Activities - News - Events

Updated 08/11/22    

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. 

Bulletins and Flowers for Sunday
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.
The flowers Sunday August 14th are given to the glory of God and in memory of Betty Nonemaker by Sue Nonemaker.

Special Envelopes
August’s special giving envelope is designated to the The Lord’s Lunch.

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. ( ).
On Sunday, July 31st Michael Ridgely will be available at the Listening Post
following worship.

August Poll
During August, the Worship and Music Committee will be asking those in attendance to take a poll concerning the number of worship services we should hold that will shape the future of our congregation. We will be asking you whether you prefer one service or if we should go back to two services in the fall.
Post-COVID, we are having to make some tough calls both personally and as a church without the previous number of worshippers. One combined service provides opportunities to have a fuller church, relieve the burden on limited volunteers, and maybe make some fiscal choices as well. Two services afford flexibility in service types and attendance options.

Worship Assistant Schedule

This Sunday and Next Sunday

Full Monthly Schedule

Kids Feeding Kids
- Sunday’s through August 21st 5-6pm

Many children depend on school for breakfast and lunch during the school year. Once school is out for the summer, many families find themselves struggling. The Kids Feeding Kids outreach program assists these families in need. Every Sunday evening throughout the summer, these children come to do their "shopping" for the week.
If you or someone you know is in need of this program, please have them contact the church office for more information.

Donations Needed

We are in need of donations of individual sized packaged food items. We are currently looking for donations of the following items:
• Microwave spaghettios
• Uncrustables
• Individual salads
• Vanilla/butterscotch pudding cups
• Bottled water.

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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Blessing of the Backpacks
If you are headed back to school, bring your backpack to have it blessed during worship on Sunday, August 14th at 9 am.

Notes of thanks
Notes of thanks have been received from the following:
     House of Hope for our continued support.
     The Southern York County Pantry for our donation to the fuel fund.

The council would like to partner with a local restaurants or caterers to sell some signature dishes or desserts to fund the capital projects we foresee. If you know anyone that we could or should talk to, please let any member of the council know along with contact information.

The Lunch Bunch
The Lunch Bunch will be meeting at Olive Garden, 1340 Kenneth Rd, York on Wednesday, September 14th at noon.
If you are interested in attending, please email Pam Bromiley at bromileypl@gma .

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.

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.

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, August 18th at noon. We will be discussing Chapter 33 "Roman Catholic Christianity" this week.

The Lords 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).

Summer Choir
Calling all singers! If you are interested in singing and are looking for a simple way to
participate, we will be offering a summer pop-in choir the 4th Sunday of the month on the following date: 7/24, and 8/28. We will practice in the choir room at 8:15am the morning of the service. Join us!

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.

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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