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St. John’s Messenger

Volume 95, Issue 2 February 18, 2015


  • INDULGE IN LENT?
    Rather than sacrificing something for Lent — especially something easy and spiritually insignificant, such as chocolate — Patty Kirk, in Guideposts magazine, suggests finding new ways to indulge in God’s presence. Surely one can do this by having extra devotions or attending Lenten worship services. But Kirk offers these ideas:


    • Spend time outdoors, sensing God’s magnificence.

    • Spend time with others, extending generosity and compassion. Remember Jesus’ promise that when you care for others, you care for him (Matthew 25:31-46).

    • Pray for the “little things,” coming before God in childlike trust and feeling peace.

    • Watch attentively for God’s answers to prayer, and receive them as reminders of his presence.

    • Turn anxiety into prayer. As you frame concerns as prayers and entrust them to God, you “sacrifice” the tendency to wallow in worry.



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The Waiting Game
Life involves lots of waiting. We wait in groups, in lines, in cars. We wait for packages, for the bus, for the sun to rise. We wait in doctors’ offices, at the post office, at the DMV. Waiting implies we’re at someone else’s mercy, but it’s also usually linked to hope. Perhaps that’s why Paul Tillich called waiting a metaphor for faith. Why would one wait if there weren’t the firm belief that the object of one’s wait will eventually materialize?

Waiting can be enervating, which is why Isaiah 40:31 is so promising: “They who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.” Yet waiting is tough if you have nothing to do while waiting. That’s why Jesus, when talking about waiting, also talked about working — work for the night is coming. Sometimes it’s less tiring to work than it is to wait.

There’s a lot of waiting during Lent. You’re waiting for a payoff. You’re waiting for the Resurrection. You’re waiting for spiritual growth. And then you realize this isn’t waiting at all. It’s life. It’s joy. It’s opportunity. It’s blessing.

—Timothy Merrill





HAT AND SCARF DRIVE
For the month of March, Social Ministry is collecting headdress scarves and hats to be donated to local oncology offices for them to pass along to their patients. Needed are various sizes for both cold weather and warm weather. If you know how to knit, crochet or sew, you can also make homemade scarfs and hats too. Please drop off donations in the hamper bins located in the hallway outside the Church Office.

Midweek Lenten Services
Wednesdays

7:00-7:30 p.m.

Church Library
Bible Study will be held from 7:30-8:00 p.m. if you would like to stay following the Lenten Service.




Thank you...

to Cub Pack 3325, Boy Scout Troop 325, and the Venture Crew here at St. John’s for assisting with Sunday service on February 8th.







TAB COLLECTION
Save those tabs from your favorite beverage or food item! We are collecting tabs to be donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Danville.

This will be an on-going project.

There is a plastic tote container located in the hallway outside the Church Office for you to drop tabs off. This is a great easy inexpensive way to help others!



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SPECIAL MONTHLY

PINK ENVELOPES
Each month Social Ministries collects donations through the pink envelopes in the pews. These donations are then passed along to the designated recipients. Below is a list of the monthly designations for the remainder of this year. In addition, there will be on occasion a few months where we will also be collecting specific items to be donated. We will let you know the month and items being collected. We thank everyone who donates to these causes.
March – American Cancer Society

April - Kathryn’s Kloset

May – Camp Mt. Luther

June – Ronald McDonald House

July – Haven Ministries

August – Women in Transition

September – SUN Home Health

October – Harvest Home

November – Mitten Tree

December – Birthright






CAMPBELL PRODUCTS LABELS
Just a reminder that we are still collecting soup and food labels from Campbell’s products. There is a basket on top of the mailboxes across from the Church Office to place labels. These labels will be forwarded to the Rocky Boy Navajo Indian Mission for their school.



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PALM SUNDAY BREAKFAST
Sunday, March 29

7 AM – Noon
Sponsored by the Cub Pack, Scout Troop and Venture Crew of St. John’s.
Look for more information on menu and prices in next month’s Messenger.




HIS LIGHTHOUSE CAFÉ

Thursday, February 26

4:30-6:00 p.m.

This month’s menu – turkey with gravy, homemade waffles, mashed potatoes, vegetable, dessert and drinks.


Any one in need of a warm meal or who would like mealtime fellowship is invited to join us. This is a free meal; donations are gladly accepted to help keep this ministry ongoing.



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It’s not too early to think about Spring housecleaning!
Remember to keep your unwanted items for our Spring Rummage, Soup, and Bake Sale coming up in April. Look for more information in next month’s Messenger for the soup orders and rummage sale dates.




A BIG SHOUT OUT !!

To SrA Logan Brouse for attaining 2014 AMC Military Firefighter of the Year. Congratulations!!


Logan is the son of Lisa and Gary Brouse and the grandson of Barb Kiger and the late Jim Kiger.






LIFE LINE SCREENING
Evangelical Community Hospital is sponsoring a Life Line Screening event here at St. John’s on Friday, March 6th. Pre-registration is required. Call: 1-888-653-6450.
Screenings available:
Stroke/Carotid Artery - $70.00

Heart Rhythm (Atrial Fibrillation) $70.00

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm - $70.00

Peripheral Arterial Disease - $60.00

Osteoporosis Risk Assessment - $60.00
Package 1 – Stroke, Vascular Disease & Heart Rhythm 4 tests - $139.00
Package 2 – Add Osteoporosis on for $10 more 5 tests for $149.00
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Easter Flowers


Easter flowers may be ordered by completing this order form.

The form, along with payment may be placed in the offering plate

(please mark envelope - “Easter Flowers”), dropped off at the church office, or mailed to the church.

Please make checks payable to: St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Flowers may be picked up any time after the 10:15 AM Easter Service.
ALL ORDERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY

Sunday, March 22, 2015
____ Pansy, 4 ½ ” …….…………………………………..$2.50/each
____ Hyacinth (1 Bloom – growers choice of color)……. $4.00/each

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____ Hyacinth (3 Blooms) ……………………………….$8.50/each





Pink _____ Blue _____ White ________
____ Tulips (6 bloom) …………………………………….$8.50/each

(Assorted Colors Only)

____ Lilies (5-7 Blooms) ………………………..…….….$9.00/each



____ Senetti (6 ½ “ pots – assorted colors)……………. $10.50/each

(Pictured in pink above, and bi-colored below)
____ Martha Washington…………………………..…….$11.50/each
Amt. Paid _______ Check #________ Date _______________
Given By: _____________________________________
In Memory of: ________________________________________________________
In Honor of: _________________________________________________________
To the Glory of God _____




Memorials Received
In memory of

Jim Kiger

By

Barb Moyer



Sally Swank

Don & Judy Hartman

Robert C. Caryl

Anna Hummel

June Diehl

Linda & James Mottern

Emily Mertz

Karen & Rick Smeltz

Todd E. Phillips Family

Betty Brouse

Andrea Adrian & Family

Steve & Cathy Beeler & Family

Deb and Jeff Brouse & Family


Memorials Received

In memory of

Thurston Fulmer

By

Flora Fulmer


In memory of

Polly Hetrick

By

Judy Stuck


In memory of

Jane Galow

By

Judy Stuck





January 25, 2015

8:00 a.m. Service – 35 10:15 a.m. Service – 48

Offering needed weekly to meet budget: $3026.00

Offering received: $2246.00


February 1, 2015

8:00 a.m. Service – 31 10:15 a.m. Service – 52

Offering needed weekly to meet budget: $3026.00

Offering received: $2759.00


February 8, 2015

8:00 a.m. Service – 31 10:15 a.m. Service –71

Offering needed weekly to meet budget: $3026.00

Offering received: $3260.00


February 15, 2015

8:00 a.m. Service – 15 10:15 a.m. Service – 74

Offering needed weekly to meet budget: $3026.00

Offering received: $1744.00







MEMBERS: Trish Long, Nicholas Chiarkas; Arlet Hummel; Diane Hoffman; Margaret Smith
PRAYER REQUEST: Drew Rodkey and family; Helen Shock; Marcia Esquibel; Joan Breon; Harry Harter; Keith Phelps; Louis Schultz; Edward Hock; Kyle Hobbel; Ronald Miller; Esther Persing; Carrie Jones; Wally Kerstetter; Ben Metzger; Don Propst; Gary and Rita Lenig; Misi Lucas; William Wagner; Karen Gerst; Joan Rebuck; Tina Reichenbach; Daniel Lyons; Beverly Windus; Betty Leitzel; Marlyn Deihl; Steve and Rose Brungard; Darvin Straub.
HOMEBOUND AND SPECIAL PRAYERS: Joanne Lynch; Andrew Nathan Kerchoff

Lorraine Weaver; Judy Hoffman; Esther Bartholomew; Phyllis Gordon; Ruth Ramer; Nancy Hendricks; Fietta Osman; Sally Mayer; Helen Snyder; Mike Payne; Kate Billman; Shirley Wolfe; Frances Rohrbach; Carol Diehl; Betty Yerg; Elaine Kohl; Robyn Snyder; Dave Roush; Franklin Hoffman; Catherine Broome; Harold Billman; Sally Diehl; Julia Tiedman; Tina Pontius; Jan Albertson; June Seebold; John Kistner; Margaret Rantz; Joshua Gordon; Harold Reid; Joyce Shearer; Connie Lahr; Steve Lahr; Zachery Baker; Carol Wilks; Pauline Spigelmeyer; Jodi Graybill; Brittany Graybill.


Pray for our military
Logan Brouse; Colton Brouse; Kale Gallo; Wyatt Kohl.

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February 18 Joel 2:12-19

February 19 Psalm 51

February 20 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:10

February 21 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

February 22 Genesis 22:1-8

February 23 Psalm 25:1-10

February 24 James 1:12-18

February 25 Mark 1:9-15

February 26 Mark 4:21-41

February 27 Mark 5:1-20

February 28 Mark 5:21-43

March 1 Luke 18:13-14

March 2 1 Peter 2:22-25

March 3 2 Corinthians 1:3-7

March 4 Song of Solomon 8:6-7

March 5 Philippians 2:8-11

March 6 John 19:1-6

March 7 Galatians 2:19-21

March 8 Isaiah 53:10-11

March 9 Matthew 27:15-16

March 10 Philippians 2:5-11

March 11 Matthew 11:25-30

March 12 Zechariah 10:6-12

March 13 Mark 10:46-52

March 14 Matthew 17:1-3

March 15 Romans 5:6-12

March 16 Revelation 7:9-14

March 17 John 10:11-18

March 18 March 14:46-52

March 19 Ephesians 2:1-10

March 20 Matthew 9:35-36




No matter who you are or where you are in life, you are never alone. The Lord God keeps on coming to you, to be by your side, to live inside of you, to strengthen you, forever.
“Little Church Mouse”



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WHAT’S HAPPENING

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Wednesday, February 18 Messenger folding, 9:30 a.m.

Ash Wednesday Service, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 19 Scout Roundtable, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 21 Kathryn’s Kloset, 9-11:00 a.m.

Monday, February 23 Scout Blue & Gold Banquet, 3-8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 25 Midweek Lenten Service, Library, 7:00 p.m.

Bible Study, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 26 Lighthouse Café, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 4 Midweek Lenten Service, Library, 7:00 p.m.

Bible Study, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 6 Lifeline Screening, Fellowship Hall

Monday, March 9 Finance Committee, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 11 Midweek Lenten Service, Library, 7:00 p.m.

Bible Study, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 12 Social Ministry Committee, 6:00 p.m.

Worship & Music Committee, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 19 Church Council, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 15 Girl Scouts, Fellowship Hall, 4-6:00 p.m.

Monday, March 16 WELCA, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 18 Midweek Lenten Service, Library, 7:00 p.m.

Bible Study, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 19 Scout Roundtable, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 21 Kathryn’s Kloset, 9-11:00 a.m.

Sunday, March 22 Easter flower orders and money due

Wednesday, March 25 Midweek Lenten Service, Library, 7:00 p.m.

Bible Study, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 26 Lighthouse Café, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

IN OUR AREA



Wednesday mornings Community Lenten Worship & Breakfast, Zion Lutheran

February 18-March 25 Church, Sunbury, 7:00 a.m. Meditation in the Chapel;

7:30 a.m. Breakfast


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Sunbury, PA
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 300 Queen Street, Northumberland, PA 17857

Periodical postage paid at Northumberland, PA.

POSTMASTER: Send address change to St. John’s Messenger,

300 Queen Street, Northumberland, PA 17857.

ST. JOHN’S MESSENGER February 18, 2015 Volume 95, Issue 2




St. John’s Evangelical

Lutheran Church


Address Label


570-473-3770

sjelc300@ptd.net

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Sundays at St. John’s
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8:00 a.m. Worship Service with Communion

8:45 a.m. Sunday School for Preschool-6th Grade

9:00 a.m. Sunday School

10:15 a.m. Worship Service with Communion
February 22 – Reverend Dr. Ronald Shellhamer

March 1 – Carol Black, Authorized Lay Worship Leader

March 8 – Donna Batschelet, Authorized Lay Worship Leader

March 15 – Carol Black, Authorized Lay Worship Leader

March 22 – Rev. B.J. Collins, Assistant to the Bishop

March 29 – Mark Giesen, Authorized Lay Worship Leader



Church Office Hours Mon-Thurs 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Fri 8:30 a.m.-Noon

Rev. Andrew Fitch, Pastor

William J. Jacavage, Director of Music







MARCH BIRTHDAYS
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March 1

Patricia Billman

Cheri Drake

Samantha Reedy
March 2

Kale Gallo

Mallory Gallo

Patty Gautsch

Jonathan Gresh
March 3

Trish Long

Justin McAllister
March 4

Joseph Gebhardt

Heather Tobias
March 5

Kaitlyn Billman

Ruth Ramer

March 8

Brenda Buch

Sharon Pittiglio

Nathan Shipe
March 9

Cole Fitzgerald-Fisher

Holly Zeigler

Gavyn McAllister
March 10

Brian Lauffer

David Shipe
March 11

George Bickel, Jr.

Desiree Cromley

Danny Ramer, Jr.

David Roush

Julie Shearer


March 12

Nicholas Chiarkas

Adrienne Petrovich

Blaine Shaffer

Eric Shearer
March 13

Tory Bright

Michelle Reitz
March 14

Graham Feaster

Danielle Klock
March 15

H. Gene Kistner

Kathy Kohler

Joshua Snyder
March 16

Dakota Brennen

Tyler Malone

William Reitz

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March 17

Patricia Ferguson

Patricia Klock
March 18

Frances Brouse

Misty Volinski
March 19

Kenneth Heim

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March 20

Todd Billman

Nancy Hendricks

Emily Mertz

Austin Potter

MacRay VanKirk
March 21

Nevin Brungard

Thomas Fiori

Ian McAllister

Margaret Rantz
March 22

Michael Erdley

Timothy Hallden

Lori Swanger
March 24

Nancy Erdley
March 25

Richard Mayer
March 26

Brandon Deans

Shawn Dodge

Peg Feaster

Jennifer Kremer

Jennifer Smith
March 27

Judy Boyer

Loye Hallden

Melissa Klock

Cindy Manning

Betty Radel
March 28

Robin Heintzelman

Michael McWilliams, Sr.
March 29

Roger Biddinger

Elizabeth Bierly

Caroline Hoffman
March 30

Steffany Berry

Steven Leitzel

Margaret Rinella

Terri Smith
March 31

Michael McWilliams, Jr.


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Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

1

Carol Black presiding

Worship w/Comm. 8:00 a.m.

Sunday School (PreK-6) 8:45 p.m.

Sunday School 9:00 a.m.

Worship w/Comm. 10:15 a.m.


2

TOPS 6:00 p.m.

Cub Scouts 7:00 p.m.


3

Boy Scouts 6:30 p.m.

AA 8:00 p.m.


4
Girl Scouts 6:15 p.m.

Midweek Lenten Service

7:00 p.m.

Bible Study 7:30 p.m.



5
Scout District Comm. 7:00 p.m.

Alanon 7:00 p.m.

AA 8:00 p.m.


6
Lifeline Screening in Fellowship Hall by appointment

7



8

Donna Batschelet presiding

Worship w/Comm. 8:00 a.m.

Sunday School (PreK-6) 8:45 p.m.

Sunday School 9:00 a.m.

Worship w/Comm. 10:15 a.m.

Girl Scout Sunday


9

TOPS 6:00 p.m.

Cub Scouts 7:00 p.m.

Finance 7:00 p.m.


10

Boy Scouts 6:30 p.m.

AA 8:00 p.m.


11

Girl Scouts 6:15 p.m.

Midweek Lenten Service

7:00 p.m.

Bible Study 7:30 p.m.


12

Messenger deadline 3:00 p.m.



Social Ministry 6:00 p.m.

Worship & Music 7:00 p.m. Alanon 7:00 p.m.

AA 8:00 p.m.



13

14


15

Carol Black presiding

Worship w/Comm. 8:00 a.m.

Sunday School (PreK-6) 8:45 p.m.

Sunday School 9:00 a.m.

Worship w/Comm. 10:15 a.m.


16

TOPS 6:00 p.m.

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WELCA 7:00 p.m


17

Boy Scouts 6:30 p.m.

AA 8:00 p.m.


18

Girl Scouts 6:15 p.m.

Midweek Lenten Service

7:00 p.m.

Bible Study 7:30 p.m.


19

Council Meeting 7:00 p.m.

Scout Roundtable 7:00 p.m.

Alanon 7:00 p.m.

AA 8:00 p.m.



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Kathryns Kloset

9-11:00 a.m.


22

Rev. B.J. Collins presiding

Worship w/Comm. 8:00 a.m.

Sunday School (PreK-6) 8:45 p.m.

Sunday School 9:00 a.m.

Worship w/Comm. 10:15 a.m.


23

TOPS 6:00 p.m.




24

Boy Scouts 6:30 p.m.

AA 8:00 p.m.


25

Girl Scouts 6:15 p.m.

Midweek Lenten Service

7:00 p.m.

Bible Study 7:30 p.m.


26

Lighthouse Café 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Alanon 7:00 p.m.

AA 8:00 p.m.



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PALM SUNDAY

Mark Geisen presiding

Worship w/Comm. 8:00 a.m.

Sunday School (PreK-6) 8:45 p.m.

Sunday School 9:00 a.m.

Worship w/Comm. 10:15 a.m.

Palm Sunday Breakfast 7 a.m.-Noon



30

TOPS 6:00 p.m.



31

Boy Scouts 6:30 p.m.

AA 8:00 p.m.


April 1

Midweek Lenten Service

7:00 p.m.

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2

Maundy Thursday Service

w/Commununion 7:00 p.m.


3

Good Friday Service

7:00 p.m.


4

MARCH 2015 SERVICE ASSISTANTS

Date


Lector

Greeters

Communion

Assistants

Bread

Ushers

Crucifer

Acolyte/

Torch-

bearer

Sound

System

March 1

8:00 AM






Judy Dunkelberger

Jamie Feaster

Jacki Cunningham

















March 1

10:15 AM

Don Steele


Joanne and Don Steele


Blaine Shaffer

Dean Siemsen

Jacki Cunningham



Lee Miller

Ken Reigle

David Menges

Derek Menges



Hanna Long


Eryn Swanger


Trey Cunningham





March 8

8:00 AM







Pat Propst

Tom Propst


Laurie Robinson
















March 8

10:15 AM

Girl Scouts


Girl Scouts



Nancy Erdley

Mike Erdley


Laurie Robinson


Girl Scouts



Rebekah Amerman

William Duncan


Bob Berry




March 15

8:00 AM







Sue Billman

Bill Troutman


Judy Reigle
















March 15

10:15 AM

Caitlin Cunningham



Bonnie and Bob Berry


Caitlin Cunningham

Trey Cunningham

Judy Reigle



Doug Manning

Lou VanGilder

Franklin Hoffman

Frank Hoffman


Ryan Latsha


Kanen Bucher


Mike Erdley





March22

8:00 AM






Brenda Herbert

David Herbert

Karen Smeltz
















March 22

10:15 AM

Ginny Butler



Carolyn Hummel

Jane Ressler

Trish Long

Ginny Butler

Karen Smeltz



Blaine Shaffer

Greg Morton

Tom Propst

Pat Propst


Hanna Long


William Duncan


Lou VanGilder



March 29

8:00 AM







Judy Dunkelberger

Jamie Feaster


Pat Propst
















March 29

10:15 AM

Choir


Nancy and Mike Erdley


Barb Moyer

Lou VanGilder

Pat Propst



Mike Erdley

Glen Weaver

Brian Cunningham

Mack Fleming


Kanen Bucher



Rebekah Amerman

Ryan Latsha

Eryn Swanger

Rachel Anderson



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