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Newsletter for the Week of November 4th, 2018

PA Bishops Respond to Violence at
Tree of Life Synagogue
A statement from the seven Lutheran bishops in Pennsylvania in response to the violent crimes at Tree of Life synagogue.

Our hearts are broken for the bereaved families of those who were killed on Saturday, October 27, for the congregations of Tree of Life, Dor Hadash, and New Light, and for the city of Pittsburgh. Your loss is also our loss, for we belong to each other.

We are also painfully aware that the very name of our church, “Lutheran,” carries a memory of hurtful rhetoric and systemic violence against Jewish people because of the words of Martin Luther and the catastrophe of the holocaust in lands where Lutherans were numerous.

Our church has firmly rejected Luther’s invectives and the complicity of Lutheran churches in actions of great evil, most notably in the 1994 Declaration of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to the Jewish Community, saying:

“We recognize in anti-Semitism a contradiction and an affront to the Gospel, a violation of our hope and calling, and we pledge this church to oppose the deadly working of such bigotry, both within our own circles and in the society around us.”

In the spirit of that declaration, we call others in our state and our country who are associated in any way with anti-Semitic speech and action to repudiate those evils and to join with us in praying for and working for peace.
  • The Rev. Michael Rhyne, Bishop, Allegheny Synod, ELCA
  • The Rev. James Dunlop, Bishop, Lower Susquehanna Synod, ELCA
  • The Rev. Samuel R. Zeiser, Bishop, Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod, ELCA
  • The Rev. Ralph E. Jones, Bishop, Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod, ELCA
  • The Rev. Patricia A. Davenport, Bishop, Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod, ELCA
  • The Rev. Kurt F. Kusserow, Bishop, Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod, ELCA
  • The Rev. Barbara J. Collins, Bishop, Upper Susquehanna Synod, ELCA
Issued Nov. 1, 2018
This Sunday: All Saints Sunday
Photo CaptionCommunion of Saints by Nowitski Tramonto

This Sunday's Scriptures
 Isaiah 25:6-9 | Psalm 24 | Revelation 21:1-6a | John 11:32-44

Of all three years of the lectionary cycle, this year’s All Saints readings have the most tears. Isaiah and Revelation look forward to the day when God will wipe away all tears; in John’s gospel, Jesus weeps along with Mary and all the gathered mourners before he demonstrates his power over death. On All Saints Day we celebrate the victory won for all the faithful dead, but we grieve for our beloved dead as well, knowing that God honors our tears. We bring our grief to the table and find there a foretaste of Isaiah’s feast to come.

 Music this Sunday
For All the Saints, ELW 422 | In Heaven Above, ELW 630 | Rejoice Ye Pure in Heart, ELW 873 | Andante Sonata in E Minor,  by Rebecca Stuhr
Enjoy your extra hour of sleep this weekend and set your clocks back one hour on Saturday night!
Happenings at UniLu
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 is pleased to welcome the Red Cross back for our first Blood Drive of 2019.
Save the Date~ Wednesday, January 9th, 2019 from 2:00 PM- 7:00 PM 
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 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 Church of the Holy Communion 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 the 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. 

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This Week at UniLu

Friday, November 2nd
12:15 PM | Salerno Beachhead Group AA Meeting

Saturday, November 3rd
10:00 AM | Ralston House Dance for Health

Sunday, November 4th
9:15 AM | Choir Rehearsal
9:30 AM | Coffee and Conversation
10:30 AM | Festival Worship for All Saints with Holy Communion
11:30 AM | Fellowship after Worship

Monday, November 5th
12:15 PM | Salerno Beachhead Group AA Meeting
6:00 PM  | UCHC Community Meal

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

Wednesday, November 7th
12:15 PM | Salerno Beachhead Group AA Meeting
6:00 PM | Dinner and Discussion

Thursday, November 8th
12:15 PM | Salerno Beachhead Group AA Meeting
4:00 PM | Bible Study

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Serving this Week

Pastor Fritz Fowler

Dana Rademacher Hansen

Garth Olson

Kevin Saunders

Prayer Leader:
Sue Schmitthenner

Theresa Clark

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.

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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.


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