Posts from December 2020

Posts from December 2020

The Messenger: January 2021

NEW YEAR’S DAY IS A SIGN OF HOPE FOR PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD. That is why we wait with eager anticipation for the clock to strike midnight and the ball to drop; why we kiss with joy and raise a toast when the hour comes: because we need hope to live. Curiously, our church calendar identifies January 1st as a lesser festival dedicated to “the Name of Jesus.” On one hand, it makes sense to dedicate each new year…

Calendar for December 26, 2020 – January 10, 2021

Alert–read for IMMEDIATE changes in worship and small-group activities! Due to the increased risk of infection from the Covid-19 coronavirus, the Continuity of Ministry Committee, in consultation with the pastors and music leaders, have made the following changes to our worship services from now until at least January 17, 2021: Saturday services are on hiatus from through 1/17/2021 Sunday services will be offered ONLY on Facebook livestream (with video posted to the website at some later date) through 1/18/2021 All…

Calendar for December 19, 2020 – January 3, 2021

Alert–read for IMMEDIATE changes in worship and small-group activities! Due to the increased risk of infection from the Covid-19 coronavirus, the Continuity of Ministry Committee, in consultation with the pastors and music leaders, have made the following changes to our worship services from now until at least January 17, 2021: Click here for information on Christmas eve and day services Saturday services are on hiatus from 12/19 (this weekend) through 1/17/2021 Sunday services will be offered ONLY on Facebook livestream…

In-Person Services Temporarily ON HOLD

December 18, 2020 Due to the increased risk of infection from the covid-19 coronavirus, the Continuity of Ministry Committee, in consultation with the pastors and music leaders, have made the following changes to our worship services from now until at least January 17, 2021: Saturday services are on hiatus from December 19 (this weekend) through January 17, 2021 Sunday services will be offered ONLY on Facebook livestream (with video posted to the website at some later date) from December 20…

Calendar for December 12-27

Please note that meeting/event may be occurring in person and/or online. Please check to confirm! (Click image of calendar below to be taken to downloadable/printable PDF.) Click image of calendar below to be taken to downloadable/printable PDF.

Christmas Message from Presiding Biship Elizabeth Eaton

(click HERE for printable pdf) Precisely in our distress, in our dislocation, the Lord shows up. Emmanuel—God with us—makes his home in the very places we find foreign or isolating. The room was spare and dimly lit. We sat on folding chairs in a circle—young Honduran women and some of us from the ELCA. We had come to Honduras to observe the work of AMMPARO (Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities). This is the ELCA’s strategy to…

FINANCE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT: Staff Christmas Gifts

If there was ever a year the staff might need uplifting, this is it! We are collecting for a monetary gift to all our staff – Pastors, Administrative Assistant, Musicians, and Sexton to be presented before Christmas. Collections will continue through Sunday, December 20 in order to be given out Wednesday, December 23. For in-person giving, please mark your donation as Staff Christmas Gift. For online giving, please select “Staff Christmas Gifts” from the Select Fund drop-down menu on our donate…

FINANCE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT: 2021 Offering Envelopes

Pick Yours Up at Church Now! 2021 Offering Envelopes are now available for pick from tables in the church narthex. There is also a sign-up sheet for anyone who wants an offering box who does not see a box with their name on it. If you have any questions, please contact Sandy Benfit.

FINANCE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT: End-of-Year Giving

To those who make a special year end donation, these must be deposited in our bank by December 31. While the office will be closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s (more on that in next week’s news e-blast), Sandy Benfit will check the mailbox periodically that week and make an in-person deposit at PNC Bank on December 31. If you have questions, email Sandy Benfit. If it is easier for you, this donation can also be made online.

Calendar for December 5-20

Please note that meeting/event may be occurring in person and/or online. Please check to confirm! (Click image of calendar below to be taken to downloadable/printable PDF.)