Stewardship Snippet

Nov. 11, 2018 — Mark 12:43 – Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury.”                                                                                                      One measure of a gift’s true value is the capacity of the one who gives it. What do the gifts you now offer God in time, talent and treasure really cost you? How might you prayerfully improve?

Town Hall meeting here at St. Paul Lutheran, November 14 at 7:00 PM. The community is invited to attend.

 This week we join with the congregations in the Allegheny Synod in praying for St. Mark Lutheran Church, Pleasant Gap.

Harvest Home is Sunday, November 18.  ALSM Offering envelopes will be in the bulletins that day.

Save the Date! On Sunday, December 2 at 3:00 pm, Jim Rearick and Michelle McMullen will be presenting a piano and organ concert featuring sounds of the season. Please start inviting your family and friends to join you. You will not want to miss it!

There are still some openings for November volunteers. December volunteers for worship are needed. Check out the list and please prayerfully consider how you might serve on a given Sunday and sign up on the sheet on the table in the narthex.

Ring the Bells for Interfaith Human Services!
Our congregation is signed-up to ring bells for Interfaith Human Services on Monday, December 17, at Meyer Dairy. We have 12 one-hour time slots to fill in order to cover the day from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. A sign-up sheet is on the table in the narthex. Karen Magnuson is the coordinator for St. Paul.

Poinsettia Orders: Order your Christmas Eve poinsettia now! See the sign-up sheet in the narthex. Large ($14.50) or small ($8.00) sizes are available in white, red, or pink, and may be designated in honor or memory of someone. The poinsettias will decorate the church for the Christmas Eve service, and may be taken home immediately after that service. Orders must be placed by Sunday, December 2. Please make your payment using your offering envelope, and mark “Poinsettia” on both your check and envelope. Please write or print plainly.

Update for Flood Bucket: Items still needed to complete one flood bucket — items needed include: clothespins, air freshener, and facemasks. We have some repeated items and could create more flood buckets.

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,

WELCA Announcements
The WELCA Christmas Party is on December 9 (note the change on your schedules) we are collecting personal items for men and women for Centre Safe (formerly Women’s Resource Center). Everyone in the congregation is invited to donate items. See the list in the narthex.
There will be a coffee and cookie reception after the concert on December 2. If you would like to donate cookies, please sign up in the narthex. See Save the date below.
December 9 – Christmas Party FUN TIME everyone is encouraged to bring something to share for lunch. Also gathering items to put in totes for Centre Safe. (See list in the narthex).

Looking Ahead:
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—Time will be announced.
Prelude Music; Candlelight, and Holy Communion