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May_ 2011 - St. Johns UCC - Richlandtown


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       The Reverend Linda Lennon – Pastor
        4 North Main Street, P.O. Box 356
            Richlandtown, PA 18955


The Reverend Linda Lennon…………………..(home) 610-691-5769
Pastor Linda’s E-Mail…………………..……………pastorlinda@juno.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 ………………………………..…..stjuccrichtown@enter.net
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

                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

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!

   Pastor Linda

                        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
                     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
           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.

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

                 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
                       Mark your calendars
                          for July 11-15.

         The Quakertown Food Pantry
         Serving God by serving those in need
                    (215) 536-0240
                     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.

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.

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

                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.

               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
stjuccrichtown@enter.net. We will be glad to
add it to the birthday list.

      Scheduled to Serve
May 1     Lori Carney
May 8     Dorothy Ewer
May 15    Marge Schaffer
May 22    Marcella Kulp
May 29    Judy Guise

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

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

May 1    Connor Murtaugh
May 8    Shannon King
May 15 Aaron Scholl
May 22 Jason Horton
May 29 Emily Scholl

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

                     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.



PHONE #______________________________________



           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






FUTURE PLANS__________________________

      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.


TELEPHONE NUMBER:____________________________

              I WOULD LIKE TO ORDER:



       ORDERS IS MAY 1st***
                    Thank You!


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