St. Matthias News

Dear Siblings in Christ, I pray that you are well and that you enjoyed your week! Our forecast for this coming Sunday is calling for rain showers (60 % chance) and a high of 77 degrees, so we will keep watching the extended forecast for Sunday morning. We will plan to gather outdoors (in our new location in front of the church) at 9:30 a.m., unless it is raining and then I will post worship for you to watch later in the day. As a reminder, Sister Davia and I will confer Saturday morning to determine whether to meet outside or hold virtual worship based on the heat index and forecast. We will send an email out after Noon on Saturday and will also put a message on the church voice mail around the same time. You may call the church at 717-245-2475 for a recorded message regarding how we will be worshiping on Sunday.


* We will have prayer request inserts that will be included in the Celebrate bulletins for you to complete if you would like to add a name to the prayer list. Please add any requests and either drop them in the offering plate or give them to me following worship, or you may email them to me directly. * Community Cares, Project Share, and Safe Harbor are again accepting donations, so we will be placing a basket outside near our welcome table each week and you may place your donations in it, and we will see that the items get delivered. Items that are most needed include: Safe Harbor – linens, sheets, towels, pillowcases, washcloths, personal care items, non-perishable food items, diapers, wipes; Community Cares – adult socks and underwear, travel-size toiletries, coats and winter clothing items, blankets; Project Share –  non-perishable food items. A complete list of needed items will be in the bulletin. THANK YOU for your previous support of these ministries — and THANK YOU for your continued support, especially during the pandemic, when these vital organizations in our community need our support more than ever!  * We are also  partnering again with St. Paul Enola to make Lutheran World Relief School Kits for the upcoming year, so that students in areas hit with disaster or poverty can have what they need to begin school. We are collecting supplies to drop off to St. Paul; they are due at the church no later than September 6. Items that are needed include:

four 70-sheet notebooks; one blunt pair of scissors; one 30-centimeter ruler; one pencil sharpener; five unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers; one box of 24 crayons; one eraser (2 1/2″ long); five blue or black ballpoint pens

We will have a bulletin insert available on Sunday with all of these items listed that you can take to the store with you when you make your purchases. Please remember, no advertising on the items and no substitutions, so that all kits are uniform. * If you have a bit of time to spare, we are looking for some volunteers to scan some of our historical items (photos, programs, bulletins, etc.) on our office copier so that they may be saved digitally. If you may want to help with this project, please let Vicar MJ know and we will provide you with directions on how to scan (or show you how following worship!) Prayer Requests… Would you please remember the following in your prayers: Those affected by the wildfires on the West Coast, which have ravaged more than 60,000 acres of land; please also pray for firefighters and rescue workers. All those affected by COVID-19 and for our healthcare workers and essential personnel, including those in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Our trans siblings and siblings of color who experience violence and racism. For our government and world leaders. For students and teachers who are returning to classrooms in the midst of the pandemic. Those in our congregation who are undergoing testing and medical procedures in the coming week. Those in our community who are ill or recovering from illness this week, their friends, and the loved ones who care for them. Christian M. (Marines) and all service personnel. Don and Joanne, Jacques, Pam, Betty Lou, Mark, Pat, Seth, DJ, Margaret, Larry, Sally, George, and all who ask for the Lord’s healing and mercy. God our comforter, you are our refuge and strength, a helper close at hand in times of distress. Enable us to feel your presence so that our fears are dispelled, our loneliness eased, our anxiety calmed, and our hope reawakened. May your Holy Spirit grant us your eternal peace and love, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen. Peace, Vicar MJ

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