STEWARDSHIP SNIPPET November 10 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 – Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word. What if we, as Paul, were so thankful to God for our siblings in Christ that we would pray regularly for one another, bless one another, and praise God for the gift of community? An attitude of gratitude is contagious! Let’s cultivate that attitude right here, beginning now.

COMMEMORATIONS: Martin, Bishop of Tours, died 397; Monday, November 11, 2019; Martin’s pagan father enlisted him in the Roman army. Approached by a beggar, Martin cut his cloak in half and gave part to the man, whom he later understood as representing Christ. He asked to leave the army,but was jailed instead. After his release, he became a preacher, and later a bishop. Søren Aabye Kierkegaard, teacher, died 1855; Monday, November 11, 2019; Kierkegaard was a Danish theologian whose writings also gave rise to the modern philosophy of existentialism. He frequently attacked the complacency of the state church of his day, as well as its desire to be accepted by polite society rather than be a stumbling block.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sunday, November 10 is the Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost.  Sunday school for children K through 6th grade is at 9:45 AM every Sunday.

Serving Sunday, November 10: Worship Leader: Pastor Paul Tomkiel; Music Director: Debbie Strouse; Organist: Jim Rearick; Pianist: Michelle McMullen; Assisting Minister: Art Reede; Reader and Communion Assistant: Karen Magnuson; Greeter: Ann Reede; Ushers: Jeff and Linda Muthler, Ann Reede;Counters: Roger Williams, Jeff Muthler; Home Visitor: Judy Kocher; Sacristan: Karen Magnuson; Sign Changer: Morgen Hummel.

Special Congregational Meeting SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17Mark your calendars! November 17 is a special day at St. Paul. Immediately following worship that Sunday, we will convene a Special Congregational Meeting to elect Congregation Council members and to vote on approval our new church constitution which complies with the 2020 requirements of the ELCA and includes optional changes that are recommended by our Congregation Council. Copies of the constitution changes we are voting to approve on November 17 are available (one per family) to take home and read carefully.  A Few copies of the complete constitution are available to read and return.  Pink copies are the changes we are voting on and blue copies are the complete constitution  are located on the table next to the bulletins.

After the meeting at fellowship WELCA of St. Paul will hold our popular annual Soup Sale. If you are not bringing soup, or if you just want to, you can bring something for fellowship. Proceeds of the Soup Sale will go toward the St. Paul deficit, with 10% going to a charity to be designated by WELCA.

Families Celebrate Advent & Christmas is a colorful deck of cards that is full of rituals, prayers and reflections. Endlessly flexible for busy schedules, you can create a new after-meal ritual, use them as decorations or carry them on the go. Explore the entire season from Advent to Christmas through Epiphany with your family! Are you interested in receiving this devotional for your family or for other children and families in your life? Sign up today. The form is on the narthex table or you can call the church office to place your order.  Cost is $6.00 each. Deadline to order is November 14.

Have you thought about joining choir but don’t know where to start? Join us on Sunday, November 10 for a music ministry potluck following church and then for an afternoon of singing! We will be working music for Advent and Christmas. All voices invited!

A congregation member has donated blankets that were made by the women in the congregation probably in the 1960s or 1970s. WELCA is selling them for a donation. There are 5 left. Please contact Linda Muthler or Sally Kolesar if you would like one. Any that are not sold will be donated to a homeless shelter.

Poinsettias:  Please sign up to purchase potted poinsettias to decorate the sanctuary for the Christmas Eve service! They are available in two sizes—a single bloom for $8.50, or a double bloom for $15.00, and you can choose from red, white, or pink colors. Orders must be placed by Sunday, December 1, and payments can be made in your offering envelope by designating the amount and the word “Poinsettia” on the front of your envelope. Your poinsettia may be designated in honor or memory of someone, and will listed in the Christmas Eve bulletin.

We are RINGING THE WISHING WELL BELLS again this year to support Interfaith Human Services! Our congregation will be responsible for the Wishing Well at Meyer Dairy all day on Monday, December 16. We need 12 individuals, couples, families, or friend groups to cover 12 one-hour time slots from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

The sign-up sheets for both the POINSETTIAS and the WISHING WELL are in the narthex. See Karen Magnuson if you have any questions about either of these sign-ups.

October, November, December sign-up sheets for flowers, wine, bulletins and candles are on the narthex table. 

Advent Christmas Concert, Sunday, December 1 at 3:00 PM. This is a community event and everyone is invited. A reception will follow. Volunteers are needed to provide cookies for the reception. after the Advent Concert to be held here at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Contact Michelle if you can provide cookies. More details about the concert be available soon.

Latest food bank needs: Laundry detergent, Soup (Chunky, Progresso, etc.), Gift Cards to Wegmans to purchase fresh potatoes & ham, Canned Yams (less than 40oz.), French Fried Onions, Canned Carrots, Canned Mixed Vegetables, Canned Spinach,Canned Beets,Canned Pineapple, Canned Pears,Flour (2-5 pound packages), Sugar (2-5 pound packages), Cooking Oil, Salt, pepper, and spices, Tomato products (stewed, paste, sauce, etc.), Canned pasta sauce and Sloppy Joe sauce (Chef Boyardee, Manwich,  etc.), Canned Chicken.

Please Note: *Please place any gift cards in the Rosensteels’ mailbox. You may also donate money to the Food Bank through your offering envelopes.  *We are not in need of the following:  Baby Food, Baby Formula, or Protein Beans *We cannot accept expired or opened food items. Please check the expiration dates on  items before donating them. Our food donation guidelines provide assistance in determining what can be accepted. *We thank the St. Paul family for all of your generous donations to the Food Bank. On Friday, October 18 a total of 49 pounds of food was delivered! Thank you to Linda and Ike Rosensteel for taking items to the food bank.

Pastor Paul’s Office Hours:  Wednesdays, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM or by appointment and by    phone 717-440-3453. Office Secretary’s new hours:  Tuesdays and Fridays, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Readings for November 17 — First Reading: Isaiah 65:17-25; Psalm: Isaiah 12:2-6; Second Reading: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Gospel Reading: Luke 21:5-19.

Readings for November 24 — First Reading: Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalm: Luke 1:68-79; Second Reading: Colossians 1:11-20; Gospel Reading: Luke 23:33-43.

Happy Birthday: Delorse Homan, November 12; Joelle Ferguson, November 15.

Member Update:  Sandee Hemman’s correct phone number is: 814-238-5515. Please make the corrections in your directory.

DVD of program, Men in Blue, shown at the PGM Presbyterian Church in October, is now on dvd.  You can borrow this dvd for viewing. Please see the sign up sheet on the narthex table.  Copies can be purchased for $15.00 by contacting Carol Ziegler at the Presbyterian Church in PGM.