+September 8th we will start using the Narrative Lectionary which uses a continuous story emphasis for the preaching texts. This lectionary was initially developed by Luther Seminary and has been expanded and tweaked over the last several years. While there are still connections with the Church year, the focus is on unifying the story as it is told through the continuous story arc of the Bible. If you have ever wondered why the Revised Common Lectionary uses bits and pieces here and there, you are not alone. Another big positive is to give fuller appreciation to the Older Testament and how it connects with the broader story.
+Beginning in September, we will celebrate Holy Communion twice a month (the 8th and the 22nd)! What a joy it is that Christ gives his very self for our nurturing, forgiveness, and overall building up of the spiritual body! What an honor that we can join with all those that have gone before us and give praise to the Lamb who was slain for us! We will use individual cups and “table” distribution on the first celebration of the month. Once the custom order Chalices are back from the potter, we will use intinction and individual cups in continuous distribution. As welcome and community are a central concern of the Eucharist--every celebration will be accessible for those with food sensitivities. We want all to be able to be encouraged and empowered for mission for the coming week! Any questions-check in with Pastor Fitch.
+Peace be with you! Some have asked about the passing of the peace, so here are some key things to know:
+The purpose of passing the peace is to follow Jesus’ teaching to make sure that we are reconciled with one another and Saint Paul’s further clarification to make peace before celebrating at The Table.
+Extending a word of peace is also a sign of hospitality and welcome which is a major focus for God’s people throughout numerous stories of the Bible.
+You don’t have to shake someone’s hands. As the bulletin notes, there are lots of ways that you can share a sign of welcome and community. If you are sick or are worried about getting sick—a wave or peace sign is totally acceptable. Using a hand sanitizer after the Peace is also helpful. Introverts also don’t have to greet everyone! Give others space to be who they are.
+Please be mindful of time in worship and extend a greeting of peace and keep it to that (unless you really need to speak a more detailed word of forgiveness).
The annual LSS Women’s Fall retreat will be Friday November 1st – November 3rd, 2019 at Camp Hebron. There is also a Saturday only option and a Friday/Saturday option. The theme this year will be “Women of faith, Their Story and Ours” led by Pastor Denise Horn. All women are encouraged to attend for a time of fellowship, relaxation, and good food. So bring a friend! Sign up sheet and registration forms is in the Narthex. The deadline to sign up and turn in forms September 9th. Please see Kathy Kauffman 717-938-6092 or Deb Johnson 717-774-2083 with any questions.
There will be an Adult Study Retreat on the book “We Never Asked for Wings” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh at Camp Nawakwa on October 1-3, 2019. Please call (717) 677-8211 or visit LutheranCamping.org to register by September 20th.
Senior Choir and Chime Choir - Both choirs practice on Thursday evenings. The Chime Choir practices from 6:00 PM until 7:15 PM and the Senior Choir practices from 7:15 PM until 8:30 PM. If you are interested in participating in either, or both, contact Jody Diskin, Director of Music, at 717-979-4099
On September 1st our community welcomed New Hope Ministries. New Hope has assumed responsibility for helping to feed those who were supported by Redland Food Ministries. New Hope is currently looking for a permanent area location. In thge meantime, their mobile food pantry will be operating in the parking lot of Lewisberry United Methodist Church at 309 Market Street in Lewisberry. This month the dates for the mobile pantry are Tuesday, 10/10, from 9AM until 12 noon, and Wednesday, 10/23, from 3PM to 8PM. New Hope will accept food donations at the mobile pantry at those times.Food donations will also be accepted at any of their other locations in Dillsburg, Dover, Mechanicsburg, or Lemoyne, Monday through Friday from 9AM to 3PM. Mt. Zion will continue to collect food for New Hope and everyone is encouraged to support this effort. You will find a wealth of information at their website: www.nhm-pa.org.