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 SEPTEMBER  25 — OCTOBER  1
  Sunday
 9:00 AM – Sunday Morning Worship
  Thursday
 7:00 PM – Chimes Practice
 7:45 PM – Choir Practice
NEWS  &  NOTES
  Trying Something New
  In our ongoing partnership with Huff’s Church it has been decided to try a joint “Men’s Group”, and a joint “Women’s Group”. The Men’s Group will be kicking off with a breakfast at the Pied Piper, in Bally, on Saturday, September 24th at 10 AM. Any male, member or nonmember, is welcome to come!! We’ll be breaking bread together, and looking at what activity might come next. Pastor Jerel is excited about this new ministry, and asks your prayers for it as it starts up. Details regarding the Women’s Group will be coming from Pastor Kropa in the coming weeks. Once again, we have cause to give thanks, and celebrate the partnership we have with our sister congregation.
  It's Back..... Game Night
  After a “winning season” last year, Game Night is back! On Friday night, September 23rd, from 6:30 PM – 9 PM you are invited to join others in St. Peter’s Place, for a time of games. Check your closets, and dust off those old board games, or decks of cards! Last year we got “rowdy” with dominoes, pinochle, and Crush to name a few of the games in which “champions” were crowned. All games and any age players are welcome!! Invite a friend and be sure to join us for the first event of this year’s “season”. Snacks and beverages will be provided.
  You're Invited.....
  Please know that you are invited to the Installation Service of The Rev. Darcy Reis as pastor of St James Lutheran Church (York, PA) on Sunday afternoon, September 25th at 3:30 PM. Many of you will remember that Darcy did her Field Education with us, while she was a student at Moravian Seminary, some years ago. Upon graduation from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, she served congregations in both Pottstown and Auburn, PA. If you are interested in attending this service, please speak to Pastor Jerel – so carpooling can be arranged. Darcy, know you are in the thoughts and prayers of your St. Peter’s family as you begin this new ministry.
  Let's Get Rolling
  That’s right it’s time to get rolling….cookie dough! As an addition to our Fall Bazaar this year it has once again been decided to have a Holiday Cookie Sale. We are again seeking volunteers who would be willing to come out a night or two to St. Peter’s Place to help roll out, cut, and bag cookies. Baking will begin on Wednesday, September 28th. In addition we are looking for donations for flour and sugar. Signup sheets are posted in the Galleria; or talk to Ron Marks to volunteer. Come out and lend a hand!! And remember, the more dough we roll, the more “dough” we will have to help offset our ministry expenses.
  Get Your Information In Early
  
Friday, September 2nd - Community Meal
Thursday, September 8th - Choirs Begin @ 7 PM
Saturday, September 10th - Cooking for
Crowds
Tuesday, September 13th - Church Board @
7 PM
Thursday, September 15th - Newsletter
Mailing
Choir Rehearsals
Saturday, September 17th - Yard Sale/Pig
Roast 8 AM-2 PM
Thursday, September 22nd - Choir Rehearsals
Friday, September 23rd - Game Night 6:30-9 PM
Saturday, September 24th - Men’s Breakfast @
Pied Piper
Wed., September 28th - Cookie Baking Begins
Thursday, September 29th - Choir Rehearsals
  Mark your Calendars
  Mark your calendars now for an upcoming special worship event that will happen on the first Sunday in October. At 11 AM on Sunday, October 2nd we are inviting both members and neighbors to bring their pets to St. Peter’s for a Blessing of the Animals. This service, which will occur this year after our regular worship service, reminds us that God created all things; and that he gave humans “dominion” over the animals. This service also reminds us of our responsibility to be good stewards of all of God’s gifts. The Blessing of Animals is usually held close to the date we remember or commemorate St. Francis of Assisi – a lover of animals! Plan now, on joining us, with your pet(s), for this unique worship opportunity.
  Mark Your Calendars
  Mark your calendars now for an upcoming special worship event that will happen on the first Sunday in October. At 11 AM on Sunday, October 2nd we are inviting both members and neighbors to bring their pets to St. Peter’s for a Blessing of the Animals. This service, which will occur this year after our regular worship service, reminds us that God created all things; and that he gave humans “dominion” over the animals. This service also reminds us of our responsibility to be good stewards of all of God’s gifts. The Blessing of Animals is usually held close to the date we remember or commemorate St. Francis of Assisi – a lover of animals! Plan now, on joining us, with your pet(s), for this unique worship opportunity.
  Worldwide Communion Sunday
  On October 2nd we will be celebrating Worldwide Communion Sunday. Please join us, as we gather around the breaking of bread, and celebrate that in fact, there is only on faith, one Lord, and one baptism. If you have not received the Sacrament in some time, here is the perfect opportunity for you to COMEBACK to the Lord’s Table.

  Harvest Home Sunday
  On Sunday, October 9th we will be celebrating Harvest Home Sunday. This service annually provides us with a special opportunity to show our gratitude and thanks to God for his blessings to us, by bringing food items to help others. Items collected this year will again be given to the Zionsville Area Food Bank. PLEASE DO NOT BRING HOME CANNED ITEMS as Federal law does not allow use/donation of home canned items. Please come early on the 9th with your gifts, so that you can add them to our display before the start of our service.
  Friendly's Fun Night
  St. Peter's Union Church would like you to join us on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 between 5-8 PM for Friendly's Fun Night in Trexlertown. St. Peter’s will receive 10% of sales between
the hour 5-8 PM.
  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!!
  It's Continuing....
  Gathering for a time of fun, food, and games has become a new tradition around here, at St. Peter’s! Plan now to join us on Wednesday night, December 31st, from 6 to 9PM as we once again gather together. Check your closets, and dust off those old board games, or decks of cards! All games and any age players are welcome!! Invite a friend and be sure to join us for this year’s “final tournament“; and to ring in the New Year.
  Reformation Sunday
  Have you ever wondered why we celebrate Reformation Sunday, on the last Sunday of October, and so close to Halloween? Well, it was no accident that Martin Luther chose October 31st to nail his 95 theses to the castle door in Wittenberg, Germany – an act which many view as the start of the Protestant Reformation. It had nothing to do with goblins or ghosts, candy or costumes. Rather, Luther knew that on the next day, All Saints Day, everyone in town would file past on their way to church, and thus would notice his posting. You could say it was tricky timing.

Yet while church leaders probably did not see it this way at the time, Luther also provided the entire church with a treat. You see, Luther’s 95 theses got people talking about church, faith, and theology. And that was a good thing.

Almost 500 years later we still debate some of the things Luther wrote about, as Christians continue to struggle with how to be true to the calling of Jesus. It is a challenge. Join others at The Lutheran Center on October 30th from 2:00-5:00 PM as we discuss “a new reformation” and ways to meet this challenge today in our Lehigh Mission District. Faith is full of tricks and treats!
  Pencil It In
  Sunday, October 2 Blessing of the Pets
Sunday, October 2 Worldwide Communion
Monday, October 3 Cemetery Board @ 7 PM
Wednesday, October 5 Cookie Baking
Thursday, October 6 Choir Practices
Friday, October 7 Community Meal
Sunday, October 9 Harvest Home Sunday
Sunday School 9 AM
Tuesday, October 11 Church Board @ 7 PM
Thursday, October 13 Choir Practices
Tuesday, October 18 Fun Night @ Friendly’s
Thursday, October 20 Newsletter Mailing 10 AM
Choir Practices
Sunday, October 23 Basket Social @ 11:30
Thursday, October 27 Choir Practices
Sunday, October 30 Reformation Sunday
Sunday, November 1st All Saints Sunday
  All Saints Sunday
  November 6th is All Saints Sunday. During the Prayers on that Sunday we will be remembering all those members of St. Peters who have died during the past year, and who now rest with all the saints in heaven. If you know of someone who lost a loved one, please invite him or her to attend worship. We will also remember those who have left bequests to the church during the past year that have supported our ministries.

  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.
  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.
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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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