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JUNE 2021!
Summertime!  Oh, how we have longed for summertime!  Thanks be to God for sunshine, for rain, for the crops coming up in the fields, for the flocks and herds, for fresh vegetables from the garden, for cold water to drink and to swim in, for campfires, for laughter, and yes for tears.  It has been quite a year so far, hasn't it?  Let's make sure we are setting time aside to be with God and with our church family.  What a gift it is to grow closer to God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and to grow closer to one another as we encourage one another in the faith!  Our faith informs our behaviors, our ideas, our hopes, and our dreams.  May you be inspired, filled, and encouraged as you grow and serve in faith, in hope, and in love!  With a grateful heart, Rev. Meagan
Laurie Parsons has been working full-time at UPVPC for 5 years!
Can you believe it?  Thank you, Laurie for your commitment
to Christ and to the UPVPC family!
Sunday, June 13th is our Graduate Recognition Sunday
and our recognition of all school teachers, staff, coaches, and board members
for their perseverance through the wild and crazy 2020-2021 school year!  
High School Graduates include:  Ana Parsons, Matt Peppernick, Lidia Stouffer,
Blake Woodward, and Brock Woodward.
College Degrees:  Bailee Parson and Jonathan Parsons.
Master's Degrees:  Stephanie Mitchell Wilson and Gary Rebok.
School Personnel:  Teachers:  Dawn Beaumont, Greg & Jackie Best, Paul & Stacy Coffman, Jacki Cook, Kathy Carbaugh, Mary Jo Daihl, Corey & Autumn Daniel, Joni Frey, Becky Gerlach, Bob McClure, Holly Rotz.  Staff:  Twila Snyder, Ruth Frazier, Stephanie Shoemaker.  Coaches:  Paul Coffman, Keri Daniel, Brett Hostler, Scott Naugle, Travis Seibert.  FM School Board:  Dr. Bonnie Cornelious, Wally Hoffmann, Mark Frazier, Von McGee, and Shelly Boggs.  
If I forgot anyone, please accept my apologies and please let me know!

You made it through!  Congratulations!   
 
Together we'll mine for a treasure that is worth more than millions in gold!  VBS is for ages 3 and potty trained through finished 5th grade students! Each evening students and volunteers will dig a little deeper into God's word to find true treasure that never loses value or fades away!
Registration is open at: vbspro.events/p/events/vbs21-upvpc


HELP IS STILL NEEDED IN MANY DIFFERENT AREAS!  
LET'S INVEST TOGETHER IN THOSE WHO COME BEHIND US!  


 
WORDS TO PONDER from
Dr. Bonnie Cornelious

Some of the issues involved in a counseling relationship revolve around changing our perspective-seeing things differently. Often “The change I want to see begins with me.” That said, it is very important that we clarify our view of ourselves and work to change those areas that need to be changed. 

Recently our David C. Cook lesson brought a clarifying view to me.  Always biblically based, these lessons are filled with wisdom and truth.  The lesson of May 9 was no exception as it compared “expectations” to “expectancy.” 

When we fall into the pattern of the “I want,” “I don’t want,” “I deserve,” “I need,” “I wish,” trap, we are listing our expectations as in “this is what I want to happen.”  We are inserting our will in place of God’s will. Turning to God in expectation arouses anxiety.  Will it or won’t it happen? When? Didn’t I pray hard enough, long enough? Why doesn’t God ever do what I want? 

Expectancy is being alert to Christ in our lives.   Walking with the Lord in expectancy stirs excitement in us.  We know that God keeps his promises, and, wherever we are going, God is already there. Ephesians 3:20-21 reminds us, “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” 

God has a plan for us. ”For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11. Don’t sit idle because there is much to do within the plan. We are called to helping and loving others, intercessory prayer, reading scripture, and drawing closer and closer to God. The list could continue. 

SO there’s a choice to be made. Should we selfishly chart our own course or look forward to God’s opportunities for us to serve Him?  I think the choice is clear: “…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15 God’s way is best. 

Thank you, Father, for Your grace and mercy, comfort and protection, love and watchfulness over us.  Thank You for supplying our needs and for giving us meaningful work to do to advance Your kingdom.. Help me to make “Not my will, but Thine,” be an integral part of all my prayers. To God Be the Glory! Amen
Please keep praying for individuals and families who are grieving during this time.  We are preparing to offer the Grief Share Ministry Course in the Fall of 2021.  If you'd be interested in helping to shepherd class participants, please reach out to Rev. Meagan. 
Worship in the UPVPC Sanctuary on Sundays at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Small groups for all, 9:45-10:45 a.m.
ONLINE worship https://upvpc.online.church at 8:27 a.m. and on YouTube.
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P.O. Box 128,
Spring Run, PA 17262
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