Welcome to the Religious Activities * Summer 2021!
We are looking forward to worship and other religious activities in Summer 2021!
Current plans include returning to worship in the Social Hall on May 30 and every Sunday from
opening weekend (June 27) through Labor Day (September 5). We also plan to hold shorter,
outdoor services for the first three Sundays in June. Worship will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Updated pandemic precautions:
Masks are optional for those who have been vaccinated.
May 30 — Memorial service, led by our own Rev. Bob Linders – Fellowship Time will be held
following the service.
June 6 — Participatory, family-friendly 30-minute service at the beach – A kaleidoscopic study
of Micah 6:8, with real kaleidoscopes! Mary Long will give a reflection on the Bible verse and its
connection with the first PFLA Crop Walk in the afternoon.
PFLA resident Mary Long started participating in the CROP Hunger Walk in Perkasie, Pennsylvania, in 2013. Starting as a walker, she then served as treasurer for two years. Answering the call to lead the fight to end hunger in her community and around the world, she then became event coordinator, and 2021 is her 6th year in that role. She is excited to bring this great organization to Paradise Falls!
June 13 — Family-friendly 30-minute service at the beach, led by our own Reverend Paul Beck –
God’s Love for Us
Paul Beck is a retired ELCA pastor and PF resident. For many of his 40 plus years of ordained ministry, he and Linda worked together providing spoken word and word in song. They served parishes in Ridgewood, Queens, New York; Norristown, Pennsylvania; Worcester, Massachusetts; and Franconia, Pennsylvania. As an intentional interim and bridge pastor Paul served five additional congregations in Southeastern Pennsylvania. They have three adult children and three grandchildren and have been PF members since 2011.
June 20 — Family-friendly 30-minute service at the beach – Make a Joyful Noise: American
Songs of Faith. Music will be led by Bruce McNeel and Mariana Eckardt of Philadelphia.
June 27 — Our opening weekend service in the Social Hall will be followed by Fellowship Time.
Pastor Douglas Eschbach is a native of Dayton, Ohio, went to college at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and to Seminary at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. For the past 28 years, he has served as the Executive Director at Generations, a community center for older adults in Souderton, Pennsylvania. He lives in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, and has one son, Taylor, who is a civil engineer in Chicago. Taylor and his wife, Rachael, and their children Casey (2 years old) and Charlotte (4 months old) live in Downers Grove, Illinois.
July 4 —
Reverend Thomas Rusert was called by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, as lead pastor on January 1, 2021. He originally joined the church as associate pastor in December 2012. He comes from a family of pastors and nurses in Minnesota, and he has a passion for spiritual leadership. Pastor Rusert graduated from St. Olaf College in 2006 with a BA in Religion. He received his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey in 2010, where he also met his wife, Abigail, a pastor in the Presbyterian Church. The couple moved to Glenside, Pennsylvania, where he earned a Master of Sacred Theology at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia while also working and interning at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Glenside. He is currently finishing a Master in English at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). The Ruserts live in Buckingham, Pennsylvania, with their daughters Dorothy and Solveig, their son Frank, and their dog, Summit. Pastor Rusert enjoys taking his kids for hikes, playing the fiddle and serving as head chef at home.
July 11 —
The Reverend Julie De Werth has served as the pastor of The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in King of Prussia for the past 10 years. Prior to that, she served four other congregations in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod. She grew up in Westport, Connecticut, and graduated from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, in 1987. In 1991, she was ordained after graduating from The Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Pastor DeWerth lives in Havertown, Pennsylvania, with her husband Dr. Tim Horner who teaches in the Center for Peace and Justice at Villanova University. She has three sons and four stepchildren with her husband. She is delighted to be back at Paradise Falls to lead worship.
July 18 — Dedication of new altar and lectern paraments in honor of Reverend Robert M.
Bauers and Reverend Arthur and Mildred Hergenhan, led by Reverend Bob Linders. Fellowship
Time to follow.
July 25 — We will celebrate Christmas in July, in collaboration with the Beach & Recreation
The Reverend Bill Mueller serves as pastor at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Audubon, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of LaSalle University with a degree in Elementary / Special Education and received his Master of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Prior to attending seminary, he was a teacher in the Pennridge (PA) School District. He also served at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Smithtown, New York, and Advent Lutheran Church in West Chester, Pennsylvania, before joining St. Andrew’s in 2010. Pastor Mueller is passionate about preaching and teaching with people of every age and stage of life. His wife, Laurie, is the music director at Augustus Lutheran Church in Trappe, Pennsylvania, office manager for Norristown Hospitality Center (ministry with the homeless) and teaches English to Chinese students through VIP Kid. In their (little) spare time, they enjoy hiking, Philadelphia sports and spending time with their two adult children and tiny dog.
August 1 —
The Reverend Miles Hopgood serves as pastor of Abiding Presence Lutheran Church in Ewing, New Jersey, a call he began in February 2020. Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, Pastor Hopgood first came to New Jersey in 2013 to pursue a doctoral degree in Church History at Princeton Theological Seminary. He completed his Ph.D. in October 2019 with a defense of his dissertation on Martin Luther’s lectures on Deuteronomy. Prior to studying at Princeton Seminary, Miles lived in Chicago for seven years, where he earned both his Masters of Divinity and bachelor’s degree at the University of Chicago. Pastor Hopgood shares his life with his wife, Kayla, and their son, Felix, who will be two in November. When he’s not working, Miles enjoys a number of outdoor activities from rowing to mountaineering. At home, you can find him in the kitchen, where he loves to cook and bake, or around a table playing board games with anyone who will join him. Let him know if you’re interested in a game!
August 8 —
The Reverend Dan Krewson is the lead pastor at Calvary Lutheran Church, West Chester, Pennsylvania. He is also the convener of the local Religious and Spiritual Council. Pastor Krewson served congregations in Fairfax, Virginia, and Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Pastor Krewson is married to Jill and they have three teenaged children. He enjoys spending time with family and Muffin the dog. He also enjoys cooking, music and exercise.
August 15 —
The Rev. Dr. Karyn L. Wiseman is an ordained pastor in the United Church of Christ and the lead pastor at Gloria Dei Church in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania. Karyn has 21 years’ experience pastoring churches in Kansas, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. She has a Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies/Preaching and Worship from Drew University. Dr. Wiseman is the Herman G. Stuempfle Associate Professor of Homiletics at the United Lutheran Seminary, where she teaches on both the Philadelphia and Gettysburg campuses. Dr. Wiseman her her wife Cindy Clawson, a social worker in Philadelphia, have a son, Shelby, who just graduated from Temple University. She loves action movies, social media, Broadway musicals and plays, New York Yankees baseball and the Dallas Cowboys. Her love of the church means she is often dreaming of new ways for the church to be all it can be in a new and changing world.
August 22 —
Pastor Marcia G. Bell is one of our resident PFLA pastors. She and her husband Bob own Grace on the Lake, scene of many get-togethers for PFLA residents. Marcia grew up in Abington, Pennsylvania, graduated from Susquehanna University and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. She is currently serving as Director of Mobility and Chair of the Committee of Deans for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod. During the past year, she served as the interim consultant for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Telford. The Bells have two daughters and three grandchildren, who are frequent visitors to PFLA.
August 29 —
The Reverend David Lutcher was born in Williamsport, Pennsyvlania, and raised a few blocks from the Little League World Series Stadium in South Williamsport. Pastor Lutcher attended Susquehanna University and the Lutheran Seminary at Gettysburg. He and his wife of 34 years, Robin, have two children and three granddaughters. The couple lives in Souderton and Pastor Lutcher is retired (after 39 years), but serves as a part-time visitation pastor at St. Andrew’s, Audubon; bridge pastor at St. Paul’s Telford; and has fun as an usher at the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs games. He enjoys spending time with his family, gardening and visiting nursing homes with his therapy dog, Rileyl.
September 5 — Reverend Bob Linders will lead us in worship on our closing weekend.
Fellowship Time will follow the service. This is a Communion service.
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