St. John's UCC

Ministry in the heart of the city

2015 VBS a great success!!!

Posted by: AKramer on July 7th, 2015

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From the Pastor’s Desk

Posted by: AKramer on July 7th, 2015

“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. “

Genesis 2:2-3.

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.

Pastor Karen

July – August Disciple

Posted by: AKramer on June 24th, 2015

Disciple June 2015

May-June Disciple

Posted by: AKramer on May 20th, 2015

Disciple May 19, 2015, issue 4

April – May Disciple

Posted by: AKramer on April 22nd, 2015

Disciple April 2015, Issue 3

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

 

 

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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