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.

Epha Riche - connected to Missy McCabe

The family of Todd Underkoffler - connected to Donnell Kelly

Young girl at Selinsgrove school

Wood Mode employees & families

Christine Jaegers - connected to Peggy Peeler

Dave Kline - connected to Helen & Dave Hannah

Sue Nentwig

Candy Adkins - Judi Anselmo’s sister

Lucille Aurand - Nick Covino’s grandmother

Matt Bingaman

Gavin Bastian - connected to Jayme Witkop

Erin Rhodes

Audrey Wolfe - connected to Will & Shelly Wolfe

Noel Zechman - connected to Missy Bingaman

June Straub

Jim Seitzer

Gibby Mease

Nancy Wagner

Mike & Jan Garinger

Dianne Sheaffer

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.

Summer Special Music Needed

Starting May 26th, we need special music contributors every Sunday. Can you sing or play an instrument on a Sunday morning this summer? Do you know someone who can but needs to be asked? A quartet singing a beautiful hymn would be very nice. There are lots of ideas and we have so much talent here. There is a sign-up sheet outside the Music Room. Let me know by email too, please at: Rudnitsky@RHPLegal.com.  

Marv Rudnitsky, Music Committee Chair

Caring for God's Creation

Caring for the environment is a vital ministry of the United Church of Christ. If you are interested in how we at St. Paul’s can work toward becoming a more environmentally friendly church, please join us at the Greening of St. Paul's meeting on Monday, May 20 at 4:00 pm in the Meeting Room (across from the upstairs coat room). For more information, contact Marty Blessing at martyb48@ptd.net or at 570-743-7935.

Meals for Seals Packing Help - May 20 at 6 pm

Every 3rd Monday of the month at 6 pm a group of people meet at All Saints Episcopal Church on Market Street to pack "Meals for Seals" for Selinsgrove elementary children who would otherwise go hungry over the weekend. All can help: children, youths and adults.  Usually it takes one hour to complete the task. The next date is May 20 at 6 pm. More info is available through Lori Weir at sisterL241@hotmail.com or 570-374-6966. Thank you!

Wendy's Community Night for Meals on Wheels - May 21, 5-8 pm

On Tuesday evening, May 21, Wendy’s (on the strip in Selinsgrove) will donate 10% of all their sales from 5:00–8:00 PM to Selinsgrove Area Meals on Wheels. No coupons are needed. Simply show up on Tuesday, May 21 anytime from 5:00–8:00 PM and eat in the dining area, or use the drive-thru, to take advantage of this opportunity to support the Selinsgrove Area Meals on Wheels program. With questions, please call Art Montgomery at (570) 492-1679 or the Selinsgrove Area Meals on Wheels office at (570) 374-6420, Monday through Friday mornings, 9 am – 12:30 pm. Thanks so much.

Backpack Drive

For the UCC Conference Annual Meeting on June 7 & 8, Central Association has been asked to provide school backpacks for Snyder County Children and Youth as part of our Annual Meeting Mission Project. Other Associations have been charged with the contents. Our challenge is to bring backpacks for any age. The Executive Committee is issuing a further challenge: Can our caring and loving congregations in Central Association provide between 5-10 backpacks each? Backpacks can be brought to the church office. Thank you!

Summer Camp at Hartman Center For Half Price

If you are looking for a camp for your child this summer, please consider the Hartman Center Camp!! The camp is located on 192 acres of woods, trails and water in Milroy, PA. This facility is owned by the Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ and it offers many different camps that focus on different activities ranging from soccer to music, drama, writing, arts/crafts and adventure, so every child can find one that fits them and will also help them to grow in their faith. This years’ camp theme is “Peace Works” and all camp activities will help them explore this topic. The first camp week starts June 23-29, second week is from June 30 - July 6, week 3 is from July 7-13, week 4 is July 14-20, and week 5 is July 21-27. Each week has a number of different camps from which to choose. If you would like more information or are interested in learning more about the different camps, please visit the website: hartmancenter.com, email: program@hartmancenter.com or call: 1-717-50-CABIN. You can also check out the Hartman Center on Facebook and Instagram. If you would like to see a brochure, you may pick one up from the table in the foyer. And don’t forget, our congregation covers half the cost to church members, so please consider the Hartman Center Camps for Summer 2019 for your child!!

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. 

Fair Trade Coffee

Coffee that makes you smile!

Coffee that makes you smile!

Many small coffee farmers receive prices for their coffee that are less than the costs of production, forcing them into a cycle of poverty and debt. Fair Trade is a viable solution to this crisis, assuring consumers that the coffee we drink was purchased under fair conditions. To support this worthy cause you can purchase coffee products from the display in the church foyer. Please make checks payable to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ with “Fair Trade Coffee” in the memo line.

Try the great taste of fairly traded coffee!

Try the great taste of fairly traded coffee!

"Recycle for Sight"

St. Paul’s is a drop-off for eyeglasses going to a Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center. Lions Clubs International provide eyeglasses free-of-charge for optical missions. Lions, healthcare workers, and service-minded volunteers from other organizations participate in optical missions. All types of eyeglasses and sunglasses, prescription and non-prescription, are acceptable. Children's eyeglasses are especially needed. Reading glasses are also useful because many recipients are in need of visual correction to help them perform close-up tasks. A collection box is in the foyer.  There is no deadline as this is an ongoing mission.  Thank you to Kim Haizlett for initiating this worthwhile project.