July 22, 2019

JOIN US FOR WORSHIP EVERY SUNDAY MORNING
All are invited!
All are welcome!

We are Handicap Accessible!

 

Please click the link to our Food Bank Sun. page for more info.

 

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HALLELUJAH! HE IS RISEN!
 
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Please click on the link to see the locations & times 
(also en Espanol)

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THIS SUNDAY, JULY 21st
Join us for
"Cool Summer Worship"
in our Air-Conditioned Parlor
at 10 a.m.
ALL ARE WELCOME!

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We wrap our prayers around the all victims of hatred & violence everywhere.

Love is Stronger than hate.

God help us.

   
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UPCOMING EVENTS
 
Easton Area Shoe Drive
IT'S THE LAST WEEK
FOR REGISTRATIONS!!!

Registration sites...
ProJeCt of Easton's FOWLER LITERACY CENTER
200 Ferry St., Easton
(across from the P.O.)
Mon. & Wed., 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Thurs. and Fri., 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

EASTON COMMUNITY CENTER
901 Washington St., Easton
Mon. thru Fri.,  10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
 
SNEAKERS will be distributed on SAT., AUG. 17th 2019
HERE at First UCC
27 N. Third St., Easton
Your appointment time will be given upon registration.
The registered child(ren) MUST come to try on their sneakers.

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WED., JULY 31st at 6:30 p.m.
Special Historic Gettysburg Program
Presented by Licensed Battlefield Guide, Gary Roche
Gary has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Park for 24 years and has tremendous knowledge and life long family ties to the Battle. His great-great-grandfather and Medal of Honor recipient, Capt. Patrick DeLacy kept detailed diaries of his experiences.
Gary will share some of that history with us as well as display Captain DeLacy's Medal of Honor. All are invited to this special evening of Gettysburg History!
Which leads us to our...

GETTYSBURG BUS TRIP - SAT., AUG. 10th, 2019
Everyone is welcome to go along on our bus trip and tour of Gettysburg National Military Park.
Our tour will be led by Gary Roche, Licensed Battlefield Guide.
Tickets: $50/person and includes...
Bus, Multi-stop tour led by Gary Roche, Beverages and Snacks.
Details: Depart from Wm. Penn Park and Ride at 9 a.m.
Return 6 p.m.
Picnic stop - Please BRING A LUNCH
All Payments due by Aug. 3rd
Proceeds to support our Steeple Fund.




 
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Steeple daytime 3

Our Steeple & Clock Tower

When the German Reformed Church was built in 1775-76, the St. John's Lutheran congregation, in need of larger quarters, shared the cost and manpower of erecting the second largest building in Easton. The two congregations worshipped together at this Union Church for the next 56 years. Then, in 1831, the St. John's congregation decided to build their own edifice on Ferry Street. They purchased their share of the German Reformed Church for $1,600, built their own Church and have worshiped there happily ever since.

 

The German Reformed congregation decided to use the windfall to help renovate their own building, changing the Sanctuary completely and adding to the original storage area to form the Narthex and arranged for the building of the Steeple. To design the Steeple they contacted an important young architect named Thomas Ustick Walter. Mr. Walter was already showing his genius with many beautiful buildings done in the Greek Revival style, and would go on to design many more, including the extensions for the Capitol building in 1851, which more than doubled the size of the existing building, and adding the familiar cast-iron dome. This inspired architect produced a Steeple which still stands firm and strong 185 years later.

 

Accessed through the second floor of the Narthex, one goes through a small door, up a couple steps and around a narrow corridor. Passing the box which used to hold the rope used to ring the central bell by hand, you next come to a narrow stairway on the right. Climb the stairs and you are now at the level of the ceiling of the Sanctuary. Around to the right is a second stairway which brings you to a medium-sized room made small by the walk-in glass-fronted box holding the clock single bell 1works. Ahead of you is a small, steep stairway. Climb it, using your hands to balance, and push the overhead door up and behind you onto the floor of the next level. Climb out carefully and you will find yourself high above the city, surrounded by bells. The 2000 lb. Centennial Bell, placed in 1876, holds place of honor, hanging from an immense cradle in the middle of the ceiling. All around the edges are the eight smaller bells that make up the Chime of Bells, placed in 1902, that were originally played by hand using a Carillon and, since 1963, played electronically each Sunday before Worship. Over in one corner of this eyrie is a small, narrow door that leads to the clock tower portion of the Steeple. Balanced on top of this is the crown, which stretches up to a finial, making this the tallest church steeple in Easton.

 

There has been a clock in our Steeple on and off since the beginning. The original one from 1833 was removed "some years ago" as of 1885 and the innards given away to Zion's German Lutheran Church, though "the dial of the town clock" remained. The next time a clock is mentioned is 1916, when "a four-dial Clock was added to the Steeple." It's still there.

Steeple Nite 3 

This historic landmark has not been fully renovated since 1971 and now needs our attention. We are planning a three-stage restoration to repair the two ledges, replace the eight wooden finials which used to stand at the corners of both ledges, remove the aluminum siding put on in 1982 and repair the damage beneath before replacing it with wood siding, repair the masonry, restore the clock, and restore the dry wood in the bell tower and elsewhere in the Steeple. We will also clean, and polish the topping finial so that it will cast its' gleam over the city of Easton once more. Please consider donating to our project by using our On-Line Giving or PayPal links, both found below, or place your Steeple donation in our collection plate during our 10:00 A.M. Sunday service.

 

Thank you.


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