September 2021 Issue
Jesus said, “With humans this is impossible,
but with God all things are possible.”

Matthew 19:26

We the people at St. John's are imagining the possibilities. The last year and a half has certainly taught us to be creative and to use our imagination in order to survive shut downs, shelter in place, quarantines, isolation, online learning, worship, and communications. Like you, we have been resilient and tired, apathetic and longing, impatient and hopeful. Our journey through the pandemic wilderness has given us a different view of the promise land. We know how easy it is to stay at home after months of being in your home experiencing your world in front of a computer or a tv. However, we invite you to gather with us in person and experience "community" and "togetherness" once again. Let's reimagine Christ's presence together.

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11
at 10:30 AM


The Fruits of the Spirit has to do with the way we act toward one another

Online worship can be found by clicking on the YouTube link on our Facebook and our website

Worship Volunteer Opportunities
 We are seeking volunteers to serve as scripture readers, greeters, and ushers. If you are interested in serving St. John’s in this way, please click on the link below.
We need volunteer Readers and Greeters for September
Saturday, September 11 is Fall Fest 5:00 to 8:00PM
Saturday, September 25 at 7:00PM is the Organ Recital

Friday, October 1 is Messy Church at 5:45PM

Friday, October 15 at 7:00PM is the Homeless Sleepover
Community Wide Food Drive for the JOY PANTRY sponsored by the Jonestown Council of Churches. Curbside drop off at the Jonestown United Methodist Church October 15 at 7:00PM
Donate food that would be homeless friendly

The Homeless Awareness Sleepover is at St. John's parking lot. The youth will be making their own houses out of cardboard boxes.

Grow Your Church!
Share what's happening!
Bring friends, family members, co-workers, and neighbors. Call church members. Invite a stranger. Use the large post cards to hand out and invite others. They are on the church table. Call the church when you run out and need more.
Sunday, October 24 at 10:30AM
Our New Beginnings Worship Celebration
Bell Choir Practice is September 8 at 5:30
While we wait for practice to resume, please consider joining choir and sharing your talents with St. John's.
Hey Kids!
Enlarge and print these pictures, color them, and bring or send them to church. We will share them with the congregation. Learn a memory verse and recite it in church, You will receive a gift from the pastor when all nine verses are learned. Print and bring the card with an adult signature.
Love Joy Peace Kindness Goodness Patience
Faithfulness Self-Control Gentleness (Circle as you learn it and recite in church) Adult Signature: ____________________
"God is Still Speaking" daily devotionals can be found on the church Facebook Group. Look on the left side of the Facebook page.
The Upper Room
The September/October issues are on the table at the church entrance. Please let the office know if you want a copy mailed to you. 717-865-4453

Enjoy the Convenience of Electronic Giving

Giving Back to God is a
Spiritual Practice

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.

Total Giving thru August 29 is 9,278.51
Expenses for the month of August thru August 29 are 8,538.44
Short 951.81 for the month.
Average attendance in August through August 29 is 28

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Contact the pastor at 717-215-7817 or with prayer requests and/or pastoral visits and pastoral care.
Nursing Home:
Beatrice Warlow
Florence Rhan
Fay Krumbine
Shirley Haldeman
Joan Cousins
Earlene Baal
Mary Young
Barbara Stahl
Tyler Haag
Mary Lou Smith

Jason Galloway
Maj. Kevin White
Family & Friends:
Wyatt Wentsler
Brenda Marinkov
Vanessa, Christie’s friend
Josh and Ana Hertzog
Larry Wood
Remember those with loss
Dave - loss of his sister
Dr. James Tibbitts family
Jennifer Brown and family
Mary Lou & Craig Smith 09/09
Russell and Lois Strauss 09/21
Larry Miller 09/05
Lois Strauss 09/07
Judy Wolfe 09/08
Liana Basehore 09/11
Molly Tyrpin-Losey 09/11
Paige Bachman 09/12
Courtney Miller 09/14
James Myers 09/17
Roben Roof 09/18
Christian Rizzo 09/19
Weston Ritchie 09/20
Trey Moyer 09/26
Use our church Facebook to add pictures and comments. Let people know how much you love your church at St. John's. Make comments If you worship online.
To post on St. John's Facebook page, email or text photos and messages to Facebook administrator Peggy Miller at
If you need a ride to Sunday Morning Worship Services, please call the Church Secretary 717-865-4453 no later than 11:00 am on the Friday before to arrange transportation. Thank you.
Volunteers needed to help with transportation for those who need it in order to get to worship. Church Office 717-865-4453
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 UCC

St. Johns Gift Card
Giant and BG’s Market Gift Cards now available
You can purchase gift cards for $25, $50, or $100
Contact Information:
Church office
This program serves as a fundraiser for St. John’s. They make great gifts, of course. But please also consider purchasing them for your own use. If you shop at either of these stores, you can purchase the gift cards from the church and use them instead of cash on your next visit. When you do, 5% of the total value goes to St. John’s. 
For example:
10 people purchase $100 worth – profit to Church $50
10 people purchase $200 worth – profit to Church $100
30 people purchase $100 worth – profit to Church $150
 Thanks in advance for helping St. John’s by participating in this program.
JOY Pantry

The JOY Pantry is resuming hours for clients to come into the pantry so they can select the items they want. Following CDC guidelines, we feel it’s safe to resume service inside. 
Our community was very generous during this pandemic. We were able to remain open
the entire time to provide much needed food to the less fortunate. We serviced over 40 new families since the pandemic started.
Thank you for believing in our ministry and supporting us financially so we can provide a space where we can care for our community.
We are providing “Kid Friendly” food again this summer. Items like canned pasta, individual fruit cups, Mac & cheese, peanut butter & jelly, and crackers are appreciated.
-Linda Wood, Volunteer Director

Financial donations are always welcome and can be mailed to:
JOY Pantry,
P.O. Box 121
Jonestown, PA 17038

Band Together (Strength Training)
We're Back!!!
Join us Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 am in the Social Hall.

For information about this program, please contact Ann Ritchie at 717-865-6172.
Nar-Anon Meetings
Thursdays at 6:30 pm  

We are resuming live meetings in the church’s social hall!!! 

For information about this program, please contact Denise Eiceman at
St. John’s Vitality Team
Members: Danielle Koch, Larry Miller, Luanne Clay, and Pastor Roben

This team looks at the health and life
of the church and community for
spiritual and numerical growth.

"The Eaglet" is our monthly newsletter emailed to our members and contacts.

"St. John's Weekly Happenings" is our weekly news & updates emailed to our members and contacts.

Printed copies are available on the table in the church lobby as well as mailed to shut-ins.
St. John's Board Members

Tim Schaeffer
Chuch Koch
Wendy Lingle
Scott Strauss
Rooted in the grace of God, our mission is:
Penn Central Conference, where congregations passionately declare and demonstrate the courageous love of Christ.
The vision of the Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ is:
United in Christ’s love, we are…
Connected to God, neighbor and each other
Engaged in serving the needs and ensuring justice in our community and the world
Transformed in Christ’s love to create a better future for all to flourish
Penn Central Conference is one of 38 regional bodies of the United Church of Christ (UCC), which has 5,100 churches and 1.1 million members
3 Great Loves is a denomination wide story telling initiative. Over the span of two years, we will collect and lift up the stories of our local churches and affiliates. We want to hear about the knitting clubs, the food pantries, the community meals, protest, letter writing campaigns and anything else your church or organization may be doing to create a just world for all. NOTHING IS TOO SMALL. The work that is already being done is significant and greatly needed. Our hope is that this initiative, we will tell the story of how we are impacting and transforming the world as covenantal partners united in common purpose, vision, and mission.

“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.” 1 Corinthians 12:12-27

Participation in the initiative is simply to pass along the story of the good work your church and/or community is already doing to create a just world for all. 3 ways to share your story:
  1. Complete the online form
  2. Participate in the Online Community
  3. Tell your story on Facebook and Twitter using #3greatloves

120 W. Market St. Jonestown, PA 17038 717-865-4453