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MARCH 2021 FEBRUARY 2021

INFORMATION AND EVENTS

All Services Canceled

Coronavirus Update - Friday, April 2, 2021

St. John’s United Church of Christ Allentown has suspended all events, meetings, and worship services due to COVID-19 public health concerns.  Our building will be closed to the public until further notice.  Join us for virtual worship every Sunday at 11:00 am. You can find the latest updates about our church and virtual worship on our website at www.stjohnsuccallentown.org and our Facebook page.

May God's peace be your anchor during this time.

Worship Service

The link for the Virtual Service is listed below. The video will be available to view from 10:45 am to 1 pm on April 11. 

Closed

The Church office will be closed in observance of Easter on Friday, April 2 and Monday, April 5, 2021.

HOLY WEEK

Mar 28 -- Palm Sunday – 11:00 YouTube worship

Apr 1 -- Maundy Thursday 7:00 Holy Communion YouTube worship

Apr 2 -- Good Friday 7:00PM LIVE ZOOM worship

From a computer or Tablet, click: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87399566945
From a phone, Call 1 646 558 8656
At the prompt enter Meeting ID: 873 9956 6945

Apr 4 -- Easter Sunday 11:00 AM Holy Communion YouTube Worship

April 11 – Guest Preacher

April 18 -- Belief and Faith
1 John 1:1 – 2:2; John 20:19-29

April 25 -- Under the Dome
Gen 1:1-19; Luke 9:37-43

Check It Out

The Youth in Judy Garrigan’s Sunday School have redesigned the Bulletin Board in the Great Hall.  “The Many Names for God” is the centerpiece and the Board includes 5 Praying Hands, Interpretations of Ecclesiastes 3 “For Everything There is a Time,” and 5 “Take Away” Sheets for folks to “take what you need,” i.e. Love, Hope, Peace, Patience, Beauty, Courage, Strength, etc.  CHECK IT OUT!

To Church

Some Spirit has sent us to this place

With hope on our faces

We come

Palms open, hearts open, we come

Seeking our selves.

What dreams drive us toward the God Who surely dwells here?

What faith touches our shoulders and gives us pause?

Perhaps the spell of light through brilliant windows,

The determined look on an acolyte’s face, the bloom of a candle flame

The sounds of children running, shrieking, laughing,

Singing, chiming

Telling stories all their own.

We come for food, yes, breathing the smells of onions frying,

Baking apples, peaches, pumpkin pie

Who is ready?  I! I!

The trust of hand passing to hand the bread of life

The cup’s purple sweetness

Palms open, hearts open

We can pull patience from the marrow of our bones

We mourn the passing of another friend

And sometimes, hand to forehead, we are humbled by forgiveness

Or we just laugh together at the joy of this fellowship

The voice of God is calling out

We are asked:  Can you?  Will you?

We didn’t know we could!  But, yes! We say. Yes!

I am here!

I can answer, ask, shop, bake, calculate, baptize, visit, give, collect, confirm, announce, come, go, drive, sing, record, sweep, scrub, climb, hammer, shovel, paint, type, play, preach, suggest, dance, reach, joke, arrange, learn, serve, teach, write, encourage, question, direct, encourage again, pray, and say “Amen.”

Palms open, hearts open

We give, we receive, we believe

Awash in the love of Christ

We find ourselves

Here.

 

Becky Bronfenbrenner  25 January 2019

Central Elementary Thank You

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