Stewardship Snippet: Oct. 28, 2018 — Mark 10:51 – Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.”

The blind man articulates the faithful prayer of all steward-disciples. We want to see! Help us see the world around us through eyes of God’s love and mercy.

Serving Sunday: Worship Leader: Pastor Paul Tomkiel; Music Director: Debbie Strouse; Organist: Jim Rearick; Pianist: Michelle McMullen; Acolyte: Cassie McMullen; Cross Bearer: Morgen Hummel; Torch Bearers: Ushers; Assisting Minister: Ann Reede; Reader/Communion Assistant: Art Reede; Greeter: Martha Hummel; Ushers: Ron Strouse, Carl Tier; Counters: Carl Tier, Jill Lemke; Home Visitor: Martha Hummel; Sacristan: Delorse Homan; Sign Changer: Ann Reede.

This week we join with the congregations of the Allegheny Synod in praying for our church, St. Paul Lutheran in Pine Grove Mills.

Adult Choir will rehearse in the Music Room after today’s worship service.

Worship Volunteers for November are needed in all capacities.  The sign-up sheets are on the table in the narthex.  Please prayerfully consider how you might serve.   Sign Changer for November;  November 4:   need 1 more usher, 1 home visitor;  November 11:  need Greeters , 1 more usher, 2 Counters, 1 home visitor       

November 18 and November 25: Need Assisting Minister, for both Sundays; Reader/Communion Assistant for both Sundays; Greeters and Ushers for both Sundays; 1 Counter for November 18 and 2 for November 25; Home Visitors for both Sundays; Fellowship Hosts for November 18 (4 persons); 1 Cross Bearer and 2 Torch Bearers for November 25 (Christ the King Sunday)

 Notice of Special Congregational Meeting for 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).

New Members and Friends Directory is finished. Please pick up your copy on the small table in the narthex where the current bulletins are located.  Please report any discrepancies to the office secretary. Corrections will be printed in the bulletins for your convenience.

 Ring the Bells for Interfaith Human Services! : The congregation of St. Paul Lutheran will be manning the Wishing Well at Meyer Dairy on Monday, December 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. We have 12 one-hour time slots to fill! Please see the sign-up sheet in the narthex. Questions? See Karen Magnuson. THANK YOU!

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.

Update for Flood Bucket Items are still needed to complete one flood bucket — items needed include: 5 N95 Particulate Respirator Dust MasksNot hospital ones, 1 can of air freshener (aerosol or pump, 4-8 oz.) 1 pack of clothespins (36-50).  We have some repeated items and could create more flood buckets.

Update: Over the Edge has raised over $90,000 as of October 25. A new update will be coming soon.  Benefits Interfaith Human Services and Bellefonte Faith Centre.

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, www.scfoodbank.org.

Looking Ahead:

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

Thursdays in Advent: Worship at 7:00 PM

December 6, 13, and 20

Christmas Eve                                                                           December 24

7:45 PM Prelude Music; 8:00 PM Candlelight, and Holy Communion

First Sunday after Christmas                                           December 30                              

COMMEMORATIONS

     Simon and Jude, Apostles, Sunday, October 28, 2018; We know little about these apostles. Simon is listed as “the zealot” or Cananean in New Testament lists. Jude, also called Thaddeus, asked Jesus at the last supper why he had revealed himself to the disciples but not to the world.

     Reformation Day, Wednesday, October 31, 2018; By the end of the seventeenth century, many Lutheran churches celebrated a festival commemorating Martin Luther’s posting of the Ninety-five Theses, a summary of abuses in the church of his  time. At the heart of the reform movement was the gospel, the good news that it is by grace through faith that we are justified and set free.

     All Saints Day, Thursday, November 1, 2018; The custom of commemorating all of the saints of the church on a single day goes back at least to the third century. All Saints Day celebrates the baptized people of God, living and dead, who make up the body of Christ. On this day or the following Sunday, many congregations will remember the faithful who have died during the past year.

     Martín de Porres, renewer of society, died 1639, Saturday, November 3, 201; Martín was the son of a Spanish knight and a freed black slave from Panama. As a lay brother in the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), he engaged in many charitable works in Lima, Peru. He founded an orphanage, a hospital, and a clinic for cats and dogs

Reformation Message from Bishop Rhyne

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

May God’s grace and peace be with you as you gather this Reformation Sunday. Today we celebrate the work of the Holy Spirit. It was the Holy Spirit that invited a group of college professors, led by Dr. Martin Luther, to call the church to account and call us back to the One who is our center, Jesus Christ.

The Spirit worked through the Reformers to knock down the walls that church tradition had tried to erect between God and God’s people. Led by the Spirit, the Reformers opposed the idea that forgiveness could be bought through the sale of indulgences. They helped people understand that one needn’t have an intermediary to take their prayers to God. The Spirit led Dr. Luther to translate the Scriptures into German, the language of the people, so that all could read and hear the Bible in their own language. Most importantly, the Reformers wanted us to understand that our salvation is not something we earn, work toward, or even deserve. Salvation and a life with Jesus Christ is a gift given to us from Jesus. Jesus does this out of his own grace and mercy which he pours out on all.

The Reformers wanted us to understand that Christ is with us and this life with Jesus Christ is for us. Jesus is the great and powerful Lord of all, but he also is the Good Shepherd who knows and loves his sheep and is leading us and guiding us through the power of the Holy Spirit all of our life.

When we talk about the Reformation we are not just talking about something that happened 501 years ago. Our Lord is at work on us and is with us right now. The Spirit that called the church to Reform is the same Spirit that is at work in us now forming and re-forming us. The good news for us is that God is not finished with us.

I believe that if we truly understood how God is continually with us and working on us to shape and reform us – our entire lives would be changed. If we understood just how invested God was in our reformation and invested in the hearts and lives of all people, we would no longer find ourselves in opposition to one another. We would, as St. Paul says, “out do one other in showing honor.”

May you know God’s continual reformation in your life now and always.

 

+Bishop Michael