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Updated 11/28/22    

The Nativity Story Family Activity

Families are invited to gather for an Advent activity on Sunday, December 18th from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.
Participating families will be gifted a puzzle to take home and display for the season of Christmas.

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. 

Weekly Bulletin Sponsorship
Bulletin sponsorship helps us defray the cost of paper and printing. If you would like to sponsor bulletins, please check out the Bulletin Sponsorship calendar in the Narthex to pick an available date. Contact the office (717) 235-2315 with any questions.

Bulletins and Flowers for Sunday
The bulletins on 1127 are given to the Glory of God by the Myers Family.

The flowers on 11/27 are given to the Glory of God and in memory of Robert Lloyd, Sr. by Larry & Pat O’Brien.

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.

Special Envelopes
November’s special giving envelope is designated to the Southern Community Services’ Energy Assistance Fund.

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.
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Worship Assistant Schedule

This Sunday and Next Sunday

Full Monthly Schedule

Seeking Christmas Musicians
We are planning this year's celebration of Christians and are reaching out to musicians in the congregation. We are seeking musicians to either serve as soloists or accompanists for special music during the 7.00pm or 11.00pm Christmas Eve celebrations. We are also seeking those who wish to share their voices as members of the choir! So, if you would like to help with the relude, offering, choir, or special music, please contact Laura Tauzin before unday, November 27th, as we will need time to plan and rehearse.

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.

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.

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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Advent Vespers
On Wednesdays, during the season of Advent, we will celebrate HoldenEvening Prayer at 7.00pm

Confirmation News
Confirmation meets Sunday. Confirmands are invited to meet with Pastor Schneider at 9.15am. This year we will be taking a deep dive into the Biblical narrative. On, Sunday, Decem-ber 4th confirmands will be discussing Module 3.1 "The Beginning of the Good News" with Pastor Schneider. Please view the video and be ready to discuss your answers to the questions posed in the presentation on Sunday, November 27th.

First Communion Classes
Pastor Schneider will be leading First Communion Classes on the first three Mondays of November at 6.00pm.
  • Monday, November 14th - What Is Holy Communion?
  • Monday, November 21st - How Do I Receive Holy Communion?
If you would like to enroll your child in First Communion instruction, please contact Pastor Schneider.

Adult Sunday School

The Adult Sunday School meets every Sunday in the old social ministry room from 9.00am until 10.15am.. The adults are current studying Max Lucado's Help Is Here series. All are welcome!

Bakers Needed
We're planning a Cookie Walk and Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 10th and need volunteers to bake cookies. A sign-up sheet and cookie recipes will soon be available in the narthex. Please consider volunteering for this worthy effort.

The Lunch Bunch
On Wednesday, December 14th, the Lunch Bunch will be meeting at Basta Pasta, 2745 Fallston Road, Fallston, MD.
Make reservations by contacting Michael and Nancy Ridgely (717-235-5767) no later than December 7th.

The Good Food Box

If anyone has excess produce from their gardens this summer, please consider donating them to the Lord’s Lunch for our Good Food Boxes.
Produce may be dropped off in the office, Monday-Friday from 9 am to 11:30 am.

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, December 1st at noon. We will be discussing Chapter Six "Sermon on the Mount" from Dietrich Bonhoeffer's The Cost of Discipleship this week. Due to the fact that this is a long and complex chapter at the heart of this text, we are considering it in portions. This week we will focus on the section entitled: Kindred. This section is found on pages 122 through 125 of the 2003 Fortress Press edition of this text.

The Lord's Lunch

The Lord’s Lunch has reopened for indoor Dining on Saturdays at 11:30am. In addition, we are continuing our curbside pick-up, between 11:30am and 12:30pm. Volunteers will be at the church entrance with pre-packed bags. We are 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).
   A Note of Thanks

The Lord’s Lunch would like to thank everyone who donated turkeys for our Thanksgiving boxes. We handed out a total of 27 boxes for
   Thanksgiving this year.
   Christmas Ham
The Lord’s Lunch is assembling Christmas meal boxes for families in need. We are looking for donations of hams for those boxes. Frozen hams may be dropped off at the church through Tuesday, December 20th.

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)

Cleaning of the Rolls
Each year the constitution requires the council to remove anyone who have not received Holy Communion and made a contribution of record in the last two years. If you have not communed or contributed within the past two years and wish to remain on the rolls of St. John Lutheran Church, please receive Holy Communion and make a contribution of record by December 31, 2022.

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.

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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