November 2014 - Faith Lutheran Church

The Beacon
A Monthly Publication of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church
Volume 2014, Issue 11
November 2014
From the Pastor’s Pen
“Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty firmament. Praise
him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his surpassing greatness! Praise him with
trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with clanging cymbals; praise him with loud
clashing cymbals! Let everything that breathes praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!”
These words of Psalm 150 come to mind as we prepare for a transition in our music leadership. As many of you may know, Eric Marshall has submitted his resignation as Director of
Sacred Music effective Sunday November 23, 2014 due to health reasons. Eric came to this
setting the first Sunday of May in 1989 which is a little over 25 ½ years ago. He and Nancy
will be moving to Naples, Florida for the winter.
How can human words express our gratefulness to Eric for all of these years of service?
Through the gift of music he has led this congregation in praising the Lord with organ and
voice; trumpet and clarinet; cello and violin; viola and flute; and yes … even bagpipe! Typically he has been the first one here on Sunday mornings as he prepares for worship. He practices his music; rehearses the choir; plays for special services including weddings and funerals; contributes a monthly article to the newsletter; etc. Of course, his article and reminiscences can be found elsewhere in this newsletter.
Sue Mohnkern has accepted the position as interim organist and choir director. She is no
stranger among us as she played several months last winter as Eric was undergoing treatments.
A special luncheon will be held to honor Eric after the 11:00 am worship service on
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Office Hours:
Monday—Friday 9:00-1:00
The Beacon, Vol. 2014, Issue 11
The Beacon contains information on the programs
and ministries of Faith Lutheran Church and is
published monthly by:
Rev. David A. Laakso, Pastor
Rev. Charles R. Wertz, Pastor Emeritus
Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church
5414 East Lake Road
Erie, PA 16511
Phone: (814) 899-9653 Fax: (814) 898-0428
[email protected]
www.faithlutheranerie.com
In the event of emergency, please call Pastor Laakso at (814) 898-0833.
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Pastor’ Pen Cont’d
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Sunday, November 23rd. Please join us as we thank Eric for his many years of music leadership.
It seems fitting to offer a prayer and so here is my adaptation of a prayer from the Occasional
Service Book:
“O God of majesty, whom saints and angels delight to worship in heaven: we thank you for
the gift of your servant, Eric, through whom your gift of music has led us in our songs of
praise to You in this setting for the last quarter century. Continue to abide with Eric and
Nancy as they make this transition. We acknowledge that it is through your servants who
make art and music for your people that we receive a glimpse of your grandeur. It is in this
sanctuary that we rehearse until that day when we join in fullness the host of heaven praising you eternally through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
Thanksgiving Eve Service at Faith
Faith’s Thanksgiving Eve Service will be
held Wednesday, November 26th at 7:00
pm. As in the past, both non-perishable
food and monetary donations will be collected for Faith’s Thanksgiving Baskets and the
Ella Cocharn Food Pantry at Our Lady of
Mercy Church.
Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service
The annual ecumenical Thanksgiving
Service will be held on Sunday, November
23rd at 7:00 at South Harborcreek United
Methodist Church which is located on
7929 McGill Road. Pastor Keith McGarvey is the host pastor. Pastor Janet Riley
of the First Presbyterian Church of Harborcreek will be preaching. Father Richie
from Our Lady of Mercy; some of the nuns
from Mount Saint Benedict; and Pastor
Laakso from Faith Lutheran Church will
all share in leadership roles. You are invited to bring non-perishable items along
with monetary donations which will be
given to the Ell Cochran Food Pantry.
The choir will rehearse at 6:00 PM. A
cookie reception will follow the worship
service.
As a reminder, please make sure your food
donations are not open, partially used, and
not expired as they cannot be accepted.
Please join us as we celebrate God’s provision and blessings while supporting those
who are hungry in our community.
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Eric Shares His Experiences
On “Christ the King Sunday” I will complete a journey that began fifty four
years ago (1960) when I accepted my first organ position. Since that time I have
been involved in so many weddings, funerals and services on both the organ and
playing the bagpipes that they are virtually uncountable. One day I mentioned
to Rev. Wertz that I got to hear his sermon twice each week. His response was,
“You NEED to hear them twice so pay attention.” Over fifty years a person accumulates a lot of stories. I’d like to share a few of them here.
When I was at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Bellefonte, I was playing a
large, 2:00 p.m. wedding where everything had to go “just right.” It did, until
the bride realized that she left her shoes in State College which was twenty
minutes down and twenty minutes back. A car was dispatched and the church, now filled to the brim,
was listening to the gorgeous organ music I was providing. The only problem was that nobody told me
about the “shoe situation.” By quarter of three the shoes had arrived and the pastor, robed for the
wedding, came out to tell me that the “shoes had arrived.” The penny dropped in my mind and I realized what the hold up was. I looked in my rearview mirror and saw the wedding party waiting - a cast
that would have made the movie “Ben Hur” proud - and could see the mothers in their assigned seats.
I started the processional and noted when the bride came down the aisle, she was wearing a hoop skirt
(this was in the early ’70’s) and you couldn’t see if she had shoes on or not.
Churches need to have wedding coordinators! They can bail you out of a lot of bad jams and Bunny
McBride does an excellent job for us at Faith. On one wedding day it seems that the bride got up with
a pounding head from being out with “the girls” the night before. She got to the church and somebody
told her that the sure cure for a pounding head was to have a little more to drink . . . which she did.
About five minutes before I was ready to start the processional, Bunny came out to tell me that we had
to extend the prelude for a few minutes because “the bride just threw up in the punch bowl in the
Mayme Northrup Room.” Luckily she hit the punch bowl and looked wonderful when I got the signal
for the processional.
There are a lot of bagpipe stories but one of the best is when I was playing a committal service in the
Spring Creek Cemetery. The hearse arrived and the casket was off loaded over the open grave. My
instructions were to pipe “Amazing Grace” as soon as the pastor gave the final benediction. I positioned myself outside of the tent but facing the casket, family, etc. As soon as the benediction was delivered I stood in place and played one verse of “Amazing Grace” and then turned and slowly walked
away on the second verse. About twenty or thirty yards from the tent I walked over a grave which collapsed under my weight and dropped about eighteen inches. I dropped right along with the grave and
ended up sitting on the edge. The blow pipe (that’s how you get the wind into the bag) raked the top of
my mouth and I was spitting blood. The family, who had assumed the very solemn expression for the
first verse, came running to see if there was anything they could do for me. The pipes were in my lap
and the air was wheezing and groaning out of the bag. If my mouth didn’t hurt so much I would have
laughed!
Wedding planning sessions can be brutal. It’s usually not the bride who makes the crazy and obnoxious requests . . . it’s the bride’s MOTHER! One wedding I played in the Methodist Church in Lawrence Park came equipped with a very pretty bride who was open to lots of ideas, a groom that didn’t
care much about anything and the bride’s mother who felt she should be in complete control. She was
living vicariously through her daughter and quite frankly, was a major embarrassment to all present.
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Eric’s Experiences Cont’d
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Once we had picked out the music and gone over possible solo pieces, the rather loud
mouthed mother would make demand after demand. Finally, the bride just whispered
in my ear the comforting words, “Please call me later” which I was happy to do. That
phone call lasted about three minutes and the bride got exactly what she wanted and
it was too late for Mom to make any changes. All of the bride’s requests were played
and I never heard another word about it from the mother.
The twenty six years I’ve been at Faith Lutheran have been the best of my career on the organ bench.
Nancy and I have made lifelong friends at Faith and we can feel the presence of the Holy Spirit working amongst the faithful. My relationship with both Pastor Wertz and Pastor Laakso has been one
that not many organists enjoy. Together we have worked to enhance the Lutheran tradition in music
which I feel would make Martin Luther proud. I trust that tradition will continue in the future under
the leadership of Sue Mohnkern who has been hired as interim organist and choir director. My resignation is not of my desire but is prompted by the recommendation of my team of doctors who feel that
my spine needs a break from sitting on a bench with no back support. I am suffering from five
crushed vertebra caused by multiple myeloma cancer and they will only heal over time when properly
attended.
Thank you all for being part of our Christian Family. Nancy and I will be spending the winter in Naples, FL and we will return next summer when I hope to relieve Sue on an occasional Sunday. On
“Christ the King” Sunday (November 23rd.) I’ll be closing my career with some of the most often requested pieces I have presented at Faith. Please join us to praise “Christ the King” on the day we celebrate HIS Sunday. Blessing, Honor, Glory and Power be Unto Him!
Women of the ELCA Thankoffering
The earliest American Lutheran women’s missionary society was founded in New York in 1837 to
financially support the education and ordination
of foreign missionaries from their synod. In 1879,
the first national American Lutheran women’s
missionary society, the General Synod’s Women’s
Home and Foreign Missionary Society, was founded. The original reason behind the creation?
Funds were needed to financially support two
young women who wanted to be foreign mission-
aries but were denied funding by the Board of
Missions. A national women’s structure was born!
Since those early days, the Women of the ECLA
Thankoffering continues. Today, every penny
raised by the Thankoffering goes directly to support the mission and programs of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America.
This year, the Thankoffering will be collected at
all three service on November 22/23.
Election Day Bake Sale
Every fall we provide baked goods as a polling site for Election Day. We need
two kinds of helpers: those willing to man the table and those willing to contribute baked goods. If you are willing to bake cookies, a pie or other sweet
treats, please have your baked goods to the church by 3:00 PM on Monday, November 3th. For those willing to be at the table, there is a sign-up sheet in the
narthex with two hour shifts beginning at 7:00 AM and going until 7:00 PM. It
is always helpful to have two helpers at the table for each shift.
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November—Cold vs Flu
Yet I said to myself, ‘This is my sickness, and I must endure it.’’’ Jeremiah
10:19 NIV
During this time of year we often wonder if the upper respiratory infection
we have is a cold or the flu. Here is a chart to help determine which it is:
Unlike colds, flu can lead to complications like pneumonia, especially in the
old, the young, and those with serious health issues. Viruses are transmitCold
Symptom
Flu
Pretty rare
Fever
Usually present
Slight body aches & pains
Aches
Severe aches & pains
Uncommon
Chills
Fairly common
Fairly mild
Fatigue
Moderate to severe
Develop over a few days
Sudden Symptoms
Rapid onset of 3-6 hrs.
Hacking & productive
Coughing
Dry and nonproductive
Common
Sneezing
Uncommon
Common
Stuffy Nose
Uncommon
Mild to moderate
Sore Throat
Uncommon
Mild to moderate
Chest Discomfort
Often severe
Fairly uncommon
Headache
Very common
ted by contact with objects that the infected person has touched after coughing or sneezing. Germs
can be transmitted 1 day before symptoms appear and up to 5 days after getting sick.
Stay healthy by eating well, exercising regularly, getting plenty of rest, and practicing good hand
washing. If you have a cold or the flu, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or elbow when coughing/sneezing, avoid people while ill, wash your hands after coughing/sneezing, and avoid touching
your eyes, nose or mouth.
If you are ill stay home; don’t share your germs. Treat your symptoms by
hydrating yourself, getting plenty of rest, gargling to moisten a sore
throat, drinking hot liquids to relieve nasal congestion, taking a steamy
shower to clear nasal passages, applying hot or cold packs to congested
sinuses, using an extra pillow when sleeping to relieve congestion, and
avoiding travel by air. If you are healthy, share Jesus’ love by taking the
sick one the standard chicken soup or fluids and caring for the children.
(Source: Mayo Clinic, www.mayoclinic.com)
Daylight savings time ends on Sunday, November 2 nd. It is time to “fall”
back. So please remember to turn your clocks back one hour on Saturday
evening – and get a good night of rest for church school and worship the
next day!
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Congratulations to Confirmation Recipients
As the pastor laid his hands on the head of a young person, the following prayer was offered:
“Stir up in _____ the gift of your Holy Spirit: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the
spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord, the spirit of joy in
your presence, both now and forever. Amen”.
This prayer echoes the words of Isaiah 11:2 which speak of the gifts granted by God to the
messianic king. We pray these same gifts upon our young people in the Rite of Confirmation.
These “gifts of the spirit” are invoked to guide the young person throughout life.
The following youth were confirmed at the 11:00 AM worship service on Sunday, October 19:
L.J. Brink
Hannah Jackula
Christopher Parks
Samantha Rose
Michael Slupski
Samantha Sotter
Seventeen Receive First Communion
“Do you believe that you should share in the Lord’s Supper because in it Christ comes to you, forgives your sins, and strengthens
you to trust Him and to love one another? If so, answer, ‘I believe.’” This question was addressed to seventeen youth who received the Sacrament of Holy Communion for the first time. This
happened on Sunday, October 26 following a period of instruction on three Wednesday evenings for both young people and their parents. The following have received their first communion:
Evan Brink
Owen Czemerych
Rylee Fife
Lauren Konkol
Meghan Konkol
Nicholas Krahe
Jenna Million
Jacob Myers
Caitlyn Plyler
Rylee Rose
Jordan Schau
Maddox Stadler
Cassie Stinson
Jay Tonks
Amanda VanHorn
Jocelyn Wilson
Jessica Wilson
Bibles Presented on October 26th
We congratulate the following who received their first Bibles at worship services on Sunday,
October 26:
Emma Bablak
Cora Bissell
Dalton Lewis
Anna McShane
Jenna Million
Paige Stancliff
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All Saint’s Day Observance
Each year the Church remembers those who have died in the past
year. This occurs on All Saint’s Day which we observe at our worship services on November 1st and 2nd. We have invited family and
friends of loved ones for whom we have conducted funeral services in
the past year. The order of service includes a special rite of commemoration for those who are being remembered. Provisions are also made to offer the names of other loved ones who have died in the
past year(s).
There is an added dimension this year. Jim Wenner has made a
large wooden cross which will be placed on the west wall of the sanctuary. Within it we will be able to place smaller wooden crosses …
for each funeral we conduct, the name of the deceased will be placeed
on a small cross and that small cross placed on the larger cross. Each All Saint’s Day the
small cross will be given to the family of the one for whom we have conducted funeral services.
“Bags of Hope” for a Harborcreek Food Pantry
Did you know that the Ella Cochran Food Pantry serves approximately
113 families? Every month each family is provided with at least 30
pounds of food. We would like to make Thanksgiving special for these
families too! The Second Harvest Food Bank provides a turkey for each
family. Four Harborcreek churches are working together to provide a
“Bag of Hope” for each family. In each bag will be the fixings to create a
complete Thanksgiving dinner. Twenty five empty bags, Faith’s contribution to this partnership, will be placed in the narthex on November 2 nd. Each bag will have a grocery list on it.
The total cost for the items on the list is under $10. Simply shop for the items on the list and
put them in the bag. Return the bag to the church by Thursday, November 13th. The bags
will get to the food pantry in time to pass out with the turkeys on November 19 th. Now more
families will have a Happy Thanksgiving and you can be thankful that you were able to help
provide food for people in need.
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Faith’s Book Club Reads “The Fault in
Our Stars”
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 – 6:00pm ~ The
Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has
bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything
but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis.
But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters
suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John
Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling,
and tragic business of being alive and in love.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 – 6:00pm ~ When You Were Older by Catherine
Ryan Hyde
Russell Ammiano works on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center. On the morning of September 11, 2001, the phone rings while Rusty is rushing to work. The news is devastating:
Rusty's mother has died of a stroke, leaving his brain-damaged older brother Ben alone. This
news also saves Rusty's life. He's still at home when two planes hit the World Trade Center-and only one of his friends and colleagues survives. In a single day, the life Rusty built in New
York crumbles to the ground.
Rusty returns to his tiny hometown and the brother he was more than happy to leave behind.
Ben hasn't changed a bit, but the town has. Tensions are running high in the wake of the terrorist attack, while Rusty struggles to put the past behind him and care for the exasperating
brother he loves. He finds refuge drinking coffee in the early morning with beautiful EgyptianAmerican Anat in her father's bakery.
Rusty is beginning to get his life back...until one awful night threatens to take it all away again.
Glory and Linton Come For A Visit
SAGE (Seniors Always Going Everywhere) gathered in the Fellowship
Hall on Thursday, October 23 to welcome a special guest. Some of you
may know Glory Piovarcy who lives at Benetwood with her service dog,
Linton. Barb Klaproth, Pastor and Becky Laakso met Glory and Linton
at a K-9 for Partners training this summer and discovered she is our
neighbor! She shared what it is like to share life with a service dog and
demonstrated some of the ways that Linton assists her on a daily basis.
Additionally, Glory is retired from being a prison chaplain and she
shared a little bit about that ministry also. Participants enjoyed a brown
bag lunch, some fresh baked goodies and a time of fellowship after the
presentation.
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Looking Ahead
Scout Master Stepping Down
Dave Noonan, who has served as Scout Master for Troop 175 for a number of years has
indicated he is stepping down at the end of
this year though he will remain active with
the troop for another year as his son completes his Eagle Scout project. A special
meeting occurred October 20th for the scouts
and their parents along with Pastor. The
purpose of the meeting was to assure all the
leadership roles are filled in the coming
year. There are a number of scouts but as is
so often the case there are not always leaders available.
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Family Advent Night is Sunday,
November 30th at 5:00 pm
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Advent folders should arrive by the end of
November. All money received will be designated for catechetical camp in June/July 2015
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Live Nativity will be Friday and Saturday,
December 12th and 13th from 6:30 until 8:00
pm
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Christmas Caroling is scheduled for Friday,
December 19th from 6:00 until 7:30 pm
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Adult New Year’s Eve Event from 6:00-10:00
pm
“Come And See” Stewardship Campaign
Each year we conduct a stewardship campaign seeking response
from members and friends. This year it takes the form of a brochure which was mailed on October 27. We are also including a
commitment card below. Responses can be made through e-mail,
mail, or the offering plate. Please respond by November 9th.
With prayerful consideration, I pledge to support the work
of Christ’s Church and the ministry of this congregation
as follows:
Pledge Amount $ ____________________________________
Circle One:
Weekly
Monthly
Annual
% to Unified Budget __________________________________
% to Debt Reduction/Capital Improvement_____________
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Birth Announcement
Memorial Donations
Congratulations to Cristina
and Christopher Sonney on the
birth of their son, Jimmy, on
October 13th.
The following memorial was given to the
Catechetical Camp Fund:
In memory of:
Marcelina Flores
Given by:
Dan Weber
Congratulations to Maggie Otto and David
Rodgers, who were married on Saturday, October 18th at Faith. Pastor Laakso conducted the wedding ceremony.
Our sympathy and prayers go to the family of
Sandy Shiner who passed away on Thursday,
October 2nd. Sandy was the sister of Rita Jandt.
During this season of Thanksgiving, we wish
to thank all the members who have volunteered many hours of their time to complete
various tasks, too numerous to mention, that
keep our church a clean, beautiful and active
place throughout the year.
Our sympathy and prayers go to the family of
DeWayne Alcorn who passed away on Tuesday,
October 21st. DeWayne was the son-in-law of
Peggy Phillips.
Most recently, these tasks have included the
assembly of multiple mailings by the Beacon
volunteers who faithfully show up every
time they are called. The Craft and Chat
ladies have been creating beautiful Christmas ornaments to decorate the church in the
coming holiday season. So whether you volunteer to teach Sunday School, work with
the youth, sing in the choir, assist in the office, complete the numerous handy-man jobs
required on a daily basis, work with the
flowers and plants both inside and outside
the building, prepare for services, serve as
assistants, lectors, usher, etc. or volunteer
your time in whatever way, please know
that your time and faithfulness is always appreciated.
Our sympathy and prayers go to the family of
Gail Smith who passed away on Wednesday, October 22nd. Gail was the son of Delores Smith
and the brother of Vicki Zaczyk.
Coffee Cans Needed
We are in need of 13 oz. coffee cans to house
the altar flowers so that Alexis Peterson can
take them to various people around town—shutins, hospital patients, Brevillier residents, etc.
Please drop off your clean
empty coffee cans at the
church office.
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World Hunger Challenge
World Hunger boxes and envelopes along with information about
the ELCA World Hunger program were distributed the last weekend of October. In the meantime, members of the Sunday Church
School have received World Hunger Barns which are designated to
purchase a farm animal for a village or family in need in a Third
World Country.
The ELCA World Hunger responds to global hunger and poverty
by addressing its root causes. It is at work in over 60 countries throughout the world including the United States. It is to help people lift themselves out of poverty through food agricultural training, livestock, access to clean water, health care, job training, and more.
The Sunday School students have issued a challenge to the congregation to match their donation. The Sunday School has collected to date $123.60 which will provide for 10 chicks ($10),
honey bees ($20), a pig ($30) and a goat ($50). Next year the students plan to work towards
sheep, fish and a cow.
World Hunger boxes and envelopes are available in the narthex and are to be returned by
Sunday, November 23. They may be dropped at the church office, sent in the mail, given during the SCS opening, or placed in the offering plate.
Let’s build an ark with the Sunday School!
Sunday School Teachers Needed
The Sunday School is currently in need of a teacher for both the High
School and Kindergarten classes. Please contact the church office or
Nancy Gardner if you are interested in teaching either class.
Preschool Classes Are Filled
The Good News is the central message of the Church. So it is we are
pleased to share the news that both the 3-4 year old and 4-5 year old preschool classes are filled to capacity this year.
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Council Meeting Recap
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Accepted with regret the letter of resignation as organist from Eric Marshall
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Approved Sue Mohnkern as Interim Organist/Choir Director
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Approved the parking of a trailer by Boy
Scout Troop 175 next to the Scout/Church
shed
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Accepted the snow plowing bid from Dave
Yarman
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Accepted the estimate from Carlin
Plumbing to repair the blocked drain
pipe in the parking lot
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Election Results
At the Annual Congregational Meeting on
October 11th/12th the following were nominated and elected to serve in the following
positions:
Council Members:
Mark Concilla, Toni Brown and Laurie
Hecht
Synod Assembly Delegate:
JJ Lee
Erie Cluster Representative:
Appointed Evelyn Toskin as a delegate to
the synod assembly in June 2015
JJ Lee
Approved the placing of 25 empty “Bags
of Hope” from the Ella Cochran Food
Pantry in the Church
Endowment Committee Members:
Alexis Peterson and Rob Dolak
September Y-T-D Financial
Summary
Income Expense Ahead/
(Behind)
Unified+
Other
Debt
145,415
172,754
(27,339)
22,216
21,474
742
Altar Flowers & Eternal Light
November Eternal Light– Open
November 2nd– Given by Kathy Maas & family in
memory of Eunice West’s birthday
September Y-T-D Pledge
Summary
Pledged
Unified
Debt
Given Ahead/
(Behind)
104,572 102,300
21,836
November 2nd– Given by Pastor and Sandy
Wertz in honor of their 35th wedding anniversary
19,182
November 9th—Open
November 16th– Given by Monica Concilla in
memory of Sandy Shiner and Chuck Stevens
(2,272)
(2,654)
November 23rd– Given by Laura Conley in honor
of Robert and Tharon Conley’s 63rd wedding anniversary
Mortgage Balance as of October 1, 2014:
11,214.23
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Those in Retirement Homes:
Flora Woodring-Corry Manor
Zel Beardsley-Sarah Reed
Doris Myers-Barnabas Ct. S
Adele
Alice & Merenda
Anthony
The family of Dewayne Alcorn
Becky Anderson
Dorothy Anderson
Jim B
Stephanie Baranski
Tom Bernatt
Cindy Black
Bentley Braden
Rick Brown
Joe & Cheryl Brugger
Melissa Byerly
Chris
Jim Calkins
Rachael Carlson
Melissa Carlton
Chuck Charney
Richard Cline
Nancy Colt
Courtney Cooper
Dora Couse
Madelyn Cypher
Grant Damon
Colleen Deimling
Keagan Deimling
Rosemary DeMarco
Marian DeWolf
Dan Drelic
Thomas DuCharme
Marjorie Eaglen
Theresa Ester
Frank & Patty
Florence Farrell
Dottie Faulhaber
Lou Ann Flick
Amy Fream
Bill Frantz
Carl Fuller
Gina
Beth G
Jean Gleichsner
Marsha Groce
Haley
Jean H.
Shane Haley
Patrika Hawkinson
Joyce Herbon
Greg Hitz
Dennis Hodges
Courtney Hower
Amy Hunt
Jo
Kayla Jackson
Kayla
Fern Klaproth
Frank Kosiorek
Eunice Learn
Bernie Lobenstein
Albert Lotz
Mary Ellen
Matt M.
Linda Mallick
Jim Malthaner
Eric Marshall
Judy Masterson
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Beulah Matthews
Keith Moore
Brian Moyer
Phill Murawski
Trish Pelinsky
Rick
Robert
Rose
Barbara Reece
Pat Rose
Sara
Ashley & Jessica Sanden
Kathy Schmidt
Mary Schultz
Cheryl Shepherd
The family of Sandy Shiner
Steve Shiner
Leon Sims
Marian Sirak
Doug & Barb Slusser
The family of Jim Smeck
Carolyn & Dick Smith
Delores Smith
The family of Gail Smith
James Smith
Mark Smith
Sue Snyder
Reid & Carol Spencer
Don & Donna Stafford
Jeanne Strawbridge
Julie Town
Mary Lou Triana
Gaylan Unger
Marilyn Voshall
Carrie Waldron
Noah Waldron
Betty & Gene Warren
Pastor Wertz
Sandy Wertz
Joyce Woodley
John Wisniewski
And those in the Military
Please Remember To Notify The Office
Please give the church office a call or send us an email if you or a loved one is admitted to one
of our local hospitals. Although we call the hospitals daily, they do not always have accurate
information in their system. A call to the office will ensure that Pastor Laakso is aware of
the admission and also ensure notification to the Prayer Team. If you wish to add yourself or
another person to the Prayer List a call or email to the office will also ensure the Prayer
Team is notified in a timely manner. Each name is placed on the Prayer List for one month
at a time. Thanks for your assistance with this.
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Care
T HE BE AC O N
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November 2014
December 2014
6:00 pm
Becky Anderson
Alexis Peterson
8:15 am
Cathy Sonney; Cozella Eckroat
Bunny McBride; Eleanore Uglow
11:00 am C. Lee; N. Simmons
Saturday Lectors
C.Lee; Nancy Simmons
11/1
11/8
11/15
11/22
11/29
12/6
12/13
12/20
L.Conley
JJ Lee
C.Peterson
S.Wills
P.Anderson
T.Brown
L.Conley
JJ Lee
8:15 am
11/2
11/9
11/16
11/23
11/30
12/7
12/14
12/21
ASSISTANT MINISTER
B.Tackett
M.Johnson
S.Repoff
MJ Szewczyk
Catherine
Sonney
B.Tackett
M.Johnson
S.Repoff
USHERS
N.Gardner/
D.Rose
Krahes
C.Dolak/
E.Uglow
McBrides
Repoffs
Curtis’
N.Gardner/
D.Rose
C.Dolak/
E.Uglow
LECTOR
D.Rose
MJ Szewczyk
B.Tackett
S. Repoff
T.McQueeney
A.Konkol
A.Krahe
B.McBride
HOSTS
Eckroats
A.Konkol
Krahes
N.Gardner
D.Rose
C.Dolak
Eckroats
A.Konkol
ACOLYTE
J.Luke
J.Paris
S.Rose
E.Davison
A.Rose
J.Luke
J.Paris
S.Rose
11:00 am
11/2
11/9
11/16
11/23
11/30
12/7
12/14
12/21
ASSISTANT MINISTER
D.Klaproth
R.Lee
B.Noonan
D.Klaproth
R.Lee
M.Falkenber
g
USHERS
B.Klaproth/
T.Fortin
F.Toskin/
J.Jones
M.Zarger/
M.Concilla
K. Maas/
C. Fialkowski
M.Zarger/
M.Concilla
T.Fortin/
J.Kreusch
F.Toskin/
J.Jones
M.Zarger/
M.Concilla
LECTOR
C.Larson
N.Moore
E.Toskin
C. Lee
M.Concilla
L.Fortin
T.Fortin
C.Lee
HOSTS
Wenners
R.Baldwin
L.Zarger
R.DePlatchett
Wenners
R.Baldwin
Zargers
R.DePlatchet
t
ACOLYTE
LJ Brink
S.Sotter
M.Jackula
H.Jackula
G.Concilla
B.Mennini
LJ Brink
S.Sotter
Falkenberg
Maas/Larson
Etzels
Berry/
Havlicek
Maas/Lee
Etzels
Berry/
Havlicek
Falkenberg
M.Falkenberg M.Falkenberg
CRUCIFER
TELLERS
COFFEE HOUR
November—Women of Faith
December—Educational Ministry
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Mon
Tue
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Wed
Thu
Fri
1
2:00—4:00 pm
Private Party in
Fellowship Hall
6:00 pm Worship
with Holy Communion
TURN YOUR
CLOCKS BACK
NOVEMBER 2014
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Preschool: Class in Session Monday-Friday unless otherwise noted
2
ALL SAINTS DAY
OBSERVANCE
8:15 am Worship with Holy
Communion
9:30 am Sunday School
11:00 am Worship with Holy
Communion
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS
TIME ENDS
9
3
10:00 am Bible Study
10:00 am Staff Meeting
3:00 pm Bake Sale Items
due
5:00 pm Worship & Music
5:30 pm Social Ministry
6:00 pm Endowment
7:00 pm Bible Study
7:00 pm Boy Scouts
4
ELECTION
DAY
7:00 am—7:00 pm
Voting & Bake Sale
8:30 am Clergy
Group
9:00 am Craft &
Chat
6:00 pm Book Club
5
8:00 am Prayer Breakfast
12:10 pm Healing Service
5:30 pm Stewardship
6:00 pm Lions, Tigers,
Wolves & Bears
7:15 pm Webelos I & II
6
7:30 pm Choir
Rehearsal
7
Pastor’s Day
Off
10
10:00 am Bible Study
10:00 am Staff Meeting
7:00 pm Bible Study
7:00 pm Boy Scouts
11
8:30 am Clergy
Group
9:00 am Craft &
Chat
6:30 pm Property/Ed
Min
7:00 pm Evangelism
7:30 pm Finance
12
8:00 am Prayer Breakfast
6:00 pm Lions, Tigers,
Wolves & Bears
7:15 pm Webelos I & II
13
11:00 am Harborcreek Clergy
Meet
7:30 pm Choir
Rehearsal
14
Pastor’s Day
Off
16
8:15 am Worship with Holy
Communion
9:30 am Sunday School
11:00 am Worship
17
10:00 am Bible Study
10:00 am Staff Meeting
11:00 am Chapel
6:00 pm Prayer Team
7:00 pm Bible Study
7:00 pm Boy Scouts
18
8:30 am Clergy
Group
9:00 am Craft &
Chat
7:00 pm Council
19
8:00 am Prayer Breakfast
6:00 pm Lions, Tigers,
Wolves & Bears
7:15 pm Webelos I & II
20
7:30 pm Choir
Rehearsal
21
Pastor’s Day
Off
23
24
10:00 am Bible Study
10:00 am Staff Meeting
7:00 pm Bible Study
7:00 pm Boy Scouts
25
8:30 am Clergy
Group
9:00 am Beacon
Assembly
9:00 am Craft &
Chat
7:00 pm Cluster at
Christ the Redeemer
26
8:00 am Prayer Breakfast
6:00 pm Lions, Tigers,
Wolves & Bears
7:00 pm Thanksgiving
Service
7:15 pm Webelos I & II
27
NO PRESCHOOL
NO PRESCHOOL
NO PRESCHOOL
30
8:15 am Worship with Holy
Communion
9:30 am Sunday School &
Christmas Program Rehearsal
11:00 am Worship with Holy
Communion
5:00 pm Family Advent
Night
15
8
6:00 pm Worship
STEWARDSHIP
PLEDGES DUE
STEWARDSHIP
PLEDGES DUE
8:15 am Worship with Holy
Communion and Children’s
Sermon
9:30 am Sunday School
11:00 am Worship and Children’s Sermon
6:30 pm Pack Meeting
WORLD HUNGER
BOXES DUE
8:15 am Worship with Holy
Communion, Children’s
Sermon, Women of Faith
Thankoffering and Coffee
hour
9:30 am Sunday School
11:00 am Worship with Holy
Communion, Children’s
Sermon & Women of Faith
Thankoffering
12:00 am Reception for Eric
7:00 pm Ecumenical Community Thanksgiving Service
Sat
BEACON
ARTICLES DUE
NO
PRESCHOOL
HAPPY
THANKSGIVING
DAY
15
6:00 pm Worship
28
CHURCH
OFFICE
CLOSED
NO
PRESCHOOL
22
6:00 pm Worship
with Women of
Faith Thankoffering and Coffee
Hour
WORLD
HUNGER BOXES DUE
29
6:00 pm Worship
with Holy Communion
Non-Profit Org.
U.S. Postage
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Dated Material
November
Weekend Worship
Schedule
Worship Services
Saturday 6:00 pm
Sunday 8:15 and 11:00
am
Sunday School
9:30 am
Children’s Sermon
2nd and 4th Sunday of
the Month
Highlights In This Month’s Beacon
Pastor’s Pen .......................................................................................... 1
Thanksgiving Services ......................................................................... 2
Eric Shares His Experiences ............................................................... 3
Women of ELCA Thankoffering .......................................................... 4
Election Day Bake Sale........................................................................ 4
November—Cold vs Flu ....................................................................... 5
Congratulations to Confirmation Recipients ..................................... 6
Seventeen Receive First Communion ................................................. 6
Bibles Presented on October 26th ....................................................... 6
All Saint’s Day Observance ................................................................. 7
“Bags of Hope” for Harborcreek Food Pantry..................................... 7
Faith’s Book Club ................................................................................. 8
Glory and Linton Come for a Visit ...................................................... 8
Scout Master Stepping Down .............................................................. 9
“Come and See” Stewardship Campaign ............................................ 9
Looking Ahead ...................................................................................... 9
World Hunger Challenge ................................................................... 11
Council Meeting Recap ...................................................................... 12
Election Results .................................................................................. 12
Prayer List .......................................................................................... 13
Worship Assistant Schedule .............................................................. 14
November Calendar ........................................................................... 15
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