What a joy it has been to gather together for worship these last couple of weeks! As Pastor Ross wrote in his blog post earlier this week, the simple joys of sharing spoken prayers, professions of faith, creedal statements, and liturgical action has been especially moving. As you may be aware, we’re using the summer…
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Please come out to MOD Pizza, at the Shoppes at Belmont, on Monday, June 21st to support St. Peter’s Preschool. Mention St. Peter’s Preschool at the register and MOD will donate a percentage of these orders directly to the preschool. Thank you for your support and ENJOY!
Our first public worship gathering in the sanctuary begins June 6th. At their May meeting, Congregation Council approved the recommendation that was proposed by the Worship Committee in consultation with Risk Management and Church Staff, to return to in-person worship at our 8:00 a.m. hour starting on June 6th. The service will still observe “safe practice” protocol by: requiring masks, asking families to social distance by households, and signing in for worship for contact tracing purposes. The service will run about thirty minutes, with liturgy, lessons, sermon, prayers, organ music and communion using our fellowship cups. At this time, singing inside the building is still considered a high-risk practice, so music will be offered through the organ and instrumental means. We are exploring options for some kind of brief singing that is safe. Please reserve a spot for worship by visiting www.stpeterslutheran.org/worship/indoor-worship or call the church office between 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Join us for worship each Sunday at 9:45a.m. for Church @ Home. Worship features our Lutheran liturgy, prayers for the community, a sermon from one of the rostered leaders, and music. https://www.stpeterslutheran.org/live/
In addition to approving an indoor worship service, the church council on the recommendation of the worship and risk management committees approved an 11:00 a.m. service with communion and singing to be held outside on the lawn. In light of the recent guidance from the CDC, we will continue to maintain social distance in family pods and masks will be recommended, but optional. The make-up of the service will rotate throughout the different weeks of the month: 1st Sunday – New Day Band with praise music; 2nd Sunday – Traditional music sung a cappella; 3rd Sunday – Traditional music sung a cappella; 4th Sunday – Family-oriented service with music easily learned and sung that day. If the weather outdoors is poor, we will transition to a drive-in style service. Worshippers can park and tune their radios to 107.1 FM to pick up audio of the service. Worshippers will be asked to sign in as present for worship records and in the event any contact tracing would be required.
Now that we can return for Indoor Traditional Worship services in the Sanctuary beginning on June 6th, you can now sponsor altar flowers ($35), communion wine ($15) and bulletins ($15). If there is a special date you would like to commemorate, please sign up now. The sheets are posted on the bulletin board, just outside of the church office or you may call the office at 717-569-9211 to sign up.
Have you ever wondered what happens to the altar flowers after Sunday services are over? They are delivered to some of our homebound members. Looking for some members to join the altar flower delivery team once indoor worship services are resumed. Commitment is only once every 6-8 weeks. Pick up the altar flowers, deliver and pass on a smile to an aging member of St. Peter’s. If you are interested or would like more information, please email Christine Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org. A great family activity opportunity.
We will meet on the patio at Uncommon Pizza in Lititz on Wednesday, June 23rd (please note date change from June 16th) at 6:30 p.m. Our Topic is to be determined. All are welcome for a great night of food, fellowship and conversation! Please RSVP to Sister Dottie if you can attend – email@example.com.
Folks 9th grade and up can join with other singers at 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays under the portico at St. Peter’s for some outdoor singing. Masks are recommended, but optional (especially for vaccinated folks) and we will maintain social distance. Bring a chair and your singing voice. It’s a joy to get together and sing in God’s acoustic!
We will continue our tradition of hymn-sing preludes on the last Sundays of the month from May through August. Our next hymn-sing prelude is June 27th. We’ll spend the first few minutes of our livestreamed worship service singing a verse or two of the songs you submit. To submit your requests, please send an email to Adam Lefever Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We serve a community meal the first Wednesday of every month at Grace Lutheran Church on North Queen Street! Our June meal will take place Wednesday, June 2nd and our July meals will take place on Wednesday, July 7th and July 14th. Those interested in helping should contact Kathy Berkebile at email@example.com
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Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash This Sunday, we hear the parable of the mustard seed growing into a shrub. We’re reminded of the image of the tree of life, the tree that we equate with the cross upon which Jesus was crucified and destroyed death. We might expect the image for this grand reversal to be something…
This Sunday marks the beginning of our summer worship schedule: 8:00 Indoor service, 9:45 livestream, and 11:00 outdoor service led by the New Day Band. We’re excited to be gathering together and to keep walking together on this grand experiment that is post-COVID church. Our readings this Sunday remind us that when we stand divided…
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Our leaders would love to meet you. Find out more about them and their faith!
Rev. Craig Ross
Rev. Sarah Teichmann
Pastor of Christian Formation
Sister Dottie Almoney
Director of Education & Outreach