PostHeaderIcon Our Mission Statement

Mission Statement
Welcome in love to Tree of Life Lutheran Church, a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America! We affirm that we are a community called and empowered by God through Word and Sacrament.

We Believe that Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, sends us into the world to share God's love through our words and actions. Though we are a community shaped by diverse traditions, we affirm one Lord, who is revealed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and one Faith, that brings all peoples together.

We commit ourselves to a life of worship, service, fellowship, education, and witness in this place, in the world, and to each other. To this purpose we pledge our time, talent, and treasure, and invite all persons to share in the growth of the Christian ministry of Tree of Life Lutheran Church.

 

PostHeaderIcon What We Believe

  • This church confesses the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • This church confesses Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe...
    - Jesus Christ is the Word of God incarnate, through whom everything was made and through whose life, death, and resurrection God fashions a new creation.
    - The proclamation of God's message to us as both Law and Gospel is the Word of God, revealing judgment and mercy through word and deed, beginning with the Word in creation, continuing in the history of Israel, and centering in all its fullness in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
    - The canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God. Inspired by God's Spirit speaking through their authors, they record and announce God's revelation centering in Jesus Christ. Through them God's Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the world.
  • This church accepts the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and norm of its proclamation, faith, and life.
  • This church accepts the Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds as true declarations of the faith of this church.
  • This church accepts the Unaltered Augsburg Confession as a true witness to the Gospel, acknowledging as one with it In faith and doctrine all churches that likewise accept the teachings of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession.
  • This church accepts the other confessional writings in the Book of Concord, namely, the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles and the Treatise, the Small Catechism, the Large Catechism, and the Formula of Concord, as further valid interpretations of the faith of the Church.
  • This church confesses the Gospel, recorded in the Holy Scriptures and confessed in the ecumenical creeds and Lutheran confessional writings, as the power of God to create and sustain the Church for God's mission in the world.


From the ELCA Model Constitution for Congregations 2007. Copyright © 2007 ELCA
Administered Augsburg Fortress, used by permission.

 

PostHeaderIcon Brief History

Tree of Life Church began in May of 1987, when Pastor Richard B. Geib was called as a pastor-developer of a new Lutheran congregation. Supported by the local Lutheran synod, now called the Lower Susquehanna Synod (ELCA), Pastor Geib began extensive door-to-door calling on various neighborhoods in Susquehanna and Lower Paxton Townships. With sufficient interest, a first service of worship was held in the gym of Herbert Hoover Elementary School on January 24, 1988. By November of the same year, membership in the congregation had reached 144 and the congregation was chartered and accepted into the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Upon completion of her theological studies, Pastor Catharine Senft Geib was also called to serve the congregation. Both continue to serve as the congregation's pastors today.

The current building was dedicated on January 19, 1992. The building includes several unique features. The focal point of the worship space is a large faceted glass window depicting various biblical images of the tree of life. The bell tower houses a large historic church bell, cast in 1885 and rung for the first time to mark the death of Ulysses S. Grant, eighteenth president of the United States. Under the direction of Robert Carbaugh, the congregation supported the construction of a pipe organ that was dedicated on November 15, 1998. As the congregation grew, a house and land adjoining the church property was purchased to provide expansion of the congregation's Sunday School and fellowship activities. This property has been named the "Treehouse." In 2002, the congregation purchased property to the east of N. Fargreen Road. In addition to more Sunday School space, it also provides office space for the Pastors, Church Secretary, and the Music Director. It has been named the "Branch Office."

 

PostHeaderIcon What can I expect?

questionsOur congregation seeks to be a welcoming, inclusive community. We are child friendly, welcome children in worship, and support a wide range of opportunities for fellowship and Christian Education.

We practice open table fellowship, meaning all who are baptized, regardless of denomination or age, are invited to receive Holy Communion with us. We are active in mission, seek to be good neighbors, contribute to the well being of our community, and open our building for a variety of groups not formally associated with our congregation.

We offer three weekend services: Saturday at 5:00pm, and Sundays at 8:30am and 11:00am. The Saturday service is about fifty minutes in length, less “busy”, and less musically intensive. Relative to our Sunday services it might be described as contemplative, offering a few minutes of quiet reflection. Our Sunday morning services include a wide variety of choral music and congregational song ranging from traditional to contemporary. All three services include a sermon and Holy Communion. There is no dress code for any of our services.

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Like to have a look around? OK, just click on the church image to the left for a brief tour of what you'll find inside...

Certainly the best way to get to know Tree of Life though is to come worship with us. We're easy to find at the intersection of Linglestown Rd. and Fargreen in Susquehanna Township, so please come and visit. We'd love to meet you!

 

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