May 24–Pentecost and Holy Communion
May 31–Youth Sunday
June 7–Summer worship starts at 10am
June 14–Church worship at 10am with picnic at Bucky Boyle Park to follow
The United Church of Christ Synod will be meeting in Cleveland, Ohio, June 26-30. Cleveland is the location of our national headquarters. The theme is Finding God in Unexpected Places. This begs the question–where are the places we expect to find God? Perhaps we might expect to find God at worship, during prayer, or Bible study or through the love shown to us by family and friends.
Have you ever been surprised where God has showed up in your life? Maybe you have found God when someone looked you in the eye and you saw compassion or kindness, or you have seen
an extravagant sunset, or you have watched by the bedside of a loved one as they passed from this life into the next. Did you experience God at a time when all opportunities seemed to be closed to you and then a new possibility opened? Sometimes God shows up when the person in line at the grocery store lets you go ahead of them because you only have a few items. Reflect on how you know God is with you.
Trudi Egan and I will be at General Synod. I am sure we will have much to share with you when we return home.
Meanwhile, continue to look for God in the least likely place you think you will find God, and know that God will be there. It might be at the shore on the boardwalk or in your own backyard or as you read a book or in a bird’s song or a Facebook post.
On the lookout,
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.