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2011 Newsletter ST. JOHN’S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST The Reverend Linda Lennon – Pastor 4 North Main Street, P.O. Box 356 Richlandtown, PA 18955 215-538-0875 firstname.lastname@example.org WWW.STJOHNSUCC.ORG 1 calendar 2 ST. JOHN'S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST The Reverend Linda Lennon…………………..(home) 610-691-5769 Pastor Linda’s E-Mail…………………..……………email@example.com David King - Council President…………………..………..215-536-5351 Larry Benner - Organist / Choir Director………………215-536-2791 David Williams -Custodian…..…………………..………..267-377-5610 Office Telephone Brenda Kucharik, Secretary 215-538-0875 Church E-Mail ………………………………..…..firstname.lastname@example.org Church Website……………………………………….…..www.stjohnsucc.org Church Office Hours 10:00 am to 3:00 pm -- Monday through Thursday April 25 7:00 PM Musical Rehearsal April 28 Quakertown Food Pantry April 30 Heifer Youth Trip May 1 Deadline for Geranium orders 7:00 PM Musical Rehearsal May 4 5:00 PM Junior Youth Wild Wednesday May 8 Mother’s Day—Social Hour Phoebe Collection May 9 7:00 PM Musical Rehearsal May 11 5:00 PM Junior Youth Wild Wednesday May 15 7:00 PM Musical Rehearsal May 16 7:00 PM Worship Meeting May 18 5:00 PM Junior Youth Wild Wednesday May 22 Music Sunday 1:00 PM WOW TEA May 29 Sunday Worship begins at 9:30 AM June 1 7:00 PM Book Discussion ―The Glass Castle‖ Weekly Schedule SUNDAY: Sunday School – 9:00 AM Worship Service – 10:15 AM FIRST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH: Girl Scouts – 6:00 – 8:00 PM TUESDAY: Women For Sobriety – 9:00 AM WEDNESDAY: Women’s Guild (Quilting) – 9:00 AM THURSDAY: Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Meeting – 6:30 – 9:30 PM Senior Choir Rehearsal – To be determined weekly 3 LECTIONARY SELECTIONS FOR MARCH The following is this month’s selection of scripture passages taken from The Common Lectionary. This three year rotation of texts takes us through the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. May 1 Second Sunday of Easter (White) Acts 2:14a, 22-32 Psalm 16 1 Peter 1:3-9 John 20:19-31 May 8 Third Sunday of Easter (White) Mother’s Day Acts 2:14a, 36-41 Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 1 Peter 1:17-23 Luke 24:13-35 May 15 Fourth Sunday of Easter (White) Acts 2:42-27 Psalm 23 1 Peter 2:19-25 John 10:1-10 May 22 Fifth Sunday of Easter (White) Acts 7:55-60 Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16 1 Peter 2:2-10 John 14:1-14 May 29 Sixth Sunday of Easter (White) Acts 17:22-31 Psalm 66:8-20 1 Peter 3:13-22 John 14:15-21 4 Dear Friends, Spring! Finally, we can say it’s here. Seems like we had to wait a long time for spring to show up this year. We wait for spring to come and flowers to bud and for the earth to green up once again. We wait for seeds and flowers to grow. For the gardeners among us, planting time is almost here, when the danger of frost is gone. As we wait for the freshly planted garden to grow, we hold a vision of what the garden will be someday. You cannot hurry it along. Spring comes when it’s time, flowers bloom when it’s time. Gardens grow when it's time. Gardens teach us to wait, to be patient and to pay attention. Gardening is a spiritual activity, for gardens have deep spiritual lessons for us. They teach us about waiting and hope. As Christians, we know something about that. Even though spring can take forever to get here, we trust it to return, a good reminder of resurrection. Life over death. The first shoots of green in the garden testify to all who will listen the message we have been waiting for has arrived! Resurrection! This year as you wait and hope for new life, remember it's coming as surly as the garden grows. Christ is Risen. Christ is Risen Indeed! Blessings, Pastor Linda 5 Please keep Pastor Linda Lennon’s family in your thoughts and prayers on the loss of their beloved father, Donald More, Jr. on April 18, 2011. WOW will a hold a Tea on May 22nd at 1:00PM.. There will be a speaker. Price to be announced. Open to all women. Wild Wednesdays Junior Youth Group will meet again May 4, 11, 18 from 5:00 to 6:30PM. Dinner, crafts, and Bible Stories will be part of the fun! All Children are welcome. Book Discussion group will meet on June 1 at 7:00PM. The Glass Castle is the book to start reading. The Glass Castle' is a 2005 memoir by Jeannette Walls. The book recounts her and her siblings' unconventional, poverty- stricken upbringing at the hands of their deeply dysfunctional parents. The memoir stayed on The New York Times Best Seller list for 100 weeks. 6 Many thanks to everyone who helped, in many ways, with our Rummage Sale. Everyone's help and cooperation was greatly appreciated. It is because of all of you that are rummage sale was again a success. Hopefully all of you will be able to help again in October. Thank you everyone. Bev Kuhn and Eleanor Fly The Activities committee thanks all who helped with the Spaghetti Dinner, and all who came to enjoy the food and the evening's entertainment. Our thanks also to those who contributed their musical talents to a very enjoyable evening. The profits totaled $434.25 and will be used toward paying down the outstanding balance for the bathroom Use of the Church and/or Church Property Any activities that need to be ‘booked’ at St. John’s or borrowing of Church Property i.e. tables, chairs, or other items must go through the Church Office – this is so that we have no conflict of interest. Thank you in advance for your consideration. We are Always Looking for New Lectors… Would you be interested in reading scripture passages at our Sunday morning Worship Services? If you would like to read or have any questions please contact Pastor Linda or Marcella Kulp. The N E W St. John’s Website The new St John's website is now live, after roughly five months of development! Please take a look at the new website at: www.stjohnsucc.org , which is the same name as before. The address will stay the same…www.stjohnsucc.org. 7 Bulletin Sponsors The 2011 Bulletin Sponsor List is posted on the bulletin board. The cost is $5.00 per week per sponsor. There is room for 2 sponsors per week. Please help us defray the cost of printing our weekly bulletins by volunteering to be a Bulletin Sponsor. If you have any questions, please contact Carla Spotts. The Panda is coming to VBS! Mark your calendars for July 11-15. The Quakertown Food Pantry Serving God by serving those in need (215) 536-0240 email@example.com Pantry Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Tuesday & Thursday: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Saturday: 10:00 am – Noon Join the St. John’s Food Pantry Team Every fourth Thursday of the month we will be volunteering at the Pantry from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. If you would like to join the ‘FOOD PANTRY TEAM’ speak with Pastor Linda. Cash Register Tape Fundraiser The WOW group collects cash register tapes from Redner’s Warehouse Markets. Please register for a Shopper’s Card at the courtesy counter and tell them it is for St. John’s UCC. With the closing of Boyer’s we can use all the tapes we can get, so please try to remember when you grocery shop. Thank you. 8 Upcoming St. John’s Social Hours All committees have been scheduled for their Social Hours during the upcoming year. If a date needs to change, please contact Debbie Deily or the Church Office. You can be as creative or simple as you like for your Social Hour. May 8th – Hosted by the Men of the Church June 19th – Hosted by the Christian Ed. Committee Prayer Prayer is not a trial balloon we send up to see if God is there. It is an opportunity He has given us to communicate with Him. Please allow our Prayer Chain to join you in prayer. The information you give will be kept confidential. For prayer needs or for membership, please contact Marcella Kulp at 215-536-5625. Life of Jesus & Journeys of Paul Cruise Former Conference Minister Rev. Dr. F. Russell Mitman and his wife, Ruth, are hosting a 12 day cruise of the Mediterranean and Holy Lands from October 13–26, 2011. Travel arrangements are being through Boscov’s Travel and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. The trip includes visit to Rome, Naples, and Capri before boarding the liner for the cruise. Ports of call include Jerusalem and visit to Galilee, Island of Rhodes, Ephesus, Athens (Piraeus), and Chania, Crete. While on board you will receive informational lectures from Rev. Mitman. The tour begins and ends in Rome. The complete brochure and applications will be posted on the bulletin board near the lower Church entrance. Judy Guise has additional applications. 9 MAY BIRTHDAYS 1 John Hardcastle 5 Ernest Gross Dolores Sipple 12 Katherine Roberts 15 John Shurow 23 Emily Scholl 26 Randy Wendtland 28 Lloyd Ewer 29 Ellen Yerkes Is your birthday missing from the list, please call the church office at 215-538-0875 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be glad to add it to the birthday list. Scheduled to Serve Lectors May 1 Lori Carney May 8 Dorothy Ewer May 15 Marge Schaffer May 22 Marcella Kulp May 29 Judy Guise Greeters May 1 Jennifer Kramer & Edith Krigor May 8 George & Carla Spotts May 15 LuAnn Kramer & Kathy Landes May 22 Craig & Kerry Thompson May 29 Mary Musselman & Romaine Thrapp 10 Ushers May 1 Gerald Freed & Jerry Lennon May 8 George Schaffer & David King May 15 Jade Scholl & Karen King May 22 Kerry & Craig Thompson May 29 Karen Bilger & Joe Horton Acolytes May 1 Connor Murtaugh May 8 Shannon King May 15 Aaron Scholl May 22 Jason Horton May 29 Emily Scholl Nursery May 1 Karen King & Shannon King May 8 Jade Scholl & Emily Scholl May 15 Dorothy Ewer & Judy Roberts May 22 Sarena Landes & Kathy Landes May 29 Carol Leiter & Mary Hardcastle Offering Processing May 1 Don Edmonds, Dave King, Marcella Kulp May 8 Courtney Weeks, John Moyer, Marge Schaffer May 15 Don Deily, Judy Guise, Don Edmonds May 22 Dave King, Marcella Kulp, Courtney Weeks May 29 John Moyer, Marge Schaffer, Don Deily Visitation Committee May Barbara Fehnel, Ruth Moyer Altar Guild May Jade Scholl, Emily Scholl 11 Has your address/phone/email changed? Is your birthday listed in the newsletter? Please fill out the form below to update the information in the church directory or newsletter. Deposit in the offering tray to be given to church office. Thank you. --------------------------------------------------------- NAME/S______________________________________ ADDRESS_____________________________________ _____________________________________________ PHONE #______________________________________ EMAIL________________________________________ BIRTHDAY/S__________________________________ --------------------------------------------------------- Do You Know A Graduate??? The Worship Committee is asking for names of graduates this spring or summer from high school or college or any other type of certificate. Please let Jessica Sechriest know. NAME_________________________________ ______________________________________ SCHOOL_______________________________ DEGREE/MAJOR/CERTIFICATE______________ ______________________________________ FUTURE PLANS__________________________ 12 13 Help to Beautify St. John’s for Pentecost Please contribute a geranium to decorate the Chancel on Sunday, June 12! We will offer Red Geraniums in 4 ½” pots for $2.50 and 6 ½” pots for $4.50 Please place your order on the offering plate or return it to Carole Freed. Carole can be reached at (215) 536-9188. NAME:________________________________________ TELEPHONE NUMBER:____________________________ I WOULD LIKE TO ORDER: of_________________________________ of___________________________________ ***DEADLINE FOR FLOWER ORDERS IS MAY 1st*** Thank You! 14 calendar calendar 15 Outside postage/address 16
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