November 4, 2018 Sermon & Announcements – All Saints Sunday

November 4, 2018 Sermon – All Saints Sunday

Announcements – November 4, 2018

A: The LORD is my strength and my shield; C: in God my heart trusts.

God’s peace to all on this All Saints Sunday. A special welcome to all guests visiting with us today. Your presence is truly a blessing.

*Today, after worship, there will be a special presentation by our Finance Team about the current and ongoing financial challenges as we strive to be God’s witnesses and workers through Haven. We will move coffee fellowship to the Gathering Room and hope you will stay for this important meeting. Please read the bulletin insert & make plans to attend. YOUR attendance, attention and thoughts are needed as our community considers Haven’s financial plans for ministry. P.S. The children will have their own refreshment time in the Sunday school classroom area.

*This Saturday, November 10th is Haven’s night to serve at the REACH Cold Weather shelter. There is still is a great need for both food and volunteers. See how you can help at the Sign-Up Central Bulletin board or by speaking with Dave Resh. God’s Work. Our Hands.

*We are doing well in our collection of food for our Christmas food baskets. Can we complete our collection by our November 18th deadline? Pick a tag or two from the tree in the narthex, buy the items & bring them back to Haven. Your generosity will provide food for a Micah’s Backpack family during the Christmas school break.

* Haven’s new lunchtime fellowship, that we are calling, Café De Haven, will have its first gathering this Wednesday, November 7th at 11:30 am at B.J.’s Restaurant and Brew House, located at the old Sear’s Tire Store near the Valley Mall.  Everyone is invited to attend, both couples and singles. Sign-up today at the Sign-up Central bulletin board so we can make reservations.

*Haven will be honoring its veterans next Sunday. We would like to prepare an insert with the names of Haven veterans and the names of your family members who have served in the military or are currently serving in the military. If you have not done so, please fill out one of the forms with the names of veterans.  Forms can be found at the Sign-up Central bulletin board. If you have questions, speak to Craig Meredith.

*Need a place to enjoy Thanksgiving Day Supper. We will be having one here at Haven if at least 10 people would like to come. See your bulletin for more information and sign up at the Sign-up Central bulletin board. Deadline is November 14th.

*On Saturday, November 24th, 2-4 pm Haven is sponsoring something new called, “Cards, Carols and Community” Read more about it in your bulletin and newsletter. Get a jump on preparing your Christmas cards and enter into the season of Advent in the peace of Christ.

This week’s concerns and joys:

*Trunk or Treat was a huge success last Sunday. Over 100 children and parents came to enjoy the treats, warm greetings, s’mores and all around fun. Thanks to all who contributed and participated.

*Best wishes to Eric Meredith and Julie Faith who celebrate birthdays this week. Congratulations to Karl and Pal Pile who have their wedding anniversary this Wednesday.
 A:   We are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses, here and in the heavens.

C:  The Lord’s name be praised. Alleluia .

Announcements ~ October 28, 2018

Announcements ~ October 28, 2018

A: Seek God’s kingdom first.      C: for God knows all that we need.

God’s peace to all on this Reformation Sunday. A special welcome to all guests visiting with us today. Your presence is truly a blessing.

* Pastor Alessandri is back from vacation to preside at worship AND we have the pleasure of having Pastor Chris Ramsey as our guest preacher this Reformation Sunday. Be sure to add your own words of thanks to Pastor Ramsey after worship and in coffee fellowship.

*Today there will be a special congregational meeting immediately after worship to vote on a motion from the Property Team to replace lighting fixtures. The motion and rationale can be found on the white-colored insert in your bulletin. Please stay so we can have a quorum.

*Tonight is Haven’s annual Trunk or Treat from 6 to 7 p.m. We have 12 cars so far. Can we make it to 18? Bundle up, bring a chair to sit in and some treats to hand out to children. This is one way Haven can extend the church beyond these walls. Come around 5:30 and stay until 7 pm. You WILL have fun! Sign up on the easel in the narthex or just show up! IF it dares to rain at 6 pm, the event will be cancelled.

*We’ve had a great response to the collection of food for our Christmas food baskets. Let’s keep it up! Pick a tag or two from the tree in the narthex, buy the items & bring them back to Haven. We’ll keep adding tags until our collection of foods is complete. Thanks for your help.

*Next Sunday, November 4th is All Saints Day. Be sure to write on the attendance form the name of any loved one who has died since last All Saints Day. Gather pictures of your deceased loved ones to bring to church for displayed during our All Saints celebration. Let’s surround ourselves in the memory and love of those departed saints who contributed so much to our lives.

*In your bulletin today, you will find a cream-colored insert with important information about Haven’s current finances. To help us understand the challenges, our Finance Team will provide a special presentation next Sunday, November 4th during the Sunday School hour. We will move coffee fellowship to the Gathering Room that day and stay there for this important meeting. Please read the bulletin insert & make plans to attend. YOUR attendance, attention and thoughts are needed as our community considers Haven’s financial plans for ministry.

*Wednesday, November 7th at 11:30 am will be the first gathering of Haven’s new lunch-time fellowship that we are calling, Café De Haven. This month it will meet at B.J.’s Restaurant and Brew House located at the old Sear’s Tire Store near the Valley Mall.  Everyone is invited to attend, both couples and singles. In order to make reservations, please let us know you will attend by signing up at the Sign-up Central bulletin board in the narthex.

*We are looking for the names of Haven veterans and the names of your family members who have served in the military or are currently serving in the military. We’d like to include all of them in special Veteran’s Day remembrance on September 11th. Forms can be found at the Sign-up Central bulletin board. Please turn them in by next Sunday. If you have questions, speak to Craig Meredith.

*November 19th is Haven’s night to serve at the REACH Cold Weather shelter. We need both food and volunteers. See how you can help at the Sign-Up Central Bulletin board. God’s Work. Our Hands.

This week’s concerns and joys:

*Best wishes to Elizabeth Johns, Diane Barnhart and Meredith Reynolds 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.”

Haven Messenger – November 2018 (Newsletter)

Newsletter November 2018

(2019 proposed line-item budget insert will be available for pick-up in the church narthex)

October 14, 2018 – Announcements & Sermon

October 14, 2018 Sermon – Stand Up Straight

Announcements – October 14, 2018
A: Seek God’s kingdom first C: for God knows all that we need
*Rejoice in God’s presence as we gather to worship today. A special welcome to all guests visiting with us. Your presence is a blessing.

*There’s good news and there’s bad news about the church secretarial position. The bad news is there is no farewell party for Mary today. The good news is that Mary will be staying as Haven’s secretary and administrative assistant. If you did not receive notice via e-mail this week, the full explanation is posted on the mobile message board. Envelopes of donations for Mary’s farewell gift will be returned. We are happy to have Mary back and as busy as ever.

*Tomorrow is the deadline for November newsletter articles. Please e-mail any submissions by then.

*Today we will continue collecting donations for the ELCA Disaster Response Fund to benefit those suffering from Hurricanes Florence and Michael and the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia. You can make a donation through Haven. Checks should be made out to Haven Lutheran Church. Designate on the memo line if you wish it to be directed to the US hurricane relief, the Indonesia response or split between both.. Any loose cash will be divided between the work in the U.S. and Indonesia. Pray for the many people who are struggling to turn their world right side up after such devastation. 100% of your money will be used for a direct response to help those effected.

*This Friday, Oct 19th, at 6:oo pm Amanda McCafferty will be ordained into the ministry of Word and Sacrament at St. Marks’ here in Hagerstown. Amanda was Haven’s seminary students 2014 to 2015. Rarely do we get to witness the ordination of one of out students but you can this Friday. Please attend if you are able and help Amanda to celebrate this very significant occasion.

*It’s time to begin our collection of food for our Christmas food baskets. Pick a tag or two from the giving tree in the narthex, buy the items and bring them back to Haven. We’ll keep adding tags until our collection of foods is complete. Why are we collecting for Christmas food baskets in October? This way late November and December will be freed for another Christmas project. Thank you for you help. God’s Work. Our Hands.

* Please come be a part of Haven’s Trunk or Treat on October 28th, 6 to 7 p.m. Enjoy making children smile and talking with our neighbors. This is one easy way Haven can extend the church beyond these walls. One hour, just one hour! Can we get 18 cars this year? Sign up on the attendance form or at Sign-up Central. You WILL have fun!

*November 4th is All Saints Day. Please read the article on page 16 of your bulletin. Let us know of any loved one who has died since last All Saints Day on your attendance form. Gather pictures of your deceased loved ones to bring to church by October 28th for display during our All Saints celebration. Let’s surround ourselves in the memory and love of those departed saints who contributed so much to our lives.

*As noted on the bulletin insert, there will be a special congregational meeting immediately after worship on October 28th to a consider a motion from the Property Team. Please the insert and make every effort to be here on October 28th. It’s also Reformation Sunday. Wear RED if you can.

*Pastor Alessandri will be on vacation beginning on Wednesday. Pastor Lee Brumback of St. Paul’s in Funkstown will provide pastoral care in her absence. PLEASE keep you bulletin so you have Pastor Brumback’s number if you have an emergency and want a pastor present.

This week’s concerns and joys:
*Best wishes to Kim Pile, Darylene Blickenstaff, and Carole Young who celebrate birthdays this week. Congratulations to Scott and Cindy Rhodes who have a wedding anniversary 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.”

Sermon & Announcements for October 7, 2018

October 7, 2018 Sermon – When The Will Can Not Find the Way

Announcements  October 7, 2018
A: Seek God’s kingdom first C: for God knows all that we need

*Rejoice in God’s presence as we gather to worship today. A special welcome to all guests visiting with us. Your presence is a blessing.

*Last Sunday to sign up for the first Lady’s Night Out at Los Amigos on October 9th. Visit the Sign-up Central bulletin board to let us know you are coming.

*Thank you to the wonderful volunteers who have stepped in to be the office receptionist as we look for a new church secretary. We thank the congregation for its patience and kindness during this transition. The Mutual Ministry Team has extended a job offer to one of the interviewed candidates and we are expecting a reply soon. Please pray the Holy Spirit be at work to bring us together with a new secretary, to benefit the God’s ministry here at Haven.

*Copies of October’s newsletter are in the lobby. Get yours today.

*Today our special offering will be for the ELCA Disaster Response Fund. You will find an insert in your bulletin about responses to Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas and the Earthquake and Tsunami in Indonesia. You can make a donation through Haven or on you own in ways listed on the insert. You may designate to which disaster you wish to contribute or ask it to be split. Any loose cash will be divided between the work in the Carolinas and Indonesia. We will also collect any donations next Sunday as well. Pray for the many people who are struggling to turn their world right side up after such devastation. 100% of your money will be used for a direct response to help those effected.

*Please note on page 15 of your bulletin that Haven’s Kristen Schupp will be using her dental skills on a pumpkin this Monday to benefit the Discovery Station. Also notice that one-time, Haven seminary student, Amanda McCaffrey will be ordained Friday, October 19th at St. Marks Church. She has invited you to attend and share this wonderful event. Let’s help fill the church.

This week’s concerns and joys:
*We raised $240 at last Saturday’s Yard Sale. It will be split between Micah’s Backpacks and the St. Mark’s Food Bank. Thanks to all who contributed in any way. God’s Work. Our Hands.

*Best wishes to Aura Harbaugh, Kendra Seller, Kathy Wright, and Ann Lochbaum who celebrate birthdays 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.”

October Newsletter

Newsletter October 2018

September 2, 2018-Sermon & Announcements

September 2, 2018 Sermon

Announcements – September 2, 2018
A: Seek God’s kingdom first
C: for God knows all that we need
*Rejoice in God’s presence as we gather to worship today. A special welcome to all guests visiting with us. Your presence is a blessing.
*There will be a special congregational meeting immediately after worship next Sunday, September 9th to consider a motion for the purchase of a new phone system for the church. Please make every effort to be here so we have a quorum for action.
*There are preliminary copies of the new photo directory in the narthex. Please check to see that your information is correct. Note any changes on the page. IF you need a new picture, Melissa Butsch has brought her camera and will take one today. Thanks
*The September newsletter is available in the narthex. There’s a lot going on!
*On Sunday, September 16th we will have our annual outdoor worship and picnic at Doub’s Woods South Pavilion, starting at 10:30 am.
1) Please sign up on the attendance form if you will be coming so we are sure to have enough chicken. Include any family and friends you invite.
2) After worship, go to the picnic bulletin board in the narthex to select a tag for what you will be bringing to the picnic feast.
3) Finally, remember we will be at the SOUTH PAVILION and NOT where we were last year. You get to the South Pavilion by using the Doub’s Woods entrance on South Potomac Street, between Emma K. Doub & E. Russell Hicks Schools. Come and have a great time!
*Everyone is asked to prayerfully consider how they can contribute to Haven’s Worship Life. Read the article in the bulletin about all the ways you could help and sign-up on the attendance form. If you have any questions, please speak to members of our Worship Team or Pastor Alessandri.
*Check out the article on Haven’s Supper Club on page 22 of the bulletin. Consider signing up to come to a kick-off event on September 28th to get more information. Just another way to get to know your Haven family and friends.
*THIS Thursday, September 6th, at 7:30 pm. Trinity Lutheran Church in Hagerstown is sponsoring a JAZZ VESPERS — Evening prayer with a music twist. All are welcome.
*This week, the Thursday evening Canoeing the Mountain study group will meet on WEDNESDAY EVENING, regular time, 6:30 pm
This week’s concerns and joys:
* We are sad to announce the death of Beverly Richards last week. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at Rest Haven Funeral Home. The family will greet friends one hour before the service and at a reception after the internment. Please keep John and the rest of Beverly’s family in prayer.
*With equal sadness we also announce the death of Haven member, Bob Lochbaum on Friday. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made. Please keep Ann, Mark and the family in prayer.

*We have no birthdays or anniversaries on our records for the coming week. Can that be right? Please let us know if we’ve made an error.

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.”

August 25, 2018 – Sermon & Announcements

August 25, 2018 Sermon

Announcements   August 26, 2018

A: Seek God’s kingdom first
C: for God knows all that we need

*Rejoice in God’s presence as we gather to worship today. A special welcome to all guests visiting with us. Your presence is a blessing.

*There will be a special congregational meeting immediately after worship on September 9th to consider a motion for the purchase of a new phone system for the church. Please make every effort to be here so we have a quorum for action. More information in the bulletin.

* Oh, no! We missed getting it in the bulletin. We will bless backpacks during worship next Sunday, September 2nd. Please help us get the word out to children and families.

*We’re nearing our last call for pictures for a new photo directory. IF you need a new picture, Melissa Butsch has brought her camera and will take one today. For more details about the photo directory, read the article in today bulletin. And thank you, Melissa.

*We are in need of people who will take a turn covering the nursery beginning in September. If we say we want young families in our church, a nursery during worship is a gift we must provide. Please give this ministry very serious consideration. You can sign up on the attendance form. The more who sign up, the fewer times each must serve over the year.

*The September newsletter is available in the narthex. Pick up your copy today. There’s a lot going on!

*Next weekend we return to one worship service on Sunday at 9:30 am but we will still be observing our more casual summer format. Sunday School will begin until September 23rd.

*Now we have a few worship note.
First, we thank our Praise Team for leading us in worship today.
Second, the Opening and Sending Hymns printed in your bulletin are incorrect.
Third, the CORRECT Opening and Sending Hymns are printed on a yellow insert in your bulletin. (Hold up a copy) Please have that out to use during worship. Thank you.

This week’s concerns and joys:
*Congratulations to Sharron and Dick Moser and Beth Johns and Don Evason who celebrate 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.”

September 2018 – Haven Messenger (Newsletter)

Newsletter September 2018

August 19, 2018 Sermon & Announcements

August 19, 2018 Sermon

Announcements   August 18 & 19, 2018

A: Seek God’s kingdom first C: for God knows all that we need
*Rejoice in God’s presence as we gather to worship today. A special welcome to all guests visiting with us. Your presence is a blessing.

*We will conclude our summer worship with a three-week series on Generosity and Stewardship. We’ll hear from Jesus’ teachings as recounted by Matthew, Mark and Luke. May we listen, hear and be moved by the words of our gracious, boundlessly giving Lord.

*There WILL be a Sorting Soiree this Monday at 10 am in the Gathering Room. Come lend a hand and enjoy some good fellowship.

*We’re getting close to having the pictures we need for our newest photo directory. If you would like us to use your picture from the last pictorial directory OR you want someone to take a new picture of you, please write that on your attendance form or contact the church secretary. If you have a photo on your phone or computer, please send it to the church office as soon as possible. Thank you.

*We are in need of people who will take a turn covering the nursery beginning in September. If we say we want young families in our church, a nursery during worship is a gift we must provide. The more who sign up, the fewer times each must serve over the year. Please give this ministry very serious consideration. Next week you can sign up on the attendance form.

*Since this is the third Sunday of the month, our Holly Place offering bucket is out. Each month we try to contribute $100 toward the care of the vulnerable adults at Holly Place. Thank you for your generosity.

*Congregational Council members are asked to pick up reports in their mailboxes for tomorrow’s meeting at Amy Mason’s home at 5:30 pm. Remember — 5;30 pm at Amy Masons and bring your Council reports and agenda! Thank you.

*Have you been wondering why we pray each week for one of the streets near Haven? We are remembering that those who live around our church are among the neighbors Jesus told us to love. We lift them in prayer as just one small way we can express our love.

This week’s concerns and joys:
*Ken Myers is home! The recovery from open heart surgery is slow but progressing. Please keep Ken, Sandy and his family in prayer

*Best wishes to Pastor Alessandri, Dallas Defriece, Johnny Britton III and Linda Clark who celebrate birthdays 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.”