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.

Wilbur Reddinger

Neil Beaver & family - Jevan Beaver's dad

Children separated from parents at border

Donna Krason - connected to Mary Dahlmann

Betty Noll - Helen Hannah's mother

Donna Smith - connected to Verlyn Smith

Gordon Smith - connected to Barry Hayhurst

Louise Wiliver - connected to Margaret Weirick

Dan Alderson - connected to Missy McCabe

Betty E. Hollenbach - Karen Athey's mom

Norman Kline - Kim Rigel's dad

The family of Jack Shade - connected to Wendy Houck

Gene Stum - connected to Penny Dollar

Pam Wildt

Dawn & Rick Goetter - connected to Karen Heinemann

Tony Martello - Deb Martello's husband

The family of Ione Krex

Kathy DeMar & family - connected to Helen Hannah

Shirley Dively - Bruce Dively's father

Dan Sanders - connected to Vivian Beaver

Chyrl Gemberling

Gayle & Bruce Dively

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.

BLESSING - Celtic Spirituality Summer Worship Series

We will focus on the Sacred in every moment, every person, and in every situation during our summer worship series beginning with June. Instead of focusing on the “original sin,” we will delve into Celtic Spirituality and explore the “original blessing,” the way God created and called all creation good. Celtic Spirituality is grounded Creation Spirituality. Through the centuries, Celtic Christians paid attention to the Holy in the ordinary, how we can become aware of God’s presence in us and around us. This summer we will be moved by Celtic (Irish) blessings and practice how we can bless other people. Make a point to join us in our 10:30 am worship services during our summer months as we explore “thin places,” encounter the Holy in the ordinary, and become a blessing to others.

How Will You Bless Someone This Week?

Pause. Pay attention. Smile. Give a compliment. Pay for someone’s coffee. Sweep your neighbor's sidewalk. Do a random act of kindness. Ask an open-ended question. Listen with your heart. Let someone go ahead of you in the checkout line at the grocery store. Your small actions will make a difference. I’m curious what you will do to bless someone this week. I encourage you to share next Sunday with us about your experience. How will you bless someone this week? 

Vacation Bible School 2018 Thank You

The Vacation Bible School theme for 2018 was Shipwrecked! We had around 20 kids attending this year and everyone involved had a great time learning how Jesus is always there for us through any storm! We explored this message for the week through different scriptures and songs. I would like to thank everyone who helped out with the decorating, station leaders, registration volunteers, donations, snacks, group leaders, and everyone else who attended! You all helped make this event extra special for the youth. I appreciate all your hard work and passion over the last week! I can’t wait for VBS 2019! Thanks! Michelle Siegel, Youth Leader

Meals for Seals Packing Help - July 16 at 7 pm

Every 3rd Monday of the month at 7 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 July 16 at 7 pm.  More info is available through Lori Weir at sisterL241@hotmail.com or 570-374-6966.  Thank you!

Re-Creation Concert - July 22, 6:30 pm

Come and enjoy Re-Creation on Sunday, July 22 at 6:30 pm! THE SACRED PROGRAM is designed as a worship service and features both traditional and contemporary styles, sing-a-long hymns and children’s songs, dramatic works and original music. This year's program, “BELIEVE" is a live worship experience unlike any other! Dynamic vocal blend combined with a lively, yet sensitive state-of-the-art sound…Tasteful, appropriate presentation…Light staging/Fun elements…Congregational participation…Biblically referenced songs!  A free will offering is appreciated!

Rejoicing Spirits Outreach Ministry - July 22, 6:30 pm at St. Paul's

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. Rejoicing Spirits will be held here at St. Paul's UCC at 6:30 pm in July and August. Rejoicing Spirits will join us for the Re-Creation concert on July 22 at 6:30 pm. Please join us 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.

Church World Service Mission Trip - All Day Wed., July 25

Do you want to help people who are facing hardship and recover from disasters around the globe? You can help hands-on by packing hygiene kits and/or school kits together with a group of members from New Covenant UCC in Williamsport. These kits will be sent to areas where they are needed most. Depending on how many people participate, we will carpool or use the church van, leaving from St. Paul’s parking lot on Wed., July 25 at 7:00 am to drive to New Windsor, MD, and return around 6:30 pm. Lunch will be provided by Church World Service. Teenagers are welcome to participate. It’s a great way to make a difference! Please let the church office know by July 17 of your intent to participate: office@saintpauls-ucc.org; (570) 374-8749.  Thank you!

Children's Summer Sunday School 2018

For the summer, Sunday School will occur every Sunday after the children’s message in August. We will not be having any Sunday School classes during the month of July. In Sunday school we will be doing craft projects and other fun activities and resume our normal curriculum at the end of August. Please bring the family to church this summer and let the youth know that they can still attend Sunday School during August for some summer fun! Hope to see you all there! If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Siegel at youth@saintpauls-ucc.org.   

Summer Musicians Needed

It’s that time of year again when we ask for suggestions and volunteers to provide music during the summer. Our choirs will be taking a well-deserved break. Sing a solo, sing a hymn with a friend, read a poem, dance, play an instrument, or ask a friend to share their talent. Pick a date that works best for you from now until September 2, 2018. Please let Jan Garinger know at jang58@ptd.net or call her at 570-259-2968. Thank you all for your support of the St. Paul’s music programs. Your Music Committee

Volunteers Needed for Flower Beds

Mary Ann and Bill Weader have taken care of the flower beds around the church for many years and are ready to pass the torch to new hands. Many thanks are extended to them for their commitment and hard work! Property and Grounds would like to know if anyone is interested in helping to continue to keep the outside of the church looking beautiful during the growing months. Weeding on a regular basis, along with general plant care are the primary needs throughout the season. Please let Property and Grounds know if you’re willing to help.   

Children & Youth Services "Back to School Fair"

Snyder County Children & Youth Services is preparing for their ninth annual “Back to School Fair”. Their goal is to provide backpacks filled with school supplies for local children in need.  St. Paul’s will collect items through Sunday, July 29. There is a box outside the secretary’s office where you may place your donations. Thank you for your help! 

Items desired include:

New backpacks                            Filler paper for 3-ring binders                     Construction paper Book covers                                  Scissors (safety style)                                  Post-It notes

Hand sanitizers                              Daily assignment notebooks                       Pens               Crayons                                         Markers & highlighters                                 Rulers

Colored pencils                             3-ring binders (1 to 1 1/2 inch)                     Mechanical pencils      

Erasers (block & pencil top)         Lunch boxes

Pocket tissues                               Pencil boxes (plastic or fabric)                        #2 pencils Graphing calculators                     Folders (pockets, fasteners)                            Pencil sharpeners

Elmer's glue (bottles & sticks)      Notebooks (single & multi-subject spiral)             

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.