PENNSYLVANIA SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE
OF THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
St. Peter's Union Church

7863 St. Peters Rd, Macungie, PA  18062
"Inviting all to grow and live joyfully centered in Christ"
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Welcome to St. Peter’s. We are a warm and friendly church and love to make new friends. So, if you don't have a church home, come visit us and consider St. Peter's as your church.
THIS  WEEK @ CHURCH
WEEK OF MAY  29 — JUNE  4
  Thursday
 7:00 PM – Chimes Practice
 7:45 PM – Choir Practice
  Sunday
 9:00 AM – Sunday Morning Worship
 9:00 AM – Sunday School (2nd Sunday of the month)
NEWS  &  NOTES
  Help Us To Celebrate Memorial Day 2017
  This year on Memorial Day Weekend we are again inviting the community to join members of St. Peter’s in honoring our country’s veterans. On Sunday morning, May 28th weather permitting, at the end of our worship service we will process from our church to a grave in our cemetery, where a brief service will be conducted in remembrance of all those who served our country in the Armed Forces. From 7 AM till 11 AM we will again be having a free Pancake and Sausage Breakfast. All are welcome to attend this breakfast, and all veterans attending will receive a small token of recognition and appreciation. Memorial Day IS about so much more, than just picnics and having a day off from work. Together, let us remember those who have served!

  Created By God - Built For A Purpose
  This year’s joint Vacation Bible School theme is, “Maker Fun Factory – Created by God, Built for a Purpose” For a week in June St. Peter’s Place will be turned into a place buzzing with excitement! Kids’ faith will be ignited with such rock-solid Biblical truths as: God made each of us; God is for each of us; God is always near; God always loves; and God made each of us for a purpose. Right now we can use your help during the months of April and May, in painting, and getting our set(s) together. No artistic skill is needed – just a willingness to lend a hand for a few hours!! For more information speak to either Marybeth Riter or Eleanor Kline. Also, be sure to check on the bulletin board in the Galleria, to see what supplies will be needed – and what you can donate. Please note that gift cards to Home Depot or Lowes are always welcomed.
  2017 Synod Assembly
  Our Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod/ELCA Assembly is being held this year at Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Pocono Manor, June 2nd and 3rd. Delegates will be gathering around the theme, “UNLEASHED for Reformation - 2017”. More complete information about this event can be found on the Synod’s website: www.god’slove.org In addition to Pastor Jerel, two lay delegates should represent our congregation at this important gathering. If you are interested in attending, please speak to our Board President, Ron Marks, as soon as possible.

  Get Excited About VBS
  Again, this year, St. Peter’s will be joining Zion’s Lutheran Church and the other churches of Old Zionsville to sponsor a Vacation Bible School. This year’s program will run from June 19th to June 23rd Classes will begin at 9 AM and end by 11:30 AM each day. To enroll a child, please pick a Registration Form in the narthex, or call the Church Office at 610-966-3030. Our theme this year is “Maker Fun Factory – Created by God, Built for a purpose!” Kids’ faith will be ignited with such rock-solid Biblical truths as: God made each of us; God is for each of us; God is always near; God always loves; and God made each of us for a purpose

Help is always needed, in assuring that our VBS runs smoothly and is enjoyed by all. If you are willing to teach, lead music or crafts, help in the kitchen with snacks, or simply be available to lend a hand where needed for the whole week or simply a day or two, that would be great!

We will be working on props on weekday evenings at 6:30 PM. To offer your help, speak to Eleanor Kline or Mary Beth Riter. No artistic skill is needed – just a willingness to lend a hand for a few hours!! Our final planning meeting will be on Tuesday, June 6th at 7 PM. We hope that YOU will see VBS as one of the ways in which you are led by the Spirit to use your gifts!
  We Always Can Use A Helping Hand
  In spite of our regular offerings and faith stewardship, we can always use a little extra help in supporting our ministries. One important ministry that reaches out into the community is our Vacation Bible School, which you had a chance to read about earlier in this newsletter. As you can imagine, such a program does cost money! Since its inception, we have not charged to attend this program. Each year we have touched over 50 kids with this ministry. As a way of helping to support this ministry this year we will be having several fundraising events. The next one will be a Spaghetti Supper and Games on the evening of Friday, June 9th from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. ALL proceeds from these events will go directly to supporting our VBS - it will help with the cost of curriculum, snacks, and of course props. As you are able, please come out on the 9th and show your support. As always, THANK YOU!!

  Join Us
  Our Director of Music, Roger Neubert, has announced that once again this year, we will be having a Special Men’s Choir on Mother’s Day. Any man interested in serenading “their woman” is invited to stay after worship on Sunday, May 7th, to rehearse. This has been a fun “musical treat’ in past years, and we look forward to it being the same this year. NO special musical talent is needed, just a desire to sing! Women you will also have your chance this year! A Special Women’s Choir is also planned for Father’s Day. Rehearsal for this performance will be held following worship on Sunday, June 11th. Plan now, on serenading “your man” this Father’s Day!
  2017 Conference Spring Meeting
  Our Pennsylvania Southeast Conference/UCC will be holding their meeting the weekend of June 9th-12th at West Chester University. As always this will include festive worship and lively times for workshops/discussions on current themes. More complete information about this event can be found on the Conference’s website: www.psec.org as mentioned above, in addition to Pastor Jerel, two lay delegates should represent St. Peter’s at this important gathering as well. If you are interested in attending, again please speak to our Board President, Ron Marks.
  Newsletter Helpers Are Needed
  Help is needed to assemble our monthly newsletter mailing. The July/August Mountain Top News will be assembled on Tuesday, June 20th at 10 AM (Note New Date of Week). Call or email our Church Secretary, Sue Parmer if you plan to help or if you have questions. (stpeters@ptd.net or (610-966-3030). Thanks.
  Get Your Information In Early
  In order to insure the success of various programs, trips, and/or fund-raisers it is important that they are publicized in our bulletins, newsletters, and online weeks and even months ahead! With schedules the way they are today for families, time is precious; and dates need to be reserved well in advance.
CALENDAR FOR MAY
Friday, May 5 Community Meal
Saturday, May 6th Grove Clean-up
Sunday, May 7 Men’s Choir Rehearsal
Tuesday, May 9th Church Board 7PM
Saturday, May 13 Walk for the Homeless
Sunday, May 28 Memorial Day Breakfast

CALENDAR FOR JUNE
Friday, June 2 Community Meal
Friday/Saturday 2-3 Synod Assembly
Friday, June 9 Spaghetti Dinner
Friday/Sat/Sunday 9-11 Conference Meeting
Sunday, June 11 Women’s Choir Rehearsal
Tuesday, June 13th Church Board 7PM
Monday-Friday, June 19-23 V B S
Saturday, June 24 Tractor Show

  Volunteers Needed For The Folk Fest
  The Kutztown Folk Fest is seeking volunteers to help greet visitors, hand out daily programs and answer questions. There is nothing that makes an out-of-town visitor feel more special than to hear “hello” and to be greeted with a smile. It does make it more special if the visitors are greeted in the PA Dutch Dialect (but that is NOT required to volunteer!). The festival runs this year from July 1ST THRU July 9th. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Festival Volunteer Coordinator, at (610)-683-6052 or the Festival Office at (610)-683-1597 for more information.
  It's Not Too Early... To Say You'll Help
  It’s not too early to begin to think about our Annual Picnic. This year’s Picnic will be held on Saturday, July 15th, 2017 and again will feature food, games, and music. Help IS needed in all areas – setting up, cleaning up, baking, games, etc. If you can spare a few hours, either that day, or the week before please call The Church Office. If you have a prize that you would like to donate for our DRAWING, please call the Church Office. Please watch upcoming bulletins for the date of the next planning meeting. Your input is always welcomed!
  Some Help Is Needed
  As St. Peter’s Place is getting rented on a more regular basis, it means that it has to be cleaned more often. That is obvious; but what isn’t so obvious is that. That cleaning needs to involve more members. Those who were doing it just can’t keep doing it without some help! Hence you will see a sign-up sheet posted in the Galleria asking that individuals sign up to help with the cleaning for one month out of the year. If we can get teams to take just month, the job becomes manageable AND no one gets burned out. Appearance, next to a welcoming atmosphere, is the most important factor as to whether or not someone will come back to St. Peter’s. So please consider volunteering to use your gifts in this “menial” but most important way. Thank you!!
  Do You Know Of A Way St. Peter's Place Can Be Used Or Rented
  Our Church Board is always looking for new ways to use St. Peter’s Place. Do you belong to a community organization that is in search of a meeting place? Do you have a neighbor looking for a place to hold an anniversary or birthday party? In each of these cases why not suggest your church as a possibility! St. Peter’s Place is here to be used; and with each use we get that much more exposure to the community. Each of us should become an ambassador for St. Peter’s Place. Much like we read in Scripture about Abraham and his ancestors - we have been blessed to be a blessing to others!
  Be A Part Of Our Worship Team
  We are always looking for volunteers to be a part of our worship team on Sundays. Please consider using your gifts in this way. Sign-up to be an Usher, Lay Reader, or Acolyte. These tasks are important as we gather for worship each week – and they can be done by anyone, including YOU! Please volunteer today. Thank you.
  Our Wider Church Connections
  Click on the wording, UCC Website, at the bottom of this page for more information about the United Church of Church. Click here to visit the website of our sister denomination, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
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OUR CHURCH
At St. Peter’s denominational labels aren’t as important as simply doing ministry in Christ's name. Although founded over a century and half ago, St. Peter’s continues to look for, and embrace new ways to do ministry in the 21st Century. We are a congregation of 150 members affiliated with both the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ. Situated in a rural setting on the edge of Lehigh County, St. Peter’s is bordered by both a large grove of shade trees, and a church cemetery. In addition to the main church building and attached classroom wing, there is also a new adjacent multi-use facility - ideal for meetings, wedding receptions, or retreats. All are welcome.

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