Recent and Upcoming Events

 

Youth Group Advisors Meetings

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Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 5:30pm

Thursday, December 8, 2022 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, October 27, 2022 from 6:00-7:00pm - In-Person

Thursday, November 10, 2022 from 6:00-7:00pm - In-Person

Thursday, December 8, 2022 from 6:00-7:00pm - In-Person

      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).  In November and December there will only be one meeting per month due to the holidays (Thanksgiving & Christmas/New Year).

     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).

     We continue to hold our youth group meetings in-person.  If you would like to join by Zoom, please let us know.  Fully vaccinated youth and adults do not need to wear a mask while socially distant for youth group activities, all others continue to need to wear a mask while indoors, and optional while socially distant outdoors.

     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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St. Paul's Clothing Closet

Open During Soup & Such

Typically the Last Thursday of the Month: Please note the change in November & December for both of these activities.

Thursday, October 27 from 4:00 - 6:00pm

No Soup & Such in November - Clothing Closet by appointment

Thursday, December 8 from 4:00 - 6:00pm (please note the change in date)

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 3:00pm, 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.

In addition to food, we are hear to offer prayer.  During Soup 'n' Such, 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.

 

        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.

 

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).

 

Schedule for 2022

      Click on this Soup 'n' Such Schedule link for the full 2022 schedule.

 

Volunteers
      We are always looking for 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 atoffice@sprucc.org or 610-621-5770.
 
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 'n' 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.

 

 

 

All Saints Sunday

22nd Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 10:15am

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

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



 

Harvest Home Sunday

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23rd Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, November 13, 2022 at 10:15am

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

     Harvest Home will be celebrated on Sunday, November 13, and during our 10:15am worship service we will be blessing the donated gifts and giving thanks to God for the many ways God has blessed us. 

     We are mainly collecting monetary donations, but nonperishable items for the Conrad Weiser Food Bank are welcome as well.  Please be generous in your contributions.  The harvest has been good this year and we praise the Lord for all the goodness and blessings he has brought to us.  Now it is time to share our blessings by giving to the food bank.  Items will be collected until the end of the month, and given to the Conrad Weiser Food Pantry.

 

About Harvest Home

     Harvest Home is about giving thanks to God.  Harvest Home is held in the fall, when we receive the final harvest from the fields and orchards of the growing season before the coming of winter.  We give thanks to God for the harvest of the year and the bounty we receive (whether that is through food in farming, animals in ranching, paychecks in laboring, or social security and pensions in retirement).  All that we are and all that we have comes from God, and we give thanks.  An important way that we give thanks is to gather in worship in prayer, praise, song, and scripture.  Another important way that we give thanks to share the first fruits of this year's bounty through our church to those in need, enabling others to receive the bounty of God in their lives, as well.  Harvest Home reminds us, especially when many of us now purchase food from grocery store shelves rather than directly from fields, that what we receive is from God, and that we are to give thanks -- not just on this day, but each and every day.

     For more information about Harvest Home and how and what contributions you can make to help feed the hungry in our community, please contact Geri Gammel, Chair of the Mission Committee.

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

 

 

 

Bible Presentation to Confirmation Class

Sunday, November 13, 2022 at 10:15am

     We will be presenting study Bibles and hymnals to the confirmation class students during the 10:15am worship service on Sunday, November 13.

     We hope that you will be present for worship on this day to show these young persons seeking to grow as disciples of Christ and as future members of St. Paul's UCC your support in their journey of faith.

     Being able to have direct access to the written Word is a central and key belief in our Reformed tradition.  Learning and growing in faith by having songs, prayers, and scripture in the home is a foundational belief in our Reformed tradition, especially in our affirmation of the Priesthood of All Believers.  Thank you for your tithes which make providing youth with Bibles possible. 

     The version of the Bible they will be receiving is the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV).  The NRSV is a direct translation of the Bible (as opposed to a dynamic equivalance).  The Bible they are receiving is a study Bible, which includes commentary, maps, and other resources to help them better understand the passages they are reading.  It includes the Old Testament, New Testament, and the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical texts.  [The NRSV is our primary translation for worship, adult Sunday school and Bible studies, new adult members, and the version teens receive as confirmands].

 

 

 

PSEC Fall Meeting

Sunday, November 13, 2022 from 3:00-5:30pm - Hybrid: In-Person & Zoom 

     St. Paul's UCC is a member of the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference (PSEC) of the United Church of Christ.  The annual fall meeting of the PSEC will be on Sunday, November 13.  It will be a hybrid meeting.  Attendance may be in-person or by Zoom.  The meeting will take place at:

Salt & Light Community Church, 5736 Chester Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19143

     Registration opens at 2:00pm.  Meeting begins at 3:00pm.  A flyer may be found at this PSEC Fall Meeting Flyer link.  Advanced reports may be found at this PSEC Fall Meeting Documents link.

     There is no fee for participating in this meeting.   Any member of St. Paul's UCC may participate in this Zoom meeting; simply register as a "non-voting visitor" and list your church as "St. Paul's UCC" in "Robesonia."

     For more information, please contact our voting delegates Geri Gammel and Jon Henning or contact the church office.




Christmas Bazaar

Saturday November 19, 2022  from 9:00am until 1:00pm

ChristmasBazaar 01     The Miller Fellowship Hall of St. Paul's UCC will be bustling with the preparations for the Christmas season, as the Christmas bazaar kicks off the holidays.  On Saturday, November 19, from 9:00am to 1:00pm we will be having food, a chance to win a raffle basket, and lots of interesting things to purchase.

    There will be Homemade candy, soup, bar-b-q, chow chow, baked goods (including cookie trays).

A HUGE basket raffle (baskets, various containers filled with all kinds of items and goodies) and Attic Treasures including Christmas items.

    For more information, please contact the church office.

   Join us on November 19th.  See you there!


 

Christ the King Sunday

24th Sunday after Pentecost
The Last Sunday of the Christian Year

Sunday, November 20, 2022 at 10:15am

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

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



 

Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service

Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 6:30pm

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

     This will be a combined worship service with Zion UCC, St. Paul's UCC and St. Daniel's Lutheran Church.  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 the bulletin of this service:

     Bulletin - Wednesday, November 23, 2022 - Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service (coming soon)

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

 

 

 

Poinsettia Orders

Orders Due: Sunday, November 27, 2022

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     Please consider ordering a poinsettia to add to the beauty of our sanctuary at Christmas and to honor or remember a loved one.
Orders should be received by Sunday, November 27, 2021. 
If you do not have time to send in your order, please call the church office at 610-621-5770.

     To order your poinsettias online, please use this Poinsettia Order link.  Payment is required with your order.  You may pay by:
  • Using this "Online Giving" link or the green "Online Giving" button to the right of this page.  Indicate the amount and on the "Other 1" or "Other 2" line indicate that it is for "Poinsettias".  
  • You may also make out a check made payable to St. Paul's UCC with a notation on the memo line that it is for "Poinsettias".  Please mail or deliver your check to church.

 

 

 

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Next Blood Drive

Thursday, December 1, 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 - Cancelled

                at St. Francis deSales Catholic Church, Robesonia

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

                at St. Paul's UCC, Robesonia           

     Tuesday, September 20, 2022 from 1:00-7:00pm - Done 

                at St. Daniel's Lutheran Church, Robesonia         

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

                at Trinity Lutheran Church, Robesonia

 

 

 

The Christmas Fund (Veterans of the Cross)

December 2022

     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. 

     A special envelope along with an article about this offering will be included in the December newsletter.  You can also securely donate online by clicking on this Online Giving link, and simply designate your gift as "Christmas Fund" on the "Special Mission" line.

 

 

 

Light In A Darkened World

Advent & December 2022

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook Live& 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 27, 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 Holy Communion.

Sunday, December 4, 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 11, 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 18, 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.

Saturday, 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. 

Sunday, December 25, Christmas Day Service

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 2022.  The worship service will be at 9:15am.  There will be no Sunday school.


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

 

 

 

Annual Congregational Meeting

Sunday, December 11, 2022: 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 11 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.

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

 

 

 

Children's Christmas Program

Sunday, December 18, 2022 at 10:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook Live& Indoor In-person

     We hope that you will join us during the worship service on Sunday, December 18th when the Sunday school children will present their version of the Christmas story.  The children will be dressing up and singing Christmas songs.  Please plan to attend to support the children as we all prepare for Christmas!

      For more information, please contact Sheri Rowe, Terry Pastor (Chair of the Worship & Education Committee), or any member of the Worship & Education Committee. 

 

 

Christmas Eve

Saturday, December 24, Christmas Eve Services 

Early Worship Service - 7:00pm - In-person and Virtual
Midnight Worship Service - 11:00pm - In-person and Virtual

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook Live& Indoor In-person 

     On Christmas Eve we will be having two hybrid worship services.

     The first will be at 7:00pm. This service will include the handbell choir, communion, candlelight, Silent Night and other Christmas carols. 

      The 11:00pm worship service will be different from the first service.  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.

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

 

 

 

Christmas Day

Christmas Legend

Sunday, December 25, 2022 at 9:15am

Hybrid: Live StreamPhone StreamFacebook Live& 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 2022.  Please note that the worship service will begin at 9:15am.

     Each year on the Sunday after Christmas, Pastor Ben shares a different Christmas legend with us.  What will it be this year?  Stay tuned!  

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

     There will be NO Youth and Adult Sunday School Classes on December 25, 2022 and January 1, 2023.  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.


 

 

~ ~ ~ Upcoming Events in 2023 ~ ~ ~

 

 

Worship at Knoebels Amusement Park

Sunday, August 13, 2023 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 St. Paul's on August 13

     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 St. Paul's UCC 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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