The weekly newsletter of University Lutheran Church
View this email in your browser

We are an inclusive community sharing Christ on campus and in the city. Welcome!

Newsletter for the Week of October 28th, 2018

This Sunday:
Reformation Sunday!
Photo Caption:"The Reformation" by Rev. John Stuart

This Sunday's Scriptures
Jeremiah 31:31-34 | Psalm 46 | Romans 3:19-28 | John 8:31-36

On this day we celebrate the heart of our faith: the gospel of Christ—the good news—that makes us free! We pray that the Holy Spirit would continue to unite the church today in its proclamation and witness to the world. In the waters of baptism we are made one body; we pray for the day that all Christians will also be one at the Lord’s table.

 Music this Sunday
What is This Place, ELW 524 | Jesus, Priceless Treasure, ELW 775 | When the Poor Ones, ELW 725 | The Spirit Sends Us Forth to Serve, ELW 551 | Special Music played by Benjamin Katz

 What is Reformation Sunday? 

Wear Red this Sunday to Celebrate! 

In many congregations, Reformation Sunday is treated as a sort of “Lutheran heritage” day, a time for singing chorales and remembering the theological reforms of the sixteenth century that gave birth to Lutheranism. In other parishes, a greater focus is placed on the church’s need for continual reform; the church’s history is secondary to an emphasis on the issues and needs of the church today. Both approaches have much to commend them.

But the true center of this day is found in the appointed readings. In Jeremiah we are reminded of a new covenant and the promise that God will forgive, the promise written on our hearts. In Romans Paul brings the full force of the law to bear on our lives: “since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). With this reality, how can we have any hope apart from divine grace? Finally, in the gospel reading from John we are reminded that our freedom comes from Christ alone. We are neither bound to the past nor slaves to our anxieties of the present.

On Reformation Sunday—as every Sunday—we remember that we are not ashamed of this good news, this gospel.

This Sunday at UniLu
Join us Sunday, October 28 at 6:00 PM for a community conversation with the Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, Todd Snovel.  In addition to this position he also teaches college-level courses on the studies of genders, sexualities, and identities.  He has been a voice for equality and access to education, the arts, and healthcare and enjoys vocal performance, theatre, travel, and healthy living.
Join us in our candlelit sanctuary Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 7:00 PM for Night Church. We gather together in song, prayer, and contemplation as we worship together in this brief (30 minutes) Holden Evening Prayer.  The speaker is Todd Snovel. At 6:00 PM, all are invited to join us for a community style dinner (you're invited to bring something but not obligated) and enjoy a time of fellowship.
Happenings at UniLu
Join us on Sunday November 4, 2018 at the 10:30AM service for our remembrance of the faithful departed.  You are invited to submit names of loved ones who will be remembered through the form.  Deadline for submission of names is October 29th 2018.  Hand written names will not be accepted.
Submit Names Here
Join us every Wednesday at 6:00 PM for a FREE dinner and discussion at 6:00 PM. This is a time for students and young adults to come together and relax with others who share our faith. Anyone is welcome to come out and join us Wednesday evenings for a few minutes or the whole time, whatever your schedule allows.
Thursday Bible Study!
Join us every Thursday afternoon at 4:00 PM for dinner and Bible, led by UniLu members Ray and Carl. Each week we focus on the texts to be read during worship the following Sunday. This is a great way to explore the Bible with friends!
UniLu in the Community
Prayers of the People

For those in need. For those who seek jobs, shelter, food, health, and love; for dear ones known to us including Tom, DeeAnn, Liam, Sophia, Magdalena and her son Zechariah, Gerard, Marjorie, Jim, Ben, Michelle, Dustin, and Gerlinde.

For those recovering from the devastating effects of natural disasters, including those suffering from the effects of the Hurricane Michael.

For the whole church, especially our Conference Partner this week Christ Lutheran Church and our siblings around the world in The Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Sint Maarten, St Kitts-Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago.

For the victims of sexual and domestic violence and all who suffer from abuse.

For farmers and those who work the land and for a bountiful harvest this fall season.

Names and concerns can be submitted by email to or Additionally, prayers can be submitted electronically via the button below. Names will remain on the list for one month and can be renewed by an email to one of the above. 

Submit Prayer Request
This Week at UniLu

Wednesday, October 24th
12:15 PM | Salerno Beachhead Group AA Meeting
6:00 PM | Dinner and Discussion

Thursday, October 25th
12:15 PM | Salerno Beachhead Group AA Meeting
4:00 PM | Bible Study

Friday, October 26th
12:15 PM | Salerno Beachhead Group AA Meeting

Sunday, October 28th
9:15 AM | Choir Rehearsal
10:30 AM | Festival Worship and Holy Communion for the Reformation
11:30 AM | Fellowship after Worship
6:00 PM | Community Conversation with Todd Snovel
7:00 PM | Night Church

Monday, October 29th
12:15 PM | Salerno Beachhead Group AA Meeting
6:00 PM | UCHC Community Meal

Tuesday, October 30th
12:15 PM | Salerno Beachhead Group AA Meeting
5:00 PM | Feast Incarnate 
6:15 PM | Evening Prayer with Holy Communion

Wednesday, October 31st
12:15 PM | Salerno Beachhead Group AA Meeting
6:00 PM | Dinner and Discussion

Give a Gift

Members, alumni, and friends of the UniLu community are generous givers of their time, talents, service, and treasures. Gifts enable us to glorify God through music, art, learning, discussion, and service in the community. We welcome all gifts that support the ministry and mission of our community—on campus, in the city, and beyond.

Donate with PayPal
Serving this Week

Pastor Fritz Fowler

Bruce and Sharon McCullough

Dana Rademacher Hansen

Sue Schmitthenner

Prayer Leader:
Michelle Eckert

Communion Assistant:
Anita Heeren

Emma Reuschel

Consider signing up to be Deacon, Crucifer, Prayer Leader, Usher, Counter, or Eucharistic Minister by clicking the button below!  The sign-up website has a brief description of each worship assistant's responsibilities. Once you sign up for a position on a specific day, the website will send you an email reminder the day prior.

Become a Worship Assistant
Feast Incarnate

Feast Incarnate is a weekly hospitality ministry of University Lutheran Church for those affected by HIV/AIDS. Each week a hot meal is prepared and served by a local congregation or community service organization.

We served 70 meals last week.  Since the beginning of 2018, over 3000 meals have been served.


University Lutheran Church

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod

LuMin Network

Reconciling Works

Copyright © 2018 University Lutheran Church, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp