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Rally Day: September 7th:  Let Your Light Shine!

September 4, 2014

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Consider giving Sunday School a WHIRL this year as we join in fun, fellowship, and service.  WHIRL is the brand new program we are using with our grade-school classes.  Children are accompanied on their faith journey by a number of funny, kid-relatable cartoon characters.  Together, they encounter Bible stories and are encouraged to ask questions about God and the church that we often hesitate to ask!

Sunday School fun isn’t just for the kids.  St. Paul’s has classes for all ages.  

Junior High (grades 7 & 8).  Teacher:  Sue Geary.  The Junior High Youth will be exploring their faith journey in light of major themes in the Bible using Sparkhouse’s Echo the Story.  The Junior High class meets in the Library Extension.

Senior High (grades 9-12).  Teacher:  Rev. Matt Deal.  Youth members will go deeper in their reflection of how God is working in their lives using Echo the Story for Youth.  Senior High students will meet in the Pastor’s Office.

The Adult Class.  Teacher:  Craig Weaver.  Learners engage scripture, theology, and church tradition in a stimulating discussion of current events.  This class meets in the back of Fellowship Hall

The Young at Heart Class.  Team Taught by:  Carole Wilson, Max Ankney, Lyn Shellenberger, and Gary Cameron.  The Young at Hearts will be studying Ecclesiastes and will meet in Salem Chapel.

Graded Classes (Children’s Classrooms are on the main floor in the education wing.  Each classroom door is clearly marked.)

3 year-old–Kindergarten:  Teachers:  Isabel Shumaker and Kim Keim

1–3 grade:  Teachers:  Suzy Housley and Christy Schneck

4–6 grade:  Teachers:  Kristen Mumau and John Harris

Come grow with us as we let our light shine for Jesus!

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Youth Group Members attend Mid-Atlantic Youth Event

July 11, 2014

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Four members from St. Paul’s and one member from Trinity UCC in Berlin, PA departed on Wednesday for the United Church of Christ’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Youth Event.  Attending the event are: Becca Gary, Anna Geary, Colby Keim, Katelyn Matthews (Trinity UCC, Berlin), and Adam Yeckley.  Susan Geary and Westley Conn are the group’s chaperones.

Participants will be engaging in 5 days of high energy worship, fellowship, fun, and mission.  The youth event’s mission project this year is the local back-to-school program.  Youth members from Somerset County took with them donations of pens, pencils, notebooks, crayons, and rulers in support of the mission project.  St. Paul’s & Trinity Youth thank their church family for supporting them and this important mission!

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Youth Group Mission Trip Retrospective

June 1, 2013

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Each day started with chores.  The animals needed fed:  alpacas, chickens, llamas, rabbits, not to mention the running of the sheep and goats!  Each day ended with chores and our youth made them happen.  “Here, sheep, sheep, sheep!  Here, goat, goat, goat!”  Was the call issued forth from the youth member leading the sheep and goats to and from their pasture.  The sheep were fairly easy, but often, the goats led us to pasture!

The animals were unbearably cute and much time was spent with them.  One of our youth was even observed singing to a favorite goat as he scratched behind the goat’s ears.  Cute animals are only part of the story.  Our youth learned about where food really comes from.  They gave their time and energy caring for the one acre garden, stacked fire wood, and built fence for two very big hogs in a new piece of pasture.

Most importantly, our youth learned about the life-changing work of Heifer International.  The 18 hours spent in a simulated global village helped to drive home the importance of food and health.  The youth who “lived” in Tibet and Ghana learned a lot about themselves and the culture in which they lived.  They worked hard to make meals from scratch and had to share resources with one another in order to survive.  They also learned some tough lessons about life when each group’s “baby” died.  The baby was only a water balloon, but meant a lot to the youth as they took turns caring for the little one, willing it to survive.  The Ghanian group brought flowers to the Tibetans as they silently mourned.  Both groups made memorials for their departed child.

Youth and adult participants brought home with them not only great memories and some good pictures, but a renewed sense of purpose and mission in our own ministry.  Over the next year, they plan on carrying out four projects within the community:  Serving a cross-cultural luncheon for the church, organizing a youth lock-in for the community, hosting a movie viewing festival for children, youth, and adults, and organizing a mini-mission outing to Ronald McDonald house in Pittsburgh.

We are thankful for the support of our church family and are grateful for the nurture and care we received from our mission partners at Overlook Farms.  This trip would not have been possible without your love and support!

With Gratitude,

Overlook Farms Mission Team

Youth:  Bethany Bailey, Mya Cameron, Anna Geary, Kolby Glessner, Nathan Hainzer, Tiereni Hitechew (United Church, Shellsburg), Becca Gary, Carly & Matty Stutzman, Megan Wertz (United Church, Shellsburg), and Hunter Younkin (Unity UCC)

Chaperones:  Wes Conn, Susan Geary, Amanda & Matt Deal

Living Life High on the Hog!

Living Life High on the Hog!

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