Stewardship Snippet Jan. 13, 2019

Luke 3:21 – A voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”     

Jesus hears God’s words of comfort and love, and his life was never the same. At our baptism we also receive God’s promises as God declares us sons and daughters. Baptism is the defining moment for our lives.

This week we celebrate the Baptism of Our Lord. Holy Communion will be offered by intinction.

This week we join the churches in the Allegheny Synod in praying for Christ Casebeer Lutheran Church in Somerset.

Please Note: As you may have noticed, the Congregation Council has initiated a new policy concerning weekly announcements before worship. Announcements will be limited to 2-3 per week and no more than a couple of sentences each. All announcements should be presented in writing to the office or to the assisting minister if it is last minute. Verbal announcements are limited to St. Paul, Allegheny Synod, ELCA, and our partner institutions – Interfaith Human Services, Pine Grove Mills Farmers Market, Harvest Fest, Thrivent, the Dyslexia Center, and CROP Walk. All other announcements should be submitted to the office and will appear in the bulletin. There will be occasional Temple Talks, such as the quarterly financial reports by Roger Williams. As always, prayer requests are encouraged and may be given to the presiding pastor or assisting minister.

Worship Volunteers for January —Vacancies for the Sunday of January 20 we need a Greeter, 1 more Usher; 1 more Counter, and Home Visitor (s). For January 27 we need Greeters and 2 more persons to help with fellowship (no council members, please, since this is the day of our annual meeting). Volunteers for January — Please prayerfully consider how you might serve and sign-up on the Worship Volunteer sheet on the narthex table.

 Food Bank Most Needed Items all gluten free items, laundry detergent, canned fruits, juice (fruit or vegetable), salt, pepper, spices, tomato products, canned pasta, and sloppy joe sauce.

Annual Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 27, 2019, following worship. This is also Fellowship Sunday and everyone is invited to bring a dish to share. (Please note the change of the Fellowship Sunday date for the month of January due to the annual meeting).

Property Team meets January 21 at 7:00 PM in the Conference Room.

A Community Youth event will be held on the evening of January 27 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM at the Lions Club.

The Diabetes Classes have been postponed until March, 2019.

Year-end reports are due to the church office. If you are a team leader, please submit your report as soon as possible.

WELCA will meet Saturday February 2 at noon for lunch and to assemble fellowship baskets. All women are invited to attend.

The Allegheny Synod 40,000 Can Challenge continues through February 3.  So far St. Paul has sent 48 items to the State College Food Bank; recorded monetary donations so far from St. Paul is $25. The totals are being sent to the Synod office. Please bring your donation of non-perishable food items and place in the Food Bank box in the narthex.

Funeral Planning Workshop from the Planning Ahead series is set for Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 2:00 PM here at St. Paul.  This event is for members, friends and neighbors in the community. The guest speaker will be Jay from Koch Funeral Home in State College.
Please bring your family and friends and neighbors.

Making a Will and Estate Planning Workshops are being planned for a later time. Watch for dates and times in the bulletins and on the website.

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


By February we will be selling books for adults that promote various kinds of wellness.

Books include:

Holy Grounds: The Surprising Connection between Coffee and Faith—From Dancing Goats to Satan’s Drink ▪ Practicing Our Faith JB ▪ Surviving the Bible: A Devotional for the Church Year 2019 ▪ 40-Day Journey with Madeleine L’Engle ▪ Good Grief: A Companion for Every Loss ▪ The Good Grief Devotional: 52 Weeks toward Hope ▪ When Trauma Wounds: Pathways to Healing and Hope ▪ Jesus Wept ▪ Dialogues On / The Refugee Crisis / Learner Book ▪ Is That Poop on My Arm?: Parenting While Christian ▪ Faith in Action: A Handbook for Activists, Advocates, and Allies ▪ Little Steps, Big Faith: How the Science of Early Childhood Development Can Help You Grow Your Child’s Faith ▪ Love Without Limits: Jesus’ Radical Vision for Love with No Exceptions