Announcements for September 12, 2021

Today we welcome as children of God, Sofia Celeste Fusco, daughter of Jordan and Giuseppe Fusco
 and  Landon Joseph DeGregorio, son of Morgan and  Robert DeGregorio.
Please join us at our 11am service today in welcoming Sofia and Landon as new members of Holy Counselor.

Our in-person services will be held in the outdoor Chapel at 9:30am and at 11am.
In inclement weather, the service will be moved indoors. Please bring a mask to wear when indoors even if you are vaccinated.  Please park in the front lot, with the exception of people who need the handicapped parking, then please use the back lot. This week we welcome Rev. Scott Schantzenbach. Beginning October 3, our in-person service will be moved to 9am.

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.

VERNON CLERGY FUND STILL NEEDS OUR HELP!  Help is STILL needed for area families to help with bills. 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.

Check out Zoom meetings during the week to keep in touch with your church family.
Wednesday-     10:00 am       Adult Education 
Friday-              8:00 pm       Youth Group Hangout
Saturday-           8:30am        Sisters in Pray  (starts 9/18)

SIGN UP TODAY! Please go to to sign up for our indoor church clean up tasks. Contact Denise Urbaniak with any questions.

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, Damian Vince or Denise Urbaniak.

WE NEED LAY ASSISTANT VOLUNTEERS for our in-person services.  Click here or go to

SUNDAY SCHOOL STARTS ON SEPTEMBER 19! Join us after the 9:30am service for the first day of Sunday School and ice cream afterwards. Any questions please contact Emilie Dupont at 973 570-2896 or email at

We will be offering two services on Sept 26, with one service at 9:30am and one service at 11 am. We will be welcoming a new member to Holy Counselor through baptism. If you wish to celebrate with the families, the baptism will be at our 9:30am service. The baptism will be held in the outdoor chapel weather pending. If it rains and we are indoors, please wear a mask even if you are vaccinated.

Family Promise needs our HELP! Starting on September 12, we will be collecting toothpaste and toothbrushes (child and adult), soap (bar and liquid body wash), shampoo and conditioner (child and adult), deodorant, toilet paper, tissues, Lysol wipes and spray, combs, and brushes (child and adult) and feminine products. The drive will run until October 3. Thank you for helping the needy in our area.

Sisters in Prayer will meet on Saturday, September 18 at 8:30am on Zoom. Click here to join or contact Pam Kucks for more information.

Our parking lot is now scheduled to be repaired. You may contribute to help pay for the repairs by placing your donation in the offering plate, send through electronic fund transfer via Vanco or Venmo (details at, by texting the amount of your donation to (833) 309-0143, mailing your donation to the office. The church mailing address is: 68 Sand Hill Road, Sussex, NJ 07461. Thank you for your generosity.

The impact of Ida is yet to be fully assessed, but with a hurricane of this scale, rebuilding will be costly and take years. With extensive experience in accompanying communities throughout the relief and long-term recovery phases, Lutheran Disaster Response is working with local ELCA synods and Lutheran social service organizations to coordinate a response to Hurricane Ida. Immediate needs will include food, necessities, and temporary housing. Long after the headlines change, Lutheran Disaster Response will continue to accompany communities on the journey of rebuilding their homes and lives.

Click here to donate now or put your donation in the offering plate, or mail your donation to the church at, 68 Sand Hill Rd, Sussex, NJ 07461.


WE NEED LAY ASSISTANT VOLUNTEERS for our in person services.  Click here or go to

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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