Stevie Prather, contemporary Christian artist will join with the Praise Worship Band the fourth Sunday of Advent, this coming Sunday December 24th. The service begins at 9:45am in Fellowship Hall. Mr. Prather brings a wide range of musical genres to life with his strong, passionate, and energy inducing voice. Please join us as we celebrate this last Sunday in Advent.

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Tuesday December 26th, 3:00-7:00 p.m.
(Snow date December 27).

This annual event is FREE and open to the public.

A wonderful opportunity to see the interiors of historic downtown Hagerstown houses of worship.  Learn about the architecture and ecumenical heritage from docents and guides.  Music, refreshments and local art will be featured at some locations.

We are in need of hosts/hostesses to greet guests and answer questions. Sign up sheets are located in Fellowship Hall and in the Narthex. Or you may call Scarlett Michael, (301) 739-0170, to sign up. Also needed are homemade cookies to serve at the event. Thank you!

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December 15, 2017

Boiler Debt Challenge

In this busy holiday season, there is so much to occupy our thoughts that we can overlook important things unintentionally. Hence, my message today is to remind everyone of the two $25,000 matching fund grants to help retire the boiler fund debt and gain a head start on the expenses of the A/C replacement for the sanctuary. To date, thankfully, we have received $14,980 in contributions for this campaign, thus getting us to $29,960 counting the matching funds. There is still a substantial amount to go, even to pay off the boiler note, and beyond that we would like to not leave matching funds unused. Let us all keep this opportunity in our thoughts and prayers and give as generously as we are able.


Ed Drawbaugh
Chair, Finance Team

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Critically-acclaimed author, Robert Benson, will be conducting a workshop at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Tuesday/Wednesday, January 9/10. The Abingdon Press Review writes, “in ‘Punching Holes in the Dark,’ author Robert Benson helps us discover strength in the gifts of the Spirit and encourages us all to start punching holes—as hard as we can, as often as we can—to let the Light of the world sneak in.”
Registration deadline is January 2nd. Full details can be found on the brochures located on the tables in Fellowship Hall and the Narthex.

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Join us on Fridays at 9 a.m. at the Amish Market at the Long Meadow Shopping Center.  Not an exclusive group, just a gaggle of Lutherans enjoying breakfast and fellowship time.  Started several years ago with a few men having coffee and now can number up to 20!  Come as you are able to join.  No assigned seats, no membership fee, just fun.

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Since Sep 5th, 18 blankets have been donated to Washington County Public Schools’ homeless coordinator to distribute to students in need right here in our community.  Our goal is to donate 20 blankets before Christmas, so we are well on our way thanks to the generosity of so many of you!

The Christian Education Committee is accepting prayer blanket sponsorships.  Blankets can be sponsored in several ways; a monetary donation, a gift card to JoAnn Fabrics or Wal-Mart, or 2 matching (usually one print and one solid) pieces of fleece fabric (48″ x 60″, or 60” x 72”).  On all donations, please indicate it is for the prayer blankets and your name.  Please see or email Stephanie Angles ( with any questions regarding the prayer blankets.  Please contact Stephanie Angles at for details.




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The Social Ministry Team will once again be collecting money to purchase gift cards for the residents of North Point Veterans Home. This has been our focus the past 2 years and has been graciously received and appreciated by the veterans. Please look for the special envelopes available in November and December for this purpose. Any size donation is greatly appreciated. Special envelopes are available in the Narthex and Fellowship Hall.

North Pointe Veterans Home offers transitional housing support services to homeless veterans who wish to achieve residential stability. To find out more, click on the link below.

North Pointe Veteran’s Home

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Ron Fisher will be hosting a Crochet and Knitting Fellowship Group in the parlor from 6p-8p. The group will meet the first and third Wednesday of each month. Come together to share ideas, work on projects for the community, do your own project, and bring your questions. Learning from each other is a great way to make friends and share ideas and a fun way to network and build your confidence in these arta! All who love the art of crochet and knitting are welcome; some basic skills are needed to work on projects.

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The Museum of Fine Arts -Washington County is pleased to present Painted Pages: Illuminated Manuscripts, 13th – 18th Centuries, which features more than thirty-five works drawn from Christian, Persian, Jewish, and classical traditions. Works include – medieval Bibles, prayer books, psalters, Books of Hours, choir books, missals, breviaries, and lectionaries, all of which are drawn from the collection of the Reading Public Museum in Reading, Pennsylvania. Examples of materials such as parchment, vellum, gold leaf, and minerals that were used by artists are on display in the exhibition. The exhibition will be on view from November 4, 2017 through January 28, 2018 with several special events featured.

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August 31, 2017

Hurricane Relief Efforts

Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast on August 25 and Irma is even now raking the coast of Florida. The storms are threatening millions of people with multiple days of heavy rain, winds, and rising tides. While many have evacuated, significant damage is still expected, and thousands of people may be housed in shelters for an extended period of time.Let us join our efforts to accompany and assist our sisters and brothers who are in devastating circumstances.  We can make a difference!


  • Please pray for the people who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. May God’s healing presence give them peace and hope in their time of need.


  • Support the work of Lutheran Disaster Response, working to provide immediate and long-lasting support.
  • Send or bring checks to the church. For easier bookkeeping, please keep your hurricane donations separate from others. Please note on your check that it is for “Hurricane Relief.”


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