St. John’s United Church of Christ, Fullerton
575 Grape Street, Whitehall, PA 18052
Church office: 610-264-8421
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
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
See you in church,
Rev. Dr. Becky J. Beckwith
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
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
The Zellner Family and 16 . The newsletter will be collated on
The Fraley Family September 25th.
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
YOUTH AND CHRISTIAN EDUCATION NEWS
YOUTH UPCOMING EVENTS CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
September 9th: “Let It
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. -
Rally Day & UCC 50th
1:00 p.m. - “Are You Smarter Than A
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 &
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
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
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!
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
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
DATE ADULT BIBLE BREAKFAST CLUB ADDITIONAL ADULT
CLASS Location: Coffee OPPORTUNITIES
Location: Room House
Facilitator: Hugh Vrablic
September 9 Dialogue on the day’s Book Study Rally Day
September 16 Dialogue on the day’s Book Study Speaker: The Rev.
scripture Debra Hepburn,
Location: Fox Hall
September 23 Dialogue on the day’s Book Study Speaker: Jane Joyce,
scripture Associate Minister,
What Is The Penn
Location: Fox Hall
September 30 Dialogue on the day’s Book Study Book Club
scripture Who Moved My
Church? A Story
purpose in a
By Mike Nappa
ADULT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION PROGRAM SCHEDULE
DATE ADULT BIBLE CLASS BREAKFAST CLUB ADDITIONAL ADULT
Location: Room #201 Location: Coffee OPPORTUNITIES
Facilitator: House (Discipleship Month)
Tom Moyer Facilitator:
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
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
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
October 28 Book Study Intergenerational Event
No Book Club This
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
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???
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.
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
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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
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
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).
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.
We ask you to be prepared to receive the campaign plan and join in our journey to restore
our church home.
John Viglione, Chairperson
ASSOCIATE PASTOR MEMORIAL GIFTS
SEARCH UPDATE Thank you to the
We have received profiles/resumes for
who contributed to
this position and will begin interviewing
the Memorial Fund
in memory of: Diana Sutliff – Fullerton
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
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.
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Kuder, Office Administrator’s email
Laurie Morgan, Director of Christian Ed. & Youth’s email
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)
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
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
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,
September 30 – 8:15 AM Greeter: Lora Nailor
Ushers: Head Usher – Don Brensinger, Acolyte: Curtis Christman
Robin Brensinger, Donnie Brensinger,
Altar Guild: 8:15 AM – Linda Apple,
Greeters: Charles & Linda Apple Connie Viglione
Acolyte: Trace Silfies 10:45 AM – Ruth Christman, Pat Harrigle,