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September 24, 2022

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Dear St. Paul’s Friends & Family,MISSION 225!

I Love to Tell the Story:  Telling Your St. Paul’s Story!

One of the traditions during each Church Council orientation is to encourage each member to share their St. Paul’s story.  I usually preface the invitation by saying something like, tell us about why this church is special to you or why you’ve made St. Paul’s your church home.  The responses often vary but each one is special because they bear witness to the how our congregation has made a difference in their lives.  I also appreciate how their stories speak to their commitment to our mission and ministry together as a church family.

What’s your St. Paul’s story?  In honor of our 225th anniversary and on behalf of the anniversary planning team, I am inviting you to share your St. Paul’s story!  Our hope is to bring together a living history of our shared stories in a video that will be shared during our celebration on Sunday, November 6th and archived for future generations.  Stories need not be lengthy or elaborate, but a genuine reflection of what the church means to you.  Please consider sharing your St. Paul’s story.  A sign-up sheet is on the table in the back of the Sanctuary for those who would like to share their St. Paul’s story.  Once you sign up, we will contact you to set up a time to record your story.

Thanks for your consideration!

Pastor Matt

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Worship Connection for September 25th

September 24, 2022

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Mission 225! This Week In St. Paul’s History

September 16, 2022

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This year marks the 225th Anniversary of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ!  Our congregation has accomplished a lot over the past 225 years!  We plan to honor our forebears in faith, celebrate the present, and vision our way into the future throughout the remainder of 2022.  Periodically, we will feature a St. Paul’s moment in history in our weekly update and bulletin.  A special thank you goes out to Helen Brown and Andra Snyder for spearheading this effort!

Noted Artist Nina Scull’s Contribution to St. Paul’s

Nina Scull was the wife of Edward Scull who died in 1926. She was an artist who painted three pictures for St. Paul’s: one of the Apostle, Peter, one of the Apostle Paul, and one of Jesus. The pictures are hung in the Salem Chapel. Here is an article published after her death:

“Daily American”

David H. Reiley, Publisher

Nina Scull was Active in Arts

“Nina Woloshukova Scull died February 22 in Linwood Convalescent Center, Cape May, N.J. Burial was at Cape May. She was 80.

Mrs. Scull was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Scull, in 1926. She had been a teacher of music in the public schools of Somerset and later taught both music and art privately.

She is survived by a son, Dr. Edward Scull of West Hartford, Connecticut, a brother, Msgr. Nicholas Woloshuk, retired of Cape May, four grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. 

Mrs. Scull was born in Leningrad, Russia, where she studied art at Petrograd Academy. She continued her studies at a number of schools including Columbia University and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She held degrees in both fine arts and music and was a noted lecturer and teacher.

Her works, which are included in public and private collections on both coasts of the United States, won her numerous awards and acclaim in every decade since 1930. Her affiliations included fellowship in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Who’s Who in American Art, the Da Vinci Art Alliance, Provincetown Art Association, and Arts Alliance of Philadelphia.

She founded the Nina Scull Art Fellowship to encourage young artists. Over the years, her art studios and gallery at her landmark 1117 New Jersey Avenue home became an institution in Cape May, where she had been a resident since the late 1940s. 

Mrs. Scull was honored as First Lady of the Year by the American Federation of Women’s Clubs for establishing the first Boardwalk Art Show 15 years ago in Cape May, and she was honored by the Cape May County Art League.”

Reflections on Nina Scull by Henry Cook, Member of St. Paul’s and one of her great-nephews:

She was my great aunt through marriage.  Nina, I believe, was the first art teacher at Somerset High School.  She was a painter and also taught music.  She was married to Edward Scull, who was the heir apparent to running the banks.  He died ver young, in his 30’s.  They had one child also named Edward who was and medical doctor and practiced in Hartford, C.T.  Nina spent her later years in Cape May, N.J, as a painter.   

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August’s Mission Offering is the Caring for Churches, Caring for Clergy Campaign

August 5, 2022

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August’s Mission Offering is Penn West Conference’s Caring for Churches, Caring for Clergy Campaign.  Penn West Conference launched the Caring for Churches, Caring for Clergy Campaign in 2020.  Their goal is to encourage the churches and people of the United Church of Christ in Western Pennsylvania and Western Maryland to help raise $500,000 to make available mission grants to Penn West Conference churches.  These grants will go toward providing programs and resources to help sustain the churches and clergy who serve them.  Mission grants have helped churches make building repairs and fund new ministries to serve their communities.  Our mission offering for August will go to help support this important work.  Please speak with Pastor Matt if you’d like to learn more about our Conference’s Caring for Churches, Caring for Clergy Campaign.

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Good Friday Prayer Vigil

April 10, 2020

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Please join us for our prayer vigil that begins on Good Friday evening and continues through Easter Day. Although we are distanced physically, let us draw to one another spiritually as we unite to pray for our church, community, country and world. The vigil can be accessed through clicking the link below.

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A New Way To Give

March 27, 2020

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The current COVID-19/Corona Virus pandemic has forced many individuals, businesses, and organizations to rethink how to accomplish day-to-day functions.  The church is no different.  

St. Paul’s continues to do vital ministry:

  • Reaching out to the homebound & lonely
  • Caring for the sick
  • Comforting the dying & their families
  • Working with the Somerset Area School District, Meals on Wheels, Somerset Area Ministries, and other agencies to ensure our most vulnerable community members are fed everyday
  • Online children’s programming
  • Online fellowship events
  • Live-streaming and videos of worship services on Facebook & YouTube
  • Launching a COVID-19 community mission fund to assist those in need because of social distancing, job loss, and illness
  • Honoring our monthly mission partners

A number of our members and friends have asked for an online way to give, so we are pleased to offer this service through tithe.ly.  You can make a gift by accessing our website (see the “Give” button on the homepage or the button below), www.stpaulsuccsomerset.org.  You may also download the free tithe.ly app to your smartphone or tablet and customize it to meet your needs.  Although the service is free to the church, credit card and transaction fees are assessed to each gift, so when making an online contribution through tithe.ly, please consider using the bank funds transfer feature, which has the lowest fee of one percent per transaction.  For your convenience, you may also select the reoccurring gift option if you would like to make regular gifts to the church.  If you have any questions or need assistance using this service, please do not hesitate to contact Cindy, our financial secretary.  And as always, we still accept and appreciate your mail-in contributions!

We value your continued thoughts and prayers during these challenging times.  On behalf of the staff, and lay leadership of our church, we wish you good health and strength as we encounter each day together.  Relying on God and one another, we will get through this!

Blessings,

Pastor Matt

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Sermons from St. Paul’s

February 21, 2020

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“An Ethic of Love”
February 16, 2020
Rev. J. Matthew Deal
“The Third Way”
February 9, 2020
Rev. J. Matthew Deal
“When Things Break Down”
February 2, 2020
Rev. J. Matthew Deal
“Following Jesus”
January 19, 2020
Rev. J. Matthew Deal
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Mardi Gras Worship!

February 19, 2020

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Sunday, February 23, 2020, during & after worship

Mardi Gras in the Christian tradition is a festive time of laughter and celebration right before the contemplative six weeks of Lent.  We will be celebrating our own Mardi Gras with some special surprises during worship.  Johnstown Brass Works will be with us providing some Dixieland style music.  Our Chancel Choir and the Children and Youth Choirs are preparing a couple of selections that will get us into the spirit.  We’ll follow worship with a special potluck brunch in Fellowship Hall, complete with King’s Cake cupcakes and a few special surprises!  You won’t want to miss the fun, so be sure to bring your favorite dish to share, a friend (if you’d like), wear colorful clothing, and be prepared for some enjoyable fellowship.

Please join us!

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Taste of the World

February 15, 2020

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Sink Your Teeth into a New Experience at the Taste of the World Ethnic Food Festival!

We invite those who love food and adventure to join us for this FREE family-friendly event. Community members from countries such as Brazil, Egypt, India, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Thailand will be present to offer samples of their traditional native foods and share interesting information about their homeland. The Somerset Exchange Students will also be preparing and serving some of their traditional foods from France, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland.

Inspired by Fred Rogers, who stated, “We want to raise our children so that they can take a sense of pleasure in both their own heritage and the diversity of others,” the Taste of the World event will provide specific opportunities for children to explore the commonalities and celebrate the differences embedded in our community’s diverse cultures. Children and youth can explore the entertainment space offering games (take a swing at our pinata or try your hand at Mexican Bingo) and crafts from the representative countries. They can also visit the story corner and explore multi-ethnic and bi-lingual books.

St. Paul’s UCC, alongside of Love for the World, a group of church & local community members, is committed to empowering our community to love and care for our neighbors both near and far. It is our hope that through offering small bites of new cultural experiences, the Taste of the World event will carry forward the mission of building strong caring relationships with all those in our community.

Taste your way around the world by reserving your FREE ticket online at www.TasteoftheWorldFoodFestival.Eventbrite.com. FREE tickets will also be available at the door.

Add Taste of the World to your calendar. You won’t want to miss it!

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The February Cornerstone Newsletter

February 15, 2020

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