News and Events - September 5, 2019 Issue

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

a weekly newsletter
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 8, 2019

9:30 AM Bible Study    
10:30 AM Worship
     "Counting the Cost"

Pastor:  Rev. Len Knighton

Jeremiah 18:1-11                       Luke 14:25-33

Musical Selections
O My Soul, Bless Your Creator
Lani Smith

Faith Promise
Jesus in the Morning
H. Robert James
Traditional African-American Melody

Go Out with Praise
Gilbert M. Martin

  September Passion Offering - 
Lancaster Theological Seminary

Worship Volunteers
Serving Today, Sept. 8th

All Gathered
Len Knighton
Interim Pastor
Shirley Fortna
Kim Longenecker
Mary Young
Mike Gipe
Head Usher
 Holly Gerhart
Dawn Eisenhauer
Donna Breidegam
Greg Innes
September Passion Offering
Lancaster Theological Seminary
Lancaster Theological Seminary, a graduate school of theology affiliated with the United Church of Christ, is a vibrant, diverse learning community known for academic excellence, celebration of differences across Christian traditions, and creative engagement on issues of importance to our world. They educate and nurture leaders to join in God's redemptive and liberating work so that all creation may flourish.
At Lancaster Theological Seminary, students are encouraged and challenged in their beliefs and nurtured in their spiritual formation. Here, students build lasting bonds with their peers as they learn, worship, and grow together.  
Their vision is to create a place where God transforms us to transform others and the world.
Please give as you are able to this month's Passion Offering to support the continued success of the Lancaster Theological Seminary. Thank you.
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:

Canned Fruit
Canned Stews
Cereal Bars
Cereal Bars

JOY Pantry
September Schedule
         Sorting: Tuesday, 9/10              9:30 - 11:00 AM
                     Tuesday, 9/24             9:30 - 11:00 AM
    Distribution:  Thursday, 9/12           5:30 - 7:00 PM
                        Friday, 9/13              12:30 - 2:00 PM
                   Thursday, 9/26         5:30 - 7:00PM 
                   Friday, 9/27            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

Sunday Morning Bible Study
O ur weekly Bible Study will resume on
Sund ay, September 8th at 9:30 am. Please join us as we begin our study of the book of Philippians.
Children are welcome back to our Sunday School starting September 8th at 10:30 am.
Nar-Anon Meetings

Thursday, September 5th at 6:00 pm.

Messy Church Wish List
In preparation for our next Messy Church on October 17th, 
we need the following items:
        • Saran Wrap or Glad Wrap
        • Bags of Wrapped Candies
        • Candy Corn
        • M & M's
        • Skittles
        • Canned apple or cherry pie filling
  Please place the items in the basket at the bulletin board in the Gathering Room by September 22nd .

Women of Worship

The next WOW meeting will be held on October 1 at 6:30 pm.  We will be meeting downstairs in the social hall.  Come and help us make dried soup mixes in a jar to sell at the Holiday Bazaar in November.
Hartman Center  
Lifelong Learning Opportunities
Forgiveness: A Path for Healing 
Using "The Book of Forgiving" by   Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu, leaders will offer participants an opportunity to understand forgiveness as a path for healing ourselves and our world.  The time together will include presentations, meditations & journaling exercises, films and free time to enjoy Hartman Center.   
Each participant will receive an outline and resources to take home to use as a small group experience or adult church school class.         
Leaders: Rev. Dave Bushnell  and Rev. Herb Bomberger
   Mon. 9/23 at 2:00 pm - Wed. 9/25 at 3:00 pm
   Cost per person is $150 (includes lodging).    
   Commuter cost: $65 (meals and materials)   
   Lodging  will be in Michaux Lodge   
   Registration deadline is 9/16.
   Make check payable to Penn Central Conference 
Mail to: Dave Bushnell
   Lifelong Learning Opportunities
330 Spencer Ave.,  Lancaster, PA  17603
register online at and
click on   "Register for an event" 

St. John UCC Jonestown
Pastor Search Committee Members
Dawn Eisenhauer       Brian Miller
Heather Innes              Chris Miller
Danielle Koch             Christie Schaeffer
Jim Myers
Jonestown Council of Churches
The next scheduled meeting for Jonestown Council Of Churches is Tuesday, September 10th at 1:30 pm at Jonestown United Methodist Church.  The goal is to share ideas for the remainder of 2019.
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     
Hersheypark Volunteer Fundraiser Program
You can help St. John's UCC by signing up to work a 4-hr shift at Hersheypark Stadium or Giant Arena.  The church receives the minimum wage salary for your shift and you receive vouchers for FREE Hersheypark Tickets.
Please call Pat Gahres at 717-865-4980 to sign up.
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