On October 31, 2017 Lutheran Christians will observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Here are some of the events planned at Christ Lutheran. REFORMATION 500 OKTOBERFEST...Saturday, October 28 beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the home of Janet and Martin Luther Schroeder, 134 N. Main Street, Biglerville for an evening of food, entertainment, and fun! Bratwursts, sauerkraut, pretzels, German beer and wine provided. Bring a German side dish to share. Sign up on the bridge by October 23. Join us for this adult only event as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
INTERGENERATIONAL REFORMATION 500 FAIR...SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29 from 9:15-10:15 a.m. in the social room. All ages welcome to participate. Come out and join in the 500th celebration and commemoration of the Reformation. Learn, listen, share, play and experience activities focused on observing the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation. Enjoy pancakes and sausage compliments of the youth group (free will donation to help fund the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston).
BRAILLE EDITION…Please note that a Braille edition of the ELW is available to use for worship. Please notify the church office if you know someone who needs it.
NEW YEAR IN OCTOBER! This year we have a unique opportunity to set a new GOAL for our ministries. The New Year goal(s) often examines the side of our personalities that might relate to more exercise and less TV time or less calorie intake.
God’s grace and love are the foundations of our lives. God renews, reforms, and gives us faith, hope, and love. The ministry Christ Lutheran Church offers expresses our thankfulness and appreciation for all God has done for us. Growth in our capacity to provide additional ministries and to enhance current ministries is important in the life of our congregation. As members of our church body, we want to see tangible evidence of that growth. Growth in ministries comes with deepening our faith and spiritual life as well as our commitment to growing in our patterns of giving our treasures, time and talent.
At Christ Lutheran Church, we ask you to engage in the spiritual exercise of examining your life of faith, discipleship, stewardship, and your giving history with Christ Lutheran Church. Then setting a GOAL for 2018 that represents a prayerful increase in your commitment to the current and new ministries we share in common as people committed to growth.
Christ Lutheran Church is at a cross road in our history. We are challenged to grow in our service to the community and around the world. We can only grow with your spiritual commitment to Christ Lutheran Church and to giving on a regular basis. A spiritual commitment that is evidenced as a monetary gift to our mission.
Thank you for your commitment to Christ Lutheran Church and its ministries. Please prayerfully think about your goal and how your goal can help move Christ Lutheran’s ministry forward.
Please turn in this 2018 GOAL response form to Christ Lutheran Church at any time or place in the offering plate or in the box on the bridge.
GETTYSBURG CARES, November 27 – December 10: We need guest host volunteers! Through Gettysburg Cares (GC), our church has joined other churches in the community to provide emergency shelter for the homeless. We have been assigned the two-week period, Monday, 27 November, through Sunday,10 December. Please consider serving as guest host and/or overnight host for one night of our two-week period. A guest host arrives at CELC about 8PM, prepares coffee and tea, sets up the registration table, and welcomes the overnight volunteers. When shelter guests arrive (with a GC staff person) around 8:45PM, the guest host, along with the overnight volunteers, welcomes the guests and shows them where to find their sleeping area, mattresses, blankets, etc. Guest hosts are encouraged to offer a brief devotional time with the guests, usually around 9:15-9:30PM, before locking and leaving the building (no later than 10:00PM).
Each new guest or overnight host is required to attend one of the training sessions (about 90 minutes) offered by Gettysburg Cares. Hosts who attended training session in previous years do not need to attend this year but may if they would like a refresher. The first training session is scheduled for Monday, 25 September, at St. James Lutheran, 6:30PM (109 York St). We have not received the date yet for the October training session. At the training session, you will receive some forms that must be completed and returned to the GC office prior to your volunteer service. Please notify Martha Nelson by Thursday, September 21, if you plan to attend the September training session. (firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-283-9472)
This year, there is also a great need for overnight volunteers. In early October, a sign-up sheet for Guest and Overnight Hosts will be placed on the bridge.
PLEASE CONSIDER SINGING WITH THE CHANCEL CHOIR! Our choir is a very important leader of our 10:30 AM festival worship services. New members are always needed. If you are unsure of your ability, know that there will be a strong voice that can sit near you. If you are a confident singer, come and help others offer their talents! All from 9th graders through adults are welcome. There are 2 rehearsal times to choose from weekly: Thursdays from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM and Sundays from 9:30 AM to the start of the 10:30 AM service. Please see Cantor Folkemer or email him at email@example.com.