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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Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 5:30pm - CANCELLED

Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 5:30pm

Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 5:30pm

     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.

     The October 8 Advisors Meeting is cancelled due to the youth group field trip to for the tour of the Robesonia Furnance.

     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, October 8 & 29, 2020 from 6:00-7:00pm

Thursday, November 12, 2020 from 6:00-7:00pm

Thursday, November 26, 2020 - CANCELLED

Thursday, December 10, 2020 from 6:00-7:00pm

Thursday, December 24, 2020 - CANCELLED

     As weather permits, we will be holding our youth group meetings in the church's parking lot, while practicing social distancing.  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).

     Due to the scheduling of Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, there will be only one youth group meeting in November and only one meeting in December.

     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.

 

 

 

 

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

Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 4:00-6:00pm - Take Out ONLY

Thursday, November 26, 2020 - CANCELLED

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

Beginning April 30 - Soup 'n' Such is 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 2020

     Click on this Soup 'n' Such Schedule link for the full 2020 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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Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 10:30am

Hybrid: Indoor & In-Person
Plus: Live Stream, Phone Stream, & Zoom

     Reformation Sunday is annually celebrated on the last Sunday of October.  On Reformation Sunday we celebrate and give thanks for the early reformers who risked their lives to faithfully bring forth the reformations to the church we now enjoy today.  It is a day to remember what it means for us to be Christians of the reformed tradition, including the responsibilities of reading scripture, participating with others in Bible study, praying with and for others, teaching the Christian faith to others, sharing the Good News of the Gospel, joining communally in mutual spiritual support of one another, ensuring Bibles are available to people in their common language, and being an active part of the "Priesthood of All Believers."

     This year, as we give thanks for our past traditions, much of our liturgy for Sunday morning worship will come from our "Evangelical & Reformed" hymnal.

     Whether we meet in-person or not, we plan to continue to have the Live Stream, Phone Stream, & Zoom options.

     If coming in-person you will need to wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth while in the building, practice social distancing while in the building and on the church grounds, and follow our COVID-19 Safety Guidelines.  For more information, click on this COVID-19 Safety Precautions link.

     For more information about our worship services throughout the fall and the season of Pentecost, please contact any member of the Worship Committee (Lynelle Heimbach, Chairperson).

 

 

 

Covenant Association Fall Meeting

Sunday, October 25, 2020 from 2:00-5:00pm - Zoom ONLY

     St. Paul's UCC is a member of the Covenant Association of the United Church of Christ.  The annual fall meeting of the Covenant Association will be on Sunday, October 25 by Zoom only.  To sign up for the Zoom call click on this Registration link.

     Look for more information here as the date approaches, including how to register and log on.  For more information, please contact our delegates Geri Gammel and Jon Henning or contact the church office.

 

 

 

Communion Packing & Delivery

For the November 1 All Saints Day Live Stream Worship Service

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 10:00am &

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 10:00am

     Pastor Ben will be leading us in communion during the 10:30am live stream worship service on Sunday, October 25 when he will be blessing the elements.  We will have volunteers doing a no-touch delivery of the blessed elements on Tuesday, October 27 and Wednesday, October 28).  This is in anticipation of our Sunday, November 1, 2020 All Saints Day 10:30am worship communion service.

     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 do have a limited number of additional communion cups for friends and neighbors.  If you come to worship in person that day, please bring that communion cup and bulletin along with you.

     Also, please contact the church office if you are able to help with the packing and/or delivery.  We are in need of more volunteers.

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

     For more information about our worship services throughout the fall and the season of Pentecost, please contact any member of the Worship Committee (Lynelle Heimbach, Chairperson).

 

 

 

Trick or Treating - Come for a Treat

Saturday, October 31, 2020 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm

TrickOrTreat WitchBag     Stop by the front of the church building on Robesonia's Trick or Treat Night - Saturday, October 31 from 6-9pm.

     For everyone's safety and assurance, we will be distributing bags of candy using a no-touch, contactless method.

     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

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Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 10:30am

Tentatively - Indoor & In-Person
Plus: Live Stream, Phone Stream, & Zoom

    This day an annual rememberance and celebration of all the saints of the church, and a special rememberance of the members of St. Paul's UCC who died and entered the "Church Triumphant" since last year's All Saints' Sunday.  During worship this Sunday, we will be reading those names, lighting a candle, and pausing in silent prayer, followed by sharing in the sacrament of communion --- as we join in communion with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and in communion with one another, all the saints who have passed, and all the saints who are yet to come. 

     For relatives of those whose names we are reading, we invite you to contact the church office to make a reservation at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org for seating in the sanctuary.  Additional and overflow seating will also be available in the Miller Fellowship Hall and social hall.

     If coming in-person you will need to wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth while in the building, practice social distancing while in the building and on the church grounds, and follow our  COVID-19 Safety Precaution Guidelines.

     For more information about this worship service and other worship services throughout the fall and the season of Pentecost, please contact any member of the Worship Committee (Lynelle Heimbach, Chairperson).


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.

 

 

 

Corn Maze - Youth Group

Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 2:00pm

Sign Up: October 8

     For an outdoor, social distancing, fellowship activity, the Youth Group will be going to Duncan's Corn Maze on Sunday, November 1, 2020.  We will be meeting at the corn maze at 2:00pm (30 Quarry Rd., Robesonia, PA 19551).

     The cost is $5.00 person if you sign up by October 8 (we are using youth group funds to offset the cost).  Friends are welcome. 

     Please bring a face mask.  You may not need to wear a face mask while outside and social distancing by at least six feet, but there may be times when we will be closer together, and for those times you will need a face mask.  Due to social distancing, we will NOT be offering carpooling for this activity.

 

 

 

Candy, Chow Chow, and Soup Orders

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Pickup:

 Saturday, November 21, 2020 from 9:00am-1:00pm

 Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 11:45am (after worship service) 

     This year the Women's Group will be selling candy, chow chow, and chicken corn noodle soup to support the ministries of St. Paul's UCC.

 

Ordering

     To make it easier for you to order, especially during this time of the pandemic, we have two order forms.  One is a little easier to email, and the other is a little easier to print.

     For the email version of the order form: (1) click on this Fall 2020 Candy, Chow Chow, & Soup Email Order Form link; (2) fill it out; (3) save it; and (4) email it to the church office at office@sprucc.org.  [Most find that Google Chrome works best for opening this form].

     For the print version of the order form: (1) click on this Fall 2020 Candy, Chow Chow, & Soup Print Order Form link; (2) print out the form; (3) fill it out; and (4) mail it to "St. Paul's UCC; Attn: Women's Group; 301 West Penn Ave; Robesonia, PA 19551, or drop it off in the mail slot at the left Penn Ave door at the church building, or place it in the basket in the church hallway when worshiping on a Sunday morning.

     Please remember to indicate "dark chocolate" or "milk chocolate" and the quantity for each of the various items.

     Please note that payment is needed when your order is placed.  If not received, your order will not be completed.  You can pay by check, cash, or electronically online.  Checks should be made out to "21st Century Christian Women's Group".  To pay online, click on this Pay Online link, enter your amount in the "Fund-Raiser" line and type "Candy Order" as the description.

     All orders due Friday, November 6, 2020.

 

Pickup

    Pickup will be on Saturday, November 21, 2020 from 9:00am-1:00pm and Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 11:45am (after worship service).  The current COVID-19 Safety Plan for Pickup is, while wearing a face covering, drive up to the Fellowship Hall doors along Pearl Street in your vehicle, and remain in your vehicle to receive your order.

     Please check back here or contact the church office for any potential changes to that safety process.  As we receive updated medical information, we strive to update our processes for the safety of all.

 

More Info

    For more information, please contact the church office at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org, or contact an officer of the 21st Century Christian Women's Fellowship Group (Sue Heister, Chairperson).


 

 

Stewardship Sunday

Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 10:30am

Hybrid: Indoor & In-Person
Plus: Live Stream, Phone Stream, & Zoom

     Our Stewardship Committee is in process of planning for this Sunday.  Please check back later for more information, and/or contact the Head Deacon, Geri Gammel, or any member of the Stewardship Committee.

 

 

 

Harvest Home

Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 10:30am

Hybrid: Indoor & In-Person
Plus: Live Stream, Phone Stream, & Zoom

     Our tentative date for Harvest Home this year is Sunday, November 15.  Please check back later for more information, and/or contact any member of the Mission Committee, chaired by Steve Miller.

 

 

 

Christ the King Sunday

Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 10:30am

Hybrid: Indoor & In-Person
Plus: Live Stream, Phone Stream, & Zoom

     The last Sunday of the Christian liturgical year is "Christ the King Sunday."  As we bring this year to end, join us in celebration of Jesus Christ as our King.

     For more information about this worship service and other worship services throughout the fall and the season of Pentecost, please contact any member of the Worship Committee (Lynelle Heimbach, Chairperson).

 

 

 

 

First Sunday of Advent

Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 10:30am

Hybrid: Indoor & In-Person
Plus: Live Stream, Phone Stream, & Zoom

     There are four Sundays in Advent (the four Sundays before Christmas).  The "First Sunday of Advent" marks the beginning of the new church year for Christians.  Join us either virtually or in person in welcoming the new year on Sunday, November 29.

     For more information about this worship service, please contact any member of the Worship Committee (Lynelle Heimbach, Chairperson).

 

 

 

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

     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:

 
     riLnqgy8T  Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 2:00-7:00pm

                at St. Paul's UCC, Robesonia

     
     riLnqgy8T  April 2020 - Day/Time TBA

                at St. Francis De Sales RCC, Robesonia

      
     riLnqgy8T  Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 8:00am-1:00pm

                at St. Paul’s UCC, Robesonia

      
     riLnqgy8T  Monday, September 7, 2020 from 9:00am-2:00pm

                during the Robesonia Borough Labor Day Car Show

 
     riLnqgy8T  Tuesday, September 22, 2020 from 2:00-7:00pm

               at St. Daniel's ELCA, Robesonia

 
        Thursday, December 10, 2020 from 2:00-7:00pm

                at Trinity ELCA, Robesonia

 



 

~ ~ ~ Upcoming Events in 2021 ~ ~ ~


 

 

Annual Pork & Sauerkraut Dinner

Friday, January 1, 2021

     Save the date.  Our annual Pork & Sauerkraut Dinner will be on Friday, January 1 from 11:00am to 2:00pm. 

 

 

 

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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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May 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.  We are hoping that large public gatherings in church sanctuaries will again be permitted by May, and are therefore tentatively planning his award ceremony for May 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!

 

 

 

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 third Sunday of August at 10:30am. 

     Friends, family, visitors are all very welcome to participate.  There is NO park admission fee.  There is NO parking fee.  You need only to pay for ride tickets (for whatever rides you may wish) and any food you may wish to purchase there.

 

Schedule at the Park

          10:00am - begin to gather at Pavilion Tent #4

          10:30am - worship at the pavilion

          11:00am - rides and water park open

          11:15am - lunch at Pavilion Tent #4

            8:00pm - water park closes

            9:00pm - park closes

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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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