Activities - News - Events

Updated 09/11/20    

Summer Drive In Worship - Saturdays 7:00 pm and Sundays at 9:15am.
We are now hosting two weekly drive-in services of Holy Communion. Please park in a space not blocked by an orange traffic cone and tune your car radios to FM 91.3. If you wish to bring a portable lawn chair and an FM radio, you may find a space on the lawn. Please abide by social distancing guidelines and remember to wear  a mask. We are asking you to bring your own elements for Holy Communion. Please treat the elements respectfully. We are recommending that you bring only enough bread and grape juice for you and your family to consume during worship .

Sunday School Registration Time
Any children pre-k through 6th grade, that have interest in a home Sunday school kit for the fall of 2020, please email Jennifer Hennessy at . Kits are limited and will be ready for pickup by September 14th.

We have a limited number of Christ In Our Home daily devotionals for July, August and September. If you would like a copy, please contact Pastor Schneider and he will send a copy to your home through the US Postal Service.  ( ).

Kids Feeding Kids - May 17th - August 23rd
Plans are underway to open a bit earlier than normal this year. We are going to open Sunday, May 17th. In light of the current Stay at Home order, we have revamped how we are going to operate this year’s program in order to provide the safest distribution of food for families, as well as, our volunteers. To that end, we have developed a contactless system.

1. We are registering children in advance. Along with the Family registration form, families will be given a checklist for each child. The checklist contains an extensive list of breakfast, lunch, snack, and beverage items to choose from. They will be asked to check off every item the child likes and add any we may have missed. We will use this list every week to put together customized bags for each child.

2. Each Sunday, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, we will distribute a pre-filled bag for each registered child curb-side in our parking lot utilizing the youth lounge. Families will not need to bring the children with them since they will not be shopping themselves.

3. Our volunteers will be wearing masks and gloves at all times. We will limit the number of volunteers to no more than 5 at any given packing or distribution.

4. When Families arrive, they will pull into the circle where the youth lounge door is. We will bring the bags out one vehicle at a time. A volunteer will go to the passenger side window to ask the names of the children so that their bags can be brought out. Families will be asked to have their trunk open so that our volunteers can place the bags in their trunk.

If you know any families who are financially struggling due to the Stay at Home order, please have them call the office (717-235-2315) to register for this program.

What we need:
   We need volunteers on Thursday and Friday mornings (9am – 11am) to help put together customized bags.
   We need volunteers on Sunday (5:15pm - 6:30pm) to help with curbside distribution.

This is a great opportunity for our youth to get involved. Call the church office (717-235-2315) to sign up for volunteer slots.

We are currently looking for donations of individually packaged items:
 Cereal cups
 Tuna/chicken salad cups
 Microwave spaghettio cups
 Lunchables
 Juice pouches
 Bottled water
 Milk cartons
Healthy items are always appreciated as well.
Donations can be dropped off to the church office Monday through Friday, 9am to Noon.

Special Envelopes
September's special giving envelope is designated to the Southern Regional Police Department and the Rose and
Maryland Line Volunteer Fire Departments.

Roof Replacement Update
Our architect is currently in the final phases of developing the schematics for our roof
replacement. We currently have $85,955 designated for the replacement of our room. We are planning to replace the roof in the spring of 2021.

Special Roof Appeal envelopes are available.

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 instant potatoes, cereals, pasta, spaghetti sauce, tuna, spam, canned meals, soup, pancake mix, condiments, and hygiene products. Plastic/cans/boxed packaging are preferred.
Gift cards to local grocery stores and monetary donations are always welcome. 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.

Feeding America
We are open for food distributions on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30am to 12:30 pm. This is a drive-up distribution only, so people should remain in their car and have their trunk open. We encourage only one person per household to come to pick up food. All boxes are prepacked with perishable and non-perishable items by volunteers. Boxes are packed based on what comes in through our Feeding America supplier and supplemented by items purchased through the
Central PA Food Bank or other sources. Every Wednesday, we make soup to distribute with the boxes.

We are looking for volunteers to pickup donations at the New Freedom and the Shrewsbury Rutters on Monday and Wednesday mornings and deliver them to the church..
We are also looking for a volunteer to pickup donations from Walmart every other Monday morning and deliver them to the church. 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 pounds.

Church Office Hours
Monday through Friday 9am to Noon.

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This year confirmation studies will resume during the week of September 27, 2020. Last year we focused on Luther’s Small Catechism. This year we will take a journey through the Bible. On
Sunday, September 27th, Pastor Schneider will publish a Youtube video presentation on the
material for the week. Confirmands will be asked to view that video and answer the questions posed at the end of the presentation. Confirmands are encouraged to join the pastor for a 10.15am discussion of the material the following week (i.e. Sunday, October 4, 2020). If they are unable to join the pastor for the videoconference Zoom discussion, they will be asked to submit their answers by email ( Confirmands can join the discussion by clicking onto this link:
( ). The Zoom meeting ID is 861 1927 6776 and the passcode is 533434.
Please pray for Tyler Burgess, Cole Caporale, Rose Caporale, Anna Hennessey, and Mason Tauzin as they continue their confirmation studies. Please also pray for Patrick O’Brien, Kendall Paciola, Owen Regner, and Caroline Simpson as they begin their confirmation studies.

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)

Virtual Bible Study
You are invited to join us on Tuesdays for a Zoom Bible study. We will convene on Tuesday at 7pm. Join your St. John friends for a five week study of Pastor Max Lucado's "Anxious For Nothing" DVD and written materials.
You will be asked to enter the meeting ID number (830 7911 9623). Or you can dial in by telephone using one of the
following numbers:
+1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston
Reach out to Sue Nonemaker (717.891.0123) or Tammy Jacobs (443.791.4857) with any questions.

Thursday Noon Discussion
You are invited to join us on Thursdays at noon for a Bible study teleconference via Zoom. We begin a journey through the scriptures beginning in Genesis and ending with the Revelation. July’s noon dis-cussion will continue the six unit/yearlong pilgrimage from death to new life in Christ
Module 4 -The Battle Is Joined
July 2nd – Jesus and the Gerasene Demoniac Mark 5:1-20
July 9th – Death of John the Baptist Mark 6:1-29
July 16th – Transfiguration Mark 8:27 – 9:8
July 23rd – Passion Prediction Mark 9:30-37
July 30th – First Last and Last First Mark 10:17-31
You will be asked to enter the Meeting ID (843 1356 5372) and the Password (426113). Or you can dial in using one of the numbers below: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

Virtual Lunch Bunch
You are invited to join us on Wednesday, July 8th for a Virtual Lunch Bunch via Zoom. Grab a lunch and head to your computer! All are welcome! You will be asked to enter the Meeting ID (867 7738 8140).

he Lord's Lunch
The Lord’s Lunch is open for lunch every Saturday. Lunch is available via curbside pickup, between 11:30am and 12:30pm. Volunteers will be at the front entrance with pre-packed bags containing a sandwich, a side, chips, dessert and a beverage. In the event of rain, they will be under the portico.
The Lord’s Lunch in particular need of the following items for our Saturday bag lunches:
> Bottled water
> Individual ice teas
> Boxed potatoes
> Canned soup
> Canned vegetables
Items can be dropped off to the office, Monday-Friday 9am to Noon.

The Lord’s Lunch is looking for several volunteers who are available weekdays:
  1.) People to deliver food boxes to seniors/families during the day on an as needed basis.
  2.) One or two people to pick up food Monday mornings around 9:30am. Two people could alternate weeks. Would prefer someone with a truck/minivan/suv as sometimes there are a large quantity of boxes.
  3.) Two or three people to help unload and sort our food delivery every other Tuesday morning. The delivery time varies but is usually between 8:45am and 11:00am.

The Good Food Box
The next distribution date for the Good Food Box is Tuesday, August 4th, From 4:30pm to 5:30pm. This is a curbside Distribution from the back of the Hoshall Family Life Center. To reserve a box, call the office by Noon on Monday, August 3rd (717-235-2315).

We are looking for volunteers to deliver food boxes to those families unable to get out every other Tuesday between 11:30am and 2pm. Additionally, we are looking for volunteers to help with food distribution every other Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5:30pm.

Volunteer Opportunities

We currently have several volunteer opportunities available with our various food ministries. Please contact Maria in the office (717-235-2315) if you are interested in helping with any of these.

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.

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

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
Currently Cancelled

Life’s Thread Quilters Currently Cancelled
The Life’s Thread Quilters meets in the Hoshall Family Life Center.

Daytime Knitting and Crocheting Group Currently Cancelled
The Daytime Knitting and Crocheting Group meets at 11am in the Youth Lounge. If you have any questions, contact Barb Spink.

Adult Zumba® Currently Cancelled

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 Currently Cancelled
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.

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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