History

The Sunday School program was suspended during the summer of 1992 and resumed at 9:30 a.m. on September 20.

LOVE Sunday was observed during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday School on February 14, 1993. Adults were honored with songs, skits and poems by the children.

Community Lenten breakfasts were served during on each Thursday beginning February 25 to April 8, 1993. Among the speakers were the pastor, Rev. George Fitch, and guest speakers Revs. John Wenzke, Henry Herbner, Richard Smith, and Charles Fitzgerald.

The York Chapter, American Guild of Organists, held an organist/clergy dinner at the church on Tuesday, September 21,1993, at 6 p.m.

A joint Eve of Epiphany service was held at 7 p.m., January 5, 1994, was held with St. Stephen’s UCC, a neighboring church, in St. Stephen’s building. The sermon was delivered by Rev. George Fitch of St. James. The liturgist was Rev. Scofield of St. Stephen’s.

A breakfast and message were presented on Thursday mornings from 7 to 7:45 a.m. during the 1994 Lenten period. Lenten services were also held at 7 p.m. each Wednesday. The breakfast services continued until they were ended in 2006 due to lack of attendance.

An ice cream social and talent showcase was hosted by the youth group on Saturday, April 9, 1994 from 7-9 p.m. A $2 admission was charged.

“Emanuel,” a musical program was presented at 4 p.m., Sunday, December 4, 1994. The cantata was performed by two choirs of the church and friends of choir members. The program was followed by high tea.

On August 29, 1994 the congregation approved an expenditure of $15,887 to replace the roof over Sunday School rooms. The new roof was to have a 20 years material/10 years labor warranty.

SonTown was the theme for Vacation Bible School, held July 31 to August 4, 1995, with 45 children pre-registered. Offerings were donated to The Lehman Center.

April 28, 1996 was the first service where the new With One Voice hymnals were used. These hymnals offer some newer songs to the traditional Lutheran Book of Worship hymnals and will be used alongside the older hymnals.

For many years the Youth Group has sponsored an Annual Ham Supper that is open to the public. Youth advisors make the food and the youth members serve the guest and clean up afterwards. This fundraiser typically most of the money used by the Youth during the year. On February 1, 1997 the dinner was attended by 252 people.

Technology of the 1990’s changed very rapidly and 1997 saw the purchase of a new computer system for the church. About 7 or 8 years later, new computers for the secretary and pastor were purchased again.