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!
 7:00 PM – Narcotics Anonymous - Living Room Group - In-person meetings suspended for COVID-19
 10:45 AM – Service of Worship
  Statement of Financial Contributions
  Statements of financial contributions for calendar year 2022 are available for pick-up in the church office. We encourage all members of our church family to check their statements to ensure that our records agree with yours.
  Joint Worship Service at Olivet Reformed U.C.C.
  On Sunday, January 29, 2023, there will be no service of worship at St. Andrew's Church, as we shall be joining in the 9:15 a.m. worship service with our friends at Olivet Reformed United Church of Christ, 1648 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA 19601. All present for the worship service are invited to remain for brunch in the church social hall following the service.
  We Extend Our Sympathy
  We extend our sympathy to the family and friends of the Rev. Dr. F. Russell Mitman, Pennsylvania Southeast Conference Minister Emeritus, who entered the Church Triumphant on January 7, 2023. A memorial service for Rev. Mitman will be held on February 4, 2023, at 11 a.m. at Church of the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, Boyertown.

We also extend our sympathy to the family and friends of Mr. Edward Rhine, who entered the Church Triumphant on January 10, 2023.
  Special Lenten Worship Services
  Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. This year Ash Wednesday will be February 22, 2023. St. Andrew's Church will be joining with our friends from Olivet Reformed United Church of Christ, 1648 Centre Ave., Reading, PA 19601, in a Service of Word and Sacrament with Imposition of Ashes (optional)offered at Olivet Church at 12 noon; all are invited to attend.

Midweek Lenten Services are also being offered this year at Olivet Church on Wednesdays at 12 noon. Our special Lenten series of services runs for five weeks beginning on Wednesday, March 1, 2023. These special Lenten noonday prayer services run about thirty-five minutes in length. Each service includes hymns, scripture readings, prayers, and a brief homily from Pastor Baal.
  Coffee Fellowship Time
   Coffee Fellowship is usually held once a month. We hope that you will join us for this special time together on the third Sunday of each month. THIS ACTIVITY IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS. All are invited to gather in church office at 10 a.m. on the next third Sunday when we are able to continue our monthly Coffee Fellowship routine.
  Altar Flower and Worship Bulletin Sponsor Information
  The worship bulletin sponsor sign-up sheet for 2023 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 2023 remains $45.00. If you would be interested in becoming a sponsor for 2023, please contact the church office.
  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 2021 - 2022 season of Spirit on Tap is the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Reading.
  Sharing Our Pastor With Olivet Church
  As of January 1, 2020, St. Andrew's Church entered into a shared ministry agreement with Olivet Reformed United Church of Christ, 1648 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA 19601. Pastor Baal serves both congregations, with Olivet Church worshiping on Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. St. Andrew's Church provides office support for the Olivet congregation; Olivet Church contributes to the cost of health insurance for the pastor.
  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. Some foodstuffs are retained for emergency distribution, and the remainder plus monetary gifts are now being forwarded to Helping Harvest (formerly the Greater Berks Food Bank).
  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). In-person meetings have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  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. We have earned $200.64 from this program in fiscal year 2020-2021.
  Sharing Our Space with 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 10:45 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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