Concordia Evangelical Lutheran Church
On Sundays and throughout the week, Concordia offers programs to enrich and encourage spiritual growth and Biblical understanding.
Classes offer weekly opportunities in Christian education and growth in God's word for children of all ages.
Classes offer further developmental growth in Christian teaching and life.
Offers Christian education through music, fun, games, crafts and recreation.
Studies include Bible analysis, timely topics and lively discussion.
Offered to those who wish to join our Christian family.
Sunday School offers a weekly opportunity for hands-on learning and fellowship, as well as growth in God's Word. Classes are held between services on Sundays from 9:30 to 10:30 am, and are offered for children and youth of all ages. Each week Sunday School begins with singing and worship.
In addition to Sunday School, Concordia provides various activities and programs for children throughout the year. Check the church calendar for dates and times.
Vacation Bible School, held four days in July for preschool through third grade
Summer Camp Program offered in July for grades 4 to 8
Christmas and Holy Week programs and activities
Annual Easter Egg hunt
The Sunday Bible class is led by Pastor Vinovskis and covers issues from current events to more in-depth study of the Bible. During the week there is a Bible Class for spiritual growth and devotion on Wednesday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30 am. At various times, special classes are offered with a focus on family issues, parenting and the like.
For youth from sixth grade through high school, Junior Confirmation is the opportunity to grow deeper into the teachings of our Christian faith. Classes are held during the Sunday School hour with additional classes scheduled as needed.
Confirmation at Concordia is a two-year program which begins in seventh grade. During these two years of study, our confirmands (or catechumens) learn the basics of the Christian faith as taught in Holy Scripture and Luther’s Small Catechism. Specific emphasis is given to the Old and New Testament, the Ten Commandments, the Apostle’s Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, Baptism, Holy Communion, Confession and Absolution, and what it means to be Lutheran. Confirmation classes
are offered one day a week after school and on Sunday afternoons.
Bible studies, fellowship events and service opportunities are also offered for our youth throughout the year. Concordia proudly sponsors Boy Scout Troop #431.
The Fellowship Ministry builds Christ's family through social activities that strengthen family ties, nurture relationships and promotes companionship among members of the congregation. Through food, fun and activities we build sharing and caring relationships with fellow Christians. All activities are Christ-centered and oriented toward Christian values.
Each week we gather for refreshments and fellowship following the early worship service and before the Sunday School hour.
Concordia offers a wide variety of activities and events to socialize with other Christian members throughout the year. All activities are meant to build our church community and to give honor and glory to God. Check the church calendar for dates and times.
Sunday Fellowship, Lent & Advent dinners, Family fun events such as the Chili Cook-off, Weekday luncheons at local restaurants, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, Pie Festival, Iron Pigs Baseball Game, Wine and Cheese Social, Trips to shows and events.
If theology is the lifeblood of the church, then certainly the music at Concordia would be its heartbeat. Our hymns, chants, liturgy and and anthems take the message of Jesus to the listening ear and remind us again that God loves us in Jesus, and He is on our side.
For the last 25 years, Concordia has been blessed with willing volunteers to lead and participate in our music ministry. You may reach us to find out more about a particular musical group, under contact us, click on STAFF, you will see our contact information on the bottom of the page to ask a question, or express an interest in joining us. We look forward to hearing from you!
Started as a VERY volunteer organization in the early 1990's, Concordia's Senior Choir is open to anyone of any musical ability 7th Grade or older. The choir rehearses at 7pm Wednesday evenings from mid-August through mid-June, and sings almost every Sunday at both services. During the Lent and Advent seasons, the choir rehearses after the Vesper services for about an hour and a half.
Due to the volunteer nature of both the choir and, until recently, the classification of the church, robes are not worn. Participants are welcome to sit with their families until it is time to sing. While the choir does sing at both services, the placement of the choir in the 10:45 service is usually arranged so that the choir may leave before the sermon. Additionally, not all choir members choose to sing at every service. It is OK to sing at only one service or the other, as your schedule allows. There will be a few times during the year, especially during Festival services such as Reformation, Christmas Eve, Transfiguration, Palm Sunday and Easter where the choir is asked to stay for the duration of both services.
No musical training is required to sing with the Senior Choir. All we ask is that you like to sing, we will teach you everything you need to know, so you can praise God with us!
Junior Choir is open to all children 4–6th grade. The Junior Choir practices once a week (currently on Wednesday afternoons at 4:30 or Sunday morning at 9:15) for 30–40 minutes, from September to June. They sing once a month at one of the two worship services, alternating between the 8:00 and 10:45 am services. No experience is necessary, just a desire to sing! Being able to read is helpful, but not required, since many of the pieces are learned by rote and are easily taught to non-readers. Come and join us, make some new friends and use your voice to praise the Lord!!
Concordia has many opportunities for those who play musical instruments. Talk to the Music Director if you are interested in playing a Prelude, Postlude, Offertory, or hymn accompaniment at one of our worship services. Concordia does not use a praise band format for the Divine Liturgy, but solos and small groups are welcome. Our in-house brass group plays for Easter and Reformation, and guitarists and woodwinds play frequently throughout the year. Those with piano skills are also welcome to contribute musically to the service and speak with the Organist to arrange a time to play.
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Jesus calls upon us to love and serve one another and to spread the "Good News" so that all may know the grace of God and faith in Jesus Christ.
Concordia ministers to the spiritual and physical needs of its members and others in the community through a variety of special programs and events throughout the year. Included are activities such as Monthly Food Bank Drive, Concordia Cares with Meals, Boy Scout Troop #431, Vacation Bible School, Jesus Jamboree and the Holiday Crafts Bazaar.
Concordia provides financial and spiritual support for various ministries such as Adopt a Seminarian, The Lutheran Academy and through a partnership with Philadelphia Lutheran Ministries, an urban ministry focused on bringing the Gospel to the homeless and those in need in the inner city.