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  26 — JUNE  1
  Thursday
 7:00 PM – Chimes Practice
 7:45 PM – Choir Practice
  Sunday
 9:00 AM – Sunday Morning Worship
NEWS  &  NOTES
  Help Us To Celebrate Memorial Day 2016
  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 29th 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!
  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 10th 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 10th 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 women” is invited to stay after worship on Sunday, May 1st, 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 12th. Plan now, on serenading “your man” this Father’s Day!
  2016 Conference Spring Meeting
  2016 CONFERENCE SPRING MEETING
Our Pennsylvania Southeast Conference/UCC will be holding their meeting the weekend of June 10th-12th at West Chester University. A festive worship is planned for Sunday morning to which everyone is invited!! 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 Thursday, June 16th at 10 AM. 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.

  2016 Synod Assembly
  Our Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod/ELCA Assembly is being held this year at PPL Center, Allentown, PA, June 17th and 18th, 2016. 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. For those who would to visit the Assembly, but are a little nervous of driving downtown shuttle buses will be running from both St. Timothy’s on Ott St. and St. Peter’s on Hanover Avenue. On Friday evening there will a celebration in the Arts Park, complete with music, local artists AND food trucks. Come and check it out!!
  Going Deeper
  This year’s joint Vacation Bible School theme is, “Cave Quest – Following Jesus: The Light of the world!” For the week of June 20th St. Peter’s Place will be turned into a winding dark cave. As we explore in this “darkness”, we will learn that Jesus gives us hope, courage, direction, love, and power. As always help is needed – be it for just a day, or the whole week in June!! Even if you can’t help then, we still can use your help beforehand, during April and May, in painting, and getting our set(s) together. (If you have been around the church, you will have seen that some stalactites have already started to form!) 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 are always welcomed. And finally, for those with children, Registration Forms will be coming in next month’s newsletter.
  VBS - Cave Quest
  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 20th to June 24th. 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.

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 MaryBeth Riter. Our final planning meeting will be on Tuesday, June 2nd 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!
  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 2nd thru July 10th. 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..... Consider How You Can Help Now!!!
  It’s not too early to begin to think about our Annual Picnic. This year’s Picnic will be held on Saturday, July 16th, 2016, 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. Don’t delay in responding! Please watch upcoming bulletins for the date of the next planning meeting. Your input is always welcomed!

  A Quiet Time - Evening Worship In The Grove
  Following the success of our joint Advent Series, the pastors and governing boards of Grace Lutheran, Macungie; Zion’s Lutheran, Old Zionsville; and our own St. Peter’s Union
have decided to have another go at a joint worship experience. During the months of June, July, and August from 5:00-5:30 PM they will be having a brief weekly Service of Holy Communion in Founders Grove, here at St. Peter’s. Each week will be a totally different worship experience. For those who are members of St. Peter’s, it will be similar to our Summer Outdoor Worship Services, BUT not exactly the same! In case of inclement weather, the service will still be held, but inside St. Peter’s Place. Bring your lawn chairs and join us a quiet time of reflection and worship.

You might have guessed by now that the name of this summer series is taken from our Advent Series – “A Quiet Time”. But this time around we even have a logo - made up of the three symbols that are most associated with each of our congregations. The steeple represents Zion’s Lutheran; the Cross, Grace, Macungie; and the Crossed Keys, St. Peter’s. You might have noticed those crossed keys and upside down cross on the cover of this month’s Mountaintop News. Together they represent St. Peter – martyred on an upside down cross and with whom Christ discussed those things/keys needed to enter the Kingdom of God (Matthew 16:19) So again, bring your lawn chairs, and join us!
  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.
  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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