Good Saturday Morning.
I am going to try an additional way for people to be able to join us for our 11:15 Sunday morning worship. In addition to the livestream that can be found on FaceBook at Pastor Greg Hartman I have also created a Zoom meeting. The link below will let you join remotely. Also the phone number below will let you call in to be able to hear the audio. You may be asked for the meeting ID number and that is 631112734. -Pastor Greg
+1 (312) 626-6799,,631112734#
Today Pastor Greg and a team of members from the South Mountain Shared Ministry assembled worship resource packets that we are distributing to the members and friends of our congregations. Pastor and a friend have also created a link through Google where you can access the majority of the contents of this packet. To access this worship resource, please click on the following link.
WORSHIP GATHERINGS AT ST. PAUL'S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, BURKITTSVILLE, WILL BE CANCELLED FOR MARCH 22nd AND MARCH 29th
After hearing Governor Hogan’s comments this morning and President Trump’s comments this afternoon, the decision was made to extend not having in person gatherings through the last Sunday of March. This means that worship the next two Sundays, March 22nd and 29th, will be held online instead of in person.
Additionally, tomorrow myself and two other volunteers will be putting together worship resource packets. These packets will include the liturgy that I will lead online on the next two Sundays, as well as additional prayer options for the days to come.
If you would like to make sure to receive one of these, please let me know as soon as possible. We will try to deliver these over the next few days or put them in the mail so that you can have them by the end of the week. If you want to pick up more then one copy so that you can help get them to family members, that would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you all for everything you are doing, for your understanding and grace.
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We have, unfortunately, made the difficult decision to cancel worship services on Sunday, March 15 and 22, 2020. All church sponsored activities March 16-28 will also be canceled at both congregations in the South Mountain Shared Ministry. This was not an easy decision nor one that was made lightly. We are joining with other siblings in Christ and havetaken this step out of concern for all.
This decision was not easy to make, for we are reminded over and over again in scripture, “Do not fear.” This decision was not made out of fear, but out of love. It is out of love for our neighbors and those that are at highest risk that this decision has been made.
This does not mean that ministry will stop. Ministry is much more then an hour or two on Sunday. We encourage you when it is safe for you to do so to check on your neighbors and fellow members of the body of Christ.
Pastor Greg will be working on developing opportunities for prayer, scripture reading, and even hearing a sermon, please watch for those details.
Pastor Greg will remain available for pastor visitation, prayer, etc. Please reach out to him if you have any needs. If you hear of your neighbor having a need that the church can meet please let Pastor Greg know as well.
Bishop Bill Gohl, Delaware-Maryland ELCA Synod, blog regarding Worship in the time of Coronavirus
ELCA presiding bishop addresses concerns about COVID-19 (March 6,2020):
St. Paul's Lutheran Church Events
Sunday, March 29th: Worship opportunity when Pastor Greg will go live on these links to lead a modified Service of the Word. 9:30 and 11:15 a.m.
Sunday March 22nd and March 29th - Service cancelled due to the current health concerns.
Pastor Greg Hartman, Presiding Minister for the South Mountain Shared Ministry (SMSM)
All are welcome here. Children are cherished.
Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, your Son came into the world to free us all from sin and death. Breathe upon us the
power of your Spirit, that we may be raised to new life in Christ and serve you in righteousness all our days, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
(ELCA Lectionary for the Fifth Sunday in Lent)
Pastor's Weekly Schedule:
Tuesday - Office hours at St. Paul's (Burkittsville) from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday - Pastor Greg creates a weekly personal prayer list (although it can always be added to), so if you have anything you would like him to add to his prayer list please feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday - Public Office Hours at Beans in the Belfry - Temporarily suspended due to the current health concerns.
Upcoming Services and Events: (dates and locations are subject to change)
Thursday, March 26th - Vespers SMSM Lenten Spirituality Session at St. Paul's
Service cancelled due to the current health concerns.
-We will join together in a vespers service created largely by our church musician Jody. The practice of holding a vespers service dates back to the 4th century. Vespers, in addition to being observed as a stand alone evening prayer service, is also part of the ancient tradition of praying the hours or offices. This practice is to mark every hour or phase of the day with prayer.
March 30th - Pastor's Book Study - Remote event via Zoom
Update (3/26/20): Pastor is going to host this book study as a Zoom conference. Please email the Pastor if you would like to participate in this remote event. email@example.com
Book for this discussion will be Dear Church, written by Lenny Duncan. This will be the first part of a two part discussion which will continue to the April Book Study on April 20th
Thursday, April 2nd - Praying in Color SMSM Lenten Spirituality Session at Bethany, 7 p.m.
-This time of prayer will allow us to use our God given artistic ability to pray. You do not need to be an artist to attend, you can even be like Pastor Greg and have limited artistic ability. Join use as we create a piece of art that will reflect the work of the spirit in our lives.
Saturday, April 4th - Mother Daughter Banquet - Cancelled due to the current public health concerns
Sunday, April 5th - Palm Sunday
Fellowship Event: Jesus Christ Superstar Viewing, TBA
Thursday, April 9th - SMSM Maundy Thursday Service at Bethany, 7 p.m.
Friday, April 10th - SMSM Community Good Friday Service with Pleasant View Church of the Brethren at St. Paul's, 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 12th - Easter
Monday, April 20th - Pastor's Book Study at Bethany Lutheran, 6:30 p.m.
Continuation of the discussion for Dear Church by Lenny Duncan
April 24-25 - Spring bazaar at Bethany Lutheran
Friday, May 15th - Bingo Fundraiser at Jefferson Community Center, doors open at 5:30 p.m, games begin at 7 p.m. There will be a special drawing for people who bring non-perishable items to be donated to a local food bank.
South Mountain Heritage Society has many events scheduled for the remainder of the year. Check out their Fall newsletter to see upcoming events. https://mailchi.mp/c217fbc2fbbb/upcoming-events-in-and-around-burkittsville-2770181?e=3ec40d5aa5
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