October 2015 - St. Johns UCC


2015 Newsletter


The Reverend Linda Lennon

4 North Main Street, P.O. Box 356

Richlandtown, PA 18955


Church Contact Phone Numbers, Email, Website

The Reverend Linda Lennon—(home) 610-691-5769

(cell) 484-515-2073

Pastor Linda’s E-Mail—pastorlinda@juno.com

Kerry Schaffer— Council President —267-372-6219

Larry Benner– Organist Choir Director— 215-536-2791

David Williams– Custodian— 267-377-5610

Office Telephone Brenda Kucharik— Secretary —215-538-0875

Church E-Mail—stjuccrichtown@verizon.net

Church Website—www.stjohnsucc.org

Church Office Hours: 10:00AM to 3:00PM Tuesday through Thursday


Dear Friends,

UCC Stillspeaking devotional writer, Pastor Emily

Heath, recently shared a devotion containing some good reminders for our church family.

The most familiar Psalm to people is undoubtedly Psalm 23. It is often requested for funerals because of its comforting images. But Psalm 23 isn’t about death, it is about living without fear and in abundance.

God, the Shepherd in the Psalm, is described as someone who can lead us through difficult times and scary places, all while casting aside our fears.

And God fills our cups, not just so there is enough, but to overflowing with goodness that we can’t help but share.

This is a powerful image for the church to keep in mind for our living now!

It is a helpful reminder for church to refrain from drawing inward, for fear about what the future might bring. The Psalmist reminds us we live by faith, rather than by fear. We are invited to follow the one who has the power and strength to lead us through the darkest valley’s and makes them seem like they are well-lit sidewalks.

We do not need to wait until our funeral to live out this Psalm. By faith, live boldly every day. Choose to live by faith and not by fear.

In this season of stewardship, we are asked to examine our lives and seek to grow in our faithfulness and dependence on God. Now is the time to boldly step out in trust and let the Good Shepherd help cast our fears aside in new ways. Now is the time to challenge ourselves to follow God into the unknown, and to see the grace that we have already received, and share it with others through our time, talent and treasure.


Pastor Linda


October 1






6:30PM NA Mtg.

27 th Sunday in Ordinary Time

World Communion Sunday

Congregational Meeting

Rummage Sale Setup

7PM Walking Buddies

9AM WFS Mtg.

Rummage Sale Setup

5-8PM Family Fun Night at Friendly’s

7PM Choir

8 9AM Rummage Sale Benner Hall

11-1PM Flu Clinic Benner Hall

6:30PM NA Mtg.

9 9AM Rummage Sale Benner Hall

11 28 th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jazz Worship Service

1PM Crop Walk

12 7PM Walking Buddies

13 9AM WFS Mtg.

14 7PM Council

15 6:30PM NA Mtg.

7PM Choir

18 29 th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Halloween Party

2PM Phoebe Worship

19 7PM Walking Buddies

7PM Worship Meeting

20 9AM WFS Mtg.

21 10AM “Little Dresses” Sewing Workshop

7PM Choir

22 Quakertown Food Pantry

6:30PM NA Mtg.

25 30 th Sunday in Ordinary Time

26 7PM Walking Buddies

27 9AM WFS Mtg.

28 7PM Choir

Have you remembered

St. John’s U.C.C. in your will?


29 6:30PM NA Mtg.

There will be a congregational meeting after church on

Sunday, October 4 th to discuss the expenditure of approximately $30,000 to cover the building’s wood cornice with aluminum and replace all the gutters. This is a large project and has been on the Property

Committee’s To Do list for the past several years. The much needed repairs would be paid for with monies received from the estates of Floyd Bless Sr. and Madorrah Samph. Please plan to be at the meeting to learn all the details of the work to be performed and to vote on whether or not to proceed with the project. If you have questions in the meantime, please talk with George Schaffer, Donnie Edmonds, or Joe


Jazz Worship Service

at St. John's UCC Richlandtown at 10:15 AM on Oct 11, 2015

Kevin O'Connell and the Dixieland All-Stars will transport you down to New Orleans for a Free

Spirited Worship Service. Invite your family and friends.

This year's crop walk - walking for world hunger will be held in Quakertown on Oct 11th. If you would like to BE a walker or financially SUPPORT a walker see Karen Bilger or

Marcella Kulp. Thanks.

Also, scheduled is a Family Fun Night for Tuesday, October 6th. The way it works is from 5:00 until 8:00 pm on Tuesday the 6th Friendly's will donate 10% of what they take in CropWalk. Support CropWalk and eat at

Friendly’s. Thanks!

Blessing Bags — In the upcoming months the church will be putting some “Blessing Bags” together to be distributed to those in need. These are a few suggested items for the bags if you would provide any of the following. Questions see Tracey


Suggested items needed: Chapstick, tissue packets, tooth brush & paste, comb, hotels size shampoo & conditioner, soap, mouthwash, bandaids, trail mix, gum, crackers, gloves (one size fits all).


Save the Date! Sunday, October 18th we will be having a Halloween party after church. Food, games, crafts, and hayride at Bob White Acres

(weather permitting). Don't forget your costume!

See Lori Carney for more details.

Soles4Souls" - Shoe Collection.

Brody Carney will be collecting gently used shoes for the next several weeks. Look for the box in the church to accept your donations. This program donates shoes all over the world to people in need. Any kind of shoes, boots, or sandals will be accepted that still have some life left in them.

Perfect time to clean out your closets! See Lori Carney or Brody for more details. Thanks! Lori Carney (215-529-5414)

Cash Register Tape Fundraiser

The WOW group collects cash register tapes from Redner’s Warehouse

Markets. Please register for a Shopper’s Card at the courtesy counter and tell them it is for St. John’s UCC. With the closing of Boyer’s we can use all the tapes we can get, so please try to remember when you grocery shop.

Thank you.

The Quakertown Food Pantry

Join the St. John’s Food Pantry Team

Every fourth Thursday of the month we will be volunteering at the Pantry from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. If you would like to join the ‘FOOD PANTRY TEAM’ speak with Pastor Linda .

Prayer Chain

Why pray when you can worry? The truth is worry gets us nowhere, but prayer gets us in touch with the One who can handle all of our concerns.

Call the Prayer Chain when you want their support with specific needs or celebrations. Please contact Marcella Kulp at 215-536-5625.

Prayers Help!

For community prayer names are added to our Bulletin prayer list. For Confidential prayers call our Prayer Chain.


Remember our Shut-ins with your prayers and cards.

Sue Gross

1965 Route 212

Quakertown, PA 18951

Charles Mundy

304 East Montgomery Avenue

North Wales, PA 19454-2950

Robert Piatt

211 Trumbauersville Road

Quakertown, PA 18951

Richard Schenkel

280 Middle Holland Road


Holland, PA 18966

Jim Stoneback

2298 Kunsman Road

Quakertown, PA 18951

Myrtle Stoneback

950 Front Street, Apt 413

Hellertown, PA 18055









Nicholas Lapinski

Mark Fournier

Lori Carney

Gerard Freed

Erica Spotts

Carla Spotts

George Spotts

Cheryl Farber

19 Shalon Lane

20 Stefanie Heimbach



Katie Yerger

Susan Funk

30 Bruce Funk

31 Linford Haas, Jr.

Is your birthday missing from the list, please call the church office at 215-538-0875 or email at stjuccrichtown@verizon.net

. We will be glad to add it to the birthday list.



Scheduled to Serve this Month

October 4 Jade Scholl

11 Lori Carney



Marcella Kulp

Courtney Muck


October 4 James & Shannon Plunkett

11 Lawrence & Judith Roberts

18 Joel & Debbie Salomon

25 Gladys Feher & Gail Jancsics


October 4 Karen & Mark Bilger

11 Linda Lindsay & Lori Carney

18 Judy Guise & Sue Benner

25 Romaine Thrapp & George Schaffer

Offering Processing

October 4 Leroy & Lori Fetterman

11 Lori Carney & Judy Guise

18 Leroy & Lori Fetterman

25 Courtney Muck & Lori Carney

Altar Guild

—LuAnn Kramer, Ruth Moyer

Communion Arrangements

—Carla Spotts, Lori Carney


2015 Fantastic Fall Rummage Sale

Benner Hall – October 8 & 9

9:00PM – 5:00PM

The Fall sale will be held on October 8 & 9 with set-up

beginning on Sunday, October 4. Donations of saleable used clothing, furniture, household items, etc. will be accepted on Sunday from 1PM until 5PM or

Monday from 9-5PM and Tuesday from 9-12PM.

As you all know, much help will be needed throughout the week, including men to set up tables and pick up rummage on Sunday, and pack up the remaining rummage on Friday at 5:30; workers to sort and price rummage during the week and staff the sale on Thursday and Friday; and kitchen help for both days. We will no longer be able to sell baby cribs due to liability reasons or electronics. Also any monetary donations toward the hall rental would be appreciated.

Luncheon items will be available both Thursday and Friday and will include soups, BBQ, ham and egg salad sandwiches, baked beans, beverages and homemade desserts. We will need donations of baked goods for both days. So come out and enjoy a delicious lunch as you shop!

Please mark your calendars and plan to be a part of our “Rummage Sale

Team”. If you are able to help or you have any questions please call Mary

Musselman at 215-536-7442 or Bev Kuhn at 215-536-0418. Also, on the committee are: Barb Fehnel, Marge Schaffer, Mary Hardcastle.

There will be a Flu Clinic with Pharmacist, Jeremy

Wolfe, on Thursday, October 8 from 11-1PM. The majority of insurance plans cover the flu vaccine

(except Capital Blue).