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The Disciple

FEBRUARY 2020

INFORMATION AND EVENTS

Ash Wednesday

Feb 17 at 7:00 PM

This will be a Zoom worship service where we can gather with each other on-line and share in a worship experience. You will receive an email with a link to join the worship. Those who do not have an email address may contact the Church Office for a phone number to be able to listen to the worship.

All Services Canceled

Coronavirus Update - Friday, February 19, 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 February 21. 

Sundays in Lent

Sermon Series: Beliefs that Matter

Feb 21 – Evil and Good
Holy Communion

Feb 28 – Judgment and Grace

Mar 7 – Listening and Responding

Mar 14 – Guest Preacher

March 21 – Forgiveness and Reconciliation

March 28 – Giving and Receiving

Lenten Small Group ZOOM Bible Study

You are invited to join in a small group for a Zoom Bible study during March. There will be two topics presented. Each will have a choice of 6 different days and times to when you can participate. Click the link to complete the sign-up form (or copy to your browser to access)

Registration Form

If you are unable to access the registration form, call or email the Church Office to sign-up

Topic 1 –DISCOVERING OUR HUNGER (Psalm 107: 1-9)

Choose one group day & time that works for you

Tuesday Mar 2 1:30 to 2:30 PM
Wednesday Mar 3 10:00 to 11:00 AM
Thursday Mar 4 7:00 to 8:00 PM
Tuesday Mar 9 10:00 to 11:00 AM
Wednesday Mar 10 7:00 to 8:00 PM
Thursday Mar 11 1:30 to 2:30 PM

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

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