St. Peter’s Fall 2020

This Fall, St. Peter’s Lutheran continues to worship, learn, gather, and serve. Find out more about the ways we are church together this Fall with weekly updates.

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Welcome in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Whether we are worshipping, learning, gathering for fellowship, or serving, we do so in Jesus’ name. We would love for you to find out more about the ministries of St. Peter’s.

Be sure to check out our blog and announcements. There’s always something going on at St. Peter’s and we can’t wait for you to join us!

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  • CONGREGATIONAL MEETINGS

    Join us for two very important congregational meetings. Both will be meetings held online in digital format.  October 25th at 9:00 a.m.: Congregational Meeting to Vote on Beginning the Mission Campaign. Go to https://www.stpeterslutheran.org/mission-campaign/ to attend the October 25 meeting at 9:00 a.m. You can visit this site beforehand for information about the feasibility study.  November 8th at 9:00 a.m. Annual Meeting:  Go to https://www.stpeterslutheran.org/annual-meeting/ to attend the November 8 meeting at 9:00 a.m. As we get closer to the date, relevant annual meeting documents will be available at this site, as well. If you are unable to access the internet to attend these meetings, please call the St. Peter’s office and we will assist you.

     

  • DRIVE-IN WORSHIP, SUNDAYS AT 4:00 P.M.

    Join us for worship Sundays at 4:00 p.m. for a brief service featuring confession and forgiveness, Bible readings, communion and a bit of music! Worship will take place in the church parking lot with the service transmitted over an FM Transmitter for you to enjoy with your car radio. When you arrive at church, ushers will help you to a designated parking spot. If you desire to sit outside of your car during the service, please bring a mask and adhere to social distancing. Please call the church at 717-569-9211 to help us get an idea of how many to expect, so we have enough bulletins and Fellowship Communion cups.

     

  • WORSHIPING TOGETHER

    In these months we have worshiped online from the comfort of our couches and  several of you have been worshiping at our Drive-In Worship service. We are exploring ways that we might worship in the Sanctuary, as well. You can find out more information about worship by visiting  https://www.stpeterslutheran.org/worship/.

     

  • HALLOWEEN TRUNK OR TREAT

    Saturday, October 31st from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  We are looking for families who would be interested in being part of trunk or treat in our St. Peter’s Parking lot.  We would social distance cars – bring candy or other treats for the kids and youth – sit outside your cars in your chairs!  We will have hot dogs, chips, drinks, and other items for food.  Music and a spooky story will be told as well.   A great addition or alternative to our regular night of trick or treat – masks must be worn by all during the “trunk or treat” portion of the night.  RSVP to Sr. Dottie if interested in participating.

     

  • LYDIA’S CLOSET

    Lydia’s Closet is OPEN the first Saturday of the month from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the Youth Lounge and we are continuing to offer our services to students. Since we are unable to have our families come and shop in person we are having them fill out order forms for children who need clothing. Flexibility is something we are all learning! Please pass the information along to any of your friends and neighbors that may be in need of some extra help. The clothing bank is always in need of new underwear, especially for older teens (adult sizes). We are also in need of socks! Please drop off socks in our donation bin located at the St Peter’s front door, or visit our wishlist on Amazon and have them delivered straight to the Church. https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3LL9HWIPMAD9B?ref_=wl_share Please contact Molly Olmsted at astaloo@comcast.com with any questions or if you would like to volunteer.

  • WIDOWS GROUP

    The Widows Group meetings are continuing at St. Peter’s outside (or in the Narthex during cold weather) and are held on the last Tuesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. and usually last about one hour. Our next meeting will be on October 27th.  If you would be interested in joining, please call or email Betsy Linn at betsy.linn@stpeterslutheran.org for the details. We discuss what is going on in our lives and some fun things as well.

     

  • QUILTERS GROUP

    The Quilters are in need of donations of material. You may drop off material at the church Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Thank you.

     

  • CAMP CORNER

    Camp is open this fall for rentals!  Consider a little getaway for your family at Camp Kirchenwald near Mt. Gretna or Camp Nawakwa near Gettysburg.  Both are restful, quiet places to explore nature and energize your family.  This fall take a weekend trip to Camp Nawakwa to enjoy the fall foliage or to go apple picking in Adams County.  Cabins with bathrooms and electric are available for as little as $45 a night at Nawakwa.  Or stay in a rustic cabin at Kirchenwald for $30.  Hike to Buzzards’ Rocks or ride on the Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail. Find out more on the Lutheran Camping Corporation website https://www.lutherancamping.org/summer-facility-rental-summer-2020/ or contact Joy & Lyle Hosler (joy@hoslerfamily.net).  They vacationed at Nawakwa twice this summer and had a blast just exploring the grounds and cooking over an open fire!

     

  • GROCERY CARDS

    Please be aware that grocery cards are now available to purchase from the church office Tuesday through Friday mornings between 9:00 a.m. and noon. Please ring the doorbell and enter the narthex and proceed to the window of the office. You must wear a mask and someone will be able to help you from the window. Thank you.

     

  • WEEKLY UPDATES

    Please watch the church website https://www.stpeterslutheran.org every Wednesday afternoon at approximately 4:00 p.m., for a short article updating news around the church for the week. It is our attempt to keep you connected to “all things St. Peter’s” and the continual unfolding of congregational life in a digital world. You’ll find updates on worship life, new Zoom groups that are beginning, news from the broader church and how it affects our life together, and service opportunities that may present themselves within our church and out in our community.

     

From our Blog

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Devotions @ Home

Here is the next edition of Devotions@Home a daily selection of readings for personal study which respond to the previous Sunday and lead us to the coming Sunday. Set within a short prayer service, this may be a new way to cultivate a habit of reading the Bible for a few minutes each day. Feel…

Reformation Sunday

Rooted in the past and growing into the future, the church must always be reformed in order to live out the love of Christ in an ever-changing world. We celebrate the good news of God’s grace, that Jesus Christ sets us free every day to do this life-transforming work. Trusting in the freedom given to…

Weekly Update for October 21

Keep up to date with some our our updates this week! REGISTER NOW FOR THE OCTOBER 25 CONGREGATIONAL MEETING This Sunday, October 25, at 9am we will gather digitally for our congregational meeting. Our purpose for meeting is to consider this recommendation:  Congregation Council recommends that St. Peter’s contracts with Kirby-Smith Associates, in the amount…

Covid Discipleship

I spend the morning mostly alone in my office at church, where I type, read a commentary in preparation for the Sunday sermon, answer emails, and participate in a mercifully short Zoom meeting.  The time passes quickly.  I have a couple of cups of coffee which springs me from the solitary confinement of my office,…

Devotions @ Home

Here is the next edition of Devotions@Home a daily selection of readings for personal study which respond to the previous Sunday and lead us to the coming Sunday. Set within a short prayer service, this may be a new way to cultivate a habit of reading the Bible for a few minutes each day. Feel…

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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
    Rev. Craig Ross

    Senior Pastor

  • Rev. Sarah Teichmann
    Rev. Sarah Teichmann

    Pastor of Christian Formation

  • Sister Dottie Almoney
    Sister Dottie Almoney

    Director of Education & Outreach

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    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.

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    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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