St. Luke’s UCC, Ottsville: October 12, 2014

We are called into compassionate community, following Christ. We celebrate God’s loving embrace of all creation. No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.

1055-1In 1976, the congregation of St. Luke’s UCC, part of the union congregation with the Lutheran church in Ferndale, PA, undertook to reopen the Red Hill Church in Ottsville which was originally built in 1766. A wing with a nursery, office space and restrooms was built adjoining the sanctuary. The one room schoolhouse on the church property became space for a fellowship hall and Sunday school classes. Regular Sunday worship has been conducted in the church since Easter 1977.

Each year St. Luke’s joins with 3 area UCC churches for Ash Wednesday and Good Friday 1055-2services. These same four churches hold an Easter Sunrise service at the Marina of Lake Nockamixon. Every February the congregation makes a home-cooked dinner to feed the homeless who shelter at Old First Reformed in Philadelphia. Every month on the third Saturday, members of St. Luke’s and friends cook and serve breakfast that is offered for the homeless also at Old First.

Congregation members give food items weekly to the Lord’s Pantry food cupboard which is a local ministry out of St. John the Baptist RC Church, Ottsville. Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner baskets are also given to Lord’s Pantry each year. Every autumn we pack shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. For three years, we have collected eye glasses and sewing kits to send to Swaziland with Swaziland Relief.

The fall and spring rummage sales serve as fund raiser, community service, and mission outreach with many leftover items given to area mission projects. To learn more about our mission, visit our website: saintlukesucc.org.

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