Stewardship Snippet October 6, 2019 Luke 17:5-6 – The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”
The apostles want more faith, but Jesus says they need only have faith the size of a mustard seed. In both our congregational and personal lives, more is not always needed — whether it’s more faith, more behinds in the pews, more money, or more stuff. What would Jesus say to us today?


William Tyndale, translator, martyr, died 1536; Sunday, October 6, 2019Tyndale was ordained a priest in England, and wished to translate the Bible into English. He was opposed in this by King Henry VIII, causing him to flee to Germany. He completed the New Testament in 1525, but before he could finish the Old Testament, he was tried for heresy and burned at the stake.

Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, pastor in North America, died 1787; Monday, October 7, 2019–Divided Lutherans in America asked leaders in Europe to send someone who could take charge and unite their work. Muhlenberg was sent, and was effective in organizing the American Lutherans. Among other accomplishments, his liturgical principles became the basis for the Common Service of 1888.

Massie L. Kennard, renewer of the church, died 1996 (TFF);Thursday, October 10, 2019—A native of Chicago, Kennard was a major figure in supporting and working toward ethnic and racial inclusiveness in the former Lutheran Church in America. Ordained in 1958, he served in positions including Director for Minority Concerns of the Division for Mission in North America.


Beginning Sunday, October 6 following worship, Pastor Paul will be on vacation through Monday, October 14.  Pastoral emergencies will be covered by Pastor Jim Rill. He can be reached by phone:  814-880-1612 or by email:

October 6 is Blessing of Animals Sunday and  the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost. Holy Communion will be offered at the altar.

Serving Sunday:  Assisting Minister: Lauren Muthler; Reader/Communion Assistant: David Pribulka; Greeter: Diane Kemmerer; Ushers: Jeff and Linda Muthler, Joe and Delorse Homan; Counters: Jill Lemke and Bill Stout; Sacristan: Ann Reede; Home Visitor: Judy Kocher.

Sunday school for children grades K-6th is held every Sunday at 9:30 AM. All children are invited to attend.

WELCA meets following 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.

Property Team will meet Monday, October 14 at 7:00 PM in the Conference Room.

Congregational Council will meet Tuesday, October 15 at 7:00 PM in the Conference Room.  Congregational members are invited to attend meetings at any time.

A note from Morgen HummelI’m going to rappel down the Fraser Centre in State College, in exchange for donations back to Interfaith Human Services and FaithCentre!  Both agencies provide financial care, assistance with utilities, and household management to low-income individuals and families in Centre County. Come cheer me on and join me, come cheer me on and donate, or just come and cheer me on!  Thursday, October 17, 2019, time to be announced.  Fraser Centre, 219 West Beaver Avenue, at the corner of Beaver and Fraser.  You can park in the south parking garage on Fraser Street and watch from there.  Cash and check donations accepted, or go online to and look for Morgen Hummel.  Thank you all for supporting my wild fundraising events!  Thank you,  Morgen Hummel

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

The Special Congregational Meeting set for Sunday, October 20 is to be rescheduled. Date will be announced at a later time.

Sunday, October 20 is Fellowship Sunday and everyone is invited to bring a dish to share. Also on 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 worship.

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

Future Events:

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 meal

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

FOOD BANK: 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. We have a basket in the narthex for your offerings. Martha Hummel takes items to the Food Bank on a regular basis.