Stewardship snippet — May 31, 2020

1 Corinthians 12:13 For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. A “new normal” emerging from the COVID-19 crisis might resemble the early Church. Imagine one unified body, all people welcome and affirmed, with the Holy Spirit activating our faith and equipping us to be better stewards of all God’s gifts.


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 31, 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


Farmers Market: The Market will open again on June 11, 2020 from 3 to 7 pm every Thursday until September 24, 2020. COVID-19 protocol will be followed. Volunteers (teens to seniors) are needed for traffic management, setup and cleanup, and entry monitoring. If you’d like to volunteer or know someone we should ask, please contact Linda Rosensteel or Sally Kolesar.

Church Usage Update:  We look forward to when we can all gather in our sanctuary for worship. For now, St. Paul will continue to worship by Zoom. Opening for meetings and worship will require much planning in order to keep us all safe. The congregation council has decided it would be unwise to open at this time and is recruiting a Planning Committee that will work on meeting the COVID-19 protocols when we do.
     In this meantime, the council asks that you please avoid entering our building.  People who must enter to do office work or building maintenance are asked to sign in and to sanitize everything in the building they touched before leaving.    

State College Food Bank:  Despite the fact that we cannot pick up your Food Bank items at the church, they are still collecting items on Mondays (9-4:30) and Wednesdays and Fridays (9-3:30). Besides the items listed below, they take garden items.  Pickup is contactless, using a bin. If you’d like to take a little drive, here’s an opportunity to do a good deed.                                                                    

Laundry Detergent, Canned Beans, Hand Soap, Toothpaste & Toothbrushes, Jelly or Jam, Peanut Butter, Canned Fruit, Canned Meat & Fish, Macaroni & Cheese, Rice (1-2 pound bags or boxes), Cereal, Spaghetti* or other Boxed Pasta (one pound boxes), Spaghetti Sauce (canned/plastic preferred to glass jars), 100% Juice (64 oz. bottles), Flour (2 or 5 pound bags), Sugar (2 or 4 pound bags), Vegetable or Canola Oil, Coffee – Regular & Decaf, Tea, Hot Cocoa, Gluten Free Items (pasta, soups, baking mix).

*The long thin boxes of pasta are preferred while we’re pre-packing groceries as they take up less space in the bags*

Member Update: Sally Kolesar is now at home. Diane Kemmerer is coming home on Saturday, May 30. 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). 

Blessing Box — Do 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 during the normal hours of Tuesday and Friday from 11:00 AM -3:00 PM. She will be working from home for the time being but will be in and out of the office periodically. Email is and church phone is 814-237-2081 or cell phone: 814- 699-1701. Messages checked often.

Even though our building is still closed for worship and other events for the time being, 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.

June Birthdays: 4 Cassie McMullen; 5 Art Reede;, 11 Randy Wills;  12 Ann Reede; Andrew Pribulka; 17 Judy Karakawa, Carl Tier; 26 Diane Kemmerer, Doug Lemke, Grace Lemke, Becky Nordberg; 27  Paul Anderson

June Anniversaries” 1   Pastor Paul & Megan Tomkiel; 24 Art and Ann Reede

Readings for 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

Readings for June: June 7:  Trinity Sunday: First Reading: Genesis 1:1–2:4a; Psalm: Psalm 8; Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; Gospel Reading: Matthew 28:16-20; June 14: Second Sunday in Pentecost: First Reading: Exodus 19:2-8a; Psalm: Psalm 100; Second Reading: Romans 5:1-8; Gospel Reading: Matthew 9:35–10:8 [9-23]

June 21: Third Sunday in Pentecost: First Reading: Jeremiah 20:7-13; Psalm: Psalm 69:7-10 [11-15] 16-18; Second Reading: Romans 6:1b-11; Gospel Reading: Matthew 10:24-39

June 28: Fourth Sunday in Pentecost: First Reading: Jeremiah 28:5-9; Psalm: Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18; Second Reading: Romans 6:12-23; Gospel Reading: Matthew 10:40-42


Visit of Mary to Elizabeth; Sunday, May 31, 2020 —This festival marks the occasion when Mary, pregnant with Jesus, visited her cousin Elizabeth who was herself pregnant with John. Elizabeth pronounced Mary “blessed among women,” and Mary responded with the song called the Magnificat.

Justin, martyr at Rome, died around 165; Monday, June 1, 2020 — Born of pagan parents, Justin was influenced by an elderly Christian in Ephesus. He became a teacher of philosophy and the Christian faith. Jailed for practicing an unauthorized religion, he refused to renounce his faith and was beheaded.The Martyrs of Uganda, died 188

The Martyrs of Uganda, died 1886; Wednesday, June 3, 2020: On June 3, 1886, thirty-two young men were burned to death for refusing to renounce Christianity. The confident manner in which these Christians went to their deaths contributed to a much stronger Christian presence in Uganda.

John XXIII, Bishop of Rome, died 1963; Wednesday, June 3, 2020: When elected pope, the former Angelo Roncalli was expected to be a short-term caretaker. He showed great spirit, though, and convened the Second Vatican Council which helped bring great changes to Roman Catholic and other churches.

Boniface, Bishop of Mainz, missionary to Germany, martyr, died 754; Friday, June 5, 2020: Boniface was a native of England who became a Benedictine monk and was called to missionary work among the Vandal tribes of Germany. With fellow workers, he established churches and schools, and he also worked to reform the church.