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					     St. John’s United Church of Christ, Fullerton
         575 Grape Street, Whitehall, PA 18052
               Church office: 610-264-8421
                             September 2007

Dear Church Family,

                  As I write this letter I’m sitting in my office. The temperature outside is
                  about 89 degrees and climbing. Summer continues to sizzle but I’m
                  planning September Confirmation Classes, last quarter worship services
                  and Advent/Christmas programs. I’m sure that the weather will be
                  cooler when these events occur.

So much of our time means planning ahead. We know certain things are coming our way
and we want to be prepared. We need to get ourselves ready for the future, physically,
emotionally and spiritually. Parents are busy getting those school clothes and supplies
purchased. Ski resorts and Snow Removal companies are already anticipating winter. And
I’m thinking about what Sunday mornings will soon look like at St. John’s in September.

Throughout the summer our attendance in worship has been good. Lots of comments
could be heard about finding parking spaces and how wonderful it is to see a full house in
church. One individual told me that the first week in August looked like a Christmas Eve
service. It has been great to have our church family together with one service during the
summer.

September 9th we begin two services. All throughout September, we will have the United
Church of Christ General Synod theme ―Let It Shine!‖ to help us celebrate our
denomination’s 50th Birthday. Although the theme is good and many will come – the
sanctuary will seem less crowded than in the summer. Historically attendance throughout
the fall increases and so having only one service is not feasible for us. Most of us also
have our preference time for worship. What can we do about this?

Let’s get proactive. If we like a well-filled sanctuary, if we feel the services are meaningful,
if we truly believe that everyone should have a church home, a place to worship God –
then let’s get busy! Each of us has friends without a church home. We’ve got something
good here at St. John’s so why not share it? Let’s find ways to fill the sanctuary and
Sunday School classrooms with people who are looking to have their lives positively
changed.

See you in church,


Rev. Dr. Becky J. Beckwith
                                PEOPLE PAGE

             BAPTISMS                                         TIM SILFIES
William John Hoffman “Will” was baptized                              Tim Silfies truly has
on August 5th. Will’s parents are Gail Green                          some ―get up and go!‖
and John Hoffman.        William was born                             Tim recently rode his
January 29th, 2007.                                                   bike 600 miles as part
                                                                      of the Pennsylvania
Alyssa, Mariah and Cody Alvarez were                                  Terimeter        ―Ride
baptized on August 12th. They are the                                 Against Cancer.‖ Tim
children of Joseph and Kimberly Alvarez.         rode from Erie PA to Palmerton, PA in July.
Alyssa is 11 years old. Mariah is 10 years       Way to Go Tim!!!
old and Cody is 6 years old.

Brodie Aiden Macher was baptized on
August 19th. Brodie is the son of Denise                   ENGAGEMENT
Miller and Justin Macher.
                                                 Barrie and Judy Carr and
Bryana Lynn Fenstermacher was baptized           Peggy      and    Roger
on August 26th. Bryana is the daughter of        Fenstermacher announce
Lindsey and Kevin Fenstermacher.                 the engagement of their
                                                 daughter     and    son,
                                                 Shannon and Nathan.
                                                 They plan a September 2008 wedding.
               DEATHS                            Shannon is in her 6th year of Pharmacy
                                                 school at Wilkes University. Nathan is a
Jennie Warner died on August 7th at age          graduate of Wilkes University and is
89. She was a long time member of St.            pursuing a degree as a Physician’s
John’s. Jennie had eleven children and           Assistant at the Pennsylvania College of
nineteen grandchildren.                          Technology.

Betty Wetherhold died on August 18th at
age 81. Her funeral service was on August            DONNIE BRENSINGER
23rd. Betty is survived by her husband
Harvey and daughters Carole Flores and                            Donnie Brensinger recently
Cathy Kuhns.                                                      had his picture in the
                                                                  Whitehall-Coplay Press front
Our thoughts and prayers are with the                             page.        Donnie set an
families.                                                         American record with his
                                                 weight lifting ability as part of the Drug Free
                                                 Power Lifting. The meet was held at the
                                                 Suburban YMCA in Catasauqua.

                                        Page 2   This is one strong young man!
       BASEBALL TEAM                                     SEPTEMBER
It was another great season of fun and                  ANNIVERSARIES
                    recreation for the St.
                                               Best wishes to all the couples celebrating
                    John’s UCC, Fullerton
                                               anniversaries! We are listing the total years
                    baseball team. They did
                                               of marriage for people who have been
                    not bring back any
                                               married 25 years or more.
                    trophies but they did
                    have a good time playing
                                               September 1 Diane & James Buss
                    ball. This was Roger
                    Schneck’s 29th year        September 3
playing with our team. Way to go Roger!!!              Lynette & Kevin Schutts – 31 years
                                                       Nancy & Luther Smith, Jr.
The team captain for the 2007 season was       September 4
Don Schneck. Don also is the head of the              Ann & Owen Jones – 53 years
district church league.
                                               September 6 Jo Ellen & Barry Wexler
                                               September 7 Tara & Scott Rapchak
          THANK YOUS                           September 10
Dear Pastor Becky,                                    Betty & Dale Millham – 52 years
Just a note to thank you for your kindness     September 16 Paula & Erik Kaintz
because you’ve been thoughtful so often.       September 17 Lynda & Anthony Marks
                             Ray Gilbert                       Paula & Richard Zart
Ray also wants to thank the congregation for   September 18
their many cards and prayers. He was so          Kristine & Thomas Gersbach -25 years
pleased by everyone’s thoughtfulness during    September 20 Kristen & Daniel Riedy
his recent hospitalization.                    September 23
                                                      Rose & Robert Altorfer – 57 years
                                                      Donna & Michael Piskula
                                                      Marianne & Donald Prince, Jr.
Thank you to everyone for their prayers and    September 24 Lori & Timothy Silfies
thoughts during my recent knee replacement
surgery.                                       September 25 Mary Ann & George Weaver
                          Betty Millham                        Bonnie & Michael Frana
                                               September 26
                                                      Denise & Mark Moll – 26 years
                                                      Lora & Jeffrey Nailor
Dear St. John’s Congregation and Staff,        September 29 Joyce & Kenneth Dumbach

Thank you very much for the beautiful
flowers my family and I received in memory     NEWSLETTER DEADLINE
of my father, Gene Fraley, who died on
August 13th. Your thoughts and prayers                          The newsletter deadline
meant so much to us during this very sad                        to have articles into the
time.                                                           church office for our
       God bless you all,                                       October newsletter will
       Susan Kuder and family,                                  be Sunday, September
                                                 th
       The Zellner Family and                  16 . The newsletter will be collated on
       The Fraley Family                       September 25th.

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Olan Mills photographers will be at our church taking
pictures for the pictorial directory on Thursday, October
4th and Friday, October 5th from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. and
Saturday, October 6th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


                         A free 8 x 10 picture and a free
                         directory will be given to each
                        participating family. Please take
                          advantage of this wonderful
                         opportunity and help make the
                            directory a huge success.




If you have not signed up to have your picture taken
please call the church office (610-264-8421) to make an
appointment. You will also be able to sign up several
Sundays in September. See upcoming bulletins for the
dates.
                          Page 4
        YOUTH AND CHRISTIAN EDUCATION NEWS
                                                                                       Page 5
         YOUTH NEWS
 YOUTH UPCOMING EVENTS                           CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
                    September                           NEWS
               September 9th: “Let It
               Shine”
               12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. -
               Rally Day & UCC 50th
               Birthday Celebration
1:00 p.m. - “Are You Smarter Than A
Confirmand?”
               th
                                                 Rally Day & UCC 50th Birthday
September 30 : 12:00 Noon – 2:00 p.m.            Celebration 2007
Youth Group Pot Luck & Brainstorming             Join us on September 9th for a day that will
Gathering                                        fill you with God’s light and leave you
~All Youth entering 7th thru 12th grade in the   shining!
fall and their Parents are invited~
Please bring your favorite dish to share         Please see insert for more information

                                                 The Christian Education Department is
                                                 pleased to announce this year’s teaching
October                                          staff! They are . . .
October 14th: 12:00 Noon – 2:00 p.m.             Nursery Coordinator: Beth Neitz
Youth Group Meeting in the Youth Room.           Preschool: Renee Spielman,
~All Youth in 7th thru 12th grades are           Barb Marinkovits and Nancy Moats
welcome and bring a friend!
                                                 Kindergarten & 1st Grade: Karen Stoisits,
                                                 Karen Christman and Lee Ann Lopez
October 19th - 20th:
Youth At Annual Meeting and Lock-In              2nd & 3rd Grade: Kathy Nelson &
                                                 Kristen Riedy
                                                 4th & 5th Grade: Karen Moyer & Lora Nailor
          MARK YOUR                              6th Grade: Mary Ann Weaver
          CALENDARS!                             Confirmation: Sue Weldner & Pastor Becky
                                                 9th thru 12th Grade: Craig Schutts
             th
September 9 :
                                                 Adult Bible Class: Tom Moyer
9:15 -10:15 a.m. Fall Sunday School Begins
- Open House                                     Breakfast Club: Hugh Vrablic
10:45 Worship        Service    ~    Teacher
                                                 Substitute Teacher: Evelyn Broad
Installation
12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m.: ―Let It Shine”           We would like to thank these talented
Rally Day & UCC 50th Birthday Celebration        individuals for agreeing to share their Faith
1:00 p.m. - “Are You Smarter Than A              each Sunday in their classrooms. Please
Confirmand?”                                     join us on September 9th during the
                                                 10:45 a.m. worship service as we install this
great group of educators. God Bless each              one of you!
                                             NEW!
       ADULT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES!
In addition to the Adult Bible Class & The Breakfast Club, in September, St. John’s is pleased to
offer more exciting opportunities for adults during the Sunday School Hour—9:15-10:15 a.m. each
Sunday. During the 1st thru 3rd Sundays of every month, we will offer special speakers discussing
issues facing parent’s today and how to get involved in outreach within the community as well as
Bible Study opportunities. The 4th Sunday of every month will be dedicated to our NEW Book Club.
Participants will sign-up on the sign-up sheet located on the bulletin board outside the sanctuary, a
month a head of time so that books can be purchased and the book can be read. The book will then
be discussed.
Do you have a child not old enough for Sunday School and no sitter available to attend our new
opportunities? Well, no problem, there will now be a staffed nursery every Sunday during the
Sunday School Hour and the 10:45 service!
If you have any ideas for speakers and/or books or would like to lead a Bible study or book
discussion please contact Laurie Morgan. Please see September’s schedule of opportunities below:


                 ADULT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION PROGRAM SCHEDULE
                                      SEPTEMBER
        DATE             ADULT BIBLE        BREAKFAST CLUB ADDITIONAL ADULT
                             CLASS           Location: Coffee   OPPORTUNITIES
                       Location: Room             House
                              #201              Facilitator:
                           Facilitator:        Hugh Vrablic
                           Tom Moyer
     September 9      Dialogue on the day’s     Book Study          Rally Day
                            scripture
    September 16      Dialogue on the day’s     Book Study     Speaker: The Rev.
                            scripture                            Debra Hepburn,
                                                               Ecumenical Director,
                                                                  Lehigh County
                                                                  Conference of
                                                                    Churches
                                                                Location: Fox Hall
    September 23      Dialogue on the day’s     Book Study    Speaker: Jane Joyce,
                            scripture                           Associate Minister,
                                                                      PNEC
                                                                What Is The Penn
                                                              Northeast Conference?
                                                                Location: Fox Hall
                th
    September 30      Dialogue on the day’s     Book Study          Book Club
                            scripture                            Who Moved My
                                                                Church? A Story
                                                               about discovering
                                                                   purpose in a
                                                                changing culture
                                                                 By Mike Nappa
                                                               Facilitator: Pastor
                                                                      Becky
                                                                Location: Parlor
                                  Page 6
      ADULT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION PROGRAM SCHEDULE
                        OCTOBER



  DATE       ADULT BIBLE CLASS         BREAKFAST CLUB      ADDITIONAL ADULT
             Location: Room #201        Location: Coffee     OPPORTUNITIES
                  Facilitator:               House         (Discipleship Month)
                  Tom Moyer                Facilitator:
                                          Hugh Vrablic

October 7     Please join us in the        Book Study      3 week Bible Study on
              sanctuary for the 3                               Discipleship
              week Bible study on                           Location: Sanctuary
                  Discipleship                                  Facilitator:
                                                                Tom Moyer


October 14    Please join us in the        Book Study      3 week Bible Study on
              sanctuary for the 3                               Discipleship
              week Bible study on                           Location: Sanctuary
                  Discipleship                                  Facilitator:
                                                                Tom Moyer


October 21    Please join us in the        Book Study      3 week Bible Study on
              sanctuary for the 3                               Discipleship
              week Bible study on                           Location: Sanctuary
                  Discipleship                                  Facilitator:
                                                                Tom Moyer


October 28                                 Book Study      Intergenerational Event
                                                                   (TBA)
                                                              No Book Club This
                                                                   Month




                                  Page 7
  SEPTEMBER UPCOMING EVENTS & OTHER NEWS

     WORSHIP SERVICES                                   WORSHIP: We will
September 2 - Summer Sunday School will                  “LET IT SHINE!”
be participating in worship. We will be
                                                 September 9th we return to two services.
looking at the story of the Wemmicks . . . the   Through September we will have the theme
who? Join us and see. New members will           from the United Church of Christ, ―Let it
be joining us. This is the last of the summer    Shine!‖    It is the 50th birthday of the
services.                                        denomination and we will be remembering
                                                 some things from the past as we move
         CONFIRMATION                            forward. These happenings will occur, along
                                                 with guests, at both Sunday morning worship
           STUDENTS                              services.
All individuals who are in 7th grade or above    September 9th: “Let it Shine!” the party
are invited to join our Confirmation class.      begins.      During worship we will be
                               This is the       remembering some of our historical roots in
                               opportunity to    the midst of this birthday theme. Nick Hoppel,
                               begin       the   a sophomore at Drexell University, PNEC
                               formal journey    Board member and General Synod delegate
                                       toward    will be with us to share some special music
                                   reaffirming   (saxophone). It is also Rally Day. Who is
your baptism and stating (for yourself) what     bringing the birthday cake???
you believe.
                                                 September 16th “Mission” We will be lifting
Confirmation classes are held each Sunday        up the importance of why we exist – to
with Susan Weldner and twice a month (on         worship God and to serve through mission.
a rotating schedule) with Pastor Becky.          The Rev. Debra Hepburn from Lehigh County
                                                 Conference of Churches will share a mission
Call the church office or speak with Becky       moment and our own Mission Committee will
about signing up for class.                      be involved in the service.

 PRAYER CANDLES MAKE                             September 23rd the service will be about
                                                 “Education” in our church and denomination.
      A RETURN                                   Ms. Jane Joyce who is a Commissioned
                                                 Minister and the Associate Conference
Remember those Lenten window Prayer              Minister for Christian Education and Youth in
Candles? They were so popular that many          Penn Northeast Conference will be joining us
of you are still                                 during worship.
requesting them!
The Worship and                                  September 30th Harvest Home, a long time
Music Committee                                  tradition will be uplifted. We invite you to bring
has decided to                                   canned goods to church. They will be going to
bring them back during certain times of the      the Whitehall Food Bank.             We will be
year. They will return on All Saints Day, the    distributing the canned goods to those in
first Sunday in November, through the            need.
Advent Season. They will also return for the
2008 Lenten Service.                             October 7th – World Wide Communion!
                                                 Mark your calendar – more about this in next
                                                 month’s newsletter.
                                       Page 8
            BLESSINGS?                               “THE HEAVENLY SCENT”
    “BAPTISMS & NEW MEMBERS”
    WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT THIS??                       What a name, what a group! The new Kitchen
                                                     Support Group met and got a new name: The
                        This has been an             Heavenly Scent ! Donna Held is the leader of
                        extraordinary year for       this group.
                        new     members     and
                        baptisms.         Since      The group looks forward to
                        January       we   have      welcoming many new faces to
                        baptized 17 individuals      help in the kitchen. The first
                        into the faith. We have      project will be the Church yard
                        welcomed 37 adults           sale. Help is needed in the
and 12 children into membership so far this          kitchen on September 7th from
year. The new members for September 2nd              9:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. to
include 12 adults and 8 children. Almost 70 new      get baked goods ready for
faces and the year is far from over. Baptisms        sale. Also help will be needed on September 8th
and new members should be a great blessing to        from 7:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon.
any church.
                                                     Saturday, September 15th from 9:30 a.m. until
But what does it mean? It means that families        approximately 12:00 noon, Lois Jean Kilcoyne of
found something meaningful in our midst. It          the Penn State Cooperative Extension will be
means that more and more faces will look             conducting a class on Sanitation, Preparation,
unfamiliar to us. It means we have got to get        Serving and Final Clean-up for large group
busy.                                                cooking. Please, give Donna Held a call if you
                                                     plan to attend. We need a minimum of ten (10)
It is every member’s responsibility to greet those   people to make this class a success!
who are worshiping around you. If someone sits
near you and you don’t know their name – share       The Heavenly Scent is planning their first fund
your name and ask                                    raiser . . . a ―Take and Bake‖, for Sunday
them theirs.      Say                                October 7th. This will be frosted cinnamon rolls.
hello to every child                                 They will make and freeze the cinnamon rolls
and youth that passes                                just short of baking, so you can take them home
you by. And above                                    and bake at your leisure. If you prefer baked
all – have tolerance.                                cinnamon rolls, please notate on the order form
We are experiencing new birth and growing            which will appear in the bulletin within the next
pains. It is something to celebrate and to be        couple of weeks. These ―Take and Bake‖ sales
reckoned with.                                       are planned for the first Sunday of each month.
                                                     Ideas for future sales would be greatly
There are new people in our midst. There are         appreciated! All proceeds from the ministry of
more babies and children then in the recent          The Heavenly Scent will go to our General Fund.
past. Is this something to celebrate?
                                                     If you have free time and are interested in
What are you going to do about it?                   helping,  please   call   Donna    Held   at
                                                     610-798-9002 or email blumengarten@rcn.com.

                                                              HARVEST HOME
          NEW MEMBERS
                                                     This year Harvest Home will be on September
We have a group the will be joining the church       30th. We will be bringing in canned goods all
on September 2nd. Next month’s newsletter will       month to help others. We will also be filling the
highlight this new group. Please be in worship       sanctuary with beautiful fall mums. Please look
to meet our new members and warmly welcome           for the form to order mums in this newsletter.
them.

                                           Page 9
         MISSION HOUSE                                FAMILY GAME NIGHT
Have you collected small toiletries while           September 15th – Family Game Night
vacationing and want to donate them? We                      and Covered Dish
will be collecting small items to be given to            4:00 – 7:00 p.m. - Fox Hall
―Turning Point‖.     ―Turning Point‖ is an
organization that helps women and children        Bring your favorite covered dish to share
who are in a crisis situation and often need                      and favorite board game.
items for an overnight stay. The small                            An evening of good food,
bottles of shampoo, conditioner, shower                           fun board games to play
caps, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.                           together      and      enjoy
would be greatly appreciated. Drop your                           fellowship      with    one
donations in the Mission House and we will                        another. Beverages and
deliver them to ―Turning Point‖. Thank you.                       dessert will be provided.

                                                  Please sign up on the poster in the rear of
 PNEC ANNUAL MEETING                              the church.
The Penn Northeast Conference Annual
Meeting will be held in Hazelton on
Saturday, October 20th. Our delegates this                   ROAD RALLY
year will be Kathy Nelson, Tom Moyer, and
                                                  St. John’s Annual Road Rally will be held
Logan Groff as our youth delegate.
                                                  Sunday, October 28th. Fill up the gas tank!
On Friday night we will be having a town
meeting with The Rev. John Thomas, the
President and General Minister of the United
Church of Christ. Following a brief worship,
John will be sharing news of the UCC and
also inviting questions and general dialogue.
What a great opportunity!
If you would like to go to the PNEC as a                  DATES TO REMEMBER
visitor, you are warmly welcome. The cost
is minimal and we can arrange some car                       September 8 – Yard Sale
pooling. Pastor Becky will be finishing up her               8:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon
year as the PNEC moderator after she leads
this meeting.                                               September 9 – Return to Two
                                                                Worship Services
                                                              8:15 and 10:45 a.m.
   BETHANY CHILDREN’S                                       9:30 a.m. Sunday School
         HOME                                            September 15 – Family Game Night
Our church, along with many other                              4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
churches, was asked to donate a gift basket
to Bethany Children’s Home for their 144th                 September 28 – Basket Bingo
Anniversary Day and Community Festival. It                      6:00 p.m. Doors Open
was held on August 17th. All proceeds help                        7:00 p.m. Bingo
provide brighter futures for kids and families.



                                       Page 10
                                                     Saturday, October 13th 9:00 a.m.                –
Committee: Evelyn Broad, Lynda Marks,                10:00 p.m. “Shop For A Cause” Please join
Barb Thomas and Jackie Thomas                        in at Macy’s celebrating a national day of
                                                     support for local non-profit organizations in our
Did you realize that the Finance Committee           community. Make a $5.00 donation and save
set a $30,000 goal for fundraising for the 2007      20% or 10% all day with this ticket, exclusions
budget year. Right now we are at about               apply. Enter for a chance to win a $500 gift
$11,000.     We have a wide variety of               card. Purchase a shopping pass from anyone
fundraisers. If you are not interested in some       of our Consistory or fundraising members for
of them maybe your friends or family are.            $5.00. A win-win situation - you shop and
Please help our church.                              receive discounts and our church receives the
                                                     $5.00 donation directly.
We appreciate and thank those who have
                                                     Our church cookbook should be arriving
added some other interesting and innovative
                                                     soon for a cost of $10.00 each. Please use
ways to bring in revenue. Anyone else out
there with creative ideas please talk to one of      the order form in this newsletter.
our committee members. All fundraising dates         Basket Social – Sunday October 14th. We
have to be set up with Evelyn Broad                  will open the doors at 9:15 a.m. after our first
chairperson.                                         church service. There will be food available
                                                     and lots and lots of items. Remember we
            UPCOMING EVENTS                          need your help with this project. If you can,
Yard Sale with food available Saturday               we would like if our church members could
September 8th                                        either donate a filled basket, or gift certificates
from 8:00 a.m.                                       for restaurants, stores or miniature golf, etc.
– 12:00 noon in                                      We have some ideas set up in the parlor area.
Fox        Hall.                                     Be creative…talk to one of our committee
Please drop off                                      members. If you would like us to purchase
your treasures                                       and wrap something up for you that is great
on the Fox Hall                                      too. This can be a very successful fundraiser.
stage anytime. If it is priced, great, if not that   Our Consistory president, Kathy Nelson would
is okay too. We appreciate all the reusable          like to see 400 or more baskets. Can we
items you donate. Thank you very much.               reach her goal? All things are possible.
Basket Bingo, Friday, September 28th Doors           Craft Show – October 27th 9:00 a.m. – 2:00
open 6:00 p.m. games begin at 7:00 p.m.              p.m. More information to follow. Crafters
Tickets are $15.00 presales, $20.00 at door.         needed – there are a few spaces available.
Specials, Chinese auction and food available.        Call Evelyn Broad.
If anyone would like to sponsor a basket or          Pork & Sauerkraut Dinner – November 3rd –
donate a Chinese auction prize please see or         4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Tickets $9.00 each in
call   Evelyn   Broad     at   610-264-2000.         advance - $10.00 at the door.
Donations are greatly appreciated.                   Sandwich Sale – Orders will be ready on
Entertainment Books 2008 available now-              Thursday, November 15th. Watch for more
Lehigh Valley edition $20.00, other areas            information in upcoming bulletins and
available. To purchase contact Evelyn Broad          newsletters.
at 610-264-2000 or Susan, Church Office
Administrator at 610-264-8421. They make
great birthday, anniversary, thank you or
Christmas presents.
                                                     Page 11
                                 MUSIC NOTES
September marks an upsurge in Christian activity that takes place as school begins and
vacations come to an end. Choirs resume rehearsing and Christian educational programs
reconvene. As members of Christ’s church, we are called to serve.

If you enjoy singing or the hands-on of bell ringing, try one of the choirs at St. John’s.
There is music for every age.

CHANCEL CHOIR
Wednesday, September 5, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.            Sings at all 10:45 a.m. worship
services. Ages youth to ??? – no age limit!

JUBILATION CHOIR
Monday, September 10, 6:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Three part women’s choir. Sings at the
8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. worship service once a month, usually the second Sunday of the
month. Ages youth to ??? – no age limit!

HANDBELL CHOIR
Monday, September 10, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Two to
three octave bell ringing. Rings at the 8:15 a.m. and
10:45 a.m. worship service once a month, usually the
second Sunday of the month. Ages youth to ??? – no
age limit!

CHERUB CHOIR
Wednesday, September 12, 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Sings
once a month, usually the last Sunday of the month,
10:45 a.m. worship service. Ages three to first grade.

JOYFUL NOISE CHOIR
Wednesday, September 12, 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sings once a month, usually the last
Sunday of the month, 10:45 a.m. worship service. This choir also plays handchimes
various times during the year. Ages, second grade to sixth grade.

This is a musically active church. Your participation is needed. An invitation is extended
to interested children, youth, and adults to serve St. John’s by singing or ringing in one or
more of the choirs.

If you have any questions, please give me a call at the church or my home
(610-264-5859).

I look forward to greeting returning choir members as well as new faces.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the lands. Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his
presence with singing! (Psalm 100:1-2).

Musically,
Gail

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            A CASE FOR A CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
Fifty years after St. John’s Evangelical and Reformed Church in Fullerton changed its
name and began to adapt to the flexibility afforded by the joining of four denominations into
the United Church of Christ, we are being called to enter into the next phase of our
development. As we transform our image into a church truly viable for the twenty-first
century, we come face to face with the reality that this reshaping depends on having a
facility that will support our vision of growth in programs, missions and service to God. In
view of what has been discovered about the structural integrity of our sanctuary building
                                        and subsequent inquiries into what are the costs
                                        associated with correcting the problems, it is evident
                                        that there are needs much greater than we can
                                        support through our current regular giving.

                                     Recognizing the urgency of the need, the consistory
                                     more than a year ago approved the creation of an
                                     exploratory Capital Campaign Committee.            This
                                     volunteer group has informally investigated many
                                     facets of our problem. In addition, professionals have
                                     been consulted for information on structural and safety
                                     issues. We learned from all the preliminary work, to
                                     expect significant expenses to correct these structural
                                     issues. (Some of these were made evident through
                                     tours and slide shows of damaged areas.)

As a culmination of all of the preliminary work, it is now expected that a plan will be
presented to the consistory in September and subsequently the congregation will have an
opportunity to review the proposal.

Shortly after the start of the new year we expect to initiate a Capital Campaign that would
seek to raise as much as $500,000 to $800,000. This would provide for restoration of the
exterior of the building complex, rehabilitation of the interiors and the ongoing preservation
of the property.

Such a plan would require a three-year campaign--seeking commitments and accepting
gifts to undertake the projects as the priorities become evident. The plan also requires that
each member search his/her heart, examine their financial capabilities and then pledge to
invest themselves at the necessary level to ensure the continued custodianship of St.
John’s

We ask you to be prepared to receive the campaign plan and join in our journey to restore
our church home.


John Viglione, Chairperson



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                                   UPDATES
     ASSOCIATE PASTOR                              MEMORIAL GIFTS
     SEARCH UPDATE                                             Thank you to the
                                                               following    people
We have received profiles/resumes for
                                                               who contributed to
this position and will begin interviewing
                                                               the Memorial Fund
the candidates.
                                             in memory of: Diana Sutliff – Fullerton
                                             Senior Citizens.
We will keep you posted and updated. In
the meantime, please include the             In memory of: Jennie Warner – Ronald
Associate Pastor Search Team in your         & Eileen Bechtold, Kevin & Diane Lloyd,
prayers.                                     Michael & Martha Kneiss, Frank & Karen
                                             Stoisits, John & Catherine Meltsch, Doris
   NEW SIGN UP SHEET                         Brezack, Barbara Wassum, Margaret
 Do you want to decide when you will         Hudak, Albert Lakatosh, Helen Barna,
                  usher?                     Robert & Gloria Thomas, Robert & Nancy
Here is your chance to decide which          Weaver, Richard & Cathy Jeanes, Evelyn
Sundays you will usher. A convenient         & Thomas Broad, Robert & Jean
sign up sheet is posted in the back of the   Coombe, Dolores Czarnecki.
sanctuary. You can sign up to usher
when you would like to usher.
                                                WE NEED USHERS,
It has been difficult making phone calls          GREETERS, &
and getting callbacks. Last year the
Worship and Music Committee decided to
                                               SCRIPTURE READERS
schedule those who agreed to usher and       Our service to God takes so many
sent a letter. Some of the weeks did not     different shapes and forms. Helping to
work. We came up with this compromise.       lead worship is an important way to
If you would like to schedule your own       serve. If you would like to be a scripture
time to usher please sign up in the back     reader please call Mary Jane Ott
of the sanctuary.                            (610-434-9732). She will gladly schedule
                                             you for the service time of your choice.
                                             Would you help with ushering? Sharon
    MILLER-KEYSTONE                          Foellner (610-767-1686) has been
                                             gathering names to help usher at both
     BLOOD CENTER                            services.  Please let her know your
Thank you to the following people who        interest.
donated blood in the month of July:          Would you like to be a greeter at the door
Luther     Smith,     Ronald        Glass,   on Sunday morning? Then call Suzie
Brian Fisher, Paul Long.                     Fahringer (610-264-5234) if you would
                                             like to help at 8:15 and Ruth Christman
                                             (610-264-3450) if you would like to help
Would you like to leave more than just       at 10:45.
an empty place in a pew? Remember
St. John’s UCC in your will.
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                 MEDICAL EQUIPMENT UPDATE
A Big Thank You! to the following, for their generous donation of
medical equipment to be included in our church inventory:
Mary Jane Ott: for donating a first class wheel chair, equipped with
footrests and padded leg rests.
Marilyn Mentch: for donating a bath bench, a portable commode with
safety frame, and a wooden cane.
(These items have a combined value of over $500)
Thank you so much!

The following medical equipment is available for your use:
Many of you may not be aware of the fact that our church has an inventory of durable
medical equipment for the use of anyone in our congregation if the need should arise.
There is no charge to you for the use of this equipment. All you need to do, if you have a
need for any item that we have in stock, is call Bob Coombe@ (610) 264-9316, or call the
Church office and Susan will put you in contact with me.
I will then meet you at the church and check out the needed item to you, or if this is not
convenient, I will arrange to deliver it to your home. I will assist you in the operation of the
equipment, and if necessary, set it up for you.
All equipment will be maintained in a clean condition, and stored at the church.
Currently we have in our inventory:
                     4 pair of wooden crutches
                     1 pair of aluminum adjustable crutches
                     1 aluminum folding walker with wheels
                     4 aluminum folding walkers
                     1 aluminum folding walker with wheels and tray
                     2 aluminum non-folding walker
                     1 aluminum adjustable cane
                     1 four prong aluminum cane
                     1 wooden cane (ladies)
                     1 toilet frame with seat & chute (out 3/1)
2 safety toilet frames with seat
2 reg. bath benches
1 bath bench with back (out 3/1)
3 wheel chairs (folding for transport), 1 with foot rests
  (1 wheelchair with leg and foot rests)
If anyone has any medical equipment out for use at this time, please contact me with the
status of this item; or if anyone has any equipment which you have purchased in the past,
and no longer are in need of, your donation of this item to the church inventory will be
greatly appreciated!
Thank you,
Bob Coombe
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                    SEPTEMBER
             SUNDAY WORSHIP SCHEDULE

                         September 2nd – 9:15 AM
                           14th Sunday After Pentecost
                      Holy Communion/New members joining
                            Scripture: Luke 14:1, 7-14
                 Hymns: From All That Dwell Below The Skies
      ~~~ As We Gather At Your Table   ~~~ Let There Be Peace On Earth


                    September 9th – 8:15 & 10:45 AM
                           15th Sunday After Pentecost
               Scriptures: Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18     Luke 14:25-33
                        Hymns: Lift High The Cross
~~~ O God, Who Teaches Us To Live      ~~~Won’t You Let Me Be Your Servant?


                    September 16th – 8:15 & 10:45 AM
                           16th Sunday After Pentecost
                             Scripture: Luke 15:1-10
                    Hymns: They Asked, ―Who’s My Neighbor?
~~~ Savior, Like A Shepherd Lead Us     ~~~ Called As Partners In Christ’s Service


                    September 23rd – 8:15 & 10:45 AM
                           17th Sunday After Pentecost
    Scriptures: Jeremiah 8:18-9:1, Psalm 79:1-9, 1 Timothy 2:1-7, Luke 16:1-13
                    Hymns: Dear God, Embracing Humankind
          ~~~ In The Bulb There Is A Flower  ~~~ Shine, Jesus, Shine


                    September 30th – 8:15 & 10:45 AM
                           18th Sunday After Pentecost
                            Scripture: Luke 16:19-31
                          Hymns: We Praise You, O God
        ~~~ For The Fruit of All Creation ~~~ Great Is Your Faithfulness




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 St. John’s United Church of Christ, Fullerton
   575 Grape Street, Whitehall, PA 18052
        Church Office 610-264-8421
            Fax No. 610-264-4300
Rev. Dr. Becky J. Beckwith’s email stjohnsucc.pastor@rcn.com
          Susan Kuder, Office Administrator’s email
               stjohnsucc.secretary@rcn.com
   Laurie Morgan, Director of Christian Ed. & Youth’s email
               stjohnsucc.teacher@rcn.com
    Website Address http://www.stjohnsuccfullerton.org
                 Church Office Hours
         Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
          (Will be closed ½ hour for lunch)
                   Worship Services
       September 2nd – One Service – 9:15 a.m.
   Starting September 9th – Resume our two services
               8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
               9:30 a.m. Sunday School


                 ST. JOHN’S UCC, FULLERTON STAFF
                  Pastor: Rev. Dr. Becky J. Beckwith
                 Pastor Emeritus: Rev. Aaron W. Fox
                 Director of Music: Mrs. Gail Hanzl
                      Pianist: Mrs. Emilie Moyer
               Office Administrator: Mrs. Susan Kuder
    Director of Christian Education & Youth: Mrs. Laurie Morgan
                         Sexton: Mr. Bill Kern
                     Custodian: Mr. Scott Weaver
                         CHURCH OFFICERS
                     President: Ms. Kathy Nelson
                 Vice President: Mr. Robert Scheirer
                    Treasurer: Mrs. Kristen Riedy
       Financial Secretaries: Mr. & Mrs. Tom & Emilie Moyer
         SEPTEMBER WORSHIP PARTICIPANTS

September 2 – 9:15 AM                       September 9 – 10:45 AM
Elders: Kathy Nelson, Evelyn Broad          Ushers:
Ushers: Head Usher – Dale Heffelfinger,     Head Usher – Ronald Christman,
Logan Groff, Beth Neitz, Bill Meckes,       Tammy Christman, Tim Christman,
Sharon Foellner, Kristen Riedy,             Karen Christman
Bruce Miller, Noreen Miller                 Greeter: Doris Smith
Greeters: Jean & Robert Coombe              Acolyte: Carolyn Gray
Acolyte: Amy Conrad

September 9 – 8:15 AM                       September 16 – 10:45 AM
Ushers: Head Usher – Richard Scheirer,      Ushers: Head Usher – Kevin Fox,
Betty Scheirer, Charles Schwenk,            Melody Fox, Richard Dickey,
Terri Schwenk                               Idella Dickey

Greeters: Jean & Robert Coombe              Greeter: Kim Devers and
                                            Rachel Hillegass
Acolyte: Jenna Bruder
                                            Acolyte: Kyle Piskula
September 16 – 8:15 AM
Ushers: Head Usher – John Viglione,
Connie Viglione, Larry Albright,            September 23 – 10:45 AM
Freda Albright                              Ushers: Head Usher – Dewey Yeatts,
                                            DonnaLee Yeatts, Richard Conrad,
Greeters: Karla Young & Elaine Lentz        Stephanie Conrad
Acolyte: Christian Harrison                 Greeter: JoAnn Sutter
                                            Acolyte: Steven Snyder
September 23 – 8:15 AM
Ushers: Head Usher – Kerry Dorney,
Robin Dorney, Carl Case, Doris Case
                                            September 30 – 10:45AM
Greeter: Cindy Reck                         Ushers: Head Usher – Barbara Thomas,
Acolyte: Myles Silfies                      Eugene Gallagher, Kelsey Gallagher,
                                            Melanie Peters
September 30 – 8:15 AM                      Greeter: Lora Nailor
Ushers: Head Usher – Don Brensinger,        Acolyte: Curtis Christman
Robin Brensinger, Donnie Brensinger,
Bryan Brensinger
                                            Altar Guild: 8:15 AM – Linda Apple,
Greeters: Charles & Linda Apple             Connie Viglione
Acolyte: Trace Silfies                      10:45 AM – Ruth Christman, Pat Harrigle,
                                            Doris Smith




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