Announcements

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

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.

We are looking for Greeters, Readers and Intercessors for the month of April. 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!

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
  • Snack Items (granola bars, crackers, chips, cookies, etc.)
  • Jelly (grape or strawberry)
  • Canned Tuna & Canned Chicken
  • Sugar (1-4) lb. packages)

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.)

Extra Devotionals – 10 extra The Word in Season devotionals for the months of April, May and June were sent to the church. The Word in Season devotionals are different from the Christ in Our Home devotionals that are regularly mailed to members who have requested them. If you would like a copy, feel free to stop by the church and pick them up, or reach out to Alicia to have them mailed to you.

Chad Hershberger will be a guest preacher on March 21, 2021.

Easter Flower Orders – We are now taking orders for Easter flowers! This year, instead of purchasing flowers to decorate the sanctuary, the proceeds from our Easter flower orders will go toward refurbishing our outdoor prayer garden! Each order costs $15 and may be designated in honor or memory of someone. Our honorees and memorials will listed in our Easter Sunday bulletin and newsletters throughout the Easter season.

The deadline for placing orders is March 28. Orders may be placed by calling the church office at (814) 237-2081, or emailing Alicia Armstrong at: aliciaa@stpaulpgm.org. Please make your payments using your regular offering envelope, and designating “Easter Flowers” on the front of the envelope.

National Concerns – You may have been hearing on the news about the immigration issues at the United States southern border. No matter what your politics are, it is still a humanitarian crisis. Lutherans have for over 100 years been helping immigrants. Maybe some of them were your ancestors. Today the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service assists immigrants and refugees (www.lirs.org) There is a special Lutheran program, ELCA AMMPARO which assists people from south and central America, providing training to churches and individuals who want to care for people especially minors. AMMPARO vets the immigrants, finds lawyers and foster homes and provides training.  Both organizations need donations and prayers. You can find them at www.lirs.org and www.ELCA.org/AMMPARO . If you want any more information please contact me at kolesarsally@comcast.net or 877-1830.

March & April Readings:

DateFirst ReadingPsalmSecond ReadingGospel
3/21Jeremiah 31:31-34Psalm 51:1-12Hebrews 5:5-10John 12:20-33
3/28Isaiah 50:4-9aPsalm 31:9-16Philippians 2:5-11Mark 14:1-15:47
4/4 (Easter)Acts 10:34-43Psalm 118:1-2, 14-241 Corinthians 15:1-11Mark 16:1-8
4/11Acts 4:32-35Psalm 1331 John 1:1-2:2John 20:19-31
4/18Acts 3:12-19Psalm 41 John 3:1-7Luke 24:36b-48
4/25Acts 4:5-12Psalm 231 John 3:16-24John 10:11-18

We are currently in Year B of our three-year reading schedule. 

Upcoming Commemorations:

Thomas Cranmer, Bishop of Canterbury, martyr, died 1556; Sunday, March 21, 2021

Cranmer’s lasting achievement is contributing to and overseeing the creation of the Book of Common Prayer, which remains (in revised form) the worship book of the Anglican Communion. He was burned at the stake under Queen Mary for his support of the Protestant Reformation.

Jonathan Edwards, teacher, missionary to American Indians, died 1758; Monday, March 22, 2021

A Puritan minister in Connecticut, Edwards is remembered as being a great preacher. Though his most famous sermon talks at length about hell, he was more concerned with God’s love. He served both as missionary to the Housatonic people in Massachusetts, and as president of the future Princeton University.

Oscar Arnulfo Romero, Bishop of El Salvador, martyr, died 1980; Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Romero was deeply concerned with injustices evident toward the poor and powerless in El Salvador, and worked forthrightly against political repression. He was assassinated while presiding at the eucharist in a chapel near the cathedral in San Salvador.

Annunciation of Our Lord; Thursday, March 25, 2021

Nine months before Christmas we celebrate the annunciation, in which the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would give birth to the Son of God. The ancient church believed that this was also the date of the world’s creation and of Jesus’ death on the cross.

Stewardship Snippets:

“Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” – John 12:24


In this week’s gospel Jesus speaks about his coming death and outlines what it means to truly follow him. Like Jesus, we are called to go the second mile, to put aside self-interest for the sake of the gospel and serve God and neighbor willingly.

March Birthdays:

Mar. 3rd: Adam Hartswick & Tracy Mehalick

Mar. 4th: Barbie Weber

Mar. 6th: Teresa Nordberg & Andrew Pribulka

Mar. 10th: Cora Nordberg

Mar. 17th: Sally Kolesar

Mar. 28th: Ray Holsing

April Birthdays

Apr. 6th: Kathy Wheeler

Apr. 12th: Jason Wills

Apr. 14th: Matt Homan

Apr. 19th: Claire Johnson

Apr. 25th: Karol Magnuson

Apr. 27th: Beverly Molnar

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; Janice Olsen; Rich Olsen; Martha Hummel; Michelle McMullen; Bonnie McMiniment

Friends of St. Paul:

Rick Snare — Jim Rearick’s son-in-law

Pastor Kelly — our former pastor

Vanessa Holden — friend of Diane Kemmerer

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

Fred Muthler – father of Jeff Muthler

Beverly Cwynar – mother of Judy Wills

Rusty and Monica Hambright – cousin and wife of Linda Rosensteel

Family of Nelson Wheeler

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