THE WORSHIP FLOWERS are placed by Eileen Martin to the glory of God and in memory of Donald Martin and in honor of her children and grandchildren.
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.
MUSICIANS! Thank you to all of the musicians who have played and who have signed up to play for services this summer. All of the slots are full!
PASTOR’S BIBLE STUDY takes place every Thursday at 10 am and 7 pm in the choir room. While Pastor Rob will be out of town this week, there will be a Bible Study via video conference at 10am only.
PLEASE CHECK THE HYMNALS in your pew and if they are damaged, place at the usher station.
Summer Worship Schedule
8 AM worship service: Primarily spoken with minimal music, a Sermon and Holy Communion.
9:30 worship service will follow our traditional worship liturgy. The first Sunday of August, Devotion will lead a contemporary, outdoor worship service in the pavilion, weather permitting.
6:30 Wednesday services –Camp-style: is an intergenerational and child friendly worship service (Outside, weather permitting). We will begin with a worship service that will last between 35-40 minutes. This will be followed by a faith-formation activity, likely a craft. After this we will have a snack and folks are free to play on the church’s playground.
CHRISTIAN SERVICE BOX for JULY will be to support Lititz Springs Park. The Lititz Springs Park is a private park, owned by the Lititz Moravian Congregation and maintained by the Churches of Lititz for public use. The Park does NOT receive public funding. It relies heavily on the generous giving of citizens of the community. The C.S.B. for May raised $215.50 to benefit Gideons International. Thank you for your contributions to these ministries and please continue to keep these missions in your prayers.
SUMMER COMMUNITY LUNCHES - The Warwick Ministerium is preparing and serving lunches for our community on Tuesdays & Thursdays through Sept. 6. The lunches are prepared at St. James Catholic Church. The meals are then transported to Lititz Springs Park and Warwick Township Lions Park to be served. Volunteer signup sheets are on the Mission & Outreach kiosk. Clearances are needed for all volunteers and instructions on how to complete these are attached to the sign up forms. If you have any questions, please contact Barb Paynter.
MEAL SERVING OPPORTUNITY - Our congregation has partnered with Zion Leola to serve
community dinners in Lancaster. We will be serving at Kingdom Life Church on Thursday, July 21st. Volunteers (ages 15+) are needed for the following responsibilities: Set Up (1 person) 3:00-5:00pm and Serving/Clean up (5 people) 5:15-7:00pm. If you are interested in volunteering, sign up on the “Mission & Outreach” kiosk in the Narthex or contact Joyce Groff.
GOD’S PRECIOUS CHILDREN - Liberian Student Tuition Sponsorship Program: The 2016-17 student profiles are in the narthex. For those continuing to sponsor a student, that profile has been put into an envelope labeled with your name. We also have a few new students available for sponsorship. Information and instructions are included with each profile, and payments can be mailed directly to the charity or returned to the display in the narthex until August 7th. Questions? Contact Cindy Wingenroth at 627-2111 or email@example.com.
DID YOU KNOW that $672 has been raised for the Summer Community Lunches program, that 24 members of our church have helped with these Tuesday/Thursday lunches and that approximately 300 people have been served each week? The Stewardship Committee thanks ALL St. Paul members who have been involved with this local ministry.
COTTAGE MEETINGS: provide an opportunity for Pr. Rob and our congregation to get to know each other better through a small group discussion time. Thank you to all of our hosts for opening their homes. There is one cottage meeting left.
THE LADIES LUNCH BUNCH will gather at 11:30 on July 20, 2016 at the Olde Lincoln House, 1398 W Main St, Ephrata. All ladies are welcome to join us and enjoy some history, delicious food and conversation! We hope to see you there. Please sign up in the book located at the kiosk in the Narthex. Any questions can be directed to Nancy Miller at 405-0000.
ZION LUTHERAN IN MANHEIM invites all to "A Movie & Lunch" following morning worship on 4 Sunday's this summer. The movies will begin around 10:30 or 10:40 and the schedule is as follows: July 10: Star Wars – The Force Awakens; July 24: Miracle on 34th Street (original); Aug. 7: South Pacific (optional sing-a-long); Aug 28: Home (animated). If you are planning to stay for lunch, please call (665-5880). We will show the movies in the side area off the main worship area; it is air conditioned. You can use our folding chairs or bring your own chair.
NEW MEMBERS - Interested in becoming a member at St. Paul? We are planning on receiving new members on Sunday, Sept 25. To welcome you into St. Paul, we ask that you come to two sessions:
Session I (either Thur, Sept. 15: 6-7 pm or Tues, Sept 20: 6-7 pm): Welcome and Worship
Session II (either Thur, Sept. 15: 7-8 pm or Tues, Sept 20: 7-8 pm): Ministry and Involvement
Sunday, Sept. 25 - Welcome you during worship! We will also connect you with a friend in faith at St. Paul.
WELCA BOOK CLUB: Thursday, August 4 at 7:00 PM. The book is A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler. Brimming with luminous insight, humor, and compassion, this capacious novel takes us across three generations of the Whitshanks, their shared stories and long-held secrets, all the unguarded and richly lived moments that combine to define who and what they are as a family.
CHILDREN, YOUTH and FAMILY
LUTHERAN SUMMER CAMP: Did you know that this region has two wonderful camps? Children, youth and adults enjoy an amazing week of activities, games, crafts, worship and Bible study. Pastor Rob and his family will be attending Family Camp, July 17-23. The church will sponsor children up to 50% of their cost. Register at https://www.lutherancamping.org.
BY HEART CHALLENGE: Kids! This summer, you’re invite to participate in Deacon Emily’s “By Heart Challenge.” Memorize your grade’s assignment and recite it Deacon Emily by Sunday, August 14th. You’ll then be given a ticket to the By Heart Party on Sunday, August 21 5:30 at St. Paul’s.
Ask Deacon Emily for some memory tips. J
Pre-K, K & 1st grade: Lord’s Prayer Completed 2nd grade: 10 Commandments
Completed 3rd grade: Apostle’s Creed Completed 4th grade: 3 favorite Bible Verses
Complete 5th grade: Books of New Testament Completed 6th grade: Books of Old Testament
CHURCH PICNIC VOLUNTEERS: We are looking for people who would volunteer as animal visit chaperones, parking helpers, sports coordinators, and more! Please see Barb Paynter or sign up on the kiosk if you are willing to lend a hand on July 30 at our Church Picnic at Airy Hill B&B.
SENIORS GROUP POOL PARTY: We will meet at the Nikoloff’s pool from 1-3pm on Wednesdays, July 27 & August 24 for an afternoon of sun (& shade under the umbrellas), swimming, food, and friends. Please bring a snack or dessert to share. All seniors are encouraged to attend for an afternoon of fellowship. (No swimming required.)
Wednesday Evenings, NOW through August 31 at 6:30 p.m.
This will be an interactive outdoor “camp style” worship for families and children. Following the worship, there will be a faith formation activity (Legos, crafts, etc.) and the evening will end with a time of fellowship and snack.
ST PAUL CHICKENS for the KITCHEN PROJECT: Sponsored by Airy Hill Farm Bed and Breakfast, Mark & Hazel Nestleroth, 1741 Airy Hill Road, Pa. 17545. Mark and Hazel are sponsoring a fundraiser to benefit the St. Paul Capital Campaign to raise money for our kitchen. They will raise free range chickens on their farm that will then be processed by Stoltzfus Mobile Processing and vacuum packed & delivered to St Paul kitchen for pick-up in mid-October. Each processed chicken will weigh between 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 pounds.
UP TO 100 CHICKENS AVAILABLE
COST/ BIRD - $40.00 OR MORE (Checks made payable to “St. Paul”)
PROCEEDS GO TO THE KITCHEN
GOAL - $5,000.00 or More
Name___________________________________________ Phone #_______________
# of Chickens ordered _____ Cost per Chicken ($40 or more)_______________
Total Enclosed _____________
Please place in an envelope marked “Chickens for the Kitchen” & return to the church office by July 10.
All Church Picnic ~ Saturday, July 30 from 3-9pm
Hosted by Mark & Hazel Nestleroth at Airy Hill Farm Bed and Breakfast1741 Airy Hill Road, Manheim
Schedule of Activities:
3:00 – 4:00 - B&B Tours
3:00 – 4:30 - Animal Visits in the Barn (chicks, rabbits, sheep, chickens)
3:00 – 8:00 - Sports cornhole, horseshoes & bocce – near the house
wiffleball & soccer - in open field near sports court
shuffleboard – on sports court
badminton, volleyball and croquet – pasture near alpacas and creek
3:30 – 5:00 - Pickle ball – On sports court
5:15 – 6:00 - Four Square – On sports court
6:00 – 8:00 - Basketball – On sports court
4:30 - 6:30 - Dinner by Mervin & Betsy King: Food will be priced and can be purchased with cash only.
6:30- 8:00 - Walking of alpacas and mini horses
6:30 -7:30 - B&B Tours
6:30- 8:00 - Hayrides – several rides for different ages
8:00 -8:30 - Campfire Worship & Singing
8:30- 9:00 - s’mores
All day – creek walks; relaxing and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation in the gazebo, gardens, and on the deck; & fellowship. Come enjoy the peace and beauty of the outdoors!
**We are in need of volunteers to help supervise the animal visits and assist with other games and
activities throughout the day. If interested, please see Barb Paynter**
SIMPLY GIVING: There are countless benefits to being a member of the St. Paul family and these benefits continue whether or not we are here to make a financial contribution. Go to the church website and register for SIMPLY GIVING through Access My St. Paul so that St. Paul always receives the amount you have committed to give. If you have difficulty registering, Call John Bell at 669-9560.
The Church Council has made the extremely difficult decision to approve temporary summer hour and pay reductions for a number of staff members. This will be in effect for staff during July and August. These reductions were the recommendation of the finance committee.
What are the specific reductions? Rather than cut specific positions, the Council decided to put in place an across-the-board 20% reduction in hours and pay. There were three exceptions to this. First, Pastor Rob, whose hours cannot be reduced; Second, Valerie Hughes, our organist, will go on maternity leave starting July 1; third, our financial assistant, Kim Swinko, who had voluntarily reduced her hours. These are intended to last for five pay two-week periods, beginning June 27 and running through the end of August. These reductions amount to $650 per week. It was also decided this summer to make only minimum payments on our credit lines.
Why is this necessary? The church is in a difficult financial situation, in that we have borrowed over $120,000 to pay bills. Each week the treasurer decides which bills to pay and which to defer until next week. Without significant changes in our finances, we would need to borrow more this summer, something Council strongly wishes to avoid.
What other options were considered? Council began last month exploring a variety of options. We asked the CELC (the church's daycare) to increase their contribution to the church, which they did. Stewardship mailed giving statements; they are making electronic giving easier and they are brainstorming new income streams. Worship and Music is offering three Worship services this summer. We believe these are making a significant difference.
Some members have suggested suspending the Capital Campaign. Others have suggested asking for more money. While all options are on the table for discussion, Council felt it necessary to first ensure that bills would be paid this summer. Later this summer, Council will assess the whole picture of our staffing, debt levels and capital campaign. We believe that doing this will allow us to formulate a plan and based on this make a compelling and specific case to the congregation of what needs to be done to fund this ministry.
Is there good news?
First, the congregation has a great deal of excitement and confidence about its future. Council and Congregation acknowledge the painful reality of this summer, but remain confident that we can support the ministry to which God has called us. Second, the finances in May and early June have been good. People have responded to the situation with moving generosity.
What can you do?
Pray: For the staff whose personal finances are significantly impacted by this. Thank them for the work they are doing. This is also true for our church Council who has the task of making some truly difficult decisions.
Give: Consider your own giving. While Council and Stewardship will be more forthcoming in the next few months, consider your own giving and consider moving to electronic giving. Electronic giving is easier and greatly stabilizes the church's finances, especially in the summer.
Ask: If you have questions, please ask them. We are trying to be open and communicative about the process.
We thank the outgoing members of Council: Wayne Gongaware, Kelly Perkins and Dan Rusnock. We especially thank Wayne, who is stepping down from Treasure, a role he has served in for eight years.
We welcome new Council members: Sally Hall, Warren Weiss, Jim Martin, Kathy Trayer, Melissa Wainman and Doug Minnich. We also thank John McCormick for his willingness to serve as Treasurer.
The new Council will meet on Sunday, July 24 for a summer retreat meeting. During this time, Council will formulate proposed staffing plan for the fall and consider how to integrate this staffing plan with debt management and Capital Campaign.
Thank you for your patience and support during this time. While these decisions are difficult, we are confident in God's faithfulness and the future of ministry in Christ's name at St. Paul.
In Christ, St. Paul Church Council
WORSHIP ASSISTANTS Today 8:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m.
Acolyte Tyler Lamb
A. Min. Tami Ruckel Doug Minnich
Lector Dawne Mellinger
Com. Asst. Needed Sue Yeager, Need 2
Greeters Needed Reba Oberlin, Mallory Weiss
Altar Guild Evelyn Balmer, Gayle Stauffer, Stephanie Cramer
Com. Bread Kelly Perkins
Flowers Eileen Martin
Nursery Linda Reynolds, Sam Smith
Lights/Snd. Needed George Nickel
Ushers Eileen Martin, need 1 Craig Wagaman’s Team 12
WORSHIP ASSISTANTS July 17 8:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m.
Acolyte Kendall Eby
A. Min. Mary Ann Seitz Tami Ruckel
Lector Tami Ruckel
Com. Asst. Joyce Groff Kathy Ross, Need 2
Greeters Needed Dick & Judy Mearig
Altar Guild Debbie Herr, Carol Miller, John & Linda Bell
Com. Bread Phyllis Miller
Flowers Cindy & Doug Minnich
Nursery Jon & Melissa Lamb
Lights/Snd. Needed Kathy Ross
Ushers Eileen Martin, need 1 Wayne Gongaware’s Team 14
Some special Sundays this Summer:
July 24: Lutheran Community Outreach (LCO) Evening Vesper Service, 7:00 PM, Lititz Spring Park
August 7: Lemonade on the Lawn (outdoors) 9:30 a.m.
August 14: We will have our 8 AM service and then at 10 AM we will have Worship in the Park, the LCO Outdoor Service at the Lititz Spring Park Bandshell with picnic to follow.