ANNOUNCEMENTS

IN THE SPRING, we will break ground for an outdoor worship site at the far end of the Fellowship Hall. Check out the artistic rendering of the project in the narthex. One of our young adults, Justin D'Ambrosia, is doing this as his Eagle Scout project. The Property Committee and architect Benedict Dubbs have been providing some support. Most of the project will be funded by Derr Carpenter's memorial funds with the encouragement of his family. They have further agreed to supplement the project by another $1000 as long as we can raise an additional $1000, though we are hoping to do even better. If you would like to contribute, checks should be made out to Tree of Life and noted "outdoor chapel" and placed in the box on the narthex table.

 

APPOINTMENT BOOKS/CALENDARS NEEDED If you find yourself with 2017 appointment books or calendars with writing space for each day that you don't need, please put them in the Date Crate in the Church lobby. They are very much needed by ex-offenders in our community for keeping track of appointments in the effort to get jobs, have counseling, and try to reestablish their lives. THANK YOU!

 

USED TONER CARTRIDGES WANTED...Staples will give Tree of Life $2 for any recycled toner cartridge, up to 20 each month. That's $40 we could receive each month to buy stationery supplies. Please put your used cartridges in the box under the narthex table marked "used toner cartridges".

 

HOMELAND HOSPICE is recruiting volunteers to help meet the needs of those at end of life and their families throughout south central Pennsylvania.  Training is provided, and many opportunities are available, including patient and family support, phone calls, administrative assistance and more.  Homeland Hospice serves more than 130 patients daily, and volunteer service can be in your own community.  We know you will be blessed in serving.  For more information, call Leanne at 221-7890 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . – thank you so much!

 

FELLOWSHIP HALL FLOOR!  Please be careful to avoid marking-up our FH floor.  Repeated cleaning of major scuff marks will eventually damage the coating.  Parents, please encourage your children NOT to drag black-soled shoes across the floor!  THANK YOU!!!!

 

IS YOUR CHILD  in 3rd, 4th or 5th grade?  Have them attend Tree of Life Youth Ministry TWIGS meetings.  Just once a month, on a Sunday afternoon.  Your schedules are packed, we know that ... So pick up a schedule in the Narthex for TWIGS, plan ahead and make it a point to have your child enjoy a few hours with his or her peers in our wonderful community of faith.  Contact Heather Watkins at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Myra Taylor at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

 

FAITH WITH FRIENDS, a Bible study/faith conversation for women, led by Pastor Cathy, meets every Thursday from 9:45 am until 11:15 am in the FH classroom, and discuss various books or themes of the Bible, as well as issues of life and faith. Faith with Friends is an informal time of study mixed with the sharing of stories, experiences, and of course, food! Children are always welcome and appreciated! For more information, contact Pastor Cathy.

 

WANT TO BECOME A STEPHEN MINISTER?  Are you a compassionate, caring individual? Do you empathize with those around you who are ill or grieving or feel lost with nowhere to turn? Perhaps you should consider Stephen Ministry. For more details pick up an application on the narthex table and talk to one of our current Stephen Ministers.

 

A COMMUNITY AID BOX has been placed in our parking lot.  It is available to receive your used clothing (shoes included). TLC will receive four cents per pound on all donations received as well as discount coupons for the organization’s thrift store on the West Shore.  We hope our members will consider dropping off their used clothing items in our box.

 

WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Our nursery attendance is growing, which is a blessing!  However that also means that our nursery attendant, Adrian Huber, really needs an extra pair of hands each week.  He also needs a volunteer with him to be in compliance with our Safe Sanctuary Policy.  Please consider volunteering to help by signing up on the volunteer sheet outside the nursery door or contact Jill McPherson at 717-545-1055 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Our littlest members thank you!!

 

ALTAR FLOWER REMINDER:  Please make sure that the Yellow Altar Flower form is completed and check is attached to the form a week prior to the date you are sponsoring the Altar Flowers.  If the check is NOT included with the form, the flowers will NOT be ordered. The form and check are to be placed in the offering trays (NOT handed to anyone) so that the money can be deposited to pay Royer's for the Flowers.    Checks are made payable to:  Tree of Life Church for $35.00.  Thanks so much for your continued support to sponsor the Altar Flowers!

 

PLEASE HELP sponsor wine, there is a sign up sheet up on the narthex table.  Take a look and see if you would be willing to sponsor wine for any of the available weeks. The cost is just $24 per week.

 

AT TREE OF LIFE, we plan to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation beginning on  Reformation Sunday, October 30, when a local brass band will support the morning services, and ending on Reformation Sunday, October 29, 2017.  The Worship & Music, Christian Education and Fellowship Committees have already begun to plan some special events and additions to traditional events that will kick our celebration into high gear.

 

TRAVEL-SIZE TOILETRIES NEEDED. Tree of Life has recently started working with an organization that distributes hygiene kits which give dignity to the poor by allowing them to shower and brush their teeth, simple things that we take for granted; but health and beauty items are a luxury they cannot afford. Please help by donating and asking those that you know that travel to collect and donate the following travel-size items: shampoo, conditioner, body wash/soap, razors, lotion. tooth brushes, toothpaste, wash cloths, and feminine hygiene products are also needed. Please put these items in the Date Crate in the Church lobby. THANK YOU!

 

HELP A PET! The Pet Care Donation Box from Social Ministry Committee is now in the Narthex. If you or someone you know is having a tough time financially providing for his/her pets, please call Sandy Brandt at 545-9779. This is a confidential service and only Sandy will know the names of those in need. As those in need contact Sandy, we will be able to post a list of pet food or care items the pets are used to eating or using. Until then, any unopened pet food is needed! Thank you!

 

SUSQUEHANNA TOWNSHIP  Meals on Wheels is in need of driver volunteers to deliver meals to those in need. The drivers pick up the meals at the Township office and receive a delivery route which is approximately Front Street to Colonial Road and from Highway 81 to Linglestown Road. If you choose, even one day a month would be helpful. If interested please contact the volunteer coordinator Kathy O'Brian at 717-649-6429 or 717-671-1917.

 

TREE 4 HOPE QUILTS FOR GUATEMALA. Have fun, learn and help put together quilts for Guatemala orphanages. There are now two groups that meet on the second floor of the office building. Wednesdays from 1 PM to 3 PM the Nimble Thimbles meet. Just come or you can contact Joan Babicz at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 657-3401.The first and third Thursday evening of each month from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM the Loose Threads meet. Contact Doris Felix at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 657-2906. Sewing is an option because there are non-sewing abilities needed also. For the quilt tops we would welcome any cotton material that you don't need or want.

 

Now that so much of our communication is done electronically, it is extremely important that we have your correct email address to insure that you'll receive the notifications.  PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE... if your email has changed recently call or email Carol at the church office with the change (238-8733 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )  You can also put the change on a piece of paper and put it in Carol's folder in the old office in the church building.

 

THE WORSHIP LEADER SCHEDULE is now on line for your viewing pleasure!  Go to the TLC website, www.tree-of-life.us.  At the top of the home page, click on the tab marked Calendars, then in that tab's drop down menu, click on Worship Leaders ... Look over the schedule, see what blocks are open, then click on an email for Sue Cliber or Myra Taylor, and advise the date and time of worship you'd like to serve ... They handle the rest!  It's that simple!  Consider serving just once a month, or once every couple of months ... Thanks!

 

DO YOU NEED A PRAYER SHAWL FOR SOMEONE? Please take one from the clothes tree in the narthex. No charge – just allow it to bless someone!

 

We need large coffee cans for altar flower delivery. They can be metal or plastic, but please, no small cans as the current design of flowers won’t fit.  Drop them off in the narthex or sacristy.

 

GIANT GIFT CARDS ARE BACK! We will be selling Giant Gift Cards after 8:30 and 11:00 services every Sunday starting March 6.  Dollar increments available are $100, $50, and $25.  The proceeds benefit the youth who attend the National Youth Gathering.  Thanks to all who previously supported this fundraiser.  It is an easy way to support the youth by purchasing gift cards to pay for your gas and groceries by shopping at Giant.  For special orders or if you have any questions, please contact April Hartman ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Debbie Clark ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

 

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