The Search Committee, consisting of Pastor Paul Tomkiel, council president Linda Rosensteel, and congregation member Jeff Muthler, are pleased to announce that we have a new church administrative assistant. Her name is Alicia Armstrong, and she has moved to State College from the state of New York in order to study at Penn State Law. Alicia has a B.A. in Legal Studies from Ithaca School of Business. Her most recent jobs were as an office assistant/testing proctor at Ithaca College and an administrative assistant at Albany City School District. Her skills match very well with our qualifications and she is a very personable young woman. We ask you to welcome her warmly to St. Paul, as is our usual custom.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, she will not have regular office hours. You can reach her by leaving messages on the church answering machine.

The St. Paul Property Team is meeting on Monday Sept 14 at 5 PM to trim the shrubbery around the church.  We could use some help since our team is small.  If you have an electric hedge trimmer and a lawn rake, please bring it. The more help we have the quicker we are done.

Community Care Online Auction: Auction goes live: September 14 at 12:00 a.m. Auction closes: September 30 at 10:00 p.m. Access the auction site at: —Art —Collectibles —Handcraft —Household —And much more!

**Proceeds from the auction will assist low-income families and individuals throughout Centre County through the following Interfaith Human Services programs:

  • The Centre County Fuel Bank
  • Free Furniture and Appliance Recycling Program
  • Financial Care Program —Representative Payee Services
  • Money Management Services
  •  Emergency Financial Care

St. Paul Lutheran Church in Pine Grove Mills is a governing member of Interfaith Human Services, which serves low-income families and individuals throughout Centre County.

We are looking for helpers for the September worship services: Sept. 20, 27 and for the month of October. Please reply if you can serve as: GREETER(S), READER OR INTERCESSOR (reader of the intercessanory 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. Contact Linda Rosensteel at or Sally Kolesar at

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.

Farmers Market: The Market is in full swing of its new season and is open from 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 September 9: Canned Homestyle Soups, (Progresso, Campbell’s Chunky, etc.); Canned Fruit: peaches, pears, & pineapple; Canned Green Beans; Side Dishes (Rice-A-Roni, Knorr sides, boxed potato dishes, Hamburger/Tuna Helpers); Cereal; Crackers; Granola Bars; 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 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 September 13, 2020
We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s

. – Romans 14:26-27
What is the common good? For Christians, it is expressed in the reign, or way, of Christ. We are accountable to God for how we treat one another; how we reflect the love of Christ through both our words and our actions.

Upcoming Commemorations

John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople, died 407; Sunday, September 13, 2020

John was a priest in Antioch and an outstanding preacher. His eloquence earned him the nickname “Chrysostom” (“golden mouth”). Appointed bishop of Constantinople, seat of the empire, he criticized corruption in the court. As a result, he was exiled by the empress.

Holy Cross Day; Monday, September 14, 2020

Helena, mother of Constantine, made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and found what may be the actual site of Jesus’ crucifixion. Her son built two churches there, and the dedication of one of them gave rise to this celebration of our Lord’s victory on the cross.

Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, martyr, died around 258; Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Cyprian served as a bishop during a time of great persecution of Christians. He insisted on receiving back those who had left the faith under duress. He also provided medical care during a severe epidemic.

Hildegard, Abbess of Bingen, died 1179; Thursday, September 17, 2020

A mystic who was widely influential within the church, Hildegard advised and reproved kings and popes, wrote poems and hymns, and produced treatises in medicine, theology, and natural history. She was also a musician and artist.

Dag Hammarskjöld, renewer of society, died 1961; Friday, September 18, 2020

A Swedish diplomat, Hammarskjöld served as the second Secretary General of the United Nations until his death in a plane crash while trying to negotiate peace in present-day Zambia. His journal, published as Markings, revealed the depth of his Christian faith.