ST. MARK'S

UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

Cressona, PA  17929

"A Community of Faith, Fellowship, Hope and Love"


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October 18, 2020
Greetings from St. Marks!


Sunday, October 25 we will worship God in the sanctuary at  10:30am. 

The live stream will be available

and the service will be recorded for later viewing.  Thanks.



 

"Permission to reprint, podcast, and / or stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE with license #A-621100.  All rights reserved."

 



KID'S CORNER

Virtual Sunday School

Click on the button below each topic to view the video!


SUNDAY SCHOOL

OCTOBER 18, 2020

THE TALE OF THREE TREES


SUNDAY SCHOOL

OCTOBER 11, 2020

JONAH

THE WONDERFUL THINGS YOU WILL BE


SUNDAY SCHOOL

OCTOBER 4, 2020

ZACCHAEUS

YOU'RE HERE

FOR A REASON


SUNDAY SCHOOL

September 27, 2020

The Color of My Fur

JOSEPH



PLEASE NOTE

The  online giving feature of St. Mark's website is now operational.  Click on ABOUT US in the menu, the maroon-shaded area.  Then click on GIVING.  You will then be directed to the Giving Page.  Additional details concerning accessing and using the church's online giving will be forthcoming to the congregation and friends of St. Mark's; however, online giving is now available.


Hello St. Marks community and friends. The Christian Education team misses all of the kids and would be actively planning for VBS, but... So for the next several weeks we will be offering a video series with crafts, stories, and songs. Parents and grandparents, please share these with your kiddos. Thanks to all who are working to bring these to you. Enjoy!



ST MARK'S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

"A Community of Faith, Fellowship, Hope and Love"

30 Pottsville Street

P.O. Box 55

Cressona, PA  17929

570-385-0242

email -- stmarkscressona@gmail.com


October 2020

Fall is in the air!  The frost was on my lawn as I awoke this morning.  The calendar and the air temperatures tell me that change is coming, but my heart and mind can't believe that we are already into fall with winter approaching.  It seems that another result of "Covid Time" is that it really doesn't feel like we had a Spring or a Summer and now it is impossible to believe that Costco has their Christmas trees out.  Yikes!  


I keep hearing that people can't wait for 2020 to be OVER.  Next year has to be better, right?  I believe that next year has the potential to be much better than this one, but only God knows the future.  I believe that every day that we draw breath, every moment, is an opportunity to praise God and to offer service to all of God's children.  It is indeed an option to pull a comforter over your head until New Year's Eve and hope for the best.  You can do that....


You can also recognize that faith-filled, fear-free followers of Jesus are vital in our community and world, right now.  We have the opportunity, and dare I say the obligation, to provide food and clothing and shelter and support to those who cannot provide that for themselves right now.  We do indeed have the responsibility to make sure that we are prepared to vote in the upcoming election.  We have the opportunity to show people that our faith in Jesus Christ changes how we deal with this world as we live with our bodies in the Kingdom and our eyes on the Knigdom of Heaven.


As the St. Mark's community, you are already recognizing the importance of your actions during this time.  Thank you for continuing to support your church and thank you for the ways that you will support your church in the future.  Thank you for participating in worship, either in person or through the online worship experiences.  Thank you to the volunteers who are finding creative ways to address new opportunities.   Thank you to the staff, who excel consistently and recognize that service to God through church "work" is way more than a job.


We could have never anticipated what this year would be.  We are facing a pandemic, political unrest, social upheaval, and an uncertain future.  The comforter over the head is an appealing option.  But please remember that God is still creating, still working, still redeeming, still loving, still speaking.


In the Bible God's Holy Spirit is described as Comforter.  This is not one to hide under but a source of comfort, confidence, and strength.  May you find the strength and confidence from God to continue to make a daily difference for good in your home, your community, and your world.  May you find strength from the congregation of St. Mark's, even as we are separate and together at the same time.  And may you find strength in your own heart as we continue, especially now, into the future with hope.

Comfort, Peace and Blessings,
Pastor Kevin


Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30



"No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are always welcome here."



"Our religious beliefs are over two thousand years old, but our thinking is not."


WORSHIP

SERVICE

SUNDAYS

10:30 AM

 

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WELCOME

TO

ST. MARK'S WEBSITE!

PASTOR KEVIN E. FRUCHTL​​​​​​​




OUTREACH

MINISTRIES

GO OUTSIDE THE WALLS

AND SERVE ALL PEOPLE

"Go forth into the world to serve God with gladness; be of good courage; hold fast to that which is good; render to no one evil for evil; strengthen the faint-hearted; support the weak; help the afflicted; honor all people; love and serve God, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit."

"TAKE ACTION, FOR IT IS YOUR DUTY, AND WE ARE WITH YOU; BE STRONG, AND DO IT."

EZRA 10:4 

Hello!  We are excited to describe to you the scope of our outreach ministry. The above commission and scripture embody St. Mark's role in its benevolent mission outreach. More details about our mission outreach can be found on the Ministries Page 0f this website. Without your support of the benevolent ministries of St. Mark's, none of this would be possible. Thank you again for allowing us to serve others!


 26%

LOCAL OUTREACH

St. Mark's plays an important role in providing assistance to those in need in the community of Cressona and the surrounding area.  In addition, the church is a member of the Schuylkill Haven and Vicinity Council of Churches that provides assistance to residents in the borough of Schuylkill Haven as well as the surrounding areas. 

Funds from St. Mark's 2019 Lenten and Easter Offerings support Locust Lake Ministries, the Pension Board Campaign, the Lancaster Seminary Scholarship Fund, and the Council of Churches Utility Fund.

For the first six months of 2019 support for local outreach has totaled over $1,747.00


 74%

WIDER CHURCH OUTREACH

As a member church of the United Church of Christ, St. Mark's supports the work of the national church and its special and emergency offerings to help those in need. Also, the local church provides financial support to a variety of nondenominational assistance efforts. 

During March/April St. Mark's collected $1,249.00 for ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING.  OGHS supports partners in countries with ministries that fund health, education and agricultural development, emergency relief and refugee ministries, both as a domestic and as an international response.

In June the church collected $529.00 for STRENGTHEN THE CHURCH.

In addition, monies collected for GOD IS STILL SPEAKING  and NEIGHBORS IN NEED totaled $111.00.​​​​​​​

All total $1,889.00 was expended by St. Mark's to support benevolent ministries for wider church outreach in  for the first seven months of 2019.



OUR CORE VALUES

01)

WE BELIEVE IN THE TRIUNE GOD.

Creator, resurrected Christ, the sole Head of the church, and the Holy Spirit, who guides and brings about the creative and redemptive work of God in the world.

02)

WE BELIEVE THAT EACH PERSON IS UNIQUE AND VALUABLE.

It is the will of God that every person belong to a family of faith where they have a strong sense of being valued and loved.

03)

WE BELIEVE THAT THE UCC IS CALLED TO BE A PROPHETIC CHURCH.

As in the tradition of the prophets and apostles, God calls the church to speak truth to power, liberate the oppressed, care for the poor and comfort the afflicted.



OUR IN-CHURCH MINISTRIES


EDUCATION MINISTRY

St. Mark's Education Ministry is a ministry dedicated to developing one's faith by helping others understand the Bible, by showing its relationship to everyday living, by encouraging loving relationships between all peoples, and by teaching the importance of stewardship and instilling Christian values. We would love for you to visit our ministry and see what it is all about. More details about our Education Ministry can be found on the Ministries Page of this website.

MUSIC MINISTRY

Music has been a part of St. Mark's worship since the formation of the church in 1876. Our services provide a wide variety of sacred music from classical to traditional to contemporary music. Throughout the year the choirs (vocal and handbell), guest instrumentalists, as well as our pipe organ and piano, enrich the worship experience.  More details about our Music Ministry can be found on the Ministries Page of this website,

​​​​​​​WORSHIP MINISTRY

The Worship Ministry of St. Mark's is overseen by the Worship Committee consisting of lay people and the  pastor.  The committee assists the pastor and the director of music in planning the regular Sunday services as well as special services during Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter. Encouraging each person to be a part of the worship experience according to their gifts is a priority in St. Mark's family.  More details of the Worship Ministry can be found on the Ministries Page of this website.



CONTACT US

Phone: 570-385-0242
Address: 30 Pottsville Street

Cressona, PA  17929
The church office hours are 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM.
E-mail: stmarkscressona@gmail.com

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