In addition to the events that appear consistently on our calendar throughout the year, Reformation is home to other unique events that make us a presence in our community. We welcome you to be a part of our active ministry!
To begin the summer worship season every year, Reformation takes its message outside into the community by holding a service and picnic at the Exeter Community Park in St. Lawrence. We follow worship in the park with food and fellowship in this great change-of-pace event that allows us to connect with nature, our community and each other. The Exeter Community Band provides a concert following lunch.
GOD’S WORK. OUR HANDS. SUNDAY
The third annual Reformation Lutheran “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Block Party on Sunday, September 11, 2016 was ushered in with an uplifting service of music, quilt blessing, and inspirational message from Associate of the Bishop, Rev John Richter. There were also members of the local fire department and police departments present as we honored First Responders on the 15th Anniversary of 9.11.01. Worship was enhanced by dozens of helium-filled balloons and hundreds of worshipers. After a group photo was taken of “our hands” held high, our church family moved outside into the neighborhood.
Members and friends then engaged in an afternoon of activities featuring over 35 ministry and community organizational tents, first responders, health screenings, children’s activities, live music, food and service projects. We hand-knotted 12 quilts for Lutheran World Relief, collected 90 pairs of jeans for the Reformation Clothing Bank, donated 24 pints of blood to the Miller-Keystone Blood Mobile, provided over 100 BBQ dinners to local First Responders, assembled over 150 Operation Gratitude boxes, and made starburst flags for military veterans. The event also raised nearly $1500 from food sales for the Tanzanian scholarships, Hope Lutheran Food Pantry, Reformation Youth, and the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. We also hosted our first Community Unity 5k, which raised over $1500 for First Responders. The day will be long remembered by Reformation members and community who came together in unity, extending hands of fellowship, to serve our God!
EASTER MORNING BREAKFAST AND EGG HUNT
An annual Easter Breakfast is held between our Easter Sunday Services, followed by an Egg Hunt on the church lawn. The Youth Group helps to prepare and serve the breakfast along with stuffing and hiding the hundreds of eggs. It has become an exciting tradition that the children look forward to!
PREPARE: AN ADVENT CELEBRATION
Advent is the beginning of the church year. We begin the Advent season with an inter-generational event for congregation and friends. The evening features a covered dish meal, crafts and service projects for all ages, and music and worship. The construction of a live advent wreath for use at home is a highlight for many families.
MID-WEEK LENTEN DINNERS
Every Wednesday throughout the Lenten season, we gather for a soup and salad dinner, followed by a short service and bible study. The potluck dinner begins at 5:45 PM in the Parish Hall, and is prepared by members at home and brought to the church to share. At 7:00, we move into the sanctuary for the Holden Evening Prayer service. A bible study follows in the parlor.
ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DAY DINNER
Since 2009, the Exeter community has been invited to a free dinner on Thanksgiving day, hosted and prepared by Reformation members. Food donated by the congregation serves around 150 people every year, and provides a meal and fellowship to First Responders and those who work Thanksgiving day. Reservations are encouraged, and the dinner is open to all.
Make reservations by e-mailing the Church office
2016 JAZZ FEST WORSHIP SERVICE
Reformation hosted our second Berks JazzFest worship service, featuring Lars Potteiger, pianist, Skip Moyer, bassist, and Bill Tesar, drummer. The service also featured the Reformation Singers and a piece “Christ is Risen” arranged by Lars Potteiger. A Piano Dedication concert was also held that afternoon with the jazz trio and Reformation Singers.
2016 WBMD YOUTH GATHERING
Reformation hosted the 2016 West Berks Mission District Youth Event on the weekend of February 5-6. 71 youth and their chaperons representing 13 area churches participated in the overnight event that featured the Christian teenage band, Pursuing JC, from Huntington, New York. The youth participated in various breakout sessions including a Walk for Water activity, throughout the church hallways, and the assembling of care packages for those serving in the military. It was an awesome weekend of music, service, games, friends and fellowship!
Click here for a video from the closing night concert.