Recent & Upcoming Events

 

Burning of the Palms

Thursday, February 8 at 6:00pm

Palm-To-Ash     We will be having the annual burning of the palms outside on Thursday, February 8 during the 6:00pm youth group meeting, weather permitting.  Pastor Ben will be teaching the teens and tweens why we use ash from palm branches on Ash Wednesday, as well as the process of creating the Ash Wednesday ashes.
    If you have palms you would like to donate, you can bring them to the church office on Sunday, February 4 (or bring them anytime between now and Soup ‘n’ Such on February 8).
    For information, please contact Terry Pastor, Chair of the Worship Committee, or Pastor Ben Motz at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org or PastorMotz@sprucc.org.

 

 

 

Transfiguration Sunday & Healing Service

Image result for transfiguration imagesSunday, February 11, 2018 at 10:25am

   On Sunday, February 11th during the 10:25am worship service we will share in a time of Prayers of Healing. 

     For those who may have attended one of our healing services before, what takes place is....   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.

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

    For more information about our periodic healing services, please contact the Worship Committee (Worship Committee Chairperson Terry Pastor  or the Pastor.

 

 

 

Greeter & Usher Training

Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 11:45am

     Usher greeter training will be held immediately after the service on Febraury 11th.  I will last about  45 minutes.

     For more information, please contact Terry Pastor, Worship Committee Chairperson.

 

 

 

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 6:30pm

Image result for Ash Wednesday clipart     Our Ash Wednesday worship service will be on Wednesday, February 14 at 6:30pm.  We will be offering the imposition of ashes, as well as offering communion in the pews.  Worshipers will have the option of receiving ashes on their foreheads, the back of their hands, or not at all - whichever you prefer.  Click on this "Why Ashes on Ash Wednesday" link to learn more about the use of ashes on Ash Wednesday.

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

 

 

 

Burning the Holy Donut

Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 6:00pm

JackFrostParade 171105_02QfC2     It is time to say, "Good Bye," to the Holy Donut, our 2017 Jack Frost Parade float created out of paper mache by our Youth Fellowship Group.  We will be bidding a fond farewell to this float by setting it on fire at a special youth group meeting. 

     Due to the snow we postponed the burning from February 18 to March 25.

     We will meet at the church to load the float on a trailer and transport it to an appropriately supervised back yard.

     On a separate wood fire we will be roasting marshmallows for making S'mores.

     However, the Holy Donut will live on, on the internet.  To view pictures and video from the parade and creation process, click on this Holy Donut link.

 

 

 

Wednesday Afternoons in Lent

Community Mid-Week Lenten Weekly Worship & Luncheons

Image result for community worship service clipartBegins: Wednesday, February 21 at 12:00noon

    Annually the churches in the Conrad Weiser Ministerium share in Wednesday afternoon worship services followed by lunch.  The worship service begins at 12:00noon. 

     This year our theme is "Lenten Symbols."  We will be growing deeper in our understanding about the meaning of some of the Christian Lenten symbols.  Below you can see the schedule for host church, preacher, and symbol.

      For more information, contact Terry Pastor, Chair of the Worship Committee at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org.


Wednesday, February 21 at 12:00noon

     St. John’s (Hain’s) UCC, Wernersville
     The Rev. Julie Osterhout - Sand

 

Wednesday, February 28 at 12:00noon

     St. Paul's UCC, Robesonia
     Father Ed Essig - Shell

 

Wednesday, March 7 at 12:00noon

     St. Francis de Salles Roman Catholic Church, Robesonia
     The Rev. Dr. Benjamin Motz - Rock


Wednesday, March 14 at 12:00noon

     Trinity ELCA, Robesonia
     The Rev. Ann Bolyk - Candle

 

Wednesday, March 21 at 12:00noon

     Trinity ELCA, Wernersville
     Vicar Kayla Edmonds - Human Figure

 

 

small group study

Wednesday Evenings in Lent

Small Group Study

Begins: Wednesday, February 21 at 6:30pm

     This year for our annual Wednesday evening gatherings in Lent we will be sharing in a small group study.  The studies will take place on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm throughout the Lenten season beginning on Wednesday, February 21 and continuing through March 21.

     Our text will be The Big Book on Small Groups by Jeffrey Arnold.  An advantage of this study is that it provides both a very short condensed guide (for those who prefer not to read much), with additional readings (for those who would like more to read and more indepth extensive information).  You do not need to make all five gatherings in order to participate.

     Each week we will focus on a different Biblical text, including Acts 2:42-47; Mark 10:35-45; Psalm 1; and John 4:4-38.

     This study will especially focuses on how churches can develop supportive groups where members feel more supportive by one another and know how they can better be of support to one another.

     Preregistration is not required.  However, we are encouraging people to sign up using the sign up sheet in the hallway or by e-mailing the church office at office@sprucc.org, so that we can have sufficient materials on hand for our first gathering.  Visitors are very much welcome to participate.  There is no fee or need to purchase books or study materials.  For more information about the study, please contact Pastor Ben.

     In addition, we will be having videos on the big screen in Miller Fellowship Hall for children and youth to watch, with a faith based and/or inspirational theme.  We are looking for supervision assistance for that hour.  If you would like to help provide supervision for the youth and/or if you have suggestions for possible videos, please contact Terry Pastor, Chair of the Worship Committee.

 

 

 

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

Image of Soup and MealSecond and Last Thursday of the Month

Thursday, February 8 & 22, 2018 - from 4:00-6:00pm

Thursday, March 8 , 2018-from 4:00-6:00pm

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

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

Thursday, March 29 at 6:30pm

     Please note, because Thursday, March 29 is also Maundy Thursday (the Thursday before Easter when Jesus had his Last Supper), we will be having a special light meal that evening at 6:30pm.

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.

 

 

 

Youth Fellowship Group Meeting

January 11 & 25, 2018 from 6:00-7:00pm

February 8 & 22, 2018 from 6:00-7:00pm

March 8, 2018 from 6:00-7:00pm
March 22, 2018 at 6:00-9:00pm - Laser Tag
April 12 & 26, 2018 from 6:00-7:00pm
May 10 & 31, 2018 from 6:00-7:00pm

     Our Youth Fellowship Group Ministry meets on the second and last Thursdays of the month from 6:00-7:00pm (following Soup 'n' Such).

     For more information click on this Youth Fellowship Group link to go to our dedicated youth group page on this site.  For more information, you can also contact the leadership of our Christian Education Committee.

 

 

 

Scout Sunday

BoyScoutSunday Patch_2018Combined Boy Scout and Girl Scout Sunday

Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 10:25am

     More information coming soon....

 

     For more information, please contact Terry Pastor, chair of the Worship Committee.

 

Link to Pictures from Previous Scout Sundays

     Girl Scout Sunday 2016

     Boy Scout & Girl Scout Sunday 2015

 

 

 

Laser Tag

Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 6:00pm

Register by Thursday, March 8

     We will be playing two games of laser tag at Laser Quest in Wyomissing on Thursday, March 22.  We will meet at the church at 6:00pm to drive to Laser Quest.  Or you can meet us at Laser Quest.  We are scheduled to gear up at 6:45pm.

     The cost is $10 per player for two games.  (The regular cost is $9 per game per player).  We have reserved the party room, and the church will be providing pizza for everyone.  You do not need to be a member to participate -- visitors, friends, adult chaperones are all welcome to participate.

     Please preregister by Thursday, March 8 so that we can give Laser Quest an accurate head count for how many spots to reserve (so everyone gets to play together) and so that we can order enough pizza.

     If you have any questions, you can contact Pastor Ben at PastorMotz@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770.

     Click on this Youth Fellowship Ministries link for more information about our Youth Group.

 

 

 

Palm Sunday

PalmProcession 2017_02Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 10:25am

      The Sunday before Easter is "Palm Sunday" and "Passion Sunday."  Palm Sunday celebrates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  Passion Sunday commemerates the beginning of Holy Week.  We will have our traditional "Blessing of the Palms" this Sunday, and we will have enough palms for everyone to be able to take a blessed palm branch home with them. 

 

 

 

Maundy Thursday

Thursday, March 29, 2018 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, March 29 at 6:30pm, we will begin worship in the Fellowship Hall at table with one another.  We will have a light meal and communion.  Then we will process to the sanctuary for Tenebrae - the service of shadows - where we will pray, hear the last words of Christ, and strip the altar in preparation of his crucifixion.
     We hope you will join us for this meaningfully spiritual service.

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

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

 

 

 

Easter Sunday

CrossBearer Easter2017_01Sunday, April 1, 2018

  6:45am - Sunrise Worship Service

Our sunrise worship service will begin outside at the rear of the church building by a fire with candlelight, where we will light our new Paschal Candle.  We will then process to the front of the building, following the Paschal Candle and Processional Cross, bringing the new light into the sanctuary.  The worship service will conclude in the sanctuary with communion.  The majority of the worship service will take place in the sanctuary.  We are anticipating the sun to rise at 6:48am this year on Easter Sunday, as such our sunrise worship service is planned for 6:45am.

  8:00am - Breakfast

Each year we have a free breakfast on Easter Sunday in the fellowship hall in-between our sunrise worship service and Sunday school.  All are welcome.

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

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

 



 

Holy Humor Sunday

Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 10:25am

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

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

     Check back here for more information as the date approaches.  We plan to have our 2018 theme posted here by early March.

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

          2017 Holy Humor Sunday - Theme: "Game On!" (Pictures coming soon)

          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"

 

 

 

PentecostDoveFlames 2018

Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 10:25am

      Pentecost is the birthday of the Christian Church.  It is the celebration of the day when the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples following the Ascension of Christ.

      This year we will also be celebrating in the confirmation of our newest teenage members on this date, welcoming them into full membership and discipleship.

 

 

 

Worship at Knoebels Amusement Park

Sunday, August 19, 2018 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

          12:00noon - lunch at Pavilion Tent #4

            8:00pm - water park closes

            9:00pm - park closes

 

Worship in the Sanctuary of St. Paul's on August 19

     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

 

 

 

World Communion Sunday

 Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 10:25am

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

     Communion will be served in the pews on this Sunday.

 

 

 

 

All Saints Sunday

Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 10:25am

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

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.

 

 

 

First Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 10:25am

     Come and join us as we begin the Advent Season and light the first candle on the Advent Wreath.

 

 

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