May 24 @ St. Paul

Zoom Worship Info for May 24

You are invited to St Paul’s Sunday worship service on Zoom webinar.
The service begins at 10:45am, but the room opens earlier

Room opens: May 24, 2020 10:30 AM Eastern Time
   
Topic: Sunday Worship

Please click the link below to join the service:
https://zoom.us/j/96152520889?pwd=L3JLSndFMXJySWlHNnExdTRCcnJMZz09
Password: 725815

    Webinar ID: 961 5252 0889
    Password: 725815

Stewardship Snippet May 24, 2020:  John 17:11 – [Jesus prayed,] “And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.” During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our neighbors—medical personnel, first responders, police, and grocery workers and many others—selflessly put their lives on the line to serve and protect us. As our world recovers, how might we ALL “be one” as stewards of the common good to protect people and God’s creation?

Commemorations

Nicolaus Copernicus, died 1543; Leonhard Euler, died 1783; scientists; Sunday, May 24, 2020: These two men were both scientists who helped to explain the wonders of God’s universe. Copernicus is best known for promoting the idea that the sun, not the earth, is at the center of our solar system. Euler was one of the founders of pure mathematics, and contributed to many other fields.

John Calvin, renewer of the church, died 1564; Wednesday, May 27, 2020: Gifted both as a systematic theologian and as an interpreter of scriptures, Calvin embraced the Reformation, and as a preacher in Geneva, Switzerland, brought a theocratic government to it. He is regarded as the father of the Reformed churches.

Jiri Tranovský, hymnwriter, died 1637; Friday, May 29, 2020: Tranovský is considered to be the father of Slovak hymnody as well as an important reformer of the Slavic church. He translated the Augsburg Confession (the basis of Lutheran teachings) and published a collection of Slovak hymns.

News Updated

Farmers Market: The Market will open again on June 11, 2020 from 3 to 7 pm every Thursday until September 24, 2020.

Thank you to everyone who made donations to Interfaith Human Services, The Dyslexia Reading Center, and the State College Food Bank during the CentreGives campaign. Your generosity is much appreciated.

 There are some restrictions for people who need to enter the church building. At the May 19 Congregational Council Meeting the Council has directed that everyone will have to sign in as they enter, stating why they are in the building for, what areas of the building they need to be, and must sign out as they leave. Also, everything you touch needs to be wiped down. Facemasks need to be worn and we need to practice the six feet social distancing. The sign in/out sheet will be available at the inside the front door to of the building. You can contact any member of the Council if you have any questions.

Member Update

Contact Information for Diane Kemmerer. She would appreciate some cards. Wynwood House, 294 Discovery Drive, Boalsburg, PA  16827        Phone: 814 808 – 6610

Contact Information for Sally Kolesar.  She needs rest but cards would be welcome; Westminster Woods, 360 Westminster Dr., Huntingdon, PA 16652.

Contact Information for Liz Perez is temporally back to her home at 4107 Tadpole Road, Pennsylvania Furnace, PA. Mailing address:  Cards would be welcome. 106 High Hill Lane,  Centre Hall, PA  16828 (this is not a permanent move). 

Blessing Box — Do you need a blessing? Do you want to be a blessing? –We now have a blessing box on the church porch to share non-perishable food and household/personal items.  Take what you need…leave what you can. Open to all! Please share with your friends and neighbors. If you have something you would like to donate but can’t get to the church for any reason, please let me Michelle McMullen know (by phone or text 412-965-1694; mmcmullen273@gmail.com) and she will arrange a time to come pick up the items from your church. Anyone is welcome to take what they need and leave what they can. It is like a mini-free library, only with food. This is a way we are helping our community during this hard time. There are also books that can be picked up and for taking home for those wanting new reading material. Help yourself. We have a team of folks who are monitoring the blessing box and will be taking food to the food bank periodically. Please continue to spread the word about the blessing box for food and for books. 

Pastor Paul is available by phone 9AM to 8PM Tuesday through Sunday. Monday is his day off, but otherwise, feel free to give a call or send a text! If he doesn’t pick up right away, leave a message and Pastor will try to get back to you ASAP. His local phone number is 814-325-7571. He is always available 24/7 for emergencies.

During the Coronavirus Emergency, the Church Secretary will be working during the normal hours of Tuesday and Friday from 11:00 AM -3:00 PM. She will be working from the office, but no visitors are allowed. Email is stpaul68@comcast.net and church phone is 814-237-2081 or cell phone: 814- 699-1701.

Even though our building is still closed for worship and other events for the time being, the financial obligations the church faces continue without pause. Our staff continues to do its work, and we continue to pay them. Other expenses continue. Thus, we are asking you to consider sending your weekly offerings for March to the church. You may send checks, preferably in your offering envelopes to: St. Paul Lutheran Church, PO Box 200, Pine Grove Mills, PA. 16868. You may also give online by going to: https://tithe.ly/give_new/www/#/tithely/give-one-time/387358. You may also use the mail slot on the door to the Pastor’s office to give your offerings.

May Birthdays: 1  Marty Nordberg;  Chris Pollack;  Gabriel Pribulka:  Pastor Paul Tomkiel; 8  Lois Folmar; 11  Diana Wills; 21  Rich Olsen; 26   Rhonda Boonie; 27 Jon Eckess; 28 Roger Williams; 29 Max Hummel

May Readings: May 24–First Reading: Acts 1:6-14; Psalm:  Psalm 47; Second Reading: Ephesians 1:15-23; Gospel: John 17:1-11

May 31—Pentecost Sunday–First Reading: Acts 2:1-21; First Reading (alternate): Numbers 11:24-30; Psalm: Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13; Second Reading (alternate): Acts 2:1-21: Gospel: John 20:19-23; Gospel (alternate): John 7:37-39