Events and Information

EVENTS:

Upcoming Events


Code Blue Ministry

 The return of the winter season brings attention to the Code Blue Ministry in Quakertown provided through AHUB - Advocates of the Homeless of Upper Bucks.  An information flyer is below.  A copy of their pamphlet, as well as a volunteer registration form are available in the Narthex or included as attachments to the emailed newsletter.


 

St. John’s U.C.C. in your will? – Thank you if you have made such a choice!!

 

Poinsettias 2019

 

Beautify St. John’s for Christmas

Order a 6” potted poinsettia for only $7.00

 

Why not contribute a poinsettia(s) to decorate the chancel for Christmas?  The plants will be placed in the chancel for the Christmas Eve Services.  Then you may enjoy its beauty at home during the rest of the holiday season.  Place this order in the offering plate or return it to Carole Freed.

 

Any questions, contact Carole at (215) 536-9188.

 

Name:  ________________________________________

Telephone No.:  _________________________________

Color:  Red___   Pink___    White___   (please check)

________ in memory of__________________________

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________ in honor of____________________________

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________ to the Glory of God

Deadline for Orders – Sunday, December 1st


Advocates of the Homeless of Upper Bucks (AHUB)


non-Progressive Dinner

 

The Activities Committee is also working on the plans for our “Non” Progressive Dinner, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 at 5:30 PM in our social hall.  It will be a catered dinner by C & C Caterers.  There will be a nominal fee, $10, to offset the cost of the main course.   The committee is asking members to sign up to bring an appetizer or dessert.  The sign up sheet is posted on the Narthex bulletin board.  Your reservations were due Sun. Nov 3.

 

The committee has extended an invitation to the dinner to the members of St. John’s Lutheran Church in an effort to reach out and get to know our fellow Christians better.  Please mark your calendar to save the date and direct any questions to Karen Bilger or Pastor Jo.

 


Church Council

 

October Council Meeting Highlights were not available at the time this newsletter was published.  Please check the bulletin and December newsletter for details on the September and October meetings.  Thank you.

 

 


Church Council….

has instituted new procedures as security measures during our worship services:

 

 - Main Front doors of the church are the only open doors while services are in progress.

 

- The elevator is locked for the duration of the service after the first ten minutes

   (i.e, at 9:40 or 10:25 AM,).

 

- The lower front doors of the church (Church Street Side) and the Main Street side doors are also locked - 10 mins after services commence - for the duration of the service.

 
 - Contact Scott Yerger (267-718-9563) if you will require access during the service.

 

- Questions should be directed to Church council or Pastor Jo.



New Ministry at St. John's!

There’s a new ministry in the works at St. John’s:

“Hands of God Crafting Ministry!”

Do you like to make Things?  Would you like to learn? 

Our God is creative, and so are you!

We have discovered that there is a need

for knitted hats for cancer patients at St. Luke’s Hospital,

as well as lap blankets and booties for Phoebe. 

 

If you already do traditional knitting or crocheting,

know how to use a knitting loom, or would like to learn,

THIS MINISTRY IS FOR YOU!

To learn more about what is being planned

and how YOU can be involved

in bringing comfort to our neighbors in St. Luke’s and Phoebe,

contact Babs Van Acker at 267-373-9379. 

 

EVERYONE is welcome – the more, the merrier!


 Stewardship Tree

Our Congregation has a Stewardship Tree.  It’s located on the Bulletin Board at the Church St. entrance doors.  Take a few minutes to look it over.  Please add leaves depicting service to our community which you have witnessed or provided!  We are getting quite a nice array of thoughts and notes reflected on the tree!!

 

Additional blank leaves to complete are in the Narthex below the bulletin board.  Thanks to Dan Muck for coordinating.  See him with questions.



 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!


Advent / Christmas Season

 

Looking Ahead..(it can’t be can it??)  to December sigh…

 

We are beginning our plans for Advent and the upcoming Christmas season.

 

- The first two Sundays in Dec.(1st & 8th) the Cantata Choir will celebrate 50 years of Christmas Cantata programs!!  Wow, what an amazing accomplishment!!!  Plan to be on hand at one of these performances.  See the flyer on page 15 for details.

 

- Also see page 14 for order information for 2019 Christmas poinsettias.

Those orders will be due on Sunday, Dec. 1.

 


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.

 

  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!

 

 

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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

  Committee Reports:

- The Property/Cemetery Committee will be looking into cleaning up the cemetery grounds.

 

- The Church has received a generous donation of mulch.  Please see Scott Yerger if you would be able to help with the labor of landscaping.

 

- The radiator/boiler has been repaired and a motion has been approved to fix the sprinkler system.

 

Other Business:

 

- The lower front door of the Church will be locked and remain locked for the duration of the service.  The elevator will be locked for the duration of the service after the first ten minutes (i.e, at 10:25 AM).  Contact Scott Yerger if you will require access during the service.

 

- Sunday, May 5, 2019 has been set for the formal installation of the 2019 Church Council. 

 

- It has been confirmed that we still retain the previous time slot of the fourth Thursday of the month from 6-8pm for volunteering at the Quakertown Food Pantry.

 

- St. John's will be providing its own black and white bulletin covers featuring the Church on the front cover, resulting in large cost savings, starting in June.

 

- More detailed minutes will be available upon request after the minutes have been approved at the next meeting.


Stewardship Tree
Our Congregation has a Stewardship Tree.  It is located on the Bulletin Board by the Church Street entrance doors.  Please take a few minutes to look it over and add a leaf depicting service to our community which you have encountered or provided!  Blank Leaves to be completed are in the Narthex below the bulletin board.  Thanks to Dan Muck for coordinating.  See him with questions.


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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