News and Events - October 4, 2019 Rev. Issue

We serve all of God's people by sharing the love of Christ and ministering to our community.

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Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost
World Communion Sunday
October 6, 2019
9:30 AM Bible Study
10:30 AM Worship

"Slaves by Choice"

Interim Pastor:  Rev. Len Knighton

2 Timothy 1:1-14             Luke 17:5-10
Musical Selections
Remember the Lord Your God
Franklin Ritter

Faith Promise
The Heavenly Table
James Southbridge
Jubilate Deo
R.E. Nolte
  October Passion Offering 
Church World Service - CROP
Worship Volunteers 
Serving Today, October 6th

All Gathered
Rev. Len Knighton
Interim Pastor
Shirley Fortna
Heather Innes
Chancel Choir Director
Christie Schaeffer
Handbell Choir Director
Danielle Koch
Pam Garman
 Cindy Myers
 Tim Schaeffer
Head Usher
 Joan Deppert & Anita Kreiser
 Cody & Jordan Felty
Wendy Lingle
Scott Clay
Greg Innes
Church World Service was born in 1946, in the aftermath of World War II. Seventeen denominations came together to form an agency "to do in partnership what none of us could hope to do as well alone." The mission: Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the sick, comfort the aged, shelter the homeless. More than 70 years later the mission remains, though where and how we accomplish it has changed dramatically.
When CROP began in 1947 (under the wing of Church World Service), CROP was an acronym for the Christian Rural Overseas Program. Its primary mission was to help Midwest farm families to share their grain with hungry neighbors in post-World War II Europe and Asia.
Today, we've outgrown the acronym, but we retain it as the historic name of the program. CROP Hunger Walks are interfaith hunger education and fundraising events sponsored by Church World Service.
Please consider this mission and give as you are able. Envelopes are located in the pew pockets.

2019 Neighbors In Need Special Mission Offering 
is today, October 6th

JOYful Information
48 W. Market Street, Jonestown

We ask your continued support by praying for this
ministry, and providing any non-perishable food item.
The following are specific requests:
Cereal Bars,  Canned Fruits, Canned Meats
Canned Mixed Vegetables, Noodles, Canned Beef Stew
  Spam, Pancake Mix, Kidney & Lima Beans
Toilet Paper, Laundry Detergent, Diapers size 4-5

     Sorting:       Tuesday, 10/8            9:30 - 11:00 AM
                       Tuesday, 10/22           9:30 - 11:00 AM
      Distribution:  Thursday, 10/10          5:30 - 7:00PM       
                             Thursday, 10/24        5:30 - 7:00PM       
                        Friday, 10/11          12:30 - 2:00 PM
                       Friday, 10/25            12:30 - 2:00 PM 
Choir Practice Schedule
Handbell Choir - Wednesdays at 6:15 pm
Chancel Choir - Wednesdays  at 7:30 pm
Church Office Hours
The office will be open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Lebanon Association and Penn Central Conference
The following information is for our area churches concerning upcoming events for the Lebanon Association and Penn Central Conference. Please share this information with all interested persons in your congregation.

Lebanon Tea with MOM (Review of the Manual on Ministry)
Sunday, Oct. 13, 1-3 p.m.
Quentin UCC, 11 E. Main St., Quentin, PA 17083
To register, call the conference office at 717-652-1560 --OR-- click on this link:

Lebanon Association Annual Meeting
Sunday, October 20, 3:00 p.m. (registration begins at 2:30)
Salem UCC, Campbelltown.
Please plan to join us as we worship together as covenant partners in this association!

Conference Chat with Carrie
Wednesday, November 13, 6:00 p.m.
  • Would you like to know more about how the conference and churches work together in covenant with one another?
  • Do you have a burning question to ask our new conference minister?
  • Are you doing something exciting in your church that you'd like to share with the conference?
Here's your opportunity!  Dr. Carrie Call, Conference Minister of Penn Central Conference, will be spending an evening with our association friends and she'd like to meet you!  Wednesday, November 13th, 6:00 PM is the date and the place is Quentin UCC, (11 E. Main St., Quentin).  Soup will be provided as we spend this time together.
To get the most benefit of our time, you can submit your questions/concerns to Kay Boyer (Lebanon Association President) at prior to the meeting.
I hope that you will join us!  Please let us know if you have any questions regarding these events, and please plan to join us!
Julie Ditzler, Secretary, Lebanon Association Executive Committee 

Sunday Morning Bible Study
Please join us for o ur weekly Bible Study on
Sund ays at 9:30 am. We are studying the book of Philippians.
Children are welcome to our Sunday School
each week at 10:30 AM.
In preparation for St. John's   Annual Holiday Bazaar, we would LOVE your help.
Cooking, baking will commence Monday, Nov. 4 th at 8:30 am. Please bring pre-mixed batter so we can start baking right away. If you can't stay and bake, drop off your  batter (with directions) Sunday to Monday and we will bake and package it. If you prefer to bake at home, please drop off your cookies and treats by Friday, Nov 8 th . Craft items are always welcome too.
And don't forget Grandma's Attic. Declutter for the holidays. Items can be dropped off during the week of October 28 - Nov 3. Set up and pricing is time-consuming and we'll begin Monday Nov 4 th .
Please help make our bazaar a success and kick off our holiday season. Thank you.

Power Packs Project
Volunteers needed for Power Packs: The Jonestown Council of Churches supports this program at Jonestown Elementary, which is an initiative to 1) provide weekend food for children who receive free/reduced price lunches during the week and 2) to teach families how to cook healthy, frugal meals.
Each week, we need two volunteers to serve at the school from 2:45-4 PM. Volunteers help with sorting the bags, and distributing to families when they arrive.
Volunteers can expect to serve once every four to six weeks, during the school year (program is canceled on snow days!) 
If you are able to help with this project, please reply to Pastor Caitlin Kurtz at 717-865-3652 or as soon as possible!
Pastor Search Committee Members
Dawn Eisenhauer       Brian Miller
Heather Innes            Chris Miller
Danielle Koch             Christie Schaeffer
Jim Myers

Please include this group of dedicated individuals in your prayers asking God to guide them to the person who will best serve our congregation. 
Nar-Anon Meetings

Thursday, October 10, 6:00 pm

Pastoral Care
Rev. Len Knighton is serving as our interim minister.
If you have a family member in the hospital or that would
benefit by a home visit, please contact Rev. Knighton
at (717)304-3007. Also, please free to contact 
Wendy Lingle at (717)319-5951, with any concerns.
Gift Card Fundraiser
For each gift card used, St. John's UCC gets a percentage of the total amount.  By purchasing gift cards to use for your grocery shopping, you are helping make this ongoing fundraiser a success.
Please see the following individuals to purchase these Gift Cards:
BG cards - Carl or Sally Bachman
Giant cards - Cindy Myers
Weis cards - Sharon Salter     
Attention Amazon Shoppers
If you shop on Amazon, please use as the web site when you do your shopping. This is a small way you can help your church. Even your family members and friends can participate. At the top of the menu, search for St. John's United Church of Christ Jonestown. Once you select that charity anything you buy, the church will receive a portion of what you've spent.  There is no difference in pricing or selections when using the web site. Thank you for supporting St. John's.
Enjoy the Convenience of Electronic Giving
It is encouraging to see both new and familiar faces at our worship services. Throughout the year, many of you already support the congregation with your time, talent and financial contributions but greater participation is always welcome. We encourage you to look into our electronic giving program. It takes just a few minutes to set up a recurring giving plan. Contact the church office for more details or pick up an authorization form today.
                We serve all of God's people by sharing the love of Christ
                  and ministering to our community