Activities - News - Events

Updated 05/13/22    

Mail Delivery
We are still experiencing disruptions and delays with the USPS delivery. If you are unsure that the mail you send us is being delivered, please contact us to confirm that we received it. 

Bulletins and Flowers for Sunday
The bulletin and flowers sign-up calendars are posted in the narthex. Please consider sponsoring flowers and/or bulletins in honor of loved ones or special family events.
Cost per week - Bulletins: $25 Flowers: $35
Just fill out the form envelope located below the alendars in the Narthex. Place your payment in the envelope and give to the church office or place in the offering plate. Sponsors of altar flowers may collect them following the 10:30am Eucharist.

On Sundays when the altar flowers have not been subscribed, worshippers are invited to take the flowers home with them following the 10:30am Eucharist.
The flowers Sunday, May 15th, are given in honor of our Lord and Bradford, Leah, and Baby Davis by Donna Davis..

Special Envelopes
May’s special giving envelope is designated for Sparrow Place.

Listening Post
With the promise of vaccination in the coming months, the congregational council is planning our sequential reopening. If you have any questions or would like to communicate something to council, you can do so by emailing Pam Bromiley ( ).
On Sunday, May 29th Phil Buttiens will be available at the baptismal font following the 8.00am Eucharist and Michael Ridgely will be available after the 10.30am Eucharist.

August Poll
During August, the Worship and Music Committee will be asking those in attendance to take a poll concerning the number of worship services we should hold that will shape the future of our congregation. We will be asking you whether you prefer one service or if we should go back to two services in the fall. We have been worshipping at 8.00am and 10.30am since Easter 2021 in order to provide social distancing. In June 2022, we will resume our summer schedule with one combined 9.00am service. Post-COVID, we are having to make some tough calls both personally and as a church without the previous number of worshippers. One combined service provides opportunities to have a fuller church, relieve the burden on limited volunteers, and maybe make some fiscal choices as well. Two services afford flexibility in service types and attendance options.

Worship Assistant Schedule

This Sunday and Next Sunday

Full Monthly Schedule

Kids Feeding Kids
June 5th - August 21st

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. The Kids Feeding Kids outreach program assists these families in need. Every Sunday evening throughout the summer, these children come to do their "shopping" for the week. They are each given a reusable grocery bag, which is theirs to keep. They bring the bag with them each Sunday and “shop” for breakfast, lunch, snack items, and beverages with the help of youth volunteers. Additionally, each household will receive bread, milk, eggs, and whatever produce was available each week.

We will be open Sundays, 5:00-6:00 pm, starting on June 5th.

 What We Need

1. Lots of Teen and Preteen volunteers each Sunday, from 4:45 pm to 6:15 pm, 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 summer. You can commit to as few as one Sunday during the summer.
      This is a great opportunity for our youth to get involved with the community. 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/packaged food items. In May, we are looking for donations of single-serving sized microwave spaghettios, individual mac & cheese cups, ramen noodle cups, uncrustables, pudding cups, and bottled water.

 If you or someone you know is in need of this program, please contact the church office for more information.

Choir will meet Sunday mornings from 9:15am to 10:15am, in between services; and bells will return to Wednesday’s from 7pm to 8pm. Both will meet in the music room.

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

Southern York County Food Pantry
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.

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

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.

Purpose Statement and Guiding Principles
As part of our 150 Anniversary celebration, the congregational leadership used scripture to prayerfully discern both a Purpose Statement and a set of Guiding Principles to guide our shared ministry into the future.
Purpose Statement:
Our purpose is to share God’s love with one another and the world around us.
Guiding Principles
We will:
  • Have faith in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • Listen to God and one another.
  • Support one another in faithful living.
  • Seek to share the Love of Christ with others.
  • Be intentional and productive in the stewardship of our ministry.

Church Office Hours
Monday through Thursday - 9am to 2pm     Friday - 9am to Noon.

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Holy Baptism
Last week we enrolled Quinn Marie Zeller as a candidate for Holy Baptism. This Sunday, May 15th, Quinn Marie Zeller will be blessed as a candidate for Holy Baptism. We will celebrate her Baptism on Sunday, May 28th at the 10.30am Eucharist.
St. John Lutheran Church understands Holy Baptism to be a sacrament that is celebrated within the context of faith formation.
Faith formation is living, praying, learning, serving and worshipping together as a congregation is such a ay that nurtures and strengthens the Baptismal gift of faith.
Faith formation goes beyond welcoming members; it is raising up disciples.
Faith formation is not a gimmicky program or magic bullet. Instead, it is the lifelong process of living as a ollower of the Risen One.

On the Feast of Pentecost, Sunday, June 5th, we will celebrate the confirmation of Patrick O'Brien, Owen Regner, and Caroline Simpson at the 10.30am Eucharist.
Please pray for these young adults as they continue to grow and mature in the faith.

God's Time
With God, there's always an appointed time for things, and when you put Him first, trust in His timing, and keep the faith, miracles happen!
A church--any church, but especially St. John's-thrives on the benevolence of its participants giving of their time. We are in need of your time, and it is while you are already here attending services. Please consider greeting people as they enter the church, handing out the Evangel, directing people to communion, lighting candles, or reading lessons. These are all things we need on Sunday mornings and there is no age require-ment. If you can assist us with any of these services, please let the church office know and we will get you scheduled.

Noontime Discussion Group - Book Study
You are invited to join us on Thursdays at noon for a Book study teleconference via Zoom. Our next discussion will be on Thursday, May 19th at noon. We will be reading chapters twenty five and twenty six of Gonzales' text The Story of Christianity: Volume II.

The Lords Lunch

The Lord’s Lunch is open for lunch every Saturday. Lunch is available via curbside pick-up, between 11:30am and 12:30pm. Volunteers will be at the front entrance with pre-packed bags containing a container of soup, a sandwich, a side, fruit, chips, dessert, and a beverage. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Maria in the office (717-235-2315).
The Lord’s Lunch is in need of donations of the following items:
• Bottled water
• Boxed potatoes
You can drop off donations to the church office Monday through Friday, 9am to Noon.

Virtual Coffee Hour

You are invited to join us on Sunday mornings at 12pm for a virtual coffee hour via Zoom teleconference. You will be asked to enter the Meeting ID (896 9595 8655) and the Password (652413). Or you can dial in by telephone using one of the following numbers: +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)

Lunch Bunch
The Lunch Bunch is planning to meet at Mama's Pizza in Loganville on Wednesday, March 9th, at 11:45 a.m.

Men's Group
Join us for a Saturday morning that will begin with a brief Bible study and commence with grilling! On Saturday, July 23rd, the Lord's Lunch is planning to invite our neighbors to join us for cookout. Come join the fun!

he New VANCO Mobile App
Our online giving provider has a new app. For those of you who use Give Plus+, please be aware as of April 30th, this app will no longer be available. Change now to be sure there is no interruption in your giving. The new app is: Vanco Mobile Faith Engagement. Please contact Linda Peterson (717.887.9419) if you need assistance in setting up the new app.

Sunday School.

Sunday School has resumed on Sundays at 9.15am. Due to the fact that most children have yet to receive the vaccine and that we are not quite certain exactly how many students to expect during the fall of 2021, we have decided to slowly re-open our Sunday School.
Participants are encouraged to be masked as vaccines are not currently available for those 12 years of age and under.

Do you have a desire to learn the skill of Quilting?  We are considering starting a quilting group to teach those who would like to learn the skill by those who know the skills. If you are interest-ed in learning or mentoring in the group, please contact Linda Peterson

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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