COULD THIS BE THE MONTH TO HIT 100? Thanks to sewers doing tops at home and the blanket making times in July, the end-of-July total of completed blankets is 92. The meeting times in August are Thursday, August 15 and 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. as well as Wednesday, August 28 from 9 a.m. to noon. Remember, 100 is the goal!!!
ON AUGUST 18th, AT 10 A.M., we along with Jerusalem and Zion Lutheran churches, will have our worship service at Lititz Springs Park bandshell. Afterward, there will be a picnic. Please plan to attend. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. Paper products, condiments and drinks will be provided. If you would be willing to help with set up or clean up, please note alongside your name on the sign up sheet posted on the kiosk in the narthex.
LOWER SUSQUEHANNA Synodical Women’s Organization 24th Annual Camp Hebron Fall Retreat. Friday thru Sunday, November 1-3, 2013. The leader for this year’s annual fall retreat is Rev. Lisa M. Leber, who is currently serving as the part-time interim of St. Michael’s Lutheran, Rossville. “A Living Hope: Claiming and Proclaiming God’s Promises” is the theme. In baptism, through water and the Word, we are joined to Christ’s death and raised to new life. We are given “a new birth into a living hope” (1 Peter 1:3b) as God claims us forever as one of his beloved children. Each All Saints Sunday (Nov. 3rd, this year), we in the church remember the faithful who have gone before us and celebrate the good news that death does not have the last word. This All Saints weekend, our retreat will provide opportunities to learn how this good news is expressed in our baptismal and funeral liturgies, to talk about what kinds of decisions we can be faced with at the end of life, and to spend sometime with the scriptures and hymns often chosen for funeral and memorial services. While this topic may sound a little “heavy,” the weekend should be filled with singing, remembering, and rejoicing as we celebrate being part of the communion of saints! Registration must be in by Sept. 15th. Registration forms are in the narthex on the WELCA kiosk. Call Phyllis Frankhouser, 626-4200, for more information.
ALL WOMEN OF THE CHURCH and their guest are invited to attend the first event of Women of the ELCA this fall. It will be held on September 21st in the social hall at 10 a.m. The speaker is Andy Agaba from Hiinga, a micro-finance organization based in Lancaster, which provides funds for smallholder farmers in East Africa to end hunger and poverty. Mr. Agaba is a native of Uganda and was raised by his mother after his father was murdered by gunman. Through operating a small café and raising animals and produce on their ½ acre farm, Andy and his siblings were able to attend school. Andy has a degree in Psychology and Social Science. He is an award winning photographer and a communication specialist and lives in Lancaster with his wife and son. Following the program, the annual Service of Remembrance, honoring the women of St. Paul who entered the Church Triumphant this past year, will be held. A delicious lunch follows. Please bring a food item for the Warwick Community Chest. A sign-up sheet is in the events notebook in the narthex, but sign-up is not required.
TELECARE TEAM meets Monday, August 12, at 1pm in the church lounge. Would YOU be able to help with this church ministry? It only takes a few minutes of your time to call a St. Paul member who is ill or recovering, inactive or grieving, new or prospective member — all to help keep a sense of community alive and well in our congregation. Calls are directed by Pastor Gable; you call from your home at your convenience. Join the team; come to this month's meeting.
BREW CREW will be having a picnic at our new pavilion on Thursday, August 29th at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is asked to bring a six pack of their favorite beer to share/trade and a side dish or dessert. Meat and coffee will be provided. While it’s OK to have a beer or 2 with dinner, we ask that most of each six pack be traded and taken home. Anyone in the congregation who would like to join us and experience the great time of fellowship we have is invited. Please sign up in the sign-up book in the narthex.
THE OPEN DOOR CLOTHING BANK at the Lititz United Methodist Church is having their backpack/school supply and clothing giveaway on Saturday, August 17th from 7 a.m. -10 a.m. Clothes and limited school supplies are provided free to our neighbors in need in Lancaster Co. A supervised craft/play area for children will also be available.