Activities - News - Events

Updated 05/29/20    

Kids Feeding Kids - May 17th - August 23rd  
Plans are underway to open a bit earlier than normal this year. We are going to open Sunday, May 17th. In light of the current Stay at Home order, we have revamped how we are going to operate this year’s program in order to provide the safest distribution of food for families, as well as, our volunteers. To that end, we have developed a contactless system.

1. We are registering children in advance. Along with the Family registration form, families will be given a checklist for each child. The checklist contains an extensive list of breakfast, lunch, snack, and beverage items to choose from. They will be asked to check off every item the child likes and add any we may have missed. We will use this list every week to put together customized bags for each child.

2. Each Sunday, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, we will distribute a pre-filled bag for each registered child curb-side in our parking lot utilizing the youth lounge. Families will not need to bring the children with them since they will not be shopping themselves.

3. Our volunteers will be wearing masks and gloves at all times. We will limit the number of volunteers to no more than 5 at any given packing or distribution.

4. When Families arrive, they will pull into the circle where the youth lounge door is. We will bring the bags out one vehicle at a time. A volunteer will go to the passenger side window to ask the names of the children so that their bags can be brought out. Families will be asked to have their trunk open so that our volunteers can place the bags in their trunk.

If you know any families who are financially struggling due to the Stay at Home order, please have them call the office (717-235-2315) to register for this program.

What we need:

Volunteers
   We need volunteers on Thursday and Friday mornings (9am – 11am) to help put together customized bags.
   We need volunteers on Sunday (5:15pm - 6:30pm) to help with curbside distribution.

This is a great opportunity for our youth to get involved. Call the church office (717-235-2315) to sign up for volunteer slots.


Donations 

We are currently looking for the following donations:
- Ramen Noodle cups (chicken & shrimp)
- Tuna salad paks
- Chicken salad paks
- Ham salad paks
- Individual salads
- Uncrustables (all types)
- Individual cheese or pepperoni pizzas
- Lunchables (all types)
- Individual microwave spaghettios
- Yogurt cups
- Individual fruit cups
- Individually packaged vegetables (ie. carrots/celery)
- Granola bars (smores)
- Chocolate pudding cups
- Individual cereals
- Juice boxes/pouches
- Individual milks (regular & flavored)

Donations can be dropped off to the church office Monday through Friday, 9am to Noon.

Bulletins and Flowers

The 2020 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.

Worship Assistants Serving this Sunday 
Will be revised shortly

Full monthly schedule: For Assisting Minister, Crucifer, Acolyte, Communion Basket, Lector, Greeters, Ushers, Communion Assistant, and Communion Preparation Click here

 
Special Envelopes
The May Special Giving envelopes are designated for Camperships

Pastor's 2020 Thursday Noontime Discussions
Will be rescheduled
The Journey from Death to New Life in Christ
Noon discussion will continue the six unit/yearlong pilgrimage from death to new life in Christ. The noontime discussion will begin with brief overview of the material and will conclude with an opportunity for questions, comments, and hearty discussion. Participants are encouraged to use their Bibles for reference.
Module II - Captivity and Restoration

-- See the full 2020 schedule here    


The Lord's Lunch
In accordance with the public health authority’s ban on public gatherings, The Lord’s Lunch is currently not serving lunch on Saturdays. Instead, we are currently focusing our efforts on our various food distributions.
Here at The Lord’s Lunch, we are continuing to work hard to assist those in need in Southern York County in as safe a manner as possible. For this reason, all our volunteers are gloved and masked at all times. Our current food distributions are as follows:


Good Food Box

Every other Tuesday morning we receive a delivery from the Central PA Food Bank. Deliveries have been averaging 3,000 pounds of food. A group of volunteers sort and bag produce, box eggs, put dairy products in refrigerator, and sort and store meat. Non perishable items not being given out are put away in our supply closet. Pre-ordered boxes are then filled with non-perishable items and produce.
Around 4pm, another group of volunteers come in to finish filling boxes with all perishable items. From 4:30pm to 5:30pm we distribute boxes via a curbside pick-up. One person checks cars in and others take the boxes out to the cars, placing them in the trunk. We encourage only one person per household to come to pick up food.
For those households unable to get out, we have volunteers delivering boxes of food to their doorsteps.

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 Potatoes, Sauerkraut, Red Beets, Carrots, Beans (any kind) .

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
Monday through Friday 9am to Noon.

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Virtual Coffee Hour
You are invited to join us on Sunday mornings at 11am for a virtual coffee hour via Zoom teleconference. You will be asked to enter the Meeting ID (836 9867 4490) and the Password (646817).
Or you can dial in by telephone using one of the following numbers: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) +1 253 215 8782 US +1 301 715 8592 US

Online Bible Study
You are invited to join us on Thursdays at noon for a Bible study teleconference via Zoom.
You will be asked to enter the Meeting ID (868 5158 2463) and the Password (734372).
Or you can dial in by telephone using one of the following numbers: +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 301 715 8592 US +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) +1 253 215 8782 US

The Lord's Lunch
In accordance with the public health authority’s ban on public gatherings, The Lord’s Lunch is currently not serving lunch on Saturdays. Instead, we are currently focusing our efforts on our various food distributions.
Here at The Lord’s Lunch, we are continuing to work hard to assist those in need in Southern York County in as safe a manner as possible. For this reason, all our volunteers are gloved and masked at all times.

Donations currently needed
We are currently in need of the following items:
- Canned vegetables
- Boxed potatoes
- Canned Tuna
- Pasta
- Hamburger helper
- Tuna helper
- Canned baked beans
Donations can be dropped off to the church office Monday through Friday, 9am to Noon.

Roof Appeal - Donations Update
Click here to see the current Donations Update.  Special Roof Appeal envelopes are now in the pew racks.

Vacation Bible School is Cancelled!

Feeding America
We are open for food distributions on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30am to 12:30 pm. This is a drive-up distribution only, so people should remain in their car and have their trunk open. We encourage only one person per household to come to pick up food.
All boxes are prepacked with perishable and non-perishable items by volunteers. Boxes are packed based on what comes in through our Feeding America supplier and supplemented by items purchased through the
Central PA Food Bank or other sources. Every Wednesday, we make soup to distribute with the boxes.


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.


The Adult Sunday School  Currently Cancelled
The Adult Sunday School class that meets in room 3
” All are welcome! Come join us!


Christian Education - Sunday School   Currently Cancelled
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
Currently Cancelled


Life’s Thread Quilters Currently Cancelled
The Life’s Thread Quilters meets in the Hoshall Family Life Center.

Daytime Knitting and Crocheting Group Currently Cancelled
The Daytime Knitting and Crocheting Group meets at 11am in the Youth Lounge. If you have any questions, contact Barb Spink.

Adult Zumba® Currently Cancelled

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 Currently Cancelled
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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