Announcements

The Annual Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 31st via Zoom at 1pm.

Secretary office hours–Sundays from 9am-1pm and Mondays & Fridays from 9:30am-1:30pm.

We are looking for Greeters, Readers and Intercessors for the month of February. 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. Contact Linda Rosensteel at lindarosensteel@comcast.net or Sally Kolesar at kolesarsally@comcast.net to volunteer!

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 does not 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.

Grocery Shopping Help – Stacy Pribulka has been kind enough to offer help to any church member in need of grocery shopping help. Deliveries can be made directly to members’ homes and payment for groceries can be made after given the receipt. All that Stacy asks for is at least a days notice. For those who are interested, please contact Stacy at (814) 548-6585 or pribulkas@gmail.com.

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 would like to take a little drive, here is an opportunity to do a good deed. To view their currently needed items, please go to https://scfoodbank.org/donate/current- needs-list

Food Items Needed:

  • Canned Fruit (peaches, pears, pineapple)
  • Applesauce
  • Tomato Product (diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, etc.)
  • Jelly (grape or strawberry)
  • Canned Tuna & Canned Chicken
  • Canned Pasta (Chef Boyardee, Spaghettios, etc.)
  • Flour (5 lb. bags)

Non-Food Items:

  • Laundry Detergent
  • Liquid Dish Soap
  • Liquid Hand Soap

Outreach Opportunity: One of our first goals in establishing Gloria de Dios is to get the written Word of God into the hands of both the children and the adults. To do this we purchased 27 bibles (this includes bilingual story bibles for the kids). Each bible cost $10, so if we can get $270 that would cover the cost of the bibles!

We are also trying to help assist the folks who are members of the Latino community because, as you can imagine, they are facing tough economic times presently. As we enter winter folks will need winter clothes, groceries, gas, and various other things. The idea that our leadership team came up with was to collect gift cards to help in this season.

We are looking for gift cards to Giant, Weis, Wal-Mart, Sheetz, Kohl’s, and the like. (Also, a note: any donations initially for the bibles after we reach $270 will be used to purchase more gift cards.)

January & February Readings:

DateFirst ReadingPsalmSecond ReadingGospel
1/31  Deuteronomy
18:15-20
Psalm
111
1 Corinthians
8:1-13
Mark
1:21-28
2/7Isaiah
40:21-31
Psalm
147:1-11, 20c
1 Corinthians
9:16-23
Mark
1:29-39
2/142 Kings
2:1-12
Psalm
50:1-6
2 Corinthians
4:3-6
Mark
9:2-9
2/21Genesis
9:8-17
Psalm
25:1-10
1 Peter
3:18-22
Mark
1:9-15
2/28Genesis
17:1-7, 15-16
Psalm
4:13-25
Romans
4:13-25
Mark
8:31-38

Stewardship Snippets:

“But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.”– 1 Corinthians 8:9


Christians enjoy great freedom, but we are also responsible to and for one another. Just as new runners start out gently, so new Christ followers may need our careful and loving guidance as we all train in the faith.

January Birthdays:

Jan. 3rd: Ron Strouse

Jan. 8th: Helen Magnuson

Jan. 12th: Megan Tomkiel

Jan. 16th: Charles McMullen & Tim Molnar

Jan. 18th: Todd Wheeler

Jan. 24th: Lauren Muthler

February Birthdays:

Feb. 1st: Linda Muthler

Feb. 3rd: Karin Lowry

Feb. 9th: David Kolesar & Llyod Niemann

Feb. 15th: Todd Wheeler

Feb. 14th: Jennie Norberg & William Stout

Feb. 21st: Max Barnes

Upcoming Commemorations:

Presentation of Our Lord; Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Forty days after the birth of Jesus we mark the day Mary and Joseph presented him in the temple in accordance with Jewish law. There they were greeted by Simeon, an aged priest who offered the song “Lord, now you let your servant depart in peace,” as well as by the prophet Anna, who spoke of the redemption of Israel.

Ansgar, Bishop of Hamburg, missionary to Denmark and Sweden, died 865; Wednesday, February 3, 2021

A monk who helped bring Christianity to Scandinavia, Ansgar returned to Germany where he was named bishop of Hamburg. He is remembered for his love for poor people.

The Martyrs of Japan, died 1597; Friday, February 5, 2021

Christianity was brought to Japan in the sixteenth century by Jesuit and Franciscan missionaries. The religion was suppressed, however, and in 1597 twenty-six missionaries and converts were crucified. Nevertheless, Christianity survived and later prospered.

Prayers:

Please keep the following people in your prayers. Inform the church office (237-2081) to add or remove a name from the list.

St. Paul Members:

Sally Kolesar; Liz Perez; Diane Kemmerer; Pastor Paul; Todd Wheeler; Marilyn Niemann; Eileen Butchkoski; Cindy Tier; Liz Perez; Lois Corl; Sandee Hemman; Helen Magnuson; Sheldon Corl; Lois Folmar; Nelson Wheeler; Janice Olsen; Rich Olsen; Martha Hummel; Michelle McMullen

Friends of St. Paul:

Rick Snare — Jim Rearick’s son-in-law

Pastor Kelly — our former pastor

Vanessa Holden — friend of Diane Kemmerer

Doug Demark — friend of Nelson Wheeler

Barb Gibson — friend of Roger Williams and Karen Magnuson

Mary Ann Pollack — Chris Pollack’s mother

Lori and Joe — friends of Michelle McMullen

Leroy Dreibelbis — friend of Ron Strouse

Ralph Farber — Stacy Pribulka’s father

Lee Bassett, Jr. — friend of Michelle McMullen 

Shayla Keith — granddaughter of Carl and Cindy Tier

Chip Rhoades — father of Heidi Lauckhardt-Rhoades

Joseph Tomkiel — Pastor Paul’s father

Ramona Book — wife of Pastor Brent Book

Dave Howell — friend of Lloyd and Marilyn Niemann

Carol Holmes — niece of Diane Kemmerer

Jan Van Horne — friend of Rich and Janice Olsen

Vivian McClellan — mother of Franie Pollack

Maren Alexis Tomkiel — Pastor Paul’s stepmother

Adam Sheerer — cousin of Karen Magnuson

Adam Shapelow — Carl and Cindy Tier’s nephew

Nathan Williams — son of Roger Williams

Pattie – friend of Janny Olsen

Linda Ackley – friend of Janny Olsen

Rick Ellenberger – friend of Nelson Wheeler

Fred Muthler – father of Jeff Muthler

Beverly Cwynar – mother of Judy Wills

Rusty and Monica Hambright – cousin and wife of Linda Rosensteel

For Our Neighbors:

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County

All responders and volunteers  aiding those affected in the Coronavirus crisis

For our nation to have peace

For those who are not yet members at St. Paul