Stewardship Snippet — April 21, 2019 Luke 24:9, 11 –And returning from the tomb, [Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women] told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. The Gospel today can still seem like an “idle tale” for people outside the church. But like the women who found the tomb empty, we can only tell what we know and invite people to see Jesus for themselves.

Serving Easter Sunday: Worship Leader: Pastor Paul Tomkiel; Music Director: Debbie Strouse; Organist: Jim Rearick; Pianist: Michelle McMullen; Acolyte: Cassie McMullen; Assisting Minister: Morgen Hummel; Reader/Communion Assistant: Linda Rosensteel; Greeter: Bonnie McMiniment; Ushers: Carl Tier, Art and Ann Reede; Counters: Roger Williams, Sally Kolesar; Home Visitor: Martha Hummel.

Holy Communion will be offered at the altar.  Sunday school will resume next Sunday at 9:30 AM.

May worship duties sheets are on the table in the narthex. Please prayerfully consider what you can do to help make worship more meaningful.

We pray and ask blessings on those celebrating birthdays this coming week:  Claire Johnson, April 19; Marcella Harner, April 21; Karol Magnuson, April 25; Beverly Molnar, April 27.

 Next Sunday is Fellowship Sunday. Everyone is invited to bring a dish to share. It also means it’s time to think about bringing in Food Bank donations. Needs based on their recently updated online list are canned mixed vegetables, carrots, or beets; gluten free products, especially pasta and cereals; laundry detergent; canned pears or pineapple; salt, pepper, and other spices; stewed tomatoes; spaghetti sauce; and sloppy joe sauce.

The April Council Meeting is this Tuesday, April 23, at 7 p.m. Council members are asked to check their calendars for availability for a spring or early summer retreat. Congregation members are welcome.

Randy Wills and Karen Magnuson will be taking photos of the congregation for the photo directory each Sunday till Easter Sunday.  Please plan to get your picture taken and wear your best smiles.

A small engine ‘clinic’ for the Greater Pine Grove Mills Community to be held on the grounds of St. Paul Lutheran Church  2:00-3:00 pm on Saturday April 27th. Led by Tony Schaufler.

ALSM will have their annual Fashion Show/Fund Raiser and Brunch   Saturday, April 27 from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM at the Oaks in Pleasant Gap. Our church donates a chocolate basket or, maybe two!  Sign-up sheet for chocolate donations is on the table in the narthex. Tickets for brunch/fashion show are $20. Contact Bonnie McMiniment at 238-2678 or email her at bjm1126@gmail.com.   Donations are needed by April 21 at the latest.

What does the “Reserve Fund” mean on your offering envelopes? The Congregation Council would like to inform you or remind you that donations to the Reserve Fund are used for unexpected needs, especially such things as a new roof or a disaster. Some of those funds were to offset the expenses of our recent remodel due to the flood. Currently we have a number of upcoming projects in addition to the organ repair, which is a budgeted expense for 2019. Council recently approved two projects that were not budgeted – the purchase of a “smart valve” to prevent future flooding and a new heating/air conditioner unit for the office suite (the AC unit is no longer functioning). Another property need, which was not approved by Council, is the repair of the parking lot and sidewalk curbs. This is an obvious need that cannot be postponed indefinitely. We encourage you to continue your generous donations to the General Fund, but we also wanted to make you aware of why we have a Reserve Fund.

Dyslexia Center Open House: Come see the center downstairs and learn more about dyslexia by watching the film “Rethinking Dyslexia” shown in fellowship hall.  Open house and film Friday, May 3, 7:00 and Saturday, May 4, 2-4:00

Gospel Sing Sunday, May 5 at 7:00 PM. Pine Hall Lutheran Church will host the choirs of St. Paul, Gatesburg and Pine Hall, Penns Valley Men’s Chorus, and the Tuesday Night Bluegrass Jammers.  A free-will offering will be taken with a match up to $1000. To benefit Interfaith Human Services.

Nittany Conference Caucus Meeting will take place on May 7 at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Centre Hall at 7:00 PM.. This meeting is for delegates and everyone interested in the Synod Assembly coming up on June 14 and June 15. Delegates from St. Paul areneeded for the assembly.

WELCA will be meeting on Sunday, May 5 following worship to plan for the congregation’s birthday party.

Easter Greetings from ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton:Getting a phone call in the middle of the night is never a good thing. I remember the second time my father had open-heart surgery. It was a long procedure and a difficult one, and after it was done the doctor called us to his office and said, “There’s been some bleeding. We’ll let you know, but you should go home now and rest.” And so going home that night, I listened for a phone call in the middle of the night and was awakened only to find out it was morning and it was birds singing, not the phone ringing. My father had made it through the night, and in fact he did recover from the surgery.

This is the joy we feel at Easter, but magnified. All of the hope that had been dashed on Good Friday, the terrible pressure of grief, the terrible pressure of knowing there was no future in the world, only on Sunday to be greeted not by the ringing of a telephone announcing death but the loud clear singing  of alleluias. This is the joy we have, and it’s a promise so strong that even  when we do die, even when we do confront death, we have the hope and  the assurance of eternal life.

Easter makes it possible for us, even at the grave, to sing alleluia. Christ is risen. Alleluia. Happy Easter, dear church.

Blessed Easter to Everyone.  He is risen. Alleluia!. From the staff at St. Paul Lutheran Church