Recent and Upcoming Events

 

 

Youth Fellowship Group Bi-Monthly Meetings

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Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 6:00pm

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 6:00pm

Thursday, October 31, 2019 - CANCELLED (Halloween)

Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 6:00pm

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - CANCELLED (Thanksgiving)

     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).

     Please note, so that youth can be spending time with family and other friends, there will be NO youth group meetings the nights of Halloween and Thanksgiving.

     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.

 

 

 

Consecrating/Blessing of Our Hands

Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 10:25am

Guest Steward: The Rev. Robert Masenheimer

     We will have our annual consecrating of our hands and gifts as stewards of God's gifts during our 10:25am worship service on Sunday, October 27, when we celebrate "Consecerating Stewards Sunday."

     This year, our "Guest Steward" is our very own, the Rev. Robert Masenheimer.

     The worship service will be followed by a special "Super-Hero Luncheon."  We hope you will join us for that time of food and fellowship.

     For more information about this year's "Be A Hero In Christ -- Following the Lord’s Way", please contact Head Deacon, Marianne McCloy; or Deacon, Geneva Aulenbach.

 

 

 

Super-Hero Luncheon

Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 11:45am

RSVP by Sunday, October 20

     We are looking forward to our annual Consecrating Stewards Sunday Luncheon.  This year's theme is "Be A Hero In Christ -- Following the Lord’s Way".

     This is a free luncheon, open to all.  Please RSVP by Sunday, October 20, so that we can best prepare for the luncheon.  You can RSVP by contacting the church office at office@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770; or use the RSVP card found in the October issue of The Herald or found in the Sunday bulletin.

     This luncheon is a great time to fellowship with one another after hearing the special message from our Guest Steward and receiving the blessing of our hands.

     For more information about the luncheon or this year's "Be A Hero In Christ -- Following the Lord’s Way", please contact Head Deacon, Marianne McCloy; or Deacon, Geneva Aulenbach.

 

 

 

Called To Care Training

C2C RedBlackLogo_2016Session #1: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 6:00pm
Session #1: Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 3:00pm

Session #2: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 6:15pm

Session #3: TBA
Session #4: TBA
Session #5: TBA
Session #6: TBA
Session #7: TBA

     “Called-To-Care” (C2C) is our seven session training program for members of our church to be engaged in the visitation ministry to our hospitalized, ill, and homebound members.

     Our next session will be on Sunday, June 2 from 11:00am-1:00pm.  This will be session #2.  There is no fee to participate in this training session.  Pre-registration is encouraged to make sure that we have enough materials.  To pre-register, please contact the church office at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org.


Background of the C2C Program:    

     “Called-To-Care” (C2C) is the UCC program for lay church members to minister to the sick, hospitalized, grieving, and others in need.  It is used in many different congregations and nursing home facilities throughout the country to train and organize lay visitation.
    In 2017, it was instituted as St. Paul’s UCC official lay visitation program.
    In the past couple of years, Pastor Ben has taught this twice here at St. Paul’s for our members and members of Zion’s UCC in Womelsdorf.
    All elders (whether currently on Consistory or not) are to complete at least session #1 & #2 by the end of February 2019, which addresses such issues as confidentiality, initiating a visit, basic do’s and don’t’s of a hospital or home visit, and more.  All elders who are providing communion are to also complete session #7, which goes over the serving of communion.
    For more information about C2C or VCT Ministry, please contact Pastor Ben Motz at 610-621-5770 or PastorMotz@sprucc.org.

 

Joining the Visitation Care Team Ministry:

    Although all elders vow to assist in prayers and visits as a part of their ordination vows, other members are also welcome to participate in our VCT Ministry.  However, to make sure our visits are safe and appropriate, VCT members do need: (1) to be trained in visiting (and have completed at least sessions #1 & #2 before their first visit); (2) be approved to visit by the Spiritual Council; and (3) be approved by Christian Ed through our Safe Conduct process to visit the sick and vulnerable within our church.

     If you are interested in being a part of the VCT Ministry, please contact the pastor, and/or the visitation coordinators: Terry Pastor and Sheri Rowe.

 

 

 

 

Trick or Treating - Come for a Treat

Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm

TrickOrTreat WitchBag     Stop by the front of the church building on Robesonia's Trick or Treat Night on Thursday, 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).

 

 

 

Exploring Faith Series

     and New Member Class

NewMember ChurchBldgBegins: Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 9:15am

Pre-registration Date: Thursday, October 31 at 12noon
(Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required, walk-ins welcome)

    This six week series begins on Sunday, November 3, 2019.  Our classes will be from 9:15am - 10:15am, and will be held downstairs in the Miller Fellowship Hall.
    During this series we will be learning about God, the Bible, the UCC denomination,  discipleship, St. Paul's UCC, the sacraments, your questions, and more.  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 or pressure 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 taken this class, you are especially 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 a couple 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 21), 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 about this series, please contact Pastor Ben Motz at 610-621-5770 or PastorMotz@sprucc.org.

 

 

 

All Saints Sunday

AllSaints CrossGrapevineSunday, November 3, 2019 at 10:25am

    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. 

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.

     For more information about this worship service, please contact any member of the Worhsip Committee, including chairperson Terry Pastor or vice chair Sheri Rowe.

 

 

 

Live Stream - Training

Sunday, November 3 from 11:45am to 12:15pm

     For at least a year Steven has been live streaming the worship services.  For each worship service, we average about 10 people watching our live stream.  (Which means there are about 10 more people every Sunday in worship with us, who we do not see in the pews, but are in prayer, praise, and song with us none the less).  We have been using Steven's computer and some of his personal equipment in order to make this happen.

     Steven has been working to make this a little more permanent for us, which is also serving as his Eagle Project.  The church is purchasing a new computer, wires, desk, microphones, and other equipment: (1) to make the live stream work better and more consistently; (2) to improve the sound quality in the sanctuary and in the live stream; (3) so that we are not dependent upon having Steven and his computer there on a Sunday to make the live stream function; and (4) so that we can get the wires up off the floor, the tripod off of folding chairs, and the equipment onto something better than a folding card table, so that we do not have those tripping hazards and for better visual appearance.

 

Live Stream - Training

     On Sunday, November 3 after worship, Steven will be seeking to train additional people to use this equipment.  Steven will be continuing to offer his leadership and technical expertise throughout this school year.  However, Steven is a high school senior and plans to leave for college next year, plus sometimes he on vacation and Boy Scout campouts over the weekend, and so we are in great need of a few people to learn from him and apprentice under him. 

     Again, we average 10 people watching the live stream each week, and we expect that number to grow (as members age with less ability to physically get to the building; as members are hospitalized and go through rehab; as members go on business trips, move out of state, travel abroad, or go to college; as potential future members check us out on line first, before coming to a worship service; and as technology becomes more accessible and more familiar).

 

Live Stream - Equipment

     None of this equipment is coming out of the operating budget.  Thank you to all who have been donating for this equipment, and thank you to all who have been donating their time to help run wire and set up equipment.  We are anticipating the total cost to be around $1,200.00.  If you would like to help with donations, you can make a donation payable to "St. Paul's UCC; 301 West Penn Ave; Robesonia, PA 19551" marked "Live Stream & Sound", or you can make a contribution by clicking on this online contribution link, put your deductible amount in one of the "Other" lines and type "Live Stream & Sound" for the description.  If we receive more donations than needed for this project, funds will be earmarked in a "Audio-Visual Fund" to help support future audio-visual repairs, upgrades, and additions.

 

YouTube Channel

     You can view our YouTube Channel by clicking on this St. Paul's UCC YouTube Channel link.  As of October 2019, we have 18 subscribers.  Click on the "SUBSCRIBE" button found there to subscribe to our channel.

 

More Information

     For more information about our live stream and audio system, please contact Steven, any member of the Worship Committee (chairperson, Terry Pastor or vice chair, Sheri Rowe), or Pastor Ben Motz.

 

 

 

Jack Frost Parade - Float Building

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The Parade is on Sunday, November 3, 2019

Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 6:00-7:00pm

      Brainstorming float ideas.

 

Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 6:00-7:00pm

     Deciding on float theme and designing the float.

 

Saturday, October 5 at 6:00pm

      Working on the float during a youth group lock-in.

 

Thursday, October 10 at 6:00pm

      We will be working on the parade float during our normally scheduled meeting.

 

Tuesday, October 29 at 6:00pm

      We are rescheduling the Thursday, October 31 meeting to Tuesday, October 29, due to Halloween being on Thursday.

 

Thursday, October 31 from 4:00-6:00pm

     During Soup 'n' Such we plan to be working on the parade float.  (Please note that due to this being Robesonia's "Trick or Treat Night", there will be NO youth group meeting this evening).

 

     This year's float is being designed and built by our Youth Fellowship Group.  As such, you do need your clearances and related paperwork completed and submitted to Elsa Wertz or Denise Unger to help the youth in the building of the float

 

     See the above dates and times for helping to build the float.  Please wear clothing that can get messy (we will be working with paint, markers, ink, and glue).

 

 

 

Jack Frost Parade

Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 1:00pm -  Loading the Float onto the Trailer

Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 2:00pm -  Line up at Conrad Weiser Middle School

Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 3:00-5:00pm - Parade

Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 5:15pm -  Unloading the Float at St. Paul's UCC

     This year's float is being designed and built by our Youth Fellowship Group.  See the above dates and times for helping to build the float.

    For the annual Jack Frost Parade in Robesonia, youth and adults alike are invited to come dressed in a Batman themed hero costume (or tshirt, sweatshirt, etc).  You can also wear a St. Paul's UCC blue shirt, or just a plain blue shirt.

     We expect to be loading the float onto the trailer at 1:00pm (at St. Paul's UCC), lining up for the parade at 2:00pm (at Conrad Weiser Middle School), and unloading the float from the trailer around 5:15pm (at St. Paul's UCC), returning it to the stage in Fellowship Hall.  We will need to wait until the parade is over to be able to drive the float back to the church building.

 

 

 

Candy Orders

Chocolate 001Orders Due: Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Pickup: Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 9:00am-1:00pm
              Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 11:45am

     Click on this 2019 Candy Order Form link for a candy order form.  Please indicate "dark chocolate" or "milk chocolate."

     You can e-mail your order into the church office at office@sprucc.org or place it in the "Candy Order" basket, which is located in the second floor hallway.  To e-mail your order, you can either: (1) fill out the form, scan or take a pic of it, and e-mail it to office@sprucc.org; or (2) simply e-mail a typed order to office@sprucc.org.

     You can pay by check, cash, or electronically online.  To pay online, click on this Pay Online link, enter your amount in the "Fund-Raiser" line and type "Candy Order" as the description.

     For more information, please the 21st Century Christian Women's Fellowship Group chairperson Sue Hiester.


 

 

PSEC_2019_FallYouthEvent_CaringForTheEarthPSEC Fall Youth Event

Friday, November 8 - Sunday, November 11, 2019

Location: Camp Conrad Weiser
Registration Deadline: Friday, November 1, 2019

This Year's Theme: Caring for Creation

Focus Scripture:  Psalm 24:1 "The earth is the LORD’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it."


Overview of Daily Activities

    FRIDAY: Beginning at 5pm – Arrival & Check-in, Dinner, Small Groups/Orientation, Large Group/Ice-Breaker Activities, Movie (that fits with the theme) & Small Group Discussion
   SATURDAY: Breakfast, Morning Watch, Workshops, Lunch, Workshops, Free Time/Camp Activities, Dinner, Small Groups, Worship, Dance & Bonfire
   SUNDAY: Breakfast, Small Groups, Morning Watch, Large Group Activities, Closing worship, Affirmations, Depart – 12:00pm

 

More Information

     Information on the PSEC website: PSEC 2019 Fall Youth Event

     To register, click here.

     Overview of the PSEC 2019 Fall Youth Event

     Medical Form

 

 

 

Harvest Home

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     Harvest Home will be celebrated on Sunday, November 10, and during our 10:25am worship service we will be blessing the donated gifts and giving thanks to God for the many ways God has blessed us. 

     We are collecting nonperishable items for the Conrad Weiser Food Bank.  Please be generous in your contributions.  Items such as paper towels, toilet paper, peanut butter, canned goods, shampoo, and anything nonperishable will be welcomed.   The harvest has been good this year and we praise the Lord for all the goodness and blessings he has brought to us.  Now it is time to share our blessings by giving to the food bank.  Items will be collected until the end of the month, and given to the Conrad Weiser Food Pantry.

 

About Harvest Home

     Harvest Home is about giving thanks to God.  Harvest Home is held in the fall, when we receive the final harvest from the fields and orchards of the growing season before the coming of winter.  We give thanks to God for the harvest of the year and the bounty we receive (whether that is through food in farming, animals in ranching, paychecks in laboring, or social security and pensions in retirement).  All that we are and all that we have comes from God, and we give thanks.  An important way that we give thanks is to gather in worship in prayer, praise, song, and scripture.  Another important way that we give thanks to share the first fruits of this year's bounty through our church to those in need, enabling others to receive the bounty of God in their lives, as well.  Harvest Home reminds us, especially when many of us now purchase food from grocery store shelves rather than directly from fields, that what we receive is from God, and that we are to give thanks -- not just on this day, but each and every day.


     For more information about the worship service, please contact the Worship Committee (Terry Pastor, chairperson or Sheri Rowe, vice chair); for information about the food pantry and donations, please contact the Mission Committee (Steve Miller, chairperson or Geneva Aulenbach, vice chair).

 

 

 

Bible Presentation to Youth

Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 10:25am

     The Sunday school will be presenting Bibles to the youth during the 10:25am worship service on Sunday, November 10.  We have three Sunday school classes for youth at this time.  Bibles are being presented to those in the middle class and older class (elementary and middle school) who have not yet received a Bible from the Sunday school.

     We hope that you will be present this day to show these youth your support in their journey of faith, and to share in the prayers of blessing over these Bibles and the youth who will be using them.

     Being able to have direct access to the written Word is a central and key belief in our Reformed tradition.  Thank you for your tithes which make providing youth with Bibles possible. 

     The version of the Bible they will be receiving is the Contemporary English Version (CEV).  It is a direct translation (as opposed to a dynamic equivalence), which is easier to read then the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), and it has a sentence structure which is designed to be read aloud or silently for young readers.  This is also a full version of the Bible, plus the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical texts).  [The NRSV is our primary translation for worship, adult Sunday school and Bible studies, new adult members, and the version teens receive as confirmands].

 

 

 

Bible Presentation to Confirmation Class

Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 10:25am

     We will be presenting study Bibles and hymnals to the confirmation class students during the 10:25am worship service on Sunday, November 17.

     We hope that you will be present for worship on this day to show these young persons seeking to grow as disciples of Christ and as future members of St. Paul's UCC your support in their journey of faith.

     Being able to have direct access to the written Word is a central and key belief in our Reformed tradition.  Learning and growing in faith by having songs, prayers, and scripture in the home is a foundational belief in our Reformed tradition, especially in our affirmation of the Priesthood of All Believers.  Thank you for your tithes which make providing youth with Bibles possible. 

     The version of the Bible they will be receiving is the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV).  The NRSV is a direct translation of the Bible (as opposed to a dynamic equivalance).  The Bible they are receiving is a study Bible, which includes commentary, maps, and other resources to help them better understand the passages they are reading.  It includes the Old Testament, New Testament, and the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical texts.  It will have their names imprinted on the front cover.  [The NRSV is our primary translation for worship, adult Sunday school and Bible studies, new adult members, and the version teens receive as confirmands].

 

 

 

PSEC 2019 Fall Meeting

Sunday, November 17, 2019 from 2:30pm-5:30pm

Location: Ursinus College

     On Sunday, November 17 we will have our annual PSEC Fall Meeting at Ursinus College—Bomberger Hall; 601 E. Main St., Collegeville.

     St. Paul's UCC can send two voting lay delegates and one voting youth, and as many non-voting visitors as would like to attend, in addition to the Pastor.  To be a voting delegate, please contact President Geri Gammel or Vice President Jon Henning.

Topics Include:

• How do your OCWM contributions benefit your Pastor, your members and your youth?
• What were the Resolutions at General Synod all about and how do they effect your church?
These are just a few of the questions that we will answer at the Fall Meeting. Join us and learn what is happening in the PSE Conference and how your church benefits!
Registration opens at 2:30 pm
Meeting begins at 3:00pm
Childcare is available from 3:00 pm to meeting end.
(Please register the child and bring the completed Child Care Medical Release
form with you to the meeting.
Register at: https://psec2019fall.eventbrite.com

 

 

 

Youth Group Bonfire

November 23, 2019 at 6:15pm

     On Saturday, November 23, we will be meeting at the church at 6:15pm to transport our 2019 Jack Frost Parade Float to the Umberger's field for a Youth Group bonfire party, which will begin at 6:30pm.

     Dress in layers, as it will probably be chilly out.  Bring friends --- it's a party!

 

 

 

Healing Service

hand make_heart_shape-1-300x285Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 10:25am

     On Sunday, September 22 during the 10:25am worship service we will share in a time of Prayers of Healing.  All are welcome to come and be prayed for during this rite of healing -- members and visitors alike are welcome.

     Prayers for healing might include: healing of body, mind, spirit, or relationship.  Prayers for healing might be for yourself, someone you know, or someone in the world for whom you wish to pray.

     As we pray for healing, we pray for God's will and wisdom in answering our prayers for healing.

 

Description

     For those who may have attended one of our healing services before, the following gives a brief description overview of what takes place.  

     During the healing service portion of the worship service, for those who would like to participate in the healing service, there will be four options in how to participate in the Prayers of Healing, including: (1) opportunity to light a candle(s) for yourself or another(s); (2) the opportunity to come forward to kneel and pray nearer the altar at the chancel rail in the midst of a loving congregation; (3) the opportunity to be prayed for and annointed with oil by the pastor and elder; (4) the opportunity to simply remain in your pew; and/or (5) a combination of any of those four.

     All are welcome to come and be prayed for during this rite of healing -- members and visitors alike are welcome.

 

More Information

     For more information about our healing service, please contact any member of the Worship Committee or the Pastor -- Worship Chair: Terry Pastor; Worship Liaison: Sheri Rowe.

 

 

 

Christ the King Sunday

Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 10:25am

     For more information, please contact any member of the Worship Committee, including chairperson Terry Pastor or vice chair Sheri Rowe.

    

 

 

Fire & Ice

Acolyte Training

Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 11:45am

     For those in grades 5 or older, we will be having acolyte training following the worship service on Sunday, November 24.  After the acolyte training we will have a free ice cream sundae bar for the new acolytes, their siblings, and their parents.

     For more information, please contact any member of the Worship Committee, including chairperson Terry Pastor or vice chair Sheri Rowe.

 

 

 

 

Community Thanksgiving Worship Service

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 6:30pm

ThanksgivingWorship 05     St. Paul's UCC is hosting a community Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.

     For more information about our Thanksgiving Worship Services please contact Terry Pastor, chair of the Worship Committee.

 

 

 

First Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 10:25am

     More information coming soon.....

     For more information, please contact any member of the Worhsip Committee, including chairperson Terry Pastor or vice chair Sheri Rowe.

 

 

 

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

Last Thursday of the Month

Thursday, July 25, 2019 from 4-6pm

Thursday, August 29, 2019 from 4-6 pm

Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 4-6pm

Image of Soup and Meal     Once a month St. Paul's UCC offers "Soup 'n' Such", "St. Paul's Clothing Closet", and "Pet Food Distribution."

     Soup & 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 from 4:00-6:00pm.

     We have free pet food distribution during this time, as well.

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.

 

 

 

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December 2019 - TBA

The December 2019 Blood Drive will be at Trinity ELCA in Robesonia

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

     To help with refreshments on the month that we host, please contact the Mission Committee.
     For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, please contact the Mission Committee or the church office at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.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:
        Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 2:00-7:00pm
               at Trinity ELCA, Robesonia
        June 2019
               at St. Paul’s UCC, Robesonia
        Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 2:00-7:00pm
               at St. Daniel’s ELCA, Robesonia
        December 2019 - Day/Time TBA
               at Trinity ELCA, Robesonia
 
        Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 2:00-7:00pm

               at St. Paul's UCC, Robesonia

        April 2020 - Day/Time TBA
               at St. Francis De Sales RCC, Robesonia
        June 2020 - Day/Time TBA
               at St. Paul’s UCC, Robesonia
        September 2020 - Day/Time TBA
               at St. Daniel’s ELCA, Robesonia
        December 2020 - Day/Time TBA
               at Trinity ELCA, Robesonia

 

 

 

 

 

~ ~ ~ Upcoming Events in 2020 ~ ~ ~


 


 

Maundy Thursday

 Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 6:30pm

 Image result for maundy thursday clipart     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 18 at 6:30pm, we will begin worship in the Fellowship Hall at table with one another.  We will have a free 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, as the sanctuary slowly becomes shrouded in darkness.
     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).

 

 

 

Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 12, 2020

 

6:30am - Sunrise Worship

    Our Easter Sunrise worship service will begin outdoors around a fire with candlelight, at or right before sunrise, and conclude in the sanctuary.  There will be the processional of the cross, the return of the light to the sanctuary, and Holy Communion.  (We schedule this worship service each year based on the time of the actual sunrise.  For April 12, 2020, the actual sunrise is also at 6:30am).

 

7:45am - Easter Breakfast

    The Men's Group will be preparing and serving breakfast shortly after the Sunrise Worship service and before Sunday school begins

 

9:15am - Sunday School

    We will have our usual Sunday school classes for all ages at our usual 9:15am time.

 

10:25am - Worship

    Our second Easter worship service will take place at our regular time 10:25am.  We will have a chidlren's sermon, regular sermon. children's bulletins, available nursery, the choir, the bell choir, and Holy Communion.   Join us for the celebration of the resurrection of Christ.

 

     For more information about our Easter worship services, please contact any member of the Worship Committee (Terry Pastor Chairperson and Sheri Rowe Liaison).


 

 

Holy Humor Sunday

Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 10:25am

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     Each year for Holy Humor Sunday we select a different theme.  The 2020 theme has not yet been selected.  Generally, the Worship Committee begins the selection process in January.  In the past few years the youth group has selected the theme and put together this fun worship service.

 

RisenChristBySea 2What is Holy Humor Sunday?

     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. 

     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.
     This ancient Easter custom was begun by the Greeks in the early centuries of Christianity.  For centuries Holy Humor Sunday has been celebrated by Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant countries going by a variety of names, including "Bright Sunday" (the Sunday after Easter) and “days of joy and laughter” with parties and picnics the week after Easter to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.  Churchgoers and pastors played practical jokes on each other, drenched each other with water, told jokes, sang, and danced.
     The custom was written about by early church theologians, including Augustine, Gregory of Nyssa, and John Chrysostom.  These theologians called it “Risus paschalis - the Easter laugh,” referring to God playing a practical joke on the devil by raising Jesus from the dead.
     The custom began to fade by the mid 1900s in many churches.  In 1988 the Fellowship of Merry Christians, which bi-monthly publishes The Joyful Noiseletter, began to encourage churches to resurrect “Bright Sunday” celebrations and to call it “Holy Humor Sunday.”  The first theme they encouraged was: “Jesus is the LIFE of the party.”  The Fellowship of Merry Christians encourages churches in general to uplift the joy and humor found in scripture and in our Christian faith.  You can learn more on their website at: https://www.joyfulnoiseletter.com/hhsunday.asp
     St. Paul’s UCC has been celebrating Holy Humor Sunday annually since 2014.  Previous themes and pictures from those worship services can be found on the “Photos” page of our website.

     The Worship Committee begins considering themes each January for the next Holy Humor Sunday, and we welcome individuals to share ideas.  For the past few years our youth group or confirmation class came up with and developed the theme

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

Previous Holy Humor Themes

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

          2019 Holy Humor Sunday - Theme: "Drawn to Christ"

          2018 Holy Humor Sunday - Theme: "Medieval"

          2017 Holy Humor Sunday - Theme: "Game On!"

          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"

 


 

Worship at Knoebels Amusement Park

Sunday, August 16, 2019 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.

 

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

 

More Seating

      We will have more seating at the pavilion this year.  Our attendance for this worship service has grown every year.  This is our most well attended worship service of the summer!  We were able to reserve even more picnic tables this year than we have in past years.

 

Worship in the Sanctuary of St. Paul's on August 16

      For those who are unable to journey with us to Knoebels, we are planning to have a worship service in our sanctuary at 9:25am.

 

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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Harvest Home

Sunday, November 10th, 2019 at 10:25am

   Harvest Home will be celebrated on Sunday, November 10th during our 10:25am worship service.  We will be collecting nonperishable items for the Conrad Weiser Food Bank.  Please be generous in your contributions.  Items such as paper towels, toilet paper, peanut butter, canned goods, shampoo, and anything nonperishable will be welcomed.   The harvest has been good this year and we praise the Lord for all the goodness and blessings he has brought to us.  Now it is time to share our blessings by giving to the food bank.  Items will be collected until the end of the month, and given to the Conrad Weiser Food Pantry.

     For more information, please contact Geri Gammel in the church office.

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