STEWARDSHIP SNIPPET — October 27, 2019 Psalm 84:5Happy are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion. Sometimes our wants are not in line with the values of a follower of Jesus. Humans are great at rationalizing and justifying wants. What we NEED is to turn to God with all our heart, mind, and strength. In doing so, God will align our wants to the divine will so that we may have life abundant. Are you finding your strength in God, or are you relying on your own bootstraps and will?

COMMEMORATIONSSimon and Jude, Apostles; Monday, October 28, 2019 — We know little about these apostles. Simon is listed as “the zealot” or Cananean in New Testament lists. Jude, also called Thaddeus, asked Jesus at the last supper why he had revealed himself to the disciples but not to the world.

Reformation Day; Thursday, October 31, 2019 — By the end of the seventeenth century, many Lutheran churches celebrated a festival commemorating Martin Luther’s posting of the Ninety-five Theses, a summary of abuses in the church of his time. At the heart of the reform movement was the gospel, the good news that it is by grace through faith that we are justified and set free.

All Saints Day; Friday, November 1, 2019 — The custom of commemorating all of the saints of the church on a single day goes back at least to the third century. All Saints Day celebrates the baptized people of God, living and dead, who make up the body of Christ. On this day or the following Sunday, many congregations will remember the faithful who have died during the past y

ANNOUNCEMENTS      Member Update:

Sheldon and Lois Corl, 121 Havershire Blvd. Apt.224, State College, PA 16803

Helen Magnuson, 121 Havershire Blvd Apt. H110, State College, PA  16803 * Visitors are asked to call first to make sure it is okay to visit.

Correct phone number for Fred and Joelle Ferguson: 814-237-2124     

This Sunday is Reformation Sunday and the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost. Holy Communion will be offered by intinction.

Correction: Sunday school for children grades K-6th is held every Sunday at 9:45 AM. All children are invited to attend.

Serving Sunday: Worship Leader: Pastor Paul Tomkiel; Music Director: Debbie Strouse; Organist: Jim Rearick; Pianist: Michelle McMullen; Assisting Minister: Art Reede; Reader/Communion: Michelle McMullen; Greeter: Linda Muthler; Ushers: Joe and Delorse Homan, Jeff Muthler; Counters: Roger Williams, Jeff Muthler; Home Visitor: Martha Hummel; Sacristan: Ann Reede.

Sunday, November 3 is All Saints Sunday. On this day we remember those we have lost. If you have someone to add to the to be remembered, please call the church office and leave a message (814-237-2081), email: or write a note in the log book located on the secretary’s desk.

SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17Mark your calendars! November 17 is a special day at St. Paul. Immediately following worship that Sunday, we will convene a Special Congregational Meeting to elect Congregation Council members and to vote on approval our new church constitution which complies with the 2020 requirements of the ELCA and includes optional changes that are recommended by our Congregation Council. After the meeting at fellowship WELCA of St. Paul will hold our popular annual Soup Sale.

Copies of the constitution changes we are voting to approve on November 17 are available (one per family) to take home and read carefully.  A Few copies of the complete constitution are available to read and return.  Pink copies are the changes we are voting on and blue copies are the complete constitution are located on the table next to the bulletins.

October, November, December sign-up sheets for flowers, wine, bulletins and candles are on the narthex table. 

Volunteers are needed to provide cookies for the reception after the Advent Concert to be held here at St. Paul Lutheran Church. The Advent Concert is to be held on Sunday, December 1 at 3:00 PM. Contact Michelle if you can provide cookies. More details about the concert be available soon.

A full list of events happenings at St. Paul are listed on the bulletin boards in the narthex and Rohrbaugh Hall.  Anyone needing a printed copy, please notify the church office.  The full list will be updated as needed.

Latest food bank needs: Laundry detergent, Soup (Chunky, Progresso, etc.), Gift Cards to Wegmans to purchase fresh potatoes & ham, Canned Yams (less than 40oz.), French Fried Onions, Canned Carrots, Canned Mixed Vegetables, Canned Spinach,Canned Beets,Canned Pineapple, Canned Pears,Flour (2-5 pound packages), Sugar (2-5 pound packages), Cooking Oil, Salt, pepper, and spices, Tomato products (stewed, paste, sauce, etc.), Canned pasta sauce and Sloppy Joe sauce (Chef Boyardee, Manwich,  etc.), Canned Chicken

Please Note: *Please place any gift cards in the Rosensteels’ mailbox. You may also donate money to the Food Bank through your offering envelopes.   *We are not in need of the following:  Baby Food, Baby Formula, 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 thank the St. Paul family for all of your generous donations to the Food Bank. On Friday, October 18 a total of 49 pounds of food was delivered! Thank you to Martha Hummel for taking items to the food bank.

Pastor Paul’s Office Hours:  Wednesdays, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM or by appointment and by    phone 717-440-3453. Office Secretary’s new hours:  Tuesdays and Fridays, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Readings for November 3 — First Reading: Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4; Psalm 119:137-144; Second Reading: 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12; Gospel Reading: Luke 19:1-10 *Starting next week the readings for the whole month will be included in the weekly bulletin.