September 23-Talents and Time in Stewardship Today
We welcome the Rev. Rob Blezard, Assistant to the Bishop, who will discuss stewardship trends, during our annual pledge campaign.
September 30- Worship: Our Central Action
We learn about and develop our appreciation for the time we spend in worship of God. This class, lasting into October, will take us step by step through an understanding of our Lutheran liturgy.
Saturday, September 29 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Blessing of the Animals at 12 Noon
- KPETS Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy Services
- Personalized Greyhounds
- Spinners & Weavers Lancaster Co.
- United Disabilities Services
- Vision Corps
- Free Goodie Bag
- Refreshments (for pets and people)
- Photo Booth
- Door Prizes
- Tours of the church
Bring your pet and join your neighbors as we celebrate our pets and the love they give us. Leashes, harnesses and/or crates are required for pets.
A long time ago, very early in my ministry, a retired pastor (long retired at this time) told me to enjoy the “summer slowdown.” “You’ll have time for a little rest, get a chance to catch up on reading, and even set a few plans for later in the year.”
Now, after 18 plus years of ministry, I am still waiting for my first summer slowdown to occur.
As we enter the eighth month of the year, we might feel lured into our own sort of summer slowdown. Don’t be fooled. God’s call continues. For us as individuals and for us as a congregation.
This call will be very noticeable in the gospel texts we will hear in August. Actually, it began on July 29, and will continue through every Sunday in August. For those five weeks we will insert ourselves into one…just one…chapter of John’s gospel.
The sixth chapter of John is a powerhouse of ministry and information. And to take it in each week, we need to be alert and thoughtful to hear what God is saying and doing through the ministry of Jesus. We will hear about miraculous events of feeding and walking where no one else is able to walk. Jesus will teach about bread from heaven leading to eternal life. People following Jesus will tell him that all of this is hard to understand.
This is a time of the year when we have the opportunity to take in very important messages from Jesus. I hope you will be present for all of them. They will help us as we continue to share Jesus’ love in word and deed.
Now, I am going to try to lean back in the chair for a minute…
Clifton D. Eshbach,
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.