Weekly Update for July 22

St. Peter's Lutheran CHurch

Hi Folks – here is this week’s Wednesday update on news from St. Peter’s.

Safe Church/Covid-19 Task Force News

Due to the recent protocol put out by Governor Wolf with groups limiting to 25 persons, especially indoors, our Committee recommends waiting until Labor Day at the earliest for in person worship in the church building.  We will reevaluate at our next meeting which is August 13th, 2020. 

In person Christian Education is also on hold and will again be discussed at our August meeting.  A final decision on preschool classes is on hold pending local school district decisions.

We are hoping to continue our community meal distribution and Lydia’s closet ministries.  Many of our current volunteers are unable to serve at this time.  We are looking for persons who are willing to give some time to help with masks and social distancing.  Contact Sr. Dottie Almoney if you can help.

For the committee’s report and other information about church building use, please visit our page Safety Protocol While In The Church Building.

Financial Stewardship Update

Our records through the end of June 2020 indicate that we are currently 2.2% ahead of financial giving compared to last  year’s (2019) giving summary at the mid-year point.  Three of our four giving categories that make up our normal giving (General Fund, Debt Reduction and Loose Plate Offerings) are all up from last year.  The only place we are behind last year’s giving numbers is in our Easter offering, which was clearly impacted by having no in-person worship services. 

Your Council, Stewardship, Finance and Staff leaders could not be more pleased with your strong stewardship efforts.  Thank you, and may the blessing of your personal stewardship discipline continue.

Council President’s Message

We hope you will watch the following message from Beth Soslow, our Council President, addressing our life as people of God and members of St. Peter’s.

Council President, Beth Soslow

August 5 Hymn Sing – Help Us Choose!

On August 5th, we will have our third summer hymn sing.  Although this is different when done digitally, our members have still found it to be enjoyable.  We would love to have some hymn suggestions from you!  Please send your ideas to Adam Lefever Hughes no later than Monday (7/30) of next week.

Staff Vacations

Please be aware of staff members that will be on vacation and away from their office and email the coming weeks.  We would ask you to direct active questions and observations to staff leaders or the office staff members who are working, while our staff rotates into their “well-deserved time away” with their families.   Gary Williams and family will be away from July 22-24; Sister Dottie and family will be away from July 25 through August 8; and Pastor Sarah and family will be away from July 27 through August 9.

God’s Peace, Your Church Staff

Rev. Craig Ross

Rev. Craig Ross

Senior Pastor

The vibrancy of life here at St. Peter’s makes my service on our staff a joy and privilege. Visitation, teaching and preaching are the ministries that feed my pastoral identity, as together our staff and lay members share in our missional calling … Building a community of faith by God’s grace.

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