“On the seventh day God had finished God’s work of creation, so God rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when God rested from all his work of creation. “
Sabbath, the word used for the day God rested, is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as a season or day of rest; one day in seven appointed for rest or worship or a time of rest or repose; intermission of pain, effort, sorrow or the like. For many of us, summer is a time of Sabbath. We take vacations, and hopefully take time to be renewed and refreshed, time to get out of our usual routines so we can relax and rest. Some of us come back from vacation more tired than before we left because of all the visits we scheduled or must-see attractions we wanted to take in.
The Bible tells us we need one day out of seven as Sabbath time. This time is necessary so our minds, bodies and spirits can rejuvenate. Sabbath is a time to recharge our batteries. Like the Energizer bunny, we can run for an extended period of time, but eventually our energy runs out.
This summer as you go on vacation or take time off from work, remember to allow space just to “be”. Find time to breathe and enjoy a sunset, or listen to a bird’s song or sit on the beach or your patio. If you’re energized by taking a walk or visiting a new or familiar place, take a Sabbath.
Here at St. John’s UCC summertime has a different rhythm and schedule. We take a Sabbath from chapel, Sunday School, Adult Forum, choir and committee meetings.
Although we are on our summer schedule, the work and ministry of Christ continues. Water will be distributed. Vacation Bible School will be provided for children to grow in their faith and in service to their neighbors for the sake of Christ. Special music will enrich our worship. Persons interested in becoming members of St. John’s will learn what it means to be a member by participating in a 6-week class. Others will prepare and serve the BikeWorks picnic in August. Building maintenance and repairs are ongoing as well as routine expenses.
All of you are encouraged to worship on Sundays, our designated Sabbath.
Enjoy your Sabbath time this summer.
We look forward to seeing your refreshed faces.
Pennsylvania law (HB 435) now requires all church volunteers working with children 18 years and under to complete the following clearances.
Volunteers (Copy and paste url or use Facebook page for direct links)
PA State Police Criminal Background Check ($10) https://epatch.state.pa.us
PA Child Abuse History Clearance ($10) https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS
Employees (Copy and paste url or use Facebook page for direct link)
In addition to the above, all employees 14 years and older are required to complete the following:
FBI fingerprint record check ($27.50) https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index.htm
Free Online Mandatory Reporter Training https://www.reportabusepa.pitt.edu
Reporting (Copy and paste url or use Facebook page for direct link)
St John’s Safe Child Coordinator: Judy Garrigan 610-965-7182
The new and improved St. John’s UCC website has been launched.