STEWARDSHIP SNIPPET — November 24, 2019Psalm 46:10 – “Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.” The last Sunday of the church year, today is an appropriate time to incorporate the spiritual practice of contemplation—being still in God’s presence and simply making every breath a song of praise and gratitude.

COMMEMORATIONS Justus Falckner, died 1723; Jehu Jones, died 1852; William Passavant, died 1894; pastors in North America; Sunday, November 24, 2019. Not only was Falckner the first Lutheran ordained in North America, but he published a catechism which was the first Lutheran book published on the continent. Jones was the Lutheran church’s first African American pastor and carried out missionary work in Philadelphia which led to the formation there of the first African American Lutheran congregation (St. Paul’s). William Passavant helped to establish hospitals and orphanages in a number of cities and was the first to introduce deaconesses to the work of hospitals in the United States.

Isaac Watts, hymnwriter, died 1748; Monday, November 25, 2019. Thought by many to be the greatest hymnwriter in the English language, Watts as a youth was critical of the quality of the metrical psalter of the time. He wrote about 600 hymns—many based on the psalms, but others that are not.

Andrew, Apostle; Saturday, November 30, 2019. The first of the disciples to be called by Jesus, Andrew quickly began to bring others to the Savior, including Simon Peter. The Bible also shows him leading some Greeks to meet Jesus, and he brought forward the boy with five loaves and two fish, with which Jesus fed thousands.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sunday, November 24 is Christ the King Sunday, the last Sunday of the church year. Sunday school for children K through 6th grade is at 9:45 AM every Sunday.  Holy Communion will be by intinction.

Serving Sunday, November 24: Worship Leader: Pastor Paul Tomkiel; Music Director: Debbie Strouse; Organist: Jim Rearick; Pianist: Michelle McMullen; Assisting Minister: Lauren Muthler; Reader/Communion Assistant: David Pribulka; Ushers: Ike and Linda Rosentsteel, Ron Strouse; Counters: Roger Williams, Carl Tier; Sacristan: Karen Magnuson; Sign Changer: Morgen Hummel; Home Visitor: Martha Hummel.

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.

Sign-ups for December worship duties are on the narthex table. Please prayerfully consider how you might serve.

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.

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.

December, January, February and March 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.

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 December 1: First Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Second Reading: Romans 13:11-14; Gospel Reading: Matthew 24:36-44

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

Member Update: Sandee Hemman’s correct phone number is: 814-238-5515. Please make the corrections in your directory. Morgen Hummel’s new address is: 150 Ridge Road, Pennsylvania Furnace, PA  16865. Please make the change 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.

Allegheny Synod 40,000 Can Challenge December 1, 2019, through February 2, 2020.

Again this year, we are inviting your congregations to gather food items for your local food banks, agencies, and organizations which care for people in your community. All donations should be directed to your local organization.  Each week the Office Secretary will inform the Synod Office the number of donations our church gives. Thank you.

FOOD BANK NEEDS
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.