Activities - News - Events

Updated 02/16/18    

Pastor's Thursday Noontime Discussions
March’s noontime discussion will continue the exploration of the world’s faiths. The noontime discussion will begin with brief overview of the material and will conclude with an opportunity for questions, comments and hearty discussion.
   March 1st – Sanatana Dharma: Hinduism
   March 8th – Buddhism & Jainism: Reform Movements of Hinduism
   March 15th – Taoism & Confucianism: Ancient Faiths of China
   March 22nd – Sikhism: Guru Nanak the Bridge

 -- See the full 2018 schedule here

Flowers and Bulletins for Sundays

The 2018 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.

Easter Flowers
Tulips and lilies will decorate the altar in honor or memory of our loved ones and may then be taken home by the donor or donated to shut-ins. To order tulips or lilies, complete the form below and place it in the offering plate or mailed to the church office, including a check made payable to St. John Lutheran Church in the amount of $9.00 for each pot of Lilies or Tulips ordered.
The deadline for orders is Sunday, March 4th
.   Click Here to print the Order Form


Worship Assistants serving
for February 18, 2018
Full monthly schedule: For Assisting Minister, Crucifer, Acolyte, Communion Basket, Lector, Greeters, Ushers, Communion Assistant, and Communion Preparation Click here

Music for Sunday, February 18, 2018
Entrance Hymn: ELW#326 - “Bless Now, O God the Journey”
Hymn of Day: ELW#624 - “Jesus Still Lead On”
Offering: Choir- “More Precious Than Silver”


Passing of the Peace

This week the CDC categorized this year’s flu season as being of “high intensity”. The CDC also reported a high rate of flu related hospitalization. Because of the severity of this year’s flu strain, we will discontinue shaking hands during the passing of the peace.

Kirchenwald and Nawakwa Camping Discounts
The weather outside may not be reminding you of summer camp, but soon enough camp will be calling you to enjoy and experience God in the great outdoors! So start planning your summer church camp experience at Kirchenwald or Nawakwa by taking advantage of some discounts. The good news is you can take more than one discount!
   1. Camper Person Discount - Take $10 off just because a member—Danielle Kuhn—completed camper person training. You don’t have to do anything to get this discount, just take it!
   2. Multiple Sibling Discount – Take $20 off after the second child enrolls in at least a week-long program.
   3. Refer a Friend Discount – Take $25 off.
   4. Early Bird Discount – Take $15 off when you register before April 7th.
Remember both camps are open year round with exciting programs for youth and adults. Adult summer camps include an all men’s week and elder camp; and the whole family can enjoy camping together by attending the most popular family camping weeks. If you have any questions, please speak with Danielle Kuhn.


Volunteers Needed
The office is looking for additional volunteers to help with various tasks.
   1. Weekly church cleanup duty. This is usually done on Mondays or Tuesdays.
   2. Weekly bulletin assembly. This is done on Thursday afternoon or Friday and can also be done at home.
Volunteers for both tasks are scheduled on a rotation basis. If you are interested in helping out with either of these tasks, please call Maria in the office (717-235-2315).


Volunteers Also Needed
We are in need of volunteer drivers to transport some of our seniors to doctors appointments, the grocery store, etc. If you would be interested in helping out, please contact Harriett Lloyd (717-235-5881).

Adult Sunday School
The Adult Sunday School class that meets in Room #5 is studying the book of Isaiah. If you are interested in reading Isaiah and learning how the works of this prophet still apply
today, please join us.

The Adult Sunday School class meeting in room #3 is studying “God is Closer than You Think” by John Ortberg. Please join us as we learn and share in an open, comfortable atmosphere. All are welcome!

Special Envelopes
The February Special Giving envelopes are designated for the Fuel Fund.

The Lord's Lunch
On Thursday, February 22nd, The Lords Lunch will hold their first Annual Meeting at 7pm in room #5.


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 February, we are looking for donations of canned soup and canned 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 date for the Good Food Box is February 20th.

NOTE: At this time, The Good Food Box has an over abundance of empty egg cartons. Therefore, they are stopping the collection of egg cartons for the moment. Look for an announcement here when they are ready to start collecting them again. Thank you to all who have been donating egg cartons over the last several months.

Parish Directory (Updated)
An updated directory is currently available on this website under the Family Directory tab to the left.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Each year all expressions of the Church join their voices together in prayer for unity. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity always begins with the feast of the Confession of Saint Peter on January 18th and concludes with the feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul on January 25th. We will celebrate with Noon Eucharist on both January 18th and January 25th.

GriefShare—Grief Support Group
GriefShare is a special weekly seminar and support group designed to help you rebuild your life after losing a loved one. The group is led by caring people who have experienced grief and want to help you through the difficult days ahead.
Two Groups: Thursdays: 7 – 9 PM  Fridays: 10:30AM – 12:30PM
Orientation 7pm Sep 1 thru Dec 7 or 8, 2017, (Except November 23 & 24)
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 315 N. Constitution Ave., New Freedom, PA - St. Elizabeth Center (West side, Lower Level of Main Church) Information Contact: Judy Newberger, RN jnewberger@sjbnf.org 717- 235-2156 Ext. 214


Southern York County Food Pantry
St John Lutheran will be collecting non-perishable items for the local food pantry. In particular, the Southern York Food Pantry is in need of canned meats, tuna, coffee, hot cereals, and juices ..

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.

The Southern York County Pantry wishes to thank St. John for their contribution to the pantry for food and for the fuel fund.


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.

Solicitations Reminder
ALL solicitations presented on church property, ranging from group requests presented to the congregation in church to individual requests to buy Girl Scout cookies, must be presented to and approved by the Stewardship/Finance Committee


Tree Planting - God's Work Our Hands
On Sunday, September 10th, we participated in God's Work Our Hands Sunday with other congregations of our conference by taking part in a tree planting at the Shrewsbury SpiriTrust Village. Click Here to see pictures of that event.


Fall and Winter Church Office Hours 
Monday -Thursday: 9am - 3pm  Friday: 9am - Noon



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Inclement Weather Policy - Click here

Pastor’s Sunday Teaching Series
During the winter and spring of 2018 Pastor Schneider will offer a monthly Sunday morning teaching series on the history following the Lutheran Reformation of the 16th Century during the Christian Education hour. Please plan on meeting in the Hoshall Family Life Center at 9.15am for the presentation.
   February 18th – From Luther to the 21st Century: The Rise of Splintered Orthodoxies
   March 11th – From Luther to the 21st Century: The 19th Century and the Rise of Colonialism
   April 15rd – From Luther to the 21st Century: The 20th Century As An Age of Monumental Change


Acolyte Training
There is an acolyte training session scheduled for Sunday, February 18th at 9:15am in the chancel. This training is for new acolytes as well as for any current acolyte who would like a refresher. Adult acolytes are also welcome. If you are unable to attend but would like training, please speak with Matt Jacobs, Eli Wetzel (early service), or Payton Carrier (late service) to arrange a convenient time.

Wednesday Night Lenten Vespers
Beginning on Wednesday, February 21st, we will gather at 7.00pm on Wednesday nights for pray Holden Evening Prayer. Rev. Schneider will lead Holden Evening Prayer each week as we host various pastors from the South York Conference who will address "Bad Words of the Church" over the course of the season of Lent. The "Bad Words of the Church" will focus on the essential Lenten disciplines that we naturally avoid.

Crabcake Dinner
February 23rd  5.30pm to 7.30pm   Dinner includes : 1 Crab cake, Baked Potato, and Green Beans. $20 per dinner. Carryout is available. Additions crabcakes can be purchased for $10 each. Please sign up today on the sheet in the narthex or call Linda Peterson (717.887.9419) to reserve your dinner. Thank you!  Proceeds will benefit the Youth Ministry.

Realm Membership Database Update

By logging onto Realm you will have the opportunity to update your personal information (i.e. address, phone numbers, email address etc.) directly. You must have a password in order to access the information in Realm. If you do not have a password, please contact Pastor Schneider, pastorschneider@stjohnlutherannewfreedom.com .
Pictures: John Wachter will be available to take pictures for our directory on Sunday, February 18th, in the Social Ministry Room from 9:15am to 10:30am and from 11:30am to 12:00pm.

YMCA - Discovery Time Learning Center Open House
March 10th - 10am to 12 noon.  Click here for full information


Swanson Family in Tanzania - Newsletter
We have received a new Newsletter from our Missionary Family in Tanzania dated December 2017. Click here to read.

Shepherding Zone Covered Dish
The flocks will be gathering for a covered dish dinner following the 10:30 AM service on Sunday, February 25th. All of you are invited and encouraged to come and graze with partners from your shepherding zone. Bring a covered dish to share. Look for the sign up box in the near future in the Narthex. Please plan to join us for this time of fellowship with your fellow sheep, rams, ewes and lambs. For further information, please call Loretta Mellinger at (717) 235-7797.

Secret Pals
If are interested in being a secret pal to one of our Golden Agers 85 or older in 2018, please get in touch with Bev Andreychek, 717-235-5834 or sign the sheet located in the narthex. You can be an anonymous encourager until December 2018 when you’ll reveal your identity to your Secret Pal. Even if you were a Secret Pal this past year, please let me know again if you are interested in participating. Please also indicate if you are able to have 2, other than a couple. I won’t assume that you want to be involved unless I hear from you. A great big “THANK YOU” to all of you who participated this past year!!
- To those of you who are Golden Agers and were blessed with those Secret Angels this past year, we hope you felt God’s messengers reaching out to you in a special way. We will be assigning a new Secret Pal for this year, and they will be different than the one you had this past year, but each one has their own special gifts and talents which God has given them and will reach out to you in their own special way.


Community Prayer Request
If you would like to help St. John Lutheran Church plan and construct a Community Prayer Request Box, please contact Rev. Schneider 717.235.2315 / pastorschneider@comcast.net .

R3 Initiative
St. John Lutheran Church will be engaging in the Lower Susquehanna Synod's R3 Initiative during 2017 and 2018. The R3 Initiative (reFORM, reNEW, reVISION) is an 18 month coaching process that is designed to help congregations engage today's world in ministry.

Feeding America
The Southern York Conference has joined together to continue a food ministry available to the residents of New Freedom, Shrewsbury, Hametown and the surrounding areas. St. John is looking for volunteers to assist on Mondays from 10am-Noon or Noon-2pm. Please contact the church office for further information or to sign up to volunteer for any available time slot(s).


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, March 14th, the Lunch Bunch will meet at Perkins Family Restaurant, 2500 E. Market St., York 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 Thursday, March 1st at 9:30am in Sunday School room #5.
Donation Needed:
The Life’s Thread Quilters are in need of cotton/cotton blend flat sheets. For more information, please contact Gardenia Wallace at 717-235-2274.

Daytime Knitting and Crocheting Group
The next meeting of the Daytime Knitting and Crocheting Group is scheduled for February 13th at 11am in the Youth Lounge. If you have any questions, contact Barb Spink (717-235-5785).

Adult Zumba®
Adult Zumba® classes are offered on Monday and Wednesday evenings in the Hoshall Family Life Center from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Classes are strictly pay-asyou-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. 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.

Constitutional Review
The 2016 Triennial Convention of the ELCA voted to mandate a series of constitutional changes to the model constitution of the congregation. The Lower Susquehanna Synod of the ELCA recommends that we bring our current constitution into compliance by early 2018. These changes are required, yet we have to vote upon them and ratify them in accordance with our current constitution. So, we will have to first pass them at a special meeting of the congregation by a simple majority and then ratify them at the next annual meeting by a two-thirds super majority. So, at their June meeting the council adopted the schedule below to vote upon and ratify these necessary changes.
  October 9, 2016 Mail Notice of Proposed Constitutional Amendments to the Congregation
  November 19, 2017 First Vote on Constitutional Amendments at Budget Meeting by a Simple Majority Vote
  December 18, 2017 Mail Notice of Proposed Constitutional Amendments to the Congregation as Part of the Annual Report
  January 28, 2018 Ratify the Proposed Constitutional Amendments at the Annual Meeting by a Two-Thirds Majority Vote
  December 17, 2018 Mail Notice of Proposed Bylaw Changes as Part of the Annual Report
  January 27, 2019 Change the Bylaws at the Annual Meeting by a Simple Majority Vote


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).

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


Reformation Weekend Dinner Theater Celebration
View pictures from the Celebration Dinner held on Saturday, October 28th at St. John. Click here.


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