Stewardship Snippet — You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart – Psalm 51:6 Self-knowledge is key to all other learning and true growth. This week’s lessons remind us how easy it is to deceive ourselves and avoid the deep, hard work of learning who we are and whose we are. An important aspect of stewardship is knowing oneself—the good, the bad, and the beloved child of God.

September 15 is the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Holy Communion will be by intinction.

Serving Sunday: Worship Leader: Pastor Paul Tomkiel; Music Director: Debbie Strouse; Organist: Jim Rearick; Pianist: Michelle McMullen; Assisting Minister: Art Reede; Reader/Communion Assistant: Ann Reede; Greeter: Delorse Homan; Ushers: Ike Rosensteel, Joe Homan; Carl Tier; Counters: Jill Lemke, Roger Williams; Home Visitor: Judy Kocher; Sign Changer: Linda Rosensteel; Sacristan: Karen Magnuson; Fellowship: Morgen and Martha Hummel; Franie Pollack; Ann Reede, Linda Rosensteel

God’s Work. Our Hands — A Nittany Conference Event — 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 o cannot work outdoors

Bishop Michael Rhyne of the Allegheny Synod will be attending.

Congregational Council meets Wednesday, September 18 at 7:00 PM in the conference room. All congregational members are welcome to attend at any time.

Upcoming Worship:

*Sunday, September 22 is Harvest Home Sunday.
*Sunday, September 29 is Michael and All Angels Sunday.
*Sunday, October 6 is Blessing of the Animals
*Sunday, October 13 is the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
*Sunday, October 20 is the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost and
*Sunday, October 27 is Reformation Sunday. Wear red
*Sunday, November 3 is All Saints Sunday.  Remembering those we lost.
*Sunday, November 24 is Christ the King Sunday. Last Sunday of the church year
*Sunday, December 1 Advent Begins
*Watch for times of the Advent Worship Thursdays and meals

Special Congregational Meeting/Fellowship Sunday, October 20.

     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.
     Fellowship Sunday is October 20 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.

*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.

* Congregational Council meets Tuesday, October 15 at 7:00 PM in the conference room. All congregational members are welcome to attend at any time.

*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.

CROP Hunger Walks: Stepping up to end hunger since 1969.
     Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the national CROP Hunger Walk movement; CROP Hunger Walks continue to raise millions of dollars each year to help end hunger and poverty through long-term sustainable approaches to significantly reduce or eliminate hunger.  In each CROP Hunger Walk community, 25% of money raised comes back to local agencies. Across the country, over 1600 local agencies receive funds from CROP Hunger Walks
     This year some 800 communities nationwide are joining together in interfaith CROP Hunger Walks around the theme “Stepping up to End Hunger Since 1969.”  Because teens and their communities in North Dakota and Pennsylvania cared 50 years ago, the CROP Hunger Walk is now America’s main hunger walk. Millions of people around the nation have since responded to the invitation to end hunger. We celebrate this 50-year legacy and challenge ourselves to keeping moving forward until there is enough for all. Materials are available in the office, for State College Crop Walk. If you are interested, see Linda Rosensteel.

Stewardship of our intelligence and gifts

Give instruction to the wise, and they will become wiser still; teach the righteous and they will gain in learning.–Proverbs 9:9

     This month millions of children, youth and adults are back in the classroom for another year of education. At K-12 schools, trade academies, colleges and universities they’re training their brains for higher thinking, deepening their knowledge and learning new skills. These students are not merely drawing on their God-given intelligence and potential, they’re actually developing them. What great stewardship of life gifts!

     What about the rest of us, we who have ended our formal education? The sad truth is that many of us stop actively learning new things. It’s unfortunate, too, because the amazing brains and bodies God has given us have virtually unlimited capacity for learning, growing and developing. No, we all can’t be a Stephen Hawking, Meryl Streep or Michael Jordan, but we can always sharpen our brainpower, express ourselves in the arts and develop our motor skills. In the process, we enrich and expand our lives, and that can lead to greater fulfillment, confidence and opportunity to grow into the fullness that God designs for us. Here are some ideas:

     *Read. Whether it’s biographies, who-done-its, sci-fi, poetry, literature or history, reading not only teaches us things, but it also exercises our brainpower. Start with a commitment to read a book (or two) a month.
     *Take a class. Many community centers, churches, libraries and senior citizen centers offer enrichment classes on a variety of topics. Learn photography, or conversational Spanish, or quilting. Go deeper: Your local community college may let you “audit” a class for an affordable fee.
     *Listen or watch. Delve into subjects that interest you by listening to podcasts or watching YouTube videos. Some colleges offer entire lecture series free via podcast or video.
      *Attend a lecture. Authors, poets, politicians, scientists and entertainers often give public talks at colleges, town halls and other venues.
      *Write a poem.  Or paint a picture, or take a photograph, or pick up a musical instrument. The arts provide a wonderful outlet for our creative selves.

     As we watch our children, youth and adults go back to school, let’s join them in a commitment to developing the intelligence, skills and abilities that God has given us. It’s good stewardship of our lives.

Copyright © 2019, Rev. Robert Blezard. Reprinted by permission.