Hot Topic Discussion - September 23, 9:15 am

On Sunday, September 23 we will welcome a representative of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for our Hot Topic Discussion. CASA volunteers assist the courts in determining what is in the best interest of abused and/or neglected children whose cases are in the local court system. Learn about the important work these folks are doing on behalf of local children and how you can be involved as well. Join us on September 23 at 9:15 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

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

The family of Lucille and Dr. James Cope

Jim Beddall - connected to Barbie Reed

The family of Rev. Don Spiller - connected to Carolyn Patton

Ray & Betsy Benner

Mike & Jan Garinger

Candy Adkins - connected to Judi Anselmo

Joe Anselmo, Jr. - Jerry Anselmo’s brother

Anthony Baldwin - connected to Jack Lewis

Wayne Carnes - Judi Anselmo’s brother

John Eisenhart & family - connected to Donnell Kelly

The family of Maynard Lahr - Chyrl Gemberling’s brother

Gene Stum - connected to Penny Dollar

Kara Taylor

Dan Namet family

Jackie - connected to Margaret Weirick

Diane Montouri - connected to Margaret Weirick

Dora Rigel - connected to Kim Rigel

The family of Karen Savadge - sister of Dan Namet

Dianne Sheaffer

Helen Hannah & family

Shirley Buffington - Bill Hockenbrock's sister

Migrant children still separated from their parents

Lisa Francisco - connected to Helen Hannah

Sophie Hogan - connected to Chyrl Gemberling

Jonathan Horton - connected to Dave & Helen Hannah

The family of Glen Kline - connected to Kim Rigel

Andy Long - connected to Chyrl Gemberling

Terri Manning - connected to Susan Bolig

Nicholas - connected to Chyrl Gemberling

The family of Betty Noll - Helen Hannah's mother

Ulrike Zintz - connected to Sigrid Plajer

If you want to include someone on our church prayer list, please call the church office at 570-374-8749, e-mail us at, 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.

Rejoicing Spirits Ministry - September 23 at Sharon Lutheran, 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 and celebrate God's love. If you would like to help in any way, please contact Susan Bolig, or 570-374-2587.

Rally Day - October 14

St. Paul’s is a vital and vibrant congregation because of its many missions and ministries and because you, the members and friends of St. Paul’s share your gifts, your talents, and your dollars so generously. On Rally Day, Oct. 14, we thank God for the blessings St. Paul’s and you bring to those we seek to serve. We lift up St. Paul’s mission and ministries. We also focus on needs, programs and missions we cannot fund through our regular annual budget and offering. While celebrating God’s goodness and the difference St. Paul’s makes in the lives of so many, we also ask you to help us raise funds for the new “Messy Church” outreach program, the UCC “Neighbors in Need” fund, and help us work towards replacing the ailing, decade-old church boiler/furnace. Join us in worship on Oct. 14 as we celebrate God’s goodness and St. Paul’s ministries and as we work towards replacing the church furnace, funding the “Messy Church” program, and helping our “Neighbors in Need.” Thank you! Your Church Council

Adult Sunday School Classes - 9:15 am

Which Adult Sunday School Class May Be for You? Two Sunday school classes for adults will begin meeting on Sundays at 9:15 am.

The Mixed Adult Sunday School Class which Richard Wagner used to teach will be meeting in the Council Room on Sundays at 9:15 am. The members of this class share a special bond. They are deeply rooted in their faith. They focus on a traditional understanding of our faith. This group of faithful members welcome new people who want to grow in faith and explore our faith’s foundation based on a traditional interpretation of the Bible. Robert “Bob” Engel will teach and facilitate this group for a ten week study on Jesus’ parables beginning with October 7. All participants are welcome to share in the conversation. For more information you may contact Vivian Beaver at (570) 374-1458.

The Culture and Christianity Sunday School Class will meet in the Meeting Room (across from the coat room) on Sundays at 9:15 am. This class will be facilitated by Raven Rudnitsky and Lois Bruno and uses a “Jesus Redux” DVD curriculum which invites participants to question the traditional understanding of our faith. After viewing a 10-15 minute video segment, the group engages in lively conversations on a new progressive Christian approach to understand Jesus, his ministry, and the purpose of the church. Similar to the Mixed Adult Sunday School Class, this group welcomes any curious persons who want to grow in faith. For more information you may contact Raven Rudnitsky at or (570) 374-1216 or Lois Bruno at or (570) 374-2544.

Which of these two Sunday school classes may be an opportunity for you to grow in faith?

Where Do You Experience Brokenness? - Prayer Station

We invite you to share your personal experience of brokenness, darkness, heaviness at the prayer station up front in the sanctuary. You can write your personal concerns on a shard and hang it on the cross. Surrender it, hand it over to Jesus. He promised to provide healing and wholeness. You are welcome to use the prayer station before, during or after the worship service. During the service, the offering time may be most convenient to use the prayer station. Where do you experience brokenness? What will you hand over to God? 

"On The Mend" - Worship Series - Ongoing

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Do you feel exhausted and overwhelmed at times? Are you ready to be on the mend? Jesus shows us how to uncover the wounds  and frustrations that hold us back from the fullness of life. Jesus helps us reconnect with God’s power and grace. During this worship season we will move out of old and confining ways into new possibilities. Jesus opens the way to a more fulfilling and meaningful life. The individual Sundays will focus on healing inhibitions, fear, pride, divisions, trust, power and vision. Join us on Sundays at 10:30 am as we move together towards healing and wholeness. 

Why Name Tags? - Please Wear Yours!

We ask and encourage you to please wear a name tag every Sunday. Why? It helps people feel more welcome and helps us connect better with one another. God says, “I have called you by name, you are mine!” (Isaiah 43:1) We want to be able to do the same, call you by name. Your name tag is meant for those who do not yet know you. You will find your name tag in the cabinet across from the main sanctuary entrance or on the small table by the balcony door. The tags are sorted alphabetically by last name. The random colors should help you find yours more easily. A host can help you find your name tag or create one for you. If you do not find your name tag, please write your name on the list under the cabinet and we will create one for you. After the worship service, if at all possible, please place your name tag back in the cabinet/the box from where you took it. There you will find your name tag again next Sunday. Thank you, thank you!

All Church Hay Ride - October 7, 3:00 pm

Fellowship will be sponsoring an all church hay ride on Sunday, October 7, starting at 3:00 PM at Ard’s Farm Market, Lewisburg. The cost is: Ages 0 – 12, FREE; Ages 13 + up, $5.00 each.  Tickets for this event can be purchased/gotten from Rachael Rice, Jane Ruhl or from the church office. Please note that everyone is to have a ticket for the head count. Deadline to purchase tickets is Sunday, September 30. Please note that having an accurate count of those attending helps Ard’s Farm Market to have the correct amount of food and size of wagon needed. We will have an enjoyable hayride followed by a hot dog roast with a bonfire. If you have any questions, you may call Rachael at 570-898-4037.

Youth Choir

Our rehearsals are on Wednesdays  from 6:30-7:30 pm in the Choir Room. Any new and/or returning members are welcome to join us at any time and we’d like to extend a special invitation to 6th graders. If you’re already in the Joyful Noise Choir, you don’t need to leave them for us! Michelle Siegel, Joyful Noise Choir Director, and I will make it work for you to be in both choirs if that is your wish. Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions.  Beth Derr / 570.809.3732 (call or text) /




Kitchen Cupboard Sunday - September 30

Sunday, September 30 is Kitchen Cupboard Sunday here at St. Paul’s. At the present time we are in need of the following items:

      Canned beets, green beans & corn, chicken noodle soup; instant potatoes, stuffing

      Ramen noodles, spaghetti & spaghetti sauce

      Cranberry sauce, canned fruit

      Peanut butter & jelly, cereal

      $10 grocery gift cards 

      Please no canned tomatoes, shampoo, soap or toothpaste.

If you would like to make a monetary donation, please make your check payable to: Selinsgrove Area Kitchen Cupboard. Thank you for your donations to help those in our community who find themselves in need of food.

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: Thank you for paying attention to God’s movements in your life and your surroundings.