Message from the Pastor:

Worship, Sunday, May 24th in the sanctuary is cancelled due to the pandemic.

Our Zoom, On-Line, “Memorial Day Celebration” will take place at 10:15 a.m. Tune in at 10:00 a.m. for our Musical Preludes. Pastor Sanders will share a special message about “service.”

To join the meeting(worship) in person, copy and paste this URL into your browser:
The Meeting ID is 593 764 538

There is also a phone in option:
+1 646 558 8656 or +1 312 626 6799
Then enter the Meeting ID 593 764 538

To get the most from your Zoom experience, those joining should select, “Speaker View,” rather than “Gallery View.” Take some time to check out and their short tutorial on “Join a Meeting.”

Tell your friends, near and far, in state and out of state, about our Zoom services. Send them the link to sign in Sunday mornings and remind them they can worship in their PJ’s!

Consistory will make a decision weekly regarding worship in the sanctuary, based on medical and governmental directions. They are in the early stages of establishing guidelines for an eventual return to in-person worship and church gatherings.

Looking ahead to the time we will be able to safely gather in the sanctuary for worship it would be wise for us to begin assembling an inventory of masks and hand sanitizer. Please consider being part of building up our inventory of these items.

Additional updated worship notifications and news may be found via our Church Web Site, our Church Answering Service, WFMZ and these weekly E-Blasts.

2020 Time & Talent Sheets: Please complete as best you can. When you’ve finished, use the enclosed, stamped addressed envelope to return it to the church office. Thank you!

If you know of former Confirmands or others not included in the Church Directory, please forward their information to the office. If your Email address is not listed, please forward to the office so we may include you in our weekly E-Blast.

Several members have been in contact with Pastor Sanders offering to make grocery store or pharmacy runs for members. Others are sewing masks. Call or Email the office if you would like to take part in these ministries or if you have need of these services.

If you or someone in your family or neighborhood is in need of food or supplies, urge them to call Friend, Inc. at 610-683-7790. Friend is located at 658D Noble Street.

Due to the pandemic, Pastor Sanders’ access to members at home, in hospital or care facilities is prohibited. Families in need are encouraged to reach out to Pastor Sanders via Emails and phone calls to the church office.

Email and phone messages for the Pastor and secretary are being monitored daily by the secretary.

Please continue sending your weekly, generous, financial gifts to the church address. Mail is being collected daily. Two of our income streams, our renters and candy production, has been compromised due to the pandemic. Your gifts each week sustain the mission, staff, ministries and programs of St. John’s. Thank you!

The Nesting Box, 230 Snyder Road, Kempton, off 737, is experiencing the breakdown of the food supply chain due to the pandemic. They have 80,000 hens and eggs, eggs, eggs with no outlets. Eggs are $2.00 dozen. Check for hours.

If you know of other area agricultural businesses in similar circumstance, contact the office so we can spread the word.

2020 Science Explorer Camp – Heidi reports will take place as a virtual experience this summer.
Spread the word to family and friends.

The 2020 Kutztown Folk Festival has been postponed till 2021. A vendors site will be made available during the week of the 2020 Festival for folk to purchase items online. Watch for more details.

Take care and check in on vulnerable neighbors daily. Christ calls each of us to be an Easter in this Good Friday world. Our light and hope are needed by our neighbors now, more than ever before.

Shine St. John’s disciples! Be a light and a blessing to all!

Pastor Sanders

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