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

Serving Sunday: Worship Leader: Pastor Paul Tomkiel; Music Director: Debbie Strouse; Pianist: Michelle McMullen; Assisting Minister: Morgen Hummel; Reader/Communion Assistant: Linda Rosensteel; Greeters: Ron and Debbie Strouse; Ushers: Ike Rosensteel, Randy and Judy Wills; Counters: Ike and Linda Rosensteel; Home Visitor: Sally Kolesar; Sign Changer: Jill Lemke; Sacristan: Ann Reede.

STEWARDSHIP SNIPPET — August 25, 2019   Luke 13:12When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your ailment.” We don’t know the exact diagnosis of the crippled woman, yet we know Jesus heals her and sets her free. Jesus desires to free us from all our dis-eases: crippling debt, misplaced priorities, mass consumerism, and all the related disordering of our lives caused by believing “the lie of more.” Are you ready and willing to be healed?

The choir will be having a rehearsal after worship on Sunday, August 25, to begin learning music for September.

Happy Birthday: August 27 – Hans Lemke;     September 1 – Lucy Doremus and Janice Olsen

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

 At 3 PM today, the church bell will ring for four minutes as a part of a National Day of Healing and Reconciliation. August 25, 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the first landing of enslaved Africans in English-occupied North America at Point Comfort in Hampton, Virginia, now part of Fort Monroe National Monument, a unit of the National Park System. 

     The anniversary will be commemorated at Fort Monroe as a day of healing and reconciliation. The park and its partners are inviting all 419 national parks, NPS programs, community partners, and the public to come together in solidarity to ring bells simultaneously across the nation for four minutes—one for each century—to honor the first Africans who landed in 1619 at Point Comfort and 400 years of African American history. 

     Please join us at 2:50 pm for a time of prayer and the bell ringing.  Thanks!

Discover where help for 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 Linda, Sally and Karin 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. Volunteer teachers are needed to help teach on a rotating basis.  Please contact Pastor Paul or Linda Muthler.

Devotionals
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 (kolesarsally@comcast.net) or 814-861-1313 or Karin Lowry stpaul68@comcast.net or 237-2081 to give your opinion.

*WELCA will be meeting September 8 following worship to plan for the year. Lunch provided. I you want to help provide a dish to share for the luncheon, please contact Sally Kolesar.

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

*God’s Work. Our Hands — A Nittany Conference EventSunday, September 15 — 2:30 PMOaks 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

FUTURE EVENTS

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

*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. The program will be during the meal.

Special Congregational Meeting, Sunday October 21will also be held on this date immediately after worship.

*Reformation Sunday, October 27.  Wear red.

*All Saints Sunday, November 3.  Remembering those we lost.

*Christ the King Sunday, November 24.  Last Sunday of the church year. 

*Advent Begins, Sunday December 1

*Find out about the work of Lutheran Immigration Relief Services by going to the following link: https://www.lirs.org