St. John's UCC

Ministry in the heart of the city

Upcoming Worship

Posted by: AKramer on April 22nd, 2015

May 10–Festival of the Family

May 24–Pentecost and Holy Communion

May 31–Youth Sunday

April – May Disciple

Posted by: AKramer on April 22nd, 2015

Disciple April 2015, Issue 3

From the Pastor’s Desk

Posted by: AKramer on April 21st, 2015

“In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.” Acts 2:17-18 (NRSV)

The text from Acts 2 is a quote from the book of the prophet Joel, and is part of the text usually read for Pentecost. We call Pentecost the birthday of the church for it is the day we celebrate Jesus sending the Holy Spirit upon the disciples, and 3,000 people believed in Christ.

Jews from every part of the empire were in Jerusalem, for the feast of Pentecost, which was and is still today the celebration of the giving of the law to Moses on Mount Sinai.

I’ve always loved this imagery. I imagine Jesus with a giant pitcher pouring out wind and fire upon us, filling us with creativity, imagination and bodacious visions of what He wants to do with us. I see so much of Jesus’ love that it is dripping off of us and touching all we come in contact with.

What would it look like if each of us had visions and dreams for ourselves, the church, our community and the world that were given to us by the Holy Spirit?

Recently I read an article by the Rev. Cameron Trimble, CEO of the Center for Progressive Renewal, a center for coaching pastors and laity in innovative ministries.  The following is a part of her article.

“This morning I had breakfast with a pastor of a large congregation in Atlanta. Toward the end of the conversation, she paused, leaned across the table, and whispered almost as if she was worried I would think she had lost her mind completely, ‘I have a crazy, huge dream of what our church could be in the world.’  She then went on to outline one of the most exciting, visionary strategies that I have ever heard from a pastor. By the time she finished talking, I was ready to quit my job and sign up to help. She must succeed. The world needs this kind of church to exist.

“I drove back to the office pondering what it would be like if more of us could and would dream bigger dreams, not just for ourselves but also for our world. I would love to live in such a place.

“When we connect with God as the creative force in our lives, our churches and the world, we will do more than we could ever imagine.

“Sometimes I wonder if we dream smaller dreams for our lives and even our congregations because we doubt who we are and whose we are. If we actually understood–at the core of our being–that we are children of God, created in God’s image and likeness, we would find limiting thoughts, dreams or ambitions distasteful at best.

“What dream is hiding within you that the world needs you to live out? What idea has been planted in you that feels ready to burst boldly into life?  What hope can you whisper to a friend over breakfast and with that breath, paint a picture so inspiring she or he would quit their job for it and join you on the journey?

“Speak it. Do it. Live it. Today. We are all in this together.”

Let us dare to open ourselves to God’s dreams, trusting that the Holy Spirit will fill us with the vision, will and energy to make them real.

 

Peace,

Pastor Karen

2015 Celtic Worship

Posted by: AKramer on April 7th, 2015

Safe Child Policy

Posted by: AKramer on March 19th, 2015

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)

Any employee or volunteer learning of an abusive situation is now required to report this situation online at    www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home

St John’s Safe Child Coordinator:  Judy Garrigan  610-965-7182

 

 

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

What is the Church?

Posted by: AKramer on February 7th, 2015

Our St John’s

Posted by: AKramer on January 20th, 2015

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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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