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


The Spectrum
September, 2013

Worship in September at St. Luke

Sunday, Sept 1st, Pentecost 15,
8:00am - Holy Communion in Chapel
9:30am - Holy Communion


Sunday, Sept 8th, Pentecost 16,
Day of Service
8:00am - Holy Communion in Chapel
9:30am - Holy Communion
coffee hour

Sunday, Sept 15th, Pentecost 17,
Rally Sunday
8:00am - Holy Communion in Chapel
**9:45am - Sunday School**
**10:30am - Holy Communion**
hunger appeal


Sunday, Sept 22nd, Pentecost 18,
Land and Seasons
8:00am - Holy Communion in Chapel
9:45am - Sunday School
10:30am - Holy Communion
food ingathering/coffee hour

Sunday, Sept 29th, Pentecost 19,
8:00am - Holy Communion in Chapel
9:45am - Sunday School
10:30am - Holy Communion



Serving in September

Thank you for serving in these important ministries of St. Luke. If you cannot serve, please make arrangements for a substitute and let Sarah Young know in the office, so she can correct the schedule.

A reminder for all greeters: Flowers to be given to first time visitors are on the bottom of the silver refrigerator. Please give just one stem. Return flowers to the refrigerator after greeting.

SERVING TODAY:  Sept. 1st

8:00 AM SERVICE: LECTOR- Becky Masden; ADMINISTRANT- Jim Labenberg; USHER-Chris Knaur

 

9:30 AM SERVICE:

GREETERSDoris Lewandowski & Chris Pysher
USHERS- Doug Durand, Stephen Schlesing, Wilson Durand, Jim Reasner
ACOLYTE–Leah Nason
ASSISTING MINISTER
Dan Lamade
LECTOR –David Bailey
ADMINISTRANTS
Charles Mahler, Charles Mextorf
ALTAR CARE – Nancy McCarty
COMMUNION HELPERS –Karen Baldys, Wendy McMullen, Nick Keller
COMMUNION CLEAN UP –
TBA
LAY CALLERS
Steve Schlesing & Melanie Taormina
COUNTERS
Hank & Joan Knaus (T)
FLOWER DELIVERY
David & Diana Bailey

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SERVING TODAY:  Sept. 8th 

8:00 AM SERVICE: LECTOR- Jim Donnell; ADMINISTRANT- Nancy McCarty; USHER-Chris Knaur

 

9:30 AM SERVICE:

GREETERS
Wood Family
USHERS- Doug Durand, Stephen Schlesing, Wilson Durand, Jim Reasner
ACOLYTE–Jimmy Gardner
ASSISTING MINISTER
Jim Stuchell
LECTOR –Sue Beidler
ADMINISTRANTS
David & Margot Briggs
ALTAR CARE – Nancy McCarty
COMMUNION HELPERS –Ruth Croyle, Marilyn Eshleman, Hanne Schuman
COMMUNION CLEAN UP –
TBA
LAY CALLERS
Sondra Fisher & Jamie Nelson
COUNTERS
Nancy McCarty & TBA
FLOWER DELIVERY
Gladys Dapp & Linda DeLong

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SERVING TODAY:  Sept. 15th

8:00 AM SERVICE: LECTOR- Sally Labenberg ; ADMINISTRANT- Jim Labenberg-; USHER-Chris Knaur

 

10:30 AM SERVICE:

GREETERS
Melanie Taormina & Carole Harris
USHERS- Doug Durand, Stephen Schlesing, Wilson Durand, Jim Reasner
ACOLYTE–Elizabeth Good
ASSISTING MINISTER
Linda Herbst
LECTOR –Barb Coates & Wood Family
ADMINISTRANTS
Mark Bergren, Marilyn Eshleman
ALTAR CARE – Nancy McCarty
COMMUNION HELPERS –Good Family
COMMUNION CLEAN UP –
TBA
NURSERY- Andrea Clark & Brooks Durand
LAY CALLERS
Charles & Betty Paris
COUNTERS
Helen Radke & Chris Pysher
FLOWER DELIVERY
John & Mary Haller

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SERVING TODAY:  Sept. 22nd

8:00 AM SERVICE: LECTOR- David Michael; ADMINISTRANT-Nancy McCarty; USHER-Chris Knaur

 

10:30 AM SERVICE:

GREETERSBecky & Jim Donnell
USHERS- Doug Durand, Stephen Schlesing, Wilson Durand, Jim Reasner
ACOLYTE–Theoron Hershey
ASSISTING MINISTER
Chip Edmonds
LECTOR –David Bailey
ADMINISTRANTS
Linda Herbst, Jim Stuchell
ALTAR CARE – Nancy McCarty
COMMUNION HELPERS –Reasner & Scampone Family
COMMUNION CLEAN UP –
TBA
NURSERY- Stephanie Coulter & Eddie Good
LAY CALLERS
John & Mary Haller
COUNTERS
Leah Lewis & Joanne Harner
FLOWER DELIVERY
Diane Gonzalez & Nancy McCarty

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SERVING TODAY:  Sept. 29th 

8:00 AM SERVICE: LECTOR- Sondra Fisher; ADMINISTRANT-Jim Labenberg; USHER-Chris Knaur

 

10:30 AM SERVICE:

GREETERSScampone Family
USHERS- Doug Durand, Stephen Schlesing, Wilson Durand, Jim Reasner
ACOLYTE–Kara Hershey
ASSISTING MINISTER
Mark Bergren
LECTOR –Charles Heaps
ADMINISTRANTS
Dan Lamade, Charles Lamade
ALTAR CARE – Nancy McCarty
COMMUNION HELPERS –Jessie Young & Family
COMMUNION CLEAN UP –
TBA
NURSERY-Courtney Coulter & Elisabeth Good
LAY CALLERS
Harry Williams & Wilma Reeder
COUNTERS
Charlie & Betty Paris
FLOWER DELIVERY
Jennifer & Karli Larson

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Fall 2013 Bible Study Opportunities

Ever since the turn of the century, when Pastor Fisher served St. Luke, education seems to have been an important ministry focus for the parish.  Rev. Dr. Fischer helped to found a Kindergarten and interdenominational school at the church.  The Sunday school increased rapidly, and new unit was built to accommodate the many attendees.  Though Rev. Fischer went on to become a professor of Christian education at Gettysburg seminary, the charge of instilling youngsters with basic Bible knowledge and providing opportunities for faith formation remained a priority at St. Luke.  This same predisposition towards education was underscored in the 1990’s, when the congregation founded the St. Luke preschool, which has been ably run ever since, recruiting many vivacious and dedicated board leaders and members from the congregation.
 
We hope to continue this tradition of providing a strong foundation for learning and engaging in the life of faith.  To that end, we look forward to Sunday church school this fall for grades 1-6, meeting each week on Sunday at 9:15 AM. We’ll plan to see the youngsters’ regular participation, too, in worship with song and drama, and we also be reminding parents of the additional opportunity of Children’s Praise Time, a more child-friendly “sermon time” at the 10:30 service of worship.
 
Often, though, it seems that while church school is understood to be important for children, adults are left out of the equation in church education programs. Certainly God does not tell adults to stop thinking when they enter the church doors, so it makes no sense to be negligent about adult opportunities to continue study of the Bible and progress in faith formation. Dr. Charles Mahler will again offer a Sunday morning adult class beginning this month.  The group will be tackling current issues – updated weekly – and how belief might shape our perspectives on the news.
 
We also announce two new Bible study opportunities for exploration and fellowship. The new groups, listed below, will be scheduled only through Thanksgiving, that we can break for Advent and Christmas. Here are the opportunities:
 
·         Wednesday evenings at 7 PM. Sept. 18- Nov. 20. This group will be meeting for an hour.  The group is a “jump start” to Sunday, and will be looking at the Sunday texts early in the week.  We’ll ask, what can we say about the context of these lessons?  What do they say to us? 
·         Thursday at 11:30. Sept. 19- Nov. 21.  (You are welcome to bring a bag lunch.)  This group will tackle different books of the Bible, tentatively beginning with “Second Isaiah,” chapters 40-55, of the book of Isaiah. Many of these passages are meaningful at Advent and Christmas. Come and learn of their history and content.

The Weds. evening group will tentatively meet next to Bell Hall, and the Thurs group in the library, with beverages available.  Remember that “interest” is all you need to participate. Lutherans, after all, appreciate what the Spirit is saying in a text as much as what scholars might have to say about it. Pastor Aurand guarantees you will not be put on the spot. Start out with a new step and come walk the path of a Bible study.

In Christ,                   
A. Elisabeth Aurand

The fall season at St. Luke

 Across the globe in the Christian church, a new liturgical season has taken shape nestled in the gentle, optimistic, teachings-of Jesus-oriented season of Pentecost. This is the so-called “Season of Creation.” The movement for this liturgical season, at least in my tracking of it, began in New Jersey in the latter decades of the twentieth century in Episcopalian circles. The Sundays following the saint’s day of St. Francis of Assisi (Oct. 4th) through the end of the church year (November) were given Creation themes.  Scripture passages related to the beauty of Creation and the Creator’s intent for this planet entrusted to us formed the texts of the day. Other scripture themes recounted the fall of human beings, and the consequences, then, for the Creation. Finally, the season ended in November with an exploration of how Christ’s death and resurrection has freed us to regain humans’ original vocation to care for Creation.  The movement has created liturgical paraments and designs about Creation on cloth and through fiber, in stained glass and in weavings. Hymn collections which extol the Creation have been developed for it.  In Australia, the season has four Sundays in September, (whether it’s liturgical year A, B or C,) which focus on Oceans,  Flora and Fauna,  Storms and the Cosmos.

This year we won’t incorporate a Creation season at St. Luke, however we might get started in that direction with some basic celebrations to recall our relationship to nature.  The first event will be a Blessing of the Animals on St. Francis Day, Oct. 4th, at dusk.  This will be an outdoor service of worship; stay tuned for details. The second observance will be a Harvest Festival Sunday on the morning of Nov. 17th.  We will “dress the chancel” in the vegetables, gourds, cornstalks and fruits of the season and a sermon will relate to the harvest. Thus, we mark “Creation season” with two basic events.

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.

OUTREACH
Women’s Retreat
(For all women, all ages)
Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary
Friday, Oct 4th- Saturday, Oct 5th

Want a get-away weekend of fellowship, food and a faith journey with other women from St Luke? Relax at the beautiful campus of Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary. It’s a short distance from the battlefields where leisure walks can be taken. We will explore our individual spirituality types and how they relate to our lives of worship, prayer, service and faith in community

Lodging is at Singmaster House which accommodates 18 people. There is a kitchen, dining room, two parlors and spacious bedrooms with shared bathrooms. Carpools are being arranged for those who are able to leave Friday afternoon, or Friday evening. Friday’s dinner will be at a local restaurant. Saturday breakfast and lunch will be provided by volunteers. Our study will be led by Melanie Taormina and Pastor Elisabeth.

Look for the sign-up beginning in September, or you can email Linda Liptak at lindaliptak@comcast.net. Registrations are limited to 18. Don’t miss out! Come and get to know other women of St Luke.

WE THANK ALL COTTAGE MEETING HOSTS AND HOSTESSES

Pastor Aurand and the call committee warmly thank all who opened their homes to the congregation this past summer. Many expressed enthusiasm for meeting together in a small group-type style.  In fact, folks say it should not happen just once:  we should consider this as a regular format for congregational life.  No doubt this appreciative response has to do with the fine hospitality shown by the great hosts and hostesses this summer. You had a warm welcome for everyone, a relaxed setting for the folks to gather and talk together and you shared liberally with refreshments. We salute you who provided hospitality, making for the successful summer at St. Luke.

Missionary Support Month- September
Target: Costa Rica
Rev. Stephen Deal, missionary

Missionaries in God’s Global Network depend on generous donations from congregations. St. Luke being one of them, has been sponsoring missionary, Stephen Deal who serves as ELCA Global Mission representative in Central America, home base, Iglesia Lutherana Costarricense.

Stephen and his wife, Marta, strive to serve the poor, vulnerable and the excluded. Marta offers classes in artisan handcrafts to a group of women immigrants from Nicaragua. Stephen continues his work with the Lutheran churches and global mission companions in 4 Central American countries

ELCA Missionary Sponsorship is committed to working with neighbors and companion churches to strengthen medical ministries, preach the gospel, train pastors, teach, help build churches, advocate for the poor, help develop communities, and- through word and service- share the good news of Christ to restore people’s lives.

September 22nd, envelopes will be available in your bulletin. Let us keep our strong commitment to Global Mission and Stephen’s ministry in Costa Rica by giving generously.

Bloodmobile Thanks to all those who gave blood; to John Haller who coordinated with the Red Cross; to Mary Haller for making the snack sandwiches; to Ray Schreckengast and others who helped with the donors. Thanks you all for giving the gift of life!

LUNCH WITH PASTOR
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 12:00 noon-1:00
HOSS’S RESTAURANT

Each third 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 September 18, please r.s.v.p. to the church office (323-7309).

 

 

CHILDREN’S PRAISE TIME WILL RESUME Sunday, September 15th during the 10:30AM service. Children’s Praise Time welcome children age 3 through grade 3 for a time of Bible stories that corresponds with the church seasons. (The children are excused to the parlor for worship during the gospel and return after the sermon.)

HOLDING MEETINGS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES PLEASE clear those dates and times with Sarah Young in the church office to avoid conflicts, Thank you!

THE SENIOR CHOIR WILL RESUME rehearsal, Thursday, September 5th at 7:00PM.

THE SEW-FINE QUILTERS (SFQ) 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!

THIS YEARS CROP WALK Our community's annual walk to fight hunger, the CROP Walk, is scheduled for Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 1:30 P.M. at the River Walk in Williamsport! This is our third year at this location. The Greater Lycoming County Walk: Registration will begin at 1:00 P.M. 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.


REMINDERS

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 pastoreaurand@verizon.net 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.

ARTICLE DEADLINES:
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.

OFFICE HOURS:
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 Monday, September 2nd, Labor Day

 

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