GRAND REOPENING! – We are very excited to open the church doors again and worship with the St. Paul family in person. We will have our first in-person, inside service on June 27th. For those who cannot attend, or would prefer to attend remotely, all services will continue to be broadcasted over Zoom and on Facebook.
Community Worship Service – Partnered with the Pine Grove Presbyterian Church, we will be holding a community worship service on July 4th. The service will be held in-person at St. Paul Lutheran Church starting at 10:45am. However, for those who would prefer to remain in their vehicles or join remotely, the service will be broadcasted over the FM radio and on Zoom.
Secretary office hours have changed–Sundays from 9am-1pm and Mondays & Thursdays 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 in-person Readers and Intercessors for the month of July. No experience needed! 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.
Applications for the John B. Sprankle Memorial Scholarship are now being accepted. The scholarship is open to members of the church and their immediate families. Below you will find a link to access the application electronically, which must be submitted no later than July 31st.
Food Bank Needs: We are now collecting food bank items at the church. Besides the items listed below, they take garden items. To view their currently needed items, please go to https://scfoodbank.org/donate/current-needs-list
Food Items Needed:
- Canned Fruit (peaches, pears, pineapple)
- Macaroni & Cheese (box mix)
- Powdered Lemonade Mix (ex. County Time, 4C)
- Salty or Savory Snacks (chips, pretzels, crackers, nuts, etc.)
- Condensed Chicken Noodle or Chick Rice soup
- Jelly or Jam
- Oil (vegetable, canola, olive oil)
- Sugar (1-4 lb. packages)
- Flour (1-5 ib. packages)
- Laundry Detergent
- Liquid Dish Soap
- Liquid Hand Soap
June & July Readings:
|Date||First Reading||Psalm||Second Reading||Gospel|
|6/20||Job 38:1-11||Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32||2 Corinthians 6:1-13||Mark 4:35-41|
|6/27||Lamentations 3:22-33||Psalm 30||2 Corinthians 8:7-15||Mark 5:21-43|
|7/4||Ezekiel 2:1-5||Psalm 123||2 Corinthians 12:2-10||Mark 6:1-13|
|7/11||Amos 7:7-15||Psalm 85:8-13||Ephesians 1:3-14||Mark 6:14-29|
|7/18||Jeremiah 23:1-6||Psalm 23||Ephesians 2:11-22||Mark 6:30-34, 53-56|
|7/25||2 Kings 4:42-44||Psalm 145:10-18||Ephesians 3:14-21||John 6:1-21|
We are currently in Year B of our three-year reading schedule.
Daily Readings: Week of June 21-26
|Date||First Reading||Second Reading||Psalm|
|6/21||1 Samuel 16:14-23||Revelation 20:1-6||Psalm 74|
|6/22||1 Kings 18:17-40||Revelation 20:7-15||Psalm 74|
|6/23||Isaiah 26:16—27:1||Luke 11:14-28||Psalm 74|
|6/24||Genesis 3:14-24||Hebrews 2:5-9||Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15|
|6/25||1 Kings 10:26—11:18||Hebrews 11:4-7||Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15|
|6/26||2 Kings 14:1-14||Mark 4:1-20||Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15|
Onesimos Nesib, translator, evangelist, died 1931 – Monday, June 21, 2021
Onesimos was born in Ethiopia. Captured and taken as a slave to Eritrea, he was there freed by Swedish missionaries. He translated the Bible into his native Oromo and returned to preach there.
John the Baptist – Thursday, June 24, 2021
John said, “[Jesus] must increase, but I must decrease.” And so his birth is celebrated half a year before Jesus’, just as the daylight in the northern hemisphere begins to wane. Jesus honored John as being the greatest prophet.
Presentation of the Augsburg Confession, 1530 – Friday, June 25, 2021
On this day in 1530 the German and Latin editions of the Augsburg Confession were presented to the Emperor Charles of the Holy Roman Empire. The Augsburg Confession was written by Philipp Melanchthon and endorsed by Martin Luther, and consists of a brief summary of points in which the reformers saw their teaching as either agreeing with or differing from that of the Roman Catholic Church of the time.
Philipp Melanchthon, renewer of the church, died 1560 – Friday, June 25, 2021
Though he died on April 19, Philipp Melanchthon is commemorated today because of his connection with the Augsburg Confession. Colleague and co-reformer with Martin Luther, Melanchthon was a brilliant scholar, known as “the teacher of Germany.”
“We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians; our heart is wide open to you. There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours. In return—I speak as to children—open wide your hearts also.” – 2 Corinthians 6:11-13
The give-and-take of relationships rarely stays in perfect 50/50 balance, but rather shifts constantly. Sometimes we give more, and sometimes we need more from others. How do you see your relationships playing out in this post-Covid world? Are you willing to be more flexible?
June 4th: Cassie McMullen
June 5th: Art Reede
June 11th: Randy Wills
June 12th: Ann Reede
June 17th: Judy Karakawa & Carl Tier
June 23rd: Kathy Liebrum
June 26th: Diane Kemmerer & Doug Lemke & Grace Lemke
June 27th: Paul Anderson
June 1st: Paul & Megan Tomkiel
June 24th: Art & Ann Reede
Please keep the following people in your prayers. Inform the church office (814-237-2081) 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; Lois Corl; Sandee Hemman; Helen Magnuson; Sheldon Corl; Lois Folmar; Janice Olsen; Rich Olsen; Martha Hummel; Michelle McMullen; Bonnie McMiniment; Sydney Bennington; Leroy Dreibelbis; Morgen Hummel
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 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
Lee Basset – friend of Michelle McMullen
Jody Covalt – friend of Delorse Homan’s sister-in-law
Family of Wendy Reitz – coworker of Michelle McMullen
For Our Neighbors:
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