HE WORSHIP FLOWERS are placed by Don & Marsha Campbell to the glory of God and in joyful celebration of the 50th wedding anniversary of Don and Marsha Campbell.
SIMPLY GIVING: There are countless benefits to being a member of the St. Paul family and these benefits continue whether or not we are here to make a financial contribution. Go to the church website and register for SIMPLY GIVING through Access My St. Paul so that St. Paul always receives the amount you have committed to give. If you have difficulty registering, Call John Bell at 669-9560.
PASTOR’S BIBLE STUDY takes place every Thursday at 10 am and 7 pm in the choir room. THIS WEEK THERE IS NO 7 PM BIBLE STUDY.
MUSICIANS! There is a signup sheet in the narthex to play or sing during services this summer. All are welcome to share their gifts at any traditional service, during prelude, offering, communion, postlude, etc. During July, Valerie will be unavailable to accompany, so if you sign up for one of those dates you will need to recruit an accompanist if needed. There is a signup sheet in the choir room for those would like to lead the psalm during summer months.
8:00 AM WORSHIP ASSISTANTS: Please sign up in the Red Worship Assistants book in the narthex. We need Ushers who will also be Greeters, Communion Assistants, Lights & Sound, and Assisting Ministers who will also Lector.
CHRISTIAN SERVICE BOX for JUNE will be to support the Warwick Ministerium’s Community Summer Lunch Program. The Ministerium is beginning this summer to reach out to the children in our community who receive free lunches during the school year but may not have anything to eat when school is not in session for the summer. These children as well as anyone in our community are invited to come and enjoy this meal together. Lunches will be served on Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 14 – September 6 from 11:30-12:30 at Lititz Springs Park and Warwick Township Lions Park in Rothsville. The Christian Service Box for April raised $155 to benefit The Youth Mission Trip. Thank you for your contributions to these ministries and please continue to keep these missions in your prayers.
"CAVE QUEST" VBS will be held on Sunday June 19-Thursday June 23 at Salem Lutheran Church Kissel Hill from 6:15-8:45 P.M. Sciency-fun gizmos, team building games, Bible songs, tasty treats and much, much more. Check our display in the narthex for information on registering your children. Join us for a fun-filled week of "cave adventure!"
SUMMER COMMUNITY LUNCHES - This Warwick Ministerium will be preparing and serving lunches for our community on Tuesdays &Thursdays from June 14 - September 6. The lunches will be prepared at St. James Catholic on Tuesdays and at St. Paul on Thursdays. The meals will then be transported to Lititz Springs Park and Warwick Township Lions Park to be served. In order to make this program a success, we are looking for volunteers to help in the following areas: Food Preparers: 9:30am – 11:30am; Food/Supply Transporters: 11am – 11:30am & 12:30-1:00pm; Food Distributors: 11:15am – 12:45pm; Clean-Up Crew: 12:30-1:00. Volunteer signup sheets are on the Mission & Outreach kiosk. Clearances are needed for all volunteers and instructions on how to complete these are attached to the sign up forms. If you'd like help completing these clearances, please contact Barb Paynter and she can assist you. Completed forms can be returned to Barb or mailed to Missy Deibler. After your forms are received, you will be sent a link to a "Signup Genus" where you can select the dates that you are available to serve. If you have any questions, please contact Barb.
THE NORTH LANCASTER CONFERENCE Disaster Response Crew invites you to come out TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m., to the Community Room at Luther Acres and hear about their most recent trip to New Jersey. Desserts and beverages will be served and there will be a presentation of photos and stories from their week in New Jersey, helping to rebuild homes for those still displaced by Super Storm Sandy. This is one small way they can show their appreciation for your support and prayers for this ministry.
MEAL SERVING OPPORTUNITY: Our congregation has partnered with Zion Leola to serve community dinners in Lancaster. We will be serving at Grace Lutheran Church on Wednesday, June 29. Volunteers (ages 15+) are needed for the following responsibilities: Set Up (1 person) 3:00-5:00pm and Serving/Clean up (5 people) 5:15-7:00pm. If you are interested in volunteering, sign up on the “Mission & Outreach” kiosk in the Narthex or contact Joyce Groff.
PALM STEWARD NEEDED: Someone to give loving care to the palms by taking them home, watering them and then bringing them back to church next year for Palm Sunday and the Easter season. We had a palm steward who took care of the palms for six years and is now no longer able to do it. It saves the church money not to have to buy or rent the palms each year. If you would like to serve as our new Palm Steward, please call Susan in the church office.
Social Outings & Upcoming Events
50TH ORDINATION ANNIVERSARY - We will be celebrating this milestone for Pr. Straw following the 9:30 service on June 12. If you have a story or sentiment to share with him, please give it to Barb Paynter by Tuesday, May 31 so it can be included in a scrapbook for him. You can place them on her desk or email them to email@example.com.
COTTAGE MEETINGS: provide an opportunity for Pr. Rob and our congregation to get to know each other better through a small group discussion time. Please sign up for a time to be part of one of these sessions on the kiosk in the narthex.
NEW MEMBERS - Interested in becoming a member or associate member at St. Paul? We will be having a new member’s class in the fall. See Pr. Rob or Barb Paynter to sign up.
LADIES LUNCH BUNCH will gather at 11:30 on June 15 at General Sutter, 14 E Main St. All ladies are welcome to join us and enjoy some fresh, delicious food and conversation! Hopefully, we can sit outside and enjoy the warm weather. Please sign up in the book located at the kiosk in the Narthex. Any questions can be directed to Nancy Miller at 405-0000.
THE BREW CREW will be going to Mad Chef Brewing in East Petersburg on Monday June 13th at 6:30. You can check out the menu and beer list at www.madchefcraftbrewing.com. There is a sign-up sheet in the small groups book in the narthex.
SACRED MUSIC CONCERT: Sunday, June 12 at Luther Acres at 1:30 p.m. Renowned baritone Charles Johnson accompanied by Dale Niehaus on piano.
POTLUCK LUNCHEON: Today we will be having our CELC Appreciation Day during our 9:30 a.m. outdoor worship in the pavilion. Following worship, everyone is invited to stay for a potluck luncheon. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Hot dogs, drinks, and paper goods will be provided. Dress is casual as there will be picnic games and activities.
Summer Worship Schedule
8 AM worship service
This service will be a primarily spoken service with minimal music. This service will include a Sermon and Holy Communion. Because this service is a bit simpler, we are looking for the following assistance:
1 Assisting minister who will also serve as lector, 1 Communion assistant, 1 Light/Sound: If you are both an usher and also a lights and sound volunteer, you would be able to both.
2 Ushers/Greeters: The job of ushers & greeters has been merged for this 8 AM service, and the job will be to hand out bulletins and greet the parishioners. There will be offering plates in the Narthex. We will also ask you to monitor the plates and put them at the usher station desk after the service has begun. Right before the service ends, bring the plates back out in the event that someone wants to place an offering in the plate at the end of the service.
9:30 worship service
Most Sundays this service will follow our traditional worship liturgy (with singing!). The first Sunday of June, July & August, Devotion will lead a contemporary, outdoor worship service in the pavilion, weather permitting. If you are offering music at the 9:30 AM service, we invite you to also share this gift at 8 AM.
6:30 Wednesday service –Camp-style, Starting June 8th
We will offer an intergenerational and child friendly worship services on Wednesday nights (Outside, weather permitting). We will begin with a worship service that will last between 35-40 minutes. This will be followed by a faith-formation activity, likely a craft. After this we will have a snack and folks are free to play on the church’s playground.
Some special Sundays:
June 12: Celebration of Pastor Straw’s 50th Anniversary of Ordination following 9:30 service
July 24: Lutheran Community Outreach (LCO) Evening Vesper Service, 7:00 PM, Lititz Spring Park
August 7: Lemonade on the Lawn (outdoors)
August 14: We will have our 8 AM service and then at 10 AM we will have Worship in the Park, the LCO Outdoor Service at the Lititz Spring Park Bandshell with picnic to follow.
GOD’S PRECIOUS CHILDREN: Liberian Student Tuition Sponsorship Program: The 2016-17 student profiles have arrived and are available in the narthex. As you know, the ebola virus has been devastating for much of the country over the past 2 years, but members of the charity organization were able to travel to Liberia this year and we do have updated profile pictures. We learned that while the majority of our students were spared, some had been ill and were unable to attend the shortened school year last year. Sadly, we also have several students who did not report for registration, so we don't have information on their current status. Please continue to pray for the Liberian people and all those suffering from the ongoing effects of the ebola crisis; the country will be struggling for years to come. As in the past, for those who indicated an interest in continuing to sponsor a student, that profile has been put into an envelope labeled with your name. We also have a few new students available for sponsorship. Information and instructions are included with each profile, and payments can be mailed directly to the charity or returned to the display in the narthex until August 7th. Questions? Contact Cindy Wingenroth at 627-2111 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your faithful support of this project over the years - your generosity has enabled hundreds of students to receive the gift of an education!
Critical Financial Update from Council
At their May meeting, the Church Council initiated a process to re-establish the congregation's financial health.
Current Financial Status:
- Over the past few years, the church has needed to borrow significantly to make payroll and for building maintenance. As of May 29th, the church has over $120,000 in debt.
- While the church has only a slightly negative operative balance for the year, we anticipate a shortfall this summer as a full-time pastor is now on staff and we experience a likely summer reduction in giving. Furthermore, we anticipate that we will not be able to meet our financial obligations in the fall.
While Council is hopeful about increasing stewardship in the long-term, Council believes that in the short-term we will need to reduce staff hours in order to reduce spending for wages and close the gap between revenue and expenses.
- Council is separately developing a plan for the summer and the fall.
- Council is committed to communicating to the congregation about this process and decisions that will be made.
- Church Council President Al Rothermel will again address the congregation on June 19th with our progress towards our financial goals. Council will also include updates in the bulletin and newsletter.
- The Stewardship Committee has issued summaries of giving to all members from January 1st though May 31st so each person can evaluate the status of their financial gifts to the church.
- The Finance Committee has a meeting on June 7 to discuss proposed reductions in staffing for the summer. The Finance Committee will also meet later this summer to put together a staffing plan that meets the ministry needs of the congregation within the constraints of the current levels of giving.
- In addition to their regular monthly donation to the church, the CELC has generously contributed $5000 to help us with summer expenses.
- At the June 14 Council meeting, Council will finalize a summer plan based on the recommendations of the Stewardship and Finance Committee. During this meeting, the process for a fall budget and staffing plan will also begin. In addition, Council will evaluate effective means of communicating this important information to the congregation.
The Church Council and Pastor remain confident of the ability of this congregation to fund the ministry to which we have been called. We thank you for your generosity to the ministry over the years. We recognize that the proposed budget changes will not be without challenge. Please continue to keep the congregation, staff and council in your prayers. And again, as always please contact any council member with concerns, questions, or any input you feel is relevant in this process.
St. Paul Church Council
WORSHIP ASSISTANTS June 12 8:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m.
Acolyte Jack Martin
A. Min. Tami Ruckel Nancy Miller
Lector Barbara Weaver
Com. Asst. Need 1 Kathy Ross, Need 2
Greeters Al & Deb Rothermel
Altar Guild Evelyn Balmer, Don/Gayle Stauffer, Mary Ann Seitz
Com. Bread Bob & Margaret Reich
Flowers Mark & Hazel Nestleroth
Nursery Stephen & Signe Fink
Lights/Snd. Sam & Elena Smith Adam Reichard
Ushers Troy & Samanta Smith Doug Hookway’s Team 15
Join us this summer
June 8 – August 31
St. Paul Lutheran Church
200 W. Orange St., Lititz
This will be an interactive outdoor “camp style” worship for families and children. Following the worship, there will be a faith formation activity (Legos, crafts, etc.) and the evening will end with a time of fellowship and snack.