Worship for August 2 –This week we celebrate the Nineth 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 August 2 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 password: 725815

Recordings/“On Demand”

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

August 9: We invite you to join us at 9:30 a.m. on August 9 for a Service of Holy Communion. You may sit in your car in the church parking lot and listen to the service on FM radio or join us on Zoom. Communion elements will be sealed for your safety.

Last Call  for Sprankle Scholarship–:Anyone who wants to fill out a Sprankle scholarship application needs to contact  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 August services:  August 9, 16. 23 and 30. 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.

Stewardship Snippet for August 2–When [Jesus] went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick..–Matthew 14:14 –Compassion and mercy. Wherever he goes, Jesus shows compassion and mercy, especially for the most vulnerable. As we steward our congregation into the future, how can compassion and mercy be a guiding principle for us and our church to help connect with our community and neighbors?

CommemorationDominic, founder of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), died 1221, Saturday, August 8, 2020: Dominic was a Spanish priest who saw the wealth of the clergy as a stumbling block for the church, so he formed a movement, the Order of Preachers (commonly called Dominicans) devoted to itinerant preaching and living in poverty.

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 August

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