Christ Church UCC, Temple: February 12, 2017

 

Christ Church United Church of Christ, Temple, PA, seeks to embody its mission of “growing in discipleship and outreach 2100that all may experience, live, and share the love of God.” The pastor is the Rev. Dr. Harry L. Serio.                 
Recently, in order to maintain its viability as a congregation and serve the needs of the surrounding community, two congregations representing the changing ethnicity of the neighborhood were invited to share space for worship; a Haitian nondenominational church, Good Samaritan Church of God and the Berean Church of the New Covenant.
Special worship services are held throughout the year that features various voice music traditions such as Southern Gospel, Celtic, Shape-Note singing and Jazz. It participates in the Berks Jazz Fest, and holds an annual All Saints Sunday Dixieland Jazz Service as well as a Blessing of the Animals with “Critter Music” by Dave Kline.
The church serves a free community dinner each month, participates in various local service projects, and is exploring other ways to extend its ministry. Recognizing the changing spiritual/religious landscape, Christ Church is involved in “Spirit on Tap,” a program designed to encourage theological discussion, explore alternative views and stimulate dialogue around issues of faith and spirituality. In partnership with two neighboring churches, it holds “Movie Nights,” in which spiritual and social justice issues are presented through current film. The Reading Theater Project uses the churches facilities.
Christ Church is involved in the Spiritual Exploration Project, a multi-faceted community-based initiative to create greater understanding and harmony among various faith traditions that features dialogue among Christians, Jews, Muslims, and other faith expressions and those who are not part of any religious community; the development of a contemplative community; a storytelling group, and a justice and mercy task force.
Christ Church seeks to create an open and diverse environment for worship and spiritual expression where persons can encounter a God who is still speaking to them in a language they can understand; where each person strives to be the Christ to others and be the incarnation of God’s presence in the world.
To learn more about our mission and ministry visit: ucctemple.org.

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