October 14, 2021 Message from Pastor Alessandri

October 14, 2021 Message from Pastor Alessandri

 OCTOBER 14, 2021


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.


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!


 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


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/