August 19-25, 2013

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Good afternoon friends!

Today started off with some rain, but it seems to be clearing up a bit now, especially since we just had a visit from the church’s tiniest member (besides me of course!).

Congratulations to Pastor Marleen and Don on the birth of their baby girl, Katharina Scarlett!

We will all be wishing them many blessings as they start this new journey together.

On a less exciting note, today is the Newsletter deadline, so I you have an article for the newsletter, please be sure to get that turned in to Joanie, ASAP!

Tomorrow: Tuesday, August 20, there will be a Rebekah Circle meeting in the conference room at 10:30 AM. The Stewardship Committee will also be meeting in Pastor Jerry’s office at 4:00 PM. Finance Committee will be meeting in the Conference Room at 6:30 PM. The Christian Education Committee meeting that was previously scheduled for 7:00 PM has been moved to Wednesday, August 28th at 7:00.

Wednesday, August 21 we will be hosting our weekly free luncheon, Food from the Heart, from 11:30 Am – 1:00 PM. Stop in an grab a bite! There will also be a Personnel Committee meeting at 7:00 PM in the conference room.

Sunday, worship will be held at 8:15 AM and 10:00 AM. Many people are heading back to school or work after summer vacation, so this Sunday, we will have a “blessing of the Backpacks”, where people can receive a special blessing to begin the new year! Even if you haven’t been on vacation this summer…bring your bags, purses, backpacks and briefcases and receive a blessing that you can literally carry with you!

I hope that everyone has a wonderful week!

God’s Grace & “Squeaks”,

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May 6-12

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Dearest friends, how was your weekend?

I dare say, I think I saw some of you at worship on Sunday morning, and it was wonderful worshipping with you! Also, a big “Congratulations!” is in order for the newest member of God’s family, Aubrey Elyse Hoyle, who received the Sacrament of  Holy Baptism yesterday!

Tonight, we will have Bible study with Pastor Marleen. We will continue our study of the Devil and all his empty promises.

Tuesday evening, Congregational Council will be meeting at 7:00 PM in the conference room.

Wednesday, our weekly Food from the Heart lunch will be served from noon until 1:00 PM in the fellowship hall. Come join us and share some food and friendship. We serve the entire community of Greensburg, and everyone is welcome!

Thursday, Adult choirs will practice at 7:00 PM. There will also be a Ruth Circle meeting held at 7:30 PM.

Sunday, as always, we will have worship services at 8:15 and 10:45 AM. This week, Kip Boggs, our Stewardship Committee chairperson will be speaking briefly in order to kick off our big stewardship “Plan of Thanks”. I think this year; I will show my thankfulness by donating some of my cheese to our hunger outreach programs! Our weekly Sunday School will be held in between worship services, beginning at 9:30 AM, and is for all ages. There will be another baptism this week as well! Hallelujah!

I sure hope everyone has a wonderful week! Maybe I will see you if you stop into the office around lunchtime. The office ladies are so nice and sometimes they offer me some leftover nibbles from their lunches!

God’s Grace & “Squeaks”

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April 29 – May 3

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Hello Friends!

First, I want to send my apologies…I was busier than a bee this Monday and as I was writing this week’s blog, I feel asleep!

Second, let me just say that Sundays service was lovely! Pastor Jerry, three young ladies in the congregation (Rachel Krunszyinsky, Ginger Shultz & Elise Etelamaki), and our very own Teresa Graziotto presented a musical sermon entitled “No Folly in Zarephath”, highlighting the story of the Elijah and the widow of Zarephath. It went beautifully and had everyone swaying in their seats, as they learned about God’s greatness.

We had a lovely Bible Study last night!

This evening, Tuesday April 30, there will be a Christian Education Committee meeting at 7:00 PM.

Tomorrow, Wednesday May 1, we will be hosting our weekly luncheon, Food from the Heart, from 12:00-1:00 PM. This is a free lunch that is open to all! There will also be an Executive Committee Meeting at 6:00 Pm and a Fellowship Committee Meeting at 7:00 PM.

Choirs will meet on Thursday: Bell Choir at 6:15 PM and Adult Choir at 7:00 PM. Also, Thursday May 2, 2013 is the National Day of Prayer! Take some extra time to pray today, to thank God for all his blessings!

Saturday will be the annual Social Ministry Roadway Clean-up! Everyone will be meeting at 9:00 AM in the parking lot of Lynch field, across from the Dairy Queen on Route 119. Help us to keep our community beautiful!

Sunday, we will have Worship at 8:15 and 10:45 Am, and Sunday school for all ages will be at 9:30 AM.


Just a quick overview of all the exciting things

 that are going to be happening this During the month of May!


  • Stewardship is planning a “Plan of Thankfulness” stewardship drive, focusing on Giving Thankfully and Living Thankfully. As part of the series, Pastor Blair Morgan, as well as members of the Stewardship Committee, will be speaking on various Sundays throughout May. The Plan of Thankfulness series will end on May 26, when the “pledge” envelopes will be burnt, unopened, in the Park as an offering of thanks.
  • Mother’s Day is may 12th! This year, we are hosting a blanket “sale”. For a $10.00 Donation, you may “purchase” a Disaster Relief Blanket in honor of or in memory of your mother or a special woman in your life. Each $10.00 donation will go toward providing Disaster Relief Blankets for those affected by disaster events around the world.
  • Confimation will be held on Pentecost Sunday, May 19th. Our Confirmands this year are:

Laura Miller

Sawyer Rehak

Brett Schugt

We will be hosting a dinner in their honor following the 10:45 service on May 19th and invite the congregation to celebrate with the Confirmands and their families. We will also honor the reaffirmation of baptisms on this day.

  • Sunday School will come to a close for the year on May 26th. We will have an intergeneration park day (weather permitting) for the last class.
  • Preschool graduation will be held on May 23rd at 6:30 PM. The class will present “God Made the World”. There will be 9 three year old students being promoted into the four year old class, and there will be 17 graduates! There will be a reception with cake and punch following the ceremony.
  • Mary-Martha Circle is having there meeting on May 13th. Ruth Circle will meet on May 9th. Rebekah Circle will meet on May 21st.
  • The last Fair Trade sale for the year will be held at the Java Table on May 19th in between church services.
  • We will be honoring high school graduates on May 26th.


My! That update was a workout, (especially considering I have to hop from key to key)!

I guess I can have that extra piece of cheese at dinner tonight!


I hope that you all have a wonderful week!


God’s Grace & “Squeaks”,

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April 22-28

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Good afternoon friends!

It’s Monday again…how quickly a week flies by when you are a busy mouse!


Here’s what’s happening this week:


Tonight, Pastor Marleen will be having Bible Study at 7:00 PM in the conference room. She will be continuing the discussion about the Devil and all his empty promises.

Tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 PM, the Stewardship Committee will be meeting to discuss the upcoming spring pledge and the thankfulness that we have for all God’s gifts!

On Wednesday, the church will host its weekly free luncheon, Food from the Heart. As always, it will be held from 12:00 – 1:00 and all are welcome to attend! There will also be a 6:00 PM meeting of the Property Committee.

On an exciting (and delicious!) note, The Women of the ELCA will be hosting a “Chocolate Fantasy” event on Wednesday at 7:00 PM and all the women of the church are invited. I sure hope I’m invited! They will be eating all kinds of delicious chocolate, and will have a guest speaker, June Bennet, who will be talking about hymns: the tunes, the lyrics and the stories behind them. It is sure to be a fun event!!!

On Thursday, choirs will be held as usual: Bell Choir at 6:15 PM and Adult Choir at 7:00 PM in the choir room.

Another exciting event will be taking place this week: YOUTH SUNDAY! This Sunday during both worship services (8:15am & 10:45am), the youth and young adults in the congregation will be running the show! During sermon time, Pastor Jerry and a few of the young adults in the congregation will be singing a musical, written by Pastor Jerry himself, about Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath! I have gotten the chance to listen in during their weekly practice and it is a snappy little number! It certainly gets my little mouse toes a-tappin’ and my tail swaying! Besides that, it is a beautiful story of God’s providence, mercy and trusting in His all-encompassing love and faithfulness. I encourage you to come and hear the story, and bring some friends too! I might call up Mickey and Minnie to see if they are available…we go way back.

Sunday School will be at the regular time: 9:30am and as always, we will have a continental breakfast between our services. Java table will also be set up this Sunday in between worship services. Each month, the Social Ministry Committee sells Fair Trade Certified products from Equal Exchange such as coffee, teas, and chocolates, and all profits go toward the provision of funds for small scale farms/farmers, business and artisans. Click the links in this paragraph for more information about Equal Exchange and Fair Trade!

On that note, I am going to take my leave for the day. I may go out in the park and enjoy some of the sunshine!  I hope you all have a wonderful week!

God’s Grace & “Squeaks”,

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