News and Announcements:
WORSHIP UPDATE - In accordance to the Executive Order of the Commonwealth of PA, CDC and ELCA guidelines of 25%, indoor capacity of 50 people will be seated in the sanctuary, 50 people seated in Roth Hall and 25 people in the parlor where you can see and hear the service. Masks must be worn and social distancing observed. Please no singing.
WORSHIP BROADCAST - Worship services will also be broadcast on Facebook Live or via the website link.
PARKING LOT WORSHIP - You may come and worship from the parking lot in your car. If listening in the parking lot, please tune radio to 90.1 FM.
LOOKING AHEAD TO VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL!! - August 9th-13th - -Watch for more info!
GRADUATION INFORMATION NEEDED - Please send information on graduations to the church office by e-mail email@example.com or call 570-788-1572. Please send, with the student’s name, high school name with future plans for college, work, armed forces, etc. College name with degree and future plans with employment, etc.
PENTECOST WITH RITE OF CONFIRMATION - Pentecost Sunday is May 23rd and five of our young people will receive Confirmation through their Affirmation of Baptism. They are: Julia Bobrowski, Lainie Cabell, Levi Kurtz, Richie Rossi, and Evan Veet. We pray the Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with them this day and always. PS - Don’t forget to wear red!!!!
CURRENT EVENTS BIBLE STUDY - We will re-start our every other Wednesday evening Bible study on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month using The Wired Word material. We will meet here at the church at 6:30pm. The next meeting is May 19th. If you are not yet comfortable coming to the church , please let Pastor Deb or Cindy know and we will provide a Zoom connection. Masks will be worn and social distancing observed.
RED IS THE COLOR...GERANIUMS ARE THE FLOWERS - Geraniums are needed to decorate our church for Pentecost Sunday May 23rd and then planted outside to beautify our church grounds. Cost is $4.00 per plant. Please use the envelope in the basket in the narthex to order and pay for your flowers. Place in the offering plate or call the church office. To sponsor. Please make sure all information is written clearly on the envelope. Deadline to order is Sunday May 16. We need 120 geraniums so please consider sponsoring a few plants!
GERANIUM PLANTING - Help is needed Monday May 24th (weather permitting) at 6:30pm to plant the geraniums from Pentecost around our church grounds. We need many hands to plant 120 geraniums. Please mark your calendar, bring a small shovel, and come out to join in the fun!!!!!
NEPA SYNOD ASSEMBLY - Our Synod will hold their annual assembly on Friday June 4th from 1:30pm-9:00pm & Saturday June 5 from 8:30am-12:15pm. The assembly is virtual again this year so those attending will be participating from home. Our congregation is represented by 1 male and 1 female delegate and we are looking for interested member to attend the assembly. Please see Pastor Deb or Cindy if you are interested or have any questions. We need to know by May 9th for registration.
“GROWING YOUNG” READING GROUP - We will be studying the six essential strategies that have helped congregations to “Grow Young”. Books are available in the church office. We will be meeting the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:30pm beginning 5/13/2021. PLEASE JOIN US!
PLEASE DO NOT BRING ANY ITEMS FOR THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTER
BEAR CREEK CAMP INFO - Registration is now open for summer camp at Bear Creek Camp. Information is on the bulletin board in the parlor or go to https://www.bearcreekcamp.org for all the information about dates, COVID policy, etc. Financial help is available for cost of camp. Contact the church office. Summer camp positions are also open. Envelopes are on the table in the back of the church for donations to help our young people with the cost of camp.
LWR QUILTING - Quilting for Lutheran World Relief (LWR) will begin on Thursday, May 6. We will meet at 9:00am and continue until 3 pm with a break for lunch. Please bring your own lunch. If you cannot come for the entire day, you may come for however long you can stay. We will be meeting on the basement level in the first Sunday School room on the right side of the hall. The quilts will be tied and knotted so all you need to know is how to tie a knot. This is an important ministry and these quilts provide comfort and shelter to those who are suffering.
Many supplies are needed for this ministry—fabric, batting, sheets for backing, and embroidery floss for tying, among other things. We have a good supply of fabric to start, but donations of cotton or cotton blend fabrics will be accepted as well as sheets for backings. Twin flat sheets are ideal, but any size will be accepted. Used sheets may be donated as long as they are not stained or threadbare. We are purchasing the batting in bulk, but this will be our biggest expense, so monetary donations will be welcome.
If you feel you cannot participate in the making of the quilts, please consider making a monetary donation to offset the cost of supplies. Just put your donation in any envelope you have, mark it “LWR Quilts” and put it in the offering plate.
Please prayerfully consider joining in this ministry. If you intend to participate or have any questions, please contact Jean Frye at 570-788-5700 or Marian Jaxheimer at 570-788-6098. We look forward to seeing you on May 6.
VALOR STAND DOWN EVENT - The Next Valor Stand down event in Hazleton is Sunday morning June 6th. This event is staged to find and assist homeless veterans and provide clothing and food to other homeless and those who need help. Br. Fred Jaxheimer is inviting our congregation and the other VIC congregations to collect some items for Valor's core mission effort. He will deliver all the collected items when he goes to volunteer at the Stand down event on June 6th.
The items needed/requested are as follows:
* Much needed: Pull top cans of fruit.
* Always needed: Jars of peanut butter.
* Used but with remaining wear - blue jeans and hoodies.
* Used but with remaining wear - Boots and sneakers
* New underwear, men's and women's
* NOTE: Surprisingly, at this time they do not need or want any socks.
Please drop off your donations on the tables to the left inside the parlor (see sign) by June 4th at noon. All donated items will be used for future 2021 stand down events in Northeast PA or be provided to Veterans in interim housing at The Major Paul Syverson Veterans Sanctuary (commonly referred to as Paul's House) in Polk Township.
PEANUT BUTTER PIE SALE - Drive-thru pick-up dates are Saturdays May 15th, 22nd & 29th from 11am-1pm for pre-ordered pies. (Orders are now closed.)
APPLE PICKIN’ TIME? It is hard to believe that it is time to plan our annual Apple Fest for October 16, 2021. Our committee’s first meeting will be Thursday May 13th at 10am. Anyone interested in planning or volunteering for the event is welcome to attend. We will meet in Roth Hall and hope to see some new faces. Hopefully, we will be able to have our Fest indoors with all the activities, but of course, can switch gears and do a food drive-thru that was well supported by our congregation and community. Call or e-mail Barb Gaval at 570-788-4219 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
A MAY LUNCHEON - Will be held at The Lookout House on Saturday, May 15th at 12:00 PM. Moms, grandmothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, all ladies of the church are invited. Meal includes sandwich, soup, salad, beverage and dessert. For reservations call 570-788-1572 by Sunday May 9th. Cost is $10 to be paid the day of the event.
2021 FLOWERS AND BULLETIN SPONSOR CHARTS ARE AVAILABLE - Now that the church is open weekday mornings and Sunday, the flower and bulletin charts are posted on the bulletin board to sign-up. Or, you can still call the church office (570-788-1572) to sponsor flowers or bulletins for the coming year.
VALLEY FOOD PANTRY SAYS THANKS!! Thanks to everyone who fills our grocery cart in the foyer, not only when holiday requests come, but all through the year. A request is to please take note of the expiration date on the items you donate, as we have been receiving outdated goods which cannot be used and require more sorting time. Again, thanks for all the support of the food pantry!
STEPHEN MINISTRY - Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2, NRSV)
The congregation is planning on starting a new outreach program called Stephen Ministry. This ministry offers an effective way to organize, equip, and supervise a team of congregation members called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, one-to-one, Christ-centered care to people in the congregation and the community experiencing life difficulties. These can include, but are not limited to, death, divorce/separation, job loss, relocation, life threatening illness, loss of property, etc.
Stephen Ministers are trained by Stephen Leaders, all being from the congregation. Stephen Leaders and the church pastor match Stephen Ministers with people in need of care. The Stephen Minister meets with his or her Care Receiver for about an hour a week to provide one-to-one Christ-centered care. This relationship lasts as long as needed. It is important to remember that this ministry IS NOT counseling. Stephen Ministers gather together twice monthly to receive the guidance, support, and encouragement they need to provide high-quality care. They also participate in continuing education to enhance their skills.
This ministry was started in 1975 by Rev. Kenneth C. Haugk, Ph.D., a pastor and clinical psychologist, to help him provide Christian care and support to people in his congregation and community who were experiencing life difficulties. It is based in St. Louis, MO. Stephen Ministry is in more than 13,000 congregations from more than 180 Christian denominations, in all 50 states in the US, 10 Canadian provinces, and 30 other countries.
For more information on Stephen Ministry, contact Deb Jones at 570-233-7675 or email@example.com or Pastor Deb.
THANK YOU for faithfully sending in your offerings in support of our mission. You can also give online at https://tithe.ly and look for Christ Lutheran Church - Conyngham.
INDIVIDUAL COMMUNION CUPS - are ready for pick up for you to use at home. They are inside the front door of the parlor and may be picked up during office hours. Please help yourself. If you are unable to come to the church during the hours posted, please call the church (570-788-1572) to make other arrangements. You may also commune with what you have at home; bread, crackers, juice, wine, etc.
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