Congregation Connections

There’s always something going on in our synod’s congregations! Here’s a sampling of concerts, fund-raisers for mission, events, and activities coming up soon. Have an event to post or items to give to other ministries and congregations? Contact Sharron Blezard at with details.

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LSS Connections April 2017 (PDF b/w)

May 2
Beacon Clinic Informational Breakfast
St. Paul Episcopal Church, 248 Seneca St., Harrisburg
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Beacon Clinic opened two years ago and serves uninsured and under-served adults in the Harrisburg area. It is an ecumenical effort supported by Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Roman Catholics, United Methodists, and Lutherans, to name a few. The clinic is housed at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (formerly St. Paul’s Lutheran Church). Come enjoy a free continental breakfast and learn more about the program and how you or your congregation can be involved. Click here to download a flyer. Please R.S.V.P. to Ruth Stoll, DNSc, RN, at or call 717-697-6560.

Dr. Vincent Evener

“Luther’s Small Catechism and the Spirituality of the Reformation”: Reformation Program & Light Dinner
St. Stephen Evangelical Lutheran Church, 30 W. Main St., New Kingstown
6:15 p.m. dinner and 7:00 p.m. program
Join us for a light dinner and a presentation by Dr. Vincent Evener, Visiting Instructor in Reformation and Luther Studies at Gettysburg Seminary. The Reformation was not simply a debate about doctrine or the authority of scripture versus the pope. Rather, Martin Luther hoped to transform the daily life and devotion of Christians, including how they responded to God, to their neighbors, and to their own fear and suffering. Luther’s effort to bring about this daily, inner reformation found its most influential expression in the Small Catechism. Join us for this evening of food, fellowship, education, and edification. All are welcome, and there is no charge. Please RSVP to by Sunday, April 30.

May 5
Lutheran Night with the Senators
7:00 p.m.
Baseball season is just around the corner and the Senators will be sponsoring their yearly Lutheran Night on Friday, May 5. Reserved seat tickets will cost $11 per person ($4 of each ticket goes to the Lutheran Camping Corporation to support camperships at Camps Nawakwa and Kirchenwald!) Group tickets are available through your congregation. Individual tickets may be purchased by calling the Senators box office at 717-231-4444. Click here for more information.

May 6
Work Day at Camp Nawakwa, Arendtsville
9:00 a.m.
Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks throughout the day. Some of the jobs available include cabin sweeping, tree limb cleanup, painting, weeding, plus more! Please RSVP by May 3, and let us know the number of people coming. Lunch will be provided. Click here for more information.

May 8
Commonwealth Interfaith Service: Prayers for Justice and Peace
Hadee Mosque, 245 Division St., Harrisburg
6:00 p.m.
This event is held annually and is coordinated by the PA Council of Churches. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Mosque—enter from Division or Shamokin Street. Please join your friends and raise a collective voice for a more just and peaceful world; help us to create a culture of shalom, hospitality, and welcome. The service will be followed by a reception hosted by the Hadee Mosque. For more information, contact Rev. Sandra Strauss at (717) 545-4761 or, visit or our Facebook page at Click here for a flyer to include in bulletins or post in your congregation.

May 9

The Art of Waging Peace: A Soldier’s Perspective
Paradise Lutheran Church, 3241 Church Rd., Thomasville
11:00 a.m. keynote and lunch
7:00 p.m. Evening presentation
Join Paul K. Chappell, author, speaker, and leader for this timely message of hope and way forward to world peace. Chappell graduated from West Point, was deployed to Iraq, and left active duty as a Captain. He is the author of the Road to Peace series, a seven-book series about waging peace, ending war, the art of living, and what it means to be human. The first five published books in this series are Will War Ever End?, The End of War, Peaceful RevolutionThe Art of Waging Peace, and The Cosmic Ocean. Chappell serves as the Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Lecturing across the country and internationally, he also teaches courses and workshops on Peace Leadership and Peace Literacy.

He grew up in Alabama, the son of a half-black and half-white father who fought in the Korean and Vietnam wars, and a Korean mother. Growing up in a violent household, Chappell has sought answers to the issues of war and peace, rage and trauma, and vision, purpose, and hope. His website is

For more information contact Paradise Lutheran Church at 259-9547. A $5 donation is suggested for lunch.

Amanda Silliker

May 14
Amanda Silliker & Pianist Svetlana Rodionova in Concert
Camp Hill Presbyterian Church, 101 N. 23rd St., Camp Hill
2:00 p.m.
This is a benefit concert for the Health Ministries of Christ Lutheran Church, Alison Hill, featuring Mezzo-Soprano Amanda Silliker and Pianist Svetlana Rodionova. A freewill offering will be accepted.
Rejoicing Spirits Worship (a disABILITIES Ministry)
St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 30 W. Main St., New Kingstown 17072
4:00 p.m. (pre-service singing begins at 3:45 p.m.)
The Rejoicing Spirits ministry reaches out to enrich the spiritual lives of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities along with their families, friends and other supportive community members. God’s message of love is shared through a meaningful and adapted Christian worship service and fellowship time. Individuals are free to be themselves while actively participating as contributing members in an inclusive faith community. The ministry shares the Rejoicing Spirits mode of spiritual inclusion with disability and faith-based organizations. For more information, contact Rose Hlavac at or 717.258.5666.

May 16
Rebuilding the Lutheran Church in Russia
Advent Lutheran Church, 1775 East Market St., York
Following the fall of Communism in Russia, efforts began to rebuild the Lutheran Church in Russia. Pr. Dan Biles has been involved in such efforts for over 25 years. He was the first American Lutheran pastor to teach in Russia after the end of the Soviet Union. He has taught and worked in both ends of the country:  at our new Lutheran seminary in St. Petersburg and with the churches of the Russian Far East, especially St. Paul Lutheran Church, Vladivostok.

We invite you to join us for this presentation by Pastor Biles. Included will be videos from his visits and work there. Please use the Oxford St. door and join us in the sanctuary. For more information call 717-755-5007.

May 18
Back to Bach: A Celebration of Martin Luther and Reformation 500
St. Michael Lutheran Church, 118 State Street, Harrisburg
7:30 p.m.
This concert will feature the Select Choirs of Lower Dauphin High School directed by Elizabeth M. Colpo and Alexander Ashman. A freewill offering will be collected. Click here for a flyer.

May 20
Potluck Dinner & An Appalachian Trail Story of Healing
Christ Lutheran Church, 115 Church St., Duncannon
5:30 p.m.
Bring a dish to share and join the congregation to hear former Duncannon resident Andy Davidson’s story of hiking the entire Appalachian Trail after losing his son (they had planned to hike it together). You can experience a taste of his journey here in the story “When Sunday Smiled”. All are welcome to come and learn more about the AT (Appalachian Trail) and the congregation’s AT ministry.

May 25
Ascension Day Worship and Retirees Luncheon
St. Peter Lutheran Church, 121 N. Spring St., Middletown
11:00 a.m.
All are welcome to attend the worship service. The luncheon is by invitation and honors our retired rostered ministers and those who are entering retirement this year.
Ascension Day Worship and Blessing of the Soil and Seeds
St. John Lutheran Church (Berrysburg), 215 St John Rd., Elizabethville
7:00 p.m.


June 19-23
The Water of Life: a Bible Day Camp
St. Mark Lutheran Church, 117 W. Keller St., Mechanicsburg
This camp is sponsored by the Mechanicsburg Area Lutheran churches and will be staffed by members of the Camp Nawakwa team. All children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade as of June are invited to attend. The week kicks off with a potluck dinner and celebration on Sunday, June 18 at 4:30 p.m. The camp will run M-F from 8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Childcare is available before camp beginning at 8:00 a.m. and after camp until 5:15 p.m. The cost per camper is $150. For more information contact Katie Swartz at (717) 766-4482.


Have something your congregation needs? Place notice here and see if others have and are willing to share with you.

To Share:

Concordia Evangelical Lutheran Church has 9 silvertone aluminum communion trays with inserts. If interested, please contact Rose Gallagher in our office: or 717-285-4626.

Mannsville Lutheran Church has a large number of With One Voice hymnals to share. If you are interested, please contact Pastor Robert Swartz at

Messiah Lutheran Church has the following items available for those who need them: 12 adult blue choir robes, Lutheran Books of Worship, Lutheran Book of Worship missal, communion trays, all color of paraments, and small  acolyte lighter. If interested, contact Pastor Thomas McKee at the synod office.

Zion Lutheran Church, Marietta, has 18 albs of various sizes available to a good home.  Albs have been cleaned and washed, and can be mailed, delivered, or picked up. For more information, please call Pr. Traci Glover at (717) 979-8521.

Large handcrafted solid oak parament chest available. Contact Pastor Rochelle Lewis at or (717) 579-5209.