Today is Trust Sunday! We began our Stewardship Campaign -- COMMON HOPE, COMMON TRUST – two weeks ago by giving thanks to God. We invited everyone to offer a prayer of thanksgiving to God for the ministry at St. Paul by writing down on a small flame something about St. Paul for which they are thankful. We combined these together into a beautiful flame (which you can see on the windows in the back of our sanctuary). Last week we invited everyone, on Hope Sunday, to add in your prayers of hope for our congregation. This week we will culminate our Stewardship Campaign with Trust Sunday, when we prayerfully consider this ministry here and make a financial commitment using pledge cards.
THE WORSHIP FLOWERS are placed to the glory of God.
INTERESTED IN HELPING IN WORSHIP – There is a red sign up book in the lobby (narthex). This includes sheets for Communion Assistants, Assisting Ministers, Ushers, Lights & Sound. There are also spots for donating Flowers and Communion Bread in this book.
ALTAR GUILD: Do you like hospitality? One of the most important tasks in our church is settling the table for Holy Communion and helping clean up afterwards. If you interested in helping in this way, please contact Reba Oberlin, 626-5417
COMMUNION BREAD is provided each week by members who sign up in the red Worship Book. We have had the same faithful people bringing in the bread for quite a long time. It would be nice to have a few more people help out and ask you to consider signing up a date or two. There are simple instructions telling you what to do, and it is simple! Thank you!
CHRISTIAN SERVICE BOX for October will support will support Lutheran World Relief.
POWER PACKS VOLUNTEERS: St. Paul will be partnering with Power Packs to serve the children and their families of Bonfield Elementary School again this school year. Thank you to all of our volunteers for your time and dedication to this program! If you need to change your assigned days, please contact Jenny Bitzer. Volunteers for the next two weeks are:
LITITZ/WARWICK COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING MEAL
DATE: Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, 2016
MEAL SERVING TIME: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Hosanna! A Fellowship of Christians, 29 Green Acre Road, Lititz
MENU: Turkey, potato filling, sweet potatoes, cranberry relish, baked corn, rolls, butter, assorted desserts, and beverages
COST: FREE to ALL!
RESERVATIONS: Reservations not necessary!
TAKE-OUT: Will be available after 11:30 a.m. (just walk in!)
** MEAL DELIVERY: Contact Ann at 717-625-0907
** TRANSPORTATION: Contact Ann at 717-625-0907
** PLEASE NOTE: It is our desire that no one eats alone this Thanksgiving holiday. If you would like to attend but do not have transportation, we are willing to provide transportation to and from the church so you can have a meal surrounded by community friends and neighbors. For those who cannot leave their homes for health and safety reasons, we will be happy to deliver a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal to your door on Thanksgiving Day.
Please call Ann for meal delivery or transportation needs.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: Our Sunday School children will be participating in Operation Christmas Child as our fall outreach project. Each child is asked to fill a shoebox with gifts for a child this Christmas and to return it to the narthex by Nov. 13. Every shoebox gift delivered by Operation Christmas Child is a tangible expression of God’s amazing love. But the shoebox is just the beginning...every child who receives a shoebox will also be invited to participate in The Greatest Journey, a 12-lesson Bible study course guiding them through what it means to faithfully follow Jesus Christ.
How can I participate?
The St. Paul congregation can support our Sunday School children by:
- filling a box to add to their collection (more info can be found on the table in the narthex);
- giving a monetary donation to defray the cost of shipping – each shoebox costs $7 to ship (there is a box on the table in the narthex for donations);
- praying for both our children as they pack the shoeboxes & the children who will receive these shoeboxes and be introduced Jesus and his love for them. Please contact Barb Paynter, 627-7506, if you have any questions.
TOYS for SMILES - a ministry led by our St. Paul Senior Shepherds is donating a wooden toy for every Operation Christmas Child shoe box. Kids - you're invited to come to the Workshop on the Stage of the Social Hall with a parent/guardian on Sundays from 9:00am-9:30am to choose 1 or 2 toys per box. You get to pick a toy for a child in another country - how cool is that?! Be sure to thank Mr. Joe Doster :) Boxes are due Nov. 13.
CHILDREN AT CHURCH
SUNDAY SCHOOL has begun for all ages - jump into a new class anytime. Please register your child (forms are on the Children's area of the kiosk). Kids are always welcome to bring friends.
Nursery Help NEEDED: Please contact Deacon Emily if you can pitch-in from time to time!
HEY KIDS AND TEENS - do you have spare time at church on a Sunday morning? Stop in the Children/Youth office to work on a big Biblical puzzle with other kids. The door is open for you!
OCTOBER’S FAITH STEP-STONE: Our Kindergarteners and 1st Graders are learning the Lord's Prayer in Sunday School. You can teach your children at home too! On Sunday, October 30th, all K & 1st Grade children are invited to help lead the congregation in the Lord's Prayer during worship (with Pastor Rob!) It's their Faith Step-stone! For questions, contact: Deacon Emily.
FIRST COMMUNION INSTRUCTION is coming up for all 2nd Graders! Also welcome are older children who have not yet had Instruction or Communion. Classes will be held during the Sunday school hour on Nov. 6 & 13th with First Communion for those participants on Sunday, Nov. 20th. A parent should attend the class with their child. Please contact Deacon Emily to join.
HIGH SCHOOLERS meet for Bible Study and Discussion Sundays, 9:30am - join us!
Thanks to everyone who helped make the 5th Quarter a success!
Nov. 6 MS/HS Youth Group Meeting 6:30-8
Nov. 17 WJTL Youth Group Night for MS/HS
Nov. 20 Club 56 Meeting 6:30-8
FAITH & FELLOWSHIP
PASTOR’S BIBLE STUDY takes place every Thursday at 10 am and 7 pm in the choir room. Note: This Bible Study requires no previous experience with the Bible! We look at the passage for the upcoming sermon. This way you can participate in the process of sermon writing! The people that attend find they look forward to worship even more.
SERMONS ONLINE: We now can offer Sunday's sermons online. You can use this link to listen and also to share with others. We hope to offer this moving forward each week. You can access them here: http://www.stpaullititz.net/pastor-robs-sermons.html. You can also listen to Pastor Rob's sermon on Podcast (search under Pastor Robert Myallis on iTunes or any other podcast directory).
NEW MEMBERS CLASSES: The next new members classes will be held in early January. If you are visiting and have questions about the congregation, please feel free to reach out to Pastor Rob.
COMMUNION SERVICE AT LUTHER ACRES AND MORAVIAN MANOR: St. Paul has a number of its members who live at Luther Acres and Moravian Manor, including their skilled care units. St. Paul’s has begun holding occasional worship services at both for many of the homebound members. If you are interested in attending or helping transport people to this service (wheelchairs) let Pastor Rob know (626-4709; email@example.com).
THE NEXT MEN’S BIBLE STUDY AND BREAKFAST will take place on Saturday Nov. 5th at Brickerville United Lutheran Church starting at 7am. All men are invited to attend this event.
SPECIAL ST. PAUL MEMBER BIRTHDAY: Gladys Trefny, a long-time St. Paul member, will celebrate her 100th birthday on October 26th. Her telephone number is 626-0152 and her address is 1402 Knob Hill Dr., Lititz. Please consider calling her to wish her much happiness or send her a card to enjoy on her special day and for weeks to come.
(LUTHERAN) BEER & HYMNS: Sunday, November 6th from 5pm – 6pm. Come early, food and beverages available at 4:30pm. Join us for a casual gathering of people who love singing and socializing. No cost to attend. Beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase. 551 West (formerly Kegel’s Seafood Restaurant) 551 West King St., Lancaster. Off-street parking available diagonally across from restaurant on Pine St. Hosted by Emmanuel Lutheran.
ST. PAUL SENIORS: Join us in the lounge on Wed., Oct. 26th and share a favorite apple story, recipe or adventure. We will also plan upcoming events into next year and if we want to change our meeting time. So bring your ideas, a favorite apple or dessert and we’ll make a memory. If you can’t make the meeting, but have ideas, you can email Kathy Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 717-468-7582.
LADIES LUNCH BUNCH will gather on Nov. 16, at 11:30 at Appalachian Brewing Co, Lititz. All ladies are welcome to join us and enjoy some great food and conversation! Come share in the fun. Please sign up in the book located at the kiosk in the Narthex. Any questions can be directed to Nancy Miller at 405-0000.
FINANCIAL UPDATE: We thank everyone for the generosity this summer. Our fall Stewardship campaign is kicking off under the theme: Common Hope, Common Trust. By now you should have receive a letter in the mail outlining Council’s vision for the congregation as well as explaining some of the steps Council has taken to ensure financial vitality in our congregation.
SIMPLY GIVING: To register for Simply Giving, use the church website under access My St. Paul or use the QR code on the offering card in the pew. If you have difficulty registering, call John Bell at 669-9560. If you choose to give electronically, you may place the card in the offering plate in lieu of a physical contribution as an act of worship.
VOLUNTEER RECEPTIONISTS NEEDED: Our Administrative Assistant, Susan Faulkner, has announced her resignation as she moves on to a new position as Church Administrator at Lititz Church of the Brethren. We are thankful for Susan’s work which began back in December 2009. We are also happy for her new opportunity and wish her God’s blessings. Her last day will be October 31, 2016.
It is unrealistic for us to hire a new administrative assistant by November 1. Furthermore, Council is currently in the process of assessing the duties of our former Outreach director and looking to hire someone to assume some of these roles. Therefore, we will be short-staffed in the office for a time-period. We are seeking volunteers who could handle some basic office duties: answering phones, welcoming visitors and photocopying. Computer skills not necessary. You do not need to commit to each day; we are looking for a team of volunteers each of whom could take a time block. This would allow Council some time to assess the needs of the congregation and enter into a hiring process.
SNOW REMOVAL: If you or someone you know is in the snow removal business, we invite them to contact our director of facilities, Marc Buckwalter at 626-4709 or email@example.com.
WORSHIP ASSISTANTS TODAY:
8:00 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
Acolyte Ryan Fink Magdalena Turner
A. Min. Mary Ann Seitz Doug Minnich
Lector Tami Ruckel Anne Millhouse
Com. Asst. NEED 3 Kathy Ross, NEED 2
Greeters Steve & Chris Troutman Jim & Louise Shreiner
Altar Guild Reba Oberlin, Michelle Mumma, Cindy Wingenroth
Com. Bread Jean Steffy
Nursery Corey & Karen Troxell Dave & Sandy Bingaman
Lights/Snd. Melissa Lamb Kathy Ross
Ushers Karl Usner’s Team 11 Craig Wagaman’s Team 12
WORSHIP ASSISTANTS Oct. 30
8:00 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
Acolyte Adam Reichard Zach Rusnock
A. Min. Jenny Bitzer Wayne Gongaware
Lector Dawne Mellinger Nancy Miller
Com. Asst. NEED 3 NEED 3
Greeters Russ & Evelyn Schreiber Mike & Deborah Andrews
Altar Guild Reba Oberlin, Carol Miller, Kathy Trayer
Com. Bread Aileen Nickel
Flowers Jerry & Irene Miller
Nursery Gary & Kristee Reichard Jim & Bethany Hovan
Lights/Snd. Mike Herr Steve Shaub
Ushers Doug Hookway’s Team 15 Kathy Smith’s Team 10
SUNDAY SCHOOL INFORMATION
Sundays, 9:30 a.m.
Ages 3 - pre-K
Grades K & 1
Grades 2, 3, & 4
Grades 5 & 6
Grades 7 & 8 (Confirmation)
Social Hall Side Room
Youth Room (by foodbank)
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL: There are 3 adult Sunday School classes that meet at 9:30am on Sunday mornings. Come and see what might interest you:
Faith & Family Class
Nursery (kids 0-2 welcome with an adult)
Walk in Faith
In 2017, the world will mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant and Lutheran Reformation. There will be a number of special events at St. Paul, other churches and around the world over the next year. Upcoming
THE LORD’S PRAYER -- A Lutheran Look: We will kick off our reflection on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by looking at Luther’s writings on the Lord’s Prayer. While this class is for the confirmation students, it is open to everyone.
ST. PAUL’S REFORMATION CELEBRATION: Sunday October 30 - 4-6pm at The Fair Home - 218 Ironstone Drive, Lititz. We are Lutheran so let's celebrate!! Park along the street and stroll down the lane for activities and wagon rides for the kids.....cider and cocoa....hot dogs and s'mores and more. Special surprise guest appearance, too! Share in the fellowship as we celebrate our Lutheran heritage!
LUTHER ROSE LECTURE: Oct 30, 2016, Palm Lutheran, from 2-4:30 PM is the 2nd annual lecture. This year Rev. Dr. Tim Wengert will be the speaker and "Bassoons Arise" quartet will supply the music. Pre-register at PalmLutheran.org/Events/Luther-Rose-Lectures