St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church
1400 Market St.
Williamsport, PA 17701
Phone: 570-323-7309
email: stlukeluth@verizon.net

March, 2014

 

* St. Luke Lutheran Church * 1400 Market Street * Williamsport, PA 17701 * (570) 323-7309 * stlukeluth@verizon.net * www.stlukeweb.com


 

WORSHIP IN MARCH AT ST. LUKE


 

Sunday, March 2nd, Transfiguration of Our Lord

8:00am - Holy Communion in Chapel

9:15am - Sunday school/ Confirmation/ Youth Ministry

10:30am - Holy Communion

Youth Bowling 1:00-3:00pm at Faxon

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March 5th, Ash Wednesday 12noon Service and a 7:00pm Service

 

MID-WEEK LENTEN SUPPER & SERVICE

Wednesdays during Lent

(March 12, 19, 26 and April 2 & 9)

Join us at 6:15PM for a simple supper of salad, soup and bread; followed by Service at 7:00PM

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Sunday, March 9th, Lent1,

Camp Sunday with Chad Hershberger, Mount Luther’s Director

8:00am - Holy Communion in Chapel

9:15 am - Sunday School/Confirmation/Youth Ministry

10:30am - Holy Communion

Coffee hour

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Sunday, March 16th, Lent 2, CONGREGATIONAL MEETING II

Immediately following the late service-no luncheon

8:00am - Holy Communion in Chapel

9:15am - Sunday School /Confirmation/Youth Ministry

10:30am - Holy Communion

Hunger appeal offering

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Sunday, March 23rd, Lent 3

8:00am - Holy Communion in Chapel

9:15am - Sunday School/Confirmation/Youth Ministry

10:30am - Holy Communion

Coffee hour

Dress rehearsal - 12noon-3:00pm

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Sunday, March 30th, Lent 4

8:00am - Holy Communion in Chapel

9:15am - Sunday School/Confirmation/Youth Ministry

10:30am - Holy Communion

Dinner-Theater - tureen dinner at 5:00 pm  - Theater  Following

 


 

Serving in March

 

 

1st Sunday 3/2

2nd Sunday 3/9

3rd Sunday 3/16

4th Sunday 3/23

 

8:00

10:30

8:00

10:30

8:00

10:30

8:00

10:30

Greeters

 

Youth &
Larson Family

 

Shirley & Oscar Knade

 

Wood Family

 

Joanne Wolf
Helen Radke

Ushers

 

Youth Sunday

 

Dan Erhard
David Briggs
Margot Briggs
Jere Eshelman

 

Dan Erhard
David Briggs
Margot Briggs
Jere Eshelman

 

Dan Erhard
David Briggs
Margot Briggs
Jere Eshelman

Acolyte

 

Cyle Hiller

 

Theo Hershey

 

Ally Wyland

 

Dylan Rhodes

Lector

Becky Masden

Youth Sunday

Sondra Fisher

Diana Bailey

Nancy McCarty

Nancy Long

Sally Labenberg

Brad Nason

Admin.

Nancy McCarty

Youth Sunday

David Keating

Nancy Wood
Charles Mextorf

Nancy McCarty

Mark Bergren
Linda Herbst

David Keating

Marilyn Eshelman
Charles Mahler

Assistant

 

Youth Sunday

 

Chip Edmonds

 

Carol Steck

 

Dan Lamade

Comm.
Helpers

 

Youth Sunday

 

Borch Family

 

Good Family

 

Jessie & Family

Comm.
Cleanup

 

Websters

 

Larry & Sandy Moyer

 

Linda Herbst
Linda Wolfe

 

Websters

Nursery

 

Courtney Coulter
Eddie Good

 

Erin Edmonds &
TBA

 

Erin Edmonds &
TBA

 

Jennifer Larson
Elizabeth Good

Coffee Hr.

 

 

 

Fisher Family

 



 

TBA

Flower
Delivery

 

Bill & Glenda Merkel

 

Helen Radke
Joann Wolfe

 

Richard & Lore Ignore

 

Ken & Mabel Welsh

Counters

 

Nancy McCarty
Leah Lewis

 

Leah Lewis
Joanne Harner

 

Helen Radke
Chris Pysher

 

Charles & Betty Paris

Lay Call

 

Shirley Collins
Joann Wolfe

 

Charles Mahler
Mark Bergren

 

Dan & Melanie
Taormina

 

Sondra Fisher
Jamie Nelson

 

 

 

5th Sunday 3/30

 

8:00

10:30

Greeters

 

Glenda & Bill Merkel

Ushers

 

Dan Erhard
David Briggs
Margot Briggs
Jere Eshelman

Acolyte

Ian Perry

 

Lector

Becky Masden

Melanie Taormina

Admin.

Nancy McCarty

Charles Mahler

Assistant

 

Linda & Bill Liptak

Comm.
Helpers

 

Reasner Family
Scampone Family

Comm.
Cleanup

 

Jim & Margaret Reasner

Nursery

 

Melissa Mahler
Laura Good

Coffee Hr.

 

 

Flower
Delivery

 

TBA

Counters

 

Leah Lewis
Eleanor Mextorf

Lay Call

 

Charles & Betty Paris

 

From the pastor



Today, like Good King Wenceslas, I look out to see the snow ‘round about, deep and crisp and even. Did you know that this same Christmas carol tune, though, can be used for the lyrics of the 16th century Flower Carol? Its first verse is:


Spring has now unwrapped the flowers,
Day is fast reviving,
Life in all her growing powers
Towards the light is striving:
Gone the iron touch of cold,
Winter time and frost time,
Seedlings working through the mould,
Now make up for lost time.
Lenten spring, indeed, is on the way.



Join with me in defining the weeks of March and the first weeks of April for focus upon the things of the Spirit. The Lenten season of forty days (not including Sundays) begins on Ash Wednesday, March 5th. We will observe Lenten Wednesdays (except Ash Weds.) this year with a simple, quiet and beautifully sung Vespers service at 7 PM in the chapel. This sung evening prayer, similar to Holden Evening Prayer, will be led by five cantors from our parish. As the “day is fast reviving” with light sustaining your evening commute, considering first attending the 6 PM light suppers at St. Luke, preceding the Wednesday services.

Parish musicians, the church school and other helpers will be holding a dinner theater, to our delight, in mid-Lent this year. Mark the date of March 30th and look for the yellow In the Beginning posters for the details. Easter flower orders will be taken beginning March 2nd (and the order forms are in the newsletter, as well) and we can set our sights, to be sure, on the unwrapping flowers of spring and life in all her growing powers.

The way to Easter is through Holy Week, though, and I invite your deeper focus on the three holiest days of the Christian calendar: Thursday into Friday, April 18th, Friday in to Saturday, April 19th and Saturday into Sunday, April 20th. We mark Holy Week at St. Luke with 7 PM worship on Maundy Thursday and on Good Friday. I also invite you this year to the community Good Friday service at St. Mark’s, 142 Market St, where I will lead the section during the noon to 1 PM hour of the 3 hour vigil which begins at noon.

As always, Easter worship takes place at 7 AM and 10:30 on Easter Sunday, April 20th. Blessings as you “make up for lost time,” in the words of the carol, namely the missed appointments and delayed projects due to this year’s snows. Know that the “seedlings, working through the mould,” are at it, too. We look to the fair sun of Jesus the crucified and risen one to encourage our growth in the Spirit through Lent towards an Easter of gladness and new life.

 
In Christ, Elisabeth Aurand

Youth of St. Luke's
Pizza, Pop and Pins



Faxon Bowling
Sunday, March 2, 2014, from 1-3pm
All are welcome to come and enjoy YOUTH family fellowship!
Youth age 3 through Senior High
Please R.S.V.P the church office By Friday, February 28th
A count is needed for lane reservation and pizza.
*A permission slip is needed if not accompanied by an adult.
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LENT IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!!
Ash Wednesday Services at St. Luke are March 5th at 12noon and 7:00PM

“If you feed them, they will come.”
Join us for our Lenten Wednesday SOUP & SALAD SUPPERS on
3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, and 4/9 at 6:15PM; followed by WORSHIP at 7:00PM.
If you can help by providing soup, salad or bread, please sign up on the forms posted on the bulletin board opposite the Chapel. Many hands make little work!


WOMEN’S BOOK CLUB meets at 12:15 the second Monday of the month for food, fellowship, and discussion of good books at Julie’s Coffee Shop (on the southeast corner of Third & Pine). The book for the month of March The Giver by Lois Lowry. The book for April will be Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. Please join us!

THE SEW-FINE QUILTERS please join us on Monday, March 3rd, in Bell Hall from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. as we resume making quilts for charities.

THE SHAWL MINISTRY meet in Parlor every 4th Tuesday of month from 9 to noon, please join us!

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING II will be held immediately following the 10:30am service in the Nave on Sunday, March 16th, 2014. No luncheon to follow.

GET EXCITED FOR CAMP THIS SUMMER! Campers of all ages are invited to come to Camp Mount Luther this summer and take advantage of all the programs they have to offer! Mount Luther is located five miles west of Mifflinburg, in Union County. On Sunday, March 9, 2014, Chad Hershberger, Mount Luther’s Director, will be at our church at the 10:30 service of worship to share information about this year’s programs. Don’t forget that the early registration deadline for camp is April 1. You get a $35 discount if you register early. And, if you bring a friend to camp who’s never been here, you and the friend (or sibling or church buddy) can both get $25 off your registration! Just check that option on the registration form and send the forms together. Because we at St. Luke have a camperson, you can get an additional $15 off your registration and you will hear Mr. Mark Bergren describe this and other extras on March 9th as well.
Global Mission

HELPING RE-BUILD A COMMUITY There’s a wonderful article in the February issue of The Lutheran describing the Evangelical Lutheran Church’s involvement with a village in China’s Yunnan province. Liming is a mountain village where many of the Lisu, an ethnic minority people, live. The article goes on to describe how the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America provided disaster assistance following an earthquake in 1996. Since then ELCA grants have been providing community development in an effort to keep the people on the farms instead of migrating to the cities. The villagers have been given better breeds of goats and walnut trees. Computers in schools have helped prepare students for further education in larger cities.

Since the introduction of Christianity in the 20th century, missionaries have helped keep the church alive. Of note is the recent re-building of a church outside the village of Liming. With ELCA Global Mission support and the Lisu Christian community, a crumbling church was rebuilt and designed to reflect the Lisu ethnic culture. The new church was dedicated in November, 2013.

Our Global Mission dollars help many small villages world-wide. “Good Gifts” reach people in far-away places we will never visit. It’s good to know the wider church is in action on our behalf. Thanks be to God!


Outreach


COLLEGE CARE PACKAGES On February 3rd we packed and mailed 13 CARE packages for our young folks who are away in school or in the military. Once again this effort was well supported by a generous congregation. The boxes are full and we know the recipients will be very happy. The Outreach Ministry thanks you all for your kind support.

LAST CHANCE If you prefer to not have your Pictorial Directory photo included on the St. Luke Website, please notify the church office at 570-323-7309. The directory will be posted soon.

LUNCH WITH PASTOR will be at Le Jeune Chef on Wednesday, March 19th. Please notify the church office if you plan to attend. We meet each third Wednesday of the month. Come and enjoy the fellowship of St. Luke members and getting to better know our Pastor Elisabeth. All are welcome!

BREAKFAST AND BIBLE will meet next month, March 19, 9:30 am at Helen Radke’s. Nancy Young will be leading the lesson.


SERVICE


Who: Navajo Lutheran Mission School in Rock Point Arizona
What: Labels (bar codes only) from Campbell’s, Prego, Swanson, Progresso products. Box tops for education from Pepperidge Farm, General Mills, Bisquick, Nature Valley, Scott’s
Where: Collection boxes are above the coat racks in the west entranceway. Labels and box tops are used by the mission schools to purchase vans, computers, cameras and other school equipment.

PRE-SCHOOL Pre-School registration for the 2014-15 school year continues and is going well. Registration opens to the public March 1. Any questions can be answered by the director Wendi Hunter at 570-323-2705.
The weather has been rough for everyone, including the pre-school. Double days have been added to the calendar to make-up for all the missed days. When school is in session, though, the kids have been very busy. On February 7, a violinist from Robert M. Sides came and showed the children how the play a violin and let them touch it and try to play it. February 19, the kids went to the West Branch School to see a play. On the 20th, they tried Yoga and on the 28th they did Zumba. There was an Outreach Specialist from Geisinger that talked to the children about their teeth. Finally, the kids have been having fun with Show and Tell which started in February. The Pre-School annual yard sale is coming in July. Dates are July 11 & 12th. Also, if people need to have items stored now, please call Marilyn Eshleman at 570-322-5202. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

YOUR LEGACY
It’s better to give and receive. Learn how.
Are there people and organizations in your life that you care about and want to help sustain financially? If so, be sure to attend this complimentary one-hour presentation, “Your Legacy—Family, Church, Charity,” and refreshments on April 6, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. at St. Luke Lutheran Church. Thrivent Financial representative Keith T. Wood, FIC CLTC, will introduce you to ways to unleash your generosity and ensure your legacy lives on. To RSVP, contact Keith Wood at (570) 323-9727 or keith.wood@thrivent.com. No products will be sold at this event.

No products will be sold at this event. Insurance products issued or offered by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Appleton, WI. Not all products are available in all states. Securities and investment advisory services are offered through Thrivent Investment Management Inc., 625 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55415, a FINRA and SIPC member and a wholly owned subsidiary of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Thrivent Financial representatives are registered representatives of Thrivent Investment Management Inc. They are also licensed insurance agents/producers of Thrivent Financial.


REMINDERS


DANIEL’S CLOSET
is a free clothing ministry at Redeemer Lutheran Church. Needed are clean winter clothing for children and adults. Particular needs are blankets, children’s clothing, and clean sturdy shoes for kids. Almost 300 people were served in Oct. A collection box is located in the west hallway.

PAPER PANTRY (Shepherd of the Streets) Especially needed is deodorant, toothpaste & toothbrushes, soap, shaving cream & razors, tissues, shampoo & conditioner, toilet paper, women’s hygiene products, combs, blankets/sheets/pillowcases, nail clippers, towels & wash cloths, baby diapers, wipes, shampoo, powder, oil, Q-tips. Items will be collected in the West Hall

FOOD PANTRY Items always needed are Oodles of Noodles, mac-n-cheese, granola bars, tomato soup, chicken noodle soup, Chunky Soup, canned fruits, tea bags, powered coffee creamer, saltine crackers, pasta, spaghetti sauce, ketchup & mustard, microwave popcorn, microwave mac-n-cheese, powdered drinks, microwave soup cups. Our food pantry collection crate is inside the west entranceway door.

THE SENIOR CHOIR rehearsal, Thursday nights at 7:00PM.
HOLDING MEETINGS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES PLEASE clear those dates and times with Sarah Young in the church office to avoid conflicts, Thank you!

RECYCLE YOUR compact fluorescent bulbs here. Place them in the green collection box located under a chair in the office foyer, and we will recycle them for you. To date, St. Luke has collected and recycled over 200 CFL’s. Please note: no straight-tube fluorescent lights, short or long, can be recycled.

MEMBER BOOKLETS NOW AVAILABLE help yourself to the Manila-backed booklets in the leaflet stands in the back of the church and by the front door. The booklets detail the ministries of St. Luke. You can re- familiarize yourself with the activities of the church and have a handy list of contact numbers as a reference.

WORSHIP RECORDINGS are available in the office foyer if you missed a week and would like to hear the service.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE We encourage you to fill out the yellow prayer request cards found in the wooden box on the wall in the back of the church. You may return them to the pastor or to the office by placing them in the mailbox outside the office door.

TO START THE PRAYER CHAIN, please call Shirley Collins at 323-6784 or Leah Lewis at 323-4103.

ON THE MOVE If you are moving, or will be away for a time, PLEASE notify the office of your new address. Thank you

EXPECTING TO BE HOSPITALIZED? Federal regulations require hospitals to keep your admission completely private. If you choose not to have your name, location in the hospital or medical condition released, the only way we will know you are in the hospital is if you inform us. If you or a family member is hospitalized, please call the office (323-7309). If you want to be visited, do not rely on the hospital to let us know.

Happy Anniversary……….


Charles and Susan Duchman 3/3/79
Keith and Pam Shenberger 3/3/95
Dan and Lois Smith 3/6/88
Kenneth and Audre Bergren 3/17/56

EASTER FLOWERS
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