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

The Spectrum
August, 2013


Sunday, August 4th, Pentecost18,

8:00 A.M. - Holy Communion in Chapel

9:30 A.M. - Holy Communion

Sunday, August 11th, Pentecost 19,

New Members Sunday

8:00 A.M. - Holy Communion in Chapel

9:30 A.M. - Holy Communion

coffee hour/reception of new members

Sunday, August 18th, Pentecost 20,

8:00 A.M. - Holy Communion in Chapel

9:30 A.M. - Holy Communion

hunger appeal

4:00 p.m. Installation service of

Rev. A. Elisabeth Aurand

Bishop Robert Driesen, presiding

Rev. Kari Henkelmann Keyl, preaching

camp mt. luther birthday offering

Picnic-style meal

hosted by the st. luke youth will follow

Sunday, August 25th, Pentecost 21,

8:00 A.M. - Holy Communion in Chapel

9:30 A.M. - Holy Communion

food ingathering/coffee hour



Sunday, September 8th is being marked across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as a day to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the ELCA. You may remember that in 1988, three branches of Lutheranism -The American Lutheran Church (ALC) The Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches (AECL), and The Lutheran Church in America (LCA) - joined together in structure and mission to become the ELCA. In recent years the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has developed the motto defining its mission as God’s Work, Our Hands. This places an emphasis on service, and we recall that the love that poured into our hearts by God doesn’t simply sit by idly. Rather, we are to serve in whatever way God’s love calls us. Therefore, to celebrate the 25th birthday of the church, the ELCA’s almost 10,000 congregations have been invited to find some way of sharing and caring for the communities in which they find themselves.

The perspective that includes service to the community has been strong at St. Luke and we will certainly delight to join in September 8th with the rest of the church. Currently we have two civic organizations targeted for the “our hands” efforts: West House and the YWCA. We are hoping to do some outdoor clean-up work, as well. We will join together on that Sunday afternoon and St. Luke’s Ministry for Service will make assignments and hand out supplies to you. For those who are not able to do heavy physical labor, we hope that we’ll have some meal/refreshment staging that you can do for the group in Bell Hall.

Please SAVE THE DATE and reserve the Sunday afternoon of Sept. 8th for this activity. We’ll join together, sent out from worship, brim- full with the Good News and ready to engage it. It is hoped, nation-wide, that this will strengthen denominational identity and raise community consciousness about Lutherans. For St. Luke, it will be a way to keep helping community ventures in Williamsport. Though we often contribute monetary to the community, sometimes a “hands on” way of connecting can not only be a more visible way to serve; it usually ends up giving back spiritually in the most uplifting of ways.

In Christ,                  

A. Elisabeth Aurand



THE SEW-FINE QUILTERS (SFQ) No meetings are scheduled for July or August.  So, join us when we meet on September 9th from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. 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 12:30 P.M. September 9th 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). Invisible Thread by Lalura Schroff is the book for September and The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver for the month of October. Please join us! No meetings are scheduled during July or August. 

THE PRE-SCHOOL AT ST. LUKE This year's annual Preschool at St. Luke yard sale went over the top!! Raised $6,990.00. Awesome, a new record for fundraising. A huge "thank you" to everyone who was involved in making this event so successful. It takes a lot of people to make this happen. We had four Sunday School rooms stacked with wonderful donations, many workers to move all the items over to Bell Hall, organize the items on tables, and mark/price the items, set up the clothing department (Sandy Moyer, Allison Bloom and helpers). We did this in five days, and after the sale on Sat. it took us 2 1/2 hours to clear out Bell Hall. It’s amazing to watch the sale come together and then to be able to watch all the customers come into Bell Hall on Friday morning. The crowd never stopped on Friday or Sat.

Thank you to all the preschool teachers, their families and board members, present and former who helped all week long. Donations of food and bake sale items sold out this year. Cindy Belles, Jane Burkey, Judy Keller, Pam Shenberger and Andrea Clark ran the kitchen along with providing homemade pies. Charles Paris enjoyed his wet bottom shoo-fly pie made by Lynn Shade. Leah Lewis provided plants, people look for each year. Dr. Terry Belles survived being a cashier for two days. All the church members who came out to help organize the sale, mark items and made purchases your support was greatly appreciated. We had 33 people helping on Sat. to make this event a huge success. We also appreciate Thrivent's matching funds for our preschool fundraisers.

We also made donations to:

The Salvation Army Store on W. 4th St. - 5 bags of clothes

Daniel's Closet - Redeemer Lutheran Church - Children clothes, coats, etc.

YWCA Boutique - Women's clothes, etc.

James V. Brown Library - 34 boxes of books - a new record

American Rescue Workers - one very full truck

Children's books were donated to S. Wmspt. for their 2103 Mummer's Parade.

A special thank you to my family for helping me with this undertaking. Michael and Melissa's help was greatly appreciated in stacking the Sunday School rooms, setting up Bell Hall with tables, lay-out of the sale, marking items, etc. One person can't do all that is involved to make it work. Everyone is needed to make this a very unique event for the preschool…Everyone should pat themselves on their backs, for doing such a great job!!

Sincerely, Marilyn Eshleman, Preschool board member


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 now 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

The office will be closed Friday, August 2nd.


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