Events and Information

 

EVENTS:

Upcoming Events


  CONGREGATIONAL MEETING - February 11  

 On February 11 there will be a Congregational Meeting and Covered Dish Luncheon, following worship on Sunday.  Please bring a dish to share.

2018 Church Council nominees are:  Deb Deily, Dan Muck, and Jade Scholl.


Retirement of Pastor Linda 

 Please join St. John’s UCC on the retirement of Pastor Linda on Sunday, January 14th.  Council will be providing the main course and beverages.  The Congregation is asked to bring a side dish or dessert.

 

Dan Muck is making a memory book for Pastor Linda.  Dan Muck is asking people to send him pictures that he can include them in the book.  His email address is manduck1@msn.com.  You can also send a little write up of something you’d like to say to Pastor Linda.  He needs them ASAP so he can get everything organized.


  TIME TO . . .  

Please pick up your 2018 Offering Envelopes in the narthex.

and

Time to sign up for Altar Flowers and Bulletins for 2018!  Please see the signup sheets in the Narthex.


 Annual Reports Needed 

 It’s that time of year again!  Each committee’s Annual Report for 2017 is due by January 21, 2018.  The report will be ready for pick up at the Congregational Meeting on February 11, 2018.  Please submit a hand written copy as early as possible or a Word Document and email to the church at stjuccrichtown@verizon.net.  Questions, please call Brenda at 215-538-0875.  Thank you!!

 

  Dish to Pass Dinner  

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for Caroling and a Dish to Pass Dinner here at St. John’s

on December 16th at 5:00PM.  We will sing Christmas carols at Meadow Glenn (Phoebe) at 6:00PM.

All are invited.  Bring family and friends.

 
    Enlarging our Circles  

Do you think some groups at St. John’s are too small and could use some new life?  Why not enlarge the circle?

 

One day Larry Benner had an idea, why not put together a choir of people who like to sing?  He knew the St. John’s UCC choir was terrific, but he had a vision to make it even bigger and better.  How did he work his idea?  He asked other people who like to sing to join in a new choir.  Through enlarging the circle, we are all blessed; the participants who enjoy singing together and brightening lives, as well as, the community who has opportunity to attend the concerts.  It is amazing how this choir, The St. John’s Cantata Choir, has now finished their 48th Cantata.  Not only do they sing together, but they have formed new friendships and new support.

 

St. John’s UCC has served at the food pantry for many years.  Over the years, the group has gotten a bit smaller as some helpers can no longer attend.  Instead of the group stepping down because of size, we enlarged our circle.  The title was changed to be Richlandtown Night at the Quakertown Food Pantry and St. John’s Lutheran church and Phoebe Richland employees were invited to join us.  Guess what?  Now we have so many more helpers at the food pantry and we’ve made new friends as we serve the community together.  We are all so very blessed by this experience with our renewed excitement by enlarging our circles.

 

Food for Friends is another example.  For many years, St. John’s UCC has served community dinners, whenever there is a 5th Wednesday on the calendar.  Due to various circumstances our group was getting smaller and the work seemed to be too much.  So again, we enlarged the circle.  We invited others to join us.  Now we have some Phoebe Richland employees to join us on the 5th Wednesday.  We were all blessed by this experience.

 

Why not consider some new ways to enlarge the St. John’s circle?  Pray and reflect and step up to meet the new possibilities.  Think first of YOUR vision, ask one or two other people to join with you and then keep asking others look.  Then look for the ways God wants to bless your efforts.

 

What about a Bible Study group …with several other churches and Phoebe?  Each church leads one night.  Meet somewhere other than a church.

 

How about a Dine around…ask 4 churches and Phoebe to join you once a month at a different restaurant?

 

How about a family activity between 4 churches?

 

The ideas are Yours.  Ask God for direction and then step out and do something new and risky.

 

I believe God blesses our efforts in ways beyond our imagining.  God always calls us from our comfort zones, but will help guide and direct the path when we ask.

 

 

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INFORMATION: 


Inclement Weather

In the event it becomes necessary to cancel Services at any time during the winter, we will notify WFMZ in Allentiown.  They will post the information on their website, www.wfmz.com , and we will also notify WLEV 100.7 in Bethlehem of the closing.  Even when we have Services, we ask that you use your best judgement for your own safety when deciding to venture out in inclement weather.


Church Council Update

Council Minutes will hang on the Bulletin Board for those who wish to read them.

 

Communication
All committee Chairs please give reports or information on current meetings to Pastor Linda or to the    Church Secretary by Wednesday for the next bulletin, and by the 20th of the month for the Newsletter.         You can e-mail us at stjuccrichtown@verizon.net.  Also, a large calendar has been placed in the Narthex        on the bulletin board.  People are strongly encouraged to fill-in their planned meetings/events on the   calendar for everyone to see.

 

Property Committee
Please continue your generous donations using the Building Improvement envelope
sent with your Newsletter.  
 Questions and comments may be directed to anyone on the Property Committee. 

 

Old Medications Disposal

If you need to dispose of old medications properly, Rann Pharmacy in Harleysville

has a disposal box.  They also have a website that can help in

areas pertaining to medications:  www.mymedschedule.com .

Other drop-Off Locations

Quakertown Borough

The Quakertown Police Department

35 N. 3rd Street, Quakertown

Richland Township

Richland Township Police Department

229 California Road, Quakertown

 

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.

 

The Quakertown Food Pantry

Serving God by serving those in need

 (215) 536-0240  

quakertownfoodpantry@gmail.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.


 
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