September 12, 2021 ~ Announcements & Sermon

September 12, 2021 Sermon (pdf) 

Announcements ~ September 12, 2021

A: Let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
C: Let us come into God’s presence with thanksgiving.      (Psalm 95: 1b-2a)

*God’s blessing to all and a special welcome to all our guests. What a blessing it is to be together in God’s presence to worship.

*Haven is providing lunch for Potomac Tower residents on September 30. There is a list of the needed items on the mobile message board. Please sign-up to bring those items you can provide for this meal of food, fun and love for our 40 brothers and sisters at Potomac Towers.

*We will resume Micah’s Backpacks this Friday. “Micah’s Backpacks” is a project to provide weekend meals for Fountaindale Elementary students at risk of food scarcity. If you would be interested in periodically packing the food bags or delivering them, please contact Linda Clark. Her phone number is on the mobile message board. Packing can be done by an individual, couple, friends or a family. More information will be in next week’s bulletin.

*The Adult Sunday School class will begin today in the Gathering Room. The first sessions will be led by Pastor Kaplan. After the class, all are invited to share lunch at Café Italia on Pennsylvania Avenue.

*We are about to order offering envelopes for 2022 and want to order the correct number and types. Please read the article in today’s bulletin and let us know your offering envelope preference on your bulletin attendance form or by calling or emailing the church office. Thank you.

*Not many weeks left, but you can still find some goodies on the Harvest for Hunger table in the narthex.

This week’s concerns and joys:

*Thanks to all who came to help with our inside clean-up yesterday. Your time and effort to maintain God’s property at Haven is appreciated.

*Best wishes to Jadyra Fortson, and Michael Freeman who have birthdays this week. Congratulations to June and Dick Hess whose wedding anniversary is today!

A:      God IS here with us. Let us prepare ourselves for worship as we listen to the prelude.

Sunday, September 19, 2021 ~ Bulletin & Worship Information

Bulletin 09192021 (pdf)

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE IN-PERSON & FACEBOOK LIVE 9:30 am

Worship Service with Communion in person in the Sanctuary

Worship Service LIVE on the Haven Facebook page

At this time, we will NOT be requiring vaccinated persons to wear masks when attending worship.

However, we want you to know that vaccinated persons are WELCOME to wear masks if that is their preference in the current COVID upsurge.

Starting around 2 p.m. on Fridays, you can pick up a bulletin, hymnal and communion sets on the parsonage back porch.  For extra precaution, use hand sanitizer before opening cartons/boxes. Keep the hymnal at your home for future use. The baggie of communion elements are enough for one person so please take one for each person watching at your home. (Haven Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Haven-Lutheran-Church-134647913268366 or you can get to the page by clicking the ‘F’ icon in the upper right corner (center of page if on a mobile device) of the Haven website www.havenlc.org The live service will remain on the page for viewing later too.  If you are not familiar with Facebook please scroll down past the ads, map and photos until you see Haven Lutheran Church with a small circle of the church photo in a post. It will say ‘Haven Lutheran Church is live’ Sunday at 9:30am. This will be the first post Haven will have that day. If you have issues please email the church office or call and leave a message and I will try to get back with you so I can walk you through how to find it.)

Sunday, September 12, 2021 Bulletin & Worship Information

Bulletin 09122021(pdf)

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE IN-PERSON & FACEBOOK LIVE 9:30 am

Worship Service with Communion in person in the Sanctuary

Worship Service LIVE on the Haven Facebook page

At this time, we will NOT be requiring vaccinated persons to wear masks when attending worship.

However, we want you to know that vaccinated persons are WELCOME to wear masks if that is their preference in the current COVID upsurge.

Starting around 2 p.m. on Fridays, you can pick up a bulletin, hymnal and communion sets on the parsonage back porch.  For extra precaution, use hand sanitizer before opening cartons/boxes. Keep the hymnal at your home for future use. The baggie of communion elements are enough for one person so please take one for each person watching at your home. (Haven Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Haven-Lutheran-Church-134647913268366 or you can get to the page by clicking the ‘F’ icon in the upper right corner (center of page if on a mobile device) of the Haven website www.havenlc.org The live service will remain on the page for viewing later too.  If you are not familiar with Facebook please scroll down past the ads, map and photos until you see Haven Lutheran Church with a small circle of the church photo in a post. It will say ‘Haven Lutheran Church is live’ Sunday at 9:30am. This will be the first post Haven will have that day. If you have issues please email the church office or call and leave a message and I will try to get back with you so I can walk you through how to find it.)

September 5, 2021 ~ Sermon & Announcements

September 5, 2021 Sermon (pdf)

Announcements ~ September 5, 2021

A:       I was glad when they said to me,
C:  “Let us go to the house of the Lord.                                     (Psalm 122:1)

* God’s blessing to all this Labor Day weekend and a special welcome to all our guests. What a blessing it is to be together in God’s presence to worship.

*Be sure to take your bulletin home or look at it on-line. Read about the numerous local events that are of interest. The September newsletter is also available in the narthex and on-line. Keep up with learning, service and fun activities.

*This Saturday, September 11, is Haven’s indoors clean-up day starting at 9 a.m. There are a variety of tasks.  PLEASE come and lend a hand. If you can, promise a grandchild lunch and bring him or her along to help, too.

*The Adult Sunday School class will begin meeting next Sunday, September 12 in the Gathering Room. The first session will be led by Pastor Kaplan.

*Haven will be providing lunch for Potomac Tower residents this month. Next Sunday, look for a list of what you can contribute to this meal of food, fun and love for our 40 brothers and sisters at Potomac Towers.

*Our vegetable gardens are waning but there are still some offerings on the Harvest for Hunger table in the narthex.

*Have any coins for our noisy offering this first Sunday of the month?

*The church office will be closed tomorrow for the Labor Day holiday.

 

 

 

 


This week’s concerns and joys:

 

*Best wishes to Harold Rice, and Dustin Black who have birthdays this week.

 (after the prelude)

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.”

Sunday, September 5, 2021 ~ Bulletin & Worship Information

Bulletin 09052021 (pdf)

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE IN-PERSON & FACEBOOK LIVE 9:30 am

Worship Service with Communion in person in the Sanctuary

Worship Service LIVE on the Haven Facebook page

At this time, we will NOT be requiring vaccinated persons to wear masks when attending worship.

However, we want you to know that vaccinated persons are WELCOME to wear masks if that is their preference in the current COVID upsurge.

Starting around 2 p.m. on Fridays, you can pick up a bulletin, hymnal and communion sets on the parsonage back porch.  For extra precaution, use hand sanitizer before opening cartons/boxes. Keep the hymnal at your home for future use. The baggie of communion elements are enough for one person so please take one for each person watching at your home. (Haven Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Haven-Lutheran-Church-134647913268366 or you can get to the page by clicking the ‘F’ icon in the upper right corner (center of page if on a mobile device) of the Haven website www.havenlc.org The live service will remain on the page for viewing later too.  If you are not familiar with Facebook please scroll down past the ads, map and photos until you see Haven Lutheran Church with a small circle of the church photo in a post. It will say ‘Haven Lutheran Church is live’ Sunday at 9:30am. This will be the first post Haven will have that day. If you have issues please email the church office or call and leave a message and I will try to get back with you so I can walk you through how to find it.)

September 2021 Haven Messenger (Newsletter)

Newsletter September 2021 (pdf)

August 27, 2021 ~ Message from Pastor Alessandri

August 27, 2021

WHAT IS HAVEN’S RESPONSE TO THE LATEST COVID UPSURGE?
First, I want to assure you that both the congregational Council and the Re-Opening Team ARE watching, discussing and agile. We KNOW we need to stay aware AND be ready to alter our policies if directed to do so by the state of Maryland’s Health Department or Governor’s Office.

Right now we are not requiring social distancing or the wearing of masks at worship. We are asking YOU to use your best judgement for your own health and for the love of others. After the last 18 months, we all know the basics: wash and sanitize your hands frequently; stay home and take care of yourself if you have any COVID, flu or cold-like symptoms; be mindful of crowding too close in pews, the communion line or narthex. These are ways to take care of yourself and allow others to feel comfortable in our worship setting.

MASKS? Those who have not been vaccinated are asked to wear masks. Washington County is presently a high COVID transmission area. The Maryland Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommend but do not require vaccinated person to wear masks at indoor locations and events where other, non-family persons are present. Quite a few persons are choosing to “err on the side of caution” at worship and wear masks, including myself. The choice of wearing a mask for vaccinated persons is yours.  We ask you to use your best judgement as to what keeps you and others safe. We need to respect one another’s choices and do our best to care for one another.

We know that there are some who have stopped coming to in-person worship and returned to on-line worship due to health concerns during this latest COVID surge. We certainly respect your decision. Please know that there are still blessed communion elements, bulletins, newsletters and an offering box available on the parsonage back porch. We pray for the day when we will all be able to confidently gather together again for worship.

Your pastor and partner in ministry,
Linda M Alessandri

COMMUNITY SCHOOL SUPPLY OUTREACH DELIVERY
On Wednesday, August 18th Haven delivered boxes and boxes of needed school supplies.
Elaine Michael coordinated a small but mighty crew to load, deliver and unload the supplies to Fountaindale Elementary School, Northern Middle School and Western Heights Middle School. Ed Distad and his grandson Oliver and Bill and Debbie Jo Kline not only delivered the supplies but also joy and our best wishes.

Principal, Secretary Lisa Barnhart, Ed & Oliver Distad at Fountaindale.

 

 

Debbie Jo & Bill Kline, Oliver Distad & Elaine Michael at Fountaindale. (Look at that pile of boxes!)

Ed Distad, Bill &, Debbie Jo Kline & Oliver Distad loading up a van for Northern Middle School

 

 

 

Bill Kline and Ed unloading Supplies at Northern Middle School

Ed Distad, his grandson Oliver, & Secretary Ms. Hudson at Western Heights Middle School.

BECAUSE WE NEED TO LAUGH


SHARING AN “AH-HA”
Each week

the Hagerstown Area Religious Council puts out an E-newsletter with announcements and a variety of articles. This week there was an article written by a Buddhist spiritual leader that knocked me for a good loop.
Have you ever endeavored to deepen your spiritual life with attempts to increase your time in prayer, meditation or Bible reading? Were there times you tried but it only lasted a few days and you felt like such a failure? Read this article for some great, freeing insight. Why do we try to jam one more thing into our busy lives without removing something? You don’t plant a flower on top of another flower and expect it to grow. Though the writer is writing from her Buddhist tradition, her observations and insights are spot on for all of us.
Read, breathe, wonder and consider. I’d enjoy hearing what you think.

Helpful hint: When you read “meditation” you may want to substitute your own devotional or prayer practices, that may or may not include silent meditation time.

The Garden Path
by Cheryl Wilfong| March 24, 2021

It takes root; it grows; it blooms. Cheryl Wilfong on how meditation practice is cultivated like a garden.

Photo by 士航 .

A friend who works on an organic farm brought home two trays of lettuce seedling six-packs. The so-called seedlings were not only ready to be transplanted, they were ready to be eaten. That made gardening easy—transplant the lettuce and begin harvesting immediately.

We might find ourselves wanting do the same thing with our spiritual practice, eager to transplant it into our already-too-busy lives so we can harvest the fruits of practice right now. “I should really do yoga every day,” we think. Or we might give ourselves a pep talk, saying, “I could sit every morning and every evening for twenty minutes.”

When trying to transplant a spiritual practice, however, we first need to clear a space in which to sow the seeds of mindfulness. Taking care of a burgeoning Garden of All the Things We Want to Do requires rushing. Our lives might feel more like a loudly babbling stream than a still forest pool. We can try to maintain a way-too-big Garden of Busyness, or we can tend only as much as our tender hearts can open to.

Nowadays we have an extensive stress reduction menu to choose from: meditation, yoga, tai chi, qigong. Or, if we’re chasing the endorphins of exercise, we might take up jogging or Pilates, or start working out at a fitness club. Basically we think, “If I just add one more thing to do, I can reduce my stress.” Question this belief. Racing to the gym or meditating with one eye on the clock runs counter to the intent of reducing the stress in our lives.

In our garden, it can be difficult to identify which plant is a weed and which one might actually flower.

Reducing stress, like reducing weight, means subtracting something. In our garden, the first thing we subtract is the weeds. In our daily life we might consider, for instance, how much news we really need. I went on a weekend retreat with my women’s group to Weston Priory in Vermont, where Benedictine monks maintain a farm, gardens, and orchard. They live an engaged life dedicated to justice and nonviolence in the world, yet they told us their only source of news was the Sunday New York Times. Their example inspired me to weed my own news intake, limiting it to once a day.

In our garden, though, it can be difficult to identify which plant is a weed and which one might actually flower. In the spring, we sometimes can’t tell the difference between a goldenrod and a sweet William. How then do we discriminate between weedy activities in our lives and skillful ones, such as meditation, that will sweeten our minds?

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Try weeding out junk mail, catalogs, and unsubscribing from nonessential email lists. Write down one or two things you might consider weeding out for a week. TV? Movies? Shopping? People who went on a voluntary fast from their credit cards found they stopped dashing out to the store. They made do with what was on hand at home. And they felt calmer.

Keeping a space clear for meditation requires determination. Neighboring activities will try to encroach on our cleared space. In gardening terminology, such encroaching plants are called spreaders. Think of bee balm or any members of the square-stemmed mint family—if you give them an inch, they’ll take over the yard. Seemingly urgent incoming information will try to crowd out our important relationships, including our relationship to our meditation practice. Consider dividing in half the time you spend social networking. I set a “mindfulness bell” to ring an hour before bedtime on my computer to remind me to turn it off and sit for twenty minutes before going to sleep.

Plant the seeds of mindfulness by focusing on the breath, sounds, or sensations.

Clear some space in your home as well as your schedule. Set up a cushion or a chair. Perhaps use a nearby shelf as an altar. Then commit to sit, at a regular time in this regular place. Set a timer for, say, twenty minutes on your microwave or cellphone.

If you don’t have an established practice, I recommend beginning your meditation by softening the heart. First, visualize a place of still water. This feeling may last for only a second. Notice that. Next, express gratitude for the blessings of your life, even the common things that you take for granted. Third, practice loving-kindness toward yourself. This tenderizing of the heart is like preparing the soil in our garden—we turn the soil and add the compost of caring. Then we plant the seeds of mindfulness by focusing on the breath, sounds, or sensations. After your timer goes off, try to sit in a chair by a window with a nice view, or perhaps on a deck. With a cup of tea in hand, contemplate an aspect of a recent dharma reading. or stroll around a garden.

You know what your houseplants look like if you forget to water them for a while. The same thing happens with our meditation practice if we neglect it for a couple of weeks, or even for a few days. We water our practice by sitting daily. We support our practice by sitting weekly with a group. We fertilize our practice by reading dharma books or listening to dharma talks.

Occasionally we take our practice to a retreat center, where it may flower or bear fruit, as a plant will do in a greenhouse. On retreat we have just the right conditions—a schedule, nutritious meals that are prepared for us, and only the belongings that fit into one suitcase. Amazing how little we need to live comfortably for a week or so. Simplifying our lives gives us breathing space. One advantage of going on retreat is that someone else tells us what to weed out of our daily routine at the retreat center: no reading, no writing, no cellphones, no computer. No wonder life feels calmer.

The spring or fall of our lives can be conducive to transplanting a meditation practice.

A gardening adage about perennials says: “The first year they sleep. The second year they creep. The third year they leap.” This means that when you transplant perennials into your garden, they just sort of sit there the first year. But underground they are developing a root system that will sustain them for a long time. Our meditation practice requires this sort of patience. First we simply sit on the cushion and develop the habit of sitting. During the second year, perennials begin to look more robust—they bloom and begin to grow. The third year they are fully established in their new location and have a serious growth spurt. Some perennials are even slower, such as my climbing hydrangea that took five years to grow three feet. Then it grew three feet the following year. Now it covers half the side of my house, and a robin nests in it each spring. Our meditation practice needs time to flower and bear the fruits of a spiritual life.

Transplanting season does come to an end. The spring or fall of our lives can be conducive to transplanting a meditation practice, while the summer of our lives may be totally booked with work, family, and paying off the mortgage. In the winter of our lives, when we are on our deathbed, the elements of earth, water, heat, and air are likely to be out of balance, and possibly very uncomfortable. That’s when the mindfulness we’ve been nurturing, the wisdom we’ve gleaned from our practice, will support us—just when we need it the most.

Reprinted in the HARC E-newsletter from Lion’s Roar: Buddhist Wisdom for our Times

 

 

Sunday, August 29, 2021 Bulletin and Worship Information

Bulletin 08292021 (pdf)

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE IN-PERSON & FACEBOOK LIVE 9:30 am

Worship Service with Communion in person in the Sanctuary

Worship Service LIVE on the Haven Facebook page

At this time, we will NOT be requiring vaccinated persons to wear masks when attending worship.

However, we want you to know that vaccinated persons are WELCOME to wear masks if that is their preference in the current COVID upsurge.

Starting around 2 p.m. on Fridays, you can pick up a bulletin, hymnal and communion sets on the parsonage back porch.  For extra precaution, use hand sanitizer before opening cartons/boxes. Keep the hymnal at your home for future use. The baggie of communion elements are enough for one person so please take one for each person watching at your home. (Haven Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Haven-Lutheran-Church-134647913268366 or you can get to the page by clicking the ‘F’ icon in the upper right corner (center of page if on a mobile device) of the Haven website www.havenlc.org The live service will remain on the page for viewing later too.  If you are not familiar with Facebook please scroll down past the ads, map and photos until you see Haven Lutheran Church with a small circle of the church photo in a post. It will say ‘Haven Lutheran Church is live’ Sunday at 9:30am. This will be the first post Haven will have that day. If you have issues please email the church office or call and leave a message and I will try to get back with you so I can walk you through how to find it.)

Sunday, August 22, 2021 Worship Bulletin & Information

Bulletin 08222021 (pdf)

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE IN-PERSON & FACEBOOK LIVE 9:30 am

Worship Service with Communion in person in the Sanctuary

Worship Service LIVE on the Haven Facebook page

At this time, we will NOT be requiring vaccinated persons to wear masks when attending worship. However, we want you to know that vaccinated persons are WELCOME to wear masks if that is their preference in the current COVID upsurge.

Starting around 2 p.m. on Fridays, you can pick up a bulletin, hymnal and communion sets on the parsonage back porch.  For extra precaution, use hand sanitizer before opening cartons/boxes. Keep the hymnal at your home for future use. The baggie of communion elements are enough for one person so please take one for each person watching at your home. (Haven Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Haven-Lutheran-Church-134647913268366 or you can get to the page by clicking the ‘F’ icon in the upper right corner (center of page if on a mobile device) of the Haven website www.havenlc.org The live service will remain on the page for viewing later too.  If you are not familiar with Facebook please scroll down past the ads, map and photos until you see Haven Lutheran Church with a small circle of the church photo in a post. It will say ‘Haven Lutheran Church is live’ Sunday at 9:30am. This will be the first post Haven will have that day. If you have issues please email the church office or call and leave a message and I will try to get back with you so I can walk you through how to find it.)

 

August 15, 2021 Sermon & Announcements

August 15, 2021 Sermon (pdf)

Announcements ~ August 15, 2021

A:       I was glad when they said to me,
C:  “Let us go to the house of the Lord.                                     (Psalm 122:1)

* A special welcome to all our guests. What a blessing it is to be together in God’s presence to worship.

*Today Pastor Alessandri will continue to lead an Adult Sunday School series in the Gathering Room. In a real way, all churches have a fresh start as we move out of the pandemic. Where is the Holy Spirit calling Haven? That is what our series, “Thriving After Covid” is all about. Come join the discussion. Even if you have not attended any other session, you WILL be able to fully participate. There will be coffee and goodies and good fellowship and conversation around God’s word.

*Check out the Harvest for Hunger table in the church lobby. Parmesan Zucchini squares are back!

*Just THREE MORE ushers and we will have enough for each person to usher once a month. It’s easy and a blessing to our worshipping community. PLEASE sign up on your attendance sheet today!

*Haven’s choir will begin rehearsals on August 25th. Music director, Steve Pastena, invites veteran choir members and the new or unexperienced singers to come. More information in today’s bulletin.

*Pastor Alessandri will be leaving for Atlanta after Sunday School today and return on Friday. She will immediately go for a Covid test upon her return. If you are in need of pastoral care in her absence, please call Pastor Hoda whose phone number is in the bulletin. Pray for Pastor Alessandri’s safe travels.

This week’s concerns and joys:

*Thanks to all who have brought in school supplies for our Community School Supply Outreach Project. If you would like to help sort and pack up the supplies for our schools, come to the parlor tomorrow at 9:30 am.  Speak to Elaine Michael if you have any questions. God’s work. Our Hands. Blessed to be a blessing.

*Best wishes to Dave Resh, Sherrie Cameron and Jim Failor who celebrate birthdays this week.

 (after the prelude)

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.”