January 19 at St. Paul

This week we celebrate the Second Sunday after Epiphany. Holy Communion will be offered by intinction. Sunday school for children K-6 grade is 9: 45 each Sunday.  Kids, bring a friend who does not have a Sunday school.

Serving Sunday, January 19: Worship Leader: Pastor Paul Tomkiel; Music Director: Debbie Strouse; Organist: Jim Rearick; Pianist: Michelle McMullen; Assisting Minister: Ann Reede; Reader/Communion Assistant: Art Reede; Greeters: Randy and Judy Wills; Ushers: Jeff and Linda Muthler, Cal Tier; Counters: Ann Reede, Carl Tier; Sacristan: Ann Reede; Sign Changer: Morgen Hummel; Home Visitor: Martha Hummel.

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 by Sunday, January 19. 

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

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 worship.

Thank you: By now you have probably picked up your offering envelopes for the year 2020. This is an excellent time to consider how much you are giving. If your envelope is shared, this is a good time to have a conversation about whether your family should give more or less in the coming year. Has your financial situation changed in the last year? Perhaps you will want your contribution to reflect the change. The congregation council appreciates your generosity in support of the church in 2019 and asks for your careful consideration in 2020.

There are two spots open for volunteers for January 26. We need 1 more Counter and a Home Visitor. February worship sign-up sheets are on the table in the narthex. Please prayerfully consider where you might be able to serve.

Allegheny Synod 40,000 Can Challenge—is continuing through Sunday, February 2. It’s time to gather food items for the State College Food Bank. St. Paul is participating in the synod challenge. Offerings can be put into the basket in the narthex; gifts cards can be put in an envelope and put in the Rosensteel church mailbox.  The church secretary will send the totals to the synod each week.

State College Food Bank needs as of January, 2020–Laundry detergent, Gift Cards to Wegmans and Giant, Jelly (flavors other than grape), Ketchup, Mayonnaise,  Canned Meat (no tuna please), Coffee, Tea, Hot Cocoa, Ranch Dressing, Canned Fruit, Dried Fruit, Pancake or All Purpose Baking Mix, Cooking Oil, Spices, Pancake Syrup

Please note: *We are not in need of the following:  Baby Food, Baby Formula, Macaroni & Cheese, Diced Tomatoes, Green Beans, Peanut Butter, 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.

Readings:

January 26                                                               February 2

First Reading:             Isaiah 9:1-4                                        Malachi 3:1-4

Psalm                          Psalm 27:1, 4-9                                  Psalm 84       

Second Reading:        1 Corinthians 1:10-18                       Hebrews 2:14-18

Gospel:                       Matthew 4:12-23                                Luke 2:22-40

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 3PM at Grace Lutheran Church, State College

February 16, 2020, 3:00 PM St. John Gualbert Cathedral, Johnstown.

Upcoming Events:

Sunday school for K-6 grade each Sunday 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

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.