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.

James Kauffman

Pam Gemberling and family

The family of Grant Kratzer

Verlyn Smith

Candy Adkins - sister of Judi Anselmo

The child who was beaten and his mother

Major Angela Naugle - granddaughter of Jackie Naugle

Keith Ulrich - brother of Fred Ulrich

Tracy - connected to Donnell Kelly

Terry Stauffer - connected to Kim Haizlett

Harry Powers - Ann Leitzel’s cousin

Howie Paul - connected to Sharon McCuen

Orval Lahr - Chyrl Gemberling’s brother

Gene Leitner - Suzan Beasley’s & Jan Garinger’s dad

The family of Dawn Deska - connected to Randy Tanner

Michelle Rayburn - connected to Missy McCabe

Karen Athey & family

William “Bill” Hockenbrock & family

The family of Shirley Buffington - Bill Hockenbrock’s sister

The family of Betty Hollenbach - Karen Athey’s mom

Dianne Sheaffer

Betsy & Ray Benner

Nancy Wagner

Al Deans

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.

Rally Day

Thank you for your generous contributions to our special Rally Day offering! So far we received $4,540.00 which will be distributed according to Council's decision to three causes:

1.  Hurricane Dorian relief on the Grand Bahama island (50%)

2.  Everyone’s Playground (the All- Inclusive Playground) at East Snyder Park (25%)

3.  The repair of the church’s walk-in freezer (the new compressor with repairs costs close

       to $2,000)

Thank you for rallying around St. Paul’s and for touching peoples' lives through your generous gifts!

Meals for Seals Packing Help - October 21 at 6 pm

Every 3rd Monday of the month at 6 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 October 21 at 6 pm. More info is available through Lori Weir at sisterL241@hotmail.com or 570-374-6966. Thanks!

Cantata Preparation Begins!

Not able to commit to the Senior Choir year round? Join us for the Christmas Cantata! We'll begin working on the Cantata during our Wednesday night rehearsals in mid-October and will present it to the congregation on December 8th. These are a very enjoyable, uplifting 8 weeks together. Let me know if you'd like to join us so I can order enough copies. If you love to sing, please consider celebrating the season of joy with the Senior Choir!

Senior Choir Director, Amy Caron

Hot Topic Conversation - October 27, 9:15 am

What kind of value is there in experiencing and learning about other cultures? Should intercultural skills development be prioritized as part of our personal or professional growth? We are fortunate to have Shane Sanders as a member of our congregation. Shane is a world traveler and has experienced life in many different cultures. Come hear about her adventures and get her perspective on the value of intercultural experiences on October 27 at 9:15 am in the Fellowship Hall.

Rejoicing Spirits Ministry - October 27, 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 on October 27 at 6:30 pm 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.

Messy Church - November 3 at 4:30 pm

Invite your friends and neighbors and join the fun of Messy Church where people of all ages experience a message of faith through crafts, games, activities, Bible story, music and a meal. The Messy Church team invites especially families with children. November’s theme will focus on the story of Jesus walking to Emmaus and in the process he is changing the sadness of his friends into joy. Everything is at no cost to the participants. Children need an adult to accompany them. Spread the word and join the fun on Sunday, November 3 at 4:30 pm in the fellowship hall.

Stewardship Program - Join Our Church Leadership

St. Paul’s mission and ministries are vital and vibrant. On a daily basis we are changing lives. We celebrate that during our Stewardship Season. During the coming weeks leading up to Stewardship Sunday, November 10, you will hear from members of our congregation why they love St. Paul’s, which of our ministries is most important to them, and why they give to St. Paul’s. Our church leadership invites you to open your hearts, to pray about, and to join them in becoming more generous and in making a giving commitment to God and to God’s work for 2020. Please pay attention to the information all members will receive in the mail and join our leadership in worship on Stewardship Sunday, November 10 at 10:30 AM, the highlight of our season, when we celebrate St. Paul’s ministries, God’s goodness, and our giving to God. Thank you for making giving to God and to God’s work a priority! 

Green Team News

Did you know?: Saving water - Conventional shower heads flow at 5 gallons per minute or more, whereas low-flow shower heads typically flow at 2.5 gallons per minute (or less!). It can take 1- 2 minutes for water to heat up after you turn the shower on, allowing up to 5 gallons of water to be wasted. The average bath uses 35 to 50 gallons of water, while a 10-minute shower with a low-flow shower head only uses 25 gallons. (source: https://www.watercalculator.org/save-water/shower-bath/)

Action: Install a low-flow shower head. It may cost you some money up front, but your water conservation efforts will save you money down the road. Put a bucket in the shower while you’re waiting for the water to warm up, and use the water you catch for watering plants, flushing the toilet or cleaning. Think of baths as an occasional treat and stick to showers. 

Kids' Group - Wednesdays, 3:00-5:30 pm

The Kids' Group invites all children ages K-6th grades to participate in a fun and engaging program immediately after school. The group includes a lesson based on a Biblical story, crafts, games and healthy snacks. Stacy Heinemann will lead the Kids' Group as interim Youth Leader. Invite your children’s friends and have them join the fun on Wednesdays right after school until 5:30 pm. With questions you can email Stacy Heinemann at Sheine2730@gmail.com or text or call her at (570) 975-9285.

Meals on Wheels Needs Drivers

Selinsgrove Area Meals on Wheels is in need of volunteers to deliver meals to persons living within the Selinsgrove Area School District who find it difficult to prepare their own meals. Volunteer drivers deliver meals one day a week. Meals are picked up at the Meals on Wheels office at the rear of All Saints Episcopal Church on North Market St. in Selinsgrove between 10:30 and 11:00 AM, and then delivered to our clients. Meal delivery is completed by 12:30 PM or before. Along with delivering meals, volunteer drivers also offer our clients opportunities for caring conversation and ongoing friendship. Mileage reimbursement is available. Two persons who want to volunteer together can work as a team. Training will be provided. Being a Meals on Wheels volunteer can be an effective expression of Christian discipleship. Please pray about it. If you are interested in volunteering, or if you have questions, please contact our Meals on Wheels coordinator Tonya Dawson at (570) 374-6420 Monday through Friday mornings from 9:00-12:30. We really need YOU!

Will You Participate in St. Paul's Caring Card Ministry?

We need one or two more persons willing to write one caring card per week to someone who has been added to our prayer list. You get a break when we have fewer prayer concerns than people who write notes. Also, you are not assigned when you are out of town. Your are responsible for buying cards and stamps, to write the note and send it out. Our Office Manager, Sue Nentwig will assign you on a weekly basis to whom you would write the note and she will give you some background information. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Sue at office@saintpauls-ucc.org or 570-374-8749 or Pastor Dietmar at dietmar@saintpauls-ucc.org or 570-541-0121.

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.