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.
See Debbie for questions, support, or more info.
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.
The Sunday School Progam 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, & various other activities. The
children participate in Operation Christmas Child & they also help out with the Hat, Mitten, & Scarf Tree.
Children of all ages can attend classes each Sunday between 9 & 10AM.
For more info, or for volunteer opportunities please contact Heather or the Church Office.
Saturday Night Live Group AA is in operation in our Fellowship Hall Thursday evenings from 7-8PM.
If you are seeking a beginners Alcoholic Anonymous meeting feel free to attend.
Please be respectful of their privacy & anonymity.
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.
Our Wednesday Evening 7PM Bible Study will resume on May 1st.
Pastor is open to exploring options, but our Thursday Morning Bible Study will not be resuming.
Come join us on Maundy Thursday at 12Noon & 7PM for a video and discussion.
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, May 1st, 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 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 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 36 people in March, & 146 people 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, small bags of rice,
Spam, Treet, instant oatmeal packages, boxed or bagged pasta noodles, pasta sauce, mac & cheese,
ramen noodles, cold cereals, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned soups, canned tuna,
canned chicken, canned or boxed potatoes, individual packets of saltines, & powdered or shelf stable milk.
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.
Their next meeting is on Monday, May 6th, 2019 at 6PM.
Coffee hours are hosted by the Women on the second & fourth Sundays after the Worship Service.
The women are always open to welcoming new members & visitors.
Our Prayer Ministryis 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 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 weekly before
names are read from the pulpit during the Prayers of Intercession.
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)
THE MAGUIRES (Betty Becker's Family)
BETTY BECKER (Church Member/Shut-In)
JOE BUEHLER (Judy Brannan's Family)
LINDA BOWKER (Church Member)
KAY CALL (Church Member)
RUTH VEIT (Church Member)
FRANKIE AIELLO (Lynn Bargstadt's Family)
BOB BRADY (Maryanne Lauer's Friend's Friend)
DAVID STACKHOUSE (Rosalie Stackhouse's Family)
DAN & MARY LAUER (Maryanne Lauer's Family)
MOE BIXLER (Skip & Bonnie Millard's Friend)
LEO KINKA (Church Member)
JOAN NASH (Jean Zimmerman's Friend)
DOROTHY FRITSCH (Bob Fritsch's Family)
SUE CUSANELLI (Jean Zimmerman's Friend)
LORRAINE FENNIMORE (Church Member)
BILL LUTZ (Betty Lang's Family)
JIM DONOVAN (Alice Davis' Friend)
DAVID COX (Sandy Hansen's Friend)
DORIS GROVES (Bobbie DelPrete's Friend)
ROCCO DENOTE (Diana DeNote's Family)
SKIP LEGATES (Judy Brannan's Friend)
STEPHANIE & BABY JACKSON (Susan Pulley's Family)
ABBY HENNING (MaryAnne Lauer's Family)
DONNA GAIN (Jean Zimmerman's Family)
PEGGY VIGGIANO (Audrey Kinka's Family)
THE STONE FAMILY (Bobbie DelPrete's Friends)
RICH ROSS (Vince Piekarski's Friend)
THE FAMILY & FRIENDS OF PAT BRADDOCK (Church Member)
MARTHA POWELL (Judy Brannan's Family)
DELORES BASCO (Church Member)
CAROL ACKERMAN (Heather Piekarski's Family)
FRAN STITELY (Heather Piekarski's Family)
KACY SPEICHER (Maryanne Lauer's Family)
PAULBARGSTADT (Lynn Bargstadt's Family)
SUE (Sandy Hansen'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---REPLACED FOR THE WEDNESDAY LENTEN VIDEO SERIES---12NOON & 7PM
SUNDAY SCHOOL---CHILDREN OF ALL AGES CAN ATTEND CLASSES EACH SUNDAY---9AM-10AM
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