The Prayer Shawl Ministry started because there are so many people in need of prayer,
& we would like to do more than simply praying. The ministry's message of caring is simple,
universal, & enduring. The shawl provides something to hold as tangible evidence of our care
& concern, as well as God's love. As each person knits stories are shared about the person for
whom the shawl is made. Prayers are said as the shawls are being worked. During various times
throughout the year at church services we ask for God's blessing on these prayer shawls.
The ministry is open to anyone interested in joining. Sharing stitches & patterns are welcome,
as well as beginners. Shawls are collected year round, as long as dedicated people continue to
make them. The success & blessing this ministry has provided since its inception is truly wonderful.
The group continues to work in their individual homes, & there will be no more meetings at this time.
There are always more prayer shawls to give out or take for yourself or someone else.
There is lots of yarn to be turned into more as well. Continuing to work at home is encouraged.
New shawls can be brought into the church office at any time.
The most important thing we do each week is gather together as God's people to worship. God is the
center & focus of everything we do. Participating in worship is active. Liturgy means the work &
actions of the people gathered. Everything we do during the week to prepare for worship, & everything
we do as we assist in leading worship, is important. Ushers, Readers, Worship Assistants,
Communion Assistants, Home Communion Ministers, Altar Guild, Choir & The Music Team
help make worship a meaningful experience for everyone. All are invited to participate. We are
thankful for all the wonderful work being done. Along with the new tasks you may be willing to try.
If you are interested in any position in our Worship Ministry Team please let Pastor Leah know.
We will gladly teach you how to do what you would most like to do.
The Bible Study Groupwas started in order to focus on various readings, books, & verses. The groups
members offer various points of view & walk through the Bible together in order to develop a better
understanding of God's Word. Members support each other in their thoughts & beliefs. You can bring
the Bible of your choice or use one of ours. We welcome everyone to gather together to explore the Word.
Wednesday Evenings at 7PM.
Pastor is open to exploring options for other Bible Studies in the future as well.
The Women of the Church have a mission & purpose & it is to serve as a community of women created
in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ, & empowered by the Holy Spirit.
The women commit themselves to grow in faith, affirm they gifts, support one another in their callings,
engage in ministry & action, & promote healing & wholeness in the church, the society, & the work. Most
importantly this is a group of women who love the Lord & each other & are working for Christ.
The Sunday School & Vacation Bible School have been supported with donations, blanket drives have been
held, school kits & baby layettes have been collected, & help has been provided with whatever Lutheran
World Life is in need of. They have also helped Indian reservations & L.A.M.P. Missionary Pilots
in the past. They host the National Day of Prayer in conjunction with other local churches. The women
purchase or have made all of the altar paraments & linens, & assist in other areas of the church.
The women also ask that you save your box tops for education, soda tabs, & soup labels.
Please place them in the containers on the counter in the narthex.
The Women's next monthly meeting will be their annual cookie exchange on Monday, December 2nd, at 6PM.
Guests are welcome to attend!
The Women Host our Coffee Hours on the 2nd & 4th Sunday of every month after the Worship Service.
The women are always open to welcoming new members & visitors.
The Sunday School Program is working on educating the upcoming generation to be able to pick up the
cross after us. The program consists of education through scripture, crafts, games, videos, & various other
activities. The children participate in Operation Christmas Child & help out with the Hat, Mitten, & Scarf Tree.
Children of all ages can attend classes weekly between 9 & 10AM.
For more info, or for volunteer opportunities please contact Heather or the Church Office.
Our Home Communion Ministry is up & running. A Minister is available if you have a loved one,
or you yourself desire services in the community please let the church office know so plans can be made.
We look forward in sharing the Word & communion with you! We continue to look for anyone
interested & willing to help out & be trained. Please inform Pastor Leah, Vince, or Kathy of your interest.
Here are someUseful Linksyou can feel free to cut & paste into your browser.
Feel free to check these sites out & get some more info.
The Choir & Music Team prepare & sing various hymns & music during the Sunday Worship
Service. They also provide wonderful preludes before the service. The organist provides musical
accompaniment to the choir. Feel free to join us for service to experience this.
The next Choir Rehearsal is Wednesday, December 4th, at 6PM.
The choir is always looking for more people to join & sing praises & play music for the Lord.
Please contact the church office or any choir member if you are interested in joining.
The Food Pantry is open every Thursday, & the last Saturday of every month from 10AM-1PM.
Photo ID & proof of residency are required. The Food Pantry serves residents in emergency need in
Lower Township. We were blessed to serve 761 people in 2016, 922 people in 2017, & 795 people in 2018.
We served 55 people in October, & 440 people so far in 2019.
Bags are packed with various items listed below in order to help those in need. All food
donations can be placed in the basket in the narthex. Your spare change can be left in the
jug in the back of the church. Financial donations can be sent in to the church office or
placed in the Sunday collection. Thank you so much for all your support & prayers!
Items can be purchased to help fill the Food Pantry are peanut butter, jelly, Spam, canned beef stew, canned ravioli,
boxed or bagged pasta noodles, pasta sauce, mac & cheese, canned baked beans or pinto beans, ramen noodles,
cold cereals, canned corn, canned grean beans, canned carrots, canned fruit, canned soups, canned chicken,
canned tuna, canned or boxed potatoes, individual packets of saltines, & powdered or shelf stable milk.
Our Prayer Ministry is ever so mindful that people may not be in the best health, or need some extra
support & a watchful eye. Our thoughts & prayers go with them every day in hopes that their lives
may be fully enriched through the spirit in which God can bless & keep them. We pray endlessly
that these folks may experience healing & grace from the Father, Spirit, & Son. Folks listed below
have been identified as those that need additional prayers. How they are related or known by our
church members or friends is also listed next to their names. This list is updated weekly. It is
available at the back of the church in the narthex on a clipboard to be modified or added
to before names are read from the pulpit during the Prayers of Intercession.
Jim Donovan (Alice Davis’ Friend)
Dan & Mary Lauer (Maryanne Lauer’s Family)
Abby Henning (Maryanne Lauer’s Family)
Delores Basco (Church Member)
Barbara Nicholas (Judy Brannan’s Friend)
Sharon Waicus (Skip & Bonnie Millard's Friend)
Alice Basco Matics (Delores Basco's Family)
Jim Poole (Kathy Poehler's Friend)
Terry Poleg (Judy Brannan)
Phyllis Ann Streit (Harry & Phyllis Streit's Family)
Bill Ward (Judy Brannan's Family)
Ruth Veit (Church Member)
Bob Brady (Maryanne Lauer’s Friend)
Fran Stitely (Heather Piekarski’s Family)
Kacy Speicher (Maryanne Lauer’s Family)
James Kershaw (Audrey Kinka’s Friend)
Kate & Alex (Maryanne Lauer’s Friends)
Stephanie & Baby Jackson (Susan Pulley’s Family)
Millie Saraduke (Charlie & Karen Buckley’s Friend)
Denny Henning & Family (Maryanne Lauer’s Family)
The Grubb Family (Vickki Rinier’s Friends)
Susan Pulley (Church Member)
Chris Koguc (Vince Piekarski's Friend)
Raymond Sullivan (Audrey Kinka’s Friend)
Rosalie Stackhouse (Church Member)
Diane Czyzewski (Chris Koguc's Family)
Steve Patrizi (Skip & Bonnie Millard's Friend)
The Maguires (Betty Becker’s Family)
Betty Becker (Church Member/Shut-In)
Linda Bowker (Church Member)
Kay Call (Church Member)
Lorraine Fennimore (Church Member)
John Lauer, Jr. (Maryanne Lauer’s Family)
Barbara Paynter (Leon Stitt’s Family)
Arthur Holstrom (Linda Tatum & Frank Brunner’s Friend)
Barbara Watson (Diana DeNote's Friend)
Jeanette (Maryanne Lauer's Friend)
The Andrezzi Family (Linda Tatum & Frank Brunner's Friends)
Tom Pohlig (Jean Zimmerman's Friend)
Joe Basco (Delores Basco's Family)
Cassie Jost (Delores Basco's Family)
Lisa Mischler (Maryanne Lauer's Family)
Caroline Palush (Bonnie Millard’s Family)
Tom McNamara (Audrey Kinka’s Family)
Willie Hicks (Church Member/Shut-In)
Mary Pierce (Church Member/Shut-In)
Betty Lang (Church Member)
David Stackhouse (Rosalie Stackhouse’s Family)
Moe Bixler (Bonnie & Skip Millard’s Friend)
Skip Legates (Judy Brannan’s Friend)
The Stone Family (Bobbie DelPrete’s Friends)
Viena Murtha (Bob Fritsch’s Friend)
Flora Rink (Phyllis & Harry Streit’s Friend)
Carl Plomchok (Gloria Sutton's Family)
Ron Solt (Bonnie & Skip Millard's Friend)
SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE WITH HOLY COMMUNION---10:30AM
CHURCH OFFICE---OPERATED BY VARIOUS CHURCH MEMBERS---CALL FOR INFO
FOOD PANTRY---EVERY THURSDAY & THE LAST SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH---10AM-1PM
BIBLE STUDY---WEDNESDAY EVENINGS---7PM
SUNDAY SCHOOL---CHILDREN OF ALL AGES WELCOME TO ATTEND ON SUNDAYS---9-10AM
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