Recent and Upcoming Events

 

 

Youth Fellowship Group Bi-Monthly Meetings

Thursday, February 14 & 28, 2019 at 6:00pm

Thursday, March 14 & 28, 2019 at 6:00pm

YouthGroup Star_Jumping     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.




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

Last Thursday of the Month

Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 4:00-6:00pm

Image of Soup and Meal     Once 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.

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.

 

 

 

When Bad Things Happen to Good People             

Sundays from 6:30pm-7:30pm

January 13, 2019 - March 3, 2019
January 20 (Snow/Ice) - CANCELLED
February 3 (Super Bowl Sunday) - NO CLASS

    It is known as the “theodicy question”: “If God is all loving, and if God is all powerful, why does suffering exist?”  As a way to explore the theodicy question, this January we will begin an 8 week study of the book When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold Kushner on Sunday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm.
    You can get a copy of the book on your own in print copy or digital copy.  Or, for those who sign up by Sunday, January 6, we will provide a free used print copy (while supplies last, for you to keep) of the book.  There is a sign up sheet in the second floor hallway, or you can contact the church office at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org to sign up.  We hope books will arrive well before January 6.
    For those participating, please read the introduction and chapter 1 before the first class.  (If you are interested in participating and don’t get a chance to read ahead of time, please come anyway).  You do not need to participate in all eight sessions in order to participate in the discussion, as we know schedules are challenging.
    This is open to members and non-members alike.  Members, please share this information with anyone you know who might benefit from this opportunity.
    Pastor Ben will be leading most of the sessions.  For more information, please see the “Recent & Upcoming Events” page on our website at www.sprucc.org, and/or contact Pastor Ben Motz at 610-621-5770 or PastorMotz@sprucc.org.  We also have an updated reprint in this issue of The Herald from our 2018 fall direct mailing community mailing, entitled, “If God Is So Powerful, Why Doesn’t God Fix It?”

 

 

 

Scout Sunday

BoyScoutSunday Patch_2018Combined Boy Scout and Girl Scout Sunday

Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 10:25am

     Rather than having a separate Boy Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Sunday, we will be having one combined “Scout Sunday” this year.
    All those involved in Girl Scouts U.S.A., Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Explorer Scouts, Venture Scouts, and other scouting groups - both as youth and adults - are invited to wear their uniforms for this annual celebration.  To receive the 2019 Boy Scout or Girl Scout Sunday patch, please use the sign up sheet in the narthex hallway by Sunday, February 03, and indicate whether you would like the Boy Scout or Girl Scout Sunday patch.

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

 

 

 

New Organist Begins

Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 10:25am

     Details coming soon.

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

 

 

 

Ice Skating

March 2019

     Dates and times have not yet been set for this youth group activity.

     When details are developed for this activity, we will list them here.

     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.

 

 

 

Laser Tag

March 2019

     Dates and times have not yet been set for this youth group activity.

     When details are developed for this activity, we will list them here.

     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.

 

 

 

Picking Up Offering Envelope Packets

Sunday, December 16, 2018 - Sunday, January 27, 2019

     For more information, please contact the Financial Secretary, Terry Pastor at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org.

 

 

 

Called To Care Training

February 2019 - TBD

     “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.  Pastor Ben will be offering this again in the near future.  Please look for upcoming opportunities.
    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.
    You do not need to be an elder to participate in our Visitation Care Team (VCT) Ministry.  If you are interested in being a part of the VCT Ministry, please contact the pastor, so he is aware of your interest as he schedules the next C2C training opportunity.  There is no fee to participate in the C2C training.  We will again be striving to coordinate schedules with interested members from Zion’s UCC.  You can contact Pastor Ben Motz at 610-621-5770 and PastorMotz@sprucc.org.
    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

 

 

Valentine's Babysitting

Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 5:00-9:00pm

     St. Paul’s UCC (Robesonia) Youth Group and their adult helpers are offering babysitting Saturday, February 16 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm, with drop off and pick up times flexible between those hours (child does not have to be there the entire time).
     Cost is $6.00/hour/ child. ***
     We are accepting up to 15 children.  (ages 2-11)
     Supper will be served and is included in this cost.

     Please sign up by calling 610-621-5770.  Leave a message including your name, phone number, number of children and their names.  We will return your call as soon as possible!  
     Call by or before 4:00pm on Thursday, February 14 to make a reservation!  ***

     Let us babysit while you take your special someone out for Valentine’s Day or take a well deserved break!

     ***The money raised will benefit the Youth Group at St. Paul’s for future projects/fun.

     For the safety of all, all of our adult supervising leaders meet the requirements of our Safe Sanctuary / Youth Protection Policies, including completing background checks, references, and interviews.
     St. Paul’s U.C.C.; 301 West Penn Avenue; Robesonia, PA 19551
     For more information, please contact Beth Miller or the church office at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org.

 
 
 

Youth Group Lock-In

Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 4:30pm to Sunday, February 17 at 11:45am

Youth are requested to be at church Saturday, Feb 16th at 4:30 pm to help set up and organize your babysitting fundraiser.  Babysitting starts at 5 pm and runs until 9:00 pm.   Please bring games and movies (rated G) that we can share with the children.   Please continue to hand out your flyers and make more as needed! 

The Youth Group Lock-in starts after babysitting.  Bring your usual items - sleeping bags, pillows, toothbrushes, hair brushes, etc and Money for Dunkin Donuts (breakfast).   We want everyone to stay for church the next day and are asking that pick-up begin after 11:45 a.m.   Parents are welcome to join us for church at 10:25 a.m.!

Any questions, please ask them at our Youth Group meeting on February 14th or email one of the adults that help with Youth Group..

 

 

 

Museum Trip

February 2019 - Cancelled

     Unfortunately, we needed to cancel this activity.  We will be replacing it with geocaching.

     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.

 

 

 

Geocaching - Youth Group

Sunday, February 24, 2019

     Details coming soon.

     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.

 

 

Bowling

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     Dates and times have not yet been set for this youth group activity.

     When details are developed for this activity, we will list them here.

     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.




Youth Group Bake Sale

March 2019

     Dates and times have not yet been set for this youth group fund-raiser activity.

     When details are developed for this activity, we will list them here.

     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.

 

 

 

Holy Humor Sunday

Sunday, April 28, 2019 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.

     Look for details about this year's coming theme, as the date approaches.

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

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

          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"

 

 

 

Robesonia Blood Drive

  More details about the Robesonia Community Blood Drive coming soon.

     For more information, please contact the church office at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org.
     Please watch our website for the 2019 Community Church Blood Drive schedule.  Tentatively, the month and location for the 2019 Schedule is:
        *April at St. Francis De Sales RCC, Robesonia
        *June at St. Paul’s UCC, Robesonia
        *September at St. Daniel’s ELCA
        *December at Trinity ELCA, Robesonia

 

 

 

Youth Fellowship Planning Meeting

Thursday, May 9 & 30, 2018 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.

 

 

 

Youth Group Car Wash

May 2019

     Dates and times have not yet been set for this youth group fund-raiser activity.

     When details are developed for this activity, we will list them here.

     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.

 

 

 

High Ropes Course

May 2019

     Dates and times have not yet been set for this youth group activity.

     When details are developed for this activity, we will list them here.

     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.

 

 

 

Conrad Weiser Baccalaureate Worship Service

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - time TBD

     The annual Conrad Weiser Baccalaureate Worship Service will be held on Thursday, June 6 in the Conrad Weiser High School auditorium.  The annual baccalaureate is organized and led by the Conrad Weiser Ministerium and the Conrad Weiser graduating class.

 

 

 

Backpacking Trip

June 2019

     Dates and times have not yet been set for this youth group activity.

     When details are developed for this activity, we will list them here.

     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.

 

 


Vacation Bible School (VBS)

Summer 2019 - Dates/Times TBD

VBS 20160715_113152_CQf      Dates and times have not yet been set for our 2019 VBS program.

     This is a combined program with St. Daniel's ELCA.  This year St. Paul's UCC will be hosting the VBS program.  (St. Paul's UCC hosts on odd years and St. Daniel's ELCA hosts on even years).

     For more information, please contact Elsa Wertz, Denise Unger, or any member of the Christian Education Committee. 

     For a registration form, please contact the church office atoffice@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770.

     Look for more information and registration forms in the May 2019 issue of The Herald.

 

 

 

 

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

          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 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.


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

 

 

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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