On Sunday, December 3 during the worship service, members of First Church learned about domestic violence. Domestic violence is defined as a systematic pattern of behaviors in a relationship that are used to gain and/or maintain control and power over another person. Domestic violence crosses all socio-economic lines and invariably escalates over time. It will not just go away. Its many faces include emotionally/mental such as threatening to take the kids away, psychological which includes threatening bodily harm, economic, attempting to make the victim financially dependent, and physical highlighted by kicking, choking, burning, spitting, or preventing a victim from moving or leaving a room. In the United States, statistics show that every year 20 people per minute are physically abused. Ten million women and men will experience severe physical violence by an intimate partner sometime in their lifetime, one in three women and one in four men. In New York City, the Police Department responds to approximately 280,000 domestic incidents each year. More than 8.3 billion is spent in this country every year dealing with domestic violence. Presenting the program were Gloria Gaynor and Sharon Davidheiser. A special collection was taken with the goal of collecting enough money to purchase Wawa and Giant gift cards to be given to the Royersford Police Department to aid in their dealings with abuse victims. Filling the pulpit was Peter Detterline who will serve as our supply pastor throughout December and January. Mrs. Kathy Bieski was our guest pianist.