THE WORSHIP FLOWERS are placed by Tom & Erlene Kilhefner to the glory of God and in honor of their wedding anniversary.
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. 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.
THE CHRISTIAN SERVICE BOX for December will benefit the New Choices/New Beginnings program. This program is designed to benefit women in transition by giving them the skills and resources to succeed upon release from prison and return to the community of Lancaster County. They learn the value of self-esteem, effective communication styles, and stress management. They are also introduced to a variety of community resources, which may help with housing, legal, and medical issues. Upon successful completion of the course, these women may be eligible to receive scholarship funds to pursue short-term education. They also received continuous support and guidance from the dedicated new choices staff for a minimum of six months upon release.
AUGSBURG ADULT BIBLE STUDY meets in the church lounge Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
Today: Diana Hill Dec 20: Tom Herrmann
POWER PACKS PROJECT VOLUNTEERS:
Dec 17 : Driver –Frankhousers; Distributors—Phyllis & Jerre Frankhouser, Dawne Mellinger
Dec 18: Driver-Jenny Bitzer; Distributors—Jenny Bitzer, Sue Dombach
Jan 7: Driver –Stauffers; Distributors Gayle Stauffer, Don Stauffer, Hazel Nestleroth
WORSHIP ASSISTANTS 8 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
Acolyte Melissa Lamb Alex Fair
A. Min. Tami Ruckel Nancy Miller
Lector Barb Weaver Lee Anne Wagaman
Com. Asst. need 3 need 3
Greeters Ed & Greta Weiler Don & Deana Wyand
Altar Guild Reba Oberlin, Michelle Mumma, Audrey & Bethany Hovan
Com. Bread Jean Steffy
Flowers Erlene & Tom Kilhefner
Nursery Jon & Melissa Lamb Jon, Tracy & Kallie Cardenas
Lights/Snd. Mike Herr Kathy Ross
Ushers Karl Usner’s Team 11 Jeff Eby’s Team 6
LADIES LUNCH BUNCH will gather at 11:30 a.m. on December 16, at Family Cupboard, 12 W Newport Rd., Lititz. The buffet is always a favorite. 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.
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., Dec. 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.
PREPARING FOR THE 2016 BUDGET: TODAY there will be a congregational meeting after each service to approve the 2016 budget.
GIFTS FOR OUR HOMEBOUND MEMBERS: There are cards and angels that need delivered to St Paul's shut-ins before Christmas. If anyone is able to do this valuable service to our members that are unable to make it to church, pick up the addressed card and an angel and deliver them to the address on the card. Cards and angels are in the narthex. This visit is always so much appreciated.
SUPPER CLUB SIGN UP FOR 2016: Groups of 4 couples/singles will be formed. Your group will then meet 4 times during the next year, once at each of the couples/singles home for dinner and socializing. Look for the signup sheet in the Sign-Up book in the narthex. Please sign up by Sunday, Dec. 13th. If you are in need of babysitting, please indicate when you sign up. After Dec. 13th, 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)
THE MISSION COMMITTEE will sponsored an ANGEL TREE this Christmas season. Someone will be in the narthex after early service and before late service TODAY to collect your donation. The mothers will be given the gift card so that they can have the experience of purchasing and wrapping the gift for their child. Gift cards can also be dropped off at the church office.
BLANKET MAKERS will meet on Jan. 27, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
COFFEE, TEA OR CHOCOLATE? YES PLEASE!! Equal Exchange trades fairly and directly with 40 small-scale farmer co-operatives world-wide to bring us delicious coffee, tea, and chocolate. The farmers are located in underdeveloped countries throughout the world. Equal Exchange donates twenty cents to one dollar per product to Lutheran World Relief’s (LWR) Small Farmer Fund. These funds enable LWR to support human rights, capacity building, and environmental initiatives. WELCA is making the products available at cost in order to support small-scale farmers who are providing for their families, improving their communities, and caring for their land through fair trade. Coffee, tea, and chocolate will be available during select weeks in December.
THE TIME OF THE STAR WARS MOVIE has been moved to 9:30AM on Sat., Dec. 19th at Penn Cinema. Doors open at 9:00AM. The theater staff will direct you to our theater and we will greet you there and sign you in. The movie is 100% SOLD OUT so seating will be tight.
CHRISTMAS CAROLING: Mark your calendars to go caroling on Tuesday, Dec. 29. We will meet at St. Paul at 5:45pm to carpool to Hospice in Mt. Joy. We will be caroling from 6:30-7:30pm. Following the caroling, we will enjoy a time of fellowship with cookies & hot chocolate. Please plan to join us! There will be a sign up for donations of cookies and hot chocolate on the "Upcoming Events" kiosk.
SENIORS GROUP: Join us for dinner at Salt and Pepper (486 Royer Dr, Lancaster, off Oregon Pike) on Friday, Dec 18 at noon. It will be a great opportunity to enjoy a Christmas dinner & fellowship together. Please RSVP by signing up on the Kiosk in the narthex or contacting Kathy Ross.
DO YOU LIKE READING OUR OUTDOOR SIGN? Would you be interested in coming in every few weeks (or as needed) and changing it to reflect what is going on here at St. Paul? The pastor and staff can provide you with what to put up on it, but we really could use a couple folks to take care of changing the messages. If this is something you are able to do, please call the office and we can set you up!
TELECARE is a church team ministry that seeks to provide a connected sense of community among our church family. The telephone is its chief piece of equipment — more than 150 calls have been made so far this year to shut-ins, hospitalized, new and prospective members and in-actives. The team meets the second Monday of the month at 1pm in the church lounge. New members are always welcome. If this is a way you might serve here at St. Paul, come to our next meeting tomorrow, December 13, or call Marsha Campbell 626-8078.
SIGN UP SHEETS are in the RED sign-up book for Christmas Eve worship assistants (Communion Assistants and Ushers). There is also a sign up for Lessons and Carols readers. Please sign up and take a copy of your reading.
COINS FOR CARING is going to be sent to Kanga Lutheran in Tanzania. $194.25 was collected!
WORSHIP ASSISTANTS Dec. 20 at 8 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
Acolyte Tami Ruckel Kendall Eby
A. Min. Doug Minnich Jenny Bitzer
Lector Mallory Weiss Gayle Stauffer
Com. Asst. need 3 No Communion
Greeters Mike & Robin Griffith Eileen Martin, Steph Cramer
Altar Guild Carol Miller, Deb Herr
Com. Bread 1 loaf NEEDED
Flowers John & Ruth Deemer
Nursery Melanie Minnich, Karen & Corey Troxel Children’s Program, no nursery
Lights/Snd. Adam Reichard Steve Shaub
Ushers John Steffy’s Team 13 Kathy Smith’s Team 10