PENNSYLVANIA SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE
OF THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
St. Andrew's
United Church of Christ

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



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.
THIS  WEEK @ CHURCH
WEEK OF MAY  23 — MAY  29
  Sunday
 9:25 AM – Christian Education
 10:30 AM – Service of Worship
  Wednesday
 7:00 PM – Narcotics Anonymous - Living Room Group
NEWS  &  NOTES
  Ascension Day Worship Service
  Ascension Day is Thursday, May 30, 2019. The annual C.U.C.M.R. community worship service will be held at 7 p.m. at Grace Alsace United Church of Christ, 2151 Kutztown Rd., Reading. The Service of Word and Sacrament will be led by members of the C.U.C.M.R. churches. Please join us for worship and for a time of fellowship with refreshments following the worship service.
  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, May 19, 2019, as we continue our monthly Coffee Fellowship routine.
  Altar Flower and Worship Bulletin Sponsor Information
  The worship bulletin sponsor sign-up sheet for 2019 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 for 2019 is $45.00. Remaining open dates for 2019 are as follows: June 2 & 30; July 14 & 21; November 24, 2019. Please contact the church office at (610) 375-8687, if you would like to sponsor altar flowers on any of these remaining open dates..
  Organ Recital
  Pastor Baal will offer his annual St. Andrew's Church organ recital on Sunday, June 2, 2019, at 3 p.m. This year's program includes works of Johann Sebastian Bach, Max Reger, and Marcel Lanquetuit among others. A freewill offering will be received, and a time of fellowship with refreshments follows the program. In addition to his seminary training, Pastor Baal holds a B.A. in Music - Sacred Music from Lebanon Valley College, and an M.M. in Church Music and a D.M.A. in Organ Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory.
  Strawberry Festival
  St. Andrew's Church's annual Strawberry Festival will take place on Saturday, June 8, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the church social hall (please use the Miller Street entrance to access the building). The menu for this event includes Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup and Homemade Chicken Corn Soup; Weaver's Markets' Sub Sandwiches (Italian, Ham, Smoked Turkey); Homemade Macaroni Salad; Beverages; Assorted Homemade Baked Goods; and Strawberries with Ice Cream and/or Shortcake.
  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.

OUR CHURCH
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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