There are many opportunities for fellowship at St. John’s. September through June, a fellowship hour is held after both the 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. worship service in the Parish Hall on the second Sunday of each month.
Several social events are held throughout the year. There are also many social groups that members for members to join. The purpose of the get-togethers is fun, fellowship, renew friendships, make new friends, and promote a sense of family within our church. Annual events of fellowship include a spaghetti dinner held in November and Christmas Caroling Covered Dish Social in December.
Events and Groups
GIFT (Growing in Fellowship Together)/Parish Life Ministry Committee
GIFT’s purpose is to plan and promote a variety of activities and events that build relationships among St. John’s members, visitors and guests, and educate, excite, entertain, or engage members in support of important causes. Events can be large or small, and held at St. John’s or in the community. Gatherings can be designed to appeal to all ages, or focus on one primary group. The GIFT team selects key events throughout the year, but relies on St, John’s members to assist in planning or volunteering at these events.
People Over Fifty-five
We welcome St. John’s members age 55 and over to come and join us for fun, food, programs and fellowship. “POF”, as we are better known, meets monthly (second Tuesday) at 11:00 a.m. in the parish hall (weather permitting) from September through June. Lunch is served at noon. Some type of entertainment, speaker, or game time follows. The June meeting is a picnic and the December meeting is our Christmas party. Past meeting topics include Girl Scouts; Therapy for Seniors, presented by Good Shepherd PT in Macungie; Emmaus Main Street Program presented by Teri Madison; and a Bus Trip to “Unnecessary Farce” at the Rainbow Dinner Theatre.
WELCA (Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America)
St. John’s Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is an auxiliary of the church at large with a mission to provide:
Growth – a learning experience to help strengthen each woman;
Community – to enable each woman to value herself and others as created in God’s image by building and celebrating global, diverse and independent relationships;
Action – to enable each woman to act upon her faith as Christ’s disciple in all areas of life.
Monthly programs and meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, September through June at 7:30 p.m. in the parish hall. After a brief business meeting, visiting speakers or members of our own congregation provide us with programs that are informative, educational and interesting, ending with fellowship and refreshments. Program topics are announced in a yearly program “booklet,” which is published and available at the monthly meetings, listed in the monthly Newsletter, and in the Sunday worship bulletins. Past meeting topics include “Tamela Spins a Hare Raising Yarn” by Tamela Seitz and her rabbit, Violet; “Setting the Stage for Birds” by Fred Buse, Master Gardener; “Moments Like This” by Sylvia Havlish; and “Hanky Panky” by Linda Moyer.
The Lunch Bunch meets the second Friday of each month at various area restaurants. Please call the Church Office at 610-965-9885 to make your reservations.
The Breakfast Bunch meets the fourth Friday of each month at various restaurants. Please call the Church Office at 610-965-9885 to make your reservations.
BYOB (Bible) Study
This group meets through the year for a time of fellowship and very lively discussions. Some of the past topics include: Bible Trivia, 2nd Psalm- Lectio Divina method of study, Bullying, The Christian Response, a Lenten study of Psalms, the Life Application Bible Studies-“13 Lessons To Help Take The Message Of Christ To The World” (Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.), and Acts – “Spreading Like Wildfire”.
Monthly Men’s Bible Study Breakfasts: Fill Your Belly with Breakfast, Your Heart with Fellowship, and Your Soul with God’s Word
Our monthly men’s Bible Study breakfasts continue to offer men of St. John’s an opportunity to relax over breakfast, share conversations, and receive encouragement by hearing God’s word. The group meets on the last Saturday of each month in the Parish Hall at 7:30 a.m. Breakfast is followed by Bible Study that wraps up by 9:00 a.m. Each month’s Bible Study features an interactive discussion of a scripture reading that relates to men and the unique challenges that men face. Past topics have included obedience and was based on the story of Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22:1-19 and Acts 10:1-23.