Sunday Services:

 9:15 AM Service (with Facebook LIVE Link)

 

Services will be conducted via Facebook LIVE

 St. Paul's United

Church of Christ

Mechanicsburg, PA



 

An Open and Affirming

       Congregation. 

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The Community Garden is continuing to flourish and while the end of the season is near, we still need people to help harvest the veggies that continue to produce.  If you are able to take care of picking crops for a week or for a specific day of the week for October, please sign up on the garden page of the St. Paul’s UCC website (http://saintpaulsucc-mech.org/garden-help-sign-up/).  Your help in maintaining the garden is much appreciated!  

 

In addition, we hope you will join us on Saturday, October 17th to close the Community Garden.  Even if you haven’t helped previously, anyone can help us as we harvest veggies and keep the weeds under control.  We will start at 9:00 AM that day with a rain date of Monday, October 19th (beginning at 4:00 PM).  Water & snacks will be provided.  Please bring your own garden gloves and knee pads as well as bug spray.  Even if you have not helped before we encourage you to come out and join us for a productive day!  We continue to supply vegetables to New Hope Ministries to feed hungry families across Central Pennsylvania.

Caregivers Group

 

Our Called to Care Team is forming a Caregivers’ Support Group. This Group will be for people who are the primary caregiver for a loved one at home; primary caregiver for a loved one in a facility; one of the main caregivers for a loved one. We recognize offering care in these situations can be very lonely, stressful, and at times painful. It can also be confusing. Our desire is to create a group of people who can support one another in their common difficulties.

Chris Bowers and Chris Royer from our Congregation have volunteered to facilitate the Group. As caregiving Professionals, they bring unique expertise and experience. This will not be a therapy group, but a support group where people can share openly and honestly in a confidential setting with people you know.

We are going to run the Group as a Zoom Meeting for the time being because we know it is hard for people to leave their homes when they are caregiving, and because of the current restrictions in place due to Covid-19. We know not everyone has access to Zoom, so that is one of the details we will be working on in our planning. Depending on the needs and desires of the Group, we may work on some in-person meetings at a later point.

PLEASE NOTE THIS CHANGE: We will meet the second Tuesday of each month going forward. Meetings will last for an hour. We will send out the Zoom link to those who have indicated an interest, closer to that date. Some people have been able to join Zoom meetings via their phone, so if you do not have a computer where you can join, we can work with you about how to call in.

Each person will be able to vocally participate as much or as little as you feel comfortable. If you would like to participate, or if you know someone who you think would benefit, please contact Martha Keith at: margene1@yahoo.com and let her know. We have started to generate a list of people who we believe would benefit but we would really like to hear from you. You may also contact me with any questions you have.

Peace, Rev. John

OCTOBER COUNTRY CUPBOARD SALE!


No Bazaar this year, but Country Cupboard is open for business on Sunday, October 18th from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm.  No need to go without those Moyer canned goods, those chocolate cupcakes and brownies, the fudge and YES, the famous Apple Dumplings by the Scott’s!  Join us in the pavilion after church.  You can pick up your Stewardship Packet and buy something good to take home!


Calling all bakers and canners to St. Paul’s on October 18th!  Help us raise some money for the church fund!  Please contribute baked or canned items to the Country Cupboard Sale.  Drop your donations for the Country Cupboard off in the Pavilion Saturday morning, October 17th 9 am to noon  or Sunday morning, the day of the sale. 


Because of the need to social distance, your items must be packaged to sell for $1.00.  If priced higher, please have the items packaged and priced accordingly.


We will be taking orders for the Apple Dumplings by the Scotts. Don’t miss out, get those orders in early. Pre-orders will end on October 14th or once we reach orders for 200 apple dumplings.  The cost of each delicious apple dumpling is $4.00. 


Sunday November 8th is Stewardship Sunday and the Sunday we have been traditionally holding our Harvest Dinner. While we sadly cannot gather together for a sit-down dinner, our Parish Ministries group led by our head cook, Brenda Kern has come up with offering a takeout Turkey Dinner as a fundraiser for St. Paul’s UCC.  We are hoping that the profit from this dinner will help offset the loss of other fundraisers that we are not able to have this year, funding items such as our benevolences. 


This delicious dinner will include Turkey & stuffing (gluten free available), mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, roll and a sweet treat to end it all for a bargain price of $12.00 each dinner. 


To save extra containers, the gravy will be put on your stuffing and mashed potatoes. If you want it on the side or if you want gluten free stuffing, please let Terry know in the church office at 717-766-7931 or stpaulstaff@outlook.com.


To assist us in planning on the amount of food we will need, our order deadline is Friday October 30th. Pick up (weather permitting) will be in the pavilion on November 8th from 11 am to 12:30 pm.   Thank you in advance for your support!