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May 2019

Thankful Thursday 5.30.19

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Thankful Thursday 5.30.19

Here we are almost six months into the year. Amazing. Different times of the year and different times of life can feel as though they are blazing by with tremendous speed. Conversely there are life moments that seem to creep slower than a snail crossing a highway. Regardless of the season you are in, it is vital for your soul to recognize the gifts you have, reflect on what you have been through, and celebrate the growth or learning you have gained.

These celebrations may be as small as pausing in your walk to inhale the aromatic fragrance of a vibrantly blooming flower, carving out 30 minutes of your schedule to dive into a good book under the shade of a tree, or taking a deep breath and putting on your game face as a celebration of the tools you have to do the hard thing in front of you. Or you may bring your community together in grand gatherings to celebrate a graduation, the union of two becoming one in marriage, or retirement from a dedicated life of work. Reflecting and recognizing actions and experiences gifts us a bit of 20/20 sight along with the fortitude to journey forward.

Joy bursts forth when you celebrate the good, the accomplishment, or the effort you see someone else giving. Shared celebrations include a thumbs up, a handwritten note, or a compliment to their boss, spouse, or children in front of them. Spread the love and joy. Share a celebration.

Blessings to you!

Experience Opportunities:

All are invited to worship this Sunday at 8:00, 9:15, or 10:30 AM. If you would like to know more about these services, click here. Can’t make it to worship? Or want to revisit a message that really spoke to you? Check out our Sunday Sermons.

Weekly Wink 5.29.19

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Weekly Wink 5.29.19
Activities Today & Tonight:

Impact Palmyra Happening throughout the summer. Learn more here: impact-palmyra.org

  • 6:30 PM Revelation Bible Study (Room 201)

Youth Dates for your summer calendar:

  • June 24-27: VBS Helpers
  • June 30: Pool Party 4PM @ Kennedy’s
  • July 14: Cookout & Messy Game Day 12 PM @ church pavilion
  • July 28: Pool Party 4PM @ Kennedy’s
  • August 17: Pool Party & Bonfire 6PM @ Kennedy’s **Welcoming rising 6th graders & families!
VBS 2019 ROARThis Week:
  • 6/1/19 5:00 – 7:00 PM 4 Diamonds Fundraiser in loving memory of Evan Kreider Under the Sea Daddy~Daughter Dance (Fellowship Hall) $15 for a couple, $5 for each additional daughter. Please call 717-838-3620 to RSVP.
  • 6/2/19 8:00, 9:15, & 10:30 AM Worship (Sanctuary) Get the Sunday bulletin (Hill Highlights) via email – sign up here.
  • 6/2/19 8:00 – 11:30 AM Register or volunteer for VBS! (Welcome Center)

It’s coming…Vacation Bible School (VBS) 2019! June 24 – 27 (M-Th) Get more info here.

*Volunteers over 18 years old: Current clearances are required to volunteer for events and are good for 5 years following the original issue date. Contact the church office to make sure yours are up-to-date. To update clearances online visit:

Criminal: http://epatch.state.pa.us     Child Abuse: www.compass.state.pa.us

Thankful Thursday 5.23.19

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Thankful Thursday 5.23.19

In thinking today’s topic, relationships, I did a bit of inspiration work by listening to a podcast by John Maxwell (as I walked the dog- moving the body and the mind is good for the soul)! You can listen to it too by clicking the title. It is called Building Relationships: Working Together Means Winning Together (Part I).

adult study button - bibleThe first devotion shared John 8:7 “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone.” (You can read the Our Daily Bread devotion here.) It challenged me to extend grace and hope to those with whom I am in relation.

The second devotion offered this piercing thought: Much of our unhappiness in life is caused by people not being what we want them to be or doing what we want them to do. Far too often we impose our understanding of life on others instead of pausing to listen and appreciate how God created this other person before you. Listen to their thoughts and perspectives. You may not agree with their view on life, but you and I are called to love that person -not their view- in Christian love.

Flip Side

When I am the challenging individual, God has a plan for my life. He does not force His plan on me. God listens and appreciates who I am right now. He loves me too much to leave me where I am. Do your thoughts and actions always line up with God’s will for your life? We are human. That answer is nope!

Through the gift of free will, I choose to hear from God. Scripture speaks challenges to me to mold and shape my heart toward the fruits of the spirit. We each have the choice to move closer to God, listen to His word, and grow in goodness. Guess what? Regardless of the choice we make: He LOVES us anyway!

Blessings to you!

Experience Opportunities:

All are invited to worship this Sunday at 8:00, 9:15, or 10:30 AM. If you would like to know more about these services, click here. Can’t make it to worship? Or want to revisit a message that really spoke to you? Check out our Sunday Sermons.

Weekly Wink 5.22.19

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Weekly Wink 5.22.19
Activities Today & Tonight:

Impact Palmyra Happening throughout the summer. Learn more here: impact-palmyra.org

 

  • 6:30 PM Revelation Bible Study (Room 201)

Youth Dates for your summer calendar:

  • June 24-27: VBS Helpers
  • June 30: Pool Party 4PM @ Kennedy’s
  • July 14: Cookout & Messy Game Day 12 PM @ church pavilion
  • July 28: Pool Party 4PM @ Kennedy’s
  • August 17: Pool Party & Bonfire 6PM @ Kennedy’s **Welcoming rising 6th graders & families!
VBS 2019 ROARThis Week:
  • 5/26/19 8:00, 9:15, & 10:30 AM Worship & Graduate Recognition (Sanctuary) Get the Sunday bulletin (Hill Highlights) via email – sign up here.
  • 5/26/19 8:00 – 11:30 AM Register or volunteer for VBS! (Welcome Center)
  • 5/28/19 9:15 AM Ladies Tuesday Bible Study (Room 201) *Final spring gathering.

It’s coming…Vacation Bible School (VBS) 2019! June 24 – 27 (M-Th) Get more info here.

*Volunteers over 18 years old: Current clearances are required to volunteer for events and are good for 5 years following the original issue date. Contact the church office to make sure yours are up-to-date. To update clearances online visit:

Criminal: http://epatch.state.pa.us     Child Abuse: www.compass.state.pa.us

Thankful Thursday 5.16.19

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Thankful Thursday 5.16.19

With the nearly full moon, I awoke early one morning and was blessed with an hour of quiet before the rest of the house began to stir. That time allowed me to spend time in my devotions hearing from God and to reflect on 5 things in my life for which I’m grateful. I also dreamed. At the end of my reflection time, I zeroed in on one thing I wanted to make happen that day to bring me closer to realizing one of my dreams.

adult study button - bibleThis intentional time with God has been a grounding force throughout my life. The more consistent this time occurs, the more I enjoy each breath I take and the present moments surrounding me. It doesn’t always occur super early in the morning, but it always retrains my focus on Jesus.

My thoughts and focus can so easily drift to others. They beckon me to slip into comparison and woe is me because I don’t have what I see others possessing. The less-than and lacking thoughts running through my head physically impact my posture. My shoulders slump forward. My chin drops towards my chest. God has not called me or you to live our lives in such a state. He challenges us to live with child-like wonder.

“At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and eartht, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, father, for this is what you were pleased to do.” Luke 10:21

Appreciate the early morning quiet awaiting the day with a silent smile. Marvel at the shadows dancing across the ground as the breeze rustles the leaves of the trees. Pause to watch artistry in motion at the end of the day when the sky blazes with a multitude of colors. As the sun fades away drawing the blanket of evening, we are encouraged to rest in the knowledge we are under our Creator’s care. God’s got this!

So thankful God provides so many opportunities to see beauty, be awed by His wonders, and blessed by His bountiful creation. Exercise your gratitude muscle this week by seeing the world with child-like wonder.

Blessings to you!

Experience Opportunities:

All are invited to worship this Sunday at 8:00, 9:15, or 10:30 AM. If you would like to know more about these services, click here. Can’t make it to worship? Or want to revisit a message that really spoke to you? Check out our Sunday Sermons.

Weekly Wink 5.15.19

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Weekly Wink 5.15.19
Activities Today & Tonight:

 Impact Palmyra Happening throughout the summer. Learn more here: impact-palmyra.org

Impact Palmyra

  • 6:30 PM Revelation Bible Study (Room 201)
  • 6:30 – 8 PM Youth Group: For grades 6th-12th. (Heritage Room aka Library) Sign up with Judy for Laser Tag Saturday, May 18th.

Youth Dates for your summer calendar:

  • June 24-27: VBS Helpers
  • June 30: Pool Party 4PM @ Kennedy’s
  • July 14: Cookout & Messy Game Day 12 PM @ church pavilion
  • July 28: Pool Party 4PM @ Kennedy’s
  • August 17: Pool Party & Bonfire 6PM @ Kennedy’s **Welcoming rising 6th graders & families!

Graduates, final day to submit you info here so we can celebrate you on Sunday, May 19th.

VBS 2019 ROARThis Week:
  • 5/19/19 8:00, 9:15, & 10:30 AM Worship & Graduate Recognition (Sanctuary) Get the Sunday bulletin (Hill Highlights) via email – sign up here.
  • 5/19/19 11:30 AM 3rd Annual Hand Chime Choir Family & Friends Celebration (Fellowship Hall)
  • 5/21/19 9:15 AM Ladies Tuesday Bible Study (Room 201)

It’s coming…Vacation Bible School (VBS) 2019! June 24 – 27 (M-Th) Get more info here.

Thankful Thursday 5.9.19

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Thankful Thursday 5.9.19

As rain drops fell from the sky, I ducked my head to hustle from the car to the building avoiding as many rain drops as possible! Once inside, I glanced towards the sky in hopes of seeing an end to the rain and a chance to see the sun. I treasure the warmth the sun brings as it shines its golden rays.

adult study button - bibleAs good as those rays of sunshine feel, they can not compare to the goodness brought to my life by my relationship with the Son, Christ Jesus. Forgiven for my repented mistakes. Challenged to grow beyond my current “status quo.” Blessing others through the actions of my growth and talent sharing.

Look to THE Son. Christ models humanity perfectly. He demonstrates a healthy relationship with our heavenly Father. And Jesus shows us how to interact with others. The Bible shares all of these aspects and more.

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105

Take time to read the Bible (or listen through an audio app as you walk/run.) Reflect on the blessings given to you. Notice the piece of life missing for yourself and/or others that you can affect. What can you do to improve or more fully appreciate life?

The Son has a way of bringing some tough stuff into the light. A God-based support system is key to healing. As you focus on the difficult issue and bring it to Him, you will hurt facing it. But He is there to help you through the healing process. Support networks cover you in prayer, interceding for you when you may not have the strength. God, in His provenience, makes a way for the healing even when we can not see one.

Tough times are not easy to face. We all go through them. Look to Christ when you don’t know what to do. Connect with God and ask for insight into His will for your life.  And at all times, tough or easy, seek to be the hands and feet of Christ.

He is with you. Bless others with your actions in Christian love. You may be the warmth God uses to shine light into another person’s life.

Blessings to you!

Experience Opportunities:

All are invited to worship this Sunday at 8:00, 9:15, or 10:30 AM. If you would like to know more about these services, click here. Can’t make it to worship? Or want to revisit a message that really spoke to you? Check out our Sunday Sermons.

Weekly Wink 5.8.19

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Weekly Wink 5.8.19
Activities Today & Tonight:

 Impact Palmyra Happening throughout the summer. Learn more here: impact-palmyra.org

Impact Palmyra

  • 6:30 PM Revelation Bible Study (Room 201)
  • 6:30 – 8 PM Youth Group: For grades 6th-12th. (Heritage Room aka Library) Sign up with Judy for Laser Tag Saturday, May 18th.
  • 6:45 PM Adult Choir (Room 301) *Next week will be our last practice.

Graduates, submit you info here so we can celebrate you on Sunday, May 19th.

VBS 2019 ROARThis Week:
  • 5/12/19 8:00, 9:15, & 10:30 AM Worship (Sanctuary) Get the Sunday bulletin (Hill Highlights) via email – sign up here.
  • 5/12/19 9:10 AM Bible Study: Unexpected (Room 201)
  • 5/14/19 9:15 AM Ladies Tuesday Bible Study (Room 201)

It’s coming…Vacation Bible School (VBS) 2019! June 24 – 27 (M-Th) Get more info here.

Thankful Thursday 5.2.19

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Thankful Thursday 5.2.19

I recently read “If you are not growing, you are dying.” When you take a look out the window at nature, the plants prove this point visually especially right now. The plants sucking up the plentiful rain waters and soaking in the sunshine vibrantly display richly colored leaves and petals for all to see. Conversely, the plants lacking rich soil, hidden from the life giving rain, or attacked by pests or disease, droop dry and brittle.

How similar is our personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? When we take our eyes and heart off Him, we shift our focus to the world. We become the droopy, dry, brittle plants because we have removed ourselves from the true life-giving source! Focusing on Jesus Christ fills us emotionally, spiritually, and physically.

Intentionally choosing to make time to be in prayer, study God’s word, and pray some more takes effort (especially if it is a new habit you are looking to create!) Here is the other piece to this relationship: Jesus has already chosen you! He is waiting for you with open arms.

Like the vibrant plants, soaking in your relationship with Jesus Christ fuels you with the Fruits of the Spirit. It emboldens you to share your gifts and talents as a blessing for all to see. That is allowing the glory of God to shine through you!

Soak in your relationship with Jesus to be fueled to go out and share with the world the blessings you possess – a gift, a talent, your time, a smile. I’m so thankful each of us has unique blessing we bring to the world to make it as vibrant as it is. I’ll keep my eyes open for the vibrant blessings each of you share as I share mine!

Blessings to you!

Experience Opportunities:

All are invited to worship this Sunday at 8:00, 9:15, or 10:30 AM. If you would like to know more about these services, click here. Can’t make it to worship? Or want to revisit a message that really spoke to you? Check out our Sunday Sermons.

Impact Palmyra is Today, May 2nd through Saturday, May 4th. Interested in getting involved? Click here to learn more.

Weekly Wink 5/1/19

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Weekly Wink 5/1/19
Activities Today & Tonight:
  • 5/1/19 – 5/4/19 2-4 hours in the mornings & evenings Impact Palmyra Learn more here: impact-palmyra.org

Impact Palmyra

  • 6:00 PM FREE Community Meal at Palm Lutheran, 11 W Cherry St
    • 6:30 PM Revelation Bible Study (Room 201)
    • 6:30 – 8 PM Youth Group: For grades 6th-12th. (Heritage Room aka Library)
    • 6:45 PM Adult Choir (Room 301)
    • 6:45 PM Son Seeker’s Ladies Bible Study (Room 305)

Graduates, submit you info here so we can celebrate you on Sunday, May 19th.

VBS 2019 ROARThis Week:
  • 5/5/19 8:00, 9:15, & 10:30 AM Worship (Sanctuary) Get the Sunday bulletin (Hill Highlights) via email – sign up here.
  • 5/5/19 9:10 AM Bible Study: Unexpected (Room 201)
  • 5/7/19 9:15 AM Ladies Tuesday Bible Study (Room 201)

It’s coming…Vacation Bible School (VBS) 2019! June 24 – 27 (M-Th) Get more info here.