Prayer List

As you trust God and entrust these people in God's care, may we together experience the Living God.

As you trust God and entrust these people in God's care, may we together experience the Living God.

Please keep the following people in your thoughts and prayers and take these concerns as an opportunity to care for them. We can not share personal information in this public e-mail. For more information, please contact the church office at office@saintpauls-ucc.org.

Don & Cindy Martz & family - connected to Lisa Krex

Bob Rathfon

Cindy Adkins - Judi Anselmo’s sister

Carol Dollar - connected to Penny Dollar

Louise Reich - connected to Ann Rising

Rachel, Jade Marie & Ava Grace - connected to Shelly Myers

Chista Mavandadi (Yazeshni family) - connected to Joanne Lauer

The family of William Witkop

Bruce Witkop & family

Dianne Sheaffer

Pat Namet - Praises God for healing; that she is able to walk without pain

Ann Rising & family

Sue Bernstein - connected to Vivian Beaver & Jennifer Bernstein

Elaine Reitz - connected to Helen Hannah

Betsy & Ray Benner

Nancy Wagner

Al Deans

Rev. Jack Snook

June Straub

If you want to include someone on our church prayer list, please call the church office at 570-374-8749, e-mail us at stplssel@verizon.net, or fill out one of the prayer cards from the pews and place them in the offering plate. For us to honor Prayer Request cards please seek permission from the person you desire prayers for and include your name on the cards that are available in the pews or in the church office.

Joyful Noise Rehearsals Begin August 25, 9:15 am

All children ages 4-12 are invited to participate in the Joyful Noise Choir! Rehearsals will be on Sunday mornings in the sanctuary, starting on August 25. The first two weeks of practice will be shorter rehearsals, from 9:15-9:45 AM and starting Sept 8, rehearsals will be from 9:15-10:15 AM. If you have any questions, please contact director Jaime Namminga at 605-212-4533 or jaimenamminga@gmail.com. Beginning on Sept, 8, Darin Namminga will be leading a Sunday school class at 9:15, particularly (though all are welcome!) for the parents or guardians of Joyful Noise members.  

Visiting the Sunbury Mosque - Sunday, August 25 at 11:30 am

We invite you to join us as we visit the Sunbury Mosque this Sunday, Aug. 25 right following our 10:00 AM worship service. The purpose of our visit is to get to know some of our Muslim neighbors and how they practice their faith in the Susquehanna Valley. Sobhi and Sonia Ammar will be waiting for us at the Sunbury Mosque at 63 North 4th Street in Sunbury. Please dress modestly for this visit. We will car pool in St. Paul’s parking lot to drive to Sunbury around 11:15 AM. In June we visited Temple Beth-El, the Sunbury Synagogue, and it was a great experience. Invite someone to join us for this special opportunity.

Rejoicing Spirits Ministry - August 25, 6:30 pm

The Selinsgrove Area Ministerium, along with community members support the outreach ministry called Rejoicing Spirits, which reaches out to enrich the spiritual lives of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities and their families through a meaningful, inclusive worship service. Services are offered in the evening on the 4th Sunday of each month at Sharon Lutheran Church. Please join us on August 25 at 6:30 pm and celebrate God's love. If you would like to help in any way, please contact Susan Bolig, slb725@hotmail.com or 570-374-2587.

Adult Sunday School On Romans - Starts Sunday, September 8, 9:15 AM

Dr. Robert “Bob” Engel and the Mixed Adult Sunday School Class invite you to a study of Paul’s letter to the Romans beginning with Sunday, September 8 at 9:15 AM in the downstairs Council Room. The study will begin with a quick survey of the Book of Acts to set the scene and will continue for 13 weeks. Paul’s letter to the Romans is considered a key biblical text from the New Testament that shaped who we are and what Christianity is all about. Dr. Engel has a deep knowledge of Christian thought and decades of experience in teaching. He will present and will also engage participants in conversation, and welcomes questions and discussions. Please let Bob know of your interest in participating in this study on Romans at rreralph1942@gmail.com or 516-972-5418 (call or text). Please share this invitation with others in your circle of influence. Thank you! 

"God the Potter, We the Clay" - Kickoff Worship, Sept. 8, 10:30 am

Pastor Dietmar loves pottery and its rich symbolism. In our new worship series beginning with Kickoff Sunday, Sept. 8 at 10:30 AM we will pick up passages of the Prophet Jeremiah which describe God as potter and us as clay. We will explore how God is able to shape us into vessels of grace and of living water. We will also focus on broken vessels, shattered dreams, and shards, and how grieving and God’s healing spirit can lead us to new hope. Invite your neighbors and friends as we kick off our program year with a fresh focus on God who shapes our lives and molds our souls.

Green Team News

Did you know? Junk mail is one of the leading contributors to our over consumption of paper. It would take 340,000 garbage trucks to haul all of the un-recycled junk-mail to US landfills and incinerators every year! Remove yourself from unwanted junk mail lists!

Action: Make sure to recycle any junk mail you do receive, and visit https://www.optoutprescreen.com/ to learn how to opt out of receiving some of the most common unsolicited junk mail. Encourage friends and neighbors to similarly remove themselves from these lists.

Meals on Wheels Needs Drivers

Selinsgrove Area Meals on Wheels is in need of volunteers to deliver meals to persons living within the Selinsgrove Area School District who find it difficult to prepare their own meals. Volunteer drivers deliver meals one day a week. Meals are picked up at the Meals on Wheels office at the rear of All Saints Episcopal Church on North Market St. in Selinsgrove between 10:30 and 11:00 AM, and then delivered to our clients. Meal delivery is completed by 12:30 PM or before. Along with delivering meals, volunteer drivers also offer our clients opportunities for caring conversation and ongoing friendship. Mileage reimbursement is available. Two persons who want to volunteer together can work as a team. Training will be provided. Being a Meals on Wheels volunteer can be an effective expression of Christian discipleship. Please pray about it. If you are interested in volunteering, or if you have questions, please contact our Meals on Wheels coordinator Tonya Dawson at (570) 374-6420 Monday through Friday mornings from 9:00-12:30. We really need YOU!

Opportunity to Support Messy Church

Once again, St. Paul's will be a part of Friends Helping Friends, sponsored by Boscov's Department Stores, to benefit non-profit organizations. Friends Helping Friends is scheduled for Wednesday, October 16, 2019. For $5.00, you can buy an all-day shopping pass that will give you a 10%-25% discount on all your shopping needs for that day. Randy Tanner, Jack Lewis and Sue Nentwig, in the church office, will have the passes available for sale beginning July 15 up until October 16. All proceeds from the sale of the shopping passes will go to benefit the Messy Church program at St. Paul's. These shopping passes make wonderful gifts for family, friends and prayer partners. Mark your calendars for October 16 and get your shopping passes now. For questions or if you would be willing to help sell these passes, please contact Jack Lewis at (570) 374-9732 or (570) 850-3295 or email me at jrlewis53@verizon.net.

Will You Participate in St. Paul's Caring Card Ministry?

We need one or two more persons willing to write one caring card per week to someone who has been added to our prayer list. You get a break when we have fewer prayer concerns than people who write notes. Also, you are not assigned when you are out of town. Your are responsible for buying cards and stamps, to write the note and send it out. Our Office Manager, Sue Nentwig will assign you on a weekly basis to whom you would write the note and she will give you some background information. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Sue at office@saintpauls-ucc.org or 570-374-8749 or Pastor Dietmar at dietmar@saintpauls-ucc.org or 570-541-0121.

Help the Ronald McDonald House

Ronan McCabe is collecting soda tabs for his school. They recycle them and then donate the money to the Ronald McDonald House at Geisinger. The money goes to the House for general operating expenses – keeping their doors open to continue to serve families. There is a container in the foyer where you can deposit your soda tabs. Thank you for your help!

St. Paul's New Notepads - For Your Use

You can find St. Paul’s new notepads in the bottom racks of the pews. We encourage you to use the pads for sermon notes, to write a note to a friend or to Pastor Dietmar, to draw, to doodle, to create your personal to-do list or to use it in a new creative and meaningful way. You can also purchase these notepads for your personal use for $3/pad or $5 for two pads in the church office. You can pick up notepads from the table in the foyer and slide your money for the pads under the “Secretary” door in the upper hallway. Blessings!

Jesus Loves All the Children of the World

St. Paul’s UCC Youth Group wants you to know that Jesus loves ALL the children of the world.  The Youth Group painted wooden children representing 12 different countries from around the world, even countries that the US may be in conflict with, because they wanted to show everyone that Jesus welcomes and loves all, no matter where they are from or what country they live in. The “Children of the World” are displayed on the church lawn and have the name of the country they represent on their back, so take some time to stroll around and try to guess which country each wooden child represents.  And don’t forgot that Jesus loves ALL!

St. Paul's Church Mugs

St. Paul’s ordered beautiful new mugs with our church logo on them. You can purchase them for $10/mug through the church office. You can also check the mugs out on the table in the church foyer. The mugs make a nice gift. Enjoy your coffee, tea or hot chocolate in St. Paul’s new church mugs.

St. Paul's Audio and Video

Have you ever wondered about all those buttons and slides at the back of the sanctuary? How do all those images get on the big screens? Have you ever wanted to participate in one of our wonderful worship services, but don't want to be front and center? Consider joining the Audio and Video Team. Maybe just join us one Sunday to see what it's all about. Sound and images play a very important rule in today's worship! We can't imagine our church without these gifts. See one of the smiling operators in the sound and video booth for details!

The Visitation Ministry Needs Your Support

Pastor Penny describes the meaning of the "Broken" Cross in worship. 

Pastor Penny describes the meaning of the "Broken" Cross in worship. 

Will you please help us finance St. Paul's Visitation Ministry Position at $200/month? Pastor Penny (pictured above) started a visitation ministry at St. Paul's for people who are homebound and in nursing homes. About 20 persons followed her invitation to participate in visiting people who are confined to their home. Because Pastor Penny's position was not budgeted for 2017, we need funding for it. We are deeply grateful to two persons who each funded one month of Pastor Penny's ministry. Are you able to join them in "sponsoring" the Visitation Ministry for a month for $200 or willing and able to make any size donation to support this vital ministry? Especially those who are homebound and confined to nursing homes will appreciate your contribution very much. Please designate your gift to "Visitation Ministry." Thank you, thank you!

"Where and How Do You Notice God at Work?" - Faith Sharing

It is always moving when people share personally about their faith and experiences of God. Celtic Christianity describes “thin places,” where God’s reality and ours are touching, barely separated by a veil as thin as gossamer. Where and how do you notice God at work? We invite you to share an experience during our worship service, when you felt God at work in you or around you. Every person has such experiences, where the veil in between heaven and earth lifts. Sharing your personal experience in worship should be only 3 minutes long. Please let Pastor Dietmar know of your interest in sharing from your heart. You can talk to him in person, call (570) 541-0121 or email: dietmarplajer@mac.com. Thank you for paying attention to God’s movements in your life and your surroundings.