Reformation News & Events

***Please note: The six most recent news and announcements are listed in the sidebar below to the right (under What’s New at Reformation?) and on the home page.***

Hike and Bible Study

The Eco-Ministry Team is hosting a Bible Study and Hike with Pastor Alina on Saturday, October 19. This is an opportunity to explore God’s word and creation together! We will gather in the church parking lot at 10:15 am and carpool to Hildacy Farm. Or you can meet us in the parking lot at Hildacy […]

October Lunch Bunch

Lunch Bunch – On Wednesday, October 16, at noon, join Lunch Bunch at Il Granaio Italian Restaurant, 711 Concord Road, Glen Mills. Sign up in the lobby. All are welcome to come!

Loss and Grief

All Our Losses, All Our Grief, a three week course focusing on stories of loss, grief, and ritual, takes place at Reformation on Tuesday evenings, October 15, 22, 29, 7-8:30 pm in the Alyce Thompson Room. This program is open to friends and family as well. To register, contact any member of the staff or […]

October Book Club

Library Book Club: Tuesday, October 15, 7:00 pm, in the Alyce Thompson Room. A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline, Inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s painting Christina’s World and his other portraits of Christina Olson, imagines the experiences and feelings of a complex, physically limited woman who was Wyeth’s muse. Weaving fact and fiction, […]

Free Concert

Our inaugural concert of the 2019-2020 Season will be the return of the Mirror Visions Ensemble on Sunday, October 13, at 4pm at Reformation. The New Yorker says of the ensemble, “For a quarter century, this enterprising ensemble of voices has been presenting new American songs with both charm and expertise.” If you were at […]

In God’s Image

Learn to Welcome and Include the LGBTQIA+ CommunityJoin us on Saturday, October 12 for a morning of learning, brunching, and growth as the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod sponsors this workshop to help you explore the many ways YOUR congregation can become a more welcoming, affirming, and inclusive space for our LGBTQIA+ siblings. This gathering is not […]

Celebrate St. Luke

On Sunday, October 13, we will commemorate St. Luke the evangelist in worship. Tradition says that Luke was a physician by profession. As such, commemorations honoring him often include a rite of healing. During worship that Sunday we will include a full Rite of Healing with opportunities for prayer and anointing.

October Men’s Breakfast

Men’s Breakfast group invites all Reformation men to their Saturday, October 12, Horseshoe Tournament. Coffee and Fellowship begin at 8:30 am, breakfast is served at 9:00 and they pitch horse shoes at approximately 9:30 am.

October Youth Group

Arasapha Haunted Hayride – All youth in grades 6-12, and their friends and families, are invited to join us on Sunday, October 6. Please sign up using the Sign Up Genius link that will be emailed out to families. See Pastor Alina with any questions. 

Blessing of the Animals

You and your pet are invited to a Blessing of the Animals service on Saturday, October 5, at 11:30 am. The service will be held around the back of the church building. If your pet is unable to attend the service, please feel free to bring a photo of your pet. Participants are encouraged to […]

Sept. Deacon’s Blog

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Eco Ministry Updates

Eco Thanks You The Eco Ministry would like to thank everyone who purchased a shopping bag with the Reformation logo. We collected $215 during our spring/summer sale and the money has been used to purchase seven ceramic water filters. When safe drinking water is not available – especially following natural disasters or emergencies – a […]

Come Home for Homecoming

Join us on Sunday, September 29, as we welcome home all members of Reformation – past and present! During worship we will recognize our “Heritage Members” – those who have been members of Reformation for 50 or more years. We will also recognize members of Confirmation Classes from years ending in “4” and “9.” Be […]

Sept. Feeding the Homeless

Our next opportunity to serve at the Life Center in Upper Darby is Thursday, September 26. Please sign up on the sheets on the counter in the lobby to help in one of these ways: Make a meat casserole (15 needed). The recipe and aluminum pan are provided; put casserole in church freezer by 9/24 […]

Children’s Choir

in the Children’s Choir! What: Children’s Choir Who: Kids age 4 to grade 5 When: Tuesdays, 6:30 pm, starting Sept. 24th The Children’s Choir sings once a month during the school year. We are always excited to welcome new members who love to sing! *Please contact Liz Hazlett with any questions!

God’s Work, Our Hands

The seventh annual God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday will take place September 22 from 10 am to 3 pm. Non-perishable food items will be collected that day at church and at Trader Joe’s in Media for Chester Eastside Inc. and Media Food Pantry. How can you help? Volunteers will serve for one hour shifts to […]

Help Clean Up Rose Tree Road

Can you smell fall in the air and see the leaves starting to change colors? Well then, it is time for the fall clean-up of Rose Tree Road! We will meet at the church on Saturday, September 21, at 10 am and work for one hour, until 11. So, mark the date on your calendar […]

QPR Training

QPR training takes places at Reformation on Saturday, September 21, from 9 am to noon. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.   We can all save lives. The QPR mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing […]

New Healing Service

Starting September 15, we will offer a new service with prayers for healing and anointing. There will be a very brief healing service (about 10 minutes) after the conclusion of worship, at 9:45 and 12:15, in the sanctuary on the third Sunday of every other month. Please join us!

Youth Group News

The first youth group event for this school year will be a campfire & s’mores on September 8 6:30pm – 8pm. Friends are always welcome – please signup here. All youth in grades 6-12, and their friends and families, are invited to attend Arasapha Haunted Hayride and Bates Motel on Sunday, October 6. For youth, […]

Sept. Men’s Breakfast

The Men’s Breakfast group’s fall kickoff breakfast on Saturday, September 14, will spotlight Ron Bingeman, who has an extensive baseball card and related artifacts collection and exciting recollections of getting autographs and visiting baseball stadiums. Coffee and Fellowship begin at 8:30 am, breakfast is served at 9:00 and the really big show starts at approximately […]

Sept. Lunch Bunch

The Lunch Bunch will meet at noon on Wednesday, September 11, at Charlotte’s Restaurant, 3207 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square. Anyone interested in attending should sign up in the lobby. If you wish to carpool from the church or have any questions, please speak to Edna Bogert, Linda Bucher, or Karen Chorney.

In God’s Name

Faith-Life Connection “In God’s Name” is a video-based, adult study beginning on September 8 at 9:45 am that explores the complex questions of our times through the intimate thoughts and beliefs of the world’s most influential spiritual leaders.  These leaders speak out about violence and hatred and reveal their own thoughts about faith, peace, unity, […]

Rally Day is Sept. 8

You Belong at Rally Day on September 8! Our regular schedule resumes with worship at 8:30 and 11:00, with Sunday School and Adult Faith Builders at 9:45. Students from infant through grade 6 MUST register again each year. Registration is ONLINE only. Please plan to join us for a “Back-to-Sundae-School” Party in the Community Room […]

Donate Underwear

Reformation Lutheran is once again teaming with the Needlework Guild of America (NGA) to collect NEW underwear and socks. NGA is a grassroots charity dedicated to providing NEW toiletries, linens, and clothing (that’s TLC) for new tomorrows. The collection will start on August 18 and end September 15. NGA is now giving to 12 agencies; […]

Help Restock our Food Pantries

The Media Food Pantry and our own Reformation Pantry are being restocked. Donations of personal hygiene items, disposable rain ponchos, can openers, packets of tuna, chicken, or other protein items such as peanut butter, hearty canned soups, instant oatmeal, boxed cereal, nutritious breakfast bars, or dried milk are appreciated, as are easy pop open pudding, […]

Serve at The Welcome Church

Sunday, August 25, Reformation is providing cool summer beverages and hospitality on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at The Welcome Church before and after the 3 pm worship. Volunteers carpool and depart from the Reformation parking lot at 2 pm. We return to Media no later than 4:30 pm. All are invited to fellowship and dinner […]

August Feeding The Homeless

Volunteers are needed to help on our special Feeding the Homeless date, Wednesday, August 21. Check the sign-up sheet in the lobby and consider making a salad or possibly a pan of macaroni and cheese. See Dave Smith with any questions.

TeeSpring

Reformation swag is now available to purchase! You can show off your Reformation spirit with a new t-shirt, hooded sweatshirt, coffee mug, and more! Check out our new Teespring store and order your items today! You can also access the TeeSpring link anytime from our website under the ‘Resources’ tab. *Reformation does not make a […]

Join the Chancel Choir or Souls!

Would you like to sing with the Chancel Choir? The Chancel Choir will begin rehearsal Wednesday, August 28, at 7:30 pm in the Choir Room and we will resume singing at the 8:30 service on September 8. We are a friendly group that meets every week to learn choral music. No audition is required. We […]

Grandparent Support Group

Gratitude 4 Grandparents is a newly-formed group that meets at RLC twice a month. They are grandparents, family members and friends who have stepped in to raise someone else’s child for a variety of reasons: drugs, alcohol, illness, abandonment, death, etc. This group provides emotional support, commonality, and friendship and addresses many of the immediate […]

Mark E. Davis Scholarship Recipients

The Mark E. Davis Scholarship is a one-year scholarship to a four-year college or university awarded to a member of Reformation Lutheran Church. The ELCA Foundation administers the scholarship fund with a variable award based on the fund’s yearly performance. The Rev. and Mrs. William Davis established this scholarship in memory of their son, Mark.  […]

August Pastor’s Blog

We love because God first loved us. Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God […]

School Supplies Collection

Back to School Suggested Supply List The Faith Communities of Delaware County are collecting school supplies for local school children in need of a little help to start the school year for 2019-2020. The collection ends August 4. A box for donations is available in the lobby and the church office. Thank you for your […]

August Art In The Heart of Worship

Bring Buttons & Bottlecaps We will be using recycled materials for our Art in the Heart of Worship Project on Sunday, August 18. Please save any plastic bottle caps and bring them to church with you. There will be a collection box in the lobby. We are also collecting any buttons that you do not […]

Interfaith Gateway Partner

Through Interfaith Philadelphia, Reformation is excited to be part of the 2019 Gateway to Religious Communities Series and we are thrilled to welcome visitors of all backgrounds on July 28 from 10am – noon. During these series times, local congregations and religious communities open their doors to the public to share their faith tradition with […]

July Pastor’s Blog

Now let us be united, and let our song be heard. Now let us be a vessel for God’s redeeming Word. We all are one in mission; we all are one in call, our varied gifts united, by Christ, the Lord of all. – Rusty Edwards, We All are One in Mission (Hymn #576 in […]

Serve Our Neighbors at The Welcome Church

On Sundays, July 28 and August 25, Reformation is providing cool summer beverages and hospitality on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at The Welcome Church before and after the 3 pm worship. Volunteers carpool and depart from the Reformation parking lot at 2 pm each Sunday. We return to Media no later than 4:30 pm. All […]

July Help Feed the Homeless

Our next opportunity to participate in this rewarding mission is Thursday, July 25. Volunteers will deliver and serve 150 meals of fried chicken, fruit, potato salad, coleslaw, bread and bakery sweets.Please sign-up on the sheet on the counter in the lobby to help. The ways you can help are: Go to the food store, bakery […]

Youth Thank Sponsors

Thank you to everyone who has donated to our youth mission trip to Washington DC! There will be a special ice cream social for sponsors on Sunday, July 21, following the 10 am worship. At this event, our youth will have an opportunity to thank the trip sponsors, share stories, and celebrate the service they […]

July Library Blog

What Are You Reading This Summer? Summer reading lists abound, but they tend to be impersonal. The Library Committee would love to hear what’s on your personal list — one or more books you want to read or that you have already read and recommend to our congregation.  It’s easy to share your recommendation. Just […]

Decorate Our Tree of Life

Art in the Heart of Worship is when we engage in art, learning and advocacy for the sake of the world! On Sunday, July 14, we will add paper flowers, butterflies, and other symbols of hope to our beautiful tree of life located in the lobby. Join in the fun of making and creating at […]

June Blood Mobile

Donate Blood, Save Lives The Red Cross will hold a blood drive right here at Reformation Sunday, June 30, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. To schedule your appointment, sign up online and enter our zip code: 19063 and click the tab ‘by distance’. For information call 800-RED-CROSS. Questions? Contact Jessica Reitano, volunteer coordinator, at […]

June Deacon’s Blog

In the spring, I was fortunate to travel to a place I have longed to go, Portugal. It is a small country, about the size of Indiana, located geographically at the farthest of far western part of the European Union. Portugal is known for its port wine and cork products, its gorgeous coastlines with rocky, […]

Pronoun Stickers Available

We now have pronoun stickers for those who wish to add them to their Reformation name badge. These stickers provide an opportunity for those who wish to share their personal pronouns with others to do so easily by placing a sticker next to their name on their name badge. Stickers available are “She/Her/Hers,” “He/Him/His,” and […]

Camp Care Packages

Care packages for Bear Creek Camp staff – During the month of June, you are invited to bring donations of individual snacks and treats, silly socks, decks of cards, and individual laundry pods and dryer sheets to be sent along to the staff of Bear Creek Camp. We will send these care packages to the […]

2019 Vacation Bible School

Join us for our FREE Vacation Bible School – July 7-11 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Children ages 3 – completed grade 5 are invited to ROAR with us. There is also a VBS program for adults. ( Please note – the VBS Curriculum has been edited from the publishers original content. If you […]

Our 2019 Summer Intern

Vivian Long is a freshman majoring in Neuroscience at Susquehanna University with minors in Political Science and Creative Writing. She hopes to one day write a book and go on to become the President of the United States. Vivian enjoys music and was in marching band, choir, and theater in high school. When at home, […]

Drama Camp at Reformation!

Drama Kids International is offering a week of camp for kids 6-12 years old right here at Reformation. Children will participate in acting and confidence-building activities like improvisations, games, plays and ultimately, a dramatic presentation for family and friends. The camp will be held June 24-28, from 9 am to 3 pm and tuition is […]

Aid For Friends Opportunity

Saturday, June 1, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, all who enjoy cooking, baking, mixing, and making are encouraged to join us at the Aid for Friends (AFF) Kitchen in Northeast Philadelphia. Sign up in the lobby. Contact Sandy Mullican, Chair of Community Action Ministry, or Deacon Beth with any questions.

Ascension Day Worship

Delaware Conference of Lutheran Churches will host their annual Ascension Day worship on Thursday, May 30, at 7:00 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Folcroft (1500 Glen Ave, Folcroft, PA 19032). The Rev. Dr. Katie Day will be the guest preacher. All are invited to this festival worship. You are also invited to a soup […]

June Lunch Bunch

This event has been cancelled. We will reconvene Lunch Bunch in September. Share lunch and good times with the Lunch Bunch, Wednesday, June 12, at 12:30 at Antica Italian Restaurant, 1623 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, near the intersection of Rts. 1 and 100. Sign up on the sheet in the lobby if you are interested. […]

Comfort for Grief & Loss

POSTPONED – Please contact Deacon Beth for details. All Our Losses, All Our Grief, a three-week course focusing on loss, grief and ritual, takes place at Reformation on Mondays, June 3, 10 and 17, 7-8:30 pm. Join Deacon Beth in the Alyce Thompson Room for a time of awareness, storytelling, and prayer. All our Losses, […]

Help Feed the Homeless

Our next opportunity to participate in this rewarding mission is Thursday, May 23. There are several ways you can help: 1. Make a meat casserole – The recipe and aluminum pans can be found on the counter in the lobby. 2. Help pack meals on May 23, 5:15-5:45 pm in Creighton Hall. 3. Join the […]

May 2019 Pastor’s Blog

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Springtime brings forth the shoots of green growth which signal the renewal of God’s creation. The beautiful blooms of spring all around us are signs of new life. It is a time of rejuvenation after the dormancy of winter. Just as nature proclaims the revitalizing power of God, the […]

Calling All Graduates!

We will recognize all Reformation members who will be graduating with the Class of 2019 during worship on Sunday, June 2. Please join us as we celebrate what God is doing in the lives of our graduates! Are you graduating this year? Please send your name, information about where you are graduating from and what […]

May 2019 Library Blog

Thanks for Keeping Our Library Relevant and Growing Thank you to Pastors Arden and Margaret Krych and Linda Lorino for their donations. You can help keep our collection refreshed and relevant by donating books or DVDs that you have found meaningful, on topics secular as well as spiritual – devotional works, histories of religion, current […]

Civil Conversations

FAITH LIFE CONNECTIONSInspired by Krista Tippett’s On Being podcast and the Civil Conversations project, members and friends of Reformation are invited to participate in three weeks of shared listening and dialogue. Gathering each Sunday in Creighton Hall at 9:45 am, Civil Conversation is designed to increase our understanding of each other in the midst of […]

Eco Movie Night & Potluck

Eco Movie Night & Potluck –Friday, May 17, at 6:30 pm. Our feature attraction will be the award-winning documentary Who Owns Water? Filmed in 2014, the film tells the story of three southern states locked in battle over the fresh water of the Chattahoochee River, a slow, muddy river that transformed Atlanta from a small […]

Help for Food Addiction

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous meets every Monday at 1:30 pm in the Reformation Choir Room. FA is a program based on the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.  There are no dues, fees, or weigh-ins at meetings. It is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experiences and mutual support, are recovering from the disease […]

May Men’s Breakfast

The Men’s Breakfast group invites all Reformation Men to join us for breakfast on Saturday, May 11. Our guest speaker this Saturday is the Distinguished Professor Emeritus Dr. Walt Woerheide. Dr. Woerheide is retired as the Dean and Vice President of Academics at The American College in Bryn Mawr, PA. Walt will present a seminar […]

May Lunch Bunch

Lunch Bunch will meet on Wednesday, May 8, 12:30 pm, at A Taste of Britain, 503 Lancaster Ave., Wayne (in Eagle Village Shops). We need an accurate count in order to make this reservation so we ask that you sign-up now if you are interested.Sign-up in the lobby. If you would like a ride, please […]

Eco Sunday 2019

Eco Sunday is April 28! During the education hour there will be activities for all ages to learn about water as we celebrate God’s creation. Plan to join us – there is something for everyone! Thank you to our Eco-Ministry for this great yearly event.

Krista Tippett Honored

Interfaith Philadelphia’s 2019 Dare to Understand Award honors Krista Tippett Sunday, April 28, 4:00-6:30 pm at Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral.  Interfaith Philadelphia’s A Year of Civil Conversations will culminate with a live recording of the On Being podcast and public radio show hosted by Krista Tippett. Her special guests will be Shane Claiborne, leader of Red Letter Christians, […]

Hike at Heinz Refuge

Join us on Saturday, April 27, at 9:00 at the church to carpool to the refuge. This is a great opportunity to observe birds, flowers, trees and ducks at the only fresh-water tidal marsh in Pennsylvania. Dogs are welcome if they are on a leash. We expect to return by noon. Contact Tom Reeves (naturalist@verizon.net) […]

Holy Week Schedule 2019

Palm Sunday (4/14) – Worship at 8:30 and 11:00 am Maundy Thursday (4/18 ) – Worship at 7:30 pm Good Friday (4/19) – Worship at 12 noon and 7:30 pm Easter Vigil (4/20) – Worship at 7:30 pm (Guest preacher: Bishop Patricia Davenport) Easter Sunday (4/21) – Worship at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 am ALL […]

April Pastor’s Blog

On Friday, March 15, ten Reformation members gathered at the KenCrest Community Champions luncheon. This annual luncheon is a celebration of members of the wider community that champion the work and mission of KenCrest throughout the year. (To learn more about the ministry of KenCrest visit kencrest.org.) This year, Reformation was nominated and chosen to […]

April Men’s Breakfast

Learn Local History The Men’s Breakfast group invites all Reformation Men to join us for Breakfast on Saturday, April 13. Our guest speaker this Saturday is the well known Local Historian A. David Black. Mr. Black will present his documentary on the Historical, Cultural and Economic growth of Media PA. Mr. Black will entertain everyone […]

ELCA Softball 2019

Five area Lutheran churches will again be joining forces to form an ‘ELCA’ slow-pitch softball team this spring and participate in a local church league. Any able male or female over the age of 16 is welcome to join this group for fun, fellowship and a little exercise. Games begin in May and continue though […]

April Book Club

The next Library Book Club meeting is Tuesday, April 16, at 7 pm and will feature the book, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, by Mark Haddon. Everyone is welcome! Even if you haven’t read the book, come out for a lively discussion!

April Lunch Bunch

Munch With Lunch Bunch The Lunch Bunch will meet on Wednesday, April 10, 12:30 pm, at the Porch at the Lamb Tavern, 865 W. Springfield Rd., Springfield.

Spring Music Together Classes

Music Together®, an early childhood music program for children 5 and under with their caregiver, is back for the Spring Session. Classes will start April 12 and run for 10 weeks on Fridays, 4:30-5:15pm. Register for a FREE SAMPLE CLASS on April 5 at this link: https://www.tempotherapy.com/pamusictogetherdemo

Lent Care Kits

We are collecting supplies for Care Kits to be given to those who are homeless or in need. You can pick up a “Care Kit” bag in the lobby. Care Kits and all individual donations should be returned to Reformation by Sunday, April 7. Place your items in the collection bins located at the top […]

Easter Food Collection

The Community Action Ministry is again collecting food for distribution at Easter. We ask that the bags be returned by April 7. If you did not get a bag, we also accept donations of money to purchase the hams and fresh foods that go into the bags. Look for envelopes in the lobby or write […]

Wednesdays During Lent

Join Us for Midweek Soup Suppers and Worship Each Wednesday in Lent, starting March 13, we invite you to gather for a soup supper and discussion at 6:30 pm in Creighton Hall. The soup supper will be followed by Evening Prayer in the sanctuary at 7:30 pm. Walk the Labyrinth On Wednesday evenings during Lent, […]

Liz Hazlett In Concert

Media Performing Arts Series Presents: Liz Hazlett – In Recital Join Us for a Free ConcertOur own Children’s Choir leader, Liz Hazlett, will sing a variety of musical numbers in a free concert right here at Reformation on Sunday, March 31, at 4:00 pm. PianoERIK FLATEN DrumsJOE MCGUTH GuitarMATTHEW MURPHEY BassMICHAEL HAGARMA All Are Welcome!

Bible Presentations

During worship on Sunday, March 31, Reformation Sunday School students will receive their Bibles. These presentations happen each year for students in second grade and older students who are new to Reformation. This year we will have at least 4 students receiving their Bibles.

Rose Tree Road Cleanup

Help Clean Up Rose Tree Road Saturday, March 23, with Eco Ministry. We will meet at the church at 10:00 am and spend about one hour working to clear the road of debris. Trash bags, safety vests and gloves will be provided.

Learn About Thrivent Grants

Deacon Beth will be in the Reformation lobby Sundays March 17 and 24, before and after worship, to show you how to access your grants. Join her at the computer kiosk to learn how to navigate the Thrivent website and, while you are there, learn a few grant-writing tips at the same time. Contact Deacon […]

March 2019 Deacon’s Blog

I was glad when they said, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!” Our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem. –  Psalm 122:1-2 Len Wilson, storyteller and strategist, wrote in a recent blog: “Ask ten people to define art and you’ll get ten answers.” He continues, “The very fact that art […]

March Lunch Bunch

Munch With the Lunch Bunch The Lunch Bunch will meet on Wednesday, March 13, at 12:30 pm at the Erin Pub, 36 W. Winona Ave, Norwood, PA Sign up on the clipboard in the lobby if you are interested. Please indicate when you sign up if you would like a ride. Contact Karen Chorney, Edna […]

March Men’s Breakfast

Sea of Dreams with Men’s Breakfast Group The Men’s Breakfast group invites all Reformation Men to join us for breakfast on Saturday, March 9, in Creighton Hall. As participants of our Great Things To Do series, boat enthusiasts Bill Grauer and Captain Ron Fender will attend the Atlantic City Boat Show and give a power […]

Ash Wednesday 2019

We will mark the beginning of our Lent journey on Ash Wednesday with worship at both noon and 7:30 pm. Both will include the imposition of ashes and communion. We look forward to you joining us for worship on March 6.

2019 Scholar In Residence

Dr. Kristin Johnston Largen21st Century Insights for God-Talk, Scripture Interpretation, and Following Jesus Saturday, March 9, 2019 9:00 am – 12:30 pm In her presentation Dr. Largen will look at how various contemporary theologians opened up new ways of thinking about sin and human nature, reading the Bible, images and language for God, and understanding […]

Be Still – Holy Interruptions

Be Still – Holy Interruptions, Saturday, March 2, 9:00-noon at Reformation. Deacon Beth invites you to intentional quiet space. Come and slow down. Take an intentional pause to learn to notice and embrace unexpected, holy moments that happen each day. To register, sign up in the Lobby or contact any member of the staff.

Support the Fight Like Hail Giving Project

We are collecting snacks and other food and beverage items to be given to children through the Ronald McDonald Houses of Philadelphia and the oncology floor of CHOP to honor the memory of Hailey Parker, niece of Mike and Christine Polito. Requested items:Individual packaged snacks: pretzels, granola bars, protein bars, raisins, chips, cheese crackers, peanut […]

Comfort for Grief & Loss

All Our Losses, All Our Grief, a three-week course focusing on loss, grief and ritual, takes place at Reformation on Tuesdays, February 19, 26, and March 5 7-8:30 pm. Join Deacon Beth in the Alyce Thompson Room for a time of awareness, storytelling, and prayer. All our Losses, All our Grief is a program that […]

Feb. Men’s Breakfast

The Men’s Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, February 9, and the Men’s group is inviting all Reformation men to join us for Coffee, Fellowship and Breakfast. We have not scheduled an event for this month – we will use this opportunity to plan our March, April and May breakfast’s. Come on down to the Creighton […]

Feb 2019 Library Blog

Warm Reads for Cold Days, Snow Days With the polar vortex upon us, how about spending some indoor time letting a book “warm” you or a family member? Drop by the Ref Library some Sunday — our collection is always growing. For example, we have recently added a wide variety of children’s books with appealing […]

Feb 2019 Pastor’s Blog

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This year the Season of Epiphany lasts throughout January and February until the day before Ash Wednesday on March 6. One of the major themes of this season is light. The season celebrates the shining forth of Jesus as the light of the world. The scripture readings we hear […]

Faith Life Connections – Embracing A Life of Meaning

A new 5-session class begins Sunday, February 3, at 9:45 in Creighton Hall. Themes for the five weeks include: Belief Matters, The Bible Matters, Community Matters, Place Matters, and We Matter. Each week is a study unto itself which supports ‘all’ to come as you are as often as you like. Questions? See Marilyn Gilroy […]

SOUPer Bowl Sunday

On Sunday, February 3, you are invited to help us celebrate SOUPer Bowl Sunday! We will collect cans of soup for the Media Food Bank. Bring a can (or two!) of soup with you to worship that day. Thank you for helping us tackle hunger right here in Media.

Mark E. Davis Scholarship 2019-2020

The Mark E. Davis Scholarship was established by The Rev. William and Irene Davis, following the death of their son, Mark.  The scholarship is a one-year scholarship to a four-year college or university awarded to a member(s) of Reformation Lutheran Church.  Applicants can be high school seniors or currently attending a college or university.  The […]

Feb. Lunch Bunch

The Lunch Bunch will meet on Wednesday, February 6, 12:30 pm, at Da Shin Bistro, 190 S. New Middletown Rd, Media. Sign up on the clipboard in the lobby if you are interested. If you need a ride, please indicate that on the sheet when you sign up. We can arrange to car pool from […]

Annual Meeting Jan. 27

NEW FORMAT The Annual Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 27, 12:15-1:15 pm, in the Sanctuary. Refreshments will be available immediately following the 11:00 am service and the meeting will begin promptly at 12:15. Childcare will be available. Copies of the Annual Report will be available at the church on Sunday, January 20, […]

Youth Group Important Dates

Mark your calendars for our upcoming Youth Group events in 2019! February 10   Valentine College Care Package Making March 10        Scavenger Hunt and Dessert April 5-7         Harvey Cedars @ Tuscarora Youth Summer Service Trip All youth who have completed grade 8 through college students, are invited to participate in our Summer Service Trip to Washington […]

Give the Gift of Life

Register now for the American Red Cross Blood Drive that will take place Sunday, January 20, from 9-2 right here at Reformation. To schedule your appointment sign up online at www.redcrossblood.org. For information call 800-RED-CROSS. It only takes about an hour of your time and can make a real difference to someone who needs blood […]

First Communion

It is our practice at Reformation that children receive their first communion at the desire of their parents. First communion instruction is a take-home lesson set that can be completed at your own time and pace. Once the lessons are completed, the family will set up a meeting with Pastor Alina, and then choose a […]

January Feeding The Homeless

Help Feed the Homeless Reformation provides meals to the homeless at the Life Center five dates per year: the fourth Thursday of each January, March, May, July and September. We usually provide at least 150 meals each time we go. It is a very much needed service and one that helps us in our mission […]

Jan. Men’s Breakfast

All Aboard – Men’s Breakfast The Men’s Breakfast for Saturday, January 12, is changing location from the Reformation kitchen to Dave Chorney’s home. Dave has invited Reformation Men to have coffee and breakfast with him and see his extensive Model Train Display. Dave’s address is 276 S. Ridley Creek Rd, Media. Dave has suggested that […]

Jan 2019 Library Blog

Books Offer Valuable Companions as We Walk by Faith. All of life’s journeys share some things in common, and our personal faith journeys are no different. We seek a clear destination, a path to follow and a companion along the path — someone who can share their experience, illuminate the way and encourage us to […]

Jan 2019 Pastor’s Blog

Called by Christ, we INVITE all people, SERVE our neighbors, and BUILD a living faith. On Reformation Sunday, during worship, we had the opportunity to add our signatures to the new Reformation Welcome Statement – a statement that lifts up our mission to invite and welcome ALL people here. One way that we have been […]

Music Together at Reformation

Tempo! Music Therapy Services, an internationally recognized early childhood music program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and the adults who love them, is back for the Winter Session, offering a Music Together Family Class at Reformation! Classes will start January 10 and run for 10 weeks on Thursdays, 4:30-5:15, and meet in the Choir Room. […]

MLK Day Events

Commemorating Dr. King “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’“ – Martin Luther King, Jr. On January 20 our Sunday School students will engage in a special MLK Day of Service and we invite the congregation to participate as well. Throughout the month of January we will collect home-made […]

January Lunch Bunch

The Lunch Bunch will meet on Wednesday, January 9, at 12:30 pm at Fellini Cafe (106 W. State Street, Media). All are welcome. Sign up on the clipboard in the lobby if you are interested. See Edna Bogert, Karen Chorney, or Linda Bucher with any questions.

Quarterly Book Club

Mark your calendar now for our 2019 book club discussions on Tuesdays January 15, April 16, July 16, and October 15 at 7:00 pm. The book that will be discussed at the January meeting is Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. Book titles for the rest of the year will be announced in future newsletters. […]

Nature Hike at Heinz Refuge

Cancelled due to Government Shut-Down. We will try to reschedule ASAP. The Eco Committee’s nature hike to the Heinz Refuge will be Saturday, January 12. We will meet at the church at 9:00 am and proceed to the refuge and we should return by noon. Dogs are allowed on a leash. The refuge will provide […]

January Faith Builder

Before The Amen – A new four-week course based on New York Times bestselling author Max Lucados’s book, Before the Amen, begins January 6 at 9:45 am in Creighton Hall. In this study, Max Lucado reveals how connecting with God each day can be as simple as five short sentences. See Deacon Beth with any […]

December 30 Worship

December 30, 2018 – One worship only at 10:00 am Join us to thank and honor Pat Woerheide on her retirement as our Parish Nurse 9 am-10 am – Greet Pat and enjoy refreshments 10 am – Pat will be honored during worship 11 am – Reception in honor of Pat

Dec 2018 Library Blog

Make Christmas Feel Real — Read about it Did you know that our brains suspend disbelief to let us feel that what we read is real? We can feel the emotions involved as if they are happening to us. There is certainly a downside to that, but it is a reminder that reading about Advent, […]

Hanging of the Greens

Everyone is invited to help us decorate the tree and hang wreaths and pine roping Sunday, December 23, immediately following the 11:00 worship. Decorations will be taken down on January 6. This is a fun family activity and a great service opportunity for confirmation students or anyone else who needs service hours.

Dec 2018 Nurse’s Blog

HIV Awareness World AIDS Day on December 1 has started a global initiative to raise awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education about HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. You probably have heard a lot about HIV and AIDS. Most people think these diseases are not their problem because only people engaged in high risk sexual […]

Bring Joy to our Homebound

Join members in spreading Christmas cheer to our homebound on Sunday, December 16. Come to Creighton Hall after the 11:00 worship for a light lunch and then we will carpool to sing Christmas Carols until about 3 pm. You will lift your own spirits and the spirits of the homebound. All ages are welcome. Please […]

Chester Children’s Chorus Concerts

The Chester Children’s Chorus will hold their holiday concerts on Friday, December 12 and Saturday, December 15 at 7:30 pm at Swarthmore College. Admission is free, space is limited. More information at www.chesterchildrenschorus.org.

Christmas Eve & Day Schedule 2018

Christmas Eve Worship All worships include Carols, Candlelight and Communion. 2 pm – a service featuring traditional carols sung in a traditional style 4 pm – a special service designed especially for children who will participate in “Las Posadas”, the journey of Mary and Joseph as they seek room for the Christ-child. 6 pm – […]

Give a “Good Gift”

As you plan for the coming season of gift-giving, consider a gift of hope and love that can help make a difference in the world with ELCA GOOD GIFTS. The ELCA Good Gifts Catalog has more than 40 options, with prices ranging from $10 (for 10 chicks or to stock a backpack with food) to […]

St. Nicholas Celebration is Dec. 9

St. Nicholas Celebration – Bishop Nicholas will visit us and dedicate the gifts we bring to support local community organizations during both worships on Sunday, December 9. See the display in the hallway to select gift tags, get the shopping list or shop/ship directly from our Amazon wish list. Please bring unwrapped gifts to worship […]

Lutheran Settlement House Activity

 Make a blanket – Sunday, December 9, as part of our St. Nicholas Celebration, Erica Zaveloff and Vashti Bledsoe from LSH will be with us. During the education hour, at 9:45 am, in Creighton Hall, there will be an opportunity to make blankets for the children served by LSH and to learn about the work […]

December Lunch Bunch

Lunch Bunch – Wednesday, December 12, at 12:30 pm at DiFabio’s on Route 252 in Media, right around the corner from Reformation. There is space for 16. Please sign up on the clipboard in the lobby if you are interested. See Karen Chorney, Edna Bogert, or Linda Bucher with questions.

Dec 2018 Deacon’s Blog

“Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low, the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.”  Isaiah 40:4 Advent, what is that? You are not alone if you have friends, co-workers, neighbors who ask that question.  This church season, the first of the yearly calendar, […]

Dec. 2018 Men’s Breakfast

Guest Speaker at Men’s B-fast The Men’s Breakfast group has invited guest speaker David Komarnicki, author of the book Five Stars in the Window, to our Saturday, December 8, Men’s Breakfast. The book describes Mr. Komarnicki’s childhood growing up during World War II in the City of Chester, PA. Chester was the center of the […]

Concert to Benefit Kencrest

Hosted by Christ’s Lutheran Church, Oreland (700 Pennsylvania Avenue, Oreland, PA 19075) the Bloom Consort will perform Renaissance Christmas Carols and Sacred Music in a concert open to the community, with a reception to follow, on December 2 at 3:00 pm. A free-will offering will be collected to benefit KenCrest’s Rod Hibbard Fund which provides […]

Longing for the Light

December 2 is the First Sunday in Advent. Worship that day will include our “Longing for the Light of Healing and Hope” liturgy which includes a Prayer Litany and, optionally, Candle Lighting and Individual Prayer for Healing.

December Faithbuilder

The Advent Conspiracy – Each week during Advent the Faith-Life Connections Faithbuilder will discuss the four tenets of the Advent Conspiracy: Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, Love All.  Advent Conspiracy was founded on the radical idea that we can celebrate Christmas humbly, beautifully, and generously. Join us at 9:45 am in Creighton Hall December […]

Join the Holiday Choir

If you would like to sing during Advent or on Christmas Eve, the Chancel Choir would love to have you join us! Rehearsals will be held Wednesdays, November 28 and December 5 at 7:30, and Saturdays, December 15 and 22 at 10:00 am. You may also join us at 8:00 am on Sunday mornings for […]

Nov 2018 Library Blog

We Have a Winner in the Bulletin Board Contest! Natalie D’Italia won an Amazon gift card for correctly identifying the connections between pairs of books displayed on the library bulletin board. Honorable Mention goes to the members of the Confirmation Class. Thanks to others who participated. Stop by the always-interesting library bulletin board to see […]

Family Hayride at Arasapha

Families are invited to join us on Sunday, December 2, for the Arasapha Holiday Hayride. We will gather at the church at 6:00 pm and at Arasapha at 6:30. Sign up here. See Pastor Alina with any questions.

Advent Calendars available now!

 Free Advent Calendars from ELCA World Hunger are available on the counter in the gathering space. Please take one to mark the days of Advent in this season of preparation. Each day reveals a scripture verse, hymn text, hunger fact, or other Advent meditation.

PIANIST JOHN PICKETT IN CONCERT

John Pickett — an internationally acclaimed concert pianist — presents a program of beloved piano repertoire and selected original works at the Media Performing Arts Series at Reformation Lutheran Church on Sunday, November 18th  at 4:00 p.m. The concert features the works of Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin.Also appearing on the concert will be guest soprano […]

Faithbuilders: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Starting Sunday, November 11, at 9:45 am in Creighton Hall, the Faith and Life Connections class begins a new four-week session featuring the life and ministry of Rev. Dr. Fred Rogers. Yes, Mr. Rogers! As we continue to walk by faith by living our mission, the Faith and Life Connections class invites you to be […]

Nov 2018 Pastor’s Blog

100 years ago – on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month (Nov. 11, 1918) – the Armistice was signed ending the hostilities of World War I. One year later, Nov. 11, 1919, the United Kingdom, the United States, and many other countries observed Armistice Day to celebrate peace as a […]

Nov 2018 Nurse’s Blog

November is Diabetes Awareness Month When you have diabetes, your body has difficulty using glucose for energy. When you eat, your body turns most of the food you eat into glucose. A diabetic stores glucose in the blood instead of using it. This stored glucose can damage your body causing heart disease, blindness, nerve damage, […]

Youth Group Cookie Bake

All youth in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in a Thanksgiving Cookie Bake on Sunday, November 11. We will gather at 12 noon for a pizza lunch followed by cookie baking in Creighton Hall. We will finish by 2 pm. These cookies will go into our Thanksgiving Food Bags that are donated to local […]

Living Generously

When we think of Thanksgiving and Christmas, we think of family, food, and exchanging gifts. This holiday season, you can help our less fortunate neighbors enjoy the holidays with those same things. Our Community Action Ministry has several ways you can do this: Fill a bag of food, donate a turkey, or donate money to […]

Nov. 2018: Men at Work

The Men’s Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, November 10, and the men’s group is asking Reformation Men to help out around the Church for a morning of service to clean up leaves and pick up fallen branches – and, if the weather is mild enough, throw some horseshoes. Please bring your rakes and gloves and […]

Nov 2018 Finance Blog: Stewardship

We Walk By Faith & Not By Sight In recent weeks we have been blessed to hear members of our congregation share their “walk by faith” stories. Our “faith walk” is a personal matter but it is one we do not make alone. We walk by faith with our brothers and sisters in Christ at […]

Thanksgiving Food Drive

As Thanksgiving approaches, we again prepare to provide holiday meals to 50 families. Here is how you can help: Take a bag and shopping list on October 28. Return the bag filled with the non-perishable items on the list by November 11. Make a financial donation to help purchase the turkeys and other perishable items […]

For All The Saints

On All Saints’ Sunday, November 4, we remember and give thanks to God “for all the saints, who from their labors rest.” The following members of Reformation are named and remembered on that day: Marjorie Backus, Janice Bevan, Bill Cooper, John Kulp, Sue Meehan, George Rhood, Elizabeth Robinson, Barbara Smith, Kimberly Stober, Peter Talbot, Dick […]

Be Still – Holy Interruptions

Through poetry, art, music, guided meditation, reflection questions and invitations into silence, Deacon Beth invites you into intentional quiet space to help you learn to notice and embrace unexpected, holy moments that happen each day.  Holy Interruptions takes place on Saturdays March 3 and November 3, 2018, 9 am to noon at Reformation.  To register […]

Fall Eco Movie Night

Please join us on Friday, November 2, for our annual Fall Eco Movie Night and Potluck Supper. Supper starts at 6:30 and the movie at 7. Our featured attractions are three eco-related TED Talks, each of which will be followed by a short discussion. It should be an evening that will spark your thinking!

ARTolerance Visits Media

Help spread the word and invite your neighbors and friends. ARTolerance will be in Media on Sunday October 28, at 3 pm, with an international ensemble of multi artistic disciplines following successful tours around the globe, including China, the Middle East and across the USA. This interfaith initiative, Dialogue in Three Movements, shared as an […]

Learn CPR at Reformation!

The CPR/AED class has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 27 at 9:00 am in Creighton Hall. If you are interested in learning or would like a refresher class, this is the class for you. This amazing trainer will put you at ease while teaching you how to use an Automated External Defibrillator to perform CPR. […]

Eagle Watch

Come see the Eagles at Conowingo Dam Saturday, October 27, with our resident naturalist, Tom Reeves. Meet at the church parking lot at 8:15 am to join the carpool. Wear warm clothing, binoculars would helpful. Last year we spotted 100 Eagles plus other species. We should be home by noon.

Loss and Grief

Beginning Monday, October 22, at 7 pm, Deacon Beth and Nurse Pat will lead the three-week class, “All Our Losses, All Our Grief” in the Alyce Thompson Room. Loss happens. Grief, our emotional response to loss, can arise from a variety of major life changes like moving to a new location, the death of a […]

Oct 2018 Eco Tip

Ten surprising things that can be recycled will be reviewed one per month. This month: Aluminum Foil. Aluminum foil can be recycled easily. Unfortunately we throw away enough aluminum foil to build a fleet of aircraft. Many cities recycle aluminum foil once it is washed and placed in a recycle bin with the rest of […]

Make a Difference – Donate

Please consider helping your community by donating blood at one of our upcoming mobile blood donation events right here at Reformation. It only takes about an hour of time and can make a real difference to up to three people who need blood in an emergency. Did you know… The need for blood is constant. […]

Walk with Me, Peace Is Every Step

Starting Sunday, October 21, at 9:45 am in Creighton Hall, the Faith and Life Connections class begins a new three-session, video-based study. This class features the collective works of Zen Buddhist master Thic Naht Hanh. Participants will view segments of the ground-breaking documentary, Walk With Me, explore traditions associated with monastic life, and gain exposure […]

Confirmation is October 21

Celebrate Our Confirmands On Sunday, October 21, during the 11:00 worship, seven students will affirm the promises made at their baptisms during the Rite of Confirmation. This year’s Confirmands are: Julia Biordi, Arianna D’Italia, Joelle Hacik, Valerie Issa, Kelsey Schaub, Jordan Sharer, and Maia Simmons. Together, we continue to pray for these young members as […]

Fall Road Clean-Up

Join our Eco-Ministry for our fall clean-up of Rose Tree Road. We will gather at the church at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 20. Sign up in the lobby. Help us to continue our stewardship of God’s creation together.

Oct. 2018 Nurse’s Blog

Where are those Bandages? Did you know that there are six first aid stations in the church? If a mishap that requires first aid occurs in the church, would you know the closest place to find the supplies you need? All first aid stations are clearly marked with a sign. Main Floor: In the Sanctuary […]

Oct. 2018 Library Blog

October 16 Book Club — News of the World by Paulette Jiles All the books we read in the Reformation Book Club are terrific, but the selection we will discuss Tuesday, October 16, is especially rich in love, adventure, and suspense while exploring the joys of freedom, the struggle of reconciling different cultures, and the […]

Oct. 2018 Pastor’s Blog

But ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done […]

ALL are Welcome!

Reformation has a new welcome statement! In September, the Congregation Council passed a resolution adopting a new Welcome Statement for Reformation! This welcome statement is one way we are living out our mission to invite all people into the ministry we share together. Called by Christ, we invite and welcome all people. We welcome all […]

Calling All Brewmeisters

The Men’s Breakfast group meets this Saturday, October 13, for their annual Oktoberfest “bring your favorite brew”. The Reformation Brewmeisters Association is inviting all men for an early morning happy hour and Bratwurst food festival. Be prepared to taste the best brews in Media. Lots of coffee and fellowship begins at 8:30 am with breakfast […]

Jazz Night

FREE Concert Sunday, October 14: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Contact: Erik Flaten at erik.flaten@relcmedia.org

Hayride to the Witch’s House

Families are invited to a Halloween Hayride at Linvilla to the Witches House for some Halloween treats on Sunday, October 14, at 5:30 pm. This is not a Haunted Hayride and is great for children up to ages 10 or 11 and their parents – but all are welcome! The cost is $9 per person. […]

St. Luke Celebration

On Sunday, October 14, we will commemorate St. Luke the evangelist in worship. Tradition says that Luke was a physician by profession. As such, commemorations honoring him often include a rite of healing. During our worships that Sunday we will include a full Rite of Healing with opportunities for prayer and anointing.

Youth Group Trip to Arasapha

All youth in grades 6-12, and their friends and families, are invited to attend Arasapha Haunted Hayride and Bates Motel on Sunday, October 7. We will be meeting at the church at 6:30 pm. Please view the sign up for all the details and to let know if you can make it. See Pastor Alina […]

Blessing of the Animals

You and your pet are invited to a Blessing of the Animals service on Saturday, October 6, at 11:30 am. The service will be held around the back of the church building. If your pet is unable to attend the service, please feel free to bring a photo of your pet. You are also invited […]

Voices of Lutheranism: Chorales to Alabados

Situated within the wider narrative of Christian worship, the story of Lutheran music begins with Martin Luther’s own gifts as a lutenist and composer. Unlike Calvin and Zwingli, who appreciated music but distrusted its emotional appeal, Luther did not want to restrict ways in which God’s gifts of language and music were used in worship. […]

Homecoming Sunday

Join us on Sunday, September 30, as we welcome home all members of Reformation – past and present! During worship we will recognize our “Heritage Members” – those who have been members of Reformation for 50 or more years. We will also recognize members of Confirmation Classes from years ending in “3” and “8.” Please […]

Music Together at Reformation

Music Together® is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, and the adults who love them. A Music Together® Family Class will be offered at Reformation this fall by Tempo! Music Therapy Services and will be led by our own Kara Fontes. The classes start September 27 and continue for […]

Sept. 2018 Library Blog

Do You Know Your Books? Test Your Book Knowledge for a chance to Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card. The Library Committee is sponsoring a special contest during the month of September! The winner will win a $25 Amazon gift card. Starting August 29, the Library Bulletin Board will feature a group of paired books. […]

September Feeding the Homeless

Feeding the Homeless – Our next opportunity to serve at the Life Center in Upper Darby is Thursday, September 27. Please sign up on the sheets on the counter in the narthex to help in one of these ways: Make a meat casserole (15 needed). The recipe and aluminum pan are provided; put casserole in […]

Tanzania Meet and Greet

Reformation welcomes Bishop Stephen Munga of the North East Diocese, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, Tuesday evening, September 25. ‘Bega Kwa Bega,’ standing shoulder to shoulder, is the Swahili phrase used to both describe and celebrate our companion relationship with the Pangani parish of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT). At its heart, bega […]

Choir Opportunities!

Make a Joyful Noise Reformation has three choirs which offer an opportunity for any member to lift their voice to praise God. None of them require try-outs, just a desire to sing. Chancel Choir – Traditional hymns, rehearses on Wednesdays at 7:30, and performs weekly at the 8:30 worship. Contact Valerie Rozek. Souls – Contemporary […]

Sept. 2018 Nurse’s Blog

Get serious about Lyme disease! Did you know Lyme disease is increasing right in our area? This disease is transmitted by the black legged tick, commonly known as the deer tick. This tick bites rodents carrying the bacteria Borrelia Burgdorfer or Mayonii, and then attaches itself to the white-tailed deer. They are dropped or brushed […]

Sept. 2018 Deacon’s Blog

Pilgrim – Be, Receive, Give Thanks Growing up in Northern Wisconsin, Labor Day weekend marked a time of transition. Summer cabins were swept and sealed until the next season, canvas was draped across boats for winter storage, and as a family, we often took that one last long walk before driving home. Once more before ‘piling in the […]

God’s Work, Our Hands

The sixth annual God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday will take place Sunday, September 23 from 11 am to 3 pm. Non-perishable food items will be collected that day at church and at Trader Joe’s in Media for Chester Eastside Ministries and Media Food Pantry as well as throughout September. How can you help? Volunteers are […]

Installation of Bishop Davenport

All are invited to celebrate the installation of the Rev. Patricia A. Davenport as Bishop of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod on Saturday, September 22, at 2 pm at New Covenant Church of Philadelphia, 7500 Germantown Avenue. A reception will immediately follow. If you plan to attend, and if you would be willing to drive or […]

New Nursery School Directors

The Reformation School Board is pleased to announce that Amy Bevan and Erin Steffan have been appointed co-directors of Reformation Nursery School. Amy and Erin have extensive backgrounds and training in education and have both served as teachers in our Nursery School since 2013. They developed and have led our highly successful After-K program. In […]

Hike and Bible Study

The Eco-Ministry Team is hosting a Bible Study and Hike with Pastor Alina on September 15. This is an opportunity to explore God’s word and creation together! We will gather in the church parking lot at 9:45 am and carpool to Hildacy Farm. Or you can meet us in the parking lot at Hildacy at […]

Women’s Connection

All women are warmly invited to join us on Sundays starting on September 9. During our time together we share devotions and/or readings and discuss how our faith sustains and inspires us in the journeys of our lives. We meet in the Women’s Connection Room (between the Library and the R.O.C.K. Room) during Sunday School […]

Fall Faith Builder

What It Means To Be Christian Embracing An Adult Faith – 9:45 am in Creighton Hall. Starting Sunday, September 16, this new five-session video-based study features Marcus Borg, best-selling author and theologian, gathering with a small group of adults to teach and model faith talk. Weekly participants explore a new question: Who was Jesus? Who is God? […]

September Men’s Breakfast

Pitch Horseshoes The Men’s Breakfast group invites all Reformation men to our Saturday, September 8, Horseshoe Tournament. Come on out and pitch horseshoes with Wild Bill Grauer, Cowboy Bubba Black and Flapjack Joe at the OK Corral behind the Church. Coffee Hour and Fellowship begin at 8:30 am with breakfast served by 9:00 and we […]

Rally Day is September 9

Rally Day is Sunday, September 9! Our regular worship schedule resumes that morning with worship at 8:30 and 11:00 am and Sunday School classes for all ages at 9:45. Please plan to join us that morning as we embark on another great year of life here at Reformation! CHILDREN: For information on our Sunday School […]

Underwear Collection

Matthew 25:36, 40 “I was naked and you clothed me…as you did it to one of the least of my brethren, you did it to me.” August is upon us, and underwear is on sale, so once again Reformation is working with the Needlework Guild of America (NGA) to collect NEW underwear and socks from […]

August Welcome Church & Hunger Advocacy

Join us to worship at The Welcome Church & Hunger Advocacy – Sunday August 26, at 3 pm. A carpool will leave the Reformation parking lot at 2 pm. Together we will worship at The Welcome Church, an ELCA congregation proclaiming the hope and love of a gracious God to all people and especially to people experiencing […]

Aug 2018 Library Blog

Library News August: High Season for Corn, Tomatoes and Relaxation What other month celebrates taking it easy like August? National Lazy Day is August 10, followed quickly by National Relaxation Day on August 15. Can’t set aside work or other responsibilities? You can still relax. Reading a book you lose yourself in or find useful […]

Aug 2018 Pastor’s Blog

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Summer months are often marked by a slower, more relaxed pace of life. But at Reformation ministry was full speed ahead in the month of July. As July began, our group of 10 youth and two adult advisors returned from the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston where they had […]

Aug 2018 Nurse’s Blog

New Shingles Immunization Herpes Zoster, also known as Shingles, is a painful, itchy rash that lasts for two to four weeks. It develops along a nerve pathway and happens as we age. A complication called postherpetic neuralgia sometimes happens after the shingles rash resolves which causes nerve pain at the healed site for up to […]

September OWLS

News from the OWLs The OWLs have been meeting for many years with the help of many different people who volunteered to do the various tasks necessary for each meeting. In May, the steering committee reminded folks that we needed more help if we were to continue to function. We sent out a survey to […]

Women and Justice

A discussion on the proposed ELCA Social Statement on Women and Justice will be held on Thursday, August 23. There are two sessions to choose from – 10:30 am and 7:00 pm. Both sessions will be held in the ROCK Room. Copies of the social statement are available on the counter in the lobby. Please […]

El Camino de Santiago Presentation

El Camino de Santiago, “The Way of St. James” is a Christian pilgrimage in Spain which is over 1,000 years old. Many pilgrims have walked the 500 miles to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela where the remains of the apostle, St. James, are buried. A group from Reformation along with family members and friends […]

Art in the Heart of Worship – August

Faith engagement takes many forms. Inspired by Stik the Street Artist in June and the works of Vincent van Gogh in July, we continue with our final Art in the Heart of Worship on Sunday, August 19, with a new activity and mystery artist. Stop by one of the two ‘creation stations’ located indoors by […]

The Stranger in our Midst

MCC Immigration Community Day Saturday, August 4, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Centro de Alabanza Church (440 Snyder Avenue, Philadelphia, PA) Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)’s mission is to share God’s love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice. […]

Delco Lutheran Back-To-School Collection!

Delaware County Lutherans will collect school supplies for local school children in need of a little help to start the school year for 2018-2019. The collection ends August 5. A box for donations is available in the lobby and the church office. Thank you for your generous donations! ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Plastic Pencil Box Pocket Tissue […]

Animal Toys and Towels Collection

Please bring in gently used or new towels and new toys for animals to donate. Rachel Bingeman is collecting these items for her NJHS community service project. The last day for donations is July 29.

Help with Feeding the Homeless

Help with Feeding the Homeless, Thursday, July 26. 6 or 8 volunteers will deliver and serve 150 meals of fried chicken, fruit, potato salad, cole slaw, bread and bakery sweets. Please sign-up on the sheet on the counter in the narthex to help. The ways you can help are: Go to the food store, bakery […]

Opioid Addiction And Abuse: Hope In The Midst Of Crisis

All are invited to a discussion on the opioid epidemic plaguing so many in our country, state, communities, and families. District Attorney Katayoun Copeland will be presenting on the crisis on Thursday, July 19, at 6:30 pm, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Springfield. DA Copeland’s talk will be followed by light refreshments and a brief […]

Get Fit And Give Back

You are invited to an event that is raising awareness and collecting donations for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. A free Zumba class will be offered at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, July 18, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Springfield. All collected donations will be given to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

S.E.PA. Synod Assembly Elects New Bishop

Report of our voting members: The 31st annual assembly of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod was held May 4-5, 2018. Kris and Dick Hughey were the voting members from Reformation and attended together with our rostered leaders, Pastor Wayne, Pastor Alina and Deacon Beth. The setting for the meeting was the Franconia Mennonite Church in Telford, […]

Lutherans in Social Service

Care for the poor and those in dire need has been a Lutheran concern from the beginning of the Reformation. In 1522, only five years after the posting of the Ninety-Five Theses, the reformers issued the Wittenberg Church Order, something of an outline for how a reshaped church community was to conduct itself. And part […]

Celebrate Bishop Burkat’s Ministry

There are two opportunities to honor and celebrate Bishop Claire Schenot Bishop as she retires this summer. The first is a Day of Fun honoring Bishop Claire Burkat, Sat., July 7, 11 am, at United Lutheran Seminary, 7301 Germantown Ave., Phila. RSVP to: 267-323-3737. All you can eat free BBQ. Activities for children and young […]

June 2018 OWLS

OWLs News The meeting on May 14 was the last for the OWLs senior group until at least September. Those who came to hear The Sunshine Singers in May were treated to lighthearted songs by a group of retired folks who not only love to sing but who also bring much experience and talent to […]

Summer ECO Tips

Simple changes to save energy in the summer months: Try to do all your energy-heavy chores during off-peak hours. If you do laundry, dishes, vacuuming, cooking, etc. at night, you will lower your energy bill and help prevent your home from heating up unnecessarily during the day. Skip the dryer and hang your clothes out […]

2018 Patriotic Concert

Patriotic Concert Monday, July 2, at 7 pm At Reformation Lutheran Church, Media Featuring Joe Smith, Star Clarinetist of The Philly POPS and The Classics of Dixieland Band PLUS The Media Festival Choir, Valerie Rozek, Director Admission is FREE – Free Will offering gladly accepted All proceeds benefit Pennsylvania Veterans Museum, Media, and Delaware County […]

2018-2019 Mark E. Davis Scholarship Recipients

The Mark E. Davis Scholarship is a one-year scholarship to a four-year college or university awarded to a member of Reformation Lutheran Church. The ELCA Foundation administers the scholarship fund with a variable award based on the fund’s yearly performance. The Rev. and Mrs. William Davis established this scholarship in memory of their son, Mark.  […]

June 2018 Music Blog

Music at Reformation Hello everyone, I am actively recruiting three new Choral Scholar positions – soprano, alto and tenor. If you know of any students in university or college music programs who would like to sing with the chancel choir and receive a stipend, please let me know! I will make sure they receive an […]

Travel With Jesus This Summer!

Pick up your Traveling Jesus from the counter in the lobby. Each sheet has instructions for you to take Jesus with you as you travel around the world or across the street. Post your photos of Jesus’s travels on social media and use #TravelWithJesus #relcmedia.

Art In The Heart Of Worship – June 17

Art in the Heart of Worship – On June 17, upon arriving and departing worship, all in attendance are invited to participate in an inter-generational art activity. Stop by the art tables, which will be located at every entrance, and celebrate both the colors and patterns God has created in our world! The collected works […]

Summer Schedule Begins June 17

Our summer schedule starts next Sunday, June 17 – Worships at 8:30 and 10:00 am, no Sunday school classes. Reformation will recognize all graduating members during worship June 17. Graduating this year? Please send your name, from what school you are graduating, the degree you are receiving, and your upcoming plans to the church office […]

Welcome our Summer Intern!

Leigh Richard will be joining Reformation as our Summer Intern! Leigh is a rising senior at Gettysburg College majoring in Philosophy with minors in English and Education. She is a section leader in the college marching band and works as a tour guide on campus. Leigh recently studied abroad in France. She is a member […]

June 2018 Finance Ministry Blog

We Reached Our Goal: 50 for 500! The Finance Ministry is very pleased and excited to announce that members of our congregation have risen to the challenge and we have reached our goal of increasing the membership of The 1517 Society to at least 50 members during the year-long celebration of the 500th anniversary of […]

June 2018 Library Blog

Library News Book Club meets July 17 Looking for an insightful, stimulating, and sociable discussion of an interesting book? Then give the Reformation Book Club a try. Our next discussion on Tuesday, July 17, at 7pm features A Promise of Ruin by Cuyler Overholt. The lead character, Dr. Genevieve Summerford, is a pioneering female psychotherapist in turn-of-the-century […]

June 2018 Nurse’s Blog

Anyone Can Treat an Opioid Overdose We are experiencing an opioid abuse epidemic now. Overdoses occur for many reasons: 1) illicit opioid drug abuse, 2) accidental prescription overdose, 3) mixing opioids with anxiety meds like Xanax or Valium, or drinking alcohol while using opioids, or 4) using an opioid prescribed for someone else because they […]

June 2018 Deacon’s Blog

“May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened.” – Ephesians 1:18 W. David O. Taylor wrote in Christianity Today, What if we saw the arts in worship as part of discipleship?  What if we saw the arts as essential, rather than optional, to the Spirit’s work of forming us in the image of Christ when […]

Bike or Walk for a GREAT Cause!

Support the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia – June 10 by joining the 6th Annual Ride for Understanding, with a choice of a 10 or 30 miles bike trail ride, or the 5K Walk to benefit Visionary Women. To learn more click the previous links or see any member of the Reformation staff.

Sunday School Update

Sunday School – The last Sunday School classes will be held on Sunday, June 10. We have some special things planned for the whole family! If you have not yet received the evite, please email Jen Troutman. All classes will resume on Rally Day, Sunday, September 9. Have a wonderful summer!

Young(er) Adults Cookout

The young(er) adults cookout is rescheduled for Saturday, June 9, at noon at the Troutman’s home. Contact Jen at jtroutman2@yahoo.com if you did not get the evite. We look forward to seeing everyone and enjoying some fellowship!

Council Members Installed

Members of the 2018-19 Council were installed at worship on Sunday, May 27, at both worships. We welcome newly elected Council members Layla Phillips, Marilyn Gilroy, and Mike Polito. We give thanks for the faithful service of Anna-Olivia Machado, Karen Chorney, and Keith Bocian, whose terms end on May 31. We also thank those who […]

Visit Our Homebound

At Reformation, we have two groups of volunteers who visit our members who are unable to attend worships. Friendly Visitors become a friend to a homebound member and visit or call them monthly and Care Sharers take communion to our homebound after worship on the first Sunday of each month. If you are interested in […]

May 2018 – Help Feed the Homeless

Our next opportunity to participate in this rewarding mission is Thursday, May 24. There are several ways you can help: Make a meat casserole – The recipe and aluminum pans can be found on the counter in the lobby. Help pack meals on May 24, 5:15-5:45 pm in Creighton Hall. Join the car pool on […]

Celebrate Diane’s 25 Years

On May 20 at the 11:00 worship we will recognize Diane Bullen’s 25 years of service to Reformation School’s Stay and Play program. Following worship there will be a reception in Creighton Hall – all are invited! As Director of Stay and Play, Diane has worked tirelessly and with extreme dedication to initiate many innovative and […]

Aid-For-Friends Cook-In

Help With Our Sunday School Aid-For-Friends Cook-In On Sunday, May 20, the Sunday School will again prepare meals for the homebound that Aid-For-Friends supports. This year, we are making meatloaf meals. If you can help by providing a meatloaf or two, or any of the other items listed below, it would be appreciated. You will […]

May 2018: Nurse’s Blog

The 411 on the Opioid Crisis Every day the media makes us aware of the growing opioid abuse epidemic in the US, but do you really know how this is happening? Each day 80-100 people die from opioid overdoses. Let’s look more closely at opioids and their abuse. An opioid is defined by the National […]

May 2018: Pastor’s Blog

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” – Ephesians 2:8 Every three years, the youth and youth leaders from ELCA congregations come together for a large gathering. This year the ELCA Youth Gathering will be held in Houston, TX, June […]

May 2018 Library News

Books for those who have been Mothered…and for Mothers, too Lots of things happen in May, from graduations to the first visit to the Shore. And there’s Mother’s Day of course. Whether or not you are a mother, one of these books might appeal to you. The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to […]

May 2018 Men’s Breakfast

Show Off Your Wheels All men are invited to the annual Antique and Classic Car Show Saturday, May 12, to enjoy breakfast and join us outside to see some of our friends’ and members’ collectible cars. Fellowship and coffee begin at 8:30 am, breakfast at 9:00 and admiration of cars at 9:30. Our next meeting […]

May 2018 OWLS

News from the OWLs May 14 is the last meeting of the OWLs until September and this meeting will have a different format. We’ll meet in the Sanctuary instead of in Creighton Hall, instead of lunch first, the program will follow the devotion, and after the program, light refreshments will be served in the lobby. […]

Eco Movie Night

What DO Plants Talk About? The Eco Ministry is hosting our Eco movie night and potluck supper Friday, May 11. We will watch The movie, What Plants Talk About, is described by Amazon.com as “Hard core science effortlessly integrated with a light-hearted look at how plants behave…a journey into the secret world of plants, revealing […]

Ascension Day Worship

The Delaware Conference of Lutheran Churches will host their annual Ascension Day worship Thursday, May 10, at 7:00 pm at Temple Lutheran Church, Havertown. All are invited to this festival worship.

Art in the Heart of Worship

Faith engagement takes many forms. A new short-term taskforce is forming to discuss ways we can engage all who enter our doors on summer Sundays in an art activity. These activities will be designed for all ages and finished art will be displayed at Reformation.  Would you like to learn more, be a part of […]

Vitality Project Survey

We are embarking on a journey to strengthen our congregational vitality. Vital congregations are communities of faith where there are life-changing relationships with God, one another, and the world. Our Vitality Team members, Sue Bianco, Keith Bocian, Marilyn Gilroy, John Pritchard, and Jennifer Troutman, will work on this “Vitality Project” with support from ELCA resources […]

Lutheran Day at the Capital

Monday, May 21, 8:45 am – 4:30 pm. Bring your faith to the table, and join Lutherans from around the state for worship, learning, advocacy and action. Lutheran Day at the Capitol will focus on our baptismal call to ministry in the public square and the unique voice of Lutheran Christians addressing hunger and poverty. We will […]

All Our Losses, All Our Grief

Coming again in May, this interactive three-week course focusing on loss, grief, and ritual takes place at Reformation on Mondays, May 7, 14 and 21, 7-8:30 pm in the Alyce Thompson Room. Join Deacon Beth and Nurse Pat as they lead participants through times of awareness, storytelling and prayer. All Our Losses, All Our Grief […]

Celebrate our Choral Scholars

It’s hard to imagine, but May 6 is the last Sunday that three of our Choral Scholars will be with us. Zoe Jones and Sara Munson are both graduating from West Chester University on May 13. Zoe, soprano, has been very busy this semester with the WCU opera and preparing for her senior recital. She […]

Share a Meal with One in Need

Join fellow members and friends on Sunday, April 29, at 1:00 pm in Creighton Hall to prepare a light meal for those who worship at The Welcome Church. Once prepared and packed, those interested will travel to the Welcome Church on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for worship and then serve the meal. The goal is […]

Lutherans Around The World

Wittenberg was a small provincial town on the edge of the empire when professor and pastor Martin Luther lit an evangelical spark that illuminated God’s grace and prompted reform in the Western church. Over the next five hundred years the good news spread far beyond Saxony and Europe. Today the family of Lutheran churches includes […]

April Lunch Bunch

Tea with the Lunch Bunch – Thursday, April 26, at 11:45 am, meet us at “A Taste of Britain.” The cost is $25.00 per person (please bring cash) which gets you a “Full Afternoon Tea” which includes tea sandwiches, scones and pastries with a pot of tea. Sign up in the Lobby at Reformation. Contact […]

April 2018: Nurse’s Blog

Are you alcohol aware? The National Institute on Health has designated April as Alcohol Awareness Month. Drinking alcohol can be a health risk for anyone. Let’s review what alcohol is and how it affects our body. Alcohol is both a drug and a socially accepted beverage. As a drug, it is a depressant that it […]

April 2018: Pastor’s Blog

Concerning the Election of a Synod Bishop Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, When our Southeastern Pa. Synod meets in assembly May 4-5 we will elect a new synod bishop. Bishop Claire Burkat was first elected to a six-year term in 2006. She was elected to a second six-year term in 2012. Bishop Burkat has […]

April 2018: Library News

Celebrate the Earth, Cultivate the Soul As warming weather in April entices us outdoors to connect with our neighbors. as we celebrate Earth Day, and as the gardeners among us prepare to plant, our appreciation of earth, sky and water reasserts itself. Here are some books in our library that speak to the sense of renewal […]

The Legacy of the Reformation

The Legacy of the Reformation will be presented on April 25, 7 pm, at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Dr. Christopher Close and Dr. Christopher Atkins will discuss the Reformation’s impact on religion, politics and art, and the principle of self-expression. For more information about this free event click here.

Support our “Chefs”

Reformation has been selected as one of four churches to compete in this year’s Top Shelter Chef Contest! The event is held by the CAADC to raise funds to support those living with homelessness in Delaware Country. Tickets are $25.00 and those who attend will get to taste the meals and vote to select this […]

Eco-Ministry Earth Day Program

This year, our Eco Sunday event will feature a guest speaker. Dr. Chara Armon is an Assistant Professor and Lawrence C. Gallen Fellow in the Humanities at Villanova University. She describes herself as a “teacher, writer, scholar, mother, wife, and ecological activist.” Join us for an enlightening presentation in Creighton Hall at 9:45 am on […]

Pitch Horseshoes

The Men’s Breakfast Group invites Reformation Men to come out on Saturday, April 14, for the annual Horseshoe Tournament at the OK Corral behind the Church. After a hearty breakfast, we will head outside (provided the weather cooperates) to throw horseshoes with two-time champion, Ron Bingeman, Cowboy Bubba Black and Flapjack Joe. So loosen up […]

Golf for a Cause – miniMasters

This summer ten Reformation youth and two adult leaders will attend the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, TX. This triennial event draws Lutheran youth from across the country with an expected attendance of over 40,000! While at the gathering, our youth will have opportunities to participate in large gatherings, worship, learn, and, most importantly, serve […]

Softball Players Needed!

Play Ball! Five area Lutheran churches will again join forces to form an ‘ELCA’ slow-pitch softball team this spring and participate in a local church league. Anyone (male or female) over the age of 16 is welcome to join this group for fun, fellowship and a little exercise. Games will begin in May and continue […]

OWLS Learn About Owls

You don’t need to make a reservation to attend a meeting of the OWLs senior group of Reformation. Just show up!  Sometimes,  a few minutes before the meeting is due to begin, the only ones present are the five members of the steering committee. Then, the doors open and folks start pouring in! That happened […]

Book Club in April

Library Book Club meets Tuesday, April 17 at 7:00 pm – We will discuss the book, America’s First Daughter, by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie, which tells the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph. All are welcome!

Vibrant Faith Summit

Reformation will be the host site for the Vibrant Faith Summit held April 12-14. Vibrant Faith is an organization working with congregations to foster a greater understanding of faith formation, engagement, and leadership. A training event for Professional and Volunteer church leaders for powerful ministry in today’s changing world! Thursday – transforming relationships Friday – digital […]

2018 Scholar In Residence

Scholar in Residence: The Rev. Dr. Donald McCoid Lutheran-Catholic Relations: Progress and Prospects after 500 Years Saturday, April 7, 2018, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The Reverend Dr. Donald J. McCoid is a native of Wheeling, West Virginia. Bishop Emeritus McCoid served as the Bishop of the ELCA’s Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod from 1987 until 2007. He served as […]

Holy Week Schedule

Palm/Passion Sunday March 25 at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 NOTE NEW SCHEDULE The Great and Holy Week begins with the celebration of Jesus’ triumphal entry to Jerusalem accompanied by the waving of palm branches and shouts of Hosanna! Worship begins with the Liturgy of Palms during which everyone will join the procession with the palms. […]

Winter Weather Update!

Due to winter weather, ALL church activities are cancelled for Wednesday, March 21. Please stay safe! The chancel choir will rehearse on Saturday, March 24, at 10:30 am.

Lutherans Come to North America

Most of us know that Lutheranism had its start in Germany with Martin Luther. But when and how did it come over to North America? The story begins with the arrival of a pastor with a distinctive name, at least to our ears. On April 17, 1640, Swedish pastor Reorus Torkillus arrived in Fort Christina, […]

Eco Palms Help Our Planet

This year our Palm Sunday (March 25) palms will be provided through a partnership with Lutheran World Relief. These Eco Palms are gathered and sold in a socially and environmentally just ways. These palms look different than ones used in previous years – instead of a long, tan branch; these palms are green and leafy. […]

March Eco Tip

Eco Tip According to the Environmental Protection Agency, air inside the average home is two to five times more polluted than the air outside, during the winter months largely due to toxic household cleaners. To help keep your inside air clean follow these tips: Open windows a crack when possible to get fresh air in. […]

Feeding The Homeless

For the past few years, Reformation has joined in supporting the Community Outreach Project (COP) which serves evening meals at the Life Center of Eastern Delaware County. The Life Center is one of three shelters owned and operated by the Community Action Agency of Delaware County (CAADC). The other two facilities are the Family Management […]

Easter Food Collection

The Community Action Ministry is collecting food for distribution at Easter. If you did not get a bag, look for the list of specified canned and packaged foods in the Lobby TODAY. We ask that the bags be returned by March 18. We also accept donations of money to help purchase the hams and fresh […]

Lent Supper & Service Cancelled for March 7

In light of the forecast for severe weather, the Soup Supper and Evening Prayer for Wednesday, March 7, have been CANCELLED.

Enjoy Tea with Lunch Bunch

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER! Tea, anyone? It’s “A Taste of Britain” time! Thursday, March 22, at 11:30 am, meet us at “A Taste of Britain” located in the Eagle Village Shop, (503 West Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, PA 19087) in the rear West corner. We have reserved a table for 12. The cost is $25.00 per […]

Home-Owners Co-Op Now Forming

Do you have a bunch of projects around the house that just never seem to get done? Would you like some help? A new homeowner’s co-op group is forming at church that offers families the chance to help each other by hosting work days where members come together to have food, fellowship, and help get some honey-do […]

March 2018: Library News

Get Even More Grounded Our Lenten theme is based on the book Grounded, by Diana Butler Bass. It’s human nature to desire to be grounded — in faith, family, home, community and on this earth — and Bass explores what this means for our relationship with God today. Here are several books in our library that […]

March 2018: Nurse’s Blog

Care for Your Eyes More than 20 million Americans suffer from severe vision loss. The American Academy of Opthamology has dedicated March to educating us about things you can do to reduce vision problems. Not all diseases of the eye can be prevented, but the Academy relates several initiatives everyone can take to help eyes […]

March 2018: From The Deacon

“They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither.” Psalm 1:3 Japanese styled gardens with their gentle curves, green mosses, varying sounds of water, entice me to pause. The coupling of magnificent trees and architectural features along with meandering pathways make this […]

OWLs Welcome Plush Mills

The February meeting of the OWLs brought out an enthusiastic group of art lovers to hear Pat Hacik and Marilyn Gilroy as they presented Art Goes to School. We are fortunate to have these dedicated volunteers among our congregation members! We are also lucky to have the folks who work so hard to prepare the […]

March Men’s Breakfast

The next Men’s breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, March 10, and we invite all Reformation men to join us for Coffee, Fellowship and Breakfast. Come on down to the kitchen at 8:30 am for Coffee and Fellowship, breakfast will be served at 9:00 and our lively discussions usually begin shortly thereafter.

Bear Creek Camp Sunday

On Sunday, March 18, we will celebrate the ministry of Bear Creek Camp. We will welcome a member of the camp staff to Reformation that day. A special program will be held during the Sunday School hour for all children and youth in the ROCK Room. Parents and grandparents are welcome to attend to learn […]

Spring Road Clean Up

Spring Road Clean-Up – Saturday, March 17, beginning at 10:00 am. Meet at the church to get our supplies and then clean up Rose Tree Road. Contact Deb Felton (dlf1957@verizon.net) with any questions.

Spring Sparkhouse Book Fair

Check out our Sparkhouse Book Fair! Downstairs in the Sunday School hallway on Sundays, March 4 and 11, you will find a book fair display. Samples are available for you to view and orders can be placed through March 11. Please speak to Pr. Alina if you have any questions.

Lent Mission Project – Care Kits for Homeless Neighbors

Empty gallon-size storage bags containing a list of basic items and instructions will be handed out at the end of worship today and next Sunday. Please return the bag to the church by Sunday, March 4, filled with some or all of the listed toiletries and snacks. In  addition, the Synod Youth are collecting sturdy […]

The Reformation Spreads in Europe

Martin Luther is, deservedly, receiving most of the attention as we mark the beginning of the Reformation in Saxony. But with remarkable speed, those teachings spread to other countries in Europe. How did that occur? Largely through the work of some courageous leaders. Let’s look at how the Reformation came to a few countries whose […]

Meet Our Counters

Every week our dedicated group of Counters, along with our Financial Secretary, Gary Kamin, meet to tally up RELC’s income for the past week. This group consists of John Berberich, Les Bryant, Deb Felton, Dave Helms and John Pritchard. The safe is opened and the group sorts receipts (offering envelopes, loose checks, etc.) into various […]

Feb 2018 Pastor’s Blog

“To those who have hunger, give bread; to those who have bread, give a hunger for justice. Amen.”  – Latin American Table Blessing Over 28 years ago, the SOUPer Bowl of Caring began with this prayer: “Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us to be mindful of those without a […]

Feb 2018 Library News

Happy Valentine’s Day! Most of us view Valentine’s Day as being about romantic love. At the same time, it’s an opportunity to celebrate the many forms of love in our lives – family, friends, society, and God. Below are a few books that explore the centrality of love in our lives. Check out the library […]

Walk the Labyrinth

For one week, February 28 through March 7, walk an indoor Trinity Labyrinth at Reformation. Located in the ROCK Room, this self-guided contemplative walk is for all ages. Walk the Trinity Labyrinth Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, during the March 3 Holy Interruptions event, Sunday morning, or before or after Midweek Soup […]

Midweek Lent Soup Supper & Worship

Each Wednesday in Lent following Ash Wednesday, we invite you to gather for a soup supper and discussion at 6:30 pm in Creighton Hall. The soup supper will be followed by Evening Prayer in the sanctuary at 7:30 pm. The first gathering will be held on February 21. You are welcome to join us for […]

2018 First Communion Classes

First Communion Classes will be held on three consecutive Saturday mornings, 9:00–10:30 am. The dates of the classes are March 10, 17, and 24. The final class time will include bread baking. These classes are for students in grades K-2. Parents of younger or older students should speak to Pastor Alina. Students of all ages […]

QPR: Suicide Prevention Training

Saturday, February 17 10:00 am – 12 noon QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. QPR is a free, nationally recognized, evidence-based suicide prevention training designed to help anyone identify a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be […]

Young(er) Adults’ February Fondue Night

—CANCELLED DUE TO IMPENDING SNOW—- The Bocian Family will again host an adults-only Fondue Night on Saturday, February 17, 7:00 to 9:00 pm at their home. They will provide the chocolate and cheese fondue and drinks and attendees can bring dippers such as strawberries, small marshmallows, cake, bread, etc. Look for an evite with all the […]

February Youth Group

All youth in grades 6-12 are invited to our February Youth Group! We will gather on Sunday, February 11, 12:00-2:00 pm. Lunch will be served. We will make treats and pack surprises for our Reformation college students. Let us know you’re coming through the Sign Up Genius.

CPR Refresher

CPR, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is another way you can help our community! Reformation Evangelical Lutheran Church has two AED machines (automated electronic defibrillators). They are also available in community centers, work environments and airports. Police carry an AED in squad cars. We have members who are trained responders in CPR with AED, but we also need […]

February Men’s Breakfast

The next Men’s breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, February 10. All Reformation men are invited to join us for Coffee, Fellowship and Breakfast. Come on down to the kitchen at 8:30 am for coffee and fellowship, breakfast will be served at 9:00 and our lively discussions usually begin shortly thereafter.

February OWLS

The January meeting of the OWLs did not happen! Snow, ice, and cold jeopardized safe travel to and from our cozy nest in Creighton Hall so we canceled the meeting. However, Kimberly Bove, the scheduled presenter from Plush Mills, kindly said she was available for the next open date on our calendar. She will be […]

February Faith Builders

Faith Builders – February 4 and February 11 – join those who love a good laugh and older, classic black and white tv shows at 9:45 am in Creighton Hall. This two week pre Lent unit blends the wisdom of the early 1960’s Andy Griffith show and words from the Old Testament book, Proverbs. Come […]

Discerning Leadership for our Synod’s Future

The Discernment Team for the 2018 Bishop’s election invites you to a time of Bible study, prayer, and conversation about the leadership our synod needs in the future. This session will be held at Reformation and a dozen other sites across the synod simultaneously on Saturday, Feb. 10, 10:00-11:30 am. One of the sites will […]

February Lunch Bunch – Chili and Chocolate

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER!!!! February 7 at 11:30 am at Reformation. Break up the chill of winter by gathering with the Lunch Bunch as they sample a variety of homemade chili (including vegetarian) and chocolate desserts and participate in a chocolate exchange. Details are in the February Newsletter and on our website. Sign up in […]

Lent Discussion Groups

Small groups will be reading and discussing the book Grounded: Finding God in the World – A Spiritual Revolution by Diana Butler Bass. Books will be available in the gathering space outside the sanctuary and are also available for download from Kindle. Please sign up as soon as possible so that our group leaders are […]

Celebrate the SOUPer Bowl!

We are collecting cans of hearty soup for the Media Food Bank for the annual Souper Bowl of Caring. Please bring a can (or two!) of soup with you to worship on January 28 or February 4 (Super Bowl Sunday) or drop off during the week of Jan. 28. Some people living with hunger do […]

Walk the Camino

Sept. 13-22, 2018, a group from Reformation along with family members and friends will be embarking on a pilgrim walk on the Camino de Santiago. Although many “pilgrims” walk this path for 500 miles over a month, we will be walking the French short route (Santiago to Sarria, Spain) which will involve walking a total […]

2018 Congregational Meeting

Annual Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 28, beginning with lunch at 12:05 pm in Creighton Hall. The meeting will begin about 12:30. Childcare is available. Please bring a dessert to share. View Reformation’s 2017 Annual Report here. FYI – Voting members are confirmed members. Such confirmed members, during the current or preceding […]

NEW OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE IN 2018

Be Hands of Hope Here are some ways you can “serve all people” in the coming weeks and months. Contact Deacon Beth for more information.  “Let your light shine!” Prepare and serve a meal following The Welcome Church worship, a church without walls on Ben Franklin Parkway, the 1st or 4th Sunday afternoon of the […]

Women and the Reformation

“I am prepared to lose everything, even life or limb. May God stand by me.” So wrote Argula von Grumbach (1492–1563/68?) from Bavaria, who found Martin Luther’s message of Christian freedom and equality empowering. This noble woman challenged an entire Catholic university in Ingolstadt in defense of Lutheran faith and a student  persecuted  for “Lutheran  […]

Jan 2018 Library News

Happy New Year!  A new year brings hopes, expectations and resolutions. For some, it is a chance to put a difficult year behind. For others, it is a time of optimism. And for yet others, it can feel like the same old thing. However you have approached the new year, you can find something in […]

Feeding the Homeless in January

Help with Feeding the Homeless, Thursday, January 25. Please sign-up on the sheets on the counter in the narthex to help in one of these ways: Make a meat casserole (12-15 are needed). The recipe and aluminum pan are provided; put casserole in church freezer by January 23 or bring hot from home oven by […]

January Lunch Bunch

*** CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER*** Wednesday, January 17, at 11:30. Enjoy good food and fellowship with Lunch Bunch as we celebrate the new year. Sign up in the gathering space for a great meal and fellowship time at Fellini Cafe located at 106 W. State Street, Media.

Jan 2018 Nurse’s Note

Medication: miracle or nightmare? Across our nation drug abuse is on the rise. What is the first step in preventing this health crisis? Education with assertive open dialogue is helpful in dealing with this problem, according to the NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse). When people say “drugs”, they generally mean medica- tions that can […]

ECO Tips for Winter Weather

Close the recycling loop. Many articles of clothing, such as jackets, scarves, gloves, and boots, are now made from recycled materials. Most fleece products are made from recycled plastic soda bottles, and certain clothing and shoe manufacturers use recycled cotton scraps and rubber tires to make their products. Winter storms often cause power outages. Prevent […]

2018 Mark E. Davis Scholarship

The Mark E. Davis Scholarship was established by The Rev. William and Irene Davis following the death of their son, Mark. The scholarship is a one-year scholarship to a four-year college or university awarded to a member(s) of Reformation Lutheran Church.  Applicants can be high school seniors or currently attending a college or university.  The […]

January 2018 Book Club

Reformation Library Book Club Tuesday, January 16th, 7 pm, Alyce Thompson Room A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles,  tells the story of Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, a Russian aristocrat sentenced to house arrest for his association with a poem with revolutionary overtones. Although the Count was imprisoned during the onset of Communism, he saw […]

Jan 2018 Pastor’s Blog

I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.  – Philippians 1:6 At Reformation we are blessed to be part of a vital, thriving congregation which is committed to the mission of inviting, serving, and faith-building. We are […]

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Timeless truths from Martin Luther King, Jr. On repentance: “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.” On character: “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of […]

January Men’s Breakfast

Men’s Breakfast – January 13. The Men’s group invites all Reformation men to join us for Coffee, Fellowship and Breakfast. We have not scheduled a guest speaker for this month so if you have something you would like to discuss among friends, come to the kitchen at 8:30 am for coffee and fellowship, breakfast will […]

January OWLs News

The OWLs ended the calendar year in a festive way!  We celebrated the 100th birthday of our oldest member, Madaline Heim, with a card signed by all, plus a special cake. Then we enjoyed the Christmas songs of an energetic Senior Center chorus, the “Guys and Gals.”  They were pleased to have been invited to […]

All Our Losses, All Our Grief

A three week course focusing on loss, grief, and ritual takes place at Reformation on Mondays, January 15, 22, and 29, from 11 am – 12:15 pm in the Alyce Thompson Room. Join Deacon Beth and Nurse Pat as they lead participants through times of awareness, storytelling and prayer. All Our Losses, All Our Grief […]

Enjoy the Great Outdoors!

You’re invited to join the Eco Ministry for a trip to the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, January 13, 2018. The refuge, established in 1972, is America’s first urban wildlife refuge.  Its purpose is to preserve, restore, and develop the natural area known as the Tinicum Marsh. The 1,200 acre refuge includes over […]

January Faith Builders

In addition to the Bible Study taught by Nancy Clark on January 7, 14, and 28 and the Women’s Connection on those same dates, the following opportunities will be offered: Let Your Light Shine! Sunday, Jan. 7, 9:45, in Creighton Hall Pastor Arden Krych will lead an interactive discussion on ministry in daily life. Gather […]

CONNECT Winter Camp

CONNECT is a fun-filled weekend at Bear Creek Camp! Winter camp is a great opportunity to enjoy all the fun of camp in just one weekend! Each camp runs from Friday night through Sunday after lunch. Register online here. CONNECT for Grades 7-12 – January 12-14. CONNECT for Grades 4-8 – January 26-28.

Let Your Light Shine!

On Sunday, January 7, the church celebrates the Baptism of Our Lord. On that day we will affirm our baptism during worship.  It will also be a time to affirm your God given gifts, skills, talents and special interests.  As you depart worship there will be computer stations set up for you to complete our […]

Volunteers Bless the Office

As the Christmas season fast approaches, our office volunteers are getting quite a workout with extra bulletins, newsletters and mailings. Although their hard work is enjoyed by all, their efforts go largely unnoticed, so now is a great time to recognize the dedication and work done by these wonderful volunteers. Joanne Horton, Mary Shook, Marilyn […]

Christmas Eve and Day Schedule

December 24 10:00 am – 4th Sunday of Advent Worship (Note: ONE morning service) Christmas Eve Worship All worships include Carols, Candlelight and Communion. 4:00 pm – a special service designed especially for children who will participate in “Las Posadas”, the journey of Mary and Joseph as they seek room for the Christ-child. 6:00 pm […]

December 17, 2017 Events

Hanging of the Greens Everyone is invited to help us decorate the tree and  hang wreaths and pine roping Sunday, December 17, immediately following the 11:00 worship. Let’s Go Caroling! Join members in spreading Christmas cheer to our home-bound on Sunday, December 17. Come to Creighton Hall after the 11:00 worship for a light lunch […]

Give a Good Gift This Christmas

As you plan for the coming season of gift-giving, consider a gift of hope and love that can help make a difference in the world with ELCA GOOD GIFTS. The ELCA Good Gifts Catalog has more than 40 options, with prices ranging from $10 (for 10 chicks or to stock a backpack with food) to […]

Listen To The Children

Chester Children’s Chorus (CCC) Concert will be held on Friday, December 15, and Saturday, December 16, at the Lang Concert Hall at Swarthmore College. The concerts begin at 7:30. Doors open at 6:45

Munch with Lunch Bunch

On Thursday, December 14, at 10:30 am Lunch Bunch will meet at the Brandywine River Museum for a tour which highlights the Christmas paintings of the Wyeth family. In addition to our docent-led tour, there will be time to view the expansive train, doll, and Christmas displays, followed by lunch in the museum café. Sign […]

Dec 2017 Deacon’s Blog

By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” Luke 1:78-79 Our lives are full of endings and beginnings happening all at once. Pages […]

Dec 2017 Nurse’s Note

’Tis the Season to be Wary Thanks to increased time indoors and short winter days, our immune system seems to leave us more susceptible to infection. The flu season is here, and you will find people coughing with sore throats, runny noses and even chills and fever. In addition, one could experience fatigue, body aches […]

Dec 2017 Library News

Take a Break with a Book We are in the midst of the holiday season, and sometimes it feels good to take a breather. A book can offer just the respite you need to keep perspective on the joys and the stresses of the season — and the upcoming new year. Here are just a […]

Holiday Hayride at Arasapha

Families are invited to join us on Sunday, December 10, for the Arasapha Holiday Hayride. We will gather at the church at 6:00 pm. A sign up email will be sent out. See Pr. Alina with any questions.

Concert Benefits Kencrest

Hosted by Christ’s Lutheran Church, Oreland (700 Pennsylvania Avenue, Oreland, PA, 19075) the Bloom Consort will perform Renaissance Christmas Carols and Sacred Music in a concert open to the community followed by a reception. The concert will be December 10 at 3:00 pm. A free-will offering will be collected to benefit KenCrest‘s Rod Hibbard Fund, […]

St. Nicholas Celebration

Bishop Nicholas will visit us and dedicate the gifts we bring to support local community organizations during both worships on Sunday, December 10. Be sure to see the display in the hallway to select gift tags. Bring unwrapped gifts to worship with you on December 10. If you didn’t pick up a gift tag but […]

Cookies Bring Good Cheer!

December is the time for the Jean Roberts Memorial Cookie Collection. Please bake or purchase Christmas cookies for gifting to the homebound and for holiday food bags. You may bring them to the Creighton Hall kitchen  and label them “Christmas Caroling and Food Bags” December 3-10. Remembering the homebound and needy in this way is […]

Fight Like Hail

Newtown Square resident, Hailey Parker, was only 10 years old when she was diagnosed with a form of brain cancer called GBM and only 11 when she lost her battle a few months later. The Fight Like Hail Holiday Giving Project was created to honor Hailey and her generous nature. This year’s project seeks to […]

Healing and Hope

December 3 is the First Sunday of Advent. Worship that day will include our “Longing for the Light of Healing and Hope” liturgy which includes a Prayer Litany and, optionally, Candle Lighting and Individual Prayer for Healing.

December OWLs

OWLs Another rainy Monday brought another great turnout for the November OWLs meeting! Folks heard about how war also affects non-combatants in the moving poem shared by Tom Gibson commemorating Veteran’s Day. After lunch and conversation, the crowd enjoyed Sally Burkam’s exciting travel talk on the river cruise she took out west. Guys and Gals, […]

December Men’s Breakfast

Tools, Scars and Stories The next Men’s Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, December 9, and we invite Reformation Men to our second annual “Tool Time” event at Reformation Lutheran Church. Bring your best working “old” tool (something your father used!!) from long ago to our “Tool Time” show and maybe an old scar story or […]

Harvey Cedars

The Harvey Cedars retreat, for all youth in grades 6-12, will be held March 2-4. Registration materials and payment will be due by Sunday, January 14. More information will be communicated with parents via e-mail. Please speak with Pastor Alina if you have any questions.

Advent Festival

On Sunday, November 26, everyone is invited to an Advent Festival at 9:45 am in Creighton Hall. At the festival we will have ways to celebrate Advent in your home, opportunities to create gifts for our homebound members, and a chance enjoy fellowship together! This event is for all ages, families, and groups! All are […]

Gratitude for Gardens

As the days get shorter and the weather turns colder, we give thanks to our Gardening Angels, who have worked hard to plant and maintain our gardens since early Spring. The color explosion began when the first daffodils bloomed, and continued throughout the summer with daylilies, knock-out rose bushes, and other perennials that have come […]

Nov 2017 Pastor’s Blog

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” – Psalm 107:1 My family has a Thanksgiving tradition – and perhaps your family has a similar one. Before our Thanksgiving dinner, we go around the table and everyone has an opportunity to share the things that we are thankful for in […]

Nov 2017 Nurse’s Note

Holiday Health Tips Its November! This time of year is exciting and fun but it can also bring a lot of STRESS! Holiday stress can drain your body’s natural resiliency and harm your health! How does increased stress effect you? Your body might develop these symptoms: headaches, infections, muscle tension, fatigue, skin irritations and even […]

Nov 2017 Library News

What to Read Now Given our national conversations on immigration, race and religion, here are a few selections from our library that might help you or your children gain additional insight. Kids might enjoy Molly’s Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen or The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles. The first explores emigration for religious freedom through a Thanksgiving story. […]

Fall Book Fair

On Sundays November 12 and 19, a Sparkhouse Book Fair display will be up in the Sunday School hallway downstairs. On Sunday, November 26, the Book Fair display will be at the Advent Festival. These books and videos make great Christmas gifts! Our Book Fair, sponsored by Sparkhouse Family, will feature a wide variety of […]

Calling All Eagle Fans

A group from Reformation will take a one hour drive to Conowingo Dam to see the bald eagles with Tom Reeves on Saturday, November 18. We will  leave the church parking lot at 8:30. Cider and cookies will be provided and telescopes and some binoculars will be available for your use. This is a great […]

Media Performing Arts Series Presents: Love Notes

We invite you to our recital, Love Notes, featuring Soprano Leah Golub, which will be given on Saturday, November 18 at 3:00 pm. The selections are a diverse range of music, from Rachmaninoff to Gershwin, all written as dedications of love to another. Our own Erik Flaten will be accompanying at the piano. Erik will […]

Living Generously

SERVING OUR NEIGHBOR When we think of Thanksgiving and Christmas, we generally think of family, food, and the sharing of gifts.  This holiday season, you can help our less fortunate neighbors have holidays with those same things. Our Community Action Ministry has several ways you can do this: Fill a bag of food, donate a […]

Munch with the Lunch Bunch

We will meet for a delicious lunch and fun conversation on November 15, at Firepoint Grill Restaurant located at 3739 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square. The food is made 100% on a wood-fired grill and if you wish, you can see the menu ahead of time on their website. Since it is the week before […]

Celebrate with Gratitude

Celebrate the Thanksgiving season by attending the 4Ever Grateful Concert on Sun., Nov. 12, 3:00-5:00 pm, at Congregation Ohev Shalom, 2 Chester Road Wallingford. This concert celebrates the talents of our multicultural community from local religious houses and is sponsored by FUSE (Fellowship of Urban Suburban Engagement). Everyone is welcome to attend! Exercising Our Gratitude […]

Youth Group – Cookie Bake

Youth Group – Cookie Bake All youth in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in a Thanksgiving Cookie Bake on Sunday, November 12. We will gather at 12 noon for a pizza lunch followed by cookie baking in Creighton Hall. We will finish by 2 pm. These cookies will go into our Thanksgiving Food Bags […]

Annual Fund Campaign

Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say, Rejoice!  Phil. 4:4 Over the past few weeks you have heard individual members of our congregation share their personal faith experiences as part of our annual stewardship campaign – Always Rejoicing! We hope that during these mission moments you had the chance to reflect on your […]

November OWLs

October saw a record turnout for the OWLs, in spite of drenching rain in the morning.  Karen Chorney’s talk on the importance of honey bees in our lives, and on the enjoyment Karen has found in caring for her two beehives, made venturing out on such a day quite worth while.  (Plus we all got […]

Men’s Breakfast Helping Hands

The Men’s Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, November 11, and the men’s group is asking Reformation Men to help out around the Church for a morning of service at the Church to clean up leaves, pick up fallen branches and change light bulbs.  Please bring your rakes and gloves and leaf blowers – Dave Black […]

For All The Saints

On All Saints’ Sunday, November 5, we remember and give thanks to God “for all the saints, who from their labors rest.” The following members of Reformation are named and remembered on that day: Henry Brubaker          Ethel Cooper Shirley DiSabatino      Sandy Haines Rachel Irvine               Richard Jaus Tori Jones                   Gordon Jungbluth The Rev. Daniel Shook “Rest […]

Faith Builders

Faith Builders Lifelong learning opportunities for adults on Sunday mornings at 9:45 are an important way in which we fulfill our mission “to build a living faith.” Going forward, these opportunities will be referred to as “Faith Builders.” In November there will be four such opportunities: Faith Builder: Bible Study taught by Nancy Clark in […]

Hurricane Relief for Puerto Rico

Churches throughout Southeastern PA Synod are working with Iglesia Luterana Nueva Creación (New Creation Lutheran Church) and the Norris Square Community Alliance, a community organization with a long standing reputation in North Philadelphia, to provide and transport hurricane relief supplies to Puerto Rico. Until November 5, 2017, donations will be collected at Reformation. Place your […]

Synod Events

Check out all that is going on in our Synod to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation!

Reformation Art Tour

Join others from Reformation Church on a special tour of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Sat., Nov. 11, 1:30-4:00 pm. Continuity and Reform: Insights from Art on the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation is a tour/discussion which will use the resources of the Philadelphia Museum of Art to explore the context in which […]

Hear Leading Interfaith Understanding Speaker

Eboo Patel founded Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago on the idea that religion should be a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He has worked for more than 15 years with governments, social sector organizations, and college and university campuses to help make interfaith cooperation a social norm. On March 7, 2017, […]

REFORMATION SUNDAY: October 29, 2017

∙ 8:30 & 11:00 – Festive Reformation Worship ∙ 10:00 am – “I’d Plant a Tree”  * Reformation Tree Planting ∙ Luther’s Small Catechism for all at worship ∙ Luther sticker books for children distributed ∙ “Countdown to Reformation” – Mission Moment for The 1517 Society ∙ 3:00 pm – Delaware Conference Reformation Anniversary Worship, […]

500th Anniversary of the Reformation Speaker

Partners in Ministry Reformation Lutheran Church & Swarthmore Presbyterian Church welcome: Dr. Diana Butler Bass 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Speaker Saturday, October 28, 7:30 p.m. at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church Diana Butler Bass is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. Diana Butler Bass is one of the leading church […]

Eco Movie Night

Join the Eco Ministry Team for a movie night and snacks on Friday, October 27, at 7:00 pm. The movie, Seeds of Change, will focus on seed banks. All are welcome!

Autumn Blood Drive

October 25, 2017, 2-7 pm in Creighton Hall Share with a friend and help save a life. Sign up at www.redcrossblood.org Enter sponsor code: Reformation Benefits of Donating It is something you can spare! You get to eat cookies and enjoy juice! You will help ensure blood is on the shelf when needed. You will […]

Luther’s Small Catechism

Of all the things Martin Luther wrote, he is probably best known for two things: the hymn “A mighty fortress is our God” and the Small Catechism. Interestingly, Luther himself was ambivalent about the lasting value of most of his writings, with two exceptions—and one of them was this little pamphlet, the Small Catechism. And […]

All Saints Sunday Prep

Remember a loved one – Ribbons of Remembrance All Saints Sunday is a time when the church celebrates the baptized people of God, living and dead, who are the body of Christ. So too, it is a day for us to remember all who have died in Christ and whose baptism is complete. This year […]

October Lunch Bunch on the Move

Wednesday, October 18, Lunch Bunch will take a trip to the American Treasure Museum in Oaks, PA. This museum, which was established in 2010, is housed in what was once the B.F. Goodrich Tire Factory and features an enormous collection of Americana and memorabilia begun by a private collector. It has tens of thousands of […]

St. Luke Celebration

St. Luke Celebration On Sunday, October 15, we will commemorate St. Luke the evangelist in worship. Tradition says that Luke was a physician by profession. As such, commemorations honoring him often include a rite of healing. During our worships that Sunday we will include a full Rite of Healing with opportunities for prayer and anointing.

Oct 2017 Finance Blog

Giving Online is Easy as 1-2-3 Almost every bank today offers its customers the ability to view their current account balances, account statements, transfer funds and pay bills online over the internet Many people may already use their bank’s online banking interface for budgeting and paying monthly bills. But did you know that you can […]

Oct 2017 Nurse’s Blog

College is an exciting and challenging time of life. So many changes, leaving home, living independently, getting less sleep, making seemingly earth shattering choices and taking tough classes! You or your family might find it all a bit too much! It’s normal to experience anxiety, moodiness, sadness or grouchiness to occur but it usually passes […]

Oct 2017 Library News

Keep Our Library Growing! If you have books or DVDs that you think others would find valuable, please donate them to our library. Thank you this month to Sue Bianco for doing so. To access our library homepage and see the extent of our collection, just go to relclibrary.org. Take a Look at the Library Bulletin Board…and […]

Oct 2017 From The Pastor

500 Years! There are not many times in life that we get the opportunity to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of anything. Yet here we are, on the threshold of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation which began on October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses (principles or proposals) for the reform […]

Linvilla Halloween Hayride

Families are invited to a Halloween Hayride at Linvilla to the Witch’s House for some Halloween treats on Sunday, October 15, at 5:30 pm. This is not a Haunted Hayride and is great for children up to ages 10 or 11 and their parents. The cost is $9 per person. We will meet at the […]

Fall Road Clean-Up

Join us for our fall clean up of Rose Tree Road. We will gather at the church at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 14. Help us to continue our stewardship of God’s creation together.

Confirmation Sunday 2017

On Sunday, October 22, during the 11:00 worship, nine students will affirm the promises made at their baptisms during the Rite of Confirmation. This year’s Confirmands are: Ritchie Cotter, Megan Gress, Danielle Hathaway, Ava Hess, Etta Hess, Matteo Machado, Lauren Niss, Layla Phillips, and Matt Reitano. Together, we continue to pray for these young members […]

All Our Loses, All Our Grief

A new “Build a Living Faith” course is being offered three Monday nights at 7 pm: October 9, 16 and 23. Loss produces grief in our lives. Grief, our emotional response to loss, can arise when one changes job, moves to a new location, experiences the death of loved one, coworker, friend, transitions to retirement, […]

It’s 5 o’clock Somewhere!

The Men’s Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, October 14, and the men’s group is hosting our annual Oktoberfest “bring your favorite brew”. The Reformation Brewmeisters Association is inviting all men for an early morning happy hour and Bratwurst food festival. Be prepared to taste the best brews in Media. Lots of coffee and fellowship begins […]

Oktoberfest With OWLs

September’s OWLs meeting was Beach Magic, a chance to eat picnic-style food together, to catch up with old friends, meet some new ones, and enjoy an entertaining program of magic!  Frank Bianco’s slight-of-hand card tricks amazed and delighted his audience. When presented with an honorarium, he donated it to Reformation in memory of his brother, […]

Carve Your Pumpkin with Luther’s Seal

Since Reformation Day and Halloween share the same date on our calendar, we invite you to celebrate this year with a special commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Pumpkin carving patterns of Luther’s Seal will be distributed to our Sunday School children and available on the counter in the gathering space outside of […]

REFORMATION TREE PLANTING

“I’d Plant A Tree” Martin Luther once said, “Even if I knew the world was going to end tomorrow, I would still plant a tree today.” In celebration of this great anniversary of the Reformation, we will plant a tree at 10:00 am on Sunday, October 29.

Book Discussion Groups for Reformation 500 Speaker

As we commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation which began in October 1517, members of Reformation Lutheran Church are encouraged to read Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening by Diana Butler Bass. Copies of the book are available at the church or you may order […]

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS

Bring Your Pets and Donate You and your pet are invited to a Blessing of the Animals service on Saturday, October 7, at 11:30 am. The service will be held around the back of the church building. If your pet is unable to attend the service, please feel free to bring along a photo of […]

Lutheranism 101

Do you have a two-minute “elevator speech” you can give to someone who asks you “what is a Lutheran?” You will after you attend this review of/introduction  to some of the basics of our Lutheran tradition which Pastor Wayne will lead on Sundays, Oct. 8, 15, 22, and 29, at 9:45 am in Creighton Hall, […]

Arasapha Haunted Hayride

All youth in grades 6-12, and their friends and families, are invited to attend Arasapha Haunted Hayride and Bates Motel on Sunday, October 8. For youth, the cost is $35 for the hayride, the motel, and the corn maze. For adults, the cost is $40 for all three ($20 for the hayride only). We will […]

Reformation 500 All Year!

In addition to the exciting activities on Reformation Sunday, October 29, we are commemorating this important anniversary in many other ways throughout the year. Here is a sampling: ∙ Monthly newsletter articles about Luther and the Lutheran Church, August through June ∙ Martin Luther’s Seal explanation slides on narthex screen, September and October ∙ Luther’s […]

Countdown to Reformation!

The countdown continues to the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation which we will celebrate on Reformation Sunday, October 29. Help us celebrate by joining The 1517 Society – members and friends of Reformation who have included our congregation in their estate plans. Just six more members will help us reach our goal of 50 members […]

Standing Together

Standing Together ‘Bega Kwa Bega’ standing ‘shoulder to shoulder’ is the Swahili phrase used to both describe and celebrate our Reformation companion relationship with the Pangani Parish of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT). At its heart, bega kwa bega, affirms the joint ministry between numerous communities of faith in the ELCA and ELCT, […]

Martin Luther’s German Bible

What version of the Bible do you hear and read? Just in English, we have many to choose from. They range from translations that aim to be as accu­rate as possible (such as the New Revised Standard Version) to others whose main objective is to be easy to understand, even if certain details get lost. […]

Hike and Bible Study: September 30

The Eco-Ministry Team is hosting a Bible Study and Hike with Pastor Alina on Saturday, September 30. This is an opportunity to explore God’s word and creation together! We will gather in the church parking lot at 9:45 am and carpool to Hildacy Farm. Or you can meet us in the parking lot at Hildacy […]

September Feeding the Homeless

Help with Feeding the Homeless, Thursday, September 28. Please sign-up on the sheets on the counter in the narthex to help in one of these ways: Make a meat casserole (15 are needed). The recipe and aluminum pan are provided; put casserole in church freezer by Sept. 26 or bring hot from home oven by […]

SERMON ON THE STEPS What Is This?

SERMON ON THE STEPS What Is This? Martin Luther built his catechism on the question asked by his son, Hans – “What is this?’ His teaching of the Lutheran witness famously follows this formula today. In that spirit, we will be having a special Sermon on the Steps series exploring our faith by asking that […]

2017-2018 Concert Series

Leibig Legacy Lives On I am thrilled to announce the launch of a new concert series here at Reformation! With the generous support of the Leibig Committee, we are hosting a series of world class musicians. Through these concerts, we are serving our neighbors, supporting art, supporting the church, and keeping the Leibig legacy alive. […]

Give Now for Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

Hurricane Harvey Relief – Thank you for your generous gifts of more than $11,000 which will be matched by our Holiday Offering Fund and that total matched by Teikoku USA! As a result, over $44,000 will be given to Lutheran Disaster Response. The need continues due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma. Envelopes for […]

Sept 2017 Nurse’s Blog

Prevent Suicide! Statistics reported at a suicide forum relate that 43,000-44,000 people die in the US by suicide each year. That is 117 people each day! More die from suicide than from car accidents. It is time to decrease the stigma surrounding suicide and learn what all of us can do to save lives and […]

Sept 2017 Deacon’s Blog

You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they […]

Library News Sept 2017

Library News Keep the Donations Coming. It’s exciting to have a dynamic library like ours, enriched by generous donations. Thank you, Christine Corson, Sally Phillips and Laura Reiter for recent contributions. To access our library homepage and see the extent of our collection, just go to relclibrary.org. Want to Learn More About Luther and the Reformation? Martin Luther’s […]

Coffee and Conversation

You are invited to drop by Burlap and Bean any Thursday for coffee, casual conversation, fellowship, or prayer. Pastor Wayne, Pastor Alina, or Deacon Beth will be at Burlap and Bean every Thursday 10:00 am – 12:00 noon (beginning Sept. 14). Burlap and Bean is located at 204 S. Newtown Street Rd, Newtown Square, PA […]

Homecoming Sunday is September 24

Join us on Sunday, September 24, as we welcome home all members of Reformation – past and present! During worship we will recognize our “Heritage Members” – those who have been members of Reformation for 50 or more years. We will also recognize members of Confirmation Classes from years ending in “2” and “7.” Please […]

The Return of the OWLs

Over the summer break, the OWLs  (Reformation’s senior group) planning committee has been hard at work finding some great programs for the fall!  We’ve scheduled a variety of interesting, informative, and entertaining  programs, beginning on Monday, September 11, when magician Frank Bianco will delight all with his magic tricks! Lunch, which follows a brief devotion, […]

Online Church Directory

The new Reformation Church Directory is “live” online! You can sync our church directory directly to your device with a FREE app.   It’s Easy! 1. Go to your device’s App Store. 2. Search for Instant Church Directory. 3. Enter your email as it’s listed in our church directory. *** 4. Follow the directions on […]

Pitch Horseshoes

Pitch Horseshoes The Men’s Breakfast group invites all Reformation men to our Sat., Sept. 9, Horseshoe Tournament.  Come on out and pitch horseshoes with Wild Bill Grauer, Cowboy Bubba Black and Flapjack Joe at the OK Corral behind the Church. Coffee Hour and Fellowship begin at 8:30 am with breakfast served by 9:00 and we […]

Children’s Choir

Check Out the Children’s Choir Join us for the Children’s Choir Open House on Tuesday, September 19, 6:30 pm. Children, age 4 through 5th grade are encouraged to join us for a mini rehearsal and opportunity to meet our Children’s Choir Director, Liz Hazlett. Refreshments will be served. Contact Liz with any questions: liz.hazlett13@gmail.com

God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday is September 17

God’s Work, Our Hands The fifth annual God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday will be September 17. This is a great event for all ages to participate. Non-perishable food items will be collected at church and at Trader Joe’s in Media on this day. How can you help? Volunteers can sign up for one hour shifts […]

Rally Day is September 10

Join Us for Rally Day Rally Day is Sunday, September 10! Our regular worship schedule resumes that morning with worship at 8:30 and 11:00 am. Sunday School classes for all ages start at 9:45. Please plan to join us as we begin another great year of life here at Reformation! Sunday School for infants through […]

Chancel Choir News

Come and sing with the Chancel Choir this year!  New members are always welcomed. Our rehearsals will begin on Wednesday, August 30 at 7:30 pm in the choir room. September 10 will be our first Sunday back singing at the 8:30 service. If you would like to get in touch with me, Contact me by […]

Underwear Collection

I was naked and you clothed me…as you did it to one of the least of my brethren, you did it to me. Matthew 25:36, 40 August is upon us and underwear is on sale, so once again Reformation is working with the Needlework Guild of America (NGA) to collect new underwear and socks. NGA […]

Martin Luther: Monk to Reformer

We live in an era when fame is highly desired. Whether it’s getting hits on social media, getting invited to desirable gatherings, or making it big in Hollywood or Nashville, people want to be known, to be memorable— often for the wrong reasons. It’s noteworthy, then, that in 2017 the Lutheran church—and the world—marks a […]

August 2017 Eco Blog

ECO-FRIENDLY BACK-TO-SCHOOL IDEAS Eco-Tip Reduce Waste Choose refillable pencils and pens Use paper with high post-consumer recycled content Purchase binders made out of recycled materials Reuse Discard used pages from old notebooks and reuse Reuse and repair backpacks instead of purchasing new

August 2017 Library News

It’s the Dog Days of Summer…A Great Time for Reading Every wondered why we talk about the “dog days” during the sultry part of the summer? It didn’t used to refer to dogs lying around in the heat, but there was a dog connection – to Sirius, the Dog Star. During this time of the […]

August 2017 Nurse’s Blog

Prevent Lyme Disease Increased Lyme disease infections caused by ticks have been reported to me. Lyme disease is spread by the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Common symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and skin rash, which may look like a bull’s eye. If left untreated, this infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the […]

August 2017 Pastor’s Blog

August 2017 Pastor’s Blog I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. – Psalm 139:14 During our week of Vacation Bible School in July, Reformation welcomed over 70 children to be a part of this year’s program! Throughout our incredible week of learning, signing, […]

Eye Glasses Collection

Eye Glasses Collection Bring your used eye glasses to the collection bin at the top of the stairwell. The Lion’s Club uses them to give to people who cannot afford their own glasses.

Writing Instruments Recycling Program

Writing Instruments Recycling Program sponsored by our EcoMinistry Terracycle Your Pens, Markers and Caps Bring your pens, pen caps, mechanical pencils, markers and marker caps, permanent markers and permanent marker caps to church for our Terracycle collection at the top of the stairs. Read more about this program below.

Mark E. Davis Scholarships Awarded

Mark E. Davis Scholarships Awarded The Mark E. Davis Scholarship is a one-year scholarship to a four-year college or university awarded to a member of Reformation Lutheran Church. The Rev. William and Mrs. Irene Davis established this scholarship in memory of their son, Mark, who died in December 1961 after surgery to remove a brain […]

Munch with Lunch Bunch!

Munch with Lunch Bunch! Join an informal gathering for lunch and fellowship on Thursday, August 17, at Iron Hill Brewery at 11:30 am. RSVP by noon, Tuesday, August 15, to Tom Reeves at 610-361-8027.

Young(er) Adults’ Brunch

Young(er) Adults’ Brunch Thanks to all who came out to our annual cookout – we had a lovely afternoon with lots of yummy food! Our next event is being hosted by the Bowmans and will be a potluck brunch on August 13th after the second service (around 11 am) in Creighton Hall. Feel free to […]

Review and Practice CPR Aug. 6

Review and Practice CPR Aug. 6 Anyone interested in CPR with an AED demonstration (cardiopulmonary resuscitation with an automated electronic defibrillator) or previously certified in CPR is invited to attend this review and practice session. It will be held after the last service (about 11:00 a.m.) on August 6 in Creighton Hall (lower level of […]

Tour Reformation Lands and Beyond

Visit the places where Martin Luther walked, sang, ate and worshiped as well as other cultural centers (Prague, Vienna, and Bratislava) November 2-14 with Pastor Woody Maxon of Christ Lutheran Church, Allentown. For more information contact Pastor Wayne.

Thrivent Back To School Collection!

Thrivent Back To School Collection! The Delaware County Chapter of Thrivent will collect school supplies for local school children in need of a little help to start the school year for 2017-2018. The collection ends August 6. A box for donations is available in the narthex and the church office. Thank you for your generous […]

July 2017 Library News

July 2017 Library News Worship Traditions as Diverse as Humanity Check out the Library bulletin board for books about the diverse ways people have chosen to define the values of a good life, to worship and to live a life of faith. Depending on how you look at them, the faith traditions of the world […]

July 2017 Nurse’s Blog

You Could Save A Life! Each Sunday we say that called by Christ we will serve our neighbors. We not only pledge this but our church provides ways that we can easily serve others and our community through basic emergency medical care. We have two AED (automated electronic defibrillator) machines that give recorded instructions when […]

July 2017 Pastor’s Blog

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Personal stresses and societal forces pose challenges to use as we live our everyday lives as Christians. There are strong forces in society which tend to tempt us to act and react on the basis of principles and values which may not be consistent with our Christian faith. The […]

2018 ELCA YOUTH GATHERING

2018 ELCA YOUTH GATHERING Get In On This Experience-of-a-Lifetime The next ELCA Youth Gathering will be held June 27 – July 1, 2018, in Houston, TX. All youth who will be in grades 8-12 in the next school year are eligible to attend. Information sheets and registration forms are available in the ROCK Room and […]

Countdown to 500!

Countdown to 500! As a way of building excitement for and celebrating the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation this October, we’ll be conducting a 95-day* countdown to the big anniversary on October 31, 2017 (this year, Reformation Sunday actually falls on October 29). In honor of this major milestone anniversary our […]

Library Book Club – July 25

Next Library Book Club Meeting Is July 25. The Reformation Library Book Club meets quarterly to discuss a range of classic and current fiction and non-fiction. Meetings start at 7:00 p.m. in the Alyce Thompson room, and everyone is welcome. No RSVP is needed. Even if you haven’t read the book, join us to enjoy […]

Serve the Welcome Church

Serve the Welcome Church The Welcome Church is an ELCA congregation proclaiming the hope and love of a gracious God to all people and especially to people experiencing homelessness. All are welcome to be part of this dynamic ministry. The Reverend Violet C Little, Pastor and Developer of The Welcome Church, celebrates Sunday worship on […]

“Table Talk” Stimulates Faith

“PUB THEOLOGY” RETURNS WITH NEW NAME AND LOCATION “Table Talk” Stimulates Faith Martin Luther was well-known for taking conversations of faith outside the church and into homes and taverns around tables. Over time the collections of records about these conversations became known as “Table Talks”. There will be two opportunities this summer to gather for […]

Munch with Lunch Bunch!

Join an informal gathering for lunch and fellowship on Wednesday, July 19 at the Court Diner and Restaurant at 11:30 am. RSVP by noon, Mon., July 17, to Pat Woerheide or Deacon Beth Barkhau.

July 5 Blood Drive!

Give Blood. Save Lives. Creighton Hall, Wed., July 5, 2 – 7 pm Sign up at www.redcrossblood.org Enter sponsor code: Reformation Benefits of Donating • It feels great to donate! • You get free juice and delicious cookies. • It’s something you can spare – most people have blood to spare . . . yet, […]

Pangani Partnership Grows

Pangani is both a region and city in northeastern Tanzania, Africa. Here at Reformation, we celebrate a global mission partnership with the Pangani Parish, part of the North-Eastern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church Tanzania (ELCT). The Lutheran church in Pangani is divided into 3 zones and 31 sub-parishes. 2017 marks the 22nd year of […]

Synod Assembly Reflections – 2017

The annual Synod Assembly provides an opportunity for representatives from all the churches in the Southeastern Pa. Synod of the ELCA to meet to conduct business and hear important messages concerning the work of the church. There are many issues covered and the highlights of this year’s assembly were as follows: 1. “Opening The Doors” […]

Prayer Partners Station Moving

And this is the boldness we have in God, that if we ask anything according to his will God hears us. – 1 John 5:14 During worship on the third Sunday of every month we have volunteers who are Prayer Partners. These partners pray with Reformation members. Prayer Partners listen, pray, and bless members who […]

June 2017 Pastor’s Blog

Thank you to our Guest Blogger this month – Deacon Beth! ———————————————————————————– Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:1-2 Each week it seems I discover something new at Reformation. Lately it has been doors. Yes, doors. Some are […]

June 2017 Nurse’s Blog – Get Better Sleep

Spring has sprung and summer approaches. Warmer temperatures and more daylight hours make active times enjoyable, but what does the increasing daylight do to your sleep? Many members have asked about information to improve sleep. Problems like, I couldn’t sleep through the night or I woke up two hours too soon and couldn’t return to […]

Volunteers Needed!

Do you attend the second service?  If so, please consider staying a few extra minutes to help – once a month or less.  A schedule is worked out ahead of time, so you can choose the days you volunteer. Altar Care is in need of men, women, or couples to clean up after the second […]

VBS 2017 – Maker Fun Factory!

Each summer Reformation offers a week long bible school for kids age 3 (and potty trained) to completed grade 5.  There is no fee, but registration is required. Please see information below for this year’s session: Vacation Bible School 2017 July 9-13, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Plan to join us for our Maker […]

Patriotic Concert Singers Needed

Patriotic Concert Singers Needed for annual Patriotic Concert which will be held on Tuesday, June 27, at 7:00 pm, featuring Joe Smith, Star Clarinetist of The Philly POPS and The Classics of Dixieland Band. Valerie Rozek will direct the Media Festival Choir.  Everyone is invited to sing in this choir which will rehearse 7-8:30 pm […]

Travel With Luther!

REFORMATION 500 – Travel With Luther! To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, this summer Martin Luther will be joining you on your summer travels! Similar to our Reformation cross project, you can take a Martin Luther with you throughout the summer – whether that is across the world or just across the street! […]

Connect Faith and Finances

Rick Henricks and Mike Ghelardi, our local representatives of Thrivent Financial, a fraternal benefit society with Lutheran roots which is committed to connecting faith and finances for good, will be with us at Reformation on Sunday, June 11. They will provide refreshments for the fellowship hour after each worship and they will lead an adult […]

2018 ELCA YOUTH GATHERING

Get In on This Experience-of-a-Lifetime! The next ELCA Youth Gathering will be held June 27 – July 1, 2018 in Houston, TX. All youth who will be in grades 8-12 during the next school year are eligible to attend. An information session will be held during the Sunday School hour on Sunday, June 4, in […]

Young(er) Adults Cookout!

Young(er) Adults Cookout! – The Young(er) Adults group is BACK and we are planning a spring cookout on Saturday, June 3, at 12:30pm hosted by the Troutman family. The Troutmans will provide burgers, dogs and beverages if you can bring a side/dessert to share. Please look for an evite in your inbox with all the […]

Bear Creek Camp!

Campers To Receive Blessing Are you heading to Bear Creek Camp this summer? On June 18, during our worships, we will be blessing all campers preparing for a week at Bear Creek sometime this summer. We will also have a little camping essential for each camper to take along as a reminder of their Reformation […]

Worship on Ascension Day

The Delaware Conference of Lutheran Churches will host the annual Ascension Day worship on Thursday, May 25, at 7:00 pm at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Wallingford. All are invited to this festival worship. You are also invited to a soup supper beginning at 6:00 p.m. prior to the start of worship.

May 2017 Nurse’s Blog

Get Help For Allergies Spring is the time seasonal allergies affect many people. The symptoms are like a cold, which is caused by viruses, but seasonal allergies (hay fever) never cause general aches and pains, rarely a sore throat and never a fever. However seasonal allergies can cause a cough, fatigue, itchy eyes, sneezing, and […]

May 2017 Pastor’s Blog

Jacob went on his way and the angels of God met him; and when Jacob saw them he said, “This is God’s camp!” So he called that place Mahaniam. – Genesis 32:1-2 From the very beginning of scripture, we hear about camp. Of course, the ancient Israelites had a very different understanding than we do. […]

Feeding the Homeless

Help with Feeding the Homeless, Thursday, May 25. Please sign-up on the sheets on the counter in the narthex to help in one of these ways: Make a meat casserole (15 are needed). The recipe and aluminum pan are provided; put casserole in church freezer by May 23 or bring hot from home oven by […]

Take (Musical) Note

Thank you so much for your support of the Chancel Choir! I am happy to announce that two of our Choral Scholars, Zoe Jones and Sara Munson will be returning next year to share their voices and musical talents with the choir and congregation. The process has begun to recruit two new students to fill […]

New Church Directory!

UPDATE: New Church Directory Photos – Those who would like to upload their own photo from their PC, device or phone can do so by clicking here. Please be sure to list all names of those in the photograph. Those who would like their photo taken at the church can do so during the following […]

Quilting Ministry Meeting

Quilting Ministry Do you enjoy stitching?  Working with a team of people?  Creating with fabric?  If you said yes to any of these three, join a dedicated group of like minded servants at Reformation on Saturday, May 13 in the Alyce Thompson Room from 9 am – 2 pm.  Snacks and lunch will be provided.  […]

May Men’s Breakfast

The Mens Breakfast Group is hosting their annual Antique and Classic Car Show Saturday, May 13.  Fellowship and coffee begin at 8:30 am, breakfast at 9:00 and admiration of cars at 9:30.  All attendees are encouraged to bring their own 4-wheeled pride and joy to share with the group.

May OWLS Meeting

OWLS – The next meeting is Monday, May 8, at 12:30 pm.  Walt Woerheide will share his knowledge of designations of financial planners.  Walt will also perform stand-up comedy.  Join us for a light lunch and fellowship.

Aid For Friends Cook-In

The Sunday School students will be preparing meals for Aid-For-Friends on May 7th. We need your support to help make this possible. We are making meatloaf meals and are in need of meat loaves.** Please complete this form and place it in the offering plate if you can help by providing a meatloaf or two. […]

Volunteer Celebration – April 30

In worship on April 30th we will thank God for the gift of the countless volunteer hours given by members of Reformation to Invite, Serve, and Build a living faith. There will be a special coffee hour as well. Please join us!

SPRING ROAD CLEANUP

The Eco Ministry is hosting our annual Spring Road Cleanup on Saturday, April 29, beginning at 10:00 AM. We will meet at the church to get our supplies and then cleanup Rose Tree Road. With a good turnout, we will be done before noon. We hope you can join us! If you have any questions, […]

Library Blog – April 2017

BIBLIOTHERAPY: FINDING HELP IN BOOKS Using reading materials as a resource for dealing with life’s challenges – “bibliotherapy”– is the theme of our recent Library Bulletin Board, titled “New Year – New Hope.” There you’ll find titles addressing depression, including I Want to Change My Life, How You Can Survive When They’re Depressed, and Undoing […]

Pastor’s Blog – April 2017

Jesus answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27 Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love […]

Racial Justice Movie Night

Movie Night – View and discuss the Oscar-nominated documentary film 13th at Reformation on Saturday, April 29, at 6:00 pm. The film explores issues of race, mass incarceration, and modern slavery. Learn more about the film here. Participants are welcome to bring their own snack (one that won’t make a mess). Please register on Eventbrite. […]

April OWLS meeting

OWLS (Outstanding, Wiser, Lutherans) meets the second Monday of every month and includes a light lunch, which is paid for with a freewill offering.  Our next meeting is Monday, April 10 at 12:30 pm in Creighton Hall and will feature Reformation’s renowned naturalist, Tom Reeves, who will give a program on Springtime in Delaware County.  […]

Church Softball League

Four area Lutheran churches will again be joining forces to form an ‘ELCA’ slow pitch softball team this spring and participate in a local church league. Any able male or female over the age of 16 is welcome to join this group for fun, fellowship and a little exercise. Games will begin in May and […]

ECO SUNDAY – APRIL 23

Each year Reformation celebrates Earth Day by holding a special Eco Sunday event between the two services. This year Eco Sunday will be April 23. The theme will emphasize BEES AND OTHER POLLINATORS. Bees are critical to our food supply and there is much concern over bee colony collapse disorder. The Eco Ministry will host […]

Bear Creek Camp Work Day

Members and friends of Reformation are invited to a work day at Bear Creek Camp on April 22. We will be working on their new cabin project and possibly some other small work projects around camp. This work day is open to all ages! We will be leaving in the early morning on April 22 […]

Book Club Schedule

WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT? COME TO A LIBRARY BOOK CLUB MEETING The Reformation Library Book Club meets quarterly to discuss a range of classic and current fiction and nonfiction. All meetings start at 7:00 pm in the Alyce Thompson room, and everyone is welcome. No RSVP is needed. And even if you haven’t read […]

March 2017 Nurse’s Blog

Think of how many times in the past month you have heard someone say that they have a cold, a virus or a flu? You might not realize that colds, flus or influenzas, are all viruses! A virus is an infectious organism that invade cells of all forms of life. Viruses are parasites, they cannot […]

Easter Food Collection

If you took a bag for the Easter Food Collection, you can still return it in time for the distribution.  Please remember to return it by – April 9. Food will be distributed to the agencies on April 10. We will also accept donations of money to help purchase the hams and fresh foods that […]

April Men’s Breakfast

UPDATE: Due to a scheduling conflict, the men will meet at the Court Diner in Media at 8:30 am instead of the plan listed below. ——————————————————————— The Men’s Breakfast Group is inviting Reformation Men to come out for the Saturday, April 8, Horseshoe Tournament at the OK Corral behind the Church. After a hearty breakfast, […]

April 2 Events

BIBLE PRESENTATIONS – April 2 During worship on Sunday, April 2, Reformation Sunday School students will be receiving their Bibles. These presentations happen each year for students in second grade. This year we will have 4 students receiving their Bibles. If you have any questions, would like more information, or to register you and your […]

Meet The Author

Heidi Neumark will be here at Reformation! Pastor Heidi Neumark, author of Hidden Inheritance (our Lenten Study Book), will be with us on Monday, March 27, at 7:00 pm, to share insights from the experience of writing the book and to answer your questions.

Holy Week Schedule

All ARE WELCOME!  First time visitor? Palm/Passion Sunday (April 9) The Great and Holy Week begins with the celebration of Jesus’ triumphal entry to Jerusalem accompanied by the waving of palm branches and shouts of Hosanna! Worship begins with the Liturgy of Palms during which everyone will join the procession with the palms. The tone […]

Calling All Quilters!

Is quilting a creative outlet for you? Are the needle arts a place of refuge and prayer? There are many ways you can share your gifts and talents both here at Reformation Lutheran and throughout the wider church. Join Deacon Beth on Wednesday evening, March 29 at 5:30 PM before the Soup Supper to learn […]

March Owls Meeting

Reformation has so many talented, energetic, and dedicated folks! At the February meeting of the OWLs, our newly installed Director of Faith Engagement, Deacon Beth Barkhau, not only came to her first OWLs meeting, but also delivered the interactive devotion. Following lunch and fellowship, our very own author of many books, Margie Gibson, who is […]

2017 Lent Mission Project

2017 Lent Mission Project – Care Kits for Homeless Neighbors. Once again, Reformation Lutheran Church will join with Lutherans across Southeastern PA to collect items for self care and then provide completed Care Kits for distribution to those living in homelessness in Philadelphia on the Synod Youth Helping Hands Day, April 22. Empty gallon-size storage […]

Feeding the Homeless

Help with Feeding the Homeless, Thursday, March 23. Please sign-up on the sheets on the counter in the narthex to help in one of these ways: Make a meat casserole (12-15 are needed). The recipe and aluminum pan are provided; put casserole in church freezer by March 21 or bring hot from home oven by […]

BEAR CREEK CAMP SUNDAY

On Sunday, March 19, the director of Bear Creek Camp, Dan Scharnhorst, will be with us for a special Bear Creek Camp Sunday! During the Sunday School hour, parents are invited to join all of our students in Creighton Hall for some fun camp games, songs, snacks and a special presentation about Bear Creek Camp. […]

BOOK FAIR

Sundays, March 12, 19 & 26 We’re hosting a book fair! Stop by the Sunday School hallway downstairs on Sundays, March 12, 19, and 26 to get faith-filled books and videos for your family. f Our Book Fair, sponsored by Sparkhouse Family, will feature a wide variety of books. Order forms can be filled out […]

Girl Scout Sunday

GIRL SCOUT SUNDAY – MARCH 12 All girls (and adult leaders) who are involved in Girl Scouts are invited to attend worship in uniform on Girl Scout Sunday, March 6. Worship on that day will include recognition of those involved in scouting.

March Men’s Breakfast

The Men’s Breakfast group is inviting Reformation Men to join us for breakfast at Media’s Court Diner on Saturday, March 11.  The alternative location this month is due to the Scholar in Residence program being held at the Church.  We have not scheduled an activity because of the venue change but we have reserved tables for those […]

Help Needed!

The Cookie Ministry needs your help – The cookie ministry delivers home-baked cookies to first-time visitors to let them know we appreciate their visiting.  We need volunteers to either bake cookies or, one Sunday a month, be on-call to deliver cookies.  Please contact Suzanne Clain at 610-892-3710 if you are interested.

FIRST COMMUNION CLASSES

First Communion Classes will be held on three consecutive Saturday mornings from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. The dates of the classes are March 25, April 1 and April 8. The final class time will include bread baking. These classes are for students in grades K-2. Parents of younger or older students should speak to Pastor […]

Lent Study Groups

This year’s groups will be reading and discussing the book: Hidden Inheritance: Family Secrets, Memory and Faith by Heidi Neumark, a Lutheran pastor serving in New York City. Information about group meetings can be found in the lent mailing, in the weekly Ref Times Lite and at the church office. Books are available in the […]

Phone Shepherds Needed!

We Need Phone Shepherds! – If you have ever wondered how you could help the congregation with just 30 minutes of your time from the comfort of your own home – this is the job for you!  As a phone shepherd, you would make phone calls on Wednesday or Thursday to the members of the […]

Adult Forum – Feb. 19

“Everybody Has a Story” – Sunday, February 19 – Adult Forum – 9:45-10:45 in the Choir Room.  Reformation Church’s own Dr. Margaret “Margie” Gibson, who has now written six books, will tell us how she began writing her stories and give us tips on how we might begin writing our own stories.  If you wish […]

OWLs meets February 13

The OWLs program for Monday, February 13 at 12:30 features Margie Gibson who will give a  powerpoint presentation on her new book   Deacon Beth will also be in attendance and will share a devotion. Walt Woerheide’s previously announced program about financial planner certifications will be given later this spring. Meetings include devotions, a short […]

Installation of Deacon Beth Barkhau – Sunday, February 12

Come celebrate the installation of Deacon Beth Barkhau as our Director of Faith Engagement on Sunday, February 12th.  The guest preacher will be Pastor Arden Krych at both worships.  Plan to join us for a Special Fellowship Hour following each worship.

Men’s Breakfast is Feb. 11

The Men’s Breakfast group is inviting all Reformation men to our next breakfast on Saturday, February 11.  Our guest speaker for this month is Ron Fender, who, by profession, is an Environmental Engineer.  Ron will explain the conversion of the region’s oil refineries from Oil and Petroleum production to Propane and Shale gas production.  Plan […]

Boy Scout Sunday

Boy Scout Sunday – February 5. All boys (and adult leaders) who are involved in Boy Scouts are invited to attend worship in uniform on Boy Scout Sunday, February 5. Worship on that day will include recognition of those involved in scouting.

SOUPer Bowl Sunday!

SOUPer Bowl – On Sunday, February 5, you are invited to help us celebrate SOUPer Bowl Sunday!  We will be collecting cans of soup for the Media Food Bank. Bring a can (or two!) of soup with you to worship that day. Thank you for helping us tackle hunger right here in Media.

Eco Movie Night and Potluck

Friday, February 3, at 6:30 pm – Please join us for a fascinating look at Bees and their importance in the ecosystem.  Supper will begin at 6:30 PM and the movie will start about 7. Sign up sheets will be in the narthex.  If you can’t join us for dinner, you are still welcome to […]

Mark E. Davis Scholarship 2017-2018

The Mark E. Davis Scholarship was established by The Rev. William and Irene Davis, following the death of their son, Mark. The scholarship is a one-year scholarship to a four-year college or university awarded to a member(s) of Reformation Lutheran Church. Applicants can be high school seniors or currently attending a college or university. The […]

ANNUAL MEETING: SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 AFTER 11:00 AM WORSHIP

The Annual Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 29, beginning with a luncheon immediately following the 11:00 worship. Copies of the written annual reports will be available at the church beginning on Sunday, January 22. Those who are interested in an in-depth report on the 2016 finances should attend the Finance Forum on […]

FINANCE FORUM: SUNDAY, JANUARY 22 9:45 A.M.

An Adult Forum will be led by Treasurer Tom Conroy at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, January 22, in Creighton Hall. This will be an opportunity to hear an in-depth report on 2016 finances as well as an overview of the proposed 2017 budget.

Harvey Cedars & YouthWorks Mission Trip

HARVEY CEDARS The Harvey Cedars retreat, for all youth in grades 6-12, will be held March 3-5. Registration materials and payment will be due by Sunday, January 15. Information has been emailed out to parents and additional registration forms are available in the ROCK Room. Please speak with Pastor Alina if you have any questions. […]

Men’s Breakfast – Sat., Jan. 14

The Men’s Breakfast group invites all Reformation men to our next breakfast on Saturday, January 14. Our guest speaker this month will be renowned world traveler, Mr. Dan Smith (and husband of Pastor Alina), who currently is the Vicar at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Springfield. Dan’s talk will be on the New Jersey synod’s […]

ROCK On – Jan. 8

Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to our January Youth Group gathering! Emily Black will be hosting our first ROCK On session on Sunday, January 8, at 4:00 pm. This will be an opportunity for youth to engage in conversations and activities about faith and life. Snacks will be provided. A sign up email will […]

CPR TRAINING REVIEW

SUNDAY, JANUARY 8 12:00 pm in Creighton Hall This review is for all CPR certified members or those interested in CPR. Training will be conducted by Pat Woerheide, RN after the second service.

Christmas Eve, Day and New Year’s Day Services

CHRISTMAS EVE AND DAY WORSHIP SCHEDULE CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP All services include Carols, Candlelight, & Communion 4:00 p.m. – a special service designed especially for children who will participate in “Las Posadas”, the journey of Mary and Joseph as they seek room for the Christ-child. 6:00 p.m. – a service featuring familiar carols sung in […]

ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS SPECIAL EVENTS

St. Nicholas Celebration Sunday, December 4 Will be held during both morning worships. Bishop Nicholas will visit us and dedicate the gifts we bring to support local community organizations. Chester Children’s Chorus Concerts Friday , December 9  & Saturday, December 10 7:30 pm At Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore College. Reformation is a sponsor of the […]

CONSIDER ELCA GOOD GIFTS OF HOPE AND LOVE

As you plan for the coming season of gift-giving, consider a gift of hope and love that can help make a difference in the world with ELCA GOOD GIFTS. The ELCA Good Gifts Catalog has more than 40 options, with prices ranging from $10 (for 10 chicks or to stock a backpack with food) to […]

Gift Giving Opportunities

Please take a gift tag from the tables in the hallway outside the Church Office and tape the tag to the unwrapped gift. Bring the gifts to worship on Sunday, December 4. The tags include all the items listed below; use this list to purchase a gift if you aren’t able to pick up a […]

ADULT FORUM WITH LUTHERAN CHARITIES SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 , 9:45 AM

Barbara Stechert, Manager of Donor Relations and Ministry Partnerships for Lutheran Charities and a Certified Church Consultant, will engage the adult forum participants in a Jeffersonian style conversation. Thomas Jefferson liked to structure his dinners and his conversations by posing questions and allowing one person at a time to speak for no more than 2 […]

Advent Starts Nov. 27

LONGING FOR THE LIGHT OF HEALING AND HOPE November 27 is the First Sunday in Advent. Worship that day will include our “Longing for the Light of Healing and Hope” liturgy which includes a Prayer Litany and, optionally, Candle Lighting and Individual Prayer for Healing.   ADVENT GOSPEL PROCESSION BY CHILDREN There will be a […]

WAYS TO HELP DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON

When we think of Thanksgiving and Christmas, we generally think of family, food, and the sharing of gifts. This holiday season, you can help our less fortunate neighbors have holidays with those same things. Our Community Action Team has several ways you can do this: by filling a bag of food, donating a turkey, or […]

ADVENT FESTIVAL – NOVEMBER 20

9:45-10:45 AM CREIGHTON HALL (LOWER LEVEL) Join the fun for all ages! At the Festival you can make an Advent wreath to take home, make crafts, and sign Christmas cards for our home-bound members and our food baskets. Please bring in homemade cookies; we’ll package them to go to our home-bound members and in our […]

TAILGATING WITH THE EAGLES

Come tailgate with the eagles at Conowingo Dam on Saturday, November 19. We will gather at the church at 9:00 a.m. and drive together. We expect to return around 1:00 p.m. Apple cider and doughnuts will be provided. Tom Reeves will provide information on the eagles during the trip. Conowingo Dam provides a great location […]

YOUTH NEWS

YOUTH GROUP – COOKIE BAKE All youth in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in a Thanksgiving Cookie Bake on Sunday, November 13. We will gather at 12 noon for a pizza lunch followed by cookie baking in Creighton Hall. We will finish by 2 p.m. These cookies will go into our Thanksgiving Food Bags […]

ALWAYS FAITHFUL

God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:9 In response to God’s faithfulness and grace we Invite, Serve, and Build a Living Faith. We also respond by sharing a portion (the biblical example is 10%) of the wealth which God has entrusted […]

APPALACHIA SERVICE PROJECT (ASP) FORUM

On Sunday, November 13, during the Sunday School hour, the 2015 ASP Mission Team will share a presentation of their experiences this past summer serving in Bland County, VA. All are invited to attend to learn about the work the team accomplished this past summer and hear about our new mission trip plans for 2017. […]

Dining Around Is Back!

Dining Around is a great way to meet new friends, renew old friendships, enjoy good Christian fellowship, and share wonderful food. Groups consist of 8-10 members who meet several times a year, either on a Friday or Saturday night. The host family provides the main dish and the members bring an appetizer, side dishes, and […]

STAND UP TO STIGMA – LET’S TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH

You are invited by our SEPA Synod to an afternoon of sharing, discussion and information about mental illness, especially involving our young people. 20% of youth ages 18 and under struggle with some kind of mental health issue. Topics to be addressed by George James (Council for Relationships) include depression, anxiety, cutting and other self-harm, […]

Children’s Choir – Sunday, October 30

Our Children’s Choir, which includes children from 4 years old through 5th grade, will sing during the 11:00 am service on October 30.  “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”

October Blood Drive

Reformation is hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, October 25th from 2pm to 7pm in Creighton Hall. Sign up online and enter sponsor code Reformation. The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give Blood.