St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church
1400 Market St.
Williamsport, PA 17701
Phone: 570-323-7309

The Spectrum
October, 2013


Sunday, October 6th, Pentecost 20

8:00am - Holy Communion in Chapel

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

10:30am - Holy Communion

Sunday, October 13th, Pentecost 21

8:00am - Holy Communion in Chapel

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

10:30am - Holy Communion

coffee hour

Sunday, October 20th, Pentecost 22

St. Luke’s Service of Healing

8:00am - Holy Communion in Chapel

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

10:30am - Holy Communion

hunger appeal offering

Sunday, October 27th, Reformation Sunday

8:00am - Holy Communion in Chapel

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

10:30am - Holy Communion

food ingathering offering

coffee hour

Serving in October

Blessing of the Animals – October 4th, 6 PM

Every year on October 4th we have the opportunity to remember that humans are not alone under God’s care and concern and that indeed, the ecosystem and all that is in it is “good” to the Creator. We do this in conjunction with the commemoration of the saint, Francis of Assisi, whose saint’s day is October 4th. The famous statue of St. Francis preaching to the birds reminds us that we want to bless and care for the animals (and birds, fish, plants and all living things) as he did and that the web of all life has a right to exist on its own and in its own space. We try to have humility, as he did, recognizing we are not the only ones in need of habitat, provision and care. Also the compassion, affection for Creation and simplicity of St. Francis inspire us to know how to “live and let live” in the wider world, which includes nature.

On Friday, Oct. 4th, then, we will gather at 6 PM on the front parking lot with the pets of our parish and the neighborhood. (Rain cancels the event, however.) If you remember, please bring a lawn chair. We will give thanks for the gifts of God in creation. We’ll speak of a world which suffers under pollution and stress upon its ecosystems. We will have a short service of hymns, verses of call and response and prayers. I will bless the creatures present such as dogs and cats, turtles and birds. We’ll recall St. Francis’ affectionate sense of a world charged with God’s grace. We will remember how Francis’ life can be a model for ours, with traits that might include:
Inspiration to serve as Christ served.
I ask you who are bringing pets to please bring only those who can tolerate the presence of other nearby pets. They may be leashed, caged or boxed if necessary. I also delicately remind you to clean up afterwards, if required. I expect this to be a renewal of acquaintance with some of the creatures I’ve met during cottage meetings or other visits – Murphy the dog, Felix the cat and Jasper the dog, for example. You will have a chance to sign up your pet though a bulletin insert – that we’ll know the name to use for blessing in advance. Feel free to invite your friends and neighbors to celebrate St. Francis Day. Happy St. Francis Day.

                                                                                                                                                        Rev. Elisabeth Aurand

We are happy to begin another year of teaching the faith to youngster’s age 3- grade six in the St. Luke Sunday school. Indeed, the educators in the school have an awesome role in teaching, or, to use the words of St. Timothy: (to teach) a love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and sincere faith. The school runs every Sunday for an hour beginning at 9:15 AM. Lessons center on the scripture which is part of the liturgical year, i.e., each Sunday’s lessons in the bulletin.

We thank the following educators:
Preschool, Melissa Jackson and Jennifer Larson; PreK and Kindergarten, Karen Scampone and Janet Heffner; 1st and 2nd grades, Bekki Rall and Erin Edmonds;3rd and 4th grades, Jessie Young and David Keating; 5th and 6th grades, Andrea Clark and Sandy Lentz Strother. The Sunday school is also blessed to have 3 greeters: David Briggs, April Gardner and Karen Schuler as well as substitutes Karen Baldys and Stephanie Fortin. It is also St. Luke’s good fortune to have a whiz-organizer in curriculum and supplies procurer, Stephanie Fortin.
Bell Hall was teeming with youngsters on the opening day of the Sunday school and we welcome all parents who would like to have this faith foundation taught to their youngsters. Simply drop you’re your child/children Sunday mornings at 9:15 AM.

BLOODMOBILE RESULTS The Red Cross supervisor became too ill to stay at work, therefore the blood drive was shut down at 3:00. Honest!! Up until that time, we collected 25 units. Ten St. Luke members were there to contribute prior to shut down. Thanks so much to them and anyone who helped with this effort.
The Outreach Ministry

PHONE TREE USE AT ST. LUKE As you may have noticed, we have been making use of the new phone tree system at St. Luke. We hope that all members will enjoy hearing the most pertinent news of the congregation delivered in a timely way by this technology. Although we see a large benefit from this delivery of news, some of you, however, may not appreciate receiving an automated call from the church. If you do not want to be part of the phone tree system, please call the church office in order to have your name removed from it. We appreciate your thoughtful response.

HANDBELLS. . .Another season awaits our humdingers and ding-a-lings! I would like to start up the handbell choirs again, but with the preferred time being after worship, we need to alternate between two choirs. Our first rehearsals will be for the Joyful Noise Ringers (new and current youth in grades 3rd through 6th) on Sunday, September 22nd, following the 10:30 Service. (Rehearsals last about half an hour.) A second rehearsal is scheduled for September 29th; rehearsals in October TBA after our September rehearsals. St. Luke Ringers (now inviting ringers from 7th grade through adult, with ringing or music reading experience) TBA in late October early November. (Advent piece.) If anyone has alternative ideas for rehearsals, please let me know—I’m looking for input. Thank you, Lee Bellott, head ding-bat. (323-6050 or

THE SENIOR CHOIR rehearsal, Thursday nights at 7:00PM.

THE SEW-FINE QUILTERS (SFQ) meet on October 14th from 9:00AM to 3:00PM in Bell Hall as we begin a new year of cutting, sewing, sandwiching, and tying of quilts. 

WOMEN’S BOOK CLUB will meet next at 12:30PM October 14th 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 Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver for the month of October. Please join us!

THIS YEAR’S CROP WALK Our community's annual walk to fight hunger, the CROP Walk, is scheduled for Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 1:30PM at the River Walk in Williamsport! This is our third year at this location. The Greater Lycoming County Walk: Registration will begin at 1:00PM at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 142 Market Street, Williamsport. Parking is available at the rear of the church, which is easily accessible from Via Bella or East Third Street using Mulberry Street. River Walk route are for a 3, 6 or 9 mile walk or anywhere in between. Last year's Greater Williamsport CROP Walk brought over thirty six churches, synagogues, and organizations together with donations totaling $17,484.14!! Mabel Welsh (322-7252) and Sandy Lentz Strother will be available to sign up walkers or accept donations.

Annual Buffet Style All You Care to Eat Pancakes,
Scrambled Eggs and Sausage Breakfast.
Includes homemade applesauce, fruit cup, juices, coffee, tea and hot cocoa. Takeout orders available. Bake sale table. Saturday, November 16th, from 7:00 – 11:00-- AM in Bell Hall. Cost for Adults $7.00, Children (4-12 years) $4.00, Children (3 years and under) Free. New Family Pack (2 adults, 2 children) $20.00.
All proceeds benefit The Preschool at St. Luke. Thank you for your continued support!

DO YOU LIKE TO PAINT? We are looking for any interested parties willing to paint the bathrooms. Please contact Jessie Young at 506-9546 or Sarah in the church office 323-7309.

LUNCH WITH THE PASTOR Wednesday, October 16, 12:00 noon-1:00PM at Pier 87. Each 3rd Wednesday of the month, you are invited to join with Pastor Elisabeth to have lunch and enjoy each other’s fellowship. A different restaurant will be chosen each month. If you are interested in attending on October 16th, please R.S.V.P. to Sarah Young in the church office (323-7309).

WOMEN’S BREAKFAST AND BIBLE. . . We will begin a new study entitled, "Women of the Bible".  All women are invited to join us on the 3rd Friday of each month with breakfast and ending with the study.

WOMEN'S RETREAT at the Singmaster Center on the beautiful campus of Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary will be held Friday evening, Oct. 4th- Saturday afternoon, October 5th.  All women are invited for a relaxing weekend of spiritual renewal, fellowship and no cooking!  Our leaders will be Melanie Taormina and Pastor Elisabeth.  The cost for one night's lodging is $35.  On Friday evening we plan on dining at a local restaurant. Saturday breakfast and lunch will be provided.   Look for the sign-up located on the bulletin board in the west wing.

SCHOOL OF RELIGION CLASSES. . . Lutheran Shared Ministries offers annual School of Religion courses on Wednesdays in October from 1:30-3:30PM. Classes will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 142 Market St. Williamsport. There are two courses offered each Wednesday. There is no cost, but you must pre-register by September 30th by Calling St. Mark’s office: 323-4619. For more information on the classes offered please see the west hall bulletin or church office.


 There will be a box for new blankets in the hallway of the west entrance up to and including Sunday, October 13, 2013. Blankets can be purchased for $6. Mark your check “blankets” and the money will be forwarded to the Synod.
St. Luke is a designated LWR pick-up point for our area. We are in need of four to six able-bodied persons on Tuesday, October 15th to help load the truck. Sometime in the AM, if you can help, please call Janet Yoas at 322-1151.

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.

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………..where collected??


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.

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

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

Pastor Aurand may be reached at In addition, her regular office hours are 9-12 Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, though it's a good idea to call first in case of last-minute changes. You may also reach her on voice mail at the church number anytime -570-323-7309 - and she will return your call. In emergencies, call her cell phone 860-335-8562. Her day off is Friday.

Spectrum Newsletter - 20th of the month
Weekly Bulletin - Wednesday by 9:00 A.M.
Council Packet - Friday before the meeting by 9:00 A.M.

Monday & Tuesday: 9:00 A.M. – 12 Noon (Noon -1:00 P.M. Lunch) 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Wednesday - Friday: 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 Noon

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