PLEASE BE aware that you and yours are invited to attend the solemn observance of Ash Wednesday, noted as the beginning of the Lenten season. Please watch the video presented here to observe the central message of our gathering
We shall worship at 7PM in the sanctuary of the Free Christian Evangelical Church, located on Pine Street in Smethport, PA. May the love of God guide your steps during this penitential time.
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.
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
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…
FOR THOSE Christians who seriously regard the call of giving voice in the public square, please note that our Pastor Tom's recent blog concerning abortion is available, but has been "blocked" by Twitter. Whether this is in error or deliberate we do not presently know. However, though it is indeed thought controversial by some, maybe the truth isn't swallowed easily. You may read the article by clicking below....
WITH DEEP regret, on this Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 9th, 2015, we begin to mark the death of
our beloved Christian brother, William A. (Bill) Lake. While Bill shall stand forever as a founder of our congregation and its ministries, visitations to his family who remain in his stead, will be held at
the Tarbox Funeral Home in Smethport, PA between 2-4pm and 6-8pm.
funeral worship service is slated to be gathered on Monday morning at 11am in
the nearby Hilltop Baptist Church, Cyclone, PA. Join with us there as we remember the works of God
for our salvation.