Recent and Upcoming Events

 

Precautions Due to the Coronavirus

     We are taking a number of precautions here at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), while simultaneously still seeking to provide meaningful, appropriate, and important spiritual support, especially in such times when there is fear, anxiety, and illness.  We thank you for your understanding, patience, support, and prayer as we seek to discern how best to be in ministry in this moment of time.

     Please look at the below upcoming events for changes in activities. 

     You can find a summary of our precautions and COVID-19 updates on our News page by clicking on this Coronavirus Precautions link.

     Please continue to check here and on our Cancellation Page for information about cancellations.

 

 

 

Sunday School Resumes

Sunday school Sunday, September 6, 2020 at 9:00am

     Sunday school will begin at 9:00am this fall (rather than our usual 9:15am), in order to allow students to get back home for the 10:30am live stream worship service.

     The youth will be meeting in the downstairs of the building, following social distancing guidelines.

     Jon Henning will be teaching The Present Word for adults in the upstairs conference room ("Upper Room"), following social distancing guidelines.

     Sunday school participants may NOT stay afterwards for worship or fellowship.  For the safety of all, Sunday school participants must leave promptly at the end of the Sunday school time.  [Worship leaders and staff may of course remain for worship, as well as members of their immediate household].

     We are planning for at least one other option for adults beginning this fall.  The other option will potentially be a hybrid option (where adults could particpate in-person or via Zoom).  A survey was sent out the week of August 16 to help discern interest.  If you do not receive the survey please contact the church office to request a survey.

     In the near future, we plan to post our Sunday school social distancing guidelines at this COVID-19 Precautions link, as well as include them in the September newsletter.

     If you are unable or uncomfortable with participating in person (and/or with your child participating in person), and would be interested in Sunday school virtually, please contact chairperson Elsa Wertz for options and to express your interest.  We want to do our best to connect all those who are interested with the living God through growing in the understanding of scripture.

     For information about how we will be having Sunday school this fall for youth and adults, please contact Elsa Wertz, Christian Education Chair, or Geri Gammel, Christian Education Vice Chair.

 

 

 

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday, September 6, 2020 at 10:30am

September 6: Live Stream & Phone Stream

     Due to COVID-19 precautions, we will not have in-person worship on Sunday mornings during the month of September.

     During this worship service we will have a special presentation on the recent Pennsylvania Southeast Conference of the UCC August 15, 2020 meeting from our delegate Geri Gammel.

     Click on this Bulletin link for the regular bulletin, children's bulletins, and Communitas.

     For more information about our worship services throughout the fall and the season of Pentecost, please contact any member of the Worship Committee (Lynelle Heimbach, Chairperson).

 

 

 

BloodDrive 01Robesonia Blood Drive

Monday (Labor Day), September 7, 2020

     The Robesonia Community Blood Drive takes place once a quarter, and rotates among the four Robesonia churches.  Our blood drive is done through the Miller-Keystone Blood Center.

     To help with refreshments on the month that St. Paul's hosts, please contact the Mission Committee.
     For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, please call 1-800-223-6667 or  schedule online at www.giveapint.org.

 

Blood Drive Schedule

      Please check this site for updates to the blood drive schedule.  The following is the listing of the month and location for the upcoming schedule:

 
     riLnqgy8T  Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 2:00-7:00pm

                at St. Paul's UCC, Robesonia

      riLnqgy8T  April 2020 - Day/Time TBA

                at St. Francis De Sales RCC, Robesonia

      riLnqgy8T  Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 8:00am-1:00pm

                at St. Paul’s UCC, Robesonia

      riLnqgy8T  Monday, September 7, 2020 from 9:00am-2:00pm

                during the Robesonia Borough Labor Day Car Show

 

        Tuesday, September 22, 2020 from 2:00-7:00pm

               at St. Daniel's ELCA, Robesonia

 

        Thursday, December 10, 2020 from 2:00-7:00pm

                at Trinity ELCA, Robesonia

 

 

 

YouthLeaders OrangeYouth Group Advisors Meetings

Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 5:30pm

Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 5:30pm

     The Adult Youth Group Advisors meet on the second Thursday of the month at 5:30pm (half an hour before the youth group meeting).  Our adult advisors are approved through our SafeConduct process, and seek to provide a well supervised, safe, fun, and meaningful youth group experience.

     For more information about our Youth Group, click on this Youth Fellowship Group link.

 

 

 

Youth Fellowship Group Bi-Monthly Meetings

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Thursdays, September 10 & 24, 2020 from 6:00-7:00pm 

Thursdays, October 8 & 22, 2020 from 6:00-7:00pm

     As weather permits, we will be holding our youth group meetings in the church's parking lot, while practicing social distancing.  Please bring along a lawn chair and face covering.  We will be in a large circle, keeping family units at a social distance.  In the event of inclement weather we will spread out by family unit in the fellowship hall, while wearing face coverings.  Face coverings need to cover both your mouth and nose.  If you enter the building and/or are less than eight feet apart from a person outside your home, please wear a face covering.  Also, if you enter the building, please wash your hands, and use your hip or elbow on the crash bar (not your bare hand) to exit the building, so that you are not touching any surfaces after you have washed your hands.  If you and/or your parent(s)/guardian(s) have any safety concerns, please contact the church office or any of our youth group adult advisors.    

     Our regular youth group meetings are on the second and last Thursdays of the month from 6:00-7:00pm, and are intended for grades 5-12 (and/or up to age 21). 

     During our monthly meetings we have time for fellowship, prayer, learning, fun, and the youth planning for their own upcoming activities, all with appropriate adult supervision (who are approved through our SafeConduct process).

     Click on this Youth Fellowship Group link to go to our youth group page for more information about our youth group, upcoming youth group activities, additional youth group links, and more.

 

 

 

Men's Fellowship Breakfast

Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 8:30am

     Monthly the Men's Fellowship Group meets for prayer, breakfast, fellowship, comradery, mutual support, and to plan the upcoming Men's Group activities.  The breakfast is held at the Heidelberg Restaurant on Penn Ave in Robesonia.  You are welcome; no reservation is needed. 

     During the COVID pandemic, please come with a face mask, and please only participate if you are feeling well, have a normal temperature, have not been to or through one of the states listed on Pennsylvania's quarantine list, and do not believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 without testing negative.

 

 

 

Walking Group Forming

Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 9:00am

     A walking group is forming at St. Paul's UCC Church.  The first walk is being planned for this coming Saturday, September 12, 2020 starting at 9:00am.  We are walking the paths at the Wernersville State Hospital, weather permitting.  Meet at Parking Lot A, the first parking lot to the left, a few8cE6onjKi minutes before 9:00am.  This is a short walk on level, shaded pathways.  JUST SHOW UP, there's no need to contact the church or inform anyone that you are coming.  Friends and relatives are welcome to join you on the walk.  It is your responsibility to decide what clothing and shoes to wear, and whether you need a snack or drink.  We will be socially distancing, and you may wear a mask if it is appropriate for you.

     Looking ahead, we would like to try other locations and walks that may be longer and/or more difficult.  We hope to see you this Saturday!

   

 

 

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 10:30am

September 13 Morning Worship: Live Stream, Phone Stream, & Zoom Only

       Due to COVID-19 precautions, we will not have in-person worship on Sunday mornings during the month of September.

       Click on this Bulletin link for the regular bulletin, children's bulletins, and Communitas.

       For more information about our worship services throughout the fall and the season of Pentecost, please contact any member of the Worship Committee (Lynelle Heimbach, Chairperson).

 

 

 

Incoming Confirmation Class

IMG 3785_QfCSunday, September 13, 2020 at 5:30pm

Preregister by Sunday, August 16, 2020

     This school year's confirmation class program will begin on Sunday, September 13 at 5:30pm.  The first class is for students and their parents.

     Please note: we moved the start time up by 30 minutes (from 6:00pm to 5:30pm) due to having the evening vespers service this evening, also.

     Please wear a face mask covering both your mouth and nose for class.

     We plan to hold our classes in-person, while wearing face masks and practicing social distancing.  In the event that we are unable to hold classes in person due to the pandemic, we plan to have virtual classes this coming fall through conference calls (such as Zoom).

      The recommended age to begin the confirmation program is when entering 8th grade.  Older students are certainly welcome, as our students as young as 7th grade.

     Please preregister for this class, so we can be sure to have enough materials for the first day, by contacting the church office at 610-621-5770 by Sunday, August 16.

      For more details and information, click on this Confirmation Class Program link, which will take you to the page on our site dedicated to the confirmation program.




Ketchup Sunday Social

Sunday, September 13, 2020 from 6:15-6:45pm - In-Person Outdoorketchup bottle_clip_art_13694

Rain Date: Sunday, September 20 

     In September one of the events that usually takes place is Ketchup Sunday - a Sunday where we have a fellowship time after the worship service to "catch-up" on what everyone's been up to over the summer and "catch-up" also on our offerings that we might have missed over the summer months.  However, due to the Covid-19 virus, our lives have become topsy turvy and nothing has been normal.  We miss seeing each other and sharing with one another.    

     Since we are having an evening vesper service on Sunday, September 13 at 7:00pm, the deacons decided that that would be a good time to have Ketchup Sunday.  Before the worship service, from 6:15-6:45pm, we are going to offer a Soup 'n' Such type meal with a hotdog on roll, ketchup/mustard, bag of chips, and a fruit cup.  Please bring your own beverage.  Please bring your own chair or blanket for seating.  Because we will be sitting in the parking lot spaces for the Vespers service, the only onsite parking will be along the back field, and as such amble able-bodied members are encouraged to choose street parking options.
     You will be able to eat your food in the parking lot in the spot that becomes designated for you and your family.  Since it is outside you will be able to socialize somewhat.  You must wear a face mask that covers both your mouth and nose at all times, except for when you are in your designated parkling lot spot.  (A face shield may be worn in addition to the mask, but on its own a face shield is considered insufficient to protect those around you).  Please follow the guidelines at this: COVID-19 Outdoor Worship Precautions link on our COVID-19 Precautions Page.  [The guidelines can also be found in your September issue of the newsletter].
     You should NOT come to this time of fellowship if: you are not feeling well; if you have a fever; if you are unable to wear a mask that covers both your mouth and nose; if you have traveled to or through one of the states in the previous 14 days listed by Pennsylvania for self-quarantine; or if you believe you may have had a COVID-19 exposure and have not yet tested negative.
     We are hoping that people will send pictures to the church of what you have been doing over the past 5-6 months, and that we will be able to project those pictures on a sheet or screen for all to see.  If you have some empty offering envelopes, please fill them and bring them to this evening event.  If it rains, the Ketchup Sunday Social will be postponed to the next Sunday everning.  If you would like to help put the items that will go into the Ketchup Sunday meal bag, please contact the church office.
 
Instructions for the Ketchup Sunday Social Take Out Meal:
  • Meals will be distributed from the church driveway door.
  • Remain in your car when picking up your meal(s).
  • Please wear a face covering (it must cover your mouth and nose), and may only be removed when you are in your designated "parking lot spot."
  • Follow the volunteers' directions into the parking lot.
  • Meals will be handed out between 6:15 and 6:45pm.
 
 
 

Evening Vespers Worship Service

Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 7:00pm - In-Person Outdoor

Rain Date: Sunday, September 20

     We will have an outdoor, evening vespers worship service, in-person, with communion on Sunday, September 13 in the parking lot at 7:00pm.  If you are more amble and able-bodied, you are encouraged to use street parking this evening, as we will have limited parking along the back row (the rest of the lot will be for people to socially distant worship).  Please bring your own lawn chair.  We will have every-other parking space marked off, with seating of only one household per parking space to create adequate social distance.  Please follow the direction of the ushers for seating and parking.

     For the COVID-19 precautions being taken for that day, please click on this COVID-19 Outdoor Worship Precautions link.

     We most likely will not be able to live stream or phone stream this worship service.  However, we do hope to record the service and post the video on our YouTube Channel and the audio on our phone stream, for you to be able to view and/or listen to later, especially for those unable to come to this worship service.  You should NOT come to this service if: you are not feeling well, if you have a fever, if you are unable to wear a mask that covers both your mouth and nose, if you have traveled to or through one of the states in the previous 14 days listed by Pennsylvania for self-quarantine, or if you believe you may have had a COVID-19 exposure and have not yet tested negative.

     We will need people to assist with the set-up, clean-up, parking, ushering, seating, etc for this service.  To assist, please contact Sheri Rowe directly (if you would like to assist, but do not have her direct number, please contact the church office).

     For more information about our worship services throughout the fall and the season of Pentecost, please contact any member of the Worship Committee (Lynelle Heimbach, Chairperson).

 


 

Walking Group

Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 9:00am

      Our next walk is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2020 starting at 9:00am.  We are walking the paths at the Wernersville State Hospital, weather permitting.  Meet at Parking Lot A, the first parking lot to the left, a few8cE6onjKi minutes before 9:00am.  JUST SHOW UP, there's no need to contact the church or inform anyone that you are coming.  Friends and relatives are welcome to join you on the walk.  It is your responsibility to decide what clothing and shoes to wear, and whether you need a snack or drink.  We will be socially distancing.  Please bring a mask.  We are not requiring walkers to wear a mask for this outdoor activity while maintaining a social distance of at least six feet from one another while on the walk.  A mask covering your mouth and nose should be worn when you are unable to be maintain a social distance of at least six feet (which might occur as we begin in the parking lot).

     We hope that this time out enjoying God's creation, will also serve as a time for us to be of prayerful communal and spiritual support to one another, especially during the times of isolation that can result as we all strive together to reduce the spread of this pandemic.

     Looking ahead, we would like to try other locations and walks that may be longer and/or more difficult.  We hope to see you this Saturday!



 

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 10:30am

September 20 Morning Worship: Live Stream, Phone Stream, & Zoom Only

       Due to COVID-19 precautions, we will not have in-person worship on Sunday mornings during the month of September.

       Click on this Bulletin link for the regular bulletin, children's bulletins, and Communitas.

       For more information about our worship services throughout the fall and the season of Pentecost, please contact any member of the Worship Committee (Lynelle Heimbach, Chairperson).

 

 

 

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

Thursday, September 24, 2020 from 4:00-6:00pm

Last Thursday of the Month
Changes due to COVID-19

Beginning April 30 - Soup 'n' Such is Take Out ONLY - see instructions below

Beginning March 26 - The Clothing Closet is temporarily CLOSED.  However, if your children

     are in need of clothing, you may schedule an appointment.  Please call the church office

     at 610-621-5770.  Leave your name and phone number.  Your contact information will be

     given to the person who organizes the Clothing Closet.  That person will contact you and set

     up a time convenient for both of you.  Please do NOT bring your children, and a mask must

     be worn at all times.   Click here will additional details.

Description

     Once a month St. Paul's UCC offers "Soup 'n' Such" and "St. Paul's Clothing Closet".

     Soup 'n' Such is a free meal for all served from 4:00-6:00pm on the last Thursday of the month. 

          (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 for each child in a

       family.  We also accept donations of gently used, clean clothing, in good condition.  Clothing 

       may be placed under the roof at the Pearl Street entrance to the church building (there will be a

       sign indicating where to place  the bags of clothing), or donations may be made during normal

       office hours or Sunday mornings.  

 

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Schedule for 2020

       January 30

       February 27

       March 26 - cancelled due to the Corona Virus

       April 30 - TAKE OUT ONLY

       May 28 - TAKE OUT ONLY

       June 25 - TAKE OUT ONLY

       July 30 - TAKE OUT ONLY 

       August 27 - TAKE OUT ONLY  

       September 24 - TAKE OUT ONLY - see instructions below  

       October 29

       November - TBD

       December - TBD

Instructions for Take Out during the COVID-19 Restrictions

The following is for your safety and the safety of those serving.

- Please wear a face covering, particularlly if needing to speak with one of the volunteers

Enter from Pearl Street (the road beside the church building)

- Follow the volunteers' directions into the parking lot. 

             PLEASE REMAIN IN YOUR CARS

- The food will be given to you in the parking lot from 4:00 - 6:00PM, or until it runs out.

- Please do NOT start lining up prior to 4:00PM

- We might be able to drop food off at your front door, for a limited number of people.

If you are living within the area, and are quarantined in your home due to the COVID-19 virus or are awaiting test results, depending on supply/demand of food and available volunteers, we might be able to drop a meal off at your front door.  If you would be interested in us doing so, please contact the church office with your name, address, and phone number.


     As health guidelines continually change during this pandemic, please check our website for any potential updates in the process.  It is important that we do this in a way that is as safe as possible for the recipients and volunteers.

 
Volunteers
     For those volunteering: you must wear gloves and face covering, your temperature must be normal, you must be feeling healthy, and you must practice social distancing while helping.  We will be limiting the number of volunteers helping at one time, to help with social distancing efforts.  Do not just show up to help, please contact either Steve Miller (chair of the Mission Committee) or the church office at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org" data-mce-href="/mailtoSurprisedffice@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 in advance.
 
     We NEED VOLUNTEERS to help with the following: food preparation; bagging/packaging of food; loading food into vehicles; directing traffic; sign making; and clean up.  For information on how you can help or to offer to volunteer, please contact Steve or the church office.
 
Donations
     We NEED MONETARY DONATIONS.  We need members to donate financially to Soup 'n' Such in order to purchase the food to make this distribution of food possible.  Rather than having people donate food, we will be purchasing food in bulk.  As such, rather than donating food items, we are asking for your tax-deductible financial contributions to Soup 'n' Such.  To do so, simply click on this Online Contribution link to make a secure electronic contribution designated for "Soup N Such" on one of the "special mission" lines; or write a check payable to St. Paul's UCC designated to "Soup N Such" in the memo line, and mail it to the church office.  
 
More Information

     You can click on this Soup & Such link for more information and for this year's schedule, or contact the chairperson of the Mission Committee, Steve Miller.

     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.

 

 

 

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 10:30am

September 27: Live Stream, Phone Stream, & Zoom Only

     During this worship service, we will be consecrating the elements for the following week's World Communion Sunday, which will be delivered on September 29 & 30.

     Due to COVID-19 precautions, we will not have in-person worship on Sunday mornings during the month of September.

     Click on this Bulletin link for the regular bulletin, children's bulletins, and Communitas.

     For more information about our worship services throughout the fall and the season of Pentecost, please contact any member of the Worship Committee (Lynelle Heimbach, Chairperson).

 

 

 

Spirit Wear

Orders Due: Tuesday, September 29, 2020

     Orders are due for St. Paul's UCC sweatshirts on Tuesday, September 29.  For more information and/or to place an order please contact Robin Henning (Evangelism Chairperson) or the church office at 610-621-5770 or Office@sprucc.org.

     You can make a check payable to "St. Paul's UCC" marked "Sweatshirt" mailed to 301 West Penn Ave; Robesonia, PA 19551; or you can pay online by clicking on this Online Payment link, and type "Sweatshirt" in one of the two lines that say "Other."

 

 

 

Communion Packing & Delivery

For the October 4 World Communion Sunday Live Stream Worship Service

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 10:00am

& Wednesday, September 30, 2020

     Pastor Ben will be leading us in communion during the 10:30am live stream worship service on Sunday, September 27 when he will be blessing the elements.  We will have volunteers doing a no-touch delivery of the blessed elements on Tuesday, September 29 and Wednesday, September 30).

     For more information about our worship services throughout the fall and the season of Pentecost, please contact any member of the Worship Committee (Lynelle Heimbach, Chairperson).

 

Communion Instructions

     With your help, we plan to offer Holy Communion in your homes on Sunday, October 4 (World Communion Sunday) during the 10:30am virtual worship service.

     We will do this in a similar way as we did for Easter Sunday and Mother's Day.
    + We use pre-filled communion cups.

    + The Pastor will consecrate those elements beforehand (during the 10:30am worship service on Sunday, September 27.
    + Then volunteers will put those elements into paper bags.  (Those bagging will be wearing gloves and masks, check for normal temperature, feeling healthy, keeping at a social distance, and be no more than a dozen people helping at one time).
    + Volunteers will deliver those bags to your front door.  (Those delivering will be wearing gloves and masks, check for normal temperature, feeling healthy, and will just be dropping off and walking away, keeping at a social distance - for your protection and theirs).
    + Those bags will be dropped off at least 3 days before Sunday, October 4, which is beyond the survivability life of the coronavirus, so you can feel reassured about touching the contents of the bag on October 4.
    + On Sunday, October 4, tune into the 10:30am live stream, phone stream, or zoom, and follow the worship service.  The Pastor will then give instructions for the receiving of communion, for us all to consume of it at the same time.  And, therefore even when physically apart due to social distancing, we will be able to be together in that moment as one through the sacrament of communion.

 
Helping With Communion

    To make this work we need your help:

    (1) Please contact the office at office@sprucc.org (or call 610-621-5770) by Sunday, September 27 with the total number of people in your household who would like to take communion (send that email today, before you forget).
    For example, if you are a member of St. Paul’s and your spouse is a member of another church, we will bring you two cups, if you request it.  If we do not hear from you, we will base our delivery on the information we have in the latest church directory.
 

    (2) We need volunteers to help fill the bags.  If you would be willing to help, please email or call the church office.  We will be doing this with small numbers of volunteers at a time at the beginning of this coming week.

         We will fill bags and collate bulletins on Tuesday, September 29 beginning at 10:00am.

    (3) We need volunteers to help deliver the bags.  If you would be willing to help, please email or call the church office.  Again, not to worry, you will be making zero contact with the people to whom you are delivering.
         We will be making deliveries beginning on Tuesday, September 29 (beginning at about 12noon) & Wednesday, September 30 in the morning and afternoon.


    (4) Yes, visitors, too!

     For those who visit with us regularly or semi-regularly, please be sure to contact the office to let us know of your interest and total number in your household who would like to take communion.  We very much want to include you, and we do not wish to accidentally overlook you.  Our records are less-complete for those not on our confirmed membership list, so please, please let email the church with the number needed for you.  Do not assume we know, please contact us and confirm your interest and number.
 
    (5)  Extending the Invitation - possibly - but limited quantities
    We ordered additional cups.  If you have a friend, family member, co-worker, neighbor, or social distancing buddy living in the community who you know would like to receive communion in this way, as well, confirm that with them first, and then email the church office with: their name; address; phone number; and number of cups needed.  We may or may not be able to meet that need, as we have a limited supply of additional cups, but we need know that need exists in order for us to try to meet that need.  Our ability to meet that need will depend upon: (a) how many volunteers we have help bag and deliver; and (b) the total number of people who are interested in receiving, as we have a limited supply (let us know soon, as we will do that on a first come basis).
     We will strive to do our best to make sure all that would like communion will receive it, but we need your help in the above ways to enable that to happen.

     If you are in anyway able to help with this, please contact the church office.  We would rather have too many helpers and need to turn people away, then not have enough volunteers to get this done in the few short days we have to pack and deliver.  Please contact the church office at office@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770 with your willingness to help or if you have any questions.

 

 

 

World Communion Sunday

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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Tentatively - Indoor & In-Person
Plus: Live Stream, Phone Stream, & Zoom

     Congregations throughout the world celebrate in our one Christian unity, regardless of our denominational name, through the sharing of communion on World Communion Sunday.  This sacrament unites us with God, with one another, with Christians who have gone before, and with Christians yet to come.  World Communion Sunday is annually celebrated on the first Sunday of October.  Even though separated by distance, time zones, and political boundaries, we are one in this day, regardless of our geography.

     This year for World Communion Sunday, we will be celebrating this day that brings us together as one, even when separated by great distance, by sharing in the sacrament from our homes.  We will be using pre-filled communion cups with unleavened bread enclosed.  The elements will be blessed during the previous Sunday's worship service (September 27), and then delivered to homes (for those living in the area) on the following Tuesday and Wednesday, so that we have them for the October 4 live stream worship service.  If you would like communion delivered to your home, please contact the church office with the number of cups needed in your home.  We will be giving priority to members, but expect to have a limited supply of additional cups that we can deliver to friends, family, and neighbors on a first come basis while supplies last. 

    Those bagging will be practicing social distancing, feeling healthy, have normal temperatures, and wearing gloves and masks.  Those delivering will likewise need to have normal temperatures, feeling healthy, wearing gloves, and will simply set a bag with the communion elements at your front door, knock, and leave.   We will be delivering early in the week, to add to your assurance that the use of the communion will be long after the survivability of the virus on any of the surfaces.

     If you would like to help with the bagging or delivering, please contact the church office at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org.  We will be limiting how many people are bagging at one time, to help with social distancing.

     Click on this Bulletin link for the regular bulletin, children's bulletins, and Communitas.

     For more information about our worship services throughout the fall and the season of Pentecost, please contact any member of the Worship Committee (Lynelle Heimbach, Chairperson).

     If we have enough usher/greeter volunteers sign up to help ahead of time, we plan to resume indoor in-person worship on Sunday, October 4.  If worshiping on that day in-person, simply bring along with you the pre-filled communion cup that was delivered to your house.  If you did not receive a pre-filled communion cup or if you forget to bring yours with you, do not worry, we will have extra on hand.

     If coming in-person you will need to wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth while in the building, practice social distancing while in the building and on the church grounds, and follow our COVID-19 Safety Guidelines.  For more information, click on this COVID-19 Safety Precautions link.




 

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 10:30am

Tentatively - Indoor & In-Person by reservation only
Plus: Live Stream, Phone Stream, & Zoom

     The good news is that the Miller Fellowship Hall floor is being redone this weekend.  The bad news is that we will not be able to use the downstairs for seating on that Sunday.  We have limited seating in the sanctuary due to social distancing needs.  Therefore, in-person seating will be done by reservation only for this Sunday.  Our office secretary will be on vacation, therefore to make a reservation, please contact Sheri Rowe by phone or at CareTeam@sprucc.org.

     Whether we meet in-person or not, we plan to continue to have the Live Stream, Phone Stream, & Zoom options.

     If coming in-person you will need to wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth while in the building, practice social distancing while in the building and on the church grounds, and follow our COVID-19 Safety Guidelines.  For more information, click on this COVID-19 Safety Precautions link.

     For more information about our worship services throughout the fall and the season of Pentecost, please contact any member of the Worship Committee (Lynelle Heimbach, Chairperson).




 

Twentienth Sunday after Pentecost

 

Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 10:30am

 

Tentatively - Indoor & In-Person

 

Plus: Live Stream & Phone Stream

 

     Whether we meet in-person or not, we plan to continue to have the Live Stream & Phone Stream options for this Sunday.  Unfortunately we will not be able to Zoom on October 18, but will return with the Zoom option the following Sunday, October 25.

     If coming in-person you will need to wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth while in the building, practice social distancing while in the building and on the church grounds, and follow our  COVID-19 Safety Precaution Guidelines.

 

     For more information about our worship services throughout the fall and the season of Pentecost, please contact any member of the Worship Committee (Lynelle Heimbach, Chairperson).

 

 



 


 

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Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 10:30am

Tentatively - Indoor & In-Person
Plus: Live Stream, Phone Stream, & Zoom

     Reformation Sunday is annually celebrated on the last Sunday of October.  On Reformation Sunday we celebrate and give thanks for the early reformers who risked their lives to faithfully bring forth the reformations to the church we now enjoy today.  It is a day to remember what it means for us to be Christians of the reformed tradition, including the responsibilities of reading scripture, participating with others in Bible study, praying with and for others, teaching the Christian faith to others, sharing the Good News of the Gospel, joining communally in mutual spiritual support of one another, ensuring Bibles are available to people in their common language, and being an active part of the "Priesthood of All Believers."

     This year, as we give thanks for our past traditions, much of our liturgy for Sunday morning worship will come from our "Evangelical & Reformed" hymnal.

     Whether we meet in-person or not, we plan to continue to have the Live Stream, Phone Stream, & Zoom options.

     If coming in-person you will need to wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth while in the building, practice social distancing while in the building and on the church grounds, and follow our COVID-19 Safety Guidelines.  For more information, click on this COVID-19 Safety Precautions link.

     For more information about our worship services throughout the fall and the season of Pentecost, please contact any member of the Worship Committee (Lynelle Heimbach, Chairperson).

 

 

 

All Saints Sunday

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Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 10:30am

Tentatively - Indoor & In-Person

Plus: Live Stream, Phone Stream, & Zoom

    This day an annual rememberance and celebration of all the saints of the church, and a special rememberance of the members of St. Paul's UCC who died and entered the "Church Triumphant" since last year's All Saints' Sunday.  During worship this Sunday, we will be reading those names, lighting a candle, and pausing in silent prayer, followed by sharing in the sacrament of communion --- as we join in communion with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and in communion with one another, all the saints who have passed, and all the saints who are yet to come. 

     For relatives of those whose names we are reading, we invite you to contact the church office to make a reservation at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org for seating in the sanctuary.  Additional and overflow seating will also be available in the Miller Fellowship Hall and social hall.

     If coming in-person you will need to wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth while in the building, practice social distancing while in the building and on the church grounds, and follow our  COVID-19 Safety Precaution Guidelines.

     For more information about this worship service and other worship services throughout the fall and the season of Pentecost, please contact any member of the Worship Committee (Lynelle Heimbach, Chairperson).


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.

 

 

 

 



 

~ ~ ~ Upcoming Events in 2021 ~ ~ ~


 

 

Annual Pork & Sauerkraut Dinner

Friday, January 1, 2021

     Save the date.  Our annual Pork & Sauerkraut Dinner will be on Friday, January 1 from 11:00am to 2:00pm. 

 

 

 

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Saturday, May 1, 2021 - Time TBD

     We hope that by May 2021, a vaccine for the coronavirus will have been developed and distributed, allowing us to once again gather as a large group in the sanctuary.  We are planning for Saturday, May 1, 2021 as the memorial service for the Rev. George Miller, our Pastor Emeritus.  The time of this service has not yet been determined.

 

 

 

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May 2021 - Tentatively

     Steven Motz, a member of St. Paul's UCC, completed his Eagle Scout rank in December 2019, but due to the coronavirus has not yet had the opportunity to have a ceremony to be awarded the rank.  His Eagle Scout project was setting up the Live Stream technology, software, and hardware upon which we so greatly rely during this pandemic.  We are hoping that large public gatherings in church sanctuaries will again be permitted by May, and are therefore tentatively planning his award ceremony for May 2021.

 

 

 

Confirmation

Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 10:30am

     We hope that you will join us for worship on Sunday, May 23 at 10:30am when we celebrate in the Rite of Confirmation, and welcome the newest and youngest members of our congregation!

 

 

 

Worship at Knoebels Amusement Park

Sunday, August 8, 2021 at 10:30am

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     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.

 

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

          11:15am - lunch at Pavilion Tent #4

            8:00pm - water park closes

            9:00pm - park closes

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Worship in the Sanctuary of St. Paul's on August 8

     For those who are unable to journey with us to Knoebels, we are planning to have a worship service in our sanctuary at 9:30am.

 

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

 


 

 

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