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.

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.

Taco Tuesday Pop-Up Fundraiser Benefiting the Dyslexia Reading Center of Central PA, featuring Moe’s Southwest Grill’s Take-Home Taco Kits

The Dyslexia Center is offering a Moe’s Family Taco Kit with your choice of chicken, ground beef, ½ chicken & ½ ground beef or vegetarian. It’s a DEAL @ $36.99+tax

This is a fun, convenient way to have dinner ready to pick up right in the neighborhood and see (from a safe distance) some friends and family you maybe haven’t seen for a while, even if it’s just for a minute. Take a much-deserved night off from cooking and order a family night of Tacos Show your support! For every kit sold, the Center will receive $5.

This is preorder only.

HOW TO ORDER:

1. Place your order by 10am on Tuesday April 27th. Fill out this form to submit your order. https://form.jotform.com/210415274077148

*Be sure to choose “Dyslexia Reading Center 4/27” when selecting the pop-up you are picking up from.

2. Pick up will be on Tuesday, April 27th, 6:30-7pm, in the church parking lot at 277 W Pine Grove Road, Pine Grove Mills. When picking up your order, give us your name, we will hand you your order and you are on your way.

April & May Readings:

DateFirst ReadingPsalmSecond ReadingGospel
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
5/2Acts 8:26-40Psalm 22:25-311 John 4:7-21John 15:1-8
5/9Acts 10:44-48Psalm 981 John 5:1-6John 15:9-17
5/16Acts 1:15-17, 21-26Psalm 11 John 5:9-13John 17:6-19
5/23Acts 2:1-21Psalm 104:24-34, 35bRomans 8:22-27John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
5/30Isaiah 6:1-8Psalm 29Romans 8:12-17John 3:1-17

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

Daily Readings: Week of April 19-24

DateFirst ReadingSecond ReadingPsalm
4/19Jeremiah 30:1-11a1 John 3:10-16Psalm 150
4/20Hosea 5:15—6:62 John 1-6Psalm 150
4/21Proverbs 9:1-6Mark 16:9-18Psalm 150
4/22Genesis 30:25-43Acts 3:17-26Psalm 23
4/23Genesis 48:28—47:6Acts 4:1-4Psalm 23
4/24Genesis 48:8-19Mark 6:30-34Psalm 23

Upcoming Commemorations:

Olavus Petri, priest, died 1552; Laurentius Petri, Bishop of Uppsala, died 1573; renewers of the church – Monday, April 19, 2021

These two brothers studied with Luther at the University of Wittenberg and then returned to their native Sweden to introduce the Lutheran reforms. Olavus published a catechism and hymnal; Laurentius was a professor who defended the office of bishop and later became one.

Anselm, Bishop of Canterbury, died 1109Wednesday, April 21, 2021

This eleventh-century monk was one of the greatest theologians of the Middle Ages. He is remembered for emphasizing the maternal aspects of God, and for the theory that the Son of God became human in order to make the necessary payment for our sin.

Day of the Creation (Día de la Creación) (LLC)Thursday, April 22, 2021

This observance invites us to notice and give God thanks for the wonders of the created universe. As stewards of that creation, we are also challenged to be careful in our use of it.

Toyohiko Kagawa, renewer of society, died 1960Friday, April 23, 2021

Born in Kobe, Japan, Kagawa was orphaned as a young child. Later, when he became Christian, he was disowned by the rest of his family. Wishing to bring Christian principles into society, he worked among poor people, established schools and hospitals, and worked for peace.

Stewardship Snippets:

“You are witnesses of these things.” Luke 24:48


 Jesus appears to his disciples and gives them a mind-opening experience. As witnesses they are charged with telling the truth of their experience. We, too, are witnesses charged with telling the truth. How might you share the truth about creation care and climate change in our polarized culture?

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