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St. Luke's Lutheran Church
Monthly Newsletter
Vol. 194 No. 126
July 2022

A Message from Pastor Sally

We have been busy at Camp Luther! Swimming, a camp-wide cook-out, crafts, creek-stomp a dance for intermediate and senior camps, and morning class times to explore the Bible and grow in their faith. Plus, four square games and worship services with loud singing, dancing, and clapping - these highlights describe some of the excellent parts of being at Camp Luther.

Gabby Wharran, John Andrews, and Katharine Andrews have been at Camp Luther from Sunday, 19 June, until 25 June. Be sure and ask them to tell you about their experiences. They will have stories to tell!

Thank you to everyone who has prayed for our campers, sent them cards, and will welcome them home.

Pastor Sally
VBS Report by Carolyn Clauson-Andrews
Vacation Bible School was held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Washington Street, from June 13th through June 16th. Five churches participated this year: St. Paul's, St. Luke's, Souls Won Ministries on Virginia Ave., Metropolitan AME Church on Frederick Street, and First Presbyterian Church on Washington Street. The theme was: Renew, Sow Seeds, Grow Roots, Growing, and Challenges, all based on the Parable of the Sower in Matthew, Chapter 13, verses 1-17. All crafts, games, food, and stories telling were also based on this Parable. Three members of St. Luke's attended: Carolyn Clauson-Andrews helped with registration & group leading, and John Andrews helped with food preparation, serving, and clean-up. Kate Andrews helped with crafts and the opening and closing puppet shows. Over 20 children ages 5 through 11 attended this year.

We are hoping more children will participate next year since usually, 40 children attend. Unfortunately, the pandemic continues to influence attendance numbers. The feedback from the children and parents participating in a family day on 6/16 was very positive. John, Kate, and Carolyn certainly had a good time. New Convent Methodist Church plans to have VBS sometime in August if they have enough volunteers. Please contact Carolyn Clauson-Andrews at 302-759-3741 if you are interested in being a helper or have children that may want to attend. As plans progress, more information will be provided in the St. Luke's bulletins. Thank you.

Carolyn Clauson-Andrews

Our next WELCA meeting will be Thursday, July 7, 2022, at 11 am in the church parlor. Carol Ann Hardman and Jean Hale will be hostesses. Lunch will follow at Bella Napoli Restaurant (692 Greene Street, Cumberland, MD). WELCA is planning our annual Bake Sale/Flea Market/Craft Fair. The date has been scheduled for Saturday, November 5, 2022, from 8 am-2 pm in the fellowship hall. Tables will be $10,00 each. Reserve yours ASAP by calling Carol Straw at 240-803-9292.                 

Birthday news: Our Grace Lewis will be 88 years of age on July 21, 2022. The WELCA ladies showed up at Jean Krampf's residence on June 21, 2022. We celebrated Jean's 86th birthday with another porch party with cupcakes and lots of catching up. Jean was pleased to visit with everyone.

Church Council 
Council Officers

Vice President:

Ray Beall
Nancy McCormick
Dick Graham
Gemma Schade
Additional Members on Council:
Bobbie Beall
Wendy Upchurch
Carolyn Clauson-Andrews
Jeanne Zaladonis
Brian Burton
Ways to Give

St. Luke's has multiple ways to submit your offerings and donations. We encourage you to set up an automated giving schedule. Our online giving portal lets you easily set up a recurring gift via your debit card, credit card, pay pal credit, or checking account. Click here to access.

Give via Check. 2022 Offering Envelopes are ready and in the Narthex for pick-up. Checks can be made payable to "St. Luke's Lutheran Church" and dropped off, or mailed to 1601 Frederick Street, Cumberland, MD 21502

Gift of Stocks & Mutual Funds
Giving appreciated assets - such as stock - often allows you to maximize a gift. Typically, you can receive a tax deduction for the value of the stock on the day it was given, regardless of the cash basis (original purchase price) of the stock. Capital gains taxes are avoided. 

Estate Planning
Setting up a well-designed estate plan may protect your loved ones from expensive probate taxes, allowing you to use the savings to leave a legacy gift for the Church. 

If you are interested in more information about the options contact today. 
Communion Committee
Carolyn Clauson-Andrews
Tracy Malloy
Sharon Cihlar
Gemma Schade
Jeanne Zaladonis
Like to find out more about what is happening in our Synod?
  • You are always welcome to “check out” the Synod’s website: for an events calendar, list of resources, various ministries within the synod, etc.
  • Each Tuesday, the Bishop & the Synod Staff email a newsletter that includes current events/programs/meetings in the Synod that are open to ALL of us.  There are programs for church leaders, youth, deacons . . . the list is endless.  YOU can subscribe to this newsletter.
    • Just go to the Synod Website:
    • Scroll down to the bottom of the home page
    • You will see “SUBSCRIBE TO THE E-LETTER”
    • Fill in your first name, last name, and email address
Now you, too, can begin receiving Synod information directly to your email.  AND, if there is some information or project you would like St. Luke’s to consider, just let the Council know!

Address Request 
We are requesting names and addresses of students in college or anyone serving in the military. Please let someone in the church office know, email the info to us ( or you can place it in the offering plate. Thanks! 
July 1
July 4
July 21
Silas Jefts
Jeanne Zeladonis
Grace Lewis, Sandy Twigg, and Jane Heavner

Remember in Prayer

Recent Prayer Requests
The families of the Robb School Shooting
Jan Burton    
Elijah Thomas
Tom Wetzel    
Charles Paskun
Sharon Cihlar    
Linda Shields
Carol Straw    
Cheryl Weaver
Lidiia Sullivan (living in the Ukraine)    
Hayden Weslow     
The People of the Ukraine    
Our military members & their families
Wilda Rita Heavner
Kim Jackson
Owen Lawyer
Eugene Mason
Ted Morseberger
Sandi & Jim Pague
June Smith
Ben Starr
Michael Vaughn
Noah Weaver
Lisa Whitacre
Judy Workmeister
David & Dianne Kuhns
Earlene Fradiska
Carolyn Hardman
Sandy Moore
Billy Iliff
Finley & Brandy Jefts & Savannah Andrews
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
Staying Connected

A warm welcome to our guests! All are welcome to commune at St. Luke's. Lutherans believe Christ to be bodily present in, with and under the forms of bread and wine, brining us His forgiveness of sins.

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

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.

Our monthly newsletter, The Window, is distributed both by US Mail and email. (Of course, we encourage email delivery!) This publication containing columns, announcements, articles of interest to the congregation, and much more.

Sharing Photos
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Church Staff

Organist/Director of Choirs:
Maintenance Supervisor:
Rev. Sally L. Bartling
Lea Ann Alter
Kevin Carroll
Eleanor Stotler

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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