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Change has Arrived!

posted Apr 3, 2018, 11:56 AM by Russell D. Hampton

Punxsutawney Lutheran Parish has been expanded to form the Punxsutawney Area Lutheran Parish, which now includes First English Lutheran Church (in downtown Punxsutawney), Mount Zion Lutheran Church (by the Punxsutawney Airport), and Mount Zion Lutheran Church (in Trade City).  With the arrival of our Parish Pastor, Reverend K. Russell Crouthamel, the new traditional Lutheran Liturgy and Holy Communion worship schedules are as follows:

First English Lutheran: Saturdays @ 5:30 p.m.
Mount Zion Lutheran (Trade City): Sundays @ 9:30 a.m.
Mount Zion Lutheran (Airport): Sundays @ 11:00 a.m.

Combined Liturgy & Front Porchin' Workshop

posted Nov 7, 2017, 9:46 PM by Russell D. Hampton   [ updated Nov 7, 2017, 9:49 PM ]

House with a Front Porch
On Sunday, November 12 there will be a combined liturgy at 10:00 a.m. at First English (instead of the regular 9 am service at Mount Zion & 11 am service at First English) with Pastor Jacobson, Director for Evangelical Mission, Northwest PA Synod. Following worship will be a light lunch and his workshop “Front Porchin’”. This program is about talking with others about God in natural settings. It helps congregations and individuals reassess their gifts and sharpen their skills for sharing the Good News with others both inside and outside the community of faith. All are encouraged to attend this workshop. For more information on the workshop, see the booklet in the narthex at First English or our Facebook Event page.

Find us on Facebook!

posted Nov 7, 2017, 9:35 PM by Russell D. Hampton

First English Lutheran Church now has a Facebook page.  Like & Follow us to be notified about our Events, and to see posts & pictures!

Martin Luther: A Timeline

posted Sep 29, 2017, 3:58 PM by Russell D. Hampton

Martin Luther
November 10, 1483: Martin Luther is born to Hans and Margarethe Luther in Eisleben, Germany
November 11, 1483: Martin Luther is baptized on St. Martin’s Day
1484: The Luther family moves to Mansfeld where later Martin is sent to the Latin schools
1497: Martin is sent to school in Magdesburg and in 1498 to school in Eisenach – Luther compared his education at this point to “purgatory and hell”
1501: at age 19, Luther attends the University at Erfurt
1505: Luther attains a Master’s degree; enters law school but drops out the same year
July 2, 1505: Luther is caught in a terrifying thunderstorm and prays “Help St. Anna, I will become a monk.”
July 17, 1505: Luther joins the St. Augustinian Monastery, the “Black Cloister” in Erfurt
April 3, 1507: Luther is ordained a priest
1508: Luther is sent to University of Wittenburg to teach theology
March 9, 1508: Luther attains a Bachelor’s degree in Bible studies and in 1509 a degree in “Sentences”
1510: Luther walks 800 miles from Erfurt to Rome; he is shocked by what he sees in Rome
October 19, 1512: Luther attains a PhD in Theology; October 21 becomes faculty chair of Theology at Wittenburg
1515: Luther becomes the Vicar of Saxony and Thuringia
1516: Johann Tetzel, Commissioner of Indulgences is sent to Germany
October 31, 1517: The “95 Theses” or “Disputation of Martin Luther on the Power of the Efficacy of Indulgences” is posted, and sent to Pope Leo X in December
January 1518: Friends of Luther translate the 95 theses from Latin to German, and thanks to the invention of the printing press, within 2 months it is spread throughout Europe
October 1518: Augsburg Imperial Diet: Luther is questioned by Cardinal Cajetan and spends 3 days defending himself
June-July 1519: Johann Eck debates Luther and is devoted to Luther’s defeat
June 15, 1520: Luther receives a Papal Bull (edict) that, unless he recants, he risks excommunication
December 10, 1520: Luther sets fire to the Papal Bull at Wittenburg
January 3, 1521: Pope Leo X excommunicates Luther
April 18, 1521: Diet of Worms, general assembly of estates of the Holy Roman Empire, Luther again is asked to recant all his writings which he cannot do
May 25, 1521: Emporer Charles V declares Luther an outlaw; Luther is “kidnapped” and taken to Wartburg Castle. Under
the protection of Frederick the Wise of Saxony, he is known as “Knight George”
March 1522: Luther secretly returns to Wittenburg and preaches the “Invocavit Sermons” on the Christian virtues of love, patience, charity, and freedom, and not violence for change
April 1523: Luther helps 12 nuns escape a convent in Nimbschen, smuggling them out in herring barrels. One of the nuns was Katharina von Bora
June 13, 1525: Luther marries Katie (age 26), Luther (age 41) and moves into former “Black Cloister” monastery; has 6 children from 1526-1534
1525-1529: Luther organizes a new church, publishes a German Liturgy and Mass; establishes a supervisory church body; does not want the church to be called Lutheran
1531-46: Luther’s health deteriorates and preaches his last sermon on February 15, 1546
February 18, 1546: Luther dies in Eisleban, the city of his birth; buried in the Castle Church of Wittenburg beneath the pulpit. The Pope declares that Luther’s remains not be disturbed
Throughout his life, Luther was a prolific writer, the most popular and most printed of his day, making him the source of “social media” of the day. His love of music also gave us many hymns still used today.

Reformation Sunday Dinner

posted Sep 29, 2017, 3:43 PM by Russell D. Hampton

Luther Rose
The Punxsutawney Lutheran Parish is invited to attend a “Papal Bull” Roast tureen dinner on Reformation Sunday, October 29 at 12:30 p.m. at First English. The dinner will be followed by Rick Steves’ “Luther Reformation” movie, games, and crafts. The roast and beverages will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.

Reformation Road Rally

posted Sep 29, 2017, 3:40 PM by Russell D. Hampton

car with people
Saturday, October 28 beginning at 9 a.m. will be the Reformation Road Rally, a Jefferson Cluster Event. The rally will begin at Mount Zion, Trade City, visiting the smaller churches of our cluster including Jerusalem LC, St. Mark’s LC, Zion Shannondale LC, Bethlehem Ohl LC, and concluding at Trinity, Reynoldsville. A lunch stop will be at Evermore’s in New Bethlehem. Trinity will provide dinner, and there will be Evening Prayer. Maps will also be handed out in case a car gets separated from the caravan. Members of the parish are invited to participate in this, the first of two road rally events!


posted Sep 29, 2017, 3:36 PM by Russell D. Hampton

The parish is hosting an Oktoberfest fundraiser on Saturday, October 14 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. This is a luncheon fundraiser for a scholarship of $500 for the United Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg, and additional funds for our Lutherlyn camperships. Lunch items include bratwursts and wieners, German potato salad, sauerkraut and hot slaw, pretzels, and kegs of beverage. For dessert are sweet “indulgences”, German cakes and pies, and “Augsburg Confections”. Donations are requested to help defray costs. Items include: brownie mixes, chocolate cake mixes, German chocolate cake mixes, cherry pie filling, bags of Reese’s pieces, jars of maraschino cherries with stems, bags of pretzels, and money. Sign up sheets are in the narthex.
Thank you for your help!

500th Anniversary Reformation Concert

posted Sep 29, 2017, 3:34 PM by Russell D. Hampton

Musical Instruments and Symbols
A concert will be held at First English on Sunday, October 1 at 4:00 p.m. A performance by the Punxsutawney Citizens’ Band will include a special arrangement of A Mighty Fortress. This is the first event in the parish’s month long celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation! Refreshments will following this concert.

Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed The World

posted Aug 13, 2017, 9:37 AM by Mary Margaret Barnoff

500 years ago, Martin Luther triggered a seismic upheaval that rocked the western world — with an impact that continues to reverberate to this day. This entertaining new film follows the great adventure story of Luther’s life, packed with political intrigue, kidnappings, secret hideouts, and life-or-death showdowns. At the same time, it’s a story about the most important questions of life, including “Who am I?” “What is my purpose” and “How do I get right with God?”

It’s a must-see for any lifelong Lutheran, and a chance to share the message of our Lutheran heritage with others. And the only place you can see the film is in the Carmike Cinema 5 in DuBois on Tuesday, August 29th at 6:30pm. This screening is the perfect outreach opportunity — a chance to invite friends and neighbors to an entertaining event in our community.

This is the first time m more than 60 years that Lutherans have made a feature-length film about Martin Luther and the Reformation. Filmed in historic locations across Europe, this movie brings Luther’s story to life with exquisite attention to detail. It’s a way to strengthen our faith by revisiting the birth of Protestant Reformation, and a chance to share that experience with others.

IMPORTANT: All tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets can be purchased at a special web site set up for the screening:

If you would rather not purchase tickets online, you can purchase tickets through Rev. James Kusko at (814) 777-7252.
A portion of ticket sales are returned to our congregation for our mission and ministry.

Martin Luther Movie

Lutherans in North America

posted Aug 3, 2017, 9:55 AM by Russell D. Hampton

A presentation will be given on Sunday, August 27 at 4:00 p.m. at Tabor Lutheran Church, 200 Dawson St., Kane. The presenter is Rev. Dr. Maria Erling.

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