Happenings at an inner city church in Allentown

The St. James UCC Book Club is currently reading “Quilt of Souls” by Phyllis Lawson.  It is Phyllis Lawson’s personal memoir

about African American girls struggles and triumph.  We will be meeting Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 10AM to discuss this book.

If you have read this book, come join us for a most interesting discussion.

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Contemporary Service

On Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 2:00PM we will be having our 1st Contemporary Worship Service. It will be less formal, less liturgy, more singing and messages based on different themes. This will give an opportunity to come worship with us, once a month, on a time other than on a Sunday morning.
Come join us – all are WELCOME! Go out for a nice lunch and then stop by and worship with us! The theme for our 1st contemporary services will be: “Why Am I Here?”
At this time we do not have a projector, so we will need to use our hymnal. But personally, for me, as Pastor, I like to read the words on paper because they have so much more meaning to me.
Come, join us in worship! Try it, you might like it! That is, singing and being with us at St. James U.C.C. See you there! Pastor Lorraine

“Killing Jesus”

Currently we at St. James U.C.C. are reading the book “Killing Jesus” written by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. It is a history book about the life of Jesus as a man. It is not a spiritual book by any means, but will tell who Jesus actually was and what happened to him.

The authors use the resources from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John but also other resources to write the historical view of his life. It is a fact-based book and where they do not know exactly what happened, they tell you so.

If you would like to read about the life of Jesus and join us for discussion, we will meet Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 10AM in the parlor. It should be an interesting read as together we learn more about the man named Jesus and how he has shaped the world and is still shaping us if we let him.

2014 begins our third year together as a book club. You are welcome to join us. Pastor Lorraine

“The Shack”

The book we are currently reading is “The Shack” written by William P. Young. It is a book of fiction written in 2007 and it wrestles with the question “Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?” And as much as the world was filled with pain in 2007, sometimes I believe we in 2013 are even more filled with pain and questions.

Even if you have read this book years ago, we invite you to read it again and join us for discussion on Saturday, November 9th at 10AM in the parlor. I read it in 2008, but never wrestled with my thoughts or reflections nor did I discuss it much with anyone. For some this book may be hard to read through because of the tragic murder of a young girl, but persevere because you may just be transformed. This will give you the opportunity to read the book again and discuss it with other sisters and brothers in Christ. Coffee, juice, fruit and a baked good will be provided.

YOU ARE WELCOME! Pastor Lorraine

“The Storyteller”

Currently the book we are reading is “The Storyteller” written by Jodi Picoult. This is book of fiction about a woman named Sage, her life and a chance encounter with an elderly man, Josef Weber in her grief support group that they both attend. As they become closer and he confesses a buried, shameful secret, Sage begins to question her life.
These questions come into the picture: “When does a moral choice become a moral imperative? And where does one draw the line between punishment and justice, forgiveness and mercy? It is definitely a good read and will get you thinking.
We will be meeting Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 10AM in the parlor to discuss Part I. Then we will meet
Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 10AM to discuss Part 2 and Part 3. Everyone is welcome if you have read the book. Join us for a light snack, juice and good discussion.
Resources: From the book jacket.
Pastor Lorraine

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DSCN0759DSCN0763get-attachment-6.aspxDSCN0741On Sunday, June 2, 2013, we celebrated St. James UCC 100th Anniversary through a special worship service where former Pastors, former Organists, son and daughters of the congregation along with dignitaries from the city attended. Following the service, we buried the time capsule to be dug up and opened in the year 2025. We then went into the Fellowship Hall for a special luncheon.