Hope + Lutheran + Church

a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

35 Ridge Avenue Homer City, Pennsylvania

Hope Happenings

There are always new adventures going on in the life of our congregation, so keep checking this page for updates on news items.  Here's the latest from the January 2011 Newsletter:

August-September 2012


New at Hope:  Prayer Pulse

One of the most important ways we can change the world is through prayer—bringing the needs and concerns of our hearts, our community, and our world to God together as we pray.  Hope is launching a new intentional ministry to be focused on praying for the needs of our congregation, community, families, and the wider world. We invite you to come to be a part of this group, whose mission is to gather and to pray together, with our eyes wide open to the needs of others. It’s sort of like having a pulse-check on the life of our congregation and community.  And so, we are calling this new venture the Prayer Pulse.  This will be a group that commits to regularly gathering in prayer, but with no other “reports” or “committee business” or “tasks” to worry about.  Our first time to gather in prayer will be Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 7:00pm.  Join us in prayer!

Sunday Lesson Readers

Each week in worship, the living God keeps on speaking, using the ancient words of prophets and poets and the modern voice of our lesson readers to bring Good News and to bring light to the world.  Here are our Sunday lesson readers in the month of August:

     August 5    Irv Kochel

     August 12  Sheila Hilliard (Blue Spruce)

    August 19  Ron Carnahan

     August 26  Mary Russell

 If you make any switches or substitutions, please call the church office to let us know!

If you are interested in being a reader of our Sunday Scripture lessons for worship, please see or call Shirley Zundel (724/349-4696).


Acolyte Workshop on Aug. 18

We are training a new “class” of acolytes at Hope, and we invite those junior and senior high youth who are learning the ropes to come to Hope on Saturday, Aug. 18 at 9:00am for that workshop.  This is one of those rites of passage that helps lead our young people into a commitment of lifelong serving in the church.  As acolytes, our youth not only serve in worship by lighting candles and assisting at the offering, but are drawn more deeply into an understanding of why we do what we do in our worship life.  Many thanks go to those who have served and will serve in this way!


Envisioning Ministry Returns

Hope’s Envisioning Ministry Committee is a sort of resident “think tank” for the congregation, dreaming and visioning where God might be leading us, and working on new ideas to try. Small things like our Hope decals, mugs, and new member handbook have come from Envisioning, as well as our long-range planning sessions from previous years and reorganized narthex.  Our next meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 4th at 7:00pm.  If you have an idea to share, you can come and join us, or see Pat Dietrich, Randy Thomas, Jeremy McMasters, or Pastor Steve.  Help us to keep seeking and dreaming in faith!


WELCA News: Fall Meetings and Quilts

Our monthly gatherings of the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (WELCA) resume for the fall with our September meeting at 10:00am on Tuesday, Sept. 11 and continuing monthly on the second Tuesday of each month.  Our meetings begin with Bible Study at 10:00, led by Pastor Steve.  This year’s WELCA Bible Study will be themed, “Gathered by God,” and will come from materials written by Audrey West published in Gather magazine, (formerly Lutheran Woman Today).  After Bible Study we have fellowship and business meetings, as we plan activities and organize events.  All are welcome to join us as we get back into our fall schedule!


WELCA also invites any and all willing hands in our congregation to continue with our quilt-making project begun over the summer. We will have times for tying quilts twice in August, on Wednesday, Aug. 8 starting at 9:30am and then on Wednesday, Aug. 22, again at 9:30am.  Supplies will be there at the church—we just need willing hands as we continue to make quilts to be donated to Lutheran World Relief in the spring.


Rally Day Coming September 9th!

Hard to believe, but a new Sunday School year is right around the corner as we kick off a new year of Christian Education starting at 9:30am on Sunday, September 9th.  As with every year, we will have classes and learning for all ages, from preschool through our Adult Forum, going in depth with our Sunday Scripture lessons! Come!


Festival of Talents—Sep. 15 at 7:00pm

From songs and instruments to brownies, pies and gob cakes, and from dance and drama to painting and sculpture, we have a lot of talent in our congregation.  And it is really a treat to get to see those talents shared for the sake of the Kingdom.  We invite you—and your friends and neighbors and everybody else!—to join us for our sixth annual “Festival of   Talents,” a night of shared performance and displays featuring talents of our congregation’s members and friends, a bake sale, and a fair-trade handicraft sale.  It all starts at 7:00pm on Saturday, September 15th.  You can sign up at the bulletin board in the narthex to share a talent, too!


SonRise National Park

Vacation Bible School A Success!

Our week of VBS this past July was a great time, touching the lives of 42 different children and youth over the course of our time at “SonRise National Park” together with the Homer City Presbyterian Church.  We have many Hope members to thank for their involvement:  Denise Shaw, Michaela Shaw, Irv and Carla Kochel, Denise Liggett, Renee Busi, Rita Truitt, Betty Edwards, Vernon Edwards, Megan and Mandy McElheny, Angie Davidson, Mary Rolf, Sheila Hilliard, Cindy Zundel, Shirley Zundel, Donna Reed, Roberta Judeich, Ben Sink, Bill and Judy Young, and Marge Folckemer—along with many others who supplied snacks, brought their children and stayed with them, and prayed for us all week long.


In a Hope VBS first, after having the first four nights at the Presbyterian Church, our whole group took a closing night “field trip” down the back alley to have our closing program at Hope, where we could share songs with family and friends that night.  Even though it had been a stormy day, the clouds parted and the rain held off just long enough for us to walk together to Hope safely and without getting wet—sort of a re-enactment of the Exodus story as a bonus!