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MAY / JUNE / JULY 2022

From The Pastor...

Is it spring yet? Please? I am in need of some warmth in my bones - NOW! I am also in need of some renewal - some signs of life in God's creation as a reminder that God is constantly renewing you and renewing me. This winter has been hard, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We look forward to some away time and some vacation time.

Please remember to continue your amazing support for your congregation as we move through the summer. Inflation and gas prices influence your ability to support your church, and some will be hit harder than others. So if you are struggling to offer support to your church right now, don't worry.

God love you. God loves you. Your church friends love you.

If you are blessed with "enough" right now, please consider additional support for your church to help those who are struggling. St. John's and St. Mark's have journeyed through feast and famine, joys and struggles, and everything in between. We will continue to serve our communities with vibrancy and hope because we know that we are BLESSED and we will continue to share those blessings as best we can.

I think I see some flowers now...

Blessings,

Pastor Kevin

 

Upcoming Services & Events…

MAY      

01 – Holy Communion Service, 9:00AM

08 – MOTHER'S DAY

        Coffee & Conversation, 8:30AM

        Worship Service, 9:00AM

15 – Worship Service & Pulpit Exchange, 9:00AM

21 – Church Yard Sale, 8:00AM-Noon

22 – Worship Service, 9:00AM

29 – Worship Service & Sacrament of Baptism, 9:00AM

31 – Consistory Meeting, 6:00PM

JUNE

05 – PENTECOST SUNDAY / MUSIC SUNDAY

        Holy Communion Service with Rev. Karl Jones, 9:00AM

12 – TRINITY SUNDAY

        Worship Service, 9:00AM

19 – FATHER'S DAY

        Coffee & Conversation, 8:30AM

        Worship Service, 9:00AM

26 – Worship Service, 9:00AM

31 – Consistory Meeting, 6:00PM

JULY

03 – Holy Communion Service, 9:00AM               

10 – Worship Service, 9:00AM

17 – Worship Service, 9:00AM

24 – Worship Service, 9:00AM

26 – Consistory Meeting, 6:00PM

                  

Church News…

COFFEE & CONVERSATION – Please join us again on Sunday, May 8 @ 8:30AM in the Conference Room for our next “coffee & conversation” as we celebrate Mother's Day. We will also enjoy "coffee & conversation" in the Chapel on Sunday, June 19 as we celebrate Father's Day.

NEW RENTAL POLICY – A new rental policy is now in place for use of Bittle Hall. If you or someone you know would like to rent Bittle Hall for an activity or event please contact the church office or download the BITTLE RENTAL AGREEMENT & GUIDELINES

 

Mission & Outreach…

The Mission & Outreach Team has had a busy few months.

SPCA COLLECTION – We had a very successful collection for the SPCA. We would like to thank everyone for their generosity, especially Linda and Jerry Ensign for delivering a car full of supplies to the SPCA

40 DAYS OF LENT – Our annual collection was a great success. Thanks to everyone who donated food items, we collected 579 items that were given to the Schuylkill Haven Food Pantry! Thanks to Fiona & Scott Jacoby for delivering our donations

SPRING & SUMMER CLOTHING GIVEAWAY – This was our most successful giveaway yet! We had lots of wonderful men's, women's, and kids clothing to give away. The people who came were so appreciative of the clothing available to them. We look forward to our next Winter Clothing Giveaway in October. We are so blessed at St. John's to have such a generous and caring congregation.

MAY MISSION FOCUS – Phoebe Ministries

Charitable giving is essential to keeping Phoebe on course and true to its mission. Phoebe is experiencing an increasing need for charitable care. In 2021, Phoebe provided over $15 million in charitable care for our residents who have exhausted their own resources to play for their care. Your contribution can have an incredible impact on the people we serve. With God's grace, Phoebe will stay true to the course that was set by its founders in 1903.

JUNE MISSION FOCUS – Cloud Home

The Cloud Home is located in Pottsville, operating under the umbrella of  Friendship House. It is a structured community living setting for at-risk males ages 9-18. The Cloud Home works with these boys correcting their behavioral issues.

JULY MISSION FOCUS – Avenues

Avenues is a non-profit organization providing services to individuals with developmental or acquired disabilities. Formerly known as United Cerebral Palsy, Avenues has been serving Schuylkill County and the surrounding area since 1952. Your contribution supports the continuation of a wide variety of programs that reach people of all ages.