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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Sally Kolesar at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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)
- Snack Items (granola bars, crackers, chips, cookies, etc.)
- Jelly (grape or strawberry)
- Canned Tuna & Canned Chicken
- Sugar (1-4) lb. packages)
- 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 email@example.com or 877-1830.
April Worship Readings:
|Date||First Reading||Psalm||Second Reading||Gospel|
|Acts 10:34-43||Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24||1 Corinthians 15:1-11||Mark 16:1-8|
(Easter Evening Service)
|Isaiah 25:6-9||Psalm 114||1 Corinthians 5:6b-8||Luke 24:13-49|
|4/11||Acts 4:32-35||Psalm 133||1 John 1:1-2:2||John 20:19-31|
|4/18||Acts 3:12-19||Psalm 4||1 John 3:1-7||Luke 24:36b-48|
|4/25||Acts 4:5-12||Psalm 23||1 John 3:16-24||John 10:11-18|
We are currently in Year B of our three-year reading schedule.
Daily Readings: Week of April 5-10
|Date||First Reading||Second Reading||Psalm|
|4/5||Genesis 1:1-19||1 Corinthians 15:35-49||Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24|
|4/6||Genesis 1:20—2:4a||1 Corinthians 15:50-58||Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24|
|4/7||Song of Solomon 3:1-11||Mark 16:1-8||Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24|
|4/8||Daniel 1:1-21||Acts 2:42-47||Psalm 133|
|4/9||Daniel 2:1-23||Acts 4:23-31||Psalm 133|
|4/10||Daniel 2:24-49||John 12:44-50||Psalm 133|
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.
Benedict the African, confessor, died 1589 – Sunday, 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; artists – Tuesday, 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 1945 – Friday, 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 1557 – Saturday, 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.
Apr. 6th: Kathy Wheeler
Apr. 12th: Jason Wills
Apr. 14th: Matt Homan
Apr. 19th: Claire Johnson
Apr. 25th: Karol Magnuson
Apr. 27th: Beverly Molnar
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