September 2014 Newsletter


MCC Flame
September 2014  
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 @ 10:30 PM
Remember to sign up to bring a dish to share.


Sunday, Sept. 7 -- HOMECOMING SUNDAY




Sundays -- MORNING SERVICES -- 10:30 AM



Bring your non-perishable food donations to help out our Food Pantry.


Sunday, Sept. 14 -- WORSHIP PLANNING -- 12:00 PM

If you are interested in helping to plan services and music please become a part of this group.

Wednesday, Sept. 17 -- BIBLE STUDY STARTS -- 7:00 PM
Our Weekly Bible Study starts back up on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM. 
(doors open at 6:30 PM)
Sunday,  Sept. 21 --  BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING -- 12:00 PM
Our Board of Directors are: 
Arlene Leon, Moderator; Cheryl Evans, Treasurer; 
Harold Gress, Secretary; Terry Schildt, Buildings Management; 
Bruce Brooks, Lay Delegate.
This is an open meeting. All are welcome to attend.
Sunday, Sept. 28 -- MEDITATION GROUP -- 12:00 PM
If you would like to join this group see Harold Gress.
... MORE TO COME ...  

A constructive look at New Light's 
past, present and future.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
12:00 noon
New Light will be hosting monthly congregational meetings that will focus on finding our vision for the future.
We need everyone's help to make this a productive process.
That means, WE NEED YOU to come to these meetings.
New Light will be providing pizza for our first meeting.
Come hungry and ready to share.
September Lectionary Readings
 September Events
Sun., Sept. 7
8:30 AM - Sunday School
12:00 PM - Potluck
10:30 AM - Services
Sat., Sept. 13, 27
9:30 AM - Food Pantry
Food & Friends
Sun., Sept. 14
Food Pantry Donation Sunday
12:00 PM - Worship Planning Group Meeting
Wed., Sept. 17
Sun., Sept. 21
12:00 PM - Board of Directors Meeting 
Sun., Sept. 28
12:00 PM - Meditation Group Meeting
 Pacesetter Church    
 2013 Generous in Faith     
Visit our Website,
for our calendar of events.
Visit us on Facebook for up-to-date notices:

September  Birthdays


September 4 - B.J. Jordan
September 29 - Leslie Sease

 Please join us in wishing these fine folks 

a Happy Birthday! 

If your or another member's birthday or anniversary does not appear please email and help us update our information.


Share your Prayer Requests! 

Subject: Prayer Request




Pastor Phone

Our co-transitional pastors, Rev. Kelly Crenshaw and Rev. Sherry Miller will share in congregational care duties. If you feel a need to talk to a pastor on call please call 240-500-0481.

We now are taking bookings for weddings at New Light MCC. Please call to make arrangements with Rev. Kelly Crenshaw or Rev. Sherry Miller and discuss our rentable space. (240-500-0481)


Sound Team Help
Help is needed on the Sound Team to help run the sound system each Sunday. Weeks are alternated between members and training is provided. Please see Jamie Coates for more information.


Movie Fundraiser
Please be sure to pickup a Movie Fundraiser Card and use it each time you see a movie at Leitersburg Cinemas. Our Scholarship Fund earns $1.00 for each movie seen with use of the Movie Fundraiser Card. After 5 ticket purchases YOU RECEIVE FREE POPCORN ... After 10 ticket purchases YOU RECEIVE A FREE MOVIE.
(Ignore the expiration date ... they do.)
Last quarter (April, May, June) we earned $26.00 from this fundraiser.
NEW LIGHT MCC's Rev. Kelly Crenshaw and Harry Brubaker III accepted the ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE on Sunday, August 24 and soaked each other in the parking lot. By doing it Rev. Kelly Crenshaw and Harry Brubaker III has challenged the congregation to fill a washtub with their donations for ALS. The tub is stationed on the side table in the front of the church. Then, in January, we will choose two people to start a fund drive for a different charity of their choice.
FoodThe Second Sunday of each month is our designated Food Pantry Donation Sunday. Bring your non-perishable donations to the church before or after service. Monetary donations are accepted also. 
Our next Food Pantry Donation Sunday is Sunday, September 14th.

[The Food Pantry will accept donations anytime, see Andy Whitmore.]
 Don't forget to sign up to volunteer to help with worship each week. Altar Angels, Greeters, Readers, Ushers, Holders are always needed.If your special talent is making coffee share it with us. If you'd like to make snacks for after services for social hour we'd love it.
Check out our Resources and Links Page on our Website. 
There's many useful files to view. 
You'll find the Pastoral Search Power Point Presentation Download that Rev. Tony Freeman sent us. 
Please download it and review.
Our Board of Directors are prayerfully and carefully looking at potential pastor resumes. We are blessed.
We have hired co-transitional pastors, Rev. Kelly Crenshaw and Rev. Sherry Miller to help us thru the process of finding a permanent pastor. They will share in the congregational care so if you feel the need to talk to one of the pastors on call, call their direct phone at 


Pick up "The Monthly Calendar" on the first Sunday of the month before services to keep up to date on weekly events or announcements.

We are still taking used ink cartridges so we may recycle them at Staples for their Rewards program and continue to pay for our new printer cartridges thru that program.

stewardship check 
Be sure to download your "My Time And Talent" Check
If you'd like to donate your time and talent to your church community fill out a "My Time And Talent" Check. They can be placed in the collection plate each week or they can be turned into the office. When there is a need for volunteers we'll be calling you to "cash your check."
Automated Tithing
If you wish info on how to do automatic withdrawal for giving we have info that you can pick up or email us and we'll send you the information.
We collected $665.00 towards Paul Deputy's medical/therapy bills. As a church we contributed $1000.00 towards this fund, so far. If you'd like to contribute and missed our collection dates you can drop your donations off at The Gourmet Goat.
Our next Outreach will be at The Mummers' Parade. 
Plans are still being discussed but keep this Outreach in mind as we will be needing volunteers.

"A Christmas Gift Raffle"
We're putting together different levels and packages of "Presents" as part of a raffle drawing we're planning for December called "A Christmas Gift Raffle." Raffle sales will not start till mid-October but we're working on items for it. If you'd like to contribute to the raffle with a "gift package" or items to go in a "gift package" please contact David Brechbiel with what you can help with.


There will be 7 categories of present packages:


1)    Sweets

2)    Toys

3)    Fast Food Restaurant Gift Cards

4)    Entertainment

5)    Sit-down Restaurant Gift Cards

6)    Services

7)    Gas Card(s)


(Categories may change as present packages take shape.) Look for more updates as we have them for this. This will be for the Building Fund.


If you have moved in the past year and have not updated your church records please let us know of any changes.


We are in need of some items for the church. Kitchen garbage bags, 55-gal garbage bags, 20# 8-1/2x11 White Bond paper, Postage Stamps, Coffee, Toilet Paper, Paper Towels. Also, bring in your used ink toner/cartridges so we can recycle for rewards.


If you "may" be interested in seeing "A Christmas Carol" at the Capitol Theatre in Chambersburg in December, please let David Brechbiel know of your interest. If there is enough people "interested" we may pursue a group discount for tickets when they go on sale in September. 

Our Denomination

Since its founding in 1968, MCC has been at the vanguard of civil and human rights movements by addressing important issues such as racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, and other forms of oppression. MCC has been on the forefront in the struggle towards marriage equality in the US and other countries worldwide and continues to be a powerful voice in the LGBT equality movement.

Until next month...

Thank you New Light MCCers for the gifts and talents you bring to our church body so that we might take the message of God's love into our community, our country, and our world!


Religion is a compass, not a harness, let your heart explore.  You have the freedom to break the chains of religion that might have held you captive so you can find the YOU that God intended you to be!





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