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Reservations Required for Easter Services(9 AM and 10:30AM)

posted Mar 13, 2021, 6:14 AM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Mar 13, 2021, 6:23 AM ]

Due to continued pandemic restrictions and our desire to stay safe while worshiping together this Easter, we have established a reservation system to ensure that enough socially distanced seating is available in the sanctuary for all who wish to attend.

To reserve a seat for Easter Sunday, please email your plans to attend and how many will be in your party.

Child Care and Children’s Sunday School will be available for the 10:30 service only.

Reservations Must be made to attend. Please confirm your reservation by emailing us at leolaumc.com by April 1 so we can make sure safe seating is in place.

"Thank You" for the support for the Drive-Thru Easter Giveaway.

posted Mar 12, 2021, 1:12 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Mar 28, 2021, 10:36 AM ]

On March 20th, we handed out 100 baskets of ingredients to make your own breakfast casserole and 1,596 filled Easter eggs to the community.  We took pictures with the Easter Bunny.  Thank you to our wonderful congregation for their generous donations that made the event possible.  And thank you to all the hard workers who made the event a success.
    One mother was crying when she took her kids to see the Easter Bunny because they hadn't been able to see the Easter bunny or Santa last year.
    Another mother was thankful for a safe Easter event that her 3-year-old son could attend before his 2 upcoming surgeries.
    We received so much positive, grateful feedback from people who had attended our Easter egg hunt in the past and people who came by for the first time.  It was a great day to share the love!



Easter Flower Order Form Due March 14

posted Feb 27, 2021, 8:22 AM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Feb 27, 2021, 8:35 AM ]

This year, you may purchase daffodils, lilies or tulips to decorate the sanctuary on Easter Sunday morning. The deadline for all orders is Sunday, March 14, 2021. Please fill out the order form  and return by mail, drop off in the church office, or place in the offering plate with your check made payable to “Leola United Methodist Church.”

Click for link to a printable order form.

Ash Wednesday Zoom Only Service Feb 17

posted Feb 14, 2021, 12:32 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Feb 14, 2021, 12:34 PM ]

The Ash Wednesday Service will be held February 17th at 7 PM. This will be a Zoom Only Service. We hope you can join us.

Join Zoom Meeting

Click on the following link:

Meeting ID: 824 3315 3618
Passcode: 540617

Thank You Lorraine Gernert and Welcome Margaret Rohnacher!

posted Feb 1, 2021, 12:43 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Feb 1, 2021, 12:43 PM ]

For over 35 years, Leola UMC has been very blessed to have Lorraine Gernert share her talents as an organist and pianist.  She has provided joy and spirituality through music. Lorraine will be stepping down from this role at the end of January 2021.  On behalf of the SPRC, I want to express our deepest gratitude for her time and dedication to Leola UMC through her music ministry. Thank you is not enough; and we will celebrate with her sometime this summer when we can gather, in person. She and Lee will continue to worship with us at Leola UMC, just from a little further back in the pews. 😊 Thank you, Lorraine!!!


Leola UMC welcomes Margaret Rohnacher!!!

The SPRC would like to welcome Margaret Rohnacher as our Organist/Keyboardist, starting February 1, 2021. Margaret has a Bachelor of Music from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Johns Hopkins University, as well as Teacher Certifications in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. She also received a Master of Divinity from the Lancaster Theological Seminary. Margaret brings to Leola UMC many years of experience as organist or director of music. She has shared her talents in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Masonic Villages of Elizabethtown, and Zion United Church of Christ, to name a few.  Please join me in welcoming Margaret!!!

Two Bible Study Sessions Available

posted Feb 1, 2021, 12:34 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Feb 13, 2021, 4:22 PM ]

Lenten Bible Study with Pastor Tom

Tuesday, February 23 — Tuesday, March 30

Every Tuesday at 1:00 PM on Zoom

Join Zoom Meeting(See Newsletter for Zoom Info)

Meeting ID: 871 6080 0167        Passcode: 274099 


Come join us on Sunday, March 14 from 6:00p.m. to 7:30p.m. in Fellowship Hall for a Bible study entitled Workbook on Virtues and Fruit of the Spirit  by Maxie Dunnam  and Kimberly Dunnam Reisman.  This study leads us to remember that God empowers us for lives of love and mercy and helps us to be the persons we were created to be through focus on daily virtues.  This eight week study explores the seven cardinal virtues (wisdom, courage, justice, temperance, faith, hope, and love) and the fruit of the Spirit.

Contact Joyce Hall by Sunday, February 21, so that she may order the book. 


Easter Drive-Thru Giveaway March 20, 10AM

posted Feb 1, 2021, 12:20 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Mar 5, 2021, 7:30 PM ]

This year we are combining the Easter Egg Event and the Spring Fling.  In order to keep socially distant, we will be having a drive thru giveaway at 10AM on Saturday March 20thEvery family will receive the ingredients to make a breakfast casserole with instructions.  The families will be given Easter eggs filled with candy to have their own hunt at home.  Through this outreach event, we hope to encourage family time together.  The Easter Bunny will be available for pictures  at the event.

We are looking for donations to help make this event a success. See the newsletter for a list of needed items.

Face Masks- Share the love, not the germs

posted Feb 1, 2021, 12:03 PM by Lois Kerchner

E-Giving Option for LUMC

posted Feb 1, 2021, 11:59 AM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Feb 1, 2021, 12:00 PM ]

With the COVID concerns currently, LUMC has added a way for you to give online without leaving your home.

Vacation Bible School June 21 - 23rd

posted Feb 1, 2021, 11:54 AM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Mar 3, 2021, 12:24 PM ]

Join us at Leola UMC for this year's Vacation Bible School  Where Kids Catch the Buzz About God's Love.

    From Monday June 21st to Wednesday June 23rd, join us for 3 fun filled nights of Vacation Bible School.  Children age 4 to 6th grade are welcome to join us from 6:30 PM to 8 PM for games, crafts, snacks and Bible stories.

    For the safety of everyone, masks are required. Since we are only able to accommodate 35 kids to keep social distance, pre-registration is required in order to attend.  Registration will be open from June 1st to June 20th.  Please fill out the form at leolaumc.com or call the church office at 717-656-7600 to obtain a form. The website form will be posted later. We plan to have all activities outdoors and keep families together this year.

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