Announcements

Easter Days Services:       

Morning Service – April 4th, at 10:45am via Zoom

Evening Service – April 4th, at 6:00pm in person only (parking lot). Join from your car by tuning to 94.9 on your FM radio!

Outdoor Services will begin on April 11th starting at 9:45am

Secretary office hours–Sundays from 9am-1pm and Mondays & Fridays from 9:30am-1:30pm. Please note that April 9th office hours will be shortened from 9:30am-12:30pm.

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. Please note that Pastor Paul will being taking time off from April 5th– April 7th. He will still be available 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.

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.)

St. Paul’s Blessing Box is back! You will find it on the bench in the church porch area. You may donate items for those who need them or take what you need from the box.

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

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.

April Worship Readings:

DateFirst ReadingPsalmSecond ReadingGospel
4/4
(Easter Day)
Acts 10:34-43Psalm 118:1-2, 14-241 Corinthians 15:1-11Mark 16:1-8
4/4
(Easter Evening Service)
Isaiah 25:6-9Psalm 1141 Corinthians 5:6b-8Luke 24:13-49
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. 

Daily Readings: Week of April 5-10

DateFirst ReadingSecond ReadingPsalm
4/5Genesis 1:1-191 Corinthians 15:35-49Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
4/6Genesis 1:20—2:4a1 Corinthians 15:50-58Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
4/7Song of Solomon 3:1-11Mark 16:1-8Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
4/8Daniel 1:1-21Acts 2:42-47Psalm 133
4/9Daniel 2:1-23Acts 4:23-31Psalm 133
4/10Daniel 2:24-49John 12:44-50Psalm 133

Stewardship Snippets:

So [the women] went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to any one, for they were afraid.  –Mark 16:8


How often has fear silenced you? Too often Christians are afraid to speak up about creation care. Let us take a deep breath and put aside our fear, trusting the God of resurrection hope to guide our words and deeds as we work for a cleaner, sustainable world.

Upcoming Commemorations:

Benedict the African, confessor, died 1589Sunday, April 4, 2021

Born a slave on the island of Sicily, Benedict lived as a hermit until the pope ordered all hermits to attach themselves to a monastery, at which time Benedict joined the Franciscans. Though illiterate, he was highly respected as a confessor and later superior of his community.

Albrecht Dürer, died 1528; Matthias Grünewald, died 1529; Lucas Cranach, died 1553; artistsTuesday, April 6, 2021

These great artists revealed through their work the mystery of salvation and the wonder of creation. Dürer’s work reflected the apocalyptic spirit of his time. Though he remained a Roman Catholic, he was sympathetic to Martin Luther’s reforming work. Grünewald’s paintings are known for their dramatic forms, vivid colors, and depiction of light. Cranach’s work includes many fine religious examples and several portraits of Martin Luther. Cranach was also widely known for his woodcuts.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, theologian, died 1945Friday, April 9, 2021

Bonhoeffer was a German theologian who wrote profoundly, yet in an accessible manner. In the Second World War, he became a leader of the Confessing Church in Germany that resisted the Nazi movement. Linked to a plot to kill Hitler, he was hanged shortly before the end of the war.

Mikael Agricola, Bishop of Turku, died 1557Saturday, April 10, 2021

Consecrated bishop of Turku, Finland, without the approval of the pope, Agricola began a reform along Lutheran lines. In only three years, he translated the New Testament and worship texts into Finnish, in the process establishing the rules of Finnish writing that are still used today.

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

Doug Demark — former member of St. Paul

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

The family of Nelson Wheeler

The family of Nancy Erdley

Lee Basset – friend of Michelle McMullen

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