Sermon & Announcements – September 22, 2019

September 22, 2019 Sermon

Announcements September 22, 2019

A:     Blessed be the name of the LORD, from this time on and forevermore

C:     From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the LORD is to be praised.

*Welcome Home, Haven and a special welcome to all guests visiting with us today. It is a joy to be in God’s presence and worship together.

*The Parish Education Team is at it again. They’ve provide us with a theme for our program year —- Moving Forward Together. It will be on our bulletin covers. It is on a wonderful bulletin board provided by Susie Resh. Each month we will add a different ending. This month, it is “Moving Forward Together in God’s Word”. Add it to your devotions and prayer time and let’s discover how God will be moving us forward together this year.

*Our Welcome Home, Haven month continues today as we celebrate the Kick-off of another Sunday School year. Coffee fellowship will be in the Gathering Room. We hope children, teens AND adults will come together for a time of fun, games and celebration. You can also get a peek at our new Micah’s Backpack Ministry space, which we will bless. Please stay and come down to the Gathering Room to show your support for Haven’s efforts to Move Forward Together in God’s Word in our Sunday School and our Hunger ministries.

*We are collecting personal hygiene items for St. Mark’s Food Bank. They often get requests for items like shampoo, deodorants, feminine hygiene supplies, and toothpaste & toothbrushes, which cannot be purchased with food stamps. All donations are appreciated.

*The weekly Adult Bible Study — Wading in the Word —- meets each Wednesday at 10 am. Come every week or come when you are able. NO prior Bible Study experience needed. ALL are invited and welcomed to come. And IF you would be interested in an evening Bible study during a week night, please note that on your attendance form.

*Next Sunday, the Adult Sunday School class will begin a two-week look at the “Prodigal Son, the Welcoming Father and the Not-so-Happy Brother,” led by Jamie and Jim Cannon. Come explore this famours Bible story and consider how it may apply to our lives.

*Ketchup Sunday is coming! Look on page 14 of your bulletin. We are $10,000 behind our projected offerings. The Council asks each of us to prayerfully consider how we each can help “catch up” and move forward together in ministry. Please be as generous as you are able.

*Haven’s Pet Blessing is this Saturday, Sept. 28th, from 10 am -1 pm. down by our digital sign. Each pet receives a blessing and has their picture taken with their owner. Spread the news and stop by with your pet. Or just stop by to greet our neighbors and their pets.

This week’s concerns and joys:

*We are sad to announce the death of Samuel Hong, husband of Jill Britton-Hong and son-in-law of Sue and Cliff Britton. We give thanks for God’s mercies and pray for comfort and peace for Sam’s family in the coming days and months.

*It is a delight to announce that Sharon Hartsock is home after receiving a pacemaker last week. And our joy continues as we report that Maura Haupt, who was taken by helicopter to Children’s Hospital in DC after she had stopped breathing, is awake and eager to go home. Testing continues since the cause for the incidence is still undetermined. Please keep Sharon, Maura and their families in prayer.

*We thank the Parish Life and Worship Teams and all their helpers for putting together a wonderful Outdoor Worship and Picnic last Sunday. It was a beautiful day for praising our Lord and enjoying good food and fellowship.

*Best wishes to Abby Byers, Content Allamong and Amy Mason  who celebrate birthdays this week.                                                 

A; Now we prepare ourselves to worship as we listen to the Prelude. Amen.

Announcements ~ September 15, 2019

Announcements ~ September 15, 2019

A:     Blessed be the name of the LORD,  from this time on and forevermore

C:     From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the LORD is to be praised.

*God’s blessings to all and a special welcome to any guests visiting with us today. It is a joy to be in God’s presence and worship together outdoors in this lovely setting.

*After worship and our delicious picnic lunch, there will be games for the children and Bingo for everyone. We have some nice prizes, too. Let’s enjoy our time together, Haven!

*Next week, we continue our Welcome Home, Haven month at Haven Road as we worship together at 9:30 and kick off a new Sunday School year. Our coffee fellowship will be in the Gathering Room, where we hope children, teens AND adults will come together for a time of fun, games and celebration. We will also give tours of our new Micah’s Backpack Ministry space and offer a blessing of the room and the ministry. Please make plans to stay. Show your support for Haven’s efforts to Move Forward Together in God’s Word in our Sunday School and our Hunger ministries.

*Some members had expressed an interest in attending the face-off of Smithburg and Middletown’s JV soccer teams, when Haven’s own teens, Aura and Emily will be playing against one another. Well, it is THIS Tuesday, Sept. 17th at 5:30 pm at the Middletown High School. Admission is $6 for adults, $2 for children. It should be a good game.

*This Wednesday at 10 am, Wading in the Word Bible Study will resume. Each Wednesday, Pastor Alessandri will lead the class through a look at the gospel for the upcoming Sunday and a study of St. Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians. NO prior Bible Study experience needed. ALL are invited and welcomed to come.

*Ketchup Sunday is coming! Be sure to read the flyer in your bulletin today. Begin to “mustard” up the time for prayerful consideration so you can “relish” this opportunity to imitate God’s generosity.

This week’s concerns and joys:

*Harold Rice wants you to know that each time a postcard is passed into his cell he feels love coming to him. He thanks you for your kind words and looks to the day he can be back at his church.

*Good news, Haven. We WILL be getting a seminary student this year. We know nothing more until Pastor goes to the Gettysburg campus tomorrow.

*Best wishes to Wayne Gaumer and Michael Freeman who celebrate birthdays this week and, again, to Bob Dean who celebrated his 102nd birthday last Thursday.

A; Now, we continue our worship with our Opening Hymn, “Shout to the Lord.” AMEN

Sermon & Announcements

September 8, 2019 Sermon

Announcements ~ September 8, 2019

 A:     Blessed be the name of the LORD, from this time on and forevermore

C:     From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the LORD is to be praised.

*Welcome Home, Haven and a special welcome to all guests visiting with us today. It is a joy to be in God’s presence and worship together.

*This morning we will welcome five New Members to Haven. We hope you will be sure to greet our newest brothers and sisters in Christ as we share some refreshments in the narthex after worship.

*But there is still more on this second week of our Welcome Home, Haven month. After refreshments, you have two opportunities. In the parlor, you can exercise Your hands doing God’s Work by learning about PLARNING — the process of turning plastic grocery bags into waterproof sleeping mats for the homeless. If you can cut or tie strips of plastic together, you can help. Great fellowship, too.

At the same time, in the adult Sunday School room, Pastor Alessandri will be leading a discussion about decisions made at the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly.

You are welcomed to go to one or sample both opportunities.

*We are collecting personal hygiene items for St. Mark’s Food Bank. They often get requests for items like shampoo, deodorants, feminine hygiene supplies, and toothpaste & toothbrushes, which can not be purchased with food stamps. All donations are appreciated.

*Next week, on September 15th, Haven will have its annual outdoor worship and church picnic at Doub’s Woods at 10:30 am.  Sign up on the attendance form so we know how much chicken to buy. Bring a lawn chair for worship. Stop at the Picnic bulletin board in the narthex to pick up a slip for your contribution to our picnic feast. There will be NO worship here at the church next Sunday. So, come on Haven! Let’s worship, picnic and party together at Doub’s Woods next Sunday at 10:30 am!

*The September newsletter is now available in the church narthex. Pick up your copy today.

This week’s concerns and joys:

*Best wishes to Dustin Black, Jadrya Fortson and Bob Dean who celebrate birthdays this week. Congratulations to Dick and June Hess who celebrate a wedding anniversary on Thursday.

A; Now we prepare ourselves to worship as we listen to the Prelude.

Sermon & Announcements

September 1, 2019 Sermon (click here to open the Sermon pdf)

Announcements  August 31 & September 1, 2019

a: Give thanks to the Lord, for the Lord is good,   C:  For God’s mercy endures forever.

*Welcome Home, Haven and a special welcome to all guests visiting with us today. What a joy it is to be in God’s presence and worship together.

*The September newsletter is now available in the church narthex. Pick up your copy today so you don’t miss an opportunity for service or fun this Welcome Home Haven month.

*Next Sunday we welcome five new members to Haven. Pass the word. Let’s welcome them with a good crowd, Haven! After worship, you can learn what happened at the ELCA Churchwide Assembly with Pastor Alessandri in the adult Sunday School Room OR you can learn how to do God’s Work with Our Hands through our plarning project.

*In just two weeks, on September 15th, Haven will have its annual outdoor worship and church picnic at Doub’s Woods. Sign up on the attendance form so we know how much chicken to buy. Stop at the Picnic bulletin board in the narthex to pick up a slip for your contribution to our picnic feast. More information in the bulletin.
*Welcome Home Haven month doesn’t stop there, either. On September 22nd our coffee fellowship after worship will move to the Gathering Room for the grand Re-Opening of Sunday School — babies, children, teens and adults are asked to come to kick-off another year of Going Forward Together in God’s Word. Please stay to support our Sunday School.

*Haven’s Adult choir will have its first rehearsal this Wednesday at 7 pm. If you can carry a tune, come check it out this friendly musical fellowship. Talk to Choir Director, Steve Pastena if you have questions or need any encouragement.

*And if singing is not your gift, how about Haven’s Bell Choir? The Bell Choir will have its first rehearsal next Monday, September 9th. Bell Choir Director, Nancy Newkirk, will be happy to answer any questions you may have about this music ministry at Haven.

*To extend hospitality to families with young children, we provide a nursery during worship. Please consider adding your name to the list of volunteers who staff that nursery during the year. The more volunteers, the fewer times each person will need to serve. Exercise your faith by helping to care for our children and their parents.

This week’s concerns and joys:

*Thanks to all who contributed food or helped to serve lunch at Potomac Towers last week. Over 35 persons enjoyed a summer picnic lunch. We serve our next lunch on October 31st.

*We have no birthdays or anniversaries recorded for this coming week. Can that be right? Please let us know if we missed someone’s special day.

A: Rejoicing in God’s saving grace, we seek our Lord’s wisdom and strength:

C: “To honor God, to reach out with love to our members and the community and to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.”  A: Amen

September Haven Messenger (Newsletter)

Click the Newsletter September 2019 below to view the Haven September Messenger as a pdf.

Newsletter September 2019

Haven Block Party & School Supply Give Away

2019

BLOCK PARTY & SCHOOL SUPPLY GIVEAWAY

Saturday, August 17, 2019           10 am – 1 pm

(School supplies are available on a first come, first serve basis until we run out.)

We pray you will join us for an exciting day of food, fun, and school supply giveaway; to help your child start off the 2019-20 school year prepared and ready for learning.

July 28, 2019 Sermon & Announcements

July 28, 2019 Sermon

Announcements ~ July 28, 2019

 a: Give thanks to the Lord, for the Lord is good,   C:  For God’s mercy endures forever.

*God’s blessings to all and a special welcome to all guests visiting with us today. What a joy it is to be in God’s presence and worship together

*Three weeks to our Block Party and School Supply Giveaway on August 17th, 10 am – 1 pm. We need all disciples at Haven to make this community outreach happen. Here are some ways you can get involved in doing God’s Work with Your Hands.

  • Volunteer to be here on August 17th. You can help set-up, clean-up or staff the games, concessions and School Supply Giveaway. There are a variety of tasks for a variety of abilities and mobility. Sign up on your attendance form or speak with Marge Cunningham.
  • Visit the bulletin board in the church lobby as you leave. Take some slips for the needed school supply items or take the challenge of getting all the supplies for one student in particular grade. You won’t have to look far to find good sales on school supplies.
  • As mentioned in the newsletter, we also need prizes for the adults who love to play Bingo. Five dollar gift cards from fast food restaurants or new, unused, re-gifted items would be great.
  • The Block Party & School Giveaway Planning Meeting postponed from last week will take place this Wednesday at 6:30 pm in the air-conditioned Gathering Room. All are welcome to come and catch some of the excitement .
  • Finally, please pray for the Block Party and School Supply Giveaway, that the weather is good, fun is abounding and the grace of God’s church at Haven is overflowing.

*St. Mark’s Food Banks sent word that the cereal we collected so far in July was greatly needed and much appreciated. In August, we will collecting large jars of grape or strawberry jelly. I bet some peanut butter would be helpful, too. Thanks for your contributions.

*We have one addition for today’s bulletin. The Offertory today will be played by Abigail Andrews. We hope she will accept our apologies for the slip. We are blessed whenever you share your talents with us, Abigail.

This week’s concerns and joys:

*June Hess was taken to Meritus Hospital Saturday morning. The last word was that she was receiving treatment for vertigo and dehydration. Please keep June, Dick and their family in prayer.

*The initial PLARNING gathering last Thursday was well attended! Such a simple way to provide waterproof mats for the homeless who are sleeping outside. Look for information about the next meeting in your bulletin or newsletter. Speak to Pam O’Connor to learn more.
*Thank you for your patience as the office administrator and pastor worked on organizing and purging their offices last week. You won’t believe the amount of recycling and trash that left the building so far. While the office will reopen on Monday, we are still working to complete the project. Hopeful, we will soon be proud to show off the results.

*Best wishes to Georgie Kauffman, Adam Tice, Korben Defriece, and Pat Manspeaker who celebrate birthdays this week. Congratulations to Bill and Lynda Byers who will celebrate a wedding anniversary on Thursday.

(after the announcements)

A: Rejoicing in God’s saving grace, we seek our Lord’s wisdom and strength:

C: “To honor God, to reach out with love to our members and the community and to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
A: Amen

 

July 21, 2019 Sermon & Announcements

July 21, 2019 Sermon

Announcements ~ July 20 & 21, 2019

 

a: Give thanks to the Lord, for the Lord is good,

C:  For God’s mercy endures forever.                      (Psalm 107: 1)

 

*God’s blessings to all and a special welcome to all guests visiting with us today. What a joy it is to be in God’s presence and worship together

*The school supplies are coming in for August 17th Giveaway.  Please visit the bulletin board in the church lobby as you leave. Pick up some slips with needed items.

This week we add the opportunity to gather all the supplies for one student in particular grade. We give these “complete backpacks” as door prizes at the Block Party and School Supply Giveaway. Some families stay the entire three hours in hopes of winning one of these complete backpacks. Those slips are also at the Block Party bulletin board. You won’t have to look far to find good sales on school supplies.

*We will need lots of volunteers for the Block Party and School Supply Giveaway that runs from 10 am to 1 pm on August 17th. PLEASE sign up on the attendance form today. Tell us how long you can stay. Let us know if you can help set-up or clean up that Saturday. It truly is Our Hands doing God’s Work AND it is both meaningful and fun!

*Through July, we will continue to collect cereal for the St. Mark’s Food Bank. The food pantry’s stock is very low so all contributions are greatly appreciated.

Come this Thursday at 2 p.m. to learn about PLARNING — a hands-on-project to make plastic sleeping maps for the homeless out of regular plastic grocery bags. Pastor Stephanie Steele and Pam O’Connor will show us how. No experience or expertise needed. There are a variety of easy steps that suit all abilities. Come to the Gathering Room to enjoy the fellowship and see what plarning for the homeless is all about.

*There is a Block Party & School Giveaway Planning Meeting this Wednesday at 6:30 pm in the air-conditioned Gathering Room. We hope those who were there before will come back and others who are interested with come, too. Door prizes for the fun of it.

*The July & August newsletter is available in the narthex.

*The church office will be closed this Wednesday through Friday. The building will be open but the office administrator and pastor will be busy purging and organizing their offices. We will check voice mail several times a day for emergencies. An organized office makes a happier staff. At least that is what we hope!

This week’s concerns and joys:

*Best wishes to Veronica Bergschneider, Mary Fortson, and Austin Suchy who celebrate birthdays this week.

(after the announcements)

A: Rejoicing in God’s saving grace, we seek our Lord’s wisdom and strength:

C: “To honor God, to reach out with love to our members and the community and to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
A: Amen

 

 

July 14, 2019 – Sermon & Announcements

July 14, 2019 Sermon

Announcements – July 14, 2019   9:30 am

A: I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
C: I will sing praise to my God while I have being.                                  (Psalm 104: 33)

*God’s blessings to all and a special welcome to all guests visiting with us today. What a joy it is to be in God’s presence and worship together.

*This week we begin collecting School Supplies items needed for our August 17th Block Party and School Supply Giveaway. The needed supplies are on slips and posted on a bulletin board in the narthex. Take a few slips and scout out those sales.

* We will need lots of volunteers for the Block Party and School Supply Giveaway that runs from 10 am to 1 pm on August 17th. We hope you will plan to help before or during the event or help with clean up. Look for sign-up sheets NEXT weekend. It is both meaningful and fun time! God’s Work. Our Hands.

*Thanks to all who have brought in cereal for the St. Mark’s Food Bank. We will continue to collect cereal for the month of July. All contributions will be appreciated.

*Pastor Alessandri final chapter Holy Land presentation is TODAY after worship. It has been moved from the Adult Sunday School room to the air-conditioned Gathering Room. Come for refreshments, fellowship and pictures of the last two days of Pastor’s tour of Jerusalem. All are welcome.

*During the summer months, Haven has a Harvest for Hunger table. Pick up any vegetables, baked goods or flowers for a free will offering. Bring extra items from your garden or oven to donate. All donated monies will be used for projects to battle hunger.

*Wonder what PLARNING is? It is making yarn from plastic grocery bags and using it to make sleeping mats for the homeless. Come on July 25th to learn more about this new hands-on ministry. No experience necessary.

*The July & August newsletter is available in the narthex. Be sure to pick up a copy today!

This week’s concerns and joys:

*Best wishes to June Hess, Grant Wills and Irene Giffin who celebrate birthdays this week. Congratulations to Susie and Dave Resh who have a wedding anniversaries this week.       

A: Rejoicing in God’s saving grace, we seek our Lord’s wisdom and strength:

C: “To honor God, to reach out with love to our members and the community and to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
A: Amen.

July 7, 2019 Sermon & Announcements

July 7, 2019 Sermon (click the sermon title to view pdf)

Announcements ~ July 7, 2019   9:30 am

 A: I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
C: I will sing praise to my God while I have being.                                  (Psalm 104: 33)

*God’s blessings to all and a special welcome to all guests visiting with us today. What a joy it is to be in God’s presence and worship together

*Next Sunday we will begin to post slips with School Supplies items needed for our August 17th Block Party and School Supply Giveaway. Keep a lookout —- Some stores are already having good school supply sales.

*As you may have seen in the newspaper recently, the shelves at the St. Mark’s Food Bank are low. To help, Haven will be collecting cereal to give to the Food Bank in the month of July. All and any contributions will be appreciated.

*The July & August newsletter is available in the narthex. Be sure to pick up a copy today!

*Pastor Alessandri will present the final chapter of her January trip to Israel after worship NEXT Sunday, July 14th. The presentation will be in the Adult Sunday School room, where we will have some coffee brewing and fans to cool us. All are welcome.

This week’s concerns and joys:

*Best wishes to Robert Webb, Charlotte Loveless, and Jackie Webb who celebrate birthdays this week. Congratulations to Jamie and Jim Cannon and Eric and Stephanie Meredith who have wedding anniversaries this week.                               

A: Rejoicing in God’s saving grace, we seek our Lord’s wisdom and strength:

C: “To honor God, to reach out with love to our members and the community and to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

A: Amen