THE WORSHIP FLOWERS are placed by John & Ruth Deemer to the glory of God and in honor of their granddaughter, Sami’s, birthday.
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. 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: church lounge Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Today: Tom Herrmann
WORSHIP ASSISTANTS 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. Greta Weiler, Tami Ruckel need 1 No Communion, Children’s Program
Greeters Mike & Robin Griffith Eileen Martin, Steph Cramer
Altar Guild Carol Miller, Deb Herr
Com. Bread Deb Herr
Flowers John & Ruth Deemer
Nursery Melanie Minnich, Karen & Corey Troxel no nursery
Lights/Snd. Adam Reichard Steve Shaub
Ushers John Steffy’s Team 13 Kathy Smith’s Team 10
POWER PACKS PROJECT VOLUNTEERS:
Jan 7: Driver –Stauffers; Distributors Gayle Stauffer, Don Stauffer, Hazel Nestleroth
Jan 14: Driver—Gerald Miller; Irene Miller, Diana Hill
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.
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.
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.
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!
SIGN UP SHEETS are in the RED sign-up book for Christmas Eve worship assistants (Communion Assistants and Ushers). PLEASE sign up, we are in need of both!
RECYCLE, REUSE, RECREATE!! The K-1 Sunday School Class has been collecting empty boxes that would normally go into the trash. Please help them by bringing “flattened” Christmas gift boxes, toy boxes, cereal boxes, macaroni and cheese boxes, etc. during the month of January. A collection box will be in the Narthex. REUSE, RECREATE, RECYCLE!!
THE LADIES LUNCH BUNCH will gather at 11:30 on January 20, at Dragonfly Cafe, 245 Bloomfield Dr, Lititz. The food is delicious and so is the coffee. They carry gluten free choices as well as dairy free. 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.
THE NEXT MEN’S BIBLE BREAKFAST will take place on Saturday January 9th at St. Paul, Penryn. We will start at 7AM with breakfast followed by a Bible study and discussion. All men are invited to attend. Any questions please contact Jim Millhouse.
CHRISTMAS LOVE AND CHEER will be given to the families of 37 Bridge of Hope Lancaster participant children this year because of the generosity of the disciples of St. Paul's church. The gift cards, totaling $925, will enable the mothers to shop for their children. The Christian spirit of serving and giving is very alive in our congregation. Thank you from Bridge of Hope Lancaster and Chester Counties and the Mission Committee of St. Paul's. Merry Christmas!
CIRCLE MEETINGS: "Confidence in God's Beginnings and Endings" based on Philippians 1: 1-26 will be presented by Kathy Trayer at the January circle meetings. St. Paul Circle at Luther Acres will meet on January 6 at 1:15 p.m. in the chapel at Luther Acres and Ruth Circle will meet at 9:30 a.m. across from the library on January 10.
ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 3RD, after the 9:30 service, we will have “Un-Deck the Halls.” We will be putting our wonderful Christmas decorations away until next year. Anyone who can, join us to take down the decorations. Bring Christmas cookies to share and enjoy!
THE DEADLINE for offering contributions for 2015 is Thursday, December 31, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. Offerings received after that date will be posted to 2016. Please do not use a 2016 offering envelope from your new packet until January unless you intend for it to be posted in 2016. Thank you!
THE MISSION COMMITTEE is sponsoring an ELCA GOOD GIFTS tree. The tree has ornaments (such as a goat, fruit tree, school fees, etc.) which represents gifts to individuals and families in the U.S. and abroad. The ornament is for your family tree or to give to another as an expression of love. The attached envelope may be placed in the offering plate or brought to the church office by Monday morning, December 28th.
THANK YOU TO ALL who came out on Friday to Deck the Halls! We enjoyed pizza and had fun decorating!
BUDGET VOTE: 157 total votes - 138 yes 19 no to approve the 2016 budget.
WORSHIP ASSISTANTS: Christmas Eve
6:30 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
Acolyte Pat Lamb Tom Reinfried
A. Min. Not needed Jim Millhouse
Lector Kendall Eby Don Stauffer
Com. Asst. Not Needed 4 Needed
Greeters Jim & Bethany Hovan Mike & Debbie Herr
Altar Guild Debbie Herr, Donna Graybill
Com. Bread Pat Lamb
Lights/Snd. Don Campbell John Bell
Ushers NEEDED 4 Wagaman's, 2 needed
WORSHIP ASSISTANTS: Dec. 27 at 9:30 a.m.
Acolyte Luke Reichard
A. Min. Jenny Bitzer
Greeters Bob & Janet Hill
Flowers Pat Lamb
Nursery Jim & Bethany Hovan
Lights/Snd. Don Campbell
Ushers Doug Hookway’s Team 15
We Wish You a Merry Christmas!
The Rev. Irvin E. Straw, Jr., Interim Pastor
Susan Faulkner, Administrative Assistant
Lori Nikoloff, Christian Education/Youth Director
Valerie Lefever Hughes, Director of Traditional Music
Melodie Fair, Director of Contemporary/Youth Music
Barbara Paynter, Director of Family/Outreach
Kim Swinko, Financial Assistant
Marc Buckwalter, Custodian
Jim Templeton, Evening Custodian
A Blessed Christmas to All from the Church Staff!