Grace and Peace to you from God our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ!
Welcome to Tree of Life Lutheran Church, located in suburban Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. We are a congregation of over 900 baptized members, diverse in our membership and welcoming in our ministry. If you don't know us, please browse around to learn who we are and what we believe. And if you are seeking a family of faith, we hope you'll visit us in person. We are rooted in faith and growing in love. We'd love to have you as a part of our faith family!
Pastors Message for September
Greetings Sisters and Brothers in Christ!
As I write this letter, it IS still Summer, but we are more than midway through August. By the time you read this, it will be September and we will have begun yet another new year at Tree of Life. As I write, we have just returned from a wonderful week in New Orleans, worshiping and singing with thousands at the Church Wide Assembly and Grace Gathering, learning about creative ways to share and celebrate 500 years of Reformation and Renewal... and... oh yeah... spending an extra week with Granddaughter Wynne in tow. You haven't lived till you've attended a national convention with the most gregarious 4 year old EVER!! As one man said, "Wynne has never met a stranger!" Maybe it should be so for each of us!
By the time you read this, our music ministry will be underway. We need and welcome new voices and new ringers, and always can utilize instrumentalists! And, on Sunday, September 11th, our Sunday Church School year begins with our Rally Day celebration. I'm going to sound like a broken record, but here goes...... GET YOUR KIDS TO SUNDAY SCHOOL...... COME TO SUNDAY SCHOOL YOURSELF!!!!! We are continuing with the curriculum for our children, Spark Lectionary: Connecting Worship and Sunday School, but the overall structure will remain the same, with an opening, music, a brief video, and then creative class time. We have great teachers, great resources, and other kids who need the presence of your kids. Sunday School is a time for your kids to learn the great stories of the Bible, to talk about those stories, to ask questions about the Bible and faith, AND to make friends with other faithful kids and adults.
Too, there is opportunity for Bible Study for adults as well as learning about ministries of the church, and a time to talk about your daily life as a Christian with other Christians. We have SCS for adults, a Tuesday evening Bible Study, and Faith With Friends, a Bible and faith study for women, meeting every Thursday morning. And, we are continuing our WOMEN'S RETREAT, the first weekend in February!!! Please consider making one or more of these opportunities a part of you weekly faith commitment.
This year, beginning in October, and continuing through October 2017, we will celebrate 500 years of Reformation and Renewal!!!!, remembering Martin Luther, and his posting of the 95 Theses, Disputation on the Power of Indulgences, as well as the work of other reformers. We will celebrate in many areas of our ministry - SCS, Bible Study, Fellowship, Intergenerational Events, Worship, and, OF COURSE, Music! Even our 2017 VBS will be a celebration of the Reformation, complete with Martin and Katy Luther, Davy and Goliath of television fame, a few of the other reformers, and, OF COURSE, really cool MUSIC!!!!! As Martin himself said, I have no pleasure in any man who despises music. It is no invention of ours: it is a gift of God.
Luther also said, Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. Here at Tree of Life we need to keep planting!! DON'T BE A STRANGER! We need each other to share in our prayers and in our praise. We need each other to share our lives and our concerns. Here we are in September, refreshed and ready to RENEW AND REFORM our mission in this place. Let us continue to be refreshed and strengthened by God's Word and the presence of one another, all of us sisters and brothers in faith.
Peace! Pastor Cathy
Employment Opportunity at Tree of Life
Tree of Life Lutheran Church is seeking an Assistant Youth Director. This position is an important member of the ministry team of Tree of Life Church who works closely with the Youth Committee to develop and implement a youth-oriented ministry for the congregation’s youth. In concert with and under the guidance of the pastors and the Youth Committee, this position helps nurture the spiritual life and faith of our youth. Based on the gender of the current Director of Youth and Family Ministry, applicants should be female, at least 21 years of age, in compliance with the congregation’s Safe Sanctuary Policy. For an application and job description, please contact Carol at 238-8733 or
. We will accept applications until the position is filled.