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St. Luke's Lutheran Church
Monthly Newsletter
Vol. 184 No. 17
September 2021

Pastor Updates

St. Luke’s Pastor Office Hours
Pastor Sally will be at St. Luke’s Monday and Thursday each week.

Office hours will begin 7 June from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. During my afternoons in Cumberland, I will be visiting our homebound members and bringing Holy Communion to them.

Please understand that there may be times when my office hours may be postponed due to a pastoral emergency or a funeral. You may always contact me at this number: (304) 813-0889.
Giving Back Is Easy!

St. Luke's is excited to announce our new online donation feature. Members of our congregation will now be able to GIVE donations from anywhere.  Visit our website today to explore the donation options!

In his love,
W. Ray Beall
Council President 
Church Council 
Council Officers

Vice President:

Ray Beall
Nancy McCormick
Sharon Cihlar
Gemma Schade
Additional Members on Council:
Carolyn Clauson-Andrews
Carol Ketterman
Jeanne Zaladonis
Judy Golliday
Henry "Tink" Michael, Jr. 
Communion Committee
Carolyn Clauson-Andrews
Sandi Pague
Debbie Jefts
Daniel Jefts
Sharon Cihlar
Gemma Schade
Jeanne Zaladonis

A Message from Your WELCA Secretary!
As most of you have already heard, WELCA has been trying to find creative, yet safe ways, to remember our members. In March, we had a sidewalk party for Earlene Fradiska’s 95th birthday at Sterling Care Frostburg Village. We had 8 ladies come to celebrate with Earlene, while we surprised her from a large window. We spoke to her via cell phone. It was a brisk day in March! But the woman was so happy to have brightened her day, during a lockdown for covid-19. We left her a birthday poster, flowers, and balloons; that we were able to pass to her through the staff members.

In June, we decided to surprise our Jean Krampf on her 85th birthday. We had 7 ladies show up, along with Pastor Sally. And, we really shocked Jean! She had emotions ranging from smiling to crying! We had a lovely and safe visit on her front porch. She was so happy with balloons, cupcakes, and cards. At the end of our visit, she told us that this was the first time that she ever had a surprise birthday party! By the nearing end of the summer, we thought that our parties were finished; knowing that we had done the best able, for our WELCA ladies, who had monumental birthdays during this pandemic. Then, we saw that we had a very long-term member turning 95 years in August. Carol and I decided that we would show up for Mr. Bob Meister’s big day. We mentioned it to the other WELCA members, and they were once again onboard!

We had a car full of 5 ladies show up at Bob’s door, and we were the ones to be surprised! Bob was at a doctor’s visit with his caregiver, as we waited for him. A car pulled up behind us and wondered who we all were. It was Bob’s family from the Baltimore area. So, the five of us were able to meet and visit Bob’s family on his front porch. Finally, Bob, and his caregiver, arrived home. It took him a few minutes to get up to the porch. He was doubly surprised to be visited by his relatives and his church family, all at one time. We left him with his family, a birthday poster, cards, cupcakes, and balloons.

He had the biggest smile, as we left his porch. On our way back to the church, all of the women commented that they were so glad to have joined in on this last surprise! So, I guess anyone in the church family never knows what will happen on a monumental occasion!

The WELCA Women will be singing the 4th Sunday of each month. All women are welcome to join us. 

WELCA ladies will meet Thursday, 9/2/21 at 11am in the Fellowship Hall. Carolyn Clauson-Andrews will be hostess. Thre will be a Tai-chi demonstration (masks are required). After the meeting they will be going to Lindy’s for lunch.

Save the date. WELCA meeting October 7 at 11am in Fellowship Hall .Lunch provided. Ceramic party at 1230.

We will be having a craft, baked goods  and flea market sale on November 6 in the Fellowship hall from 8am to 2pm. Tables are $10.00 .Hot dogs and Sloppy Joe’s will be sold. Contact Carol Straw at 301-268-0789 or Jeanne Hale at 
Sunday School
We will be starting Sunday school on September 12th, at 11 am, after six pack choir practice. Children and teenagers K - 12 are welcome. Please let Carolyn Andrews know if you are interested in teaching or being a helper for the classes.

Confirmation Classes 
Confirmation classes will be held after the 9 AM church service and before choir practice
. This will be a short time period for discussion of the material sent virtually by the pastor each week as needed. We are looking forward to starting our new Sunday school year to learn and grow with God. 

6-Pack Fundraiser
The 6 pack would like to thank everyone who contributed to their fundraiser. We were going to purchase a Karaoke machine and funds for their activities.  Hayden came up with the idea to do their  music via computer.  So Hayden & Jackson put their heads together and successfully came up with a wonderful system which improved the Church sound system and the sound system in the fellowship hall. We want to thank Allegany Computer Systems and our Church  for giving us computers. We're sorry to say, due to the virus they will not be singing for awhile.  Our plan for the up coming months is to obtain a fire pit and have get togethers around the fire and have hot dog roasts and roast marshmallows and have sing a longs.  Anyone who wants to join in the fun is welcome.
Healthy Carrott Muffins

1 ¾ cups white whole wheat flour or regular whole wheat flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups peeled and grated carrots* (from ¾ pound carrots—about 3 large or up to 6 small/medium)
½ cup roughly chopped walnuts
½ cup raisins (I like golden raisins), tossed in 1 teaspoon flour
⅓ cup melted coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil**
½ cup maple syrup or honey
2 eggs, preferably at room temperature
1 cup plain Greek yogurt***
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar (also called raw sugar), for sprinkling on top

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. If necessary, grease all 12 cups on your muffin tin with butter or non-stick cooking spray (my pan is non-stick and doesn’t require any grease).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, ginger and nutmeg. Blend well with a whisk. In a separate, small bowl, toss the raisins with 1 teaspoon flour so they don’t stick together. Add the grated carrots, chopped walnuts and floured raisins to the other ingredients and stir to combine.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the oil and maple syrup and beat together with a whisk. Add the eggs and beat well, then add the yogurt and vanilla and mix well. (If the coconut oil solidifies in contact with cold ingredients, gently warm the mixture in the microwave in 30 second bursts.)
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix with a big spoon, just until combined (a few lumps are ok). Divide the batter evenly between the 12 muffin cups. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with turbinado sugar. Bake muffins for 13 to 16 minutes, or until the muffins are golden on top and a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.
  5. Place the muffin tin on a cooling rack to cool. If you have leftover muffins, store them, covered, at room temperature for two days, or in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Freeze leftover muffins for up to 3 months.
Assisting Minister Schedule for
September 2021
Assisting Minister
Brian Burton
Wendy Upchurch
Jeanne Zaladonis
Sharon Cihlar
September Birthdays
9/1    Vickie Shaffer
9/3    Janet Graham
9/6    Brandi Jefts
9/10    Kevin Carroll
9/12    Tammy Alter
9/14    R. Deckerhoff
9/16    Sharon Miller
9/18    Janice Burton
9/23    Carol Straw
9/23    Kadence Jenkins
All functions at St. Lukes are subject to change based on COVID-19 protocols and guidance.

 Diabetes Prevention Program - Classes are forming now for DPP, a lifestyle change program to prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes. Call 240-964-8424 for more info.

This Saturday, September 4th.  there will be a memorial service at St. Luke’s for Sharon Cihlar’s mother, Eleanor Andronchick.  The service will be at 11 AM and Pastor Sally will be officiating. I am sure she would appreciate the support of her church family.

Many of you remember Pastor Amsalu Geleta, who was on the Synod staff and assisted us while we were “in transition.”  He will be installed as Senior Pastor of Christ Lutheran Church(Inner Harbor) on Sept. 12th. at 3:00 PM.  I am hoping to attend if anyone wants to ride with me.

Remember in Prayer

Recent Prayer Requests
Daniels Jefts 
Jaiden Cox
Kitty Wharran 
Cheryl Weaver
Sandy Moore 
Earlene Fradiska
Hayden Weslow 
Linda Shields
Rev Scott Robinson 
Mickie Myers
James Inez
Robyn Garland
Shirley Brinkman
Carolyn Hardman
The Family of Frances Ann Shaw
The Family of Ray Yount
Freddie Goetz
George Hale
Wilda Rita Heavner
Kim Jackson
David Johnson
Owen Lawyer
Eugene Mason
Bob Meister
Theodore “Ted” Morsberger
Sandi Pague
June Smith
Ben Starr
Carol Tipton
Michael Vaughn
Noah Weaver 
Lisa Whitacre
Judy Workmeister
David Kuhns
In Memory of Ray Yount.
Ray Yount was a dedicated member of St. Luke's. Ray had served on Council and as the treasurer for many terms. Until recent years when his health declined, he always worked on the next year's budget. Many folks will remember him teaching the Adult Bible Sunday School Class as well as serving as an usher and Assisting Minister. Click here to view his obituary

Ray lived with his sister while in North Carolina.  
Here is her name and address if you want to send a note or card:  
Margaret Yount 3331  28th. Street, N.E., Hickory, NC  28601.
If there is someone you would like to put on the Prayer
list, please call the church office at 301-722-4190
or email request to
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Secretary Volunteers:
Rev. Sally L. Bartling
Lea Ann Alter
Kevin Carroll
Eleanor Stotler

Nancy McCormick, Sharon Cihlar, Tracey Malloy, and Carolyn Clauson-Andrews
St. Luke's Statement of Mission
St. Luke's Lutheran Church of Cumberland, Maryland, is a member of the Church Universal, which the Holy Spirit uses for the evangelization of the world. Through the Holy Spirit we accept the responsibility to make disciples of all persons. As affirmation of our faith in Jesus Christ, we shall provide a house of worship in order to preach and teach the Gospel and to administer the Sacrament. From the base of Christian learning and strength, and with God's help and guidance, we shall strive to reach out to our community and to people throughout the world. 


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