Recent and Upcoming Events

 

Epiphany Sunday & Baptism of Christ

The Arrival of the Wise Men

Sunday, January 7, 2024 at 9:15am

WisemenHybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook Live& In-person

     Due to the forecasted snow, for the sake of safety, our Sunday school and our In-Person Worship Service have been CANCELLED.

     However, we have a special Snow Day Worship Serivce, which you can watch on our YouTube Channel, by clicking on this Snow Day Worship Service - Sunday, January 7, 2024 link.

 

     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.  Although, we are celebrating Epiphany on January 7, the season of Epiphany begins on Saturday, January 6 and continues until Ash Wednesday.

     Today, we will also be celebrating the Baptism of Christ in the Jordan River, which is celebrated on the first Sunday after Epiphany.

     You can view or download the original Sunday, January 7, 2024 bulletin by clicking on this worship bulletin link.

     For more information about our worship services, or how to help with the liturgy, music, decoraing, greeting, etc, you can contact our Worship Committee, including: Larry H. (chair); Terry P. (vice chair); and Diane M.

 

Sunday School

     After our Christmas break, Sunday School resumes today, Sunday, January 7, 2024 at 9:00am.

 

 

 

Evangelism & Mission Committee

Tuesday, January 9, 2024 at 2:00pm

     Are you interested in how our church reaches out to our community and our world in word and in action?  If so, we hope you will consider joining the Evangelism & Mission Committee.

     We oversee Soup 'n' Such, the Children's Clothing Closet, disaster relief aid, mission trips, Crop Walk, Church World Service, support of the Food Bank, and so much more.

     For more information, contact any member of our Evangelism & Mission Committee, including: Robin Henning (chair), Jon Henning (vice chair), and Cory Putt.  If you would like to participate on the committee, but this day/time does not work in your schedule, please contact us, as we seek to adjust our meeting schedule when possible to meet a variety of scheduling needs.
 

 

 

Worship Committee

Tuesday, January 9, 2024 at 3:30pm

     The Worship Committee oversees our music ministry; choirs; decorating of the sanctuary; organizing greeters, readers, ushers/greeters, children's message, and acolytes; the live streaming service; bulletins; altar flowers; and special worship services.  If that sounds of interest to you, we hope you will consider joining the Worship Committee.  Without shared lay leadership, we cannot have the beautiful and meaningful in-person and virtual worship services we enjoy each week.

     For more information, contact any member of our Worship Committee, including: Larry Hollahan (chair); Terry Pastor (vice chair); and Diane McAllister.  If you would like to participate on the committee, but this day/time does not work in your schedule, please contact us, as we seek to adjust our meeting schedule when possible to meet a variety of scheduling needs.

 

 

 

Youth Fellowship Group Bi-Monthly Meetings

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Thursday, January 11 & 25, 2024 from 6:00-7:00pm

Thursday, February 8 & 29, 2024 from 6:00-7:00pm

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

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

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

 

 

 

Youth Group Advisors Meetings

Thursday, January 11, 2024 at 5:30pm

Thursday, February 8, 2024 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.

 

 

 

Farm Show

Friday, January 12, 2024 at 8:00am

     Our Youth Group is tentatively planning on going to the Pennsylvania Farm Show on Friday, January 12, 2024.  We will carpool from the church parking lot at 8:00am.  We plan to leave Farm Show between 4:00-5:00pm and return to the church parking lot between 5:30-6:30pm.  Youth will be asked to call/text their parents when we leave the Farm Show, to help parents have a better arrival time.

     Youth need to sign up in advance, so that we know to look for you.  Please sign up by Sunday, January 7, 2024.  We are also looking for SafeConduct approved adults to help drive and chaperone for this event.

     For more information about the Youth Group, please contact our adult advisors: Pastor Ben Motz, Geri Gammel, or Beth Miller.

 

 

 

Installation of Leadership

2nd Sunday after Epiphany

Sunday, January 14, 2024 at 10:15am

Snow Date: Sunday, January 21, 2024
Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook Live, & In-person

     We will be celebrating in the installation of our new Consistory, chairpersons, and other elected leadership on Sunday, January 14 during our 10:15am worship service. We hope that you will join us in-person or virtually to celebrate this special day with them, and offer them your support and thankfulness for their servant leadership.

     All leaders please note: we will be taking a group photo in the chancel immediately following the worship service.

     To participate virtually, click on this 2nd Sunday after Epiphany Live Stream link.  You can view or download the bulletin by clicking on this worship bulletin link.

     For more information about our worship services, or how to help with the liturgy, music, decoraing, greeting, etc, you can contact our Worship Committee, including: Larry H. (chair); Terry P. (vice chair); and Diane M.

 

 

 

Closing of the 2023 Books

Sunday, January 14, 2024

    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 2023 books on Sunday, January 14, 2023.
     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 2023.  This will give sufficient time for contributions to be mailed and expenses to be submitted.  However, since the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference (PSEC) closes their books on January 15, special UCC offerings made on January 14 might be attributed to the 2024 giving year.

Donations
     For donations to be counted for the 2023 contribution year, they need to: (a) be received by the counting team by worship on Sunday, January 14; and (b) be dated for 2023.  As of January 1, all other contributions will be attributed to the 2024 giving year.
     For additional information about donations, please contact the Financial Secretary, Geneva Aulenbach at the church office or at treasurer@sprucc.org.
Expenses
     All bills and reimbursement requests: (a) must be submitted to the Treasurer, Terry Pastor, by the end of worship on Sunday, January 14, 2024; and (b) be dated for 2023.  As of January 1, all other expenditures will be attributed to the 2024 fiscal/budget/calendar year.
     For additional information about expenses, please contact the church Treasurer, Terry Pastor.

 

 

 

Christian Education Committee

Sunday, January 14, 2024 at 11:30am

     The Christian Education Committee oversees our Bible studies, Sunday school, youth group, nursery, junior worship, confirmation class, and SafeConduct procedures.  If you would like to help with this committee, we hope you will join us for our next meeting, which will take place after the worship service on Sunday, January 14; we will meet on the first floor in the Sunday school area.

     For more information, contact any member of our Christian Education Committee, including: Denise Unger (chair); Brenda Conlon (vice chair); and Geri Gammel.  If you would like to participate on the committee, but this day/time does not work in your schedule, please contact us, as we seek to adjust our meeting schedule when possible to meet a variety of scheduling needs.

 

 

 

Property Committee

Sunday, January 14, 2024 at 11:30am

     The Property Committee oversees the maintenance, repair, and upkeep of our building and grounds, including: snow removal and grass cutting, mulching, replacing air filters and light bulbs, making repairs (or seeking out paid professionals to make repairs), maintenance and cleaning supplies, and so much more.  All the things you need to be mindful of with your own home and property, we need to be mindful of and actively attending to in the Lord's House.  If you would like to help with this committee, in caring for the property and Lord's House, we hope you will join us for our next meeting, which will take place after the worship service on Sunday, January 14 (after grabbing a cup of coffee and snack in the Miller Fellowship Hall).

     For more information, contact any member of our Property Committee, including: Carl Unger (chair); Dale Metzner (vice chair and Head Trustee); and Ray Trone.  If you would like to participate on the committee, but this day/time does not work in your schedule, please contact us, as we seek to adjust our meeting schedule when possible to meet a variety of scheduling needs.



 

Reclaiming the Great Commission

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Our Church's Philosophy of How We Do Ministry

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 from 6:30-8:30pm

     As part of our overall ministry and growth plan, we have adopted the Missional Approach as our church's philosophy of ministry.  This philosophy not only guides us in evangelism and church growth, but in all areas of ministry.  The Missional Approach 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 Tuesday, January 16 from 6:30-8:30pm.  This free workshop is open to members and visitors alike.  Preregistration is strongly encouraged, so that we can prepare sufficient materials in advance.  To register, please contact the church office at Office@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770 by Sunday, January 14 (if you register later than January 14, 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 elected leadership are to attend this training at least every other year.  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 other churches in the area have expressed an interest and have requested to particpate in this year's workshop, so we hope to have additional fellow disciples with us.

 

 

 

Young Children & Their Families Ministry

Planning Meeting

Sunday, January 21, 2024 at 9:15am

      After our 9:00am Sunday school opening, Pastor Ben will be meeting with parents, grandparents, and other adults interested in the planning of our activities for our Youn Children & Their Families Ministry.  We seek to plan activities that are especially appropriate for children under 5th grade and members of their family.

 

 

 

3rd Sunday after Epiphany

Sunday, January 21, 2024 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook Live, & In-person

     Epiphany is the season of celebrating the light of Christ coming to all the people, not just to a certain chosen.  The season of Epiphany reminds us of our role to take the love and the word of God out into the world to all people; this is a season of "mission" and growth through our outreach, symbolized by the green paraments (altar cloth coverings) used through most of this season.

     To participate virtually, click on this 3rd Sunday after Epiphany Live Stream link.  To view or download the bulletin by click on this worship bulletin link.

     For more information about our worship services, or how to help with the music, liturgy, readings, decoraing, greeting, AV, etc, you can contact our Worship Committee, including: Larry H. (chair); Terry P. (vice chair); and Diane M.

 

 

 

I Don't Know What You're Talking About

Communications Workshop

Tuesday, January 23, 2024 at 6:30pm

     Bettering communication is an ongoing effort that is needed within any organization.  Once a year we review our guidelines and processes for helping to ensure that we have solid communication within our church.  With the change of the newsletter format, the expected new website, and bringing together parts from our merger, there will be new information to hear at this workshop.

     This workshop is open to all members to attend.  Everyone who is in an elected leadership position, who did not attend the 2023 workshop should attend this workshop.

     On Tuesday, January 23 from 6:30-7:15pm Pastor Ben is offering a Communications Workshop.  This workshop is designed to: (1) help make sure we are geting info on the website, newsletter, bulletin, E-Newsletter, and other means of communication; (2) 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; (3) go over the format needed to submit articles to the office secretary; and (4) to make sure your articles, posters, and flyers fit the necessary guidelines to be used within the United Church of Christ of Robesonia. 
     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 would like/need to attend this workshop, but are not available this day/time, please contact Pastor Ben to try to schedule a make up day.

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

     As a reminder, it is the policy of the United Church of Christ of Robesonia 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.

 

 


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Saturday, January 27, 2024 at 4:00pm

     On Saturday, January 27 at 4:00pm we will have a Family Movie Night.  All are welcome.  There is NO admission fee - it is FREE.  Refreshments are FREE.

     This month's feature is Jonah.  You can watch the trailer by clicking on this Jonah Movie Trailer link.
     We will be in the Miller Fellowship Hall.  You are invited to sit in the folding chairs, or bring along blankets for the floor or your own folding chairs - whichever will make for a more comfortable movie watching experience for you.
     If you are interested in helping provide movie snacks, please contact the church office.
     Our monthly family movie night generally takes place at 4:00pm on the last Saturday of the month, and is a part of our "Families & Young Children Ministries."
 
 

 

CommunionClipArt-012Youth Communion Classes

Sunday, January 28, 2024 at 9:00am

Snow Date: Sunday, February 4, 2024

    All children of our church who have not completed the confirmation program are expected to take this communion class prior to participating in communion, and are to take a refresher class every other year until confirmed.

    Pastor Ben Motz is offering classes for children, teens, and young adults who have not yet been confirmed, but who would like to participate in the sacrament of Holy Communion.  The classes give the opportunity for youth to have an understanding and greater reverence for the sacrament before participating.
    If you are unsure whether participating in communion is right for your child at this time, please note that youth do not need to commune after taking the class.  You can come to the class, learn more, and then decide afterwards.  However, if you do wish to commune, unconfirmed youth need to participate in the communion class or complete the confirmation program, so that they have a more complete understanding of what this Sacrament is about.

    If you would like to participate in the class, but are unable to attend on January 28, please contact the church office or Pastor, as with enough interest, the Pastor will hold another Youth & Communion Class on the following Sunday, Feburary 4 at 9:00am.
    For more details about children and communion, you can pick up a copy of our church’s “Children & Communion” booklet from the church office.   For more information, please contact the Pastor at 610-621-5770PastorMotz@sprucc.org.

 

 

 

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Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Sunday, January 28, 2024 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook Live, & In-person

     We hope you will join us this Sunday for a Service of Healing.  During this worship service, there will be a time when people can: (1) remain in their pews in prayer; (2) come forward and light a candle to offer a prayer; and/or (3) make a prayer request for healing to one of our prayer teams, who will pray for you and offer an annointing of oil in prayer.

     For those worshiping at home, we invite you to have a candle set before you for the healing portion of this worship service.

     To participate virtually, click on this 4th Sunday after Epiphany Live Stream link.  To view or download the bulletin by click on this worship bulletin link.

     For more information about our worship services, or how to help with the music, liturgy, readings, decoraing, greeting, AV, etc, you can contact our Worship Committee, including: Larry H. (chair); Terry P. (vice chair); and Diane M.

 

 

 

Visitation Care Team Meeting

C2C RedBlackLogo_2016Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at 6:30pm

     Our next every-other-month VCT supportive meeting will be on Tuesday, January 30, 2024 from 6:30-7:30pm.  All Elders and VCT members should attend this meeting.

     At this meeting we will be reviewing our process and guidelines for how we do visits, as well as the new changes that went into place this past year as a part of our merger, with which we have put together the best process of both parent churches for even better spiritual support for our new church.

     For more information, please contact team coordinators: Geri Gammel and Terry Pastor.

 

 

 

Capital Campaign Committee

February & March 2024

     We are looking for members to serve on a Capital Campaign Committee.  This committee will review "capital improvement projects" suggestions within the church, help provide the Consistory with recommendations and guidance for which projects to prioritize, and make a recommendation to the congregation for the congregation's final vote of approval of projects.  Current suggestions include: addressing the repair needs of the bell tower, replacing a non-functioning heat pump in our HVAC system, a digital marque, etc.

     This committee will provide leadership for utilizing capital campaign resources to determine financially how much our congregation can provide in additional support for a capital campaign, research grant options, investigate business sponorship, and look at other sources of potential financial support.  This committee will also provide leadership for how funds will be raised for this campaign.  It is anticipated this will involve a multi-year pledged capital campaign fund drive.

     For more information and/or to express an interest in serving on this committee, please see Pastor Ben, Pastor Mary Etta, George McLain (Consistory Pres), Kirk Aulenbach (Consistory VP), or Cory Putt (Head Deacon).

 

 

 

Walking Group

Saturday, February 3 - CANCELLED

     Note: Our monthly Walking Group has cancelled its February walk.  

     Please check back here in the near future for more information about this group and their next walk.

 

 

 

Comfortably Warm

February's Special Offering

     The special envelope in members' offering packets for February is for "Heating & Utilities."  Your church building is in use almost every day of the week, and your donation helps us to warm the building so people can gather here comfortably (and even when empty, we need to heat the buidling so the pipes don't freeze), as well as help with the various utility costs for operating our building.  
     You can give using that special envelope, or mark a donation for "Heating & Utilities," or electronically by clicking on this Electronic Giving for Heating & Utilities link.
     For more information about this month's special envelope or any of the other monthly special envelopes, please contact any member of our Stewardship Team, including Cory Putt (Head Deacon), Geneva Aulenbach (Financial Secretary), or Terry Pastor (Treasurer).

 

 

 

5th Sunday after Epiphany

Sunday, February 4, 2024 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook Live, & In-person

     This Sunday we will be sharing in the celebration of Holy Communion.  For those worshiping from at home, you are invited to have your own bread and wine or grape juice for the pastors to bless during the live stream service.

     Epiphany is the season of celebrating the light of Christ coming to all the people, not just to a certain chosen.  The season of Epiphany reminds us of our role to take the love and the word of God out into the world to all people; this is a season of "mission" and growth through our outreach, symbolized by the green paraments (altar cloth coverings) used through most of this season.

     To participate virtually, click on this 5th Sunday after Epiphany Live Stream link.  To view or download the bulletin by click on this worship bulletin link.

     For more information about our worship services, or how to help with the music, liturgy, readings, decoraing, greeting, AV, etc, you can contact our Worship Committee, including: Larry H. (chair); Terry P. (vice chair); and Diane M.

 

 

 

Reading Royals Hockey Game

Sunday, February 4, 2024 at 3:00pmReadingRoyals

     Our "Young Children & Families Ministries" is planning an afternoon at the Reading Royals on Sunday, February 4, 2024 at 3:00pm.  This activity is open to people of all ages.  Invite your friends, family, visitors, and others to come along.

     The cost is $18.00 per person.  Payment is due when signing up.  Checks may be made payable to "United Church of Christ of Robesonia."

     Please arrive that day at the main entrance of the Santander Arena; 700 Penn Street; Reading, PA 19602 between 2:30-2:45pm for Stephanie to give you your tickets.

     For more information, please contact Stephanie Stewart or Pastor Ben Motz.

 

 

 

Chicken Pot Pie Dinner

Saturday, February 10, 2024 from 11:00am to 2:00pmPotPie

     Please join us for chicken pot pie on Saturday, February 10th.  This special meal is sponsored by the Men's Fellowship Group and The 21st Century Christian Women's Group.  

     The meal includes chicken pot pie, pepper cabbage, bread, drink, and a homemade dessert. For those dining in, the meal is all you can eat. For those doing take out, the meal includes all of the above except the drink.

     The cost of the meal is $12.00/adult, $8.00/child (ages 6-12), and ages 5 and under are free.

     Take out quarts of pot pie will also be available for purchase at $9.00 each. Please call the church (610-621-5770) by Sunday, February 4th to pre-order your take out quarts. They will be available for pick up on the day of the dinner. Quarts include only pot pie.

     Funds raised from this dinner will help with the men's and women's groups community outreach projects.

 

 

 

UCC of Robesonia - Vest

Orders Due: Sunday, February 11, 2024UnitedChurch-of-Christ-of-Robesonia

     Our latest UCC of Robesonia logo apparel is a fleece vest.  Order one today, so you can look fashionable tomorrow.

     We have recently learned that we can order these in both Ladies' and Men's sizes, and as such we are extending the ordering deadline to Sunday, Feburary 11, 2024.

     We hope for the vests to be available by the beginning of March 2024.

     Click on this Vest Order Form link for the new order form and for more details.  Submit your electronic or paper order forms to the church office by Sunday, February 11, 2024.  You can pay for your order by check or cash, or you can purchase electronically by clicking on this Pay for Vest Electronically link.

     For more information, please contact any member of our Evangelism Committee, including: Robin & Jon Henning, Cory Putt, and Pastor Ben Motz.

 

 

 

Burning of the Palms

Sunday, February 11, 2024 at 9:00am

Palm-To-Ash     We will be having the annual burning of the palms outside on Sunday, February 11 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 before Sunday, February 11.
    For information, please contact Larry Hollahan, Chair of the Worship & Education Committee; or Pastor Ben Motz at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org or PastorMotz@sprucc.org.

 

 

 

Transfiguration Sunday

The Last Sunday after Epiphany

Sunday, February 11, 2024 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook Live, & In-person

     On this Sunday we celebrate the Transfiguration of Christ, when Jesus took Peter, James, and John up the mountain to pray.  While on the mountain, Jesus was changed (transfigured) into dazzling white, and the voice of the Lord spoke to the apostles.  This Sunday is the last Sunday before the season of Lent, and we are mindful that the season of Lent leads to the cross, where the blood of Christ washes us clean, so that we might stand before the Lord in dazzling white when it is our turn for that last journey up the mountain.

     Epiphany is the season of celebrating the light of Christ coming to all the people, not just to a certain chosen.  The season of Epiphany reminds us of our role to take the love and the word of God out into the world to all people; this is a season of "mission" and growth through our outreach, symbolized by the green paraments (altar cloth coverings) used through most of this season.  However, on Transfiguration Sunday we use white, symbolizing the transfiguration of Christ into dazzling white, and his welcome into his kingdom with him through our allowing him to transform us.

     To participate virtually, click on this Transfiguration Sunday Live Stream link.  To view or download the bulletin by click on this worship bulletin link.

     For more information about our worship services, or how to help with the music, liturgy, readings, decoraing, greeting, AV, etc, you can contact our Worship Committee, including: Larry H. (chair); Terry P. (vice chair); and Diane M.

 

 

 

Soup-er Bowl Sunday

Sunday, February 11, 2024 at 11:30amSouperBowl

     One of Our Favorite Times of the Year!  February 11th is SOUPerbowl Sunday!  Immediately following worship, we will be having a soup luncheon in Miller Fellowship Hall.  EVERYONE is invited!  Please make your favorite crockpot meal (soup, chili or whatever) and bring it in to church. Make sure it is labeled with your name and kind of soup or creation, and place it in the kitchen area. It will be plugged in and stay warm during the worship service.  After worship we will gather to enjoy the varietyof crockpot delicacies.  Large bowls and small bowls will be available so that you may sample as many or as few items as you wish.  Our best year was when we had 19 crockpots of soup/chili.  Let's try to beat that this year!  If you don't have a crockpot or you're not much of a cook, you may instead bring in crackers or bread or a dessert.  You will have plenty of time to enjoy this meal and still see the real Super Bowl!  Game time is set for 6:30pm ET.  So no excuses.  Please plan to attend.  The food is always good and the fellowship is GREAT!  Please sign the sign-up sheet in the vestibule or call the church office so that we may better plan this event.

 

 

 

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at 6:30pm

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook Live, & In-person

     Ash Wednesday begins the holy season of the 40 days of Lent.  On this day, we humbly admit that despite our words and best intentions we haven fallen short of our vows, statements of faith, and public expressions of discipleship.  We come admitting that we are in need of a savior to wash away our sins.

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

     We will be offering the Imposition of Ashes.  Worshipers are welcome to come foward and receive ashes on the foreheads or on the back of their hand, or you may just remain seated in your pew if you prefer not to receive ashes.

     This Wednesday we will be sharing in the celebration of Holy Communion.  For those worshiping from at home, you are invited to have your own bread and wine or grape juice for the pastors to bless during the live stream service.

     During the next 40 days, it is customary to increase our spiritual disciplines.  This could be through: participating in an additional weekly worship service; adding more prayer time to our week; adding an additional Bible study to our week; giving of alms (additional offering) to help a particular cause for people in need; fasting (in particular when the money that would have been used to purchase that food is used to help the poor); or serving (adding an additional way that you help the less fortunate or those in need).

     To participate virtually, click on this Ash Wednesday Live Stream link.  To view or download the bulletin by click on this worship bulletin link.

     For more information about our worship services, or how to help with the music, liturgy, readings, decoraing, greeting, AV, etc, you can contact our Worship Committee, including: Larry H. (chair); Terry P. (vice chair); and Diane M.

 

 

 

Valentine's Babysitting

Saturday, February 17, 2024 from 5:00-9:00pmBabysitting

Reservations Due By: Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 3:00pm

     The Youth Group Adult Advisors and the Youth Group members are offering babysitting on Saturday, February 17 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm, so that you may take your special someone out for Valentine's Day, or to take a well deserved break.

     Babysitting is between 5:00-9:00pm, but the drop off and pick up times are flexible between those hours; your child does not have to be there the entire time.
     Cost is $10.00 per child.

     Included in the cost will be supper, interactive games, activities and crafts.  When signing up, please let us know of any food allergies or dietary restrictions.

     We are accepting children ages 2 and up.
     Please sign up by calling 610-621-5770 or email office@sprucc.org by 3:00pm Thursday, February 15, 2024.  Leave a message including your name, phone number, number of children, their names, and their ages.  We will return your call as soon as possible!

     The money raised supports the Youth Group Fund of the United Church of Christ of Robesonia.

     For the safety of all, those youth group members helping and our adult supervising leaders meet the requirements of our Safe Sanctuary / Youth Protection Policies, including completing background checks, references, and interviews.

     Youth Group members and adult leaders should arrive at 4:30pm to help set up.
     For more information, please contact Beth Miller or the church office at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org

 

 

 

Youth Group Game Night

Saturday, February 17, 2024 at 9:00-11:00pmgame-night

     Youth are requested to be at church Saturday, February 17 at 4:30pm to help set up and organize their babysitting fundraiser.  Babysitting starts at 5:00pm and runs until 9:00 pm.  Please bring games and movies (rated G) that we can share with the children.  
     Please continue to spread the word to let as many people know that babysitting is being offered.
     The Youth Group Game Night starts after babysitting for the youth that help with babysitting.  It goes until 11:00pm.     
     Any questions, please ask them at our Youth Group meeting on Thursday, February 8 at 6:00pm or email one of the adults that help with Youth Group.

 

 

 

1st Sunday in Lent

Sunday, February 18, 2024 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook Live, & In-person

     During this penitential season, our paraments (altar coverings) are purple, the color of penitence, as well as the color of royalty.  Our King, Jesus the Christ, gave his life for us that we might not only have life everlasting, but also know the fullness of life now by following in his way.  In thanksgiving for his sacrifice, in humble penitence, and in not wanting to take his gift for granted, we weekly come to worship in his name.

     To participate virtually, click on this 1st Sunday in Lent Live Stream link.  To view or download the bulletin by click on this worship bulletin link.

     For more information about our worship services, or how to help with the music, liturgy, readings, decoraing, greeting, AV, etc, you can contact our Worship Committee, including: Larry H. (chair); Terry P. (vice chair); and Diane M.

 

 

 

Elders & Visitation Care Team Ministry Meeting

Sunday, February 18, 2024 at 11:30am

     Following our 10:15am worship service on Sunday, February 18, all of the Elders and Visitation Care Team Members of the church will be meeting for an organization meeting.  The primary focus of this meeting will be the care plan for our Homebound and Shut-in Members.

     For more information, please contact our coordinators Geri Gammel and Terry Pastor.

 

 

 

Mid-Week Afternoon Community Lenten Service

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at 12:00noon

     St. John's (Hain's) Church in Wernersville will be hosting our first Conrad Weiser Ministerium Wednesday community afternoon Lenten Service this year.  The worship service begins at 12:00noon, followed by a free light luncheon beginning at about 12:30pm.

     Lent is a season where we increase our spiritual disciplines to strengthen us in faith and in relationship with our Lord God, as Jesus strengthened himself in faith in the 40 days in the wilderness.  One of the ways in which we strengthen our faith (as well as strengthen our fellowship with our fellow Christians within our school district) is through this additional mid-week worship service during this season of Lent.

 

 

 

Mid-Week Evening Lenten Service

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at 6:30pm

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

     For the Wednesdays during Lent (February 21 to March 20), we will have a short evening prayer service beginning at 6:30pm.  These services will be offered in-person, and via live stream, phone stream and Facebook Live.  

     Each worship service we will have a dialogue or monologue that will feature these Bible characters: Jeremiah, Joseph, Jonah, Judas Iscariot, and Jesus.  These dialogues are insightful and entertaining.  This week our featured Bible characters are Jeremiah and God, portrayed by Jon H. and Kirk A.  The author of this night's dialogue is the Rev. Mary Etta Mest.  Please join us as the characters change each Wednesday evening during Lent.




Family Movie Night

Ferdinand | Disney MoviesSaturday, February 24, 2024 at 4:00pm

     On Saturday, February 24 at 4:00pm we will have a Family Movie Night.  All are welcome.  There is NO admission fee - it is FREE.  Refreshments are FREE.

     This month's feature is Ferdinand, with voice actors John Cena, Gina Rodriguez, David Tennant, and more.  You can watch the trailer by clicking on this Ferdinand Movie Trailer link.
     We will be in the Miller Fellowship Hall.  You are invited to sit in the folding chairs, or bring along blankets for the floor or your own folding chairs - whichever will make for a more comfortable movie watching experience for you.
     If you are interested in helping provide movie snacks, please contact the church office.
     Our monthly family movie night generally takes place at 4:00pm on the last Saturday of the month, and is a part of our "Families & Young Children Ministries."
 

 

 

 

2nd Sunday in Lent

Sunday, February 25, 2024 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook Live, & In-person

     During this penitential season, our paraments (altar coverings) are purple, the color of penitence, as well as the color of royalty.  Our King, Jesus the Christ, gave his life for us that we might not only have life everlasting, but also know the fullness of life now by following in his way.  In thanksgiving for his sacrifice, in humble penitence, and in not wanting to take his gift for granted, we weekly come to worship in his name.

     To view or download the bulletin by click on this worship bulletin link.

     For more information about our worship services, or how to help with the music, liturgy, readings, decoraing, greeting, AV, etc, you can contact our Worship Committee, including: Larry H. (chair); Terry P. (vice chair); and Diane M.

 

 

 

Usher & Greeter Training

Sunday, February 25, 2024 at 11:30am

Make Up Date: Sunday, March 3, 2024 at 11:30am

     All ushers and greeters should participate in the "Usher & Greeter Training," and take a refresher at least every other year.  This year's training will be following the worship service on Sunday, February 25; with a second opportunity after worship on Sunday, March 3 for those who cannot particpate on February 25.

     This training covers: how to welcome first time visitors; what to do in a medical emergency; fire extinguishers and fire blankets; lights; candles; and more.

     For more information, please contact Pastor Ben Motz or Worship Committee chairperson Larry H.

 

 

 

Lancaster Theological Seminary

Sunday, February 25, 2024

     The last Sunday in February is the annual UCC "Seminary Sunday."   Annually we invite your support of our closest UCC seminary, which is our Lancaster Theological Seminary (LTS). 

     Our seminary is a graduate school that prepares individuals for ordained ministry, as well as for lay leadership positions.  Your support helps keep the cost of tuition lower to enable education to be more accessible for more people, which enables our churches to have more skilled and educated leadership.

     To make a secure online contribution, click on this Online Contribution link.  You can also make a contribution payable to "United Church of Christ of Robesonia" marked "LTS."

     You can learn more, by clicking on this LTS Annual Promotional Flyer link, by going to the LTS Website, or by contacting a member of our Evangelism & Mission Committee.

 

 

 

Mid-Week Afternoon Community Lenten Service

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 12:00noon

     St. Daniel's ELCA in Robesonia will be hosting our second Conrad Weiser Ministerium Wednesday community afternoon Lenten Service.  The worship service begins at 12:00noon, followed by a free light luncheon beginning at about 12:30pm.

     Lent is a season where we increase our spiritual disciplines to strengthen us in faith and in relationship with our Lord God, as Jesus strengthened himself in faith in the 40 days in the wilderness.  One of the ways in which we strengthen our faith (as well as strengthen our fellowship with our fellow Christians within our school district) is through this additional mid-week worship service during this season of Lent.

 

 

 

Mid-Week Evening Lenten Service

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 6:30pm

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

     For the Wednesdays during Lent (February 21 to March 20), we will have a short evening prayer service beginning at 6:30pm.  These services will be offered in-person, and via live stream, phone stream and Facebook Live.  

     Each worship service we will have a dialogue or monologue that will feature these Bible characters: Jeremiah, Joseph, Jonah, Judas Iscariot, and Jesus.  These dialogues are insightful and entertaining.  This week our Bible character will be Joseph portrayed by Rev. Robert Masenheimer.  Pastor Bob is also the author of this night's dialogue.  Please join us as the characters change each Wednesday evening during Lent.



 

Soup 'n' Such & Children's Clothing Closet

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Held on the Last Thursday of the Month
Currently Dine-In or Take-Out: Subject to Change 

Thursday, February 29 from 4:00 - 6:00pm

Thursday, March 28 from 4:00 - 6:00pm

     On the last Thursday of the month from 4:00-6:00pm, we offer a free meal, which we call "Soup 'n' Such" and free children's clothing (one bag per child) through our "Kids Clothing Closet".  You can also schedule an appointment to pick up clothing by calling the office at 610-621-5770.

     In addition to food and clothing, we would be happy to be in prayer with you individually and/or add a name and a need to our prayer chain or prayer list.

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

     Through these two ministries we seek to share live out the teachings of Christ in sharing the love of God in both practical and spiritual ways (Matthew 25:14-46).

 

Volunteers
     Volunteers are welcome to come and help prepare and set up at 3:00pm, and of course are also welcome to share in the meal.  Volunteers are also needed earlier in the week and earlier that day to help with the preparations.
 
Donations

     We accept donations of gently used, clean clothing, in good condition, which can be placed under the roof at the Pearl Street doors on the left.

     Monetary donations enable us to purchase the food to make these meals possible.  Click on this Supporting Soup 'n' Such link for information about donating.

 

More Information

      For more information about these ministries click on this Soup 'n' Such or Kids Clothing Closet links.

 

 

 

Snowtubing

Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 4:15pm

     Our Youth Group is going snow tubing at Blue Mountain Ski Resort on Thursday, February 29, 2024.  We will have a carpool to leave from the church parking lot at 4:15pm.  Snowtubing is from 6:00-8:00pm.  

     The cost is $20.00 per person.  You must be at least 36" tall to participate.  You must fill out a Blue Mountain waiver and a UCC of Robesonia emergency contact form.  If you are younger than youth group age (younger than 5th grade), you must have a parent/guardian accompany you to the ski resort (that adult may participate but does not need to participate in tubing).  Friends and family are welcome.

     Please eat before you leave or bring something to eat in the car.  Please dress in layers; please wear: snow pants, snow jacket, snow gloves, snow boots, and knit hat.  Please bring extra gloves and a bottle of water with you.  You may also wish to bring snacks and a small amount of money for snacks or hot chocolate at the resort.  If bringing electronics, please store them out-of-sight in a car or have them in a secure (zippered) pocket on your person (please note that it is possible for electronics on your person to be damaged while tubing).

     We are looking for drivers and chaperones.  You yourself may not wish to tube, but we are looking for adults who are able to help with the carpool and help keep kids organized and appropriately supervised at the resort.

     Please sign up by Sunday, February 25, 2024 using the form in the upstairs hallway or by contacting the church office at office@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770.  For more information about tubing, please contact Pastor Ben.

     For more information about the Youth Group, please contact our adult advisors: Pastor Ben Motz, Geri Gammel, or Beth Miller.

 

 

 

3rd Sunday in Lent

Sunday, March 3, 2024 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook Live, & In-person

     During this penitential season, our paraments (altar coverings) are purple, the color of penitence, as well as the color of royalty.  Our King, Jesus the Christ, gave his life for us that we might not only have life everlasting, but also know the fullness of life now by following in his way.  In thanksgiving for his sacrifice, in humble penitence, and in not wanting to take his gift for granted, we weekly come to worship in his name.

     To view or download the bulletin by click on this worship bulletin link.

     For more information about our worship services, or how to help with the music, liturgy, readings, decoraing, greeting, AV, etc, you can contact our Worship Committee, including: Larry H. (chair); Terry P. (vice chair); and Diane M.

 

 

 

Mid-Week Afternoon Community Lenten Service

Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at 12:00noon

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

     The United Church of Christ of Robesonia will be hosting this Wednesday's Conrad Weiser Ministerium community afternoon Lenten Service.  The worship service will be in our sanctuary from 12:00-12:30pm, followed by a free light luncheon in Miller Fellowship Hall.

     Lent is a season where we increase our spiritual disciplines to strengthen us in faith and in relationship with our Lord God, as Jesus strengthened himself in faith in the 40 days in the wilderness.  One of the ways in which we strengthen our faith (as well as strengthen our fellowship with our fellow Christians within our school district) is through this additional mid-week worship service during this season of Lent.

 

 

 

Mid-Week Evening Lenten Service

Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at 6:30pm

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

     For the Wednesdays during Lent, we will have a short evening prayer service beginning at 6:30pm.  These services will be offered in-person, and via live stream, phone stream and Facebook Live.  

     This year we have another dialogue series that will feature such Bible characters as Jeremiah, Joseph, Jonah, Judas Iscariot, and Jesus.  The dialogues will take place each Wednesday evening during the worship service from  February 21 to March 20 at 6:30pm.  Please join us as the characters change each Wednesday evening during Lent.


 

 

4th Sunday in Lent

Sunday, March 10, 2024 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook Live, & In-person

     During this penitential season, our paraments (altar coverings) are purple, the color of penitence, as well as the color of royalty.  Our King, Jesus the Christ, gave his life for us that we might not only have life everlasting, but also know the fullness of life now by following in his way.  In thanksgiving for his sacrifice, in humble penitence, and in not wanting to take his gift for granted, we weekly come to worship in his name.

     To view or download the bulletin by click on this worship bulletin link.

     For more information about our worship services, or how to help with the music, liturgy, readings, decoraing, greeting, AV, etc, you can contact our Worship Committee, including: Larry H. (chair); Terry P. (vice chair); and Diane M.

 

 

 

Easter Flower Orders

Due: Sunday, March 10, 2024

     More info coming soon

 

 

 

Mid-Week Afternoon Community Lenten Service

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at 12:00noon

     Trinity ELCA in Robesonia will be hosting our fourth Conrad Weiser Ministerium Wednesday community afternoon Lenten Service.  The worship service begins at 12:00noon, followed by a free light luncheon beginning at about 12:30pm.

     Lent is a season where we increase our spiritual disciplines to strengthen us in faith and in relationship with our Lord God, as Jesus strengthened himself in faith in the 40 days in the wilderness.  One of the ways in which we strengthen our faith (as well as strengthen our fellowship with our fellow Christians within our school district) is through this additional mid-week worship service during this season of Lent.

 

 

 

Mid-Week Evening Lenten Service

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at 6:30pm

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

     For the Wednesdays during Lent, we will have a short evening prayer service beginning at 6:30pm.  These services will be offered in-person, and via live stream, phone stream and Facebook Live.  

     This year we have another dialogue series that will feature such Bible characters as Jeremiah, Joseph, Jonah, Judas Iscariot, and Jesus.  The dialogues will take place each Wednesday evening during the worship service from  February 21 to March 20 at 6:30pm.  Please join us as the characters change each Wednesday evening during Lent.


 

 

Youth Group Bowling

March 16, 2024 at 4:00pmbowling

     Our Youth Group is planning to go bowling in March.  Youth Group members, their friends, and their families are invited to go bowling at the Womelsdorf Fire Company on Saturday, March 16th at 4:00pm.

     The fire hall has 6 lanes that can accommodate up to 6 bowlers per lane.  The cost is $4.00/bowler which includes bowling shoes.  Food and drinks may be brought in, but no alcoholic beverages.

     If we don't have enough bowlers to fill all the lanes, an invitation will be extended to the rest of our church members.  

     For more information about this event or the Youth Group, please contact our adult advisors: Pastor Ben Motz, Geri Gammel, or Beth Miller.

 

 

 

Easter Candy Orders

Due: Sunday, March 17, 2024

     More info coming soon

 

 

 

Mid-Week Afternoon Community Lenten Service

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at 12:00noon

     Trinity ELCA in Wernersville will be hosting our fifth and final Conrad Weiser Ministerium Wednesday community afternoon Lenten Service.  The worship service begins at 12:00noon, followed by a free light luncheon beginning at about 12:30pm.

     Lent is a season where we increase our spiritual disciplines to strengthen us in faith and in relationship with our Lord God, as Jesus strengthened himself in faith in the 40 days in the wilderness.  One of the ways in which we strengthen our faith (as well as strengthen our fellowship with our fellow Christians within our school district) is through this additional mid-week worship service during this season of Lent.


 

 

Mid-Week Evening Lenten Service

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at 6:30pm

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

     For the Wednesdays during Lent, we will have a short evening prayer service beginning at 6:30pm.  These services will be offered in-person, and via live stream, phone stream and Facebook Live.  

     This year we have another dialogue series that will feature such Bible characters as Jeremiah, Joseph, Jonah, Judas Iscariot, and Jesus.  The dialogues will take place each Wednesday evening during the worship service from  February 21 to March 20 at 6:30pm.  Please join us as this final segment of the dialogue series is completed. Tonight is the last of our Wednesday evening worship services during Lent.




Stay-Near-Home Mission Trip

Saturday, April 27, 2024

     Mark your calendars.  We are planning a "Stay-Near-Home Mission Trip" on Saturday, April 27, 2024.  The exact times of day have not yet been determined.

     We are looking for potential local home projects, that can be accomplished by a team on that particular day.  Examples include: yard work, painting, moving furniture, power washing, and the like.

     Please contact the church office at 610-621-5770 or office@sprucc.org with your suggested a request.  Afterwhich, a member from the Property Committee will arrange a time with you to look over the proposed project, the committee will then determine which of the proposed projects we will attempt to do this year.  The number of projects we will be able to do will depend upon the number of volunteers we have to help with the projects.

     To sign up to help with the projects, please contact any member of the Property Committee or the church office.

 

 

 

Trampoline Park

April - TBD

       The Young Children & Their Families Ministry is planning an event at a trampoline park in April.  Please check back.  We'll post details here, as they become available.

 

 

 

Patriot Days

Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 16, 2024PatriotDays

     Mark your calendars....

     Our Youth Group will be having a campout at the Daniel Boone Homestead for the annual Patriot Days Encampment.

     For more information about the Youth Group, please contact our adult advisors: Pastor Ben Motz, Geri Gammel, or Beth Miller.

 

 

 

Worship at Knoebels Amusement Park

Sunday, August 11, 2024 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.

Schedule at the Park

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

          10:30am - worship at the pavilion

          11:00am - pool opens

          12:00pm - park opens

            6:00pm - pool closes

            8:00pm - park closes

 
Hybrid Worship at UCC of Robesonia on August 11

     For those who are unable to journey with us to Knoebels, we are planning to have our usual in-person and virtual worship service in the sanctuary of UCC of Robesonia at 10:15am.


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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