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Communications Workshop

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 6:00pm

     On Tuesday, January 14 from 6:00-6:55pm Pastor Ben offering a Communications Workshop.  This workshop is designed to: (1) help provide you with guidance to help make sure your articles are providing the congregation with the information they need to know what you are talking about and what your activity is all about; (2) go over the format needed to submit articles to the office secretary; and (3) to make sure your articles, posters, and flyers fit the necessary guidelines to be used within St. Paul's UCC. 
 This workshop is for any person who wishes to submit an article for the newsletter, bulletin, website, or hang a flyer in the church building.  All elected leaders, as well as anyone who might be interested in communicating within the church through the newsletter, bulletin, flyers, posters, website, facebook, or E-News should attend this workshop.
     This workshop is free.  No advance registration is needed.
     If you took this workshop in the past, it will be similar to the 2019 workshop.  However, if you have not taken this workshop since 2017 or before, there have been changes and there will be new information, so you should attend this workshop, also.
     For more information, please contact Pastor Ben Motz at 610-621-5770 or PastorMotz@sprucc.org.
     As a reminder, it is the policy at St. Paul’s UCC that no committee or individual should hang or set out flyers/posters about an event or activity before submitting a complete article to the office secretary about the event, following the guidelines discussed in this workshop.

 

 

 

Snow Tubing

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Registration Due: Sunday, January 12

     We are planning a Youth Group snow tubing trip for Sunday, January 19, 2020 at Blue Mountain Ski Resort.  We will be meeting in the church parking lot at 4:00pm to travel by car pool to Blue Mountain, which is about an hour and a half away.  Snow Tubing will be from 6:00-9:00pm.  We plan to return to Robesonia between 10:30-11:00pm.  Thanks to donations and the fund-raisers the youth have been doing, we are able to reduce the cost of tickets to those who sign up in advance.  For those who sign up by Sunday, January 12, the cost is $20 per person for a 3 hour ticket.
     Please RSVP by Sunday, January 12, so we can give a head count and finalize reservations with Blue Mountain, and so we know to look for you to car pool.  You can RSVP by: (1) signing up at a youth group meeting; (2) contacting the church office at office at office@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770; or (3) using a the Snow Tubing sign up sheet found in the second floor hallway in the church building.

     Please remember to dress in layers.  If you have them, please wear: knit hat, gloves, thermal underwear, snow pants, snow boots, and winter coat.  You are also encouraged to bring extra gloves, bring a water bottle, and pack a snack/supper/sandwich.

     Permission Slip: Click on this Blue Mountain Permission Slip link to fill out the permission slip form in advance.

     Click on this Snow Tubing in 2018 link to see pics from our last snow tubing trip two years ago.

 

 

 

Reclaiming the Great Commission

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 6:00-8:00pm

    As part of our “2020 Vision - Six Year Growth Plan,” we have adopted the Missional Approach as our philosophy to evangelism and church growth.  The Missional Approach to evangelism and church growth is all about reclaiming the Great Commission and living out the Great Commandment.

    Pastor Ben will be offering a workshop on the Missional Approach on Tuesday, January 21 from 6:00-8:00pm.  This free workshop is open to members and visitors alike.  Preregistration is encouraged, so that we can have enough materials photocopied in advance.  To register, please use the sign up sheet in the hallway or contact the church office at Office@sprucc.org">Office@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770 by Sunday, January 19.

      As part of the Six Year Growth Plan, all Consistory members and all Standing Committee Chairpersons who did not attend this refresher last year, should attend this workshop this year, as well as other leaders and staff.  For more information about this workshop, please contact Pastor Ben at 610-621-5770 or PastorMotz@sprucc.org">PastorMotz@sprucc.org.




Youth Communion Classes

Sunday, February 2 at 9:15am

    Pastor Ben Motz is offering classes for children, teens, and young adults who have not yet been confirmed, but who would like to participate in the sacrament of Holy Communion.  The classes give the opportunity for youth to have an understanding and greater reverence for the sacrament before participating.
    If you are unsure whether participating in communion is right for your child at this time, please note that youth do not need to commune after taking the class.  You can come to the class, learn more, and then decide afterwards.
    However, if you do wish to commune, as of December 2015 unconfirmed youth need to participate in communion classes prior to communing.
    For more details about children and communion, you can pick up a copy of St. Paul’s “Children & Communion” booklet from the church office.   For more information, please contact the Pastor at 610-621-5770 or PastorMotz@sprucc.org.



 

Youth Fellowship Group Bi-Monthly Meetings

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Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 6:00pm

Thursday, December 26, 2019 - CANCELLED (The day after Christmas)

     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 Thanksgiving and the day after Christmas Day.

     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.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Christmas Bazaar

Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 9:00am-1:00pm

     Sponsored by St. Paul's 21st Century Christian Women's Group, the bazaar includes homemade candy, a large basket raffle, baked goods, chow chow, preserves, attic treasures, and soup & BBQ to go.  If you're hungry while shopping, a light breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase.

 

 

 

Youth Group Bonfire

Saturday, November 23, 2019 - Postponed

     Due to forecasted heavy rain, the bonfire that was originally scheduled for Saturday, November 23 is being postponed to a yet-to-be-determined date.  We will plan the new date and time at our next youth group meeting.

     For information purposes, we were originally planning on 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 was to begin at 6:30pm.

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

 

 

 

Healing Service

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     On Sunday, November 24 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. 

 

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     There is no one way to come to God in prayer.  We offer more than one way to participate in prayers of healing in order to better meet the spiritual diversity of those gathered for worship, and our preferences and needs change throughout our spiritual lives.  You may participate in more than one of the following:

     Order for Laying on of Hands (Option 1) - you will be invited to come forward and sit in the first pew.  One of our healing team pairs will pray for persons one at a time (or you may come forward as a couple or as a family).  You will let the team know your name and if you have a particular healing prayer request or would just like a general prayer for healing.  The prayer team will then place their hands on you (i.e. hands, shoulders, back), pray for you, and then anoint your head with oil.  After which you may depart.

     Candle Lighting Prayer (Option 2) - Simply come forward and use one of the match sticks to light a candle for healing and wholeness.  If there are multiple persons for whom you are lifting up in prayer, you are certainly welcome to use additional candles for each person.  You may wish to softly speak their name as you light the candle.  You may also wish to pause and offer a silent prayer to God for them, for yourself, or for whomever you are praying.

     Kneeling Prayer (Option 3) - Your are invited to come forward and kneel at the chancel rail to offer prayers of healing for yourself and/or for others.

     Remaining in Your Pew (Option 4) - For those who do not come forward for any of the other three options, we invite you to pray for yourself and/or pray for those who come forward for healing and wholeness in your life and in theirs.

     All are welcome to come and be prayed for during this rite of healing -- members and visitors alike are welcome.  As we pray for healing, we pray for God's will and wisdom in answering our prayers for healing.

 

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 about this annual worship service, 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.  There will be a combined choir from St. Daniel's ELCA, Zion's UCC, and St. Paul's UCC; directed by the Rev. Robert Masenheimer.  Our featured preacher will be the Rev. Bob Kramer.  There will be a children's sermon and children's bulletins, followed by light refreshments and fellowship.

 

 

 

Light In A Darkened World

December 2019

     Throughout the Season of Advent (the four Sundays before Christmas) we share in a different weekly theme of what the advent (anticipated coming) of Christ means for us and for our world.

 

Sunday, December 1 at 10:25am - Hope

     In a world darkened by anxiety and fear, we find hope in Christ who overcomes for us all that creates darkness.

 

Sunday, December 8 at 10:25am - Peace

     In a world torn by violence and conflict, we learn of a better path to peace through Christ who forgives, redeems, and unites us.

 

Sunday, December 15 at 10:25am - Joy

     In a world of grief and loss, we are led to greater and deeper of times of joy through Christ who strengthens and encourages us.

     (This is also the date of our children's Christmas program, which will take place during the 10:25am worship service).

  

Sunday, December 22 at 10:25am - Love

     In a world with too much hate and division, we learn to love our neighbor as ourselves through Christ who loves us.
     (This is also the date of our annual congregational meeting, which take place following the worship service).

 

 

Tuesday, December 24 at 7:00pm & 11:00pm - Light

     Even as a single candle can bring light to a room, all shadows in our world are dissipated by the light of Christ.

 

      For more information about our Advent and Christmas Worship Services, please contact any member of the Worhsip Committee, including acting chairperson Sheri Rowe.

 

 

 

Youth Group Babysitting

Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 5:00-9:00pm Price change!!

     St. Paul's Youth Group and their adult helpers are offering babysitting on Saturday, December 7 so that you may get ready for the holidays or just take an evening off.  Babysitting is between 5:00pm and 9:00pm, but the drop off and pick up times are flexible; your child need not stay the entire time.  If you do not plan to have your children at the church for the entire time, then the cost is $6.00/hour/child.  However, if you plan on using the entire 4 hours then the cost is $20.00/child (for up to 2 kids).  If you have 3-5 children that you would like us to babysit, then the cost is $50.00/family.  Whether you decide to go hourly or for the entire time, the cost includes supper and activities.  There is a limited number of children (ages 2-11) that we will be able to watch, so please sign up early to save a spot.  Your reservation must be made by Thursday, December 5 by 4:00pm.  Call 610-621-5770 or e-mail at office@sprucc.org.  Leave a message that includes your name, phone number, and the number of children.  We will get back to you as soon as possible.  The money raised will benefit the Youth Group of St. Paul's and their future projects and fun activities.

 

 

 

Children & Youth Christmas Program

Sunday, December 15, 2020 at 10:25am

     For more information, please contact Sheri Rowe (Worship Committee) or Elsa Wertz (Christian Education Committee).

 

 

 

Annual Congregation Meeting

Sunday, December 22, 2020 at 11:45am

     For more information, please contact the Consistory President: Geri Gammel or Vice President: Jon Henning.

 

 

 

Christmas Eve with St. Paul’s UCC

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

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

 

For the Earlier Christmas Eve Worship Service:

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

               followed by “Joy to the World”

 

For the Later Christmas Eve Worship Service:

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

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

 

 

 

Christmas Sunday

The Legend of the Christmas Cookie

Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 10:25am

     Each year on the Sunday after Christmas, Pastor Ben shares a different Christmas legend with us.  This year he will be sharing "The Legend of the Christmas Cookie."  How did Christmas cookies begin?  How are Christmas cookies related to our Pennsylvania German heritage?

     Perhaps the most important question, will there be Christmas cookies on this Sunday at St. Paul's UCC?

 

 

 

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

Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 4-6pm

November - NO Soup 'n' Such or Clothing Closet (due to the holiday)

Thursday, December 12, 2019 from 4-6pm (date change due to the holiday)

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
        Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 8:00am-12noon
               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

 

 

 

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Annual Pork & Sauerkraut Dinner

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

     The Men's Fellowship Group will cook a feast to start the new year out right.  This annual  meal starts at 11:00am and goes until 2:00pm.  Pork, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, applesauce, a roll, beverage and of course homemade desserts are on the menu.  Adults - $12.00 each, children (ages 6-12) - $5.00 each, children under six are free.  Come onct and eat yourself full!!

 

 

 

Youth Fellowship Group Bi-Monthly Meetings

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Thursday, January 9 & 30, 2020 at 6:00pm

Thursday, February 13 & 27, 2020 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.

 

 

 

Called To Care Training

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Session #4: February 2020 - TBD
Session #5: TBD
Session #6: TBD
Session #7: TBD

     “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 held in January 2020; the date and time are yet to be determined.  Please check back here for future updates.  Our next session will be session #3 of 7. 

     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.

 

 

 

Intergenerational Puppet Show

 Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 10:25am

      St. Paul's Church will be presenting The Puppet and Story Works.  This talented company will be presenting "Those Amazing Miracles", a show that includes Biblical truth, laughter and song for ALL ages.  The show will take place during the worship service which will start at 10:25am.  It is FREE and ALL are welcome to attend!

 


 


 

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Sunday, February 2, 2020

 

Souper Bowl and Cans of Soup

 

     Help the youth of St. Paul’s UCC help others in our community in need through loving Christian outreach by donating cans of soup for the Souper Bowl.  Place your soup cans in the team’s can that you think will win the real Super Bowl!  The soup cans will be donated to the Conrad Weiser Food Pantry.

     The Souper Bowl of Caring is a national youth effort.  We will submit our youth's total of soup cans donated with the totals of youth groups throughout the country, that our youth (and all of us) can be inspired by what youth can do to make a real and important difference in our community and the world.

 

 


 

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.

 

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     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, 2020 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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