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.

We are rolling out a new user submitted events page where you will be able to post your events directly. Please note: events will no longer appear in list format below.  You will need to follow the link to see the events in the format you choose (Month, day, list etc.).

To go to the Events Calendar click here.

To add an event to the Events Calendar click here. Once your event has been approved for posting, it will appear on the calendar.

If you would like to post in the “Wanted” or “To Share” sections, please email Cathy Deitrich at with details.


2017-18 LIHEAP Season is Now Open
The 2017-18 LIHEAP season begins today. CLICK HERE for the English and HERE for the Spanish versions of the 2017-18 LIHEAP application (form HSEA 1).

On October 20th, the Office of Community Services (OCS) Division of Energy Assistance (DEA) released 90% of the FY 2018 LIHEAP funds. Pennsylvania received the second largest funding allocation at $178,633,729 of the approximately $3.03 billion of Federal Fiscal Year 2018 regular block grant funding.

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP, helps low-income families pay their heating bills. LIHEAP is a grant that offers assistance in the form of a cash grant, sent directly to the utility company, or a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of being without heat. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Coming Soon:

2018 Annual Enrollment
October – Your organization must select one ELCA Primary health benefit option for 2018
November – Sponsored plan members make 2018 benefit choices

Lutheran Marriage Encounter
Spruce Lake Retreat Center, Canadensis, PA
Click here for more information and to register.

Mission Opportunity with Thrivent/Habitat for Humanity 
El Salvador trip – April 7-15, 2018
You can make a world of difference for a family.  Join Thrivent Builds® with Habitat for Humanity® trip and help where it is needed the most.  Change lives, including yours!  If it’s time for your life-changing experience, visit for details.  And talk with Matt Conn at  Click here for bulletin insert:  el-salvador_Bulletin_Insert


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

Folding Machine:  St. Matthew in Lebanon is in need of a folding machine in good working order.  Please contact Colleen Hoffman at:

Request for Books:  Trinity, East Berlin will be studying the book, “The Shack” by Wm. Paul Young.  They are in need of 20-25 copies for participants.  Have copies to share?  Please contact Mike Brown at

Holy Spirit, Lancaster would like to buy or borrow handbells.  Please call 717-394-6771.

Trinity, Chambersburg would like to borrow 1 to 3 pouring chalices until they purchase some of their own.  Please contact The Rev. Sharon F. Kelly, Interim Pastor, at or call 717-263-8156.

Volunteers Wanted – St. Paul’s (Stoverstown), Spring Grove
St. Paul’s (Stoverstown)  is running a tuition free preschool program.  At this time, we are in need of volunteers to help out during the classes.  Please see this flier: Preschool Volunteer Flyer (2)

Volunteers Wanted – The York Conference Lutherans Tutoring program is looking for dedicated volunteers who like to work with children for our tutoring program.  Tutoring occurs either on Monday or Tuesday evenings from 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM.  Tutors work with children in grades 1-6 to assist with homework, help with study skills and serve as mentors and role models.  If interested, please email Shari Young at or visit our website:  or message us on Facebook:  See flyer:  tutor flyer 2017

To Share:

St. John, Shiremanstown has the following fluorescent tubes:

  •  4 foot T-8’s
  • 4 foot T-12’s
  • 3 foot T-12’s

They have never been used and are free for anyone who wants them.  Contact the church at 717-761-5121 or email at

St. John Lutheran in Steelton, has approximately 40 choir robes available. They are in very good shape, but could stand a good cleaning. Free to anyone who wants them. For more information, contact Pastor Tonya Eza at

Christ Lutheran Church in Linglestown has some chancel furniture items that are not being used and need a good home. There is a baptismal font, lectern, paschal candle stand, and two candle stands that are adjustable for position with spring loaded candle holders. The font, lectern and Paschal candle holder are made of wood and are painted white. The candle stands are brass. These items are free and If interested, please contact the church office at 545-4211 to make arrangements to pick up the items.

William and Jean Patterson are looking for a good home, free of charge for their 1986 Baldwin Marquee Fun Machine Spinet Organ. A bench is included. Please call 717-626-5865 if interested. 

St. John Lutheran Church, Boiling Springs, has a set of white paraments to share. Altar parament measurements are 60″ wide, 13″ front drape, and 32 and 1/4″ from front to back. Pulpit and lectern paraments measure 37×20″. Please call the church office (717-258-3559) or email if interested.

St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chambersburg, is in the midst of a building/renovation project. The main focus of the construction project is the expansion of the nave. We are looking for a home for 45 padded (seat and back) pews in good condition.  Please contact the St. Luke office as soon as possible at if you would like information.

Christ Lutheran Church, Duncannon, has hymnals to share (approximately 72 LBW and 82 With One Voice). Contact Cindy Brookhart if interested.