Past News Articles

     In the event that you missed the information about a previous event at St. Paul's UCC that you had wanted to know, you might be able to find it here. The following events are listed in order of the most recent at the top of the page and the oldest articles at the bottom of the page.

 

~ Past Events in 2022 ~

 

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, July 31, 2022 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook LiveZoom& In-person
COVID Safety Precaution Level for this Sunday = Low

     For information about our worship services, please contact Terry Pastor (Chair of the Worship & Education Committee) or any member of the Worship & Education Committee.




Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, July 24, 2022 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook LiveZoom& In-person
COVID Safety Precaution Level for this Sunday = Low

     For information about our worship services, please contact Terry Pastor (Chair of the Worship & Education Committee) or any member of the Worship & Education Committee.

 

 

 

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, July 17, 2022 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook LiveZoom& In-person
COVID Safety Precaution Level for this Sunday = Low

     For information about our worship services, please contact Terry Pastor (Chair of the Worship & Education Committee) or any member of the Worship & Education Committee.



 

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, July 10, 2022 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook LiveZoom& In-person
COVID Safety Precaution Level for this Sunday = Low

     For information about our worship services, please contact Terry Pastor (Chair of the Worship & Education Committee) or any member of the Worship & Education Committee.



 

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, July 3, 2022 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook LiveZoom& In-person
COVID Safety Precaution Level for this Sunday = Low

     For information about our worship services, please contact Terry Pastor (Chair of the Worship & Education Committee) or any member of the Worship & Education Committee.



 

Eagle Scout Award Presentation 

Sunday, June 26, 2022 at 6:00pmEagleScout

     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 from May 2020, to the summer of 2020, and then to May 2021, then fall 2021, the winter 2021, and now winter/spring of 2022 as we were hoping for a day when the pandemic numbers are low to have a presentation celebration.  Finally the pandemic numbers are low.  A presentation celebration will take place on Sunday, June 26, 2022 at 6:00pm.  

     Congratulations Steven Motz!!


 

 

Third Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, June 26, 2022 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook LiveZoom& In-person
COVID Safety Precaution Level for this Sunday = Low

     For information about our worship services, please contact Terry Pastor (Chair of the Worship & Education Committee) or any member of the Worship & Education Committee.



 

Second Sunday after Pentecost

Father's Day

Sunday, June 19, 2022 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook Live& In-person
COVID Safety Precaution Level for this Sunday = Low

     For information about our worship services, please contact Terry Pastor (Chair of the Worship & Education Committee) or any member of the Worship & Education Committee.




Vacation Bible Study (VBS)

Monday, June 13, 2022 to Thursday, June 16, 2022 from 5:30 - 8:00pmLogo Primary

     Vacation Bible School is coming!  This joint event, sponsored by the churches of St. Paul, Zion and St. Daniel, will take place the second full week in June.  It will be an evening event that starts at 5:30pm and concludes at 8:00pm at St. Paul's UCC Church Building.  This year's program is entitled Discovery on Adventure Island.  Youth from 3 years old and up to about age 11 (those entering 6th grade in the fall) are invited to attend.

     Discovery on Adventure Island VBS invites everyone to explore the ways that God's great light shines in the world, and shows them how they can reflect that light in their own lives.  From a whimsical lighthouse on an enchanted island, Explorers (the children) are guided by a Lighthouse Keeper on an exciting quest to find five mysterious Infinity Lanterns (Love, Trust, Faith, Joy, Hope) to help light their way.  Using map coordinates from their Reference Book (the Bible), children discover clues to finding each Lantern while learning how God's light shines in the lives of familiar biblical characters in Old and New Testament stories.

     To register for this event please click on the this Discovery on Adventure Island VBS link.  It will take you to pdf registration form.  Please fill it out, print it and send it to: St. Paul's UCC, 301 W. Penn Avenue, Robesonia, PA 19551.  You may also save the completed form on your computer and email it to the church at office@sprucc.org.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact the church.  Leave a message if no one answers and the VBS director, Geri Gammel, will call you back.

 

 

 

Trinity SundayTrinitySunday

Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook Live& In-person
COVID Safety Precaution Level for this Sunday = Moderate

     Trinity Sunday is the first Sunday after Pentecost, a festival which is widely celebrated in the Western Church.  It honors the descent of the Holy Spirit on Jesus' apostles and followers. In Christian doctrine of the Trinity, we celebrate the unity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in the one Godhead. This is considered to be one of the central mysteries and Christian affirmations about God. 

     Trinity is a doctrine or belief that is found only in the Christian faith; but not all who identify as Christian accept the Trinitarian concept of the Godhead.  Jehovah's Witnesses and the Unitarian Church speak of God as one and only one.  But then, those who speak in Trinitarian terms are rarely speaking God as anything but One.  Yet this oneness is expressed in terms of three expressions of One God.  God expresses God's self in three ways: as a Father, as the Son and as the Holy Spirit. Is it too simple to say it is similar to the reality of a father, a son, a husband being one and the same person?  Perhaps this image will help us as we try to understand this Holy Mystery.
     The festivals in the Christian Church are generally in remembrance of something that happened. For example, Christ was born, Christ died, Christ rose again, the Holy Spirit descended on the early Church.  But the festival of the Holy Trinity is a festival centering on a doctrine of the Church rather than something that happened in history.  It celebrates one of the deepest mysteries of our faith, that the Eternal God, who is eternally One, has revealed Self in three ways: as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, yet remains One holy and eternal God, Creator, Sustainer and Provider.
     This doctrine of the Trinity is not explicit in any of the books of the New Testament.  There are, however, several formulas:
Matthew 28:19 - Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
II Corinthians 13:14 -The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
I Corinthians 12:4-5 - There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.
I Peter 1:2 - who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood:
Revelation 1:4-5 - Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. 

     So, let us gather in worship of God who comes to us as Creator and Sustainer of our lives, not only on Trinity Sunday, but all Sundays of the Church Year.  Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

     For more information about this worship service or other services, please contact the Worship Committee including Terry Pastor (Chairperson).

 

 

 

Pentecost Sunday

Sunday, June 5, 2022 at 10:15amPentecost

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook Live& In-person
COVID Safety Precaution Level for this Sunday = Moderate

     Pentecost is the day that commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus' disciples as recorded in the New Testament of the Bible.  It also marks the birth of the Christian Church. 

     It was on the 50th day after Easter when the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles as they were praying together.  They received the Spirit's gift of speaking in various languages (tongues), and they immediately began preaching about Jesus Christ to the Jewish people who had gathered in masses  in Jerusalem from all over the world.  The crowds were in the city for the Feast of Shavuot.

     For more information about this worship service or other services, please contact the Worship Committee including Terry Pastor (Chairperson).

 

 

 

Wine & Strawberry FestivalWine Strawberry_Festival

Saturday, June 4, 2022 from 3:00-6:00pm

     Zion UCC & St. Paul's UCC will be offering our community a Wine & Strawberry Festival on the first Saturday of June from 3:00-6:00pm.

     We are planning live music, a bouncy house and inflatible slide for kids, wine tasting from local wineries (including strawberry wine slushies),  hot dogs, popcorn, and of course strawberries, cake and ice cream. 

     To help with the festival in general, please contact Cory Putt of Zion UCC.  To help cook and serve food, please contact Brian Keppley, chair of St. Paul's UCC Men's Fellowship.  To help with bouncy house and advertising, please contact Robin Henning, member of St. Paul's UCC Evangelism Committee.

 

 

 

Pennsylvania Southeast Conference Annual Spring Meeting

Friday, June 3, 2022, 9:00am - Saturday, June 4, 2022, 5:30pm

     “Living the Jesus Life — Contemplatives in Action” is the theme of this year’s Annual Spring Conference meeting to be held at West Chester University.  We will meet in person for a time of soulful recovery and revival amid the exhaustion created by the pandemic and the new realities to which we’ve had to adapt.  Spiritual practices (prayer, meditation, scripture study) and active living (ministering to the needs of our communities) unite us for a weekend of living together the Jesus life.

     As Conference Minister Bill Worley says, "Living the Jesus Life is simply about joining with Jesus’ teaching, healing, and solidarity with others in a life of prayer, worship, and intimate experiences of the Holy.  Jesus often went away from the busyness of the crowds to be at one with God.  This enabled his public witness, formed disciples, created inclusive community, exemplified self-giving love, and nonviolent resistance.  His life of integrated contemplation and action is the model for our living and our Annual Meeting.  Spiritual practices (prayer, meditation, scripture study) and active living (ministering to the needs of our communities) unite us for a weekend of living together the Jesus life."

     For more information, please contact our delegates: Jon Henning and Geri Gammel.

 

 

 

Zoom Worship - As of June 1, 2022: No longer offered

     You can also connect to the worship service via "Zoom," and watch on a computer or just listen through your landline or cell phone.  Below is the connection information that you need for the upcoming worship service. 

      Zoom Worship for Summer Sundays (June, July, August) at 9:30am

      Zoom Worship for Regular Sundays (September - May) at 10:15am

          Join Zoom Worship: https://zoom.us/j/104401368

           or Join Zoom Worship by phone: 1-646-558-8656 (NY)

          Meeting ID: 104 401 368

          Passcode: 301301

Please note: When you connect, your phone or device will automatically be on "mute", please leave it on mute throughout the worship service, so that other participants only hear the worship service and not you or other background noise in your home.  For children's sermon, the pastor or other worship leader may ask parents/guardians to unmute their device for the children's sermon, so the youth can interact - if interested in doing so; please set it back to mute at the end of the children's sermon.

      Zoom Worship for Maundy Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 6:30pm

Please note: Zion UCC will be hosting the Zoom call for our combined Maundy Thursday worship service.  As such, the meeting and passcode numbers will be different than those used for our regular Sunday worship.

          Join Zoom Worship: https://zoom.us/j/104401368

           or Join Zoom Worship by phone: 1-646-558-8656 (NY)

          Meeting ID: 889 4662 4289

          Passcode: 579687




 

Bible Study - The Book of Acts

 

Select Wednesday Evenings at 6:30pmActs-of-the-Apostles

 

Hybrid: Zoom & In-person in the Miller Fellowship at church

 

June 1, 2022 - Last Session before Summer Break

 

Will Resume in September 2022

 

 

 

     We continue to have our Wednesday evening Bible study using the book, Acts 1-12: God Moves in the Early Churchwritten by Chuck and Winnie Christensen.  This study teaches about the beginning of the Christian Church after Jesus ascended into heaven.  It was a time when the disciples needed to begin making decisions and providing leadership without Jesus being physically there with them to lead the church. 

 

     All in our community are welcome to participate.  There is no fee to participate.  Although it would be nice to have the study book, it is not necessary to participate.  However, a Bible will be needed (any version).  If you do not have a Bible, come to the church to participate, and a Bible will be supplied.  The study is being hosted at St. Paul's UCC, led by Pastor Mary Etta Mest, and is a combined study by Zion UCC and St. Paul's UCC.  It will be a hybrid study and go from 6:30-7:20pm.  Those who would like to participate from home should use the Zoom information found below.  Those who would like to participate in person should come to the church.  A large screen will be set up in the Miller Fellowship Hall.  The schedule will be as follows:

 

     October 20, 2021

 

     October 27, 2021

 

     November 17, 2021

 

     December 15, 2021

 

         (Not December 22 or December 29)
     January 19, 2022
     January 26, 2022
     February 16, 2022
     February 23, 2022

 

Temporary Break in the Series from Ash Wednesday to Easter

 

for 6:30pm Wednesday Evening Lenten Worship

 

     April 20, 2022 - starting at Chapter 6

 

     April 27, 2022

 

     May 4, 2022

 

     May 11, 2022 (No study on May 18)

 

     May 25, 2022

 

     June 1, 2022 (last study before summer break; will resume in the Fall)

 

     We will meet several times. During each meeting we will try to cover 2 sessions found in the Bible Study book.

 

The same Zoom numbers will be used each week.
To join the Zoom meeting use the following:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87452124156?pwd=RzI3dTI4Uy8vWGpBQnRzOGV2bnlrdz09

 

Meeting ID: 874 5212 4156
Passcode: 783249

 

For people joining with telephone, choose one of these numbers:
+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

 

     For more information, please contact Terry Pastor, who provides leadership of our Christian Education Committee.

 



 

Lectionary Bible Study

Tuesdays from 9:00-9:45am

May 31, 2022 - Last Session before Summer Break

Will Resume September 6, 2022

     This Bible Study, hosted weekly by Zion UCC in Womelsdorf, studies scripture passages following the weekly calendar of the Revised Common Lectionary.

     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).  No additional book is need.  There is no cost to participate, and there is no pre-registration.  This is by Zoom Only.  For more information contact the church office of St. Paul's UCC or Zion UCC.

 

     Zoom Login:  Call 1-301-715-8592 (Washington, DC) or 1-646-558-8656 (New York)

          Meeting ID: 874 5212 4156; Passcode: 783249


 

 

Reunion by Zoom

Sunday, May 29, 2022 at 7:00pm

     Zion UCC is having a congregational reunion conversation by Zoom.  The members of St. Paul's UCC are also invited.  The Meeting ID is 874 5212 4156; Passcode: 783249.

     This will be a great way to catch up with others, especially if you live outside the area, are homebound, or have not yet been able to return to in-person worship.

     For more information, please contact Pastor Mary Etta Mest or the church office (610-621-5770).

 

 

 

Ascension 003bAscension Sunday

7th Sunday of Easter

Sunday, May 29, 2022 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook Live& In-person
COVID Safety Precaution Level for this Sunday = Moderate

     On Sunday, May 29 we will have our annual celebration of the Ascension of Jesus Christ.
    Ascension Day is celebration of the day when Jesus took his disciples to Bethany and blessed them, as he was lifted up into heaven.  This was forty days after Easter Sunday, and ten days before Pentecost.  After Jesus was lifted into heaven, the disciples gathered in worship with great joy!  This was the last day that Jesus would be physically walking the earth with his disciples, and we are reminded in this scripture by two men in white robes (presumably angels) that Jesus would in the future return in the same way in which he was seen going into heaven.
    The Ascension Sunday worship service includes the ceremony of extinguishing the Paschal Candle, which has been lit every Sunday during the season of Easter, symbolizing that Jesus is no longer physically present with us, for he has ascended!  From Pentecost through Epiphany, the Paschal Candle will be placed near the baptismal font, symbolizing that it is through our baptism that we ascend with Christ.  During the rest of the church year, we will only be lighting the Paschal Candle for baptisms and funerals/memorials, as a part of that symbolism of ascending with Christ at the time of our earthly death, through our baptism.
    We will also be sharing in pew communion together, gathering together as one body, as the disciples did on that day of Ascension.
    This is an important day for all of the disciples of Christ to gather together as one body.  For it is a day that we show one another our mutual support, and our life together as the Body of Christ here on earth, now that he has Ascended.  It is important for us to follow the example of those first disciples, and gather, worship, pray, and fellowship together on this day to prepare for the Holy Spirit coming into our lives.  It is also important for us to gather together and be centered on the Spirit, for as we are about to enter the longest season of the church (Pentecost), the Holy Spirit is about to send us out into the world in mission and ministry, and we need the strength of the Spirit and the support of one another to faithfully live out God’s calling in that season.
    We hope for all to gather together in worship, praise, prayer, and fellowship, as we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord! Alleluia!

     For more information about this worship service or other services, please contact the Worship Committee including Terry Pastor (Chairperson).

 

 

 

Image of Soup and MealSoup 'n' Such &  

 Currently Dine-in or Take Out: Subject to Change 

St. Paul's Clothing Closet

Open During Soup & Such

Last Thursday of the Month

May - Thursday, May 26 from 4:00 - 6:00pm

 

 


Special Joint Congregational Meeting

Sunday, May 22 - Following the Worship Service

     Following the worship service on Sunday, May 22 at approximately 11:30am, there will be an informational congregational meeting for the Naming Sub-Committee to share with our congregations the results from the "Naming Survey".

     At this meeting, we also plan to present a "straw poll" about the overall moving forward together process.  A straw poll is non-binding.  The purpose is to give the Moving Forward Together (MFT) Committee an idea or a sense of our members' perspective on continuing with the process.  The wording of the straw poll is still being discerned and developed, but in the meantime, we wanted everyone to mark their calendars for this date.

 

 

 

6th Sunday of Easter

Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook LiveZoom& In-person

     This is the last day for Sunday school before taking a break over the summer.  Usually once Sunday school goes on break, the worship service time changes to an earlier hour.  However, it was decided at a recent Consistory meeting that the worship time for the summer would remain at 10:15am.  Please make a note of the changes.

     For information about our worship services, please contact Terry Pastor (Chair of the Worship & Education Committee) or any member of the Worship & Education Committee.


 

 

5th Sunday of Easter

Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook LiveZoom& In-person

     For information about our worship services, please contact Terry Pastor (Chair of the Worship & Education Committee) or any member of the Worship & Education Committee.



 

Youth Group Advisors Meetings

YouthLeaders OrangeThursday, May 12, 2022 - Cancelled*

     *Unfortunately the May 12 meeting date needed to be cancelled.  The Advisors will next meet on Thursday, June 9.

 

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

 

 

 

Youth Fellowship Group Bi-Monthly Meetings

YouthGroup Star_Jumping

Thursday, May 12, 2022 from 6:00-7:00pm - Cancelled*

     *Unfortunately the May 12 meeting date needed to be cancelled.  However, we will meet on the next scheduled meeting date of Thursday, May 26 at 6:00pm.  See you then!

 

     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.

 

 

 

Good Shepherd SundayGoodShepherd

4th Sunday of Easter
Mother's Day & Festival of the Christian Home

Sunday, May 8, 2022 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook LiveZoom& In-person

     Happy Mother's Day to all of our moms!  A delicious treat will be handed out to all the ladies of the church after the worship service.

     For information about our worship services, please contact Terry Pastor (Chair of the Worship & Education Committee) or any member of the Worship & Education Committee.

 

 

 

3rd Sunday of Easter

Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook LiveZoom& In-person

     For information about our worship services, please contact Terry Pastor (Chair of the Worship & Education Committee) or any member of the Worship & Education Committee.



 

Matching Funds

Contribute By: May 1, 2022

    We are excited to share with you that we are being granted up to $5,000.00 for a “Matching Fund Campaign.”  Every dollar that individuals give to the Matching Fund (above their usual contributions), from February 1 through May 1, 2022, will give us a dollar in grant money, up to $5,000.00.
    You can contribute by: (1) putting a donation in an envelope and marking it “Matching Fund”; (2) sending a check to St. Paul’s UCC, 301 West Penn Ave, Robesonia, PA 19551 with “Matching Fund” written in the memo line; or (3) click on this “online giving” link to make a secure donation by entering “Matching Fund” and your amount in the "Other 1" or "Other 2" donation fields.

     This is a great opportunity to financially support the ministries of St. Paul's UCC.  Please prayerfully consider how much God might be leading you to contribute to this matching fund to support the mission and ministries of His church.  The only way that we can receive any money from this grant is through your donations; the only way that we can receive the full $5,000 is by individuals contributing a total of $5,000.  Thank you for your donations and your efforts to help us receive the full amount possible through this grant.
     For more information, please contact Steve Miller, Head Deacon; Terry Pastor, Treasurer; or Jon Henning, Assistant Treasurer.  Additional information can also be found in the February 2022 issue of The Herald.


 

 

Precautions Due to the Coronavirus

Be-A-Blessing UCC-Mask     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.

 

 

 

Reunion by Zoom

Sunday, April 24, 2022 at 7:00pm

     Zion UCC is having a congregational reunion conversation by Zoom.  The members of St. Paul's UCC are also invited.  The Meeting ID is 874 5212 4156; Passcode: 783249.

     This will be a great way to catch up with others during these COVID-times, especially if you live outside the area, are homebound, or have not yet been able to return to in-person worship.

     For more information, please contact Pastor Mary Etta Mest.

 

 

 

Holy Humor Sunday - Good News

2nd Sunday of Easter

Sunday, April 24, 2022 at 10:15am

Virtual ONLY: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook Live & Zoom

DSCN2459 StC     In the midst of all the bad news we've heard and seen in the media over the past couple of years, and especially in the past few months, we could all use some "Good News."  And, that is what Jesus brings us -- Good News!

     Each year we pick a different theme and this year's Holy Humor theme will be "Good News."  As always we will have humor during worship, as well as activities for youth.  You are invited to come dressed for the theme in what good news means for you.  Perhaps that is: necktie or t-shirt with your kids or grandkids, it's good news to hear of their birth; or a t-shirt with your favorite rock band, it's good news when they have a concert; or a favorite sports team jersey, it's good news when they win; shirt representing a favorite activity, it's good news when the weather is right for golf, camping, hiking, fishing, playing tennis, gardening, going for a bike ride, etc.; or a tie or t-shirt about your Christian faith, sharing the Good News of Jesus.

     Come and hear a message about the Good News that Christ brings to all of humanity.

 

RisenChristBySea 2What is Holy Humor Sunday?

     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.
     This ancient Easter custom was begun by the Greeks in the early centuries of Christianity.  For centuries Holy Humor Sunday has been celebrated by Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant countries going by a variety of names, including "Bright Sunday" (the Sunday after Easter) and “days of joy and laughter” with parties and picnics the week after Easter to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.  Churchgoers and pastors played practical jokes on each other, drenched each other with water, told jokes, sang, and danced.
     The custom was written about by early church theologians, including Augustine, Gregory of Nyssa, and John Chrysostom.  These theologians called it “Risus paschalis - the Easter laugh,” referring to God playing a practical joke on the devil by raising Jesus from the dead.
     The custom began to fade by the mid 1900s in many churches.  In 1988 the Fellowship of Merry Christians, which bi-monthly publishes The Joyful Noiseletter, began to encourage churches to resurrect “Bright Sunday” celebrations and to call it “Holy Humor Sunday.”  The first theme they encouraged was: “Jesus is the LIFE of the party.”  The Fellowship of Merry Christians encourages churches in general to uplift the joy and humor found in scripture and in our Christian faith.  You can learn more on their website at: https://www.joyfulnoiseletter.com/hhsunday.asp
     St. Paul’s UCC has been celebrating Holy Humor Sunday annually since 2014.  Previous themes and pictures from those worship services can be found on the “Photos” page of our website.

     The Worship Committee begins considering themes each January for the next Holy Humor Sunday, and we welcome individuals to share ideas.  For the past few years our youth group or confirmation class came up with and developed the theme

     For more information, contact any member of the Worship Committee (Terry Pastor, Chairperson) or contact the church office at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org" data-mce-href="mailto:office@sprucc.org">office@sprucc.org.

 
Previous Holy Humor Themes

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

          2021 Holy Humor Sunday - There's No Business Like God's Business - Live Stream Worship

          2020 Holy Humor Sunday - Cancelled due to COVID-19

          2019 Holy Humor Sunday - Theme: "Drawn to Christ"

          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"


 

 

Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 17, 2022

6:15am - Sunrise Worship

In-person Only

    Our Easter Sunrise worship service will begin outdoors around a fire with candlelight, right before sunrise, and conclude in the sanctuary.  There will be the processional of the cross, the return of the light to the sanctuary, and Holy Communion.

     Because this worship service begins outdoors and ends in the sanctuary, this year's sunrise worship service will be in-person only.  However the 10:15am worship service will be hybrid.

 

9:00am - Sunday School

    We will have our usual Sunday school classes for all ages at our usual 9:00am time.

 

10:15am - Worship

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook LiveZoom& In-person

   Our second Easter worship service will take place at our regular time 10:15am.  We will have a children's sermon, regular sermon. children's bulletins, available nursery, the choir, the bell choir, and Holy Communion.   Join us for the celebration of the resurrection of Christ.

     For more information about our Easter worship services, please contact any member of the Worship Committee (Terry Pastor Chairperson and Sheri Rowe Liaison).


 

 

Maundy Thursday

Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 6:30pm

Image result for maundy thursday clipart     On Maundy Thursday Jesus gathered with the disciples for the Feast of Passover.  They shared in a meal.  He took bread, blessed it and broke it, and instituted the Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion).  He then took his disciples to a garden to pray, where he was betrayed and crucified.
     On Thursday, April 14 at 6:30pm, we will begin worship in the Fellowship Hall at table with one another.  We will have a free light meal and communion.  Then we will process to the sanctuary for Tenebrae - the service of shadows - where we will pray, hear the last words of Christ, and strip the altar in preparation of his crucifixion, as the sanctuary slowly becomes shrouded in darkness.
     We hope you will join us for this meaningfully spiritual service.

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

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

     Due to the logistics of starting in the fellowship hall and moving to the sanctuary, this worship service will be live only.  However, we will reply last year's virtual worship service on our YouTube Live Stream & Phone Stream, so that those remaining at home may still participate in the scripture lessons, music, and worship of Maundy Thursday.

 

 

 

Palm/Passion Sunday

6th Sunday in Lent

Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook LiveZoom& In-person

PalmProcession 2017_02      The Sunday before Easter is "Palm Sunday" and "Passion Sunday."  Palm Sunday celebrates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  Passion Sunday commemerates the beginning of Holy Week. 

     We will have our traditional "Blessing of the Palms" this Sunday, and we will have enough palms for everyone to be able to take a blessed palm branch home with them.

     For information about the Lenten worship services, please contact Terry Pastor (Chair of the Worship & Education Committee) or any member of the Worship & Education Committee.


 

 

Easter Egg Hunt

Sunday, April 3, 2022 - Deadline to receive Egg Hunt Candy

Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 9:00am - Egg Hunt

      St. Paul’s is holding their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 10, during our regularly scheduled Sunday school time for the youth ages 0-12. Yes, friends, family, neighbors, are all certainly invited.

     We are asking for donations of individually wrapped candy to put into plastic eggs.  We are requesting NO hard boiled eggs this year.  Please place your candy donations into the basket or container located upstairs in the church.  In order to have enough time to fill the plastic eggs, please bring your candy to the church no later than Sunday, April 3rd.  Thank you!

      For more information, please contact coordinator Laurie Ostimchuk or Terry Pastor (Chair of the Worship & Education Committee) or any member of the Worship & Education Committee or the church office at 610-621-5770.


 

 

5th Sunday in Lent

Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook LiveZoom& In-person

    The handbell choir will be opening our service this week.  Join us as we prepare for Holy week.

A short congregational meeting will foolow the service.

     For information about the Lenten worship services, please contact Terry Pastor (Chair of the Worship & Education Committee) or any member of the Worship & Education Committee.


 


Important Soup 'n' Such Meeting

Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 6:00pm

     There will be an important meeting after Soup & Such.  At the meeting we will discuss ways that we can involve more people in the various roles involved with Soup 'n' Such.  We are looking at having a more team approach to cooking, serving, clean-up, prayer, etc.  The Youth Group meeting which normally follows Soup & Such will be absorbed into the Soup & Such meeting.

     For more information, please contact Steve Miller or Geri Gammel (Mission Committee Chair).

 

 

 

Reunion by Zoom

Sunday, March 27, 2022 at 7:00pm

     Zion UCC is having a congregational reunion conversation by Zoom.  The members of St. Paul's UCC are also invited.  The Meeting ID is 874 5212 4156; Passcode: 783249.

     This will be a great way to catch up with others during these COVID-times, especially if you live outside the area, are homebound, or have not yet been able to return to in-person worship.

     For more information, please contact Pastor Mary Etta Mest.

 

 

 

One Great Hour of Sharing OfferingOne-Great-Hour-of-SharingB

Sunday, March 27, 2022 during worship   

     One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) supports partners in countries with ministries that fund health, education and agricultural development, emergency relief, refugee ministries and both international and domestic disaster response, administered by Wider Church Ministries, Global Sharing of Resources.

     This is one of our national UCC "Five for Five" annual offerings, and is received on the Fourth Sunday of Lent.

     At the beginning of March fish banks were handed out to help support OGHS.  We are hoping and asking everyone who took a bank to return them full to the church on Sunday, March 27, 2022.  You see, when you give to OGHS, you deploy resources to people in need all around the world, and in our own communities.  When man-made or natural disasters strike, love responds.  Not just for the immediate future, but for the long haul.  When you give to OGHS, you are working alongside families to restore not only structures, but hope.  Your giving ensures that no matter how difficult the situation, Love remains.

And now these three remain:

faith, hope and love.

But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13

 

 

 

Easter Flowers

Order Due Date: March 27, 2022

Pick Up: Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022 after the 10:15am worship service

      Flowers sprouting out of the ground are signs for us as Christians of the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter, and the rebirth to new life we experience through him.  Flowers also add to the beauty of the Easter season at St. Paul's UCC.  The DecoratingEaster Lily Committee is taking orders for potted Easter Flower plants to put on display in the sanctuary for Easter Sunday to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior!  Dedication of the flowers to honor or remember special loved ones will be printed in the Easter Sunday bulletin. 

     To place an order please click on this Easter Flower Order Form link. 

Print out the form and send it to the church along with your payment.  Please note the details found on the order form.  All orders must be paid for when placed.  Paper copies of the order form are also available on the upstairs hallway table at church, or you may contact the church office and a copy will be sent to you.  All orders are due Sunday, March 27.   Paper copies should be mailed to the church at:     

                   St. Paul's UCC, 301 West Penn Avenue, Robesonia, PA 19551 

 Thank you in advance for placing an order!

     You may take home your flowers after the 10:15am worship service on Easter Sunday.  For more information please contact Denise Unger or the church office.

 

 

 

Time to Make Easter Candy!

Beginning Saturday, March 26, 2022

     Sales are up and we are looking for many volunteers to help with the Easter candy making this year.  We need help in a variety of ways: set up tables, assemble boxes, roll coconut or peanut butter balls, dip in chocolate, put candy in boxes, label, and clean up (with occasional sampling).  Normally we start on a Sunday, but with so many orders coming in, we are starting a day earlier this year - Saturday, March 26.  No previous experience is required, both men and women, young and old are wanted.  The work isn't hard.  Everyone works together in the same area so there are various conversations going on, helpful tips being passed to one another, good camaraderie taking place.  Lunch is provided.  You need not come at the start, nor stay until the end.  Come when you can and stay for as long as you can.  If you come later in the day and are unsure of whether prople are still working on the candy, call the church (610-621-5770) and someone should pick up if they are here.  If you have questions or need clarification, contact the church via phone or email (office@sprucc.org" data-mce-href="mailto:office@sprucc.org">office@sprucc.org).  Candy will be made over a 2-week period.

     For more information about how to help, please contact Sue Hiester, chair of the 21st Century Christian Women's Group, or any member of the Women's Group, or the church offfice.

     The schedule is as follows:

          Saturday, March 26 - 12:00pm: mix and roll coconut, assemble boxes, setup tables

          Sunday, March 27 - 2:00pm: continue to mix and roll coconut,

                                                           begin coating coconut balls and other items

          Monday, March 28 - 8:30am: continue with the above and pack boxes

          Tuesday, March 29 - 8:30am: coat, pack boxes and clean up kitchen

          Wednesday, March 30 - 9:30am: finish packing and clean fellowship hall

                                                          in preparation for Soup & Such which is on Thursday, March 31

          Saturday, April 2 - 12:00pm: mix and roll peanut butter (PB)

          Sunday, April 3 - 2:00pm: continue to mix and roll PB, begin coating PB balls and other items

          Monday, April 4 - 8:30amcontinue with the above and pack boxes

          Tuesday, April 5 - 8:30amcoat and pack boxes

          Wednesday, April 6 - 8:30am: finish coating, pack boxes and clean up kitchen

          Thursday, April 7 - 9:00am: finish packing, fill and assemble all orders

          Saturday, April 9 - 9:00am to 1:00pm: candy pickup

 

 

 

Easter Candy Sale

Order Due Date: March 27, 2022

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     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 order form is available by clicking on this Easter Candy Order Form link.  Please print out the form and send it to the church along with your payment.  Please note the details found on the order form.  All orders must be paid for when placed.  Paper copies of the order form are also available on the upstairs hallway table at church, or you may contact the church office and a copy will be sent to you.  All orders are due Sunday, March 27.   Paper copies should be mailed to the church at:   

                   St. Paul's UCC, 301 West Penn Avenue, Robesonia, PA 19551 

     Orders may be picked up at the church on Saturday, April 9 between 9:00am and 1:00pm.

     For more information, please contact Sue Hiester, chair of the 21st Century Christian Women's Group or the church office.

     The candy making schedule is listed below.  We hope you will be able to help.

 

 

 

4th Sunday in Lent

Laetare Sunday

Sunday, March 27, 2022 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook LiveZoom& In-person

     Much is happening on this Sunday.  For March 27, 2022, Easter candy and flower orders are due.  During worship we will be receiving the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering.  Please continue to scroll down to learn more about all of these things.

     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 information about the Lenten worship services, please contact Terry Pastor (Chair of the Worship & Education Committee) or any member of the Worship & Education Committee.


 

 

3rd Sunday in Lent

Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook LiveZoom& In-person

     Info coming soon.....

     For information about the Lenten worship services, please contact Terry Pastor (Chair of the Worship & Education Committee) or any member of the Worship & Education Committee.



 

2nd Sunday in Lent

Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 10:15am

Sunday School and Worship Service cancelled due to the bad weather

     For information about the Lenten worship services, please contact Terry Pastor (Chair of the Worship & Education Committee) or any member of the Worship & Education Committee.

 

 

 

1st Sunday in Lent

Sunday, March 6, 2022 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook LiveZoom& In-person

     On this 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. 

     For more information about the worship services throughout the season of Lent, please contact Terry Pastor (Chair of the Worship & Education Committee) or any member of the Worship & Education Committee.



 

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Friday, March 4, 2022 at 5:00pm

     The next Youth Group fellowship activity will be at Extreme Air Trampoline Center on Friday, March 4.  The cost is $5.00, and includes special socks and an ice cream sundae.  Advance registration is required for the group rate, as are parental release forms.  Friends are welcome.  Please arrive by 4:45pm for sign-in at The Works, 1109 Bern Rd, Wyomissing, PA 19610.  We will be jumping for about an hour, and then enjoying ice cream sundaes.  Parental pick up is at 6:15pm.

     To sign up, or for more information, please contact the church office at office@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770.

 

 

 

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Dialogue Series for Six Wednesdays During Lent

Wednesdays at 6:30pm
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, & April 6

    We hope that you will join us throughout the Season of Lent.  Each Wednesday evening at 6:30pm from March 2 to April 6 we will hear about the passion, death, and resurrection of Christ from a different perspective of an eye witness who is being interviewed by our hard hitting action news team.    St. Paul’s & Zion UCC will be offering this series in a hybrid format, where you can attend in person or virtually through our Live Stream, Facebook Live, Live Phone Stream, or Zoom.

     The series was written by Scott A. Bryte, 2004, Lutheran pastor in Pittsburgh, PA and graduate from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettsyburg, PA — Dateline: Jerusalem; Dramatic Dialogue Sermons for Lent, Lima, Ohio: CSS Publishing.
    May this six week journey in worship deepen our faith and expand our understanding of this holy season’s journey to the cross.

     For more information about our mid-week worship services, please contact Terry Pastor (Chair of the Worship Committee) or any member of the Worship Committee.

 

 

 

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 6:30pm

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook LiveZoom& In-person

AshWed Palm_BlackCross     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. 

     A worship service will take place on March 2nd at 6:30pm.  During the service ashes will be placed in the sign of the cross on the forehead or back of the hand of those who wish to receive them.  The minister will say, "Remember that you are dust, and unto dust, you shall return."  We will also share communion together.

     If you would like to learn more about the use of ashes on Ash Wednesday, please click on the following link, "Why Ashes on Ash Wednesday".  For the YouTube Live Stream of this worship service click on this Ash Wednesday Live Stream link.

     For more information about the worship services throughout the season of Lent, please contact Terry Pastor (Chair of the Worship & Education Committee) or any member of the Worship & Education Committee.


 

 

Reunion by Zoom

Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 7:00pm

     Zion UCC is having a congregational reunion conversation by Zoom.  The members of St. Paul's UCC are also invited.  The Meeting ID is 874 5212 4156; Passcode: 783249.

     This will be a great way to catch up with others during these COVID-times, especially if you live outside the area, are homebound, or have not yet been able to return to in-person worship.

 

 

 

UkrainePrayerVigil 2022_001Prayer Vigil - Peace and People in Ukraine

Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 6:00pm

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook LiveZoom& In-person

     On Sunday, February 27 from 6:00-6:30pm we will be gathering for prayer for peace in Ukraine and for the people of Ukraine.

     All are welcome and invited.  You can participate in this vigil in person or virtually on our YouTube Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook Live, & Zoom.  For Zoom, the Meeting ID is 874 5212 4156; Passcode: 783249.


 

 

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Scout Sunday

Last Sunday after Epiphany

Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook LiveZoom& In-person

     All those involved in a scouting organization are welcome and invited to come to our 10:15am worship service in uniform this Sunday.  Our Girl Scout Troop will be helping in the leading of worship.

20190622 134830     The final Sunday following Epiphany, and before Lent, is Transfiguration Sunday.  All three of the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark & Luke) tell a story of Peter, James, and John accompanying Jesus to the top of a holy mountain.  There, before their eyes, Jesus is transfigured or transformed into a dazzling white brightness.  Transfiguration Sunday will be celebrated on Sunday, February 27, 2022 during the 10:15am worship service.

     Click on this Transfiguration Live Stream Worship link for our YouTube Live Stream of this worship service.

     For more information about the worship services throughout the season of Epiphany, please contact Terry Pastor (Chair of the Worship & Education Committee) or any member of the Worship & Education Committee.


 
 

Bible Study - The Book of Acts

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Beginning Wednesday, October 20, 2021, from 6:00-7:00pm

Hybrid: Zoom & In-person in the Miller Fellowship at church 

     We continue to have our Wednesday evening Bible study using the book, Acts 1-12: God Moves in the Early Churchwritten by Chuck and Winnie Christensen.  This study teaches about the beginning of the Christian Church after Jesus ascended into heaven.  It was a time when the disciples needed to begin making decisions and providing leadership without Jesus being physically there with them to lead the church. 

     All in our community are welcome to participate.  There is no fee to participate.  Although it would be nice to have the study book, it is not necessary to participate.  However, a Bible will be needed (any version).  If you do not have a Bible, come to the church to participate, and a Bible will be supplied.  The study is being hosted at St. Paul's UCC, led by Pastor Mary Etta Mest, and is a combined study by Zion UCC and St. Paul's UCC.  It will be a hybrid study and go from 6:00-7:00pm.  Those who would like to participate from home should use the Zoom information found below.  Those who would like to participate in person should come to the church.  A large screen will be set up in the Miller Fellowship Hall.  The schedule will be as follows:

     February 16
     February 23

     We will meet a total of 8 times. During each meeting we will cover 2 sessions found in the Bible Study book.

The same Zoom numbers will be used each week.
To join the Zoom meeting use the following:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87452124156?pwd=RzI3dTI4Uy8vWGpBQnRzOGV2bnlrdz09

Meeting ID: 874 5212 4156
Passcode: 783249

For people joining with telephone, choose one of these numbers:
+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

     For more information, please contact Elsa Wertz or Terry Pastor, who provide leadership of our Christian Education Committee.

 

 

 

Weekly Morning Bible Study

Every Tuesday morning

Virtual ONLY via ZoomBible Study

     Tuesday mornings 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).  We would be happy to have you join us!

To join the Zoom Meeting, click on this link.
 
Meeting ID: 874 5212 4156
Passcode: 783249
 
For people joining with telephone, choose one of these numbers:
+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
 

 

 

Burning of the Palms

Sunday, February 20, 2022 at 9:00am

Snow/Rain Date: Sunday, February 27

Palm-To-Ash     We will be having the annual burning of the palms outside on Sunday, February 20 during the 9:00am Sunday school hour, weather permitting.  Pastor Ben will be teaching why we use ash made from the Palm Sunday branches for our Ash Wednesday service, as well as demonstrating the tools and process of creating the Ash Wednesday ashes.
    If you have palms you would like to donate, you can bring them to the church office on Sunday, February 6 or 13 (or bring them anytime between now and Sunday school on February 20).
    For information, please contact Terry Pastor, Chair of the Worship & Education Committee; or Pastor Ben Motz at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org or PastorMotz@sprucc.org.

 

 

 

7th Sunday after Epiphany

Sunday, February 20, 2022 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook LiveZoom& In-person

     For more information about the worship services throughout the season of Epiphany, please contact Terry Pastor (Chair of the Worship & Education Committee) or any member of the Worship & Education Committee.

 

 

 

6th Sunday after Epiphany

Sunday, February 13, 2022 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook LiveZoom& In-person

     For more information about the worship services throughout the season of Epiphany, please contact Terry Pastor (Chair of the Worship & Education Committee) or any member of the Worship & Education Committee.

 

 

 

 

Installation & Ordination of New Leadership

5th Sunday after Epiphany

Sunday, February 6, 2022 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook LiveZoom& In-person

     We will be celebrating in the installation of our new Consistory, chairpersons, and other elected leadership on Sunday, February 6. We hope that you will join us in-person or virtually to celebrate this special day with them. We hope you will show them your support and thankfulness for their leadership by helping them to fulfill St. Paul’s Mission Statement:
                                                  We are called by the Spirit
                                            to live and share the love of God
                                                    through joyful service
                                                   and fellowship in Christ.

 

 

 

4th Sunday after Epiphany

Sunday, January 30, 2022 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook LiveZoom& In-person

     During this worship service we will be installing the new leadership of Zion UCC.

     For more information about the worship services throughout the season of Epiphany, please contact Terry Pastor (Chair of the Worship & Education Committee) or any member of the Worship & Education Committee.

 

 

 

Safe Conduct Workshop

Sunday, January 23, 2022 at 11:30am

     At 11:30am, after the worship service on Sunday, January 23, our Christian Education Committee will be leading a Safe Conduct Workshop for all those who need to meet the CHYLD Worker requirements for working with vulnerable persons within the church (children, homebound, hospitalized, etc) or who are in a leadership position that oversees those who work with vulnerable persons.

     Look here for more details in the near future.

     For more information, please contact Elsa Wertz (Safe Conduct Coordinator), Denise Unger (Safe Conduct Co-Coordinator), or Terry Pastor (Chairperson of the Worship & Education Committee).  Our safety policies can be found at this Safe Sanctuary link.


 

 

3rd Sunday after Epiphany

Praise-Name-DancingSunday, January 23, 2022 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook LiveZoom& In-person

     We are looking forward to Becky Boone sharing liturgical dance with us on Sunday, January 23 during the 10:15am worship service (snow date: January 30).  For clarification: no dancing skills required, only Becky will be dancing, the rest of us will simply be seated in the pews.

     For more information about the worship services throughout the season of Epiphany, please contact Terry Pastor (Chair of the Worship & Education Committee) or any member of the Worship & Education Committee.



 

Reclaiming the Great Commission

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022 from 7:00-9:00pm

     As part of our overall ministry and growth plan, we have adopted the Missional Approach as our philosophy to evangelism and church growth. The Missional Approach to evangelism and church growth is all about reclaiming the Great Commission and living out the Great Commandment.
     Pastor Ben will be offering a workshop on the Missional Approach on Wednesday, January 19 from 7:00-9:00pm. This free workshop is open to members and visitors alike. Preregistration is encouraged, so that we can email you the materials in advance and/or get you hard copy printouts. To register, please contact the church office at Office@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770 by Sunday, January 9 (if you register later than January 9, we may or may not have enough handouts printed for you, but still let us know that you are coming ahead of time anyway).
     All Consistory members and all Standing Committee Chairpersons are to attend this training at least every other year. If you did not attend this refresher last year, you should attend this workshop this year, as well as other leaders and staff. If you are a leader who cannot attend on this date, please be in contact with Pastor Ben at 610-621-5770 or PastorMotz@sprucc.org to see if an additional date might be possible.
     In addition, this year the leadership of Zion UCC will be joining in this workshop with us to learn more about the Missional Approach philosophy of ministry that we are using here, and why we like this approach so much.

 

 

Second Sunday after Epiphany

Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook LiveZoom& In-person

   For more information about the worship services throughout the season of Epiphany, please contact Terry Pastor (Chair of the Worship & Education Committee) or any member of the Worship & Education Committee.


 

I Don't Know What You're Talking About

Communications Workshop

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 6:00pm

     On Tuesday, January 11 from 6:00-6:45pm Pastor Ben is offering a Communications Workshop.  This workshop is designed to: (1) help provide you with guidance to help make sure your articles are providing the congregation with the information they need to know what you are talking about and what your activity is all about; (2) go over the format needed to submit articles to the office secretary; and (3) to make sure your articles, posters, and flyers fit the necessary guidelines to be used within St. Paul's UCC. 
     This workshop is for any person who wishes to submit an article for the newsletter, bulletin, website, or hang a flyer in the church building.  All elected leaders, as well as anyone who might be interested in communicating within the church through the newsletter, bulletin, flyers, posters, website, facebook, or E-News should attend this workshop.
     This workshop is free and open to all members and open to visitors. This workshop is for any person who wishes to submit an article for the newsletter, bulletin, website, or hang a flyer in the church building. All elected leaders, as well as anyone who might be interested in communicating within the church through the newsletter, bulletin, flyers, posters, website, Facebook, or E-News should attend this workshop.

     This workshop is free. No advance registration is needed. However, we encourage you to sign up in advance, so that we can email you the materials in advance. To sign up, please contact the church office at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org.

     Pastor Ben offers this workshop annually in January. If you took this workshop in the past, it will be similar to the 2021 workshop. However, if you have not taken this workshop since 2017 or before, there have been significant changes, so you should attend this workshop, also.

For more information, please contact Pastor Ben Motz at 610-621-5770 or PastorMotz@sprucc.org.

     As a reminder, it is the policy at St. Paul’s UCC that no committee or individual should hang or set out flyers/posters about an event or activity before submitting a complete article to the office secretary about the event, following the guidelines discussed in this workshop.


 

Closing of the 2021 Books

Sunday, January 9, 2022

     Thank you to all who have been mailing their tithes and offerings to the church office, dropping it in the mail slot, giving electronically, or have been placing your offerings in the offering plate.

     We will be closing the 2021 books on Sunday, January 9, 2022.
     As in the past, and as is common in many churches, the morning of the second Sunday of January will be the last day that donations and expenses will be received for 2021. This will give sufficient time for contributions to be mailed, expenses to be submitted, and donations to be forwarded to the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference (PSEC).

Donations
     For donations to be counted for the 2021 contribution year, they need to: (1) be received by the counting team by worship on Sunday, January 9; and (2) dated for 2021. As of January 1, all other contributions will be attributed to the 2022 giving year.
     For additional information about donations, please contact the Financial Secretary, Terry Pastor at the church office or at finsec@sprucc.org.
Expenses
     All bills and reimbursement requests: (1) must be submitted to the Treasurer, Jon Henning, by the end of worship on Sunday, January 9, 2022; and (2) be dated for 2021. As of January 1, all other expenditures will be attributed to the 2022 fiscal/budget year.
     For additional information about expenses, please contact the church Treasurer, Jon Henning.

 

 

Epiphany Sunday

The Arrival of the Wise Men
Baptism of Christ Sunday

Sunday, January 9, 2022 at 10:15am

WisemenHybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook LiveZoom& In-person

     Throughout scripture, we hear about dancing for joy and dancing in worship of the Lord.  On this Sunday we will have a dancer sharing in the joy of the Christ child through her "liturgical dance" as a part of the worship service.

     Epiphany is the celebration of the arrival of the Wise Men to Bethlehem, revealing the good news of the Christian message and the reign of Christ being for the whole world.  The season of Epiphany begins on January 6 and continues until Ash Wednesday.

      For more information about the worship services throughout the season of Epiphany, please contact Terry Pastor (Acting Chair of the Worship & Education Committee) or any member of the Worship & Education Committee.

 

 

Second Sunday after Christmas

9th Day of Christmas

Sunday, January 2, 2022 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook LiveZoom& Indoor In-person

     For more information about our Christmas season worship services, please contact any member of the Worship& Christian Education Committee (Elsa Wertz, Chairperson, and Terry Pastor, Vice Chairperson).

Sunday School

     There will be no Youth and Adult Sunday School Classes on December 26, 2021 and January 2, 2022.  Click on the following links to check out our Online Children & Youth Sunday School Resources and our Online Sunday School Music to engage in God's word at home.

 

 

Annual Pork & Sauerkraut DinnerPork Sauerkraut_Dinner

Saturday, January 1, 2022 from 11:00am to 1:00pm

     Yes, we will be having our annual Pork & Sauerkraut Dinner on New Year's Day!  Again this year, for the safety of all, it will be Take-Out ONLY.  

     The meal includes pork, sauerkraut, green beans, mashed potatoes, applesauce, roll and cake.  The cost is $12.00 per meal.  As this is take-out, there is only one price (as opposed to previous years, when it was all you can eat and different costs based on age).  You may pay when you pick up with cash or a check (payable to St. Paul's UCC in Robesonia).  You may also pay online in advance by clicking on this online giving link; enter "Pork Dinner" plus number of meals in the "Fund-Raiser" line; print your receipt; and bring your receipt with you.  If paying in advance online, those online orders must be made by 6:00pm Friday, December 31, to ensure sufficient meals will be set aside for you.  We will continue serving meals until 1:00pm, or until we run out of food; we do recommend you come early.

     You may pick up your meal on Saturday, January 1 from 11:00am to 1:00pm.  Look for attendants directing traffic for directions for the drive up along Pearl Street. 

     This fund-raiser helps us begin the New Year well, by giving financial support to the many ministries and mission efforts of St. Paul's UCC at the beginning of January.  If you are not interested in pork and sauerkraut for New Years, but would still like to offer financial support on New Year's Day, you may make an online contribution, or send a contribution to "St. Paul's UCC, 301 West Penn Avenue, Robesonia, PA 19551."

     For those who are perhaps new to the area, pork and sauerkraut on New Year's Day is a tradition for many/most Pennsylvania-German (Pennsylvania-Deustche) families.  It is a delicious way to begin the new year.  Komm onct and eat yourself full!

 

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