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

February, 2014

 

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


 

 

WORSHIP IN FEBRUARY AT ST. LUKE

 


 

Sunday, February 2nd Presentation of Our Lord

Scout Sunday

8:00am - Holy Communion in Chapel

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

10:30am - Holy Communion

 

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Steve Schlesing’s memorial service

is scheduled for Feb. 8th at 11:15 AM.  The snow date is the 9th at 3 PM.  Bishop Driesen will preside and a luncheon in Bell Hall will follow.

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Sunday, February 9th Epiphany 5

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, February 16th Epiphany 6

SOS Sunday /Dr. Morris Smith preaching

8:00am - Holy Communion in Chapel

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

10:30am - Holy Communion

Hunger appeal offering

Coffee hour

 

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Sunday, February 23rd Epiphany 7  

8:00am - Holy Communion in Chapel

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

10:30am - Holy Communion

Coffee hour


Serving in February

 

1st Sunday - 2/2

2nd Sunday - 2/9

3rd Sunday - 2/16

4th Sunday - 2/23

 

8:00

10:30

8:00

10:30

8:00

10:30

8:00

10:30

Greeters

Scout
Sunday

 

Joanne Harner

 

 

Lottie & Dave Witmer

 

Strother Family

Ushers

Scout
Sunday

Ken Welsh
Wendy McMullen
Sandy Strother
Dave Witmer

 

Ken Welsh
Wendy McMullen
Sandy Strother
Dave Witmer

 

Ken Welsh
Wendy McMullen
Sandy Strother
Dave Witmer

 

Ken Welsh
Wendy McMullen
Sandy Strother
Dave Witmer

Acolyte

 

Karah Hershey

 

Jonathan Rhodes

 

Leah Nason

 

Chelsey Wood

Lector

 Becky Masden

 *BSA

 Sondra Fisher

 David Bailey

 Sally Labenberg

 Mary Haller

 Nancy McCarty

 Shirley Knade

Admin.

Nancy McCarty

Margot Briggs
Mark Bergren

Nancy McCarty

Bill Liptak
Marylin Eshelman

Nancy McCarty

Linda Liptak
Charles Mahler

Nancy McCarty

Dan Lamade
Charles Lamade

Assistant

 

Charles Mahler

 

Dan Lamade

 

Jim Stuchell

 

Linda Herbst

Comm.
Helpers

Scout

Sunday

 

Clark Family

 

Wood Family

 

Marilyn Eshelman
Nick Keller
Wendy McMullen

Comm.
Cleanup

 

Carole Harris
Melanie Taormina

 

Websters

 

Gladys Dapp
Linda Delong

 

Websters

Nursery

 

Joann Wolf
Elizabeth Good

 

Sandy Moyer
Mackenzie Bloom

 

Andrea Clark
Chelsea Wood

 

Stephanie Confer
Brooks Durand

Coffee Hr.

 

 

 

Briggs Family

 

 

 

Doris Lewandowski
Broch Family

Flower
Delivery

 

Jennifer Larson
Karli Larson

 

Helen Radke
Joann Wolfe

 

Bill & Glenda Merkel

 

Wendy McMullen
Nancy McCarty

Counters

 

Nancy McCarty
Helen Radke

 

Leah Lewis
Joanne Harner

 

 

 

Leah Lewis
Eleanor Mextorf

Lay Call

Sondra Fisher
Jamie Nelson

 

 

Charles & Betty Paris

 

John & Mary Haller

 

Melanie Taormina &
TBA

From the pastor

February, 2014

I am interested to see how our new ELCA Presiding Bishop, Elizabeth Eaton, defines “Lutheran”as a particular branch of Lutheran Christianity. Remember – we view the church in three expressions – locally, synodically and nationally-  so what qualities make up our unique contributions to the faith, what characterizes us, and are we satisfied with these contributions and qualities? In a time of mainline decline, it seems critical to get a grip on identity, meaning both strengths and weaknesses as a church, in order to have a starting point for spiritual growth. I follow Eaton on Twitter and you can, too, @ELCABishopEaton (thus far, not too much forthcoming there, though) and I have been avidly reading her column on the last page of The Lutheran magazine.

I noticed that in the January Lutheran Eaton wrote that we are church first – not a social agency or a non-governmental organization. While we make decisions, our greater task is discernment – something we receive from the Spirit, something she calls an intentional, intense, disciplined attending to God.  I’d like to suggest that at St. Luke we have this habit imbedded first and foremost in our worship attendance, a weekly practice that bends our ear to scripture and has us meditate on God’s Word, and how that Word touches down in our community. We sing praises, we pray, and sometimes we even have deep silence for discernment - as in last Advent’s Wednesday night chapel services. We hope to have more silence at our Lenten mid-week worship, too.

Showing up at worship is taken seriously here, and our member booklet actually prints an expectation, that is, a description for the average St. Luke member, of attending three Sundays a month. Do you know other expectations are printed there? They are:

v  Work at growing your relationship with Christ through Bible study or small group participation.

v  Become involved as a minister of the congregation, using our gifts to care for others.

v  Grow in giving, working towards proportionate giving, with tithing as the goal.

As a pastor, I know that such practices take intention and that it is not easy to get on the wavelength – even first and foremost of making a priority each week for worship, as simple as it sounds. As the good Presiding Bishop says, though, this is what really matters. Perhaps you can help us “catch the wave” a little easier by considering how convenient and meaningful worship at St. Luke has been for you. Are the times good ones? Is worship inspiring? We are tentatively conducting a survey of such aspects of our life together soon and your feedback will be very valuable.  Take a moment to consider your evaluation of this weekly core experience and your own fidelity to it.

                                                                                                                                In Christ,                             

Elisabeth Aurand             


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 February is WILD by Chery Strayed and for the month of March TOUCH by Alexi Zentner. Please join us!

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

Shawl Ministry meets in Parlor every 4th Tuesday of month from 9 to noon, please join us!

MANY THANKS to all who purchased "Good Gifts” during Advent. You’re caring and sharing will make a big difference in the lives of those who receive your gifts. The amount of gifts totaled $2,500 which will be sent to the ELCA for distribution.

LUNCH WITH PASTOR meets the third Wednesday of the month at various restaurants in the Williamsport area. Our next lunch event will be on Wednesday, February 19th, and will be held at Le Jeune Chef located on the campus of Penn College. Join us at 12:00 noon. Call the church office if you would like to attend. All are welcome!

BREAKFAST AND BIBLE continue our study of Biblical Women each third Friday of the month. In February we will meet on the 21st, 9:30 a.m. in the home of Helen Radke. Nancy Long will be leading the lesson. Please join us for breakfast, fellowship and Bible study. All women are welcome. Let Helen know if you plan to attend.


HAVE A HEART

In this month of valentines and love, we are asked to open our hearts to support the ministries of The Shepherd of The Streets. The needs among the poor community are always rising. On behalf of the united Churches of the Lycoming County (including St. Luke) the Shepherd is tending to them in theis time of hardship. He offers consoling and prayer, financial assistance with medications, utilities and work-related expenses, hygiene items and Bibles, plus advocacy on behalf of these least of God’s children.

Last year with help from Thrivent Financial, St. Luke was able to give $6,300.00 to the Shepherd. You will receive special envelopes in the mail for your gifts.
(Checks made out to St. Luke with S.O.S in the memo line.)
Dr. Morris Smith, Shepherd of The Streets, will be with us for both services February 16th, and will be available at a special coffee hour after the 10:30am service.

• Hygiene items being collected in the west hallway are:
Deodorant Baby Diapers, Wipes, Shampoo, Power, Oil, Q-tips,
Soap, Shaving Cream and Razor,
Tissues, Shampoo and Conditioner,
Toilet Paper, Women’s Hygiene Products,
Combs Blankets, Sheets, Pillowcases,
Nail Clippers, Towels ,and Wash Cloths


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 at 7:00PM with a new Vesper Service (similar to Holden Village), but with a Lenten focus.
                                          ***We need volunteers to provide food for the Lenten Suppers. ***
Later this month, look for sign-up sheets on the bulletin board (across from the Parlor.) Remember, many hands make little work!



“In the Beginning…”

Sunday evening of March 30th there will be a “Dinner-Theater” in Bell Hall. “In the Beginning” is a musical story based on Genesis 1 and 2, written by Richard Lakey. The musical extravaganza is for a “cast of thousands…uhh…would you believe hundreds…well, maybe… sixty (give or take a few)!!!” So far, we’ve been able to enlist the kids from Sunday school, members of the Senior Choir …and we are looking for an additional brave few who would like to participate in singing the musical on March 30th. There are a few folks, who needed to help with the costumes, and a few folks to help with painting the back drop, and a few folks to help with crowd control and making sure the kids all end up in the proper place at the proper time. So the cast is beginning to grow ever larger…can we hope for seventy-two? If you are interested in participating, please speak with Dick Lakey.

Along with the musical will be a tureen dinner (meat will be provided). The meal will begin at 5:00 pm on Sunday March 30th. Following the meal, there will be a brief arrangement of Bell Hall and the presentation of the musical. We hope that you will put the date on your calendars and plan to attend!!!


NEW MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY ON WEBSITE we will soon have the ability to display our new Pictorial Directory on the St. Luke Website, thanks to Lifetouch. You have the option of requesting not to have your photo included. Just notify the church office of your decision. The photo directory will be accessible by using a user name and password that will be provided. With more and more of our members turning to the website for program scheduling and information, this new addition will help us know who is who in our congregation.

FROM THE PRE-SCHOOL It may be cold outside but there are a lot of fun things going on inside the Preschool at St. Luke! January's theme is "Music and Me." Two musicians came to visit to show the students a harp, piccolo, trombone, violin, and many other instruments that the kids were able to explore and listen to. North Central Sight Services is coming in to do eye examinations on the students. In February, the kids are looking forward to Valentine's Day and the theme "Healthy Me." They will even learn Zumba and some yoga! The preschool is planning some double days to make up for all of the days that the preschool was not in session due to cold weather and snow. Preschool registration for church members, current preschool students and their siblings begins February 4th.

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……….

John and Charleen Whittaker 02/12/19/65
Charles and Eleanor Mextorf 02/18/1951
Philip and Susan Harvey 02/26/1972

Thank you…..

 

The office has been flooded with so many thank you cards over the past two months for our wonderful volunteers, ministry’s and Pastor that we just cannot print them all in our newsletter. Please take a minute and stop by the west hall bulletin board to read the thoughtful cards from our St. Luke members.

 

….Thank you to all that filled the office with wonderful gifts, cards, cookies, kind words and laughs over Christmas and the New Year! It brought a big smile to my face and filled my heart with warmth and joy! Thank you all so muchJ

Sarah Young - Office Manager

USS ARK


News of God’s People in Action from the Upper Susquehanna Synod, ELCA
January 2014
This is the text-only MS Word version. For the camera ready version, with photos and other graphics, please visit
http://www.uss-elca.org/news/uss-ark.

2013 Year in Review
Here is the USS Ark’s annual look back at the mission highlights of the past year:



ANNIVERSARY: The big highlight for the synod this year was the celebration of our 25th anniversary. Special events were held as part of the 26th Annual Assembly held at Susquehanna University in June. The theme was “Woven Together in Christ.” As part of the synod’s 25th anniversary, each congregation in the synod was invited to help with a weaving project. The end result was a tapestry that was hung in Weber Chapel Auditorium for the assembly. On Friday night during the assembly, the “Blast on the Grass” featured a pig roast and outdoor concert with local musicians. Also as part of the anniversary, a series of articles on ministries in the synod’s conferences were published in USS Ark.

BISHOP RE-ELECTED: Rev. Robert L. Driesen was re-elected as bishop for a second six-year term. Driesen was elected with 178 votes to 88 votes for Rev. Daniel May, pastor of Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, Turbotville, on the fifth ballot.

COLLECTING FOR THE SEAFARERS, AGAIN: Our synod again collected Christmas bags for Seafarer's International House and Ministry of New York City. Synod congregations prepared around 435 bags. This is the third year in a row for the collection.

“GOD’S WORK. OUR HANDS” DAY OF SERVICE: In observance of the 25th anniversary of the ELCA, several Upper Susquehanna Synod congregations joined volunteers among the members of the ELCA to commemorate the anniversary milestone by participating in “God’s work. Our hands.” Day of Service on Sunday, September 8, 2013. Volunteers took time to offer service to others including serving meals, cleaning up neighborhoods, making quilts for refugees, or simply visiting neighbors in need.

DAY AT KNOEBELS: More than 100 people (and three dogs) gathered on a beautiful fall day on September 15, 2013, for Upper Susquehanna Synod Day at Knoebel’s Grove Amusement Resort. Members of congregations throughout the synod gathered at Pavilion P-5 for fellowship, snacks, and evening vespers.

TREASURER TRANSITION: Synod Treasurer Steve Schlesing was diagnosed with brain cancer in the fall of 2013 and died in early December. Jeff Mitchell was appointed interim treasurer. Mitchell had served as synod treasurer prior to Mr. Schlesing’s election.

CAMP MOUNT LUTHER: This year, our synod’s outdoor ministry celebrated their 50th anniversary. A large celebration was held on June 30, with other special events happening throughout the year. A highlight of the year was an estate gift from Margaret Thompson, formerly of Williamsport, which helped the camp lower their debt on the Evergreen Center. During Summer 2013, 711 participants took part in programs both on-site and off-site under the theme “Faith Alive.”

TREE REPRESENTS SYNOD: The Lutheran World Federation launched a project in Wittenberg, Germany, to commemorate the Reformation of the Church in 1517. The “Luthergarten” is an area of land that was once barren and unclaimed along the bank of the Elbe River in Wittenberg that is being turned into a beautiful garden. On March 3, 2013, Rev. Dr. Lois Martin planted a tree given by the Upper Susquehanna Synod. The tree is number 29.