Week of November 22
Masks are required at all times.
If you do not bring a mask with you, one will be provided.
Depending on attendance, the pastor will make a weekly decision as to whether there will be singing.
Next Sunday: November 29, The First Sunday of Advent 8:00am In-person 10:30am Online (Recorded) 10:30am In-person Service
COMMUNION For those who chose to continue with online worship, Pastor Jeff is offering communion after the in-person service. It will be available from 11:45-12:30. You can park in the front lot and either come to the Nave doors, or pull up to the edge of the courtyard and I will come to your car.
FROM THE OFFICE Staff will be working in the office and from home. If you need immediate assistance during our absence, please contact Pastor Jeff at 570-220-3631 or Sarah Young 570-932-1753. We will respond to your emails and calls as soon as possible, from the office and remotely. Thank you.
VISITING? If you’re not a member or regular attendee of St Luke Church but have been “visiting” us during this time of online worship, we’d love to connect with you! If you’ve been watching from afar or have just been using this time to “check us out” online, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org !
ADVENT MID-WEEK SERVICES will be held each week of Advent, that is, Dec. 2nd, 9th, and 16th at 7:00PM in the nave. (Weather and Pandemic Permitting)
ADVENT A joint project of Outreach and Service ministries have teamed up with Jessie Young and KidsPeace! Our Advent Tree(s) will be graced with “gift tag” ornaments this year. You are encouraged to take an ornament (see below). The Advent Tree(s) will be available in two locations this year, in the West Hall and in glass vestibule across from the office entrance, beginning today.
Be a Christmas Angel for KidsPeace
Foster Families and Kids!
Our families and kids are AMAZING and have some wishes for Christmas….Here is how you can help their wishes come true
1. An Amazon Wish List has been created with gift ideas and suggestions. Go to: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/16Y4YNKDWNJ78?ref_=wl_share
Chose and purchase what you would like to donate.
Items will be directly shipped to our Williamsport KidsPeace office.
2. Christmas Angel Gift Tag – Each tag has a gift request. Please consider taking a tag, purchase the gift and return it to the church by Friday December 18, 2020. Gifts can be dropped off during office or church hours. If you need to make other arrangements, please call the church office at 570 -323-7309 or contact Jessie Young. If you don’t have the time or ability to purchase a gift, I would be happy to do that for you. Please make your donation to KidsPeace and put Christmas Gift in the memo. All gifts should be new and unwrapped please. I will deliver them to our families the week of Christmas.
Please contact Jessie Young, with any questions. Jessie.email@example.com, or 570-506-9546
KidsPeace is a private, non- profit organization dedicated to giving hope, help and healing to children and adults who love them. We serve children overcoming trauma, family disasters and other kinds of crisis. The KidsPeace office in Williamsport serves foster children and families in Williamsport, Liberty, Montgomery, Howard, Montoursville, Picture Rocks, Loganton, Jersey Shore and Muncy Valley
ST. LUKE ANNUAL MEETING of the Congregation, Part One will be held Sunday, December 13th, following the 10:30AM worship service. (Pandemic Permitting) A copy of the agenda and 2021 budget will be available in the back of the nave and for pick up outside the church office door, in the glass foyer, starting Sunday, November 29th. If you would like a mailed copy, please call the church office.
CHRISTMAS DONATIONS NEEDED by Dec. 6th A box will be located in the “Bell Hall” glass vestibule, across from the office entrance for your donations. Suggested items: Juice boxes, tissues, small notepads, puzzle books, hand lotion, ChapStick, hard candies, individual packs of crackers, cookies or snack items. (*sugar free items are always welcomed.)
2021 OFFERING ENVELOPES may be picked up in the “Bell Hall” glass vestibule located, across from the office entrance. Please note, your offering envelope may have changed. For pickup: boxes will NOT have your address printed on them, first and last name only. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Young.
2021 SIMPLY GIVING If you would like to make changes to your Simply Giving for the year to come, please contact Melissa Eshleman, Business Manager at the church office. Simply Giving forms are also available outside the church office door, in the glass foyer.
CHURCH COUNCIL Looking for one final piece! Our nominations committee has done a wonderful job filling seats on church council, and we now have filled the minimum number required by the constitution! We are still, however, looking for someone who has a financial and/or accounting background. If you are gifted with these skills and are interested to serve on council, please contact Pastor Jeff or Bob McCullough.
MUTUAL MINISTRY The focus of this committee is to ensure the mutuality of ministry within the congregation, to support healthy relationships between all ministries and staff members, and to encourage all ministries to direct their efforts toward supporting the congregation’s overall mission goals. If you would like to set up a meeting with Mutual Ministry, please contact Becky Masden (570) 326-4327 or Cheryl Newburg (570) 220-9385.
HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS Gather up your extra Christmas cards (or general greeting cards) or make a few by hand to send a message of hope and encouragement to detained immigrants this Christmas. St. Luke’s Outreach Ministry will again be participating in Lutheran Immigration and Refugees Services’ Hope for the Holidays project. Last year LIRS distributed 14,000 cards across the U.S., including dozens from St. Luke. What to do:
1) Write a greeting, including, if possible, some Spanish (see below for suggestions
2) Sign your first name(s) and city
3) Drop card(s) off by Sunday, December 6, in the Hope for the Holidays box in the Bell Hall vestibule at the front of the church.
PLEASE NOTE: No envelopes, and no choking hazards on the cards (e.g., sequins, lots of glitter).
If you would like to help in other ways, please visit lirs.org/hope. English/Spanish: Merry Christmas/Feliz Navidad Please know that you are not alone or forgotten./Por favor, sepa que no esta solo/a, ni olvidado. May God bless you!/Que Dios se bendiga!
SHEPHERD OF THE STREETS Family sized hygiene items are always a blessing and the Shepherd’s shelves are almost bare! A new collection basket is now located in the Bell Hall glass vestibule (across from the office entrance) for your donations, along with the basket in the West Hall. This continues to be a necessary part of our Shepherd of the Streets ministry. The list follows:
Toothpaste and Toothbrushes
Shaving Cream and Razors
Shampoo and Conditioner
Women’s Hygiene Products
Towels and Wash Cloths
Bedding and Blankets
Tissues and Toilet Paper and Paper Towels Soap, Deodorant, Combs Adult Diapers (M, L and XL, especially M) Baby Diapers and Pull-Ups (Sizes 1-6, especially 3-6)
Baby Shampoo Baby Oil Baby Wash
Baby Q-Tips Baby Wipes Baby Powder
** PLEASE NOTE the Bell Hall glass vestibule (across from the office entrance) doors are always open for your donations.
FOOD PANTRY Please read carefully as instructions have changed.
The St. Luke Service Ministry invites you to join your fellow members, family and friends during these difficult times to fill “disposable” grocery bags with grocery items for the Food Pantry. The food collection basket is now located in the Bell Hall glass vestibule (across from the office entrance) for your donations. Please do not use our St. Luke canvas bags, due to the COVID19. Thank you. Trish Whelan and her son, Danny will check the basket and deliver the food to the United Churches Food Pantry, as needed. The pantry can always use any kind of: soup, ramen noodles, pasta, macaroni and cheese, granola bars, canned chicken or tuna, tea bags, hot chocolate packet, coffee, pop tarts, saltines, oatmeal packets, sugar, flour, ketchup, mustard, and all canned fruits and vegetables.
POINSETTIA ORDERS 2020
Poinsettias this year will be on a per-order basis. They can be placed as a memorial or honorarium using the coupon below. White, red, and a few pink poinsettias will be placed in the nave for Christmas Eve. All will remain in place until after the service Dec. 24th, after which time donors may take a plant or donate it to the church for decoration. No distribution deliveries will be done this year. Poinsettias are $10 each. Pay with the coupon and place in an envelope marked “Poinsettias”. Return them via the offering plate or to the office by Dec 9th.
Given in memory of
Given in honor of
I would like:
1st color choice: ____ RED____ WHITE____ PINK
2nd color choice only: ____RED____ WHITE____ PINK _____Yes, I will take my plant after the December 24th service.
_____Yes, I will donate my plant to the church for after Christmas service.
(Your 2nd color choice will only be placed if the green house is out of your 1st color choice or poor flower quality.)