Activities - News - Events

Updated 02/18/24    

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

Tax time
Tax time is soon upon us! The 2023 giving statements have been sent to you by email and by postal service. If you have not received your 2023 statement, please call Linda Peterson at your earliest convenience.

Bulletins and Flowers for Sunday
The 2023 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: $40  Just fill out the form envelope located below the calendars 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 are invited to collect them following the 10.30am Eucharist. We will keep the altar flowers for sponsors to pick-up until Wednesday. 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 bulletins for Sunday Febuary 18th are given to the Glory of God and in memory of Carl Munch by Nancy Munch.

Special Envelopes
February’s Special Giving Envelope is designated to Hope. H.O.P.E. stands for Help for Oncology Problems and Emotional support.

Tax Time
Tax time is soon upon us! The 2023 giving statements have been sent to you by email and by postal service. If you have not received your 2023 statement, please call Linda Peterson at your earliest convenience.

Listening Pos
On the last Sunday of the month, members of council will be available following worship to serve as our monthly listening post. If you have any questions about the life of the congregation or would like to pass anything along to council, please gather at the Baptismal font after worship to speak with a member of council.

Worship Assistant Schedule
This Sunday and Next Sunday
Full Monthly Schedule

The Life’s Thread Quilters will next meet on Thursday March 7th 9:30am in the Hoshall Family Life Center.

Prayer Shawl Group
The Knitting/Crocheting/Prayer Shawl Group will meet in the Social Ministry Room on Tuesday, February 13th at 11am.

Lunch Bunch
Our next Lunch Bunch will meet on February 14, 2024 at the Lyndon Diner, 1353 Kenneth Rd, York, PA, at 11:45am. If you would like to attend or need additional information, please contact Gardenia Wallace (717-235-2274).

SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice Volunteering Opportunities

As the Holiday season approaches please consider giving the gift of your time! SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care and Hospice is looking for volunteers to join the Hospice Team. Volunteer to visit hospice clients in your community to offer friendly support. Volunteers also help with office work, bereavement calls and visits, sewing memory teddy bears. Call Cathy Sweeney, Volunteer Coordinator at 570-599-5390 to learn more.

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

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.

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 requirement. If you can assist us with any of these services, please let the church office know and we will get you scheduled.

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

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.

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

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Lenten Vespers
On Wednesday evenings during Lent, we will gather at 7.00pm to join our voices together in song and prayer as we celebrate Holden Evening Prayer.

The liturgical season of Lent and Easter lifts up Jesus’ difficult journey to Jerusalem where he will die and rise. During these Sundays, confirmands will complete weekly Worship Notes and submit them to Pastor Schneider each Sunday.
  February 25th – Lent / Easter Journey Worship Notes
  March 3rd – Lent / Easter Journey Worship Notes
  March 10th - Lent / Easter Journey Worship Notes
  March 17th – Lent / Easter Journey Worship Notes
  March 24th – Lent / Easter Journey Worship Notes
  March 31st - Lent / Easter Journey Worship Notes
The Lent / Easter Journey Worship Notes can be found on the table in the narthex.

 Children’ Sermon
As part of our continually re-opening strategy in these post-pandemic days we resurrected the Children's Sermon on the Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord.

Adult Sunday School
Adult Sunday school, every Sunday in room 3 of the FLC or via zoom.
Join Zoom Meeting:

    Meeting ID: 956 1841 9484
    Passcode: 256858
We are currently studying the series, The Chosen, season three. ALL are welcome!

Noontime Discussion Group - Book Study
Over the course of the next few months we will be discussing Karen Armstrong's groundbreaking work “A History of God”. We will gather together on Thursday, February 29th at noon via Zoom to discuss Karen Armstrong's seventh Chapter "The God of the Mystics" (pages 209 to 256).

SpiriTrust Home Care & Hospice
Thinking about getting out to help a neighbor in need? Consider volunteering for SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice. Make friendly visits to hospice clients in York County or make supportive phone calls to grieving families. For more information please call Cathy Sweeney, Volunteer Coordinator at 570-599-5390.

The Lord's Lunch

The Lord’s Lunch is in need of more volunteers on Saturdays. Middle and high school students needing community service hours are encouraged to volunteer.
Two shifts are available:
     • 8:30-11:00 am for setup and food preparation
     • 11:00-1:00 pm for serving and cleanup
If you are interested in volunteering or for more information, please contact Maria in the office (717-235-2315).
The Lord’s Lunch is in need of the following items in their food pantry:
• Boxed potatoes
• Canned vegetables
• Canned soup
• Paper towels
Donations may be dropped off to the office during the week, between the hours of 9am and Noon.
Volunteers Needed
The Lord’s Lunch is in need of more volunteers on Saturdays. Middle and high school students in need of community service hours are welcome. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Maria in the office (717-235-2315).

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)

The 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.

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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