Weekly Update for May 19

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


Our first public worship gathering in our sanctuary is only two Sundays away.  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.  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 option for some kind of brief singing that is safe.  Click the button below to reserve a spot for worship.  You may also call the Church Office to reserve a spot.  We will be able to safely gather up to 130 people for the service as we start this worship offering.


We will meet tonight, Wednesday, May 19th at 6:30 p.m. at the Dombach barn, 2060 Ellsworth Road, Lancaster. Please bring your own food and drink. We will have a socially distanced discussion – the topic to be announced. Please RSVP to Sister Dottie if you plan to attend.


On the coming two Sundays (May 23 & 30), we will observe the Rite of Confirmation at our 9:15 a.m. Drive-In worship services.  Confirmand families will have parking spaces reserved in the front, and confirmands will come forward to a kneeling station for laying on of hands by their parents, and prayers and blessing from the worship leaders and congregation.  We will confirm twenty young men and women, from this year’s 9th grade class and from last year’s 9th grade class.  Please pray for these young adults in their faith life!


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 cjsmith1984@gmail.com or phone at 717-299-0949. This is a great family activity opportunity. 


We have now kicked off our Mission Campaign with Commitment Sunday last weekend.  We extend our thanks to those who have already turned in Commitment Cards, and invite you to consider a pledge to our campaign.  If you cannot locate your campaign packed mailed to your home in the past two weeks, material can be found on our Mission Campaign webpage or call the office and we can send you another one.  Thank you all for your support.


This Sunday, May 23, we will worship in the sanctuary via Live-stream at our usual time of 10:45 a.m. at  https://www.stpeterslutheran.org/live as we celebrate Pentecost Sunday. Mark your calendars for June 6, as the livestream time will be shifting to the earlier hour of 9:45am!

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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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