Reminder to turn your clocks back one hour before bedtime tonight.
Special Congregational Meeting following worship to elect Congregational Council members.
WELCA will meet following worship and the congregational meeting Sunday. Lunch is provided and all women are invited to attend. The program will be planning funeral meals.
Stewardship Snippet– Mark 12:33 – To love God with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself –this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
Church stewardship is often preoccupied with money, but what does God really want? The scribe in today’s Gospel explains it succinctly: Truly loving God and neighbor is worth more than offerings and sacrifices. But if we achieve this kind of love, giving generously comes much more easily.
This week we join with the congregations of the Allegheny Synod in praying for Mount Zion Lutheran Church in Somerset.
Remember the Beaming Book Store display in the narthex. Good books for children and make good nice Christmas presents.
November volunteers for worship are needed. Please prayerfully consider how you might serve on a given Sunday and sign up on the sheet on the table in the narthex.
Ring the Bells for Interfaith Human Services!
Our congregation is signed-up to ring bells for Interfaith Human Services on Monday, December 17, at Meyer Dairy. We have 12 one-hour time slots to fill in order to cover the day from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. A sign-up sheet is on the table in the narthex. Karen Magnuson is the coordinator for St. Paul.
Poinsettia Orders: Order your Christmas Eve poinsettia now! See the sign-up sheet in the narthex. Large ($14.50) or small ($8.00) sizes are available in white, red, or pink, and may be designated in honor or memory of someone. The poinsettias will decorate the church for the Christmas Eve service, and may be taken home immediately after that service. Orders must be placed by Sunday, December 2. Please make your payment using your offering envelope, and mark “Poinettia” on both your check and envelope. Please write or print plainly.
Save the Date! On Sunday, December 2 at 3:00 pm, Jim Rearick and Michelle McMullen will be presenting a piano and organ concert featuring sounds of the season. Please start inviting your family and friends to join you. You won’t want to miss it!
Update for Flood Bucket: Items still needed to complete one flood bucket — items needed include: clothespins, air freshener, and facemasks. We have some repeated items and could create more flood buckets.
Reminder to all committees: Year-end reports are due to the church office by December 31.
Reminder: We have a donation box in the narthex for donations to the State College Food Bank. Since we have a monthly fellowship, bringing your food bank donation on that Sunday is a routine you might want to establish. To find out what the current needs are, you can consult the website, www.scfoodbank.org.
Harvest Home November 18
Christ the King Sunday November 25
First Sunday in Advent December 2
Second Sunday in Advent December 9
Third Sunday in Advent December 16
Fourth Sunday in Advent December 23
Thursdays in Advent: Worship at 7:00 PM
December 6, 13, and 20
Christmas Eve December 24
7:45 PM Prelude Music; 8:00 PM Candlelight, and Holy Communion
Allegheny Synod Year of prayer – November–Giving Thanks For The Gifts God Has Given Us
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;5and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord;6and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone”—1 Corinthians 12:4-6
Give thanks for the gifts the Holy Spirit has enacted in you through your baptism. Pray for discernment in how best to use your gifts in your congregation and community. Give thanks for the members of your congregation and the ways they use their gifts to expand that ministry of your congregation. Pray for new opportunities to use your gifts to share the love, grace, and mercy of Jesus.
How is the Holy Spirit guiding you to help others through your abundance?
John Christian Frederick Heyer, died 1873; Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg, died 1719; Ludwig Nommensen, died 1918; missionaries; Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Heyer was the first missionary sent out by American Lutherans. After teaching at Gettysburg College and Seminary he was assigned to the Andhra region of India. A worker among the Tamil people on the southeast coast of India, Ziegenbalg was opposed both by local Hindus and by Danish authorities who favored a different missionary style. He was known for caring about the welfare of the whole person. Nommensen was born in northern Germany and was sent to Sumatra as a Lutheran missionary. Working among the Batak people, he translated the scriptures into their language, and honored their native culture.