February 9 @St. Paul

This week we celebrate the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost. Holy Communion will be by intinction.

Sunday school for children K-6 grades is held every Sunday at 9:45 AM. Kids are free to ask a friend(s) to join them.

Serving Sunday, February 9: Worship Leader: Pastor Paul Tomkiel; Organist: Jim Rearick; Interim Choir Director/Pianist: Michelle McMullen; Assisting Minister: Laure Muthler; Reader/Comunion Assistant: Karen Magnuson; Greeters: Randy and Judy Wills; Ushers: Joe and Delorse Homan, Ron Strouse; Counters: Roger Williams, Ann Reede; Home Visitor: Sally Kolesar; Sacristan: Karen Magnuson; Sign Changer: Morgen Hummel.

As of February 2, 2020 — St. Paul has contributed 289 item to the State College Food Bank. In addition, there was a $20 cash donation. This total is being added to the synod total which will be announced when everything is calculated at the Synod Office.

There are worship volunteer spaces open for February and March.  Sign-upsheets are on the narthex table. Please prayerfully consider where you might be able to serve.

HELP WANTED: NOMINATING COMMITTEE MEMBERS for 2020. Members serve only one term and include outgoing council members. The Congregation Council is looking for at least two other congregation members to serve on this committee. Please contact a council member if you are interested in serving. Council members are Morgen Hummel, Sally Kolesar, Michelle McMullen, Linda Muthler, Linda Rosensteel and Roger Williams.

Next Sunday is Fellowship Sunday, February 16. We have two people signed up to set- up and need at least 2 more to clean-up. If you can help, please notify the church office and leave a message (237-2081) or let Sally Kolesar know (861-1313).

Year-end statements not picked up are in the mail.  Also, if you haven’t already done so please pick up your 2020 offering envelopes next to the bulletins.

Thank you: By now you have probably picked up your offering envelopes for the year 2020. This is an excellent time to consider how much you are giving. If your envelope is shared, this is a good time to have a conversation about whether your family should give more or less in the coming year. Has your financial situation changed in the last year? Perhaps you will want your contribution to reflect the change. The congregation council appreciates your generosity in support of the church in 2019 and asks for your careful consideration in 2020.

Ash Wednesday Worship is Wednesday, February 26 at 7:00 PM with the Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion.

The New Directory: Due to a slight delay getting the new directory finished. It will be ready by end of next week. If you have any changes to be made, please contact the church office. 

April 23 is the Spring Caucus Meeting for the Nittany Conference for delegates to the Synod Assembly. Place to be announced. Meeting will start at 7:00 PM at Grace Lutheran Church in State College.

Save the date: The 2020 Allegheny Synod Women’s Organization Convention will be held April 18, 2020 at Evangelical Lutheran in Duncansville. More information will come by mail soon.

Annual Ecumenical Services Announced –Please join us for our Annual Ecumenical Prayer Services–February 9, 2020, 3:00 PM; Grace Lutheran, State College; February 16, 2020, 3:00 PM St. John Gualbert Cathedral, Johnstown.

Birthdays for February

Feb. 1 Linda Muthler; Feb. 3 Karin Lowry; Feb 9 David Kolesar, Lloyd Niemann; Feb. 14 Jennie Norberg, William Stout;   Feb. 15  Todd L. Wheeler; Feb. 21  Max Barnes.

Upcoming Events:

Sunday school for K-6 grade each Sunday at 9:45 AM

February 17-Fellowship Sunday

February 23-Transfiguration of Our Lord

February 26-Ash Wednesday—Lent Begins– Ash Wednesday worship will be Wednesday, at 7:00 PM. February 26 with the imposition of ashes and Holy Communion. .

March 1-First Sunday in Lent

April 5- Palm Sunday

April 9-Maundy Thursday

April 10-Good Friday

April 12-Easter Sunday

February Readings:

February16—First Reading: Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm: 119:1-8; Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 3:1-9; Gospel: Matthew 5:21-37

February 23— Transfiguration of Our Lord–First Reading: Exodus 24:12-18; Psalm: 2; Second Reading: 2 Peter 1:16-21; Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9

February 26—Ash Wednesday–First Reading: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58: 1-12; Psalm: 51: 1-17; Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5: 20b-6:10; Gospel: Matthew 6: 1-6, 16-21

COMMEMORATION

Cyril, monk, died 869; Methodius, bishop, died 885; missionaries to the Slavs, Friday, February 14, 2020–These two brothers from Thessalonika, Greece, were monks and were sent to bring Christianity to the Slavic people. In the course of their work they created a written language, inventing the Cyrillic alphabet for it, and translated the Bible and the liturgy.

stewardship Snippet February 9Matthew 5:16In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. “Love in your heart wasn’t put there to stay – Love isn’t love ’til you give it away!” These lyrics from The Sound of Music remind us not to cling to the love God cultivates in our hearts. Let your love shine and shimmer as you reflect the light and love of Christ to a weary and hurting world.