Weekly Update for January 20, 2021

Sarah Teichmann

Hi Folks.  Here are some news items for the coming week.

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT: VACCINE INFORMATION

Our Lower Susquehanna Synod of the ELCA has been receiving updated vaccine information, and is inviting churches to share the information with their congregations. We hope that the following information is helpful to you, your neighbors, and the loved ones in your life.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced two additional categories of eligible individuals to receive the COVID-19 vaccination as part of Phase 1A. Beginning January 19, 2021, all individuals 65 and older, and individuals ages 16-64 with certain medical conditions, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus, are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination. The Departments’ Updated Interim Vaccine Plan can be found here.

Those conditions are outlined by the CDC here and include: Cancer; Chronic kidney disease; COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease); Down Syndrome; Heart conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies; Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant, blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines; Obesity; Severe Obesity; Pregnancy; Sickle cell disease; Smoking; and Type 2 diabetes mellitus.

If you are part of a group that is eligible for vaccination, you can use the Pennsylvania Vaccine Provider Map to find a place to schedule your vaccine. Contact the vaccine provider of your choice directly to schedule an appointment. This map will be updated as more locations receive vaccine. Although a provider may have received vaccine, there is no guarantee that they have open appointments as supply is still very limited. Check back frequently as the map will be updated multiple times per week.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT VIDEO

Council President Adam Gegg

Our Council President Adam Gegg shares a few words and updates from our church leadership.  Adam started his term as Council President on January 1st of this year.  Thank you, Adam!

PUB THEOLOGY

Join us tomorrow night, Thursday (21st) for discussion around the topic “Justice vs. Service Ministries – What’s the Difference?”  Bring your own beverage and join the discussion at 6:30 PM.  Email Sister Dottie (dottie.almoney@stpeterslutheran.org) for the Zoom link.

CHURCH ENVELOPES

It is STILL not too late to pick up your 2021 offering envelopes!  Please call the Church Office (717-569-9211) to make an appointment to stop by to get yours from the tables in the narthex.  If you have switched to making contributions online exclusively, please call the Church Office and leave a message for our financial secretaries so they are aware that you no longer need church envelopes.  Thank you!

WOMEN’S TRIVIA NIGHT

So … you think you know what you know?  Gather with some other knowledgeable ladies and test that knowledge at our Women’s Trivia Night, this Friday (22nd) at 7:00 PM.  Email Sister Dottie (dottie.almoney@stpeterslutheran.org) for the Zoom link.

LIVE STREAM WORSHIP THIS WEEK

This Sunday, January 24, we will worship in the sanctuary via Live-stream at our usual time of 10:45 a.m. at  https://www.stpeterslutheran.org/live.   We continue the season of Epiphany, and the “Light” emphasis. And mark your calendar for Live Stream Youth Sunday next weekend on January 31st.

FOOD DROP OFFS AT THE CHURCH

We are grateful to so many of you who are dropping off food and clothing at our front entrance, when the office is unattended.  Please remember, that we can only accept non-perishable items in the bin.  Please do not leave milk or eggs or meat, or anything else that would normally need refrigeration.  Thanks!

God’s Peace, Your Church Staff

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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