December 29 at St. Paul
Pastor Paul Tomkiel is on vacation beginning Wednesday, December 25 through January 1. He can be reached for pastoral emergencies only at 717-440-3453 or you can call 814-699-1701 and the Church Secretary will help you with other matters. Of course, you may also leave a message on the church phone at 814-237-2081.
January 5 – Celebration of the Epiphany, Holy Communion will be offered at the altar. 10: 45 AM
January 12-Baptism of Our Lord, Holy Communion by intinction. 10: 45 AM; Sunday school for children K-6th grade resumes at 9:45 AM
January 26-Worship with Holy Communion by intinction. 10:45 AM.
January 26-Annual Congregational Meeting-everyone is invited to bring a dish to share.
February 23-Transfiguration of Our Lord
February 26-Ash Wednesday
March 1-Lent begins
April 5- Palm Sunday
April 9-Maundy Thursday
April 10-Good Friday
April 12-Easter Sunday
Happy Birthday–Jennifer Stout, December 28; Jenna Brugler, and Fred Ferguson, December 30; and Ron Strouse, January 3.
Please note that volunteers for worship are needed for January. We invite you to check out the list on the narthex table and consider prayerfully how you might serve.
Annual Congregational Meeting and Fellowship Luncheon will be held on Sunday, January 26 following worship. Everyone is invited to bring a dish to share and join us in the meeting as we lead St. Paul into the new year.
Readings for January 5–First Reading—Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72: 1-7, 10-14; Second Reading—Ephesians 3: 1-12; Gospel Reading—Matthew 2: 1-12.
New Directory—If you have any changes to make before the new directory is printed, please notify the office – leave a message or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline in January 19.
Offering envelopes for 2020 are on the table next to the bulletins
2019 Allegheny Synod Christmas
“All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: ‘Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means God is with us.” Matthew 1:22-23
Merry Christmas to you from all of us at the Allegheny Synod Office. We pray that you will know the peace and presence of our Lord Jesus as you gather with friends, family and your church family in this season.
At Christmas we celebrate with great joy the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. The God who made heaven and earth became flesh and lived among us in Jesus. This is good news.
Because we celebrate Christmas every year, it’s easy to forget what a miraculous and remarkable thing it is that God comes to us in this way. No matter what struggles we face in this life, in Jesus we meet ‘Emmanuel’ the One who is with us. It is one thing to hear that we are loved. It is quite another to have the Lord of heaven and earth come alongside us and say, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
That means Jesus is with YOU. Jesus knows you and loves you more than you can ever imagine. Jesus came into this world to love us, to save us, and to welcome you into his eternal life. Jesus is the great gift of Christmas that comes to bless you with his life and light.
Notice too, that our Lord Jesus was born among the poor and lowly to show us that he has come for all people. No matter our social status, wealth, or station in life God loves us. Every person—including you and me—is worthy of the love of Jesus.
Jesus is hope, peace and joy lying in a manger as a little child. May you know the unending love of Emmanuel in this season and always.
Bishop Michael Rhyne, Pastor Paula Schmitt, and Mrs. Michelle Bossler
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020 TO ALL!