Secretary office hours – Sundays from 9am-1pm, Mondays from 1pm-4pm, and Fridays from 10am-1pm. The office will be closed from December 24 – January 8.
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 December. 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.
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
Our last Food Bank donation totaled 48 pounds. Thank you for your donations!
The Staff Support Committee and the Council are planning staff reviews. We encourage you to send any comments, positive or negative, on staff performance to Sally Kolesar or Ann Reede (all staff, except Pastor) or to Roger Williams or Linda Rosensteel (Pastor).
Streaming Change – We have begun streaming on YouTube. To watch the service live, click the following link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMw1oMP_u3w2lC-C3139LBA (make sure to click the subscribe button and the button that looks like a bell in the top right corner to receive notifications and stay updated on all videos). Starting January 2nd, the church will exclusively be streaming live on YouTube and Facebook; a Zoom option will no longer be offered.
How to attend St Paul’s Worship on Zoom Online:
- Go to: https://tinyurl.com/StPaulZoomService
- Type in your email
How to attend St Paul’s Worship on Your Phone:
- Dial: 301-715-8592
- Enter this number: 961 5252 0889
- Enter this password: 725815
|Date||First Reading||Psalm||Second Reading||Gospel|
|12/19||Micah 5:2-5a||Luke 1:46b-55||Hebrews 10:5-10||Luke 1:39-55|
|12/24 Christmas I||Isaiah 9:2-7||Psalm 96||Titus 2:11-14||Luke 2:1-20|
|12/25 Christmas II||Isaiah 62:6-12||Psalm 97||Titus 3:4-7||Luke 2:1-20|
|1/25 Christmas III||Isaiah 52:7-10||Psalm 98||Hebrews 1:1-12||John 1:1-14|
|12/26||1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26||Psalm 148||Colossians 3:12-17||Luke 2:41-52|
We are currently in Year C of our three-year reading schedule.
Daily Readings: Week of December 20 – 23
Katharina von Bora Luther, renewer of the church, died 1552 – Monday, December 20, 2021
Born to an impoverished nobleman, Katie eventually took vows as a nun, but around age twenty-four she and several other nuns who were influenced by the writings of Martin Luther left the convent. Six children were born to Katie and Martin.
Peace is the theme for the fourth Sunday of Advent. We remember that Jesus is, as Micah says, “the one of peace,” the shepherd who cares for us, his flock. Steward/disciples draw near to Jesus and find peace in him.
Micah 5:4–And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they shall live secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth; and he shall be the one of peace.
December 6th: Eileen Butchkoski
December 17th: Cindy Tier
December 19th: Jill Lemke
December 24th: Judy Wills
December 26th: Sheldon Corl & Nina Rhoades
December 28th: Jennifer Stout
December 30th: Jenna Brugler & Fred Ferguson
December 20th: Roger Williams & Karen Magnuson
December 21st: Jim Rearick & Brian Woodland
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
Joan Butchkoski – sister-in-law Eileen Butchkoski
Family and Friends of Kathy Nelson
Paul Kurtz – friend of Lloyd Niemann
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