Michael and All Angels, Sunday, September 29, 2019. Michael the archangel, captain of the heavenly hosts, is remembered on this day along with the other angels and archangels. The word “angel” means messenger, and in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, these beings ave a fully spiritual nature and no physical body.

Jerome, translator, teacher, died 420, Monday, September 30, 2019.  Jerome was a biblical scholar and translator, but rather than translating the original Hebrew and Greek scriptures into classical Latin, he worked in the commonly-spoken Latin of the day, creating a version called the Vulgate.

Francis of Assisi, renewer of the church, died 1226, Friday, October 4, 2019. Born into the family of a wealthy merchant, Francis gave up his inheritance to serve poor people. He formed the Order of Friars Minor (called Franciscans), who took on poverty and the task of preaching “using words if necessary.” Francis had a spirit of gratitude for all of God’s creation.

Theodor Fliedner, renewer of society, died 1864, Friday, October 4, 2019. Fliedner helped to bring about a revival of the ministry of deaconesses among Lutherans. He was influenced in this by Moravian deaconesses he had met. The motherhouse he founded in Kaiserswerth, Germany, inspired many around the world to take up this ministry.

STEWARDSHIP SNIPPET: September 29, 2019 – They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.– 1 Timothy 6:18-19     The lessons this week remind us of the danger of hoarding our talents and gifts. Whether you are rich in resources, abilities, knowledge or skills, be sure to steward  them carefully for the greatest good. In doing so, your own life will be all the richer and God will be glorified.


September 29 is Michael and All Angels Sunday and the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Holy Communion will be offered by intinction.

Happy Birthday:  Jeff Muthler – October 1; Cal Butchkoski – October 5

Serving Sunday: Worship Leader: Pastor Paul Tomkiel; Music Director: Debbie Strouse; Organist: Jim Rearick; Pianist: Michelle McMullen; Assisting Minister: Lauren Muthler; Reader/Communion Assistant: Linda Rosensteel; Sacristan: Karen Magnuson; Sign Changer: Linda Rosensteel; Counters: Jeff and Linda Muthler; Greeter: The Pollack Family; Ushers: Jeff and Linda Muthler and Ike Rosensteel; Home Visitor: Sally Kolesar.

Next Sunday, October 6 the WELCA meeting is after worship. Nadia Muthler (Colin’s wife) will discuss the subject of human trafficking after attending a local conference about the issue in our community. Lunch is provided. Please come.

Cemetery Team will meet Monday, October 7 at 7:00 PM in the Conference Room.

ELCA Lutheran Disaster Response Donation forms and envelopes are located in the narthex for your use.  You may use these forms to donate to the Hurricane Dorian relief effort.

Men in Blue: Please join us as we continue our Pine Grove Mills history series. For this third program, we will be bringing you stories of local Civil War soldiers, followed by recitations featuring our very own History Gals, who will become 1920 primary school children. Date: Sunday, October 13, 2019Location: Pine Grove Presbyterian Church, Pine Grove Mills Time: 2:00 PM  – Admission: Free Special musical selections – Light Refreshments

Notice of Special Congregational Meeting – 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 in Rohrbaugh Hall.

Sunday, October 20: Estate Planning Presentation by Ryan Ebner, Regional ELCA Gift Planner, on how you are invited to explore how you can make a difference in the lives of your loved ones and to ministry both now and in the future. Ryan will do a temple talk during worship and then talk with us at the luncheon following the special congregational meeting.

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, September 29 is Michael and All Angels Sunday

Sunday, October 6 is Blessing of the Animals during worship

WELCA meets for lunch and special program following worship

Cemetery Team meets Monday, October 7 at 7:00 PM in the conference room

Thursday, October 17:  The Lions Club is holding a Blood Drive at St. Paul from 1:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Sunday, October 20 will be a Special Congregational Meeting following worship

Sunday, October 20 is also Fellowship Sunday everyone is invited to bring a dish to share.

Sunday, October 20 we will have a guest during worship and at fellowship, Ryan Ebner,   (Ryan is a Gift Planner from the ELCA Foundation serves our congregation and our Synod and will do a presentation on Estate Planning)

Sunday, October 27 is Reformation Sunday. Wear red in celebration

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

Sunday, November 24 is Christ the King Sunday. The last Sunday of the church year

Sunday, December 1 Advent begins. Watch for times of Advent worship Thursdays and meals

FOOD BANK: State College Food Bank: Updated Needs List – Laundry detergent, Soup (Chunky, Progresso, etc.) , Canned pears and pineapple, Salt, pepper, and spices, Rice, 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. — 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. We have a basket in the narthex for your offerings. Martha Hummel takes items to the Food Bank on a regular basis.

Ferguson Township is hiring a part-time Crossing Guard for the remainder of 2019/2020 school year for the Ferguson Township Elementary school located at 215 West Pine Grove Road. Work only on days that school is in session. Time each Day that school is in session: 7:40-8:10 lights are on flash.  So one would need to arrive at 7:30 in the AM. — 2:40 PM-3:10 PM lights are on flash.  So one would need to arrive at 2:30 in the PM. —  2019/20 SCASD Academic School year started Aug 26 and last day of school without snow days is June 9th.   If interested, please contact Sergeant Ryan Hendrick at