Prayer List

 As you trust God and entrust these people in God's care, may we together experience the Living God.

As you trust God and entrust these people in God's care, may we together experience the Living God.

Please keep the following people in your thoughts and prayers and take these concerns as an opportunity to care for them. We can not share personal information in this public e-mail. For more information, please contact the church office at office@saintpauls-ucc.org.

Pat Namet

Children in Foster Care

Rev. Gary & Betty Hackenberg - connected to Pastor Dietmar

Larry Stewart - connected to Kathy Kreitzer

Gladys Suarez - connected to Daisy Thomas

Tanika Thomas - connected to Linda & Daisy Thomas

The family of Richard Wagner

Cathy Bunger - connected to Penny Dollar

Dipasquale family - connected to Jan Garinger

Jennifer - connected to Donnell & Fred Kelly

Charles Siegel, Sr. - Charlie Siegel's dad

Donna Smith - connected to Verlyn Smith

Chyrl Gemberling

Paul & Carol Cotner

Ben Moyer - son-in-law of Garingers

Bob Camp - connected to Vivian Beaver

The family of Ruth Lundberg - connected to Peggy Doak

Gayle & Bruce Dively

If you want to include someone on our church prayer list, please call the church office at 570-374-8749, e-mail us at stplssel@verizon.net, or fill out one of the prayer cards from the pews and place them in the offering plate. For us to honor Prayer Request cards please seek permission from the person you desire prayers for and include your name on the cards that are available in the pews or in the church office.

"A Place to Call Home" - Worship Series, Sundays at 10:30 am

There is no place like home, a place to belong, where you feel loved and appreciated for who you are. God placed a longing for loving relationships in your heart. You are made to relate. Like your hunger for food, your soul craves for God, to connect to the living God. You long to belong, to be at home with God. “A Place to Call Home” is the theme of our Easter Worship Series, which includes themes like, “All Are Welcome,” “You Are Family,” “A Place at the Table,” “Always Room for One More,” “Residing in Love,” “Always Blessing, Always Blessed,” and “What’s Mine is Yours.” We encourage you to invite a friend and join us together in worship during this Easter Season as we explore together what it means to be at home, truly at home with God. 

Pentecost Sunday and Conference Minister Visit - May 20, 10:30 am

Wear red, orange, or yellow and join us in celebrating the church‘s birthday! On Pentecost, God‘s Spirit moved and empowered people from every nation in Jerusalem. Fired up, they became witnesses to God‘s great and powerful deeds. The Holy Spirit is still a powerful force able to surprise and move you. On this special Sunday, our UCC Penn Central Conference Minister, the Rev. Dr. Monica Dawkins-Smith will visit us and will deliver the sermon during our worship service. Help us welcome her and, as you are able, wear red, orange, or yellow to reflect the fiery flames of God‘s powerful Spirit.

Strengthen the Church Offering - May 20

Pentecost Sunday, when we celebrate the birthday of the church, is the best time to remember our sisters and brothers who are in ministry together with us. The United Church of Christ is planting new churches and revitalizing existing ones. Our local UCC Penn Central Conference places a special emphasis on training church leaders for faithful ministry. The national UCC offers grants to churches and organizations which are working toward building a just world for all. One of the grants made possible through your donation will go to the “Healing Streams Center” in Philadelphia where Megan McLeod is working towards providing a space where single mothers feel safe, significant, and supported. Your contribution to the Strengthen the Church offering is an expression of your love of God and love of neighbor. Thank you for your gift to our Strengthen the Church offering. You may use a giving envelope from the last newsletter, from your offering envelope box, designate an envelope from the pew or just mark your check in the memo line as “Strengthen the Church.” Thank you for strengthening the church!

BLESSING - Celtic Spirituality Summer Worship Series

We will focus on the Sacred in every moment, every person, and in every situation during our summer worship series beginning with June. Instead of focusing on the “original sin,” we will delve into Celtic Spirituality and explore the “original blessing” the way God created and called all creation good. Celtic Spirituality is grounded Creation Spirituality. Through the centuries, Celtic Christians paid attention to the Holy in the ordinary, how we can become aware of God’s presence in us and around us. This summer we will be moved by Celtic (Irish) blessings and practice how we can bless other people. Make a point to join us in our 10:30 am worship services during our summer months as we explore “thin places”, encounter the Holy and become a blessing to others.

Summer Worship Schedule - Beginning May 27

Church Council has decided to keep our summer worship time at 10:30 am, with no Sunday School. Church Council deliberated extensively on the matter. Council members realize that they cannot make it right for everyone. Some factors which tilted the scale toward keeping the worship time at 10:30 am were that parents with children prefer this time and that senior citizens often need more time in the morning to get ready and going. Whether you favor the 10:30 am worship time or not, we hope and pray that you will make worship a priority during the summer months. Please note and share this information with others as we begin our summer worship schedule on Memorial Day weekend, May 27, through Labor Day weekend, September 2. 

Summer Musicians Needed

It’s that time of year again when we ask for suggestions and volunteers to provide music during the summer. Our choirs will be taking a well-deserved break. Sing a solo, sing a hymn with a friend, read a poem, dance, play an instrument, or ask a friend to share their talent. Pick a date that works best for you between June 3 and September 2, 2018. Please let Jan know at jang58@ptd.net or call her at 570-259-2968. Thank you all for your support of the St. Paul’s music programs. Your Music Committee

Jesus Loves All the Children of the World

St. Paul’s UCC Youth Group wants you to know that Jesus loves ALL the children of the world.  The Youth Group painted wooden children representing 12 different countries from around the world, even countries that the US may be in conflict with, because they wanted to show everyone that Jesus welcomes and loves all, no matter where they are from or what country they live in. The “Children of the World” are displayed on the church lawn and have the name of the country they represent on their back, so take some time to stroll around and try to guess which country each wooden child represents.  And don’t forgot that Jesus loves ALL!

Children's Summer Sunday School 2018

For the summer, Sunday School will occur every Sunday after the children’s message in June and August. We will not be having any Sunday School classes during the month of July. During June and August, we will be doing craft projects and other fun activities and resume our normal curriculum at the end of August. Please bring the family to church this summer and let the youth know that they can still attend Sunday School during June and August for some summer fun! Hope to see you all there! If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Siegel at youth@saintpauls-ucc.org.   

Vacation Bible School - Summer 2018

This year Vacation Bible School will occur the week of July 9th through July 13th. Vacation Bible School helps to spark imagination and also helps your child build a stronger connection to God. This year’s theme is “Shipwrecked,” where we will find ourselves stuck on an uncharted island and we’ll learn how Jesus carries us all through life's storms. So, get ready for some fun and adventure this summer! If you have any questions, are interested in helping with VBS, or would like to register your child for VBS, please contact Michelle Siegel at 570-898-8366 or email her at youth@saintpauls-ucc.org.

St. Paul's Audio and Video

Have you ever wondered about all those buttons and slides at the back of the sanctuary? How do all those images get on the big screens? Have you ever wanted to participate in one of our wonderful worship services, but don't want to be front and center? Consider joining the Audio and Video Team. Maybe just join us one Sunday to see what it's all about. Sound and images play a very important rule in today's worship! We can't imagine our church without these gifts. See one of the smiling operators in the sound and video booth for details!

The Visitation Ministry Needs Your Support

 Pastor Penny describes the meaning of the "Broken" Cross in worship. 

Pastor Penny describes the meaning of the "Broken" Cross in worship. 

Will you please help us finance St. Paul's Visitation Ministry Position at $200/month? Pastor Penny (pictured above) started a visitation ministry at St. Paul's for people who are homebound and in nursing homes. About 20 persons followed her invitation to participate in visiting people who are confined to their home. Because Pastor Penny's position was not budgeted for 2017, we need funding for it. We are deeply grateful to two persons who each funded one month of Pastor Penny's ministry. Are you able to join them in "sponsoring" the Visitation Ministry for a month for $200 or willing and able to make any size donation to support this vital ministry? Especially those who are homebound and confined to nursing homes will appreciate your contribution very much. Please designate your gift to "Visitation Ministry." Thank you, thank you!

"Where and How Do You Notice God at Work?" - Faith Sharing

It is always moving when people share personally about their faith and experiences of God. Celtic Christianity describes “thin places,” where God’s reality and ours are touching, barely separated by a veil as thin as gossamer. Where and how do you notice God at work? We invite you to share an experience during our worship service, when you felt God at work in you or around you. Every person has such experiences, where the veil in between heaven and earth lifts. Sharing your personal experience in worship should be only 3 minutes long. Please let Pastor Dietmar know of your interest in sharing from your heart. You can talk to him in person, call (570) 541-0121 or email: dietmarplajer@mac.com. Thank you for paying attention to God’s movements in your life and your surroundings. 

Why Name Tags?

We encourage everyone to wear a name tag.  This helps people feel more welcome and helps us connect better with one another. You will find your name tag in the cabinet across from the main sanctuary entrance. They are sorted alphabetically by last name. The random colors should help you find yours more easily.  A host can help you find your name tag or create one for you.  After our worship service, you can drop your name tag in a designated basket at the church entrance. Our volunteers will restock them alphabetically in the cabinet. There you will find your name tag again next Sunday. Why name tags? We practice extravagant hospitality and we get to know each other better. Thanks for participating and for encouraging others to wear name tags on a regular basis.

 

 

 

 

Fair Trade Coffee

 Coffee that makes you smile!

Coffee that makes you smile!

Many small coffee farmers receive prices for their coffee that are less than the costs of production, forcing them into a cycle of poverty and debt. Fair Trade is a viable solution to this crisis, assuring consumers that the coffee we drink was purchased under fair conditions. To support this worthy cause you can purchase coffee products from the display in the church foyer. Please make checks payable to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ with “Fair Trade Coffee” in the memo line.

 Try the great taste of fairly traded coffee!

Try the great taste of fairly traded coffee!

"Recycle for Sight"

St. Paul’s is a drop-off for eyeglasses going to a Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center. Lions Clubs International provide eyeglasses free-of-charge for optical missions. Lions, healthcare workers, and service-minded volunteers from other organizations participate in optical missions. All types of eyeglasses and sunglasses, prescription and non-prescription, are acceptable. Children's eyeglasses are especially needed. Reading glasses are also useful because many recipients are in need of visual correction to help them perform close-up tasks. A collection box is in the foyer.  There is no deadline as this is an ongoing mission.  Thank you to Kim Haizlett for initiating this worthwhile project.