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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
FIRST COMMUNION INSTRUCTION CLASS for young people will be held on May 12th from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the lounge. If interested, talk to Pastor Gable.
FAITH, HOPE AND CHARITY will meet on Thursday, April 26th at 1 p.m. in the lounge.
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.
***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!
SUMMER CAMP OPEN HOUSE at Kirchenwald & Nawakwa TODAY from 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Take a tour of camp with members of our summer staff and see what camp is all about. As a bonus, we will give a $10 gift certificate for the camp store to every brand new camper
HALF-OFF CAMPERSHIPS TO ALL! This year our congregation is offering half-off camperships to all children to attend camp. Summer program brochures are available in the narthex. For more information, see camp persons Kate Martin and Jed Kensinger. Visit the web at www.LutheranCamping.org
SPGG (That's St. Paul's Garden Group) is gathering "stream" and heading toward a great gardening season. The "mission" of this newly-formed group is to care for the nine gardens in the front of the church throughout the 2012 gardening season. YOU can help by (1) adopting a garden or (2) serving as a "rover," to help wherever needed. Work your garden on your own time or join the group every Tuesday evening 6:30pm-7:30pm or each Saturday morning 11am-noon, weather permitting, beginning on Tuesday, May 8. Photos and more details on the kiosk display in the narthex. Sign up, join us and see how we grow! (Contact person: Marsha Campbell, 626-8078 or <firstname.lastname@example.org>)
MEN’S BIBLE BREAKFAST will takeplace at 7 a.m. on May 5th here at St. Paul. All men are invited for a stimulated study and discussion, as well as breakfast. We wrap up by 9 a.m.
YOGA NEWS: New time can mean a new you! Join us for Yoga in the narthex on Monday nights at 6 p.m. Mats are available for your use, donations benefit the church. Contact Kathy Ross for more information at 468-7582.
LUTHERAN COMMUNITY OUTREACH: On Saturday, May 5th, LCO will sponsor the 3rd Annual Hugs and Kisses Benefit Walk/Bike/Run on the Warwick Township walking path at 1 PM. The walk will begin in front of the Warwick Township Building on Clay Road. Participants can choose their route and distance. All proceeds from this year’s event will go to benefit a family in Manheim who had their home and belongings severely damaged in last fall’s flooding. Participants are asked to acquire sponsors or make a $10 donation the day of the event. All checks can be made out to LCO. LCO thanks you in advance for your support and compassion.
THANK YOU to our blood donor members and others who contributed 29 units at our April 12th blood drive. Each unit has the potential to benefit three different recipients. Two more blood drives, August 16 and October 11, are scheduled for our social hall in 2012.
*** NEXT SUNDAY, APRIL 29th IS YOUTH SUNDAY! THERE WILL BE ONE SERVICE AT 10:00 A.M. THERE WILL BE NO SUNDAY SCHOOL. WE WILL WELCOME GUEST PASTOR, KEITH FAIR.