St. Paul’s UCC is engaged in a vibrant ministry within our community. Each month, we host “Soup & Such” to provide a free hot meal to all who come, and we provide free clothing to youth in “St. Paul’s Clothing Closet.” In addition, youth from local schools, scouts, and Bethany Children’s Home come to help be a part of serving the community.
On the first Sunday of the month from 2-4 pm, we have an “Acoustic Café” in the Fellowship Hall, hosted by Richard’s Music Studio, Womelsdorf. This is an open-mic time for music, poetry, magic, stand-up comedy, and more. No advance reservations are needed for audience members or performers.
Weekly we open our doors for Girl Scout Junior and Brownie meetings, as well as for Alcoholics Anonymous and Alanon. On Sunday, August 17 we offered a worship service at Knoebels Grove Amusement Park in Elysburg. We provided ride tickets for 50 children from Bethany Children’s Home to join us, and invited them to our pot-luck luncheon in our park pavilion.
As part of our evangelism program development, our congregation participated in the Unbinding Your Heart program. We currently have about 20 members engaging in reading, studying, and discussing the book Reclaiming the Great Commission; Transforming Congregations into Growing Churches.
On September 14, we will have a special service to present the God and Family and God and Church national religious awards to about a dozen youth who completed those requirements this year.
This month marks the one year anniversary of our newly called pastor, the Rev. Dr. Benjamin Motz. During his time with us, we have launched a few new evangelism initiatives, including: weekly children’s bulletins, weekly children’s sermons, weekly nursery (with closed circuit TV viewing of the worship service), visitor intentional bulletin format, usher and greeter training, refreshments after worship, and the many things we were already doing to welcome and engage visitors in warm, helpful, friendly ways. We strive to make our building and worship service accessible with off-street parking, elevator access, large-print bulletins, a quarterly community newsletter, and more.
This September, we will be launching a second, adult Sunday school class. Check us out online at the new website we will be launching this month: SPRUCC.org.