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The Disciple

MARCH / APRIL FEBRUARY ISSUE

SUNDAY SERVICES

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

The Sunday after Labor Day thru Memorial Day

summer worship is at 10:00 am

The Sunday after Memorial Day thru 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

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.

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

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!

Pastor

Welcome Pastor Emily Ann Garcia Livingston

On April 7th, 2019 St. John's UCC Allentown called our new minister.

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

https://youtu.be/pSIhImav30o

VIDEO

Our Church's Wider Mission

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

STEWARDSHIP

Shine Your Light Program

The Stewardship Committee is asking our members to record their hours of volunteering during the Lenten Season this year.  Members are asked to record 2 categories of volunteer hours:  In Church Volunteer Hours   and  Volunteer Hours in the Community.  This program is designed to help us better understand how our members  are “the body of Christ in the world today.”  We can teach each other and our youth how we are carrying the mission and ministry of Jesus out into the world.  Members are asked to fill out a form and place completed forms in the lighthouse box on Easter Sunday.

OUTREACH

Central Elementary Thank You

THE FIVE

The Five

We at St. John’s UCC Allentown are blessed to have several retired ministers in our congregation. We are also fortunate that five of them have stepped forward and agreed to lead our congregation during the interim period between ministers. They will be rotating through the pulpit and dividing up the other duties of the minister. It will be an exciting time and a time to learn as we move through these next few months with our interim Ministerial Team. (more…)

OUTREACH

St. John’s UCC Supports Community Bike Works Picnic 2018

Each year St. John’s donates supplies, time and money to support 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.  We are also very proud to sponsor Community Bike Works yearly picnic at Waldheim Park.  Below are some picture of our church members hosting the picnic this year.

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