*Stewardship Snippet — August 18, 2019 — Hebrews 12:1Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.

The insatiable desire for more clouds our vision and impedes faithful and fruitful living. Who has modeled faithful resource management in your life? May the witness of others provide hope and encouragement for you to “stay the course” and say NO to “the lie of more.”


Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, died 1153; Tuesday, August 20, 2019 Bernard, a Cistercian monk, was a man of great spirituality who wrote mystical works and criticized those whom he thought took an overly intellectual approach to the faith. He became an abbot, and wrote several hymns that are still beloved today.

Bartholomew, Apostle, Saturday, August 24, 2019 Mentioned as one of Jesus’ disciples in Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Bartholomew’s name is replaced in John’s gospel by Nathanael, leading many to believe that the two are different names for the same person. Little is known about his work, though some traditions place him later in India or Armeni.


*This week we celebrate the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost. Holy Communion will be by intinction.

*Rich Olsen fell and in the hospital. No other details are available.

Happy Birthday: August 19 – LaDonna Kolesar; August 21 – Harsin Hill

Happy Anniversary: August 24 –Joe and Delorse Homan

* Scheduled Volunteers for this week:

Worship Leader: Pastor Paul Tomkiel; Music Director: Debbie Strouse; Organist: Jim Rearick; Pianist: Michelle McMullen; Psalmist/Reader/Communion Assistant: Michelle McMullen; Assisting Minister: Linda Rosensteel; Ushers: Frances Pollack, Ike Rosensteel, need one more; Home Visitors: Lloyd and Marilyn Niemann; Sacristan: Ann Reede; Sign Changer: Jill Lemke; Greeters: David and Stacy Pribulka

and family.

*Please join us for Coffee and Cookies Fellowship this Sunday. Morgen and Martha Hummel will be the hostesses and will be serving. Please join us.

*New Directories are done and placed in your mailboxes last week. If you haven’t already done so, please pick them up today. If any changes need to be made, please email the church office at and the change will be printed in the weekly bulletin so everyone can make the update in their directory.

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.

*St. Paul Congregational Council will meet Tuesday, August 20 at 7:00 PM in the conference room.  All congregational members of St. Paul are welcome to attend any meeting.

*Reminder that Sunday, September 1 is our annual Fall Community Service at the Presbyterian Church. Please join us at 9:30 AM.

*Discover where help for August and September worship is needed by checking out the sign-up sheets on the narthex table. New! September worship volunteer sheets are now on the table. Check out the availability of places to volunteer. Please prayerfully consider how you can help make worship more meaningful. Please also consider helping Karin, Sally and Linda by recruiting participants.

*Reminder that Sunday, September 8 is the beginning of children’s Sunday school beginning at 9:30 AM for all children ages K-thru 6 grade. Sunday school is open to all children in the community.

*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 Councilmeets Tuesday, September 17 at 7:00 PM in the conference room. all congregational members are welcome to attend at any time.

*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 to attend at any time.

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

*Reformation Sunday Sunday, October 27.

*All Saints Sunday, November 3

*Christ the King Sunday, November 24

*Advent Begins, Sunday December 1*God’s Work. Our Hands — A Nittany Conference Event

Sunday, September 15 — 2:30 PM At the Oaks in Pleasant Gap —  On September 15, at 2:30 PM, we will be participating in our annual day of service. This year we will be participating with other Lutheran churches in our area. We will be doing some service work at The Oaks in Pleasant Gap. There will be activities for kids and adults. In addition to having some yard work and landscaping, there will be activities inside for those who cannot work outdoors. If you are interested and would like to have a T-shirt for the event, please tell me your shirt size. The shirts will cost around $8. Looking forward to hearing from you!    +Pastor Paul

DAY OF RENEWAL–Have you ever felt empty?  Have you ever felt like you were in a hole without a ladder? Have you ever felt spiritually “stale” or disconnected? Saturday, September 28, 2019; 9:00 to approximately 3:00 ; Altoona Grand Hotel; Plank Road in Altoona. The Allegheny Synodical Women’s Organization is presenting Day of Renewal — “REFRESH, RELAX, RECHARGE” –Scheduled sessions will include four breakout sessions to help you to renew your body, mind, and spiritual life and activities may include massage, crafts, exercise, make up, and fashion. Our keynote speaker, Pastor Susan Winger will speak on Spiritual Refreshment. Join us for a day of fellowship and fun to reenergize your body, mind, and spiritual life. Registration forms are on the table in the narthex. Deadline is September 7, 2019.