Stewardship Snippet : Feb. 3, 2019                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       1 Corinthians 13:4-7 – Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. This passage provides a good roadmap of how to be good stewards of our loving relationships. Read this over again, memorize it, print it out. Live it!

Stewardship of Loving \Relationships  Jesus said, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” – Mark 12:31b.Jesus said, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Matthew 5:43b     Red hearts, roses and chocolates are everywhere, so it must be February – the month of love! There’s certainly nothing wrong with celebrating romance between you and a special someone, or love among family members, or best friends who are always there for one another. But our inner-circle folks represent only a sliver of the people Jesus calls us to love. And let’s face it: they’re the easy ones to love. Jesus calls us to a higher plane of love; to love everyone. This means not just the people about whom we are ambivalent, but our actual enemies and those who persecute us.   Such love is a tall order, especially today, when hatred and demonization is rampant. Our political, media and social cultures encourage us to demean everybody with whom we disagree or who is different from us. Though it may be impossible to reach Jesus’ ideal, as stewards and disciples of Jesus, we can do better. If you do these things consistently, with God’s help you will have transformed your heart, your life and our world.     Rob Blezard. Copyright © 2019, Rev. Robert Blezard. Reprinted by permission. Pastor Blezard serves as an assistant to the bishop of the Lower Susquehanna Synod and works as content editor for www.stewardshipoflife.org.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • This week we celebrate the Fourth Sunday in Epiphany. Holy Communion will be offered at the altar.
  • Sunday School for children is held each week at 9:30 AM.
  • Change in date: WELCA has postponed preparing the friendship baskets until next Saturday, February 9, at 11 AM.
  • Sign-up sheets for worship volunteers for February, March, and April are on the Narthex table. Please pray about how you might serve.
  • This week we join the churches in the Allegheny Synod in praying for Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Lavansville.
  • 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 donation 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.  At this time the Synod total is 15,308 items.
  • Funeral Planning Workshop from the Planning Ahead series isset 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 at our Wellness Book Fair we will be featuring various books for sale for adults that promote various kinds of wellness.

RECIPE FOR FRIENDSHIP: You may ask…why is the recipe of fellowship and friendship with sisters in Christ so important… Let’s check out the ingredients: Read each one… Nuts – (optional) Just a little craziness in a sister friend is great. Sometimes a little zaniness in our friends can be just the ingredient we need. Sugar – Adds sweetness. Our fellowship with our sisters adds such a sweet taste in our lives. If we did not have sugar in our cookies, we’d sure miss it. The same is true of our fellowship with our sisters. We can’t leave it out of our lives. Chocolate chips – The kind we usually add is semi sweet, Our sister friends tell us what they feel and think and that is okay. We can be honest and truthful.   Salt – Enhances flavor. We know that friendship add flavor and just when we need it, they help improve the tastefulness and quality of 0ur lives. Friends are the type of people that know just what we are going through and are there when we need them.     Shortening – Provides texture. Our fellowship and friendship with sisters in the Lord can add much depth and texture to our lives. We blend together in unity as part of the body of Christ.  Article from the ASWO Courier.