Recent and Upcoming Events

 

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.

 

 

 

Youth Group Advisors Meetings

YouthLeaders Orange

Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 5:30pm

Thursday, January 13, 2021 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.

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

  

 

Youth Fellowship Group Bi-Monthly Meetings

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Thursday, Dec 9, 2021 from 6:00-7:00pm - In-Person

Thursday, Dec 30, 2021 - No meeting: Holiday Break

 

Thursday, Jan 13, 2022 from 6:00-7:00pm - In-Person

Thursday, Jan 27, 2022 from 6:00-7:00pm - In-Person

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

     Our regular youth group meetings are on the second and last Thursdays of the month from 6:00-7:00pm, and are intended for grades 5-12 (and/or up to age 21).

     During our monthly meetings we have time for fellowship, prayer, learning, fun, and the youth planning for their own upcoming activities, all with appropriate adult supervision (who are approved through our SafeConduct process).

     Click on this Youth Fellowship Group link to go to our youth group page for more information about our youth group, upcoming youth group activities, additional youth group links, and more.

 

 

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 Currently Dine-in or Take Out: Subject to Change 

St. Paul's Clothing Closet

Open During Soup & Such

Last Thursday of the Month

December - Thursday, December 9 from 4:00 - 6:00pm (note earlier date)

January - Thursday, January 27 from 4:00 - 6:00pm.

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.  The Clothing Closet is open during Soup & Such - the last Thursday of the month from

       4:00-6:00pm.  If you are unable to come on that particular day, you may set up an

       appointment to come at another day/time.  Please call the church office at 610-621-5770,

       leave your name and phone number, and our coordinator, Robin, will get back to you.  

       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.  

 
Schedule for 2021

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

 
Volunteers
          We NEED VOLUNTEERS to help with the following: food preparation; bagging/packaging of food; and clean up.  For information on how you can help or to offer to volunteer, please contact Steve or the church office at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org.
 
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 Chief Cook, Steve Miller, or the chairperson of the Mission Committee, Geri Gammel.

     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.

 

 

 

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)
 
 
 

Bible Study - The Book of Acts

Wednesday EveningsActs-of-the-Apostles

Beginning Wednesday, October 20, 2021, from 6:30-7:30pm

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 6:30-7:30pm.  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:

     December 15

         (Not December 22 or December 29)
     January 19: Please note, this session will be held from 6:00-7:00pm
     January 26
     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.

 
 

 

Thanksgiving Eve

Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at 6:30pm

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook LiveZoom& Indoor In-person

     This will be a combined worship service with Zion UCC and St. Paul's UCC.  We will be using St. Paul's Zoom log in numbers.

          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.  

     Click on the following link for this Wednesday's bulletin:

     Bulletin - Wednesday, November 24, 2021 - Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service

     For more information about the Thanksgiving Eve worship service and our fall worship services, please Elsa Wertz, Terry Pastor, or any member of the Worship & Education Committee.

 

 

 

Light In A Darkened World

Advent & December 2021

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook LiveZoom& Indoor In-person

     Throughout the Season of Advent (the four Sundays before Christmas) we share in a different weekly theme of what the advent (anticipated coming) of Christ means for us and for our world.

 

Sunday, November 28, First Sunday of Advent, at 10:15am - Hope

 In a world darkened by anxiety and fear, we find hope in Christ who overcomes for us all that creates darkness.

This worship service will include the Bell Choir and Holy Communion.

 

Sunday, December 5, Second Sunday of Advent, at 10:15am - Peace

In a world torn by violence and conflict, we learn of a better path to peace through Christ who forgives, redeems, and unites us.

 

Sunday, December 12, Third Sunday of Advent, at 10:15am - Joy

In a world of grief and loss, we are led to greater and deeper of times of joy through Christ who strengthens and encourages us.

On this Sunday we will have a special celebration of "The Sacredness of the Greens."

(Our Annual Congregational Meeting will follow at 11:30am).

 

Sunday, December 19, Fourth Sunday of Advent, at 10:15am - Love

In a world with too much hate and division, we learn to love our neighbor as ourselves through Christ who loves us.
This worship service will also include our children leading our annual children's Christmas program.

 

Friday, December 24, Christmas Eve Services - Light

Even as a single candle can bring light to a room, all shadows in our world are dissipated by the light of Christ. 


      For more information about the Advent and Christmas Eve worship services, please Elsa Wertz (chair), Terry Pastor (vice chair), or any member of the Worship & Education Committee.

 

 

 

Annual Congregational Meeting

Sunday, December 12, 2020: In-Person or by ZOOM

Registration/Log-in Begins at 11:30am

Meeting Begins at 11:45am

     Our Annual Congregational Meeting will be on Sunday, December 12 for those in-person or by ZOOM.  You may begin logging into the meeting at 11:30am (after the 10:15am worship service).  We hope to have everyone registered by 11:45am, which is when we will begin the meeting.

    The two topics of "business" for this annual meeting is: (1) electing the new Consistory members, Chairpersons, and other leadership positions for the upcoming 2022 year; and (2) voting on the "2022 Ministry and Mission Program" (i.e. the 2022 budget).  Those documents will be emailed to members prior to the Congregational Meeting.  The documents may also be picked up at the church building.

     For more information about the Annual Congregational Meeting, please contact Kirk Aulenbach (President of Consistory), Sheri Rowe (Vice President), the church office, or any member of the Consistory.

 

 

 

Communion Packing & Delivery

For the Friday, December 24 Christmas Eve Hybrid Worship Service

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 10:00am

     Pastor Ben will be leading us in the blessing of the communion elements during the 10:15am worship service on Sunday, December 12.  We will have volunteers doing a no-touch delivery of the blessed elements beginning on Wednesday, December 15, and continuing through the weekend.  This is in anticipation of our Friday, December 24, 2021 Christmas Eve worship services at 5:00pm, 8:00pm and 11:00pm.

     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.

 

 

 

Children's Christmas Program

Sunday, December 19, 2021 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook LiveZoom& Indoor In-person

     We hope that you will join us during the worship service on Sunday, December 19th when the Sunday school children will present their version of the Christmas story.  The younger children will be dressing up and singing Christmas songs; the older kids will be narrating as well as singing.  Please plan to attend to support the children as we all prepare for Christmas!

      For more information, please contact Sheri Rowe, Elsa Wertz (chair), Terry Pastor (vice chair), or any member of the Worship & Education Committee

 

 

 

Homebound Bags and Caroling

Sunday, December 19 - After Worship

     After the worship service on Sunday, December 19th we will be packing bags of goodies for the homebound members of St. Paul’s and Zion.  We will then go out and deliver the bags, caroling at each location.  Currently we are in the process of collecting small items like toiletries, word search books, lip balm, body lotion, etc.  We hope you will help us with this project, either with donations and/or helping to put everything together and delivering it.  Donations may be placed in the marked bin on the stage in the Miller Fellowship Hall.  If you are available to help pack the goodies, or you would like to be part of the delivery and singing crew, please contact the church office at 610-621-5770.  Thanks!

 

 

 

Christmas Eve

Friday, December 24, Christmas Eve Services 

Early Worship Services - 5:00pm & 8:00pm - In-person and Virtual
Midnight Worship Service - 11:00pm - In-person and Virtual

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook LiveZoom& Indoor In-person 

     On Christmas Eve we will be having three hybrid worship services, combined with Zion UCC.

     The first two will be at 5:00pm & 8:00pm. Those two will be identical to each other, with the exception of different special music for each.  These services will include communion, candlelight, Silent Night and other Christmas carols. 

      The 11:00pm worship service will be different from the first two services.  This service will begin at 11:00pm and end shortly after midnight on Christmas morning.  As a part of this worship service, we will have communion, candlelight, Silent Night, and Joy to the World on Christmas morning.

     Due to our COVID safety social distancing guidelines, we have limited seating in the sanctuary, and all worshipers over the age of 2 years old need to wear a mask that covers mouth, nose, and chin.

     We are hoping that in offering both a 5:00pm and an 8:00pm worship service we will be able to accommodate more people overall in the sanctuary.  Our sanctuary seating is limited to a little over 20 household units.  Seating will be by first come, so you are encouraged to come  early, especially as these services are combined with Zion UCC.  When we exceed 20 households, we will seat additional worshipers in the Miller Fellowship Hall and broadcast the live stream onto the projection screen.  We have seating for 15 family units in the Miller Fellowship Hall.  If we exceed that seating capacity, we will seat people in the old social hall, where a large television will be set up.  Whether in the fellowship hall, old social hall, or in the sanctuary, we will have communion and candles for worshipers.

      For more information about the Christmas Eve worship services, please contact Elsa Wertz (chair), Terry Pastor (vice chair), the church office, or any member of the Worship & Education Committee

 

 

 

First Sunday after Christmas

2nd Day of Christmas

Sunday, December 26, 2021 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook LiveZoom& Indoor In-person

     We hope you will join us this Sunday to celebrate the birth of Christ, and to prayerfully end the calendar year, on this the last Sunday of 2021.

     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.


 

 

Three Advent & Christmas Gifts

December 5, 24, & 25, 2021

     Members will find three special envelopes in your offering envelope packet for you to use in December 2020.  The following describes each of those three, followed by how to contribute.

Special Advent Envelope

Western Berks Ambulance

     All donations to the "Advent" envelope will be sent on to Western Berks Ambulance Association.  The ambulance association offers both Basic Life Support Services as well as Advanced Life Support Services to our community.  They have 3 stations out of which they operate 15 ambulances and 6 wheelchair vans.  They provide service to a 120+ square mile area in Western Berks County.  They have 100+ volunteers and employees servicing over 3,800 households.  Any and all help is appreciated. 

Christmas Eve

Supporting Virtual Connections

    Funds received from the “Christmas Eve Special Envelope” will go to help fund the technology use of our church.  Technology helps us share the Good News during worship, to teach, to virtually meet, to communicate well, to receive online offerings, and share our church with our community. With time and experience our broadcasts have improved. However, we are in need of a new camera at the back of the church, and the computer to which everything is hooked up to, is VERY slow and really should be updated. Please consider helping us improve out broadcasts.

Christmas Envelope

A Gift for Church Ministries in a Difficult Year

     We hope that you will use the special “Christmas Envelope” to offer a special end-of-the-year Christmas donation to your church, to help support and further the ministries of your church, particularly as we continue through this pandemic.  Your generous Christmas donation will help greatly during this time.  Thank you for your generous and faithful support.

How To Contribute

     You can mail these envelopes to the church office at St. Paul’s UCC; 301 West Penn Avenue; Robesonia, PA 19551; or you can drop them in the mail slot at the church building (or in the plate on Christmas Eve if attending that worship service); or you can or you can contribute using the online contributions link on our website (using the “Special Missions” or “Other” line).  Simply designate them “Advent Envelope,” “Christmas Eve Envelope,” or “Christmas Envelope” respectively.

     If you do not receive an annual St. Paul's UCC offering packet or did receive it but misplaced it, and would like to mail a contribution, simply put the designation of your gift on the memo line of your check.  The safest and simplest way to contribute to all or any of these three is to simply use the online giving option.

 

 

 

The Christmas Fund (Veterans of the Cross)

December 2021

     Annually UCC churches across the country receive a special offering for "The Christmas Fund (Veterans of the Cross)."  These funds are collected for retired pastors and widows/widowers of pastors who are now in financial need.  You can learn more about this fund on our UCC Missions page by clicking on this The Christmas Fund link. 

     United Church of Christ congregations, members and friends have blessed the Christmas Fund with their generosity for many years. This year, your care and compassion will be especially appreciated by those servants of the church who are facing a time of need. 
     You may donate online by clicking the green “Online Giving” button found in the column to the right; designate your gift as "Christmas Fund" on the "Special Mission" line.  You may also send or bring your donation to the church. Your check should be made out to St. Paul’s UCC.  Please indicate on the check’s memo line that the donation should go to the Christmas Fund.

     Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

~ ~ ~ Upcoming Events in 2022 ~ ~ ~

 

 

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!

 

 

 

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.

 



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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.


 

 

CnYouthLeader SunriseYouth Group Adult Advisors

Thursday, Jan 13, 2022 - CANCELLED

Thursday, Feb 10, 2022 at 5:30pm

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

     If you are interested in helping with the Youth Group, please contact Terry Pastor (Chair of the Christian Education Committee), the church office, or any of our Youth Advisors for more information.

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

 

 

 

Youth Fellowship Group Bi-Monthly Meetings

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Thursday, Jan 13, 2022 - CANCELLED

Thursday, Jan 27, 2022 from 6:00-7:00pm - In-Person

Thursday, Feb 10 & 24 from 6:00-7:00pm - In-Person

 

    We continue to hold our youth group meetings in-person.  We meet on the second and last Thursday of the month from 6:00-7:00pm.

    During the colder months we are meeting indoors, in our large fellowship hall, while wearing masks, and social distancing.  We meet in the church's parking lot, while practicing social distancing.  Face coverings need to cover both your mouth and nose, and are worn by youth and adults, regardless of vaccination status.  If you are not feeling well, have a fever, or have potentially had a recent COVID exposure, please stay home.  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 or ages 12-20 (whichever is more inclusive of you).

     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.

 

 

 

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.




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.

 

 

 

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.




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.


 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Transfiguration Sunday

8th Sunday after Epiphany

Sunday, February 27, 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.

 

 

 

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 6:30pm

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook LiveZoom& In-person

     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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Winter or Spring 2022 - Tentatively

 

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

 

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

 

     This was previously rescheduled 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.

 


 

 



 

BloodDrive 01Robesonia Blood Drive - 2022 Schedule

Next Blood Drive

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

     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:

     Wednesday, April 20, 2022 from 2:00-7:00pm

                at St. Francis deSales Catholic Church, Robesonia

     Saturday, June 18, 2022 from 8:00am-1:00pm

                at St. Paul's UCC, Robesonia           

     Tuesday, September 20, 2022 from 2:00-7:00pm

                at St. Daniel's Lutheran Church, Robesonia         

     Thursday, December 1, 2022 from 2:00-7:00pm 

                at Trinity Lutheran Church, Robesonia


 

 

Worship at Knoebels Amusement Park

Sunday, August 14, 2022 at 10:30am

03 DSCN0310     We will be gathering for worship at Knoebels Amusement Park in Elysburg, PA at Pavilion Tent #4 on the second Sunday of August at 10:30am. 

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

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

 

Schedule at the Park

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

          10:30am - worship at the pavilion

          11:00am - pool opens

          11:15am - lunch at Pavilion Tent #4 (please supply your own food and beverages)

          11:00am - park opens

            6:00pm - pool closes

            9:00pm - park closes

 

Virtual Worship at St. Paul's on August 14

     For those who are unable to journey with us to Knoebels, we are planning to have a worship service in the sanctuary of St. Paul's UCC 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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