August 23 @ St. Paul

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/

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ALSO: We have an outdoor service at 9:30am on Sundays! It is a more intimate setting, as we gather under the honey locust in the back of the church.

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Bible study Wednesdays starting at 7PM. We are still reading through Paul’s letter to the Galatians.

We are looking for helpers for the August services:  30, Sept.6, 13, 20, 27. 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.

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.

Everyone is invited to an online gathering of blessing for students, teachers, and staff for the new school. Whether you will be learning or teaching in a classroom or online or a mixture of both, there is a blessing for you! This gathering for people of all faiths will be streamed on the St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church Facebook page.  

Job Posting: St. Paul Friends, as you know our church secretary, Karin, is retiring as of August 31. We are now accepting resumes from interested candidates. If you or someone you know is interested in the job, here is the posting:  St. Paul Lutheran Church seeks a friendly, caring, and efficient person to serve as administrative assistant for the congregation. This person is accountable for welcoming visitors, preparing a weekly worship bulletin, answering phone calls and emails, scheduling meetings, filing, preparing mailings, etc. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and Power Point and have current experience using Social Media. Email resume to lindarosenstel666@gmail.com

On Tuesday evening, the Congregational Council unanimously approved the application of Diana Wills for the 2020-21 Sprankle Fund Scholarship of $800. This is Diana’s senior year at Penn State and we look forward to her graduation and the beginning of a productive career.

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.

State College Food Bank Current Needs as of August 4: Canned 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 23, 2020Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:2

The early Christians did not conform to the world’s standards, and they were known for their love, care, and genuine open community. Let us work to make sure that the future church is not conformed to the culture but rather is faithful to the radical upside-down-inside-out way of Christ.

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:

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

October 4 Readings: First Readiing:  Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm: Psalm 80: 7-15; Second Reading: Philippians 3:4b-14; Gospel:  Matthew 21:33-46

Commemorations

Bartholomew, Apostle; Monday, August 24, 2020–Mentioned as one of Jesus’ disciples in Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Bartholomew’s name is replaced in John’s gospel by Nathanael, leading many to believe that the two are different names for the same person. Little is known about his work, though some traditions place him later in India or Armenia.

Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, died 430; Friday, August 28, 2020–Augustine was one of the greatest theologians of the Western church. A native of North Africa, he recovered from a debauched young adulthood through the influence of his mother, Monica, and Bishop Ambrose of Milan. Besides writing influential theological books, he served as bishop of Hippo, in present-day Algeria.

Moses the Black, monk, martyr, died around 400;  Friday, August 28, 2020–Converted from life as a thief and a robber to Christianity, Moses was an Ethiopian who became a desert monk at Skete. The change in his heart and life had a profound impact on his native country. He was murdered when Berber bandits attacked his monastery.