St. John’s United Church of Christ, 232 E. Market St., and the Rev. Dr. Jan Remer-Osborn, pastor, welcomes everyone – no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey – to join in worship, Bible studies, health-related groups, and all other church events.

Pastor Jan and St. John’s offer spirit-filled worship for contemporary souls. Sunday worship service is at 10 a.m. Sunday school begins again on September 10 for children in kindergarten through 6th grade and is held during the worship service. Communion is offered the first Sunday of every month and the Lord’s table is open to anyone who is seeking Jesus. Children may take communion with the permission of their parents.

Pastor Jan welcomes all church and community members for coffee chats at 419 Market Café & Eatery on Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 and the Market Square Coffee House at 118 West Market, same times, on Wednesdays. Weekly small group study of the Bible and current events are held on Tuesdays, beginning September 11, at Valenti’s Italian Restaurant from 5:25 to 6:15 p.m. A monthly first-Wednesday Community Nite begins Sept. 5, at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, for families and friends to meet and eat.

St. John’s Apple Fest, always in conjunction with Orwigsburg Heritage Day, will be held on Saturday, Sept, 8 from 9 a.m. until sold out, features fresh apple pies, dumplings, and apple crisp. A light lunch will be served and the drawing for a handmade quilt will be held at 1 p.m. Pastor Jan will entertain on her folk harp.

The public is encouraged to attend New Horizons presentations this fall. Local adventurer and writer, Cindy Ross, will share her unique journey raising her children while traveling the world on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.

A program of inter-faith and understanding will be featured Thursday, Oct. 18. A movie on Islamic faith and history will be shown and followed by a discussion led by Rubina Tareen of the Schuylkill Islamic Center.

St. John’s “Grocery Cart Ghouls” will march in Orwigsburg’s Halloween Parade. Parade watchers are encouraged to “stuff the carts” with non-perishable food items in this fall drive to aid the Orwigsburg Food Pantry.

The Pantry is housed in St. John’s and is supported through eight area churches. Food and monetary donations are always needed. Those in need or to get more information can call the church office. Food distribution is made the third Saturday each month from 9 to 11 a.m.

Many area groups are hosted by St. John’s and its health ministry brings in programs throughout the year to benefit the community. The Fellowship Hall is available to rent for private parties. Information on all activities at St. John’s can be found at stjohnorwigsburg.org, call the church office at 570- 366-2255, or follow on Facebook.