As believers in Jesus Christ, we strive with unconditional love and selflessness – using our God-given gifts – to provide a nurturing shelter for those seeking a Christian home. We offer opportunities for spiritual growth through worship, education, fellowship, prayer and Christian action throughout our community and the world.
Some of the ways we connect with God and Others:
- Uplifting & powerful worship services – special blend of traditional and contemporary service
- Special Musical Worship throughout the year including Jazz Sunday, Chancel Choir, Bel Canto Choir, and other musical guests from the Blue Mountain Academy’s music program
- Mission work in the community & world
- Outreach ministry – Host of the Orwigsburg Area Food Pantry
St. John’s welcomes all people who are seeking a welcoming, creative, and Christ-centered spiritual home.
Visit us on Sunday mornings at 10 am and experience God in a meaningful way!
but we invite you to join us online as we share the Good News of the Lord in this week’s Message!
NOTE TO OUR CONGREGATION
Hello, St. John’s
In light of the recent spike in COVID cases and the risk associated with gathering in person each Sunday, the Consistory has voted to suspend in-person worship through January 3 rd. Please understand that this was a very difficult decision that required a significant amount of time and prayer. Ultimately, it came down to protecting our congregation as best as possible in the near term so we can gather again as soon as possible in the New Year.
“We cannot control the fact that we will have to have COVID with us this Advent and Christmas. However, we do not need to allow it to be the unwelcome guest in our heads, thinking it will destroy Christmas. It may actually give us a gift: to strip away all that is not essential to the celebration of the Lord’s birth and see Christmas for what it has always been — God’s Love incarnate coming to set us free.” – Father Thomas Konopka
During this time that we are physically apart, we will continue to record our worship services and make them available online each week on our YouTube channel and our website www.stjohnorwigsburg.org.
On behalf of the Consistory, I want to thank you for your understanding and support in this decision. If you have any questions or concerns, please let either myself or the Church office know and we will be happy to address them.
Blessings and Good Health,
-Bill Holler, SJUCC Consistory President
On behalf of the Health Ministry of St. John’s UCC, If you have any emergency needs especially related to illness or the coronavirus (COVID-19) i.e. food, water, or any other personal needs please call the numbers provided below if you would like assistance.
CORONAVIRUS QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE
St. John’s UCC of Orwigsburg is committed to helping our communities stay well.
The CDC offers the following Reference Guide for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
If you or someone you love is having difficulty coping with the Pandemic, please see the resource below.
Beginning at 6 p.m. on April 1, there will be a 24/7 mental health and crisis support line for people dealing with anxiety or other difficult emotions. Callers will be able to speak with staff who are trained in trauma-informed principles and will listen, assess the person’s needs, triage, and refer to other local supports and professionals as needed.
The Mental Health Support Line can be reached toll-free, 24/7 at 1-855-284-2494.
It’s a difficult time, and it’s easy to feel alone and cut-off from the world, but we need people to know that they are not alone, and support is available.
*At this time our flower orders for Easter will not be fulfilled due to the current situation.
Thanks for understanding.
TAKE THE SPIRITUAL GIFTS TEST
Scripture has much to say about spiritual gifts. We subscribe to the belief that each of you is given at least one gift from God for the common good.
Take the test below to learn the strengths with which God has gifted you…Answer the questions based on who you are and how you behave, not who you wish you were. Your candor will result in a more accurate and complete profile.
Your results will be emailed to you within minutes of completing your test.
Once the test is completed, you can learn more about how you scored in all of the spiritual gift categories.
Click here to see a comprehensive list of all the spiritual gifts and their explanations.
We are grateful to giftstest.com for equipping us with this test module at no cost. The “Embed this test…” note you see at the start of this test is to be ignored, and a small price to pay for such a useful tool in Christ’s Kingdom. Once you’ve received your results via email, you can scroll to the bottom of any subsequent emails to unsubscribe from their email list.