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Updated 01/17/20    

Flowers for Sunday, January 19, 2020

The flowers are given to the glory of God and in memory of all their loved ones by Albert & Dawn Langis.

The 2020 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, January 19, 2020
Isaiah 49:1-7 pg. 895
Psalm 40:1-11 ELW# 574 “Here I Am, Lord“
1 Corinthians 1:1-9 pg. 222
John 1:29-42 pg. 125

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

Special Envelopes
The January Special Giving envelopes are designated for the House of Hope.

Pastor's 2020 Thursday Noontime Discussions
The Journey from Death to New Life in Christ 2020’s noontime discussion will continue a six unit/yearlong pilgrimage from death to new life in Christ. Participants will be encouraged to read the discussion texts prior to meeting for discussion. The noontime discussion will begin with brief overview of the material and will conclude with an opportunity for questions, comments and hearty discussion. Participants are encouraged to use their Bibles for reference.
    Module I  -  The Beginning of the People of God
      January 23rd – Hear O Israel Deuteronomy 5:1-21; 6:4-9
      January 30th – David Anointed King 2 Samuel 5:1-5; 6:1-5 and Psalm 150

-- See the full 2020 schedule here

Music for Sunday, January 19, 2020
Prelude: “Come and See” Instrumental
Hymn of the Day: ELW #336 - “Lamb of God”
Offering: “Here I Am to Worship” by Tim Hughes
Communion: Instrumental “Blessing, Honor, and Glory’, “Drawn to the Light”

The Lord's Lunch
The Lord’s Lunch will hold its Annual Meeting in the Hoshall Family Life Center on Thursday, February 13th at 6:30 pm.

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 December, we are looking for donations of candy canes, stuffing mix, box potatoes, canned soup and vegetables.
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 January 21st.

Upcoming Conference Event
The South York Conference is hosting an educational event at St. Paul Lutheran Church (11894 Susquehanna Trail South, Glen Rock, PA 17327 ) on Saturday, February 8th with a snow date of Saturday, February 15th. The first part of the event begins at 9.00am and deals with cooperative ministry in an answer and question seminar. Participants will be able to communicate directly with the pastoral staff and lay people of Pittsburgh Lutheran United Ministry via Skype. The second part of the event begins at 10.15am and will focus on stewardship in our congregations. There is no need to pre-register, but if you have any questions, please contact Rev. Doug DeStephano at 717.424.8749 or at .

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.

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
The pantry is looking for donations of laundry detergent, dish detergent, toothpaste, and toilet paper.

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 ..... Click here to go to their website.

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).

Lifeline Screening
There is a simple, convenient way for you to get preventive health screenings and learn your risk for stroke, heart disease and other chronic conditions. These painless screenings go beyond your regular checkup to identify dangerous plaque buildup or blockage, a major risk factor for stroke and heart disease. The screenings are accurate, affordable and will give you valuable information about your health that you can share with your doctor. We are pleased to host Life Line Screening, who will be on site on Friday, February 21st at St. John Lutheran Church to conduct these valuable screenings. These 5 vital screenings are offered for only $149 and take 60 to 90 minutes to complete. If you register today, you will receive a $10 discount. Register by calling toll free 1-888-653-6441, visit, or text the word "circle" to 797979

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.

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

Church Office Hours
Monday through Thursday 9am to 3pm. Friday 9am to Noon.

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Upcoming Events

Sunday, January 26, 2020
-  9:15am Combined Eucharist
-  10:30am Annual Meeting of the Congregation

Worship and Music Committee

The next Worship and Music Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, January 27th at 7.00pm in Room 5.

Men's Group

The next men’s group meeting is scheduled for Saturday, January 11th from 8.00am until 10.00am in the Youth Loung

Discovery Time Preschool Open House - January 25th
Click here for Complete Information and Times

Ground Hog Day Brunch
On Monday, February 3rd you are invited to our annual Groundhog Day Brunch. The festivities begin at 9.30am in the HFLC.
Please be sure to sign up, so that our cooks know how much food to prepare. The Sign-up sheet is on the table in the narthex.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Each year all expressions of the Church join their voices together in prayer for unity. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity always begins with the feast of the Confession of Saint Peter on January 18th and concludes with the feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul on January 25th. If you would like to participate in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Pastor Schneider has devotionals available in the Narthex

Annual Meeting
The congregation will meet for a combined worship service on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 9.15am. Following the service, at 10.30am, we will convene the Annual Meeting of the Congregation.
At that meeting the congregation will:
  - Elect New Council Members
  - Receive an Update On the Roof Replacement Fund Drive
  - Receive An Update On the Roof Replacement Design
  - Install the 2020 Council Members

February Sabbatical
According to my letter of call, I am eligible to take two weeks, including Sundays, of Continuing Education days per year. I may accumulate up to three years of Continuing Education days, thus making it possible to take a sabbatical of six consecutive weeks. During 2020, I am planning to expend the two accumulated unused weeks of Continuing Education days from 2019 with the two weeks of Continuing Education time allotted for 2020. I have made arrangements with Rev. Aaron Cope to supply for me on Sunday mornings during February. I have secured emergency pastoral coverage for February, as well as amending the confirmation syllabus.
-Rev. George Schneider

Church Camp
Mark your calendars! We have the dates for next summer's church camp at Kirchenwald! We'll be at Kirchenwald from July 19th to July 25th.All youth are eligible for camperships. The cost per youth is $100 for the week.

Roof Appeal
On Sunday, November 24th, at a duly called meeting of the congregation, we approved a special appeal to fund our pending roof replacement. The first part of the appeal, the informal phase, takes place during December 2019. You are invited to help "prime the pump" for the official phase of the appeal, scheduled for February and March of 2020, by making a donation to the appeal during December. Special Roof Appeal envelopes are now in the pew racks.

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.

Feeding America Volunteer(s) Needed
We are looking for a volunteer to pickup donations from Walmart on Monday mornings and bring them back to the church. This could also be done by two volunteers on an alternating basis.
Requirements include:
 -  Available to pick-up at Walmart Monday mornings between 9am and 10am.
 -  Must have an SUV, minivan, or pickup truck to accommodate the boxes being picked up.
 -  Must be able to lift 30-40 pound boxes.
For more information, contact Maria in the church office (717) 235-2315.

The Adult Sunday School
The Adult Sunday School class that meets in room 3
” All are welcome! Come join us!

Christian Education - Sunday School
See the Sunday School Page here

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, February 12th, the Lunch Bunch will meet at Lion's Pride - 20 Dairyland Sq. Red Lion, PA, 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 February 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 February 11th at 11am in the Youth Lounge. If you have any questions, contact Barb Spink.

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.

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