The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 18. Georgetown Lutheran Church will hold services at 12:15 pm and 7:30 pm. Each will offer time for reflections and confession, the imposition of ashes, and the meal of holy communion.
This is the Year of Mark in our Lutheran lectionary cycle, and here at GLC it will be the center of our sermons for the next few months. Mark is generally assumed to be the earliest gospel to be written and a source used by both Matthew and Luke as they prepared to write their later versions of the story of Jesus.
Beginning with the opening verses of the gospel of Mark on January 11, we will be moving through the story from start to finish, from the baptism of Jesus to the empty tomb. We will be taking the stories in the order in which they occur. This is different from the normal lectionary pattern which focuses on seasonal themes and interrupts the flow of Mark's story with readings from the gospel of John.
The preaching schedule for the season of Epiphany is as follows:
SUMMER WORSHIP AT GEORGETOWN LUTHERAN CHURCH
The month of June will bring some variety to our pulpit.
Our interim pastor will preach on June 7 and 14. And then she's getting married on the evening of June 15 to her partner of 32 years. While she is on her honeymoon during the last two weeks of June, Pastor Sue Gaeta will preach and officiate at a baptism on June 21. Pastor Ivan Ives will led the worship services on June 28.
MALARIA CAMPAIGN AND DISASTER RESPONSE TO NEPAL
The ELCA is in its final year of a fund drive to provide malaria treatment, prevention, and education in 13 African countries. At this point 10 of them are fully funded, and the other three are partially funded.
The special offering we collected sent $427 to the Malaria mission work.
To aid the people of Nepal in their recovery and reconstruction, the ELCA has committed $400,000 from our church's Disaster Response fund.
If you would like to make a contribution to these efforts, our congregation will gladly accept them and send them to the appropriate agencies of the ELCA. Simply designate your check's memo line or write on the offering envelope teh words "Malaria" or "Nepal."
you can also make your donation through our church's PenPal account.
ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW
Georgetown Lutheran Church will host an arts and crafts show the first Saturday in November.
We have received commitments from talented people who will display paintings, stained glass, crocheted items, jewelry and many other items -- in time for Christmas shoppers.
Participating artisans and craftspeople will be asked to donate a small part of their proceeds to the be split between our congregation and the Georgetown ministry Center.
If you might be interested in displaying your art and/or handiwork, please contact Chris Traugott, the chairperson of the event, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Friends in Christ
As I write these words, the sun is shining and the sky is blue. It probably the sort of day that inspired Robert Browning to pen those famous lines: "God's in his heaven, and all's right with the world."
A day like this invites us to say a prayer of thanksgiving for the wonder of creation. We live in an amazing and beautiful world, teeming with life and energy.
Sadly, this wondrous world is also wounded. Pollution of the air and water, dying animal species, shrinking water tables in areas of drought, devastating earthquakes, fires, and floods – the list goes on and on.
Georgetown Lutheran Church provides our neighborhood with a gorgeous garden and a meditation bench, so that anyone and everyone can stop by and rest a while in God's embrace. It's a safe place to drink in the magical power of plants and all living things. It's also a quiet place to ponder the brokenness of our natural world and its need for healing and restoration.
Please take a moment this summer to stop and smell the roses – and other fragrances – of our garden, to offer prayers to the God who nourishes and sustains its life, and to remind yourself – as a colonial writer expressed it about 300 years ago – "You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the skies; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. So be a peace with God.…With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Strive to be happy."
Rev. Dr. Janice Mynchenberg
8:30am Informal half-hour service
9:00am Intergenerational Sunday School
(Sep to May)
10:00am Traditional service with music
Holy Communion is celebrated at all worship services every Sunday of the month. Children are always welcome at all of our worship services.