ANNOUNCEMENTS

LINGLESTOWN CHRISTIAN NURSERY SCHOOL is now accepting registrations for the 2018-2019 school year. We have openings in our 2, 3, and 4 year old classes.  Openings are also available in our Transitional Kindergarten class for 5 year olds who are not going to kindergarten this fall and could benefit from another year of preschool education. Kindergarten Kamp is a new program this year and provides children who are already enrolled in a morning kindergarten an opportunity to play and learn on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Contact Nancy Cartwright, Director, at 545-3617 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you or someone you know could benefit from a Christian preschool education.

 

YOUTH GROUP BBQ... The Youth Group will be holding a Chicken BBQ on May 5th from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the church parking lot. The $8.50 preorder price includes 1/2 chicken, a baked potato, applesauce and a roll.  Please see any member of the youth group to purchase your tickets.  All proceeds will go to support the group's attendance at the ELCA Youth Gathering later this summer.

 

SILENCE OF MARY HOME has its roots in the Allison Hill section of Harrisburg, one of the poorest and most crime-ridden neighborhoods of the city of Harrisburg. We are a family home, not a group home, a shelter or an institution. Our family home provides a family environment for the "least of our brothers", those who are the most disadvantaged and at the highest risk level. We give them love, care and support, while providing them with independent living skills training, education, job opportunities, spiritual faith, counseling and other supportive services. They are in need of the following items: Diapers, baby wipes, wash clothes, shampoo (full size), razors, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, medium-size liquid laundry detergent (can be purchased at the dollar store) travel size toiletries, beans, rice, vegetables tuna, and single size food items. Thank you for your help. Any questions, please contact LuAnn Wilkinson-Doyle (717) 540-3959.

 

THE STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE continues to invite members of the congregation to fill out and return the updated version of our Time and Talent form. Forms can be found on the narthex table along with the return box. This is a simple way for you to share your gifts to support the ministry of the congregation.

 

MANNA FOOD PANTRY supplies food, clothing and personal care items to anyone who is low income or in poverty in three areas of Harrisburg. They are in need of the following items: deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, tooth brushes, dental floss, mouthwash, razors, soap, body wash, diapers, toilet paper, kleenex, tampons, bandaids, neosporin. If you can donate any of these items, please put them in the Date Crate box which is in the Narthex under the bulletin board. Thank you for your generosity.

 

Feeding the 5000 is a program that TLC started in July 2015 and is run through the Social Ministry Committee. Once a week, on Thursday morning at 5:30 AM, a group of volunteers prepares meals for about 100 people. They are delivered to one of the many homeless shelters or soup kitchens in the area. The program aims to feed 5000 hungry people a year. Our goal for 2018 is to feed 18,000. If you would care to help with some canned goods we can always use the following (we will accept any size):

#10 can diced or crushed tomatoes
#10 can tomato sauce
#10 can any vegetable
#10 can potatoes
Penne pasta
Rotini pasta

Thank you!

 

APPOINTMENT BOOKS/CALENDARS NEEDED If you find yourself with 2018 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!!!!

 

VBS 2018- JUNE 11-15 "SINGIN' Joy to the World! Christ Child’s Comin'- Gonna Be Here Soon!"  SIGN-UP AND REGISTRATION FORMS NOW ON SCS HALLWAY TABLE!!!

 

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 PAGE on our web page has been suspended and we have returned to the old fashioned way of doing things – a sign up sheet on the narthex table.  When there are empty slots to be filled, Sue Cliber will recruit lectors and communion assistants, Pastor Richard will recruit ushers and greeters and Carol Wood will recruit altar care helpers.  Please do your best to sign up ahead of time and minimize our phone calls.

 

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!

 

THE SUMMER CAMP SEASON is right around the corner.  Camp’s Nawakwa and Kirchenwald offer summer camping opportunities for children, youth and adults including day camps for the very young, family camps for the entire family. Registration forms along with scholarship information and a sign-up sheet are on the narthex table.  When you register, add your campers name to the sign up. This will encourage others to attend that week as well.  Tree of Life has been the synodical leader in supporting our summer camp ministry.  We hope that will continue.

 

ARE YOU EXPLORING MEMBERSHIP at Tree of Life?  Pastor Richard will offer a Membership Information Class on Saturday, April 28 at 9 AM in the Branch Office Lobby.  Information about Lutheran history, theology, worship and organization will be offered along with specific information about our congregation.  Morning refreshments and childcare, if needed, will be provided.  To register, sign up on the narthex table or email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or phone (717-238-8733) the church office.  This is a casual, easy way to learn more about us.  No cost or pressure to join.

 

ALTAR FLOWER REMINDER:  Please make sure that the green 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!

 

PACKING HELP NEEDED - Christian Churches United (CCU) has learned of a gentleman who lives on Alexis Dr. off of Paxton Church Rd. who is looking for moving assistance (obtaining boxes and helping packing) sometime in the next month (he needs to be out of his house by May 20).  He recently lost his job due to some health issues and is moving out of the area to live with his mom, but has no support in this area to assist him with a move.  If you are able to lend a hand, please contact CCU Executive Director Darrel Reinford at 717-230-9550 for the gentleman's contact information. Thank for considering helping a neighbor in need!

 

Tree’s assistant youth director Stephanie Strauss founded the PUREhope Coffeehouse to support her passions for the work of Hope for Justice and Blood:Water Mission as they fight to see the end of human trafficking and the water and HIV/AIDS crises in Africa, respectively. Join her for the 10th Annual PUREhope Coffeehouse on April 28, 2018 from 6:30-10 pm in the Social Room of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 240 Broad St. Highspire, PA 17034. Come for an evening of fair trade organic coffee and tea, delicious food, a silent auction, and live entertainment provided by Paul Zavinsky, Seasons (the Celtic group that provided the music for our worship last November), and friends. Admission is free, but for a $5 donation you receive bottomless beverages for the evening. One-of-a-kind mugs have been commissioned for the 10th Annual PUREhope Coffeehouse by local potter Haley Pankratz and will be available for purchase (this is a correction on last week’s bulletin announcement). Baked goods and snacks are available for an additional donation. 100% of proceeds from the evening goes directly to the organizations.

 

THE ORGAN UPGRADE CAMPAIGN CONTINUES!  WE ARE SO CLOSE!  We are now about $2,000 short of achieving our $60,000 goal.  Help us reach this goal while you enjoy the lovely sounds of our upgraded organ!  You can contribute to the organ upgrade campaign by tossing change into the indulgence box or giving a check of any amount noted “Organ Upgrade.”  Thank you for contributions!

 

"Are You Smarter than a 6th Grader?" On Tuesdays, May 8, 15, 22 & 29, Pastor Richard will use a video series from the 6th Grade Confirmation Class to explore four key figures from the Old Testament whose stories are often overlooked and undervalued. We'll meet in the Branch Office Lobby from 6:30-8 PM. Sign up on the narthex table! It will be fun!

 

NEED HELP?  Are you, or someone close to you, struggling with addiction?  Alcoholism and/or addiction affect more than just the person involved.  It affects the whole family.  If you have questions and want to talk to a trusted church member, call either Carrie (717-329-3286) or Kay (717-226-2402). You will be given general information and answers on how to get help.  Your privacy will be protected.

 

CAN YOU HELP sponsor the weekly communion wine?  Cost is only $24 per week. A sign up sheet is on the narthex table.

 

TAKE A LOOK at the pet bulletin board for some pictures of adorable, adoptable pets that could become your new family member! These pups are currently staying at Canine Rescue of Central of Pennsylvania but would love to find a forever with a wonderful family. Feel free to share with family and friends also so we can get them a furever home!

 

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!

 

PET BOX DONATIONS…If you would like to donate to the pet box, please do so for the remainder of April.  All donations will be delivered at that time.  The box is nearly empty and without your donations of items for the rescue, we will have little to give.  Please review the list on the pet bulletin board and donate as you can. We are also looking for the next local animal rescue to donate to. A new rescue needs to be found for May through July.  If you have a rescue in mind, please email or call Charlotte Kluge before the end of April. Her contact information is as follows:  phone - 570-713-5790 or email - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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.

 

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 Branch Office, 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.

 

SAVE THE DATE! The 12th Annual Tree 4 Hope Silent Auction and Evening of Endless Desserts is once again just around the corner! Mark your calendars for May 12th and come out to Tree of Life to bid on some amazing items and maybe even pick up a last minute gift for Mother’s Day! Our theme this year is “Growing Hope,” focusing on the construction of Hope Academy, our girls’ school, which began in January.  Please feel free to contact Jennifer or David Hope-Tringali with any questions ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. /717-982-2353).

 

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!!

 

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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