Sermon & Announcements – May 12, 2019

May 12, 2019 Sermon

Announcements – May 12, 2019

A: This is the day the Lord has made
C:  Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

 *A most blessed and happy Easter season to all. A special welcome to guests visiting with us today and to those here from Georgia, Florida and Virginia to celebrate the baptism of Hudson Potter Pizzini. We hope you are blessed as we worship together.

*Be sure to check off your choices from the list of favorite hymns on the attendance form today. Those with the top votes will be included in our Music Sunday worship next week.

*Ladies Night Out is this Tuesday at Runways Restaurant. All Haven ladies and friends are welcome. Sign-up at Sign-Up Central TODAY so we can make reservations.

*The Haven garden is tilled. Those who expressed an interest will be contacted this week to come “stake out” their portions. Let the planting begin!

*During the final two Sundays of May, Pastor Alessandri will be sharing some experiences and learnings from her January trip to Israel in the adult Sunday School class. She promises pictures, too.

This week’s concerns and joys:

*At last week’s special meeting, the congregation unanimously agreed to expend up to $13,000 for sewer system repairs. Weather permitting, that work will begin and be completed this week. Please be aware that water and restroom services may be discontinued periodically during the week.

* We have three Haven members currently receiving rehab therapy:

Pam O’Connor is at Ravenwood’s Assisted Living Center; Irene Giffin is at Ravenwood Nursing Center and Carol Shull is in Room 132 at Fahrney-Keedy. Calls, cards, prayers and visits would be dearly appreciated.

*Today you will find in your bulletin an insert with an update about Haven’s discussions with Christ Lutheran Church about possible shared ministry. Haven’s representatives, Dick Hess, Amy Mason and Mike Manspeaker will be available after worship for comments and queries.

*Best wishes to Sue Nelson, Barbara Miller, Ethan Rhodes, Morgan Haupt, Bill Plavcan and Emily Butsch who celebrate birthdays this week

A: We prepare for worship as we listen to the prelude. AMEN!

May 5, 2019 Sermon & Announcements

May 5, 2019 Sermon (click to view pdf of the sermon)

Announcements ~ May 5, 2019

 A:This is the day the Lord has made  C:  Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

*A most blessed and happy Easter season to all. A special welcome to guests visiting with us today. We prayed you would come and we hope you are blessed as we worship together.

*There will be a special congregation meeting immediately after worship today to consider a proposal from our Property Team and Council to replace our main sewer line. Details are on page 15 of today’s bulletins. Please stay to vote on this financial expenditure.

*Also today, you are invited to meet with Pastor Alessandri and Council members in the parlor during Sunday School to discuss the Partnership Possibilities with Christ Lutheran Church. Bring your concern, ideas and questions.

*Ladies Night Out is May 14th at Runways Restaurant. All Haven ladies and friends are welcome. Sign-up at Sign-Up Central so we can make reservations.

*Will there be a VBS or Block Party this year? When is Music Sunday and the next Women’s Bible Study meeting? On which Sundays will Pastor speak about her trip to Israel? When will Holy Communion instruction be offered for our youngsters? Get all the answers and more in the May’s newsletter, available in the lobby today.

*Today is the final day to volunteer to be Haven’s delegates for the 2019 De-MD Assembly. Sign-up on the attendance form in your bulletin.

*Next Sunday, Pastor Alessandri’s great nephew, Hudson Potter Pizzini,  will be baptized here at Haven during worship. We hope you will come to be a part of this wonderful occasion with Pastor’s family who are traveling from Atlanta.

This week’s concerns and joys:

* Carol Shull is currently at Meritus Hospital after a serious fall. Irene Giffin was also at Meritus Hospital after a stroke. Both will soon be moving to nursing centers for rehab therapy. Please keep Carol and Irene in your prayers.

*Best wishes to Tanaya Richards, Joe Wolfe, Jane Muse, and Brian Pile who celebrate birthdays this week. Congratulations to Georgie and Stephen Kauffman who had their 15th wedding anniversary last Wednesday.  

 

May 2019 ~ Haven Messenger

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April 28, 2019 Sermon & Announcements

April 28, 2019 Sermon

Announcements ~ April 28, 2019
A: This is the day the Lord has made
C: Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

*A most blessed and happy Easter season to all. A special welcome to guests visiting with us today. We prayed you would come and hope you are blessed as we worship together.

*There will be a special congregation meeting immediately after worship on May 5th to consider a proposal from our Property Team and Council. Details are on page ___of today’s bulletins. We hope you will plan to be there to vote on this financial expenditure.

*We are need of several more persons who will proof the bulletin or newsletter. With two more volunteers, each will only have to do it once a month. Contact Pastor Alessandri or church administrative assistant, Mary, for more information or to volunteer.

*May’s Newsletter is available in the church lobby today. Will there be a VBS or Block Party this year? When is Music Sunday and the next Ladies Night Out? On which Sundays will Pastor speak about her trip to Israel? When will Holy Communion instruction be offered for our youngsters? Get all the answers and more in the May newsletter.

This week’s concerns and joys:
*Best wishes to Ed Distad, Bill Byers, Tanner Creek, Tatiana Defriece, and Piper Meredith who celebrate birthdays this week. Congratulations to Georgie and Stephen Kauffman who have a wedding anniversary this Wednesday.
(after the announcements)
A: We prepare for worship as we listen to the prelude. Amen.

April 21, 2019 Sermon & Announcements – Easter Sunday

April 21, 2019 Sermon – Easter Sunday

Announcements – April 28, 2019
A: This is the day the Lord has made
C: Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
*A most blessed and happy Easter season to all. A special welcome to guests visiting with us today. We prayed you would come and hope you are blessed as we worship together.

*There will be a special congregation meeting immediately after worship on May 5th to consider a proposal from our Property Team and Council. Details are on page ___of today’s bulletins. We hope you will plan to be there to vote on this financial expenditure.

*We are need of several more persons who will proof the bulletin or newsletter. With two more volunteers, each will only have to do it once a month. Contact Pastor Alessandri or church administrative assistant, Mary, for more information or to volunteer.

*May’s Newsletter is available in the church lobby today. Will there be a VBS or Block Party this year? When is Music Sunday and the next Ladies Night Out? On which Sundays will Pastor speak about her trip to Israel? When will Holy Communion instruction be offered for our youngsters? Get all the answers and more in the May newsletter.

This week’s concerns and joys:
*Best wishes to Ed Distad, Bill Byers, Tanner Creek, Tatiana Defriece, and Piper Meredith who celebrate birthdays this week. Congratulations to Georgie and Stephen Kauffman who have a wedding anniversary this Wednesday.
A: We prepare for worship as we listen to the prelude. Amen.

Palm Sunday Sermon & Announcement

March 14, 2019 Sermon – Palm & Passion Sunday

Announcements ~ April 14, 2019

A:       Teach me your way, O Lord. C:      that I may walk in your truth.

* God’s blessings to all this Palm and Passion Sunday. A special welcome to any guests visiting with us today. We prayed you would come and hope you are blessed as we worship together.

*Today begins Holy Week, with special opportunities for prayer and worship.

1) On Wednesday, Haven will have a 12 hour Prayer Vigil in the church. The hope is to have at least one person in the church lifting up prayers each of those 12 hours. So far, we have one person in the sanctuary 6 of the 12 hours. Can we get those other six hours covered? Read more about the Vigil in the bulletin. Sign up at Sign-up Central. In the busyness of life, you will find an hour in God’s presence a true gift.

2) We are also looking for more prayer requests for the Wednesday Prayer Vigil. Please fill out as many prayer request cards as you wish. Extra cards and boxes for completed cards are in on the two large tables in the lobby.

3) Please sign up on the attendance form if you will attend Maundy Thursday’s Agape Feast at 5:30 pm. It is a very meaningful way to remember the Last Supper and gift thanks for the Lord’s gift of his life.

See the bulletin for a list of all the worship opportunities this Holy Week. And, by the way, Easter Sunday is a perfect time to invite family and friends to come to church with you.

*All the tags were gone from the giving tree and the piles of donated food is tremendous. The Easter Food Baskets will be packed this Wednesday, April 17th, starting at 8 am. On behalf of the Fountaindale families who will receive our Food Baskets, thank you!

*Pick up your copy of the April newsletter in the church lobby. There is a great deal going on this coming month and you don’t want to miss opportunities for service OR fun.

*TODAY is the deadline to sign-up for our Easter potluck supper here at Haven, next Sunday at 5:30 pm. All who may not have nearby family and would like to come are welcome! If you have no nearby family and would like to come, please sign-up at Sign-Up Central TODAY so we can make plans or cancel them. More information is in today’s bulletin.

*We are looking for two Haven members to be our delegates at the 2019 DE-MD Synod Assembly May 30-June 1. It is a wonderful opportunity for good worship and to hear what is going on in other Lutheran churches and our synod. More information in the bulletin. If interested, sign-up on the attendance form insert.

*Council members are reminded to check their mailboxes for reports they should review before tomorrow evening’s meeting.

This week’s concerns and joys:

*Yesterday, a wonderful crew of folks showed up for our Pastor Phil Fogarty Memorial Clean-up Day. The sanctuary, lobby and parlor were cleaned and polished. The garden beds weeded and trees trimmed. THANK YOU to all who came this week and last to help care for the church God has entrusted to us.

*Pam O’Connor is now home from her time at Coffman but difficulties still persist. Cards, visits and prayers are appreciated!

*Best wishes to Jessica Snyder and Sue Resh who celebrate birthdays this week.                                           

A:You are my refuge and my fortress.        C: You are my God in whom I trust.

 

April 7, 2019 Sermon

Announcements ~ April 7, 2019

 A:       Teach me your way, O Lord, C:      that I may walk in your truth.

Good morning, Church! God’s blessings to all this Fifth Sunday of Lent and a special welcome to any guests visiting with us today. We pray you blessed as we worship together.

*This Wednesday we continue our Lenten midweek suppers and worship. Soup and sandwiches at 6 pm. Worship at 7 p.m. Come rest in God’s Word and fellowship.

*Next Sunday is Palm and Passion Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. Be sure to check in the April newsletter for special opportunities for prayer and worship the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of Holy Week. Make plans to incorporate special time with the Lord in that week leading to Easter.

*Great job, Haven! With only one more week to go, there are very few tags left on our giving tree in the narthex. We ask that all donated items be brought to church no later than next Sunday, April 14th. If you help put the basket together on April 17th, please sign-up on the attendance form today.  Again, thank you.

*Pick up your copy of the April newsletter in the church lobby. There is a great deal going on this coming month and you don’t want to miss opportunities for service OR fun.

* PLEASE come next Saturday morning, April 13th as we continue to spruce up Haven for Easter. There will be a variety of tasks indoors and outdoors. Read more in the bulletin and newsletter. We need MANY willing hands. Come give glory to God by helping to maintain the gift of Haven’s property.

*It’s time to gather goodies to fill the eggs for our annual hunt on Easter Sunday. We have several hundred eggs that need to be filled! Please put donations in the box in the lobby.

*Next Sunday, April 14th is the deadline for signing up for a portion of Haven’s vegetable garden. We’ll get it tilled. You plant and maintain your plot. If you, a friend or a neighbor are interested, sign up on the attendance form or at sign-up central.

*On Easter Sunday, there will be a potluck supper here at Haven at 5:30 pm. If you have no nearby family and would like to come, please sign-up on the attendance form or at Sign-Up Central by next Sunday so we can make plans. More information is in today’s bulletin.

This week’s concerns and joys:

*We would like to offer our condolences to Kelly Bracken and family as they grieve the loss of her mother, Pat Williams. Please keep Kelly and family in your prayers.

*Pam O’Connor is still at Coffman Rehab and Nursing Home for physical therapy. Terry Trovinger is home still recovering from an eye infection. Please keep Terry and Pam in prayer.

*Best wishes to Tanner Meredith, Clare Newcomer, Jon Schupp, Maura Haupt, Stephanie Meredith, Karla Pile and Sharron Moser who celebrate birthdays this week. A belated “congratulations” to Ed and Prue Yelinek who had a wedding anniversary last Friday.                                             

A: We now we prepare for worship as we listen to the prelude.

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Sermon & Announcements – March 31, 2019

March 31, 2019 Sermon

Announcements – March 31, 2019

A: Teach me your way, O Lord, C: that I may walk in your truth.
Good morning, Church! God’s blessings to all this Fourth Sunday of Lent and a special welcome to any guests visiting with us today. We pray you blessed as we worship together.

*This Wednesday we continue our Lenten midweek suppers and worship. Soup and sandwiches at 6 pm. Worship at 7 p.m. Come rest in God’s Word and fellowship.

*Thank you to all who have contributed food to our Easter Food Baskets. There are still some items needed and only two weeks until our April 14th deadline. Please take a tag or two from the giving tree in the church lobby, pick up the items and bring them back to Haven. Also, you can sign-up on the attendance form to help put the basket together on April 17th. Thank you, again.

*The April newsletter is available in the church lobby. There is A LOT going on this coming month. You don’t want to miss opportunities for service OR fun.

*Our property is due to be spruced up for the Spring and Easter. PLEASE come to help the mornings of April 6th or 13th. There will be a variety of tasks indoors and outdoors. Read more in the bulletin and newsletter. We need MANY willing hands who will give glory to God as they maintain the gift of Haven’s property.

*It’s time to gather goodies to fill the eggs for our annual hunt on Easter Sunday. We have several hundred eggs that need to be filled! Please put donations in the box in the lobby.

*April 14th is the deadline for signing up for a portion of Haven’s vegetable garden. We’ll get it tilled. You plant and maintain your plot. If you, a friend or a neighbor are interested, sign up on the attendance form.

*On Easter Sunday, there will be a potluck supper here at Haven at 5:30 pm. If you have no nearby family and would like to come, please sign-up on the attendance form or at Sign-Up Central. More information is in today’s bulletin.

*In your bulletin. you will find a copy of an article from the Christian Century about making apologies. Our own Bishop Gohl was brave and humble enough to allow his own experience be used. Read it this week and meditate on the power of admitting wrong and asking forgiveness.

This week’s concerns and joys:
*It is with great sadness that we announce that Pastor Phil Fogarty died in Christ Thursday evening. He was Haven’s pastor from 1968 to 1975. No funeral arrangements have been announced. Please keep the family and friends of Pastor Fogarty and all who grieve his loss in your prayers.

*Pam O’Connor is still at Coffman Rehab and Nursing Home for physical therapy. Terry Trovinger is at Waynesboro Hospital this week getting antibiotics for an infection he had after eye surgery. Sharon Hartsock came home from Homewood yesterday.
Please keep Terry, Sharon and Pam in prayer.

*Best wishes to Bill Clark, Donna Dickinson, Phyllis Myers, Sari Kilheffer, and Joyce Meredith who celebrate birthdays this week. Congratulations to Kim and Kevin Pile who have a wedding anniversary on the fifth.

Haven Messenger – April 2019

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Newsletter April 2019

Sermon & Announcements March 24, 2019

March 24, 2019 Sermon

Announcements – March 24, 2019

A:       Teach me your way, O Lord, C:      that I may walk in your truth.

Good morning, Church! God’s blessings to all this Third Sunday of Lent and a special welcome to any guests visiting with us today. We pray you blessed as we worship together.

*This Wednesday we continue our Lenten midweek suppers and worship. Soup and sandwiches at 6 pm. Worship at 7 p.m. This year our theme is “Behold the Tree — Behold the Cross” Pastor Alessandri will continue the series with a message about a Sycamore Tree and Zacchaeus. Come for supper or for worship or both as part of your Lenten adventure.

*The collection for our Easter Food Baskets is well on its way. We work to provide Easter food baskets for the families of the children who receive our weekend Micah’s backpacks. Join the effort! Take a tag or two from the giving tree in the church lobby, pick up the items and bring them back to Haven. Thank you for your participation.

*Would you or your neighbor or friend like a little plot of good soil to grow just a few vegetables? We’ve got a place you can use here at Haven. We’ll get it tilled. You plant and maintain your plot. If you are interested, sign up on the attendance form. The deadline is April 14th.

*There is one more chance to see Haven’s own Aura Harbaugh in “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” at Smithsburg High school this afternoon at 2:30 pm. It’s a musical for all ages. Tickets are $8. Proceeds benefit the Smithsburg High School Drama Club. You can buy tickets at the door.

This week’s concerns and joys:

*Pam O’Connor is currently at Coffman Rehab and Nursing Home for physical therapy. She is in room 409. She would greatly appreciate hearing from you! Sharon Hartsock also continues physical therapy at Homewood Nursing Center. Please keep Sharon and Pam in prayer.

*Best wishes to Ken Tice, Alan Butsch, Charlie Huguenin and John Britton Jr.  who celebrate birthdays this week.                                                 

 A: We now we prepare for worship as we listen to the prelude.

Amen.