St. Andrew's
United Church of Christ

1320 Spruce Street, Reading, PA  19602-2161
"More than a Century of Service to the City"

Hello and welcome from St. Andrew’s United Church of Christ in Reading. Thanks for visiting our website. We hope you will find this church snapshot to be helpful and informative. We invite you to visit our church so that we may welcome you in person.
 9:25 AM – Christian Education
 10:30 AM – Service of Worship
 10:00 AM – Coffee Fellowship
 7:00 PM – Narcotics Anonymous - Living Room Group
  The Hanging of the Greens / Holiday Dinner
  All are invited to join us for The Hanging of the Greens, which will take place during the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday, December 9th. Worshipers join in preparing our church nave for Christmas. We decorate our Chrismon tree, place candles in the windows, and start the magi off on their journey following that star toward the stable in Bethlehem.

The Women of St. Andrew's invite all to remain for our holiday covered dish dinner in Fellowship Hall at 12:30 p.m. Ham and beverages will be provided, and those who are able are asked to bring a covered dish to share.
  Bethany Children's Home
  During the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday, December 2, 2018, we lifted up the ministry of Bethany Children's Home, a United Church of Christ institution providing residential services to children and youth in Womelsdorf. Each year we collect "white gifts," unwrapped gifts received for Christmas giving to Bethany's residents. (A list of suggested gift items is available from the church office.) We also receive a special monetary offering in support of this important ministry.
  Women of St. Andrew's Fall Candy Sale
  The Women of St. Andrew's began their fall candy making project the week of October 14, 2018. Peanut Butter Balls, Chocolate-Covered Marshmallows, and a limited quantity of Coconut Balls were in production for four weeks. All candy is offered for sale at $11 per pound, and candy is packed in half-pound boxes/bags. Candy will be available for purchase until supplies are exhausted (usually mid-December). Call the church office at (610) 375-8687 to order candy and/or to schedule special order pick-up times.
  Special Worship Services for Christmas
  We invite you, along with your neighbors, co-workers, friends, and family to join us on Monday, December 24, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. for our traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Service. Plan to be with us to sing traditional carols for Christmas, to hear organist Marjorie Fitz and special music for the season, and to mark the high points of the service as the baby Jesus takes his place in the manger scene while the Nativity story from the Gospel according to St. Luke is read, and later as we all sing "Silent Night" by candlelight.

Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25th, will be marked with an intimate celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion in St. Andrew's Chapel at 9:00 a.m. Our Service of Word and Sacrament will include Christmas carols, scripture readings, a brief homily, prayers, and Holy Communion.
  Christmas Fund Offering for Veterans of the Cross
  On Sunday, December 23, 2018, we receive our annual special offering for the Veterans of the Cross. Our gifts provide pension supplementation and special Christmas checks for needy retired clergy and their widowed spouses, as well as emergency grants to clergy families experiencing financial hardships. Our gifts also help subsidize the cost of health insurance coverage for qualified lower-income retired ministers and lay church workers and their widowed spouses.
  St. Andrew's Church will be adorned for Christmas with fifteen 1-branch poinsettias (4-5 multi-bloom), each in a 6-inch pot wrapped in dark green foil from our supplier Temple Greenhouses. We invite members of our church family to support our Memorial/Friendship Fund by sponsoring a Christmas Poinsettia. The cost of a sponsorship is $8 per plant; any money received over and above the cost of the plants will be given to the East Reading Food Pantry. Please call the church office if you would like to become a Poinsettia sponsor.
  2019 Offering Envelope Boxed Sets
  2019 offering envelope boxed sets are available to be picked up on the platform in Fellowship Hall. As usual, we have pre-packaged with the boxes a set of special offering envelopes for the year.
  Coffee Fellowship Time
   Coffee Fellowship is held once a month. We hope that you will join us for this special time together on the third Sunday of each month. All are invited to gather in Fellowship Hall at 10 a.m. on Sunday, December 16, 2018, as we continue our monthly Coffee Fellowship routine.
  Altar Flower and Worship Bulletin Sponsor Information
  The worship bulletin sponsor sign-up sheet for 2018 is posted on the narthex bulletin board. The cost per Sunday or special service remains $5; You can just enter your name to claim any available date, or call the church office, and we'll do it for you!

We also invite you to consider sponsoring our weekly altar flowers (or a memorial or honorarium bouquet); the cost is $40.50. All dates for 2018 have been sponsored. If you would like information on open dates for 2019, please contact the church office at (610) 375-8687, as there are always a number of dates that become available.
  Spirit on Tap
   "Spirit on Tap" is a program to encourage theological discussion, explore alternative viewpoints, and stimulate dialogue around issues of faith and spirituality. Sponsored by area United Church of Christ congregations, Spirit on Tap gatherings are usually held on the fourth Tuesday of the month from September through May (check the schedule for occasional alterations in the routine) at 7 p.m. The location for the 2018 - 2019 season of Spirit on Tap is the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Reading.
  Food Pantry Sunday
   The first Sunday of every month is Food Pantry Sunday. On that day our chest is placed in the church narthex to receive worshipers' gifts of non-perishable food items for our local food pantry. Foodstuffs are forwarded to St. Paul's Lutheran Church pantry in our own East Reading neighborhood, while monetary gifts are divided between our own U.C.C. Council for United Church Ministry in Reading, and St. Paul's Lutheran Church pantry.
  Living Room Group - Narcotics Anonymous
   The Living Room Group of Narcotics Anonymous has been meeting on Wednesday evenings in St. Andrew's Church's social hall for more than twenty-five years. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. each Wednesday; enter the building via the Miller Street entrance (side entrance).
  Redner's Save-A-Tape Program
   St. Andrew's Church continues to participate in Redner's Markets' Save-A-Tape program, which enables us to receive a 1% rebate contribution from all eligible customer receipts we collect for submission. To participate, you must stop at the Customer Service desk or store office and obtain a Save-A-Tape Card (at no cost, and there are no forms to fill out); then present the card to the Redner's cashier whenever you check out, save your register tape, and place it in the box in the church office. In our fiscal year 2017 - 2018, we earned $362.81 from this program.
  Sharing Our Space with a Spanish Congregation
  The Consistory has entered into an agreement with Discipulando las Naciones Church allowing the congregation to make use of St. Andrew's Church facilities. This non-denominational congregation conducts Sunday afternoon worship services as well as Tuesday and Friday evening activities in the downstairs classroom areas.

The congregation of St. Andrew’s U.C.C. has been worshipping and serving in our community since 1891. The church is located in the residential neighborhood of East Reading. The hospitality is warm and the people are friendly. We gather for worship every Sunday at 10:30 am. (The weekly calendar at left will note special summer worship times from July 1 through Labor Day.) St. Andrew’s Church offers many opportunities for volunteering and service to others. So, come be challenged and refreshed, and find a place where YOU can make a difference in the world. You'll be glad that you did!

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