Stewardship Snippet – Dec. 9, 2018

Philippians 1:9-11 – And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.  Love is the theme for the Second Sunday in Advent. When we cultivate love in our lives as   steward/disciples, it does overflow and guide our lives on the paths of strength and joy.

This Sunday is the Second Sunday in Advent.  Holy Communion will be by intinction.

This week we join the churches in the Allegheny Synod in praying for St. Luke Lutheran Church in Rockwood.

 Serving this Sunday: 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: Jeff and Linda Muthler, Judy Wills; Counters: Jeff Muthler, Randy Wills; Home Visitor: Martha Hummel; Sacristan: Ann Reede; Sign Changer: Morgen Hummel.

From Budget and Finance: As the end of the year approaches, we think about Christmas gifts and, sometimes, end of the year donations for tax purposes. As you consider charities, please remember St Paul. As of the end of October, we are shy of our budgeted giving for the year. An addition to your weekly or monthly contribution will help.  What shall I return to the Lord for all his bounty to me? Psalm 116:12

Worship Volunteers for December. Please prayerfully consider how you might serve: December 20 – Blue Christmas – need usher; December 23 – need 2 counters and home visitor; December 24 – Christmas Eve – need greeter(s), 2 ushers, 2 counters, cross bearer, 2 torch bearers; December 30 – need assisting minister, greeter, 1 usher, 2 counters, home visitor.

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 this Sunday. We are packing the items for our Centre Safe project and we will share lunch.

The Pine Grove Mills Cemetery Team is formed of members of St. Paul Lutheran Church to administer all aspects of the Pine Grove Mills Cemetery. The Team of 6 trustees meets about 5 times a year. We continue to make improvements to the cemetery and have been blessed by having the funding to do so.  Judy Kocher is retiring from the Cemetery team, so we are now asking for volunteers to replace her seat.  Please consider this volunteer opportunity, and let one of the Church Council members know of your interest.

Looking Ahead:

Thursdays in Advent: Worship at 7:00 PM – December 13 and 20. December 20 is Blue Christmas Worship with Holy Communion. Christmas Eve: December 24: 7:15 PM – Prelude Music; 7:30 PM — with Candle Lighting 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.

WELCA will meet after worship on January 6 for lunch, planning a future project and writing prayer and encouraging cards to members and friends. If you know someone who needs a caring word, please use the sign-up sheet in the narthex. 

Property Team meets January 14 at 7:00 PM in the Conference Room.

Dining with Diabetes classes are scheduled here at St. Paul in January: 17, 24, 31, and February 7. A demo class will be held at a date to be announced. Time is 2:00 PM.  Watch future bulletins for more information.  The leader is Rozalia Horvath who comes to us from Penn State.

Address Changes:  Tracie Mehalick’s new address is:117 Honeysuckle Dr., Boalsburg, PA 16827; Liz Perez is back in her home. Daughter, Connie is living with her: 4107 Tadpole Road, Pennsylvania Furnace, PA 16865. Please make the changes in your directory.

 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’s new address is: 117 Honeysuckle Dr., Boalsburg, PA 16827; Liz Perez is back in her home. Daughter, Connie is living with her: 4107 Tadpole Road, Pennsylvania Furnace, PA 16865.

Allegheny Synod’s Prayer for the month of December 2018 Peace In Our World: “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 forpeace 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?

 Save the Date: Ecumenical Services: The Allegheny Synod will again participate in the Annual Ecumenical Services during the week of prayer for Christian Unity. This year the dates are January 20, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church, Huntingdon and January 27, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at Christ Our Savior Orthodox Cathedral, Johnstown. All are invited to attend these meaningful services that strengthen our partnership with our ecumenical brothers and sisters.