"No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey,

you are always welcome here."







 

ST. MARK'S

UNITED CHURCH

OF

CHRIST

30 Pottsville Street

Cressona, PA  17929

570-385-0242








SUNDAY SCHOOL

Resuming in September

9:00 AM

Nursery through Elementary School-Age Children



WORSHIP THIS WEEK



JUNE 16, 2024

"Flourishing"

GOSPEL READING

Mark 4:26-34

The Parable of the Growing Seed

The Parable of the Mustard Seed



PLEASE NOTE:

LIVE STREAMING WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE  FOR THE WORHIP SERVICE NEXT SUNDAY, JUNE 9.

 

LIVE STREAMING AND RECORDED SERVICES ARE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE.   GOD BLESS!


 

Click here for LIVE Worship Services
Sunday morning 10:30 am

 

Click on LIVE link above for the Fireman's Memorial Service

on Sunday, August 20th at 6pm

 

Click here for recordings of past worship services











PLEASE NOTE:

The KID'S KORNER has been moved to a separate page.  In the MENU, please click on KID'S KORNER and it will take you to the new page.  





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IN THE MENU.


Our faith is over 2,000 years old, but our thinking is not.


 

KEVIN

E.

FRUCHTL

FROM

THE

PASTOR

MAY/JUNE 2024

 

Hello St. Mark's Community and Friends,

 

Just mailed out my taxes.  I recognize the importance of working together to support our great nation and I mailed them with the pride of being a citizen of these United States.  I celebrate the gift and responsibility of paying my fair share.  And it happens to be required by law.  I have to pay my taxes.  There is no choice.

 

It is a choice to support your church.  God does not "audit"' at least by human standards.  No one stands at the door of the church and asks you if you have paid your way in.  Supporting your church is your choice.  Some of you give in the midst of financial struggles.  You understand what it means to give out your first fruits because there is not much left over.  Some of you give out of your abundant blessings, sharing out of the many gifts that you have received.

 

In our church, there is no such thing as giving your "fair share."  You give as you are able.  We join our resources together, ask God to bless them and multiply them, and do our best to spread the Word of hope and promise.  But we are not forced to give.  It is your choice.

 

The mission of your church is to spread the great Good News of our Risen Savior to the community and to the wider world.  Thank you for particpating in this amazing adventure.  We can guide people into a life-saving relationship with Jesus Christ because YOU decided to help make a difference.

 

Thank You,

Pastor Kevin

 

I am always available by phone or text at 610-334-5130.  My email is kevin24@ptd.net.  My two amazing office administrators Jean Maffeo and Brenda Ellex usually know where I am before I do.  If you would like a visit or would like to share some time together, just tell me and I will be there for you.

 





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!


 27%

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 2021 Lenten and Easter Offerings support Locust Lake Ministries, the Lancaster Seminary Scholarship Fund, and the Council of Churches Utility Fund.

This year income from St. Mark's Advent/Christmas Offerings was designated for the Pottsville Soup Kitchen.

Through the end of 2021, St. Mark's has contributed over $2,284.00 to these benevolent ministries.


 73%

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. 

The ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING Offering is received during the Lenten season.  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.

At Pentecost, St. Mark's participates in the STRENGTHEN THE CHURCH  Offering.

On World Communion Sunday in October, the church receives the NEIGHBORS IN NEED Offering.

In December, St. Mark's also participates in THE CHRISTMAS FUND, providing financial support to retired clergy.  A percentage of the church's Advent/Christmas Offerings is designated for THE CHRISTMAS FUND.

In addition, monies are received for GOD IS STILL SPEAKING  as well as other special offerings of the wider church outreach.

Through Church World Service, the church has participated in the Blanket Program and the Emergency Bucket Program.

Through the end of 2021,  St. Mark's has contributed over $4,822.00 to these special offerings and programs.


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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