DECEMBER 8, 2019

STEWARDSHIP SNIPPET: December 8, 2019 — Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Let Paul’s words be your call not only to find joy and hope, but also to share it with the world – especially those for whom the season brings sadness. That is good stewardship of your Christmas cheer!

COMMEMORATIONS: Lucy, martyr, died 304; Friday, December 13, 2019; Lucy was a young Christian of Sicily who was martyred during the persecutions under Emperor Diocletian. Her celebration became particularly important in Sweden and Norway, perhaps because the feast of Lucia (whose name means “light”) originally fell on the shortest day of the year.

John of the Cross, renewer of the church, died 1591; Saturday, December 14, 2019; John was a member of the Carmelite monastic order, and worked to reform it. His writings reflect a deep interest in mystical thought and meditation.


Sunday, December 8 is the Second Sunday of Advent. Sunday school for children K through 6th grade is at 9:45 AM every Sunday.  Holy Communion will be by intinction.

Serving Sunday: Worship Leader: Pastor Paul Tomkiel; Music Director: Debbie Strouse; Organist: Jim Rearick; Pianist: Michelle McMullen; Assisting Minister: Linda Rosensteel; Reader/Communion Assistant: Carl Tier; Greeters: Randy and Judy Wills; Ushers: Ike Rosensteel, Jeff and Linda Muthler; Counters: Roger Williams, Ike Rosensteel; Sacristan: Delorse Homan; Sign Changers: Stacy Pribulka, Morgen Hummel.

December is the time for making a list of gifts we will give and also for making tax deductible contributions. The St. Paul Congregation Council encourages you to consider making a gift to St. Paul!

Thank you to all who signed up for the Wishing Well on December 16  to help Interfaith Human Services in their ministry to the communities in the area. 

Come and join us for our Advent prayer/light meal evenings, Thursdays, December 12. & 19. Holden Evening Prayer is at 6:00 PM and a light supper at 6:45 PM. All are welcome. Meal is being provided.

St. Thomas/Blue Christmas worship will be Friday, December 20 at 7:00 PM here at St. Paul. with Holy Communion. Everyone is welcome to attend. Blue Christmas services offer special recognition of the struggles of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus that are often overlooked. By offering this service of worship we acknowledge the human conditions that we all face while providing a safe place of rest, comfort, and healing.

CHRISTMAS EVE – TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24: Prelude begins at 7:00 PM. Service with candlelight and Holy Communion at 7:30. Invite a  friend, neighbor, or a family member to join you to hear anew about the birth of Christ.

Worship Volunteers Needed for December:  Please prayerfully consider how you might serve. You can sign-up at the narthex table or let Linda Rosensteel by emailing her at or call 814- 880-6059; you can also Karin Lowry at 814-699-1701 or email December 15–we need: Greeter(s); 1 Counter; Home Visitor; Fellowship Help: we have one person signed up to help set up—need 3 more people. December 22–we need 2 more ushers; 1 more counter; and a home visitor. December 24–(Christmas Eve): we need 2 more ushers; 2 counters; 1 acolyte; 2 Torch Bearers. December 29--we need an Assisting Minister; Reader and Communion Assistant; 3 Ushers; 2 counters; and a home visitor.

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.

December, January, February and March sign-up sheets for flowers, wine, bulletins and candles are on the narthex table. 

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 15: First Reading: Isaiah 35:1-10; Psalm/Hymn ELW 251; Second Reading: James 5:7-10; Gospel Reading: Matthew 11:2-11

Member Update: Sandee Hemman’s correct phone number is: 814-238-5515. Morgen Hummel’s new address is: 150 Ridge Road, Pennsylvania Furnace, PA  16865. Paul Anderson’s phone number is:  814-238-1543. Please update your directory.

Blood Drive. Thursday, December 12 from 1:30 -6:30 PM at the Ferguson Township Lions Club.

Shop 10,000 Villages on December 14! A portion of your purchase price that day will be donated to Interfaith Human Services if you mention Interfaith Human Services at the register when you check out! Pick up wonderful Christmas gifts and help support programs for low-income residents in Centre County. (But remember to mention Interfaith Human Services at the register!) 10,000 Villages is located at 1341 S. Atherton Street (next to Papa Johns).

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.

Current needs of State College Food Bank as of November 27, 2019:  Laundry detergent, Boxed Pie Crust, French Fried Onions, Gift Cards to Wegmans to purchase fresh potatoes & ham, Jelly (flavors other than grape), Ketchup , Mayonnaise, Soup (Chunky, Progresso, etc.), Canned Chicken, Coffee, Tea, Hot Cocoa, Ranch Dressing, Canned Pears, Pancake Mix, Cooking Oil, Salt, pepper, and spices, Pancake Syrup.

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 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.

In October, St. Paul members contributed 65 pounds of food, etc. Thank you for your generosity!

Allegheny Synod 40,000 Can Challenge December 1, 2019, through February 2, 2020.  Again this year, we our congregation to gather food items for our 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. A basket is in the narthex by the coat racks for your offerings.