News and Events - February 13, 2020 Issue

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

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Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
February 16, 2020
9:15 AM  Bible Study
10:30 AM Worship

Sermon  -  "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World"
Rev. Len Knighton

Psalm 119:1-8                     I Corinthians 3:1-9

Musical Selections
Pr elude - Shirley Fortna
Sing to the Great Jehovah's Praise

Faith Promise - Shirley Fortna
Near to the Heart of God
Cleland B. McAfee
  Postlude - Shirley Fortna
Psalm of Glory
Lani Smith

   Worship Volunteers
Serving Today, February 16th

All Gathered
Rev. Len Knighton
Interim Pastor
Shirley Fortna
Heather Innes
Chancel Choir Director
Christie Schaeffer
Handbell Choir Director
Danielle Koch BLAST
Pam Garman SPARK
Cindy Myers Nursery
Carl Bachman Head Usher
Sue Royer
Scott & Sue Miller
Wendy Lingle Announcements
Carl Deaven Lector
Greg Innes
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., Feb. 25th, 9:30 AM
Distribution:     Thurs., Feb. 27th, 5:30 PM
                       Fri., Feb. 28th, 12:30 PM

The Pantry appreciates your prayers as well.
Sorting:       Tues., Feb. 25th, 9:30 AM
Distribution:  Thurs., Feb. 27th, 5:30 PM
                   Fri., Feb. 28th, 12:30 PM  
St. John's Messy Church
At Messy Church we explore a biblical theme through hands-on creative activities, a celebration of story, song and prayer. Our St. John's Messy Church experience begins with sharing a meal together and getting to know one another. The evening theme is introduced following the meal. The families proceed upstairs to the main floor where they participate in activities for all ages -- playing and working together to explore the theme of the bible.

Messy Church started in an Anglican church near Portsmouth, United Kingdom, in 2004 and has grown into an international movement operating across a wide range of Christian denominations and traditions. Messy Church began with a simple question asked by a group of leaders in a small community : "How can our small church reach the many families in our community?" And so, began a journey of discovery and the birth of Messy Church -- shaping worship, learning, and fellowship around the needs of     families with children. Today more than 500,000 people participate at a Messy Church experience in over 30 countries. Messy Church USA has been growing and stretching.
For our Passion Offering in February, please consider a     contribution to our own Messy Church Program here at St. John's UCC.  Hopefully we can continue to provide this invaluable program to our community's children.      

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 . 
February 16, 2020
Pay a visit to the burial site of loved ones, and celebrate their new, resurrected life in Christ.
I Corinthians 15:12
"Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead?"

Nar-Anon Meeting

6:30 Thursday, February 20th

Practice Schedule
Handbell Choir - 6:15 PM  Wednesday 2/19
Chancel Choir - 7:30 PM Wednesday 2/19
St. John's UCC 2020 Board
Tim Schaeffer, President
Chuck Koch, Vice President
Sally Bachman, Secretary
Roger Garman
Scott Strauss
Paulette Werni
Program Ministries Team Meeting
Tuesday, February 18th at 6:30 pm
Women of Worship
Meeting Dates & Leaders for 2020
(Meetings start at 6:30 PM)

Devotional Leader(s)
Activities Leader(s)
Tues. Mar. 3rd
Cindy Myers
Cindy Myers

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  
 Hartman Center "Love Offering"
THIS SUNDAY February 16, 2020 the congregations of Penn Central Conference are invited to take a Love Offering to benefit the program cost associated with the summer camps at Hartman Center. The cost of a full week of camp is $575 which means that many campers are subsidized.
"2020"Love Offering" Envelopes will be in the pew racks if you are moved to contribute a special gift.   Thank you for supporting this important ministry. 


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 
Wendy Lingle at (717)319-5951, 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