News and Announcements

Week of JANUARY 15, 2023


Saturday – JANUARY 14, 2023
5 pm VIGIL SERVICE – “Rite III” – A less formal service
All Saturday evening vigil services practice COVID protocols for those who may need to exercise caution concerning respiratory illness. Sunday – JANUARY 15, 2023
Second Sunday after Epiphany
8:00 AM – Holy Eucharist (Recited)
Rite I – Recited Eucharist
in-person only – Church
10:30 AM –Holy Eucharist (Choral)
in-person and webcast live– Church
6:00 PM – Choral Evensong
St. Luke’s Festival Choir
7:00 PM – Concert
Elena Millar, Piano, and Nikita Burakovskiy, Violin

Wednesday – JANUARY 18, 2022
10:00 AM – Midweek Eucharist
in-person and webcast live – Trinity Chapel (Parish Hall)

For links to all live webcasts, visit our homepage (
under “This Week at St. Luke’s.”


Please note that in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the parish office will be closed on MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 2023. We will reopen for our normal business hours on TUESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2023 (9AM- 2 PM).




Every year on the Monday nearest January 15th, we observe a national holiday in honor of slain civil rights leader, The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.. Bishop Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church recently stated, “We often ask ourselves how the life and legacy of people like the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. remain relevant in our current moment, and it would be difficult to overstate how much we need King’s prophetic witness right now. From his tireless advocacy for the right of all Americans to vote, to his model of faith animating nonviolent work for justice, King calls us to continue his work — and to truly labor for the realization of God’s Beloved Community.”
King was born 94 years ago on January 15, 1929. As a Baptist preacher in Montgomery, Alabama, and Atlanta, Georgia, he was the leading voice and icon of the civil rights movement in the late 1950s and 1960s, and in the last years of his life, he also spoke against economic injustice and the Vietnam War. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968, during a trip to Memphis, Tennessee, to support city sanitation workers who were striking for better pay and working conditions.
King’s legacy remains for us a model of how following the teachings of the gospel isn’t always convenient or easy. It sometimes calls us to reflect on deeply held values and ideas to see if they are genuinely consistent with the teachings of Jesus. When they are not, we are called to change and reformation. But personal amendment of life is not sufficient when we consider the demands of the kingdom of God. We must work for the transformation of society as well – even when it places us at odds with our fellow citizens. They key for us, however, is that our methods must also be consistent with those same gospel values – methods that uphold values of non-violence and the human dignity of all people – even those we disagree with. This weekend and into Monday, take some time to reflect on the legacy of this leader and the social movement of which he was an integral part and how his work has an impact on our lives now and for the future.



Jesus is the Word and the Lamb of God. As the Word, present with the Father in the act of creation, Jesus “owns” the world – as the creator of all that is, this is his world. This full ownership and rightful possession serves as the foundation of his love and providential care for all he has made. Jesus, the Creator of the world, was unwilling to leave his “very good” creation to the destructive powers of sin, but rather, he came to redeem his handiwork. The incarnation has profound implications for  Christian stewardship. Looking at a world filled with people facing the death sentence of sin, Jesus Christ laid aside the riches of heaven and came to be the world’s Savior. As he walked among us, he continued to give his all as an example, managing every opportunity, every gift, every resource, for the glory of God and the building of the kingdom. Even faced with death, he gave his last treasure, his own life, to save the lives of others. He went to the cross with no regret that if he had been a better steward, he might have done more. He had done everything God wanted of him, and in so doing he became the master steward, both Savior of humanity and example for those who would follow him.
Vestry will meet for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2023 at 7 PM. This will be a virtual meeting held in our “virtual Page Room” (ZOOM). This will be our last meeting before the Annual Meeting on January 29th.
As a reminder ALL Vestry meetings are open to parishioners unless the vestry must enter “executive session” to discuss a confidential matter. Any parishioner who would like to attend should contact the parish office for the ZOOM meeting link.


Bible Study
Join in our weekly Bible Study this Thursday morning, JANUARY 19th  at 10 AM, when we will continue to explore portions of the lessons appointed for the season “after Epiphany.” This week we look at the lessons appointed for the Third Sunday after Epiphany – Year A Isaiah 9:1-4 / 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 / Matthew 4:12-23.


In two weeks, on Sunday, JANUARY 29, 2023 we will gather for our Annual Meeting. Our by-laws require that we meet as a parish community at least once per year in the month of January. In our own baptisms, each of us committed to “continue in the Apostles’ teaching, and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers” (BCP, p. 304). We fulfill this responsibility when we participate fully in the life of our parish community. In the Episcopal Church, a key moment arrives when we gather “to take counsel for the renewal and mission of the Church” (BCP, p. 818). Returning to our practice before the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will convene at and include the Eucharistic service that morning (9:30 AM). We will be led in procession to the auditorium, where we will consider the required business and consider not only the work in which the parish engaged over the last year but also where we hope to journey in 2023. This is an exciting time for St. Luke’s as we look toward the future. This year the Annual Report covering 2022 will be available principally online. There will be access to printed information only on request.
REMINDER: There is only one worship service the weekend of JANUARY 28/29. There will not be a Vigil Eucharist on Saturday evening nor a recited Eucharist at 8 AM. We will all gather for worship at 9:30 AM on Sunday.ANNUAL MEETING LUNCHEON

ECW will provide meatballs in sauce for the Annual Meeting Luncheon on Sunday, January 29. We are asking parishioners to contribute rolls, salads and desserts. A sign up sheet is posted on the bulletin board by the church office. Contact Eileen Sidelnick (717-926-4238) if you have any questions. Thank you for your help!


Thinking about hosting a Coffee Hour?   You can sign up online HERE or call Lisa in the church office (717-272-8251) or Eileen Sidelnick (717-926-4238) or Matt Haag (717-273-6249) to sign up.  There is also a sign up sheet on the bulletin board next to the office or an online sign up.
**If you are unsure about making coffee, please contact Eileen or Matt and they would be happy to assist you.  Thank you!

The Poinsettias have been removed from the church and put in the Fellowship Hall.  If you would like a poinsettia or two, please help yourself!  There are sleeves to cover them to protect them from the cold.

February’s annual soup sale proceeds are being used to supplement the church heat budget for this year. The dramatic price increase put us in a deficit position. But we can fix that! Eat soup!
Our sale is being held on TWO weekends, this year. Saturday and Sunday, February 11th and 12th, and ALSO, Saturday and Sunday February 25th and 26th.
We are delighted to offer 16 different soups on the menu, including all your favorites, plus a few new selections! 15 talented cooks from our own parish are donating the soups to be sold.  The price is $10 per quart.
You may order your soups HERE or call Lisa at the Parish Office 717.272.8251February 11th/12th soups
New England Clam Chowder
Italian Tortellini Wedding
Homestyle Chili
Vegetable Barley
Southern Gumbo
Broccoli Cheese
Spanish Chickpea Sew
Mushroom Barley

February 25th/26th soups
Chicken Noodle
Vegetarian Chili
Pasta Fagioli
Stuffed Pepper Soup
Cheeseburger Chowder
French Onion
Cream of Potato


Anglican Cycle of Prayer – The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion)

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer – Grace Church, Allentown; The Diocese of Kajo Keji, and St. Peter Tipere Parish .

Parish Cycle of Prayer – Larry and Alison Sheaf,  Bill Shearer and Mary Van House, Anne Shemeta, David and Linda Shonk, and John Shott.

In need of Comfort – Barbara Bross, Rosemary Dowhower, Bud Katzman, Pat Henry, Joyce Hart,      Bernice Schies, Abbie Keath, Alberta Readinger, Dave Anne Hargrove, Delbert Roth, Marcello DiMaio, and Jeff Imboden

Flowers on the Altar are given to the Glory of God for the People of St. Luke’s

Eucharist Candle is given to the Glory of God by Judith Binkley in Loving Memory of Dennis Binkley

Sanctuary Candle is given to the Glory of God by John Shott in Thanksgiving for his family.
You inclined your ear and heard my cry,
and lifted me when I was low.
Strengthen me for service
as I carry your light in the world.

Jesus, fill me with your peace,
that I may be strengthened
to the end and find my rest in you.

Andrew invited his brother Simon Peter to meet Jesus, and Peter’s life was changed forever.
Do you invite others to come and see Jesus?
How do you watch and listen for those who might be seeking Jesus?
Do you trust God to give you gifts for sharing the story of your salvation?
How then do you show the world God’s love made real in Christ?


Assisting in Sunday’s Worship . . .

8:00 AM
8:00 AM
Lector      Dan Massad
Crucifer   Bryan Bowser

10:30 AM
Lector               John Feather, Jr.
Crucifer            William W. Claxton
Acolytes            Ryan Schies
David Dowhower

Lector                Scott Eggert
Thurifer              William W. Claxton
Crucifer              Bryan Bowser

Assisting in Next Week’s Worship – January 22

8:00 AM
Lector      Diana Hynson
Crucifer    Wiley Parker

10:30 AM
Lector              John Shott
Crucifer            David Dowhower
Acolytes           Ryan Schies
William W. Claxton

January Altar Guild – Terry Heisey & Bob Nemcheck

Coffee Hour Hosts for January
January 15 – Marilyn Galebach, Kathy Redinger, Deb Harris
January 22 – Lynn Heisey, Phyllis Reilly