Ministries and Committees
Do you enjoy crocheting? Helping the underserved in your community? Singing or hand bell ringing? Teaching children about the Bible? Using audio and video technology?
Bring your unique skills and talents to one (or more!) of the many ministries at St Paul's U.C.C.
This lively committee supports these initiatives:
Evangelism/welcoming new members into the life of St. Paul's
Providing hosts/hostesses for celebrations of life and other gatherings that welcome visitors
Encouraging fellowship-building such as day trips and dining out "just for fun"
Recruiting volunteers to take a turn at coffee time, etc.
Church contact is Alexis Ames. Help this team share the Good News that God Is Still Speaking!
St. Paul's is an Open and Affirming congregation.
This ministry lifts up in prayer those who are experiencing health challenges and other life-changing hurdles. Anyone may request prayer for him- or herself or for a loved one.
To further boost the power of prayer, the church office can also list the loved one in worship bulletins with your permission. These names will also be included in pastoral prayers during worship.
Connect with this unique ministry through Pastor John, Deb Reinert, or the Prayer Request form.
Informally known as the St. Paul’s Hook and Needles Company #1, this growing ministry knits and crochets colorful prayer shawls and squares, prayer stoles for confirmands (see red stole modeled by Cindy), lap robes, small blankets, and caps and scarves.
The shawls and stoles represent God’s love, comfort and peace for those experiencing difficult life challenges and personal loss. Our ministry has expanded in recent years to include joyful occasions such as weddings, births and baptisms.
We serve anyone in our church family, local community, and throughout the world who may request a prayer shawl. Since launching in January 2008, the group has distributed about 2,000 shawls and is still going strong.
What You Can Do:
1. Join us! We meet at 7 p.m. in the church lounge the first Monday of each month except:
- September on second Monday (avoids Labor Day)
- July and December - not meeting in person
Even if you’ve never picked up a knitting needle or crochet hook, our skilled members are happy to teach you. You will be showered with encouragement!
2. Request a prayer shawl or square by asking a member of the committee or church office.
3. Make a financial donation. Your giving helps our hook and needle creations blanket the world with God’s love. Please note “Prayer Shawl Ministry” on your check or cash envelope.
Questions about the Prayer Shawl ministry can go to Sharon Dreibelbis or Cindy Katzenmoyer.
Make an online prayer request.
The Guild sponsors events such as the annual Christmas bazaar and the annual rummage sale. Members also provide gifts for the residents of Phoebe Ministries in Berks County and in Allentown. They host bingo parties at area retirement communities and collect toiletry items for Berks Women in Crisis. This committee also provides financial support for organizations such as Volunteer Home Care and the local food pantry. They host women's prayer breakfasts in the community as well.
This is a great group with a great mission. The Guild also oversees the use and maintenance of the equipment in the spacious, professional-caliber kitchen.
This team provides guidance for the church's finances and prepares the annual budget. St. Paul's welcomes those with a "head for figures" to be a light for continuing the financial strength of this church and our wider missions.
Policy and Personnel
This committee is responsible for securing and recommending personnel, nurturing and supporting church staff, and recommending salary and benefit figures in the budget-planning process. If you are a people person who enjoys interacting with the church staff, then Policy and Personnel may be a good fit for you.
This ministry provides leadership for church property maintenance including repairs and improvements. You don't need to know how to do the work yourself, but experience with costs, negotiating, and project management is beneficial.
This group helps members recognize and utilize their talents and gifts. This team raises funds to support the church's mission and educate the congregation about the Christian meaning of stewardship. The Lord loves a faithful giver! If this unique ministry is in your wheelhouse, let the pastor know.
Technology (see Worship Ministry)
This group provides overall leadership for the educational ministries of the children and youth at St. Paul’s.
Sunday School: Help our children grow in faith by being a teacher, assistant or sub to teach one-hour classes on Sunday mornings.
Membership on this committee is open to any church member.
Weekday Bible study has returned! Wed. at 9:00 a.m. in the lounge just inside the Green Street entrance (note the time has changed from 9:30 to 9). Contact Vicky Garl.
Visit the Youth Ministry page