This week we celebrate the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost.  Holy Communion will be by intinction

Every week: Sunday school for kindergarten to six grade at 9:30 AM.  All children are welcome. If you know of a child in that could become a part of this group, please let Pastor Paul know or call the church office at 237-2081.

Today, Pastor Paul and the Adult Choir lead the Sunday worship service at Foxdale at 2:00 PM.

Adult Choir entertains and socializes with residents at the monthly birthday party at The Oaks on Thursday, September 20 at 3:00 PM.

Bonnie McMiniment is the new ALSM Auxiliary representative for St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Worship & Music team will meet Thursday, September 20 at 7:00 PM.

The Allegheny Synod Fall Festival Committee has decided to cancel the Allegheny Synod Fall Festival which was scheduled for Saturday, September 22, 2018, due to lack of interest.

Community youth will meet on Sunday, September 23 from 3:00-5:00 PM at the Lions Club.

Cemetery Team meets Tuesday, September 25 at 7:00 PM in the conference room.

Fellowship Sunday is September 30 following worship. Everyone is invited to bring a dish to share. This is also an opportunity to formally welcome our new musicians, Jim Rearick, Organist, and Michelle McMullen, Pianist.

This week we join with the congregations of the Allegheny Synod in prayer for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Newry.

Next PGM Small Area Planning group will meet here at St. Paul on October 3. Time to be announced.

Dyslexia Center Fundraiser to be held in Rohrbaugh Hall on Saturday, October 6 starting at 6:00 PM following the October Harvest Fest.  See Sally Kolesar for details.

October Harvest Fest is Saturday, October 6, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  A list of snacks needed to help provide hospitality for vendors and help. The snack list is located on the narthex table You can also talk with Linda Muthler and Judy Wills. God’s Work. Our Hands is a part of the Harvest Fest this year with the congregation invited to help in several ways as part of our service to the community. Talk with Sally Kolesar or any member of the Harvest Fest team.

WELCA is planning a re-organizational meeting on Sunday, October 7 following the church service.  Choir members are encouraged to attend following choir rehearsal. A brunch casserole will be provided.  Please bring a side dish to share, but it is not required.  We will welcome new ideas for activities and discussions.

Bishop Rhyne invites everyone to the Fall Conference Meeting to be held October 16 at 7:00 PM at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Pleasant Gap.

WELCA is planning  a Soup Sale during fellowship on October 21 to benefit the roof fund. The proceeds will be donated in memory of Mel Mehalick. Please bring your own containers.

We are collecting wedding anniversaries and birthdates for persons in our congregation. Please add your dates to the sheet on the narthex table.

A Children’s Book Fair will be held later this fall featuring Beaming Books.

Online reviews are needed for the reviews of St. Paul—Google and Facebook. See Pastor Paul.

Stewardship Snippet — Sept. 16, 2018  Mark 8:35 – [Jesus taught,] “For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life?”

Jesus debunks the prevalent lie that the more we accumulate, the happier and more secure we will be. Steward/disciples learn that when we give ourselves fully to God, we save our lives and find true joy.


“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.”–1 Corinthians 12:4-11.

Pray for our pastors, deacons, seminarians, and lay worship leaders as they lead your congregation. Pray for rest and renewal; for a deepening sense of call and mission. Pray for your Bishop and his staff. Pray for those entering the ELCA assignment process to receive a call and for seminarians who are preparing for Endorsement or Approval interviews.

Question:   How is the Holy Spirit calling you to be a leader in your congregation or community?


Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, martyr, died around 258; Sunday, September 16, 2018. Cyprian served as a bishop during a time of great persecution of Christians. He insisted on receiving back those who had left the faith under duress. He also provided medical care during a severe epidemic.

Hildegard, Abbess of Bingen, died 1179; Monday, September 17, 2018. A mystic who was widely influential within the church, Hildegard advised and reproved kings and popes, wrote poems and hymns, and produced treatises in medicine, theology, and natural history. She was also a musician and artist.

Dag Hammarskjöld, renewer of society, died 1961; Tuesday, September 18, 2018. A Swedish diplomat, Hammarskjöld served as the second Secretary General of the United Nations until his death in a plane crash while trying to negotiate peace in present-day Zambia. His journal, published as Markings, revealed the depth of his Christian faith.

Nelson Wesley Trout, bishop, died 1996 (TFF); Thursday, September 20, 2018. A native of Ohio, Trout served parishes in several parts of the United States before being elected bishop of the South Pacific District of the American Lutheran Church, the first African American Lutheran to serve in such a capacity.

Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist; Friday, September 21, 2018. Matthew (or Levi) was a tax collector in Capernaum for the Roman government. Tax collectors were frequently despised for dishonesty and for assisting the occupiers. Jesus nevertheless showed love for them, and chose Matthew to be a disciple.