We embrace a God who is still speaking ~ a God who, through Jesus, showed us that being Christian is about living our faith, serving God by loving our neighbor, generously sharing what has been entrusted to our care, and being good stewards of all creation. We invite you to come and journey with us as we seek to be instruments of God’s love and peace. St. John’s has long held the reputation as the ‘Yes!’ church in Lansdale, always willing to help those in our community in spiritual and practical ways! “In the Bleak Midwinter”… A reminder that St. John’s rarely cancels services due to bad winter weather, since many in our congregation can walk to our ‘downtown’ location. We advise our members to use their own discretion in attending on icy or snowy days – your safety matters to us! But if you miss a Sunday, remember you can contact the church office by phone or email and order an audio CD of the 10:15 am service from any week! You can also find many past sermons archived here: Click here to go to the St. John’s Sermon Podcast Archives The Stewardship Committee also reminds you that when you miss a Sunday you can ‘make up’ your offering the next Sunday or by mail to the office. Have you noticed? In the red block at the bottom of this page you can read the latest news from the United Church of Christ & a daily devotional message! Check them out! Click here to read a recent Reporter newspaper article about St. John’s new Meditation Garden! Matthew 18.20: “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”
UPCOMING EVENTS AT ST. JOHN’S
Sunday, February 1, 2015: Boy Scout Sunday and Installation of our new Church Council at 10:15 am worship service.
- NEW MEMBERS are needed now for our Prayer Shawl Ministry & Quilters – please contact the church office for contact information and meeting times.
UPCOMING EVENTS FOR THE LENTEN SEASON FROM THE UCC PENNSYLVANIA SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE:
- Feb 21-Mar 26 – Lenten Awakenings During Lent, the PSEC Spiritual Life Mission Team sponsors the Lenten Awakenings series at various locations throughout the Conference, giving folks opportunities to deepen their spiritual journeys. Our focus book is: Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth by Richard J. Foster. It is a true spiritual classic, and remains TIMELY in a world yearning to connect with the holy. Celebration addresses inward, outward, and corporate disciplines. In reference to Celebration, D. Elton Trueblood writes, “There are many books concerned with the inner life, but there are not many that combine real originality with intellectual integrity.” Lenten Awakenings will be hosted in 4 different locations:
- Glenside UCC in Glenside – Thursdays: Feb 26, Mar 5, 19, & 26 starting at 7:30 pm at Glenside UCC, 2160 Wharton Road in Glenside, PA 19038
- Maidencreek Church in Blandon – Sundays: Feb 22, Mar 1, 8, 15, & 22 from 3 to 4:30 pm at 261 Main Street, Blandon, PA 19510
- St. Luke’s UCC in Ottsville – Tuesdays: Mar 3, 10, 17 & 24 starting at 7 pm at St. Luke’s UCC, 212 Durham Road in Ottsville, PA 18942
- Luke’s UCC in Trappe – Saturdays: Feb 21, 28 & Mar 7, 14, & 21 from 9:30 to 11:30 am at St. Luke’s UCC, at 200 West Main Street in Trappe, PA 19426 This year participants are asked to purchase their own book. Possible Resources include: Hearts and Minds Bookstore , or Amazon.com . Although there is no fee, please register online to aid leaders in their preparation.
One of the major events each January is a project by our youth in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. Over the years, our youth have participated in projects in Philadelphia, Chester, and in our own community the weekend of that holiday. One of the highlights was cleaning up a park in 2009 named for Dr. King next to the Chester public library, near where Dr. King attended Crozier Theological Seminary. When we returned to work there the holiday weekend in 2010, we found a beautiful bust-sculpture of Dr. King had been erected in that park – here is our youth work crew by that statue!
This year on Sunday, January 18th, our youth continued the tradition as participants in our ‘Soup & Stitch’ event to make ‘walker bags’ for the residents of Elm Terrace Gardens (home to St. John’s members and other local residents), followed by watching & discussing the film “Freedom Song” about the civil rights movement.
We welcome ALL visitors to St. John’s – check out the Visit Us-Join Us page!
The UCC General Synod 30 is coming to Cleveland this June!
St. John’s Trivia: It takes 20 steps and 2 landings to get to this place at St. John’s – where is this? Hint: There are 2 different ways to get there!