July 5 @ St. Paul

Worship:

This week we celebrate the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost and Community Worship. We will worship in Outdoor Community and by using Zoom. Worship is at 9:30 AM.

  • You are invited to St Paul’s Sunday worship service on Zoom webinar.
    The service begins at 9:30 AM, but the room opens earlier
  • Room opens:  July 5, 2020, 9:30 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

Out door Worship Guidelines The congregations of Pine Grove Mills Presbyterian and St. Paul Lutheran are looking forward to worshipping together and in person on July 5! In preparation for this service, please take note of the following information: The service will be held, rain or shine, at 9:30 a.m., at the St. Paul parking lot, with ushers present to direct parking and help everyone get situated. If the weather cooperates, the worship area will be set up in the last aisle of the parking lot. You will have the option of sitting outside using your own lawn chairs, or remaining in your vehicle. For those who remain in their vehicles, you can tune into the service on the radio at FM 94.9. If it is raining that morning, the pastors and pianist will move to the covered front porch of the church, and everyone will remain in their vehicles. We will take every precaution to ensure your safety during this service. As such, the following guidelines will be in place: —If you are sick or don’t feel well that day, please stay home! —You must wear a mask if you are outside of your vehicle! —Please bring your own lawns chairs if you want to sit outside of your vehicle. —Social distancing should be practiced at all times during the service. Please make sure your family is seated at least 6-feet from other families. —Bulletins and an offering plate will be set up on pedestals (not passed around). —Singing WILL be permitted (masks on), however, there will be no communion.

Bring Your Masks • Bring Your Own Lawn Chairs Social Distancing at all Times! Pastor Paul and Pastor Carl Campbell will be leading worship in Community and via video.

Stewardship Snippet for July 5, 2020 ––Matthew 11:28-29
Jesus taught, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”  The hard work of democracy, ensuring that all citizens have voice and a place, can be wearying. We aren’t alone in our efforts as allies and advocates of those who have been excluded. Jesus goes with us, shouldering the burden and helping to form beloved community.

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.

Volunteers are needed for July worship via zoom: greeters, readers, and prayer intercessors. If you are willing to do this, please contact: Linda Rosensteel at Cell: 814-880-6059; Sally Kolesar at Cell: 777-1830; or Karin Lowry at 814-699-1701. Thank you.

Farmers Market: The Market is in full swing of its 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  Cell: 814-880-6059 or Sally Kolesar Cell: 777-1830.

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.

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

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 Hemman

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

Jan Hus, martyr, died 1415; Monday, July 6, 2020–Hus was a Bohemian (present-day Czech Republic) priest who spoke against abuses in the church, and was seen by Martin Luther as his predecessor in the reforming movement. He was found guilty of heresy by a council of the church, and burned at the stake.

Benedict of Nursia, Abbot of Monte Cassino, died around 540; Saturday, July 11, 2020 –Benedict is known as the father of the Western monastic movement. Educated in Rome, he went to live as a hermit, and eventually gathered a community of monks around him. He wrote a rule for living in monasteries that is used by Benedictines and adapted by others.

Pray for Bishop Rhyne: Following Bishop Rhyne’s physician’s appointment today he asked me to update you on his health status.The Bishop continues to deal with shortness of breath, chest congestion, and coughing. His fever has subsided, but he continues to monitor it. His doctor has ordered another round of tests. The doctor has prescribed him a different medication to help with breathing. The smallest of tasks requires a great deal of energy. Because of this, the Bishop’s appearance on Zoom meetings will be limited over the next few weeks. He will remain at home and respond to messages as he is able.We appreciate your patience at this time and ask for your continued prayers for Bishop Rhyne as he works toward recovery.

Peace be with you+
Pastor Paula

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