ANNOUNCEMENTS

Serving Sunday, May 12: Worship Leader: Pastor Paul Tomkiel; Music Director: Debbie Strouse; Organist: Jim Rearick; Pianist: Michelle McMullen; Assisting Minister: Morgen Hummel; Reader/Communion Assistant: Jeff Muthler; Greeter: Diane Kemmerer; Ushers: Joe and Delorse Homan, Ike Rosensteel; Counters: Roger Williams, Bill Stout; Sign Changer: .Linda Rosensteel; Sacristan: Delorse Homan; Home Visitors: Ike and Linda Rosensteel.

Worship is at 10:45 AM with Sunday school at 9:30 for children.  Holy Communion will be by intinction.

Fellowship this month on May 19 is a celebration. Let us all celebrate your birthday after worship. Everyone is invited to bring a dish to share DESSERT WILL BE PROVIDED.Hostesses are: Judy Kocher, Lauren Muthler, Morgen Hummel, Jill Lemke, Linda Rosensteel

Thank you to all who supported the Dyslexia Reading Center during recent events — the Donut Dash, the recent open house and film and our campaign through Centre Gives.

Next council meeting is Tuesday, May 21 at 7:00 PM. The members of the congregation is invited to attend at anytime.

WELCA will meet June 2 at Muthler’ home for a fellowship and picnic All women in the church are invited to join in. Please bring a dish to share.  Sign-up sheets are on the narthex table for attendance and what items each person is bringing.

The Pine Grove Mills Farmers Market is looking for adult volunteers with a current driver’s license to direct traffic and sometimes document data on market visitors. If you are interested, please contact Linda Rosensteel or Sally Kolesar.

The St. Paul Nominating Committee has begun our work to identify the slate for electing council members for the two-year term beginning January 2020. Nominating committee members are Delorse Homan, Eleanor Bird, Jill Lemke, Judy Wills, and Molly Schueltz. We will soon be reaching out to prospective nominees to ask that they prayerfully consider serving in this important role. If you would like to learn more or have suggestions, please contact any committee member.

IHS Fundraiser
Interfaith Human Services is sponsoring a Mother’s Day fundraiser with a Hoss’s donation. When you bring their coupon (attached) over Mother’s Day weekend, they will donate a percentage to Interfaith Human Services. Plus, if you dine at Robin Hood Brewery in Bellefonte on Mother’s Day from 5 pm to 8 pm, they will donate 10% of your bill to IHS.

Stewardship Snippet— May 12, 2019 — Acts 9:36— Now in Joppa there was a disciple who name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted to good works and acts of charity.
     Never underestimate the power of one person to make a difference in the life of a community. Tabitha touched people with good works, including making clothes for others. How are you using your God-given talents for the sake of others?

STEWARDSHIP OF COMMUNITY

You shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord. –Leviticus 19:18b
And who is my neighbor? –Luke 10:29b

Think of all the homes, apartments and condos within walking (or easy driving) distance of our congregation. Now ask, how do we interact with these neighbors? Does our congregation understand their issues, joys, opportunities and challenges? How can we love them as ourselves? Though God has filled the world with neighbors for us to love, we have a special opportunity and responsibility with neighbors who are nearby us. They form our immediate community. Many congregations narrowly define “community” as people who are already part of church, but God calls us to broaden our vision. Congregations across our denomination are finding renewed energy and purpose by connecting (or reconnecting) with their community neighbors. It takes work and a willingness to go outside our comfort zone, but worth the effort pays off for them and us. “It’s within our power to become good neighbors, to care for the people around us and to be cared for by the people around us,” write Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon in The Art of Neighboring (2012, Baker Books, p. 22), a handy guide for a church to start a neighboring movement. “There really is a different way to live, and we are finding that it is actually the best way to live.” Loving our neighbors we naturally gather together as community that is blessed by God. It holds true in our personal lives as well as our congregations. As spring and summer unfolds, let’s commit to finding ways to be better stewards of our community, engaging our neighbors, especially those who live closest to our congregation. –Pastor Rob Blezard

Copyright © 2019, Rev. Robert Blezard. Reprinted by permission. Pastor Blezard works as content editor for www.stewardshipoflife.org and serves as an assistant to the bishop of the Lower Susquehanna Synod and. He blogs at www.thestewardshipguy.com.