Today we are celebrating the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Holy Communion will be by intinction.
Serving this week: Worship Leader: Pastor Paul Tomkiel; Music Director: Debbie Strouse; Guest Organist: Jim Rearick; Pianist: Michelle McMullen; Acolyte: Cassie McMullen; Assisting Minister: Ann Reede; Reader: Martha Hummel; Communion Assistant: Linda Rosensteel; Greeters: Lloyd and Marilyn Niemann; Ushers: Randy and Judy Wills; Counters: Jill Lemke, Judy Wills; Sign Changer: Jill Lemke; Sacristan: Delorse Homan; Home Visitor: Martha Hummel; Fellowship Hosts/Hostesses: Linda and Ike Rosensteel, Morgen Hummel, and Marilyn Niemann
This is fellowship Sunday. Everyone is invited to bring a dish to share. Also, this is a good time to get to know James Rearick who is our new Organist beginning in September.
Sunday school: We’re excited to offer Spark: Activate Faith Sunday school for all kids grades kindergarten to fifth grade. Each week we’ll explore a new Bible story using the Spark Bibles. Parents, each week we’ll send home a Family Page for you to explore that week’s Bible story together as a family. We’re excited to explore the Old and New Testaments with kids using Spark: Activate Faith Sunday school! Kids will learn a new Bible story each week through activities, music, and buddy activities. Our first class will begin Sunday September 9 at 9:30 AM.
The September Worship Volunteer signup sheets are on the narthex table. Please check your calendars and prayerfully select consider a Sunday date and how you might serve.
We are collecting wedding anniversaries and birthdates the persons in our congregation. Please add your dates to the sheet on the narthex table.
Your Opinion Counts is a insert in today’s bulletin. Ferguson Township is taking a survey of how residents and businesses can actively engage in the process to help figure out what is important in our area. Please fill out the survey and return to the church office. Pastor Paul is one of the members of this team and meets here at St. Paul on a regular basis.
Community Worship Service will be held on Sunday, September 2 at 10:45 AM at the Presbyterian Church.
Pine Grove Mills Youth Group will meet Sunday, August 26 at the Presbyterian Church at 3:00 PM.
Care for Creation: Lutheran Voice and Vocation, September 8, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church, State College.
Lutheran Fall Festival, Saturday, September 22, 2018, Legion Park in Hollidaysburg. Includes vendors, Food, music, and outdoor worship. Festival at 3:00 – 6:00 PM. The festival is free, dinner tickets are $10.00. The meal is at 5:00 PM and worship at 6:30 PM. Tickets can be ordered by contacting the Synod Office firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment due when placing orders.
Harvest Fest, Saturday, October 6 at St. Paul Lutheran Church parking lot. Time of the event is TBA. St. Paul is to provide hospitality for the vendors and workers. Watch for a signup sheet for a listing of needs.
Stewardship Moment: Ephesians 5:15, 16
Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. God gives all of us the same abundance of time – 24 hours in every day, and it’s so easy to waste!
Steward disciples pray for wisdom to live each day to its fullest, and to turn away from the world’s evils.
From the Office of Bishop Rhyne, Allegheny Synod
This week you have no doubt heard the grand jury findings against the various diocese of the Catholic church in Pennsylvania. The report catalogs abuse by over 300 priests across the Commonwealth. That number does not include the count from the Philadelphia and Altoona-Johnstown diocese which brought forth revelations of cover-up in the last 2 years. The grand jury report is unable to give a final prediction of how many victims there may have been. However experts are speculating that it may be several thousand people.
I am thankful that the current leaders of the church are working to bring these cases of abuse into the light and give justice to the victims. My heart also breaks for the victims who were denited justice, were silenced, and who had their lives irrevocably damaged by these events. May God be with them and may they all have peace. May God find ways to give these people the help they need and put them on the path to healing.
In the face of something like this we can pray. I know that you have already begun to pray for our Catholic sisters and brothers. But I would like to invite you to join me in a week of prayer asking for God to be with all who are hurt by the wrong that has been done. Would you join me in praying from Monday August 20th – Sunday August 26th. I am asking that we start praying together on Monday, so that you could possibly share this with your congregations this coming Sunday.
In the light of this report you may get questions from parishioners or community members as to what the Lutheran Church does when allegations of misconduct, child abuse, or child molestation occur. I can tell you that if we ever receive allegations of abuse of a child by a member of the clergy or a member of a congregation, that information is reported to PA Childline, and through that to the proper legal authorities. This is part of our legal responsibility as mandated reporters in the state of Pennsylvania. We also cooperate fully and completely with any inquiry and investigation by legal authorities.
Allegations of child abuse or molestation will remove a rostered minister from service in the Allegheny Synod and the ELCA. If a situation arose where someone was removed from the roster because of child abuse or molestation, we would disclose this to the congregations that person served and to the ministerium once we were cleared by the legal authorities to do so. We would be unable to make any disclosure until all legal investigations were complete.
These incidents and the scale of the cover-up would be beyond imagination had it not happened. But these terrible things did happen and people have been hurt. I believe the best thing to do in situations like that is to drag the truth into the light. Through this victims can get the help they need and can be freed to tell their story.
May God be with you all. Thank you for the care and the love you give to God’s people.
For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God’ 1 Corinthians 1:18
In Christ, Bp. Michael