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"
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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 FEBRUARY  21 — FEBRUARY  27
  Sunday
 9:25 AM – Christian Education
 10:30 AM – Service of Worship
  Wednesday
 7:00 PM – Narcotics Anonymous - Living Room Group
NEWS  &  NOTES
  Food Sale at Boscov's East
  On Saturday, March 9, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., members of the St. Andrew's Church family will be offering hot dogs, soup, and baked goods for sale at Boscov's East Store. There are three ways for St. Andrew's Church members and friends to participate in the event: (1) provide food items for sale, (2) volunteer time to staff the sales tables, and/or (3) stop by the sales table to purchase lunch or a treat for later--and maybe, do some "Boscoving" as well! Please contact the church office at (610) 375-8687 for further information or to volunteer to participate.
  We Extend Our Sympathy
  We extend our sympathy to the family and friends of Ms. Stella Stoeber, who entered the Church Triumphant on January 17, 2019.

We also extend our sympathy to the family and friends of Mrs. Gertrude Moyer, who entered the Church Triumphant on February 13, 2019.
  Women of St. Andrew's Candy Sale!
  The Women of St. Andrew's spring candy making project begins the week of March 10, 2019. Peanut Butter Eggs, Coconut Cream Eggs, and Chocolate-Covered Marshmallows will be offered for purchase at a cost of $11 per pound until supplies are exhausted. The candy is packed in half-pound boxes/bags. Call the church office at (610) 375-8687 to place an order.

Volunteers are invited to join in our spring candy making project. Candy will be in production on Mondays and Tuesdays for five weeks beginning on March 10th; workdays run from 9 a.m. to about 5 p.m. (There is also some prep work done on Sunday afternoons after the morning worship activities are concluded.) There are various tasks that need to be completed, and no experience is necessary. It's a rewarding pastime, and the fellowship is most enjoyable. Volunteers are encouraged to come when you can, and you can leave when you must.
  Special Lenten Worship Services
  Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. This year Ash Wednesday will be March 6, 2019. St. Andrew's Church will be offering a worship service in St. Andrew's Chapel at 12 noon; all are invited to attend. The service will include the (optional) Imposition of Ashes, as well as a celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

Midweek Lenten Services are offered in St. Andrew's Chapel on Tuesdays at 12 noon. Our special Lenten series of services runs for five weeks beginning on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. These special Lenten noonday prayer services run about thirty minutes in length. Each service includes hymns, scripture readings, prayers, and a brief homily from Pastor Baal. The theme for our 2019 Midweek Lenten Services will be announced soon.
  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, March 17, 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: March 24 & 31; April 7 & 28; 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..
  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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