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 MARCH  6 — MARCH  12
  Sunday
 10:45 AM – Service of Worship
  Tuesday
 12:05 PM – Tuesday Lenten Worship Service at Olivet Reformed U.C.C.
  Wednesday
 7:00 PM – Narcotics Anonymous - Living Room Group
NEWS  &  NOTES
  ON THE COVID-19 CRISIS
  The COVID-19 crisis continues to disrupt our lives. Every day seems to bring new changes and challenges.


Although not everyone is comfortable gathering together for worship, we continue to offer our worship services in St. Andrew's Chapel for those who choose to participate, a small group of the faithful coming together to pray for those who are ill, for those who are mourning, for those who care for the sick, for those who have become anxious and fearful in the face of this disease, and for all whose lives have been disrupted. Of course, we require any worship participants to practice social distancing.

In addition to the restrictions the pandemic crisis has imposed upon our worship routine, COVID-19 has also disrupted our fellowship and fundraising activities. The Women of St. Andrew's spring and fall candy making projects have been suspended, and our spring Boscov's East food sale, as well as our annual Strawberry and Peach Festivals were cancelled. We hope to be able to schedule another take-out only Soup and Bake Sale for sometime soon. In the meantime, we invite all to join us for worship as you are able, and we respectfully ask your support of our mission and ministry. Contributions may be mailed to St. Andrew's United Church of Christ, 1320 Spruce St., Reading, PA 19602.
  One Great Hour of Sharing
  On Sunday, March 14, 2021, we join with worshiping congregations across the United States of America to offer our gifts for the annual One Great Hour of Sharing special mission offering. The proceeds of this annual offering are used to support Christian mission work outside of the USA (except for that portion of the gifts for disaster response, which is used anywhere in the world there is need, including in our homeland).
  Special Lenten Worship Services
  Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. This year Ash Wednesday will be February 17, 2021. 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 offered at Olivet Church at 12 noon; all are invited to attend. Because of COVID-19 precautions the service this year will NOT include the Imposition of Ashes.

Midweek Lenten Services are also being offered this year at Olivet Church on Tuesdays at 12 noon. Our special Lenten series of services runs for five weeks beginning on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. 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. The theme for our 2021 Lenten services is "How We Got This Way: Looking at Some of the Earliest Stories in the Book," a survey of themes from the first chapters of the Book of Genesis.
  Easter Lilies
  St. Andrew's Church will be adorned for Easter with fifteen Lilies wrapped in green foil from our supplier Temple Greenhouses. We invite members of our church family to support our Memorial/Friendship Fund by sponsoring an Easter Lily. The cost of a sponsorship is $9.50 per plant; any money received over and above the cost of the plants will be given to the East Reading Food Pantry. Please call the church office if you would like to become a Lily Memorial/Friendship Fund sponsor.
  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 2021 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 2021 remains $45.00. Every new year, some dates become available for sponsors; if you would like to become an altar flower sponsor (or would be interested in additional dates) for 2021, please contact the church office.
  Spirit on Tap
   This program is currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"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 2019 - 2020 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. We have earned $313.64 from this program in fiscal year 2019-2020.
  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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