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 October
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The fall schedule moves into full gear. During the month of October, we enjoy some special celebrations especially during the weekend worship services.
On October 3 and 4, we will celebrate St. Francis Day, remembering and celebrating the life of one of Christianities favorite saints who modeled a life of kinship with all creation. At all three services we will offer a brief prayer rite that will allow us to name and remember our beloved pets. During Sunday School on October 4, we will hold an intergenerational Sunday School class in the Fellowship Hall featuring one or two of our local service animal organizations. And then, from 12:30-2 PM on the lawn outside the Fellowship Hall, the pastors will offer pet blessings. We hope you'll bring your dog, cat, iguana or turtle and come by!
On October 24 and 25, we will celebrate Reformation Sunday, remembering and celebrating the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther and the theological heritage we enjoy because of his witness. Following the late service on October 25, we gather for Pork and Sauerkraut in the Fellowship Hall. The meal includes plenty of the main event with homemade sauerkraut, apple sauce, mashed potatoes, dessert and drinks, along with hot dogs for the "unconvinced." Plan to be with us. A freewill offering will be gathered to offset meal costs, with any profit going to our kitchen fund.
On Saturday, October 31, we gather for what has become one of our favorite liturgies- the Vigil of All Saints. We sing the litany of the Saints, including the names of our members who have died during the last year and then, as the sermon, watch their lives unfold through a photo display of their lives. This year, we remember-
Joanne E. Eiss (12/13/14) Bonnie M. Senelly (1/20/15) Doris P. Stone (4/14/15) Josephine H. Senft (7/13/15) Walter E. Whitebread (8/22/15) Jean J. Miner (8/24/15)
On Sunday, November 1, we gather for our traditional All Saints Sunday celebration- tolling the bell for our recent saints, placing white roses on the communion table in their memory and remembering, in the prayers of the church, all the members of our families and friends, parish and congregation, who died since we last gathered for this feast.
Please mark your calendars and plan to be in worship with us often!