Stewardship Snippet — Dec. 16, 2018

Philippians 4:4 – Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.

Joy is the theme for the third Sunday of Advent. Philippians reminds us to rejoice – find the joy – in God. Always! Though we live in a world that has many troubles, we can always find joy, in God’s love. Joy is a way of life for steward/disciples.

This Sunday is the Third Sunday in Advent.  Holy Communion will be offered by intinction.

Fellowship Sunday   This Sunday we will have fellowship after the service.  Everyone is invited to bring a dish to share.

This week we join the churches in the Allegheny Synod in praying for St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rockwood.

A Sacristan Key is missing from the key box. If you have it, let the office know. Thank you.

From Budget and Finance: As the end of the year approaches, we think about Christmas gifts and,sometimes, end of the year donations for tax purposes. As you consider charities, please remember St Paul. As of the end of October, we are shy of our budgeted giving for the year. An addition to your weekly or monthly contribution will help.  What shall I return to the Lord for all his bounty to me?Psalm 116:12

Change: At the last Congregational council meeting, the council revisited the Special Christmas Eve Offering designation: 50% of the offering will go to Centre Safe and 50% to offset the flood repair deficit.

The Pine Grove Mills Cemetery Team has a seat open. Please consider this volunteer opportunity and let one of the Church Council members know of your interest.

Looking Ahead:

Blue Christmas Worship is Thursday, December 20 at 7:00 PM.Holy Communion will be offered by intinction. All are encouraged to attend, bring family, friends and neighbors.

Christmas Eve: December 24: 7:00 PM – Prelude Music; 7:30 PM — with Candle Lighting and Holy Communion. Invite family and friends.

WELCA will meet after worship on January 6 for lunch, planning a future project and writing prayer and encouraging cards to members and friends. If you know someone who needs a caring word, please use the sign-up sheet in the narthex.

The Allegheny Synod 40,000 Can Challenge begins today and will continue through February 3 (Advent through Super Bowl Sunday. Your donation of non-perishable food items to the 40,000 “Can Challenge” will benefit local food banks and service agencies who serve the people in our community. To participate, we need to record how many non-perishable items are collected. Monetary donations will also be accept

Property Team meets January 14 at 7:00 PM in the Conference Room.

Save the Date: The Annual Congregational Meeting is set for Sunday, January 27, following worship. This is also Fellowship Sunday and everyone is invited to bring a dish to share.

Dining with Diabetes classes are scheduled here at St. Paul. A demo class will be held Friday, December 21 at 2:00 PM and the classes will start January: 17, 24, 31, and February 7 at 2:00 PM. Watch future bulletins for more information.  The leader is Rozalia Horvath who comes to us from Penn State.

Address Changes:  Tracie Mehalick’s new address is:117 Honeysuckle Dr., Boalsburg, PA 16827;

Liz Perez is back in her home. Daughter, Connie is living with her: 4107 Tadpole Road, Pennsylvania Furnace, PA 16865. Please make the changes in your directory.

Coming early 2019: Three workshops are in the works for Planning Ahead. Workshop 1 will be Funeral Planning, Workshop 2 will be Making a Will; and Workshop 3 will be Estate Planning. Watch bulletins for times and dates.

Pastor Paul will be on vacation from December 25 through January 1. There will be pastoral coverage during this time for emergencies.  The name of that person and contact information is forthcoming.

Allegheny Synod’s Prayer for the month of December 2018 Peace In Our World

“Now may the God of peace, who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep,by the blood of the eternal covenant, make you complete in everything good so that you may do his will, working among us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory for ever and ever. Amen”–Hebrews 13:20-21

Pray for peace in our world—especially this month for peace in the Holy Land, the place of Jesus’birth. Pray for our leaders that they may make sound decisions
based on a desire  for peace and goodwill for all people.

How is the Holy Spirit calling you to be a peacemaker?

 Save the Date: Ecumenical Services: The Allegheny Synod will again participate in the Annual Ecumenical Services during the week of prayer for Christian Unity. This yearthe dates are January 20, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church, Huntingdon and January 27, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at Christ Our Savior Orthodox Cathedral, Johnstown. All are invited to attend these meaningful services that strengthen our partnership with our ecumenical brothers and sisters.