St. Stephen’s UCC, Perkasie: January 4, 2015

BulletinCover 01-04-15 (2)Back in 1883, at a meeting held at the public school house, a unanimous decision was reached to build the first church in the village of Perkasie (then not yet incorporated). The St. Stephen’s Reformed Church of Perkasie was the original name chosen because the Reformed Church is the church of martyrs and St. Stephen was the first martyr. The first church building was dedicated on November 14, 1886. Our Mission Statement says: Our purpose as St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ is to respond to God’s call as a community of covenant and faith in Jesus Christ; to worship God and celebrate together in the gospel of Jesus Christ; to share in the love and fellowship of Christ; and to minister loving service to humankind. “Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” (Romans 15:7). Our congregation extends hospitality to all – no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.

Children play an active role in the worship services and intergenerational mission programs. Through our ministry and mission we strive to deepen one’s understanding and relationship with God and over time transform lives by making disciples of Jesus Christ.

We are constantly visioning and working at community building and “faith talking.” For the sixth consecutive year, St. Stephen’s has participated in Interfaith Hospitality Network during August, serving as a host to homeless families. Our parsonage continues to be used by Keystone Opportunity Center (Souderton) to provide a home for a family in need. Our mission outreach is expansive and on-going. Just as there are times of passage in our own lives, so there is in the church.

This is one of those times, as it is with mixed emotions that on January 4, 2015 we BulletinCover01-04-15mcelebrate and bid farewell to The Rev. Janet L. Fries, who is retiring. For the past thirteen years, Pastor Fries has blessed this congregation with distinguished service.

The Consistory is currently seeking an Intentional Transitional Interim Ministry. As St. Stephen’s Church looks to the future, we pray that God will give to this generation the same vision and courage that inspired those who have been part of the history of this congregation, and who, by their faith and willingness to work and sacrifice, have made possible what we have been privileged to know as St. Stephen’s today. Learn more about us on our website: www.stephensucc.org.

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