Important information Events & Activities


   "Stronger Together"

  There will be a congregation meeting on Saturday, August 27th from 10 am - 2 pm in Luther Hall.                A light lunch will be served. We will not be voting on any issues during the meeting. Several topics we will be discussing: "The Great Commission", are we open to change, our finances year to date, areas where we feel we need to improve on, how to move forward in reaching out to our community, having more communication, etc. We are hoping for an open dialogue where everyone can talk freely as others listen. In order to plan for lunch, there will be a sign-up sheet for those planning on attending. This is a very important meeting, and we hope that you make plans to attend, we need your input.

COMMUNITY CRAFT/VENDOR & YARD, BAKE SALE

  Saturday, Sept. 3rd from 8 am to 4 pm. Rain or shine.  Vendors reserve your 10’ x 10’ space for $15 & a tricky tray donation.  Please bring your own table/tent. Call the church to reserve your space at 570-788-2685 or call Donna at 570-788-1483.

Calling all bakers… bake sale donations are needed.  A sign-up sheet is in the St. Stephen’s Room.

Community Yard Sale 

Coffee Hour

We will reinstate coffee hour after church service beginning September 4th.  The coffee hour will continue on the first Sunday of the month and we will celebrate all members who have birthdays for that month.  The church council will be sponsoring the September 4th coffee hour.  There will be a sign-up sheet for sponsoring teh coffee hours for the months ahead.

"God's Word, Our Hands." Sunday 

September 11th, this day is a day that we reach out to our community in the name of Jesus.  Our church teams decided on a service to provide "Baby Care Kits" for the Pregnancy Resource Center in West Hazleton.  There will be a box located in the St. Stephen's room for this project.  The following items are needed for babies: sleepers, receiving blankets, socks, baby caps, and onesies.  For mothers:  hand towels, bath-size soaps, sweaters, jackets, socks, lightweight cotton t-shirts, and short-sleeved gowns.  Cash donations are also accepted.  We will be collecting through the month of September. 

Valley Food Pantry

As we do every year, our churches together with the Valley Food Pantry distribute special "Holiday" food boxes.  This Thanksgiving our church will sponsor boxes of "stuffing mix".  Donations must be in by November 17th.   The pantry is also in need of coffee and tea and food products that contain meat. With such high rising costs for food, paper products,
etc., all donations are appreciated.  No expired food please.

Donations may be placed in the narthex in the designated area.                  

Thank you to our church, our volunteers, and the Boy Scouts for continuing to support this ministry.

Beyond Violence/Berwick Women’s Shelter Wishlist

The LCW is collecting the following items for the Berwick Women’s Shelter. There is designated box in the St. Stephen’s room for the following items: cleaning supplies, diapers, pull-ups and wipes, laundry detergent, fabric softener, paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates), large freezer bags, dish detergent, gift certificates to Giant or Weis, batteries (all sizes), women’s hygiene products, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, large storage bins, light bulbs, towels, washcloths, foil, saran wrap, children’s clothing, food. Special urgent need for paper towels. Donations accepted through March.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

We are looking for you to come join one or
several of our Church Ministry Teams! Be a part
of the many opportunities these teams provide.
We want and need you to join us in serving
God's calling with your time and talents to help
our church continue to grow in making this
place to share and express his love. Please
contact the church office if you are interested.
Worship & Music, Learning Ministry,
Stewardship, Finance Team, Property Team,
Altar Guild, Assistant Ministers, Lay Eucharistic,
Quilting, and Prayer Shawl.

CEMETERY ASSOCIATION
We have heard time and time again about how beautiful and well-kept our cemetery is.  We often take for granted the hard work and endless hours that go into keeping our cemetery beautiful year after year.  To help
with the upkeep, please consider giving a monetary donation "In Honor Of" or "In Memory Of" a loved one.  Checks can be made payable to “St. John’s Lutheran & Reformed Cemetery Association” or included with your weekly offering (please include a notation with your offering).

Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts

SCOUTS BSA and Cub Scouts have resumed in-person meetings. If anyone is interested, meetings are Monday nights. For more information, contact the church office and leave a message for Jen. Scouting is open to boys and girls ages Kindergarten through High School.

MEMBER INFORMATION REQUESTED

All Members, to update our files, please contact the church office at 570-788-2865 or email to stjohns@epix.net with your contact information, including name(s), address, phone number, email address, birthday and anniversary. 

BIBLE STUDY There has been discussion to start an Adult Bible Study group. A day and time has not been finalized as of yet.  Please call or email the church office if you are interested in participating. Also, please include your preference of a daytime or nighttime meeting (Monday or Tuesday). This would be a great way that members could get together and engage in Bible Study.

Monthly Evening Meals For Divine Providence Homeless Shelter

We will be providing an evening meal for the clients of the Divine Providence Homeless Shelter. Members from our church will donate and/or cook a nourishing evening meal once a month. If you are interested in helping or making a monetary donation, please email the church at stjohns@epix.net or call the church office and leave a message.


Memorials & Obituaries

Our congregation extends our deepest condolences to the families of:

Barbara (Krell) Billig - (July 12, 2022)

John Zamba

Carole Horlacher

John Koch

Bob Reed

Lorraine Klinger  -   ( February 6, 1934 - January 17, 2021)

George Charles Snyder  - (Jan. 18, 1946 - Dec. 27, 2020)

 The Rev. William W. Horn -  (November 19, 1944 -  January 14, 2021)

 


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