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It was a balmy -7 with the wind chill as Brian and Marissa Rowell – two of the members of the St. John’s Frozen Flock Polar Plunge team – lined up in bathing suits and ran into the freezing lake at Gifford Pinchot State Park on Saturday Feb. 1, 2015. The team would like to thank everyone who contributed to their cause, raising a total of $320.00 for The Special Olympics. The theme this year was “Freezin’ for a Reason” and it was definitely freezing, and even more so for a good reason!
As a covenant church for Adams County Habitat for Humanity, St. John’s is expected to provide workers on a regular basis to the home being built in Gettysburg. Don Bair, Rick Baldwin, and Bobby Myers honed their painting skills, while JoAnn Smith provided home-baked goodies for our snack. Adams County HfH thanks these servants from St. John’s for their selfless contributions to providing decent, affordable housing to our neighbors in need.
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Holy Eucharist with the Blessing of Palms is celebrated at 7:45 AM and 10:15 AM, beginning outdoors (weather permitting).
Maundy Thursday, April 2nd
Holy Eucharist with Footwashing and the Stripping of the Altar begins at 7 PM.
Good Friday, April 3rd
The Veneration of the Cross begins in silence at 7:00 PM.
The regular Wednesday Morning Bible Study meets from 10:00-11:00 AM. We are in the Passion Narrative of Mark’s Gospel. All are invited on this special day.
Thursday Evening Gatherings, started February 19th
A simple “Soup and Bread Supper” begins at 6:00 PM in the Adult Sunday School Room. A sign-up sheet for volunteers to bring either soup or bread is posted on the main bulletin board.
At 7:00 PM, a simple spoken Eucharist is celebrated in the chancel around the Communion Table. The pastor or vicar brings a brief homily on a Lenten theme.
Littlestown Lutheran Partnership Festival Fifth Sunday in Lent, March 22nd
The four Littlestown Lutheran congregations come together at St. John’s for Faith Formation Classes at 9:00 AM; Holy Eucharist (with a joint choir) at 10:15 AM; and, at 11:30 AM, a Hot Luncheon provided by the Parish Life Committee (not a covered-dish lunch this time!).
Mission trip planning for 2015 is already underway. Shake up your daily routine and do something “EPIC!” Member Matt Conn will be leading two Thrivent Builds/Habitat for Humanity trips in 2015. The first trip is July 25 to El Salvador and the second is October 4 to Sea Island, SC. These trips change lives, impact families for multiple generations, and impact you in positive ways as well. NO CONSTRUCTION SKILLS NEEDED – just an open mind and a servants heart! Trips are open to anyone 16 years and older. For more information, just email Matt Conn.
Meditation & Mediterranean is the name of an alternative worship experience on the 1st and 3rd Sunday evenings at our partner church Grace Lutheran followed by food and drink at Olivia’s restaurant. This new meditative service will be in the style of the ecumenical community of Taize, France.