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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.

“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

“The Reason for God”

The book for the month of June is “The Reason for God” – Belief in an Age of Skepticism written by Timothy Keller. In this book there will be discussion on certain questions, such as: Why does God allow suffering in the world? How could a loving God send people to Hell? Why isn’t Christianity more inclusive? How can there be one true religion? Why have so many wars been fought in the name of God?

“Keller explains how the belief in a Christian God is, in fact, a sound and rational one.” (Back cover of book) If you would like to join us for this discussion, read the book and come to the church on Saturday, June 22nd at 10AM. Contact the Pastor at 610-432-7677 if interested.
Pastor Lorraine

“Life of PI”

Our next book we are reading is “Life of PI” written by Yann Martel, which was made into a movie.
This is a story about a boy, his hometown, and what happens to him. Resources say it is a book that will help you believe in God and have faith. We will be meeting Saturday, March 23, 2013 for discussion in the parlor from 10:00AM to 11:30AM. Anyone is welcome. Pastor Lorraine

“An Invisible Thread”

The book we are reading currently is “An Invisible Thread” written by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresiniowski. It is about a woman working in New York, walking down a street one day when this little boy comes up to her and asks her for some change. At first she continues to keep walking but something makes her turn around and go back.

This is their story of how two people connected on a busy street in New York. One thing leads to another and they spend a lifetime caring for one another. It is a wonderful book about life, and how we often save each other through our friendships.

We will be meeting Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 10AM in the parlor for discussion. You are welcome. Pastor Lorraine

“The Snow Angel”

The St. James U.C.C. Book Club decided to take a rest in December and not have a time for discussion.  We have scheduled a book though to be read for January, “The Snow Angel” by Glenn Beck.  We will be meeting Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 10AM in the parlor for discussion and light snack.

“This book is a tale about family, forgiveness, and the freedom to live a future free of the past.”  This was a direct quote taken from the jacket of the book.   It is just the kind of book you might want to read over your Christmas vacation.  YOU are welcome to join us.  Pastor Lorraine

“The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry”

For the month of November, the St. James UCC Book Club will be reading “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” written by Rachel Joyce.  This is a novel about a retired man, Harold Fry who doesn’t seem to be able to do anything right where his wife is concerned.  And one day he receives a letter from an old friend, Queenie Hennessy, who is in Hospice, writing to say “goodbye.”

The story continues as Harold starts walking to the post office to mail a response, and instead of dropping the note in the mailbox, he continues walking to see his old friend in person.   The walk will be some 600 miles.  On this walk, he meets some unforgettable people and realizes so many things, those things that are deep in his heart, some hidden for a long time.   Just like many of us have things that are hidden in our hearts.  Reading this book is a journey of its own, as we search our own heart at the things that we have hidden.

If you would like to join us for discussion on this book, come Saturday, November 24th at 10AM to St. James UCC, 15th and Walnut Streets,   Allentown.

Pastor Lorraine

“GRACE” by Max Lucado

During the month of October, the St. James UCC Book Club will be reading “Grace” written by Max Lucado.  We often hear the word  “grace” mentioned in worship, see it in books, even hear the word sung, but do we really know what it means?

Lucado writes, “Grace is simply another word for God’s tumbling, rumbling reservoir of strength and protection…He has enough grace to pardon every sin, solve every dilemma, wipe every tear, and answer every question.  It’s more than we deserve and greater than we imagine.”

If you are interested in learning more about grace, read Max Lucado’s book, “Grace” and then come to St. James UCC, Allentown on Saturday, October 27th at 10AM and join us for a discussion in the parlor.  Everyone welcome.

Pastor Lorraine