Activities - News - Events

Updated 08/16/19    

Flowers for Sunday, August 18, 2019

The flowers are given to the glory of God and in memory of Doris Wolfe by the Wolfes.

The bulletins are given to the glory of God in memory of Patsy Williams by her family, Don, Sheryl & Kim.


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, August 18, 2019
Jeremiah 23:23-29 pg. 19
Psalm 82  “Arise O Lord“ by Craig Smith
Hebrews 11:29—-12:2 pg. 305
Luke 12:49-56 pg. 102

Music for Sunday,  August 18, 2019
Prelude: ELW#530 “Here, O Lord, Your Servants Gather” (instrumental)
Entrance Hymn: ELW#530 “Here, O Lord, Your Servants Gather”
Hymn of Day: ELW#713 “O God of Every Nation”
Offering: ‘Home” by Jonny Robinson and Rich Thompson
Communion: ELW#479- “We Come to the Hungry Feast”, ELW#494- “For The Bread Which You Have Broken”, W&P#85- “Let Justice Roll Like A River”
Recessional Hymn: ELW#669- “Rise Up, O Saints of God”

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


The Worship & Music Ministry
The Worship & Music Ministry will meet on Monday, September 23rd at 7.00pm to plan our festival worship services during the fall and winter of 2019.

Pastor's Thursday Noontime Discussions


-- See the full 2019 schedule here

New Freedom Fest
Saturday, September 21, 2019 Volunteers are needed from 1pm to 5pm to assist at the New Freedom Fest to assist with Trash collection. A sign-up sheet is located in the Narthex.


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.

Special Envelopes

The August Special Giving envelopes are designated for the Heifer Project International. The Heifer Project helps to provide animals to people worldwide. Giving an animal is like giving someone a small business, providing wool, milk, eggs and more. Animal donations can provide families a hand up, increasing access to medicine, school, food and a sustainable livelihood.

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 August, we are looking for donations canned vegetables and soup.
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 August 20th.
If anyone has excess produce from their gardens this summer, please consider donating them to the Lord’s Lunch for our Good Food Boxes.

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 Canned Chicken, Condiments, Baking Items (Brownie, Cookie, or Muffin Mix), Hamburger Helper .

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 feedthehungrysycfp@gmail.com ..... 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.


Church Office Hours
Summer Schedule: Monday through Friday 9am to Noon.

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Rally Day
On Sunday, September 8th we will celebrate Rally Day with a back to school blessing of the backpacks. If you are going back to school or beginning kindergarten, bring your backpacks to have them blessed during the children's sermon.

Sunday School Meeting & Child Protection Training
On Sunday, August 25th all Sunday School teachers and assistants are invited to meet to plan for the 2019/2020 Sunday School year and to receive the mandatory Child Protection Policy Training.

2020 Budget Process
The finance committee is beginning the 2020 budget planning process. All committee budget requests for next year need to be submitted by August 19th. Please place your requests in Linda Peterson’s mailbox.


150th Anniversary Dinner
On Saturday, October 19th we will gather at 6.00pm for a gala dinner to celebrate our 150th Anniversary! The event will be catered by Tasteful Occasions and will include music and entertainment. On September 1st tickets will be available to purchase at the cost of $10 per meal.

Sunday School Holy Baptism Challenge
Sunday Schoolers are encouraged to meet with Pastor Schneider before Sunday School to take the Holy Baptism Challenge. Sunday Schoolers who can recite Luther's Small Catechism definition of Holy Baptism can earn a candy bar!

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!


Kids Feeding Kids - June 9th - August 18th
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. Once again the Kids Feeding Kids outreach program will assist these families in need. Plans are currently under way for this summer. We will be open Sundays, 5:30-6:30pm, starting on June 9th.
What We Need
1. Lots of Teen and Preteen volunteers to help the young children shop, to help with setup and cleanup, etc. We are looking to schedule a rotation of teens so no one has to commit to the entire sum-mer. You can commit to as few as one Sunday dur-ing the summer. Please contact Maria in the office (717-235-2315) to sign up or see the signup sheet in the Narthex.
2. We also need donations of individual size food items. In April, we are looking for donations of single serving sized spaghettios, individual mac & cheese cups, tuna or chicken salad paks with crackers.
Click Here for the Kids Feeding Kids Facebook Page

Life Line Screening
Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will offer their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings at St. John Lutheran Church on Thursday, August 29th. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the
risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 888-653-6441 or text the word circle to 797979 or visit this link: https://www.lifelinescreening.com/community-circle/  .


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, August 14th, the Lunch Bunch will meet at Friendly Farm, 17434 Foreston Rd, Uppersco, 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 September 5th 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 August 13th 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.

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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