It has been a while

It has been a while

Hello Everyone,

Sorry it has been a while since I posted in the blog here.  I can't say that anything particular was keeping me away, it is just the demands of all that has happened since the last post.  We had Holy Week, Baccalaureate at the High School, our young people heading to Camp Sequanota, the Memorial Day Parade, Wrapping up our Bible Study on Daniel and somewhere along the way our family traveled to Maine for the internment of Karen's grandmother.  On top of that we had worship going on - so it has been a busy few months. But I wanted to just give you and update of where we are and what is going on.  Lets call it the quick reference guide for our parish.

New Additions:  Both of our churches have projects coming up that will change (at least the outside) of the buildings. 

Newry we have had memorial funds come in over the last year in honor of Sue Brumbaugh.  In consultation with the council, the family, and other members of the congregation - we have decided that the best use of those funds would be to place a cross on the church at Newry.  The cross has been ordered, it will be 40 inches high with a 24 inch cross bar.  It will essentially be the same size as the current steeple topper (the spire with the ball on top).  It will be gold in color, though it is made of aluminum.  Expectation is that this will be in place by the end of the summer.  This is something which is very exciting because there is (surprisingly) not a cross on the building.  This is an addition that is very much welcomed

Geeseytown:  Last month we presented a proposal for a church sign to go on the front of the building.  As you know we do have a current sign which has very small letters and is hard to read when someone zooms by at 65 (in a 45 mph zone).  So we have a team who has presented a design for a sign which will hang out from the church and be able to be seen from both eastbound and westbound 22.  We have had funds donated towards this project and are still taking donations toward this endeavor.  Please note that this in an extra-budgetary expense.  Our hope is that this can be completed through personal donations that won't put a hardship on our current budget.

Joint Services and Celebrations:  We have three special services/events coming up in the late summer early fall.  

Outdoor Worship:  The first is right around the corner with the annual Parish Outdoor Worship Service at the Newry Lion's Park on Sunday July 21st.  As usual we will gather for worship at 10:30, and have a pot luck dinner to follow.  It is always a lot of fun and a special event for me, because the Outdoor worship usually falls at the year anniversary of our ministry together.  This year we will be passing 4 and heading into our 5th year of working together.  Can you believe it has been that long?

Geeseytown Anniversary:  Sunday August 18th will be the 130th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of Geeseytown Lutheran Church.  In celebration of this day we will have a joint service at Geeseytown at 10:15, followed by a pot luck luncheon.  Bishop Pile and Pastor Tim Knauss from the synod office are scheduled to be with us.  There will be no Sunday morning service at Newry on this day.

Rally Day Picnic:  Our 4th annual Rally Day Picnic will be held on Sunday Sept. 15th at 2pm.  This year we have a change of location as we will be gathering at the Frankstown Park, beside the Geeseytown Firehall.  We will have hot dogs and fixings, everyone is invited to bring a dish of their choosing.  For part of our time together we will be making cards to distribute to veterans at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home for Veterans Day.  Sam Dunkle, member of Geeseytown and Vice-Commendant of the Veterans Home will be speaking with us about the home and what these cards can mean to the vets.

Fall Bible Study:

Bible Study has been put on hold for the summer, this was due to people having to be out of town and the pastor having to go almost every other week to one conference of the other.  

We will start back our Bible Study on Thursday September 5th with something we haven't done before.  We are going to do a wide survey of the Biblical Stories that demonstrate God working with, putting up with, and tolerating the low down, dirty, sinning, betraying, falling away, children that he loves.  What I am hoping is that this will be an example of how God's love and mercy is CLEARLY not dependent upon us - but upon - God's Love and Mercy.  We keep messing it up and God keeps being faithful.  What is unique about this is that I will be creating an original manuscript for the class which I am hoping will become a book.  What I need from you is your feedback insight and questions.  I think it can be a neat exploration for all of us, and will make me finally get going on this project that I have kept on the backburner for some time now.  Tentatively this study will be called "God of the Scoundrels: and other people like Me"

Confirmation:

For the first time in about 9 years we have a confirmation class.  The last group confirmed just graduated college so it has been quite a while.  Our confirmands have done 18months of confirmation class and have gone to Camp Sequanota for confirmation camp the last two years.  The group will be confirmed on Reformation Sunday (those who attend Sat night worship will be confirmed there).  This is a good sign for our church - and even better is that we look to an even larger class to start next summer.


That is a little taste of what is going on.  I didn't mention our two VBSs, our continued collection for the Food Banks, our support of Pastor Chaks, our quilting, soap collections, Domestic Abuse Shelter support - and on and on.  There is a lot going on and that is a good thing.  If you have any questions please feel free to email me, or send a message through the CONTACT US section of this website.  

God Bless you Everybody

Pastor Mike

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