Worship at 10:45 am via Zoom

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

1) Go to: https://tinyurl.com/StPaulZoomService

 2) Type in your email Phone:

  • 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/

We are looking for helpers for the August services:  August 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.

St. Paul Congregational Council meets this Tuesday, August 18 @ 7pm via zoom.

The new directories are ready. You may pick up your copy in the church narthex (outside the office door). If you want copy mailed to you, please contact Karin at stpaul68@comcast.net and she will send to you.

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 Current Needs as of August 4Canned Homestyle Soups (Progresso, Chunky, etc.); Canned Fruit: peaches, pears, & pineapple; Applesauce; Side Dishes (Rice-A-Roni, Knorr sides, boxed potato dishes, Hamburger/Tuna Helpers); Canned Ravioli; Mayonnaise; Barbecue Sauce; Vegetable or Canola Oil; Powdered Lemonade Mix; Coffee – Regular; Liquid Dish Soap; Laundry Detergent

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. 

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 16, 2020“It is not what goes into the mouth that defies a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.” – Matthew 15:11

As we steward the church into a new future, let’s remember Jesus’ words to the disciples. It’s not so much about razor-edge adherence to law and strictures, but rather how one lives the life of faith. An authentic and faithful witness is needed for these difficult and shifting times.

Commemoration:

Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, died 1153; Thursday, August 20, 2020–Bernard, a Cistercian monk, was a man of great spirituality who wrote mystical works and criticized those whom he thought took an overly intellectual approach to the faith. He became an abbot, and wrote several hymns that are still beloved today.

August Birthdays:

2  Les Doremus; 3 Morgen Hummel; 12 Michelle McMullen; 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

September Birthdays:

1    Lucy Doremus; Janice Olsen; 10 Marilyn Byers; 18 Molly Schueltz;

26 Lois Corl, Franie Pollack

September Anniversaries:

11 Sheldon and Lois Corl; 26 Jeff and Linda Muthler; 27 Ron and Debbie Strouse

Readings for August:

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

September 6 Readings: First Reading: Ezekiel 33:7-11; Psalm: Psalm 119:33-40;

Second Reading: Romans 13:8-14; Gospel Reading: Matthew 18:15-20

September 13 Readings: First Reading: Genesis 50:15-21; Psalm: Psalm 103:[1-7] 8-13;

Second Reading: Romans 14:1-12; Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35

September 20 Readings: First Reading: Jonah 3:10–4:11; Psalm: Psalm 145:1-8;

Second Reading: Philippians 1:21-30; Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16

September 27 Readings: First Reading: Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32; Psalm: Psalm 25:1-9;

Second Reading: Philippians 2:1-13; Gospel: Matthew 21:23-32