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  17 — MAY  23
  Wednesday
 7:00 PM – Narcotics Anonymous - Living Room Group - In-person meetings suspended for COVID-19
  Sunday
 10:45 AM – Service of Worship
NEWS  &  NOTES
  Special Offering - Phoebe Homes
  Phoebe Homes, a United Church of Christ related institution, operates a network of facilities throughout the region that ministers to the aged and infirm. Each year on Mother's Day, we lift up and celebrate their ministry on our behalf. Additionally, we receive a special offering, the proceeds of which help to support residents of the Phoebe Health Care Center at Phoebe-Berks, Wernersville, who have exhausted their personal funds. A special Phoebe Homes offering envelope is included in the 2022 offering envelope boxed sets.
  Ascension Day Worship Service
  Ascension Day is Thursday, May 26, 2022. The annual C.U.C.M.R. community worship service will be held at 6:00 p.m. at Olivet Reformed United Church of Christ, 1648 Centre Ave., 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 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 2022 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 2022 remains $45.00. Remaining sponsorship opportunities for 2022 include May 15; July 10, 17, 24; and October 30; if you would be interested in any of these dates for 2022, 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. Foodstuffs are forwarded to St. Paul's Lutheran Church pantry in our own East Reading neighborhood, while 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 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 10:45 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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