Psalm 98:4 –Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises.

Sometimes joy and praise are the only possible responses to the abundant love and care of the Creator. As the autumn harvest is gathered in, be sure to celebrate the gift of God’s good and bountiful creation.

COMMEMORATIONS: Elizabeth of Hungary, renewer of society, died 1231; Sunday, November 17, 2019; Born in Hungary, Elizabeth was betrothed to the son of the Landgrave of Thuringia, and at age four was taken to be raised with him at the Wartburg Castle. Ten years later they were married. She was very generous to the poor, and after her husband’s death she lived in cruel hardship until her own death at age twenty-four.

Clement, Bishop of Rome, died around 100; Saturday, November 23, 2019. Clement was the third bishop of Rome. He is best remembered for a letter he wrote to the congregation in Corinth, still struggling with the same problems that led to Paul’s letters to them. As did Paul, he focused on the need for love among Christians.

Miguel Agustín Pro, martyr, died 1927; Saturday, November 23, 2019; Pro grew up in a time when the Mexican revolutionaries accused the church of siding with the wealthy. He became a Jesuit priest, and worked on behalf of the poor and homeless. Falsely accused of throwing a bomb at a government official, he was executed, but not before crying out “Long live Christ the King!”


Sunday, November 17 is the Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost.  Sunday school for children K through 6th grade is at 9:45 AM every Sunday.

Serving Sunday November 17: Worship Leader: Pastor Paul Tomkiel; Music Director, Debbie Strouse; Organist, Jim Rearick; Pianist, Michelle McMullen; Assisting Minister, Morgen Hummel; Reader/Communion Assistant/Sacristan, Karen Magnuson; Greeter, Molly Schueltz; Ushers, Jeff and Linda Muthler and Ike Rosensteel; Counters, Roger Williams, Carl Tier; Home Visitor, Martha Hummel; Sign Changer, Morgen Hummel; Fellowship Hosts, Jeff and Linda Muthler and Randy and Judy Wills.

Special Congregational Meeting is today, following worship 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 today, WELCA of St. Paul will hold our popular annual Soup Sale. Everyone is invited to join in. 90% of the soup sale proceeds will toward the St. Paul deficit and 10% going to charity designated by WELCA.

Families Celebrate Advent & Christmas material has been ordered. Cost is $6.00 per set.

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.

Poinsettias:  Please sign up to purchase potted poinsettias to decorate the sanctuary for the Christmas Eve service! They are available in two sizes—a single bloom for $8.50, or a double bloom for $15.00, and you can choose from red, white, or pink colors. Orders must be placed by Sunday, December 1, and payments can be made in your offering envelope by designating the amount and the word “Poinsettia” on the front of your envelope. Your poinsettia may be designated in honor or memory of someone and will listed in the Christmas Eve bulletin. Please print clearly.

We are RINGING THE WISHING WELL BELLS again this year to support Interfaith Human Services! Our congregation will be responsible for the Wishing Well at Meyer Dairy all day on Monday, December 16. We need 12 individuals, couples, families, or friend groups to cover 12 one-hour time slots from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

The sign-up sheets for both the POINSETTIAS and the WISHING WELL are in the narthex. See Karen Magnuson if you have any questions about either of these sign-ups.

Today at 2:00 PM, there will be a informal history chat at the Pine Grove Mills Presbyterian Church.  Don Kepler who was a local legend, is featured. You are invited to come share and listen to local history.

November, December, January, and February 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.

Mid-week Advent services and light supper: December 5, December 12, and December 19.

The service With Holden’s Evening Prayer (Advent edition) is at 6:00 PM, followed by light supper.

Blue Christmas/St. Thomas Day service will be December 20 and focused on people who are grieving.

Latest food bank needs: Laundry detergent, Jelly, 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 Linda and Ike Rosensteel 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.

Happy Birthday:  Eleanor Bird, Nov. 17; Martha Hummel, Nov. 18; Lauren Crews, Nov. 21; Robert Henry, Nov. 22; Tom Harner, Nov. 23; Rita Kidwell, Nov. 24; and Judy Kocher, Nov. 30.

Member Update:  Sandee Hemman’s correct phone number is: 814-238-5515. Please make the corrections in your directory.

DVD of program, Men in Blue, shown at the PGM Presbyterian Church in October, is now on dvd.  You can borrow this dvd for viewing. Please see the sign-up sheet on the narthex table.  Copies can be purchased for $15.00 by contacting Carol Ziegler at the Presbyterian Church in PGM.