July 19 @ St. Paul

Stewardship Snippet-July 19, 2020:

We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.  – Romans 8:22-23
Is the world about to turn? Look at what’s happening. God is leading us toward the reign of Christ, where the scales of justice will balance, where every beloved child of God has voice and place, and all of creation breaks free of the sin that binds us.

Commemorations

Mary Magdalene, Apostle, Wednesday, July 22, 2020 :Sometimes called “the apostle to the apostles” because she told them of her encounter with the risen Lord, Mary was a woman of Galilee who followed Jesus throughout his ministry. She was present at Jesus’ crucifixion and his burial.

Birgitta of Sweden, renewer of the church, died 1373, Thursday, July 23, 2020: Birgitta married at age thirteen and had four daughters. Widowed at age thirty-eight, she gave all that she owned to the poor, and founded a community of monks and nuns led by a woman. Her work is continued today by the Society of St. Birgitta.

James, Apostle, Saturday, July 25, 2020: James and his brother John were the sons of Zebedee, fishermen by trade before their call from Jesus. He was the first of the twelve apostles to be martyred, and his death is the only one recorded in scripture (Acts 12:1-2).

Worship for July 19: This week we celebrate the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost. We will worship by using Zoom. You are invited to St. Paul’s Sunday worship service on Zoom webinar. The service begins at 10:45 AM. Room opens at July 19 at 10:30 AM EST

How to attend St Paul’s Worship on Zoom Online:

  1. Go to: https://tinyurl.com/StPaulZoomService
  2. Type in your email

Phone:

  1. Dial: 301-715-8592
  2. Enter this number: 961 5252 0889
  3. Enter this password: 725815

Recordings/“On Demand”

  1. Go to www.fb.com/pg/stpaulpgm/videos/

Announcements

Pastor Paul will be on vacation – July 19-26. Pastor Becky Horn will be covering any pastoral emergencies. You can reach Pastor Becky at 215-208-5535.

Sprankle Scholarship: Anyone who wants to fill out a Sprankle scholarship application needs to have it in by the end of July. Send to Randy Wills rwills3030@verizon.net or Roger Williams at rlw@psu@gmail.com. Forms are available on St. Paul website www.stpaulpgm.org

It’s official. We will continue with Zoom worship services each week for the unforeseeable future. On August 9, however, we will be doing another outdoor service at 9:30 am.

We are looking for helpers for the next 2 services: July 26 and August 2. Please reply if you can serve as: GREETER(S), READER OR INTERCESSOR (reader of the intercessory prayer). No experience needed! Greeters just say hi to the people who show up on your screen. Readers and intercessors are sent their materials by Saturday to read over, and then can read from the screen or from your paper on Sunday morning. Please reply if you can help

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.

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 stpaul68@comcast.net and church phone is 814-237-2081 or cell phone: 814- 699-1701. Messages checked often.

Farmers Market: The Market is in full swing of its new season and is open again 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.  Volunteers: If you’d like to volunteer or know someone we should ask, please contact Linda Rosensteel  Cell: 814-880-6059 or Sally Kolesar Cell: 777-1830.

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 has recruited a Planning Committee that will work on meeting the COVID-19 protocols.
     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.  The sign-in sheet is at the door of the church office.

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. 

Items needed as of July 13: All-Purpose Baking Mix or Pancake Mix, Canned Homestyle Soups (Progresso, Chunky, etc.), Canned Ravioli, Mayonnaise, Barbecue Sauce, Canned Fruit: peaches, pears, & pineapple, Canned Vegetables: green beans & corn, Side Dishes (Rice-A-Roni, Knorr sides, boxed potato dishes, Hamburger/Tuna Helpers), Vegetable or Canola Oil, Sugar (2 or 4 pound bags), Powdered Lemonade Mix, Coffee – Regular, Liquid Dish Soap, Laundry Detergent.

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; 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 note that food items should be carefully checked with expiration dates. Expired items should not be put into the Blessing Box.      *Please continue to spread the word about the blessing box for food and for books.

July Anniversaries: 7 David and Stacy Pribulka; 31  Lloyd and Marilyn Niemann

July Birthdays: 4 Susan Barnes; 10 Marilyn Niemann; 11 Ike Rosensteel; 14 Bonnie McMiniment; 16 Mike Boonie, Drew Johnson, Dan Molnar; 20 Christian Richard, Heidi Lauckhardt-Rhoades, 22 Jennifer Johnson; 23 Deb Eckess, Bill Stout; 27 Shirley Gilligan; 28 Linda Rosensteel; 30 Sandee Hemmann

Readings for July through August 9

July 19 Readings: First ReadingIsaiah 44:6-8; Psalm: Psalm 86:11-17; Second Reading: Romans 8:12-25;  Gospel: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

July 26 Readings: First Reading: 1 Kings 3:5-12; Psalm: Psalm: 119:129-136; Second Reading: Romans 8:26-39; Gospel:  Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

August 2 Readings: First Reading: Isaiah 55: 1-5; Psalm: Psalm 145: 8-9, 14-21; Second Reading: Romans 9: 1-5; Gospel: Matthew 14: 13-21.

August 9 Readings: First Reading: 1 Kings 19:9-18; Psalm: Psalm 85: 8-13; Second Lesson: Romans: 10: 5-15; Gospel: Matthew 14: 22-33.

Information from Bishop Rhyne, Allegheny Synod, ELCA: the Allegheny Synod Council. Today, July 18, 2020, the Allegheny Synod Council decided to move our Allegheny Synod Assembly from Sept. 18 – 19, 2020 to  June 4 – 5, 2021. The Council has been in prayer about this decision and several factors effected this change.