January 26 at St. Paul

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

Serving Sunday, January  26: Worship Leader: Pastor Paul Tomkiel; Music Director: Debbie Strouse; Organist: Jim Rearick; Pianist: Michelle McMullen; Assisting Minister: Lauren Muthler;  Reader/Communion Assistant: Michelle McMullen; Ushers: Joe and Delorse Homan, Carl Tier; Counters: Roger Williams need one more, Sacristan: Ann Reede; Sign Changer: Morgen Hummel. Fellowship Hosts: Set-up: Linda Muthler, Franie Pollack; Clean-up: Delorse Homan, Ann Reede.

The New Directory will be ready next week. If you have  any changes to be made, please contact the church office.

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. Also, we are collecting can goods (and other staples) for the State College Food Bank.  There is a basket in the narthex for your donations.

Offerings: 2019 Year-end statements are on the small table in the narthex. Please pick up yours before you leave the church; those not picked up will be mailed.

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 worship volunteer spaces open for February.  Sign-upsheets are on the narthex table. Please prayerfully consider where you might be able to serve.

Sunday, February 2 Bishop Michael Rhyne of the Allegheny Synod will be our guest during worship. The Bishop will bring the message and will assist with Holy Communion. Please come and greet him.

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.

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:

Sunday school for K-6 grade each Sunday at 9:45 AM

February 17-Fellowship Sunday

February 23-Transfiguration of Our Lord

February 26-Ash Wednesday—Lent Begins– Ash Wednesday worship will be Wednesday, February 26 with the disposition of ashes and Holy Communion.  7:00 PM.

March 1-First Sunday in Lent

April 5- Palm Sunday

April 9-Maundy Thursday

April 10-Good Friday

April 12-Easter Sunday

February Readings:

February 2—First Reading: Malachi 3:1-4; Psalm 84; Second Reading: Hebrews 2:14-18; Gospel: Luke 2:22-40

February 9—First Reading: Isaiah 58:1–12; Psalm 112:1-10; Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:1-16; Gospel:  Matthew 5:13-20
February16—First Reading: Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm: 119:1-8; Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 3:1-9; Gospel: Matthew 5:21-37

February 23— Transfiguration of Our Lord–First Reading: Exodus 24:12-18; Psalm: 2; Second Reading: 2 Peter 1:16-21; Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9 February 26—Ash Wednesday–First Reading: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58: 1-12; Psalm: 51: 1-17; Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5: 20b-6:10; Gospel: Matthew 6: 1-6, 16-21

Birthdays: January 25 Lauren Muthler; Feb. 1 Linda Muthler; Feb. 3 Karin Lowry; Feb 9 avid Kolesar, Lloyd Niemann; Feb. 14  Jennie Norberg, William Stout;   Feb. 15  Todd L. Wheeler; Feb. 21  Max Barnes

Pastor Paul’s In-Office Hours: Wednesdays  11:00 AM to 1:00 PM; or by phone or E-mail.

Secretary’s Office Hours: Tuesdays and Fridays 11:00 AM-3:00 PM; Visitors are welcome at any time! But, if you wish to see our secretary, Karin, at any time outside of her posted office hours, please contact her at 814-699-1701 or call the church office and leave a message.  E-mail is stpaul68@comcast.net