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September 2009
Ice Cream Social

September 27 at 6pm

Mt. Joy Parish House


(young and old)

Call 717-334-8585 to sign up... More info to come.


Turner Sinclair Ramsburg, was born to Everett L. III (Beau) and Catherine Barrett Ramsburg on Friday July 10, 2009. he weighed in at 9 lb 4 oz, 21 inches long. Proud grandfather is E. Lee Ramsburg II and happy grandmother is Catherine Barrett. Sister and are brother are Morgan and Luke.
Kelly L. Walker and Adam S. Plumley were united in marriage by Pastor Faye at the home of the bride’s uncle and aunt, Randy and Pat Johnson, in Hanover on June 6 at 5p.m. Congratulations, Kelly and Adam.
Angela E. Regler and Scott A. Ashton were united in Holy Matrimony Pastor Faye before family members at St. Paul’s on Saturday, August 22 at noon. Angela is the grand daughter of Carroll and Virginia Barnhouse, daughter of Emory and Patricia Barnhouse and Joseph Regler. Scott is the son of Janet Ashton, of Manchester, England. We wish Angela and Scott a long and blessed marriage.

Nancy Stambaugh went to be with her Lord on Monday morning, August 24, 2009 at Health South Mechanicsburg. Her funeral was at Mt. Joy on Thursday, August 27, 2009, with burial in the Mt. Joy Cemetery. We offer our prayers and compassion for Nancy’s family.
Last Supper Picture at St. Paul’s

The beautiful inlaid wooden portrayal of the Last Supper (from Israel) over the stairwell was generously given to us by Sarah Alberta Eyler, widow of Pastor Mervin Snyder Eyler, son of St. Paul’s. For a large part of his ministry, Pastor Eyler was an Army Chaplain. Alberta also donated to us Mervin’s field communion kit. Many thanks to Alberta for these gracious and treasured gifts.
New Lighting at St. Paul’s

Check out the new narthex lights at St. Paul’s. The narthex bulletin board, so artfully created each month by, either John and Betty Ridinger or Bonnie Yingling, now is ‘in the light.’ Overhead lighting as well has been enhanced with new lighting and the original lights have been moved to the Sunday School Room, where they will match those in the sanctuary.

The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us.”

St. Paul’s has New Working Constitution

After diligently working since January 11, 2007 re-writing St. Paul’s constitution, it has been formally approved at a meeting of St. Paul’s congregation on March 29 and by the Delaware-Maryland Synod Council on May 27, 2009.

We now have a working constitution on record! Many thanks to Constitution Task Force members, who have put in many long hours on this project: Walt Dayett (chair), Glenn Fream, John and Betty Ridinger, Marlin Six, Shirley Staley (sec), and Pastor Faye Snyder. Congratulations, St. Paul’s!
Bibles for MJSP Children

Mt Joy and St. Paul’s Councils have voted to give Bibles to our children. This September, our children age 2 through grade 3, will be presented with SPARK Story Bibles. These Bibles are rich in graphic artistry, filled with all our favorite stories of God’s love and very human Bible characters.

Grade 4 up to Confirmation age will receive a SPARK Children’s Bible.

If you would like to donate a Bible, the cost is $20 each.

Use special envelope or write Children’s Bible on your check

made out to your church.
Nominating Committees

At Mt. Joy and St. Paul’s, nominating committees are diligently praying, meeting, and working to enlist four council members for each congregation for 2010. We ask members to pray and think if God may be calling you to this very worth-while leadership position. Council is responsible for (according to our constitutions) oversight of the life and activities of this congregation , in particular its worship life, to the end that everything be done in accordance with the Word of God and the faith and practice of the

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Nominating Committee members are Bonnie Brown, Arlene Hofe, Jim Waybright, Michele Weikert for MJ; Bonnie Little, Evelyn Parrish, John Ridinger, Barb Six for SP.

Youth Sunday September 13

Heidi Benner, Zack Miller, and Catherine Nicholson will highlight their adventures in New Orleans, where they attended Jesus, Justice, Jazz, the ELCA National Youth Gathering with 37,000 other youth from across the country. They will speak at both churches.

Calling All Men...

Westminster Conference Men Fall Dinner Meeting, Monday, September 28, 6:30 P.M, St. Luke, (Winters), New Windsor. Family-style Roast Turkey dinner. Free-will offering will be received, $11.00 expected. The program following will include music by the Davis family, followed by a session of brainstorming of ideas which could be helpful in your congregation. Reservations to Dan Keeney (410) 756-2613 or Fred Kehne (717) 337- 3830 by Sept 13.
CHRISTMAS CHILD: At Christmas our hearts go out to needy children. At St. Paul's, we are now collecting gifts, which we will put into wrapped shoe boxes on Oct. 6 and Nov. 17.  Gauge gift sizes accordingly. Items needed: school supplies, hygiene items, small toys (incl. batteries if necessary), hard candy, gum, T-shirts, socks, sun glasses, hair clips, toy jewelry -- DO NOT include war related items, medicines or glass/aerosol cans. Call Betty Ridinger 624-5254. 
We should not serve the poor like they were Jesus. We should serve the poor because they are Jesus.”

- Mother Teresa, In My Own Words
St. Paul’s Ladies Aid 1st fall meeting to pack Christmas Child boxes – Oct. 6
Prayer Shawl Ministry will not meet again until the first Monday of Oct. (Oct. 5th). However, we hope our members’ talented hands will continue creating beautiful shawls throughout the summer!
Sponsor Sunday Bulletins ($10/week) or Mason Dixon Line ($40/month):

May be in honor or memory of a loved one. Call 334-8585 to schedule.

Admitted to the hospital? Please call the church office (717-334-8585).
Deadlines - Bulletin Information: Weds - 1pm for the following Sunday.

Newsletter information: 18th of month for following month. Newsletter is assembled on 4th Wednesday of each month. Bulletin is put together each Friday morning. Can you help? To volunteer, call Shirley Waybright (717- 359 – 7534).
Birthdays and Anniversaries - Please call church office with birthday or anniversary information. Members are prayed for on these special dates in the prayers of the church.

Like to sponsor our Sunday Worship Bulletins or monthly newsletter?

Bulletins- $10 per week, Mason-Dixon Line - $40 per month.

Both may be given in honor or in memory of loved ones.

Call church office 334-8585 to schedule.
Prayer Chain Requests

*Call Janet Maring (334-6439) or Shirley Staley (334-1737)

*When calling in a new request, please be ready to give address information as a prayer card is sent.

*Following 3-month period without update information regarding any name, it will be removed from our list. Thanks for your cooperation in keeping our list current.

We welcome your prayer requests.

Thank you,

Janet and Shirley
Trinity Christian Learning Program at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Taneytown, MD is looking for a qualified Child Care Teacher for 3 and 4 year old for this school year. We are also looking for qualified substitutes.  If there is anyone in your congregation or anyone you know who might be interested in this position, please have them contact Melissa Helfer at 410-756-1909 or
Knowing the entire Bible by heart, and understanding it so well that you can explain every single verse, is useless, unless the Word of God penetrates your inmost being, as the rain penetrates the tiniest roots of a tree in order in order to rise and to fill the whole tree and to bring forth leaves and fruit.

~Emil Brunner
t. Paul’s Basket Bingo October 2, 2009

Please sign up on the narthex bulletin board to sponsor baskets for St. Paul’s basket bingo in October. You may also donate funds in support. Please make checks payable to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and give to Bingo Chairman Daniel Keeney or mail to addresses below.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

C/o Daniel Keeney

5918 Conover Road, Taneytown, MD. 21787

Questions or concerns, call Dan Keeney at (H) 410-756-2613, (M) 443-340-3376 or email:

4th Annual Basket Bingo

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

Harney, MD

October 2, 2009
Held at the Harney VFW Post 6918 Pavilion

5801 Conover Road, Taneytown, MD
Doors open at 5:30 pm - First game starts at 7:00 pm
For tickets please call

410-756-2613 Brenda Keeney or 717-359-7919 Ellen Rodgers

Cost $12.00 per person.

Bingo will consist of current/retired items with 20 regular games,

2 Special games, in addition Basket Raffles and a 50/50.

Door prizes to be given out.

(All seats must have a ticket.)

Refreshments will be available for purchase.
“Longaberger® and the other basket and collection names are the property of The Longaberger Company: This fundraiser is not sponsored by The Longaberger Company.” Permit #464

Funds matched by Thrivent

View From the Pastor’s Window
To God’s People at Mt. Joy and St. Paul’s,

Sitting here gazing out my office window, I lean back in my chair and absorb the soothing view of layered hills, some in sunlight, others shrouded in mist. Sitting here meditating on God’s lush creation and his incredible love, I understand when people say they can worship in nature as well as in buildings made by human hands.

Something happens, though, when we all gather together on Sunday mornings to worship together. As our voices are raised together and our souls are lifted to God together, we form the bond that Christ intended for his church. A church is not just a group of individuals, but the Body of Christ together.
Recently, a study was done, and Lutherans were asked, “What is the most important part of worship, the most sacred, meaningful event for you?” An overwhelming 83% answered Holy Communion was the center of their worship lives. This summer we’ve heard many sermons on Jesus as the Living Bread; we’ve heard Jesus’ commands to “eat his flesh and drink his blood whenever we meet.” I hope you have been thinking about it.
Holy Communion is one of only two sacraments for the Lutheran Church. The other is Holy Baptism. Being only two of them, each is of utmost importance to us. A long time practice, such as Holy Communion may be taken for granted as we forget it is the body and blood of Christ we take into our bodies as we gather round the altar rail. In Holy Communion, we absorb the essence of Christ Jesus’spirit; God's forgiveness reconciles us to God and to one another; frees us from sin, death, and evil; nourishes, strengthens, and sustains us; binds us together as the Body of Christ in this place; and strengthens us for service in the world. Communion every Sunday and on festivals is the norm for Lutherans. Participation is by Christ's invitation and is never forced.
Now - What does Holy Communion mean to you?

See you in Church,

Pastor Faye


Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold.  But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow.”

  ~Douglas Pagels, These Are the Gifts I'd Like to Give to You

It is with sincere gratitude that I say THANK YOU for your prayers, cards, food, phone calls, and flowers (Altar Guild) and transportation I received during recuperation from my fall and subsequent surgery. Thanks also to Pastor Faye for her visits (including hospital and ER) and uplifting prayers. You truly are a caring community!

God bless all of you,

Kathryn Weikert

We would like to thank everyone for all the support we have received since our son, Tanner Yingling, was diagnosed with a rare form of pediatric cancer. All the donations, dinners, prayers and overwhelming support from all of our family, friends, neighbors, businesses and organizations have been greatly appreciated. Words cannot express how thankful we truly are. We are overwhelmed by all the generosity and outpouring of love and support for our sweet little boy.

Jeffrey Yingling, Stephanie (Stambaugh) Yingling & Tanner

Pastor Faye and family and friends at Mt. Joy – Thank you all for your cards, letters, well wishes, concerns, prayers and visits while Lloyd (Don) was undergoing chemotherapy and radiation for cancer. At Lloyd’s follow-up visit, his doctor gave him a clean bill of health. He will continue to have his blood and body checked periodically for any signs of reoccurrence. I am happy to report that Lloyd is a cancer survivor and with prayer and luck, will live to a ripe old age.

Thanks a million – God Bless,

Betsy Reisinger
Dear Pastor Faye,

Please convey our thanks to the wonderful praying people of your parish. Jerry is doing very well after his back surgery. We have a lengthy recuperation ahead of us, but we know that prayers have gotten us this far. We know, too, that God can go the distance with us. Thanks so much.


Jerry and Diane Edris

Many thanks for the cards and prayers. It meant a lot after my operation and recovery. Special thanks for Pastor Faye on her visits.

May God Bless,

Earl Welty

Thank you for the opportunity for us to attend the 2009 Youth Gathering. 

The gathering was a fantastic experience which included service, learning,
and an interactive component.  It was great to be part of the 37,000 youth. 
Thanks again,

Heidi and Susan Benner

Dear Pastor Faye,

Thank you and Mt. Joy Church and our parish for the prayers for George and me. Prayers are all welcome. George is getting better and my surgery went well. And thanks for the altar flowers.

God Bless,

George and Nancy Lambert

Dear Pastor Faye,

I am finally settled and have a nice apartment and nice neighbors. Thank you for remembering Albert, he was devoted to his church and country. He was staff sergeant in the Air Force during WW II.

In June, I was taken in as a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Flemington NJ.

Greetings to all. I miss you.

God’s Blessings,

Anne Sopko

Thanks to GIGGLE Day Camp teachers and helpers: Nick Bell, Catherine Barrett, Susan and Leonard Benner, Heidi Benner, Rachelle Bennett, Bonnie Brown, Karen Dutterer, Aubrey Iaea, Fred and Shirley Kehne, Lisa Lambert, Sharon Martin, Kate Reisinger, Pastor Faye, Bea Waybright, Hadley Waybright, Kim Waybright, Shirley Waybright, Michele Weikert, Doug and Susan White, Transportation: John Reyburn, Kathryn Weikert. We had a great time GIGGLING together!
Thank you to SonRock Kids’ Camp teachers and helpers: Lisa Hoffman, Sandy Kump, Ellen Rodgers, Kristina Rodgers, Kristina Servant, Pastor Faye, and Karen Tawney. We had a rockin’ time learning about the critters in God’s world.
Thank you to those of you who sent cards, came to visit or called.  Special thanks to Pastor Faye for her prayers and for the beautiful prayer shawl. 

Everything was greatly appreciated. 

Mary Jean Lambert

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