Recent and Upcoming Events

 

Precautions Due to the Coronavirus

     We are taking a number of precautions here at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), while simultaneously still seeking to provide meaningful, appropriate, and important spiritual support, especially in such times when there is fear, anxiety, and illness.  We thank you for your understanding, patience, support, and prayer as we seek to discern how best to be in ministry in this moment of time.

     Please look at the below upcoming events for changes in activities. 

     You can find a summary of our precautions and COVID-19 updates on our News page by clicking on this Coronavirus Precautions link.

     Please continue to check here and on our Cancellation Page for information about cancellations.

 

 

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

     To help with refreshments on the month that St. Paul's hosts, please contact Terry Pastor (our Blood Drive Coordinator) or the Mission Committee.
     For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, please contact Terry Pastor or call 1-800-223-6667 or schedule online at www.giveapint.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:

 

      riLnqgy8TTuesday, January 5, 2021 from 2:00-7:00pm

                at St. Paul’s UCC, Robesonia

           Wednesday, April 14, 2021 from 12:00-7:00pm

                at St. Francis deSales Catholic Church, Robesonia

           Saturday, June 12, 2021 from 8:00am-1:00pm

                at St. Paul's UCC, Robesonia

           Tuesday, September 21, 2021 from 2:00-7:00pm

                at St. Daniel's Lutheran Church, Robesonia

           Thursday, December 2, 2021 from 2:00-7:00pm 

                at Trinity Lutheran Church, Robesonia

 

 

Youth Group Advisors Meetings

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Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 6:00pm

Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 6:00pm

     The Adult Youth Group Advisors meet on the second Thursday of the month at 5:30pm (half an hour before the youth group meeting).  Our adult advisors are approved through our SafeConduct process, and seek to provide a well supervised, safe, fun, and meaningful youth group experience.

     For more information about our Youth Group, click on this Youth Fellowship Group link.

 

 

Youth Fellowship Group Bi-Monthly Meetings

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Thursdays, Feb 11 & 25, 2021 from 6:30-7:00pm - Virtual ONLY

Thursdays, Mar 11 & 25, 2021 from 6:30-7:00pm - Virtual ONLY

     Until further notice, we will be holding our bi-monthly Youth Group meetings by Zoom.  For the log in information, please contact the church office at office@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770.  You may participate by computer, tablet, smart device, cell phone, or land line telephone.  Our February meetings will be from 6:30-7:00pm (rather than our normal 6:00-7:00pm time).

     In the coming spring, as weather permits, we will be holding our youth group meetings in the church's parking lot, while practicing social distancing at our normal 6:00-7:00pm time.  Please bring along a lawn chair and face covering.  We will be in a large circle, keeping family units at a social distance.  In the event of inclement weather we will spread out by family unit in the fellowship hall, while wearing face coverings.  Face coverings need to cover both your mouth and nose.  If you enter the building and/or are less than eight feet apart from a person outside your home, please wear a face covering.  Also, if you enter the building, please wash your hands, and use your hip or elbow on the crash bar (not your bare hand) to exit the building, so that you are not touching any surfaces after you have washed your hands.  If you and/or your parent(s)/guardian(s) have any safety concerns, please contact the church office or any of our youth group adult advisors.    

     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.

 

 

 

Weekly Bible Study

Tuesdays at 9:00am

Virtual ONLY via ZoomBible Study

     Every Tuesday morning Zion UCC of Womelsdorf offers a Zoom Bible Study based on the scripture passages for the coming Sunday.  You may use any version of the Bible.  The study goes from 9:00 to 9:45am most of the time (occassionally it may go a little longer).  They would be happy to have you join them!

     They use the same Zoom numbers every week.

     Zoom Login:  Zoom Link or call 1-646-558-8656 (New York) 

     Meeting ID: 876 633 8718; Passcode: 756672

 

 

 

Blessing of Communion Elements

5th Sunday After Epiphany

Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 10:30am

Virtual ONLY: Live Stream, Phone Stream, & Zoom
(NO In-Person Worship)

     During our 10:30am Live Stream worship service on Sunday, February 7 we will be blessing the pre-filled communion cups, which we will be delivering to homes in preparation of the Ash Wednesday live stream worship service (on Wednesday, February 17 at 6:30pm).  If you live in the area, and would like a communion cup delivered to your home, please contact the church office by Sunday, February 7 to be added to the delivery list.

     For more information about our Epiphany worship services, please contact any member of the Worship & Education Committee (Elsa Wertz, Chairperson).

 

 

 

Communion Packing & Delivery

For the Ash Wednesday, February 17 Eve Live Stream Worship Service

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 10:00am

     Pastor Ben will be leading us in the blessing of the communion elements during the 10:30am live stream worship service on Sunday, February 7 (and blessing of the ashes on Sunday, January 31).  We will have volunteers doing a no-touch delivery of the blessed elements and ashes beginning on Wednesday, February 10, and continuing through the weekend.  This is in anticipation of our 6:30pm combined online Ash Wednesday worship serive with Zion UCC in Womelsdorf on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.

     To confirm the number of pre-filled communion cups you would like delivered to your home, please contact the church office at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org

     Yes, we can deliver additional communion cups for friends and neighbors who live in the area.  However, we do have a limited supply, so please make your request as soon as possible.

     For more details about this communion delivery, please click on this Communion Delivery During the COVID-19 Pandemic link.

 

We Need Volunteers

     Please prayerfully consider if God is calling upon you to help with packing and/or with these no-contact deliveries.  To help please contact the church office at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org.

     For more information please contact any member of the Worship & Education Committee (Elsa Wertz, Chairperson; and Georgianna Hildebrand, Vice Chair).

 

 

 

Transfiguration Sunday

Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 10:30am

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(NO In-Person Worship)

   On Sunday, February 14 we will have our annual Transfiguration Sunday worship service at 10:30am.

     Transfiguration Sunday takes place on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday (the last Sunday in the Epiphany Season before we begin the Season of Lent).  The gospel lesson for Transfiguration Sunday is that of Jesus taking Peter, James, and John up the mountain, where Jesus is transfigured (changed into dazzling white) before their eyes, and he is joined by Moses and Elijah.

     Due to the icy weather forecast, for safety of our worship leadership team, we are recording early, and as such there will be NO Zoom on Sunday, February 14.

     For more information about this worship service, please contact any member of the Worship & Education Committee (Elsa Wertz, Chairperson).

 

 

 

COVID Church Relief - special offering

February 2021

     During the week of Tuesday, February 16, 2021, the Financial Secretary, Terry Pastor, will be mailing members their January 2021 Giving Statements.  Please review those statements to make sure that information is correct.  If you have any questions or corrections, please contact Terry.

     In that envelope you will find a special "COVID Church Relief" letter, card, and envelope.  Please return that card in February, along with a your COVID Church Relief offering.  You can also make that offering online by clicking on this Online Giving link.  Thank you for your generous support during this time of need.

     If you have any questions about the COVID Church Relief special offering, please contact any member of the Stewardship Committee including Kirk Aulenbach, Head Deacon; Steve Miller, Deacon; Terry Pastor, Financial Secretary; Jon Henning, Treasurer; or Robin Henning, Assistant Treasurer; or contact the church office.

 

 

 

Imposition of Ashes - At Home

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

     You have additional options for participating in the Imposition of Ashes today from your own home.  For those who wish to wait until the 6:30pm Ash Wednesday live stream worship service, you may certainly do so.  For those who would like to impose the ashes earlier, such as before going to work or school, you may certainly do that, as well.

    For those wishing to use the ashes earlier in the day, click on this At Home Imposition of Ashes Bulletin link for prayers, and/or follow along using this video.

     The week before Ash Wednesday, members of St. Paul's UCC delivered palm ash to over 100 area households.  Thank you to those who made those deliveries.

     For those who received them, you can use the ashes that were delivered as a part of our Ash Wednesday communion delivery.  These ashes were from last year's palm branches.

     If you wanted to participate in the imposition of ashes, but did not receive a delivery of ashes, you can use any ash or dust.  (If making your own ash, please only do so if you can do so safely; such as in a properly maintained fireplace, or outdoors in an appropriate fire pit, or some similar way that keeps you and others safe from the fire, smoke, and carbon monoxide).

Remember, you are dust,

and to dust, you shall return!

 

 

 

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 6:30pm

Virtual ONLY: Live Stream, Phone Stream, & Zoom

     This year, St. Paul's UCC in Robesonia and Zion UCC in Womelsdorf, will be having a combined Ash Wednesday worship service.  We will be featuring a combined virtual choir.

     During the worship service we will be sharing in communion.  You are invited and encouraged to have bread and wine/grape juice in your home, which the pastors will bless as a part of the live stream worship service.  You may participate in the impositions during the middle hymn or earlier in the day using the above prayers for the Imposition of Ashes in your own home.

     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.

     Click on this "Why Ashes on Ash Wednesday" link to learn more about the use of ashes on Ash Wednesday.

     Click on this Imposition of Ashes At Home link for information and video for using the ashes earlier in the day on Ash Wednesday.

     This year funds collected in the special Ash Wednesday offering envelope will be used to support the Conrad Weiser Food Pantry.  We hope you will consider giving to this special local ministry.  For more information, please click here.

 

To Connect Virtually

     YouTube Live Stream: Click on this Countdown to Ash Wednesday link for the direct YouTube Live Stream (the thumbnail picture is that of Pastor Ben with some of our youth, before Ash Wednesday last year, demonstrating the burning of palm branches to make ashes for that worship service).

     Phone Stream: Call toll free: 1-888-649-5770

     Zoom Login:  Zoom Link or call 1-646-558-8656 (New York) -- Meeting ID: 104 401 368; Passcode: 301301

 

     For more information about this worship service, please contact any member of the Worship & Education Committee (Elsa Wertz, Chairperson).

 

 

 

1st Sunday in Lent

Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 10:30am

Virtual ONLY: Live Stream, Phone Stream, & Zoom
(NO In-Person Worship)

     On the First Sunday in Lent we will hear about the 40 days in which Jesus was in the wilderness tempted by the devil, as we begin our 40 day spiritual Lenten journey. 

     Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and is 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.  It is a season where Christians seek to further deepen their spiritual disciplines through additional worship, prayer, study of scripture, outreach, mission service, alms giving, and/or fasting.  The root word of “Lent” means “to lengthen”, referring to the lengthening of days as we anticipate spring and the new life granted through the resurrection - moving from darkness to light.

     For more information about our worship services during Lent, please contact any member of the Worship & Education Committee (Elsa Wertz, Chairperson; or Georgianna Hildebrand, Vice Chair).

 

 

 

Called To Care Training

C2C RedBlackLogo_2016Session #3: Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 2:30PM

Session #4: 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 on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 2:30pm, via Zoom. 

     There is no fee to participate in this training session.  Pre-registration is required in order for the Pastor to email you the documents that we will be using, as well as to give you the log in information for the Zoom call.  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 Spiritual Council or visitation coordinators: Sheri Rowe and Terry Pastor.

 

 

 

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Sunday Evenings in Lent

Sunday, February 21, 28, March 7, 14, & 21, 2021 at 6:30pm

     This year, St. Paul's UCC in Robesonia and Zion UCC in Womelsdorf, will be having a combined study series during the Sunday's in Lent.  For everyone's safety during this pandemic, this will be offered through Zoom.  You will be able to participate with a computer, smart device, cell phone, or landline telephone (using a computer or smart device will allow you to have video as well as audio); the login information is below.

     There is no cost to participate (unless you decide to purchase the book).  There is no minimum number of sessions in which you need to participate (come to as many or as few as you like and as works in your schedule).  You do NOT need to be a member of one of our two churches - ALL are welcome.

 

Topic - Making Sense of the Bible

     The discussion will be based on Adam Hamilton's book Making Sense of the Bible; Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today.  Below is an overview video of the this study topic.

 

Introductory Video for the Book

 

The Topics for the Five Sessions

     The following will be the topics for each of our five sessions.

          Making Sense of the Old Testament - Handout for Week #1

          Making Sense of the New Testament - Handout for Week #2

          Questions About the Nature of Scripture

          The Bible and Science

          Violence, Suffering, and Other Troubling Issues

 

Where to Purchase a Book (Optional)

     You do not need to purchase the book in order to participate.  However, you may get more out of the discussion and study if you read the book before each session.  If you do wish to purchase the book it can be found both on a variety of online retailers, including: Cokesbury paperback, Cokesbury audio book, Christianbook Distributors, Amazon - paperback, hardcover, audio, kindle, and CD, and Barnes & Noble - paperback, hardcover, & NOOK book.

 

Zoom Login Information
     Meeting ID: 874 5212 4156
     Passcode: 783249
If using a telephone: 1-301-715-8592 (Washington DC) or 1-646-558-8656 (New York)
     Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/keAA8226T3
     Meeting ID: 874 5212 4156
     Passcode: 783249
 
More Information

     For more information about this study series, please contact any member of the Worship & Education Committee (Elsa Wertz, Chairperson; and Georgianna Hildebrand, Vice Chair), see the article in the February newsletter, and/or contact the church office.

 

 

 

Wednesday Afternoons in Lent

CANCELLED

     Every year during Lent, the Conrad Weiser Ministerium rotates among five different churches within our school district offering a Wendesday noon worship service followed by a free luncheon.  Due to the pandemic, those gatherings are cancelled for 2021.  We look forward to being able to gather together again in 2022.

     For more information about worship during Lent, please contact any member of the Worship & Education Committee (Elsa Wertz, Chairperson; and Terry Pastor, Vice Chair).

 

 

 

Image of Soup and MealSoup 'n' Such  &  St. Paul's Clothing Closet

Take Out ONLY until further notice.

Thursday, January 28, 2021 from 4:00-6:00pm

Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 4:00-6:00pm 

Last Thursday of the Month
 
Description

     Once a month St. Paul's UCC offers "Soup 'n' Such" and "St. Paul's Clothing Closet".

     Soup 'n' 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, and of course are also welcome to share in the meal.

All are welcome to share in this meal -- we do NOT have any income, residency, or religious affiliation requirements.

     St. Paul's Clothing Closet offers a free bag of gently used children's clothing for each child in

       a family.  We also accept donations of gently used, clean clothing, in good condition.  Clothing 

       may be placed under the roof at the Pearl Street entrance to the church building (there will be a

       sign indicating where to place  the bags of clothing), or donations may be made during normal

       office hours or Sunday mornings.
 
Changes Due to COVID-19

Since April 30, 2020 - Soup 'n' Such has been Take Out ONLY

Click on this COVID-19 Take Out Safety Procedures link for more information.

Currently - the Clothing Closet is  By Appointment ONLY.

To schedule an appointment, please contact the church office at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org.  Please leave your name and phone number.  Your contact information will be given to Robin, the Clothing Closet coordinator.  She will contact you and set up a time convenient for both of you.  Please do NOT bring your children to that appointment.  A mask must be worn at all times.   Click here will additional details. 

Schedule for 2021

     Click on this Soup 'n' Such Schedule link for the full 2021 schedule.

Instructions for Take Out during the COVID-19 Restrictions

     Click on this COVID-19 Take Out Safety Procedures link for instructions about the safety process for picking up the take out meals.

     As health guidelines continually change during this pandemic, please check our website for any potential updates in the process.  It is important that we do this in a way that is as safe as possible for the recipients and volunteers.

 
Volunteers
     For those volunteering: you must wear gloves and face covering, your temperature must be normal, you must be feeling healthy, and you must practice social distancing while helping.  We will be limiting the number of volunteers helping at one time, to help with social distancing efforts.  Do not just show up to help, please contact either Steve Miller (chair of the Mission Committee) or the church office at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org in advance.
 
     We NEED VOLUNTEERS to help with the following: food preparation; bagging/packaging of food; loading food into vehicles; directing traffic; sign making; and clean up.  For information on how you can help or to offer to volunteer, please contact Steve or the church office.
 
Donations
     We NEED MONETARY DONATIONS.  We need members to donate financially to Soup 'n' Such in order to purchase the food to make this distribution of food possible.  For more information about making donations, please click on this Supporting Soup 'n' Such link.
 
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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Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 1:00pm

Postponed from February 27, 2021 due to rain

     The youth group will have a geocaching activity on Saturday, March 6 from 1:00-3:00pm at the Conrad Weiser Middle School.  Please meet at the section of parking lot between the Middle & High School.

     Please note: This activity was previously scheduled for Saturday, February 27, but was postponed due to rain.

     Please sign up by contacting the church office (office@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770) by Thursday, March 4, so that we know who to expect and for whom to plan.  There is no fee for this activity.  Friends in grades 5 and up are very much welcome to participate.

     We will be practicing social distancing.  You need to wear a mask, especially whenever you cannot be at least six feet away from another person.  You can temporarily take off your mask for snacks and drinks, as long as you are more than six feet away from another person; and you can take off your mask at times during the geogcaching activity when you are at a great distance from the group.  A key reason for picking this activity is because we are able to do this outdoors while social distancing, and yet also be in the same location as the youth group.

      In the event of significant snow or rain, this event will be postponed.  Announcements about postponements will be made through our "Youth Group E-Mail Updates" and our Snow Cancellation web page.

      If you do not have a Youth Registration Form on file at the church office (which includes allergy and emergency contact information), please click on this Youth Registration Form link, print the form, fill it out, and bring it with you to this activity.  If you are not sure if you have this form on file, simply contact the church office at 610621-5770 oroffice@sprucc.org.

    What to wear and bring:

           ☐ dress in layers (so you can add or subtract layers as you get cool/warm)

           ☐ wear appropriate footwear for the conditions

                  (sneakers may be fine, boots may be better if there is snow on the ground)

           ☐ wear a water resistant jacket or snow coat (in case of showers or snow)

           ☐ wear/bring a knit hat (winter hat, even if you have a hoodie)

           ☐ wear wool or synthetic socks (if possible), not cotton (to decrease chances of blisters)

           ☐ pack an extra pair of socks in a ziptop bag (incase your feet get wet)

           ☐ wear gloves

           ☐ pack an extra pair of gloves (incase your 1st pair get wet)

           ☐ bottle of water

           ☐ snacks (such as granola, fruit, dried fruit, nuts, jerky, etc).

           ☐ small backpack to carry your snacks, water bottle, extra socks, etc.

           ☐ any medication that your parents instruct you to have with you

(please let one of the adult leaders know if you are bringing medication)

           ☐ optional: handheld GPS or phone with a geocaching app

(you do not need a GPS, phone with geocaching app, or other special device for this activity)

           ☐ optional: a small object or canister to hide

           ☐ energy and a sense of fun and adventure

      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.

 

 

 

2nd Sunday in Lent

Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 10:30am

Virtual ONLY: Live Stream, Phone Stream, & Zoom
(NO In-Person Worship)

     For more information about our worship services during Lent, please contact any member of the Worship & Education Committee (Elsa Wertz, Chairperson; or Terry Pastor, Vice Chair).

 

 

 

3rd Sunday in Lent

Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 10:30am

Virtual ONLY: Live Stream, Phone Stream, & Zoom
(NO In-Person Worship)

     During this worship service we will have Prayers of Remembrance for our sister in faith Barbara Blatt.

     For more information about our worship services during Lent, please contact any member of the Worship & Education Committee (Elsa Wertz, Chairperson; or Terry Pastor, Vice Chair).

 

 

 

Laetare - 4th Sunday in Lent

Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 10:30am

Virtual ONLY: Live Stream, Phone Stream, & Zoom
(NO In-Person Worship)

     Tentatitvely, we are hoping to have a virtual "Scout Sunday" on this Sunday for both Girl Scouts USA and Scouts BSA.

     Laetare Sunday is a Sunday of "Joy" as we pass the half way point of the somber season of Lent.  In some traditions, Laetare Sunday is a day to take a small break in your Lenten fast.  In some churches, pink/rose colored paraments are used to highlight this day, as the liturgical color of "joy".  Let us join together - even if by live stream - in joy of the Good News of our Lord.

     For more information about our worship services, please contact any member of the Worship & Education Committee (Elsa Wertz, Chairperson; or Georgianna Hildebrand, Vice Chair).

 

 

 

Easter Candy Sale

Order Due Date: March 21, 2021

Pick Up Date: March 27, 2021

     St. Paul's UCC's 21st Century Christian Women's Group is now receiving orders for their annual Easter Candy Sale.  Proceeds help support the many important ministries you find on this website.  This is a delicious way to support the ministries of the church, and a satisfying way to bring an end to your Lenten fast.

     An e-mailable order form is available by clicking on this Easter Candy Order Form link (this form works best with Google Chrome or Internet Explorer, but may not open correctly with the Firefox browser).  You can also pay for your orders online, by clicking on this Online Payment link, enter your amount under "Fund-raiser", and indicate it is for a "Candy Order."  Paper copies of the order form are available in the February issue of The Herald and by contacting the church office.

     For more information or to have an order form sent to you, please contact Sue Hiester of the  21st Century Christian Women's Group or contact the church office at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org.

     To help make candy, look here for dates/times of candy making and/or contact Sue Hiester.

 

 

 

Palm Sunday

PalmProcession 2017_02Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 10:30am

Virtual ONLY: Live Stream, Phone Stream, & Zoom

      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.  Annually, we have our traditional "Blessing of the Palms" for people to take a blessed palm branch home with them.  This year we will again be blessing the palms on Palm Sunday, and then we will be delivering them with the Easter Communion delivery.  The Pastor will also be consecrating the pre-filled communion cups for the Easter Communion delivery.

     Many people keep these palms behind a family photo, with their Bible, on the mantle, or some other cherished place until the following Transfiguration Sunday.

     For more information about this worship service, please contact any member of the Worship & Education Committee (Elsa Wertz, Chairperson; or Terry Pastor, Vice Chair).

 


 

Communion Packing & Delivery

For the Sunday, April 4, 2021 Live Stream Easter Worship Service

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 10:00am

     Pastor Ben will be leading us in the blessing of the communion elements and palm brandches during the 10:30am live stream worship service on Palm Sunday, March 28.  We will have volunteers doing a no-touch delivery of the blessed elements and ashes beginning on Tuesday, March 30 through Thursday, April 1.

     To confirm the number of pre-filled communion cups you would like delivered to your home, please contact the church office at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org

     Yes, we can deliver additional communion cups for friends and neighbors who live in the area.  However, we do have a limited supply, so please make your request as soon as possible.

     For more details about this communion delivery, please click on this Communion Delivery During the COVID-19 Pandemic link.

 

We Need Volunteers

     Please prayerfully consider if God is calling upon you to help with packing and/or with these no-contact deliveries.  To help please contact the church office at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org.

     For more information please contact any member of the Worship & Education Committee (Elsa Wertz, Chairperson; and Terry Pastor, Vice Chair).

 

 


Maundy Thursday

Thursday, April 1, 2021

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This Year: Live StreamPhone Stream Only

     This year's Maundy Thursday worship service will be a combined service with Zion UCC in Womelsdorf.

     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.

     You are invited to participate in this worship service through Live Stream or Phone Stream.  The Maundy Thursday worship bulletin is available at this bulletin link.  Within that bulletin is a prayer for you to use for your evening meal.  You are invited to purchase bread and wine/juice ahead of time, as the Pastor will lead us in a commune service, as we all comune from our homes.

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

     For more information about this worship service, please contact any member of the Worship & Education Committee (Elsa Wertz, Chairperson; or Terry Pastor, Vice Chair).

 

 

 

Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 10:30am

    We will have one Easter worship service this year at 10:30am (rather than two), so that we can join together as one church, at one time, as one Body of Christ, even when separated by social distancing, and celebrate in the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour who through the sacrifice of himself, saves all of us from sin and death.  We will have a children's sermon, regular sermon. downloadable children's bulletins, lighting of the Paschal Candle, and Holy Communion through a door drop off.  Included in the communion delivery will be a tea light candle for you to use during the Paschal Candle lighting.

     For more information about our Easter worship services, please contact any member of the Worship & Education Committee (Elsa Wertz, Chairperson; or Terry Pastor, Vice Chair).

 

 

 

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Saturday, May 1, 2021 - Time TBD

     We hope that by May 2021, a vaccine for the coronavirus will have been developed and distributed, allowing us to once again gather as a large group in the sanctuary.  We are planning for Saturday, May 1, 2021 as the memorial service for the Rev. George Miller, our Pastor Emeritus.  The time of this service has not yet been determined.

 

 

 

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Fall 2021 - Tentatively

     Steven Motz, a member of St. Paul's UCC, completed his Eagle Scout rank in December 2019, but due to the coronavirus has not yet had the opportunity to have a ceremony to be awarded the rank.

     His Eagle Scout project was setting up the Live Stream technology, software, and hardware upon which we so greatly rely during this pandemic.

     This was previously rescheduled to May 2021, as we were hoping that large public gatherings in church sanctuaries would again be permitted by May; however, that is not expected to be the case, and are now hoping to be able to hold this service in the fall of 2021.

 

 

 

Confirmation

Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 10:30am

     We hope that you will join us for worship on Sunday, May 23 at 10:30am when we celebrate in the Rite of Confirmation, and welcome the newest and youngest members of our congregation!

 

 

 

Special Edition 2021 General Synod

Sunday, July 11, 2021 - Sunday, July 18, 2020   

     General Synod of the United Church of Christ (UCC) is the national decision-making body for the denomination. It meets every two years and consists of over 600 delegates from variousSpecialGSynodLogo-border congregations and conferences. The General Synod is responsible for giving general direction to the evangelistic, missionary, and justice programs of the UCC.

     The dates for the United Church of Christ’s first virtual General Synod have been set. The 33rd biennial gathering will take place online July 11-18, 2021 (from 5:00-9:30pm EDT). The Sunday to Sunday schedule is the first in a series of changes planned for this event, themed “Rooted in Love”. Pre-Synod events will occur July 7-10.

     To learn more please click on this UCC link.

 

 

 

Worship at Knoebels Amusement Park

Sunday, August 8, 2021 at 10:30am

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     We will be gathering for worship at Knoebels Amusement Park in Elysburg, PA at Pavilion Tent #4 on the second 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.

     We are especially looking forward to this year, as we needed to cancel our 2020 event due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

 

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

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Worship in the Sanctuary of St. Paul's on August 8

     For those who are unable to journey with us to Knoebels, we are planning to have a worship service in our sanctuary at 9:30am.

 

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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