May 17 at St. Paul

As of this writing there is nothing concrete on how our church will reopen. However, there is a congregational council meeting on May 19 and updates will be given then and we will pass the information on to everyone.

Zoom Worship Info

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 17, 2020 10:30 AM Eastern Time
Topic: Sunday Worship

Please click the link below to join the service:
Password: 725815

  Webinar ID: 961 5252 0889
    Password: 725815

Stewardship Snippet — May 17, 2020John 14:15 – “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” Jesus connects love to action in today’s gospel. Loving Jesus means loving God and neighbor and following the way of Christ. And as we do, the Spirit of truth guides us and helps us be better stewards of God’s abundance.

CommemorationsErik, King of Sweden, martyr, died 1160; Monday, May 18, 2020. Erik is considered the patron saint of Sweden. As king of that nation, he tried to bring peace in the region, and to spread Christianity in Scandinavia. He was also known for his attempts to make fair laws and to protect those who were poor or sick.

Helena, mother of Constantine, died around 330; Thursday, May 21, 2020–Influenced by her son to become Christian, Helena (or Helen) lived an exemplary life of faith. She is also remembered for traveling through Palestine building churches on the sites she believed to be associated with Christ’s life.

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:  106 High Hill Lane,  Centre Hall, PA  16828 (this is not a permanent move). Cards would be welcome.

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. 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:

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: You may also use the mail slot on the door to the Pastor’s office to give your offerings.

May Birthdays1  Marty Nordberg;  Chris Pollack;  Gabriel Pribulka;  Pastor Paul Tomkiel; 8  Lois Folmar; 11  Diana Wills; 21  Rich Olsen; 26   Rhonda Boonie; 27 Jon Eckess; 28 Roger Williams; 29 Max Hummel

May Readings

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