ST. MARK'S

UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

Cressona, PA  17929

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


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KID'S CORNER

Virtual Sunday School

Click on the button below each week to view the video(s)!


SUNDAY SCHOOL

NOVEMBER 29, 2020


SUNDAY SCHOOL

NOVEMBER 22, 2020


SUNDAY SCHOOL

NOVEMBER 15, 2020


SUNDAY SCHOOL

NOVEMBER 8, 2020


SUNDAY SCHOOL

NOVEMBER 1, 2020


SUNDAY SCHOOL

OCTOBER 25, 2020


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.



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


December 2020

Christmas is right around the corner.  It is a struggle to "feel it."  We approach the holiday season, the season of eating and shopping and family gatherings -- the season of packed worship services and music -- the season where we are supposed to feel better about our lives and about our world.

It is all different this year.  Family gatherings will be limited, most shopping will be online, worship is taking a different form.  This is our reality for this year, and until we figure out what the new reality will be.  It just doesn't feel like the holiday season.  But, this year, our celebration of the birth of the baby in Bethlehem is closer to the original celebration.

2000 years ago, there were no office parties and gala celebrations.  The gifts were rather limited.  The focus was on families and communities trying to survive a time of uncertainty and fear.

Sound familiar?

2000 years ago, the focus was on God and the gift of God's Son yo a broken and hurting world.  In 2020, the focus IS on God and the gift of God's Son to a divided and fear-filled world.


LUKE 2:8-11

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby,

keeping watch over their flocks at night.

An angel of the Lord appeared to them,

and the glory of the Lord shone around them,

and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them,

"Do not be  afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy

that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David

a Savior has been boprn to you; he is Christ the Lord."


St. Mark's community and friends, do not be afraid.  Our Savior, Christ the Lord, is born to redeem us, love us, and gift us with abundant life.


In hope, peace, love and joy,
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

Livestream

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

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