This week we celebrate the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany. Holy Communion will be offered by intinction. Sunday school for children is held each week at 9:30 AM.

Serving this week: Worship Leader: Pastor Paul Tomkiel; Music Director: Debbie Strouse; Pianist: Michelle McMullen; Acolyte: Cassie McMullen; Assisting Minister: Lauren Muthler; Reader/Communion Assistant: Karen Magnuson; Greeters: Randy and Judy Wills; Ushers: Art and Ann Reede; Counters: Roger Williams, Art Reede; Home Visitor: Sally Kolesar; Sign Changer: Morgen Hummel; Sacristan: Delorse Homan; Fellowship Hosts: Linda and Jeff Muthler (set-up), Ann and Art Reede.

This week we join with the churches in the Allegheny Synod in praying for Trinity Lutheran Church in Somerset.

This Sunday is Fellowship Sunday.  Everyone is invited to bring a dish to share and join us following worship for food, conversation, and fellowship.

The Adult Choir will practice after worship today.

The Workshop on Funeral Planning 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, 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.

Worship volunteer sheets for March and April are on the table in the narthex.  Please prayerfully consider how you might serve.

Mowing? Yes, Spring is coming soon, the blossoms will bloom, leaves will start forming on trees and the grass will start growing.  The church yard is mowed by volunteer members of the congregation.  One volunteer does two mowings then the job rotates to the next volunteer. We need volunteers to help mow, using the church mower.  Please contact Joe Homan or Ron Strouse if you would like to help.       

Mark your calendars: Upcoming St. Paul Events

February 17— Fellowship Sunday. Everyone is invited to bring a dish to share.

February 19 — Congregational Council cancelled.

February 19 — Property Teammeeting at 7:00 PM.

February 24 Funeral Planning Workshop, 2:00 PM; open to members, friends, and community of Pine Grove Mills and beyond.

February 26 Cemetery Teammeeting at 7:00 PM.

March 3 WELCA meeting after worship; planning for Lenten project for kick-off on March 10. Project will continue until Easter Sunday, April 21.

March 6 — Ash Wednesday Worship at 7:00 PM with the Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion.

March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11 — Thursdays in Lent. Holden’s Evening Prayer at 6:00 PM followed by a light supper.

April 7 WELCA meeting after worship to go to a restaurant for lunch.

April 14 Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday) worship at 10:45 AM.

April 18 Maundy Thursday worship at 7:00 PM.


Liz Perez is back in Room 502, Shreffler Manor, The Oaks, 200 Rachael Drive, Pleasant Gap, PA.16823. Phone is 814-424-7047. I am sure she would love to hear from anyone who would like to call, send a card or stop by for a visit. The best times to see her would be between 2:00 and 5:00 or 7:00 and 9:00 in the evening. Meal times are 12:30 and 5:30. Please make the changes in your directory. 

Paul Anderson is moving to Danville to live with his son, Barry.  His son’s address is 93 Hartman Rd., Danville, PA  17921.  More information will be available later.

Please add to your directory the information for new members, David, Stacy, Andrew, and Gabriel Pribulka:

Address: 115 Ramblewood Rd., PA Furnace, Pennsylvania  16865.  Phone: 814-548-6288; 814-548-6585. Email address: Gabriel’s birthday is May 1 and Andrew’s birthday is March 6. David and Stacy’s wedding anniversary is July 7. 

 The Allegheny Synod is looking for people to serve in the following positions. Please, prayerfully consider your gifts and how the Holy Spirit may be calling you to serve. Nomination Forms are due NO LATER THAN MAY 15, 2019. You can get nomination forms from our church office.

Synod Council
1 Lay Female, 1 Lay Male, 1 Clergy Male or Female, 1 Youth
 Consultation Committee
1 Lay Female
 Discipline Committee
1 Lay Female 
Mission Endowment Committee       
3 Year Term
2 Clergy or Lay, Male or Female
2 Year Term
2 Clergy or Lay, Male or Female
1 Year Term
2 Clergy or Lay, Male or Female

*Attention Married Couples
     Time is running out to sign up for your spring Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend! Don’t delay–remember that because we are celebrating 50 years of Worldwide Marriage Encounter, we are offering 50% off on all registration fees for 2019! Learn how to create more joy and intimacy in your marriage by attending a Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend!
      The 2019 Northeast US spring Weekends are: April 5-7, 2019 at the lovely Country Inn & Suites just off of Hwy 99 in State College and April 26-28, 2019 at the newly-remodeled Heritage Hotel Lancaster in Lancaster, PA.
      We are also taking reservations for our fall Weekends: October 11-13, 2019 at the Hyatt Place Pittsburgh/Cranberry in Cranberry Township, PA, and November 1-3, 2019 at Hampton Inn Berkshires in Lenox, MA.
      Please go to the website: , click on “view all weekends” and select the Weekend of your choice to see the very reasonable, group-rate cost for that Weekend. Two nights lodging, 5 meals for each of you, and all supplies are included, and financial assistance is available for those in need. Simply fill out the form, and complete your registration with a credit card, or you may choose the option to mail a check. For questions, or if you would like a brochure mailed to you, please contact Northeast US Directors of Lutheran Marriage Encounter, Fred & Julie Schamber, at or 724-325-3166. Act TODAY while there are still openings!

Dining with Diabetes a program for adults with diabetes and their families and learning to manage your diabetes on step at a time. It will help you to understand some of the most important things you need to know about how to manage your diabetes.

Extension Educators will lead discussions addressing: Important numbers you need to know; Planning healthy meals; Healthy food preparation; Physical activity



Class Dates and Time:  2:00 — 4:00 PM

Thursday, March 7;  Thursday, March 14;  Thursday March 21;  Thursday, March 28. A three – month follow up class will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2019.

Where: St. Paul Lutheran Church,  277 West Pine Grove Road, Pine Grove Mills, PA  16868              814-237-2081

 Program leaders are from Penn State Extension. Deadline for registration is Feb. 28.  Register online at or call 1-877-345-0691. Major credit cards accepted.

Program Fee is $39.00 and for an additional $16 participants can have their A1C tested at the first follow-up class.  The A1C blood test result reflects the average blood sugar for the past three months.