Sunday is the First Sunday in Advent.  Holy Communion will be at the altar.

This week we join the churches in the Allegheny Synod in praying for St. John Lutheran Church in Rockton.

Poinsettia Order are due Sunday, Dec. 2. See the sign-up sheet in the narthex.

Sunday afternoon 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 won’t want to miss it! A coffee and cookie reception will be held following the concert. Bring family and friends. Clean-up volunteers are needed following the reception. If you can help, please let Linda Muthler or Linda Rosensteel know.  Thank you.

Stewardship Snippet: Dec. 2, 2018: Psalm 25:4 – Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.  Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.
The First Sunday of Advent’s theme is hope. Christians find our hope in God. We hunger for God and ask for guidance and strength to live fully as steward/disciples

Serving this Sunday: Worship Leader: Pastor Paul Tomkiel; Music Director: Debbie Strouse; Organist: Jim Rearick; Pianist, Michelle McMullen; Acolyte: Cassie McMullen; Assisting Minister: Ann Reede; Reader/Communion Assistant: Karen Magnuson; Greeter: Diane Kemmerer; Ushers: Jeff and Linda Muthler, Ron Strouse; Counters: Art Reede, Roger Williams; Home Visitors: Ike and Linda Rosensteel; Guest Flautist: Paula Gleixner; Sacristan: Ann Reede; Sign Changer: Morgen Hummel.

We are in need of ONE MORE person or couple to sign-up to ring the bells for Interfaith Human Services on December 17, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Meyer Dairy! Please see the sign-up sheet in the narthex or contact Karen Magnuson. Thank you!

Worship Volunteers for December are still needed. Please prayerfully consider how you might serve:

Open: December 9 — Home Visitor(s)

December 16 — Greeter(s); 2 Counters; Home Visitor (s); Fellowship Hosts to set-up,  serve, clean up.

December 20 (Thursday night Advent night at 7:00 PM) — Reader/Communion;  Assistant; Ushers.

December 23 — 2 Counters; 1 usher; Home Visitor(s)

December 24 (Christmas Eve 7:30 PM-Prelude Music begins earlier) — Greeters; 2 Ushers; 2 Counters; Cross Bearer; 2 Torch Bearers

December 30 — Assisting Minister; Greeters; Ushers; Counters; Home Visitor(s)

Blood drive will be held at the Ferguson Township Lions Club on Thursday, December 13 from 1:30 PM to 6:30 PM

The WELCA Christmas Party fun time is on December 9 (note the change on your schedule). Everyone is encouraged to bring something to share for lunch. Also gathering items to put in totes for Centre Safe. 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.

 Centre Safe Christmas Wish List (for women or men); Full size shampoo and conditioner, Nail polish and other nail care items, Hair item like scrunchies, Body wash and/or nice soap, Different kinds of deodorant, Juice boxes; Other self-care items, Gift cards $10-$25 for Walmart, Target, or grocery stores, Gasoline cards and Bus tokens.  Due at the church by December 2. Thank you for helping Santa fill the totes.

 Looking Ahead:

Thursdays in Advent: Worship at 7:00 PM

December 6, 13, and 20 Also, Blue Christmas with Holy Communion).

Christmas Eve                                                                                  December 24

7:15 PM – Prelude Music; 7:30 PM – Candlelight, and Holy Communion

Annual Congregational Meeting is set for Sunday, January 27 following worship. This is also Fellowship Sunday and everyone is invited to bring a dish to share.

The Allegheny Synod 40,000 Can Challenge begins today and will continue through February 3 (Advent through Super Bowl Sunday. Your donation of non-perishable food items to the 40,000 “Can Challenge will benefit local food banks and service agencies who serve the people in our community. To participate, we need to record how many non-perishable items are collected. Monetary donations will also be accepted.

Address Changes:  Tracie Mehalick and Liz Perez have address changes.  The new addresses will be passed along so everyone can update their directory.

The Congregational Council will meet on Tuesday, December 11 at 7:00 PM in the conference room. Everyone at St. Paul is welcome to attend any council meeting.

 Allegheny Synod’s Year of Prayer—December 2018: “Now may the God of peace, who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep,by the blood of the eternal covenant, make you complete in everything good so that you may do his will, working among us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory for ever and ever. Amen” –Hebrews 13:20-21. Pray for peace in our world—especially this month for peace in the Holy Land, the place of Jesus’ birth. Pray for our leaders that they may make
sound decisions based on a desire for peace and goodwill for all people. How is the Holy Spirit calling you to be a peacemaker?