MISSION

A Welcoming Community Of Faith For All

WORSHIP

Experience the inclusive love of Jesus Christ alongside our vibrant congregation

CONTACT

Want to join our growing community of faith? We’d love to hear from you

Ministry in the heart of the city

Who is God calling us to be?Discover our mission, our beliefs, and our community.

About

Stay up-to-date on ministries, special offerings, and upcoming events in our monthly newsletter.

The Disciple

AUGUST / SEPTEMBER JUNE

SUNDAY SERVICES

Sunday School 9:30 am Adult Forum 9:45 am Worship 11:00 am

The Sunday after Memorial Day through Labor Day

summer worship is at 10:00 am

The Sunday after Memorial Day through Labor Day The sanctuary is air conditioned

When you arrive, a greeter will welcome you and an usher will give you a copy of the order of the service. An usher can provide you with a large print bulletin or a hearing device if it is requested. Our church is fully ADA accessible. Spaces for persons using a wheelchair are available.

Parking at St. Johns is not a problem. The church has two dedicated parking lots one right next to the church accessible from 6th Street and the Lehigh County parking lot right across Walnut Street on the South side of the church. There is also the new six story Allentown Parking Deck directly across from the church available for a small fee.

 

INFORMATION AND EVENTS

OUTREACH

St. John’s UCC Supports Community Bike Works Picnic 2019

Join us on August 29th, as we sponsor Community Bike Works yearly picnic at Waldheim Park.  The picnic supports the great work that Community Bike Works does helping youth in center city Allentown earn a bike of their own and learn about how a bike works and how life works.

OUTREACH

Pride 2019

St. John's UCC Allentown helped the Penn Northeast Conference support our local LGBT community at this years Pride in the Park.

Pastor

Welcome Pastor Emily Ann Garcia Livingston!

We Welcome Reverend Emily Ann Garcia Livingston

St. John’s UCC Allentown is excited to announce that Reverend Emily Ann Garcia Livingston has answered our call for a new minister.  Reverend Livingston has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern University/Management of Information Systems and a Masters degree in Library & Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh.  She earned her Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in 2008; she was ordained in 2010.  She is a member of the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference and is currently a member of Living Water Church in Philadelphia.

While serving at Living Water Church, Reverend Livingston began a women’s ministry which centered on Bible stories examined from varying perspectives.  As a Chaplain CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) Resident, Reverend Livingston worked closely with hospital staff and patients in several different departments, serving both the emotional and spiritual needs of all with compassion.   Her work at the Free Library of Philadelphia demonstrates her ability to coordinate the needs and interests of the diverse Philadelphia community with the many opportunities available at the library.

With her passion for teaching, her excellence in administration, her gentle warmth, and her enthusiasm for life, we of St. John’s are cheerfully awaiting her arrival as our next spiritual leader.

Reverend Livingston will begin full time Ministry at St. Johns on June 9th, 2019

Click on the link below to view the video from Call Weekend

https://youtu.be/pSIhImav30o

YOUTH

Check It Out

The Youth in Judy Garrigan’s Sunday School have redesigned the Bulletin Board in the Great Hall.  “The Many Names for God” is the centerpiece and the Board includes 5 Praying Hands, Interpretations of Ecclesiastes 3 “For Everything There is a Time,” and 5 “Take Away” Sheets for folks to “take what you need,” i.e. Love, Hope, Peace, Patience, Beauty, Courage, Strength, etc.  CHECK IT OUT!

Poem

To Church

Some Spirit has sent us to this place

With hope on our faces

We come

Palms open, hearts open, we come

Seeking our selves.

What dreams drive us toward the God Who surely dwells here?

What faith touches our shoulders and gives us pause?

Perhaps the spell of light through brilliant windows,

The determined look on an acolyte’s face, the bloom of a candle flame

The sounds of children running, shrieking, laughing,

Singing, chiming

Telling stories all their own.

We come for food, yes, breathing the smells of onions frying,

Baking apples, peaches, pumpkin pie

Who is ready?  I! I!

The trust of hand passing to hand the bread of life

The cup’s purple sweetness

Palms open, hearts open

We can pull patience from the marrow of our bones

We mourn the passing of another friend

And sometimes, hand to forehead, we are humbled by forgiveness

Or we just laugh together at the joy of this fellowship

The voice of God is calling out

We are asked:  Can you?  Will you?

We didn’t know we could!  But, yes! We say. Yes!

I am here!

I can answer, ask, shop, bake, calculate, baptize, visit, give, collect, confirm, announce, come, go, drive, sing, record, sweep, scrub, climb, hammer, shovel, paint, type, play, preach, suggest, dance, reach, joke, arrange, learn, serve, teach, write, encourage, question, direct, encourage again, pray, and say “Amen.”

Palms open, hearts open

We give, we receive, we believe

Awash in the love of Christ

We find ourselves

Here.

 

Becky Bronfenbrenner  25 January 2019

VIDEO

St John's UCC year in review

Click on the link below to view a video with highlights from the past year at St. John's.

VIDEO

Our Church's Wider Mission

Watch the video from St. Johns about OCWM.  Click on the You Tube link below.

OUTREACH

Central Elementary Thank You

We want to hear from you ...