Spiritual

Pastoral Care

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If you or someone you know in the church needs pastoral care, please contact Pastor Susan on her cell phone 610.393.6971.  


Worship

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Our worship experience is the spiritual center of our church and a vital part of our Christian life where we are renewed and empowered to go out into the world following the ways of our Savior, Jesus Christ to share the blessings we have received here with others. If you have comments or questions about our worship life together, please speak with our Pastor, Rev. Susan Hanson, our Worship Committee Chair Brenda McFadden, or any Consistory member.  Or send an email to stvincentucc@gmail.com

Prayer Requests

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Prayer Request Forms and Thinking of You Cards are available on the shelf near the office door.  Please leave requests in the church office, email them to stvincentucc@gmail.com, or give them to Pastor Susan before announcement time so they can be included in our prayers on Sundays. Thank you!

June Pastor's Message

Kindness Kounts!

Kindness is defined as the quality of being generous, helpful, and caring about other people. 

May these quotes inspire you to be a kind person . . . 


“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. 

Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”  Scott Adams


“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” William Arthur Ward 


“One of the most difficult things to give away is kindness, it usually comes back to you.” Anonymous


“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; 

the second is to be kind, and the third is to be kind.” Henry James


“Kindness is tenderness. Kindness is love but is perhaps greater than love. 

Kindness is good will. Kindness says I want you to be happy.” Randolph Ray


“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together

that overwhelm the world.” Desmond Tutu


“Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, 

and most underrated agent of human change.” Bob Kerrey


“Kindness is spreading sunshine into other people’s lives regardless of the weather.” Anonymous 


“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. 

At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” John Wesley


“Kind hearts are the gardens. Kind thoughts are the roots. 

Kind words are the blossoms. Kind deeds are the fruits.” Kirpal Singh


Welcome June – let the acts of kindness begin! 


Love, Pastor Susan  


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Stewardship

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Giving is a Gift

The world tells us that “there is no such thing as a free lunch.” But Christians in the church take a different view of things. We consider that everything first comes from God. Life itself is a gift from God. Money alone cannot extend it or make it more meaningful. And when we give back to the work of God for the sake of the world he loves, our act of thanks-giving becomes an expression of our love and faith, and grace. 


The Bible teaches us that “giving back” is part of our “partnership” with God – our way of taking care of the creation he has placed in our care. In the Old Testament, the Israelite people adopted a practice of offering back to God, the first fruits of their harvest. It was a reminder to them of their stewardship of the Creator’s world. Later in the Old Testament, when people were not merely farmers, but merchants and tradesmen as well - they were encouraged to simply give a “tithe” (about 1/10th of their income). 


Tithing 1/10th of your income has never been universally practiced in the Christian Church – but it has served as a “guide for giving” for many individual Christians. What might be more important is that we give regularly to the church throughout the whole year. People who make “giving” a matter of habit, like their attendance in church, often testify that this practice has a positive influence on their sense of faith, of doing good, of fulfilling their partnership with God. 


Even Jesus spoke often on the topic of stewardship – pointing out the widow who gave “everything” because she trusted God to take care of her; teaching parables that showed the difference between good and bad stewards; using workers in the vineyards to teach us about the kingdom and our place in promoting it through our acts of justice and stewardship. 


It is true that a “church is not a business” - but like a business, we have obligations which we must honor in terms of costs – our staff salaries, our building and utilities, our office supplies, our worship and music resources, our benevolences. And like a business expenses rarely go down from year to year. Still, the church leadership strives to be good stewards with the money we receive from our members. We simply ask that each of us “give as we are able.”


Please take time to look at your family budget and decide what you are willing and able to give to our church budget. The amount you give is entirely a matter for your personal decision but it should be: • Given thankfully and cheerfully • In proportion to your means • Regular and committed. 


To assist you in this goal, we have arranged for you to use the option of having your church contributions directly withdrawn from your bank account on a regular basis. Then, whether you are here or away for the weekend, you will still be giving to your church with thanksgiving. 


There are forms on the back table in church for you to make this arrangement. On the form you can indicate the amount you want dedicated and on what date of the month. It is completely safe and your information will be kept private. Fill out your form and give it to the pastor in a sealed envelope. If you have any questions about this process, please talk to Pastor Susan or our Church Administrator, Linda G.. Thank You!!!