This Sunday is the first Sunday in Lent. Holy Communion will be at the altar. Sunday school for children is at 9:45 AM.

Serving this Sunday: Worship Leader: Pastor Paul Tomkiel; Organist: Jim Rearick; Pianist/Interim Choir Director: Michelle McMullen; Greeter:  Heidi Rhoads; Reader/Communion Assistant: Karen Magnuson; Ushers: Joe and Delorse Homan;  Counters: Carl Tier, one other person; Sacristan: Delorse Homan; Sign Changer: Morgen Hummel.

Volunteers are needed for March 8, 15, 22, and 29. Check out the Volunteer List on the Narthex table.

WELCA of St. Paul will have their monthly meeting and planning on Sunday, March 1 following worship. Lunch will be provided. All women are invited to join us. If you want to help provide the lunch, contact Sally Kolesar 861-1313 or

Lenten Meals—Volunteers are needed to provide light meals after each of the five Thursday evening Lenten services. Services begin at 6:00, followed immediately after by the meal in Rohrbaugh Hall. Please see the sign-up sheet in the Narthex.

Easter Tulips—Help to decorate the sanctuary on Easter Sunday by purchasing potted yellow tulips. Pots are $8.50 each and may be purchased in honor or memory of someone. Orders must be placed by Sunday, March 29. See the sign-up sheet in the Narthex.

The Property Team supports the ministry of St. Paul by focusing on the areas of space and physical resources. The Team meets the second Monday of each month.   If you would like to help with this team, please talk to one of our members, Joe Homan, Pastor Paul or Ron Strouse.

The Pine Grove Mills Cemetery is managed by members of the St Paul Lutheran Church.  The Cemetery team of 6 members, meet on the average of 4 times a year.  The Cemetery team is currently down by one member.   If you would like to help serve on the Cemetery team, please let one of the Cemetery team members know.  Current Cemetery team members are:   Max Hummel, Martha Hummel, Carl Tier, Barbara Weber and Ron Strouse.

It is FRIENDSHIP BASKET TIME WELCA is preparing to make up the baskets on Palm Sunday, April 5 with the children and parents of the Sunday school. There is a list of items needed for the baskets on the table in the narthex. Please sign up if you want to donate items that you buy or make OR you may donate money for us to purchase items.  Items or money is needed by Sunday, March 29. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Sally Kolesar (861-1313 or or Linda Muthler ( At this point we have 20 baskets to fill. If you have additional names, please let us know.

HELP MAKE CROSSES FOR THE FRIENDSHIP BASKETS — On the table in the narthex are small crosses that need to be decorated to be included in the friendship baskets. They can be painted, stained, decorated with fabric, or anything you have. Let your inner crafty out and help with a gift.

Help Wanted: Nominating Committee Members for 2020. Members serve only one term and include outgoing council members. The Congregation Council is looking for at least two other congregation members to serve on this committee. Please contact a council member if you are interested in serving. Council members are Morgen Hummel, Sally Kolesar, Michelle McMullen, Linda Muthler, Linda Rosensteel and Roger Williams.

April 23 is the Spring Caucus Meeting for the Nittany Conference for delegates to the Synod Assembly. Meeting will start at 7:00 PM at Grace Lutheran Church in State College.

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.

State College Food Bank Current needs 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.

Birthdays: March: 3- Adam Hartswick, Tracey Mehalick; March 4 -Barbie Weber; March 6- Teresa Nordberg; March 12 -Janet Carr; March 17- Sally Kolesar

Stewardship Snippet: Week of March 1Luke 14:11 Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” Even after 40 days of fasting in the wilderness, Jesus is able to resist Satan’s wiles by keeping a laser-sharp focus on what truly matters. Likewise, by stewarding our souls with intention, we connect deeply with God in ways that strengthen and equip us to follow Jesus.

Donut Dash for Dyslexia Reading Center--March 28, 2020. This year’s event will definitely be a dash — 1-mile — with donut samples handed out after each lap around State High’s South Track. And this year, you’re encouraged to come dressed as your favorite book character! We can’t wait to see which characters will be running around the track this year. Details about the prizes will be coming soon. We’ll be looking for: runners (and walkers), volunteers, sponsors. Registration will be open soon!