ANNOUNCEMENTS

This Sunday we celebrate the Second Sunday in Lent.  Holy Communion will be offered by intinction. Sunday school for children is offered every week at 9:30 AM.

This Sunday, following worship everyone is invited to join us for lunch in Rohrbaugh Hall.

This Sunday at 1:30, Pastor Tomkiel and the Adult Choir will lead the worship service at Foxdale Village Retirement Community.

Pastor Paul will be on vacation March 21 through March 25. If you have a pastoral emergency, please call Pastor Rebecca Horn at 215-208-5535.

Worship volunteer sheets for April is on the table in the narthex.  Please prayerfully consider how you might serve.

Serving Sunday: Worship Leader: Pastor Paul Tomkiel; Music Director: Debbie Strouse; Organist: Jim Rearick; Pianist: Michelle McMullen; Acolyte: Cassie McMullen; Assisting Minister: Lauren Muthler; Reader/Communion Assistant: Karen Magnuson; Greeters: David and Stacy Pribulka and Sons; Ushers: Ron Strouse, Randy and Judy Wills; Counters: Roger Williams, Bill Stout; Sign Changer: Morgen Hummel; Sacristan: Karen Magnuson; Fellowship hosts/hostesses: Art and Ann Reede; Jeff and Linda Muthler.

Randy Wills and Karen Magnuson will be taking photos of the congregation for the photo directory each Sunday till Easter Sunday.  Please plan to get your picture taken and wear your best smiles.

Wellness Book Fair we will be featuring various books for sale for adults that promote various kinds of wellness.

Please join us every Thursday evening during Lent for a brief service of worship and supper. We’ll begin with Holden’s Evening Prayer at 6:00, followed by a light meal and fellowship in Rohrbaugh Hall. If you would like to attend but are reluctant to drive at night or need a ride, please call Karen Magnuson at 867-1541. If you’d like to help with the meals, please see the sign-up sheets in the Narthex.

Please sign up to purchase a pot of yellow tulips to decorate the sanctuary for Easter Sunday. Sign-up sheet is in the narthex. Cost is $8.50 per pot, and may be made in honor or memory of someone. Last day for orders is Sunday, March 31.

Dining with Diabetes began March 7th and continues each Thursday in March  21 and 28 with three-month follow-up on Thursday, May 30, 2019. Time is 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Mowing? Yes, Spring is coming soon, the blossoms will bloom, leaves will start forming on trees and the grass will start growing.  The church yard is mowed by volunteer members of the congregation.  One volunteer does two mowings then the job rotates to the next volunteer. We need volunteers to help mow, using the church mower.  Please contact Joe Homan or Ron Strouse if you would like to help.   

Making a Will and Estate Planning Workshops are being planned for a later time. Watch for dates and times in the bulletins and on the website.

Please invite your family and friends to join you for an organ concert by Jim Rearick at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sunday, March 31 at 3:00 PM.  Jim will be playing works by J.S. Bach, John Stanley, Charles Callahan, S. Drummond Wolf, Michael Bedford, Louis-Nicholas Clearmbault, Alfred Fedak, Roger W. Boop, and Deitrich Buxtehude.  There will be a free will offering to benefit the food bank and organ repair fund. A light reception will follow the concert.

WECA is sponsoring a “Lunch Out” Sunday, April 7 following worship. The lunch is open to everyone in the congregation.  We will meet at Harrison’s at the Hilton Garden, 1221 E. College Avenue in State College. Reservations are made. Call Sally at 861-1313 or Linda Rosensteel at 1-880-6059 to reserve your seat(s) at the table.

ALSM will have their annual Fashion Show/Fund Raiser and Brunch on  Saturday, April 27 from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM at the Oaks in Pleasant Gap. Our church donates a chocolate basket or, maybe two!  Sign-up sheet for chocolate donations is on the table in the narthex. Tickets for brunch/fashion show are $20. Contact Bonnie McMiniment at 238-2678 or email her at bjm1126@gmail.com.   Donationa are needed by April 21 at the latest.

Mark your calendars: Upcoming St. Paul Events:

March 18 — Property Meeting at 7:00 PM in the conference room

March 19 — Congregational Council, 7:00 PM — members of the congregation are invited to sit in on council meetings at any time.

March, 21, 28, April 4, 11 — Thursdays in Lent. Holden’s Evening Prayer at 6:00 PM followed by a light supper.

March 21 & 28 — Dining with Diabetes — will continue March 21 and 28 at 2:00 PM

March 31 Concert by Jim Rearick at St. Paul at 3:00 PM with light refreshments following

April 7 WELCA “Lunch Out” at Harrison’safter worship. Everyone is invited to join us.

April 14 Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday) worship at 10:45 AM.

April 18 Maundy Thursday worship at 7:00 PM.

April 19 — Good Friday worship at 7:00 PM.                            

April 20 Easter Vigil being planned. More details coming.

April 21 — Resurrection of Our Lord (Easter Sunday) at 10:45 AM

May 30 Dining with Diabetes follow-up 2:00-4:00 PM

Holistic stewardship for Lent

     These faith practices strengthen our souls and open our hearts to the resurrected Christ at Easter. This year, try developing a sense of holistic stewardship for your life. Stewardship, of course, looks at how we use not just our financial abundance but all the blessings that God has given us – our health, our family and friends, our faith, our time, our intelligence, and so on.

     Just as holistic medicine takes a “big picture” view of physical health as a dynamic interconnection of our body’s systems, holistic stewardship helps us seee and appreciate all our gifts in relationship to one another. For instance, how does your stewardship of time interact with your stewardship of your relationships or health? How might more-thoughtful stewardship of your time improve your relationships or your health? How might better stewardship of time, relationships and health improve your financial abundance?

When you examine your stewardship of these and all your gifts in dynamic interconnection with one another, you can find more meaning and purpose as a disciple of Jesus.

     To get there, for the days of Lent focus on just five major categories of the blessings God has given you easily remembered by the Take stock of your blessings in each category, thanking God for them. Family and friends – nurturing relationships; Abundance – finance and material possessions; Intelligence – your mind and special talents; Time – living fully 24/7; Health – physical and emotional wellness.

  • Reflect on how they interrelate to give you joy and purpose and meaning.
  • Ask God to help you use these gifts more wisely and fully for God’s purposes.
  • Imagine God blessing and enriching your life as you learn to steward these gifts in a way that they will support and enhance one another.

     This Lent, let holistic stewardship help you envision your gifts and life more fully in God’s reality, the reality called the Reign of God. It’s the Reign that Jesus preached.  and proclaimed, and that he brought to fulfillment with the victory over death that we celebrate at Easter.