February 16, 2020 – Sermon & Announcements

 February 16, 2020 Sermon

Announcements      February 16, 2020

A: Arise, shine; for your light has come,    C: And the glory of the LORD has risen upon us.

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

*Haven’s Annual Meeting and Luncheon is next Sunday, February 23rd, immediately after worship. Let us know you are coming on the attendance form. Take a tag from the Parish Life bulletin board for what you will bring to the feast. Come for good discussion, food and fun.

*Before next week, please be review Haven’s Annual Report and the list of Action Items to be addressed at the annual congregational meeting. Both are available in the narthex. Be informed and be sure to bring the Report with you next week for the meeting.

*If you did not do so last week, please check the list in the narthex to make sure your address and envelope numbers are correct. We want to be sure the church office has correct information.

*Easter Flower orders are due on March 1st. That’s only two weeks away! Order envelopes are in the church lobby.

*Our midweek Lenten suppers and worship will begin March 4th. Please sign-up on the attendance form if you can bring soup or sandwiches for one of those simple Lenten meals. You will be contacted to set up a date for your soup or sandwiches. Thank you.

*Do you enjoy eating lunch out? Do you like getting to know more about other Haven members? Then come to lunch at the Grille at Runways on Thursday, February 27th at 12:30 pm. Please sign up at the Sign-Up Central bulletin board so we can make reservations. All Haven members AND friends are welcome.

*The 2019 contribution statements are available in the narthex.

*Today, Mike Manspeaker will continue leading our youngster Sunday School class into the Parable of the Good Samaritan. In our Adult Sunday School class, Valerie Wills will open up another one of the Religions of Our World Neighbors. This month it will be Buddhism.

*It is not too late to add your valentine message to our amazing God on the giant heart in the church lobby. We can never over-express our love and gratefulness to our Lord.

*The season of Lent — our time of special devotion before Easter —- begins on February 26th, Ash Wednesday. Have you decide what you will do to deepen your faith life during Lent? You can get some ideas in this month’s newsletter. Make plans to have mindful Lenten season

This week’s concerns and joys

*Best wishes to Jane Bowen, Shaun Rollins, Dick Hess, Maggie Manspeaker and Terry Hill who celebrate birthdays this week.               

Sermon & Announcements February 9, 2020

 

February 9, 2020 Sermon

Announcements      February 9, 2020

A: Arise, shine; for your light has come,    C: And the glory of the LORD has risen upon us.

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

*Haven’s Annual Meeting and Luncheon is on February 23rd, immediately after worship. We certainly hope you are planning to join the discussion, luncheon and fun. Please sign-up on the attendance form to tell us you are coming. Visit the Parish Life bulletin board to take a tag for what you can bring to the feast.

*In your bulletin today, you will find an invitation to the Annual meeting and a list of action items that we will need to vote on at the meeting. Please be sure to read it carefully and review Haven’s Annual Report, which is available in the narthex. Be informed and be encouraged for our Annual Meeting.

*We are trying to make sure we have correct addresses for our members before we print a new directory. We also want to double check that we have correct envelope numbers for everyone. Please take the time to check the list on the table in the narthex. Help us keep our records up to date.

*Our midweek Lenten suppers and worship will begin March 4th. Please sign-up on the attendance form if you can bring soup or sandwiches for one of those simple Lenten meals. You will be contacted to set up a date for your soup or sandwiches. Thank you.

*Today, Mike Manspeaker is leading our youngster Sunday School class into the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Jamie and Jim Cannon will lead the Adult Sunday School as we continue to explore the meaning of love in the Bible. It is always a good time to dig into God’s Word.

*Haven Connectors will meet in Haven West at 11:15 today for a quarterly check-in and prayer.

*The 2019 contribution statements are available in the narthex.

*And now, a valentine and a request from Haven’s teens……

This week’s concerns and joys

*The St. Mark’s Food Bank will receive 103 cans of soup and $18 dollars thanks to your support of Haven’s Souper Bowl against Hunger last week. And we correctly predicted the Chiefs would win .

*Irene Giffin is currently at Julia Manor undergoing physical therapy to build up her strength. With Irene’s permission, her current phone number is on the mobile message board. Phone calls, cards, and prayers will be greatly appreciated.

*Best wishes to Melita Kaplan, Aaron Richards, Robert Snyder, Drew Pensis and Meghan Byers who celebrate birthdays this week.                                                                    

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January 26, 2020 Announcements

Announcements      January 26, 2020

 A: Arise, shine; for your light has come,

C: And the glory of the LORD has risen upon us. (Isaiah 60:1)

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

*Thank you Pastor Layman for preaching and presiding at worship today while Pastor Alessandri recovers from surgery. We are truly grateful you are here to share God’s Word and Meal.

*Haven will be providing lunch for at Potomac Towers THIS THURSDAY, January 30th. This is usually the main meal of the day for some 35 residents. If you have not already, please check the sign-up sheet on the SIGN-UP CENTRAL bulletin board to see what foods or help is still needed. We need you help to provide a good lunch for some of our Hagerstown brothers and sisters.

*The first gathering of “Haven After Hours” will be Friday Feb. 7, 6:30 pm at the home of Susie & Dave Resh.  It is an opportunity to enjoy an evening of fellowship with members and friends of Haven. You will enjoy good food, conversation and fun. Sign-up to come at SIGN-UP CENTRAL and indicate if you will bring either an appetizer or a dessert to share.

*Today, Cindy Rhodes will be leading our youngster Sunday School class into more of the life of Jesus. Pastor Kaplan and guests will lead the Adult Sunday School into a discussion of the barriers that may keep others from coming or joining church communities. Your insights will be appreciated!

*Please sign-up to bring soup or sandwiches for one of our Wednesday Lenten meals on the attendance sheet.

*This coming Sunday, February 2 is Souper Bowl Sunday. Please put your soup under the Kansas City Chiefs or San Francisco 49ers signs in the narthex. All Soup will go to St. Mark’s Food Pantry.

This week’s concerns and joys

*Please keep Sandy & Ken Meyers and family in prayer.

*Pastor Alessandri’s surgery went well and she is home recovering with her sister’s company. Though she can’t drive for several weeks, Pastor hopes to be back in the office, as least part-time, later this week. Please keep her in prayer.

*Best wishes to Kathy Pensis, Donna Hovermill, Jim Hassinger and Kristin Andrews who celebrate birthdays this week.                               

                                                              

January 19, 2020 Sermon & Announcements

January 19, 2020 Sermon – Epiphany

Announcements      January 19, 2020

A: Arise, shine; for your light has come,

C: And the glory of the LORD has risen upon us. (Isaiah 60:1)

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

*Haven will be providing lunch for at Potomac Towers on January 30th. This is usually the main meal of the day for some 35 residents. We need food donations and folks to serve the meal. Please check out the Potomac Towers sign-up page on the SIGN-UP CENTRAL bulletin board. Together we can provide a good lunch for some of our Hagerstown brothers and sisters.

*Since some folks hesitant to come out in the dark evening hours of winter, Parish Life is combining Ladies Night Out and the Haven Lunch Bunch groups for the months of January and February. The January gathering is THIS TUESDAY Jan. 21, 12 noon at the Warehouse Taproom (1130 Conrad Ct.) Come share some good food and fellowship.  A sign-up sheet is at the Sign-up Central bulletin board. Friends are welcome!

*The first gathering of “Haven After Hours” will be Friday Feb. 7, 6:30 pm at the home of Susie & Dave Resh.  Come enjoy this evening fellowship and get to know some more of your Haven family. All will enjoy good food, conversation and fun.  Sign-up to come at SIGN-UP CENTRAL and indicate if you will bring either an appetizer or a dessert to share. More information can be found in your bulletin.

*Today, Cindy Rhodes will be leading our youngster Sunday School class into the life of Jesus. Grant Wills will lead the Adult Sunday School Class through an unusual account of Jesus’ childhood. Start the New Year digging into the wealth of God’s Word.

*The church office will be closed tomorrow, January 20th for the observance of Martin Luther King Day.

*Haven Congregational Council members are reminded that its monthly meeting has been moved to NEXT Monday, January 27th.

This week’s concerns and joys

*Sandy Myers is at the Washington Hospital in DC awaiting surgery on a blood clot found in her leg. Please keep Sandy, Ken and family in prayer.

*Best wishes to Abigail Andrews and Rebecca Mason who celebrate birthdays this week. Congratulations to Eric and Patty Byers who have a wedding anniversary this Friday.                           

 

January 12, 2020 Sermon & Announcements

January 12, 2020 Sermon – Baptism of Our Lord

Announcements      January 12, 2020

 A: Arise, shine; for your light has come,

C: And the glory of the LORD has risen upon us. (Isaiah 60:1)

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

*Let’s start the morning with good news from our Treasurers: “Congratulations to Haven Staff, Church Council members and members of Haven’s congregation for the excellent effort of making 2019 a banner year for Haven’s financials. The Church Offering finished the year on target, just 0.4% or $783.98 behind projections. With this year not having noteworthy expenditures and the church staff and teams being as thrifty as ever, Haven’s financials benefitted. Let’s carry this faith-filled generosity into 2020.

*Well, let’s celebrate a little more. Right before Christmas, Pastor Alessandri took all the coins and money in our Hunger Milk can to our branch of Middletown Bank, who generously used their equipment to count it — at NO cost to us. Do you know what the total was? Get ready.

It totaled $988.12. This will be divided between Micah’s Backpacks, St. Mark’s Food Bank and the ELCA World Hunger. Keep collecting those coins. Together it can make a difference.

*Today, Cindy Rhodes will be leading our youngster Sunday School class into the life of Jesus. Pastor Kaplan invites us to the Adult Sunday School Class to venture through some rather unusual stories about the childhood of Jesus. Start the New Year digging into the wealth of God’s Word.

*Team leaders, your annual report article is due in the office TODAY. Please drop it off or send it via email. More information is in the bulletin.

Haven will be providing lunch for at Potomac Towers on January 30th. This is usually the main meal of the day for some 35 residents. We need food donations and folks to serve the meal. Please check out the Potomac Towers sign-up page on the SIGN-UP CENTRAL bulletin board. Together we can provide a good lunch for some of our Hagerstown brothers and sisters.

This week’s concerns and joys

*We thank Kelly Bracken and Linda Clark for stepping in to cover the office phones at the last minutes last Monday. Our secretary was back in the office on Tuesday and feels better each day.

*Best wishes to Sue Britton, Bruce Larson, Ned Strange, Hannah Tice, Dick Manspeaker and Frank Getz who celebrate birthdays this week.

                          

January 5, 2020 (Epiphany Sunday) Sermon & Announcements

January 5, 2020 Sermon – Epiphany Sunday

Announcements      January 5, 2020

 A: Arise, shine; for your light has come,

C: And the glory of the LORD has risen upon us. (Isaiah 60:1)

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

*All poinsettias are up for grabs and need homes. PLEASE take them to enjoy or giveaway.

*The Nominating Committee asks that you please prayerfully consider the opportunity to serve your church community as a member of the congregational council.

*Today, Pastor Alessandri will be leading our youngster Sunday School class on a Wise Men adventure. Pastor Kaplan invites the Adult Sunday School Class to consider what we know about Jesus as a child. Start the New Year digging into the wealth of God’s Word.

This week’s concerns and joys

*During the Christmas season, Haven member Pauline Hull died at Fahrney-Keedy, where she had been living for many years. Her funeral was on December 31st. Please keep her family in prayer.

*Best wishes to Eric Kagle who celebrates a birthday this week.                                   

            

Christmas Eve Worship Sermon

December 24, 2019 Sermon – Christmas Eve

Sermon & Announcements December 22, 2019

December 22, 2019 Sermon – Advent 4 – Eternal Light

Announcements ~ December 22, 2019

A:        Restore us, O God     C:       let your face shine upon us.

 *Welcome to the Fourth Sunday of Advent. A special welcome to all guests visiting with us today. It is a delight to worship together in God’s presence.

*This Tuesday, there will be two Christmas Eve Services at Haven. At 6:30 pm, there will be a Holy Chaos Family Christmas Service with Holy Communion. At 10 pm, there will be special music before the 10:30 pm candlelight worship with Holy Communion. Invite family, neighbors or friends to come with you as we celebrate the wondrous gift of Emmanuel, God-with-us, on Christmas Eve.

* Today, Pastor Alessandri has something special planned for the children in Sunday School. In the Adult Sunday School class, come hear about Pastor Dave Kaplan’s Christmas favorites.
*2019 church offering envelopes are in the narthex. The monthly and weekly envelopes are separated and in alphabetical order. If you do not find your name OR you would like to begin to have Haven offering envelopes, please put that on your attendance sheet or contact the church office.

*The church office will be closed from December 24th through January 1st. On Christmas Day, Pastor Alessandri will fly to Atlanta to be with family and be back in the office on January 3rd. While she is away, please contact Pastor Allen Reed if you would have a health or personal emergency and want a pastor’s presence. His phone number is in the bulletin. Be sure to take your bulletin home with you so you can have the information at hand.

*Haven’s Nominating Committee are looking for members to serve on the Congregational Council. Please prayerfully consider this opportunity to serve your church community.

This week’s concerns and joys

*Sadly we share the news of the death of Haven member, Sharon Sellers. At here insistence, a private graveside service was held yesterday. Please keep Sharon’s family in your prayers.

*Thank you to all who brought gifts in for our six adopted Christmas children. The children and their parents will truly know the grace of God through your generosity.

*Nine, Micah’s Backpack families are very grateful for the Christmas food baskets we provided last week. Thanks to all who provided food and funds. Thank you to all who sorted & counted items and to those who shopped, packed and delivered baskets. To God be the glory.

*Best wishes to Becky Plavcan, Jensen Richards, and Jamie Cannon who celebrate birthdays this week                              

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A:        The Lord is my light and my salvation        C:        whom shall I fear?

December 8, 2019 Sermon & Announcements

December 8, 2019 Sermon – Advent 2-Reflecting Light

Announcements ~ December 8, 2019

A:        Restore us, O God       C:        let your face shine upon us.
*Welcome to the season of Advent and a special welcome to all guests visiting with us today. What a delight to worship together in God’s presence.

*Today is the Second Sunday of Advent — the church season in which we prepare for the coming of our Lord. Copies of the Advent devotional booklets for adults, teens and children are in the narthex or lobby of the church. Let the practice of Advent bring some peace to this busy season.

* Today, Valerie Wills has something special planned for the children in Sunday School. Jamie and Jim Canaan will lead the Adult Sunday School class into a look at some Advent Poets, Prophets and Painters to enrich your Advent. Young or old, it’s always time to draw closer to our Lord and learn.

*Those who are not in Sunday School are asked to please join the Parish Life Team as they lead us in decorating the church for Christmas. After a little coffee fellowship, meet in the narthex or church to find a way to help deck the halls and church for our upcoming Christmas Concert.

*Haven has adopted six children for Christmas. We have one week —- just one week — to get their gifts and bring them back to church, unwrapped and with their tags. With the late Thanksgiving, the time creeped up on us. But we can do it, Haven! Please take one of the gift tags off the Giving Tree today. Buy the gift this week and bring it back to church by next Sunday, unwrapped and with the tag attached. Yes, we can do it, Haven! Let’s share Christ’s love with Isaiah, Lily, Zyaire, Emily, Larkala and Jerry.

*Please stop in the narthex to write a message in a Christmas card for a homebound member of Haven.

*Haven’s Annual Christmas Concert is this Saturday, December 14th at 5 p.m. The Appalachian Winds and Haven’s Choirs will delight us with music. Put it on your calendar and invite a friend, neighbor or co-worker. It will definitely deepen your Christmas Spirit.

*We will pack our Christmas Food baskets in the morning of Thursday, December 19th . If you can help, please sign up on the attendance form. More information is in the bulletin.

*Haven’s Nominating Committee are looking for members to serve on the Congregational Council. Please prayerfully consider this opportunity to serve your church community.

*In case you missed it —- Christmas gifts for our adopted children are due back next Sunday.

This week’s concerns and joys

*Thanks to Music Director, Steve Pastena and all the choir members who participated in Washington County Conference e Advent Vespers service at St. John’s Lutheran last Sunday. It was a wonderful blend of God’s Word and wonderful music.

*Many thanks to all who took tags from the Giving Tree last Sunday and bought back coats for children and parents in need. We will be sure to get them to San Mar’s as soon as possible so they can begin keeping them warm.

*Sari Kilheffer arrived safely in Minnesota with her daughter last weekend. Please keep Sari in prayer — that her transition to her new home goes well.

*Best wishes Joy Bergschneider, Kevin Pile, Kathy Amos, and Michael Manspeaker who celebrate birthdays this week.                                           

A:        The Lord is my light and my salvation          C:        whom shall I fear?