THE WORSHIP FLOWERS are placed by Jerry & Irene Miller to the glory of God and in celebration of their 55th wedding anniversary.
THE TREATS TABLE is hosted by the Sunday School Teachers in celebration of the K/1st Grade Faith Step-Stone today! Thanks to be to God for their faith in the Lord!
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 Jane Brye at 393-5009.
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!
This past Sunday we concluded our Stewardship Campaign with a pledge Sunday. We received over 100 pledges. Thank you for your commitment to the ministry here at St. Paul. If you still have a pledge card, you may submit one today or bring it by the church office. Extra pledge cards are available by the hope and thanks prayer flames built during our Campaign this year.
CHRISTIAN SERVICE BOX for October will support will support Lutheran World Relief.
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.
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.
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:
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.
CHILDREN AT CHURCH
TODAY! October's Faith Step-Stone is the K/1st Graders leading the Lord's Prayer in worship. Our kids have been memorizing the Lord's Prayer in Sunday School and at home. We celebrate with them as their faith grows, and give thanks to God for their witness today!
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!
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!
BAKERS NEEDED: The Youth Group will be holding a bake sale at the Craft Fair on November 18th and 19th. If you able to donate individually wrapped baked goods please sign up in the narthex. Thanks for supporting our youth!
November 6: Middle/High School Youth Group Meeting from 6:30-8:00 in the Youth Room
November 17: WJTL Youth Group Night (MS/HS group) We will be to tour the studio, review new music, and get a spot on the air! Please sign up by Nov. 6.
November 18-19: Craft Fair Bake Sale
November 20: Club 56 Meeting from 6:30-8 in the Youth Room
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.
(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.
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.
ST. PAUL SENIORS: put Saturday, December 3 at noon on your calendars for the annual Seniors’ Christmas dinner. Once again, the St. Paul Women of the ELCA will be cooking a home cooked meal which will be followed by light entertainment. If you are 65+ you are invited. Sign up for the dinner in the activity book in the narthex.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: St. Paul WELCA can always use volunteers to help cook, serve and clean up at the Seniors Christmas dinner. The date is Saturday, December 3. It is an excellent opportunity for adults and older children to help at a fun and fulfilling event. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up in the activity book in the narthex under WELCA.
55+CLUB: New meeting date and time—1st Wednesday of every month, starting November 2nd, at 2 p.m. in the social hall. Come for an hour of fellowship and fun and plan for future events.
LUTHER ACRES HOLIDAY BAZAAR will take place on Friday, Nov. 18 from 5p.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 19 from 8 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. in the Towne Center Community Room. Also, please join us for a pancake breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 7am – 10 a.m. at Katy’s Grill. $5 will get you pancakes, sausage and juice! This is sponsored by Friends of Luther Acres.
THE ST. PAUL WOMEN OF THE ELCA will be holding their annual Thankoffering Service on Sunday, November 13th at both services. The message for the day will be given by our women about the organization’s mission and service to the church. A special offering will be taken to be sent to support church wide Women of the ELCA.
SUPPER CLUB 2017: It is time to sign up for Supper Club for next year. 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 next 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. In the past, some groups have done formal dinners, picnic type dinners, and one group even did a cookout and watched a polo match. 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 Sunday December 11th. We really would like to get more younger couples involved in Supper Club. This is a great way to get a night out with adults. If you are a couple in need of babysitting, please indicate when you sign up. We may be able find some of the youth wanting to babysit to help you, so you can attend a supper club dinner.
After December 11th, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
FINANCIAL UPDATE: We thank everyone for their pledges given last week! We also thank everyone for their generosity, as we have been able to reduce our debts.
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.
UPDATE ON STAFF CHANGES
The past few months have seen a number of staff changes. In determining how to handle each retirement/resignation, Council has sought to evaluate the job description of each departing staff member in conjunction with the needs of the congregation. This process brought about the hiring of Deacon Emily Myallis and Johnna McCormick into two Children, Youth and Family positions. We are very enthusiastic about the ministry they are leading. We are also very grateful for the work of Pastor Straw and his visitation ministry.
In October Council began the process of evaluating the tasks handled by our Director of Family and Outreach Ministry. In working with Barb Paynter (who had served this position) and the Outreach committee, Council was developing a plan to reshape this position, moving the Family ministry responsibilities to the new Children and Youth Coordinator positions and moving the Outreach ministry leadership to Pastor Rob. The remaining communication and coordination of volunteer tasks would be carved out into a single position, “Communication and Volunteer Coordination.” The hope was to finalize a plan in November and aim for a late fall hiring.
However, last week Council received the resignation of our administrative assistant, Susan Faulkner (effective Oct 31) and our financial assistant, Kim Swinko (Dec 31). This created a sense of urgency in terms of having someone available immediately for office work but also to overlap with Susan and Kim to pass on knowledge of the office systems, especially technology. At a special council meeting on Sunday, Oct 23, Council approved the part-time hiring of Brenda Penny to the position of “Communication and Volunteer Coordinator.” Brenda is a long-time member of St. Paul and worked as an English teacher at Warwick High School for many years. We believe her knowledge of the community, the congregation and communication skills make her an ideal choice. Welcome to the St. Paul staff team Brenda!
In terms of the Administrative and Financial assistant positions, we are evaluating options and will communicate our plan and position openings as soon as decisions are made. We thank you for your patience and support during these transitions.
ST. PAUL’S REFORMATION CELEBRATION: TODAY
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!
Kids: To the right is a Luther Rose. If you can explain it to Pastor Rob or Deacon Emily you’ll get an early Halloween treat.
WORSHIP ASSISTANTS TODAY:
8:00 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
Acolyte Adam Reichard Zach Rusnock
A. Min. Jenny Bitzer Wayne Gongaware
Lector Dawne Mellinger Kendall Eby
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
WORSHIP ASSISTANTS Nov. 6
8:00 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
Acolyte Tyler Lamb A.J. Paynter
A. Min. Needed Jim Millhouse
Lector Sue Fry Emily Myallis
Com. Asst. NEED 3 Kathy Ross, NEED 2
Greeters Ray & Rosann Lowry Jim & Anne Millhouse
Altar Guild Barbara Weaver, Don/Gayle Stauffer, Mary Ann Seitz
Com. Bread Emily Myallis
Flowers Chris & Lori Nikoloff—also on Divider—Bob & Margaret Reich
Nursery Kelly Perkins, Linda Reynolds John McCormick, Sam Smith
Lights/Snd. Ed Weiler George Nickel
Ushers John Troutman’s Team 17 Jeff Eby’s Team 6
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)
Faith & Family Class (Adults)
Nursery (kids 0-2 welcome with an adult)
Augsburg Class (Adults)
Walk in Faith (Adults)