Blessing our Pets and Animals. On Sunday, October 2, our service of worship will include a special blessing of the animals. In preparation for this service, you may put together a sheet of paper with a picture of your pet or favorite animal along with brief information. Your pictures can then be displayed on the glass sanctuary doors prior to the service. You also may bring your pet in person to the service that day if that is manageable.

Blood Drive: The Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive in the fellowship hall on Thursday, October 13, from 12:30PM – 7:30PM.

Elizabeth Fink-Perez’s 90th Birthday! We are creating a surprise video montage (or “Tribute”) for Elizabeth Fink-Perez to celebrate her upcoming 90th birthday on October 14. It is very easy to make and submit a video (you can record your own video on your phone and upload it or easily make a recording right on the Tribute site). The video can be seconds long just to say hello, or as long as you would like to express your sentiment or a special memory you mig  ht have of Mom. You can even sing happy birthday to her if you like. Videos must be submitted by October 8th at:!

This will make an unforgettable gift for her and hearing from you will make her day very special! We love you all and we can’t wait to hear from you. Thank you in advance for making her 90th birthday one to remember!

Celebrate World Food Day with Rick Steves. Join ELCA World Hunger for a celebration of World Food Day with Rick Steves and special guest Mark Jansen, CEO of Blue Diamond Almonds. This event will be streamed online, so you can celebrate with ELCA World Hunger wherever you are! Join the celebration Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. Central time. Registration is not required; simply visit the ELCA’s Facebook or YouTube page to attend. Can’t stream it live? The recording will be available on Facebook and YouTube after the event is over.

Fellowship Setup and Cleanup Help Is Needed. Fellowships are held on the third Sunday of the month. If you would like to help, please contact Ann Reede with your availability.

Fall Office Hours– Sundays: 9AM-1PM and Tuesdays & Thursdays: 9AM-11AM

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.

Food Bank Needs: Our Food Bank box has been empty for several weeks. One way to remember to donate is to bring your food on Fellowship Sunday! To view their currently needed items, please go to

October Readings:

DateFirst ReadingPsalmSecond ReadingGospel
Sun – Oct 2Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4Psalm 37:1-92 Timothy 1:1-14Luke 17:5-10
Sun – Oct 92 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15cPsalm 1112 Timothy 2:8-15Luke 17:11-19
Sun – Oct 16Genesis 32:22-31Psalm 1212 Timothy 3:14—4:5Luke 18:1-8
Sun – Oct 23Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22Psalm 84:1-72 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18Luke 18:9-14
Sun – Oct 30Isaiah 1:10-18Psalm 32:1-72 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12Luke 19:1-10

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

Upcoming Commemorations:

Francis of Assisi, renewer of the church, died 1226

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

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

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

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

Thursday, October 6, 2022

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

Friday, October 7, 2022

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:

Luke 17:5-6— The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith! “The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”

Jesus and Paul remind us that only through God do we have power, real riches and absolute joy. Like the apostles, we ask Jesus to increase our faith, and renew in us a right spirit.

October Birthdays

October 2: Jeff Muthler

October 5: Carl Butchkoski

October 11: Karen Magnuson

October 14: Liz Perez

October 19: Debbie Strouse

October 21: Colin Muthler

October 22: Joe Homan

October Anniversaries

October 7: Richard & Janice Olsen

October 27: Carl & Cindy Tier


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:

Liz Perez; Diane Kemmerer; Pastor Paul; Marilyn Niemann; Eileen Butchkoski; Lois Corl; Helen Magnuson; Lois Folmar; Janice Olsen; Rich Olsen; Leroy Dreibelbis; Merle Eyer

Friends of St. Paul:

Pastor Kelley — our former pastor

Ramona Book — wife of Pastor Brent Book

Maren Alexis Tomkiel — Pastor Paul’s stepmother

Nathan Williams — son of Roger Williams

Fred Muthler – father of Jeff Muthler

Barry Anderson – son of Paul Anderson

Paul Kurtz – friend of Lloyd Niemann

Cara & Caasi – friends of Whitney and Michelle McMullen

Ruth Tier – sister of Carl Tier

Sam Bernstine – friend of Roger Williams and Karen Magnuson

Family and Friends of Linda Ackley

Family of Kraig Herman

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