THE CHRISTIAN SERVICE BOX FOR MARCH will be to support the Friends of Luther Acres 2016 Project. They will be continuing their Oasis Project from 2015.
THE WORSHIP FLOWERS are placed by Jim & Louise Shreiner to the glory of God and in celebration of their 57th wedding anniversary.
AUGSBURG ADULT BIBLE STUDY meets in the church lounge Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
Today: George Nickel April 3: Nancy Weiss April 10: Tom Herrmann
WORSHIP ASSISTANTS: 8 am 10:45 am
Acolyte Tami Ruckel Jonathan Kellogg
A. Min. Jim Millhouse Nancy Miller
Lector Mallory Weiss Don Masey
Com. Asst. need 3 Kathy Ross, need 2
Greeters Gary & Kristee Reichard Don & Marsha Campbell
Altar Guild Barb Weaver, Don & Gayle Stauffer, Cindy Wingenroth
Com. Bread Jean Steffy
Flowers Jim & Louise Shreiner
Nursery Steve & Signe Fink Samanta Smith, Stephanie Cramer
Lights/Snd. Mike Herr Steve Fink & Sons
Ushers Robert Hill’s Team 3 Wayne Gongaware’s Team 14
POWER PACKS PROJECT VOLUNTEERS:
Mar 31 : Driver— Gerald Miller; Distributors: Gerald & Irene Miller
Apr 7 : Driver— Jane Brye; Distributors: Jim & Anne Millhouse
LADIES LUNCH BUNCH will gather on April 20, at 11:30 at Oregon Dairy located at 2900 Oregon Pike. Spring is here! All ladies are welcome to join us and enjoy some great food, fun and conversation! We hope to see you. 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 ST. PAUL NOMINATING COMMITTEE is looking for volunteers to serve on the next church council. This is a fantastic opportunity to serve God and your church as we begin a new chapter in the history of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church. Please prayerfully consider serving your church and your church community as a council member. Please contact Jim Hovan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717.626-0348 by March 30th if you are interested or have any questions. Thank you.
SENIORS GROUP GOES TO HAWAII: Join us on Wednesday, March 23 at 1:00pm in the choir room. Linda Bell will share her slides of a Month in Paradise, her wonderful trip she took to Hawaii. Enjoy the beautiful views and learn about Hawaii.
RECEPTION OF NEW MEMBERS will be held on Sunday, April 3rd. Contact Pastor Straw to indicate your interest or for additional information.
THE WOMEN OF THE ELCA, LSS Women’s Organization will host the 2016 Day of Renewal at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Green Castle, Sat., April 23. Registration is from 9:00-9:30 a.m. The cost for the day, including the meal is $16.00. Make checks payable to the “LSSWO WOMEN OF THE ELCA” and mail to the synodical treasurer, Peggi Norman, 328 Carolle St., Greencastle, PA 17225. Registration deadline is Monday, April 4.
POWER PACKS PLASTIC BAG COLLECTION: Power Packs is in need of plastic bags to use to pack the food for the school children. All you need to do is wrap ten plastic bags together, fold in half, fasten with a rubber band, and return them to the bin in the Narthex. This is an opportunity to both help Power Packs and recycle plastic to save the environment at no cost to you. Please help the Mission and Outreach Committee with this worthwhile project.
MEAL SERVING VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Our congregation will be serving dinner Grace Lutheran on Wednesday, March 30. Volunteers (ages 15+) are needed for the following responsibilities: Set Up (1 person) 3:00-5:00 pm and Serving/Clean up (5 people) 5:15-7:00pm. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up on the kiosk in the Narthex or contact Joyce Groff.
THE MUSIC & WORSHIP COMMITTEE will decorate the Nave and arrange the flowers for Easter on Saturday, March 26 at 9:30 am. All are welcome to help. Hope to see you there.
YOUTH HOLY WEEK BREAKFAST: All middle & high school youth are invited for breakfast Monday-Wednesday, March 21, 22, & 23 at 7am in the social hall. There will be a devotional time to help fill you spiritually while we fill your bellies with breakfast! Youth will be dismissed by 7:40am to walk across Orange St. for the start of their school day. Bring a friend!
PASSION OF THE CHRIST: Join us for this movie TONIGHT at 6:00pm in the Nave. The movie focuses on the last twelve hours of Jesus‘s life and is rated R due to its graphic nature. Pr. Straw will hold a brief reflection time following the movie for anyone interested.
LITITZ PROJECT - It’s time to collectively serve our town again! St. Paul and other Lititz area churches will again be participating in the Lititz Project. We are looking for volunteers to help with yard work and minor home repairs. Last year we had three work teams - Please look for the sign-up sheets in the narthex and donate some time to help your neighbors.
EASTER EGG HUNT: Saturday March 26 at 10 a.m. in the social hall. Rain or shine. Ages up to 6th grade. Join us for an egg hunt, crafts, snacks and door prizes. Bring a basket to collect your eggs and be ready for some fun and fellowship!
EASTER VIGIL will be held on Saturday, March 26th at 7 pm at Zion Manheim.
A NEW BEGINNING has been offered to our congregation with the selection of the Reverend Robert Myallis as our new pastor. The Archives Committee reminds us of some of the many other "new beginnings" that St. Paul has had in the past with photos and articles of pastors called to serve St. Paul over the past half century. You are invited to relive those moments at the archives showcase in the narthex.
WELCA BOOK CLUB: will meet on April 7th in the lounge. The selection is Nadia Bolz-Weber’s Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People. A New York Times Bestseller, Accidental Saints demonstrates what happens when ordinary people share bread and wine, struggle with scripture together, and tell each other the truth about their real lives. This unforgettable account of their faltering steps toward wholeness will ring true for believer and skeptic alike. The June 2nd selection is Graeme Simsion's The Rosie Project.
LCO EASTER VIGIL: Please join us for our celebration of the Easter Vigil at Zion Lutheran Church Manheim, on Sat., March 26 at 7:00 PM. One of the oldest practices of the Christian Church, the Easter Vigil begins outside at sundown, which in ancient tradition was the beginning of the new day; in that sense it is Easter Sunday when the Vigil begins. The message of the Vigil centers around the symbolism of light arising out of darkness, so the Vigil begins with Service of Light. A new fire is lit and we hear the words “The light of Christ, rising in glory, dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds” as the Pascal Candle is carried into the midst of the people. Worshippers light their own candles, and process into the church. The Service of Readings consists of readings from the Old Testament telling of the great acts of God on behalf of His people. The last reading is always the wonderful story of the deliverance from the fiery furnace of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. In the early Church, converts to Christianity were baptized at the Easter Vigil. The Service of Baptism continues to be an integral part of the Vigil. If there are no candidates for Holy Baptism, then we are reminded of our own baptism in the Affirmation of Baptism. Two readings from the New Testament - one from Romans, and another from one of the four gospels - proclaim the Easter message, the center and source of our Christian faith, the story of the resurrection of Jesus. The last part of the Vigil is the Service of Holy Communion. The service this year will be led by pastors of our six LCO congregations (Zion, Manheim; Salem, Kissel Hill; St Paul, Penryn; St Paul, Lititz; Jerusalem, Rothsville and Brickerville), by Zion’s Creative Ministry Team, Zion’s Praise and Worship Choir, as well as Zion’s Handbell Choir.
MEN’S BIBLE STUDY & breakfast will take place at St. Paul, Penryn on Saturday, April 2nd at 7AM. We are normally finished between 8:30 & 9AM. All men are invited to attend this event.
LCO BRUNCH FOR WOMEN will be held this year at Brickerville United Lutheran Church on Saturday, April 2 at 10am. A presentation by Ruthie Dunkle from Manheim, "If Life Gives You Lemons, Go Ahead and Squeeze!" will be followed by a light lunch. Ruthie is from Manheim where her husband is Pastor of the Lord at the Manheim Grace Brethren Church. She teaches Bible to middle school students at Manheim Christian Day School and is the parent of three grown children. She is also a gifted vocalist, conference speaker and ministers to other wives in the ministry. With a great sense of humor, we should have a very enjoyable morning. We invite all ladies of the church to join us at this brunch and feel free to bring along a friend. We will be collecting canned goods for the Warwick Community Chest as well as taking up an offering. Please sign up in the red book located on the kiosk in the narthex. Please register for this luncheon by March 24 either via e-mail email@example.com or call Jackie Fetter (717 949-3467). Interested in car-pooling? Call Marsha Campbell 717 626-8078
MENTORING OPPORTUNITY: The Mission Committee is looking to form a mentoring team to support a woman in the Bridge of Hope program. We are looking for 5 or 6 caring individuals to provide emotional and social support for a woman as she works towards financial stability to maintain her housing. Time commitment includes getting together about once a month as a group and other times by calling, texting, or inviting her to do something with you. No financial support is required by mentors. Training is provided to the group of mentors with ongoing staff support. Contact Barb Paynter at 626-4709 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. If you can be a friend, YOU can be a mentor for a mother and her child.
LABELS FOR EDUCATION: Here are some updates on the Labels for Education® program at St. Paul’s CELC. First, thank you to all of you who have been taking the time to clip, save, and drop off labels in the narthex and the Christian Early Learning Center! So far, we have banked 2,500 points, and there are MANY more labels to count and send in! We are well on our way to reaching our goal of 5,000 points. On a more disappointing note, the Labels for Education® program will be coming to a close. Campbell has shared that due to declined interest in the program, it will be winding down at the conclusion of this school year. Schools have until the summer to turn in labels and earn points. SO, please continue to clip, save, and drop off labels! I will collect until the last day of preschool, May 20th. I will do a final submission of labels at the end of May, which is double points month! Please fill the box before May 20th. Thank you for your support! Jenn Maryniak
WORSHIP ASSISTANTS March 27 8:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
Crucifer Ryan Fink Alex Fair
Book Bearer Luke Reichard Kendall Eby
Torchbearer 1 Eli Colantoni Zach Rusnock
Torchbearer 2 Ava Colantoni Vanessa Weidner
Banner Bearer Adam Reichard Sarah Charles
Acolyte Pat Lamb Jack Martin
A. Min. Tami Ruckel Doug Minnich
Lector Greta Weiler Anne Millhouse
Com. Asst. Jim Millhouse, need 2 Kathy Ross, need 2
Greeters Jon & Melissa Lamb, Pat Lamb Jim & Donna Graybill
Altar Guild Debbie Herr, Michelle Mumma, Stephanie Cramer
Com. Bread Pat Lamb
Nursery Corey & Karen Troxell Jim & Bethany Hovan
Lights/Snd. Ed Weiler John Bell
Ushers Ken Keener’s Team 7 Kathy Smith’s Team 10
HOLY WEEK & EASTER SERVICES
Maundy Thursday, March 24
Holy Communion Service
11:00 am & 7:00 pm
Stripping of the Altar
Good Friday, March 25
Community Good Friday Service
Saturday, March 26
Easter Vigil at Zion Manheim
7: 00 p.m.
Easter Sunday, March 27
Festival Choirs and Holy Communion
8:00 & 10:45 am