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Updated 02/21/20    

Sabbatical Pastoral Care
During the month of February, two local pastors have agreed to provide pastoral care while Rev. Schneider is on sabbatical:.
Rev. Doug DeStephano Christ Lutheran, Loganville 717-424-8749
Rev. Ed Robbins St. John (Saddler's), Stewartstown 724-272-2683

Bulletins for Sunday February 23, 2020

The bulletins are given to the Glory of God and in honor of Mason Tauzin’s 13th birthday by Dave and Barb Spink.

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.

Lessons for Sunday, February 23, 2020
Exodus 24:11-18 pg. 99
Psalm 2 W&P#55 “He is Exalted”
2 Peter 1:16-21 pg. 322
Matthew 17:1-9 pg. 28

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

Special Envelopes
The February Special Giving envelopes are designated for the roof appeal.
The March Special Giving envelopes are designated for H.O.P.E.

Pastor's 2020 Thursday Noontime Discussions
The Journey from Death to New Life in Christ
March’s 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
     March 5th Isaiah’s Vineyard Song Isaiah 5:1-7; 11:1-5
     March 12th Isaiah of the Exile Isaiah 40:1-11
     March 19th Zechariah’s Song Luke 1:5-25, 57-80
     March 26th Birth of Jesus Luke 2:1-20

-- See the full 2020 schedule here

Music for Sunday, February 23, 2020
Prelude: “Majesty” by Jack Hayford
Entrance Hymn: ELW#834 - “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”
Hymn of Day: ELW#315 - “How Good Lord to be Here”
Offering: Choir- “Carry Your Name” by Jason Ingram, Chris Tomlin, Nathan Nockels, and Christy Nockels
Communion: ELW#493 - “Taste and See”, ELW#849 - ”Yours is the Glory”
Recessional Hymn: ELW#318 - “Alleluia, Song of Gladness”

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 February, we are looking for donations of cereal, canned soup and 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 dates for the Good Food Box is March 3rd.

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.

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 ..... 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 Thursday 9am to 3pm. Friday 9am to Noon.

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Ash Wednesday Service
Wednesday, February 26th Christ Lutheran, Shrewsbury will be hosting Ash Wednesday this year.
From 5:30-6:30pm, there will be a soup and bread supper served in the parish hall. Parishioners from St. John are invited to  attend.
At 6:30pm, coffee and tea will served in our fellowship area just outside the sanctuary. Worship will begin at 7pm.


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

Easter Flowers
Tulips and lilies will decorate the altar in honor or in memory of our loved ones and may then be taken home by the donor or taken to shut-ins. To order tulips  or lilies, complete the form and place it in the offering plate or church office, including a check made payable to St. John Lutheran Church in the amount of $12.00 for each pot of Lilies or $10.00 for each pot of Tulips ordered.
The deadline for orders is Sunday, March 1st.  Click here to print the Order Form

Men's Group
The Men's Group will meet on Saturday, March 7th at 8.00am for breakfast in the Youth Lounge. Following breakfast, the men will help with the Lord's Lunch. Please sign up prior to the event, so that the cooks can plan accordingly for breakfast. The sign up sheets for the event and the breakfast items are located on the table in the narthex.

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. If you would like to participate in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Pastor Schneider has devotionals available in the Narthex

Church Camp
Mark your calendars! We have the dates for next summer's church camp at Kirchenwald! We'll be at Kirchenwald from July 19th to July 25th.All youth are eligible for camperships. The cost per youth is $100 for the week.

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.

Feeding America Volunteer(s) Needed
We are looking for a volunteer to pickup donations from Walmart on Monday mornings and bring them back to the church. This could also be done by two volunteers on an alternating basis.
Requirements include:
 -  Available to pick-up at Walmart Monday mornings between 9am and 10am.
 -  Must have an SUV, minivan, or pickup truck to accommodate the boxes being picked up.
 -  Must be able to lift 30-40 pound boxes.
For more information, contact Maria in the church office (717) 235-2315.

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

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, March 11th, the Lunch Bunch will meet at Cracker Barrel, 13600 Wolfe Rd. Shrewsbury, 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 March 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 March 10th at 11am in the Youth Lounge. If you have any questions, contact Barb Spink.

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.

Lifeline Screening
There is a simple, convenient way for you to get preventive health screenings and learn your risk for stroke, heart disease and other chronic conditions. These painless screenings go beyond your regular checkup to identify dangerous plaque buildup or blockage, a major risk factor for stroke and heart disease. The screenings are accurate, affordable and will give you valuable information about your health that you can share with your doctor. We are pleased to host Life Line Screening, who will be on site on Friday, February 21st at St. John Lutheran Church to conduct these valuable screenings. These 5 vital screenings are offered for only $149 and take 60 to 90 minutes to complete. If you register today, you will receive a $10 discount. Register by calling toll free 1-888-653-6441, visit, or text the word "circle" to 797979

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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