Sunday Services:

Summer Schedule: Worship Service 9:15AM, (Nursery Available) No Sunday School.

(May 26th 2019 to September 1st 2019)

 St. Paul's United

Church of Christ

Mechanicsburg, PA


An Open and Affirming



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ADULT VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL–July 24th & 25th, 6 to 8 pm at St. Paul’s.


Pastor Allyssa and Rev. John will be offering a two evening Adult Vacation Bible School (AVBS), focusing on discussing how we read Scripture.  Pizza and salad will be provided, so you can come a little early to eat or eat while you are listening.  We will be making use of some of the book: What Is the Bible?  How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything, by Rob Bell.  If you would like for us to order you a copy of the book, please sign up on the signup sheet on the main bulletin board in the commons or let Terry in the Church office know at, 717-766-7931 or email  We will be ordering the books by the end of the first week of July.  Overall, we will be discussing how we look at Scripture.  In large part that will be influenced by who we think wrote our Holy Scriptures.  We understand many people have not had the opportunity to talk about this in any great depth.  We want to start those conversations.  Beginners, Middlers and Advanced students are all welcome and encouraged to attend.  The more people we have, the greater the diversity of discussion.  Please come join us.  Come one night or two, come with many questions or a few, come as you are and bring a friend too.  If you have any questions up front, please contact Pastor Allyssa or Rev. John.

PRIDE FESTIVAL OF CENTRAL PA –  The 2019 Pride Festival of Central PA celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and half a century of LGBT+ liberation will be held on Saturday, July 27th from 11 AM – 6 PM. The 2019 Pride Festival will be returning to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Capitol Complex Grounds in Soldier’s Grove Memorial Park. The Pride Festival of Central PA made history last year as it was the first Pride Festival in the Nation, to be held on the grounds of a State Capitol. 

Join members of St. Paul's at the United Church of Christ Booth at the festival on Saturday July 27th.

Here is our Schedule:

9:00 a.m. - Arrival and set up

11:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Festival hours

6:00 - 6:30 p.m. - tear down

Some folks join us for the day and that is great.  Others plan to arrive at specific times.  Either works.

If interested in helping to staff the booth, please contact Shirley Keith Knox at

Evicted:  Poverty & Profit in the American City - Join SPARCC book group on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 as we join the UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST's All Church Read.  SPARCC (St. Paul's Against Racism Creating Change) will be meeting at Gilligan's, 5002 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  We meet in the back room and order off the menu.


More about the book and author Matthew Desmond:  Pulitzer Prize-winning author Matthew Desmond, winner of numerous awards for his book which chronicles the lives of several families in the poorest neighborhoods in Milwaukee. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, a New York Times Bestseller, will also be the subject of the denomination’s 2019 All Church Read.  Evicted, based on years of embedded fieldwork and data, points to eviction as a root cause of poverty.

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City was published in 2016 and won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. It was written by Matthew Desmond, a tenured sociology professor at Princeton University.  Desmond follows a wide variety of poor renters to demonstrate the effects of poverty and eviction. There are many forces working against the tenants in the book. Assistance programs, the legal system, the eviction process, and the police all fail the poor. The toll is tremendous. It’s not just the big picture issues of crime and poverty, it’s also the individual prices these people and especially their children pay. Desmond recognizes there are two competing forces in the book: accumulation of wealth versus the right to a safe and stable home.

If you would like St. Paul’s to order you a copy of the book please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the main bulletin board in the commons, or call or email Terry in the church office: 717 766-7931 or   The book will be purchased from The Whistlestop in Carlisle for about $14.00 dollars.


New Hope Ministries will hold their back to school event – School Daze Craze – on Thursday August 15th.

. Children of guests of New Hope will receive backpacks with

much needed school items. Donations of school supplies are greatly appreciated.

List of Items needed:

Mechanical Pencils

1, 2- and 3-inch Binders


Book Covers


Colored Pencils

Composition Books


Flash Drives

Glue Sticks


Index Cards


Pencil Cases

Pocket Folders

Rulers- Metric and Regular

Spiral Bound Notebooks

Tissues- small packs and boxes

White Glue

Wide and College Ruled Notebook paper

Please put your donations in the box in the commons by Monday August 5th.

Questions, please see Karen or Kevin Allison

YARD SALE DONATIONS NEEDED – Don't throw that good stuff out!  If you have items that are clean & sellable, and you don’t want it – bring it in and place on the stage or on the Youth Room table (if Fellowship Hall is occupied) and let Terry in the office know and she will move it when the hall is available. The Yard Sale is Saturday August 31st.


Note – Please no bed components, clothing, cribs, car seats, electronics (TV’s, computers, monitors, printers, camera’s), used cups, loose glasses, VHS tapes or heavy/big pieces of furniture. We hope you understand but we have a hard time getting rid of some of the above & then they may cost us $$ to dispose.


Empty grocery bags are needed!  If you have any bags you would like to donate to the yard sale, please place on the stage.


Change this year, please hold items for the Flea Market until Sunday September 1st (after the Yard Sale.)  Check out the article in this Epistle for donations needed for the Bazaar/Flea Market.


We thank the congregation for all the many generous donations you have given to us in the past and for all your continued support!  St. Paul’s Youth.

Bazaar Friday, October 4th, 2019Start going through your attic, basements and garage.  Don't throw that good stuff out!  If it is clean and sellable, and you don't want it - bring it in and place it on the stage. Evenings or weekends is the best time to drop off. Or place on the table in the Youth room and let Terry in the office know and she will place on the stage when the hall is not in use. We will split what comes in between the Youth Yard Sale on Saturday August 31st and the Bazaar Flea Market on Friday October 4th.


You know your items better than us, if you feel an item should bring in a specific price, please put a price sticker on it.


NOTE:  Please no computers, monitors,  printers or TV’s. 


Thank you in advance for supporting both the Youth Yard Sale and the Bazaar Flea Market.

***Craft items needed for the bazaar!***

Knitting, crocheting, sewing, jewelry, magnets, other craft items are wanted. Need an idea or have one to share? Call or text Betty Olsen at 717-903-5800 or e-mail: