THE CHRISTIAN SERVICE BOX for December is to support the Itete Hospital in Tanzania.
THE WORSHIP FLOWERS are presented by Harriet & Michael Kometa to the glory of God and in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary.
FYI: Each week when the bulletin is printed, we post all of the announcements on the website under the Member Info Tab. The worship assistants are also listed with the announcements.
IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE READING THE BULLETIN we can email you a copy each week for you to print in the size font that suits you, or you can view it on your tablet or electronic device. Just email Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CRAFT NIGHT: The next craft night will be Tuesday, January 13, at 7 p.m. We will be doing blanket making.
THE ARCHIVES SHOWCASE THEME centers on Advent Worship. Look for an old set of stoles, worn by pastors during Advent, as well as bulletins representing each of the four Sundays of Advent. Featured are Advent devotionals — both those made by members and those given to members — and a familiar Advent hymn from the 1929 Children's Hymnal & Service book.
POWER PACKS PROJECT VOLUNTEERS:
Dec. 18: Driver - Sev Yerger; Distributors - Jenn Maryniak, Sally Hall, & Tammy Lacombe
Jan. 8: Driver - Jenny Bitzer; Distributors - Jenny Bitzer, Mary Ann Seitz, Sue Yeager
WORSHIP ASSISTANTS TODAY 8:00 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
Acolyte Pat Lamb Amelia Fair
A. Min. Jenny Bitzer Nancy Miller
Lector Barbara Weaver Anne Millhouse
Com. Asst. Greta Weiler, Barbara Weaver, 1 NEEDED Kathy Ross, 2 NEEDED
Greeters Ed & Greta Weiler Don & Deana Wyand
Altar Guild Carol Miller, Tami Ruckel, Cindy Wingenroth
Com. Bread Jean Steffy
Flowers Harriet & Mike Kometa
Nursery Melanie Minnich, Chris Runkle Stephanie Cramer
Bus Driver Jayne Gable
Lgts/Snd Robert Wiegand Steve Shaub
Ushers Gerald Miller’s Team 9 Jeff Eby’s Team 6
SUPPER CLUB SIGN UP FOR 2015: Supper Club is a group couples/singles who meet for dinners and socializing throughout the year. Groups of 4 couples/singles will be formed from those who sign up. Your group will then meet 4 times during the year, once at each of the couples/singles home for dinner and socializing. Each group can decide how to organize the dinners for their group. This is a GREAT way to socialize and get to know others here at St. Paul! Look for the signup sheet in the Sign-Up book in the narthex. Please sign up by TODAY, and indicate if you need childcare. We can find some of the youth wanting to babysit to help you, so you can attend a supper club dinner. After December 14th, we will randomly select the groups, and inform each couple/single of your group so you can get started. Any questions, please contact, Deb or Al Rothermel (627-2107 or email@example.com)
THE LADIES LUNCH BUNCH will gather on December 17th at 11:30 at Chives American Grill, 581-4350, Fieldcrest - Brethren Village, Lititz. All ladies are welcome to enjoy some great food and conversation! We hope to have you join us. Please sign up in the book located at the kiosk in the Narthex. Any questions can be directed to Nancy Miller at 405-0000.
MEN’S BIBLE STUDY and breakfast will occur on Jan. 3, 2015 at Zion Lutheran, Manheim at 7AM. All men are invited to attend. It would be nice to have more than two men from St. Paul at these breakfasts. Any questions, please contact Jim Millhouse.
THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL TREE has been placed in the narthex. The gifts that are purchased will be given to a child in need in Lititz through House of His Creation & Warwick School District. Please place the gift with the tag attached under the tree by December 14. Thrivent Financial has given provided up to $250 to benefit our Angel Tree mission as well through a new program called Thrivent Action Teams. Please sign the Thrivent Action Team Sign-In Sheet when you drop off your gift under the tree so Thrivent can recognize all of our generous givers. Thank you for being an “angel” and sharing God’s love with a child this Christmas! If you have any questions, please contact Barb Paynter.
“CHRISTMAS CARD POST OFFICE”: This year, we have a new option for how to send your Christmas cards to family and friends at St. Paul – there is a Christmas mailbox in the narthex. Just place your cards in the alphabetized mail slots corresponding with the recipient’s last name. Short on time? Place your cards in the basket by the mailbox and let us place them in the slots for you. Then, don’t forget to stop by the mailbox to check your own slot to pick up your cards each Sunday in December. And the best part….postage is FREE! So, share some Christmas cheer and send your Christmas cards to friends and family. If you have any questions, see our very own St. Paul Postmasters, Emily & AJ Paynter.
THRIVENT ACTION TEAMS: is a new opportunity through Thrivent Financial that will help financially support a fundraiser, service activity, or educational event where a group works together to have an impact on our community. St. Paul's first Thrivent Action outreach program will benefit our Angel Tree program. Please sign the Thrivent Action Team Sign-In Sheet to be recognized by Thrivent for participating in this outreach ministry. Don & Barb will be shopping for additional gifts for families in need tomorrow, Monday, Dec. 15 at 10am. Please meet us at the church if you would like to join us. Also, we are looking for volunteers to help deliver the gifts on Tuesday, Dec. 23 from 6-8pm. Please contact Barb Paynter at 626-4709 if you would like to help deliver gifts. For more info on Thrivent Action Teams, please contact Don Shaub.
H.O.P.E.: (Helping Others Physically and Emotionally) is a program to help members of the Lititz community who have cancer. Sometimes cancer patients may have difficulty completing daily tasks. HOPE would send volunteers to help with these various activities. Would you be willing to share your time by doing light yard work, house cleaning, lending a listening ear, running errands like a short grocery store trip or picking up prescriptions, or sending a card? Please fill out a HOPE volunteer form (located on the table in the Narthex by the Christian Service Box) to reach out and help other members of our community. Please contact Karen Lilly at 808-6937 if you have any questions.
SENIOR SHEPHERDS: Starting on Monday, December 22nd, we will be meeting from 1-3 p.m. (in the side room of the social hall) for work sessions every Monday. In January, we will resume our meetings on the 4th Thursday each month from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
SENIOR SHEPHERD LUNCHEON: All persons who have helped or are currently helping the Senior Shepherds are invited to a luncheon in the social hall at 1:00 p.m. on December 15th.
COINS FOR CARING: The children collected Coins for Caring following the Children's Sermon the last two Sundays. Each Sunday through Advent, those children who have taken part in the Children’s Sermon will take cans around the sanctuary to collect loose change (or whatever monies are donated) to be distributed every week to a different charitable cause. The money collected the first week will be used to purchase devotionals and small gifts for the mothers from House of His Creation in Lititz. This is to be a tangible lesson to the children that they can make a difference in someone’s life even if it’s just a few coins that they have to offer. The next 3 weeks we will give to Warwick Religious Released Time, Kanga Lutheran in Tanzania, and the Warwick Community Chest.
IT IS THE SEASON to give and that’s what the endowment committee does in December. Your requests were received and disbursements decided. The committee was able to give $26,000 this year. The recipients will receive these funds in January. Thanks to your generosity in giving during the year in memory and/or honor of a loved one, we have grown the Endowment Fund. We will celebrate these gifts on Endowment Sunday to be held on Feb. 8. Join us to see all the good your donations have done.
WORSHIP ASSISTANTS FOR CHRISTMAS EVE AND ADVENT WREATH LIGHTING PRAYERS are in the Red Worship Assistants Book. There is 1 more slot to fill (8 a.m., Dec. 21) for the Advent Wreath Lighting, so PLEASE sign up! Also, there are sign ups in the Red Sign-Up Book for the Christmas Eve Worship Assistants, and also the Christmas Eve 9 p.m. processional. You will also find a sign up for watering the Poinsettias through January 3rd.
WORSHIP ASSISTANTS Dec. 21 8:00 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
Acolyte Tami Ruckel Alexis Kellogg
A. Min. Tami Ruckel Wayne Gongaware
Lector Mallory Weiss Kathy Ross
Com. Asst. 3 NEEDED Children’s program, no communion
Greeters Mike & Robin Griffith Jeff & Deb High
Altar Guild Reba Oberlin, John & Linda Bell
Com. Bread NEEDED
Flowers Bruce & Barbara Weaver
Nursery Jon & Melissa Lamb Children’s program, no nursery
Bus Driver Al Rothermel
Lgts/Snd Tom Reinfried David Fair
Ushers Karl Usner’s Team 11 Randy Sheaffer’s Team 8
DETROIT YOUTH GATHERING SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
If you would like to help sponsor our youth, you can donate in the following way. Use this form and choose an amount to donate and place it in the offering plate or mail it to St. Paul, attn: Lori Nikoloff. The money will be due sometime in the spring. Thank you for your support!
______$800-Full Scholarship ______$600 - 3/4 Scholarship
______$400 - Half Scholarship ______$200 - 1/4 Scholarship
______Amount of my choice $______
We are heading to Detroit in July 2015 due to the on-going help needed in that area. We have a total of 26 youth and adult chaperones attending with us this time from 3 different churches. As you can see, we really need your support to make it all happen. Thank you for your continued generosity and prayers.