Stewardship Snippet Jan. 20, 2019 1 Corinthians 2:4Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone.   Everybody has strengths and talents. Steward/disciples know that  we find optimal joy, peace and fulfillment when we are using them   for Godly purposes.  What are your gifts? How are you using them?

This week we celebrate the Second Sunday in Epiphany. Holy Communion will be offered by intinction.

This week we join the churches in the Allegheny Synod in praying for Faith 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.

Annual Congregational Meeting will be held next 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.

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

 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.

The Allegheny Synod 40,000 Can Challenge continues through February 3.  So far St. Paul has sent 110 items to the State College Food Bank; recorded monetary donations so far from St. Paul is $50. 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.


This 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


Agnes, martyr, died around 304; Monday, January 21, 2019.Agnes was a girl of about thirteen living in Rome. The details of her martyrdom are not clear, but she gave witness to her faith and was put to death as a result, most likely by the sword. The church has honored her as one of the chief martyrs of her time.

Conversion of Paul; Friday, January 25, 2019.The week of prayer begun by the remembrance of Peter’s confession now comes to an end as we recall the pivotal moment in the life of the other pillar of the early church, the apostle Paul. His encounter with the risen Christ turned him from persecutor of the followers of Christ to one of their leaders.

Timothy, Titus, and Silas, missionaries; Saturday, January 26, 2019.These three early Christian men were missionary companions of the apostle Paul. Timothy became bishop of Ephesus, Titus bishop of Crete, and Silas was imprisoned with Paul at Philippi until they were delivered by an earthquake.