Stewardship Snippet — January 5, 2020

John 1:12 – But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God.

Ready to steward your best life in 2020? This week’s gospel lesson reminds us that if we place our lives in the hands of Christ, we will also know God and be part of God’s family. Draw near to the Word made flesh this year, and you will find guidance, love, mercy, and grace for every day.

Sunday January 5, 2020, we observe the Epiphany of Our Lord. Holy Communion will be offered at the altar.

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

Sunday, January 12 following worship, all women of the church are invited to the WELCA  New Year’s Party. Bring a dish to share if you can, and at least one pair of adult size socks to give to the adolescent homeless shelter. We will celebrate the new year with food, a game or 2 and fellowship. If you have any questions, please call Sally Kolesar at 861-1313.

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.

New Directory—If you have any changes to make before the new directory is printed, please notify the office – leave a message or email stpaul68@comcast.net.  Deadline in January 19.

Offering envelopes for 2020 are on the table next to the bulletins

Upcoming Events:

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 17-Fellowship Sunday

February 23-Transfiguration of Our Lord

February 26-Ash Wednesday—Lent Begins

March 1-First Sunday in Lent

April 5- Palm Sunday

April 9-Maundy Thursday

April 10-Good Friday

April 12-Easter Sunday

40,000 Can Challange : Our food offerings go to the State College Food Bank. As of the end of December St. Paul has donated 30 items. Synod total is as of January 3 is 9,730 items. The challenge is ongoing through February 2 (Super Bowl Sunday).

April 23 is the Spring Caucus Meeting for the Nittany Conference for delegates to the Synod Assembly. Place to be announced. Meeting will start at 7:00 PM.

Save the date: The 2020 Allegheny Synod Women’s Organization Convention will be held April 18, 2020 at Evangelical Lutheran in Duncansville. More information will come by mail soon.

Annual Ecumenical Services Announced –Please join us for our Annual Ecumenical Prayer Services–February 9, 2020, 3:00 PM; Grace Lutheran, State College
February 16, 2020, 3:00 PM St. John Gualbert Cathedral, Johnstown.

January Birthdays          

 3    Ron Strouse                                             8    Helen Magnuson

12   Megan Tomkiel                                        16   Charles McMullen

16   Tim Molnar                                              18   Todd Wheeler

24   Lauren Muthler                                                        

Steward your best year ever!“Stewardship is not only a matter of faithful giving but of faithful living. In response to the Gospel, we submit our lives to the rule of God, to the lordship of Christ, and to the direction of the Holy Spirit, so that we may be the people God wants us to be and have the lives God wants us to have.” –Mark Allan Powell, author of Giving to God.

Yikes! It’s January 2, and the bathroom scale shows that, once again, I’ve gained a few pounds in the five-week blitz-feast of Thanksgiving-Christmas-New Year. Clearly, I need to steward my health better in 2020.

Though it’s not the most common use of the word, steward is also a verb, an action word. We steward all that God has entrusted to us, making choices that, as Mark Allan Powell says, help us “be the people God wants us to be and have the lives God wants us to have.”

We steward our lives through our decisions and choices – the food we eat, the people we call friends, how we spend our money, the entertainment we select, the hobbies we enjoy, the many ways we spend our time, and so on.

To steward faithfully, we have to live in prayerful awareness and make conscious, thoughtful decisions that will advance us in Godly directions.

As 2020 begins, prayerfully consider the most important areas of your life, such as your physical, mental and spiritual health, as well as your relationships and time, and ask God to help you steward them in ways that will help you be the person God wants you to be and have the life God wants you to have.

As for me, it will not only help me lose those extra holiday pounds, but also give me my best year ever.

–Rob Blezard

Copyright © 2020, Rev. Robert Blezard. Reprinted by permission. Pastor Blezard serves as an assistant to the bishop of the Lower Susquehanna Synod and works as content editor for www.stewardshipoflife.org. He blogs at www.thestewardshipguy.com.