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September 20, 2020
Greetings from St. Marks!


Sunday, September 20th 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.




Click here for the worship bulletin for
September 20, 2020.  Thank You!


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KID'S CORNER

Virtual Sunday School

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

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


September 2020

Hello St. Marks Community and Friends,

Fall events have been modified or omitted because of COVID-19, but St. Mark's is still St. Mark's and God is still God and we will be faithful and joyful because we are a redeemed people!  World events make our journey more complicated but we will NOT be shaken.  We will praise God and serve our neighbor just like we always did.  

If I can offer a suggestion....

I have been talking with some of you who are saying things like, "I just want things to go back to the way they were before." or "As soon as things are back to normal..."  Those of us who have journeyed through significant grief events know that things will never go back to the old "normal."  We are in a process now of re-visioning life under new parameters.  In grief, we must adjust to life without a loved one or without a certain job, rediscovering joy in very new circunstances.  The same applies for our lives now.  We are struggling because life has changed.  TRUE.  We can wait for everything to go back to the way it was, which is uncertain at best with no timeline.  Or we can work together to discover joy under our current circumstances and work together in hope for a vibrant tomorrow.

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

 

Website or Facebook  

Live Streamed

and

Recorded for Later Viewing

Join us!



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
For everyone's safety, we will not be keeping office hours.  We are working remotely, but we are keeping everything running!!!
E-mail: stmarkscressona@gmail.com

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