COMMEMORATIONS: Peter Claver, priest, missionary to Colombia, died 1654; Monday, September 9, 2019. Born into Spanish nobility, Claver became a Jesuit missionary, and served in present-day Colombia. His ministry was focused on the slaves that arrived there. He gave them food and medicine, learned their dialects, and taught them Christianity.

John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople, died 407; Friday, September 13, 2019 John was a priest in Antioch and an outstanding preacher. His eloquence earned him the nickname “Chrysostom” (“golden mouth”). Appointed bishop of Constantinople, seat of the empire, he criticized corruption in the court. As a result, he was exiled by the empress.

Holy Cross Day; Saturday, September 14, 2019. Helena, mother of Constantine, made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and found what may be the actual site of Jesus’ crucifixion. Her son built two churches there, and the dedication of one of them gave rise to this celebration of our Lord’s victory on the cross.

Stewardship Snippet: September 8: Psalm 1: 1-2. Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law they meditate day and night. –Psalm 1:1-2 Who doesn’t want to be happy and successful? While there are no guarantees for any of us that life will be smooth sailing, the Psalmist reminds us that learning to delight in God’s ways and meditating on scripture daily will keep us focused and moving in the right direction.


Please pray for the people of the Bahamas and the United States affected by the hurricane

Reminder that Sunday, September 8 is the beginning of children’s Sunday school 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.

WELCA will be meeting today following worship to plan for the year. Lunch provided. If 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.

Discover where help for September worship is needed by checking out the sign-up sheets on the narthex table.

You Are Invited: Saint Paul Lutheran church member, Morgen Hummel, is pleased and proud to announce a Home Dedication Ceremony for her son, retired Army Sergeant Adam Hartswick.  The event is sponsored by the builders, Tunnels to Towers Smart Home Program, and will occur on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. at his new home at 108 Grenoble Road, Spring Mills, PA 16875.  The address is approximately 6 miles east of Centre Hall off of Route 192.  There will be a brief dedication ceremony followed by house tours, refreshments, and a meet and greet.  This event is open to the public and Adam heartily invites his Saint Paul Lutheran church family to come. More info on attached insert.

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

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

Upcoming Events for October.  Please mark your calendars

*Blessing of Animals; Sunday, October 6

*Blood drive October 17 from 1:00 PM to 6:30 PM at St. Paul*Congregational Council meets Tuesday, October 15 at 7:00 PM.  All congregational members are  welcome to attend at any time.

*Special Congregational Meeting/Fellowship Sunday, October 20
Our St. Paul Congregational Council has set a special meeting for the congregation, Sunday, October 20 immediately following the 10:45 AM worship service in the sanctuary. The purpose is to approve the new St. Paul constitution. Copies of the changes will be available in September for all to review. A reminder that being eligible to vote is that each person must have given an offering at least one time in the past year, communed at least one time in the last year, and is a confirmed member of St. Paul. Sunday, October 20 is also Fellowship Sunday and everyone is invited to bring a dish to share. Lunch will be served following the special meeting. We will also hear a presentation on Estate Planning by our guest speaker, Ryan Ebner, Gift Planner from the ELCA Foundation serves our congregation and our Synod.

*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

*Watch for times of the Advent Worship Thursdays and Meals

State College Food Bank: Updated Needs List

Laundry detergent

  • Soup (Chunky, Progresso, etc.)
  • Canned pears and pineapple
  • Salt, pepper, and spices
  • Tomato products (stewed, paste, sauce, etc.)
  • Canned pasta sauce and Sloppy Joe sauce (Chef Boyardee, Manwich, etc.) 
  • Cooking Oil
  • Canned Chicken
  • Canned Carrots
  • Canned Beets
  • Rice 

PLEASE NOTE: We are not in need of the following:  Baby Food, Baby Formula, Green Beans, Corn, or Protein Beans   We cannot accept expired or opened food items. Please check the expiration dates on items before donating them. Our food donation guidelines provide assistance in determining what can be accepted.