THERE IS A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING TO APPROVE THE BUDGET
THE LADIES LUNCH BUNCH will gather on December 19th at 11:30 at Lititz Family Cupboard, 12 W Newport Rd. All ladies are welcome to join us. Their buffet is always packed with delicious food and they are located right in town so that if the weather is yucky, we don’t have to go far and we can still get out for food, fellowship and 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.
LITITZ MEALS ON WHEELS is in need of volunteer drivers to deliver meals to shut-ins in the Warwick area. There is immediate need for the following drivers: 1st and 2nd Thursday of the month; 4th Tuesday of the month; and the 1st Wednesday of the month. Additional drivers are also welcome to join our substitute driver list. If you could help with this important service, or would like more details, contact driver coordinator Debby Pegg at 201-2690 (cell).
LINDEN HALL’S NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY Offering 3rd Annual Holiday Babysitting Community Service Project: providing low-cost babysitting for any family in the community today from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm. This is an opportunity for parents to do some Christmas shopping while their children, boys & girls ages 3 to 11, are watched by responsible adults and Linden Hall students in a safe, fun environment. There will be activities, games, arts and crafts, and movies in the Anne Brossman Sweigart Gymnasium on the Linden Hall campus (212 E. Main St., Lititz). A $1 donation per family is requested. All proceeds will go to support the American Foundation for Children with Aids. Reservations are requested, but not required. To make a reservation or if you have any questions, please contact Dr. Sara Fenske, the advisor to Linden Hall's chapter of National Honor Society, at (717) 626-8512 or at email@example.com.
LOUIS FUND 1015 is an outreach project to help a man who was greatly impacted by the flood in Ephrata last year. He was not helped by FEMA and had some insurance to cover electrical and heating but not other needs. Don Shaub is in charge of this project, and asks you to keep everyone involved in your prayers for their safety, skills required and success with this project. There is still work to be done, if you are able to help with labor (dry wall finishers, trim, doors & windows, siding) or financial support. We still need an additional $1500-$2500. Donations are to be made out to St. Paul. Please note Louis Fund 1015 on memo. If everyone gives just $1 it would buy a door or window! Contact Don 625-3559.
NEW MEMBERS CLASS AND FIRST COMMUNION CLASS will each be held in the near future. Anyone interested in learning about our church and becoming a member, or any parent who would like their child to receive instruction on Holy Communion please contact Pastor Jim or the church office. Each class will be held on an upcoming Saturday morning.
FROM THE TREASURER-Love makes us do it! Jesus said, “Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” Romans 12:13. It’s hard to believe that it is December already. The first eleven months have gone by so quickly. The season of Advent is here and Christmas is only a few days away. This is the season we not only wait in anticipation for the celebration of Christ’s birth but in giving to others. Not only in the form of presents but also in the form of sharing our love with our family, our friends and those who are in need. As I look back over this year, we as disciples of St. Paul have gathered to worship, we have grown in the faith and we have served our community as well as others in the world. This is our mission and we have lived it well through the giving of ourselves and our financial support. With the end of the year coming quickly you may want to make sure your financial commitment to the church is up to date. If you made no financial commitment then consider sharing more of the blessings you have received. There is plenty of need to go around. Besides, if for no other reason, I like to think that love makes you do it! The last day for contributions to 2012 is by 9:00 a.m., December 31st. If you are not sure where you stand with your pledge, give me a call or text or email (717-615-5249 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
IF YOU WANT YOUR contribution to count for 2012, it must be received in the church office by 9 a.m. on Monday, December 31st.
YOU ARE WELCOME TO TAKE YOUR poinsettia on Christmas Eve after the 6:30 p.m. or 9:00 p.m. service you attend.
THANK YOU to all who made blankets. They were given to women and children at Clare House and also to women and men at ARC. The knitted and crocheted items were given to WIC-Women, Infants and Children-and also Women and Babies Hospital. Everyone was delighted to receive the items. Please help yourself to the yarn in the closet in the lounge, the bins are overflowing.
2012 St. Paul Christmas Outreach Project: ELCA GOOD GIFTS
The ELCA GOOD GIFTS Catalog is a wonderful assortment of “gifts that make a difference.” We have catalogs available and also God’s Global Barnyard forms. You can give a gift of chicks ($10), pig ($30), textbooks for a child ($15), a community garden ($200), etc. There are many gifts to choose from and to fit every budget. Please take a catalog and/or God’s Global Barnyard flyer, choose the gift you would like to purchase, make your check out to St. Paul Lutheran Church and attach a note with the name of your item(s) purchased. We will be collecting all through December. In January, we will total the items and send one order form to the ELCA as our contribution as a congregation to help with the ministry projects of these ELCA-funded programs. This is a way to truly make a big difference.
HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF: Many have been asking how they can help. You may give to the ELCA Domestic Disaster Response through our church. Make checks out to St. Paul, please designate donation for Hurricane Sandy Relief and we will send donations to the ELCA.