News and Events - March 5, 2020 Issue

We serve all of God's people by sharing the love of Christ and ministering to our community. 
a weekly newsletter
Third Sunday in Lent

March 15, 2020

9:15 AM  Bible Study
 1 0:30 AM Worship

Sermon  -  "The Stone Throwers"
Rev. Len Knighton

John 4:5-42  
Musical Selections
Pr elude - Shirley Fortna
O God of Mercy, Hear Our Call
Dennis Eliot
Faith Promise - Shirley Fortna
Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone
  Postlude - Shirley Fortna
George Blake  
Musical Gifts - Chancel Choir 
And Can It Be? 
    Worship Volunteers
Serving Today, March 15th 
All Gathered  Ministers 
Rev. Len Knighton 
Interim Pastor 
Shirley Fortna  Organist 
Heather Innes  Chancel Choir Director 
Christie Schaeffer  Handbell Choir Director 
Danielle Koch BLAST 
Pam Garman SPARK 
Rita Solie  Nursery 
Carl Bachman  Head Usher 
Doris Edris  
Scott & Sue Miller 
Dawn Eisenhauer   Announcements 
Wendy Lingle  Lector 
Greg Innes  Sound 
JOYful Information
48 W. Market Street, Jonestown
Please continue to support this ministry with your 
generous donations. If you can provide any of the items 
requested, that would be greatly appreciated.
The following are specific requests: Canned Potatoes, 
Chili, Beef Stew, Spam
Sorting:         Tues., Mar. 24th, 9:30 AM 
Distribution:    Thurs., Mar. 26th, 5:30 PM 
                    Fri., Mar. 27th, 12:30 PM
The Pantry appreciates your prayers as well.  
One Great Hour of Sharing
Through the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering, we are planting seeds of new life. Together, we are investing in communities world-wide: providing education to girls and boys, empowering communities through vocational training, supporting microcredit lending and seeing people through to self-sufficiency empowering families with skills to support themselves and their neighbors, and participating in sustainable   solutions that offer dignity to all. These are just a few ways the OGHS offering touches God's children, in   addition to disaster relief and refugee initiatives.
Through your generosity the world is a better place. But more is needed. Today, you have an opportunity to plant seeds into the lives of others. Be a co-worker with God. Building, planting, watering...and trusting that God gives growth to all good gifts hared in faith. Thank you for your partnership.  
Thank you for your generosity.

From Our Search Committee...
We will be having a Trial Sermon on Sunday, March 29th.
Two Meet & Greet sessions - come and meet our candidate
March 28th at 5:00 pm with cat ered light dinner 
3 ways to sign up with name &  number attending by:
  1.  Using Sign Up Sheet on bulletin board in the gathering room.
  2.  Calling the church office (717) 865-4453 (leave message if no answer)
  3.  Emailing Barbara at
March 29 th from 9-10 am. 
Donuts, coffee, and drinks will be served.
Immediately following the service, there will be a congregational
 vote that takes place.   Please plan your day accordingly!
Every day brings new beginnings and new opportunities. God's love inspires us to engage in acts of love towards our neighbors, children, and creation. Live out the Love of God and act every day towards a world worthy of God's blessings.
Look for actions in each week's "News & Events"
so you can live out God's love . 
March 15, 2020
In your walking-around-time, hum your favorite praise  
song and let its words take root in you.
Psalm 99:3
"Let them praise your great and awesome name. Holy is God! 
Women of Worship
Next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 7th at 6:30- pm in the Social Hall. We will start assembling baskets for the Basket Blast at this time. Set up for the event will start the week of April 27th. If you are unable to help or provide a completed basket, please consider donating items or giving a monetary donation to purchase items for a basket.
WOW members would like to remind everyone about our next 2 fundraisers.
Easter Candy
Candy will be rolled on Wednesday, March 18th starting at 9:00 AM and coated on Thursday, March 19th starting at 9:00 AM.
We would love to have your help. If you cannot help, perhaps you would consider making a monetary donation toward the ingredients.
Basket Blast Saturday, May 2nd. We are looking for baskets with almost any theme. We are also collecting basket supplies in the baskets at the side entrance. We will assemble the ingredients for you. Monetary donations for basket ingredients will also be gratefully accepted by any WOW member. Thank you so much for your support.

Easter Flower Orders
Choose from the following, all in 6 pots:
Lilies, $7          Azaleas, $8
Mums, $7         Tulips, $8
All in 6" pots  
Orders are due by Sunday, March 22nd.
Envelope Order Forms are included in the bulletin
Saturday, May 2nd at 5:30 PM  

Women of Worship are collecting Paper
Products, Breakfast Items, Puzzles, Puzzle Books, and Kids Games to make some baskets. Please place items in the baskets in the entry foyer.
If you would like to donate a full basket, the deadline is April 26th.   Thank you for your support!

What is Call 'Em All?
In an effort to keep you more informed about what is happening at St. John's UCC, like special services, or winter closings or other special happenings etc. the church is going to begin using a phone dialing system to contact all our members. The new phone dialing system will also be used for Sunday morning cancellations due to weather related issues in addition to radio and television announcements.
How does it work?
You will receive a phone message recorded by either the Pastor of the Church or the Board President informing you of what is happening at the church. This is not a "robo" call but rather a direct call using the church phone number 717-865-4453 and will show up as coming from St. John's UCC. You will have the option at the end of the call to "opt out" if you no longer want to be contacted by the church. The system will leave a voice mail message if you do not answer and works with both land lines as well as cell phones.  
Program Ministries Team Meeting 
Tuesday, March 17th at 6:30  
Nar-Anon Meeting
6:30 Thursday, March 19th 
New Horizons 2020 - Fellowship for Single Adults 
March 21st at 1:00 PM
Meet at Light's Victorian Farmhouse at  
81 Wampler Lane, Lebanon.  
All inclusive buffet style dinner and  
self-guided tour of the home is $25. 
Practice Schedule
Handbell Choir - 6:15 PM  Wednesday, 3/18
Chancel Choir - 7:15 PM Wednesday, 3/18
Band Together (Strength Training)
Monday, Wednesday & Friday @ 9:00 AM 
St. John's UCC 2020 Board
Tim Schaeffer, President
Chuck Koch, Vice President
Sally Bachman, Secretary
Roger Garman
Scott Strauss
Paulette Werni
Women of Worship 
Meeting Dates & Leaders for 2020
(Meetings start at 6:30 PM)
  Devotional Leader(s)  Activities Leader(s) 
Tues. Apr. 7th 
Janet Fortna
Sheila Bolles
Janet Fortna
Sheila Bolles
Tues. May 5th  Pam Garman  Pam Garman 
Tues. June 2nd 
Donna LeGay
Peggy Miller
Donna LeGay
Peggy Miller 
July - No Meeting     
August - No Meeting     
**Remainder of the year to be planned at a later time**     
Church Office Hours
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm  

Sunday Morning Bible Study
Please join us for o ur weekly Bible Study on
Sund ays at 9:15 am. We are studying the book of Philippians.
Children are welcome to our Sunday School
each week at 10:30 AM.
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. 
2020 Altar & Bulletin Sponsors
The New 2020 Sign-ups sheets for Altar Flower and Bulletin sponsors are posted in the
Gathering Room on the  Bulletin Board.
The cost for altar sponsorship is $15 and you can choose from available silk arrangements. Cost to sponsor bulletins is $10.  This is one small way you can help St. John's  and celebrate a special day or memory.
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 
Tim Schaeffer at 717-821-6570, with any concerns.
Gift Cards Available 
Please see the following to purchase 
your cards: 

BG cards -- Carl & Sally Bachman (865-6792)
Giant cards -- Cindy Myers (865-3321)
Weis cards -- Sharon Salter (865-4229)
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