September 6, 2020 @ St. Paul

This week (September 6) we will be worshipping with the Pine Grove Presbyterian Church at 10:15 AM. This will be bothin-person and via Zoom.

Here is the Zoom connection for Sunday mornings at 10:15 AM.  A password/passcode (the church phone number) will be required and is included below.  On your device join the Zoom Meeting via computer/web browser:

(link already contains password)

OR (Use Passcode 2382921)

Meeting ID: 814 238 2921  Passcode: 2382921

 By Phone: (toll charges may apply)


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

We are looking for helpers for the September worship services: 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.

As a supporter of Interfaith Human Services we would like to invite to you to participate in the Interfaith Human Services “Community Care” online auction September 14-30.  We are welcoming donations of new or collectible items, gift cards and new handmade items.  This event will help us make up for fundraisers that were either cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic.  If someone would like to donate they can email or call 234-7731.  Current items can be previewed at  

State College Food Bank Current Needs as of August 19: Canned Homestyle Soups, (Progresso, Chunky, etc.), Canned Fruit: peaches, pears, & pineapple, Side Dishes (Rice-A-Roni, Knorr sides, boxed potato dishes, Hamburger/Tuna Helpers), Crackers, Granola Bars, Canned Ravioli, Mayonnaise, Barbecue Sauce, Sugar (2-4 lb. packages), Vegetable or Canola Oil, Laundry Detergent, Liquid Dish Soap

PLEASE NOTE: We are not in need of the following: Baby Food, Baby Formula; we cannot accept expired or opened food items. Please check the expiration dates on items before donating them. Our food donation guidelines provide assistance in determining what can be accepted.

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; 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.

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

October Birthdays:

 1  Jeff Muthler; 5        Cal Butchkoski;      11 Karen Magnuson;       14 Liz Perez;

19 Debbie Strouse;     21Collin Muthler   22 Joe Homan

October Anniversaries:

7   Richard and Janice Olsen;  27 Carl and Cindy Tier


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

October 11 Readings: First Reading: Isaiah 25: 1- 9; Psalm: Psalm 23; Second Lesson:

Philippians 4: 1-9; Gospel: Matthew 22: 1-14.

October 18 Readings: First Reading: Isaiah 45:1-7; Psalm: Psalm 96:1-9 [10-13];

Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Gospel: Matthew 22:15-22

October 25 Readings: First Reading:  Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18; Psalm: Psalm 1

Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8; Gospel: Matthew 22:34-46

Stewardship Snippet for September 6: Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law. Romans 13:10
Striving to keep the twin commandments to love God with all our being and love our neighbors as ourselves, we naturally care for the common good. We learn that what affects one really affects us all.

Upcoming Commemoration: Peter Claver, priest, missionary to Colombia, died 1654: Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Born into Spanish nobility, Claver became a Jesuit missionary, and served in present-day Colombia. His ministry was focused on the slaves that arrived there. He gave them food and medicine, learned their dialects, and taught them Christianity.