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    St. Peter’s will host its first ever Progressive Christmas Eve  Service on December 24th from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Family groups (Covid pods) will gather in the memorial  garden at the north end of the building, and progress to different stations in the church building to share in the story of the Christ child. Groups will progress through the Family Life Center, playground courtyard, and sanctuary before exiting the building on the south side under the carport. At each of these locations, worshipers will experience the Christmas story, sing beloved songs outside in safe ways, celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion, and take part in a candlelight singing of Silent Night. Family groups must pre-register for a starting timeslot. Look for more information on how to do that in the coming weeks. Each group will progress at regular intervals through the church while wearing masks. Each station will be timed such that groups will not overlap or bunch up allowing for everyone to participate but in a way that minimizes risk.



    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 as our children and youth recreate the Christmas  story though a live nativity in our parking lot on Sunday, December 13th at 2:00 p.m.. We will sing Christmas carols and recreate the Christmas story. We will follow the drive-in church Covid guidelines. Come and sit in your car or bundle up, bring a chair and sit beside your car. Kids and youth are needed to help with the live nativity, RSVP to Sister Dottie at  Watch for more details and a sign up to attend the pageant!



    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, prayers and some music. This service has a more “impromptu” experience that will allow us to worship, share in the Lord’s Supper, and sing beloved hymns and carols of the season. 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. 



    Thank you for all your wonderful donations!  The volunteers sort through the clothes, and the ones that are not appropriate are donated to Community Aid in the Lowe’s plaza on Rohrerstown Rd. We receive cash for the poundage of the clothing which is put towards toiletries, underwear, laundry detergent, and other items the families need. Since they took away the donation box, the extra bags have been piling up in the storage shed. I’m seeking volunteers to take loads of clothes to Community Aid. If you have some extra time, please consider taking a load for us! Please contact Betsy Linn,, for more info.



    Lydia’s Closet is OPEN the first Saturday of the month from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Our  December Distribution Day is Saturday, December 5th.We will also be filling orders through a form that can be obtained through the church office or online at . Please pass the information along to any of your friends and neighbors that may be in need of some extra help. Please contact Molly Olmsted at with any questions or if you would like to volunteer.




    The December Community Meal will be on Wednesday, December 2nd at Grace Lutheran Church. For more information, please contact Jan Gigl at



    The Widows Group meetings are continuing on the last Tuesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. and usually last about one hour. Our next meeting will be on December 22nd in person or on Zoom. If you would be interested in joining, please call or email me Betsy Linn at for the details. We discuss what is going on in our lives and some fun things as well.


    Wednesday, December 23rd at 7:00 p.m. we will hold a Darkest Night service. Similar to our midweek Advent services, this will be a brief time of scripture, song, and  prayer held outside under the carport, especially remembering the darkness that can mark this time of year.



    Come to the church for a brief midweek Advent service outside under the carport on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in December leading up to Christmas Eve. Services on  December 2, 9 and 16 will draw from readings, music, and prayers of the season.  Services are held outside and masks are required.



    If you haven’t already, join the staff daily at 7:00 p.m. on Facebook for our Advent Calendar of Prayer. This short time of a reading from the bible, songs of the season, and prayer is a great way to mark the season of Advent as we wait with hopeful expectation for the Christ child.  Readings and songs can be found on our website at



    Join with Adam on the first Wednesday of the month for a Beverages and Hymns Zoom at 8:00 p.m. Settle in with your favorite beverage, a hymnal, and your singing voice for some music and fellowship. Our next meeting is Wednesday, December 2nd at 8:00 p.m. Contact Adam at for more info.



    We continue to seek volunteers to assist with our Sunday School lessons. Many of you have volunteered to do children’s sermons which have been amazing, and we are so grateful for your willingness to serve! Our Sunday School lessons are equally easy to do and can be video taped ahead of time. We are following the sequential stories from the Spark Story Bible. Please consider this opportunity. You can email Cindy Geesey with your interest at  Thank you, in advance, for your consideration.



    Each Sunday, a new Sunday School lesson is premiered on our YouTube channel at 10:15 a.m.     lasting about 10 minutes and includes songs for children to sing!  Families simply need to visit to find the latest Sunday School lesson and all other St. Peter’s videos that have been uploaded to our YouTube channel.  In addition, we will have craft items corresponding to the weekly lessons for you to use at home with your children.  They can be picked up at church during the week. Just reach out to Cindy Geesey at so she can prepare your travel bag ahead of time, and then call the church office to schedule a pick up time.



    Right now, there are many options to volunteer in the church. Please consider joining one of our committees that are meeting through Zoom. Your church needs help, and we are asking you to step up. It is understood that our lives have been turned upside down, but you’ve cleaned all your closets and fixed everything that needs to be fixed. Consider using your extra time to help with committees that need people & voices. Here are vacancies for which there is an immediate and crucial need:  Global Social Ministry Committee — Chair; Long Range Planning Committee — Members; Stewardship Committee — Chair & Members. You can find descriptions for each of the groups on St. Peter’s website. Here is the link. Consider taking some time to see if any of these are a fit for you.



    Cookie bakers are needed to bake a double bath of your best Christmas cookies? Please sign up on the SignUp Genius link at .  You may bring your cookies to church on Friday, December 11 between noon and 7:00 p.m. by driving thru the portico where we will meet you to receive them – no need to get out of your car. Please bring them in containers that you do not want back. Please wear your mask when we come to your car.


    The annual Cookie Walk at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church has been transformed this year into a Cookie Drive-Thru. The event will take place outside the main entrance of the church at 10 DelpRoad, Lancaster, on Saturday, December 12, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, or until cookies are sold out. We will offer a pre-packed container filled with a variety of delicious homemade holiday cookies, baked with care by members of the congregation. Each large container is $15. To purchase your cookies, simply enter the parking lot from Delp Road and pull up to the door at the main entrance. Members of the church’s Tanzania Mission Committee, wearing masks and gloves, will be available to fill your order from the safety of your vehicle. We request that you wear a mask during the exchange of cookies and money. Proceeds from this year’s Cookie Drive-Thru provide education and care for the orphans of
    Busoka Lutheran Church, St. Peter’s companion congregation in Tanzania. Help keep this popular holiday tradition alive by joining us on December 12.


    It is not too late to get your memorials in for our Christmas Eve celebrations.  Please call the Church Office (717-569-9211) to place a memorial, or to sponsor a poinsettia.  Poinsettias will be in the sanctuary as usual for Christmas Eve, and may be picked up by members afterwards.  Watch for more details on the pick up process.


    Please watch the church website 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 lives together, and     service opportunities that may present themselves within our church and out in our community.



    In the month of November, we will observe our Fall Stewardship Emphasis, in which you are both invited and challenged to consider your support of God’s mission in the world along with your support of St. Peter’s ministries which work to extend and enhance that mission in the world. Watch for your fall stewardship packets to arrive at your homes … enjoy the digital Temple Talks prepared by the Stewardship Team … pray over and reflect upon your calling as one of God’s stewards in the world … be part of our Commitment Sunday on November 22nd … and respond with gratitude and an abundant spirit to the call to be one of God’s stewards in the world. Financial commitment cards and Time and Talent forms should be mailed to the Church Office. Or you can stop by the church and drop it off in person. We count on your pledges of time, talent and treasure through these forms, to anticipate our ability to fully support our mission plans for the year. If you cannot locate your packet, please call the Church Office and we will mail another one to you. PLEASE NOTE: Annual contribution and pledging information is only seen by our church Financial Secretaries. When we receive your Pledge Form it goes directly to the Financial Secretaries, while your Time & Talent Form goes to our Membership Committee workers.  



    Sunday, November 15 – “The Reason for God” – Session 4 — Why Does God Allow Suffering & Why is there so Much Evil?, led by Sister Dottie; Sunday, November 22 – “Daily Discipleship” — The Challenge of Discipleship: Compassion – Matthew 25:31-46” led by Adam Lefever Hughes; Sunday, November 29 – “The Reason for God” – Session 5 — Church and Injustice & Why Are Christians Hypocrites?” led by Pastor Craig



    This Fall join Pastor Sarah on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. for a relaxed 30-40 minute Bible Study where we look to the scripture connected to the upcoming Sunday. Please contact Pastor Sarah at for more information.



    You should have received a call from either a staff member or a volunteer asking to update your family’s information. If you have not responded, please call or email the office with your     correct address, phone numbers, and email addresses. Much of our data is outdated. We are also trying to categorize our adult children as to whether they are attending or have moved on to   another worship experience. The goal is to establish accurate membership. It is part of the     important strategic plan that is being developed. Please respond, it is important to our future! Please feel free to contact Betsy Linn at with any questions.



    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.



    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.