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.

Vivian & Terry Beaver

Chyrl Gemberling & family

Max & Pam Gemberling

Nancy Wagner

Christina Blum family - cousin of Bev Heinemann

Norman Kline - Kim Rigel’s dad

Dan Stephens - connected to Rick Lybarger

Candy Adkins - Judi Anselmo’s sister

Rev. Robert & Dawn Doll

Patty Wagner - Nancy Wagner’s daughter-in-law

Connie Willow - connected to Shirley Varner

The Brosius family

Harry Longer - connected to Janeen Brosius

Ray & Betsy Benner

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.

Prayer Partner Program

Everyone is invited to participate in this thoughtful exercise of faith and love, the Prayer Partner Program. Here’s how it works. Fill out the Prayer Partner form located in the foyer and place it in the box in the foyer by Sunday, January 20, 2019. On that day, each person who placed his or her name in the box should likewise pick out a name from the box. This person is your prayer partner for 2019. Please remember that it only requires a card or note every now and then and on special occasions (especially the person’s birthday) to let them know they are being thought of in prayer. You simply sign your card or note with the words “Your Prayer Partner” and St. Paul’s return address. Then, next Christmastime make known to that person your identity with a gift. Thank you for your focus on prayerfully lifting up each other.

Birthday Celebration - January 20, after worship

The Fellowship Committee will be hosting a “Happy Birthday” celebration on Sunday, January 20 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 2019. Any questions, please give Rachael Rice a call at 570-898-4037.

Leadership Orientation - January 20, 2-3 pm

The Leadership Orientation is the best way for you get an overview of St. Paul’s mission, vision, ministries, and how we function as an organization. In one hour you will receive all information you need to become a fully informed member of St. Paul’s. Besides all who are in leadership positions at St. Paul’s, this is also a great opportunity for those who may be interested in officially joining St. Paul’s in the future. Join us on January 20 from 2-3 pm for one jam-packed hour of information on St. Paul’s.

Meals for Seals Packing Help - January 21 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 Jan. 21 at 7 pm. More info is available through Lori Weir at sisterL241@hotmail.com or 570-374-6966. Thank you!

 

Hot Topic Discussion - January 27, 9:15 am

Rev. Darin Namminga will introduce us to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota through the “Re-Member” organization. “Re-Member” takes its name from the ancient definition, to "put back that which is broken; to re-member." Conditions on Pine Ridge represent a part of our world that is broken, a part that we seek to put back together. Please join us on Sunday, January 27 at 9:15 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall as we listen and learn about Darin’s cultural immersion experience with the Lakota and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Messy Church - Saturday, February 2 at 4:30 pm

Do you want to experience something great? Join us for lots of crafts, activities, music, Bible story, and a free meal on Saturday, February 2 at 4:30 pm in our fellowship hall. If your family life is a little messy at times, if you can use a little hope and meaning, Messy Church is for you! Children bring their grandparents, aunts their nieces, teenagers their peers. Together we explore the lighter side of church. Our first Messy Church program on January 6 was a huge success; 52 persons participated and we had lots of fun exploring together Jesus’ story of the lost sheep. Thanks to ALL who made that possible! Please know that young families are NOT expected to help prepare, cook, serve, or clean up! This time is for you to enjoy, be inspired, and experience church in a fresh way with your own family. If you have questions or want to help, please contact Pastor Dietmar at dietmar@saintpauls-ucc.org or at (570) 541-0121. He can connect you with one of our teams around crafts, meal, hospitality, or clean up. Spread the word and join us for Messy Church!

New Members Will Join St. Paul's - Sunday, February 10

Are you interested in joining St. Paul’s? The next opportunity to do so is in worship on Sunday, February 10 at 10:30 am. We have 6 persons who are ready to join. Pastor Dietmar invites you to participate together with them in the Leadership Orientation on Sunday, January 20 from 2-3 pm and to the New Member Gathering on Sunday, February 3 right following our 10:30 am worship service. The purpose of these meetings is to better understand St. Paul’s mission, to clarify expectations, to understand and connect with specific ministries and to connect with a mentor. If you have questions about the process, want more information, or are not sure whether you are ready to join or not, please contact Pastor Dietmar at dietmar@sainpauls-ucc.org or 570-541-0121 or the church office at office@saintpauls-ucc.org or 570-374-8749.

Donations for VBS 2019

This year’s theme for VBS is “From Mars and Beyond.” We want to transform St. Paul’s to look like you are walking around the inside of a spaceship and want the ceilings to sparkle like the night sky. To facilitate this, we need both colored and white lights, so before you stick those Christmas lights away in the attic or basement, please bring them to St. Paul’s for us to use for VBS 2019. If you would like your lights back after VBS this July, please place your name on the bag you bring them in and we will return them to you after we are done with them this summer. You may bring them to St. Paul’s and place them in the Sunday School room downstairs or in the work room. The lights will be stored safely and well taken care of over the next few months. Any light donations would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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.