THE NEXT MEETING of the WELCA Book Club, will be held on Thursday, August 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the church lounge. The selection will be THE PEOPLE OF THE BOOK by Geraldine Brooks. All women are invited to attend. No sign up is required. For more information call Phyllis Frankhouser, 626-4200.
BREW CREW will meet on July 30th at 6:00 p.m. at the Appalachian Brewing Company in Lititz. We will not meet at the church. There is a sign-up sheet in the sign-up book. In August, we will meet at the church on Saturday, August 25th at 4:15 p.m. and car pool to Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown. Sign up in the sign-up book.
LCO BUS TRIP to Washington D.C. - Save the Date - September 22. We expect to go to Arlington Cemetery and have one or more stops along the mall. You'll be free to choose sites/activities that interest you. If there is enough interest, we will visit the Franciscan Monastery in D.C. to tour the church and catacombs. Approximate cost for the trip is $35 per person; there may be a small additional cost if we choose to go to the Monastery. Please see Pastor Gable, Mark Meuller or Gayle Stauffer for more information. Indicate your interest on the sign-up sheet in the Narthex.
AMY KOCHEL is working on her Girl Scout Gold Award. She will have fresh vegetables in the narthex with recipes: pickling cucumbers, onions and zucchini, recipes for refrigerator pickles and zucchini bread. She’ll have more vegetables later this summer. Look for her!
A DRIVER IS NEEDED during the week of July 30 on Tues., Thurs., and Fri. and possibly Monday. You would be providing a ride from Front St. to Pleasant View Retirement Community at 7:20 a.m. and then pick up by 3:50-4 p.m. This woman was a member of our congregation and is unable to get here or drive due to an amputation. Contact Kathy Ross for more info 664-6212 or 468-7582.
BLOOD DONORS, ages 16 (with parent’s consent) to 70, are needed for a BLOOD DRIVE that will be held in our social hall on Thursday, August 16 from 2:00 pm until 7:00 pm. A sign up sheet is located on the kiosk in the narthex. Join us in this important life-saving outreach to others, scheduled as a convenience to our members and other donors in the Lititz area. If you have any questions about your eligibility as a blood donor, or to sign up for a donation time convenient for you, call the blood bank at 544-0170. Be sure to report any medications you take or have taken recently (even aspirin or Tylenol), any recent illnesses, or any shots or needle sticks, including ear piercing, in the past year. We hope to have 40 or more donors signed up for this event.
UPCOMING STEPHEN MINISTRY CLASS: The First United Methodist Church in Lancaster is planning a training class for Stephen Ministers. It starts September 22 and goes to November 11, 2012. If you are interested in being trained as a SM, contact one of St. Paul's Stephen Leaders, (Pastor Jim, Dave Althouse, Julie Silsdorf-Groff, Kathy Trayer or Nancy Weiss) and we will get you started with the application process.
RESOURCE ASSESSMENT PROCESS BEGINS THIS SUMMER
The leadership of St. Paul has once again engaged the services of Pastor Renee LiaBraaten of Kairos and Associates to guide us through a capital campaign process to raise money for our proposed Master Plan. The first stage of this process is a Resource Assessment to determine if the congregation is ready to move forward with the campaign.
Pastor Renee will be at St. Paul on August 25-27 to begin this assessment. During this time she will conduct 35-40 confidential interviews with a cross-section of members of the congregation. These interviews will last about 30 minutes. In addition, she will conduct several focus groups of about 10 to 15 people. In these conversations, you will have an opportunity to share your feelings about the proposed Master Plan, as well as your ideas, hopes and concerns for St. Paul’s ministries and future. She will then consolidate the information in summary form and present a report with recommendations to the congregation on Sunday, Sept. 23.
A Resource Assessment Team has been formed to prepare for the assessment and to schedule individuals representing various demographic groups within the congregation for interviews or a focus group. If you are interested in participating in this important process, please contact any of the following members of the Resource Assessment Team: Signe Fink, Joe Doster, Barb Paynter, Tammy Jo Stetler, Craig Kimmel, Jim Hoffer, Wayne Gongaware and Pastor Jim Gable.