2 Thessalonians 1:3We must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of everyone of you for one another is increasing.

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy open their letter to believers in Thessalonica with thanks for them as loving and growing partners in God’s mission. Let us pray for one another and give thanks for our worshiping community and our partners in the gospel.

This Sunday we celebrate All Saints Sunday. Worship is at 10:45 AM  with Sunday school for children K- 6 grade at 9:45 AM.

Time Change: Don’t forget to turn your clocks back 1 hour before bedtime Saturday evening.

Trick or Treat Night is now scheduled for this Saturday evening 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

Pot Luck Harvest Dinner is at 3:00 – 6:00 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in celebration of volunteers of the Farmers Market. All persons invited to join in.

Serving Sunday: Worship Leader: Pastor Paul Tomkiel; Music Director: Debbie Strouse; Organist: Jim Rearick; Pianist: Michelle McMullen; Assisting Minister: Ann Reede; Greeter: Diane Kemmerer; Reader/Communion Assistant: Michelle McMullen; Ushers: Joe and Delorse Homan, Carl Tier; Counters: Roger Williams, Jill Lemke; Home Visitors: The McMullens; Sacristan: Karen Magnuson;  Sign Changer: Morgen Hummel.

Commemorations: Martín de Porres, renewer of society, died 1639; Sunday, November 3, 2019; Martín was the son of a Spanish knight and a freed black slave from Panama. As a lay brother in the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), he engaged in many charitable works in Lima, Peru. He founded an orphanage, a hospital, and a clinic for cats and dogs.

John Christian Frederick Heyer, died 1873; Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg, died 1719; Ludwig Nommensen, died 1918; missionaries; Thursday, November 7, 2019; Heyer was the first missionary sent out by American Lutherans. After teaching at Gettysburg College and Seminary he was assigned to the Andhra region of India. A worker among the Tamil people on the southeast coast of India, Ziegenbalg was opposed both by local Hindus and by Danish authorities who favored a different missionary style. He was known for caring about the welfare of the whole person. Nommensen was born in northern Germany and was sent to Sumatra as a Lutheran missionary. Working among the Batak people, he translated the scriptures into their language, and honored their native culture.

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     

Happy Birthday:  Jadyn Brugler,  Nov. 3;  Jefferson Barnes, Nov. 6;  Nelson Wheeler, Nov. 9; Happy Anniversary:  Paul Hill and Eleanor Bird, Nov.  1;   Chris and Franie Pollack, Nov. 4

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. 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.

After the meeting at fellowship WELCA of St. Paul will hold our popular annual Soup Sale. If you are not bringing soup, or if you just want to, you can bring something for fellowship. Proceeds of the Soup Sale will go toward the St. Paul deficit, with 10% going to a charity to be designated by WELCA. Have you thought about joining choir but don’t know where to start? Join us on Sunday, November 10 for a music ministry potluck following church and then for an afternoon of singing! We will be working music for Advent and Christmas. All voices invited!

A congregation member has donated blankets that were made by the women in the congregation probably in the 1960s or 1970s. WELCA is selling them for a donation. There are 5 left. Please contact Linda Muthler or Sally Kolesar if you would like one. Any that are not sold will be donated to a homeless shelter.

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

Advent Christmas Concert, Sunday, December 1 at 3:00 PM. This is a community event and everyone is invited. A reception will follow. Volunteers are needed to provide cookies for the reception. after the Advent Concert to be held here at St. Paul Lutheran Church. 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.

November 2—Appreciation Celebration

November 3—All Saints Sunday

November 4—Cemetery Meeting 7:00 PM in conference Room

November 5—Dog Club 7:00 PM Rohrbaugh Hall

November 13—Dog Club 6;30 PM Rohrbaugh Hall

November 17—Fellowship Sunday, everyone is invited to bring a dish to share

November 19—Congregational Council 7:00 PM conference room—congregational members are

   invited to sit in on the meetings at any time.

November 28—Thanksgiving Day, Canners using church

December 1—Advent begins

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.

Readings for November 10 —  First Reading: Haggai 1:15b–2:9; Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21; Second Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17; Gospel Reading: Luke 20:27-38.

Readings for November 17 — First Reading: Isaiah 65:17-25; Psalm: Isaiah 12:2-6; Second Reading: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Gospel Reading: Luke 21:5-19.

Readings for November 24 — First Reading: Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalm: Luke 1:68-79; Second Reading: Colossians 1:11-20; Gospel Reading: Luke 23:33-43.

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