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Pastor Finney | St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Sassamansville

Pastor Matthew Finney

Pastor Matthew Finney was unanimously installed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Sassamansville on Aug. 7 as the 21st pastor. Before receiving the call at St. Paul’s, Pastor Finney served a two-point parish in Western Pennsylvania known as Holy Shepherd Lutheran Parish which was a combination of Holy Trinity Parish in Lanse and Shepherd of the Hills Parish in Karthaus.

Pastor Finney brings many gifts to St. Paul’s. He received his master of divinity at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in 2010. He also has a master of science degree in 2003 from North Carolina State University and a bachelor of science degree in 2000 from Purdue University both in agricultural science.

Pastor’s Summer Message

In the summer the schedule at St. Paul’s slows down a bit.  Sunday school goes on break and we move to our summer worship time of 9 am (summer schedule begins on June 16th).  This year we have something new to do for the summer.  On Sunday, June 30th we will meet for worship at 10:15 am at Hickory Park where we will have a brief worship service to kick off our church picnic.  Bring a dish to share and we will gather to enjoy food, fellowship, and fun for the day.  Everyone in our group will receive $1 off the daily rate for the pool if you wish to swim.  This day will be a good day to invite friends and family or to re-engage with the congregation.  I hope to see you there.

changeOne change we are considering over the summer regards our newsletter.  In this issue, you will find a survey about options for receiving the newsletter.  We are considering moving to an electronic format for the newsletter.  This will help save money on paper, printing, and postage as well as time while allowing more timely information distribution.  I have received several complaints about long delays in receiving newsletters in the mail some months as well as damage to newsletters in the mail.  Both of these problems are outside of our control.  We work hard to ensure that the newsletter is mailed out in a timely manner.  An e-newsletter would be available immediately after completion of each issue. It could be delivered by e-mail and also available on our website.  Paper copies of the newsletter would be available for pickup at church and paper copies will be mailed to those on our visitation list.  Please complete and return the survey to help us decide what steps to take with newsletter distribution.

prepareEven though it is summer ‘break’ there are still important things happening at St. Paul’s.  First and foremost is Sunday worship.  It is the most important thing we do as a church, so please make every effort to gather for worship in the summertime.  Summer is also an important time of preparation for the fall.  Fall is a busy time at St. Paul’s and a critical time for people to engage with the church.  In the summer then we will be getting ready for the fall.  We will be preparing for our fall events like the Golf Outing, Oktoberfest, and the Bazaar. We will also be getting ready for the upcoming program year of Christian education and formation.  We will also be doing some work on the building over the summer.  As I write this work is being done on the air-conditioning installation in the fellowship hall and the replacement of the retaining walls in the front of the church.  There will be other small projects and updates happening over the summer as well.  Don’t forget all the hard work the mowing team puts into maintaining our grounds over the summer.  The goal is to be ready to have a great fall and beyond at St. Paul’s.

get involvedSo, even though from the outside looking in things seem quiet at St. Paul’s there are many important things happening this summer.  Please make St. Paul’s a part of your life over the summer and help us prepare for a great 2019-2020 program year.

In Christ,

Pr. Matt

Thank you.