October 14, 2021 Message from Pastor Alessandri

October 14, 2021 Message from Pastor Alessandri

 OCTOBER 14, 2021

COME TO HAVEN’s GATHERING ROOOM AT 9 AM
THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17

Yes, 9 am and you will be treated to great seasonal music by talented musicians of the SUNDAY SCHOOL ORCHESTRA

 

The Sunday School Orchestra had it’s beginning as the Trinity Lutheran Sunday School Orchestra back in the early 1900’s.  It played every Sunday, September through June at the beginning of the Sunday School Hour, as all the adult classes assembled for a brief worship service before breaking into their individual classes.  Dr. Peter Buys, long time conductor of the Hagerstown Municipal Band, was one of the Orchestra’s first conductors.

Over the course of many years, schedules changed, and the ensemble became the Sunday School Orchestra or SSO. Today, the SSO is made up of talented local musicians with various backgrounds, who enjoy performing music as part of a Music Ministry, reaching the Hagerstown Community.  It now plays once a month at 3 local churches.  THIS YEAR, HAVEN LUTHERAN IS ONE OF THE THREE LUCKY CHURCHES THAT WILL BE BLESSED EACH MONTH (excluding December) BY SSO MUSIC!

So set your sight on getting to the Gathering Room at Haven at 9 am THIS Sunday for inspiring music.

ANOTHER MUSICAL HIGHTLIGHT THIS SUNDAY — THE HANDBELL CHOIR RETURNS TO HAVEN!

After a long hiatus due to COVID, Haven Bell Choir is back! THIS SUNDAY, October 17, the Bell Choir will provide us with music that enriches our worship. They will return to play each third Sunday of the month.

Welcome back, ringers. We missed you!

CHANGE OF OFFICE HOURS For our ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

 Mary Grabill, Haven’s Administrative Assistant, will be in the church office:

Mondays 9 am – 1 pm, Thursdays 12 pm – 4 pm, Friday 9 am – 1 pm

Though working at home on the other days of the week, Mary does check Haven’s emails and phone for messages daily.

Hagerstown Interfaith Coalition
Interfaith Prayers for Today

October 12, 2021

Unitarian Universalist Christian

May we each remember the different ways in which we pray as individuals. Whatever works for each of us, may we share in the joy of knowing we are together in the regard of the holy. Amen

Trinitarian Christian: a reminder to pray by looking at your hand.

The thumb is nearest to you: pray for those who are closest to you.

The pointing finger reminds us to pray for the support and wisdom of those who teach and instruct.

The middle finger is the tallest: pray for our leaders in government, business and industry

The fourth finger is our ring finger (it is our weakest one): pray for those in pain. those who are weak, those who are in trouble.  Pray day and night.

The fifth finger is the littlest: place yourself in relation to God and others.  Your pinkie should remind you to pray for all peoples, including yourself.

Holy Spirit of Life:

May our hands recall some of the ways we pray and what we pray for.

Today, let prayers arise for support and wisdom of choice, for recognition of the diverse communities of earth’s beings, for all who are in pain and sorrow, and for the self we inhabit on this earth: for our own blessed and challenged lives.

May we be open to You, the spirit of life which is in all peoples, and offer the holy bounty which is both blessing and possibility. May we help and not judge each other. Amen

Reverend Valerie T. Wills, Coordinator

HAGERSTOWN COMMUNITY NEWS

Caring for the Caregiver Resource Fair  Saturday, October 30, 10 am – 2 pm

EM Tobias Family Center Atrium  324 East Antietam Street, Hagerstown

In recognition of National Family Caregiver Month, Brook Lane and Potomac Case Management Services are hosting a free Caring for the Caregiver Resource Fair on October 30. The Fair will feature exhibitors from local organizations who specialize in helping individuals provide care to loved ones due to physical or mental illness and two informative keynote speakers. The event is FREE. Go to https://www.brooklane.org/caring-caregiver-events#overlay-context=  for more information or to register

Caring for the Caregiver Free Facebook Live Presentations in November
A series of virtual programs via Facebook Live throughout the month of November.

Throughout the month of November, Brook Lane and Potomac Case Management Services will offer five free virtual presentations via Facebook Live covering a range of topics to help better manage the care-giving journey. Programs include:

Mindfulness Strategies for Managing Caregiver Stress
     Tuesday, November 2, 2021  1:00 pm-2:00 pm ~ Featuring Melissa M. Linn-Canas, LCPC

How Spirituality Can Help Caregivers
     Thursday, November 4, 2021  1:00 pm-2:00 pm ~ Featuring Pastor Ron Shank

Navigating the Challenges of Caregiving: Sharing Personal Experiences
     Tuesday, November 9, 2021  1:00 pm-2:00 pm ~ Featured Panelists: Moderator Dawn Johns, Sue Graff , Jodi Ramsey, Cheryl Schnebly

Navigating the Challenges of Caregiving: Legal and Financial Aspects
     Thursday, November 11, 2021   1:00 pm-2:00 pm ~ Featured Panelists: Moderator Dawn Johns , Jeanne F. Singer, CPA, JD, Cynthia Moore, CPA 

     Handling Holiday Stress While Caregiving
     Tuesday, November 16, 2021  1:00 pm-2:00 pm ~ Featuring

Visit Brook Lane’s Facebook page on the dates/times above in November to watch live. These five programs will be posted to Brook Lane’s YouTube channel for future reference. Questions? Contact Curt Miller at curt.miller@brooklane.org or 301-733-0331 x1228

Habitat’s 28th Annual Dinner Auction ~ November 13, 5 – 9 pm

Cortland Mansion  19411 Cortland Dr.  Hagerstown MD 21740

The Annual Dinner Auction is Habitat for Humanity’s premier event that hosts supporters and business partners from across Washington County. The 2021 Dinner Auction is back in person and will take place on Saturday, November 13th 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Cortland Mansion (19411 Cortland Dr. Hagerstown, MD). All proceeds from the Dinner Auction help Habitat build, renovate, and repair homes in Washington County.  Go to this site to purchase tickets https://secure.qgiv.com/for/habfohumowascou/event/833669/

Sunday, October 17, 2021 Bulletin & Worship Information

Bulletin 10172021

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.)

 

October 10, 2021 Sermon & Announcements

October 10, 2021 Sermon

Announcements ~ October 10, 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 our guests. What a delight it is to be together in God’s presence to worship.

*Today begins a three week Adult Sunday School series entitled, “Lutheranism 101” taught by Pastor Alessandri. If you are new to Lutheranism or Haven, we hope you will attend and bring your questions. For those who have been Lutherans for a long while, we hope you will come for a review and bring your questions, too. The class will meet in the Adult Sunday School Room. Veteran Haven members — be sure to help those new at Haven to find their way. There are also signs to help, too.

*We blessed 8 dogs and 2 cats last Sunday at Haven’s annual Pet blessing. Hope the pets enjoyed it as much as we humans did!

*Wednesday Bible Study starts at 10 am in the Adult Sunday School Room. Come venture into the Acts of the Apostles book of the Bible. is back! Come each week or occasionally, you’ll enjoy Good conversation, questions, wonders and laughter. All are welcome.

*HEADS UP — BE HERE at HAVEN’s GATHERING ROOM at 9 am next Sunday! The Hagerstown Sunday School Orchestra will be here with great seasonal music and talented musicians. Let’s have a good crowd to show our appreciation. It will be well worth getting here a half-hour early.

This week’s concerns and joys:

*Haven member, JoAnn Shankle has been transferred to Julia Manor for physical therapy to restore her strength after having congestive heart failure. Please keep JoAnn and her family in prayer.

*Thanks to all who helped with last week’s God Squad Explorer Kick-Off Event. Thanks to the children and families who attended. It was good fun!

*Best wishes to Kathy Wright, Ann Lochbaum, Kim Pile, Darylene Blickenstaff and Carole Young who have birthdays this week. Congratulations to Mike and Dawn Freeman  who celebrate a wedding anniversaries this Thursday.

Sunday, October 10, 2021 Bulletin & Worship Service Information

Bulletin 10102021 (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.)

 

October 3, 2021 Sermon & Announcements

October 3, 2021 Sermon

Announcements ~ October 3, 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 our guests. What a delight it is to be together in God’s presence to worship.

*Our God Squad Explorer kick-off event is today. Children and parents are invited to follow the signs to God Squad Headquarters after worship for faith-filled fun, games, music and food.

*Today’s Adult Sunday School class is led by Jamie and Jim Cannon. The topic will be prayer. Please note that the Adult Sunday School class is meeting in the Adult Sunday School room NOT the Gathering Room. Veteran Haven members — be sure to help those new at Haven to find their way. There are also signs to help, too.

*Do you have a pet you treasure? Bring them to the Pet Blessing today, between 2 and 3 pm.

Each pet gets their picture taken, a blessing and a chance to win a prize. Even if you don’t have a pet, come hang out and meet some wonderful pet owners and neighbors.

*Wednesday Bible Study is back! Come adventure into the Act of the Apostles from 10 to 11 am. Good conversation, questions, wonders and laughter. All are welcome.

*The October newsletter is available on-line and in the church narthex. Be sure to read through it to see all the opportunities for faith enrichment, fun and service.

*Plan on coming to Haven at 9 am on October 17th to hear the Hagerstown Sunday School Orchestra before worship. We have been selected as one of the churches that the orchestra will visit once a month. Come hear some great seasonal music by very talented musicians. It will be well worth the getting here a half-hour early.

*Pastor Alessandri will be out of the office Monday through Wednesday. If you are in need of pastoral care, please call Pastor David Eisenhuth at Trinity Lutheran Church, Hagerstown. His phone number is in your bulletin. Pastor Alessandri will be back in the office by noon on Thursday.

This week’s concerns and joys:

*Haven member, JoAnn Shankle is in Meritus Hospital being treated for congestive heart failure. Please keep JoAnn and her family in prayer.

*Thanks to all who helped with the luncheon after Dolores Carson’s funeral. The family was very appreciative.
*The residents at Potomac Towers were also appreciative of the lunches we provide last Thursday. this Thursday. God’s Work. Our Hands.

*Best wishes to Don Andrews, Dawn Tice and Aura Harbaugh-Wiles who have birthdays this week. Congratulations to Joan and Ed Schupp who celebrate a wedding anniversaries this Wednesday.

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

Sunday, October 3, 2021 Bulletin and Worship Information

Bulletin 10032021 (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.)

 

Haven Messenger (Newsletter) October 2021

Newsletter October 2021 (pdf)

Announcements September 26, 2021

Announcements ~ September 26, 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 delight it is to be together in God’s presence to worship.

*We are so pleased to welcome Pastor Chris Litton to preside and preach today. Chris has family connections to Haven and is usually a regular at Haven’s Christmas concert. Thank you, Pastor Litton for being with us. We look forward to hearing what the Holy Spirit led you to preach with today’s challenging readings.

* “Micah’s Backpacks” is up and active once again. Micah’s Backpacks is a project to provide weekend meals for Fountaindale Elementary students at risk of food scarcity. There is more information in your bulletin and the October newsletter, along with contact information if you would help periodically pack the food bags or delivering them.

*The Adult Sunday School class continues today in the Gathering Room. This first sessions will be led by Pastor Kaplan.

*Please let us know your offering envelope preference on your bulletin attendance form or by calling or emailing the church office. More information is in your bulletin. We hope to order soon.

*Today Pastor Alessandri is preaching at the 70th anniversary of the church where she previously served in Florissant, Missouri. She will be back in the office Monday afternoon. If you need the presence or care of a pastor before then, please call Pastor Ron Schlak. His phone number is in the bulletin.

*The October newsletter is available on line and in the church narthex. Be sure to read through it to see opportunities for faith enrichment, fun and service.

This week’s concerns and joys:

*Thanks to all who provided food for our lunch at Potomac Towers this Thursday. If you forgot to bring your items today, please tell Prue Yelinek (Prue can you give a wave?) so you can make arrangements. God’s Work. Our Hands.

*Best wishes to Amy Mason, Jean Carbaugh, Bob Hart, Ken Shankle and Brenda Manspeaker who have birthdays this week. Congratulations to Ken and Joann Shankle and Elaine and Ray Michael who celebrate wedding anniversaries this week.

*Our dear member Dolores Carson went to be with our Lord this week. Her funeral is being planned at Haven on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 11 am. Her family would like for her Haven family and choir to be there if possible. Please keep Dolores’s family in your prayers.

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

Sunday, September 26, 2021 Worship Bulletin & Information

Bulletin 09262021 (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 19, 2021 Sermon & Announcements

September 19, 2021 Sermon (pdf)

Announcements ~ September 19, 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 delight 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.

* “Micah’s Backpacks” is a project to provide weekend meals for Fountaindale Elementary students at risk of food scarcity. Haven’s program resumed last weekend. If you would be interested in periodically packing the food bags or delivering them, please contact Linda Clark. Her phone number is in today’s bulletin. Packing can be done by an individual, couple, friends or a family. More information in the bulletin.

 

*The Adult Sunday School class will continue today in the Gathering Room. The first sessions will be led by Pastor Kaplan.

*Did you tell us your preference of offering envelopes for 2022? We 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.

*Pastor Alessandri will be away next week on vacation with her family and next weekend she will be in St. Louis preaching at the 70th anniversary of the church where she previously served. If you need the presence or care of a pastor while she is gone, please call Pastor Ron Schlak. His phone number is in the bulletin.

*The October newsletter will be out next weekend. If you have an announcement or article for October, please email it to the office not later than Tuesday.

This week’s concerns and joys:

*Thank you to all who helped put hymnals back in the pews. If you have a few minutes after worship, can you help us get the rest of them in the church?

*Best wishes to Abigail Byers who has a birthday this week.

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