St. Peter’s Advent 2020

This Advent season, St. Peter’s Lutheran prepares for the Lord and looks to the hope of God. We hope you join us to worship, learn, gather, and serve in Jesus’ name. Find out more about the way we  the ways we are church together this Advent and Christmas with weekly updates.


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    Join us on Sunday, December 13th at 2:00 p.m. in our church parking lot for a live nativity service.  This will be formatted much like our earlier parking lot services and you will be able to hear by tuning into your car radio. This will be a full worship service with a live nativity taking place during the Gospel and Sermon spots. Holy Communion will also be celebrated.  Our children and youth will be walking through the parking lot representing the people and animals of the nativity.  In the event of inclement weather, the rain date is Sunday, December 20th at 2:00 p.m.


    Our in-person Christmas Eve services will be at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm and will be in the Drive-In format this year. Due to rising covid-19 cases in our area, we can’t be inside for our family Christmas Eve services, but we will have a joyous outdoor Christmas Eve service. In the safety of your car, you and your family can sing at the top of your lungs favorite Christmas carols, kids will receive animal masks to remind us of what it might have been like at Jesus’ birth, and each car will receive battery operated lights to help bring light as we sing Silent Night. Our worship will include Holy Communion, liturgy and prayers to celebrate Emmanuel, God with us. Parking is at a premium, so a sign-up sheet will be made available for you to RSVP. Check back soon for a link for you to sign up for a time.



    Please join us on Christmas Eve. We will be Live Streaming our Christmas Eve Service on Thursday, December 24th at 7:30 p.m.



    If you have been involved in the Christmas Eve Children’s services in past years, you will understand the need to step away from our children’s involvement in the Story Sermon we have been doing for decades.  But Pastor Ross is hoping you might consider being part of a Zoom Living Puppet Christmas story this year.  The plan would be to gather one night in the coming weeks in our homes, via Zoom, and re-enact the kind of children’s Christmas story we typically enact.  Your children can dress up as an animal, or shepherd or wise man, and they will have sounds or words to say that characterize their role.  If you have been at an Easter family service in recent years, that is the kind of experience this will be … just via Zoom.  If we have enough interest, we’ll give it a go.  Pastor Ross is in conversation with the camel to see if he is available.  The night we will tape will be Thursday, December 10 at 6:30 p.m.  It shouldn’t take us more than 30-40 minutes to do a run through and then a taping for real.  We will circulate this through our digital platforms so the congregation can enjoy it, but no names will be associated with any of the children on the video.  If you … your son(s) and/or daughter(s) would like to be involved, send Pastor Ross an email at with “Living Puppets” in the subject line.



    The church leadership is constantly planning, pivoting and tweaking upcoming Advent and Christmas events. Be sure to routinely check the church website to check the church calendar, blog posts, and announcements about how we are celebrating the season of Advent preparation and Christmas joy.




    Join us in person, Sundays at 2:00 p.m. for a brief service under the carport in our parking lot.   Socially distanced and masked, this worship features communion, Lutheran liturgy, and prayers. This service has a more “impromptu” experience. More information can be found at



    Join us for worship each Sunday at 10:45 a.m. for Church @ Home. Worship features our Lutheran liturgy, prayers for the community, a sermon from one of the rostered leaders, a children’s sermon, music from our staff musicians, Adam Lefever Hughes and Erik Teichmann, as well as special     music from members of our congregation. Be church together on Sundays at 10:45 a.m.



    Sunday, December 6 – Daily Discipleship: An Attitude of Discipleship: Prepared – Mark 1:1-8, led by Pastor Sarah; Sunday, December 13 – The Reason for God – Session 6, “How God Can be Full of Love and Wrath & God Sending People to Hell?”, led by Sister Dottie; Sunday, December 20 – Daily Discipleship — An Attitude of Discipleship:  Trusting-  Luke 1:26-38 led by Pastor Craig (9th Grade Class joins); Sunday, December 27 – NO CLASS – Christmas Break



    We meet on Wednesdays from 9:30-11:00 a.m.  At the moment we are still meeting through the Zoom digital platform.  It is never too late to join in the fun.  Join us to brush up on your Bible, and enjoy some faith conversation about God, scripture and the world in which we live.  Contact Pastor Craig at



    Consider donating $30.00 Gift Cards for local school children in need.  Cards can be from Walmart, Target, Barnes and Noble or a generic credit card.  Mail to the church, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 5160, Lancaster, PA 17601 attn. Sr. Dottie or drop off at the church between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. 


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Weekly Update for December 2

Hi Folks.  Here is some news for the week! 2020 COOKIE DRIVE THRU IS ON…AND IT NEEDS YOU! St. Peter’s December 12 Cookie Drive-Thru needs more cookie bakers!  Since we can’t badger you at church with sign-up sheets, please use this link to sign up, or call the church office (717) 569-9211. Please use…

December 2020 Herald

This month’s Herald is available for Download. Inside This Issue . . . Worship Schedule – 2 Adult Christian Ed. – 4 Committees – 5 Groups & Events – 8 Pastoral Letters – 9 Worship & Music – 11 Youth Ministries – 12 St. Peter’s Kids – 12 St. Peter’s Preschool – 13 From the…

Advent 1

Stir up your power, O Lord, and come! In times of peace and plenty we often respond to this week’s apocalyptic readings with surprise and fear, but these days the idea of God tearing open the heavens and coming down may seem like a pretty good deal! We are an advent people, awaiting that time…

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Meet our Leaders

Our leaders would love to meet you. Find out more about them and their faith!

  • Rev. Craig Ross

    Senior Pastor

  • Rev. Sarah Teichmann

    Pastor of Christian Formation

  • Sister Dottie Almoney

    Director of Education & Outreach

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How we follow Jesus

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  • Worship Join us as we worship

    Whether it is traditional or praise, youth-oriented or sagely-focused, worship is the community called and gathered in Jesus’ name.

  • LearnDeepen your faith today

    The Lutheran tradition is firmly rooted in education, and we believe a healthy study of the Bible is an essential companion to a faith grounded in worship and prayer.

  • GatherCome and see

    Christian fellowship occurs when two or more Christians are in one another’s company. And when they are, great and holy things occur.

  • ServeFind out how you can bless others

    We invite you to join us as we seek to serve our community and world. Check out how you may be part of God’s work in the world and your neighborhood today.

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