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ELCA Presiding Bishop To Visit Christ Lutheran Church

Bishop Eaton

The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will visit Christ Lutheran Church, Gettysburg, Penn., and preside at worship on Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014.

Eaton, who serves as the chief pastor for the largest Lutheran church body in America, will lead services of Holy Communion at 8:15am and 10:30am at Christ Church, located at 30 Chambersburg Street in Gettysburg.

“It is a joy and honor to welcome Bishop Eaton to Gettysburg” noted Christ Lutheran Pastor and ELCA Church Council member Stephen Herr. “Gettysburg’s role in the history of Lutheranism in America has been a significant one. Both Gettysburg Seminary and Gettysburg College are among the oldest Lutheran higher education institutions. Christ Lutheran Church, founded in 1836 and once known as the College Church, served as a place of worship and support for both communities. All three institutions were founded by Samuel Simon Schmucker.

Between the Sunday services Bishop Eaton will discuss the many ministries of the ELCA, which is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with about 4 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Bishop Eaton is the fourth presiding bishop of the ELCA and was elected to a six year term at the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Pittsburgh.

Eaton’s travel to Gettysburg also coincides with a meeting of the presidents of the eight ELCA Seminaries, including Gettysburg Seminary President Michael Cooper-White and Luther Seminary President-Elect Robin Steinke. Steinke is the current Dean at Gettysburg Seminary and will assume the presidency at Luther in St. Paul, Minnesota on June 1. Both Cooper-White and Steinke are members at Christ Lutheran Church.

Bishop Eaton earned her Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School (Cambridge, Mass.) and Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from the College of Wooster (in Wooster, Ohio). Ordained in 1981, she served several parishes in the Northeastern Ohio Synod and was elected bishop of that synod in 2006 and reelected in 2013. Her husband, the Rev. T. Conrad Selnick, an Episcopal priest, is the Vice President for Advancement and Church Relations at Bexley Seabury Federation (based in location).

All worship services at Christ Church are open to the public and the congregation welcomes visitors to worship on Palm/Passion Sunday and all other Sundays. Palm Sunday is the traditional beginning of Holy Week for Christians around the world. It is a week they recall Jesus’ death and resurrection as the revelation of God’s triumph over sin and death.

About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:

Known as the church of “God's work. Our hands,” the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer, Martin Luther. To learn more about the ELCA, its congregations, and its seminaries visit  www.elca.org

Outside Campus

Join us for worship at 30 Chambersburg Street.

Sunday Worship w/ Holy Communion   8:15 & 10:30 AM
Christian Education 9:15 AM
Fellowship Hour 11:45 AM, 3rd Sunday
Celtic Worship 6:00 PM, 2nd & 4th Sundays

Sunday morning worship services are based on the liturgy found in the Evangelical Lutheran Worship book.

Luther Seal

The informal Sunday evening Celtic worship service draws on the rich Celtic spiritual and musical tradition. Visiting musicians are invited to bring their instruments and join with the resident Celtic Ensemble. A rehearsal of the evening's music is held at 5:00 PM in the sanctuary and worship with Holy Communion begins at 6:00 PM. Services are held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month.

Each Sunday from Labor Day through Memorial Day we offer Christian Education classes for all ages at 9:15 AM and a Fellowship Hour on the third Sunday of each month following the 10:30 service.

Maundy Thursday-Worship - 10:00 a.m.-Donley Chapel; 7:00 p.m. – Nave
Good Friday–Ecumenical worship-12:00 p.m.-Gettysburg Presbyterian Church; Worship at CELC- 7:00 p.m.
Saturday – Easter Egg Hunt-9:30 a.m.-Valentine Hall- LTSG; Easter Vigil-8:30 p.m. – LTSG (begins in Refectory)
Resurrection of Our Lord – Worship 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. (no Christian Education)
Easter Breakfast – 9:15-10:15 a.m.-Social room

Christ Lutheran Preschool

Christ Lutheran Preschool currently has a number of openings in our 3&4 year old Preschool class (Tuesdays and Thursdays) for the 2013-2014 school year. Our school year begins in September and ends in May. Students may start mid-year, if needed. For more information, feel free to contact (717)334-6532 or preschool@christgettysburg.org.

CHRIST LUTHERAN PRESCHOOL will be holding an Open House on Wednesday, May 21, from 4:30-6:00pm. Registration is now open for the 2014-2015 school year. Preschool class is available for children ages 3-4 and Pre-K class is available for children ages 4-5. Registration forms are available on the Bridge, with addition program information. Please SPREAD THE WORD to any friends or neighbors who might be interested in our fantastic program! Contact the Preschool directly for more information - 334-6532 preschool@christgettysburg.org.

The preschool is a non-profit organization sponsored by Christ Church serving the Gettysburg community by providing preschool education for children 3-5 years old.

Candlelight at Christ

Hospital Scene

Songs and Stories of a Civil War Hospital is a poignant, one hour program that tells the authentic history of Christ Lutheran as a Civil War hospital. Performances are regularly held on Saturday evenings during the summer. Music begins outside on the portico at 7:30 PM followed by the dramatic performance, indoors, at 8:00 PM. Check the Schedule of Performances for specific dates and additional information about the program.