Stewardship Snippet, Oct. 21, 2018Mark 10:42-44 – Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all.

 Jesus gives us a reality that’s topsy-turvy from what we know! We achieve greatness by serving others? Why is this so hard? What kind of heart-transformation does it require?

 Serving Sunday, October 21: Worship Leader:  Pastor Paul Tomkiel; Music Director: Debbie Strouse; Organist: Jim Rearick; Pianist: Michelle McMullen; Acolyte: Cassie McMullen; Assisting Minister: Lauren Muthler; Reader/Communion Assistant: Karen Magnuson; Greeter: Diane Kemmerer; Ushers: Joe and Delorse Homan. Ron Strouse; Counters: Roger Williams;  Home Visitor: Judy Kocher;  Sign Changer: Ann Reede; Sacristan: Delorse Homan; Fellowship set-up: Linda Muthler, Morgen Hummel; Fellowship clean-up:  Lauren Muthler, Judy Kocher

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

October 21 is Fellowship Sunday and Soup Sale. Everyone is encouraged to bring a dish to share.  WELCA is sponsoring a Soup Sale to benefit the roof fund in Loving Memory of Mel Mehalick. Please bring your own containers for the soup.

CROP Hunger Walk – is this Sunday. We will gather with others in our community  to fight  hunger both here  and  around  the world. Registration is at 1:30 PM and the Walk begins at 2:00 PM. The Walk will start and end at the University Baptist and Brethren Church, 411 South Burrowes Street, in downtown State College.  If you wish to walk or sponsor a Walker see Michelle McMullen. Thanks for helping feed the hungry both in our community and throughout the world .

Sit and Stroll Tour is today at the Pine Grove Presbyterian Church, Main Floor at 2:00 PM.

Worship Assistants are needed for the month of November.  Please prayerfully consider how you might serve.  Sign-up sheet is on the table in the narthex.

Council nominations and election will be Sunday, November 4, following worship. Everyone is invited to attend and participate in this important duty.  You must have communed at least once this year and have given a contribution to the church during the current year. Nominees so far: Jill Lemke (1-year term), Morgen Hummel and Michelle McMullen (2-year terms).

All Saints Sunday, November 4—please submit names for remembrances from past year by October 31 to the church office.

Visit the Children’s Book Fair currently going on at St. Paul. There is a great selection of books to choose from for children and these would make great Christmas presents.  Our book sponsor is Beaming Books; we get to keep the books that are given as displays and if we spend over $200 we get to keep 20% on our account. See display in the narthex.

Flood Bucket items are still needed to complete one flood bucket.  Needed items are clothespins, air freshener, and facemasks.  We have some repeated items and could create more flood buckets.

Update: Over the Edge has raised over $85,000 as of October 15. A new update will be coming soon.  Benefits Interfaith Human Services and Bellefonte Faith Centre. Thank you to Morgen Hummel and Karen Magnuson and all who participated and donated.

Reminder to all committees: Year-end reports are due to the church office by December 31

Reminder: We have a donation box in the narthex for donations to the State College Food Bank.  Since we have a monthly fellowship, bringing your food bank donation on that Sunday is a routine you might want to establish. To find out what the current needs are, you can consult the website,


Looking Ahead:

Reformation Sunday                        October 28                             Wear Red

All Saints Sunday                              November 4

Special Congregational

Meeting: Council Election                November 4


Harvest Home                                    November 18


Christ the King Sunday                   November 25


Advent Begins

First Sunday in Advent                    December 2

Second Sunday in Advent                December 9

Third Sunday in Advent                  December 16

Fourth Sunday in Advent                December 23

Christmas Eve Worship                   December 24                            8:00 PM Candlelight and 

                                                                                                                           Holy Communion

First Sunday After Christmas         December 30


Thursdays in Advent                        December 6, 13, and 20        7:00 PM worship