A Letter from Abraham, the Church Mouse
I am Abraham, the Church Mouse! I am the steward of St. Abrahams Lutheran Church as well as the writer and editor of the Church Mouse Gazette -- St. Abrahams' own church newsletter! Here you will find the latest issue of our newsletter which is printed monthly and contains content on various church activities and community events. If you wish to see the past newsletters then please take a look at our page labeled "Past Issues."
I hope you enjoy our newsletter! If you have any suggestions on what else we can add, please let us know! Until then, may your days be full of love and laughter in this beautiful world.
Abraham, the Church Mouse
The Church Mouse Gazette - June 2018
St. Abrahams Lutheran Church
The Church Mouse Gazette -- June, 2018
Hello, Abraham the Church Mouse
I’ve been gone for a while visiting my cousin in the city and boy, am I glad to be back in the country where I belong—at St. Abrahams! So much has been happening since I last wrote to you, so let me get started and fill you in on all of the news.
Ephesians 3:16-19 (KJV)
16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.
Have You Heard The News?
DEL-MD Synod Conference
Pastor Matt, Joyce MacAdoo, and Carolyn Krause attended this year’s conference held in Hunt Valley on May 31-June 2. It is a wonderful way to learn more about the Synod and the direction the Church is heading in the future as well as enjoying uplifting music, good food, and daily worship/communion services. Several items were discussed and resolutions passed. I urge everyone to consider attending at least once. In the meantime, if you are interested in learning more about the DEL-MD Synod, to find out the news and events of the Synod and other member churches, they have a E-Letter—a copy is posted on the bulletin board located in the hallway of the Educational Building—which you can sign up to have delivered directly to your email address. Email: [email protected] to subscribe.
St. Abrahams Women of the ELCA
If you are a woman that attends church here on Sunday then you are automatically a member of the St. Abrahams W-ELCA group of the Westminster Conference. Make sure that you pick up your copy of the Evangel on the back table (or see the one posted on the bulletin board) to see what is going on and make plans to attend a future meeting or a retreat day.
The LutherMen were once again invited to sing at the recent Men’s Dinner held in Westminster. Thank you, Howard German, for getting this group up and running. The word is out about the talented voices at St. Abrahams!
St. Abrahams Church Community Picnic – Saturday, July 14, 2018
There will be a planning meeting held on Sunday, June 24, after the morning worship service. Please be sure to attend as many hands make light work and everyone’s help is needed in all areas (food service, setup/breakdown, bake goods for the cakewalk, items for the raffle tables, etc.).
Free! Movie Nights at the Pavilion
Looking for something to do on a warm Friday evening? Join us for a family friendly movie, refreshment provided, from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm on June 8, June 22; July 6, July 20; and August 3, August 17, 2018. Bring your friends and family! Everyone is welcomed!
VBS “Moose on the Loose! Discovering God’s Forever Forgiveness”
Gwyn Hann and Rose Blevins are co-chairing this year’s Vacation Bible School. Tell your friends and neighbors to mark their calendars for August 6 – August 10, 2018, from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. All 3-12 year olds are welcomed to join in the fun. If you would like to volunteer to help, please see Gwyn or Rose for opportunities that may be available.
News of Our Church Family
We are happy to have received Oaklyn Ann Collevecchio into the church through Holy Baptism! And thankful that Howard German and Linda Popp returned safely from their latest adventures (if you have Facebook you were able to follow along on their journey!). Please keep Jerry O’Brien in your prayers as well as Ed Engel. Jerry recently received 2 heart stents and Ed will be having surgery in the near future to replace a fractured rod which he received after a nasty fall this past year. Hat’s off to Rebecca Sparks (Fiona) and Alec Marschke (Penny and Glenn) on their recent college graduations. Good luck to both of them as they step out into the world. And lastly, a very big Thank You! to Gwyn and Penny for the “Grits and Gravy” breakfast that they provided to the Dad’s and families to celebrate Father’s Day.
ELCA World Hunger Project
We are looking for ideas for a project to raise funds and awareness of World Hunger. With luck we might win another Holly the Fighting Hen Hunger Award at the next Del-MD Synod Conference. This year’s winner was Camp Mar-Lu-Ridge who made over 10,000 sandwiches for distribution to the hungry. That’s a lot of bread! Please forward your ideas to Pastor Matt or any Council member.
NESAP-North East Social Action Program
Food Insecurity is a major problem but often unseen. Please keep these items in mind when you are grocery shopping to add to our food collection basket. NESAP is always accepting food donations as well as cleaning supplies and baby and pet items. These include:
- Cranberry Sauce
- Fruit (your choice)
- Macaroni & Cheese
- Baked Beans
- Dry Pasta
- Flavored Rice Side Dishes
- Flavored Noodles Side Dishes
- Instant Potatoes
- Box/Bag of Rice
- Can Gravy/Broth or Gravy Packet
- Muffin Mix
- Cake Mix
- Can of Frosting
- Napkins or Paper Towels
- Paper towels, Diapers/Formula
- Pet Food.
- Brown paper bag grocery bags
And Before We Forget--We Are Looking for Volunteers!
Each week after service everyone is invited to come to the Educational Building and have refreshments. Each week is different, it could be as simple as donuts and coffee to a full luncheon; even Pastor Matt has shared his culinary talents! Please consider signing up on the sheet posted on the refrigerator. It’s a nice time to enjoy a bite to eat while catching up on the past week’s events with others.
This task takes less than 15 minutes per week. You will need computer access and use a template to update the weekly music selections, readings/gospel lessons and any special announcements. Copies are made on the church copier and set out for on the back table. Please see Pastor Matt or Carolyn, if you are interested.
This is no longer a weekly job but there is still a need for someone to check the Flower Sign-Up Sheet and drop off the vases at Petals, Flowers and Gifts (by 9:00 am on Wednesday morning and pick up on Saturday before 12:00 noon) and place in the church. The church is billed directly by the flower shop. Please see Pastor Matt or Carolyn, if interested.
Many hands make light work!! Although not exciting, this task is necessary to keep our little church looking spiffy and tidied up. Please sign up on the sheet posted on the bulletin board if you are able to spend a few hours on a weekend/weekday or after morning services. This can be also be a monthly activity for a group with weekly tweaking in between.
Cemetery Clean-Up Day
See Jim Gemmill if you can help one Saturday morning (date to be determined) to work with his group to repair/replant the headstones in the cemetery that have broken or heaved out of place during the winter freeze/thaw.
Sunday School Teacher(s) Needed
It is said that the Church is only 1 generation away from becoming extinct. The children of today will be the ones to share and spread the word to the next generation. We need people to take turns teaching Sunday School – 9:00am to 9:45am. You can use lessons/materials provided or create your own. Please consider taking a turn and see Pastor Matt or Carolyn, if interested. You do not need a degree to be a Sunday School teacher, just a willingness to come early and share God’s love to the younger members of his family.
Happy Birthday Wishes To:
Warren Grimm – 5/5
Ryan Poffenbarger – 5/6
Glenn Marschke – 5/8
Howard German – 5/19
Sadie James Bosley – 5/27
Jason Speicher – 6/6
Matthew Bosley – 6/23
Gwyn Hann – 6/23
Patricia Baker – 6/29
Well, that’s all for The Church Mouse Gazette for this month. See you soon!