Announcements for May 10 at St. Paul

What are you up to:

Please share things you are doing this time of staying home due to the virus restrictions. Share your story here and they will be passed on to others.  You can send them to stpaul68@comcast.net.

The access for Sunday’s worship is as follows:

You are invited to St Paul’s Sunday worship service on Zoom webinar.
The service begins at 10:45am, but the room opens earlier

Room opens: May 10, 2020 10:30 AM Eastern Time
   
Topic: Sunday Worship

Please click the link below to join the service:
https://zoom.us/j/96152520889?pwd=L3JLSndFMXJySWlHNnExdTRCcnJMZz09
Password: 725815

    Webinar ID: 961 5252 0889
    Password: 725815
   

Upcoming CommemorationsMatthias, Apostle; Thursday, May 14, 2020–Matthias was the apostle added to the Twelve after Jesus’ resurrection, as a replacement for the dead Judas Iscariot. He had traveled among the followers of Jesus throughout the Lord’s ministry. Formerly commemorated on February 24, Matthias’s celebration is moved to May 14 in agreement with most Western calendars.

Stewardship Snippet — May 10, 20201 Peter 2:9 – But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light . We have a long way to go to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, AND we have a special part to play.  Peter reminds us that we belong to God and are called to proclaim the good news and work for justice, peace, and mercy.

Contact Information for Diane Kemmerer. She would appreciate some cards.–Wynwood House, 294 Discovery Drive, Boalsburg, PA  16827        Phone: 814 808 – 6610

Contact Information for Sally Kolesar.  She needs rest but cards would be welcome. Westminster Woods, 360 Westminster Dr., Huntingdon, PA 16652.

Contact Information for Liz Perez: is temporally back to her home at 4107 Tadpole Road, Pennsylvania Furnace, PA. Mailing address:  Cards would be welcome. 106 High Hill Lane, Centre Hall, PA  16828 (this is not a permanent move). 

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: https://www.interfaithhumanservices.org/. For more information about Centre Gives, please visit: https://centregives.org/.

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. https://dyslexiareadingcenter.org/

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; mmcmullen273@gmail.com) 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. We have a team of folks who are monitoring the blessing box and will be taking food to the food bank periodically.     Please continue to spread the word about the blessing box for food and for books. 

 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: stpaul68@comcast.net.

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: https://tithe.ly/give_new/www/#/tithely/give-one-time/387358. You may also use the mail slot on the door to the Pastor’s office to give your offerings.

May Birthdays: 1  Marty Nordberg;  Chris Pollack;  Gabriel Pribulka;  Pastor Paul Tomkiel; 8  Lois Folmar; 11  Diana Wills; 21  Rich Olsen; 2 Rhonda Boonie; 27 Jon Eckess; 28 Roger Williams; 29 Max Hummel

Readings for May

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

Join the 75,000 Face Mask Challenge!
COVID-19 is threatening vulnerable communities, and Lutheran World Relief urgently needs cloth face masks to send to them. The cloth mask you sew in your living room will provide love and protection to a neighbor in need halfway around the world. How many will you make to help stop the spread? Sign up for more info. www.lwr.org/masks

Happy Mother’s Day to all who care, nourish, love children (child and adult).