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Valentine Making Party

January 26, 2020

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Plan to join the Women’s Fellowship and children for the traditional “Valentines for Shut-ins” party.  We will be gathering in the CE room on SATURDAY,  February 1st from 10-11.  We will be helping the children after they finish their choir practices.  At 11:00 there will be a light lunch for everyone!  Please plan to attend this fun event to provide an outreach to our shut-in friends and work with children.  Hope to see you there!

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A Message from Pastor Matt

January 25, 2020

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Dear Church Family & Friends,

You won’t want to miss worship on Sunday, February 23rd.  It’s Transfiguration Sunday and the final Sunday in the season of Epiphany.  It will also be Mardi Gras Sunday at St. Paul’s!  Christians throughout the centuries have marked the end of the festive Epiphany Season with special observances and festivals.  Throughout parts of Europe and South America the Festival of the Carnival is a weeks-long celebration of the Three Kings finding Jesus.  The Carnival concludes with the Mardi Gras celebration on Fat Tuesday.  Our own church tradition calls the final Tuesday before Ash Wednesday Shrove Tuesday.  In both cases, the festivities of that Tuesday are marked by merrymaking and consuming rich foods before the fasting and introspection of Lent begin the next day.  

We will be celebrating our own Mardi Gras with some special surprises during worship.  Johnstown Brass Works and NoteWorthy will be with us providing some Dixieland style music.  Our chancel choir is preparing a couple of selections that will get us in the right spirit.  We’ll follow worship with a special potluck brunch in Fellowship Hall, complete with King’s Cake cupcakes!  You won’t want to miss those, so be sure to bring your favorite dish to share, a friend (if you’d like) and festive dress.

Our Mardi Gras celebration is a great opportunity for us to praise God and give thanks for the many gifts that have been given to us.  Just as the Kings brought gifts to Jesus, we too have received gifts and given gifts to those around us.  We get to see Jesus in a new way as he is transfigured, perhaps we will also get to see ourselves as disciples in a new way as we celebrate our gifts and blessings.

I hope that you will join us as we celebrate God’s gifts and love during our first ever Mardi Gras service.  We will then gather three days later to begin our Lenten journey on Ash Wednesday.  Both observances remind us that God is with us throughout all our lives, whether we are celebrating or reflecting, God is with us and we are called to be with each other.

May God richly bless your journey!

Pastor Matt 

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Sermons from St. Paul’s

January 22, 2020

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“Following Jesus”
January 19, 2020
Rev. J. Matthew Deal
Curious About Jesus?
January 12, 2020
Rev. J. Matthew Deal
Have You Accepted Him?
January 5, 2020
Rev. J. Matthew Deal
Mr. William Deal
Guest Preacher
December 29, 2019
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January’s Mission Offering Is Church World Service’s Blanket Program

January 3, 2020

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Since its formation in 1957, the United Church of Christ has worked with Church World Service (founded in 1946) to accomplish more together than it could alone, joining hearts and resources to create a tradition of help and a legacy of hope.  They work to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world.

When disaster strikes, Church World Service is the primary agency through which the UCC gives support for relief and recovery efforts. This assistance may take the form of winterized family tents for Pakistani earthquake survivors, food packages and tankers full of water for displaced people in violence-torn Darfur, Sudan, or long-term recovery assistance for families affected by hurricanes, tornados, or flooding across the United States.

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The January Cornerstone Newsletter

January 3, 2020

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Children’s Church: Helping Kids Worship God!

November 14, 2018

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We are very excited about our brand new children’s ministry!  Children’s Church is for kids 5 years-old through 5th grade.  Participants will begin worship in the Sanctuary with their parents or guardians and will leave for Children’s Church following the Time for Children.  They will conclude their time at the close of the regular worship service.  The children can be picked up outside of the CE Room.

What is Children’s Church?

It’s a brand new worship opportunity for some of our youngest church family members.  Children’s Church will engage kids in worship at their level while also keeping a common worship theme with the regular worship service.  This will give children the opportunity to worship God at an age appropriate level and also engage with parents and guardians around the shared theme between the two services.

The Children’s Church worship space will be set up in the CE Room at the end of the hallway in the education wing.  We would appreciate prayers and volunteers to help us as we get this new ministry up and running.  Adults and youth are needed to help lead each service and provide programming support as we prepare each week.  Please speak with our Children’s Church Coordinator Jenn Boland or Pastor Matt if you’d like to help.  Both can be reached through calling the church, 814-445-4534

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