritan folks, but also to St. Mary’s Shelter.  What a glorious blessing this was!

This year we wondered how much more we could do if we asked ALL of our congregation for support. . .  .and the response was overwhelming!  The mission committee is overjoyed to report that with your help and support at our June 2019 barbecue, they coordinated and delivered 71 of our delicious chicken dinners to various places throughout our community:  The Good Samaritan Shelter, St. Mary’s Shelter, Ann’s House, our St. Vincent parsonage tenants, and the Veterans Association Center in Spring City.  We hope to increase this number in the Fall and to support even more local facilities!

Way to go St. Vincent UCC!!  What a great way to reach out to our community while supporting our church.

Please consider donating a few of your tickets in the Fall!


Choir Practice begins Wednesday, September 4 @ 7PM

Come out and join the "happy hour". . . of music and voices . . . at the first choir rehearsal for the 2019-2020 season.

First Fridays in Phoenixville:  September 6, October 4, 2019, downtown Phoenixville.  Food, entertainment, vendors, games artists, fun!  St. Vincent UCC will have a table and we need church "ambassadors" to welcome visitors and to engage in activities and conversation.  Our table will have the new church brochure, family-friendly Jenga game, treasure chest of prizes, kindness rocks, mini prayer shawls, free water bottles.  Sign-up sheets are in the back of the sanctuary.  Team leaders are Johnny C, Chris B, and Pastor Susan.  Learn more at 

Sunday School Resumes:  Sunday, September 17, during worship

The first day of Sunday School is right around the corner.  All children are invited to come to the grand opening of the new 2019-2020 school year.  We will have a SUPER special event that day for the kids - you will not want to miss it!  Watch your emails for the official invitation from Ms. Stephanie with the details. 

Chicken BBQ:  Sunday, October 13, 3PM-6PM.

We have secured Kauffman's BBQ Chicken again for this event. We are looking for sponsors for a few items:  butter ($80), rolls ($60), and pepper cabbage ($200).  Partial sponsorships are welcome!  Just place your check in the Sunday offering basket and note in the memo what it is for. 

Please reach out to Deb if you have any questions.  Even though she won’t be in church for the month of August, she will be around and can be reached by phone (610-812-7751) or email,  

Tickets will be available mid to late August for $11.  Unsold tickets and money must be returned by September 29.  Please consider purchasing a few extra tickets to donate to the Mission team.  The donation amount of these tickets will be included in your annual giving statement.

Wall and Tree Dedication, Sunday, October 20, after worship.

Please save the date!  Plan to stay after church for the dedication of our beautiful new wall, and the new trees which will put the finishing touch on the cemetery again.  More details next month!

"WINNER WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER!" Lotto Chance Calendars for 2020 on sale at the October 13 Chicken BBQ.  The Fundraising Committee will be selling its new "2020 Lotto Calendar" at the Chicken BBQ and at the Holiday Bazaar.  We will have 1000 calendars to sell.  The cost of each is $30.  Buy a bunch, they would make perfect holiday gifts.  Every month brings lots of winners - don't miss out.  Winning numbers are based on Pennsylvania 3-numbers evening drawing.  If your number is picked, the minimum prize you could win is $35.  

Holiday Bazaar: Saturday, November 9, at St. Vincent UCC.  We are planning to hold a church bazaar on the same Saturday as the other churches “on the Ridge.”  We are looking for vendors to rent tables. We will be selling light fare from the kitchen, soup, cookies, jams, jellies. Check your attics and basements for any jelly or quart jars that you would be willing to donate.  Also watch the yard sales and flea markets for treasures to sell.  St. Vincent will have a table.  If you or someone you know knits, crochets, crafts, etc. and would be willing to make some things to be sold on our church table, everything is welcome!  Handmade/homemade items are always a big seller. Dish cloths, scrubbies, hot pads, and the like, blankets, small crafts, needle works, etc.  Questions?  Please contact Debbie R, Brenda M or Linda G with any questions.