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ACTIVITY CALENDAR


SEPTEMBER

2 - Food Pantry Collection
5 - Scripture, Discussion and Prayer at Harmony Hall
5, 12, 26 - Food Pantry Distribution
9 - Confirmation
10 - Book Club
11 - Pet Therapy: Reading
12 - Sam’s Kitchen/Life Center: Cooking and Serving
17 – Dorcas Yarn Ministry
18 - Pet Therapy: Reading
19 - Pet Therapy: Harmony Hall
20 - Reclaiming Our Story: Exploring LGBT Friendly Bible Stories
22-29 - Adult Mission Trip: Disaster Relief in Daytona, Florida

OCTOBER
3 - Scripture, Discussion and Prayer at Harmony Hall
3, 10, 24 - Food Pantry Distribution
4 - Reclaiming Our Story: Exploring LGBT Friendly Bible Stories
7 - Food Pantry Collection
8 - Book Club
9 - Pet Therapy: Reading
11- Reclaiming Our Story: Exploring LGBT Friendly Bible Stories
13 - Harmony Hall: Fall Festival
14 - Confirmation
15 – Dorcas Yarn Ministry
16 - Pet Therapy: Reading
17 - Pet Therapy: Harmony Hall
18 - Reclaiming Our Story: Exploring LGBT Friendly Bible Stories

 
NOVEMBER
4 - Food Pantry Collection
7 - Scripture, Discussion and Prayer at Harmony Hall
7, 14, 28 - Food Pantry Distribution
10 - LGBT Couples Workshop
11 - Confirmation
12 - Book Club
13 - Pet Therapy: Reading
14 - Sam’s Kitchen/Life Center: Cooking and Serving
19 – Dorcas Yarn Ministry
20 – Pet Therapy: Reading
28 - Pet Therapy: Harmony Hall

 
DECEMBER
Advent Devotional - put in church mailboxes
2 - Alternative Gift Market
Food Pantry Collection
5 - Scripture, Discussion and Prayer at Harmony Hall
5, 12, 26 - Food Pantry Distribution
5 - Harmony Hall: Holiday Party
8 – Breakfast with Santa
9 - Alternative Gift Market
10 - Book Club
11 – Pet Therapy: Reading
13 - Confirmation
17 – Dorcas Yarn Ministry
18 - Pet Therapy: Reading
19 - Pet Therapy: Harmony Hall

JANUARY
Confirmation - Meeting with Mentor (date determined by confirmand and mentor)
Pet Therapy: Harmony Hall (date to be determined)
2, 9, 23 – Food Pantry Distribution
6 - Food Pantry Collection
9 - Sam’s Kitchen/Life Center: Cooking and Serving
14 - Book Club
15 - Pet Therapy: Reading
21 – Dorcas Yarn Ministry
 
FEBRUARY
Confirmation - Church Service Project
Pet Therapy: Harmony Hall (date to be determined)
3 - Food Pantry Collection
6, 13, 27 – Food Pantry Distribution
11 - Book Club
18 – Dorcas Yarn Ministry
19 - Pet Therapy: Reading

MARCH
Confirmation - Community Service Project
Lent Devotional - put in church mailboxes
Pet Therapy: Harmony Hall (date to be determined)
3 - Food Pantry Collection
6, 13, 27 – Food Pantry Distribution
11 - Book Club
13 - Sam’s Kitchen/Life Center: Cooking and Serving
18 – Dorcas Yarn Ministry
19 - Pet Therapy: Reading

APRIL
Creation Spirituality Book Study (6 sessions, dates and times determined by participants)
Lent Devotional - put in church mailboxes
3 - Scripture, Discussion and Prayer at Harmony Hall
3, 10, 24 – Food Pantry Distribution
7 – Food Pantry Collection
8 - Book Club
11 - Confirmation
12 - Harmony Hall: Karaoke Night
15 – Dorcas Yarn Ministry
17 – Pet Therapy: Harmony Hall
23 - Pet Therapy: Reading

MAY
Creation Spirituality Book Study (6 sessions, dates and times determined by participants)
1 - Scripture, Discussion and Prayer at Harmony Hall
1, 8, 22 – Food Pantry Distribution
4 - Forgiveness Retreat with SoulCollage®
5 - Food Pantry Collection
8 - Sam’s Kitchen/Life Center: Cooking and Serving
9 - Confirmation
13 - Book Club
15 – Pet Therapy: Harmony Hall
20 - Dorcas Yarn Ministry
21 - Pet Therapy: Reading

JUNE
Creation Spirituality Book Study (6 sessions, dates and times determined by participants)
2 - Food Pantry Collection
Harmony Hall: Summer Picnic
5 - Scripture, Discussion and Prayer with Harmony Hall
5, 12, 26 – Food Pantry Distribution
9 - Confirmation
10 - Book Club
17 – Dorcas
19 – Pet Therapy: Harmony Hall

JULY
Pet Therapy: Summer Reading Program (dates to be determined)
3, 10, 24 – Food Pantry Distribution
7 - Food Pantry Collection
10 - Sam’s Kitchen/Life Center: Cooking and Serving

AUGUST
Pet Therapy: Summer Reading Program (dates to be determined)
4 - Food Pantry Collection
7, 14, 28 – Food Pantry Distribution







DESCRIPTIONS



Adult Mission Trip: Disaster Relief in Daytona, Florida (Sept. 22-29) Adult trip for those who want to provide disaster relief after hurricanes in Florida via home repair. If interested, contact Cheryl at 

cmtrump@comcast.net.


Alternative Gift Market" 
(1st and 2nd Sunday of December immediately following worship) December 2, 9. Want to know what you give someone who seems to have everything or doesn’t want a “present” this Christmas? We have some ideas for you at the alternative gift market. There will be four 
organizations/causes (local, United States, International, St. James) you can give to in someone’s name. We will provide you with a gift card to give to them which will tell them what work the organization is able to do, because of your gift in their name.

 
BIBLE STUDIES

Scripture, Discussion and Prayer with Harmony Hall:
(1st Wednesday each month at 9:30 AM at Elwyn: Media, PA) September 5, October 3, November 7, December 5, April 3, May 1, June 5. Come and join Pastor Lynn for what always proves to be a heartfelt exchange, sincere listening and inquiring and great discussion. If interested in attending please contact Pastor Lynn at pastor@stjamesucc.org.

Reclaiming Our Story:
Exploring LGBT Friendly Bible
Stories (Four Thursdays at 7:00 PM) September 20, October 4, 11, 18. In these four sessions we will explore Biblical stories that will sound familiar because they reflect what is often found in lives of LGBT people: the closet/coming out, transition and transitioning, 
queer family (not M/F pairing), drag and disguise, breaking norms, sex positive. No Bible knowledge is required and no assent to a particular belief is necessary. Experience the Bible as your story too. Come and take part in LGBT community reclaiming the Bible as our book too! Join us and feel empowered as you see yourself and the LGBT community portrayed in a very positive light in the Bible.

Creation Spirituality Book Study:
(Weekly Conference Call) April 28-June 2, 2019 (dates and times determined by participants). Contact Pastor Lynn if interested, lplampman@concast.net.

 
Book Club: 
(Second Mondays at 7:00 PM) September 10, October 8, November 12, December 10, January 14, February 11, March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10. Join this lively book discussion. No need to have read the book to attend. Coordinator Joanne Morris, morrisjoanne16@gmail.com.

 
Breakfast with Santa: 
Saturday, December 8, 9:00-11:30 a.m. Fun for all ages! Proceeds benefit 2019 Youth Mission Trip. Let Cheryl T know if you would like to assist, cmtrump@comcast.net.


Confirmation: (Second Sunday a month at 9:00 AM for 3 months and Second Thursday a month at 7:00 PM for 3 months) Pastor Lynn is forming a group for 12 and 13 year olds, who would like explore what it means to be a member of church/St. James. Confirmation sessions will include seven times of lively discussion with the pastor, one session of meaningful sharing with their mentor, and two service projects. If interested, please contact Pastor Lynn, pastor@stjamesucc.org.
September 9, October 14, November 11 (9:00 AM)
December 13, April 11, May 9 (7:00 PM)
January - Mentor meeting (to be determined by confirmand and mentor)
February - Church Service Project with One Family Member (to be determined by confirmand and family member) 
March - Community Service with Another Family Member (to be determined by confirmand and family member
June 9 - Join the church (10:30 AM) and reception (immediately following worship)

 

Activity Calendar directly below.  

Activity Descriptions below to the left.

​​​​​St. James United Church of Christ 

Havertown, PA

Activities & Events

GROWING IN FAITH

AND JOINING TOGETHER IN SERVICE

August 2018 - September 2019

DEVOTIONALS: ADVENT & LENT
Advent Devotional: Will be placed in your church mailbox Sunday, November 25th

Lenten Devotional: Will be placed in your church mailbox Sunday,  March 3rd

We will provide each member of St. James with a 2018 Advent Devotional and a 2019 Lenten Devotional written and published by the United Church of Christ. In each devotional you will have opportunities to reflect daily on the season through writer’s reflections, scripture, and prayer. If you want your devotional mailed to you, please contact the church office (610) 446-3036.

 
Dorcas Yarn Ministry: (3rd Mondays at 7:00 PM) September 17, October 15, November 19, December 17, January 21, February 18, March18, April 15, May 20.  Meet with others to crochet, knit prayers shawls and scarves which will be given to those who are ill, grieving or have a new baby. Coordinators: Connie George, connie@cgta.com and Joanne Morris, morrisjoanne16@gmail.com.

 
Food Pantry: St. James feeds 30-35 families per month via our food pantry. Ways you can help include: bring food on the first Sunday of every month, pack bags for food pantry participants, volunteer to work at the pantry (1st and 2nd Wednesday of each month (9-11 AM), and the fourth Wednesday of the month (6-7 PM).  If interested contact Lynne Major, lamajor1@comcast.net.


Harmony Hall Events: (Quarterly Events: Oct. 13, Dec. 5, April 12 and June 2) at Elwyn, Media, PA. Each quarter of the year, we provide fun and meaningful events for medically fragile seniors with behavioral health issues who live at Harmony Hall at Elwyn in Media, PA. Sometimes we cook for them and eat together, other times we have activities, and always we have a good time getting to know each other and sharing time together.
Fall Festival – Sat. October 13 at 6:30 PM
Holiday Party – Wed. December 5 at 5:00 PM
Karaoke Night - Friday, April 12 6:30 PM
Summer Picnic – Sunday, June 2 5:00 PM

 
LGBT Couples Workshop: Saturday, November 10, 2018 (10:00 AM - 3:00 PM) We will be offering an affirming and practical workshop for LGBT couples who are seeking to deepen and strengthen their relationship. Come and join us for what will be a fun, meaningful, and helpful day in which there will be great takeaways for couples on how to communicate more effectively, and the importance of gratitude and appreciation in a relationship. Our desire is to provide a place where your commitment to one another is celebrated and you feel safe and affirmed by just spending time with those who understand you and your story, because it is their story too. The workshop is free. Registration is required, pastor@stjamesucc.org.

 
Pet Therapy: (3rd or 4th Wednesdays of each month at 2:30 PM, 2nd Tuesdays at 4:30 PM and 3rd Tuesdays at 6:30 PM)  As a program and training site for PAWS for People we offer both visitation with a pet therapy dog to those with mental health issues and a reading program for ages 5 through 6th grade in which children read to a certified pet therapy dog. If interested in assisting with the programs, contact Pastor Lynn, pastor@stjamesucc.org.
Harmony Hall
September 19, October 17, November 28, December 19,
January - March (to be announced) April 17, May 15, June 19 
Reading
Sept 11, October 9, November 13, December 11, (4:30-5:30 PM) September 18, October 16, November 20, December 18, January 15, February 19, March 19, April 23, May 21, (6:30-7:30)

 
Prison Ministry: If you would like to write to a man or woman in Montgomery County Correction Facility and/or volunteer on Monday afternoons and/or evenings to teach decision making to the men and women there, or support a returning citizens upon or after their release, please be in touch with Bobbie-Lou Krok, roberttakrok@yahoo.com.

 
Retreat- What Does It Mean to Forgive and How to Begin
Forgiving:  May 4, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM. During this retreat we will be using The Book of Forgiving by Desmond and Mpho Tutu to learn: what forgiveness is not, the benefits of forgiveness, the cycle of revenge and forgiveness including telling the story (facts), naming and accepting the hurt, granting forgiveness, and renewing or releasing the relationship. This day together will help us begin (or maybe even complete) the process of forgiving others and ourselves. SoulCollage® will be utilized to assist us in the process of granting forgiveness. Registration is required, pastor@stjamesucc.org.

 
Sam’s Kitchen: (2nd Wednesday every other month at 4:30 PM) September 12, November 14, January 9, March 13, May 8, July 10.  This is an opportunity to help cook or serve a meal for homeless men, women and children at the Life Center (63rd and Market Streets, Upper Darby) and low-income people from the neighborhood. If interested in cooking and/or serving, please contact Ed Hart, hartedwardm@gmail.com.



Self-Directed Resources
You can find on the tab "Self-Directed Resources" on the St. James Website (www.stjameucc.org) a variety of offerings to be used in a time and place that is convenient for you. They include booklets that you can read and print such as a blessing of a home, and morning and evening prayer among others. There is also the monthly resource called Faith@Home (see above description "Faith@Home") which can be read and printed. There is also a resource which seeks to unwrap what following Jesus looks like, and provides you with resources which will help you live as one who seeks to follow him. There is a confidential spiritual assessment you can take, and then key into those answers where you have replied "no" by utilizing the resources under that particular question and in that area of discipleship. Last, but not least, there are several videos produced by St. James Church which look at the areas of dealing with the dying and grieving, and simplicity.

 
Those With Cancer
Two initial projects are underway. The first is for us to provide cancer care packages which will help those in our community going through cancer treatment. If you are interested in helping please contact (secretary@stjamesucc.org). The second project is a video that will be produced and posted on our website and Youtube entitled “What to Say and Do for Those with Cancer.”