Remember to “Spring Forward” on Saturday evening. Turn your clocks forward one hour. Daylight Saving Time will begin at 3:00 AM on March 12.
The Third Sunday in Lent
Sunday, March 12 – two services – 8:30 and 10:45 AM:
Assisting Ministers at 10:45 AM: Greeter: Carol Keller; Lector: John Ungerman
Chalice Bearers: Barb Ungerman, Pat Baer
Next Sunday: Greeter: Leslie Stott; Lector: Robin Gruber
Chalice Bearers: Nancy Bergstresser, Laurie O’Connell
Serving on the Altar Guild in March are Barb Ungerman and Linda Clouser.
The Eternal Light is presented to the Glory of God and in honor of Mya Detweiler by Carol Keller.
The 10:45 AM service will be live-streamed. You do not need a Facebook account to access the service. It will remain on Facebook to watch at any time.
ANNOUNCEMENTS from the Sunday bulletin
THE SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE has simplified how it may be reached. The number to dial is now 988, in Pennsylvania and anywhere in the United States. If you are struggling, make the free call and talk with someone.
MASK NOTICE: The wearing of masks is optional.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS meets every Sunday from 9:30-10:15 AM in Horn Hall. All adults are welcome. Daily Discipleship study will be used. This study is provided by the ELCA and the weekly themes are based on the Lectionary.
Today, March 12: Coptic Church – 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM in Martin Luther Room
Confirmation Class – 12:00-1:00 PM at New Hanover Lutheran
Tuesday: Coptic Church – 3:00-6:00 PM in Martin Luther Room
SitNStitch – 6:3o PM in Horn Hall
Wednesday: Soup Supper – 6:00 PM in Horn Hall
Mid-week Lenten Service – 7:00 PM in the sanctuary
Thursday: Handbell Choir – 6:30 PM; Chancel Choir – 7:30 PM
Friday: Men’s Bible Study – 8:00 AM in Blue Room
Coptic Church – 3:00-6:00 PM in Martin Luther Room
Saturday: Rejoicing Spirits Pizza and Bingo – 2:00 PM in Horn Hall
Coptic Church – 4:30-8:30 PM in Martin Luther Room
Sunday, March 19 – Coptic Church – 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM in Martin Luther Room
2023 MEMBER DIRECTORIES are available for pick-up in Horn Hall.
CONFIRMATION CLASS will meet today from 12:00-1:00 PM at New Hanover Lutheran Church.
IT'S TIME TO ORDER EASTER FLOWERS! Order forms for Easter tulips and lilies may be found in the Narthex and attached to this email. Please fill out the form indicating your choices and the wording for the Easter bulletin. Envelopes with completed form and payment may be placed in the offering basket. Last date to order is next Sunday, March 19, 2023.
DEADLINE for the April issue of “Spirit” is on Wednesday, March 15. Please submit articles to Sharon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOX CITY: St. James Lutheran Church, Limerick, is hosting the annual Box City event on Saturday-Sunday, March 11-12. Some area churches are assisting with this event. All of the details, including how to donate, are on this website. Please take a look to see how you can help. https://www.stjameslimerick.org/campaigns/view-campaign/Vq65UxFNXW5HGOMI8QLd2HKIO0_VqfU-tdXIsjT0a17aILpMXYiY-nJP8VVZKS376Oskb4UidICkYFtcX06rad7hLfaG9HDz
WELCA will host the last Lenten Soup Supper in March. There will be no formal meeting this month, however, please check WELCA’s bulletin board for upcoming Spring events.
MIDWEK LENTEN SERVICE will be held on Wednesday at 7:00 PM. The theme this year is “In View of God’s Mercy.” Wednesday’s focus will be on ‘Mercy in Betrayal.’
SOUP SUPPERS will be held on Wednesdays in Lent, March 15, 22, 29, at 6 PM. Donations of soups are needed. There is a sign-up sheet in Horn Hall. If you plan to attend the supper, please write your name and number of guests on the sheet located on the sign-up board in Horn Hall.
THE KITCHEN TEAM is in need of assistance for dishwasher duty (specifically, loading/unloading). Please see Ted Baer or Annette Renn. Current help needed following Soup Suppers.
CHRIST IN OUR HOME devotional booklets are available for pick up in Horn Hall.
AID FOR FIRE VICTIMS: Marge McElroy is collecting gift cards for Walmart and groceries to help the residents of Orchard Ridge Apartments who were displaced due to a recent fire. No clothing is needed at this time.
THIRD SUNDAY OFFERING recipient for February is The Ann Frances Outreach Foundation. Help is provided for those in need with home visits, transportation, hot meals to homeless, a mobile food pantry, haircuts, hygiene kits, and more. There is also a program called Chat and Chew. Volunteers spend about one hour per month with senior citizens to talk and do some fun activities (like puzzles, games, and walks). Visit www.AnnFrances.org.
SAVE THE DATE: Spaghetti Dinner – Friday, April 14, 4:30-7:00 PM.
CHURCH COUNCIL will host the Easter Potluck Breakfast at 9:30 AM on Easter Sunday. A sign-up sheet is posted in Horn Hall. We welcome your dish to add to the buffet. Easter treats and fun for kids, too!
SEPA SYNOD ASSEMBLY: Two St. James members are needed to serve as Lay Delegates at the SEPA Synod Assembly. The event will include worship, synod reports, fellowship, and meals. It will be held at Franconia Mennonite Church in Telford on Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6. St. James will pay the registration fee. For more information or to volunteer, please see Pastor Kay. Thank you.
REDNER’S SAVE-A-TAPE: Do you shop at Redner’s? Make sure you use your Redner’s Reward/Save-a-Tape card and place the receipt in the designated bag located on the WELCA Board in Horn Hall. Thank you to Ted Baer who tallies and submits for a check which then is distributed to various charities and organizations.
“MOTHER GOOSE: READ TO ME” – Needed: Gently used children’s books for ages Newborn to 3rd Grade. There will be a collection crate in Horn Hall marked “Mother Goose: Read to Me” book collection. “Mother Goose: Read to Me” is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting very early literacy with infants and their parents. Experienced volunteers distribute free, age-appropriate books to infants, birth to 18 months, and demonstrate to parents effective ways of talking and reading to babies to help build vocabulary skills. The gently used books are given to the older siblings of the newborn children. Any questions, please contact Marcia Tonkin, “Mother Goose: Read to Me” Volunteer: email@example.com or 610-220-6018. Thank you.
LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSE continues to offer support to Ukraine while also offering aid to other disaster areas. Two powerful earthquakes hit Turkey and impacted Syria. Thousands of people have been killed and injured. Your gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response will help them to respond to the people of Turkey and Syria as well as others affected by disasters. To contribute, please make your check payable to St. James Lutheran Church, write ‘Lutheran Disaster Response’ on the memo line, and drop in the offering plate or mail to St. James.
LET US PRAY FOR …
· Our brothers and sisters of St. Abanoub, who worship here. May God grow their ministry.
· All those who are risking health to care for us, respond to emergencies, prepare medications, grow and transport food, and countless other essential tasks.
· Family and friends of Matt Hall, Debbie Fisher’s cousin-in-law
· Family and friends of Lois Welsh, Sandy Olock’s mother
Members, family and friends: Louise Hughes, Stephanie Durn, Shaun O'Rourke, George Monshower, Gayle Trout, Shirley Acree, Lesley Blackwell, Kevin McGrath, Jeff, Carter Matthew Levan, Amanda DeFalco, Mark Kray, Logan Williams, Josephine Spinosa, Michael Eshbach, Bonnie Weider, Seth Recore, Rob Krasley, Alison Gilbert, Butch Worrall, John Lucitus, Robin Finnegan, Jetta, Tricia Korutz, Chellé Krasley, Erin, James Reidnauer, Robert Clouser, Jr., Carol Jones, Nina Drauschak, Linda Thomas, Robert Johannes, Laurel Arbogast, Janet Mest, Amanda Cooney, Lonnie Hillegass, Elwood Boehler and family, Robert Truslow and family, Wendy Hallman, Irene Schneider, Terry Shaner, Celine Broeker, Michael Hanley, Billy Galway, Holly Horne, Lou Rabito, Barbara Morgan, Mary Murphy, Ellen Ibach, Brad Smith, Jessica, Debbie Fisher.
Military: Ryan Bergman, Michael Hood, Jonathan Sherlock, Dan Langevin, Ryan Strehl, Brian Rohn, Brian Wood, Brent Beckwith, Noelle Henninger, Chad Brown, Aaron Gonder, Andrew Morris, JT Gresh.
Homebound: Diana Cassell, Jean Drauschak, Joan Gardiner, Kathryn Geist, Bette Hoffman, Patty Hoffman, Perry Sanville, Fay Saylor, Barbara Thornton, Herb and Helen Ziegler.