Activities - News - Events

Updated 11/15/19    

2020 Calendar
We are in the process of planning our 2020 calendar. You will soon receive a draft calendar, ministry leaders and committee chairpersons are invited to plan and place their events on the calendar for next year.

Pastor's Thursday Noontime Discussions
November’s noontime discussion will explore the Church’s work. We will discuss what it means to live a daily Christian life. What is sin? What is confession? Is it important to hear a word of forgiveness? How do we serve God? How do we serve our neighbor?
   November 21st – Serving Our Neighbor: Putting the Second Tablet into Action

-- See the full 2019 schedule here

Flowers and Bulletins for Sunday, November 17, 2019

The flowers are given to the glory of God and in gratitude for the blessings of family and friends by Eunice Minick.

The bulletins are given to the glory of God and in celebration of their anniversary by Bill & Linda Schmalzer.

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, November 17, 2019
Malachi 4:1-2a pg. 1179
Psalm 98 W&P#51 God has Done Marvelous Things (vs,1,2,3)
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 pg. 279
Luke 21:5-19 pg. 115

Music for Sunday, November 17, 2019
Prelude: “We Will Hold On” by Paul Baloche
Entrance Hymn: ELW#327 - “Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow”
Hymn of Day: ELW#723 - “Canticle of the Turning”
Offering: Choir - “Because He Lives” by Ed Cash, Gloria Gaither, Jason Ingram, Matt Maher, Daniel Carson, William J.Gaither and Chris Tomlin
Communion: Instrumental
Recessional Hymn: ELW#439 - “Soon and Very Soon”

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

Sunday School
Non-Perishable Food Drive

The Sunday School will be collecting canned and non-perishable food items for the Lord's Lunch and Good Food Box until Sunday, November 24th.

Special Envelopes
The November Special Giving envelopes are designated for our the Food For The Poor. Food For The Poor is a Christian organization that helps the poor of the Caribbean and Latin America. Rev. Bruce Potteiger, a Lutheran pastor, will be here on Sunday, November 3rd to share the work of Food For The Poor with us.

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.

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 November, we are looking for donations of 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 November 26th.

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, dishwashing detergent, toilet paper, bars of soap, and shampoo .

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).

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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Christmas Poinsettias

It is time to order your Christmas Poinsettias which decorate the chancel for our Christmas Eve Services.
Deadline: Sunday, November 15th. Click here to print the Order Form

Decorate the Nave
We will decorate our nave for the seasons of Advent and Christmas on Sunday, December 1st, at 9:15am.

Thanksgiving Eve Service
The South York Conference will be having a joint Thanksgiving Eve Service on November 27th at 7pm. Salem Lutheran Church in Jacobus will be hosting.

Mark Your Calendars

Sunday, November 17, 2019
-  Commitment Sunday 8.00am & 10.30am
Sunday, November 24, 2019
-   9:15am Christ the King Combined Eucharist
-  10:30am Congregational Budget/Plan for Mission Meeting

-  11:15am Congregational Brunch A sign up sheet is available in the narthex.
Tuesday, December 24, 2019
-  7:00pm Eve of the Nativity of Our Lord Family Eucharist
-  11:00pm Eve of the Nativity of Our Lord Candlelight Eucharist

Sunday, December 29, 2019
-  9:15am Christmas I Combined Eucharist
Sunday, January 26, 2020
-  9:15am Combined Eucharist
-  10:30am Annual Meeting of the Congregation

2020 Budget/Plan for Mission Congregational Meeting
On Sunday, November 24, 2019 we will meet for one combined Eucharist at 9.15am which will be followed by a Congregational Budget Meeting at 10.30am.
The meeting will consider three action items:
1. Ratification of the 2020 - Budget/Plan For Mission
2. Ratification of the Investment Gains Capital Improvement Plan
3. Approval of the Roof Replacement Capital Campaign Plan

Congregational Brunch Sunday, November 24th 11:15am
We are planning a congregational brunch to follow the congregational budget/plan for mission meeting. A sign up sheet is available in the narthex.

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.

Congregational Council Nominations Committee
At the October meeting of the council, Sue Nonemaker was named chairperson of the Nominations Committee.

Men’s Group Advent Breakfast
TThe Men's Group will meet on Saturday, November 30th. at 8:00am in the Youth Lounge for a hearty breakfast and Advent discussion.

Cookie Exchange

On Sunday, December 15th, we will be having a cookie exchange during coffee hour. Bring 1/2 dozen cookies to share and however many dozen you would like to trade.

Medicare Open Enrollment
The York County Area Agency on Aging’s APPRISE Program will offer free personalized counseling during Medicare’s Annual Open Enrollment Period, which begins October 15th and ends December 7th. Medicare beneficiaries throughout the annual open enrollment period will be able to receive one-on-one counseling assistance offered by trained APPRISE counselors at different locations throughout York County. Pre-scheduled appointments are necessary and can be made by calling the APPRISE scheduling line at 717-771-9042 or 1-800-632-9073.

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 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!

Ten Commandments Challenge
Sunday School Students have until Sunday, November 17th to take The Ten Commandments Challenge.
If you can recite the Ten Commandments to Pastor Schneider, you will win a prize!

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, December 11th, the Lunch Bunch will meet at Casa Mia's, 17417 York Rd., Parkton, MD, 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 January 9th 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 December 10th 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.

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