BLANKET MAKING – Join us for our Saturday morning sessions of blanket making. We will meet on May 12 in the social hall from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
CELC RECOGNITION SUNDAY - Join us on Sunday, April 22 at the 10:45 service as we honor the directors, teachers, and staff for their dedication to the children in our Child Care Center and Preschool and recognize their achievement of obtaining the highest level of accreditation attainable for our school. We will be inviting all of the children and their families to worship with us this morning.
THANK YOU NOTES: Do you know of someone who has done something special to share the love of God with others at St. Paul or the greater community? Is there someone in the church that you would like to thank? If so, please email the details to Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop a note in the church office or offering. We will include your thank you note in the next Epistle!
CHURCH COUNCIL - has 2 open Council positions beginning in July. Each position is a 3 year term. The main responsibilities include: to lead the congregation in stating its mission, to do long-range planning, to set goals and priorities, to evaluate its activities in light of its mission and goals, to seek to involve all members of this congregation in worship, learning, witness, service and support, to oversee and provide for the administration of this congregation to enable it to fulfill its functions and perform its mission, to maintain supportive relationships with the pastor and staff and help them achieve the fulfillment of their calling, to promote a climate of peace and goodwill and mutual understanding, and to regularly attend the monthly Church Council meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, attend an annual Council retreat, and volunteer to assist on sub-committees as deemed necessary. If you are interested in being a member of Church Council or to get more information, please contact Barb Paynter or Joe Doster.
THE PERSONNEL COMMITTEE - is seeking 2 – 3 new members at this time. The length of the terms are three years in which the committee person will become familiar with the duties of advertising, interviewing and hiring staff positions for St. Paul as well as any personnel or policy issues that may arise. The Pastor is responsible for the actual evaluation of the staff as he is their immediate supervisor, but the Personnel Committee has input into the process and the final outcome. Raises and wages are not set by the Personnel Committee but may make recommendations to the Finance Committee and/or Council. The Personnel Committee is also responsible for the policies and procedures that affect the staff at St. Paul. We work closely with the Christian Early Learning Center to assure the safety of their staff and children as well as that of St. Paul’s. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Nancy Miller.
PROPERTY SPRING CLEAN UP will be Saturday morning April 28th. Grab your rakes and shovels and come out and help us get the church property cleaned up and ready for spring. We will start at 8am and work until finished, so if you can’t be there when we start drop by when you can that day to help.
PROPERTY TIME AND TALENT LIST. Are you handy, good with a paint brush, possess carpentry skills or just available to help out. We are building a list of individuals that are willing to help out with property maintenance when specific needs arise. If you are able to add your name to the list please contact Kyle Hipple, Property Committee Chairman (email@example.com or 717.575.4307) with your name and your talent(s). This will allow us to build a broad base of potential volunteers to help out when needed.
HOSS’S COMMUNITY Fundraiser will be held at the Lititz location, Monday, April 16th, to benefit Luther Acres. Ticket is needed (no cost). Have dinner, present ticket to server. Luther Acres Resident Council will receive 25% of each check. Tickets are available on the kiosk or see Kathy Trayer.
LADIES LUNCH BUNCH will meet April 18th at the Udder Choice, Ephrata at 11:30 a.m. All women of the church are invited to attend this informal social event. A sign-up sheet filed under WELCA Events is in the sign-up book in the narthex.
THE WOMEN OF THE ELCA Book Club will meet on Tuesday, June 5th at 7 p.m. in the church lounge. The book to be discussed is THE CONFESSION by John Grisham which is available in paperback and audio. “John Grisham’s latest novel…is a legal thriller with a serious purpose. Grisham focuses on the death penalty system in Texas, telling the story of a young man on death row for a crime he claims he didn’t commit and a parolee three states away who confesses to a pastor that he committed that murder. THE CONFESSION follows the mechanics of the death penalty system as the players involved try to sort out justice and the hours tick down to the execution.” (Quote from About.com. Bestsellers) The group will review the ELCA Social Statement on the death penalty which was accepted in 1991. No signup is needed. Come and join your sisters of St. Paul in a lively and thought provoking discussion.
THE ELCA is observing World Malaria Day on April 29th. Malaria kills 800,000 people each year, most of whom are children under 5. One child dies every 45 seconds from this preventable and treatable disease. The ELCA joins hands with 11 African Companion churches in the global effort to prevent, treat and contain malaria by 2015.
CHECK OUT OUR BUCKET DISPLAY and please help us fill our bucket! April 15-May 27. We cannot heal people like Jesus did, but we can collect money to help provide health care to people in Tanzania. It is a small step, however an important step, in helping people life themselves out of hunger and poverty. Please take a “special” bookmark when you HELP FILL OUR BUCKET. Thank you—Alex, Jack, Jonathan, Nate and Tommy—Kindergarten Sunday School Class.
FIRST COMMUNION INSTRUCTION CLASS for young people will be held either May 12th or May 19th, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.. If interested, talk to Pastor Gable and let him know which day suits.
CHICKEN BARBEQUE tickets are on sale in the narthex today! This benefits the ELCA Gathering in New Orleans. Supplemental funds provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Tickets are $5. Pick up is Saturday, April 28th at Stauffers of Kissel Hill, between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
FAITH, HOPE AND CHARITY w8ill meet on Thursday, April 26th at 1 p.m. in the lounge.
BREW CREW will be going to Troeg’s in Hershey on Saturday, April 21st. They added a chef to their staff last month, so the tasting room now offers food. We will meet at the church to car pool and will leave the parking lot at 4:30 p.m. Sign up in the sign-up book in the narthex.
ST. PAUL'S TELECARE TEAM will meet on Monday, April 16 at 1:00pm in the church lounge. Team members use the telephone to offer a connected sense of caring among our church family. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, please speak to Dawne Mellinger (626-4196) or Marsha Campbell (626-8078) or join us tomorrow afternoon in the lounge.
LIKE TO GARDEN? A new "ministry," the St. Paul Garden Group, is forming. Its "mission" is to care for the nine gardens in the front of the church throughout this 2012 gardening season. The group will have hour-long "working" meetings Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm and Saturday mornings at 11:00am beginning May 8. Each of the nine gardens will be "adopted" by garden group members and also tended by "rovers" who do not wish to accept the challenge of "full adoption!" Gardens can also be tended at other convenient times, as well. See the display on the narthex kiosk today. Sign-up to join the garden group, or to adopt a garden or both. More information from Marsha Campbell (626-8078).
***PLEASE NOTE that there is a misprint in the April Epistle---the flowers and bread were repeated from March by mistake. Please check the sign-up book for correct info! We have open dates for bread coming up!