March 8 at St. Paul

This Sunday is the second  Sunday in Lent. Holy Communion will be by intinction. Sunday school for children is at 9:45 AM.

Serving this Sunday: Worship Leader: Pastor Paul Tomkiel; Sermon and Guest: Pastor Nathan Pile; Organist: Jim Rearick; Pianist/Interim Choir Director: Michelle McMullen; Assisting Minister: Ann Reede;  Greeter:  Heidi Rhoads; Reader/Communion Assistant: Art Reede; Ushers: Randy and   Judy Wills; Counters: Carl Tier, Eleanor Bird; Sacristan: Delorse Homan; Sign Changer: Morgen Hummel; Home Visitor: Judy Kocher.

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

Lenten Meals—Volunteers are needed to provide light meals after each of the Thursday evening (Mar12, 19, 26, April 2)  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. In worship we’ll be using Holden Evening Prayer. We will be exploring what it means to live the baptized life through the Lutheran Confessions and Bonhoeffer’s “Life Together”. 

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. Please write or print plainly.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 — March 8, 2020

Psalm 121:1,2 – I lift-up my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. How does one steward the soul? Psalm 121 reminds us where our help comes from—the LORD. Today’s story of Abraham teaches us how to respond in faith, and the story of Nicodemus about asking questions and growing in faith.

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!

Annual ALSM Fashion Show to be held Saturday, April 25, 2020 from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM at the Oaks in Pleasant Gap, 200 Rachel Drive.  Enjoy a delicious brunch, fashions, door prizes and silent auction. Tickets are $20. and include lunch.  Contact is:  Bonnie McMiniment — 814-238-2678; email;

March 15: First Reading: Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95; Second Reading: Romans 5:1-11; Gospel: John 4:5-42                                                                                             

March 22:  First Reading: 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23;  Second Reading: Ephesians 5:8-14;  Gospel: John 9:1-41

 March 29:   First Reading: Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130;    Second Reading: Romans 8:6-11; Gospel: John 11:1-45                                                                                  

Upcoming Events:

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

March 8 Second Sunday in Lent

March 12—Lenten mid-week worship— 6:00 PM–meal  6:45 PM

March 15—Third Sunday in Lent

March 17—Congregational Council; 7:00 PM in Conference Room

March 19— Lenten mid-week worship— (6:00-6:45 PM–meal  6:45 – 7:30 PM)

March 22— Fourth Sunday in Lent

March 29 — Fifth Sunday in Lent

March 29 — Items for Friendship Baskets due

April 2 — Lenten mid-week worship— (6:00-6:45 PM–meal  6:45 – 7:30 PM)

April 5– Palm Sunday

April 5-WELCA/Friendship Baskets assembled by WELCA and Sunday school Children

April 9-Maundy Thursday—Worship at 7:00 PM with Holy Communion

April 10Good Friday—Worship at 7:00 PM

April 11-Holy Saturday—Worship information will be known soon

April 12-Easter Sunday—Worship with Holy Communion

April 12-No Sunday School

April 18-Women of ELCA Allegheny Synod Convention in Duncansville

April 19-Second Sunday of Easter

April 21-Congregational Council; 7:00 PM in Conference Room

April 23- Nittany Conference Caucus at 7:00 PM at Grace Lutheran Church

April 26-Third Sunday of Easter