Loaves & Fishes - Social Ministry prepared and served the Quakertown Ministerium Loaves and Fishes dinner for December on Thursday, December 6. We seated 51 guests and served an additional 6 take-out meals. We were able to serve a complete round of seconds to all who wished and send about 15 persons home with leftovers. The meal consisted of Fruit Salad, Roast Turkey, Green Beans, Yams, Cranberry Sauce and Rolls & Butter. We served Pumpkin Pie topped with Whipped Cream for dessert and Coffee, Iced Tea and Water as beverages.
Special thanks goes out to all who helped make this possible: Ruth Ann Barndt, Ken & Carol Butz, Jim & Linda Westgate, and Chester & Mildred Westgate for donating the Turkeys. Bob & Myrtle Boardman, Betty & Steve Sinisko, Brenda & Ron Lausch, Kathy & Dutch Afflerbach, Denise Martin, Winnie Petersen and Mary Slotter for cooking and/or serving.
The Christmas Family Fun afternoon was a fantastic event! Despite the snow, we had about 30 kids participate. The Little Shoppers’ Shoppe was a hit and there were ten crafts/ornaments to choose from. A huge “Thank You” to the Willing Workers for their help. What a great start to the Christmas season!
Christmas Caroling - On Saturday, December 16, a group from St. John’s carpooled to Phoebe Richlandtown to spread some Christmas cheer.
“The Christmas Calendar”, written by Darcy McConahy, was presented by the Sunday School on December 17 at the 9:45 a.m. worship service, to the enjoyment of all who were in attendance. If you missed it this year, make a point of coming next year to see our young members tell the Christmas story!
Loaves & Fishes December Dinner – December 1
A very successful dinner was fed to the Quakertown community. We were able to feed 57 persons and 8 of our own servers a dinner of tossed green salad with choice of Italian or Ranch dressing, roast turkey, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, rolls and butter. Beverages were iced tea, iced water and coffee. Dessert was pumpkin pie with whipped cream topping. We even had enough left over for seconds. A big shout out to Myrtle and Bob Boardman for helping to cook; Denise Martin, Myrtle Boardman and Brenda Lausch for baking the pies; Betty & Steve Sinisko, Russell Martin, Ron & Brenda Lausch, Nina Helm, Pastor Kaegler for serving; and Dick Helm for helping with the room setup.
The next dinner will be the Food for Friends dinner on March 8th.
Sunday School Christmas Program – December 11
The Christmas show was a huge success! The children stole the show in their costumes, dressed as Joseph, Mary, the wise men, and the stable animals. Each participated by hanging a character on a big pin board for the whole church to see. The story of Christmas was narrated by Peggy Hudock and the church joined in singing Christmas carols directed by Darcy McConahy. After the kids’ bell choir, they finished up with an encore of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas". Everyone seemed to enjoy this interactive Christmas special, and we all look forward to next year’s event.
September 11th Rally Day - This year’s Rally Day was a huge success! We opened up our restored, freshly painted, air-conditioned Sanctuary for worship, we celebrated the Lord’s Supper, and we restarted our Sunday School Program for the fall. But beyond that, St. John’s hosted a special guest concert from the Valley Choral Society that afternoon, who provided a series of patriotic songs, spirituals and more. Following that, St. John’s contribution to the ELCA’s annual “God’s Work, Our Hands” Day had us host and work together with 16 other Lutheran congregations to package 35,000 meals for local food pantries from Bethlehem to Philadelphia. Great job, St. John’s!
First Communion - On September 4, four young members of St. John’s celebrated their First Communion: Anderson Everitt, Lachlan Everitt, Josh Felten and Brady Massinger.
Valley Choral Society Concert – More than 100 people enjoyed the free concert on September 11 presented by the Valley Choral Society. The performance, celebrating the renovated sanctuary, included spirituals, 40's hits and patriotic renditions. Special thanks to members of the fellowship committee for providing snacks and refreshments.
On Saturday, June 18, hundreds of people armed with folding chairs and blankets filled the grove for the Bluegrass Band and Strawberry Festival. For over 7 hours, bands from around the area filled the grove with their homespun musical talents. Hot dogs, pulled pork, strawberry desserts and snacks filled the visitors’ stomachs and made their "grove" experience even nicer. A special thanks go out to all of the volunteers who helped set-up tables, sound equipment, and tents. The event was a huge success.
More than 200 turn out for Pork & Sauerkraut Dinner
A record number of guests turned out Nov. 15 for the annual Pork & Sauerkraut Dinner St. John’s hosted for the community.
A little more than 200 diners filled the church’s multi-purpose room between 4 and 7 p.m., topping last year’s attendance of approximately 165. Guests - from as far away as Allentown and Gilbertsville - dined on pork, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, string beans, applesauce, dinner rolls and homemade desserts.
Nearly 40 volunteers worked over the course of two days purchasing and prepping food, cooking, serving, setting up and cleaning up. Special thanks go to the Hinderliter family which supplied the pork, and to the dozens of bakers who kept two eight-foot tables filled with desserts throughout the evening.
Thanks to the pooling of talents and resources, the event raised $1,661. The church Fellowship Committee, which organized the event, has recommended to Church Council that the funds be used to purchase a much-needed snowblower.