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Community Prayer Service

Tuesday, October 30 at 7:00pm

dove--shalom-david-dove     A community prayer service will be on Tuesday, October 30 at 7:00pm to honor, remember, and pray for those killed or injured at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh this past Saturday.
     The service will be held at the Reform Congregation Oheb Sholom and Kesher Zion Synagogue (the two congregations share the same building) at 555 Warwick Drive, Wyomissing.
     The public is invited to this service.  The service will be led by community rabbis.  In addition, the Rev. Dr. Steve Ohnsman, pastor of Calvary UCC in Reading, is scheduled to be one of the speakers at this service.  (If we hear about other planned speakers before the service, we will list them here, as well).

 

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Exploring Faith Series

NewMember ChurchBldgBegins: Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 9:15am

Pre-registration Date: Sunday, September 16
(Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required, walk-ins welcome)

    This six week series begins on Sunday, September 30, 2018.  Our classes will be from 9:15am - 10:15am, and will be held downstairs in the Miller Fellowship Hall.
    During this series we will be learning about God, the Bible, the UCC denomination,  discipleship, St. Paul's UCC, the sacraments, your questions, and more.  This class is helpful for new members and those considering membership - without any pressure to join the church.
    The series will be led by Pastor and will cover such topics as....
      (1)   Why and how do we as Christians use the Bible
      (2)   How and why we worship in the way that we do
      (3)   Prayer practices
      (4)   Baptism and Holy Communion
      (5)   Who is God and what is the Trinity
      (6)   History, structure, creeds, and statements of faith of the UCC
      (7)   Learning about the Spiritual Gifts God has given each of us
      (8)   The Mission & Vision of St. Paul’s UCC
      (9)   The new SafeConduct policies processes within St. Paul’s UCC
      (10) and more....    
    This class also serves as our New Member Class.  If you participate in this class, there is no obligation or pressure to join.  This adult class is open to visitors, new members, long-time members, and everyone in between.
    If you joined St. Paul’s UCC within the past year or two, and have not taken this class, you are especially encouraged to participate, as we want you to know your church well.
    You are welcome to participate even if you cannot make all the classes.  Even if you can only make a couple of the classes, we are happy to have you participate.  There is no fee.
    Please pre-register for the class by contacting the church office at office@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770 or sign up in the narthex hallway (preferably by Sunday, September 16), so we can be sure to have enough materials for everyone for our first day of class.  However, you need not pre-register, walk-ins will be very welcome.
    For more information, contact Pastor Ben Motz at 610-621-5770 or PastorMotz@sprucc.org.

 

 

 

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

Last Thursday of the Month

Ocotober 25, 2018 from 4:00pm-6:00pm

November 29, 2018 from 4:00pm-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.

 

 

 

Youth Fellowship Group Bi-Monthly Meetings

Thursday, November 8 & 29, 2018 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.

 

 

 

Mind, Body, & Spirit (MB&S)

Tuesdays, October 2 - November 13, 2018 from 3:30-5:00pm

     More information coming soon....

     Click on this Mind, Body, & Spirit link for more general information about this after school ministry program.

     For more information, please contact Christian Education chairperson Elsa Wertz or vice chair Denise Unger.

 

 

 

Answering the Call to Care

All Elders and VCT Members

Wednesday, November 14 from 6:30-8:30pm

    On Wednesday, November 14 at 6:30pm, all those on our Visitation Care Team Ministry (VCT) and all those who have been ordained as an Elder are invited and encouraged to attend this small group meeting.  We are also inviting members of Zion’s UCC in Womelsdorf who participated in the Called To Care (C2C) training with us.  This meeting will be about providing quality care for our parishioners and providing mutual support and care for one another as care givers.
    We realize there is no one date is not going to work equally well for everyone.  If you are an ordained Elder or a VCT and cannot make this meeting, please contact the church office at office@sprucc.org or 610621-5770, so we can work with you to come up with other/additional meeting date/time options.

     Additional details can be found in the November 2018 issue of The Herald.

 

 

 

Zoo Trip - Youth Group

October 2018 - Postponed

     The previously planned October youth group trip to a zoo is being postponed to a yet-to-be-determined-date later this school year.

     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.

 

 

 

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

     More information coming soon....

     For more information, please contact Fund-raising Committee chairperson Steve Miller or vice chair Georgianna Hildebrand.

 

 

 

Reformation 2010_6028cReformation Sunday

Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 10:25am

     More information coming soon....

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

 

 

 

Fellowship Luncheon

Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 11:45am

     Save the date - details to come soon.

     For more information, please contact Georgianna Hildebrand (chairperson and Head Deacon) or Denise Unger (vice chair and Deacon).

 

 

 

Trick or Treating - Come for a Treat

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm

TrickOrTreat WitchBag     Stop by the front of the church building on Robesonia's Trick or Treat Night.  We will post the date and times here once they are set by the borough.  Tentatively we are expecting Trick or Treat Night to be on Wednesday, October 31 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm (based on last year's schedule).

     We are inviting members to donate candy in advance for us to hand out.  With the bags of candy, we will be including a small flyer sharing with some of the ministries within our church that might be of interest to young trick or treaters.  We are also looking for persons to help hand out the candy, decorate the front of the church for the evening, and help take down the decorations afterwards.  If you would be interested in helping with any of that, please contact the Evangelism Committee leadership: Robin Henning (chair) or Geri Gammel (vice chair).

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Jack Frost Parade - Float Building

20181025 183415Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 6:00-7:00pm

     Brainstorming float ideas.

Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 6:00-7:00pm

     Deciding on float theme and designing the float.

Saturday, September 29 at 6:00pm

     Working on the float during a youth group lock-in.

Saturday, October 6 - CANCELLED

     We have cancelled the lock-in for this day.

Thursday, October 11 at 6:00pm

     We will be working on the parade float during our normally scheduled meeting.

Thursday, October 25 at 6:00pm

     We will be working on the parade float during our normally scheduled meeting.

Sunday, October 28 from 9:15-10:15am

     We will be working on the parade float during the Sunday school hour.

Monday, October 29 at 6:00pm

     We will be having a special gathering to work on the parade float.

Thursday, November 1 at 5:30-7:00pm

     We will have a special gathering on the first Thursday of November to work on the parade float.

 

     This year's float is being designed and built by our Youth Fellowship Group.  As such, you do need your clearances and related paperwork completed and submitted to Elsa Wertz or Denise Unger to help the youth in the building of the float

     See the above dates and times for helping to build the float.  Please wear clothing that can get messy (we will be working with paper mache, paint, ink, and glue).

 

 

 

Jack Frost Parade

Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 1:00pm -  Loading the Float onto the Trailer

Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 2:00pm -  Line up at Conrad Weiser Middle School

Sunday, November 4, 2018 from 3:00-5:00pm - Parade

Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 5:15pm -  Unloading the Float at St. Paul's UCC

     This year's float is being designed and built by our Youth Fellowship Group.  See the above dates and times for helping to build the float.

    For the annual Jack Frost Parade in Robesonia, youth and adults alike are invited to come dressed in a hero costume [super hero (Wonder Woman, Batman, Black Panther, etc); modern hero (police officer, nurse, EMT, marine, etc); a historical or legendary hero (Alexander Hamilton, Madame Curie, Ben Franklin, King Arthur, etc); or a Biblical hero (Moses, Joseph with his coat of many colors, Mary, the Apostle Paul, etc)].  You can also wear a St. Paul's UCC blue shirt, or just a plain medium blue shirt.  We also have some Biblical hero costumes available from previous church plays that you may be able to borrow.

     We expect to be loading the float onto the trailer at 1:00pm (at St. Paul's UCC), lining up for the parade at 2:00pm (at Conrad Weiser Middle School), and unloading the float from the trailer around 5:15pm (at St. Paul's UCC), returning it to the stage in Fellowship Hall.  We will need to wait until the parade is over to be able to drive the float back to the church building.

 

 

 

Youth Bible Presentation

Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 10:25am - Tentative Date

     During worship each year we present new students in 1st grade and up with their first Bible.  Tentatively, we are planning for this on Sunday, November 11 this year.  When we have a firm date, we will publish it here.

     For more information, please contact Christian Education chairperson Elsa Wertz or vice chair Denise Unger.

 

 


Christmas Bazaar

Saturday November 17, 2018  from 9:00am until 1:00pm

ChristmasBazaar 01     The Miller Fellowship Hall of St. Paul's UCC will be bustling with the preparations for the Christmas season, as the Christmas bazaar kicks off the holidays.  On Saturday, November 17, from 9:00am to 1:00pm we will be having food, a chance to win a raffle basket, and lots of interesting article to purchase.

    There will be Homemade candy, soup, bar-b-q, chow chow, baked goods (including cookie trays).

A large amount of raffle baskets filled with all kinds of goodies, and Attic Treasures including Christmas items.

    For more information, please contact Steve Miller or Georgianna Hildebrand, leadership of the Fund-raising Committee.

   Join us on November 17th.  See you there.

 

 

 

Community Thanksgiving Worship Service

Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 3:00pm

CommunityThanksgivingWorship 02     Our annual Community Thanksgiving Worship Service will be hosted by First Church (Calvary Bible Fellowship Church's Wernersville Campus) on Sunday, November 18 at 3:00pm.

     Please note, there will not be a community worship service on Thanksgiving Eve itself this year.

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

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

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Baby Sitting

December 2018

     The youth group will be offering baby sitting for parents to go shopping or have a night out together this December 2018, which will also be a fund-raiser for the youth group, to help off-set youth group activitiy costs.

     Dates and times have not yet been set for this 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 Christmas Party

December 2018

     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.

 

 

 

Children & Youth Christmas Program

Sunday, December __, 2018 at 10:25am - TBD

     The annual children and youth Christmas program takes place on a Sunday morning during worship.

     The particular Sunday has not yet been scheduled for this year.  When details are developed for this activity, we will list them here.

     For more information about this annual program, please contact Christian Education chairperson Elsa Wertz or Denise Unger.

 

 

 

~ ~ ~ Upcoming Events in 2019 ~ ~ ~

 

 

Annual Pork and Sauerkraut Dinner

New Year's Day - January 1, 2019 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

   The Men's Fellowship Group will cook a feast to start the new year out right.  This annual meal starts at 11:00 am  to 2:00 pm.  Pork, Sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, applesauce a roll and of course homemade desserts are on the menu.  Adults-$10.00, Children(6-12)-$4.00, under six free.  Come onct and eat yourself full.

 

 

 

Ice Skating

January 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

January 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.

 

 

 

SouperBowl of Caring

Sunday, February 3, 2019

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

     Proceeds will go to support the ministry of the Conrad Weiser Food Pantry.

 

 

 

Museum Trip

February 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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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 at office@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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