Announcements for February 28, 2021
All Sunday in-person worship services are being held as outdoor parking lot services at 9:30am. The congregation will stay by or in their cars and listen to the service on their FM radios on 104.9 while it is conducted either in the vestibule inside the front doors or down on the front steps, depending on weather and temperature. We are using individual communion kits to aid with the sanitary administering of Holy Communion. Please note that gluten-free wafers are unavailable. Today, we welcome Rev. Will Moser.

In addition to our in-person services, we are offering Sunday worship online at 8:30am on YouTube.  You may also view the service any time or day after it premieres at 8:30am. Links to the service and the service bulletin can also be found as posts on our Facebook page, Alternatively, please go to the church website at and click the link for the streaming worship service information page for links to the service on YouTube and to download or print the service bulletin.

Please continue to give your offering. Your generous support continues to make mission and ministry possible in addition to providing salaries for staff and the upkeep of our facility. Offering can be dropped off, sent through electronic fund transfer via Vanco or Venmo (details at, by texting the amount of your offering to (833) 309-0143, mailing your offering to the office, or you can request your bank to send a check. Church mailing address: 68 Sand Hill Road, Sussex, NJ 07461.

Vice Pastor Fred Becker is offering a mid-week Lenten service via YouTube on Wednesday s at 7pm. Click here to view. The link will say private until the designated time. Click here for the bulletin.

Join Pastor Nick Fontana from McAfee Bible Church and the Vernon Clergy on March 10, at 7pm at St. Francis de Sales for an Ecumenical Lenten service. Masks are required. No refreshments will be served after the service due to COVID rules.

It’s that time of the year again! Time to place your orders for Easter flowers.  Click here to order online and pay electronically or go to or you can use the form included in your bulletin and put in the offering plate with your payment. All prepaid orders are due by March 21.

VERNON CLERGY FUND NEEDS OUR HELP!  Immediate help is needed for area families to help with bills. We were contacted by Pastor Nik Fontana of McAfee Bible Church, who is in charge of distributing funds to the families.  As an alternative to giving aid to others through our food pantry, please also consider donating to the Vernon Clergy fund to assist local families during this difficult time. Send all offerings to Holy Counselor and mark in the memo “Vernon Clergy fund”. All donations will be forwarded and deposited monthly in the Vernon Clergy Fund. Thank you in advance for helping those in need in our area.

The new flower chart for 2021 is now available.
Please sign up for altar flowers in memory of a loved one or to celebrate a special occasion. Price per arrangement is $25. You may also call or email the office with your dates and Debbie will put them on the chart for you. Then just mail a check or Venmo the amount for the date(s). Please put “altar flowers” in the memo.

Lutheran Disaster Response needs YOU!
Beginning Feb. 14, a polar vortex descended over the United States. It is responsible for subfreezing temperatures and heavy snow across the country, impacting millions of people. The harsh conditions severely impacted Southern states, such as Texas, which lack the infrastructure to handle the freezing temperatures and record-setting snow and ice. This has led to power, food and water shortages throughout the region. At the peak of power shortages, 4.5 million homes and businesses in Texas were without electricity and heat. Around 13 million Texans are also facing water disruptions due to bursting pipes and damaged water systems. As temperatures rise, melting ice and snow is expected to cause even more water damage. Lutheran Disaster Response is communicating with and standing ready to support the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod, the Southwestern Texas Synod, the Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod, and Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response. Congregations are already conducting relief efforts such as supplying water, food and generators to those in need and opening their doors to serve as shelters. With such extensive damage, long-term recovery may include repairing water-damaged homes, disaster case management and supporting vulnerable populations.

Your gifts will support storm survivors. Gifts to "U.S. Severe Storms" will be used in full (100%) to assist those affected by severe storms.
Click here to donate electronically or mail your check directly to:
Make checks payable to
Lutheran Disaster Response
Write "U.S. Severe Storms" on your check's memo line and send to:
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
ELCA Gift Processing Center
P.O. Box 1809
Merrifield, VA 22116-8009

Check out Zoom meetings
during the week to keep in touch with your church family.
Wednesday-     10:00 am  Adult Education
Adult Education
Thursday-           8:00 pm Choir Hangout
Friday-               8:00 pm Youth Group Hangout
Saturday-           8:30 am Sisters in Prayer

Rev. Fred Becker of Trinity Lutheran Church in Dover is serving as our Vice Pastor during this time of pastoral vacancy. Please contact him if you need to speak to a pastor at 617 642-6557 or email him at Day to day congregational tasks remain under the direction of our Congregation Council. If you have any concerns or matters requiring attention, please direct them to Margaret Kranz, Roy Wherry, Steve Ahrendt, Steve Baumann, Matt Moller, Emilie Dupont, Karen Duryea, or Denise Urbaniak.

How can I donate to Holy Counselor electronically?
Users of Venmo (by PayPal) may donate to us by searching for @HolyCounselorLutheranChurch.

GIVE+ Text (by Vanco Payment Solutions) lets you donate to us by texting the amount of your donation to (833)-309-0143. Follow the instructions texted back. If you need to make changes to your previous set up, text EDIT to the same number.

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