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

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Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 5:30pm

Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 5:30pm

Thursday, September 9, 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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Thursdays, July 8 & 29, 2021 from 6:00-7:00pm - Outside In-Person

Thursdays, August 12 & 26, 2021 from 6:00-7:00pm - Outside In-Person

    Beginning April 29, as weather permits, we will be holding our youth group meetings in the church's parking lot, while practicing social distancing at our normal 6:00-7:00pm time.  Please bring along a lawn chair and face covering.  We will be in a large circle, keeping family units at a social distance.  In the event of inclement weather we will spread out by family unit in the fellowship hall, while wearing face coverings.  Face coverings need to cover both your mouth and nose.  If you enter the building and/or are less than eight feet apart from a person outside your home, please wear a face covering.  Also, if you enter the building, please wash your hands, and use your hip or elbow on the crash bar (not your bare hand) to exit the building, so that you are not touching any surfaces after you have washed your hands.  If you and/or your parent(s)/guardian(s) have any safety concerns, please contact the church office or any of our youth group adult advisors.    

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

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

     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.

 

 

6th Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, July 4, 2021 at 9:30am

Baptism, Prayers of Remembrance, and Prayers for the Nation
Hybrid: Live Stream, Phone Stream, Facebook Live, Zoom, & Indoor In-person

     During our 4th of July worship service, we will be sharing in "Prayers for the Nation," the Sacrament of Baptism for Nevaeh Dixon, and Prayers of Remembrance for Sarah Starr.

     We hope that you will be able to join us either in person or vitually for this worship service and the special prayers we are uplifting this day.

     If you are fully vaccinated, you need not wear a mask, except when singing.  If you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated and over two years old, mask wearing is required while in the building.  We will continue to practice social distancing.  For more information about our COVID Safety Precautions for in-person worship, please click on this COVID Precautions link.

     For more information about our summer worship services during the season of Pentecost, please contact any member of the Worship & Education Committee (Elsa Wertz, Chairperson; or Terry Pastor, Vice Chair).

 

 

 

7th Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 9:30am

5 For 5 Certificate
Hybrid: Live Stream, Phone Stream, Facebook Live, Zoom, & Indoor In-person

     St. Paul's UCC received the "5 for 5 Certificate" from the United Church of Christ, which will be presented to the Consistory President on this Sunday.  Thank you to all who contributed support to those five ministries.  Look for more information about those five in the August issue of The Herald monthly church newsletter.

     For more information about our COVID Safety Precautions for in-person worship, please click on this COVID Precautions link.

     For more information about our summer worship services during the season of Pentecost, please contact any member of the Worship & Education Committee (Elsa Wertz, Chairperson; or Terry Pastor, Vice Chair).

 

 

 

Special Edition 2021 General Synod

Sunday, July 11, 2021 - Sunday, July 18, 2020   

     General Synod of the United Church of Christ (UCC) is the national decision-making body for the denomination. It meets every two years and consists of over 600 delegates from variousSpecialGSynodLogo-border congregations and conferences. The General Synod is responsible for giving general direction to the evangelistic, missionary, and justice programs of the UCC.

     The dates for the United Church of Christ’s first virtual General Synod have been set. The 33rd biennial gathering will take place online July 11-18, 2021 (from 5:00-9:30pm EDT). The Sunday to Sunday schedule is the first in a series of changes planned for this event, themed “Rooted in Love”. Pre-Synod events will occur July 7-10.

     To learn more please click on this UCC link.

 

 

 

8th Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, July 18, 2021 at 9:30am

Hybrid: Live Stream, Phone Stream, Facebook Live, & Indoor In-person

     The Rev. Dr. Jane Kropa will be our guest speaker.  Her sermon will be "Achieving the Seemingly Impossible." 

     Due to COVID safety precautions, all people whether vaccinated or not need to wear masks for this service, and there will be no singing on this Sunday.  For more information about our COVID Safety Precautions for in-person worship, please click on this COVID Precautions link.

     For more information about our summer worship services during the season of Pentecost, please contact any member of the Worship & Education Committee (Elsa Wertz, Chairperson; or Terry Pastor, Vice Chair).

 

 

9th Sunday after Pentecost

Agapé Love Feast

Sunday, July 25, 2021 at 9:30am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook Live& Indoor In-person

     You are invited to join us for a Love Feast during our online worship service on Sunday, July 25 at 9:30am.  This will be in place of our July/August communion worship service (however, a Love Feast is not Holy Communion).  A Love Feast is a communal meal that takes place during a worship service, but unlike in the sacrament of Holy Communion, there is no consecration of the elements by an ordained minister (in the sacrament of communion we consecrate the elements of bread and wine/grape juice).   Although for many of us, a Love Feast will perhaps be a new worship experience, the practice of a Love Feast for bringing Christians together in fellowship dates back to New Testament times and is mentioned by name in Jude 1:12.

     It is our hope that during this time of semi-social distancing, uniting around a common meal, might help us to feel more connected to one another and our Lord.

     For this worship service, we invite you, from the comfort of your home, to have a simple food (such as a pastry, donought, cracker, or bun) and a simple drink (such as coffee, tea, water, or lemonade).  For those who will be at the church for in-person worship, you will be given a bread wafer and small cup of juice for our shared meal.  During the worship service, you will be directed to eat and drink of our communal meal together.  

     More information about this Love Feast can be found by clicking on this Love Feast Information link. 

     For more information about our COVID Safety Precautions for in-person worship, please click on this COVID Precautions link.

     For more information about our summer worship services during the season of Pentecost, please contact any member of the Worship & Education Committee (Elsa Wertz, Chairperson; or Terry Pastor, Vice Chair).

 

 

Image of Soup and MealSoup 'n' Such  &  St. Paul's Clothing Closet

 Dine-in or Take Out                    Open During Soup & Such

Last Thursday of the Month

Thursday, July 29, 2021 from 4:00-6:00pm

Thursday, August 26, 2021 from 4:00-6:00pm

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     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 the chairperson of the Mission Committee, Steve Miller.

     You can click on this St. Paul's Clothing Closet for more information, or contact coordinator Robin Henning.  We are continually looking for donations of gently used children's clothing.

 

 

10th Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 9:30am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook Live& Indoor In-person

     The Rev. Robert Masenheimer (Pastor Bob) will be our guest speaker.  His topic will be "Music in the Church: Where did it come from?  Why do we do it?"  His talk will be a little bit of the history of music; how did music develop over the years?  What was the role of the Church in the development of music.  Biblical uses of music and possibly something about the theology of music in the church today.  Basically, why do we sing?  What does it do for us?  We hope you will join us so that you may learn just a little more about the impact of music in the Church.

     For more information about our summer worship services during the season of Pentecost, please contact any member of the Worship & Education Committee (Elsa Wertz, Chairperson; or Terry Pastor, Vice Chair).

 

 

Worship at Knoebels Amusement Park

Sunday, August 8, 2021 at 10:30am

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     We will be gathering for worship at Knoebels Amusement Park in Elysburg, PA at Pavilion Tent #4 on the 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 - rides and water park open

          11:15am - lunch at Pavilion Tent #4

            8:00pm - water park closes

            9:00pm - park closes

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Virtual Worship at St. Paul's on August 8

     For those who are unable to journey with us to Knoebels, we are planning to have a virtual ONLY worship service at St. Paul's 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

 

 

 

Annual Car Show

Saturday, August 14, 2021 from 10:00am to 3:00pmCar Show

     St. Paul's Annual Car Show will take place rain or shine on Saturday, August 14 from 10:00am to 3:00pm.  The show will take place behind the church in the grass lot.  There will be four classes of cars to be judged: Antique, Classic, Modified and Special Interest.  Five trophy awards will be presented.  If you would like to pre-register, please do so by August 7, 2021.  You may also register on the same day as the show.  Either way, the cost is $10.00 per car.  The first 150 cars to register will receive a free gift.  Food will be available for purchase during the event.

     To obtain the registration form, please click on this registration link.  You may then download and print the form.  Please follow the instructions found on the form.  If you would like a form sent to you, please call the church at 610-621-5770.


 

12th Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, August 15, 2021 at 9:30am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook Live& Indoor In-person

     The Rev. Leah Knox will be our guest speaker.  Some background information: the Rev. Leah Knox is charged with addressing the spiritual needs of the residents and staff of Phoebe Berks through pastoral care and counseling. In addition, she has specific responsibilities for spiritual assessments, conducting various religious activities including daily devotion, Bible studies, weekly Chapel services and special services, serving as liaison with local clergy, and providing supportive assistance to students and volunteers working in the pastoral services department.  Rev. Knox will be our special guest during worship on August 15.  We hope that you will join us and help her feel welcome at St. Paul's Church.

     Due to COVID safety precautions, all people whether vaccinated or not need to wear masks for this service, and there will be no singing on this Sunday.  For more information about our COVID Safety Precautions for in-person worship, please click on this COVID Precautions link.

     For more information about our summer worship services during the season of Pentecost, please contact any member of the Worship & Education Committee (Elsa Wertz, Chairperson; or Terry Pastor, Vice Chair).



 

13th Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 9:30am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook Live& Indoor In-person

     Mr. Kirk Aulenbach will be our guest speaker.  Kirk is a member of St. Paul's Church, President of our Consistory, and our technician for our weekly Live Stream worship service.  Thank you for serving as our guest speaker!

 

 

14th Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, August 29, 2021 at 9:30am

Baptism
Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook LiveZoom& Indoor In-person

     During our worship service, we will be sharing in the Sacrament of Baptism for Brooke Sell. 

     We hope that you will be able to join us either in person or vitually for this worship service, and help us celebrate this special day for Brooke.

     If you are fully vaccinated, you need not wear a mask, except when singing.  If you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated and over two years old, mask wearing is required while in the building.  We will continue to practice social distancing.  For more information about our COVID Safety Precautions for in-person worship, please click on this COVID Precautions link.

     For more information about our summer worship services during the season of Pentecost, please contact any member of the Worship & Education Committee (Elsa Wertz, Chairperson; or Terry Pastor, Vice Chair).



 

Return to Regular Schedule

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Sunday School at 9:00am
Sunday Worship at 10:30am

     We will return to our regular Sunday school and Sunday worship schedule on Sunday, September 12, 2021 (the second Sunday in September).  Sunday school will begin at 9:00am and go until 10:00am.  Worship will begin at 10:30am.

     Our regular schedule runs from September (after Labor Day) to May (the weekend before Memorial Day); and our summer schedule runs from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.  

     For more information, please contact the Worship & Education Committee (Elsa Wertz, Chairperson; or Terry Pastor, Vice Chair).



 

Blessing of the Backpacks

Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 10:30am

     All preschool, school age youth, college and graduate students are welcome and invited to bring their school backpacks with them to worship on this Sunday for a "Blessing of the Backpacks", as students return back to school with our prayers.  Visitors, friends, members, and students of all ages are welcome to bring their backpacks and participate in the blessing.

     During this worship service we will also have special prayers for students, school teachers, and Sunday school teachers as they begin the new school year.

     For more information, please contact the Worship & Education Committee (Elsa Wertz, Chairperson; or Terry Pastor, Vice Chair).




Neighborhood Mission Work

Stay-Near-Home Mission Trip

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Rain Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021

Need to Know Deadline: August 1, 2021

     On Saturday, September 18 the congregations of St. Paul's UCC in Robesonia and Zion UCC in Womelsdorf will be going on a mission trip together, without even leaving Berks County!  On this day, we will be sharing the love of God within our community by helping people needing assistance with small but important projects in and around their homes.

     We are compiling a list of potential projects, which the Property Committees of both churches will evaluate and make the decisions as to which ones we will do this September.  If you or someone you know in the community has an indoor or outdoor project, with which we can potentially be of help, please let us know.  Examples of potential projects include pruning, weeding, trimming, patching drywall, hauling trash from a basement to the curb, painting a fence, etc.

     If you are available to help with our Mission Trip, we would like to know that too.  Please click on the following link which will take you to our Interest Survey

     If you are not available to help, but would like to provide monetary support for our mission work efforts, you can do so by making a secure online donation by clicking on "Online Giving" at www.sprucc.org, and type "Mission Project Fund" in one of the mission lines.  These funds will be used to help provide supplies, such as paint, brushes, cleaner, etc. 

     Whether you can help or have a potential project that you would like the committee to consider, we need to know by August 1st.

     The schedule for the day will be to meet at 1:00pm in St. Paul's parking lot.  Have an opening devotion & reflection, receive instructions, and then be sent off.  We will work until 5:30pm at our mission project sites, then return to St. Paul's at 6:00pm for dinner and concluding worship.

     We are excited to be working with Zion UCC of Womelsdorf.  We look forward to serving together, as the Body of Christ, that people might experience the love of God through us.



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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

     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:

      riLnqgy8TTuesday, January 5, 2021 from 2:00-7:00pm

                at St. Paul’s UCC, Robesonia

      riLnqgy8TWednesday, April 14, 2021 from 12:00-7:00pm

                at St. Francis deSales Catholic Church, Robesonia

      riLnqgy8TSaturday, June 12, 2021 from 8:00am-1:00pm

                at St. Paul's UCC, Robesonia

           Tuesday, September 21, 2021 from 2:00-7:00pm

                at St. Daniel's Lutheran Church, Robesonia

           Thursday, December 2, 2021 from 2:00-7:00pm 

                at Trinity Lutheran Church, Robesonia

 

 

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Fall 2021 - Tentatively

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

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

     This was previously rescheduled from May 2020, to the summer of 2020, and then to May 2021, as we were hoping that large public gatherings in church sanctuaries would again be permitted by this May; however, as we will still not yet be able to have large gatherings, we are postponing this award ceremony again to the fall of 2021.



 

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