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 February 14
Monday: Pre-School 7:00PM
Tuesday: Lenten Study 3:30PM at St. Luke
Wednesday: Lunch with the Pastor at the Villa, Lent dinner 6:15PM and 7:00PM Service
Thursday: Choir 7:00PM
NEXT SUNDAY: Second Sunday in Lent, Dr. Morris Smith, Preaching 8:00 AM – Worship with Holy Communion in Chapel 9:15AM -Sunday School/ Confirmation /Youth Ministry 10:30 AM –Worship with Holy Communion After: Coffee Hour
HEY KIDS! Please be sure to pick up a special Lenten bulletin in the back of the church. There are two versions: reader (purple) and pre-reader (white). A new one will be waiting for you each week.
MID-WEEK LENTEN SUPPER & SERVICE Wednesdays during Lent (Feb. 17th, 24th and March 2nd, 9th, & 16th) Join us at 6:15PM for a simple supper of salad, soup and bread; followed at 7:00PM with a “That You May Have Life” Vesper Service (similar to Holden Prayer, but with a Lenten focus. ***We need volunteers to provide food for the Lenten Suppers. *** Look for sign-up sheets in the West Corridor (near the Chapel). Remember, many hands make little work!
LENTEN STUDY GROUP: Laudato-Si, the Pope’s Encyclical on the Environment In connection with a Lenten theme of earthkeeping, at St. Luke, we will read the Pope’s encyclical together as a small group. Catholics and others have been invited to join in this discussion. The small group takes place Tuesdays in Lent at 3:30 PM in the library. The date of the first Tuesday group is February 16th. The document is downloadable and free (https://laudatosi.com/watch) though Pastor E. will have sections available for each week if you prefer to receive the information as we go. Please let Pastor E. know if you would like the downloaded copy of the first chapter. It is also able to be ordered at Otto’s bookstore.
THE NEXT For the Love book discussion will be held on Thursday, February 18th at 7:30pm at the Edmonds'. We will discuss the last section of the book. We've had such fun that we're busy planning for our next book. Please send any suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll take a vote. Thanks!
LUNCH WITH PASTOR Our restaurant of choice for February is well known by many, The Villa, 2016 E. Third St. If you enjoy Italian food, then this is the luncheon you don’t want to miss! Join us for good conversation, good food and the fellowship of getting to better know our church family, Wednesday, February 17, 12:00 noon. Please call the church office for your reservation.
BREAKFAST AND BIBLE Join us on Friday, February 19, 9:30 a.m. in the home of Barbara Coates. We begin with breakfast followed by our Bible study taken from Paul’s letter to the Philippians. In last month’s study we learned how the Church’s beginning in Philippi was led by the Spirit. This month we will explore the heart of Paul’s message- living as a united community following Christ. All women are invited. Please let Barbara know if you plan to attend.
SCREENING A FILM on the Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer You are invited to see the film produced in 1999: Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace. It will be screened in the lounge at St. Luke on February 23rd at 7 PM. The film is 90 minutes long and a short discussion will follow for those able to remain.
SNOW TUBING at Ski Sawmill is coming up on Saturday, February 27th from 5- 7 pm. Waivers and $$ are due to the church office today. All participants 18 and under must complete a signed waiver. They are available on the youth bulletin board. Bundle up and see you on the slopes!
POSITION OPEN Applications are being accepted for the position of the St. Luke Building Maintenance Manager. Some typical responsibilities in this position are: misc. building repairs and contacting vendors for major repairs or emergencies, working with the Ministry of Property ; being a liaison to garbage and plowing vendors and keeping the walkways clear when it snows; sharing some duties, when asked, with the Custodian. A complete job description is available in the church office. Hours are flexible and may average to about 10 hours a week. If interested, please pick up an application from in the office or from the web site. Early applicants preferred.
KIDS GOOD FRIDAY St. Luke will be hosting a Kid's Good Friday event this year and we are looking for some adult volunteers to help plan and lead the day. Together we will help our kids experience and understand Holy Week as we prepare together for Easter. Schools and some offices are closed this day. If you have an interest in drama, crafts, planning or working with the kids then please consider helping with this onetime event!! It will be held on Good Friday, March 25th from 9:45am - 11:00 am. "We will begin planning this week so please be in touch with Erin ASAP if you can help."
THE ST. LUKE CONGREGATIONAL MEETING II will be held immediately following the 10:30am service Sunday, February 28th, 2016.
SOS It’s February- time for Valentines, heart, and Love. It’s also time to open our hearts and show our love to those less fortunate who are helped by the Shepherd of the Streets. This ministry is the presence of the body of Christ in the field of the poor in our community. Our economy and budget cuts in health services have increased the need for counseling, financial assistance with medications, utilities, work related expenses, and hygiene items. In addition to financial assistance, the following hygiene items are needed:
deodorant, baby diapers, baby wipes, Shampoo, Q-tips,
soap, shaving cream and razor, shampoo and conditioner,
women’s hygiene products, combs, blankets, sheets, pillowcases,
nail clippers, towels, and wash cloths
ST. LUKE is seeking one person (preferably male) who would like to serve as this church's representatives at the Upper Susquehanna Synod Assembly, June 17 and 18th. The Assembly takes place on the campus of Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA. All expenses, including overnight accommodations in the dorm, are covered by the church. The delegates' responsibilities include attending the plenary sessions and writing a brief article for the St. Luke newsletter or giving a brief report about the assembly at worship. This year, a bishop will be elected by the delegates.
Volunteers Needed to serve the wider church:
Two youth (under 18) to June 17-18 Synod Assembly
Two young adults (18-30) to June 17-18 Synod Assembly
Lay female (over 30) for Synod council, 3 year term
Youth (under 18) for Synod council, 2 year term
Young Adult (18-30) for Synod Council, 3 year term
Consultation Committee, has never met, need replacement for Frank Bardo
ALTAR FLOWERS: Please see the 2016 subscribers list at the back of the nave for dates that are available for subscribers to sign up. If you do not see your name on the list and you would like a specific date, please see or call Sarah Young in the church office. Altar Flowers are $50.00 / Pulpit Bouquet $35.00.
Altar Flower dates open for subscribers are:
February: 28 March: 13 April: 3, 10, 17 May: 1 July: 17, 24, 31 August: 7, 21, 28 September: 11, 18, 25 October: 23, 30 November: 6, 13, 20 December: 4, 11 YARD SALE It’s a New Year, if you want to clean out, changes things around, de clutter, are remodeling, etc. The St. Luke Preschool is collecting items for our 18th annual yard sale. Items can be picked up or dropped off at the church. Contact Marilyn Eshleman - 570-322-5202. This year's sale will be July 15th - 16th.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO PICK UP YOUR 2016 ENVELOPES ….They can be found in the back of the Nave.