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.

Helen Hannah

Matt Beaver - Terry & Vivian Beaver's son

Bonnie Funk & family - connected to Wendy Houck

Glen Kline - connected to Shelly Myers

Roxane Morris - connected to Peggy Doak

Ben Moyer - Jenelle Moyer's husband

Deanna Reed - connected to Raven Rudnitsky

Mrs. Steiner - connected to Kim Haizlett

Gene Stum - connected to Penny Dollar

Ray & Brenda Szumigraj - connected to Judi Anselmo

Gayle & Bruce Dively

The Thomas family

Velvet Naugle Frazzetto - Jackie Naugle's daughter

Tom Mahaffie - connected to Wendy Houck

Ryan Bolig

Orcille Bloss - connected to Penny Dollar

Jane Gutierrez - connected to Barbara Lewis

Chuck Hess - Jake McCabe's uncle

Norman Kline - Kim Rigel's father

The family of Kathy Mulligan - connected to Judi Anselmo

Jake Records - connected to Joy Kahler

Pat Smith - connected to Shirley Varner

Susan Smith - connected to Karen Koppenhaver

Dale, Jay & Cindy Snook - connected to Janeen Brosius

Jean Winch - John Fischer's sister

Kim Brininger - connected to Shirley Varner

Treva Dockey - connected to Kirby & Chyrl Gemberling

The family of Mick Hess -connected to Penny Dollar

Steve Leitzel - Nancy Leitzel's son

Ty McCarthy - connected to Susan Bolig

Keith McGlaughlin - connected to Kim Rigel & Myrletta Kline

Felicia Valencia - connected to Janeen Brosius

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.

"Angels Among Us" - Advent & Christmas Worship Series

This is the most special season of the year to experience real hope, peace, joy, and love which God’s messengers, the angels of our favorite Advent and Christmas stories deliver. In our busy lives and fear-filled world, it is good to hear the angel’s message, “Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy!” Invite a friend to join you as we focus on God’s uplifting and inspiring message Sundays at 10:30 am. 

Whom Will You Invite to Celebrate Christmas With Us?

God uses people like you and me to reach out and invite people to experience hope, peace, joy, and love. “Angels Among Us,” is this season’s worship theme. We will have moving services with the Children’s Musical on Dec. 17th. Our traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight service is a highlight of the whole year. As you pray for and reflect on whom you can invite, think specifically of  family members, of neighbors, of people at work, of friends, acquaintances, members of groups and organizations you belong to. Think especially of persons who are undergoing transitions and life stresses, like people who moved to town, have a new baby, retired recently, experienced a loss, death, an empty nest, or some other hardship. You can use a note card with an attached pottery angel to invite people to join us in worship. God uses people like you and me to invite others to experience the presence of God. Whom will you invite to celebrate Christmas with us? 

Benefit Concert for David Chapman - December 21

The Selinsgrove Nazarene Church has an elementary boy in their congregation who has brain cancer. It has impacted him to the point that he is not even able to attend school. His father lost his job at Gander Mountain when they shut down. So, the family has medical bills and daily expenses coming in with little current income. The church is sponsoring a benefit concert for his family. Re-Creation will be performing a concert on December 21 at 7:00 pm at the Midd-West High School auditorium. The cost is $10 (children under 5 are free). For tickets you can call the Nazarene church office at 570-374-0028 or go to www.ShowTix4U.com.

Joyful Noise Fundraising for New Choir Robes

The Joyful Noise Choir is raising money for new choir robes. They need to raise about half of the money, which is around $1,250 by December 31st to get a 10% discount and they will also receive an extra 5% discount for ordering over 25 robes. They want to make sure they have plenty of robes for new members and also need the robes to be in an array of sizes. With the total 15% discount, the robes will cost about $120 each. Joyful Noise is raising the money on their own, so they are planning a few fundraisers for the Holiday Season. Check your bulletin for fundraising opportunities. If you would like to donate money or pay for a robe, you can make the checks payable to St. Paul’s UCC and note Joyful Noise Choir Robes in the memo line. Thank you to all who are helping to support their cause! 

"Known and Called" - New Year Worship Series

Put God first and everything else will fall into its proper place. Beginning with Jan. 7 the new worship series, “Known and Called” will help you connect more deeply with Jesus, understand him better and move to what he calls you to do. Along with the action words, light, splash, look, fish, touch, and listen we will explore in worship what identifies us as followers of Jesus. Begin the New Year with Jesus and make connecting more deeply with God a priority. The rewards are eternal!

Faith Sharing - January Worship

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: dietmar@saintpauls-ucc.org. Thank you for paying attention to God’s movements in your life and your surroundings. 

Birthday Celebration - January 21 after worship

The Fellowship Committee will be hosting a “Happy Birthday” celebration on Sunday, January 21, 2018 right after church to celebrate everyone’s birthday throughout the year. Fellowship will provide the birthday cake, drinks and place settings. They ask that all who attend please bring a covered dish to share. Come, join and celebrate mine, yours and everyone else’s birthday for the year 2018. Any questions, please give Rachael Rice a call at 570-898-4037.

Explore Your Faith World - Leadership Orientation, January 21, 2-3 pm

We speak different languages in matters of faith. Our understanding of God, of our human condition and what faith is all about differ. During the leadership orientation, Pastor Dietmar will present a “Faith Worlds” inventory that will help you understand yourself and others better. What is at the heart of your faith? Being forgiven, being energized to live life to the fullest, rallying for justice and peace, and/or finding your way home to God? Any and all friends and members are invited to explore their own faith world and how we function as a congregation. Join us for an hour of power in the fellowship hall on Sunday, January 21, 2-3 pm.

Hot Topic Discussion - January 28, 9:15 am

Our Hot Topic for January will focus on looking at privilege. Privilege is a term for special treatment; but for whom? Is life in the United States easier if you are born white, male and heterosexual? Do you have an advantage if you are born into a two parent family? Susquehanna University professor, Dr. Jeffrey Mann, Associate Professor of Religious Studies recently published an article on privilege that raises interesting questions on this topic. Please join us on Sunday, January 28 at 9:15 am to discuss this timely topic with Dr. Mann.

Hygiene Kits Needed for Flood Victims in Texas and Florida

St. Paul's will be collecting items for hygiene kits for the flood victims in Texas and Florida, which will be sent to Church World Service. Items needed include:

   One hand towel (15"x28" to 16"x32", no fingertip, bath, dish towel or micro-fiber)

   One washcloth; one wide-tooth comb removed from the package; one bath-size bar of soap

   in the wrapper; one finger nail or toe nail clipper removed from the package; one toothbrush

   in the package; ten standard size Band-aids.

All items need to fit in a one-gallon plastic zipper closure bag. Remove the excess air from the bag and seal. Do not add extra items or toothpaste. Extended expiration toothpaste will be added to the hygiene kit prior to its journey. Completed kits can be brought to the church or single items can be donated and the Youth Group will assemble the kits. With questions, please contact Marty Blessing at martyb48@ptd.net or 570-743-7935.

Used Bicycles Needed

The only way that people from the Haven Ministries homeless shelter in Sunbury can get to work is with a bicycle. Do you have a used bicycle that you don’t need any more? Please ask your neighbors and friends if they have a used, functioning bicycle. It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give to those who live at the Sunbury homeless shelter. They are working hard to get back on their feet. The best way is if you deliver the used bicycle directly to Haven Ministries in Sunbury (1043 S. Front St., 570-286-1672, Manager: Christy). If you are unable to deliver the bicycle to Sunbury, please drop it off at the church and place it in the garage from the alley. Please let the church office know when you drop off a bike. Thank you so much! 

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. 

Why Name Tags?

We encourage everyone to wear a name tag.  This helps people feel more welcome and helps us connect better with one another. You will find your name tag in the cabinet across from the main sanctuary entrance. They 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.  After our worship service, you can drop your name tag in a designated basket at the church entrance. Our volunteers will restock them alphabetically in the cabinet. There you will find your name tag again next Sunday. Why name tags? We practice extravagant hospitality and we get to know each other better. Thanks for participating and for encouraging others to wear name tags on a regular basis.

 

 

 

 

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!