THE CHRISTIAN SERVICE BOX FOR SEPTEMBER will be to support St. Luke’s Community Lunches in Lititz. Each week St. Luke provides a free lunch to anyone in the community who would like to attend. This outreach takes place in their church where they do not even have a stove or oven. They are trying to raise funds to purchase an oven. Thank you for your support of this wonderful ministry.
THE WORSHIP FLOWERS are placed by Bob & Janet Hill to the glory of God and in celebration of their 60th wedding anniversary.
WORSHIP ASSISTANTS 8 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
Acolyte Pat Lamb Amelia Fair
A. Min. Jenny Bitzer Jane Brye
Lector Barbara Weaver Kendall Eby
Com. Asst. Greta Weiler, Joyce Groff, need 1 Kathy Ross, Jim Millhouse, need 1
Greeters Steve & Chris Troutman Don & Gayle Stauffer
Altar Guild Debbie Herr, Carol Miller, Don & Gayle Stauffer
Com. Bread Jean Steffy
Flowers Bob & Janet Hill
Nursery Jon & Melissa Lamb Kathy Bonadio, Kate Martin
Lights/Snd. Mike Herr John Bell
Ushers Ken Keener’s Team 7 Steve Shaub’s Team 4
NEEDED: Sheets & cotton material for blanket making. Please place in container in the narthex.
MEAL SERVING: Our congregation has partnered with Zion Leola to serve community dinners in Lancaster. Volunteers (ages 15+) are needed to serve at Grace Lutheran on Wed., Sept. 30th for: Set Up (1 person) 3:00-5:00pm AND Serving/Clean-up (5 people) 5:15-7:00pm If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up on the kiosk or see Barb Paynter.
QUILT & KIT SHIPPING FUND: During September, we will be collecting to help pay for shipping costs of quilts & kits to be distributed to people in need by Lutheran World Relief. Envelopes are in the narthex. Please make checks payable to St. Paul Women of the ELCA. Thank you for supporting this project.
PERSONAL CARE KITS will be collected during September, blessed in church on October 4th, then packed and sent to Lutheran World Relief. A list of items to include in a kit is posted on the Women of the ELCA bulletin board in the narthex. Please take a list, follow the steps to make a kit and put the finished kit in the container in the narthex marked "Personal Care Kits." Thank you for your generous help with this project.
THANK YOU to those of you who contributed gift cards, food items and toiletry items for the Gettysburg Seminary students. The synodical women collected 474 food items, 104 toiletry items and $2157 in gift cards! The Gettysburg Seminary Food Bank representative, Ariel Williams, reported that Seminary students skip one out of four meals. She was grateful for all the supplies.
IF ANY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT MEMBERS will be parking in our parking lot during the school year, please come into the office and provide vehicle info and pick up a permit.
SIMPLY GIVING is an easy and convenient way to make donations to St. Paul. Simply Giving is an automatic checking account deduction plan that transfers your designated contribution directly to the church. You no longer have to complete an offering envelope; the church receives your offering every week; and saves the cost of purchasing envelopes. You can easily set up your contribution by using the St. Paul website (stpaullititz.net). More information is on the narthex television and instruction brochures are also available in the narthex. Direct questions to John Bell at 669-9560.
TRANSPORTATION: We are no longer able to use the Luther Acres bus on Sunday mornings. We are in need of a few people who would be willing to provide transportation for our members from Luther Acres (and Lititz homes) to church. Marion Gotwalt is in need of transportation (10:45 a.m. service) from her home on Linden St. If anyone is able to help, please contact the office.
ST. PAUL CONCERT SERIES: The first event in the St. Paul Concert Series will be a performance by the Market Street Players TODAY at 4pm. This fine chamber ensemble will present a program of classical music, including a trio for piano, oboe, and horn; and another trio for piano, violin, and horn. Members of the Market Street Players include Anne Nye, French horn; Marie Trudeau, oboe; Kendra Bigley, piano; and Christopher Brooks, violin. There is no cost for the event. A free-will offering will be taken and named donations are always welcome to the church office.
2015 ENDOWMENT FUND REQUESTS: The opportunity to request Endowment Funds is now open and will remain open until Sunday October 25th. The Endowment Fund Request Forms can be found online at this link http://www.stpaullititz.net/endowment.html or if you prefer, there are printed forms outside the church office. Please return all Fund Requests to the Church Office by Sunday October 18th.
TODAY we will continuing learning a new musical setting of Holy Communion. We will learn one new piece per month, giving ample time to gradually become familiar with new tunes. There is great good in knowing the liturgy well enough that it is in our bones, but there is also good in not letting the words come out of our mouths so automatically as to bypass our consciousness. A change in liturgical setting is a gift to the church in that, ever so slightly, we are pressed to think about the words we are singing. We are learning setting 1, composed by Mark Mummert (who lives in York, PA), Robert Buckley Farlee, and Thom Pavlechko.
ST. PAUL SENIORS: Sodom and Gomorrah Fact or Fiction? Join Kathy Ross on Sept 23rd at 1:30 p.m. in the choir room. The featured speaker is Walt Pasedag he’s a retired engineer with an avocation in archeology. He is a part of the Biblical Archaeologist Association located in Akron, PA. He retired from engineering and moved to Lititz at least ten years ago. Since then he goes on archeology explorations in Jordan and he’ll share what has been found. So what do you think? Can Biblical stories be proven correct through archeology and decide. Questions or more info call Kathy at 717-468-7582.
THE NEXT MEN’S BIBLE STUDY and breakfast will occur on Sat. Oct. 3rd at 7 a.m. here at St. Paul. All men are invited to attend for stimulating conversation and breakfast. Help is needed with providing food and someone to do the lesson. If anyone can help please let Jim Millhouse know at firstname.lastname@example.org or 626-6296. Thank you.
WINE CLUB: Friday, Sept. 25, 7:00 PM at Dawne Mellinger's. Sign up in the Small Group Book.
THE 2015-2016 WOMEN OF THE ELCA booklet can be picked up on the kiosk in the narthex.
THANK YOU to all who helped with the 37 school kits packed as part of "God's Work, Our Hands" last Sunday: VBS children and congregational members who gave notebooks, pencils, erasers, scissors, pencils, pencil sharpeners, rulers and crayons, and those who carefully packed the drawstring bags exactly according to the supply list. Lori Nikoloff coordinated the project, St. Paul Women of the ELCA provided the bags and Barb Paynter organized the packing event. Now YOU can imagine 37 children delightfully opening these kits and settling in for a semester of learning in a country so far away that we can only visit by way of our Christian love.
CRAFT GROUP: All members are invited to join our group to work on projects for our church and/or ourselves and to share ideas for future plans for the group. We are always looking for additional members and new ideas. We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 7:00pm – 8:30pm in the room off of the Social Hall. Please check the Epistle for activities for October and November. We are still looking for donations of small Christmas decorations, small pinecones and small baskets for our October 13th meeting. If you have any items to donate please drop them in the bin in the narthex, call me at 606-3439 or email me at email@example.com Thank you for your contributions so far and we look forward to seeing more of you at our meetings. Joyce Groff
THE ST. PAUL FOOD DRIVE was a huge success! The congregation collected 630.2 pounds of donations. Many people utilized the suggested items list and I spent a little time Sunday after the service putting the juice, mac and cheese, ketchup, mustard, mayo, laundry detergent, toothbrushes, dish soap and shampoo/conditioner on the shelves as we had very few, if any, of those items. So thank you. We are a bit better stocked now for the coming few weeks before there are several drives in October - including St Paul's Early Christian Learning Center's "Touch a Truck" event on Saturday, October 17th, which is always a large drive. Thanks again for all your efforts as the St Paul congregation continues it's support of LWCC. Sincerely, Beth Trachte.
CELC LIAISON NEEDED: Church Council is looking for someone to serve as liaison between St. Paul and the CELC (Christian Education Learning Center) housed in our church building. This position involves attending meetings with the CELC Guidance Committee the 4th Tuesday, every other month from 7:30-8:30 PM. If interested, or would like to know more, contact Al Rothermel at 627-2107 or 471-2497.
POSITION AVAILABLE: We are currently recruiting for the Director of Social Ministries. This part-time position will develop and implement programs to support and grow the social ministries for the church. If interested please contact Susan Faulkner (add you email or phone #) in the church office for an application and a copy of the job description. If you have further questions please contact Carolyn Masey @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE GETTYSBURG TRIP has been canceled. You will be contacted about your refund.
LADIES LUNCH BUNCH will gather on October 21, at Zig’s Bakery & Café located at 800 E Newport Road, Lititz. I have had some of their food, but never stayed to eat there! I can’t wait to try the whole experience. The food and baked goods are delicious. 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.
PUMPKIN BREAD LOAVES needed! Lititz Cares, a network of local organizations that are working to create a more cohesive and caring Lititz community, is sponsoring Stone Soup in the Park on Sunday, Oct. 4th in Lititz Springs Park. Local restaurants will be providing soup at Reedy Pavilion. Local churches, support groups, social groups, service clubs and non-profits will have the opportunity to let the community become acquainted with the organizations. St. Paul will have a table display and will be offering slices of pumpkin bread to our visitors. Please sign up in the narthex on the mission kiosk if you can provide pumpkin bread. The bread can be brought to the church narthex on Sun. morning October 4th. Call Phyllis Frankhouser, 626-4200 with any questions. The Mission Committee is excited to reach out to our community to tell more about all the good things that take place here at St. Paul. We hope you can stop by!
BURGER BUNCH: Our next trip is to the Trio Bar and Grill, 3707 Marietta Ave., Silver Spring. Tucked back off the road halfway between Lancaster and Marietta, Trio is something of a hidden gem. They serve eight different burgers, including a Mac and Cheese Burger, an Ode to the Primanti Brothers (served on French fries and topped with cole slaw) and a Smokehouse Burger with barbecue sauce, bacon, pepper jack cheese and an onion ring. Then there is the Southwest Burger, served with a chipotle aioli, cheddar cheese, a generous helping of fresh salsa, and jalapenos. It’s going to be tough making a choice. Join us at Trio on Friday, October 16 at 6:00 PM. Sign up at the Kiosk in the church Narthex.
WELCA BOOK CLUB meets Thursday, October 1 at 7:00 PM in the Lounge. October's selection is Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.
CA FOREST FIRES: Many of you will remember Daryl Hollinger, a former Music Director at St. Paul. He and his wife, Rev. Bonnie Hollinger’s church area in Murphy, California, has been severely impacted by the recent forest fires. Bonnie’s church has been helping to serve meals to evacuees and firefighters. On October 11 we will be taking a special offering that will be sent directly to Rev. Hollinger’s church, First Congregational United Church of Christ.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS: On October 4th at 4 p.m. we will have an outdoor gathering to bless our animals! Please bring your dogs, cats, birds, horses, lions and tigers and bears (Oh my!) to be blessed, as they are such important family members to all of us! If you don’t have a pet, please still come out and enjoy the pets of your church family and community! We will gather at the pavilion and please bring a lawn chair.
WORSHIP ASSISTANTS Sept 27 at 8 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
Acolyte Tami Ruckel Kendall Eby
A. Min. Gayle Stauffer Nancy Miller
Lector Mallory Weiss Diana Hill
Com. Asst. Don Stauffer, need 2 Kathy Ross, need 2
Greeters Dick & Judy Mearig Chris, Lauren & Leeann Runkle
Altar Guild Reba Oberlin, Tami Ruckel, Deb Herr
Com. Bread Deb Herr
Nursery Gary & Kristee Reichard Jim & Bethany Hovan
Lights/Snd. Tom Reinfried George Nickel
Ushers Gerald Miller’s Team 9 Jeff Eby’s Team 6