Recent and Upcoming Events

 

 

WorshipSchedule 001Return to Regular Schedule

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Sunday School at 9:15am
Sunday Worship at 10:25am

     We will return to our regular Sunday school and Sunday worship schedule on Sunday, September 1, 2019 (the first Sunday in September).

     Our regular schedule runs from September to May; and our summer schedule runs from June to August.

     For more information, please contact Terry Pastor, Chair of the Worship Committee or Elsa Wertz, Chair of the Christian Education Committee (Sunday school).

 

 

 

New Members Joining

Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 10:25am

     We will be welcoming new members during our 10:25am worship service on Sunday, September 8, 2019.

 

 

 

Confirmation Class Begins

Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 6:00pm

     This school year's confirmation class program begins on Sunday, September 8 at 6:00pm.  The first class is for students and their parents.

     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 25.

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

 

 

 

First Responder Community Worship Service

Monday, September 9, 2019 - Time TBD

      Zion ELCA in Womelsdorf will be hosting their 2nd annual First Responder Worship Service on the evening of Monday, September 9, 2019.  As we receive more information, we will post that information here.

 

 

 

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Bring Some Green - We’ll Have Some Red

Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 10:25am

    While on vacation, you may have accumulated some unused offering envelopes in your packet over the summer months.  On September 15 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.

 

Donating By Mail

     If you can’t make it on September 15, 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 Sunday
           301 West Penn Avenue
           Robesonia, PA 19551

 

Donating Electronically

     If you are unable to join us in worship in person that day, or just prefer online giving, you can click on this online giving, and make an electronic contribution to the "General Operating" fund or type "Ketchup" under "Other 1" or "Other 2."  If you like, you can also follow the instructions on that web page to set up and account and recurring contributions, so you need not worry about catching-up with future offerings.

 

Thank You

     Thank you for your generous and regular support of your church.  Without it, we would not exist or be able to share the wonderful mission outreach ministries, visitation ministries, Bible studies and Sunday school, worship services, funerals, weddings, baptisms, confirmations, and so much more.  Thank you for your faithful, generous, and regular support.

     For more information, please contact our Deacons and Stewardship Team: Marianne McCloy (Head Deacon); Geneva Aulenbach (Deacon); Terry Pastor (Financial Secretary); or Jon Henning (Treasurer).

 

 

 

Healing Service

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     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.

 


 

Hero In Christ Sunday

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Lets Go_Heroes     We will have a special hero themed day on Sunday, September 29.

     You are invited to come to Sunday school and worship dressed for our hero theme.  For example, you can wear a hero themed tie, t-shirt, sweatshirt, or costume.  This could be based on a modern hero (firefighter, police officer, EMT, doctor, nurse, soldier, marine, sailor, airman), a historical hero (Harriet Tubman, Mother Teresa, Albert Einstein, Wright Brothers, Madam Curie), a biblical hero (Moses, Sarah, Phoebe, Paul, the wisemen), or a superhero (Batwoman, Spiderman, Hulk, Supergirl).  You can also simply come dressed for the service project activities that afternoon.

     We are planning a special worship service for that morning, which will include special activities for youth.

     We will not only be dressing like noted heros, we will be seeking to be heros in Christ for people within our community.

     After worship, we will have a luncheon, and then go out into our community and help people with small but important projects at their homes for which they need assistance.  If you or someone you know has a project for which we can be of help, please contact the Property Committee or the church office for that potential project to be added to the list of those being considered.

     For part of the afternoon, we plan to have small ways kids can share in the helping, and for the rest of the afternoon we will have fun games and crafts for them.

     We will then regather at the church building for dinner, followed by a closing celebrative worship.

 

Schedule for the Day

       9:15am Sunday School

     10:25am Morning Worship

     11:45am Lunch

       1:00pm Service Projects

       2:30pm Games & Crafts for Youth

       6:00pm Dinner & Fellowship

       7:00pm Closing Celebrative Worship

       7:30pm Departure

 

How to Help Participate

Identifying Projects

     If you or someone you know has a potential project for us to consider, please contact the Property Committee: Mark Verry (chair) or Dale Mentzer (vice chair and Head Trustee).  We are looking for local projects that can we can complete in one afternoon.  If you are not sure whether or not it is the type of project we might be looking for, contact them anyway and ask.  The Property Committee will designate someone to come out and evaluate the potential project, and then of the list of possibilities, based in part on the number of people volunteering to help, they will select which ones we will be doing this day.

 

Helping with Projects

     To volunteer to help with projects, please contact the Property Committee: Mark Verry (chair) or Dale Mentzer (vice chair and Head Trustee).

 

Helping Plan and Lead Worship

     To help plan the morning or evening worship services, decorate for the services, or help lead the worship services, please contact the Worship Committee: Terry Pastor (chair) or Sheri Rowe (Consistory liaison).

 

Helping with Games and Crafts

     To help with the games and crafts with youth that afternoon, please contact the Christian Education Committee: Elsa Wertz (chair) or Geri Gammel.

 

Helping with Meals

     To help with the meals, please contact the Fellowship Committee: Steve Miller (chair) or Geneva Aulenbach (Consistory liaison).

 

Helping Share the Good News

     To help share with our community how we are living the word and sharing the love of God through this day, please contact the Evangelism Committee: Robin Henning (chair).

 

Knit Together as the Body of Christ

     We hope that every able bodied member living in the area will be able to participate in at least some small way in this day, coming together in loving service, as the Body of Christ.  Ephesians 4:16. 

     To help or to submit a project, contact the leadership directly; or click on this Hero In Christ - Interest Participation Sheet link, download the help form, fill it out, and return it to the office at office@sprucc.org.

 

 

 

Youth Fellowship Group Bi-Monthly Meetings

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Thursday, August 8 and 29, 2019 at 6:00pm

Thursday, September 12 and 26 at 6:00pm

     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.

 

 

 

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Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 6:00pm

Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 6:00pm

Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 6:00pm

     During our regular May youth group meetings we will be planning the 2019-2020 youth group activity calendar.

     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.

 

 

 

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: Sunday, June 2 at 11:00am

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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.

 

 

 

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 2:00-7:00pm

The September Blood Drive will be at St. Daniel's 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 6th 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

 

 

 

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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Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 4:15pm

    On Thursday, August 8 we will meet at St. Paul's UCC parking lot at 4:15pm and leave for Blue Mountain.  Our reservation will be for 6:30pm, and we will be there for about two hours.  We anticipate returning to the church between 10:00-10:30pm.

     You will need to wear closed toe shoes (such as sneakers) -- NO sandals, flip-flops, etc.

     Blue Mountain recommends that you leave your cell phone at home or in the car, as they are not responsible for damage due to it falling and breaking.

     You will also need to have a completed Blue Mountain Resort Release & Assumption of Risk Form completed.  Please download and print it from here and bring that completed form along with you.  You can also contact the church office at office@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770 to get a printed paper copy of the form.

     There will be water stations along the course to be able to hydrate.

     We anticipate getting snacks / dinner while at Blue Mountain or stopping along the way home somewhere else.

 

Preregistration - Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 6:00pm

     Please remember to sign up for the High Ropes Course at Blue Mountain by this Thursday night's meeting (Thursday, July 25 at 6pm) with your $10 per person fee.  (The remainder of the fee will be covered by proceeds from our youth group fund-raisers).
     We need at least 10 people to sign up for the group reservation and discount.
     If you would like to participate, but cannot attend Thursday's meeting, please contact the church office at office@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770.

     For more information about our youth group and a list of upcoming youth group activities, please click on this Youth Fellowship Group link to go to our youth group page.

 

 

 

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Saturday, August 10 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Classics, Street Rods, Muscle,
Antique, Trucks, Jalopies

     This annual event gets better and better each year.  Our annual car show features a variety of cars.  Four classes and one best in show will be judged and awards issued at the end of the show.

     The show will be held in the grass lot behind St. Paul’s UCC.
     There will be catered foods, soft drinks, and door prizes available.
     To register a vehicle for the show, contact the church office at office@sprucc.org or call 610-621-5770 for a registration form.  The cost to register: pre-registration by
August 3, 2019 is $8.00; and registration the day of the show is $10.00.
     You can view pictures from previous years on our website under the “Photos” tab.

 

 

 

Worship at Knoebels Amusement Park

Sunday, August 18, 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 18

     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.


Welcome and Support Kids from our Youth Group and 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 from Bethany with a $10 ticket packet (and Bethany will be providing each of their participatnts with a $10 ticket packet, for a total of $20 of tickets per person).  As was the participation last year, we are tentatively expecting 70 persons from Bethany to join us. 

      In addition, this year (as we did last year) we will also be providing $20 ticket packts to youth who have been participating in the Youth Group this past year.  We are anticipating about 25 youth from our Youth Group.  Many of the kids who participate in the youth group are of families who come to our monthly Soup ‘n’ Such with limited financial resources in need, and we wish to make all the kids in our youth group feel equally welcome, wanted, and able to participate.  Your generous support will enable them to have a joyful day in worship of their Lord and in fellowship with fellow disciples.

     Tickets will be distributed to youth at 11:00am, following the worship service.

 

To Contribute

     To contribute, please make your tax deductible donation payable to "St. Paul's UCC" marked "Knoebels Youth," 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 Help Kids Worship at Knoebels -- Online Giving link, enter the amount of your gift in the "Special Mission 1" or "Special Mission 2" line, and type "Knoebels Youth" in the line next to the amount.  Please give generously to enable these youth to join with us in worship and fellowship.

     [If you designate "Knoebels Youth", the funds will be used for both the Bethany Kids and the Youth Group Kids as needed.  If you designate "Bethany Youth", the funds will just be used for the Bethany Kids.  We will respect and honor either, but we want to encourage you to designate "Knoebels Youth" to give us the most flexibility and help the most amount of kids participate.  Thank you].

     [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].

 

Help With the Knoebels Luncheon

     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 any member of the Worship Committee [Terry Pastor (Chairperson)].


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

 

 

 

Bell Tower Work Group

Saturday, August 24 - Postponed

    The bell tower needs some work.  The Property Committee and Consistory President met with a contractor on Friday, August 23, who went up and examined the bell tower.  After meeting him, the decision was made to postpone the work (originally planned by the Property Committee for Saturday, August 24), until receiving a report and quote from the contractor.

     When/if we schedule another work party for working on the tower, we will list that here.  Look for more information in the Sunday morning announcements.

     In the meantime, please note that you will NOT be able to use the front doors to enter the sanctuary.

     For additional information please contact Dale Mentzer (Head Trustee) or Mark Verry (Property Chairperson).

 

 

 

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Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 9:25am

  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.

     For more information, contact Terry Pastor, Chair of the worship committee.

 

 

 

PSEC Fall Youth Event

Friday, November 8 - Sunday, November 11, 2019

Location: Camp Conrad Weiser

     Save the date in your calendar.

     We will post more information here, as it becomes available.

 

 

 

Community Thanksgiving Worship Service

Sunday, November 27, 2019 at 6:30pm

ThanksgivingWorship 05     Tentatively, St. Paul's UCC plans to host a community Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.

     Check here for updates, as Thanksgiving approaches.

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

 

 

 

 

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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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