Activities - News - Events

Updated 05/24/19    

Flowers for Sunday, May 26, 2019

The flowers are given to the glory of God and in memory of her grand-parents ,Margaret & Norman Rosier, Edna & Harry Nonemaker, by Sue Nonemaker.

The plant in the chancel today is given to the Glory of God and In memory of Maurice & Margaret Wirtz.



The 2019 bulletin and flowers sign-up calendars are posted in the narthex. Please consider donating flowers and/or bulletins in honor of loved ones or special family events.

Lessons for Sunday, May 26, 2019
Acts 19:9-15 pg. 186
Psalm 67 (See Music below)
Revelation 21:10, pg. 354 22– 22:5
John 14:23-29 pg. 147

Music for Sunday,  May 26, 2019
Prelude: Psalm 67 instrumental
Entrance Hymn: ELW#377 - “Alleluia! Jesus is Risen!”
Psalm: “Psalm 67” by Mark Mummert (Cantor-Laura Tauzin) Refrain: Let the peoples praise you, O God Let all the peoples praise you
Offering: ELW#646 - “The Peace of the Lord”- instrumental
Communion: “I’ve Got Peace Like A River”, ELW#646 - “The Peace of the Lord”
Recessional Hymn: ELW#381 - “Peace, To Soothe Our Bitter Woes”

Worship Assistants Serving this Sunday
Full monthly schedule: For Assisting Minister, Crucifer, Acolyte, Communion Basket, Lector, Greeters, Ushers, Communion Assistant, and Communion Preparation Click here


Pastor's Thursday Noontime Discussions

May’s noontime discussion will be centered on the prayer our Lord taught us. We will
discuss what it means to pray. What does it mean to address God as “Father”? Does God hear our prayers? Does God answer our prayers?
    May 30th – Seek and You Will Find: God Isn’t As Stingy As Our Unbelief May Lead


-- See the full 2019 schedule here



We are looking for teams of people to volunteer to host coffee hour once a year. There is a sign up sheet in the Narthex with the dates for 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Barb Spink.

Special Envelopes
The May Special Giving envelopes are designated for our Bell Socialization Services.
The June Special Giving envelopes are designated for H.O.P.E.


The Lord's Lunch

Check "This Week's Calendar - Saturday" on the Home Page for the next scheduled Lord's Lunch. All are welcome to join us for a free hearty meal.


In May, we are looking for donations of canned vegetables and soup.

We are currently looking for volunteers to assist on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. We are in particular need of assistance from 11:30am to approximately 1:30pm to help with running the dishwasher and cleanup duties.


We also need volunteers for the Good Food Box every other Tuesday at 4:45pm. Dates are listed in the upcoming activities. For more information, please contact the church office (235-2315).

Good Food Box

The next distribution dates for the Good Food Box is May 28th.

Feeding America Volunteers Needed
We are in need of a volunteer to pickup food donations at the New Freedom and Shrewsbury Rutter’s Farm Stores on Fridays at 9am. This volunteer opportunity involves a 40-minute weekly commitment. Please email Pr. Schneider at: pastorschneider@comcast.net for details. We are also in need of volunteers with a van or pickup truck as substitutes to pickup food donations at the Shrewsbury Walmart on Mondays at 9:30am. This volunteer opportunity involves a 30-45 minute commitment. Please email Maria Zanella at:maria@stjohnlutherannewfreedom.com  for details.

150th Anniversary News
Reaching Out to Others; 150 Years United In Christ Saturday, October 19th, 2019 - 150th Anniversary Dinner.
This day is the official date of our 150th Anniversary celebration! If you would like to help us plan the 150th Anniversary celebration, please contact Pastor Schneider (717-235-2315). Council is currently reviewing menus and receiving bids from local restaurants and caterers. Council is also planning a yearlong series of anniversary events for 2019. We will celebrate our anniversary by engaging our shared ministry in new and exciting ways!

Volunteers Needed
SpiriTrust Lutheran the Village at Shrewsbury is looking for groups to come and volunteer on campus. Groups are welcome at our skilled care center (Barbara J Egan) and our personal care center (Zimmerman Place). Contact Rebecca Cromwell, Volunteer Coordinator, rcromwell@spiritrustlutheran.org for more information.

Swanson Family in Tanzania - Newsletter
We have received a new Newsletter from our Missionary Family in Tanzania dated May 2018. Click here to read.


Needed: Donations for Messiah College Kenya Mission Trip
Matthew Laven will be travelling with the Messiah College Collaboratory to install solar that will provide power for a water pump at an orphanage in Kenya.
The team is seeking donations of items to take with them for the children. Items include:
 Bibles (for varying ages - pre-school through young adult)
 Journals
 Basketballs
 Card games and board games
All donated items need to be placed in the donation box located in the Narthex by May 12th. Financial support is also needed and much appreciated as the May 24th trip is quickly approaching. Monetary donations can be placed in an envelope labeled: Matthew Laven Messiah College Kenya Trip. Checks can be made out to St. John Lutheran Church with Matthew Laven Kenya trip in the memo line. Matthew thanks all who have donated thus far and hopes to share his experience after he returns.


Southern York County Food Pantry
The pantry is looking for donations of Canned Chicken, Condiments, Baking Items (Brownie, Cookie, or Muffin Mix), Hamburger Helper .

Gift cards to local  grocery stores and monetary donations are always welcome also.
Donations can be made payable to “SYC Pantry” and mailed to PO Box 8, Shrewsbury, PA 17361. The Pantry benefits the communities of Southern York County. Thank you for all your past help. Please place all donations in the donation bin located in the Narthex.

Please remember that the 2nd Sunday of the month for the Pantry. The Pantry benefits the communities of Southern York County. Thank you for all your past help.


York County Pantry is a volunteer driven organization. Whether you are a student, retiree, or looking for a volunteer commitment, volunteers of any age (volunteers 10 and under will need adult supervision) can help in a number of ways, including: Assist in stocking the pantry, Assist in packing groceries, Assist in off-loading deliveries, Pick up food donations from local businesses, Help in harvesting produce from local farms, Deliver to those clients who cannot pick up food, Answer the Pantry phone, and schedule deliveries or pick ups. If you would like to know how you can help, Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Janice Elsen at feedthehungrysycfp@gmail.com ..... Click here to go to their website.

Church Office Hours
Monday - Thursay 9:00am - 3:00 pm  Friday 9:00am - 12 noon
On Monday, June 3rd the office will commence its summer schedule: Monday through Friday 9am to Noon.

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On Sunday, May 26th we will begin our summer worship schedule of meeting for one combined service at 9.15am.

On Monday, June 3rd the office will commence its summer schedule: Monday through Friday 9am to Noon.


Confirmation
On Sunday, June 9th we will observe the Feast of Pentecost by celebrating Confirmation.


Graduate Recognition Sunday, June 16th
If you graduated from high school, trade school, college, graduate school nursing school etc., we would like to recognize your achievement and hold you up in prayer. Please contact Pastor Schneider if you are planning on attending Graduate Recognition


Men’s Group Summer Cookout
Mark your calendars! The summer Men's Group meeting has been rescheduled for Sunday, July 14th at 5.00pm. Please let Pastor Schneider know if you plan on attending by Sunday, July 7th, so that he can organize the cookout. On that night we will meet for a
charcoal grilled meal. Pastor Schneider will provide the hamburgers, hotdogs, brats and corn on the cob. During late June a sign-up sheet for salads, beverages, and desserts will be available in the narthex. At that meeting we will explore the beauty of God's creation and plan the fall Men's Group


Summer Camp July 7th –13th
Attention youth in grades 3 through 8: Mark your calendars! We have camperships available for summer church camp at Camp Kirchenwald for the week of July 7th through the 13th. Please contact Pastor Schneider for details. Scholarships are available for campers grades 3 through 9! Families will only be responsible for paying $100 per camper that week!

VBS is Coming Soon!
Mark your calendars, St. John Lutheran is hosting VBS this year July 28th through August 1st.
Our theme this year is Splash Canyon.
Look for more information in the near future.



Property Improvement Financing Plan - Congregational Discussion
Sunday, June 23rd at 10.30am You are all welcome to attend a congregational discussion about our proposed Property Improvement Financing Plan. The plan includes using the gains from our investments to fund much needed propertyrepairs. We will convene a meeting to discuss the plan on Sunday, June 23rd at 10.30am. We will vote on adopting the plan at our Annual Budget Approval Meeting scheduled for Sunday, November 24th at 10.30am.


Sunday School Holy Baptism Challenge
Sunday Schoolers are encouraged to meet with Pastor Schneider before Sunday School to take the Holy Baptism Challenge. Sunday Schoolers who can recite Luther's Small Catechism definition of Holy Baptism can earn a candy bar!

The Adult Sunday School
The Adult Sunday School class that meets in room 3 will be studying John Ortberg’s, “I’d Like You More if You Were More Like Me; Getting Real about Getting Close.
” All are welcome! Come join us!



Kids Feeding Kids - June 9th - August 18th
Many children depend on school for breakfast and lunch during the school year. Once school is out for the summer, many families find themselves struggling. Once again the Kids Feeding Kids outreach program will assist these families in need. Plans are currently under way for this summer. We will be open Sundays, 5:30-6:30pm, starting on June 9th.
What We Need
1. Lots of Teen and Preteen volunteers to help the young children shop, to help with setup and cleanup, etc. We are looking to schedule a rotation of teens so no one has to commit to the entire sum-mer. You can commit to as few as one Sunday dur-ing the summer. Please contact Maria in the office (717-235-2315) to sign up or see the signup sheet in the Narthex.
2. We also need donations of individual size food items. In April, we are looking for donations of single serving sized spaghettios, individual mac & cheese cups, tuna or chicken salad paks with crackers.

Community Prayer Request
If you would like to help St. John Lutheran Church plan and construct a Community Prayer Request Box, please contact Rev. Schneider 717.235.2315 / pastorschneider@comcast.net .


Christian Education - Sunday School
See the Sunday School Page here

Volunteers Needed
The office is looking for additional volunteers to help with various tasks.
   1. Weekly church cleanup duty. This is usually done on Mondays or Tuesdays.
   2. Weekly bulletin assembly. This is done on Thursday afternoon or on Friday and can also be done at home.
Volunteers for both tasks are scheduled on a rotation basis. If you are interested in helping out with either of these tasks, please call Maria in the office (717-235-2315).


St. John Lutheran Quilting Ministry
Our quilting ministry at St. John Lutheran Church meets the first Thursday of each month at 9.30am. Every year Lutheran World relief distributes many quilts worldwide. In 2014 a total of 408,245 quilts were distributed to people in 21 different countries. The Women of the ELCA actively support this ministry through the giving of their time, talents and prayers. Our quilting ministry is currently in need of material and batting, as well as people who are willing to assemble quilts for LWR. If you have any questions, or would like to par-ticipate in this ministry, please contact Gardenia Wallace (717.235.2274) or Barbara Spink (717.235.5785). Our quilting ministry is a great opportunity to fellowship and serve with others!

Lunch Bunch
On Wednesday, June 12th, the Lunch Bunch will meet at the New Freedom Restaurant and Coffee Shop on the Susquehanna Trail in New Freedom, at 11:45am. Contact Loretta Mellinger, 717-235-7797 to make your reservation.

Life’s Thread Quilters

The Life’s Thread Quilters will be meeting on Thursday, June 6th at 9:30am in the Hoshall Family Life Center.

Daytime Knitting and Crocheting Group
The next meeting of the Daytime Knitting and Crocheting Group is scheduled for June 11th at 11am in the Youth Lounge. If you have any questions, contact Barb Spink (717-235-5785).

Adult Zumba®

Adult Zumba® classes are held on Monday evenings in the Hoshall Family Life Center from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.
Classes are strictly pay-as-you-go. The cost per class is $5.


Men over 35 Basketball Group
Our men over 35 basketball group has started up again. This year they meet in the Family Life Center, 8:00-10pm ever Monday.and Wednesday There is no pre-registration for this, it is strictly pay-as-you-go. The cost per week is $2. Come one week or come when it fits your schedule!  If you have any questions, please contact John Simpson.

Choice Dollars
Thrivent members may soon be receiving notifications that they have Choice Dollars that they can designate toward charities of their choice. Please consider directing those Choice Dollars to St. John Lutheran Church. If you do not know how to direct those funds, please contact the parish office, and we will walk you through the process.


Volunteer Opportunities
We all know about the continued work of the Lord's Lunch ministry, but did you know about The Good Food Box, our other hunger ministry? The Good Food Box unloads, packages and distributes 1,500 pounds of fresh food and meat from the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank every other Tuesday. Check with the church office regarding when the delivery truck will arrive on a perticular Tuesday, since its schedlue changes from delivery to delivery (717-235-2315). At that time we help unload bulk packaged fresh food and repack orders into individual boxes. Then at 5.30pm we distribute them to individuals and families. We generally feed 38 families per week. During 2014 we distributed 792 food boxes to local families. If you would like to be a part of this vibrant and growing hunger ministry, please call the church office (717-235-2315).

Solicitations Reminder
ALL solicitations presented on church property, ranging from group requests presented to the congregation in church to individual requests, must be presented to and approved by the Stewardship/Finance Committee

The Simply Giving Program
By participating in the Simply Giving Program (preauthorized automatic electronic donations), members insure that St John Lutheran Church is able to meet its financial obligations even during times of the year when members are typically on vacation.  This authorization carries no risk to the donor.**  If you wish to cancel, change, or even reverse a transaction, this can be accomplished with a phone call to the church or the Financial Secretary.  In this circumstance, please contact the church at least 3 days before the scheduled withdrawal. Members who wish to participate in the offering collection during the worship service can write “Simply Giving” on their envelope and put it (empty) into the collection plate.   Please click here to print the Authorization Form
If you have increased your pledge in 2014, please remember to submit an amended Simply Giving Authorization form to the parish office. You may find a copy of the Simply Giving Authorization Form here.
Authorization Form



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