Announcements for May 3 at St. Paul

Upcoming Commemorations

Monica, mother of Augustine, died 387; Monday, May 4, 2020–Monica was married to a pagan husband who was ill-tempered and unfaithful, but whom she helped bring into the Christian faith. She repeated the influence on her son Augustine, who went on to become one of the greatest church teachers.

Julian of Norwich, renewer of the church, died around 1416; Friday, May 8, 2020–When she was about thirty years old, Julian (or Juliana) reported visions that she later compiled into a book, Sixteen Revelations of Divine Love, now a classic of medieval mysticism. The visions declared that love was the meaning of religious experience, provided by Christ who is love, for the purpose of love.

Victor the Moor, martyr, died 303 (TFF); Friday, May 8, 2020–Also known as Victor Maurus, this native of the northwest African nation of Mauritania was a soldier in the Roman Praetorian Guard. Under the persecution of Maximian, Victor died for his faith at Milan.

Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf, renewer of the church, hymnwriter, died 1760; Saturday, May 9, 2020–When he was 22, a group of Moravians asked permission to live on Zinzendorf’s land. He agreed, and eventually worldwide Moravian missions emanated from this community. Zinzendorf participated in these missions, and is also remembered for writing hymns characteristic of his Pietistic faith.

Stewardship Snippet — May 3, 2020Acts 2:46-47aDay by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. Now is a good time to take our cues from the early church, and choose new/ancient ways of being in community together for the sake of the world. How would you like to see this “new normal” unfold?

Update for Diane Kemmerer. She would appreciate some cards. Wynwood House, 294 Discovery Drive; Boalsbrug, PA  16827        Phone: 814 808 – 6610

Sally Kolesar is at Mt. Nittany Medical Center. Her room number is 285 and phone calls are discouraged, since she needs rest. Cards would be welcome.

Liz Perez is temporally back to her home and her kids are going to care for her for the time being.  Her mail should still be sent to 106 High Hill Lane, Centre Hall, PA  16828 as this is not a permanent move.  Thank you!  Cards would be welcome.

Please Support Interfaith Human Services During Centre Gives!–Please consider a donation to Interfaith Human Services (IHS) during Centre Gives—the 36-hour online donation event that takes place on May 12 and 13. As a governing congregation of IHS, we not only support this organization financially, but also are actively engaged in developing and maintaining programs and services that create financial stability for low-income families in Centre County. Our donations help to deliver: heating fuel during the winter; assistance with utility bills; representative payee services for Social Security; money management counseling; and a free furniture and appliance program. For more information about IHS, please visit the website at: For more information about Centre Gives, please visit:

New at St. Paul Lutheran Church — Blessing BoxDo you need a blessing? Do you want to be a blessing?We now have a blessing box on the church porch to share non-perishable food and household/personal items.  Take what you need…leave what you can. Open to all! Please share with your friends and neighbors.  If you have something you would like to donate but can’t get to the church for any reason, please let me Michelle McMullen know (by phone or text 412-965-1694; and she will arrange a time to come pick up the items from your church. Anyone is welcome to take what they need and leave what they can. It is like a mini-free library, only with food. This is a way we are helping our community during this hard time. There are also books that can be picked up and for taking home for those wanting new reading material. Help yourself.

Pastor Paul is available by phone 9AM to 8PM Tuesday through Sunday. Monday is his day off, but otherwise, feel free to give a call or send a text! If he doesn’t pick up right away, leave a message and Pastor will try to get back to you ASAP. His local phone number is 814-325-7571. He is always available 24/7 for emergencies.

During the Coronavirus Emergency, the Church Secretary will be working from home during the normal hours of Tuesday and Friday from 11:00 AM -3:00 PM. While working from home I will be checking messages periodically and will be happy to assist you however I can. My phone number is 814-699-1701 and by email:

Even though our building is closed for worship and other events for at least the month of March, the financial obligations the church faces continue without pause. Our staff continues to do its work, and we continue to pay them. Other expenses continue. Thus, we are asking you to consider sending your weekly offerings for March to the church. You may send checks, preferably in your offering envelopes to: St. Paul Lutheran Church, PO Box 200, Pine Grove Mills, PA. 16868. You may also give online by going to:

May Birthdays: 1  Marty Nordberg;  Chris Pollack;  Gabriel Pribulka; 4   Pastor Paul Tomkiel; 8  Lois Folmar; 11  Diana Wills; 21  Rich Olsen; 26   Rhonda Boonie; 27 Jon Eckess; 28 Roger Williams; 29 Max Hummel

Readings for May

May 3–First Reading: Acts 2:42-47;  Psalm: Psalm 23: Second Reading: 1 Peter 2:19-25; Gospel: John 10:1-10

May 10–First Reading: Acts 7:55-60: Psalm: Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16; Second Reading: 1 Peter 2:2-10; Gospel: John 14:1-14

May 17–First Reading: Acts 17:22-31; Psalm: Psalm 66:8-20; Second Reading: 1 Peter 3:13-22; Gospel: John 14:15-21

May 21–The Ascension–First Reading: Acts 1:1-11; Psalm: Psalm 47 or Psalm (alternate): Psalm 93: Second Reading: Ephesians 1:15-23; Gospel: Luke 24:44-53

May 24–First Reading: Acts 1:6-14; Psalm:  Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35;

Second Reading: 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11; Gospel: John 17:1-11

May 31—Pentecost Sunday–First Reading: Acts 2:1-21; First Reading (alternate): Numbers 11:24-30; Psalm: Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13; Second Reading (alternate): Acts 2:1-21: Gospel: John 20:19-23; Gospel (alternate): John 7:37-39

The Dyslexia Reading Center is a tax-exempt charitable organization based in Pine Grove Mills, Centre County PA.  Please consider a donation to support our cause and help change the lives of those functioning with this neurologically-based learning difference. 


Q: What type of students do you work with? A: Our program is designed to help children and adults who have been diagnosed with dyslexia and/or a verbal learning disability.

Q: Does it matter where a student goes to school? A: No, we serve individuals in our area who can attend tutoring sessions at our Center twice a week on a regular basis.

Q: How can a student be admitted to the program? A: The Center works hard to insure our program and tutors are the right fit for you. Please contact us to learn how to apply to our program.

Q: How often do students receive tutoring? A: Students commit to a one-hour session twice a week. Sessions are typically held after school on weekdays. Individuals in the program generally participate for two years.

Q: What is the curriculum? A: Students receive individually tailored lessons that build upon each quantifiable step forward. Lessons are multisensory and designed to reinforce already achieved skills while developing new ones. Please contact us for a more detailed discussion of our approach.

Meet our Staff–All our Tutors have completed  extensive training program in the Orton-Gillingham® method that is recognized by the International Multisensory Language Education Council and the International Dyslexia Association. Check out the website at:

Please join us for worship. Access to Zoom.

Paul Tomkiel is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Easter 4 Worship Service
Time: May 3, 2020 10:45 AM

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