Events and Information

EVENTS:

Upcoming Events


 
 Activities Committee

 ACTIVITES COMMITTEE will begin planning for the late winter and spring shortly.  If you have suggestions, they would be most appreciative!!  Please see Karen Bilger or a council member with your thoughts and ideas!  Thank you!



Fundraising Opportunity

FUND RAISING OPPORTUNITYKen and Barb Van Acker have generously offered to collect and redeem with the state of NY the 5¢/can or bottle rebate which NY offers when they travel north this summer.  Please save your aluminum cans, recyclable water bottles, etc.  Speak with Ken and/or Barb for details.  Thank you for your willingness to coordinate this project.

 

 Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread booklets for March-May have been re-ordered;

anticipated to arrive in 2-3 weeks.

Please keep an eye out in the Narthex and pews for them as soon as they’re received.

 

 Prayer Chain

Prayer is looking to God for His answers and leaving our cares in His Hands.

Allow our Prayer Chain to pray for your needs today.

Call Marcella Kulp (215-536-5625) with your prayer concerns.

 

Altar Flowers / Bulletin Sponsors - 2019

Time to sign up!

Sign Up sheets on the Narthex Bulletin Board. 

Cost - $10 Altar Flowers / $5 Bulletin Sponsors. 

A fine way to honor a special day or remember a loved one!!

Thank You!!


Church Office Hours 

Church Office Hours are: 

Monday and Thurs 9:15 to 3:15,

Please call to make sure someone is in the office if you are coming to the office in case no one is available due to emergency family commitments on the part of the church secretary.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Church Directory

Along with embarking on the new church council year, an updated Church Directory is completed and available.  Copies are in the Narthex.

 

Quakertown Food Pantry

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.

Thank you to all the Food Pantry Helpers!


Non-Progressive Dinner

Join us for a Non-Progressive dinner on Saturday, April 13 at 5:30PM.  More Details to follow in the bulletin as they are finalized.

 

One Great Hour of Sharing

Offering date coming soon….

The date for the One Great Hour of Sharing offering is March 31.  One Great Hour of Sharing, as part of Our Churches Wider Mission, is the special mission offering of the UCC that carries God's message of love, and hope to people in crisis. The UCC works with international partners to provide sources of clean water, food, education and health care, small business micro-credit, advocacy and resettlement for refugees and displaced persons, and emergency relief and rehabilitation. OGHS also supports domestic and international ministries for disaster preparedness and response. In 2017, OGHS offering received over $2 million to support disaster, refugee, and development activities. Visit the UCC website for OGHS resources, including videos, preaching/lectionary notes, sermon starter, bulletin inserts, children’s sermons, and more.

OFFERING ENVELOPES are available in the Narthex if you are able to contribute.

 

 

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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 Allentown.  They will post this information on their website (wfmz.com) and also notify WLEV 100.7 FM in Bethlehem of the closing. Even when we have Services, we ask that you use your best judgment for your own safety when deciding to venture out in inclement weather.


Church Council Update

February Council Meeting Highlights

 

Welcome to our 2019 Council Members:

President, Jade Scholl, Scott Yerger, Dan Muck and new members: Chris Horton, Secretary, Eleanor Fly, Carole Freed and Bev Kuhn.  Pastor Jo will be setting a date for a formal

installation for this Church Council shortly.

 

 

In 2018 after each monthly council meeting a brief update was included in the newsletter to keep the congregation abreast with what is happening in our church.  We will continue this practice again in 2019.  More detailed minutes will be available upon request after the minutes have been approved. 

             Financial:  Council moved to replace the outstanding $7000 loan to the general fund that was borrowed in 2018 as there are sufficient funds in the account at present.  Audit of the General Fund was completed in Feb., accounts found to be in order.  Investment Review committee will be contacted about an annual review.

          The Activities Committee is attending the joint Ladies Tea on March 10th at 1:00 with St. John’s Lutheran Church, Meeting held 3/3 to set date for Non-progressive Dinner.  It’s scheduled for April 13 at 5:30.

            Property & Cemetery: Scott contacted the State Police about the car in the parking lot, it was towed at the owners expense.

            Stewardship Tree will be put up in the next 2-3 weeks.

          Worship - We will discontinue purchasing preprinted Bulletin Covers with the current order which runs through May.  In June will be begin using our own rather than incur the additional expense of preprinted ones.

            Budget & Finance, Christian Ed, Nominating, Spiritual Life/ Caring Church:  All had no report.

         New Business – Keystone Quilters have requested use of the church social hall on 5/21; Council approved their request.  Council will work on a list of committees and those who serve on them for the 2019 year.  Fund raising suggestion from Larry Benner to have a Summer Harmony Concert on Sun. 6/30/19 was approved.  A committee will be established to coordinate.  Chris Horton was appointed as Council Secretary.  There will be one service on Easter this year.  Pastor Jo will investigate and share information on the ALICE training program for churches.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Kingfisher Faith

In a video on his publisher’s website, Eugene Peterson tells of watching a kingfisher repeatedly dive for fish in a lake. Peterson counted 37 dives before the kingfisher caught its supper! “And he’s the king fisher!” Peterson chuckles. From that bird-watching episode, he gleaned a ministry lesson: It may take a long time and many attempts — maybe dozens! — before something works out.

God calls us to live out his love faithfully, even when we don’t seem to be accomplishing anything. Maybe we extend 36 invitations to worship, work 36 monthly shifts at a food bank or utter 36 prayers without seeing results. “What’s the point?” we wonder. But the kingfisher urges us on: “Maybe number 37 is the charm!”
In the words of St. Paul (and mixing fishing and farming metaphors): “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9, NIV).


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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