Past News Articles

     In the event that you missed the information about a previous event at St. Paul's UCC that you had wanted to know, you might be able to find it here.

     The following events are listed in order of the most recent at the top of the page and the oldest articles at the bottom of the page.

 

 

 

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Blessing of the Backpacks & Prayers for Teachers

Sunday, September 3 at 10:25am - Tentative Date

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     During this worship service we will also have special prayers for students, school teachers, and Sunday school teachers as they begin the new school year.


Regular Schedule Resumes

Sunday, September 3 --- Sunday School at 9:15am --- Worship at 10:25am

     On the first Sunday of September we return to our regular schedule:

           Sunday school at 9:15am  (for all ages: children, youth, and adults)

           Worship at 10:25am 

     As we have throughout the summer, we continue to provide during worship: weekly children's sermon, weekly children's activity bulletins, option of nursery for 0-8 year olds, and the option of children's worship on the first and second Sunday of the month for elementary age children (after the children's sermon).


Greeter & Usher Training

Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 10:45am

      Hospitality is a very important part of a growing church, and, as found throughout the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, an important part of our faith life and practice.

      Training for Ushers and Greeters was held on Sunday, May 28 following the worship service.

      For those who were not able to participate in this training, we will be offering it again before returning to our regular schedule on Sunday, August 27 following the worship service.  This training is for all current ushers and greeters, anyone who is interested in becoming a greeter or usher, the Worship Committee, and the Evangelism Committee.

      For more information and/or if you would like to help with the greeting and ushering ministry, please contact contact Claudette Mettin (chair of the Worship Committee) or Lynelle Heimbach (Consistory liaison for the Worship Committee).

 

Sunday School Open House

Sunday, August 27, 2017  -  from 11:00am - 12:00noon
Thursday, August 31, 2017  -  from 4:00pm-6:00pm

    Come either of these two days to learn more about the Sunday school options offered here at St. Paul’s UCC to see if they would be of interest to you.
    We will have FREE refreshments and a FREE craft for preschool and school age youth.  We will have samples of the engaging videos and curriculum used (for our youth and adult classes), including our our Whirl and Re:Formation curriculum.  You can meet teachers, ask questions, and see the building facility.

 

     Bring your children, grandchildren, neighbors, and friends to our Open House to experience the fun we have learning about God’s love for us.
     Come kick the tires and check us out without any obligation or pressure to sign up or participate in any of our classes.
     Sunday school is FREE.  There is no fee for adults or youth, and no length of commitment.

 

     For more information, please contact Christian Education Vice Chair Elsa Wertz or Christian Education Consistory Liaison Denise Unger; or contact the church office at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org.



 

Worship at Knoebels Amusement Park

Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 10:30am

03 DSCN0310     We will be gathering for worship at Knoebels Amusement Park in Elysburg, PA at Pavilion Tent #4 on the third Sunday of August at 10:30am. 

     Friends, family, visitors are all very welcome to participate.  There is NO park admission fee.  There is NO parking fee.  You need only to pay for ride tickets (for whatever rides you may wish) and any food you may wish to purchase there.

     Last year, this was our best attended worship service of the summer!

     In addition, we are sponsoring youth from Bethany Children's Home to be able to participate.  We will be providing them and their chaperones with ride tickes and lunch at the pavilion.

Schedule at the Park

          10:00am - begin to gather at Pavilion Tent #4

          10:30am - worship at the pavilion

          11:00am - rides and water park open

          12:00noon - lunch at Pavilion Tent #4

            8:00pm - water park closes

            9:00pm - park closes

Welcome and Support Youth from Bethany Children's Home

     We have invited youth from Bethany Children's Home to join us for worship, food, fellowship, and fun.  They will be providing their own transportation and adult supervision.  We will be providing each youth and chaperone with a $20 ticket packet.  We are tentatively expecting 50 persons from Bethany to join us (including two adults from each cottage to accompany the youth from those cottages), which means we need to raise about $1,000.00.  To contribute, please make your tax deductible donation payable to "St. Paul's UCC" marked "Bethany Knoebels," and send it to "St. Paul's UCC; 301 West Penn Ave; Robesonia, PA 19551."  You can also make a secure online donation by clicking on this Send Bethany Kids to Knoebels -- Online Giving link, enter the amount of your gift in the "Special Mission" line, and type "Bethany Knoebels" in the line next to the amount.  Please give generously to enable these youth to join with us in worship and fellowship.  Last year, this trip was one of the few opportunities most of the youth had to get off of the Bethany campus.  [If your generosity exceeds the need, the remainder amount will go in our "St. Paul's UCC Bethany Children's Activity Fund" to be used to help youth from Bethany participate in future church events with St. Paul's - such as next year's trip to Knoebels].

     We will also be sharing in a luncheon with the youth from Bethany at the pavilion.  We will be providing the food, drinks, and paper supplies.  For more information about how you can help with the luncheon, please contact the Worship Committee, including Claudette Mettin (Chairperson) and Lynelle Heimbach (Consistory Liaison).

Worship in the Sanctuary of St. Daniel's on August 20

     Members of St. Daniel's ELCA in Robesonia plan to join us for worship at the amusement park, as well.

     For those who are unable to journey with us to Knoebels, we will also have a combined worship service at 9:00am in the sanctuary of St. Daniel's ELCA in Robesonia that Sunday.

     We hope that you will join us in one of these two worship services on August 20, and celebrate our shared ministry and oneness in Christ.

Previous Year's Photos

     To view photos from previous year's click on the following links:

           Knoebels 2016 - Facebook Photos

           Knoebels 2015 - Website Photos

           Knoebels 2015 - Facebook Photos

           Knoebels 2014 - Website Photos

           Knoebels 2014 - Facebook Photos


Vacation Bible School (VBS)

Sunday, August 13 to Thursday, August 17, 2017 - from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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     This is a combined program with St. Daniel's ELCA.  This year St. Paul's UCC will be hosting the VBS program. 

     For more information, please contact Geri Gammel or any member of the Christian Education Committee.  For a registration form, please contact the church office at office@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770.

 

     For this year's registration form, click on this VBS 2017 Registration Form link.  Print the form, fill it out, and mail it to: St. Paul's UCC; attn: VBS; 301 West Penn Ave; Robesonia, PA 19951.  Registration forms are also available from the church office at office@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770, as well as in the July/August issue of The Herald.

 

     Click on this VBS 2016 link to view pictures from last year's program.

 

12th Annual Car Show

Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 10:00am to 3:00pm

     Come for a great time at the 11th annual St. Paul's UCC Car Show.  This event, held rain or shine, includes Antique cars, Classics, Modified , Street Rods, Jalopys' and  more, plus lots of homemade food and baked goods.  Doors Prizes will also be handed out.


 

The Lebanon Singing Cedar Barbershop Chorus

Sunday, July 30 at 9:25am

    The Lebanon Singing Cedar Barbershop Chorus will be performing at St. Paul’s UCC in Robesonia at our 9:25am worship service on July 30, 2017.  This group has performed here before, and it was a great performance.   Come to hear beautiful music and the wonderful harmony of this barbershop group.  A freewill offering will be taken at the end of the worship service.



Installation of Video Projector System

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 9:00am

     Thank you to everyone who has been contributing to the new video projector system for the Miller Fellowship Hall.

     The components have arrived, and we will begin installing the system on Wednesday, July 5 at 9:00am.  Installing will include mounting the projector and screen, running wires and connecting the electrical, and adding shelving for the components.  Even if you do not have any knowledge or skills with electrical or electronics your extra hands can be very helpful in pulling wires, carrying boxes, etc.  If you are interested in helping, please see Carl Unger or any member of the Property Committee.

     Among other things, the video system will enable us to show thematic videos during Vacation Bible School (VBS) this summer, Christian Ed videos for Sunday school, movies for the youth group, the Mummers Parade for the pork and sauerkraut dinner, sample videos for our Sunday school open house events, and more....  helping to enhance our education and fellowship programs.

You Can Still Help Financially

     We are still receiving donations to help pay for this approximately $3,000.00 video system.  To make a contribution, please make your tax deductible donation payable to "St. Paul's UCC" marked "Video System" and mail it to: St. Paul's UCC; 301 West Penn Ave; Robesonia, PA 19551.  You can also make a secure online donation by clicking on this Online Giving link, enter the amount of your donation in the "Other" field, and type "Video System" in the field next to that amount.

     Any amount will be greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

New Video Projector System Installed

Sunday, July 23, 2017

     Thank you to the Property Committee and all those who came out to help install the new video projector system in the Miller Fellowship Hall.  A special thanks to Carl Unger, Mike Pastor, Dale Mentzer, Jon Henning, and Pastor Ben Motz.  The majority of the installation was done on July 5.  The video system was linked to the sound system on Sunday, July 23, and we projected some of the UCC Videos from our website after worship during the refreshment fellowship time for a test run.

     There is still some work to be done, including the tidying up of the wires.  If you are interested in helping, please contact Carl Unger or any member of the Property Committee.

     Thank you to everyone who made a financial contribution towards this project to make this system possible.

     Among other things, the video system will enable us to show thematic videos during Vacation Bible School (VBS) this summer, Christian Ed videos for Sunday school, movies for the youth group, the Mummers Parade for the pork and sauerkraut dinner, sample videos for our Sunday school open house events, and more....  helping to enhance our education and fellowship programs.

     For more information, you can click on this Video System Installation link to read the previous article about the installation plans, as well as contact any member of the Property Committee.

 


 

Graduate Recognition Sunday

Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 9:25am

     Information coming soon.....

     To submit a graduate's name or for more information, please contact Terry Pastor at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org or any member of the Worship Committee.

 

 

 

General Synod of the United Church of Christ

June 30 - July 4, 2017

make-glad     Every two years, General Synod brings together thousands of faithful members of the United Church of Christ for formal church witness, inspirational worship, and fellowship with friends (new and old).

     From June 30th – July 4th, 2017, thousands from across the country (and

abroad) will gather for General Synod 31 in Baltimore, Maryland.  Together, we will discern resolutions of witness, church structure, and function. We will stand up for issues that demand a faithful witness.  And we will joined together in worship each day to lift up the Stillspeaking God.

     At General Synod 31, we will “Make Glad!” as we celebrate, debate, worship and witness.  Join us.

     For more information on our national UCC website, click on this General Synod 31 link.

 

 

 

 

Community Church Blood Drive

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - from 2:00pm to 7:00pm

MillerKeystone     On Thursday, June 22 the Robesonia Community Church Blood Drive will be hosted by St. Paul's UCC in Robesonia from 2:00pm to 7:00pm.  Please call St. Paul's at 610-621-5770 for information on how to make an appointment.

     For more information about this ministry and the scheduled blood drives, you can click on this Robesonia Community Blood Drive link.

 

Blood Drive Schedule for 2017:

     Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 2:00pm-7:00pm

          at St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, Robesonia

     Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 2:00pm-7:00pm

          at St. Paul's UCC, Robesonia

     Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 2:00pm-7:00pm

          at St. Daniel's ELCA, Robesonia

     Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 2:00pm-7:00pm

          at Trinity ELCA, Robesonia

 

 

 

Electronic Giving

Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 10:45am

    This coming Sunday, June 11, the Financial Secretary will be in the hallway after the worship service to answer any questions you may have about electronic giving  and to help you fill out the paperwork.  Please take the time to talk to her about this convienent means of giving to our church.

     Click on this Information About Electronic Giving link to learn more about this new feature at St. Paul's UCC.

 

 

 

Trinity Sunday

Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 9:25am

    Sunday, June 11 is our annual Trinity Sunday Worship Service.  For more information about this annual celebration, please contact chairperson Claudette Mettin or Consistory liaison Lynelle Heimbach.

 

 

 

2017 Spring Meeting of our

Pennsylvania Southeast Conference (PSEC)

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Friday, June 9 at 8:00am -- Sunday, June 11 at 2:00pm

     The three day Pennsylvania Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ's Annual Spring Meeting was held from Friday, June 9 at 8:00am to Sunday, June 11 at 2:00pm at West Chester University.  The PSEC is the UCC Conference of which St. Paul's UCC is a member.

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     Serving as delegates from St. Paul's UCC were Melissa Lichtenwalner and Pastor Ben Motz.  There were about 200 voting delegates present, representing the 166 churches of our conference, plus visitors, conference staff, and guests.

 

     Congratulations to Melissa Lichtenwalner who was installed onto the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference Consistory during the Saturday afternoon worship service.  She is pictured here standing next to our Conference Minister, the Rev. Bill Worley, who was leading the installation service.

     

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     Saturday morning began with small group Bible study before breakfast.  Our text for the weekend was Romans 12.  The business meeting of the Conference was conducted after Saturday morning worship.  About ten workshops were offered Saturday afternoon.  Shane Claiborne, Christian activist and author who is a leading figure in the New Monasticism movement, led one of the afternoon workshops and was also the speaker for the Saturday evening program.

 

     We recognized pastors celebrating significant ordination anniversaries, as well as churches celebrating a siginficant anniversary this year.

 

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Pennsylvania Southeast Conference (PSEC) Spring Meeting

Friday, June 9 -- Sunday, June 11

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Registration Deadline:  May 17, 2017

     The three day Pennsylvania Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ's Annual Spring Meeting will be held from Friday, June 9 to Sunday, June 11 at West Chester University. 

     The PSEC is the UCC conference to which St. Paul's UCC belongs.  We can send two adult delegates, one youth delegate, and our Pastor as voting delegates.  We are currently in need of an adult and youth delegate.  If you are interested in serving as a delegate, please contact Consistory President Terry Pastor or Vice President Mike Keffer.  You can also attend as a non-voting visitor; there is no limit for how many visitors from St. Paul's who attend, as long as you register by the registration deadline.

      Click on this PSEC Spring Meeting link for more information about this year's meeting, including information about workshops, guest speakers, conference reports, meeting agenda, and how to register.

 


 

Pentecost - Celebration of the Rite of Confirmation

Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 9:25am

     Come and worship with us this Sunday and celebrate in welcoming our newest confirmands into full membership of the church.

     Confirmation is the rite of affirmation of baptism, where youth and young adults, who were baptized as infants or young children, stand before the congregation and affirm the vows for themselves, which someone else had made for them when they were younger.  Confirmed youth and young adults affirm Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, express their desire to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, join the United Church of Christ, and become full voting members of the congregation.

     The Rite of Confirmation comes after a period of study and prayer.  For more information about enrolling in next year's confirmation class, please click on this Confirmation Program link.

 

 


Summer Schedule Begins

Sunday, June 4, 2017  to  Sunday, August 27, 2017  at  9:25am

     Our summer schedule begins on the first Sunday of June and continues through the last Sunday in August.  For the summer, worship will be at 9:25am.  There will be no Sunday school over the summer.  We will continue to have children's bulletins, available nursery, and children's sermons during every worship service, as well as Junior Worship on the first two Sundays of the month.

     Our regular schedule resumes on Sunday, September 3, 2017, with Sunday school at 9:15am and worship at 10:25am.

 

 

 

Summer Schedule Begins

Sunday, June 4, 2017  to  Sunday, August 27, 2017  at  9:25am

     Our summer schedule begins on the first Sunday of June and continues through the last Sunday in August.  For the summer, worship will be at 9:25am.  There will be no Sunday school over the summer.  We will continue to have children's bulletins, available nursery, and children's sermons during every worship service, as well as Junior Worship on the first two Sundays of the month.

     Our regular schedule resumes on Sunday, September 3, 2017, with Sunday school at 9:15am and worship at 10:25am.

 

 

 

Website & Social Media

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Greeter & Usher Training

Sunday, May 28 at 11:45am

      Hospitality is a very important part of a growing church, and, as found throughout the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, an important part of our faith life and practice.

     There will be training for Ushers and Greeters on Sunday, May 28 following the worship service.  This training is for all current ushers and greeters, anyone who is interested in becoming a greeter or usher, the Worship Committee, and the Evangelism Committee.

     If you would like to help with the greeting and ushering ministry, please contact the office secretary Terry Pastor at office@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770 and attend this meeting.

     Please plan on attending this training on May 28 after the worship service to see how the role of greeter and usher is changing.

     For more information about ushering, greeting, or this training, please contact Claudette Mettin (chair of the Worship Committee) or Lynelle Heimbach (Consistory liaison for the Worship Committee).

 

 

 

Called To Care

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 6:00-8:00pm

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     “Called To Care” is the UCC program for lay church members to minister to the sick, hospitalized, grieving, and others in need.  Our first training session will be on Wednesday, May 24 from 6:00-8:00pm in the Upper Room (the upstairs conference room).

     Any member of St. Paul's UCC who is interested in participating in our visitation ministry is invited and encouraged to come to this first session.  You can attend this first session without committing to be on the visitation ministry team.  There is no fee to participate.

     Pre-registration is not needed but encouraged.  To help us make sure we have enough materials prepared please use the sign up sheet in the narthex hallway or contact the church office at office@sprucc.org">office@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770.

     For more detailed information, click on this last month's Called To Care article link, see the article in the May 2017 issue of The Herald, and/or contact Pastor Ben Motz at PastorMotz@sprucc.org">PastorMotz@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770.

 

 

 

Confirmation Service Rehearsal

Sunday, May 21 at 9:15am

     The confirmation class will have a rehearsal on Sunday, May 21 during Sunday school, to know what to do when, where to stand, etc.

 

 

 

Healing Worship Service

Sunday, May 21 at 10:25am

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     In addition, we would be happy to add you to our church's Prayer List or Prayer Chain -- members and nonmembers alike, as we seek to be a community of healing, where all may know the living presence of our loving God and where all may know that they need not journey through the challenges and tribulations of life alone.  We pray for God's healing of body, mind, spirit, and relationship; seeking healing according to God's will and wisdom for each of us.

    For more information about our periodic healing services, please contact the Worship Committee (chairperson Claudette Mettin or Consistory liaison Lynelle Heimbach) or the Pastor.

 

 

 

Visit to the Islamic Center of Reading

Friday, May 19, 2017

ICORPA 20170519_185034     On Friday, May 19 the confirmation class and youth group took  a field trip to the Islamic Center of Reading to learn about Islam and how Muslims practice their faith another faith, as well as to extend friendship and practice ecumenism.  In addition to our teens, a few adults participated, as well.

     Pictured here are members from the Islamic Center of Reading and members of St. Paul's UCC.

     Our thanks to Elsayed "Steve" ElMarzouky (President of the Islamic Center of Reading), Chaplain Rubina Tareen, and the members of his congregation for their warm and kind reception of us, allowing us to observe their time of prayer, for providing food and drink, and for taking the time to share with us about their faith and religious practices.  We made new friends and formed greater mutual respect and appreciation for one another's expressions and practices of faith.  Thank you to all from St. Paul's who came and to Pastor Ben for coordinating this shared ecumenical opportunity.

     Steve ElMarzouky had previously visited during the Installation Service of the Rev. Dr. Benjamin Motz, sharing in the welcome of our new Pastor to the area.  Pastor Ben and Steve previously also have served together on The Reading Hospital's Chaplaincy Advisory Committee.

     Click on this Trading Places link to view a UCC video found on our website about mutually shared respect and support among Christians, Muslims, and Jews.

 

 

 

Islamic Center of Reading

Friday, May 19, 2017 at 5:00pm

Registration Due: Tuesday, May 16 by 4:00pm

ICORPA Logo     On Friday, May 19 the confirmation class and youth group are taking a field trip to the Islamic Center of Reading to learn about another faith, to extend friendship, and to practice being ecumenical.  In addition to teens, interested adults are welcome to participate, as well.  We will be meeting there at 5:00pm -- 18 Noble Street; Reading, PA 19611.

     If you are interested in attending, please register by Tuesday, May 16 by contacting the church office at office@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770 by 4:00pm (the end of office hours).

     Attendees should dress modestly -- no shorts and no short skirts.  Females should bring a head covering (i.e. scarf, shawl, shemagh, etc).

     For more information, please contact the church office and/or Pastor Ben Motz.

     Click on this Trading Places link to view a related UCC video found on our website.

 

 

Mother's Day - Festival of the Christian Home

Sunday, May 14 at 10:25am

    Sunday, May 14 is Mother's Day and the Festival of the Christian Home.  If you are interested in helping the Worship Committee in planning for this year's worship service, please contact chairperson Claudette Mettin or Consistory liaison Lynelle Heimbach.

 

 

 

Good Shepherd Sunday

Sunday, May 7 at 10:25am

     On the Fourth Sunday of Easter, we celebrate Jesus as our Good Shepherd, who loves us, knows each of us by name, and calls each of us into his pasture.

 

 

 

Called To Care

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 7:00pm

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     “Called To Care” is the UCC program for lay church members to minister to the sick, hospitalized, grieving, and others in need.  We will begining the training and organizing of this program on Wednesday, May 3 at 7:00pm in the Upper Room (the upstairs conference room).

 

Who Can/Should Attend

     Any member of St. Paul's UCC who is interested in participating in our visitation ministry is invited and encouraged to come to this first meeting.  You can attend this first meeting without committing to be on the visitation ministry team.  We may also have guests from other local churches joining us for them to learn more about this program.  In addition, all members who have been ordained as an elder of St. Paul's UCC should participate in the Called To Care training and attend this first meeting, as you currently make up the visitation ministry team to the ill and the homebound. 

     Pre-registration is not needed but encouraged.  To help us make sure we have enough materials prepared please use the sign up sheet in the narthex hallway or contact the church office at office@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770.

     There is no fee.

 

Goal

     All persons who have been ordained as an elder of St. Paul’s UCC currently make up the visitation ministry team to the ill and the homebound.  Part of their ordination vows/charge is to visit and pray with the sick.

     We are planning on expanding our visitation ministry to include other members (not just ordained elders), so that our visitation ministry team becomes those who are: (1) trained in visitation; (2) approved to visit on behalf of the church by the Spiritual Council; and (3) cleared to visit by the “SafeConduct” background check process.  Anyone who is interested in sharing in the visitation ministry is very much invited to participate for this meeting to launch the Called To Care program.

 

History and Previous Meetings

     Called To Care is a UCC lay visitation ministry program.  It is used in many different congregations of different denominations throughout the country.  It was created in 1991, and revised in 1998 and 2007, with the lastest revision being 2008.

     Part of our decision to call Pastor Motz to only part-time ministry included the expectation for the ordained elders to actively share in the visitation mininstry.  More importantly however is that we believe in the "Priesthood of All Believers" and affirm visitation ministry as a ministry that should be shared within the congregation (and not just done by an ordained minister), and our lives are blessed when we visit and pray with those in need.  Part of our Five Year Growth Plan is to train elders and others to share in the visitation ministry.  Training helps the visitor and the visitee get the most out of the prayerful visitation experience.  As part of our Five Year Growth Plan, we are seeking to develop training in all aspects of our ministry, not just in visitations.

     Called To Care has been used for many years at St. John's (Hains) UCC and Phoebe Berks.  This past February all those who have been ordained as an elder of St. Paul’s UCC were encouraged to participate in a “Called To Care” workshop led by the Rev. Dr. Jon Fogle of St. John’s Hains UCC in Wernersville to evaluate whether or not we would like to implement this program here at St. Paul’s.  All interested members were also invited to attend this free workshop, as well as members of other local churches (members from St. Daniel’s ELCA and Zion’s UCC attended).
    At the March 2017 Consistory meeting, the Spiritual Council in consensus voiced support to begin the Called To Care program here at St. Paul’s.

    For more information, please contact Pastor Ben Motz (Head Elder); Mike Keffer (Elder who schedules the weekly elder visitation list); Geri Gammel (Elder who oversees the quarterly homebound elder visitation list); or any member of the Spiritual Council (Elders on Consistory).

 

 

 

Help Enable Dads to Change Diapers

May 2016

    We are almost there.  So far your contributions have enabled us to put two toddler seats in each of our four restrooms.  Your contributions have also enabled us to put a diaper changing table in each of our two women’s restrooms and in the downstairs men’s restroom.  Thank you for your support.  We need about $200 more for a final changing station to be installed into the upstairs men’s restroom.  Don’t let the men get off the hook for the responsibility of changing diapers, make a donation today payable to “St. Paul’s UCC” marked “Changing Table.”
    You can also make a secure online contribution by clicking on this Online Giving link; list your amount of your donation in “other;” and type “Changing Table” in the description.
    Any additional funds received beyond what is needed to purchase the final table will be used for diaper changing and nursery supplies.
    For more information, please contact any member of the Property Committee, including: Jon Henning, chairperson; Dale Metzner, vice chair and Head Trustee; or Mike Pastor, Trustee.

 

 

 

Covenant Association Spring Meeting

Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Good Shepherd UCC, Boyertown

     The UCC association to which St. Paul's UCC belongs is the "Covenant Association", which was formed by the merger of the Heidelberg Association (to which St. Paul's UCC used to belong), the East Berks Association, and the Reading Association.  We meet twice a year - once in the fall and once in the spring.

     For more information about the meeting, click on this Covenant Association Advanced Documents for the 2017 Annual Spring Meeting link.

     Tentatively, the agenda will include: (1) the name of the new "Covenant Association"; (2) revisions to the association's bylaws; (3) election of officers; and (4) five break-out session options.  Pastor Ben Motz will be leading the Evangelism break-out session, and he has been nominated to be elected for a two year term on to the Committee of Ministry.

     Online registartion is available until April 18, 2017.  You can register online and find out more information about this event by clicking on this Covenant Assoiciation Online Registration link.  For those who do not register in advance, you can register at the door (advanced registration is not necessary, but is encouraged, as it will help the planning team know how many people to expect and how many packets of materials to prepare).  There is no fee for this event.  Our voting delegates can include: two adults, one youth, and one clergy.  All other members of St. Paul's UCC are invited to come as visitors (non-voting participants).

     For more information, please contact our delegates: Melissa Lichtenwalner and Mike Keffer.

 

 

 

It's a Transgeneration - Physician General for Pennsylvania

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 1:00pm

Levine Rachel_2017April    Dr. Rachel Levine will be this month's guest speaker for the "Seminarian Hour" at our Lancaster Theological Seminary (LTS) of the United Church of Christ.  She will be speaking on Wednesday, April 26 at 1:00pm at the LTS library.  You are welcome to attend in person or participate in her presentation through a live webinar.

    Dr. Rachel Levine, Physician General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is the highest ranking openly transgender woman in State Government.  A priority of Dr. Levine’s is to bring attention the health disparities that impact LGBTQ people and the particularly vulnerable transgender community.  The discussion will distinguish sexual orientation from gender identity, explain the basics of transgender medicine and outline current and future challenges the LGBTQ community faces and the State’s response to those challenges.

About Dr. Levine

     Dr. Levine is currently the Physician General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine.

     Dr. Levine graduated from Harvard College and the Tulane University School of Medicine.  She completed her training in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

     She joined the staff at Penn State Hershey Medical Center in 1993 where she started the Penn State Hershey Eating Disorders Program.  This program offers multidisciplinary treatment for children, adolescents and adults with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.

Presentation

     Please join this special presentation, either in person at the LTS Philip Schaff Library or via Go to Webinar.
     Please register for Webinar It's a Transgeneration with Dr. Rachel Levine on Apr 26, 2017 1:00pm EDT at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8167284903061492483

 

 

 

Holy Humor Sunday - Game On!

Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 10:25am

DSCN2459 StC     Holy Humor Sunday is an opportunity to let our hair down - way down - with a very upbeat and fun service, following the somber season of Lent.  It is a day of humor and light-hearted fun.

     Our theme this year was chosen by our confirmation class: "Game On!"  Everyone is invited to come dressed casually in their game clothes, which might include: favorite video game t-shirt, favorite sports team jersey or t-shirt, comfy clothes for family game night or video gaming, clothes you wear to play a team sport, clothes you wear to watch a sporting event, etc.

     We are planning on having humor, cartoons, game decorations, a very special Easter version of “Joy to the World,” and a very unique Minecraft video game based physical activity for youth in the sanctuary during the worship service.

Refreshments and Games

     Following the worship service, the Fellowship Committee will be hosting game day in the Miller Fellowship Hall, where we will be playing board games and enjoying light luncheon.  You are invited to bring along a favorite board game, card game, puzzle, etc.  You are also invited to bring a side dish, dessert, or beverage.  Whether you can bring a refreshment or not -- all are invited to the luncheon and game time.  To help with the games and/or refreshments, please contact Georgianna Hildebrand, Steve Miller, or any member of the Fellowship Committee.

Helping with Bulletins and Decorations

HolyHumor 170423_01_Decor      We are inviting children and youth to create the bulletin cover art; click on this Holy Humor Sunday Bulletin Cover link for more information.  We are hoping to have assortment of different pictures on different bulletins.  Bulletin cover art needs to be returned to the office secretary by Sunday, April 16.  You can give place a hard copy in the secretary's office mailbox, or e-mail her a jpg picture at office@sprucc.org.

      The teens are also looking for cardboard boxes to be donated for creating some of the special surprise decorations for that Sunday.  Please donate medium sized empty boxes by Easter Sunday - Sunday, April 16.  (Medium sized might include a 1'x1'x1' to 3'x3'x3' box - a little bigger or a little smaller is fine, too.  A pencil box would be too small and a refrigerator box would be too big for what they are planning).

Roots of Holy Humor Sunday

     Holy Humor Sunday shares its roots with that of April Fool’s Day.  When Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday, he defeated death, and in doing so the Great Deceiver (i.e. the Devil) was deceived - bested by the best trick ever.  From deceiving the Great Deceiver on Easter, April Fool’s Day came to be celebrated on April 1st, and Holy Humor Sunday came to be most commonly celebrated on the Sunday following Easter Sunday.

     Check back here for more information as the date approaches.  We plan to have our 2017 theme posted here by early March.

     You can view pictures from previous years by clicking on the following links:

          2016 Holy Humor Sunday - Theme: "Come Fishing"

          2015 Holy Humor Sunday - Theme: “From Zeroes to Heroes”

          2014 Holy Humor Sunday - Theme: "A Childlike vs A Childish Faith"




Earth Day

Saturday, April 22, 2017

     To learn more about the environmental stewardship efforts made here at St. Paul's UCC, and those of our UCC denomination, click on this Environmental Ministries link.

 

 

 

Holy Humor Sunday - Bulletin Cover Entry

Due: Sunday, April 16, 2017

     Instead of our normal bulletins, on the Second Sunday of Easter (April 23) - Holy Humor Sunday - we will be using pictures created by our youth as the covers for the bulletin.  We hope to have an assortment of different pictures on different bulletins.  The pictures will appear on the front cover of the bulletins on Sunday, April 23, 2017, when we will celebrate Holy Humor Sunday.
     Our theme this year is "Game On."  You are invited to draw a picture that in someway represents our theme: playing video games, board games, sports game, freeze tag, playing on a swing set, etc. Or, you can draw us a picture that in someway represents "The Joy of Christianity" or "The Joy of Easter."
     You can click on this Holy Humor Sunday 2017 Bulletin Cover Entry Form to download a form, and return that form to the church secretary, Terry Pastor, by Easter Sunday, April 16.  Multiple entries by the same youth are welcome and entries by members/non-members alike are welcome.  Forms are also available by contacting the church office at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org.  For more information, please contact Terry Pastor or Worship Committee Chairperson Claudette Mettin, or any member of the Worship Committee.

 

 

 

Easter Sunday

PaschalCandle Easter2017_01Sunday, April 16, 2017

  6:15am - Sunrise Worship Service

Our sunrise worship service will begin outside by a fire with candlelight, and will conclude in the sanctuary.  We are anticipating the sun to rise at 6:16am this year on Easter Sunday, as such our sunrise worship service is planned for 6:15am.

  8:00am - Breakfast

The Men's Fellowship Group will be preparing a free breakfast for Easter Sunday.

  9:15am - Sunday School
10:25am - Worship Service

Our second Easter worship service will take place at our regular time of 10:25am.  We have a children's sermon, regular sermon, children's bulletins, available nursery, the choir, and pew communion.

 

 

 

Maundy Thursday

Thursday, April 13, 2017

     On Maundy Thursday Jesus gathered with the disciples for the Feast of Passover.  They shared in a meal.  He took bread, blessed it and broke it, and instituted the Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion).  He then took his disciples to a garden to pray, where he was betrayed and crucified.
     On Thursday, April 13th at 6:30pm, we will begin worship in the Fellowship Hall at table with one another.  We will have a light meal and communion.  Then we will process to the sanctuary for Tenebrae - the service of shadows - where we will pray, hear the last words of Christ, and strip the altar in preparation of his crucifixion.
     We hope you will join us for this meaningfully spiritual service.

     The meal is provided by the church; there is no charge for the meal, and there is no need to bring any food along with you.  As always, visitors, friends, and members are all equally welcome.

     (Please note, with having Tenebrae included in our Maundy Thursday worship service, we will not be having a separate Good Friday worship service).

 

 

Exploring Faith Series

Begins: Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 9:15am

Registration: Sunday, April 2

    This six week series begins on Sunday, April 9, 2017.  Our classes will be from 9:15am - 10:15am, and will be held downstairs in the the Miller Fellowship Hall.
    During this series of learning more about God, the Bible, the UCC, and Christian discipleship.  This class is helpful for new members and those considering membership - without any pressure to join the church.
    The series will be led by Pastor and will cover such topics as....
      (1)   Why and how do we as Christians use the Bible
      (2)   How and why we worship in the way that we do
      (3)   Prayer practices
      (4)   Baptism and Holy Communion
      (5)   Who is God and what is the Trinity
      (6)   History, structure, creeds, and statements of faith of the UCC
      (7)   Learning about the Spiritual Gifts God has given each of us
      (8)   The Mission & Vision of St. Paul’s UCC
      (9)   The new SafeConduct policies processes within St. Paul’s UCC
      (10) and more....    
    This class also serves as our New Member Class.  If you participate in this class, there is no obligation to join.  This adult class is open to visitors, new members, long-time members, and everyone in between.
    If you joined St. Paul’s UCC within the past year or two, and have not take this class, you are strongly encouraged to participate, as we want you to know your church well.
    You are welcome to participate even if you cannot make all the classes.  Even if you can only make two or three of the classes, we are happy to have you participate.  There is no fee.
    Please pre-register for the class by contacting the church office at office@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770 or sign up in the narthex hallway (preferably by Sunday, April 2), so we can be sure to have enough materials for everyone for our first day of class.  However, you need not pre-register, walk-ins will be very welcome.
    For more information, contact Pastor Ben Motz at 610-621-5770 or PastorMotz@sprucc.org.

 

 

Palm Sunday

Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 10:25am                                          

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salem, as well as the beginning of Holy Week. We will have a "Blessing of the Palms" and palm branches for everyone to take home with them.

     During the sermon, the pastor shared the following video about Ruby Bridges and Dr. Robert Coles.  You can watch the video on YouTube and share it with others by clicking on this Ruby Bridges at 6 Years Old link.  You can watch a YouTube ideo about Ruby as an adult by clicking on this An Interview with Ruby Bridges as an Adult link.

 

 

 

Easter Egg Hunt

Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 11:45am

     The Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held Palm Sunday, March 20th at 11:45am, following the 10:25am Palm Sunday service.  Chidren from 0-12 years old are welcome to participate in the egg hunt.  Older children are needed to help hide the  eggs.  This event is rain or shine.  Visitors and friends are very welcome (you do not need to be member of St. Paul's UCC to participate).

 

 


Sensory Sensitive Worship Service

Autism Awareness Sunday

Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 10:25am

     April is Autism Awareness month.  Many people who fall within the autism spectrum also are challenged by greater sensory sensitivity, which can include greater sensitivity to sound, touch, light, etc. 

     On Sunday, April 2 at 10:25am, in recognition of the challenges of autism and the desire to be as welcoming and accesssbile as possible, we will be seeking to offer a sensory sensitive worship serivce.  At the end of worship, we will be inviting your feedback about how to increase the feeling of welcome and accessibility in St. Paul's UCC.

     Our thanks to Melissa Lichtenwalner, who is crafting the liturgy and sermon and leading worship; Rich DiGirolamo, who is crafting the bulletin artwork; Geri Gammel, who is crafting and leading the junior sermon; and Terry Pastor, who is typing everything up and putting it together in the bulletin. 

 

 

 

Nicholas Allen Moore - Celebration of Life

Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 1:00pm

Conrad Weiser High School Auditorium

MooreNick 2010     Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and loved ones of Nick Moore, who passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at St. Joseph's Hospital.

     There will be a Celebration of Life Service held on Saturday, April 1 at 1:00pm at the Conrad Weiser High School Auditorium, 44 Big Spring Road, Robesonia, PA 19551.

     Memorial Services for family, close friends, and neighbors will be held on Friday, March 31 at 10:00am at his home church, Zion United Church of Christ in Womelsdorf, with Pastor Melissa Burkhart officiating.

NickMoore-Kites-May2015     Nick has been in the thoughts and prayers of many within our congregation and community.  His life, love, joy, humor, talent, music, intelligence, positive attitude, caring, and kindness were inspiring to all.  Thank you to those who have been offering prayers.  Thank you to those who have given moral, practical, and visitation support to him and his family.  Thank you to those who have given financial support for his medical care, especially through the Help Hope Live - Nick Moore Fund.  Thank you to our youth for the kites you made him when he returned home from the hospital in the spring of 2015 and for the delivering of the kites.

     You can click on this Mull Funeral Home link for his obituary, service details, and guest book.  You can click on this Nicholas Allen Moore Facebook Page link to view additional pictures and learn more about this inspiring young man.  The Reading Eagle published a newspaper article on March 25, 2017 about Nick, his life, and his passing entitled "Friends, Family Remember Nick Moore" and a May 29, 2015 article entiled "At Long Last, Nick Moore Comes Home" (a Reading Eagle subscription or day pass may be needed to read their full articles on line).

     In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Nicholas A. Moore, may be made to the "CWHS Musical" c/o Conrad Weiser High School; Attn: Stacy Miller; 44 Big Spring Road, Robesonia, PA 19551.

 

 

 

Five Weeks of Prayer - Cultivating Fruitfulness

Wednesdays 2017

    CultivatingFruitfulnessAs we engage in a study of the Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations over the course of the five mid-week Wednesday evening worship services, there is an additional option of sharing in five weeks of prayer.  For those who are interested, for $8 you can purchase through the church office the book Cultivating Fruitfulness, which has five weeks of daily devotions that match the theme of the evening Wednesday worship services.  For more information, please contact Pastor Ben Motz, Terry Pastor, or Pastor Rebecca Knox.

 

 

 

Easter Candy Orders

Order Deadline: Wednesday, March 22

Candy Making: TBD

Order Pickup: Saturday, April 8 or Sunday, April 9, 2017

    The 21st Century Christian Women's Fellowship Group will be making Easter candy this April.  Order forms are available through the church office or by clicking on this Easter Candy Order Form link.  The Deadline to order is Wednesday, March 22.

    You may pick up your candy at the church building on Saturday, April 8 from 9:00am to 1:00pm, or on Sunday, April 9 following the 10:25am worship service.

     For more information about ordering or helping to make candy, please contact Sue Hiester, chairperson of the 21st Century Christian Women's Fellowship Group.

 

 

 

Ham and Dandelion Dinner

Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 11:00am-2:00pm

      A Ham and Dandelion dinner with all the trimmings is set for Saturday, March 25 and sponsored by the Men's Fellowship Group. The dinner will be from 11:00am to 2:00pm.  Adults  are $10.00 and Children, 6-12 years of age are $4.00.  The dinner includes a drink, roll, ham, dandelion with bacon dressing, mashed potaotes, and desert.  Take out is available.  For more information, please contact Mike Keffer, chairperson.

 

 

Girl Scout Sunday

Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 10:25am

      All those involved in Girl Scouts U.S.A. are invited to wear their uniforms for this annual celebration.  Check with your unit leader to see if she is providing you with a Girl Scout Sunday patch (that varies from year to year and leader to leader).  If not, we are more than happy to present you with one on that day.  To receive the 2017 Girl Scout Sunday patch from St. Paul's UCC, please use the sign up sheet in the narthex hallway or contact the church office at 610 621-5770 or office@sprucc.org" data-mce-href="mailto:office@sprucc.org">office@sprucc.org

 

 

 

Combined Lenten Afternoons

Wednesdays  --  March 8 - April 5, 2017  --  at 12:00noon

     St. Paul’s UCC will be sharing in worship with the other Conrad Weiser Ministerium churches during Lent.  We will have a shared worship service, followed by lunch.  (Lunch is provided free of charge by the host churh).  The following is the schedule for which church we will be at on which Wednesday.

        Wednesday, March 8th at St. Daniels Lutheran Church in Robesonia
            Preaching: Rev. Julie Osterhout

            Theme: Mary, Mother of Jesus
        Wednesday, March 15th at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wernersville - Snow Cancellation
            Preaching: Rev. Dr. Benjamin Motz

            Theme: Mary Magdalene
        Wednesday, March 22nd at St John (Hains’) UCC Church in Wernersville
            Preaching: Rev. William Weiser

            Theme: Judas Iscariot
        Wednesday, March 29th at Trinity Lutheran Church in Robesonia
            Preaching: Rev. Dr. Jon Fogle

            Theme: Pontius Pilate
        Wednesday, April 5th St. Francis De Sales Roman Catholic Church in Robesonia
            Preaching: Rev. Rebecca Knox

            Theme: Peter

 

 

 

Combined Lenten Evenings

Wednesdays  --  March 8 - April 5, 2017

at St. Daniel's Lutheran Church in Robesonia

6:00pm - Free Dinner

7:00pm - Worship

FivePractices Book    There will be a  combined service of St. Paul’s UCC and St. Daniel’s ELCA on Wednesday evenings.  St. Daniel’s Lutheran Church in Robesonia will be hosting this year, and Pastor Rebecca Knox and Pastor Benjamin Motz will be taking turns preaching.  (The plan is to continue shared Lenten evening worship year after year, rotating which of our two churches hosts the dinner and worship service).  There will be a meal at 6:00pm, followed by worship at 7:00pm, with a video and opportunities to discuss with one another the Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations.  Each week we will focus on a different practice.  For the youth, there will be an opportunity to break off from the adults to discuss with one another each of the five practices.

     St. Daniel's will be providing the meal and St. Paul's will be provinding the leadership for the youth discussions.  If you are interested in helping, please contact chairperson Claudette Mettin or Lynelle Heimbach.

     Bring the family on Wednesday evenings, enjoy a meal and a meaningful message, and not need to worry about preparing supper that evening.  We realize with various schedules, coming right at 6:00pm will be challenging for some — feel free to stroll in anytime between 6:00-7:00pm to share in something to eat.

     The Five Practices (our five weekly themes):
           Wednesday, March 8 - Passionate Worship
           Wednesday, March 15 - Risk-taking Mission and Service - Snow Cancellation
           Wednesday, March 22 - Radical Hospitality
           Wednesday, March 29 - Extravagant Generosity
           Wednesday, April 5 - Intentional Faith Development

 

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent.  The season of Lent includes the 40 days and six Sundays before Easter.  It is a season of penitence as we reflect upon our personal sins, which led to the need for the sacrifice of Jesus’ life for us upon the cross.  The root word of “Lent” means “to lengthen”, referring to the lengthening of days as we anticipate spring and the new life granted through the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter -- moving from darkness to light.

     Our Ash Wednesday worship service will be on Wednesday, March 1 at 6:30pm.  We will be offering the imposition of ashes and communion in the pews.  Worshipers will have the option of receiving ashes on their foreheads, the back of their hands, or not at all.  Click on this "Why Ashes on Ash Wednesday" link to learn more about the use of ashes on Ash Wednesday.

 

Burning of Palm Branches

Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 9:15am

    We will be burning last year’s Palm Sunday’s palm branches during the Sunday school hour on Sunday, February 19 (rain/snow date is February 26).  The ashes from the palms will be used for the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday.

    Pastor Ben will be talking about why we use last year’s palm branches for this year’s ashes.  We will be outside, so dress appropriately.  Pastor Ben will be giving a demonstration of the burning of the palms and the grounding them down into the ashes we will be using for Ash Wednesday.

    Visitors, members, neighbors, friends, and persons of all ages are welcome.

    If you have palms you would like to donate, you can begin bringing them to the church on February 5.

    For more information, please see Pastor Ben, Claudette Mettin (Worship Committee chairperson), or any member of the Worship Committee.

 

Photo Directory

Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 11:45am

Sunday, January 29 at 11:45am

Sunday, February 5 at 11:45am

Sunday, February 12 at 11:45am

Camera Clipartbest     St. Paul's UCC is currently working on creating a new photo directory.  To help enhance fellowship and care amongst us, and to help new members get to know us (and us to know them), we are creating a booklet to put names to faces.  Each year we hand out address directories to members, this year those directories will include a photo.

     We need your help to do so.  All you need to do is smile and say "cheese."  There is no cost.  The first opportunity to have your photo taken will be Sunday, January 22 after worship in Miller Fellowship Hall.

     Audra and Donna will be offering opportunities to have your photo taken after worship for at least the next two following Sundays, as well.  As another option, you can also send a selfie or other picture of yourself in a jpg format to office@sprucc.org.

     Rather than hiring a company to create one for us, we will be using the computer software we already own to create this year's photo directory.  Our thanks to two new members Audra and Donna who have offered to be our photographers for creating the directory.

     For more information, please contact either of them or the Fellowship Committee: Vice Chairperson Georgianna Hildebrand or Consistory Liaison Steve Miller.

 

Called to Care

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 7:00-8:30pm

C2C GrayLogo_2016    The Rev. Dr. Jon Fogle of St. John’s Hains UCC in Wernersville will be leading a “Called to Care” workshop at St. Paul’s UCC on Wednesday, February 15 at 7:00pm.  “Called to Care” is the UCC program for church members to minister to the sick, hospitalized, grieving, etc members of their church.  It is used in many different congregations throughout the country, including at St. John’s Hains UCC.
    All are welcome to attend this workshop.  There is no fee.  We may have some other churches joining us, as well.  Pre-registration is not required, but is encouraged.  To help Dr. Fogle have an idea of how many participants to prepare for, there is a sign up sheet in the narthex hallway, or you can call or e-mail the church office at office@sprucc.org" data-mce-href="mailto:office@sprucc.org">office@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770.
    If possible all members who have been ordained as an Elder should also attend this workshop (not just the four Elders currently on Consistory).
    Currently our Elders make up our lay visitation team.  However, following this workshop, we are hoping/planning to expand the lay visitation team to those who: (1) are trained in visitation; (2) approved to visit on behalf of the church by the Spiritual Council; and (3) are cleared to visit by the “SafeConduct” background check process.
    For more information, please contact Pastor Ben Motz (Head Elder); Mike Keffer (Elder who schedules the weekly elder visitation list); Geri Gammel (Elder who oversees the quarterly homebound elder visitation list); or any member of the Spiritual Council (Elders on Consistory).

 

 

 

Boy Scout Sunday

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     Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Explorer Scouts, Venture Scouts, and other youth and adults involved in the Boy Scouts of America program are invited to wear their uniforms for this annual celebration. 

     To receive the 2017 Boy Scout Sunday patch, use the sign up sheet in the narthex hallway by Sunday, January 29; or contact the church office at office@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770.

 

 

 

A Faith In Common

Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 3:00pm

     Dr. Lee C. Barrett will be leading a community forum entitled, "A Faith in Common" on Sunday, February 12 at 3:00pm at the Double Tree Hotel, with responses from an interfaith panel.  A Faith in Common is an exploration of those elements that humans possess in common which point to a dimension beyond the self.

     In an increasingly globalized world, religious traditions seem to be clashing in ways that are increasingly ugly, cruel, and sometimes violent.  When they do coexist harmoniously, that civility is often purchased at the expense of their own unique values and convictions.  Often believers are encouraged to leave behind the individuating features of their faiths in order to pursue collegiality and concord.  We will explore the alternative possibility that religions can mutually enrich one other without sacrificing their own highly particular visions of human flourishing; reciprocal appreciation can be achieved without reducing all religions to the lowest common denominator.  In spite of the plurality that must be honored, all religions share at least one common feature: the good life cannot be defined solely in terms of material wealth, health, power, and security.  That shared insight can serve as the basis for a rich and lively conversation and a concerted critical engagement with our deadening consumerist culture.

     Lee Barrett is the Mary B. and Henry P. Stager Professor of Theology at our UCC Lancaster Theological Seminary where he has taught since September 1993.  He holds B.A., M.A., M.Div., and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University.

     Location:  DoubleTree Hotel; 701 Penn Street, Reading, PA; in the Amphitheatre
     This forum is sponsored by the UCC Spiritual Exploration Project.  For more information, please contact the Rev. Dr. Harry Serio at HLSerio@aol.com" data-mce-href="mailto:HLSerio@aol.com" data-mce-href="mailto:HLSerio@aol.com">HLSerio@aol.com">HLSerio@aol.com" data-mce-href="mailto:HLSerio@aol.com">HLSerio@aol.com.

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Ecumenical Evangelism Workshop

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 6:00-8:30pm

Registration By: February 1, 2017
Evangelism ChurchToWorld     The Rev. Dr. Benjamin Motz will be leading a workshop in evangelism at St. Paul's UCC on Wednesday, February 8 from 6:00-8:30pm in the Fellowship Hall.  This workshop is for both clergy and lay persons.
     Dr. Motz will be talking about evangelism in general and the "Missional Approach to Evangelism" in particular, which is the growth philosophy we are using here at St. Paul's UCC, which is found in the book Reclaiming the Great Commission.  It is an approach that emphasizes the strengths of being a part of a denomination and working inter-denominationally with other churches cooperatively in your local area (as opposed to competitively).  It emphasizes the Great Commission and the Great Commandment as its two primary scripture references.  It is a model that focuses on discipleship building, rather than membership building.
     The workshop is open ecumenically to the Conrad Weiser Ministerium churches, the Heidelberg Pastors Ministerium churches, the Covenant Association churches, the PSEC churches, and other interested area churches. 
     In order that we might have enough handouts and refreshments, church pastors should contact Dr. Motz by February 1 with a planned number of participants from their church.  For more information, please contact Dr. Motz at PastorMotz@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770.  If you would be interested in helping with the refreshments, registration, set-up/clean-up please contact Evangelism Committee Chairperson Robin Henning or Vice Chair Geri Gammel.
 
 
 

SOUPer Bowl

Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 11:45am              

    February 5 is SOUPerbowl Sunday!  Immediately following worship, we will be having a soup luncheon in Miller Fellowship Hall.  Please make your favorite soup, put it in a crock pot with a label (your name and kind of soup), and place it in the kitchen area.  After the worship service we will all enjoy the variety of soups prepared along with any donations of bread, crackers, drinks, and desserts.

     This is a free meal.  Visitors, members, friends, and neighbors are all invited.  Whether you are able to bring soup or other food to share with others or not, you are very much invited. 

     You will have plenty of time to enjoy this meal and see the actual football Super Bowl!  (The snow date will be Sunday, February 12).

     As the Apostle Luke records in Acts 2:42, "They [those who welcomed the message of Christ] devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers."  We also come together to be in study of the apostles' teaching during Sunday school, and then in prayer and thanksgiving worship to God for the Good News of Christ, and then in fellowship with one another, which strengthens the bonds that better enable us to serve Christ more fully as his disciples.  

     For more information please see the January issue of The Herald or contact Beth Miller.

 

 

    

Standing With Our Muslim Neighbors

Friday, February 3, 2017 at 1:00pm

     On Friday, February 3 at 1:00pm at the Islamic Center of Reading (18 Noble Street, Reading, PA 19611).  We have been welcomed to attend services in support and solidarity with Muslim community of Berks on Jumah (Friday).  This inter-faith showing of support has been organized by Atonement Lutheran of Reading as an effort to promote understanding and support for refugees in the Muslim community, and to speak to the Christian principle of welcoming the stranger.   We have been invited by Hamid Chaudhry, currently serving as President of the Islamic Center of Reading.


Reclaiming the Great Commission

ReclaimingGreatComCvrTuesday, January 31, 2017 from 6:00-8:00pm

    As part of the Five Year Growth Plan, we have adopted the Missional Approach as our philosophy to evangelism and church growth.  The Missional Approach to evangelism and church growth is all about reclaiming the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) and living out the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:36-39; Mark 12:28-31; and Luke 10:27).

    Pastor Ben will be offering a workshop on the Missional Approach on Tuesday, January 31 from 6:00-8:00pm.  This free workshop is open to members and visitors alike.  Preregistration is encouraged, so that we can have enough materials photocopied in advance.  To register, please use the sign up sheet in the hallway or contact the church office at office@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770.
     As part of the Five Year Growth Plan, all Consistory members and Standing Committee Chairpersons should attend, as well as other leaders.  If you are a leader who cannot attend on this date, please be in contact with Pastor Ben, as there may be the possibility of scheduling a second opportunity.

 

 

Healing Service

Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 10:25am

AnnointingOilCross     On Sunday, January 29 during the 10:25am worship service we will share in a time of Prayers of Healing.  During this time there will be four options in how to participate in the Prayers of Healing, including: (1) opportunity to light a candle; (2) the opportunity to come forward to kneel and pray near the altar at the chancel rail; (3) the opportunity to be prayed for and annointed with oil; and/or (4) the opportunity to simply remain in your pew.  All are welcome to come and be prayed for during this rite of healing -- members and visitors alike are welcome.

     In addition, we would be happy to add you to our church's Prayer List or Prayer Chain -- members and nonmembers alike, as we seek to be a community of healing, where all may know the living presence of our loving God and where all may know that they need not journey through the challenges and tribulations of life alone.  We pray for God's healing of body, mind, spirit, and relationship; seeking healing according to God's will and wisdom for each of us.

     For more information about our periodic healing services, please contact the Worship Committee or the Pastor.  Our next healing service is tentatively planned for a Sunday after Easter in the spring.

 

 

Installation of New Leadership

Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 10:25am

     We will be ordaining and installing our newly elected leadership into their respective positions on Sunday, January 22 during the 10:25am worship service.

     We will be installing thirteen leaders, two of whom will be ordained as new Deacons.

     Worship will be held in Miller Fellowship Hall this Sunday, in order to more seamlessly share in the fellowship and delicious food of the potluck luncheon.

     We hope that you will come and celebrate in this day with them and show them your support and thankfulness for their leadership.

 

 

 

Potluck Fellowship Luncheon

Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 11:45am

     Mark your calendars now!  We will be having a special winter fellowship luncheon on Sunday, January 22 following the 10:25am worship service.  Coffee and drinks will be provided.  There is no fee.  Visitors are of course very welcome.  Whether you are able to bring a potluck dish or not, you are still very welcome.

     Ladies, if you have a special dish that you want to try out on someone other than your husband, here is your chance.

     For more information, you can contact the Fellowship Committee: Vice Chairperson Georgianna Hildebrand or Consistory Liaison Steve Miller.

 

 

 

Photo Directory

Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 11:45am

Sunday, January 29 at 11:45am

Sunday, February 5 at 11:45am

Camera Clipartbest     St. Paul's UCC is currently working on creating a new photo directory.  To help enhance fellowship and care amongst us, and to help new members get to know us (and us to know them), we are creating a booklet to put names to faces.  Each year we hand out address directories to members, this year those directories will include a photo.

     We need your help to do so.  All you need to do is smile and say "cheese."  There is no cost.  The first opportunity to have your photo taken will be Sunday, January 22 after worship in Miller Fellowship Hall.

     Audra and Donna will be offering opportunities to have your photo taken after worship for at least the next two following Sundays, as well.  As another option, you can also send a selfie or other picture of yourself in a jpg format to office@sprucc.org.

     Rather than hiring a company to create one for us, we will be using the computer software we already own to create this year's photo directory.  Our thanks to two new members Audra and Donna who have offered to be our photographers for creating the directory.

     For more information, please contact either of them or the Fellowship Committee: Vice Chairperson Georgianna Hildebrand or Consistory Liaison Steve Miller.

 

 

Special Conference Meeting

New Associate Conference Minister for Congregational Development

Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 1:30pm

James RevCean_2017     A special meeting of the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference of the UCC has been called for Saturday, January 21 to be held at St. Paul's UCC Amityville in Douglassville, PA.  Registration begins at 1:30pm and the meeting begins at 2:00pm.

     The purpose of the meeting is to vote on the candidate for the new Associate Conference Minister for Congregational Development position.  The candidate is the Rev. Cean James.  You can click on this ACM Candidate link to learn more.  The announcement can also be found in the Sunday, January 8, 2017 Communitas, which is the PSEC's weekly information bulletin insert.

     Our voting delegates include: 2 Adult Lay Delegates; 1 Youth Delegate; and 1 Clergy.  As of January 19, we are still looking for an adult lay delegate to attend this meeting.  If you are a member who is interested and available to serve as a delegate for this meeting, please contact either: President Terry Pastor; Vice President Mike Keffer; or Pastor Ben Motz.

 

 

I Don't Know What You're Talking About

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 6:00pm

     On Tuesday, January 10 from 6:00-6:45pm Pastor Ben is offering a Communications Workshop.  This workshop is designed to: (1) help provide you with guidance to help make sure your articles are providing the congregation with the information they need to know what you are talking about and what your activity is all about; (2) go over the format needed to submit articles to the office secretary; and (3) to make sure your articles, posters, and flyers fit the necessary guidelines to be used within St. Paul's UCC.  

     This workshop is for all elected leaders who have not participated in this workshop in the past few years, as well as anyone who might be interested in communicating within the church through the newsletter, bulletin, flyers, posters, website, facebook, or E-News.

     Please note the scheduling of this meeting to increase convenience and attendance of Consistory members, as the January Consistory meeting will begin at 7:00pm following the workshop.

 

 

 

Soup & Such  and  St. Paul's Clothing Closet

Thursday, January 12 & 26, 2017

Thursday, February  9 & 23, 2017

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     Twice a month (with the exception of November & December 2016, when there will only be one "Soup & Such" per month), St. Paul's UCC offers "Soup & Such" and the "St. Paul's Clothing Closet."

     Soup & Such is a free meal for all served from 4:00-6:00pm.

          (Volunteers are welcome to come and help prepare and set up at 2:00pm).

     St. Paul's Clothing Closet offers a free bag of gently used children's clothing from 3:30-6:00pm.

More Information

     You can click on this Soup & Such link for more information and for this year's schedule, or contact coordinator Claudette Mettin.

     You can click on this St. Paul's Clothing Closet for more information, or contact coordinator Robin Henning.  We are continually looking for donations of gently used children's clothing.

 

Acolyte Training

Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 9:15am

acolyte2      During the Sunday school hour on Sunday, January 8 at 9:15am the Worship Committee will be hosting its annual Acolyte Training.  This is intended both for those who have not yet served as an acolyte and as a refresher for those who perhaps have been serving as acolytes for years.  Plus, we hope that our seasoned, older youth will come to help our newest and youngest youth.

     The acolyte training event is intended for 5th - 12th graders.
     For more information, please contact Claudette Mettin, chair of the Worship Committee or the church office at office@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770.
 
 
 

Greeter & Usher Training and Refresher

Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 11:45am

     Following the 10:25am worship service on Sunday, January 8 there will be a "Greeter & Usher Training and Refresher" course to be led by the Worship Committee.

     This brief course will only take about 45 minutes.  It is for all current Greeters, Ushers, and Consistory members, as well as anyone else who might be interested in becoming a Greeter/Usher or learning about the process we use for intentional hospitality to visitors on Sunday mornings.  If you haven't taken a course in the past year (prior to 2016), you are strongly encouraged to attend, as there have been changes made since 2015 in the way St. Paul's does greeting and ushering.  In addition, we want our expereinced Greeters/Ushers in attendance, as your wisdom and experience can be of great benefit to our newest helpers.  Any Consistory member who didn't go through the 2016 Usher Training, including the new Consistory members, should be here for this training or contact the Worship Committee to schedule an alternative date.

     If you have any questions about Greeting/Ushering, or if you cannot make it on January 8 and need to schedule an alternative date, please contact the Worship Committee Chairperson Claudette Mettin.

 

 

 

Annual Pork and Sauerkraut Dinner

New Year's Day - Sunday, January 1, 2017 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

    The Men's Fellowship Group will cook a feast to start the new year out right.  This annual meal starts at 11:00am  to 2:00pm.  Pork, Sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, applesauce a roll and of course homemade desserts are on the menu.  Adults-$10.00, Children(6-12)-$4.00, under six free.  Come onct and eat yourself full.

     For More information, please contact Mike Keffer, chair of the Men's Fellowship Group.

     To view photos from previous years, you can click on the following links:

           New Years Day 2016 Pork & Sauerkraut Dinner Facebook Photos

           New Years Day 2015 Pork & Sauerkraut Dinner

 

 

 

Annual Pork and Sauerkraut Dinner - Thank You

New Year's Day - Sunday, January 1, 2017 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

PorkSrkrt 2017-01     Thank you to all who helped with the Pork & Sauerkraut Dinner on New Years Day.  With at least 260 tickets sold, we had a record number of people dining with us.  We had a few pictures and a wonderful article featured in The Reading Eagle that Monday, January 2.  Plus, we made national UCC headlines being featured in the national KYP - Keeping You Posted UCC website.  Thank you to all who helped make this such a great event.

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     Click on this 2017 Pork & Sauerkraut Dinner link to view pictures from this year's event.

     For More information, please contact Mike Keffer, chair of the Men's Fellowship Group or Rob Seifrit.

      To view photos from previous years, you can click on the following links:

           New Years Day 2016 Pork & Sauerkraut Dinner Facebook Photos

           New Years Day 2015 Pork & Sauerkraut Dinner

 

 

 

Annual Pork and Sauerkraut Dinner

New Year's Day - Sunday, January 1, 2017 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

PorkSrkrt 2017-03    The Men's Fellowship Group will cook a feast to start the new year out right.  This annual meal starts at 11:00am  to 2:00pm.  Pork, Sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, applesauce a roll and of course homemade desserts are on the menu.  Adults-$10.00, Children(6-12)-$4.00, under six free.  Come onct and eat yourself full.

     For More information, please contact Mike Keffer, chair of the Men's Fellowship Group.

     To view photos from previous years, you can click on the following links:

           New Years Day 2016 Pork & Sauerkraut Dinner Facebook Photos

          New Years Day 2015 Pork & Sauerkraut Dinner

 

 

 

~ ~ ~ Past Events in 2016 ~ ~


Christmas Eve with St. Paul’s UCC

Saturday, December 24, 2016

    This Christmas Eve we will once again be offering two evening worship services.  We hope that you will join us for one or both of these services.  There will be some similarities between the two services, but there will be enough differences that if you come to both, you will have two different (and hopefully spiritually enriching) worship experiences.

For the Earlier Christmas Eve Worship Service:

    6:30pm - Singers and instrumentalists will begin sharing Christmas music at 6:30pm
    7:00pm - We will begin the liturgy part of the worship service
    ✧    We will be lighting the Christ Candle for the Advent Wreath
    ✧    There will be communion in the pews
    ✧    Pastor Motz will be retelling Luke’s Birth Narrative verbatim
    ✧    There will be a children focused message
    ✧    We will have Christmas carols during worship (different ones from the later service)
    ✧    The Senior Choir will be singing
    ✧    The Handbell Choir will be playing
    ✧    We will be ending the service with candlelight, three verses of “Silent Night”

               followed by “Joy to the World”

For the Later Christmas Eve Worship Service:

    11:00pm - The worship service will begin
    ✧    We will be lighting the Christ Candle for the Advent Wreath
    ✧    There will be communion at the chancel rail
    ✧    Pastor Motz will be retelling Luke’s Birth Narrative verbatim
    ✧    There will be two touching Christmas readings
    ✧    We will have Christmas carols during worship (different ones from the earlier service)
    ✧    There will be a soloist
    ✧    We will be ending the service with candlelight, and all six verses of “Silent Night”

                  followed by “Joy to the World”
    ✧    We hope to end the worship service just a little after midnight - Christmas Morning

 

 

 

Christmas Sunday Worship - Christmas Legend

Sunday, December 25, 2016 at 9:25am

     We are planning on worshiping at 9:25am on Christmas Sunday.  Pastor Ben will be sharing with us a Christmas legend this Sunday - the Legend of the Robin's Red Breast.

     We will be celebrating in Holy Communion this Sunday.  As always, you do not need to be a member of St. Paul's UCC to share in the sacrament of communion.  We welcome all baptized Christians who profess a belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour to share with us in this sacrament.

     There will be NO Sunday school this Sunday.

 

 

 

Children's Christmas Program

Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 10:25am

YCmas-002-DSCN1185 StC-edit     The annual Children's Christmas Program is scheduled for Sunday, December 18 for the 10:25am worship service.  For more information, please contact Christian Ed co-chairs Beth Miller and Lisa Randler.

     To view photos from previous years, click on the following links:

          2015 Youth Christmas Program

          2014 Youth Christmas Program

          2013 Youth Christmas Program

 

 

 

Wreaths Across America

Saturday, December 17, 2016

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     The Wreaths Across America event will be held at the Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery on Saturday, December 17.  This will involve a worship service in rememberance of our fallen military and in support of our military serving away from home over Christmas and their loved ones left at home.  The worship service begins at 12:00noon.  After the worship service we will be placing wreaths on graves and offering individual prayers for the fallen.

     It is recommended that you arrive by 11:00am or earlier for parking and transportation from the parking lot to the cemetery.  You may wish to leave earlier to get better seating.  You do not need to pre-register to attend.

     We may participate in this event as a combined youth group activity.  If so, we will post a meeting place and time to carpool to the cemetery, for those who would be interested in going together as a group.  (Look for updates here in the fall of 2016)

     The motto of Wreaths Across America is to Remember, Honor, and Teach.

Helpful Links:

     For more information, you can click on the following:

          Wreaths Across America 2016 flyer

          WAA - Indiantown Gap National Cemetery Facebook Page

          Facebook Events - WAA - Inidiantown Gap National Cemetery

          Indiantown Gap National Cemetery Memorial Council - Yearly Event Calendar

Previous Years:

     Click on this Wreaths Across America 2015 flyer link to download last year's event flyer.  Click on this Wreaths Across America 2015 photos link for photos from last year's event.  For the 2015 WAA event 9,100 wreaths were placed, and over 2,000 youth participated.

 

 

 

Annual Congregational Meeting

Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 11:45am

     Our Annual Congregational Meeting has been called for Sunday, December 11 following the 10:25am worship service.  At this meeting we will be electing the 2017 leadership, and voting on the "2017 Ministry and Mission Program."  The Nominating Committee's report and the Budget Committee's report will be available in the narthex hallway following the worship service on Sunday, December 4.

     For more information, please contact Consistory President Elsa Wertz or Vice President Mike Keffer.

 

 

 

Christkindlemarkt and Craft Bazaar

 Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 9:00am - 2:00pm

CmasB-2015 002     The annual Christkindlmarkt and Craft Bazaar will be held on Saturday, November 19 from 9:00am to 2:00pm in the lower level of St. Paul's UCC.  Homemade candy, soup, baked goods, bar-b-que, chow chow and other canned goods will be sold.  There is a basket raffle with many different theme baskets and also gift cards.  Attic Treasures, including Christmas items will also be sold.  There will be juried craft vendors selling handmade items.  Light breakfast items and lunch will be available all day.  Come out and do your Christmas shopping all in one place.  Hope to see you there.

     You can see photos of last year's Christkindlemarkt and learn more about last year's event by clicking on this 2015 Christkindlemarkt Photos link.

     To view pictures from previous years, click on the following links:

           2015 Christkindlemarkt Website Photos

           2015 Christkindlemarkt Facebook Photos

           2014 Christkindlemarkt Website Photos

           2014 Christkindlemarkt Facebook Photos

           2013 Christmas Bazaar Facebook Photos

           2012 Christmas Bazaar Facebook Photos

 

 

 

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Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 10:25am

     During worship on Sunday, November 20, we will be presenting our confirmation class students with their study Bibles and hymnals.

 

 

Community Thanksgiving Worship

Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 2:00pm

     You are invited to join us for this inter-faith, ecumenical community service, where a number of churches from the Conrad Weiser School District (including St. Paul's UCC) will gather and give thanks to God for the blessings received this year.

     St. Daniel's ELCA in Robesonia is hosting this year.  The Rev. Edward Essig of St. Frances de Sales Roman Catholic Church in Robesonia will be preaching.

     There will be a combined choir.  Choir rehearsal will be on Sunday, November 20 at 1:00pm at St. Daniel's ELCA.

     Please note: This will be in place of the Community Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service.  We are trying something new this year, to see if a Sunday afternoon works better for our community than a Wednesday evening.

 

 

 

Advent Begins

Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 10:25am

     The First Sunday of Advent is November 27, when we will light the first candle on the Advent Wreath.  Come and share in the beginning of this season of anticipation.

 

 

 

Poinsettias

Orders Due: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

     To order poinsettias for this Christmas Eve, please return the form by Wednesday, November 30.  We will use the poinsettias to help decorate the sanctuary on Christmas Eve.  You will be able to take your sponsored poinsettia with you that evening (after either worship service) or the following Christmas Sunday.  We will print the sponorships in both Christmas Eve bulletins.

     For a poinsettia order form:

          (1) click on this Poinsettia Order Form link;

          (2) there is one enclosed in the December issue of The Herald (the monthly newsletter);

          (3) forms can be found in the Nov 13, Nov 20, & Nov 27 bulletins; or

          (4) forms can be found on a table in the narthex hallway. 

     For more information, contact the chair of the Decorating Committee or the church office at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org.

 

 

 

Hurricane Matthew

November 13, 2016

     Hurricane Matthew left a humanitarian disaster in its wake in October 2016 as it crossed Haiti and Cuba and continued northward to North Carolina, killing more than 500 and displacing hundreds of thousands.   Your prayers and financial support are still needed for people as they recover.

     Thank you to those who have made donations to support the relief effort through St. Paul's UCC.

     You can click on this Hurricane Matthew Relief Effort link to see how your donations have been used so far to help people whose lives were devastated by Hurricane Matthew, to whom you are providing hope and practical assistance, as the Body of Christ.

      To help provide assistance, you can make a donation payable to "St. Paul's UCC" designated as "Hurricane Matthew Relief Aid" to St. Paul's UCC; 301 West Penn Ave; Robesonia, PA 19551.  You can also make a secure online donation by clicking on this Online Giving link, enter the amount of your gift in the "Special Mission" line, and type "Hurricane Matthew Relief Aid" in the line next to the amount. 

     As in all such relief aid efforts, 100% of the donations we receive are forwarded through our UCC Conference to the UCC disaster relief aid; we do not retain (nor does our conference retain) any designated funds for marketing, advertising, administration, or other purposes.  Donating through the UCC is a great way for you to be sure that your funds are fully being used to provide help and assistance, and to do so in a way that also shares the hope and love of God with people in need.

 

 

 

PSEC Fall Meeting

Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 2:30pm

PSEC 2016FallMtg     The 2016 Fall Meeting of the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference (PSEC) of the United Church of Christ has been called for Sunday, November 13 with registration beginning at 2:30pm and openning worship beginning at 3:00pm at First United Church of Christ; 151 S Fourth Street; Quakertown, PA 18951.  The theme for the meeting is "Infinite Possibilities."

     All churches within the UCC belong to a UCC conference.  The conference to which St. Paul's UCC belongs is the Pennsylvania Southeat Conference (PSEC), based on our geographic location.

     At the 2016 PSEC Fall Meeting we will do the business of the conference; review the 2017 Budget, review the Habakkuk 2017 General Synod Resolution and receive an update on the search for our new Associate Conference Minister for Congregational Development, while at the same time enjoy fellowship and worship together.

     Click on this 2016 PSEC Fall Meeting Documents link to get more information from our conference's website, including the advance documents.

 

 

 

Candy Sale

Orders Due: Wednesday, November 2

Candy Making: Sunday, November 6 thru Wednesday, November 9

Pick Up: Saturday, November 19 & Sunday, November 20

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     Click on this Candy Order link to download a candy order form

     Orders can be placed in the "candy order" basket in the narthex hallway, or can be mailed to "St. Paul's UCC; 301 West Penn Ave; Robesonia, PA 19551" to the attention "Candy Order".

Pick Up

     Candy must be paid when picked up.  You are responsible for orders made.

     Candy may be picked up on Saturday, November 19 from 9:00am-2:00pm at the bazzar or Sunday, November 20 at 11:45am after the worship service.

Volunteer Candy Makers

     Volunteers are needed to help make the candy.  We have four candy making dates:

          Sunday, November 6 at 2:00pm

               We will be mixing and starting the rolling on Sunday

           Monday, November 7 will be start at 9:00am

               On Monday, bring your own lunch - drinks and snacks are available.

           Tuesday, November 8 we will start at 8:00am

               On Tuesday, lunch is provided.

          Wednesday, November 9 we will start at 8:00am

       Anytime you are able to help is appreciated and as always no experience is needed.

Helpful Funds

     The funds raised from this candy sale is used by the 21st Century Women's Group to help support the many ministries of St. Paul's UCC.

More Information

     For information about how to help or how to order, please contact the chairperson of the 21st Century Women's Group Sue Hiester or contact the church office at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org. 



The 2016 PSEC Fall Youth Event

Faith In Action

Friday, November 11 to Sunday, November 13, 2016

Who

Youth, ages 13-18, of the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference of the UCC.

Focus Scripture

“What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions?  Can that kind of faith save anyone?...  Now someone may argue, ‘Some people have faith; others have good deeds.’  But I say, ‘How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds?  I will show you my faith by my good deeds.’”  – James 2:14-18

Overview of Daily Activities

FRIDAY: Beginning at 5pm - Arrival & Check-in, Dinner, Family Groups, Large Group Activities, Movie, Bonfire

SATURDAY: Breakfast, Morning Watch, Workshops, Lunch, Workshops, Free time, Dinner, Family Groups, Worship, Dance

SUNDAY: Breakfast, Family Groups, Morning Watch, Large Group Activities, Closing worship, Affirmations, Depart - 12:00pm

Location

The Fall Youth Event will take place at South Mountain YMCA Camp in Wernersville.

Cost

Cost is $90.00 per person

More Information

To register or for more information, click on this PSEC 2016 Fall Youth Event link.

 

 


The Robesonia Jack Frost Parade

Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 3:00pm

JFP-2016 002     St. Paul's UCC will again be entering a float in the Robesonia Jack Frost Parade.  Our float theme will be "Heros vs Villains."

    This year's float is based on the theme of this fall's Mind, Body, & Spirit program: "Heros vs Villains" from the Bible.  Through the float and our banners, we will be sharing with our community how God and our church helps us defeat the villains in our lives, including helping us to make good choices in our internal battle between the dark and the light.

     Youth and adults are alike are welcome and encouraged to come walk in the parade in a Halloween costume.  Although, you need not go out and make or purchase a special costume, you are especially invited to wear a hero or villain costume.  A hero costume could include: a comic book super hero, a Biblical hero, a real contemporary hero (fire fighter, police officer, EMT, nurse, doctor, etc), or a historic hero.  You are invited to line up at the Conrad Weiser Middle School at 2:00pm.  Pickup will be at Trinity ELCA at the end of the parade (the pickup time will be dependent upon how close to the front or rear of the parade we end up).

     We will be handing out candy during the parade, and as such we are inviting members to donate individually wrapped pieces of candy.

 

Dates & Times:

   Sunday, October 2 at 9:15am - teen Sunday school class will have an abbreviated Sunday school lesson and then begin designing float

   Sunday, October 16 at 9:15am - take measurements and develop a blue print

   Sunday, October 16 at 6:00pm - meet at Lowe's in Sinking Spring for building supplies

   Saturday, October 22 from 3:00-5:00pm - begin building the float (come in work clothes)

JFP2016 Build_013   Sunday, October 23 at 9:15am - work on the float during Sunday school

   Tuesday, October 25 from 4:00-7:00pm - work on the float

   Saturday, October 29 from 1:00-5:00pm - work on the float

   Tuesday, November 1 from 6:00-8:00pm - work on the float

   Thursday, November 3 from 6:00-8:00pm - work on the float

   Saturday, November 5 from 12:00-4:00pm - work on the float

   Sunday, November 6 from 12:00-3:00pm - load the float onto the trailer & make final adjustments

 

Parade Day:

   Sunday, November 6 at 12:00pm - load the float onto the trailer & set up the special effects

   Sunday, November 6 at 1:00pm - line up begins at Conrad Weiser High School - Division 6

                                                          (make any final adjustments or repairs from transporting)

   Sunday, November 6 by 2:00pm - everyone should be lined up

   Sunday, November 6 at 3:00pm - parade begins at Conrad Weiser Middle School

   Sunday, November 6 at 5:00pm - parade ends at Trinity ELCA in Robesonia

   Sunday, November 6 at 6:00pm - return to St. Paul's UCC to take the float off of the trailer

 

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   You can view pictures from the parade by clicking on the following links:

      Jack Frost Parade - 2016 - (website) - "The Battle Within"

      Jack Frost Parade - 2016 - (facebook) - "The Battle Within"

 

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   You can view pictures from previous years, by clicking on the following links:

     Jack Frost Parade - 2015 - (website) - "Something's Cooking at St. Paul's UCC"

     Jack Frost Parade - 2015 - (facebook) - "Something's Cooking at St. Paul's UCC"

20141102 144944     Jack Frost Parade - 2014 - (website) - "Fishers of Men"

     Jack Frost Parade - 2014 - (facebook) - "Fishers of Men"

     Jack Frost Parade - 2013 - (facebook) - First Year

 

More Information:

     For more information and/or to help with the construction of the float, please contact any member of the Evangelism Committee, including Chairperson Robin Henning, Geri Gammel, or Mike Keffer.  You can also find more information by clicking on the following link, which will take you to Trinity ELCA in Robesonia's website: This Year's Robesonia Jack Frost Parade.

 

 

 

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Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 10:25am

    Join us on this day for our annual rememberance and celebration of all the saints of the church, and a special rememberance of the members of St. Paul's UCC who passed away since last year's All Saints' Sunday.

    This year we will prayerfully be remembering....

          Richard C. Kreitz  -  November 2015

          Marjorie C. Freeman  -  December 2015

          Doris A. Henning  -  February 2016

          Kathryn H. Miller -  July 2016

 

About All Saints Day

    November 1 is All Saints Day, which is celebrated annually on the first Sunday of November.
    The custom of commemorating all of the martyrs of the church on a single day goes back at least to the third century.  Our All Saints Day celebration commemorates not only all the martyrs but all the people of God, living and dead, who form the mystical body of Christ.  Today we like many congregations remember our members who have died during the past year, and we celebrate their entrance into the Church Triumphant.

    All Saints Sunday celebrates the baptized people of God, living and dead, who make up the body of Christ.  With thanksgiving we remember all the faithful departed, especially those most dear to us who have died.  Even in the midst of loss and grief God wipes away the tears from our eyes and makes all things new.

 

 

 

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Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 10:25am

    As a part of this fall's Abundant Blessings theme, during worship on Sunday, October 30 there was the opportunity to for individuals to receive a blessing of their hands for the abundant blessings their hands bestow upon others.  For those that were not able to be present this past Sunday, you will be able to share a "Faith Promise to God Card" and have your hands blessed at the end of worship this coming Sunday, November 6 following the postlude.

    For more information, please contact Steve Miller, the chair of this fall's Abundant Blessings celebration program.

 

 

 

Roast Beef Dinner

Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 4:00-7:00pm

     For more information about the dinner and how you can help, please contact an officer of the Men's Fellowship Group.

 

 


Trick or Treating at St. Paul's

Monday, October 31, 2016 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm

     Stop by the front of the church building on Halloween night in your Halloween costume and receive a yummy treat (while candy supplies last).  All are welcome.  Trick or Treat Night for Robesonia is Monday, October 31 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

     We are inviting members to donate candy in advance for us to hand out.  With the bags of candy, we will be including a small flyer sharing with some of the ministries within our church that might be of interest to young trick or treaters.  We are also looking for persons to help hand out the candy, decorate the front of the church for the evening, and help take down the decorations afterwards.  If you would be interested in helping with any of that, please contact the Evangelism Committee leadership: Robin Henning (chair), Geri Gammel (vice chair), or Mike Keffer.

 

 

 

Heidelberg Association Annual Fall Meeting

Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 3:00pm

ZionUCCBlueMtn Fall2016     The annual Heidelberg Association Fall Meeting will be taking place at Zion Blue Mountain UCC in Strausstown on Sunday, October 30 at 3:00pm.  This is the UCC association to which St. Paul's UCC belongs.  The main topic of this meeting will be voting on whether or not to merge the Heidelberg Association with three other associations within our Pennsylvania Southeast Conference.  Those three include: East Berks Association, Reading Association, and Schuylkill Association.  For more information, copies of the advance overview document can be found on a table in the narthex hallway.  You can also contact our delegates: Mike K. and Melissa L.

     Click on this Covenant Association link to learn about the outcome of the October 30 meeting.

 

 

 

Abundant Blessings - Celebration Luncheon

Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 11:45am

CornucopiaWallPaper 2016a     In celebration of God's abundant blessings, we will be having a time of food and fellowship on Sunday, October 30 following worship.  Please join us for this celebration luncheon.  There is no fee and there is no need to bring anything; everything will be provided by the Deacons of St. Paul's UCC.

     You are invited to RSVP in advance, so that we can be sure to provide an abundance of food for all.  To RSVP, you can contact the church office at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org; click on this RSVP card link; use the RSVP card found in the September and October issues of The Herald; or use the RSVP card found in the October Sunday bulletins.

     For more information, please contact chairperson Steve Miller.

 

 

 

Reformation 2005_1003cReformation Sunday

Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 10:25am

    Join us on this day for our annual celebration of the Protestant Reformation.

 

 

 

Pancake Breakfast

 Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 9:00am

     There is no cost and no need to bring anything.  For more information please contact Christian Education Chairperson Beth Miller.

 

 

 

Special Congregational Meeting

Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 11:45am

     The Consistory has issued a call for a Special Congregational Meeting for Sunday, October 16 following the 10:25am worship service.  The official announcement and information about the meeting were included in the third quarter statement mailing, which was mailed to all the members of the congregation in the beginning of October.  The announcement was also made during worship on Sunday, October 2.  For more information please contact the Consistory President Elsa Wertz or Vice President Mike Keffer.

 

 

 

Mind, Body, & Spirit after school program

Begins: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 3:30pm

      Mind, Body, and Spirit (MB&S), an afternoon after school kids program in cooperation with other local churches and the Conrad Weiser School District, will begin again on October 11, 2016.  This program provides, exercise, music, fellowship and homework help for children in the third and fourth grades. 

     If you are intersted in helping, you can contact Elsa Wertz or the church office at 610-621-5770 or e-mail us at office@sprucc.org.  Clearances are neccesary for adults to help this program.

     For an overview of the program, please click on this MB&S link.

 

 

 

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Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 1:30pm

      The Crop Walk helps raise funds and awareness for the Reading Food Bank through Church World Service (CWS).

     The walk will be at Gring's Mill, and will go from 1:30pm to about 3:30pm.

     Dress comfortably for this 1-5 mile walk to help fight hunger.

     To join our church's Crop Walk team or to make a donation to our church's team, contact the Missioon Committee leadership: Sue Hiester or Steve Miller.

     For general information click on this Reading Berks Crop Walk link.

     Click on this CROP Hunger Walk for more information about this annual ecumenical ministry to fight local and global hunger.

 

 

 

World Communion Sunday

Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 10:25am

     Join with us, as we join with Christians throughout the world to share in our common unity with Christ through the breaking of the bread and the pouring of the wine.

     Communion will be served in the pews on this Sunday.




Cornucopia 2016cHarvest Home

Sunday, October 2, 2016

     Join us on Sunday, October 2 for the celebration of Harvest Home.  You are invited to bring along with you non-perishable food items to be donated to the Conrad Weiser Food Pantry.

     If you were unable to bring your donation of food, we will be receiving them from October 2 to November 6.  For more information, please contact any member of the Mission Committee, which includes Sue Hiester and Steve Miller.




Third Quarter Giving Statements

October 1, 2016

     At the end of each quarter (every three months) the Financial Secretary prepares and mails the quarterly giving statements to members for your records.  The end of September marks the end of the third quarter, and as such your giving statement should arrive by the beginning of October.

     Please note that your giving statement mailing will also include information about the upcoming Special Congregational Meeting to be held on October 16, 2016. 

     If you have any questions about your statement, please contact the current Financial Secretary Kathie Matthew.  After November 1, 2016 questions about the statements should be directed to the new Financial Secretary Terry Pastor. 

 

 

 

Combined Youth Group Meeting

Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 12:30pm

      We are planning a combined youth group meeting for Sunday, September 25 at 12:30pm in the Fellowship Hall of St. Paul's UCC.

      This meeting will be for 6th to 12th graders and Christian Education leadership from each of the churches.  The purpose of the meeting will be to give the teens an opportunity to gather together to plan out combined activities for the 2016-2017 school year.  We are hoping to have teens from the following churches participate: St. Paul's UCC (in Robesonia); St. Daniel's ELCA (in Robesonia); Frieden's ELCA; Trinity ELCA (in Wernersville); Trinity UCC (in Rehrersburg); and Zion Blue Mountain UCC (in Strausstown). 

     Pizza, chips, and soda will be served.

 

 

 

Confirmation Class

Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 6:00pm

 The confirmation rite is the affirmation of the baptismal vows, where teens affirm that they would indeed like to be a baptized disciple of Jesus Christ.  The confirmation program prepares youth for making the decision to affirm or reject the vows made for them at the time of their baptism (or if they were not previously baptized, to discern whether or not they would now like to become baptized).
    The recommended age to begin the confirmation program is when a youth is beginning 8th grade.  Youth and young adults in 9th grade or older are also very much welcome.  Youth as young as 7th grade are also welcome.
    Our next Confirmation Class Program will begin September 18th in the Upper Room from 6:00 to 7:30 two Sundays a month. Pre-register by Sept. 4th.
    To sign up for the class, please contact the church office at 610-621-5770 or Office@sprucc.org." data-mce-href="mailto:Office@sprucc.org.">Office@sprucc.org.  For more information, please contact Pastor Ben Motz at 610-621-5770 or PastorMotz@sprucc.org." data-mce-href="mailto:PastorMotz@sprucc.org.">PastorMotz@sprucc.org.

 

  Additional information can also be found in the July/August and September issues of The Herald monthly newsletter and by clicking on this Confirmation Class link.

 

 

 

Ketchup Sunday

Bring Some Green - We’ll Have Some Red

Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 10:25 a.m.

    While on vacation, you may have accumulated some unused offering envelopes in your packet over the summer months.  On September 18 bring along with you any unused envelopes in your offering envelope packet from January through August, insert some green cash in them, place them in offering plates, and “catch-up” with your offering.  Stick around for food and fellowship after worship, and we will have some red ketchup for on your burger or hotdog, and you can “catch-up” on what everyone’s been up to over the summer.
    If you can’t make it on September 18th bring your envelopes with you the following week, or simply mail them to the following address:
        St. Paul’s United Church of Christ
        attn: Ketchup
        301 West Penn Avenue
        Robesonia, PA 19551

 

 

 

Puppet Show- Rally Day

Sunday, September 18, 2016

   Sunday School at 9:15am
   Puppet Show at 10:25am
   Picnic and Puppet Making Workshop at 11:45am

     With the arrival of September, we return to Sunday School at 9:15am (for both youth and adult) and Worship Service at 10:25am.  Everyone (members and nonmembers) are invited.

     We will be celebrating Rally Day on Sunday, September 18 beginning at 9:15am.

Rally Day is a time to invite and welcome everyone - members and nonmembers - to another year of Sunday School and Church. This year our theme is:

    Live by the Spirit, Be Led by the Spirit

If we do, we will enjoy the fruit of the Spirit which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

     We are thrilled this year to have Harmony Hill Puppet Theatre performing during the worship service.  The title of the show will be Faith, Hope, and Love.  In the show a Grandfather tells his grandson about his favorite book - the Bible.  Noah, The Prodigal Son, and the Good Samaritan are used to teach about the 3 great virtues - Faith, Hope, and Love.  Please join us for this fun show.

     After the worship service we will have a Puppet Workshop for the children.  They will make either a sock puppet or a bandanna hand puppet of their own design.  This is for children in Kindergarten and older.  Our Rally Day events will also include simple games for both the youth and adults, AND a luncheon.  ALL ARE INVITED.

Rally Day - Service Project

     We will be having a special service project this year that will benefit two important community programs.  We will be collecting cans of food for the Conrad Weiser Food Pantry, and money donations for the Conrad Weiser West’s Weekenders Backpack Program - a program that supplies needy children with food and essentials for the weekend.  Donations will be accepted from now until the end of September.  Please drop them by the church, or contact the church office at 610-621-5770.  Checks should be made payable to St. Paul’s UCC.  Please indicate on the check that it is for C.W. West’s Backpack Program.  We hope you will help us with this community outreach project.

 

 

 

Guest Speaker & Prayers on 9/11

Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 10:25am

    Sunday, September 11, 2016 is the 15th anniversary of 9/11.  During the 10:25am worship service that day, we will have a special guest speaker, Kara Rhoads, who is a survivor of the Twin Towers 9/11 terrorist attack.  At the time she was a special agent from the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives), and will be sharing some of her experiences in New York that day.  She has since retired from the ATF and is now a local substitute teacher.
    During that worship service, we will also have prayers of remembrance and prayers for peace.
    Whether you are able to join us in worship that Sunday or not, we invite you to pause in prayer on 9/11 wherever you might be, as we remember that terrible day, and pray and work towards a better tomorrow for future generations.

 

 


Sunday School & Regular Worship Schedule Resumes

Sunday, September 4, 2016

     On the first Sunday of September we return to our regular schedule.

          9:15am - Sunday school for all ages

                            (including two options for study/discussion groups for adults)

                                 For samples and more information, click on the following links:

                                      Children & Youth Sunday School Program

                                      Adult Sunday Morning Study Options

        10:25am - Sunday Worship

 

 

 

Seeking a New Treasurer

September 2016

     We are currently seeking a new Church Treasurer to begin as of November 1, 2016, with learning and training under the current Treasurer during October.  This is a paid position within the church.  If you are interested in the position, please contact any Elder on Consistory, including the Nominating Committee Chairperson Terry Pastor or Vice Chairperson Georgianna Hildebrand at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org.

     For more information, please see the October issue of The Herald, or the September bulletins.

 

 

 

Blessing of the Backpacks & Prayers for Teachers

Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 9:25am

BlessingBackpacks 2014 01-c     All preschool, school age youth, and college and graduate students are welcome and invited to bring their school backpacks with them to worship on this Sunday for a "blessing of the backpacks," as we send students back to school with our prayers. Visitors, friends, members, and students of all ages are welcome to bring their backpacks and participate in the blessing.

     During this worship service we will also have special prayers for students, school teachers, and Sunday school teachers as they begin the new school year.

 

 

 

Worship at Knoebels Amusement Park

Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 10:30am

03 DSCN0310     We will be gathering for worship at Knoebels Amusement Park in Elysburg, PA at Pavilion Tent #4 on the third Sunday of August at 10:30am. 

     Friends, family, visitors are all very welcome to participate.  There is NO park admission fee.  There is NO parking fee.  You need only to pay for ride tickets (for whatever rides you may wish) and any food you may wish to purchase there.

     In addition, we are sponsoring youth from Bethany Children's Home to be able to participate, as well.  We will be providing them and their chaperones with ride tickes and lunch at the pavilion.

     Summary of Schedule:

          10:00am begin to gather at Pavilion Tent #4

          10:30am worship at the pavilion

          11:00am rides and water park open

          12:00noon potluck lunch at Pavilion Tent #4

            8:00pm water park closes

            9:00pm park closes

     To view photos from last year's trip to Knoebels click on this this Knoebels 2015 Photos link, and the for the previous year click on this Knoebels 2014 Photos link.

     We will also have a 9:25am worship service in the sanctuary of St. Paul's UCC that Sunday.

 

 

 

11th Annual Car Show

Saturday, August 13, 2016 from 10:00am to 3:00pm

    Come for a great time at the 11th annual St. Paul's UCC Car Show.  This event, held rain or shine, includes Antique cars, Classics, Modified , Street Rods, Jalopys' and  more, plus lots of homemade food and baked goods.  Doors Prizes will also be handed out.

    Have a car you want to show?  Click on this 2016 Car Entry Registration Form link to register your car for this year's show..

    You can view pictures from the 2014 Car Show by clicking on this link: 2014 Car Show Photos.

    You can view pictures from 2015 by clicking on this link: 2015 Car Show Photos.

 

 

 

UCC National Youth Event

July 26 - July 30, 2016

Registration for this event is CLOSED

     This year's United Church of Christ (UCC) National Youth Event (NYE) will take place at the Coronado Springs Resort Hotel in Lake Buena Vista, FL.  The NYE is for UCC youth ages 13-18 years old.

     This event will include:
          + 2-day Hopper All Park Access for all Disney Theme Parks

               (including Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios,

               & Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park)
          + Disney’s YES (Youth Education Series)
          + Service Projects & Social Justice Outreach
          + Workshops & TIE Experiences (Theological, Interactive and Educational)
          + Free Wi-fi Accessibility (Yep, selfies unlimited!)
          + Local Transportation (including airport, theme park shuttles & transport to service projects.)
          + & more!

 

     Click on this 2016 UCC National Youth Event link to learn more.  For a YouTube video, click on this 2016 NYE Video link.  For facebook links click on: UCC Youth Facebook.

     If you are interested in participating, please contact the church office at office@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770.

 

 

 

Vacation Bible School

Sunday, July 10 - Thursday, July 14  from 6:00-8:00pm

Crystal Cave Field Trip - Friday, July 15  from 9:30am - 1:30pm

CaveQuestKit    This summer we will be participating in a combined Vacation Bible School (VBS) program with St. Daniel’s ELCA.  Mark your calendars now for the evenings of Sunday-Thursday, July 10-14, from 6:00-8:00pm.

     On Friday, July 15 we will be taking a field trip to Crystal Cave.  We will be meeting at St. Daniel's ELCA at 9:30am to car pool, touring Crystal Cave at about 10:00am, followed by a picnic lunch and games together, and then returning to St. Daniel's ELCA around 1:30pm.  The cost for Crystal Cave is $10 for adults and $7 for youth.

     Visitors are very much welcome.  This is being planned for youth who are 3 years old to 6th grade (older teens are invited to be helpers).  VBS includes games, crafts, prayer, singing, learning about scripture, fun, and laughter.  The evening program is free for members and visitors alike (there is a Crystal Cave admission fee set by Crystal Cave for the Friday field trip).
    This year VBS will be held at St. Daniel’s ELCA, and next summer St. Paul’s UCC will host a combined VBS program.
    We are looking for volunteers to help with the VBS program.  For more information about how you can help and to volunteer, please see the Christian Education chairpersons: Beth Miller or Lisa Randler.  Their contact information is in the monthly newsletter, or you can contact the church office at office@sprucc.org" data-mce-href="mailto:office@sprucc.org">office@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770. 

     To register, click on this 2016 VBS Registration Form link, print it, fill it out, and return it to Beth Miller or Lisa Randler.  You can also mail the form to: "St. Paul's UCC; Attn: Christian Ed Committee; 301 West Penn Ave; Robesonia, PA 19551."

 

VBS FAQs

     Who:  3 year olds to 6th grade

     Who:  all youth in our community (you do not need to be a member of St. Paul's or St. Daniel's)

     When:  Sunday, July 10 - Thursday, July 14   from  6:00pm-8:00pm

     Where:  St. Daniel's ELCA, Robesonia

     Cost:  Free

     What:  games, crafts, music, snacks, prayer, learning about the Bible, friendship, and fun

     Registration Form:  Click on this 2016 VBS Registration Form link.

 

 

 

PSEC Summer Camp Programs

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Early Bird Discount - May 31, 2016

     For information about our Pennsylvania Southeast Conference 2016 summer day camp and overnight camps, click on the following links: Summer Camps at New Goshenhoppen UCC Brochure and Summer Camps at New Goshenhoppen UCC Flier.

 

 

 

Penn Central Summer Church Camp

Summer 2016

Early Bird Discount - April 1, 2016

2015 fishing-campers    The Hartman Center has general camps for youth of all ages - from getting started through Senior High and specialty camps for sports enthusiasts, nature lovers, and for those who enjoy reading and games.  Camp is not only for children, there are intergenerational and grandparent camps, as well as “Body, Mind, and Spirit” for adults.

    The 2016 Hartman Center Summer Church Camp brochures have arrived.  They are available from the church office office@sprucc.org or on the “Visitor Table” in the narthex hallway.  The Hartman Center is Penn Central Conference UCC’s camp, conference, and retreat center.  The early bird deadline for 10% off discounted camp registration is April 1.
    The easiest way to register is by going online to www.HartmanCenter.com and clicking the summer camp button, which is also the best way to get more information.

    The Hartman Center is an American Camp Association accredited camp.  It has been a UCC camp since 1964 and is comprised of 192 acres of open and wooded areas, with easy access to nearby streams, hiking trails, and state parks.
    For more information, you can also contact the Rev. Patty Dodds, Penn Central Conference Coordinator of Camps and Retreats at the Hartman Center; 5725 Old US Highway 322; Milroy, PA 170631; 717-667-2431; or program@hartmancenter.com.

 

 

 

Father's Day

Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 9:25am

     Join us for worship on Father's Day this June.  We will have a special small gift for all the men who gather for worship.

 

 

 

God and Me

Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 9:25am

     On Sunday, June 19 we will have eight youth in grades 1-3 receiving the God and Me National Religious Award during the worship service. Refreshments to follow.

     These youth went through four classes with Pastor Ben Motz, plus finished their workbooks and completed faith activities at home to earn the "God and Me" award, the first of four awards in the Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (P.R.A.Y.).

     The first class will be held on Sunday, April 24 at 6:00pm, and the last class will be held on Sunday, June 5 at 6:00pm.
AwardGroup 2014    The P.R.A.Y. program is used as the religious award program for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, American Heritage Girls, and others.  The God & Me program includes Girl Scouts who are Brownies or older Daises and Cub Scouts who are Tigers, Wolves, or Bears.
    However, you do not need to be in scouting to participate in this award program, nor do you need to be a member of St. Paul’s UCC.

     You can view pictures from our 2014 award presentation, by clicking on this 2014 P.R.A.Y. Religious Award Presentation Photos link.

 

 

 

Community Church Blood Drive

Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 8am to 12:00 noon

MillerKeystone     On Saturday, June 18 the Robesonia Community Church Blood Drive will be hosted by St. Paul's UCC in Robesonia from 8:00am to 12:00 noon.  Please call St. Paul's at 610-621-5770 for information on how to make an appointment.

     For more information about this ministry and the scheduled blood drives, you can click on this Robesonia Community Blood Drive link.

Blood Drive Schedule for 2016

     Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 2:00pm-7:00pm

          at St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, Robesonia

     Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 8:00am-12:00noon

          at St. Paul's UCC, Robesonia

     Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from 2:00pm-7:00pm (tentative times)

          at St. Daniel's ELCA, Robesonia

     Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 2:00pm-7:00pm (tentative times)

          at Trinity ELCA, Robesonia

 

 

 

Hymn Sing

Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 10:25am

     Come and worship in song for this musical Sunday.   There will be the opportunity for you to request your favority hymn to be sung during the worship service.

 

 

 

God and Me

Sunday Evenings April to June at 6:00pm

Classes: Grades 1-3 this April-June 2016

     Pastor Ben is offering the Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (P.R.A.Y.) for grades 1-3 this spring called "God and Me."  The first class will be held on Sunday, April 24 at 6:00pm, and the last class will be held on Sunday, June 5 at 6:00pm.  The celebration Sunday will be Sunday, June 19 during the 9:25am worship service 
AwardGroup 2014    This is a four week course (plus introduction and conclusion).  Each session lasts about an hour to an hour and a half.
    The P.R.A.Y. program is used as the religious award program for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, American Heritage Girls, and others.  The God & Me program includes Girl Scouts who are Brownies or older Daises and Cub Scouts who are Tigers, Wolves, or Bears.
    However, you do not need to be in scouting to participate in this award program, nor do you need to be a member of St. Paul’s UCC.  All interested youth in grades 1-3 are invited.  This is a program of the church, rather than a scouting program.  Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts simply recognize this program as an official way to earn your respective religious scouting awards.

     If you are interested in participating in this upcoming God & Me course, please contact the church office at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org.  You can learn more about the P.R.A.Y. Programs offered here by clicking on this P.R.A.Y. Religious Program link.  You can view pictures from our 2014 award presentation, by clicking on this 2014 P.R.A.Y. Religious Award Presentation Photos link.

 

 

 

Healing Service

Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 10:25am

     During the 10:25 worship service on Sunday, May 22 we will share in a time of Prayers of Healing.  During this time there will be four options in how to participate in the Prayers of Healing, including: (1) the opportunity to be prayed for and annointed with oil; (2) opportunity to light a candle; (3) the opportunity to pray at the chancel rail; and (4) the opportunity to simply remain in your pew.

 

 

 

Mulching

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 6:00pm

      For additional information, you can also contact Carl Unger, Vice Chair of the Property Committee.

 

 

 

Pentecost

Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 10:25am

     Join us for this annual celebration of the Birthday of the Christian Church and the imparting of the Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

Mother's Day

Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 10:25am

     Join us for worship on Mother's Day this May.  We will have a special small gift for all the women who gather for worship.

 

 

 

Ascension Day

Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 6:30pm

     The 40th Day after Easter is Ascension Day, when Jesus Christ ascended into heaven.

     This Ascension Day we will host a combined evening worship service with St. Daniel's ELCA.  The service will be on Thursday, May 5 at 6:30pm in the sanctuary of St. Paul's UCC.  Refreshments to follow in the Miller Fellowship Hall.

 

 

 

Western Berks Free Medical Clinic

April 2016 - Cancelled

     This educational event was originally scheduled for the youth group for April 2016, but was postponed and is now cancelled.  We planned for this event to provide opportunity for teens from area local churches to learn more about the ministry of the West Berks Free Medical Clinic at St. Daniel's ELCA.  We hope to reschedule this for the 2016-2017 school year.

 

 

 

Heidelberg Association Takes Pride in Blue Marsh

Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 9:00am

Registration - Sunday, April 10

TakePrideBlueMarsh-promo-2016     On Saturday, April 16 members of the congregations of the Heidelberg Association of the United Church of Christ will join with hundreds of volunteers from Berks county to help in sprucing up Blue Marsh.  We have chosen this as an extension of our Lenten Meditations “Caring for the Creation,” as well as an extension of our stewardship ecology.  If you are able, please join in and help “Be The Church”.
Who: You, a member of the Heidelberg Association of the UCC (which includes St. Paul's UCC in Robesonia)
What: “Take Pride in Blue Marsh”.  Our task is to work on the Sensory Garden
Where: Dry Brooks Area off of Palisades Drive near the Lake View Pavilion
When: Saturday, April 16th 9AM till noon
What to bring: Wear work clothes and shoes.  Bring work gloves.  We recommend you bring a water bottle, hat, suntan lotion, and bug spray.  It is requested that bring along one or more of the following tools: grass rake, garden rake, shovel, and/or clippers.
Lunch: There will be a light lunch served for all volunteers.

 Registration:  Please register by Sunday, April 10, as Blue Marsh is requesting a head count in advance of the project, so that they can better prepare.  You can sign up using the sheet in the narthex hallway or by contacting the church office at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org.

 Who to contact: Please contact Sue Hiester of the Mission Committee to sign up or for more information.

 

 

 

Helping The World To Change

PSEC Spring Youth Event

Friday, April 15, 2016 - Sunday, April 17, 2016

Registration Deadline - Sunday, April 3

SYE-2016-NoWordsBorder      “Show yourself in all respects a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, gravity” – Titus 2:7

      The PSEC Spring Youth Event will be held from April 15 to 17 at South Mountain YMCA Camp, 201 Cushion Peak Road in Wernersville, PA 19565 for youth between the ages of 13 to 18. Registration fee of $90 per person includes meals, lodging, events, and activities.  The only additional monies needed would be for the coffee shop which offers a variety of both coffee and non-coffee choices along with some snacks and munchies.  Most of the beverages cost between $3-$5; most snacks are between $.50 to $1. 

  Click to download an event overview and the medical release form.  Bring the completed form on April 15.  Do not send the form by e-mail as requested during previous registrations.  Register online by April 3.

 

 

 

Girl Scout Sunday

Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 10:25am

GirlScoutSundayPatch-2016     All those involved in Girl Scouts U.S.A. are invited to wear their uniforms for this annual celebration.  Check with your unit leader to see if she is providing you with a Girl Scout Sunday patch (that varies from year to year and leader to leader).  If not, we are more than happy to present you with one on that day.  To receive the 2016 Girl Scout Sunday patch from St. Paul's UCC, please use the sign up sheet in the narthex hallway or contact the church office by Sunday, March 27 at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org.

     You can see photos from previous previous years, by clicking on the following links: Girl Scout Sunday 2015 and Girl Scout Sunday 2014.

 

 

 

Holy Humor Sunday - Come Fishing

Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 10:25am

    Holy Humor Sunday is an opportunity to let our hair down - way down - with a very upbeat and fun service, following the somber season of Lent.  It is a day of humor and light-hearted fun.  Each year we pick a special fun theme.

20160401 130951    This year's Holy Humor theme is "Come Fishing".  You are invited to worship dressed in what you might wear to go fishing.  (If you go fishing at the grocery store, you can wear the casual clothes in which you go shopping).  Any member who would like to help decorate the sanctuary for our fishing theme, please contact the Worship Committee chairperson, Claudette Mettin.

    Holy Humor Sunday shares its roots with that of April Fool’s Day.  When Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday, he defeated death, and in doing so the Great Deceiver (i.e. the Devil) was deceived - bested by the best trick ever.  From deceiving the Great Deceiver on Easter, April Fool’s Day came to be celebrated on April 1st, and Holy Humor Sunday came to be most commonly celebrated on the Sunday following Easter Sunday.

    Our 2015 theme for Holy Humor Sunday was “From Zeroes to Heroes.”  You can view pictures from that year by clicking on this 2015 Holy Humor Sunday link.

    Our 2014 theme was: "A Childlike vs a Childish Faith."  You can view pictures from that year by clicking on this 2014 Holy Humor Sunday link.




Ham and Dandelion Dinner

HamDandelion 150418-dish cSaturday, April 2, 2016 from 11am to 2pm

      The Men's Fellowship Group is having a Ham and Dandelion Dinner on Saturday, April 2 from 11am to 2pm in the Fellowship Hall.  Adults are $10.00 and Children 6-12 are $4.00.   Helpers and baked goods are needed.  Please contact Mike Keffer for information.

     Click on this 2015 Ham & Dandelion Dinner Photos link to see pictures from last year's dinner.

 

 

 

Interdenominational Party for Confirmation Students

Sunday, May 1, 2016 - cancelled

     We were tentatively planning a party for confirmation students from St. Paul's UCC, St. Daniel's ELCA, Trinity UCC, Salem ELCA, and Host Reformed.  Unfortunately, due to too many scheduling conflicts that weekend from amongst those churches, the party has been cancelled.

 

 

 

Soup & Such - & - St. Paul's Clothing Closet

Thursday, March 31, 2016

     Twice a month, St. Paul's UCC offers "Soup & Such" and the "St. Paul's Clothing Closet."

     Soup & Such is a free meal for all served from 4:00-6:00pm.

          (Volunteers are welcome to come and help prepare and set up at 2:00pm).

     St. Paul's Clothing Closet offers a free bag of gently used children's clothing from 3:30-6:00pm.

More Information

     You can click on this Soup & Such link for more information and for this year's schedule, or contact coordinator Claudette Mettin.

     You can click on this St. Paul's Clothing Closet for more information, or contact coordinator Robin Henning.

 

 

 

Easter Sunday

Sunday, March 27, 2016 at 6:45am & 10:25am

      We will be having two Easter services. The first will be a Sunrise Worship Service, starting at 6:45am.  We will start outside with vigil candles gathered around a fire.  We will then process into the church with the Paschal Candle and bring the light in with us.  The worship service will include communion and a sermon.

     The second service will be at 10:25am.  The service will include communion, choir anthem, sermon, and children's sermon.  Communion will be served in the pews.

     Alleluia, He is risen!

 

 

 

Maundy Thursday - Service of Tenebrae

Service of Shadows

Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 6:30pm

     On Maundy Thursday Jesus gathered with the disciples for the Feast of Passover.  They shared in a meal.  He took bread, blessed it and broke it, and instituted the Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion).  He then took his disciples to a garden to pray, where he was betrayed and crucified.
     On Thursday, March 24 at 6:30pm, we will begin worship in the Fellowship Hall at table with one another.  We will have a light meal and communion.  Then we will process to the sanctuary for Tenebrae - the service of shadows - where we will pray, hear the last words of Christ, and strip the altar in preparation of his crucifixion.
     We hope you will join us for this meaningfully spiritual service.

     The meal is provided by the church; there is no charge for the meal, and there is no need to bring any food along with you.  As always, visitors, friends, and members are all equally welcome.

     (Please note, with having Tenebrae included in our Maundy Thursday worship service, we will not be having a separate Good Friday worship service). 

 

 

 

Palm Sunday

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    Join us for worship for this annual celebration of Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem, marking the beginning of Holy Week.  We will have a "Blessing of the Palms" and palm branches for everyone to take home with them.

 

 

 

Easter Egg Hunt

Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 11:45am

egg 9036c     The Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held Palm Sunday, March 20 at 11:45am, following the 10:25am Palm Sunday worship service.  Children from 0 - 12 years old are welcome to participate in the egg hunt.  Older children are needed to help hide the eggs.  This event is rain or shine.  Visitors and friends are very welcome (you do not need to be a member of St. Paul's UCC to participate).

     Donations of colored hard boiled eggs, candy, or money are welcome.  For more information or to volunteer to help, please see chairpersons Beth Miller or Lisa Randler, or any member of Christian Education.

     Check out the photos from previous years, by clicking on the following links: Easter Egg Hunt 2015 Photos; Easter Egg Hunt 2014 Photos; and Easter Egg Hunt 2013 Photos.

 

 

 

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The Gospel According to Peanuts

Wednesdays 2016 at 6:30pm from February 17 to March 16

     The year 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the Charlie Brown Christmas Special and the 65th anniversary of the Peanuts comic strip.  During lent this year we will have a book study on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm in the Upper Room (the upstairs conference room), which will go from Wednesday, February 17 to Wednesday, March 16, based on Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and all their friends.  
    The study will be on the best selling book, The Gospel According to Peanuts, which has sold over 10 million copies.  We will have gently used books available, which you can borrow for free or purchase for $6.00.  We have a limited number of available books, to reserve yours ahead of time, contact the church office at office@sprucc.org" data-mce-href="mailto:office@sprucc.org">office@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770.  You can also of course purchase a new or used book on your own, and bring that with you.
    This study is open to everyone in our community - all are welcome.  You are invited to come dressed casually for this series.
    Youth are welcome to participate in the book study, but we expect younger youth will prefer an alternative.  As such, we will have a faith based children’s Charlie Brown & Snoopy videos playing in a separate area, which we hope will be enjoyable, meaningful, and fun for children and youth.
    The sermon theme for Ash Wednesday will be taken from one of the chapters of The Gospel According to Peanuts, which we hope will help link Ash Wednesday with the rest of our Lenten evenings.  We hope you will share in this opportunity to grow in faith through one of the most beloved comic strips of all times.

     The themes will include:

          Chapter 1. The Church and the Arts  -  Wednesday, February 17

          Chapter 2. "The Whole Trouble": Original Sin  -  Ash Wednesday, February 10

          Chapter 3. The Wages of Sin is "Aaaughh!"  -  Wednesday, February 24

          Chapter 4. Good Grief!  -  Wednesday, March 2

          Chapter 5. The Hound of Heaven  -  Wednesday, March 9

          Chapter 6. Conclusion  -  Wednesday, March 16

    For additional information, please contact Claudette Mettin, chair of the Worship Committee, or contact the Pastor.

 

 

 

Soup & Such - & - St. Paul's Clothing Closet

Thursday, March 10, 2016

     Twice a month, St. Paul's UCC offers "Soup & Such" and the "St. Paul's Clothing Closet."

     Soup & Such is a free meal for all served from 4:00-6:00pm.

          (Volunteers are welcome to come and help prepare and set up at 2:00pm).

     St. Paul's Clothing Closet offers a free bag of gently used children's clothing from 3:30-6:00pm.

More Information

     You can click on this Soup & Such link for more information and for this year's schedule, or contact coordinator Claudette Mettin.

     You can click on this St. Paul's Clothing Closet for more information, or contact coordinator Robin Henning.

 

 

 

Girl Scout Sunday

March or April 2016 - TBD

GirlScoutSundayPatch-2016     We have not yet scheduled our annual Girl Scout Sunday worship service.  When the service is scheduled, we will post it here.  Please check back here for updates.

     You can see photos from previous previous years, by clicking on the following links: Girl Scout Sunday 2015 and Girl Scout Sunday 2014.

 

 

 

Easter Candy Orders

Due: Wednesday, March 9, 2016

     Information coming soon....

     You can click on this Easter Candy Order Sheet for a copy of the order form.

 

 

 

Easter Flowers Orders

Due: Sunday, March 13, 2016

     Information coming soon....

     You can click on this Easter Flowers Order Sheet for a copy of the order form.

 

 

 

Interdenominational Confirmation Retreat

Friday-Sunday, March 11-13, 2016

     There will be the opportunity for confirmation students from St. Paul's UCC, St. Daniel's ELCA, Trinity UCC, Salem ELCA, and Host Reformed to participate in a combined Confirmation Retreat weekend at Bear Creek Camp.

     Look here for more details as March approaches.

 

 

 

One Great Hour of Sharing

Sunday, March 6, 2016

    One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS), is the annual special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that carries God’s message of love and hope to people in more than eighty countries.  The UCC works with international partners to provide sources of clean water and food, education and health care, small business micro-credit, emergency relief, and advocacy and resettlement for refugees and displaced persons.  OGHS also supports domestic and international ministries for disaster preparedness and response.
    You can read more about OGHS on the UCC Mission Outreach page of our website, by clicking on this OGHS link.
    Please prayerfully consider contributing to this critical UCC relief ministry during this Lenten season.  You may use the special OGHS envelope enclosed in the March issue of The Herald or March 6 bulletin, or make contributions payable to “St. Paul’s UCC” marked “OGHS”.

 

 

 

Are You ن ?i-am-n d

Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 10:25am

     Join us on Sunday, February 28 during the 10:25am worship service and learn what this symbol is and what it has to do with martyrs, Christians, and ISIS.

     Find out more, by clicking on this Nasara link.

 

 

 

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Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 11:45am

     Join us this Sunday for information about the Safe Church Policies of St. Paul's UCC, and the processes we use to help keep kids in our care safe.  This training workshop is for all staff and volunteers who work with youth and/or who supervise those who work with youth.  For more information, please see the February issue of the monthly church newsletter The Herald and/or contact the Christian Education chairpersons: Beth Miller and Lisa Randler.

 

 

 

Lenten Afternoons

Wednesdays 2016 at 12:00noon

     St. Paul’s UCC will be sharing in worship with the other Conrad Weiser Ministerium churches this coming Lent.  The following is the schedule for which church we will be at on which Wednesday.

          Wednesday, February 17

               Church:  Zion ELCA, Womelsdorf

               Preacher: The Rev. June Bair

          Wednesday, February 24

               Church:  St. John's (Hain's)UCC

               Preacher:  The Rev. Dr. Jon Fogle

          Wednesday, March 2

               Church:  Trinity ELCA, Wernersville

               Preacher:  The Rev. Julie Osterhout

          Wednesday, March 9

               Church:  St. Paul's UCC, Robesonia

               Preacher:  The Rev. Dr. Benjamin D. Motz

          Wednesday, March 16

               Church:  St. Daniels's ELCA, Robesonia

               Preacher:  The Rev. Rebecca Knox

 

 

 

Exploring Faith Series

Begins: Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 9:15 a.m.

     This six week series begins on Sunday, February 14, 2016.  Our classes will be from 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m., and will be held downstairs in the the Miller Fellowship Hall.
    You are welcome to participate even if you cannot make all the classes (including if you cannot make the first class).  There is no fee.
    During this series of learning more about God, the Bible, the UCC, and Christian discipleship.  This class is helpful for new members and those considering membership - without any pressure to join the church.
    The series will be led by Pastor and will cover such topics as....
    (1)    Why and how do we as Christians use the Bible
    (2)    How and why we worship in the way that we do
    (3)    Prayer practices
    (4)    Baptism and Holy Communion
    (5)    Who is God and what is the Trinity
    (6)    History, structure, creeds, and statements of faith of the UCC
    (7)    Learning about the Spiritual Gifts God has given each of us
    (8)    The Mission & Vision of St. Paul’s UCC
    (9)    The new SafeConduct policies processes within St. Paul’s UCC
    (10) and more....    
    Please note, The Wired Word Sunday school class will not be meeting at this time.  All students participating in The Wired Word class are welcome and encouraged to either participate in this Exploring Faith Series of The Present Word adult class in the Upper Room (upstairs conference room).
    For more information, contact the church office at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org.

 

 

 

Boy Scout Sunday

Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 10:25am

BSA-ScoutSundayPatch-2016     Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Explorer Scouts, Venture Scouts, and other youth and adults involved in the Boy Scouts of America program are invited to wear their uniforms for this annual celebration. 

     To receive the 2016 Boy Scout Sunday patch, use the sign up sheet in the narthex hallway by Sunday, January 31; or contact the church office at office@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770.

 

 

 

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 6:30pm

    Our Ash Wednesday worship service will be on Wednesday, February 10 at 6:30pm.  We will be offering communion in the pews.  In the bulletin will be a summary about why we use ashes on Ash Wednesday.  Worshipers will have the option of receiving ashes on their foreheads, the back of their hands, or not at all.

 

 

 

SOUPer Bowl

Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 11:45am

    February 7 is SOUPerbowl Sunday!  Immediately following worship, we will be having a soup luncheon in Miller Fellowship Hall.  Please make your favorite soup, put it in a crock pot with a label (your name and kind of soup), and place it in the kitchen area.  After the worship service we will all enjoy the variety of soups prepared along with any donations of bread, crackers, drinks, and desserts.  For more information please contact Beth Miller or the church office at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org.  You will have plenty of time to enjoy this meal and see the actual football Super Bowl!  (The snow date will be Sunday, February 14).

 

 

Transfiguration Sunday

Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 10:25am

 

 

              

Reclaiming the Great Commission

Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 9:00-11:00am

    As part of the Five Year Growth Plan, we have adopted the Missional Approach as our philosophy to evangelism and church growth.  The Missional Approach to evangelism and church growth is all about reclaiming the Great Commission and living out the Great Commandment.

ReclaimingGreatComCvr    Pastor Ben will be offering a workshop on the Missional Approach on Saturday, January 30 from 9:00-11:00am.  This free workshop is open to members and visitors alike.  Preregistration is encouraged, so that we can have enough materials photocopied in advance.  To register, please use the sign up sheet in the hallway or contact the church office at Office@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770.
As part of the Five Year Growth Plan, all Consistory members and Standing Committee Chairpersons should attend, as well as other leaders.  If you are a leader who cannot attend on this date, please be in contact with Pastor Ben, as there may be the possibility of scheduling a second opportunity.

 

 

 

Lenten Afternoons

Wednesdays 2016 at 12:00noon

    St. Paul’s UCC will be sharing in worship with the other Conrad Weiser Ministerium churches this coming Lent.   We will have worship followed by a luncheon.  The following is the schedule for which church we will be at when:

   Wed, Feb  17    –  Zion ELCA, Womelsdorf
   Wed, Feb 24    –  St. John’s (Hain’s) UCC, Wernersville
   Wed, Mar 2    –  Trinity ELCA, Wernersville
   Wed, Mar 9    –  St. Paul’s UCC, Robesonia
   Wed, Mar 16    –  St. Daniel’s ELCA, Robesonia

 

 

 

Lenten Evenings

Wednesdays 2016 during Lent at 6:30pm

    Join us on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm from February 17 to March 25 for prayer and Bible study.  While adults gather for study, we plan to have Christian based videos for youth.  For more information, please contact the pastor or any member of the Worship Committee.

 

 

 

Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 9:00-11:00am

    As part of the Five Year Growth Plan, we have adopted the Missional Approach as our philosophy to evangelism and church growth.  The Missional Approach to evangelism and church growth is all about reclaiming the Great Commission and living out the Great Commandment.
    Pastor Ben will be offering a workshop on the Missional Approach on Saturday, January 30 from 9:00-11:00am.  This free workshop is open to members and visitors alike.  Preregistration is encouraged, so that we can have enough materials photocopied in advance.  To register, please use the sign up sheet in the hallway or contact the church office at Office@sprucc.org" data-mce-href="mailto:Office@sprucc.org">Office@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770.
    As part of the Five Year Growth Plan, all Consistory members and Standing Committee Chairpersons should attend, as well as other leaders.  If you are a leader who cannot attend on this date, please be in contact with Pastor Ben, as there may be the possibility of scheduling a second opportunity.

 

 


Greeter & Usher Training

Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 11:45am

    There will be greeter and usher training after worship on Sunday, January 31.  All greeters, ushers, and Worship Committee members who did not participate in the 2015 training should be in attendance for this training.  If you cannot participate in this training, please contact Claudette Mettin, chair of the Worship Committee, for the possibility of scheduling an alternative date.




Star Wars - The Force Awakens - In Worship

Star-Wars-the-force-awakensSunday, January 31, 2016 at 10:25am

     Due to the anticipated snow, the Star Wars themed worship service has been postponed to Sunday, January 31.

     Come to worship dressed as your favorite Star Wars character from any of the episodes, or wear your favorite Star Wars tie or t-shirt, or just come as you would normally dress for worship.  The pastor's sermon will include how Star Wars themes relate to our Christian faith.  We will have Star Wars themed hanouts for youth during the Junior Sermon.

     Bring your camera, and get your picture taken with Chewbacca, Darth Vader, a Clone Trooper, or R2-D2 and C-3P0.

 

 

 

Islamic Prayer Service

Friday, January 22, 2016 - postponed TBA

    As an interfaith experience for teens, we will tentatively be attending an Islamic Prayer Service and learning about the Islamic faith, and promoting good relations between Christianity and Islam.

    Look here for more details as January approaches.

 

 

 

I Don't Know What You're Talking About

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 6:00pm

     On Tuesday, January 12 from 6:00-6:45pm Pastor Ben is offering a Communications Workshop.  More details coming soon......

 

 

 

Installation of New Leadership

Sunday, January 10, 2016 at 10:25am

     On this, the first Sunday after Epiphany we will be installing our newly elected officers into their respective positions.  We hope that you will come and celebrate in this day with them and show them your support and thankfulness for their leadership.

 

 

 

Second Sunday after Christmas - Epiphany Sunday

Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 10:25am

     Epiphany is on Tuesday, January 6, which we will be celebrating on Sunday, January 3.  Join us in this celebration of the arrival of the Wise Men to Bethlehem, revealing the good news of the Christian message and the reign of Christ being for the whole world.  We will have a children's message, Holy Communion, and sharing in the joy of the season with the singing of Christmas carols.

 

 

 

Annual Pork and Sauerkraut Dinner

New Year's Day - January 1, 2016 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

   The Men's Fellowship Group will cook a feast to start the new year out right.  This annual meal starts at 11:00 am  to 2:00 pm.  Pork, Sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, applesauce a roll and of course homemade desserts are on the menu.  Adults-$10.00, Children(6-12)-$4.00, under six free.  Come onct and eat yourself full.

     To view photos from last year's event, you can click on this New Years Day 2015 Pork & Sauerkraut Dinner link.

 

 


 

 

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Christmas Eve with St. Paul’s UCC

Thursday , December 24th

    This Christmas Eve we will once again be offering two evening worship services.  We hope that you will join us for one or both of these services.  There will be some similarities between the two services, but there will be enough differences that if you come to both, you will have two different (and hopefully spiritually enriching) worship experiences.

 

For the Earlier Christmas Eve Worship Service:

    6:30pm - Instrumentalists will begin sharing Christmas music at 6:30pm
    7:00pm - We will begin the liturgy part of the worship service
    ✧    We will be lighting the Christ Candle for the Advent Wreath
    ✧    There will be communion in the pews
    ✧    Pastor Motz will be retelling Luke’s Birth Narrative verbatim
    ✧    There will be a children focused message from the book “Jacob’s Gift” by Max Lucado
    ✧    We will have Christmas carols during worship (different ones from the later service)
    ✧    The Senior Choir will be singing
    ✧    The Handbell Choir will be playing
    ✧    We will be ending the service with candlelight, three verses of “Silent Night”

               followed by “Joy to the World”

 

For the Later Christmas Eve Worship Service:

    11:00pm - The worship service will begin
    ✧    We will be lighting the Christ Candle for the Advent Wreath
    ✧    There will be communion at the chancel rail
    ✧    Pastor Motz will be retelling Luke’s Birth Narrative verbatim
    ✧    There will be two touching Christmas readings (including one about a Christmas rose)
    ✧    We will have Christmas carols during worship (different ones from the earlier service)
    ✧    There will be a soloist
    ✧    We will be ending the service with candlelight, and all six verses of “Silent Night”

                 followed by “Joy to the World”
    ✧    We hope to end the worship service just a little after midnight - Christmas Morning

 

Children & Youth Christmas Program

Sunday, December 20 at 10:25am

    Join us in worship on Sunday, December 20 at 10:25am to support our youth and to share in the joy and celebration of the expectant Jesus with them for our annual Children and Youth Christmas Program.

   To view photos from this year's program, click on this 2014 Youth Christmas Program link.

    To view photos from last year's Children & Youth Christmas Program, click on this 2013 Youth Christmas Program link.

   Rehearsals will be on Sunday mornings from November 22 to December 13 at 9:15am.

 

Fourth Sunday of Advent - Love

Sunday, December 20th

      9:15am - Sunday school

    10:25am - Worship with Children & Youth Christmas Program

 

Third Sunday of Advent - Guadete Sunday - Joy

Sunday, December 13

      9:15am - Sunday school

    10:25am - Worship

     11:45am - Annual Congregational Meeting

                        (adopting the "2016 Mission & Program" and electing new officers)

 

Congregational Meeting

Sunday, December 13 at 11:45am

     Following the 10:25am worship service we will have our Annual Fall Congregational Meeting, where we will be electing new leadership for 2016, sharing in the joy of the 2015 ministries and the anticipated 2016 ministries, and voting on the proposed 2016 Budget (as found in your December newsletter).  Voting is limited to members in good standing.


Wreaths Across America

Saturday, December 12, 2015

WAA 2012 DSCN3683-C     We will be participating in the Wreaths Across America event at Fort Indiantown Gap on Saturday morning.  This will involve a worship service in rememberance of our fallen military and in support of our military serving away from home over Christmas and their loved ones left at home.  The worship service begins at 12:00noon.  After the worship service we will be placing wreaths on graves and offering individual prayers for the fallen.

     We plan to meet at Epler's UCC in Leesport at 10:15am, and then carpool from there to the cemetery.

     Click on this Wreaths Across America flyer link to download the 2015 event flyer.

     To view pictures from this event, click on this Wreaths Across America 2015 photos link.

 

 

Community Church Blood Drive

December 10, 2015 from 2:00pm-7:00pm

    On December 10th the Robesonia Community Church Blood Drive will be hosted by Trinity ELCA in Robesonia from 2:00pm-7:00pm.  Please call Trinity ELCA at 610-693-6062 for information on how to make an appointment.

 

 

Second Sunday of Advent - Peace

First Communion Sunday

Sunday, December 6

      9:15am - Sunday school

    10:25am - Worship with Communion at the Chancel Rail

     Children and their parents who completed the Children Communion Classes will be sharing in a special way during the communion service this Sunday.

      6:00pm - Confirmation Class

 

 

Poinsettias

Orders Due: Sunday, December 6

     To order poinsettias for this Christmas Eve, please return the form by Sunday morning, December 6.  We will use the poinsettias to help decorate the sanctuary on Christmas Eve.  You will be able to take your sponsored poinsettia with you that evening (after either worship service) or the following Sunday.  We will print the sponorships in both Christmas Eve bulletins.

     For a poinsettia order form:

          (1) click on this Poinsettia Order Form link;

          (2) there is one enclosed in the December issue of The Herald (the monthly newsletter);

          (3) forms can be found in the Nov 22, Nov 29, & Dec 6 bulletins; or

          (4) forms can be found on a table in the narthex hallway. 

     For more information, contact the chair of the Decorating Committee or the church office at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org.

 

 

Advent Begins - First Sunday of Advent - Hope

Sunday, November 29 at 10:25am

     Join us in the lighting of the Advent Wreath, as we prepare for the coming of the Lord!

     We welcome the Rev. Barbara Peronteau, who will be or guest preacher this Sunday.

 

 

Thanksgiving Eve

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 7:00pm

     You are invited to join us for this inter-faith, ecumenical community service, where a number of churches from the Conrad Weiser School District will gather and give thanks to God for the blessings received this year.

     St. Paul's UCC is hosting this year.  The Rev. Rebecca Knox of St. Daniel's Lutheran Church in Robesonia will be preaching, including offering a children's sermon.  We will also have children's bulletins available for our young worshipers.

     The evening's offering will go to support the Mind, Body, and Spirit Club after school program.

     Last year, this event was cancelled due to snow; the forecast looks much, much more promising this year.

 

 

Bible Presentation to Youth

Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 10:25am

BiblePresentation 2014Nov23     During worship on Sunday, November 22, we will be presenting the children of St. Paul's UCC with Bibles, who are in grades 1-6 (who have not yet received a CEV youth Bible from the church).  On this same day, we will also be presenting our confirmation class with their study Bibles and hymnals.

     For your 1st - 6th grader to receive a Bible, and to make sure that we spell your child's name correctly on the presentation page, please fill out a "Youth Bible Request Form" (available from the church office), and return it to the office by November 1, 2015.

     For those who are receiving a Bible, our prayers and our spiritual support and guidance are with you.  Please remember to bring your Bibles with you weekly to Sunday school.

 

 

Christkindlemarkt and Craft Bazaar

Saturday, November 21 from 9:00am - 2:00pm

CmasB-2015 001     The annual Christkindlmarkt and Craft Bazaar will be held on Saturday, November 21 from  9:00 AM until 2:00 PM at St. Paul's UCC.  Homemade candy, soup, baked goods, bar-b-que, chow chow and other canned goods will be sold.  There is a basket raffle with many different theme baskets and also gift cards.  Attic Treasures, including Christmas items will also be sold.  There are eleven juried craft vendors selling handmade items.  Light breakfast items and lunch will be available all day.  Come out and do your Christmas shopping all in one place.  Hope to see you there.

 

 

 

Drum Circle & Lakota American Indian Mission Presentation

Sunday, November 15 from 6:00-8:00pm

Register by November 8

AfricanDrum-1     For this activity for teens, we will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall of St. Paul's UCC at 6:00pm.

     We will have a presentation on traditional American Indian drumming, followed by a presentation on mission work with the Lakota American Indians, and then there will be an opportunity to participiate in a drum circle led by Earth Rhythms.

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     Please pre-register with your home church by November 8, so that we can make sure to have enough pizza, soda, and drums for all (i.e. members of St. Paul's UCC should pre-register with St. Paul's UCC; members of St. Daniel's ELCA should pre-register with St. Daniel's ELCA; etc.).

     You can find pictures from this event by clicking on this Drum Cir

cle and Lakota First Peoples Mission Presentation Photos link.

 

 

Fall Leaves

Saturday Mornings -

- October 10 to November 14 at 8:30am

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    Call for help to all able bodies, Fall project.  Assembly on Saturday morning to rake leaves at the Church/Parsonage grove.  It should only take a few minutes.  Raking can be a joy if you are working with a couple friends.  So put on those boots and that comfy flannel shirt, grab your rake and meet at the church building this and every Saturday morning, in October and November at 8:30am and every Saturday morning until the leaves are gone. Thank you. You'll feel good about this. See you there. The Trustees

 

 

Join in the Journey - Trust in the Promise

Guest Speaker - Sunday, November 8 at 10:25am

Celebration Luncheon - Sunday, November 8 at 11:45am

     If you have not already done so, contact the church office at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org" data-mce-href="mailto:office@sprucc.org" data-mce-href="mailto:office@sprucc.org">office@sprucc.org">office@sprucc.org" data-mce-href="mailto:office@sprucc.org">office@sprucc.org with your RSVP for this annual celebration luncheon, as we join together journeying toward a future of hope.  There is no fee for the luncheon - friends, visitors, all are very welcome.

Bike_JoinInJourney-1     Annually we have a fall celebration of the ministries we have been able to engage in the past year and the ministries we are hoping to support in the year to come.  This year’s theme is “Join in the Journey - Trust in the Promise,” which is the national UCC theme for this year.  It is based on a passage from the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah, “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).

     We are using the symbolism of bicycling,  as we join together towards that promise of a future with hope.

     During the 10:30am worship services, we will be having individual witness on Sunday, October 18 and Sunday, October 25; a special witness by the Sunday school youth on Sunday, November 1; and this year's special speaker will be the Rev. Bruce Dalious, who will be sharing with us a special message on Sunday, November 8 during the 10:25am worship service.

 

Join in the Journey - Hand Blessing

Sunday, November 8 at 10:25am

Sunday, November 15 at 10:25am

     If you were not able to attend worship on Sunday, November 8 and therefore missed having your hands blessed by Pastor Motz or Pastor Dalious, you still have an opportunity to share in this annual blessing.  During worship on Sunday, November 15 we will again have the blessing prayer, and after worship, those who were unable to attend on November 8, will have the opportunity to receive a blessing from a church elder.

 

 

PSEC Fall Youth Event - Camp Conrad Weiser

November 6 at 5:00pm to November 8 at 12:00noon

Register by October 25

light-sabers Fall2015-YouthEvent     The Pennsylvania Southeast Conference (PSEC) is the UCC conference which serves the UCC churches in our area, including St. Paul's UCC.  We invite youth to participate in this faith-filled event, bringing together youth from throughout the southeast corner of Pennsylvania.

     This year's theme is: May the Faith Be With You.

     Youth between the ages of 13-18 years-old are invited to join us from November 6-8 at South Mountain YMCA Camp (Camp Conrad Weiser), which is located at: 201 Cushion Pak Road in Reinholds, PA 17569.  The event begins at 5 pm on Friday for arrival and check-in.  Friday events include: dinner, family groups, large group activities, movie, and bonfire. On Saturday we will have breakfast, morning watch, workshops, lunch, workshops, free time, dinner, family groups, worship, and dance.  Sunday we start with breakfast, then family groups, morning watch, large group activities, closing worship, affirmations, and depart by 12 pm. 

     The registration fee of $90 includes meals, lodging, events, and activities. The only additional monies needed would be for the coffee shop which offers a variety of both coffee and non-coffee choices along with some snacks and munchies.  Most of the beverages cost between $3.00-$5.00; most snacks are between $.50 and $1.00.

     Our scripture focus for the week will be:  "Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm."  (Ephesians 6:13).

     Click on this PSEC Fall Youth Event Registration link to register.

     Click on this PSEC Fall Youth Event Overview and Medical Release Form link for more information.

     May the faith be with you....

 

 

Youth Communion Classes

Sunday, November 8 at 9:15am -- 7th grade & older

Sunday, November 15 at 9:15am -- 6th grade & younger

     Communion Classes are being offered this November for children, teens, and young adults (and their parents/guardians) who are interested in communing, but who have not yet been confirmed.  The classes give the opportunity for youth to have an understanding and greater reverence for the sacrament before participating in communion.
    Classes will be held in the sanctuary.  Classes for 7th graders through “college/vocational school age” should participate with their parents/guardians on Sunday, November 8 at 9:15am.  Classes for 6th graders and younger will be held on the following Sunday.  If possible, attend the class for your age group.  If not possible, then attend the other class.

    If you are unsure whether participating in communion is right for your child at this time, please note that youth do not need to commune after taking the class.  You can come to the class, learn more, and then decide afterwards.
    However, if you do wish to commune, as of December 2015 unconfirmed youth need to participate in communion classes prior to communing.
    For more details about children and communion, you can pick up a copy of St. Paul’s “Children & Communion” booklet from the church office.   For more information, please contact the Pastor.

 

 

All Saints Sunday

Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 10:30am

    Join us on this day for our annual rememberance and celebration of all the saints of the church, and a special rememberance of the members of St. Paul's UCC who passed away since last year's All Saints' Sunday.

    The Sunday school youth will be our special Witnessing Stewards during the Jr. Sermon.



Jack Frost Parade

Sunday, November 1, 2015 from 3:00-5:00pm

    For those participating, join us at the Conrad Weiser High School at 2:00pm.

 

 

Trick or Treating at St. Paul's

Saturday, October 31, 2015 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm

     Stop by the front of the church building on Halloween night in your Halloween costume and receive a yummy treat (while candy supplies last).  All are welcome.  Trick or Treat Night for Robesonia is Saturday, October 31 from 6:00pm to900.


 

Reformation Sunday

Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 10:30am

    Join us for this annual celebration of the roots and forebearers of our Reformed faith.



Pastor Emeritus Returns to the Pulpit

Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 10:30am

    We extend a warm welcome to the Rev. George Miller, our Pastor Emeritus, who will be preaching on Sunday, October 18 while the Rev. Dr. Benjamin Motz is on vacation.  Rev. Miller will be offering both the regular sermon and the junior sermon that Sunday, as well as leading us in worship.


 

Remembering Our Past - Moving Into the Future

Saturday October 17 at 1:00pm

     Trinity UCC in Rehrersburg will be hosting the Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society for a presentation entitled "Remembering Our Past As We Move Into The Future: A History of The Reformed Church in Our Region."  There will be a talk, lite refreshments, and time for Q & A.

      St. Paul's is one of the historic Reformed Church congregations in this region.  St. Paul's UCC was previously "St. Paul's Evangelical & Reformed Church", and previously to that "St. Paul's Reforemed Church".

     The event is free.  Trinity UCC is located at 27 Maria Street; Rehrersburg, PA 19552.  For more information contact Trinity UCC at 484-638-4278 or trinuccrehr@juno.com" data-mce-href="mailto:trinuccrehr@juno.com">trinuccrehr@juno.com.

 

 

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Sunday, October 11

10:30am - Commissioning of Walkers during Worship
12:30pm - Teen Fellowship Activity
1:30pm - Crop Walk for All Ages

      The Crop Walk helps raise funds and awareness for the Reading Food Bank through Church World Service (CWS).

     The walk will be at Gring's Mill, and will go from 1:30pm to about 3:30pm.

     For teens, we will be meeting at Gring's Mill at 12:30pm at the field on the right just before the river.  For those who pre-register, St. Daniel's ELCA will be providing hotdogs, chips, and a drink.  For those who do not pre-register, please bring a packed lunch.  We will have get-to-know-you games for teens of other churches to get to know one another.

     Dress comfortably for this 1-5 mile walk to help fight hunger.

     To join our church's Crop Walk team or to make a donation to our church's team, click on this St. Paul's UCC in Robesonia Crop Walk Team link.

     For general information click on this Reading Berks Crop Walk link.


 

Fire & Ice

Acolyte Training & Ice Cream Party

Sunday, October 4 at 11:45am

 

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        The acolyte training event is intended for 5th - 12th graders.  Siblings and parents/guardians are very much invited to share in the ice cream party.  After training in the sanctuary we will go down to the Fellowship Hall to enjoy ice cream.
        Although registering in advance is not required, we encourage you to sign up beforehand, to help us to plan for enough ice cream.  You can sign up by: (1) using the sign up sheet in the narthex; (2) e-mailing the church office at office@sprucc.org" data-mce-href="mailto:office@sprucc.org">office@sprucc.org; or (3) calling the office at 610-621-5770.
 

 

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Sunday, October 4 at 10:30am

     In unity with Christ, Christians around the world will be celebrating in World Communion Sunday this day.  Join us for worship at 10:30am and share in with our sisters and brothers in Christ throughout the world, as we celebrate our oneness through God.

 

 

Potato Picking

Sunday, September 27 at 12:00noon

     For this youth activity, we will be picking potatoes in Shoemakersville for the Food Bank.

     We will be meeting at Trinity UCC in Rehersburg at 12:00noon to meet with other teens and eat pizza for lunch.  Please bring money to chip in for pizza.  From there we will carpool to Shoemakersville, and begin picking from about 1:00pm to 4:30pm.  Hot dogs and french fries are usually provided free at this event for volunteers at about 4:30pm.

     Update: We will be potato picking at +PA+19555/@40.5081744,-75.9834393,303m/data=%213m1%211e3%214m2%213m1%211s0x89c5dbfc5cb0e1e9:0x8b26af31533a8654" data-mce-href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/1043+Water+St,+Shoemakersville,+PA+19555/@40.5081744,-75.9834393,303m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x89c5dbfc5cb0e1e9:0x8b26af31533a8654">1043 Water Street; Shoemakersville, PA 19555.  Please note, this a change from the previously advertised site at +PA+19522/@40.450269,-75.8375283,606m/data=%213m2%211e3%214b1%214m2%213m1%211s0x89c5d6f4038c8705:0xa694ffc23f460b6c" data-mce-href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/15+Lenhart+Rd,+Fleetwood,+PA+19522/@40.450269,-75.8375283,606m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x89c5d6f4038c8705:0xa694ffc23f460b6c">15 Lenhart Road; Fleetwood, PA 19522.

     Come dressed in comfortable work clothing, including closed toe shoes.  We will be bending down in the dirt/mud.  We expect to get dirty and sweaty.  We recommend bringing a sweatshirt or light jacket, in the event the temperature becomes cooler later in the day.  If showers are predicted, please bring rain gear.  Please come dressed accordingly.

     For more information about this event, click on this I Hart Harvest, Inc link.

 

 

Blood Drives Scheduled

September 22, 2015

    On Tuesday September 22, from 2-7pm the Robesonia Community Church Blood Drive will be at St. Daniel's in Robesonia.  Walk- ins in are welcome.

    On December 10th the blood drive will be at Trinity ELCA in Robesonia from 2-7pm.  Call Trinity for information on how to make an appointment. 

 

 

Ketchup Sunday

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Bring Some Green - We'll Have Some Red

     Stick around for food and fellowship after worship this Sunday, and we will have some red ketchup for on your hotdog, and you can "catch-up" on what everyone's been up to over the summer.

     While on vacation, you may have accumulated some unused offering envelopes in your packet over the summer months.  On September 20 bring along with you any unused envelopes in your offering envelope packet from January through August, insert some green cash in them, place them in offering plates, and "catch-up" with your offering.

     If you can't make it on September 20 bring your envelopes with you the following week, or simply mail them to the following address:

          St. Paul's United Church of Christ

          attn: Ketchup

          301 West Penn Avenue

          Robesonia, PA 19551

 

 

New Confirmation Class

Starts September 20th 6:00-7:30

     The confirmation Program is the process by which teens and young adults become full members of the church.  The program is designed to teach youth the basics of Christian faith, give opprtunites to practice faith together, hlep youth become connected to their church, and help youth understand their membership vows.

     The recommended age to begin the program is 8th grade.  It is recommended that you start the confirmation program by 11th grade or sooner.  If you would like to start a year early, students as young as 7th grade are welcome.  Students who are older than 8th grade into their young twenties, are of course very much welcome, as well.

     The first class will be on Sunday September 20th at 6:00pm.  The first class will be for both the student and their parents/guardians.  (If both parents took the baptismal vows for their child, both parents are encouraged to attend this first class).

    So that we can be sure to have enough materials in advance, please pre-register by September 1st with the church secretary, at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org.  For more information about the confirmation program, please contact Pastor Motz at  610-621-5770 or PastorMotz@sprucc.org.

 

 

Rally Day

Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 11:30am

      Rally Day will be held on September 20th.  Immediately following the worship service we will venture downstairs to start the food and fun!  Rally Day will be held in Miller Fellowship Hall so we can all share our time together.  There will be games, crafts, bingo, and food for everyone!

      Please start "shopping" for bingo prizes.  We would like the prizes to cost less than $3.00 and the prizes can be gag gifts, fun gifts, every day items (examples - Kleenex, toilet paper, candy, framed picture of you, can of soup, box of mac n cheese, etc) or whatever you can think to bring! If able, please bring one prize for an adult and another one for a child.  The prizes should be wrapped and marked "adult" or "child" and dropped off on Rally Day at the bingo area.

 

 

Regular Schedule Resumes

Sunday, September 6, 2015

     Our regular schedule of Sunday School at 9:15am (including two adult classes) and Sunday Worship at 10:30am resumes on Sunday, September 6, 2015.

 

 

Soup and Such is expanding

Beginning September 10 - going to twice a month

     Beginning September 10, we will be serving a meal twice a month at St. Paul's. There have been many inquiries about when we would do this by the patrons. We are so glad that they have expressed their desire for another free meal a month.

The Caron Foundation caterers have asked if they could participate with us helping out in the community. So beginning on September 10, the second Thursday of the month, they will be cooking the meal and serving it at St. Paul's. We will continue the last Thursday of the month as usual.

St. Francis de Sales church will continue to supply the desserts of cookies, fresh fruit, etc.

This has been a wonderful mission project for St. Paul's and we have so many loyal helpers who show up month after month. This could not be done without them. Thank you so much.

 

  

Blessing of the Backpacks

Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 9:30am

BlessingBackpacks 2014 01-c     Students of all ages (preschool, school age, college, graduate school, and more) are welcome and invited to bring their school backpacks with them to worship on this Sunday.  We will have a special blessing of the backpacks, as well as special prayers for students and teachers as they begin the new school year.

     Pictured here is a photo of Pastor Ben and some of our youth from our August 2014 Blessing of the Backpacks worship service.

 

 

Knoebels Amusement Park

Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 9:00am

02 20140817 145028     We will be gathering for worship in the Fellowship Hall at St. Paul's UCC at 9:00am for a casual worship service.  A little after 9:30am we will depart to Knoebels Amusement Park in Elysburg, PA for a time of fellowship at the park.  Carpooling will be available.

     We will gather at Pavilion Tent #4 at the park. 

     Friends, family, visitors are all very welcome to participate.  There is NO park admission fee.  There is NO parking fee.  You need only to pay for ride tickets (for whatever rides you may wish) and any food you may wish to purchase there.

     We will be providing ride tickets and lunch for two cottages of youth from Bethany Children's Home (as well as for their adult chaperones).  The group from Bethany will also be joining us for worship that Sunday morning.

     Schedule:

          9:00am - worship at St. Paul's UCC in the Fellowship Hall

          9:30am - depart for Knoebels Amusement Park

        11:00am - rides and water park opens

        12:00noon - lunch at Pavilion Tent #4  (We will have the tables marked "Motz")

          8:00pm - water park closes

          9:00pm - park closes

     To view photos from last year's trip to Knoebels click on this Knoebels 2014 Photos link.  To find out more about the rides, shows that day, and other information about the amusement park, click on this Knoebels Amusement Park link.

 


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Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 10:00am to 3:00pm

    Come for a great time at the 10th annual St. Paul's car Show.  This event, held rain or shine, includes Antique cars, Classics, Modified , Street Rods, Jalopys' and  more, plus lots of homemade food and baked goods.  Doors Prizes will also be handed out.

    Have a car you want to show?  Register now or on the day of the show.  Pre-registration is by August 1st at $8.00, day of the show is $10.00.  All are welcome, Come join the fun.

Call the church office for more information.

    You can view pictures from the 2014 Car Show by clicking on this link: 2014 Car Show Photos.

    You can view pictures from 2015 by clicking on this link: 2015 Car Show Photos.


 

Singing Cedars to Perform

Sunday, July 12 at 9:30am 

     On July 12th, during the 9:30 worship service, St. Paul's will have the pleasure of hearing the Barbershop group the Singing Cedars. The Singing Cedars have performed before at St. Paul's and have been well received. 

     Join us on July 12th to enjoy their harmonies and praise the Lord for allowing them to share their gifts with us.

 

 

Visitor Follow Up

Wednesday, June 10 at 6:00pm 

    You are invited to help St. Paul’s UCC follow up with first time visitors.  The Pastor will be leading members in a visitor follow up training workshop from 6:00-7:00pm at a member’s house on Wednesday, June 10 at 6:00pm.
    We are looking to have a dozen or so trained members who can help us welcome back first time visitors in a positive way to increase the chances those visitors will return again.  We will also be discussing options for a gift to give first time visitors.
    This workshop is open to any member of St. Paul’s UCC.  There is no fee.  Refreshments will be served.
    Come and help St. Paul’s increase the chance that visitors will return to experience and re-experience the Good News of God’s love through our church.  
    For more information, please contact Pastor Ben Motz at 610-621-5770 or PastorMotz@sprucc.org.">PastorMotz@sprucc.org



Long-Range Growth Plan Presentation

Sunday, June 7 at 9:30am

     Join us on Sunday, June 7 when the Consistory will unveil the proposed five year long-range growth plan.  Thank you to the many people who have been working on this plan over the past year.

 

 

Ham and Dandelion Dinner

Saturday April 18th 11am to 2pm

      The Men's Fellowship Group is having a Ham and Dandelion Dinner on Saturday April 18th from 11am to 2pm in the Fellowship Hall.  Adults are $10.00 and Children 6-12 are $4.00.   Helpers and baked goods are needed, Please contact Mike Keffer for information.



Restructuring Task Group  

Wednesday April 15th 5:30

      Consistory is seeking to form a Restructuring Task Group to look at our current leadership structure and recommend revisions.  Our first meeting will be on Wednesday April 15th at 5:30.  Among other things we will Be looking at the size and term lenght of Consistory and other groups and committees within the church, communication structures between Consisory and other groups and committees within the church, and the number and composition of standing committees.  If you would be interested in participateing on this task group, please add your name to the sign -up sheet in the narthex hallway.  For more information contact Pastor Ben at Pastor Motz @sprucc.org or call the church office    at 610 621-5770.  Our time line is to have a proposal brought before the Consistory and then brought before the congregation as a whole  before the Nominating Committee needs to begin thier work this coming fall.



Holy Humor Sunday

Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 10:30am

    Holy Humor Sunday is an opportunity to let our hair down - way down - with a very upbeat and fun service, following the somber season of Lent.  It is a day of humor and light-hearted fun. 

     Our 2015 theme for Holy Humor Sunday is “From Zeroes to Heroes.”  We are inviting the youth to design bulletin covers.  We will have cartoons in the bulletin, humorous interruptions, special decorations, unique way of collecting offering, special anthem, and more.
    Adults and youth alike are invited to come dressed that Sunday as a hero.  
    You can come wearing a super hero outfit, t-shirt, cape, or necktie.  Or, if you have a favorite super hero, you could wear the colors associated with them (i.e. green for the Hulk, or red, white, and blue for Wonder Woman).
    Your hero does not need to come from the pages of a comic book.  You might have a real life hero, such as Abraham Lincoln or Mother Teresa.  Or, your hero might be an EMT, firefighter, police officer, U.S. naval officer, etc.  Or, you might have a favorite Biblical hero: King David, Queen Esther, Ruth, Joseph and his many colored coat, Phoebe, or Samson.  Or, your hero might be an athlete, and you could wear their sports jersey, team t-shirt, or Olympic shirt or necktie.
    Whoever, your hero might be, you are invited if possible to wear something on Holy Humor Sunday symbolic of your hero.  If you don’t have anything that directly symbolizes them, dress casually and we will have some name tag labels on hand that morning for you to be able to wear the name of a hero.
    Holy Humor Sunday shares its roots with that of April Fool’s Day.  When Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday, he defeated death, and in doing so the Great Deceiver (i.e. the Devil) was deceived - bested by the best trick ever.  From deceiving the Great Deceiver on Easter, April Fool’s Day came to be celebrated on April 1st, and Holy Humor Sunday came to be most commonly celebrated on the Sunday following Easter Sunday 

    Last year our theme was: "A Childlike vs a Childish Faith."  You can view pictures from last year by clicking on this 2014 Holy Humor Sunday link.



Game Night

April 12th-6:00-7:30pm

     Sunday April 12th - free Family Game Night!  From 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in hte Miller Fellowship Hall.  Bring a favorite board game and a snack or drink to share for a night of fun and games.  Oopen to everyone!  All ages.  Bring your friends!



Visioning and Long-Range Planning Retreat

Saturday, March 7 at 9:00am

Sunday, March 22 at 12:00noon

     This March, we will be having a retreat to discuss and hopefully develop a vision and a long-range (3-5 year) plan for furthuring the ministry of St. Paul's United Chruch of Christ.  We will be using the book study, Reclaiming the Great Commission, as the basis for this approach, as well as relying upon last sping's Unbinding Your Heart small group study, information from the cottage meetings and history event, and most importantly discernment of the Holy Sprit through study, prayer, and dialogue.

     The first part of this event will be held at the Robesonia Borough Hall on Saturday, March 7 from 9:00am to 4:00pm.  Lunch and a continental breakfast will be provided.  There is no charge for this event.

     The second part of this event will be on Sunday, March 22 from 12:00noon to 4:00pm.

    For more Information, please contact Pasotor Ben Motz at 610-621-5770 or PastorMotz@sprucc.org" data-mce-href="mailto:PastorMotz@sprucc.org">PastorMotz@sprucc.org.

 

    (This event was originally scheduled for Saturday, February 21, but as has been true for many things this winter, needed to be rescheduled).

 

 

Lenten Afternoons

Wednesdays at 12:00noon

     St. Paul’s UCC will be sharing in worship with the other Conrad Weiser Ministerium churches this coming Lent.  The following is the schedule for which church we will be at on which Wednesday.

          Wednesday, February 25

               Church:  St. Daniel's ELCA, Robesonia

               Preacher:  The Rev. Bill Pifer-Foote

          Wednesday, March 4

               Church:  St. Paul's UCC, Robesonia

               Preacher:  The Rev. Rebecca Knox

          Wednesday, March 11

               Church:  St. John's (Hains) UCC, Wernersville

               Preacher:  Father Mark Wrightson

          Wednesday, March 18

               Church:  Trinity ELCA, Robesonia

               Preacher:  The Rev. Dr. Benjamin D. Motz

          Wednesday, March 25

               Church:  St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, Robesonia

               Preacher:  The Rev. Jennifer Dee

 

 

Lenten Evenings - Secrets of the Vine

Wednesday Evenings at 6:30pm -- February 25 to March 25

     Starting on Wednesday, February 25 at 6:30pm we will have a five week Wednesday evening Lenten worship/study series in the Upper Conference Room based on the “Secrets of the Vine.”
    The series will primarily be a Bible study format where we will explore the Biblical imagery of the vine and its branches, as found in John 15, and we will journey through other parts of the Bible to learn what it means to live a fruitful Christian life.
    In addition to the Bible, our primary resource will be Secrets of the Vine Bible Study by Bruce Wilkinson.  You do not need to purchase the study guide book in order to participate.  However, if you would like to have a copy it is $6.00, and you can order one by using the sheet in the narthex hallway or by e-mailing the church office at office@sprucc.org" data-mce-href="mailto:office@sprucc.org">office@sprucc.org (checks should be made payable to St. Paul’s UCC).  If you would like to do so, you are also invited to bring a Bible along with you.

 

     For youth we are planning to play a Christian video series for them to watch during the Bible study discussions.
    This will be a casual gathering.  Come in blue jeans or other casual attire.  Members and visitors alike are very welcome.
    For more information, please contact the church office at 610-621-5770 or Office@sprucc.org" target="_self" data-mce-href="mailto:Office@sprucc.org">Office@sprucc.org.

 

 

Easter Sale

Saturday, March 28 at 9:00am

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     The 21st Century Christian Women will be having an Easter Sale in the Fellowship Hall On March 28th from 9:00 am to 1:00pm.  The Easter Sale features Homemade Easter candy, Homemade Soup and Bar-B-que as well as baked goods.  All Items are Take out only.

 

 

Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 29 at 10:30am

     Join us for worship for this annual celebration of Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem, marking the beginning of Holy Week.  We will have a "Blessing of the Palms" and palm branches for everyone to take home with them.

 

 

Easter Egg Hunt on Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 29 at 11:45am

     The Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held Palm Sunday, March 29th, immediately after the 10:30am worship service.  Children from 0 - 12 are welcome to participate in the egg hunt.  Older children are needed to help hide the eggs during church.  This event is rain or shine.  Donations of colored hard boiled eggs, candy, or money are welcome.  Any questions, see a member of Christian Education.

     Look for the sign-up sheet on the hallway easel.

 

 

Maundy Thursday

Thursday, April 2 at 6:30pm

     On Maundy Thursday Jesus gathered with the disciples for the Feast of Passover. They shared in a meal. He took bread, blessed it and broke it, and instituted the Lord's Supper (HolyCommunion). He then took his disciples to a garden to pray, where he was betrayed and crucified.

     On Thursday, April 2 at 6:30pm, we will begin worship in the Fellowship Hall at table with one another. We will have a light meal and communion. Then we will process to the sanctuary for Tenebrae - the service of shadows - where we will pray, hear the last words of Christ, and strip the altar in preparation of his crucifixion.

     We hope you will join us for this meaningfully spiritual service.

 


Easter Worship Services

Sunday, April 5 at 6:30am & 10:30am

     This year we will be having two Easter services. The first will be a Sunrise Worship Service, starting at 6:30am.  We will start outside with vigil candles gathered around a fire.  We will then process into the church with the Paschal Candle and bring the light in with us.  The worship service will include communion and a sermon.

     The second service will be at 10:30am.  The service will include communion, choir anthem, sermon, and children's sermon.  Communion will be served in the pews.

     Alleluia, He is risen!



Maundy Thursday - Service of Tenebrae

Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 6:30pm

    On Maundy Thursday Jesus gathered with the disciples for the Feast of Passover.  They shared in a meal.  He took bread, blessed it and broke it, and instituted the Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion).  He then took his disciples to a garden to pray, where he was betrayed and crucified.
    On Thursday, April 2 at 6:30pm, we will begin worship in the Fellowship Hall at table with one another.  We will have a light meal and communion.  Then we will process to the sanctuary for Tenebrae - the service of shadows - where we will pray, hear the last words of Christ, and strip the altar in preparation of his crucifixion.
    We hope you will join us for this meaningfully spiritual service.



Easter Sunday-

Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 6:30am & 10:30am

    More information to come as the date nears.

    Tentatively, we are planning on having a sunrise service this day in addition to our regular 10:30am worship service.  The sunrise worship service is tentatively planned to begin at 6:30am, with the anticipated sunrise being at 6:43am.

 

 

Girl Scout Sunday

Sunday, March 8 at 10:30am

    All those involved in Girl Scouts U.S.A. are invited to wear their uniforms for this annual celebration.  Check with your unit leader to see if she is providing you with a Girl Scout Sunday patch (that varies from year to year and leader to leader).  If not, we are more than happy to present you with one on that day.  To receive the 2015 Girl Scout Sunday patch from St. Paul's UCC, please use the sign up sheet in the narthex hallway by Sunday, February 22.

 



Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 18 at 6:30pm

    Our Ash Wednesday worship service will be on Wednesday, February 18 at 6:30pm.  We will be offering communion in the pews.  In the evening bulletin will be a summary about why we use ashes on Ash Wednesday.  Worshipers will have the option of receiving ashes on their foreheads, the back of their hands, or not at all.

     We will have a Jr. Sermon and children's bulletins for this annual holy day worship service.



Burning of Palm Branches

Sunday, February 8 at 9:15am

    We will be burning last year’s Palm Sunday’s palm branches during the Sunday school hour on Sunday, February 8 (rain/snow date is February 15).  Pastor Ben will be talking about why we use last year’s palm branches for this year’s ashes.  We will be outside, so dress appropriately.  Pastor Ben will be giving a demonstration of the burning of the palms and the grounding them down into the ashes we will be using for Ash Wednesday.
    If you have palms you would like to donate, you can begin bringing them to the church on February 1.

 

Boy Scout Sunday

Sunday, February 8 at 10:30am

    Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Explorer Scouts, Venture Scouts, and other youth and adults involved in the Boy Scouts of America program are invited to wear their uniforms for this annual celebration.  To receive the 2015 Boy Scout Sunday patch, use the sign up sheet in the narthex hallway by Sunday, February 1.

 

 

Greeter & Usher Training and Refresher

Sunday, February 8 at 11:45am

     Following the 10:30am worship service on Sunday, February 8 the Consistory has scheduled a "Greeter & Usher Training and Refresher" course to be led by the Pastor.

     This brief course will only take about 45 minutes.  It is for all current Greeters, Ushers, and Consistory members, as well as anyone else who might be interested in becoming a Greeter/Usher or learning about the process we use for intentional hospitality to visitors on Sunday mornings.  Even if you took the course last year, you are strongly encouraged to attend, as recent changes have been made in the way St. Paul's does greeting and ushering and the wisdom of experience Greeters/Ushers can be of great benefit to our newest helpers.

     If you have any questions about Greeting/Ushering, or if you cannot make it on February 8 and need to schedule an alternative date, please contact Pastor Ben Motz.

 

 

Palm Branches

Sunday, February 1

    If you have Palm Branches from a past Palm Sunday that you would like to donate for the making of the ash for Ash Wednesday, please bring them to the church office beginning on Sunday, February 1.  We will continue to receive them until Sunday, February 15. 

 

 

SOUPerbowl Sunday

Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 11:45am

     February 1st is our annual SOUPerbowl Sunday!  Immediately following worship, we will be havig a soup luncheon in Miller Fellowship Hall.  You are invited to make your favorite soup, put it in a crockpot with a label (your name and kind of soup), and place it in the kitchen area.  After the worship service we will all enjoy the variety of soups prepared, along with any donations of bread, crackers, drinks, and desserts.

       To help with the planning, there is a sign up sheet in the narthex hallway for those planning to bring soup or other food.

      Last year we had the opportunity to sample 15 different soups --- all of them delicious!!!

      Not to worry football fans - this activity will be done in plenty of time to get home for the big game.



Installation of New Officers

Sunday, January 25 at 10:30am

     On this, the third Sunday after Epiphany we will be installing our newly elected officers into their respective positions.  We hope that you will come and celebrate in this day with them and show them your support and thankfulness for their leadership.

 


Consistory Photo

Sunday, January 25 at 11:45am

     Following the 10:30am installation and worship service, this year's Consistory will be gathering at the chancel steps for a group Consistory photograph.

     Officers, chairpersons, and staff who do not have a current picture (or who would like a new picture taken) are asked to have their individual photo taken following the group photo of the Consistory.

 

Photo Directory Updates

Sunday, January 25

     Starting this Sunday, we will have photographers available to take individual photos.  Our current technology gives us the ability to do a basic photo directory in house.

     On January 25, our photographers are available to take your photo after the Consistory photo, as well as during the luncheon.

 

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Sunday, January 25 at 11:45 am

      Following the worship service on Sunday, January 25 we will be having a special potluck luncheon followed by a celebration of the history of St. Paul's UCC.

      Come and hear about how St. Paul's began; share your memories; hear the memories of others; see the historic pictures and videos.  Everyone is welcome to this free event - visitors and members alike.  This will not be a history class, but we hope will be like sharing stories around the campfire.  Come and enjoy the food, fellowship and friendship.

      Let us celebrate together in who we are as members of the congregation fo St. Paul's United Church of Christ.

      The sharing on this day, will also be used to help guide the long-range planning, which will begin on February 21.  (See below for more details about the upcoming Visioning and Long-Range Planning Retreat).

 

Second Sunday after Epiphany

Sunday, January 18 at 10:30am

     Our guest preacher will be the Rev. Ruth Sheets.  She and her sister will also be sharing their musical talents in providing special music this Sunday.

 

First Sunday after Epiphany - Baptism of the Lord Sunday

Sunday, January 11 at 10:30am

     We will be celebrating in the sacrament of Holy Baptism on this Sunday for one of our youth.  We hope you will come and join us, and offer your love, support, and care to her.


Church - A Safe Haven Workshop

Saturday, January 10 from 9:00am - 2:30pm

     With the coming changes to Pennsylvania's Child Protection laws on January 1, 2015, church and community leaders are invited to attend "Church - A Safe Haven Workshop" to be held on Saturday, January 10 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at St. Daniel’s Lutheran Church, 480 Big Spring Road, Robesonia, PA 19551.  Vicar Bonnie Oplinger, a former Social Worker and a current seminary Lancaster Seminary student leads an excellent discussion based on biblical and theological principles that will help individuals and congregations implement and strengthen their congregational Child Protection Policies.  The cost is $10 per person; BYO (bring your own) Lunch; dessert & beverage will be provided by St. Daniels.  Contact the Rev. Rebecca Knox (Pastor of St. Daniel's) at revknox7@gmail.com" data-mce-href="mailto:revknox7@gmail.com">revknox7@gmail.com for more information and to register or call St. Daniel’s Lutheran Church office at 610-693-5145.
     On January 1, 2015 any volunteers that work with children and youth in congregational programming will become mandated reporters of child abuse.  Bonnie will be available to answer questions specific to your congregation.
     Our guest speaker Bonnie Oplinger has a master's degree in social work and many years ago did DPW approved training, primarily for County caseworkers who interviewed children who had allegedly been sexually abused.  Now, she is no longer DPW approved.  She has done work in seminary on developing the theological basis for the church being a safe haven for vulnerable people.  She believes we need to go beyond what state requirements are now asking us to do.

     St. Daniel's ELCA is hosting this event for all of the Conrad Ministerium Churches, as well as churches beyond our ministerium.

     For information about St. Paul's UCC's child protection policies, please contact St. Paul's Christian Education Committee at office@sprucc.org, 610-621-5770, or use the leadership contact information found on page 2 of The Herald.


Second Sunday after Christmas - Epiphany Sunday

Sunday, January 4 at 10:30am

     Epiphany is on Tuesday, January 6, which we will be celebrating on Sunday, January 4.  Join us in this celebration of the arrival of the Wise Men to Bethlehem, revealing the good news of the Christian message and the reign of Christ being for the whole world.  We will have a children's message, Holy Communion, and sharing in the joy of the season with the singing of Christmas carols.


Annual Pork and Sauerkraut Dinner

New Year's Day - January 1, 2015 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

     The Men's Fellowship Group will cook a feast to start the new year out right.  This annual meal starts at 11:00 am  to 2:00 pm.  Pork, Sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, applesauce a roll and of course homemade desserts are on the menu.  Adults-$10.00, Children(6-12)-$4.00, under six free.  Come onct and eat yourself full!

     St. Paul's UCC and Ruscombmanor Volunteer Fire Company were interviewed by Channel 69 WFMZ regarding our pork and sauerkraut dinners.  You can see that interview by clicking on this WFMZ Pork & Sauerkraut video clip link, and you can read the article by clicking on this WFMZ Pork & Sauerkraut article link.

     To view photos from this event, you can click on this New Years Day 2015 Pork & Sauerkraut Dinner link.

 

 

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Christmas Legend - The Christmas Rose

First Sunday After Christmas

Sunday, December 28 at 10:30am

    Join us for worship on the first Sunday after Christmas to share in the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus the Christ.  Pastor Ben Motz will be sharing with us a Christmas legend on that day.  Last year he shared with us “The Legend of Christmas Tinsel.”  This year he will be sharing with us “The Christmas Rose” and “The Umbrella Man of Pennsylvania,” telling some of the Christmas traditions found in Berks County in the 18th and 19th centuries, as told by a traveling umbrella mender, and preserved by the Berks County Historical Society.  (The Christmas rose reading on Christmas Eve will be different than the December 28 Christmas rose readings, and hopefully the two sets of readings will enrich one another).

 

Christmas Eve with St. Paul’s UCC

    This Christmas Eve we will once again be offering two evening worship services.  We hope that you will join us for one or both of these services.  There will be some similarities between the two services, but there will be enough differences that if you come to both, you will have two different (and hopefully spiritually enriching) worship experiences.

For the Earlier Christmas Eve Worship Service:

    6:30pm - Instrumentalists will begin sharing Christmas music at 6:30pm
    7:00pm - We will begin the liturgy part of the worship service
    ✧    We will be lighting the Christ Candle for the Advent Wreath
    ✧    There will be communion in the pews
    ✧    Pastor Motz will be retelling Luke’s Birth Narrative verbatim
    ✧    There will be a children focused message from the book “Jacob’s Gift” by Max Lucado
    ✧    We will have Christmas carols during worship (different ones from the later service)
    ✧    The Senior Choir will be singing
    ✧    The Handbell Choir will be playing
    ✧    We will be ending the service with candlelight, three verses of “Silent Night”

               followed by “Joy to the World”

For the Later Christmas Eve Worship Service:

    11:00pm - The worship service will begin
    ✧    We will be lighting the Christ Candle for the Advent Wreath
    ✧    There will be communion at the chancel rail
    ✧    Pastor Motz will be retelling Luke’s Birth Narrative verbatim
    ✧    There will be two touching Christmas readings (including one about a Christmas rose)
    ✧    We will have Christmas carols during worship (different ones from the earlier service)
    ✧    There will be a soloist
    ✧    We will be ending the service with candlelight, and all six verses of “Silent Night”

                 followed by “Joy to the World”
    ✧    We hope to end the worship service just a little after midnight - Christmas Morning

 


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Sunday, December 21 at 10:30am

    Join us in worship on Sunday, December 21 at 10:30am to support our youth and to share in the joy and celebration of the expectant Jesus with them for our annual Children and Youth Christmas Program.

     To view photos from this year's program, click on this 2014 Youth Christmas Program link.

     To view photos from last year's Children & Youth Christmas Program, click on this 2013 Youth Christmas Program link.

 

 

Poinsettias

Orders Due: Sunday, December 14

    Enclosed in the December newsletter you will find a poinsettia order form.  To order poinsettias for this Christmas Eve, please return the form by Sunday morning, December 14.  We will use the poinsettias to help decorate the sanctuary on Christmas Eve, you will be able to take your sponsored poinsettia with you that evening or the following Sunday, and we will print in the evening’s bulletins the sponsorships.
     For an order form, please contact the church office at office@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770.



Congregational Meeting

Sunday, December 14 at 11:45am

     Following the 10:30am worship service we will have our Annual Fall Congregational Meeting, where we will be electing new leadership for 2015, sharing in the joy of the 2014 ministries and the anticipated 2015 ministries, and voting on the proposed 2015 Budget (as found in your December newsletter).  Voting is limited to members in good standing.



Evangelism Gathering

Wednesday, December 10 at 6:30pm

     Due to the predicted snow and ice, the Evangelism Gathering was postponed from Tuesday, December 2 to Wednesday, December 10 at 6:30pm.  We will be gathering offsite for this event.  For more information, please see the December issue of The Herald, and/or contact the church office at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org.

 

 

New Paraments - Advent Begins

Sunday, November 30 at 10:30am

    Join us on Sunday November 30th at 10:30 for the dedication of new blue paraments (Cloths covering the altar, pulpit, and lecturn).  This will be the first service we will be using these paraments. Come and see  their beauty and share in their blessing.

    November 30th is also the first Sunday of advent and we will be lighting the first advent candle (symbolic of "Hope"), as we prepare for the coming of the Lord.  As we light the first candle of our advent wreath, we anticipate the three-fold coming of Christ: (1) his second coming - his promised return following his witness ascension; (2) his arrival on that first Christmas Day - his birth in Bethlehem; and (3) his coming into our lives daily - as we daily grow closer in our walk with him.

 

 

Thanksgiving Eve

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 7:00pm - Cancelled

     You are invited to join us for this inter-faith, ecumenical community service, where a number of churches from the Conrad Weiser School District will gather and give thanks to God for the blessings received this year.

     This event was cancelled due to snow.  Thank you to everyone who had put in work to prepare for the service, especially the combined choirs, organist, secretary, and guest preacher the Rev. William Weiser.  We look forward to our next Conrad Weiser Ministerium combined worship event.



 

Harvest Home

 

Goal Met & Exceeded!!!

 

        Throughout November we had been receiving non-perishable food items for our local Food Pantry, in anticipation of our annual Harvest Home celebration, which was held on Sunday, November 23.  As of that Sunday, we received a total of 265 food items for Harvest Home, exceeding our goal of 250!  Thank you everyone for your generous support of the Food Pantry and for reaching out in Christ's name to help feed those who are hungry (Matthew 25:35).



Bible Presentation to Youth

Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 10:30am

     During worship, we will be presenting youth of St. Paul's UCC with Bibles, who are in grades 1-6.  For your child to receive a Bible, and to make sure that we spell your child's name correctly on the presentation page, please fill out a "Youth Bible Request Form" (available from the church office), and return it to the office by the first week of November.


 

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Sunday, November 23

 

     During the 10:30am worship service on Sunday, November 23 we blessed Children's Bibles and the youth receiving them.  We handed out 9 CEV Children's Bibles and Bible covers to youth in grades 1-6.  Thank you to all those who supported these gifts through your donations and thorugh your presence and prayers on Sunday.

 

     For those who received a Bible, our prayers and our spiritual support and guidance are with you.  Please remember to bring your Bibles with you weekly to Sunday school.




Bible Presentation to Youth

Sunday, November 23

      During the 10:30am worship service on Sunday, November 23 we blessed Children's Bibles and the youth receiving them.  We handed out 9 CEV Children's Bibles and Bible covers to youth in grades 1-6.  Thank you to all those who supported these gifts through your donations and thorugh your presence and prayers on Sunday.

     For those who received a Bible, our prayers and our spiritual support and guidance are with you.  Please remember to bring your Bibles with you weekly to Sunday school.

 

Harvest Home

 

Goal Met & Exceeded!!!

 

        Throughout November we had been receiving non-perishable food items for our local Food Pantry, in anticipation of our annual Harvest Home celebration, which was held on Sunday, November 23.  As of that Sunday, we received a total of 265 food items for Harvest Home, exceeding our goal of 250!  Thank you everyone for your generous support of the Food Pantry and for reaching out in Christ's name to help feed those who are hungry (Matthew 25:35).

 

Christkindlmarkt - Christmas Bazaar

Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 9:00am-2:00pm

     Save this date, and look here for more information as November approaches.


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Saturday mornings at 8:30am

    Call for help to all able bodies, Fall project.  Assembly on Saturday morning to rake leaves at the Church/Parsonage grove.  It should only take a few minutes.  Raking can be a joy if you are working with a couple friends.  So put on those boots and that comfy flannel shirt, grab your rake and meet at the Church this Saturday morning, October 18th at 8:30am and every Saturday morning until the leaves are gone. Thank you. You'll feel good about this. See you there. The Trustees



Fire & Ice - Acolyte Ice Cream Party

Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 11:45am

     After Sunday morning worship on November 9, we will be having acolyte training.  This is intended both for those who have not yet served as an acolyte and as a refresher for those who perhaps have been serving as acolytes for years.  Plus, we hope that our seasoned, older youth will come to help our newest and youngest youth.
    After training in the sanctuary we will go down to the Fellowship Hall to enjoy ice cream.  The acolyte training is intended for 5th - 12th graders.  Siblings and parents/guardians are very much invited to share in the ice cream party.
    Although registering in advance is not required, we encourage you to sign up beforehand, to help us to plan for enough ice cream.  You can sign up by: (1) using the sign up sheet in the narthex; (2) e-mailing the church office at office@sprucc.org; or (3) calling the office at 610-621-5770.

 

 

Day Light Savings Ends

Sunday, November 2 at 2:00am

     Before going to bed on Saturday night, remember to turn back your clock one hour - "fall back."


 

All Saints Sunday

Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 10:30am

     During the 10:30am worship service we take time to pause, read the names, and pray for all those members of St. Paul's UCC who passed away since last year's All Saints Day (November 1, 2013), and who have entered into the Church Triumphant with all the Saints in Light.



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Consecration Stewards Sunday

Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 10:30am


     Join us for a special worship service and special celebration luncheon afterwards.  During worship, we will have a special consecrating (blessing) of our hands for the work they do for our Lord.  The Children's Choir will also be signing during worship.

     Visitors and members alike are very much welcome to share in the worship and the meal.  Members are encouraged to RSVP for the luncheon ahead of time by contacting the church office at office@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770.

 

 

Blessed to Be a Blessing - Consecration Stewards Sunday

Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 10:30am

     Join us for a special worship service and special celebration luncheon afterwards.  Visitors of course are very much welcome to share in worship and the meal.  Members will be getting special mailings, information, and invitations with more information as the event approaches.


Roast Beef Dinner

Saturday, October 25 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm

     The Men’s Fellowship Group is hosting an All-You-Can-Eat Roast Beef Dinner on Saturday, October 25 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. There will be both dine-in and take-out meals available.  Adults = $10.00; Children (5-10 years old) = $4.00; Children under 5 years old eat free.  Served with the roast beef are mashed potatoes, green beans, fruit cup, roll and butter a beverage and dessert.  All you can eat.

 

 

Wired Word - Schedule Change

NO Wired Word Class on Sunday, October 12

The Wired Word Class will resume on Sunday, October 19

     We offer two adult classes on a Sunday morning.  You are invited to join the adult class that meets in the 2nd floor Upper Conference Room on Sunday, October 12.  There will be no Wired Word class that day, due to the teachers of that class being away that weekend.  The Wired Word class will resume on the following Sunday, October 19 at 9:15am in the Fellowship Hall.

 

 

World Communion Sunday

Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 10:30am

     During the 10:30am worship service we will be joining with Christians throughout the world and throughout time, as we celebrate in the annual World Communion Sunday, recognizing that despite denominational differences between various churches, we are all one in Christ.

 

 

Reclaiming the Great Commission

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 6:30pm

     For more information on this study event, click on this Reclaiming the Great Commission link.

 

 

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Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 10:30am

     Come on Sunday, September 21 for the kick-off of the exciting "Blessed To Be A Blessing" program this fall.

     "...all peoples on earth will be blessed through you." (Genesis 12:3b).


PSEC Sells Mensch Mill

September 23, 2014

MM Sign 140924-2     The nearly 140-acre UCC Mensch Mill Retreat and Conference Center in Hereford Township was sold on Monday, September 22 for $1.25 million to the Amitabha Buddhist Society of Philadelphia.  It has been a part of the church since 1928.  The decision to sell Mensch Mill was made by a narrow vote of delegates in 2012.  Earlier, the PSEC had estimated the worth of the property to be about $2 million.

      An article can be found on page B5 in the Wednesday, September 24 issue of the Reading Eagle.

(The following is an article e-mailed to PSEC churches and pastors on September 23).

     After a very long period of much deliberation, hard decision making, and the work of many, many people, we brought to final conclusion the sale of the Mensch Mill Retreat and Conference Center today. Settlement is complete, and the following press release has been shared with local media outlets. 

PENNSYLVANIA SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE (PSEC) OF THE UCC SELLS  

 MENSCH MILL RETREAT AND CONFERENCE CENTER

Alburtis, PA - Months of speculation about the sale of the Mensch Mill Retreat and Conference Center ended this week with the announcement of final settlement between the seller, Pennsylvania Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ, and the buyer, the Amitabha Buddhist Society of Philadelphia.

     Citing serious budget shortfalls and waning camp usage, representatives of the Conference's 169 congregations moved to sell the camp after arriving at the difficult decision at the Conference's November 2012 meeting; a decision that was reaffirmed with increased support, at the following June 2013 meeting.

     The farm property that was originally owned by the Adam L. Mensch family was purchased for $6,000 for the development of a church leadership training center on November 15, 1928 by the Eastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Reformed Church (a forerunner of the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ).   In 1947, the Jacob G. Rupp farm was purchased for $1, enlarging the Camp Mensch Mill property (an additional 70 plus acres). In 2004, the Kline Conference Center opened, on additional grounds that had been purchased from the late Annabelle Kemp, which expanded programming opportunities.  For eighty-four years, the mostly wooded area of Mensch Mill was home to summer youth camps, workshops, and retreats. Mensch Mill staff welcomed diverse groups seeking to "provide an intermingling of varied backgrounds, cultures, races, and experiences in which individuals can develop an awareness and concern for society's issues" (from "A Working Paper on Church Camping," by Rev. William H. Solly, Minister of Camping for the PSEC of the United Church of Christ, 1973-1979).  "It is with this spirit that we transfer the deeds of this holy ground to the Amitabha Buddhist Society of Philadelphia, with the hope that they, and we, may remain faithful to the hospitality and educational intentions of the former teachers and leaders of Mensch Mill Retreat and Conference Center," stated Rev. Wanda D. Craner, Minister of Spiritual Nurture for the PSEC. 

     The Amitabha Buddhist Society will maintain the property's current form and function, operating a retreat and conference center for their Society's members as well as groups from other organizations. According to Lee Ta, spokesperson, there is strong desire to not disturb the land and to honor the spiritual traditions that have preceded their purchase. The Society's first and foremost mission is to establish The Pure Land Learning Center in this holy ground. Secondly, they will earnestly seek to work with PSEC to continue retreat and leadership training programming on the Mensch Mill property in the near future; and third, they will seek to partner with other interested parties to create the next Multi-Faith Multicultural Center as a model city of peace and harmony.

     "We have an exciting and extraordinary opportunity to continue our connection with what is for many in the PSEC, sacred ground, and to do so in partnership with new friends whose stewardship of the earth, quest for spiritual wellness, and respect for tradition, mirrors our own," said Rev. Bill Worley, Conference Minister of the PSEC, after a meeting with Mr. Lee Ta.   Asked if the differences in the two faith traditions would pose potential conflicts, Rev. Worley responded, "perhaps, in the dining hall, over the menu."

     "May this mill property, which ground so much grain--crushed so much seed--now no longer crush seed; but may this place scatter a higher type of seed, and may this seed fall into good ground and bring forth fruit abundantly.  And may we all do our part to make it light and life for the Kingdom of God."  --from an address by the Rev. J. M. Blatt at the Dedication of Camp Mensch Mill, August 24, 1930.

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About Pennsylvania Southeast Conference

Pennsylvania Southeast Conference is the United Church of Christ (UCC) in southeastern Pennsylvania. We are 169 congregations, open and welcoming to all people, with an extravagant welcome for you! Although our faith is 2,000 years old, our thinking is not. We are a church committed to justice, equality, healing, and peace... a church where 'God is still speaking'!

 

About Amitabha Buddhist Society of Philadelphia

Amitabha Buddhist Society of Philadelphia is one of many The Pure Land Learning Centers all over the world under teachings and guidance of Venerable Master Chin Kung. We first established in Philadelphia, PA in early 2000. Our practitioners have come together to properly learn Dharma teachings, praise the unsurpassed Pure Land Teachings, and to devoutly practice chanting Amitabha Buddha's name and set our hearts on reaching the Pure Land.

 

For more information, contact:

PA Southeast Conference of the UCC

1441 Laura Lane, Suite 100

Pottstown, PA 19464

484-949-8774

www.psec.org

 

 

AwardGroup 2014Religious Award Presentation

Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 10:30am

     During the 10:30am worship service we will be presenting 7 youth (grades 4-5) with the God and Family national religious award, and 4 youth (grades 6-8) with the God and Church national religious award.

     To learn more about these programs, click on this P.R.A.Y. Religious Award Program link.

     You can view pictures from this event by clicking on this 2014 Religious Award pictures link.

 

 

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The Wired Word - A New Adult Sunday Class

Begins on Sunday, September 7 at 9:15am

    St. Paul’s UCC is offering two options this year for adults on Sunday mornings at 9:15am.

    One is the continuation of a Bible based curriculum study.  This class is meeting in the upstairs conference room “The Upper Room.”

    The second will involve a discussion of a current topic in light of scripture.  This class will meet downstairs in Miller Fellowship Hall.  Each week, the publisher will e-mail us a topic with scripture suggestions, discussion questions, and background information based on what was in the news earlier that week.  We can’t tell you what the first class lesson will be about, because we don’t know yet.  However, we can share with you some previous sample topics.
    Sample of past topics:
    +    The pastor in Florida planning the burning of copies of the Quran/Koran.
    +    Many Teens Embrace “Be-Good, Do-Good” Christianity Instead of the Real Thing
    +    Stephen Hawking says, “God is Not Necessary for Creation”

    We are very excited to expand our Christian education opportunities this year.  Come and visit one or both of these classes, and share in the growing knowledge and understanding of our common Christian faith.

 


Regular Worship and Sunday School Schedule Resumes

Sunday, September 7, 2014

     We will return to our regular worship and Sunday school times on the first Sunday of September.

          9:15am Sunday school & Bible classes for all ages

          10:30am Sunday Worship


Rally Day

Sunday, September 7, 2014

     Following the 10:30am worship service, join us for games, crafts, food, fellowship, and fun.  Visitors of course are very welcome.

     To view pictures from Rally Day, click on this 2014 Rally Day pictures link.


Blessing of the Backpacks

Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 9:30am

BlessingBackpacks 2014 01-c     All preschool and school age youth are welcome and invited to bring their school backpacks with them to worship on this Sunday.  We will have a special blessing of the backpacks, as well as special prayers for students and teachers as they begin the new school year.

 

 

05 Knoebels 2014 FB03Worship at Knoebels Amusement Park

Sunday, August 17 at 10:30am

     A great time was had by all, as we began the day with worship and lunch at the pavilion, and then enjoyed rides and park food throughout the afternoon and evening.  If you have pictures from this event that you would like added to the website, please pass them on to the Pastor or Church Secretary.  Join us next year on Sunday, August 16, 2015 for worship at the amusement park.

     To view photos from this year's day at Knoebels click on this Knoebels 2014 Photos link.

 

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