Stewardship Snippet–January 12–Matthew 3:16-17And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”

     Listen! Can you hear the whispering voice of God saying, “You are my child, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased”? Yes, in baptism you have been named and claimed as God’s own child. Steward this gift as you grow in faith and action in 2020.


Martin Luther King Jr., renewer of society, martyr, died 1968; Wednesday, January 15, 2020. An American prophet of justice among races and nations, King was an eloquent preacher, a leader of the nonviolent resistance to race-segregated society, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Born on this date, he was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

Antony of Egypt, renewer of the church, died around 356; Friday, January 17, 2020–One of the earliest of the Egyptian desert fathers, Antony gave away his sizeable inheritance and became a hermit. Later he became leader of a group of monks who devoted themselves to prayer, worship, and labor.

Pachomius, renewer of the church, died 346; Friday, January 17, 2020–Born in Egypt, Pachomius became a Christian while a soldier. He became a hermit (a solitary monk) and organized others into a religious community. His rule for monasteries influenced later ones in both the Eastern and Western churches.

Confession of Peter; Saturday, January 18, 2020–Today the church remembers the apostle Peter’s great acknowledgement of Jesus as “the Christ, the Son of the living God.” This festival serves as a fitting beginning to the week in which we particularly pray that all Christians might be united in faith and witness.

This Sunday we celebrate the Baptism of Our Lord. Worship is at 10:45 AM.  Sunday school for children K-6 grade resumes at 9:45 AM. Holy Communion will be by intinction.

Serving this Sunday:  Worship Leader: Pastor Paul Tomkiel; Music Director: Debbie Strouse; Organist: Jim Rearick; Pianist: Michelle McMullen; Assisting Minister: Art Reede; Reader/Communion Assistant: Ann Reede; Ushers: Ike and Linda Rosensteel, Carl Tier; Counters: Roger Williams, Ike Rosensteel; ; Sacristan: Ann Reede; Sign Changer: Morgen Hummel.

This Sunday all women of the church are invited to the WELCA’S  New Year’s Party. If possible, please bring a dish to share and a pair(s) 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.

Please check your current directory and make sure your name, address, phone number, e-mail address and zip code are correct. Please submit changes to the office before January 19. 

Sunday, January 26 is our Annual Congregational Meeting.  This is also Fellowship Sunday and everyone is invited to bring a dish to share. The meal will be right after worship (12:00 Noon) and the meeting will follow.

Offerings: 2019 Year-end statements will be mailed soon. New envelopes for 2020 are on the table next to the bulletins. Please be sure to pick up before you leave,

There are a few spots for Worship volunteers needed for January and February sign-up sheets are on the narthex table. Please prayerfully consider where you might be able to serve.

There are two lovely red poinsettias remaining in the narthex. It would be nice if they were claimed. Whoever paid for a poinsettia but has not yet taken one, should go ahead and take one the remaining flowers.

Congregational Council meets January 21 at 7:00 PM. Members of St. Paul are welcome to attend anytime.


  3        Ron Strouse                                          8        Helen Magnuson

12        Megan Tomkiel                                   16        Charles McMullen

16        Tim Molnar                                         18        Todd Wheeler

25        Lauren Muthler

Readings:  January 19– First Reading:  Isaiah 49: 1-7;   Psalm 40: 1-11; Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1: 1: 1-9; Gospel Reading: John 1: 29-42. 

Readings: January 26– First Reading: Isaiah 9: 1-4; Psalm 27: 1, 4-9; Second Reading 1 Corinthians 1: 10-18; Gospel: Matthew 4: 12-23.       

The Allegheny Synod is continuing the 40,000 Can Challenge again this year from Advent through February 2. 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. There is a basket in the narthex for your offerings.

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.

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