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 Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
At our services on Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30, we kick off our celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. The day marks that moment on October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther posted the 95 theses condemning the sale of indulgences on the Wittenberg church door. In 1517, that event marked a schism in the church that, in some ways, continues today. In other ways, most of us, in our lifetime, have been part of a rich history of ecumenical dialogue and activity that has helped heal the rift between the broken parts of the Church. Thanks be to God!
Here at Tree of Life, while we will remember the past - our history - even more we will celebrate God's mission - our future. So, our Reformation anniversary celebration will blend elements of both.
In the narthex, we have set up a photo op booth where you can get your photo taken with celebrity Lutherans, for now, Davy and Goliath, but soon, Martin and Katie Luther and later, other famous Lutherans. In mid October, for two weeks we will host a traveling bookstore, for you to order various books about Luther and the Reformation and read in your leisure. Our Sunday School and Confirmation programs will be more intentional in providing learning experiences about Luther and the Reformation. Pastor Richard, for instance, will lead a four week Adult SCS class on the Small Catechism. All participants will receive a copy of Luther's Small Catechism Study Edition. At the 2016 Annual Meeting, we will sing Happy Birthday to Martin Luther and watch a couple short Luther videos which will entertain and instruct us. At the potluck we'll eat a German Chocolate Birthday cake. Midweek Lent 2017 will be a five week worship experience revolving around Luther's Small Catechism (still using Holden Village Evening Prayer, though).
And following our historic tradition, on Reformation Sunday (Oct. 30), we will eat the traditional Pork and Sauerkraut lunch supplemented by a keg of root beer and soft pretzels with all the toppings.
Holly is planning a Luther music fest for our congregational Anniversary Sunday in January and the Adult Choir will sing a Bach cantata at three Palm Sunday services. And there will be more.
And throughout this year, we will pray for unity in the church and among God's people!
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.