St. John's UCC

Ministry in the heart of the city

Upcoming Programs

Posted by: AKramer on February 4th, 2015


Mar.15–Celtic Worship Service

Mar.22–One Great Hour of Sharing offering

Mar.29–Palm Sunday

Looking Ahead

Apr.   2–Maundy Thursday with Holy Communion 7:30pm

Apr.   3– Good Friday service of Tenebrae 7:30 pm

Apr.   5– Easter, Alleluia! Christ is Risen! Holy Communion

May 31–Youth Sunday

March 1 Thomas R Heinze Tribute Concert

Posted by: AKramer on March 2nd, 2015
Thomas C. Heinze, Bob Fegley and Tsukasa Waltich perform at St John's

Thomas C. Heinze, Bob Fegley and Tsukasa Waltich perform at St John’s

Disciple Newsletter for Feb-March

Posted by: AKramer on February 18th, 2015

Disciple Feb-Mar 2015

Phoebe Institute to Honor Dr Grant Harrity

Posted by: AKramer on February 18th, 2015

The 11th Annual Phoebe Institute on Aging Benefit will take place on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at the Musikfest Café, SteelStacks, Bethlehem. The 2015 Recipient of The Phoebe Institute on Aging Koplin Award for Exemplary Service to the Aging will be our own Rev. Dr. Grant Harrity. If you are interested in attending, visit for more information and to register or call 610-794-5163.

Rev. Dr. Grant Harrity has served the aging in many capacities – as Phoebe’s first President, as a Governing Board Member for the organization, as Chairman of both the Phoebe Apartments Board and The Terrace Board and as a vibrant, engaged community leader.

Rev. Dr. Harrity, an Altoona native, is a graduate of Ursinus College and Lancaster Theological Seminary. He served as Senior Pastor of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Allentown from 1961 to 1984. As President/CEO at Phoebe Ministries, Rev. Dr. Grant Harrity directed the development of The Terrace and the construction of the David A. Miller Personal Care Community, and paved the way for expanding affordable housing under Phoebe’s umbrella. Additionally, Phoebe Berks was conceived and built during his tenure. Rev. Dr. Harrity retired from Phoebe in 1994 and was named Trustee Emeritus.

Rev. Dr. Harrity has served many community organizations and boards, including as a Trustee and Secretary of The Century Fund, Trustee of Cedar Crest College, Lehigh Valley Hospital’s Board of Trustees, founding member of the Allentown Human Relations Commission and first President of Planned Parenthood of Lehigh County.

Rev. Dr. Harrity is married to the former Ann Markley of Lansdale. They are the parents of three daughters and have eight grandchildren, a step grandson and a great granddaughter.

February Birthdays

Posted by: AKramer on February 11th, 2015

Feb 1    Douglas Hunsinger

Feb 2    Susan Hoffert

Feb 3    Robert Fegley

Feb 3    Janet Quinn

Feb 3    Jasmine Ferrol

Feb 4    Suzanne Dannenhower

Feb 4    Susan Cook

Feb 7    Robert Zeky

Feb 8    Todd Saylor

Feb 9    Henry Dopera

Feb 11   Doug DeLong

Feb 11   Jesse Stewart

Feb 12  Estella Saylor

Feb 13  Linda Ferrol

Feb 14  Jennifer Hinkle

Feb 15  Zackiryah Schuler

Feb 16  Jaqum Goldson

Feb 19  Jesica Schuler

Feb 20  Rebecca Bronfenbrenner

Feb 24  Donovan Hausman

Feb 25  Kimberly Garner

What is the Church?

Posted by: AKramer on February 7th, 2015

We Get Thank You-s

Posted by: AKramer on February 4th, 2015

The following are excerpts from thank-you letter we rece3ived after distributing the St John’s Community Benevolence Fund grants for ur Fall, 2014 cycle:

“Many, many thanks to St. John’s UCC for the $1,000 grant for Community Bike Works.  St. John’s support means so much!  In the words of our youth apprentice, Kyle “Community Bike Works is about more than learning how bikes work.  It’s learning how life works.”  Kim Schaffer, Exec. Director

“Thank you for helping us touch children’s lives for the better at the Neighborhood Center.  You have blessed the kids that come here because YOU believe in what we do.”  ($5,000 grant)  Karen Berard, exec. Director

“St John’s ALWAYS lets its light shine–in so many ways!  Thank you so very much.  Please remember…  your gift most definitely changes lives!”  ($6,000)–Carol Noga and Gloria Roth, Early Bloomers

You will recall that these grants are made possible by the generosity of thos who have gone before us.  Your last Annual Report explains more about the St. John’s Community Benevolence Fund grants and lists the grants given in 2014 during the spring and fall cycles.

February Pastor Karen’s Corner

Posted by: AKramer on February 4th, 2015

Ash Wednesday service marks the beginning of the season of Lent, a 40-day period when as Christians we focus on repentance, turning our lives around, doing a 180 to face God. We are reminded that we are dust and to dust we shall return. This isn’t the kind of service like Christmas Eve, where we expect to see more than 100 people in attendance. Most of us don’t want to admit we sin and we don’t like to think about our mortality.

Let’s face it. Most of us see dust as a nuisance that needs to be removed from all the things we have accumulated – the furniture, the ceiling fan and the knick knacks. But God sees us, the dust God has transformed into living, breathing humans. “The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the

ground. God breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils and the man became a living person. Genesis 2:7.

Someday we will return to dust and complete the circle of life.  Dust to dust, ashes to ashes. From dust we have come to dust we will return.  This isn’t something we like to talk about.

As we approach Lent and Easter let’s think about life – that period between birth and death. What or who gives our life meaning? Do we find meaning in each new day? When we reflect on the day at bedtime, where did we find joy, experience hope, grace, struggle or challenge? Life is made up of many seconds, hours, days, mouths, years, time filled with the mundane and routine and the extraordinary.

How do we live each day as a celebration of life, even when we’re doing the dishes, cleaning, waiting for the traffic light to turn?

Jesus showed us how to live fully and abundantly. Don’t be anxious. Consider the wildflowers and the birds of the air. Love your enemies. Treat others as you want to be treated. Share what you have. Forgive. Believe. Jesus knew he would die. So do we. None of us can escape death, but we live in Christ’s promise of eternal life.

In the time given to each of us, let us make a difference. Let us live each day fully and intentionally, praising God.

May we remember we are God’s beloved dust.



Pastor Karen

Our St John’s

Posted by: AKramer on January 20th, 2015


Welcome to the New St. John’s UCC!

Posted by: MCloak on February 5th, 2011

The new and improved St. John’s UCC website has been launched.

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