Welcome to our special end of the year/beginning of the year, power packed/new and improved/super sized/finger lickin’ good/breakfast of champions/mmm mmm good/just do it/have it your way/I’m lovin’ it/God’s work. Our Hands…Newsletter.
In other words, this is a special issue with a lot in here for you to read and remember.
Like you, I am amazed that we are at the end of 2018 and preparing to start 2019. But what an amazing time it is. To observe the precious season of Advent with its calls to keep awake and alert, as well as hearing the inspiring words coming from the mother of our Lord, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!”
And then…and then we celebrate the birth of Jesus, raising our voices as loud as the shepherds and angels did on that first night, “Glory to God in the highest!”
These coming weeks are special ones in our spiritual life. I hope you will avail yourself of all the opportunities for worship, prayer and study that Holy Spirit has to offer. And invite a friend to be part of our worship life in Advent, Christmas and beyond.
Thank you for the good year we have had. In 2019 we will take note of our 60th anniversary on this little corner of Columbia Avenue. Let’s find out together how we can further use our hands to advance God’s work.
Clifton D. Eshbach,
Wednesday, November 21 7:00 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church in Millersville
Mark Your Calendars now for…
Thanksgiving Eve Service!
The annual Thanksgiving Eve service will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Millersville beginning at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 21st.
September 9, 2018
Rally Day is September 9th this year. That is when we will all meet in Fellowship Hall right after church to assemble school kits, health kits, and knot one last quilt. Many of the kits and quilts last year went to disaster relief efforts both in the United States and around the world. Thanks to your help with this project we were able to send 60 school kits, 61 health kits, and 16 finished quilts.
If you haven’t done so yet, please take one of the post-it notes from the narthex window to help with the supplies needed for this year’s kits. The essentials needed by so many people are a small way we can show and share the extraordinary love of Jesus! School kits allow students to attend school and have success. The basic items in a personal care kit can give a person reminders of someone’s concern for them. As they wash away the dirt and sweat from a disaster or a conflict when fleeing their homes, the fresh scent of soap and a soft dry towel do wonders for a broken spirit.
Thank you for your spirit of giving as you serve others with your donations!
July 23, Marty Brunner and Pastor Eshbach visited our companions in Christ at Uyole Lutheran Church, in the Konde Diocese of southwest Tanzania. They are part of a five-person delegation from our synod.
In addition to our companion congregation, they visited the secondary school, hospital and Bible college that are owned and operated by the Lutheran church in this region.
The trip was designed to maintain and expand our connections with our companions in Tanzania. They have a vibrant community that shares Jesus’ love in word and deed too!
The pastor preached on both July 29 and August 5 at Lutheran congregations, one in the Konde Diocese and one in Dar es Salaam.
Pastor Eshbach remained two additional days. During those two days he lead our synod’s delegation to the first ever national gathering of all the ELCA synods and Tanzanian dioceses who have companion relationships. This meeting was structured to also build relationships and discuss theological and program topics common to our two churches.
Look for a date in September when he and Marty will make a presentation during the Sunday School hour.
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Save the Date for the Third Annual Community Pet Event!
Our annual community pet blessing will be held Saturday, September 29, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Several exhibitors will be here to share their mission with the community. It is a fun day with our two legged, four legged and maybe even no legged friends.