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Rev. Schweitzer announces retirement

on May 31, 2014 10:50 AM

The Rev. Arlene Schweitzer, pastor of Salem Lutheran Church, Smicksburg, will be retiring from active congregational leadership in June. She will preach and preside at Holy Communion for the final time at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

Family and friends will be hosting a retirement picnic at the Stiteler Pavilion in Smicksburg from 4 to 8 p.m. today. An open invitation to attend the event has been extended.

Ordained in 1996 at Zion Lutheran Church, Indiana, Pastor Schweitzer is a former teacher in the Armstrong School District, with 27 years of service. She has served congregations of the Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in Armstrong, Indiana and Jefferson counties, including St. Mark, Eddyville, St. James, Ringgold, Luther Chapel, Coral and Salem.

In 2010 she traveled with a delegation from her synod to attend the first graduation of the Bweranyange Girls’ Secondary School, in northwest Tanzania. Pastor Schweitzer was privileged to be asked to preach at the baccalaureate service of the school, which was established through a partnership between the NWPA Synod and the Karagwe Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania.

Pastor Schweitzer was a chaplain at Torrance State Hospital for 12 years; she is currently president of the board of directors for the Lutheran Campus Ministry at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

During retirement, Pastor Schweitzer will spend time with her grandchildren and pursue her enjoyment of reading, crafting and flower gardening.

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