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Newsletter for the Week of November 11th, 2018

This Sunday: Twenty-Sixth Sunday of Pentecost

This Sunday's Scriptures
Daniel 12:1-13  | Psalm 16 | Hebrews 10:11-25| Mark 13:1-8
November begins with All Saints Day and ends in or near Advent, when we anticipate Christ’s coming again. So the readings today tell of the final resurrection and the end time. In the turmoil of hope, fear, and disbelief that these predictions provoke in us, Hebrews sounds a note of confident trust. Christ makes a way for us where there is no way, and we walk it confidently, our hearts and bodies washed in baptismal water, trusting the one who has promised. The more we see the last day approaching, the more important it is to meet together to provoke one another to love.
 Music this Sunday
All My Hope on God Is Founded, ELW 757 | Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow, ELW 327 | Deep River by John Levitt | Creator of the Stars of Night, ELW 245 | Lead on, O King Eternal!, ELW 805
Happenings at UniLu
UniLu welcomes Pastor Jim Goodyear to our parish this Sunday while 
Pastor Fritz is away traveling and celebrating his Grandfather's retirement from 35 years of serving in ordained ministry. 

A Note From Pastor Jim:
I am honored to be the Worship Leader & Preacher for UniLu this morning. I attended Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, graduating in 2010 with a Masters of Divinity. I was ordained at Gloria Dei Church in Huntingdon Valley, PA after receiving a call to serve Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Washington on a part-time basis. In April 2014, I was called to Gloria Dei as an Associate Pastor for Youth and Family Ministries. Currently, I am on leave from call while discerning my future in God's Church. My ministry focuses on hospitality, teaching, and creating safe spaces for faith community builders energized by God's amazing love, grace and mercy for ALL people. I am a father of two adult sons, and grandfather of Charlotte and Cheyenne. Prior to my seminary work I worked thirteen years as General Manager for Altland House Catering, a multi-million dollar special event caterer, in South Central Pennsylvania. Pastor Jim Goodyear
UniLu is collecting canned goods on behalf of the Grace Lutheran Food Pantry throughout the month of November.
Donations can be dropped off at the church during office hours (M-F 8:30-11:30AM) or following Sunday worship. We have collected more than 30 items so far and look forward to our growing collection. Thank you for your contributions!


UniLu will be collecting blankets for donation as the cold months approach. To contribute a blanket, drop-off during office hours (M-F 8:30-11:30 AM) or bring one to worship next Sunday.
We have collected a total of three blankets so far!
May those who receive these blankets be wrapped in the warmth of God’s embrace!

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!
Reminder: Bible Study will not meet on Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd.
The UniLu office will be closed Wednesday, November 21st through Friday, November 23rd. The office will resume normal operating hours on Monday, November 26th.

"...As the days darken and the light of Christ draws near, join us in a candlelit celebration of lessons and carols at Saint Agatha Saint James Parish on Wednesday, December 12th at 5:30PM. All are welcome!"

• The service is based on the traditional “Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” made famous by “Carols from Kings, Cambridge, England”
• Start time: 5.30pm
• The service is a series of Bible readings interspersed with carols, hymns and congregational singing.  It will last approximately 1 hour. 
• Location: Saint Agatha Saint James, 38th & Chestnut.
• Light reception & fellowship afterwards
• If there are any volunteers who would like to help set up, act as greeters or ushers, clear up, or help with hospitality, please email Marisa:
• If there are any singers / musicians, please email Brian:
• Admission free, voluntary collection for Nutritional Development Services.

Participating  organizations: 
University Lutheran Church, Saint Agatha Saint James Church, University Choral Society, Penn Sirens, Nutritional Development Services, St Mary’s, Episcopal Church, Penn Newman Center, Drexel Newman Center, Dominican Choir, St. Francis de Sales Choir

Our most recent drive provided lifesaving blood to patients in need at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Clara Maass Medical Center, CHOP, Abington Hospital-Jefferson Health, and Penn-Presbyterian Medical Center.

Save the Date~ Our next blood drive in partnership with the Red Cross will be Wednesday, January 9th, 2019 from 2:00 PM- 7:00 PM 
UniLu in the Community

A Message from the Lutheran Disaster Response:



“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
– Romans 8:38-39

Dear friends,

As I write you this, several wildfires are raging across California. Already more than 30 people have died and more than 200 are missing, while hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes under evacuation orders. 

I’m writing to ask you to give today to help people whose lives have been impacted by the wildfires in California. The road to recovery will be long, but we have an opportunity to accompany survivors and let them know they are not alone

Through our partners in California, Lutheran Disaster Response has already begun addressing immediate needs, including providing food and other necessities to survivors. We are also preparing to address long-term needs which might include rebuilding of structures and emotional and spiritual care. The need will be great.

Stay connected to the latest events and our response to this and other disasters through our Facebook page. Join us in prayer help spread the word. 

Please give now. 

With gratitude for your partnership in ministry, 


Daniel Rift
The Rev. Daniel Rift
Director, ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Additional Ways to Give

Checks or money orders can be sent to:
Lutheran Disaster Response
P.O. Box 1809
Merrifield, VA 22116-8009

Write "U.S. Wildfires" on your check memo line.
 Give by phone at 800-638-3522 or online.

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 Don, Ron, Matthew, Tom, DeeAnn, Liam, Sophia, Magdalena and her son Zechariah, Gerard, Marjorie, Jim, Ben, Michelle, Dustin, Gerlinde, David, and Kevin. 

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 Mediator and our siblings around the world in Oceania: American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia (Maohi Nui), Kanaky, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.

For Brandon Elliot and the students of Moorpark College. 

For the victims of the California wildfires. 

For the Thousand Oaks Community and victims of gun violence. 

For the Migrant Caravan travelling through Mexico to the United States.

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

Friday, November 16th
12:15 PM | Salerno Beachhead Group AA Meeting

Sunday, November 18th
9:15 AM | Choir Rehearsal
9:30 AM | Coffee and Conversation
10:30 AM | Morning Worship with Holy Communion
11:30 AM | Fellowship after Worship
12:00 PM | Young Adult Brunch

Monday, November 19th
12:15 PM | Salerno Beachhead Group AA Meeting
6:00 PM  | UCHC Community Meal

Tuesday, November 20th
12:15 PM | Salerno Beachhead Group AA Meeting
5:00 PM | Feast Incarnate
6:15 PM | Evening Prayer with Holy Communion

Wednesday, November 21st
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.

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Serving this Week

Pastor Jim Goodyear

Director of Music:
Dr. Brian Schkeeper

Garth Olson

Emma Reuschel

Consider signing up to serve 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 92 meals last week.  Since the beginning of 2018, over 3200 meals have been served.


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