News for September from St. Paul’s

September 11, 2019

Church News

Transportation Assistance:  If you, or someone you know, needs a ride to church or any church-related event, please contact the church office, 445-4534.

Emailing the church and Pastor Matt:  If you need to email the pastor or the church, please direct your email to jmdeal@gmail.com–Thanks!

The church office email is stpaulsuccoffice1@gmail.com

September’s Meetings at a Glance (available at press time)

Thursday, September 5th:  Care Team, 1:00pm, CE Room

Saturday, September 7th:  Men’s Brotherhood, 8:00am, King’s Restaurant

Monday, September 9th:  Women’s Fellowship, 6:30pm, Shellenberger Park, weather permitting

Tuesday, September 17th:  Church Council meeting, 7:00pm, CE Room

Hoffman Homes for Youth Is September’s Mission Offering

Hoffman Homes for Youth treats the needs of boys and girls ages 6-18 who have a major mental health diagnosis.  The residential treatment program is licensed to provide behavioral and cognitive therapy, health care services, and a safe, comfortable home for 141 children. 

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.  

   

Men’s Brotherhood

The Men’s Brotherhood will meet for their September meeting on Saturday, September 21st at 8:00am at King’s Restaurant.  All men of the church are invited to attend!

Greeters & Ushers for August

September 1:  Communion By Intinction: Sally McClintock—Chair & Elder, Jonathan Hillegas—Elder, Roger Rayman, Sue Willison

September 8:  Karen Addleman—Chair, Michelle Sredy, Dan Funk, Kim Keim

September 15:  Patrick Ferko—Chair, Sienna Ash, Joan Martz, Lisa Yeckley 

September 22:  Andra Snyder—Chair, Isabel Shumaker, Judy Emerick, Karl Brick

September 29:  Pete Hauger—Chair, Donna Phillippi, Ken Shaffer, Rich Nichols

Access Control System Update

The access control system has been installed and is now going through at month-long testing period.  During this time, access to the church will continue as it has over the past year.  The church is open during weekdays from 8:00am-4:00pm and during special meetings and events.  Please contact Cindy or Dave if you need access to the church outside of those hours.

Once the testing process is complete we will begin the process of issuing key fobs or access cards to any church member who wishes to have access to the church building.  If all goes well, we hope to begin that process in October.  

The Episcopal Women’s Group at St. Francis in the Fields has invited us to join in their “GrateFull Purses) mission project.  They are requesting gently used medium to large sized purses.  Each purse will be filled with personal care items and then given to the Next Step Center and the Women’s Help Center to be distributed to women in need.  Please put your gently used purse in the “Purse” box in the Edgewood Avenue narthex if you’d like to help with this worthwhile mission project.   

Mark your calendars!  Our Christian Education & Faith Formation season begins on Sunday, September 15th with a special kickoff celebration following worship.  Our adult classes and pre-school and kindergarten classes will meet in their customary locations.  Children’s Church Plus + is our new offering for children in grades 1-6.  Those classes will meet in the Children’s Church worship space for special activities.  On the 15th Children’s Church Plus + will be taking part in Faith Lab, a special time of activities designed to help children experience God and build their faith.  We have learning opportunities for all ages.  Please join us! 

A New Confirmation Class Forms

The Rite of Confirmation is for all folks who wish to join the church, and have not been a member of another congregation.  Traditionally, our class is composed of youth who are preparing to join St. Paul’s.  Youth in 8th grade and up are invited to join our class that will begin meeting in October 2019 with the goal of being confirmed in the Spring of 2021.  Adults who have not yet been Confirmed or who are interested in a “refresher course” may also sign up. Please put your name on the sign up sheet on the table in the back of the Sanctuary if you would like to take part in our Confirmation experience.  The opening orientation session will be Sunday, October 13th following Pause for Persons.  We will meet in the Youth Room.  

A Blessing of Families

(A Litany by Rev. J. M. Deal)

September brings a new season in the lives of many families.  Children return or begin school, teachers and staff welcome students, schedules shift from easy summer to school and activity driven.  All in all, growth happens and lives are changed.  In the midst of these shifts we offer up a prayer in litany form for all involved.  May all find blessings and peace in the months ahead.  The following prayer was used during worship at the Love for the World event in August.  

Leader: On this day, we ask for the Holy One’s blessing on all children, their families, and those who care for children and families.  

Creator God, mother and father of us all.  We give thanks for the life you have breathed within us.  Help us to remember that just as you care for you us, you also have other children worthy of love and acceptance.  Empower us to offer ourselves to the care and nurture of the most vulnerable in our society.  We remember:

Leader:  Children and families who struggle for adequate housing, food, and healthcare.

All: May they find strength, grace, wholeness, and abundant life beyond measure.

Leader:  Blended families who are merging diverse traditions, expectations, and new relationships.  Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins who are like parents to children in need of guidance and nurture.

All: May they find strength, grace, wholeness, and abundant life beyond measure.

Leader:  Children and families who have been wounded by addiction, abuse, or neglect.

All: May they find strength, grace, wholeness, and abundant life beyond measure.

Leader:  Children and families who are daily navigating the accessibility issues that arise from living in an abled world while a loved one is differently abled.

All: May they find strength, grace, wholeness, and abundant life beyond measure.

Leader:  Foster parents and adoptive parents and the children they dare to love and welcome into their homes.

All: May they find strength, grace, wholeness, and abundant life beyond measure.

Leader:  Migrant and refugee children and families who courageously risk all for a brighter future in a foreign land.  For children and parents who have been separated and detained at our borders.  

All: May they find strength, grace, wholeness, and abundant life beyond measure.

Leader:  The children of incarcerated parents, those who love them, and the children who have been incarcerated, and those who love them.

All: May they find strength, grace, wholeness, and abundant life beyond measure.

Leader:  LGBTQ families who adopt children, dream of children of their own, or blend together families from previous relationships.

All: May they find strength, grace, wholeness, and abundant life beyond measure.

Leader: Families who are dealing with infertility and difficult reproductive treatments in hopes of having children.

All: May they find strength, grace, wholeness, and abundant life beyond measure.

Leader:  Families, children, and individuals who are seeking acceptance in their own family system, place of worship, community, and world.

All: May they find strength, grace, wholeness, and abundant life beyond measure.

Leader:  Government agencies, non-profits, communities of faith, and individuals who seek to alleviate the suffering of children, bind up wounds, and point toward a brighter future. For these, we give thanks.

All: May they find strength, grace, wholeness, and abundant life beyond measure.

Leader:  Teachers, administrators, school boards, and staff who not only educate, but nurture and love our children into becoming all that they are created to be.

All: May they find strength, grace, wholeness, and abundant life beyond measure.

Leader:  And finally, O God, we pray for families, parents, and children who appear to be completely healthy, normal, and successful on the outside, but dysfunctional and wounded behind closed doors.

All: May they find strength, grace, wholeness, and abundant life beyond measure.

L:  God of love, these are challenging and anxious times for many.  Help us to feel your presence in the loving words and actions of others.  May we be inspired to mend the frayed fabric of our society and restore the beloved community that you an envisioned for all your children.

All:  Amen. 

A Note of thanks from Anna Geary, the 2019 Summer Ministry Intern

As my time as intern comes to an end, I want to briefly write a few points about my time serving at St. Paul’s. Although helping and working in the church has always been a part of my upbringing, this summer was not just about “why is it good to serve”, but “why am I serving” and “how can I better serve not just to the church, but to the wider community”. During my time here this summer, I got to go outside of what I have done in the past and have the opportunity to focus on integrating church and social justice issues, Christian education and youth ministries, and chaplaincy. Being able to better understand and educate lay leaders in the church about topics such as comprehensive and theologically accurate children’s education, community outreach and the responsibility of churches to work in assuaging humanitarian crises, and ministry outside of the church setting is crucial for the growth and development of young ministers of every kind. I want to thank Pastor Matt, Dave Neimiller, Cindy Lambert, and Jen Boland for being wonderful mentors and great coworkers. I also want to thank, of course, the congregation of St. Paul’s for always being so welcoming and enthusiastic about supporting the internship. Although I will be continuing my work and studying in Pittsburgh, I’ll always look forward to coming home to St. Paul’s UCC Somerset.

Responding to Hurricane Dorian

Did you know that the the United Church of Christ’s Disaster Ministries is already giving aid to partners who are providing food, water, and temporary housing to those affected by this Hurricane Dorian?  UCC Disaster Ministries receives offerings from local churches and makes them available through grants to ministry partners who are doing the work on the ground following a natural disaster.  If you’d like to help support this vital ministry of our church please mark “Dorian” on your offering envelope.  One hundred percent of your gift will go to help those in need.  

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