Announcements

Secretary office hoursSundays from 9am-1pm, Mondays from 1pm-4pm, and Fridays from 10am-1pm.

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 Ushers, Readers, and Intercessors for the month of October. 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 lindarosensteel@comcast.net or Sally Kolesar at kolesarsally@comcast.net to volunteer!

Grocery Shopping HelpStacy 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.

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:

  • Homestyle Soups (Progresso, Chunky, heat-and-serve styles)
  • Condensed Cream Soups (Cream of Mushroom, Cream of Chicken, etc.)
  • Condensed Chicken Noodle or Chick Rice soup
  • Canned Tuna
  • Snack Foods (chips, pretzels, crackers, cookies, etc.)
  • Jelly or Jam
  • Oil (vegetable, canola, olive oil)
  • Tea Bags (black, green, herbal)

Non-Food Items:

  • Laundry Detergent
  • Liquid Dish Soap
  • Liquid Hand Soap

Our last Food Bank donation totaled 48 pounds. Thank you for your donations!

St. Paul is once more collecting donations of Food for the State College Area Food Bank and delivering them to the Food Bank site. The box can be found in the narthex near the entrance to Rohrbaugh Hall. A list of needs is included in the weekly bulletins. Cash donations must be mailed, or hand delivered to the Food Bank. At this time, the Food Bank will not accept baby food.

The Property Committee and the Worship and Music Committee are both in need of additional members. If you have an interest in the physical plant and outside environs of the church and would like to help with planning, organizing, and facilitating care, maintenance, and upgrades; please contact Ron Strouse or Joe Homan. The Property team does not have regularly scheduled meetings but meets when necessary.  If you would like to be a part of planning, organizing, and facilitating the worship services and music programs of the church, please contact Karen Magnuson or Michelle McMullen. The Worship and Music Committee meets monthly, currently on the second Tuesday at 7pm by Zoom.

CROP Hunger Walk: This year’s Walk is set for Sunday, October 17 at 2:00PM at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, with registration starting at 1:30PM. Walkers can register online at crophungerwalk.org/statecollegepa, and can make donations through the same site.

Blood Drive: The Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive in the fellowship hall on Thursday, October 14, from 12:30PM – 7:30PM.

The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) at Penn State Law is collecting donations for the Jared Box Project. The Jared Box Project is a locally established organization that collects boxes filled with small gifts, toys, games, crayons, coloring books and fun activities to be distributed to young patients in emergency rooms, hospital rooms, surgical centers, and clinics. Throughout the month of October, BLSA will be collecting toys and monetary donations to achieve their goal of donating 50 boxes. If you would like to contribute to BLSA’s effort, please reach out to Alicia.

Pine Grove Mills Mobility Study: Ferguson Township is seeking input about transportation and mobility in Pine Grove Mills. Community members can participate in the study in person at the Ferguson Township building starting October 14 at 6:30PM and ending October 21 at 6:30PM, or complete the survey online at http://tinyurl.com/PGMMobility.


Zoom Information

How to attend St Paul’s Worship on Zoom Online:

  1. Go to: https://tinyurl.com/StPaulZoomService
  2. Type in your email

How to attend St Paul’s Worship on Your Phone:

  1. Dial: 301-715-8592
  2. Enter this number: 961 5252 0889
  3. Enter this password: 725815

You can also attend worship live on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stpaulpgm/

October Readings:

DateFirst ReadingPsalmSecond ReadingGospel
10/3Genesis 2:18-24Psalm 8Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12Mark 10:2-16
10/10Amos 5:6-7, 10-15Psalm 90:12-17Hebrews 4:12-16Mark 10:17-31
10/17Isaiah 53:4-12Psalm 91:9-16Hebrews 5:1-10Mark 10:35-45
10/24Jeremiah 31:7-9Psalm 126Hebrews 7:23-28Mark 10:46-52
10/31Deuteronomy 6:1-9Psalm 119:1-8Hebrews 9:11-14Mark 12:28-34

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

Daily Readings: Week of October 4 – 9

DateFirst ReadingSecond ReadingPsalm
10/4Zechariah 6:9-151 Peter 1:3-9Psalm 5
10/5Zechariah 8:18-231 John 2:18-25Psalm 5
10/6Zechariah 10:1-12Matthew 18:6-9Psalm 5
10/7Genesis 20:1-18Galatians 3:23-29Psalm 8
10/8Genesis 21:22-34Romans 8:1-11Psalm 8
10/9Genesis 23:1-20Luke 16:14-18Psalm 8

Upcoming Commemorations:

Francis of Assisi, renewer of the church, died 1226 – Monday, October 4, 2021

Born into the family of a wealthy merchant, Francis gave up his inheritance to serve poor people. He formed the Order of Friars Minor (called Franciscans), who took on poverty and the task of preaching “using words if necessary.” Francis had a spirit of gratitude for all of God’s creation.

Theodor Fliedner, renewer of society, died 1864 – Monday, October 4, 2021

Fliedner helped to bring about a revival of the ministry of deaconesses among Lutherans. He was influenced in this by Moravian deaconesses he had met. The motherhouse he founded in Kaiserswerth, Germany, inspired many around the world to take up this ministry.

William Tyndale, translator, martyr, died 1536 – Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Tyndale was ordained a priest in England, and wished to translate the Bible into English. He was opposed in this by King Henry VIII, causing him to flee to Germany. He completed the New Testament in 1525, but before he could finish the Old Testament, he was tried for heresy and burned at the stake.

Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, pastor in North America, died 1787 – Thursday, October 7, 2021

Divided Lutherans in America asked leaders in Europe to send someone who could take charge and unite their work. Muhlenberg was sent, and was effective in organizing the American Lutherans. Among other accomplishments, his liturgical principles became the basis for the Common Service of 1888.

Stewardship Snippets:

Psalm 8:4, 6 –What are human beings that you [Lord] are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet.

God gives us dominion over God’s creation, which means we’re in charge. But that also means we have a duty to treat the created world respectfully and use its resources responsibly. How do you think we’re doing? As steward-disciples, how can we do better?

October Birthdays

October 2nd: Jeff Muthler

October 5th: Cal Butchkoski

October 11th: Karen Magnuson

October 14th: Liz Perez

October 19th: Debbie Strouse

October 21st: Collin Muthler

October 22nd: Joe Homan

October Anniversaries:

October 7th: Richard & Janice Olsen

October 27th: Carl & Cindy Tier

Prayers

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; Lois Corl; Sandee Hemman; Helen Magnuson; Sheldon Corl; Lois Folmar; Janice Olsen; Rich Olsen; Michelle McMullen; Leroy Dreibelbis; Merle Eyer

Friends of St. Paul:

Rick Snare — Jim Rearick’s son-in-law

Pastor Kelley — our former pastor

Vanessa Holden — friend of Diane Kemmerer

Doug Demark — former member of St. Paul

Mary Ann Pollack — Chris Pollack’s mother

Lori and Joe — friends of Michelle McMullen

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

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

Barry Anderson – son of Paul Anderson

Abby Nichols – friend of Delorse Homan’s sister-in-law

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