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

 

Sermon & Announcements

June 30, 2019 Sermon

Announcements – June 30, 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 as we gather to worship and a special d to all guests visiting with us today. What a joy it is to be in God’s presence and worship together

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

*You would think Pastor would be done with her presentation on her January trip to Israel, but there is still more to hear and see today after worship in the Adult Sunday School room. We will have some coffee brewing and fans to cool us. All are welcome.

*By choice of our administrative assistant, the church office will be open on July 4th and closed on July 5th. Pastor will be off on July 4th.

This week’s concerns and joys:

*Today at 6 p.m. at Haven there will be a memorial service for Harold Rice’s daughter, Heather. Dress is casual and all are welcome. Please keep Harold and all who mourn the loss of Heather in your prayers.

*Thanks to Marge Cunningham, Susan Strobl, their team of helpers and all who contributed food for our coffee fellowship with our guests from St. John’s Lutheran Church. Thank you to Steve and our vocalist for their part in an enriching worship service. What at joyful morning it was!

*Many thanks to those who attended the first organizing meeting for our 2019 Block Party and School Supply Giveaway last Thursday. Not only was there a great spirit but we also got a good deal ready to roll. Be sure to look in bulletins and on bulletin boards to see how you can help this great community outreach effort.

*Best wishes to Donnie Blickenstaff, Jr., Betty Getz, Todd Faith, Larry Hartsock, Terry Trovinger and Sandy Myers who celebrate birthdays this week. Congratulations to Dick and Pat Manspeaker and Larry and Sharon Hartsock 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

Haven Messenger (Newsletter) July & August 2019

Newsletter July-August 2019

June 23, 2019 – Sermon & Announcements

June 22, 2019 Sermon – Demons or Freedom – Which Is Scarier?

Announcements

June 23, 2019 

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 as we gather to worship and a special welcome Pastor Hoda, our brothers and sisters from St. Johns Lutheran and to all guests visiting with us today. What a joy it is to be in God’s presence and lift our voices together in praise of our awesome God.

*Today’s flowers and coffee fellowship are in honor of St. John Lutheran church. We hope you will stay after worship to enjoy refreshment and fellowship across the narthex in our parlor. We are so very excited to have you here!

*Our first organizing meeting for this year’s Block Party and School Supply Giveaway will be this Thursday, June 27th at 6:30 pm in the air-conditioned Gathering Room. We will try to keep it as brief and productive as possible. Please come and take part. It is a great deal of holy fun when we work together.

*Next Sunday, June 30th, after worship, Pastor Alessandri will continue to share pictures, stories and learnings from her January trip to Israel in the Adult Sunday School room. We will have some coffee brewing and fans to cool us. All are welcome.

*Haven members, please check your calendars and visit the SIGN-UP CENTRAL bulletin board to sign up to usher one or more Sunday’s this summer. Any empty slots will be filled by the administrative assistant and published in the July/August newsletter. Ushering is a simple way to support our worship life this summer.

This week’s concerns and joys:

*We are sad to announce the death of Heather, Harold Rice’s daughter. Please keep Harold and his family in your prayers.

*Pam O’Connor is back at her home! Cards, calls and visits are greatly appreciated.

*Best wishes to Joe Webb, Sharon Sellers and Patty Byers 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” because God matters. Relationships matter. You matter.
A: Amen.   

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June 16, 2016 Sermon & Announcements

June 16, 2019 Sermon – Trinity Sunday

Announcements ~ June 16, 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 this Holy Trinity weekend. A special welcome to guests visiting with us today.

*Today, after worship, Pastor Alessandri will continue to share pictures, stories and learnings from her January trip to Israel in the Adult Sunday School room. We will have some coffee brewing and fans to cool us. All are welcome.

*BIG NEWS…. REALLY Big News! Next Sunday the members of St. John Lutheran Church Hagerstown will be worshiping with us here at Haven. With road closures for the bike races, the folks of St. John asked to join us on June 23rd and our Worship Team answered a resounding “Please do!”  Haven, make every effort to be here next Sunday to welcome our guest. There will be a coffee fellowship immediately afterwards. We could use some help with refreshments. Look on the SIGN-UP CENTRAL bulletin board to see what is needed and sign up if you can provide it. Call Marge Cunningham if you can help with serving or clean up. It should be a wonderful Sunday of worship and fellowship with our brothers and sisters from St. John’s.

*Here is more good news!! After our meeting last Sunday, Haven WILL have a Block Party and School Supply Giveaway on August 17th. Our first organizing meeting will be June 27th, at 6:30 pm in the Gathering Room. We will keep it as brief as possible and have door prizes just to add some fun. Come take part. It really is so much more fun when we work together.

*With everyone’s busy summer schedules, we are going to try something new. Check your calendars and see which Sundays in July or August you could usher for Sunday worship. Sign up at SIGN UP CENTRAL TODAY. Any slots left empty our administrator will fill in for the upcoming July/August newsletter. Here is a simple way to support our worship life this summer. Sign-up as many times as you are able. Thank you.

This week’s concerns and joys:

Did you noticed the great mulching work in Haven’s garden areas?  Our Scouting Adventure Troop asked how they could thank us for sponsoring them. The Property Team asked if they would please weed and mulch some of our garden beds. They have done an outstanding job and we are very grateful.

*Best wishes to Sharon McMullen, Joanne Seilhamer and Max Schupp who celebrate birthdays this week. Congratulations to Ken and Dawn Tice and Gentry and Jane Muse who have wedding anniversaries 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 Lutheran’s Mission Statement)