This Sunday Holy Communion will be offered at the altar.

Serving Sunday: Worship Leader: Pastor Paul Tomkiel, Organist: Jim Rearick; Music Director: Debbie Strouse; Pianist: Michelle McMullen; Soloist: Art Reede, Assisting Minister: Ann Reede;; Reader: Franie Pollack; Communion Assistant: Michelle McMullen; Greeter: Diane Kemmerer; Ushers: Jeff and Linda Muthler, Carl Tier; Counters: Roger Williams and Jeff Muthler; Home Visitors: Lloyd and Marilyn Niemann; Sacristan: Ann Reede; Sign Changer: Jill Lemke..

Pastor Paul will start his vacation following worship this Sunday, August 4 through Saturday, August 10.  Emergency Pastoral Contact is Pastor Rebecca Horn at 215-208-5535.

New Directories are now available.  Please pick up your copy from your church mailbox today.

We would like to know your interest in what devotionals you want to use. Please let us know your interest.
___Yes, I use the regular print size book
___Yes, I use the large print book
___No, not interested
Please let Sally Kolesar ( or 814-861-1313 or Karin Lowry or 237-2081 to give your opinion.

Outdoor Work Party
The St Paul Lutheran Property Team is having an outdoor work party at the church on Monday August 5 starting at 5 PM. We plan to have drinks and subway sandwiches for all who help. We have the following work planned: trimming the shrubbery, cleaning the church sign, trimming the locus tree, organizing the utility shed
Contact Ron Strouse at 814-777-3324 or 814-237-3687.

Update on Food Bank Needs: Laundry detergent, canned pears and pineapple, salt, pepper, and spices, tomato products (stewed, paste, sauce, etc.), canned pasta sauce and sloppy Joe sauce (Chef Boyardee, Manwich), cooking oil, canned chicken, canned carrots and beets. PLEASE NOTE: We are not in need of the following: Baby Food, Baby Formula, Green Beans, Corn, or Protein Beans. Fellowship Sunday is a good way to remember the Food Bank. You can bring your items to the church and place in the Food Bank basket located in the narthex. Reminder: The Food Bank does not accept expired items, partially used or open items, home canned foods, items containing alcohol, items in dented or damaged packaging, over-the-counter medications, baby food and formula (WIC provides these items, so they are not needed and are disposed of).

August duties signup sheets are on the table in the narthex. Please prayerfully consider how you can help make worship more meaningful. Please also consider helping Karin, Sally and Linda by recruiting participants.

The Pine Grove Mills Farmers Market is held every Thursday through September from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. We are in need of adult volunteers with a current driver’s license to direct traffic and sometimes document data on market visitors. If you are interested, please contact Linda Rosensteel (814-880-6059) or Sally Kolesar (814-861-1313).

August duties signup sheets are on the table in the narthex. Please prayerfully consider how you can help make worship more meaningful. We continue to recruit help with scheduling worship participants. We are looking for individuals who would contact one category of volunteers for slots that haven’t been filled in on the signup sheets. For instance, one person would contact assisting ministers for open dates and another person would contact ushers for open dates. Contacts may be made in person, by phone or by email. If you can help, please contact Linda Rosensteel at or call 814-880-6059; Karin Lowry at or call 814-699-1701 or Sally Kolesar at 814-861-1313.

St. Paul will be hosting a Rummage Sale and Bake Sale August 14 -15 (Wed Thu) – 9:00 AM – 3: 00 PM; August 16-17 (Fri.-Sat.) 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. We will offer tables for individuals in the community at a cost of $10. Garage sale and bake sale items donated to the church will be sold in the narthex area. We will accept books, toys, puzzles and games, like- new clothing, jewelry and furniture. We are not accepting houseware items (dishes, glassware, etc.), small appliances, electronics, or office supplies. If you have questions or would like to offer help or baked goods, please contact Jill Lemke.

Home Visitors: please remember to put your name and the name of the person you have visited on the list on the sacristy door. Thank you for visiting!

The St. Paul Nominating Committee is working to identify the slate for electing council members for the two-year term beginning January 2020. Nominating committee members are Delorse Homan, Eleanor Bird, Jill Lemke, Judy Wills, and Molly Schueltz. We will soon be reaching out to prospective nominees to ask that they prayerfully consider serving in this important role. If you would like to learn more or have suggestions, please contact any committee member.

Stewardship SnippetAugust 4, 2019

Ecclesiastes 2:22-23 What do mortals get from all the toil and strain with which they toil under the sun? For all their days are full of pain, and their work is a vexation; even at night their minds do not rest. This also is vanity.
“The lie of more” – that more wealth or possessions will bring us happiness – is often the culprit whispering in our ears to work a little longer, a little harder, and ever more efficiently. Ecclesiastes made this teaching clear almost a thousand years before Jesus taught the parable of the rich fool (Luke 12:13-21).


Dominic, founder of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), died 1221

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Dominic was a Spanish priest who saw the wealth of the clergy as a stumbling block for the church, so he formed a movement, the Order of Preachers (commonly called Dominicans) devoted to itinerant preaching and living in poverty.

Lawrence, deacon, martyr, died 258;  Saturday, August 10, 2019

As one of the seven deacons of the church at Rome, Lawrence was responsible for the church’s financial matters and for the care of the poor. Asked by the emperor to gather the church’s treasure, he presented a collection of orphans, lepers, and the like. The enraged emperor had him put to death.


*Farmers Market, every Thursday, from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

*Outdoor Work Party, Monday, August 5 at 5:00 PM. Sandwiches and beverage provided.         
*Property Team Meeting, Monday, August 12 at 7:00 PM

*Annual Rummage and Bake Sale
August 14 -15 (Wed Thu) – 9:00 AM – 3: 00 PM; August 16-17 (Fri.-Sat.) 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

*Coffee and Cookie fellowship following worship, Sunday, August 18

*Congregational Council Meeting
Tuesday, August 20 at 7:00 PM in the conference room; all congregational members are welcome at any time.

*Community Worship at Pine Grove Presbyterian Church Sunday, September 1 at 9:30 AM

*New Year Sunday school for children, Sunday, September 8 at 9:30 AM

*WELCA will be meeting September 8 following worship to plan for the year. .Lunch provided.

*Fellowship Sunday, September 15 and everyone is invited to bring a dish to share.

*Congregational Council; Tuesday, September 17 at 7:00 PM in the conference room. all congregational members are welcome at any time.

*God’s Work. Our Hands-Nittany Conference Event; Time and Date to be announced

*Harvest Fest at St. Paul; Time and Date to be announced

*Blessing of Animals; Sunday, October 6

*Congregational Council Meeting; Tuesday, October 15 at 7:00 PM in the conference room all congregational members are welcome at any time.

*Fellowship Sunday and Estate Planning; Sunday, October 20 during fellowship hour; everyone is invited to bring a dish to share.

*Reformation Sunday Sunday, October 27