May News From St. Paul’s

May 3, 2018

Church News

May’s Meetings at a Glance (available at time of publication)

Thursday, May 3rd:  Care Team, 1:00pm, CE Room

Monday, May 14th:  Women’s Fellowship, 6:30pm, Fellowship Hall

Tuesday, May 15th:  Church Council, 7:00pm, CE Room

Saturday, May 19th:  Men’s Fellowship, 8am, King’s Restaurant

Thursday, May 24th:  Spiritual Life & Evangelism Team, CE Room

St. Paul’s is on Facebook!  Be sure to “Like” us to keep up with updates and events.

Book of Remembrance forms are in the literature rack in the narthex.  If you wish to give a gift in memory of or in honor of a loved one, please use this form.  You can place it in your offering envelope along with your monetary gift or you can bring it to the office.  We save these forms for documentation until the Book of Remembrance is published in the newsletter twice a year.  Thank you for taking the time to submit the form.

Bible Study: Bible Studies following worship themes will be held on Tuesdays at 10:00am in the Salem Chapel.

Women’s Fellowship

All women of the church are invited to attend the upcoming Women’s Fellowship meeting on Monday, May 14th at 6:30pm.  We hope you can join us!

St. Paul’s Continuing Care Community is May’s Mission Offering:  St. Paul’s, historically related to the United Church of Christ, has been serving the needs of residents of western Pennsylvania and the surrounding states for 137 years.  Our congregation has a history of supporting the mission of St. Paul’s Continuing Care Community.  Through our continued support of St. Paul’s mission, we are realizing Jesus Christ’s call to love God and neighbor.  Please give generously.

Church Camp Schedule

The 2018 Living Waters brochures are now available!  Copies of the brochures, complete with this year’s schedule of events are available in the Edgewood Avenue Narthex.  Scholarships are available for those who are interested in attending camp.  Please talk to Pastor Matt for more details.

Greeters & Ushers for April

May 6:  Communion by Intinction: Pam Webreck—Chair & Elder, Carole Wilson—Elder, Pat Beggs, Nancy Thomas

May 13:  Craig Schenck—Youth Group Members

May 20:  Roger Rayman—Chair, Judy Emerick, Isabel Shumaker,

May 27: Sally McClintock–Chair, Gary Cameron, Doug Glessner, Melody Glessner

2018 HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE GRADUATES:  Please let us know if you are a graduate!  We would like to honor you by placing your graduate photo in our display case in the narthex.  We would like a 5×7, however, if you do not have this size, please bring us what you have available.  Thank you!

“Putting On Our Love Shoes” is the theme for the 2018 Penn West Conference Annual Meeting:  June 8 & 9 at California University of Pennsylvania.  Join us for two days of inspiring worship, fellowship, and learning.  The annual gathering of the churches of the Penn West Conference is always a great opportunity to connect with other churches and share resources and ideas.

St. Paul’s UCC has the opportunity to send three voting delegates and one youth delegate.  Please speak to Pastor Matt if you’d like to attend.

Festival of the Christian Home

Please join us for worship on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13th as we celebrate families of all types and sizes.  Members of the youth group will help to lead us in our celebration.  We hope you can join us!

Save the date for “Rolling River Rampage!”  Community Vacation Bible School!  This year’s Community VBS will be June 18-22nd.  The theme is “Rolling River Rampage.”  Come and experience the thrill of a lifetime as you ride the rapids of amazing grace!  Children from 3 years old to 6th grade are invited to attend.  This year’s Bible school will be a cooperative effort between 4 partner churches.  As is the case every year, we need adult and teen helpers to make our VBS a success.  Please talk to Pastor Matt or Andra Snyder if you are interested in helping!

 St. Paul’s Youth Attend the Eastern Regional Youth Event

We need your help!

United Church of Christ Youth from Maryland to Maine will gather this summer at California University of PA for the North East Youth Event.

Your help is needed to assist our members (10, so far!) in getting to the youth event.

Along with their Christmas candy fundraiser, youth will also be having a coffee house in May to help pay for their trip.

Our custom as a tithing church is to assist our youth through being good stewards of our gifts.  If you’d like to give a scholarship gift to help pay for our youth to attend this summers event, please note Youth Event and the amount on your offering envelope.  The registration cost is $350 per person, with each family contributing $50 toward the effort.  Gifts of any amount are greatly appreciated!

Faith Formation Class Schedule for the remainder of the term

The Christian Education Classes that meet on Sunday, will continue with their current schedule until the conclusion of the term on Pentecost Sunday, May 20th.

The Saturday classes will meet as follows:

Grades 4-6 will meet from 9:15am-10:00am.

The Children’s and Youth Choirs will rehearse together from 10:00am-10:30am.

Grades 1-3 will meet following Choir rehearsal until 11:15am.

Their term will conclude with an all-church celebration on Pentecost Sunday, May 20th.

Coffeehouse Talent Showcase and Art Walk

Join us for a celebration of art and performance to support our youth attending the Regional Youth Event this summer. Local performers of all ages will dazzle us with their skills, and artwork will be on display for all to enjoy.

Where? In Fellowship Hall

When? Friday, May 18th, beginning at 7 pm

How can you get involved in this great event? Come out to enjoy the performances and/or perform in the show yourself. We are seeking anyone who has a skill to showcase and original artwork to display. If you’re a little stage-shy, you can also support the event by donating baked goods, which will be sold during the coffeehouse. We are also seeking donations of bottled water and/or juice boxes to serve at the event.

Admission is by donation and includes coffee, tea, and other light refreshments. We hope to see you there!

Special Things Planned for Worship In May

Please be sure to join us for worship during the month of May.  We have crafted a number of exciting worship services in the month ahead!  On May 6, partake in Holy Communion and enjoy great music by the Chancel Choir and our own Angie Richards and Josh Brumbaugh.  Violin and Trombone music will accompany congregational singing and special selections.  On May 13, is Mother’s Day and the Celebration of the Christian Home.  Our youth will be the worship leaders. Pentecost is May 20.  Wear Red!!  Kari Hostetter, our guest trumpeter, will enhance worship with her musical gifts and our Children’s and Youth Choir and Chancel Choir will conclude their seasons with a joint anthem.  Our annual Memorial Day observance will take place during worship on May 27th.

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