July 26 @ St. Paul

Worship for July 26

This week we celebrate the Eighth 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 26 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


  1. Dial: 301-715-8592
  2. Enter this password: 725815

Recordings/“On Demand”

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


Pastor Paul is the worship leader this week via tape recorded earlier.

Pastor Paul will be on vacation – through July 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 week’s service:  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.

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.

Stewardship Snippet for July 26Jesus told them another parable, “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.” Matthew 13:33
Bread-baking enjoyed renewed popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic, so much so that yeast is in short supply. Thankfully, it takes only a little dab of yeast to leaven an entire loaf of bread. Likewise, a little bit of Jesus in our lives encourages us to pursue freedom and justice for all people.

Commemorations Johann Sebastian Bach, died 1750; Heinrich Schütz, died 1672; George Frederick Handel, died 1759; musicians; Tuesday, July 28, 2020; These three German-born musicians have done much to enrich the life of the church. Schütz was an early master who focused on settings of biblical texts. Bach wrote over 300 cantatas along with works for organ and instrumental pieces, and has been called the “fifth evangelist” for the way he proclaimed the gospel in music. Handel’s great work, Messiah, is a setting of scriptural texts.

Mary, Martha, and Lazarus of Bethany; Wednesday, July 29, 2020; Friends of Jesus, Mary and Martha are remembered for the hospitality of their home that they offered him—Martha focused on serving their guest, and Mary on listening to him. Their brother Lazarus was raised from the dead as a sign of the greater resurrection to come.

Olaf, King of Norway, martyr, died 1030; Wednesday, July 29, 2020; Considered the patron saint of Norway, Olaf went from a life of piracy to becoming Christian and declaring himself king of Norway. He revised the laws and tried to administer them fairly. Driven from Norway in a rebellion, he was killed in battle trying to regain his kingdom.

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

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

August Birthdays: 2  Les Doremus; 3 Morgen Hummel; 14 Cathy Holsing; 17 Mike Nordberg; 19 LaDonna Kolesar; 27 Hans Lemke August Anniversaries: 1  Doug and Jill Lemke; 17  Ike and Linda Rosensteel; 24  Joe and Delorse Homan

Readings for July and August 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.

August 16 Readings: First Reading: Isaiah 56:1, 6-8; Psalm: Psalm 67; Second Reading: Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32; Gospel: Matthew 15: {10-20} 21-28.

August 23 Readings: First Reading: Isaiah 51:1-6; Psalm: Psalm 138; Second Reading: Romans 12:1-8; Gospel: Matthew 16: 13-20

August 30 Readings:  First Reading:  Jeremiah 15:15-21; Psalm: Psalm: 26: 1-8 Second Reading: Romans 12:9-21; Gospel: Matthew 16:21-28