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 May. 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)
  • Canned Tuna
  • Jelly or jam
  • Condensed Soup: Chicken Noodle or Chicken Rice
  • Spaghetti (1 Ib. boxes of regular or thin spaghetti)
  • Oil (vegetable, canola, olive oil)
  • Sugar (1-4 lb. packages)
  • Flour (1-5 Ib. packages)

Non-Food Items:

  • Laundry Detergent
  • Liquid Dish Soap
  • Liquid Hand Soap

Centre Gives, the annual online giving program conducted by the Centre Foundation to benefit community organizations, will begin this Tuesday, May 11th at 9 am and end Wednesday, May 12th at 9 pm. To make a gift, go to: https://centregives.org/organizations/52-interfaith-human-services


Please consider supporting our partner organizations!

Primary Partners:

  • Dyslexia Reading Centre of Central PA
  • Interfaith Human Services
  • State College Food Bank

Secondary Partners:

  • Appalachian Food Works – Works with the farmers market
  • Centre Foundation – Holds funds that support St Paul
  • Grace Lutheran Preschool and Kindergarten – A ministry of our daughter congregation
  • The Oaks at Pleasant Gap – A branch of Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries which is a synodical partner

May Readings:

DateFirst ReadingPsalmSecond ReadingGospel
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 May 10 – 15

DateFirst ReadingSecond ReadingPsalm
5/10Deuteronomy 7:1-111 Timothy 6:11-12Psalm 93
5/11Deuteronomy 11:1-171 Timothy 6:13-16Psalm 93
5/12Deuteronomy 11:18-21Mark 16:19-20Psalm 93
5/13Ephesians 1:15-23Luke 24:44-53Psalm 47
5/14Exodus 24:15-18Revelation 1:9-18Psalm 47
5/15Deuteronomy 34:1-7John 16:4-11Psalm 47

Upcoming Commemorations:

Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf, renewer of the church, hymnwriter, died 1760Sunday, May 9, 2021

When he was 22, a group of Moravians asked permission to live on Zinzendorf’s land. He agreed, and eventually worldwide Moravian missions emanated from this community. Zinzendorf participated in these missions, and is also remembered for writing hymns characteristic of his Pietistic faith.

Matthias, ApostleFriday, May 14, 2021

Matthias was the apostle added to the Twelve after Jesus’ resurrection, as a replacement for the dead Judas Iscariot. He had traveled among the followers of Jesus throughout the Lord’s ministry. Formerly commemorated on February 24, Matthias’s celebration is moved to May 14 in agreement with most Western calendars.

Stewardship Snippets:

“I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.” –John 15:17

Commandments and instruction are necessary parts of growing into adulthood and growing in the faith. While we may chafe at such stewardship, we realize that they are given in love for our good. We can give thanks to our ancestors for passing on the faith and teaching us God’s commandments.

May Birthdays

May 1st: Marty Nordberg & Gabriel Pribulka

May 4th: Paul Tomkiel

May 8th: Lois Folmar

May 11th: Diana Wills

May 21st: Rich Olsen

May 26th: Rhonda Boonie

May 27th: Jon Eckess

May 28th: Roger Williams

May 29th: Max Hummel

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; Sydney Bennington

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

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