Walk with us and join us in prayer May 13, 9 am. We are meeting in the parking lot of Kutztown High School. We are supporting Kutztown Strong’s mission to combat substance abuse for the well-being of the Kutztown community. Our group will be walking a “prayer circle” around the schools.
The last day for Children’s Sunday school will be on May 21st. We close the year with a Group Sunday where we will enjoy a special treat and will preview some games and songs that will be a part of our Vacation Bible School Program. The Adult Sunday School class will continue to meet throughout the summer so please consider joining them for some great discussion and fellowship.
On Pentecost, June 4, we will be celebrating the Confirmation of our newest young members and Holy Communion.
On this special day we will also be receiving your offerings for Strengthen the Church. STC is a special mission offering to build the future of the UCC. Shared at the conference and national levels, STC largely supports youth ministries and full-time leaders for new churches in parts of the country where the UCC voice has not been heard.
As God calls our congregations to be the “church” in new ways, your generosity will plant new churches, awaken new ideas in existing churches and develop the spiritual life in our youth and young adults. STC funds will also be used to award grants to help congregations communicate the “God is still speaking,” message.
Just a friendly reminder that after church on Palm Sunday Ms. Stofflett’s class will fold your palms into crosses. Look for the students in Fellowship Hall.
The Kutztown Library is looking ahead to their Summer Reading program. Prize baskets were a big hit last year. These baskets were popular with all ages. Children’s baskets featured Barbies, coloring books, stickers, book sets and Lego kits. Teens loved the snack basket. Adult readers vied for hand painted wine glasses, cooking, and travel and pamper yourself baskets. Do you have any new or gently used items we can include in our baskets this year? Maybe a gift card, an empty basket, and a present that wasn’t quite right for you that you can re-gift, or a craft that you make? The donations given are then used to create baskets for a raffle that are used as a reward for reading. Read a book, get a raffle ticket and select which basket you would like to win. What a great incentive for everyone! If you are interested in donating, please place your donations in the collection bin outside of the church office.
Ready, Set, READ! Help make a difference in a child’s life! Volunteers are need to tutor 2nd grade students who are struggling with reading in the Brandywine and Kutztown school districts. No previous teaching experience is required. This opportunity is for anyone interested in volunteering weekly for one hour. Current background clearances are required prior to assignment. Please contact Darby Wiekrykas at United Way at 610.685.4574 or email@example.com.
This summer the children and teens are going to make bottle cap mosaic for the Louisa Gonser Community Library. We need thousands of plastic bottle caps in all sorts of colors. We really need your help. PLEASE START DRINKING! Start saving those caps and drop them off at the circulation desk.
The Board of Christian Education has several activities for our students and church families during the upcoming months. On April 16, the children of the Junior class will be available immediately after worship to fold palm branches into crosses. Then on Easter Sunday there will be a Scavenger Hunt for the children during the Church School hour. Students will follow clues through the building to find Easter eggs and learn more about our church at the same time. The children and youth will be observing Earth Day on April 23. Plans will be announced at a later date.
The mission of this group is to combat substance abuse for the well-being of the Kutztown community. You can learn more about this group by visiting their website at www.kutztownstrong.org. Please support this important community group.
Strengthening The Resolve Of the Next Generation
The Christmas Program was very successful, thanks to help from all of you. We broke records by serving 829 pantry individuals in 306 households this year. With your help we were able to provide Christmas gifts for 258 local children. Thank you to you, the congregation of St. Paul’s for the 25 Christmas gifts for children of our pantry clients and Holiday Dinner Boxes. Your wonderful donations went a long way to helping local families have a great Holiday season! A big thank you from the clients, staff and Board of Friend, Inc. Community Services. We sincerely thank you and wish you a successful 2017.