January 20, 2023 Message from Pastor Alessandri

Haven Lutheran Church, Hagerstown, Maryland

January 20, 2023

St. Mark’s Food Bank is in desperate need of peanut butter.
For many individuals and families peanut butter is a staple.
Peanut butter is rich in heart-healthy fats and is a good source of protein.
If you are able, PLEASE bring jars of peanut this Sunday.
We collected 28 children’s coats in a week.
How many jars of peanut butter can we gather?

TERRY TROVINGER is now home after his hospital stay. He is still feeling tired and worn as he continues recovering from C-Diff. Keep Terry and family in prayer. Send any cards to his home address: 18820 Rolling Road Hagerstown MD 21742

ANN LOCHBAUM is still at Homewood’s Health Center for physical therapy. She is doing well.
Homewood Health Care Center 16505 Virginia Avenue
Williamsport, MD 21795 Her phone: 301-582-6565!

BILL KLINE, Debbie Jo’s husband, is home from Meritus and doing well. Send any cards to his home address: 30 N. Locust St., Hagerstown MD 21740


Come quilter and supporters of Lutheran World Relief

Come to Mar-Lu-Ridge on February 21 to help assemble quilts for Lutheran World Relief and learn more about their journey. No experience needed. Fee of $25 includes all materials and a delicious lunch. Please RSVP online at https://form.jotform.com/220455890396060 .
Mar-Lu-Ridge, a beautiful Lutheran camp & retreat center, is located in Frederick County at 3200 Mar-Lu-Ridge Road, Jefferson, Maryland 21755 1-800-238-9974 website: www.mar-lu-ridge.org/


There are still sets of weekly and monthly offering envelopes in the narthex that need their owners.
IF you do not find yours or you are unable to pick them up yourself at church, please contact the church office by phone (301-733-5056) or email (havenoffice@havenlc.org).


After many faithful years of overseeing the General Fund Treasury, Terry Trovinger needs to regretfully step away from that position which he has joyfully filled. We are thus in search of a new volunteer Assistant Treasurer for Haven’s General Fund.

Just to be clear — These are NOT part of the Assistant Treasurer’s responsibilities and done by other volunteers: maintaining the Special Gifts and Building Maintenance Funds; the counting of weekly contributions and deposits; and the recording of individual giving.

The Assistant Treasurer of Haven’s General Fund is currently responsible for recording deposits, paying any bills as they are due and keeping those records. Monthly duties include reconciling the bank statement to our accounting records, and preparing monthly financial reports for the Council meeting. Annually, the Assistant Treasurer assists the Finance Team in the preparation of the draft annual budget for consideration by the Council and Congregation. Assistance is available from Finance Team members for any questions that may arise.

Currently the Assistant Treasurer also prepares payroll checks for Pastor and two to three other employees and prepares and submits quarterly and annual payroll returns to the IRS and State of Maryland. HOWEVER, the Finance Team is seeking an accounting programs that would do many of these tasks. Again, there is help from our Finance Team members.

Currently Haven’s accounting records and payroll are on QuickBooks. However, utilizing other software for bill paying and accounting/ financial reporting is open to consideration. The Finance Team is flexible and will work with the new Assistant Treasurer to modify current practices to accommodate experience and comfort of the new Assistant Treasurer.

Once a system is set up, our current Assistant Treasurers says it only takes about two hours a week to complete the work. PLEASE consider this way of contributing to God’s mission here at Haven. AT LEASE, talk about the possibility with Mike Manspeaker or Doug Wright.

(BY the way —- YOU can choose how long you will do the job of the Assistant Treasurer. You will not be expected to do it forever! 😊)


COULD YOU VOLUNTEER FOR ONE HOUR ON A FRIDAY to “stuff” bulletins? Mary runs off the bulletins, the attendance forms and any other inserts. It usually takes less than an hour to put the attendance form or inserts into the bulletins.
B. C. – Before Covid — we had 4-5 volunteers (some individuals and some couples… or how about two friends who can go out to lunch together afterwards.) With that number they each only came in one Friday every 5-6 weeks. It may seem like a minor task, but it’s important to our worship and community life AND it frees up our office administrator to do other needed office work.

COULD YOU VOLUNTEER ONE HOUR A MONTH TO HELP PREPARE, LABEL AND STAMP NEWSLETTERS that are mailed? Mary has the newsletters and address labels prepared. Again, it may seem like a minor task, but it’s important to our community life AND it frees up our office administrator to do other needed office work.

CONTACT the church office (301-733-5056 or havenoffice@havenlc.org) or mark it on the attendance form if you would like to volunteer OR if you have questions.