Dr. Robert “Bob” Engel is an outstanding teacher. During this season he is teaching the Mixed Adult Sunday School class on Jesus’ parables. The Mixed Adult Sunday School class members invite you to join them for one Sunday or for several Sundays during this season as they explore the parables of Jesus. You can just listen in or participate in the conversation. The class meets in the downstairs Council Room every Sunday at 9:15 AM.
Dr. Dan Davis from Geisinger’s MyCode and DNA screening program will return to discuss the DNA screening program, as well as the medical ethics that accompany this type of research. If you have the gene for Alzheimer’s or other deadly diseases, would you want to know? How much should medical professionals reveal? Dr. Davis will talk about these and many other ethical questions. Join us on Sunday, November 18 at 9:15 am in the fellowship hall.
For what are you grateful? Join us for a meaningful and moving Thanksgiving Worship Service where we will decorate a magnificent Thanksgiving Tree with cut-out hands as leaves. All participating in the November 18, 10:30 am worship service will be asked to write on “hand-leaves” something for which they are grateful. These will be attached to the tree to create a work-of-art Thanksgiving Tree. Invite a friend to this meaningful and memorable service.
Thank you to all who participated in this year's stewardship program by filling out a Mad Lib form! St. Paul’s vital and vibrant ministries need your generous financial support. In 2019 it will take about $300,000 to finance St. Paul’s ministries. This year the Stewardship and Finance Committee and Church Council invite you to participate in the stewardship program in a new and fun way by filling out a Mad Lib form for St. Paul’s. Mad Lib forms are available from the ushers and in the church office. Please fill it out and place it in the offering plate or return it to the church office. We invite you to join us as we celebrate St. Paul’s mission and ministries and make a faith promise to support St. Paul’s during 2019. Thank you!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rick & Sue Krex
The Claypoole family - connected to Raven Rudnitsky
Melissa Kilgus - Barry & Sally Hayhurst’s daughter
Karen Koble - Lisa Krex’s sister
Diane Montuori - connected to Margaret Weirick
Randy & Darla Neidig - Jayme Witkop’s parents
The family of Kathy Ritter - Rick Krex’s sister
Linda Tesman - Barry & Sally Hayhurst’s daughter
Wayne Wetzel & family - Allen Wetzel’s dad
Caroline Kissinger & family
The family of William Manbeck - Caroline Kissinger’s brother
Russell Heintzelman - connected to The Reddingers
Dawson Williams & family
Terry & Vivian Beaver
Families & victims of the Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting
The family of Kay Spigelmyer - connected to Donnell Kelly
Sandy Biggs - connected to Sherry Herlinger
Theresa Beaver - connected to Chyrl Gemberling
Ray & Betsy Benner
Mike & Jan Garinger
If you want to include someone on our church prayer list, please call the church office at 570-374-8749, e-mail us at email@example.com, 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.
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 Nov. 19 at 7 pm. More info is available through Lori Weir at sisterL241@hotmail.com or 570-374-6966. Thank you!
On Tuesday evening, November 20, 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 November 20 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, Monday through Friday mornings 9:00 am–12:30 pm at (570) 374-6420. Thanks so much.
St. Paul's is accepting applications for the position of Nursery Attendant. The attendant would need to be available every Sunday morning from 10 am - 12 noon. This position requires a high school diploma or equivalent. Applicant should possess good communication and interpersonal skills. Previous experience with children ages newborn to 6 years of age is preferred. Compensation will be based on an hourly rate of $10 per hour. Child Abuse and Criminal History clearances are a must. Please submit your resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please help with the decorating of our sanctuary for the Advent and Christmas season right following our worship service on November 25. This is a meaningful way to start our preparation for Christmas.
Re-Creation's 44th edition presents “A Classic Christmas!” The program captures the excitement of the season and also highlights Re-Creation's gift to America's hospitalized veterans across our nation. Join us on November 29th at 6:30 pm at St. Paul's UCC to share in the Miracle of Christ's Birth and the magical sounds of the season.
Giving is at the heart of being a person of faith. By giving we do what God does. We follow Jesus' example when we give joyfully. Thank you for supporting God's work through St. Paul's ministries. Please pick up your personalized offering envelopes from the table in the upper hallway. On your regular envelopes you can designate part of your giving to "Our Church's Wider Mission," (OCWM) which supports God's work beyond our local congregation. A good guideline is to give 10% of your overall giving to OCWM. For example, when you give $100 to St. Paul's you give $10 to OCWM. Our Stewardship and Finance Team encourages you to give electronically through eGive. This makes the work of the offering counters easier. Whether you want to make a one-time gift or give regularly, eGive is a great way to do it. You can click on the eGive button in the Ministry section on our website www.saintpauls-ucc.org or contact our financial secretary, Cindy Martin at email@example.com or by calling (570) 898-7265. If you are new to St. Paul's and want your own offering envelopes, you can also receive them through Cindy Martin or the church office. Thank you for your generous support of St. Paul's mission and ministries!
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!
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!
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 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.
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!
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!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for paying attention to God’s movements in your life and your surroundings.
If you have used batteries you want to recycle, place them in the small bucket in the coat room. Please tape the posts of 9 volt batteries. Recycling is part of caring for God's creation.
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.