1400 Market St.
Williamsport, PA 17701
Regular Worship Hours
8 a.m. Chapel Service
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
(classes for 3 year olds to adults)
10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship
M, T – 9 AM to 12 noon, 1 to 3 PM
W, Th, F – 9 AM to 12 Noon
What Lutherans Believe
Through his ministry,
death and resurrection, Christ has saved us from "sin, death, and
the power of the devil." God's gift of faith in Christ's saving
power makes that saving power effective for us. In joy and freedom,
we respond to God's grace with praise and thankful service.
NEWS - WEEK BEGINNING October 23
Monday: Mutual Ministry 7:00PM
Tuesday: Shawl Ministry 9:00AM-12noon
Wednesday: School of Religion 1:30PM at St. Marks
Thursday: 12noon Bible study in the Library, Choir 7:00PM, Coin Club 7:00PM BH
Friday: Pre-school Halloween Party 10:30AM-12noon BH
NEXT SUNDAY: Reformation Sunday
8:00 AM – Worship with Holy Communion in Chapel
9:15 AM – Sunday School/Confirmation/Youth Ministry
10:30 AM –Worship with Holy Communion
Refugee Response Prayer and Discernment meeting at 7pm in Bell Hall
St. Luke Lutheran Church Free Wi-Fi Password: GodBless
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL ISSUES FORUM (PRE-ELECTION) CONTINUES The adult Sunday school continues its pre- election discussion on a number of issues in the public consciousness. All are invited to hear an introduction to each topic listed below and then to decide together – given the various political points of view represented by a diverse group of people – if there are ways to constructively move forward together on the issue. (If there seems to be no consensus, at least there will have been a chance to discuss with civility and care the problems our society faces, and, hopefully, to gain new insights as well.) The following schedule remains in Oct. and Nov. 6: Today, OCT 23: Making Ends Meet: How Should We Spread Prosperity and Improve Opportunity? part II led by Dr. Ned OCT 30 and NOV 6: Climate Choices: How Should We Meet the Challenges of a Warming Planet? led by Dr. Charles Mahler
CALLED TO PRAYER. MOVED TO ACTION.
Our church has been faithful in responding to the needs of refugees both here at home and around the world. As we continue to collect items and school kits, make and send quilts, host speakers, explore mission opportunities with LIRS, and remain steadfast in prayer, we are challenged to consider the ways in which we can do more. Over 65.3 million people, the greatest flow of refugees since World War II, are forcibly displaced worldwide. You are invited to a Refugee Response Prayer and Discernment meeting on next Sunday, October 30th at 7pm in Bell Hall. This will be a time of discussion and prayer amongst our St. Luke family. We will share information about refugees both locally and abroad and consider ways in which we might faithfully respond. As we read in Isaiah 1:17,
Say no to wrong.
Learn to do good.
Work for justice.
Help the down-and-out.
Stand up for the homeless.
Go to bat for the defenseless
RSVP not required, but if you are interested in being a part of this discussion please call or email Erin Edmonds at 447.2276 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEW-FINE QUILTERS Next meeting Monday, November 7th from 9:00AM-3:00PM in Bell Hall. Come join us for a fun day of making quilts. No experience needed. Come and go as time allows- pack a lunch if you wish.
LUNCH TIME BIBLE STUDY, Thursdays, starting at 12:00 noon. The focus for the study is the Gospel of Luke, and the class will meet in the Church Library. The Rev. Ted Cockley, a member of St. Luke who currently serves as the Interim Pastor of St. Matthew congregation here in Williamsport, will be the Study Leader. Pastor Cockley promises that this will be an informal study with no pop quizzes, no finals, and no term papers; there will be plenty of time for discussion and questions, and we will work our way through Luke’s gospel at our own pace—no worries and no hurry. We will meet for study and lunch (we’ll all brown bag), and be finished by 1:00 p.m.
CANVAS BAGS FOR THE HARVEST FESTIVIAL Check the West Hall for the "St Luke" canvas bags to fill with boxes and cans of food for our local Food Pantry, through Sunday, November 13th. Every gift is appreciated. The pantry is in need of many items. Some foods the pantry could use:
Cereal, Oatmeal, Tea Bags, Coffee (no K-Cups),
Peanut Butter, Jelly, Ketchup, Mustard, Soups, Pop Tarts,
Mac & Cheese, Spaghetti Sauce, Popcorn, Canned Milk, Canned Vegetables, Canned Fruit, Jello, Pudding, Canned Meat, Stuffing
Mixes, Ramen Noodles, Small Rice Bags, Pasta
THE HARVEST FESTIVAL SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13th. There is a box in the West Hall to collect your extra gourds and squash, Indian corn and pumpkins or any harvest items you’d like to contribute to the festival decoration.
THE ST. LUKE POT LUCK A Harvest Potluck will be held following the 10:30AM worship service on Sunday, November 13th in Bell Hall for food and fellowship. Please see the sign-up sheet in the West Hall.
UPPER SUSQUEHANNA SYNOD As we prepare to install at the end of the month the Upper Susquehanna Synod's next Bishop, Rev. Barbara Jean Collins, please remember that St. Luke is an "above-tithing-level" congregation. Although our operating budget for 2016 totals to $292,922, we apportion $43,575 of that to the Synod. We are proud and pleased to be able to support the wider church with almost 15% of our budget. Perhaps you don't know that approximately 46% of this amount given to the Synod goes on to support the wider ELCA. The ELCA uses those offerings where the need is greatest.