I am very excited to be called as the settled pastor at Huff's Union Church!
My wife Catherine and I have lived in Barto, Pennsylvania since 2006, and our granddaughters live in Topton. Since 1995, I have served at fifteen local churches, primarily as an intentional interim minister. Huff's Church will be my first settled call and I am eager to get to know you better.
After graduating from the State University of New York at New Paltz, I lived in Philadelphia in the early 1980's, working for the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and organizing nonviolence campaigns. I graduated from the Earlham School of Religion, a Quaker seminary in 1989. Quakerism continues to be an important spiritual grounding for me.
My core values are: loving God, loving neighbor, loving one another, and teaching Jesus' way of love.
-Rev. John Steitz
Huff's Church was founded as a Union Church in 1760. We recognize that from the beginning, and continuing today, the erection and maintenance of the church buildings as well as all organized groups involve joint Lutheran-UCC participation.
With the help of God, this spirit will continue here at Huff's Church.
Staff & Council
Our staff and council members tirelessly devote their time, ideas, and leadership to running the church.
Completed for 2020, a five year plan was provided.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT HUFF'S
We have a traditional worship service which may include new music as well as familiar hymns. People may be dressed in their Sunday best, or casual clothing. You are welcome to observe and participate as you wish, or jump right in and enthusiastically do everything with us.
We have a prayer list sheet as you enter the main floor of the sanctuary, where you may list names of people who would appreciate prayer. Please be sure they’ve agreed to have their names listed, since we do read names during our prayer moment in the worship service.
We celebrate Holy communion on the first Sunday of every month at both our 8 and 10:30 worship services. Those who believe in Jesus as savior are invited to commune with us. We offer both wine and grape juice, as well as a gluten free option for our bread. You may choose to give to support our congregation, but do not feel you need to do this.
CHILDREN DURING WORSHIP
Activities bags for young children are available as they arrive; please take home the coloring pages but return the bags after worship. There is a nursery provided for young children at the 10:30 Communion worship service. They will be invited to go downstairs (street level) with attending adults after the first ten minutes of worship. On non-communion Sundays, children ages 3 and above are invited to Sunday School after the children’s moment in the worship service. Parents are asked to pick them up after the worship service is over (through the double doors across from the main entrance, in the room to your right after the bathrooms).