There are many times when you should call the pastor. Be confident these calls are welcome and it is a blessing to share in your life at times of joy and challenge.
Please call whenever someone is in the hospital. Because of privacy issues hospitals are not allowed to share information with the church office.
Call the pastor whenever there is a serious illness or accident.
Call the pastor whenever there is a serious concern in behavioral health, including depression or suicide.
Call the pastor before making contact with the funeral director to plan a funeral.
Finally call the pastor when a baby is born, while the mother and baby are still in the hospital.
Relax! God put the wiggle in children; don't feel you have to suppress it in God's house. All are welcome!
Sit toward the front where it is easier for your little ones to see and hear what is going on at the altar. They tire of seeing the backs of others' heads.
Quietly explain the parts of the servie and actions of the pastor, lay servers, choir, etc.
Sing the hymns, pray, and voice the responses. Children learn liturgical behavior by copying you.
If you have to to leave the service with your child, feel free to do so,, but please come back. As Jesus said, "Let the children come to me."
Remember the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to tne Church, to God, and to one another. Let them know that they are at home in this house of worship.
Effective July 1, 2015, a new law took effect that affects volunteers 18-years of age and older who are responsible for the welfare of a child or having direct contact with children will be required to submit a Pennsylvania Criminal History report from the PA State Police and a Certification from the PA Department of Human Services. As long as you have been a Pennsylvania Resident for a period of no less than ten years, you will not be required to do the Federal Criminal History report from the FBI. If we fail to do this, we will be charged with a misdemeanor of the third degree.
Changes in regulations means that hospitals will no longer tell us if people are hospitalized even it they list themselves as Lutherans and/or ask the church to be notified. Please let us know if you or a family member are in the hospital and any relevant details. We want to visit and offer support and prayers duing your hospital stay.