ST. MICHAEL LUTHERAN CHURCH
Volume 36, Number 2
You are welcome here with us!
A RECONCILING IN CHRIST CONGREGATION
The cold winter month of February brings activities and worship opportunities to St. Michael that will warm the hearts and the souls of our members, family, and friends. We begin the month with our annual Souper Bowl of Caring, have a fun time lunch-eon and theatre event scheduled mid month, mark the beginning of the Lenten Season with an Ash Wednesday Service, and end the month with the start of our Midweek Lenten Lite Suppers, Book Study and Services.
PASTOR HAWKINS WRITES TO US –
You might have noticed or heard through the grape vine that we have been ―Skyping‖ our Sunday morning worship services. Just in case you are not familiar with what Skype is, here are some FAQs:
pr. Larry Hawkins
What is Skype?
Skype is very similar to phone service provided over the internet that can include video.
Currently, they have a single live video view of the worship space taken from a small camera attached to a laptop computer positioned in the balcony. They can hear the worship service through the microphones worn by the pastor and the assisting minister, and the microphone sitting on the lectern. There are plans to add some small unobtrusive cameras so we can also show the entire procession and recession, and be able to focus in more closely on the baptismal font and the altar.
Does this mean our worship services are broadcast via Skype over the internet for anyone to see?
No. Only people to whom we initiate a Skype video phone call can watch the service.
Who has been watching our worship services?
This is predominantly a ministry to our
sick and homebound members. In addition to our homebound there have been
special worship services here at St. Michael (i.e. weddings) where some family
members could not attend because they were across the country and could not
travel to be here. We have ―Skyped‖ them
into the service. (Karl Hawkins was one such person as he watched his cousin’s
wedding via Skype while he was stationed in
Have we ever Skyped to people we do not know?
What is the most people who have watched a single worship service?
Three. Christmas Day 2011.
Do we Skype every week?
Yes. Those people who have been watching have come to depend on it as a major part of their Spiritual life. It is how they remain connected to the community, the proclaimed Word of God, and the body of Christ. Another part of the Skype process is that the elements of Communion that are carried from the altar every week just before the post communion prayer are taken and shared with those who have been participating in the service via Skype.
How can I watch a worship service on my computer?
It’s as easy as
First, sign up for a free Skype account at www.skype.com.
Second, tell the pastor which worship service you want to watch, and about your need/desire for homebound communion.
Third, turn on your computer and answer the Skype call with your computer when our Skype Worship Assistant calls you about five minutes prior to the start of the service.
Can I request to be included via Skype when I go on vacation?
Yes, indeed! If you are going on vacation, out of town for work, temporarily stuck at home because of illness or travel difficul-ties, simply make your desire to be included known and we will welcome you to worship via Skype. Any legitimate reason for not being able to get to St. Michael to worship is a good reason to request being Skyped in.
How much does this cost?
The Skype account cost us about $50/year. It is free to those who watch. Currently the computer and webcam being used are the personal property of a St. Michael member. At our December 2011 Congregational Meeting we approved a budget that included $8000 to purchase our own equipment for this purpose.
Are worship services the only thing we Skype?
No. We have Skyped committee meetings to some members who could not physically make it to St. Michael for a meeting.
For all of you sports fans this day is Super Bowl XLVI. It also marks the 23rd year of the Souper Bowl of Caring, and St. Michael will again be participating. This Souper Bowl of Caring Ministry was started by a youth group united in their belief that they could make a difference in the fight against hunger and poverty. Last year alone over$9.5 million was collected nationwide for hunger-
relief. This year the need is greater than ever. So let's see if St. Michael can exceed our past efforts. One hundred percent of the money collected will be donated to Christ Lutheran's Out Reach Clinic, headed by Pastor Jody Silliker.
the morning worship service, a light lunch of soup, salad, bread, dessert and
drinks will be served. So please be sure to mark your calendars now. You won't
want to miss out on a wonderful day beginning with worship, followed by
fellowship and what else...GOOD
On Monday, February 6, the smell of peanut butter, coconut, butter cream, chocolate and other flavors will drift through St. Michael’s kitchen. It will be time to begin making Easter Candy Eggs! Workers will come in mid morning (10:) and be done around . Work days will be Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. You are welcome to help any or every day. If you would like to be a part of this lively group of candy makers, contact Lindsay Mills at 234-6644 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On this Sunday members of St. Michael
Lutheran Church and their friends are invited to attend Theatre Harrisburg's
production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
The luncheon will take place at St. Michael at 12:30 p.m. with the performance starting at 2:00 p.m. Tickets for the show are available for a very special rate of $15.00 each and may be reserved by calling Sonya Mink at (717) 307-8731 or emailing her at email@example.com. Cash or a check made out to St. Michael Lutheran Church will be accepted as payment. This is a wonderful way to celebrate Valentine's Day so make your reservations early.
A note from Theatre Harrisburg: Minimum Age Policy---As a courtesy to both our audiences and cast members, no one under the age of five (5) will be admitted to our Mainstage productions. Additionally, infants and toddlers may not be seated on par-ents' laps. Thank you for your cooperation.
St. Michael will host the
Downtown Lutheran Churches for this service. We will serve a variety of soups before the service
starting at We
welcome donations of home made soups and desserts (pies, cakes, cupcakes).
Contact Lindsay Mills at 234-6644 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to
provide any of these items. Join in the service and the welcoming of
Lutherans from the downtown churches as we mark the be-ginning of the Lenten
Season. The offering from this service will go to the food pantry at
Wednesdays in Lent mean Evening Prayer Services. They will be preceded by our gathering at on those Wednesdays for a meal and table talk. Volunteers are needed to provide the meals. Please consider preparing and serving one of these meals. There is a sign up list on the bulletin board.
MAKING SENSE OF THE CROSS
Beginning with Soul Food on Sunday, February 26th, then continuing each Wednesday evening during Lent, Pastor Hawkins will lead us in the book study ―Making Sense of the Cross‖ by David J. Lose. Books are available for $13.00. See Pastor Haw-kins or Cecilia to get your copy while supplies last. You are encouraged to read each chapter before the session.
· Sunday, February 26 A Man Hanging on a Tree
· Wednesday, February 29 Portraits and Perspectives
· Wednesday, March 7 Ransom and Victory
· Wednesday, March 14 Substitution, Satisfaction, and Sacrifice
· Wednesday, March 21 Example and Encouragement
· Wednesday, March 28 Event and Experience
KEEPERS OF THE ALLELUIA BANNER NEEDED
On the Sunday of the Transfiguration of Our Lord, February 19, the “Alleluia!” will be removed from our liturgy and hymns until Easter. Symbolically, the “Alleluia” banner will also be removed from our sight and cared for during Lent by members and friends of St. Michael Church. Households are needed to care for the ―Alleluia” banner during Lent. If you would like to keep the ―Alleluia” banner hidden, but safe, in faith, please sign up on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall. Please plan to be at church the Sundays you both receive and pass on the Alleluia. We will make the exchange between households during the sharing of the Peace in our Sunday morning liturgy.
conjunction with the January Church Council Meeting the new 2012 Church Council
met. New mem-bers Mike Ennis, Les Van Dam, and Susan
Will joined returning members Elizabeth Benion, Nancy
Eberly, Kevin Hepler, Guy Kehler, Sue McDonald, and Elizabeth Parker to elect their
officers. Elizabeth Parker will serve as president, Sue McDonald as
BAPTISMAL ANNIVERSARIES CELEBRATED IN FEBRUARY
Martin Luther purportedly began each day reminding himself, “I have been baptized!” By water and the Spirit, each of us who are members of the Church has been called to faithfully live as the Body of Christ in the World. We rejoice with the following members of St. Michael Church who celebrate the anniversary of their Baptism during the month February.
FAMILY PROMISE NEWS
Daytime Volunteers Needed!
Family Promise of Harrisburg Capital
Region (FPHCR) is a local non-profit organization that provides shelter for
homeless children and their families in houses of faith overnight. The guests
use the address of the
Family Promise Open House – February 24
On Friday from Family Promise of Harrisburg is holding
an Open House that will include tours, a free luncheon and a silent auction to
celebrate its new
The building is owned by Trinity Lutheran
of Lemoyne, immediately adjacent to the
This Open House will provide an opportunity for all members of St. Michael to become more familiar with this ministry that you are so generously and willingly helping to support. Attend the Open House and check it out! If you are not able to attend but would be interested in a tour, please feel free to contact Family Promise Director, Krissy Marshall at 737-1100. In addition there is a flyer posted on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall.
COUNCIL ACTIONS – JANUARY 9TH
Approved Barry and
Approved an amount from the Kuhnert Fund not to exceed $1,000 to subsidize the congregational luncheon and theatre performance to be held February 12th (Note it is not anticipated this amount will be needed; however, Council did want to set a cap on a spending amount.)
Approved to send to Financial Resources Committee to determine an expenditure of a capital expense of $2890 to Select Security Wireless for the upgrade of our security system and for the committee to then make a February recommenda-tion to Council.
TREASURER’S REPORT: DECEMBER 2011
December Income $16,421.09 YTD Income $143,593.40
December Expense ($16,366.28) YTD Expense ($166,044.39)
Difference $54.81 Difference ($22,450.99
FROM THE THANK YOU CORNER
TWO THANK YOUS FROM THE MINISTRY TO SOCIETY COMMITTEE
THE CHRISTMAS GIVING
The Ministry to Society Committee would like to extend its appreciation to the members of St. Michael for their generous re-sponse to the Christmas Giving Tree. Our collected items of food, water, clothing, small appliances and household goods, lin-ens, toiletries, personal items and gift cards were delivered to Jesse and Pam Peterson of Royalton on December 22nd. The Pe-terson’s were overwhelmed by the gifts received from our congregation and sent their heartfelt thanks and blessings to Pastor Hawkins and the members of St. Michael. As an update on their living conditions, Mr. Peterson informed us that his landlord had consented to have repaired the electrical system that was damaged by the most recent flooding.
LOAVES OF LOVE
co founder of Loaves of Love, the ministry that serves
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ST. BARNABAS CENTER FOR MINISTRY
Barnabas Center for Ministry is a Lutheran-Episcopal outreach to the uptown
February 2—Presentation of Our Lord
Prayer of the Day: Almighty and ever-living God, your only-begotten Son was presented this day in the temple. May we be presented to you with clean and pure hearts by the same Jesus Christ, our great high priest, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
February 5—Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
Prayer of the Day: Everlasting God, you give strength to the weak and power to the faint. Make us agents of your healing and wholeness, that your good news may be made known to the ends of your creation, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
February 12—Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
Prayer of the Day: Almighty and ever-living God, with mercy you look upon our weaknesses. Stretch out your wondrous hand to protect us from danger and restore us to health, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
February 19—Transfiguration of Our Lord
Prayer of the Day: Almighty God, the resplendent light of your truth shines from the mountaintop into our hearts. Trans-figure us by your beloved Son, and illumine the world with your image, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
February 22—Ash Wednesday
Prayer of the Day: Almighty and ever-living God, you hate nothing you have made, and you forgive the sins of all who are penitent. Create in us new and honest hearts, so that, truly repenting of our sins, we may receive from you, the God of all mercy, full pardon and forgiveness through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
February 26—First Sunday in Lent
Prayer of the Day: Holy God, heavenly Father, in the waters of the flood you saved the chosen, and in the wilderness of temptation you protected your Son from sin. Renew us in the gift of baptism. May your holy angels be with us,
that the wicked foe may have no power over us, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
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Service of Word and Sacrament
The Reverend Lawrence Hawkins, Pastor
Cecilia F. Price, Secretary
Fran Zalek, Custodian
Church Office (717) 234-0092
Kitchen (717) 234-0106
Web Site www.stmikehbg.com
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