June 28 @ St. Paul

Worship:

This week we celebrate the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost. We will worship by using Zoom

  • You are invited to St Paul’s Sunday worship service on Zoom webinar.
    The service begins at 10:45 AM, but the room opens earlier
  • Room opens:  June 28, 2020, 10:30 AM Eastern Time
  • 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

Pastor Paul will be leading worship via video.

Pastor Paul’s vacation is June 22-28.  Pastor Kevin Shock will provide pastoral coverage for emergencies while Pastor Paul is on vacation.  Pastor Kevin can be reached at: 814-404-0721.

Stewardship Snippet for June 28 Matthew 10:40 “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.” You don’t have to watch hours of Martha Stewart to master the art of hospitality. Just fling wide the door. Community forms and flourishes in the soil of wide welcome and presence (i.e. hospitality). How will a new reality reform both your hospitality and community?

Except for his vacation, 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.

Caucus Meeting for the Nittany Conference representatives to the Assembly will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Wednesday, July 15 at 7:00 PM. Delegates and all members of the Nittany Conference are invited to attend.

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 home for the time being but will be in and out of the office periodically. Email is stpaul68@comcast.net and church phone is 814-237-2081 or cell phone: 814- 699-1701. Messages checked often.

Farmers Market: The Market has begun a new season and is open again 3 to 7 pm every Thursday until September 24, 2020. COVID-19 protocol will be followed. Volunteers (teens to seniors) are needed for traffic management, setup and cleanup, and entry monitoring.  Volunteers: If you’d like to volunteer or know someone we should ask, please contact Linda Rosensteel or Sally Kolesar.

Worship and Music is planning an outside Community Worship with the Presbyterian Church and will be held Sunday, July 5 beginning at 9:30 AM on the grounds of St. Paul Lutheran Church. Details are still being defined and we will send more information as soon as available. Please bring your friends, family, neighbors to celebrate.

Church Usage Update:  We look forward to when we can all gather in our sanctuary for worship. For now, St. Paul will continue to worship by Zoom. Opening for meetings and worship will require much planning in order to keep us all safe. The congregation council has decided it would be unwise to open at this time and has recruited a Planning Committee that will work on meeting the COVID-19 protocols.
     In this meantime, the council asks that you please avoid entering our building.  People who must enter to do office work or building maintenance are asked to sign in and to sanitize everything in the building they touched before leaving.  The sign-in sheet is at the door of the church office.

State College Food Bank:  Despite the fact that we cannot pick up your Food Bank items at the church, they are still collecting items on Mondays (9-4:30) and Wednesdays and Fridays (9-3:30). Besides the items listed below, they take garden items.  Pickup is contactless, using a bin. If you’d like to take a little drive, here’s an opportunity to do a good deed.                                                                    Plain White Rice (1-2 pound bags or boxes), Sugar (2 or 4 pound bags), Vegetable or Canola Oil, All-Purpose Baking Mix or Pancake Mix, Canned Protein Beans, Canned Fruit, Canned Corn, Canned Green Beans, Ketchup, Yellow Mustard, Mayonnaise, Salad Dressing: Ranch and Italian, Peanut Butter, Canned Soups, Canned Pasta (Spaghettios, Chef Boyardee, etc.), Coffee – Regular, 100% Fruit Juice (64 oz. bottles), Powdered Lemonade Mix

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 note that food items should be carefully checked with expiration dates. Expired items should not be put into the Blessing Box. *Please continue to spread the word about the blessing box for food and for books.

June Birthdays–4 Cassie McMullen; 5 Art Reede;, 11 Randy Wills;  12 Ann Reede; Andrew Pribulka; 17 Judy Karakawa, Carl Tier; 26 Diane Kemmerer, Doug Lemke, Grace Lemke, Becky Nordberg; 27  Paul Anderson

June Anniversaries — Pastor Paul & Megan Tomkiel; 24 Art and Ann Reede

July Birthdays — 4 Susan Barnes; 10 Marilyn Niemann; 11 Ike Rosensteel; 14 Bonnie McMiniment; 16 Mike Boonie , Drew Johnson, Dan Molnar; 20 Christian Richard, Heidi Lauckhardt-Rhoades, 22 Jennifer Johnson; 23 Deb Eckess, Bill Stout; 27 Shirley Gilligan; 28 Linda Rosensteel; 30 Sandee Hemmann

July Anniversaries — 7 David and Stacy Pribulka; 31  Lloyd and Marilyn Niemann

Readings for JuneJune 28: Fourth Sunday in Pentecost: First Reading: Jeremiah 28:5-9; Psalm: Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18; Second Reading: Romans 6:12-23; Gospel Reading: Matthew 10:40-42

Readings for July

July 5 Readings: First Reading: Zechariah 9:9-12; Psalm: Psalm 145:8-14; Second Reading:  Romans 7:15-25a; Gospel Reading: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30.

July 12 Readings: First Reading: Isaiah 55:10-13; Psalm: Psalm 65:[1-8] 9-13; Second Reading: Romans 8:1-11;Gospel: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

July 19 Readings: First ReadingIsaiah 44:6-8; Psalm: Psalm 86:11-17; Second Reading: Romans 8:12-25;  Gospel: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

July 26 Readings: First Reading: 1 Kings 3:5-12; Psalm: Psalm: 119:129-136; Second Reading: Romans 8:26-39; Gospel:  Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Commemorations

Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, died around 202; Sunday, June 28, 2020–This important early church leader tried very hard to hold to the faith handed down by the apostles. An opponent of the movement known as gnosticism, Irenaeus was one of the first to speak of the church as catholic, or linked together.

Peter and Paul, Apostles; Monday, June 29, 2020 — These two strong-willed apostles are the pillars of the church in the first generation after Christ. Peter was one of the Twelve, one who both offered a glorious confession of faith and later denied knowing Jesus. Paul once led the persecution of Christians, then was converted and helped bring the faith to non-Jewish people.

Catherine Winkworth, died 1878; John Mason Neale, died 1866; hymn translators; Wednesday, July 1, 2020–Neale was an English priest who specialized in the translation of Latin and Greek hymns into English. Winkworth lived in Manchester, England, and devoted herself to translating German hymns. Almost all English-speaking hymnals include many of their translations.

Thomas, Apostle; Friday, July 3, 2020–Though frequently remembered as “doubting Thomas,” this apostle also demonstrated a willingness to suffer and die with Jesus (John 11:16), and finally claimed the risen Christ as “my Lord and my God!” By tradition, he later worked as a missionary in India. Long commemorated on December 21, Thomas’s celebration is moved to July 3 in agreement with ecumenical calendars.