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Our Pastor
Pastor Marjorie Weiss began her ministry at St. Michael in June 2004. Her main pastoral gift is preaching. Her sermons are ones that make the Bible relevant to contemporary life through her narrative style, stories and humor. Worship is also enhanced by her lovely singing voice when she chants parts of the service. Other gifts she gives our congregation are a passion for teaching and being well organized in administration tasks.

Ordained June 1, 1980, following graduation from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Pastor Weiss grew up and was shaped by a typical baby boomer family of four children, by small town life in Oley, Pennsylvania (near Reading) and by regular family participation in the local Lutheran church.

College years at Bloomsburg State College were a growing time faith wise. As she says, "I did not truly hear the gospel of unconditional grace until I became involved in a fundamentalist Christian fellowship group on campus. Only through them did I realize that my good deeds were not going to earn me salvation. Yet, the judgmental theology I heard in that group regarding infant baptism not being valid, and "knowing" who was saved and not saved based on their behavior was confusing. Thus began my interest in theology and my eventual decision to go to seminary." She was one of the "early" women ordained in the Lutheran national church.
St. Michael is her fourth call. She previously served congregations in Rome and Scotia , NY , and Danville , PA. Pastor Weiss is married to David Derr and is mother to Lynn and Angela and grandmother to Alexis and Michael. Hobbies and interests include, sewing, knitting, and flower gardening.

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Statement of Faith
The beauty of being an ELCA Lutheran is that you are allowed and encouraged to think and ask faith questions. We have basic faith tenants, listed below, but when it comes to many issues of faith and ethical life, our church gives guidance to you, might encourage a specific belief or practice, but does not require people to all think or believe the same thing. Hence, regarding current hot button issues such as homosexuality, abortion and the war in Iraq, our members may not be like minded.

However, we are like minded in our devotion to Jesus as God's revelation of Godself as saviour.

From the constitution of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:
1. This church confesses the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
2. This church confesses Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe - Jesus Christ is the Word of God incarnate, through whom everything was made and through whose life, death, and resurrection God fashions a new creation. - The proclamation of God's message to us as both Law and Gospel is the Word of God, revealing judgment and mercy through word and deed, beginning with the Word in creation, continuing in the history of Israel, and centering in all its fullness in the person and work of Jesus Christ. - The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God. Inspired by God's Spirit speaking through their authors they record and announce God's revelation centering in Jesus Christ. Through them God's Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the world.
3. This church accepts the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and norm of its proclamation, faith, and life.
4. This church accepts the Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds as true declarations of the faith of this church.

For a more detailed explanation of what we believe go to the links below:

- What is the Church?
- Who is Jesus Christ?
- Why a Lutheran church?
- Is Lutheranism the Only True Religion?
- How Do Lutherans Look upon the Bible?
- What Do Lutherans Believe About Creation
- Where Do Lutherans Stand on the Question of Sin
- What Sacraments Do Lutherans Accept
- Do Lutherans Believe in Life After Death
- What Must a Person Do to Become a Christian
- What Must a Person Do to Become a Lutheran
- http://www.elca.org/communication/brief.html
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Mission Statement
St Michael's Mission Statement is a guide in our understanding of who we are as God's people and what we understand our partnership to be with God.We are to be the hands, feet, voice and eyes of Christ. Our body of Christ is encouraged to go forth from worship and prayer to serve as Christ served, that is, to those on the margins of society, to the voiceless, to the hurting.

Everything We Do
Everyone We Meet
Everywhere We Go
We are Christ's Hands and Feet

We try to have a balance between what we do for our congregation to enhance community and nurture faith and what we do beyond our congregation.
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ELCA Quick Facts
Fact 1: The ELCA has many members, spread across the country.
  • Baptized Members (2009): 4,543,037
  • Congregations: 10,348
  • Synods: 65 in nine geographic regions

    Fact 2: The ELCA is a diverse church body, becoming more so every day.
    This church is committed to growing in diversity and strengthening its global, ecumenical and interfaith relationships around the world.

    Fact 3: ELCA congregations are led by gifted men and women who have been called by God to serve their community. The ELCA calls both women and men to serve as pastors and lay rostered leaders. Here are some other facts about ELCA leaders:
    As of June 30, 2009, there are 18,938 leaders on the ELCA roster including:
  • 1,068 associates in ministry
  • 65 deaconesses
  • 153 diaconal ministers
  • 17,652 ordained clergy
    In 2009, 19.9% of clergy on the ELCA roster are women, while 31.2% of the active roster are women. In seminaries, the numbers of women and men preparing for ministry are about equal.
    Approximately 86% of ordained women and 83% of ordained men are actively serving in congregations.

    Fact 4: The ELCA offers opportunities for Lutheran education at every level.
    The ELCA considers education an important part of our calling, and we offer quality education at every level through our institutions:
  • 8 seminaries and 2 seminary extension centers
  • 26 colleges and universities
  • 50 or more lifelong learning programs
  • 14 high schools
  • 296 elementary schools 1,573 early childhood programs
  • 145 camp and retreat centers, serving 450,000 yearly Our institutions can be found throughout the country, and probably in your hometown. To learn more about our educational institutions, visit ELCA and Education.

    Fact 5: The ELCA is committed to making the world a more just and peaceful place to live. Through programs, ministries and partnerships, the ELCA works every day to address inequities in political, economic and social systems - and to end conflict and violence all over the world. You can learn more about our efforts in this arena in Justice.

    ref: http://www.elca.org/Who-We-Are/Welcome-to-the-ELCA/Quick-Facts.aspx