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 to St. Andrew’s U.C.C. in Reading. Thanks for visiting our website. We hope you will find this church snapshot to be helpful and informative, and we invite you to visit us so that we may welcome you in person.
THIS  WEEK @ CHURCH
WEEK OF AUGUST  21 — AUGUST  27
  Wednesday
 7:00 PM – Narcotics Anonymous - Living Room Group
  Sunday
 9:25 AM – Christian Education
 10:30 AM – Service of Worship
NEWS  &  NOTES
  Announcing the 2017 Peach Festival!
  St. Andrew's Church's annual Peach Festival takes place on Friday, August 18, from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, August 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. As always, we'll be offering a variety of homemade foods, beverages, baked goods, a white elephant sale of rummage items, bingo, the peach festival raffle, and, of course, peaches and ice cream. All events are held in St. Andrew's Church's air-conditioned social hall, so please enter the building via the side entrance on Miller Street. Bingo is being offered on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and again on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. Raffle tickets are available for purchase any time up to the drawing on Saturday, August 19, 2017, at 2:30 p.m.
  Restroom Renovations
  The church's bathroom fixtures date from 1959, and like many of us, they are beginning to show their age. Two broken sink faucet handles have not been replaced, because parts are no longer available. Faucets drip, and toilet flush mechanisms are not always reliable. And, of course, our old fixtures are not nearly as water-efficient as more modern equipment would be.

At the recent annual meeting of St. Andrew's United Church of Christ, the congregation voted to authorize restroom renovations to proceed at an estimated cost of $7500. We intend to replace the sinks and toilets in the church's restrooms (both on the main level, and those adjacent to the downstairs social hall), and we invite the support of all of our St. Andrew's Church family. The work will involve replacing a total of six bathroom sinks and seven toilets, plus, in order to comply with Reading City Codes, we will be installing hot water lines to the downstairs bathroom sinks. The work has been scheduled to be completed on Tuesday/Wednesday, August 8/9, 2017.
  Coffee Fellowship Time
   Coffee Fellowship is held once a month (except in July and August). 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, September 17, 2017, when we resume our monthly Coffee Fellowship routine.
  Altar Flower and Worship Bulletin Sponsor Information
  The worship bulletin sponsor sign-up sheet for 2017 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 available dates for 2017 have been sponsored, but if you would be interested in picking up a Sunday or more in 2018, please contact the church office at (610) 375-8687, as there will be a number of 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 new location for the ninth season of Spirit on Tap, beginning in September, 2017, 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. Recently, we earned another $210.62 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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