Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Temporal or Absolute Power?

OUR BIBLE study for this week covers a confrontational text from the Gospel According to Saint John. It concerns the powers of this world as positioned over against our Lord's reign. Click on

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                         Blessings...  Pastor Tom

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Making Light in the Darkness...

IN ANSWER to the recent tragedy that occurred in Paris, France, our Pastor Tom offered these thoughts. Click on the callout below...

 Please join us in offering prayers for those who have suffered the strokes of rampant terrorism in the French nation.

Hope Gives Thanks...

Dorothy Herzog

WE GIVE thanks this day for ministry done amongst us. This is done even though our sister in the faith, Dorothy June Johnson Herzog, died on November 3, 2015 in Dunnellon, FL. She had been a longtime Lutheran resident of the Smethport, PA area for well over 80 years.
 Born July 7, 1925 in Mt. Jewett, PA as the daughter of Carl E & Olga E Johnson, Dorothy and her husband Fred were married in Coudersport, PA on October 28, 1943 and celebrated 52 years of marriage together.
 Affectionately known as “Dot” to family and friends she was proud of her Lutheran upbringing and a very active participant in our faith community.
 After raising her children Dot went back to school, got her GED and went on to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. She was known for her compassion and kindnesses shown to her patients while working at the Bradford Hospital for over twenty years. She often volunteered for the Blood Bank and encouraged donors.
 Dot was preceded in death by her parents, Carl E & Olga Johnson; her husband, Fred L Herzog; and two brothers, Wayne Johnson and Kenneth Johnson. Visitations took place on Friday, November 6, 2015 at Roberts Funeral Home in Ocala. The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, that memorials be made to the charity of your choice in memory of Dorothy. The funeral service was held with the congregation of Hope Lutheran Church gathered in the Free Christian Evangelical Church in Smethport, PA on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 with Pastor Beam officiating.

By Water and the Spirit...

WE SERVANTS at Hope Lutheran Church were recently privileged to witness the Sacrament of Holy Baptism provided for two children in our community. During our worship of God and divine mercy on Sunday, October 25th, at 9AM in the morning, Owen Alexander Buczkowski and Autumn Marie Benjamin were baptized by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 In keeping with our Lutheran heritage and faith expression, and with our congregation as witnesses, each child was baptized with water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Each was anointed with sacred oil in the sign of the cross, which is a sign made before God that signifies their identity... that each may be empowered to go forward forever in life as a citizen in the kingdom of God.

 The family of Autumn Marie is charged with her care, and her Godparents are respectfully given oversight of her spiritual growth.

In the same way, those that care for Owen Alexander are so charged with seeing that he receives growth and education in the church of Jesus Christ, until that day in which he can take his place as an adult serving in the kingdom of God.

 By the grace of God then, we at Hope Lutheran are given the responsibility expressed first through godparents, to be a supportive community during their works upon earth. May the Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier of all who are brought to the true faith, help us in this wonderful task.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Walking Hope Around Water!

ON THE morning of this past September 26th, several members of our congregation participated in a local walking event that was scheduled in Hamlin Park. Present among those gathered were Pastor Tom and his wife Barbara. The walk began with Barb’s registration and a short address by the Bright Alternatives representative. Barbara’s walk in ministry was supported financially by several members of Hope Lutheran Church. Pictured here is Barbara and one of her supporters, Judy Gregory.
  Prior to the event, Barbara had secured fund raising promises from several members of the church and her family. The funds would be used for the ministry of Bright Alternatives, of 90 Boyleston St. in nearby Bradford, PA. The group works to benefit women, children and the yet to be born.
 The event held was slated as “Walking Under His Wings”, and it involved a mid-morning stroll around the lake. The course covered was over a mile in distance. Barbara walked the road around the lake alongside a member of St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, while Pastor Tom straggled behind… taking pictures and a video… thus using a shortcut through the grass to complete his trek.
 The walk had beforehand invited every participant to engage active financial support for the organization. The group assists those women who may want to find out if pregnancy is upon them, are already involved in pregnancy, or have experienced abortion. Bright Alternatives actively works to assist them with appropriate testing, resource seeking and/or counseling.

 There were approximately 80-90 persons who participated in the walk, of which unfortunately, less than a dozen were from Smethport.
 Pastor Tom was disappointed by the lack of local clergy participation. Being from a denomination that expresses a life-affirming posture both in Smethport and around the nation, we at Hope Lutheran Church had prayed for greater participation.
 Since Bright Alternatives had suggested that each participant obtain donation sponsors for their course distance, with the earned proceeds intended to benefit this worthy focus… if you yet wish to give a donation, please call Bright Alternatives at 814-368-3388 to make arrangements, or also be prompted to donate to “Lutherans for Life” as indicated below. Click on the callout below…