This week we observe The Fifth Sunday of Pentecost with the celebration of the Nativity of John the Baptist. Holy Communion is offered by intinction.

 This week we join the congregations of the Allegheny Synod in prayer for the congregation of Salem Lutheran Church, New Millport.

Please add prayers for our brothers and sisters at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hooversville.  They are in the midst of flooding.

 Weekly Bible Study held each Wednesday afternoon @ 1:00 PM.

Pine Grove Youth Group meets Sunday afternoon at @ 3:00 PM at the Pine Grove Mills Lions Club; all youth in the area are invited.  Please bring a friend.

Pine Grove Mills Farmers Market continues on June 28 and every Thursday until the end of September from 3:00 – 7:00 PM in the church parking lot. Additional parking is available at the Ferguson Township Elementary School. The market will feature more than 14 vendors and a food truck. The market offers produce, Maine seafood, crafted coffee, and various meat products, eggs, oils, hard cider, skin care products, cereal, hearth baked bread, wine, spirits and various bakery products. For up- to-date information, see

St. Paul Lutheran Church and Pine Grove Presbyterian Church are leading a Community Outdoor Worship (weather permitting) July 1 @ 10:45 AM.    Fellowship Sunday is changed to July 1 due to the Community Worship. Everyone is invited to bring a dish to share. Help is needed to move the chairs outside and set up in the back lawn. Please contact Linda Rosensteel if you can help. Also needed are: 1 usher (who can come early and help with taking chairs and worship items outside); 2 greeters (to help get ready for the service and in case the service is indoors – it has rained every Sunday for two months, except last Sunday); 1 counter; 3 fellowship hosts (Linda can help with set-up, but not clean-up)

Coming in August, the week of Ag Progress Days is the St. Paul Annual Rummage Sale.  A list of items needed will be available soon.  Some changes and something new:

  • Due to space restraints Jill Lemke is requesting that items not be brought to the church until the Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday before the sale.
  • Bake Sale: we will be having a bake sale during the Rummage Sale. Everyone is invited to bring baked good items to offer for sale.
  • Jill needs your help. If you can help during the week of the sale: with pricing, set up, help man the sale during this time, and help clean up afterwards, please call Jill at 769-9022 or e-mail her at; or you can call Linda Rosensteel at 880-6059 or e-mail her at
  • Most of the proceeds will go toward the Roof Fund with a portion to the Allegheny Synod Deaf Ministry.

Each Sunday the Texas Roadhouse restaurant has a deal for you and St. Paul. Dine at the Texas Roadhouse on any given Sunday and show them your current Sunday bulletin; you will receive 10% off your bill and the restaurant will donate $1.00 to St. Paul. One bulletin per person to be eligible for this deal.

The deadline for applications for The John B. Sprankle Scholarship Fundis Saturday, June 30, for those who are planning to further their education. You can get a copy of the application form on St. Paul’s website or pick one up from the office. Applications must be given to Randy Wills or Roger Williams by June 30, 2018, no later.  Randy Wills—Phone 234-3030 or or Roger Williams—Phone 867-1541 or email

An invitation is extended to all persons to take part in various worship opportunities on Sunday mornings.  Do you like to talk and meet people?  You could be a greeter. Are you interested in finances?  You could be a counter. Do you like visiting people? You could be a Home Visitor. Do you like to read? You could be a reader of the lessons on Sunday morning. Do you like fellowship? You could help on Fellowship Sundays. Ushers have an interesting role in various aspects of the worship service. You could be an usher. These are just a few of the opportunities, the July sign-up sheet is on the table in the narthex for you to signup for an opportunity to serve.  Check your calendar and pick a Sunday or two and choose your role. If you need training, contact the church office 237-2081 or e-mail

We have resumed collecting food for the Food Bank of State College area. An easy way to remember is to bring your donations on Fellowship week, which is next weekend, July 1.

Prayer Partner Ministry – Would you like to become a Prayer Partner? Contact Jill Lemke (814-769-9022) or sign up on the sheet on the narthex table.  The involvement can be as minimal as keeping each other in daily prayers or as much as you like (calling, getting together for meals, etc). Partners will be paired by Jill Lemke and Linda Muthler. The idea is to encourage new friendships and to have an extra person who keeps you in mind, who cares how you are doing. You not have to leave your home to participate. “Wherever two or more are gathered, I am there.” — Jesus

Lutheran Day at the Altoona Curve Lutheran Day at the Altoona Curve and the Allegheny Tailgate will be Sunday, August 5, 2018. More information and registration forms are on the table in the narthex.

Our Global Ministries Team is sponsoring Flood Bucket this activity to assist those who are affected by flooding in our Synod or surrounding areas. See insert in today’s bulletin.

Care for Creation – Lutheran Voice and Vocation, Saturday, September 8 at Trinity Lutheran Church in State College.

Coming in September: God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday, September 9.

Save the date: Lutheran Reformation Festival will be held Saturday, September 22, at Legion Park in Hollidaysburg.  More information to come.