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.
CHURCH COUNCIL - has 2 open Council positions beginning in July. Each position is a 3 year term. The main responsibilities include: to do long-range planning, set goals and priorities, evaluate its activities in light of its mission and goals; seek to involve all members of this congregation in worship, learning, witness, service and support; oversee and provide for the administration of this congregation to enable it to fulfill its functions and perform its mission; 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, the annual Council retreat, and volunteer to assist on sub-committees as necessary. If you are interested in being a member of Church Council or to get more information, please contact Barb Paynter or Joe Doster.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
THE ELCA is observing World Malaria Day TODAY. 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 through 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.
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.
CALLING GARDENERS! Consider joining with fellow St. Paul's green-thumbers to keep the nine flower beds in the front of the church neat and tidy this upcoming gardening season. You can adopt one of the beds or serve as a "rover," helping out where needed at work sessions held, weather permitting, each Tuesday evening 6:30-7:30pm and each Saturday morning 11am-noon, beginning Tuesday, May 8. You'll need your own gloves, tools and sprinkling cans. Sunshine, water, fresh air and comaraderie are provided. Sign up on the kiosk bulletin board or call Marsha Campbell 626-8078 with questions.
CRAFT NIGHT: Tuesday, May 1st, at 7:00 pm in the lounge will be a beginner knitting class. This will be a very simple class with a few knitters available to get you started by learning the basics. There is no fee since we can use needles and the yarn here at St. Paul. Please come if you are interested in learning how to knit. It may be a great start for you to get started and possibly join our Prayer Shawl Minstry.
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.
FOOD BANK: We have a drop box in the narthex, by the usher stand, for donations for the Warwick Community Chest. Please place your non-perishable items in the box, thank you!