WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS - June 19, 2016
TRAVELING THESES - October 31, 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which began when Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the Castle Church door in Germany. To launch this celebration, the Lower Susquehanna Synod has made banners of the 95 theses. They will begin the tour of the synod at St. Paul church.
THE WORSHIP FLOWERS are placed to the glory of God by Billy & Mary Turner in celebration of their 20th wedding anniversary. The additional flowers are placed to the glory of God by Mel & Joan Weaver in celebration of their 59th wedding anniversary.
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! There is a signup sheet in the narthex to play or sing during services this summer. All are welcome to share their gifts at any traditional service, during prelude, offering, communion, postlude, etc. If you are offering music at the 9:30 AM service, we invite you to also share this gift at 8 AM. During July, Valerie will be unavailable to accompany, so if you sign up for one of those dates you will need to recruit an accompanist if needed. There is a signup sheet in the choir room for those would like to lead the psalm during summer months.
PASTOR’S BIBLE STUDY takes place every Thursday at 10 am and 7 pm in the choir room.
Summer Worship Schedule
8 AM worship service: This service will be a primarily spoken service with minimal music. This service will include a Sermon and Holy Communion.
9:30 worship service: Most Sundays this service will follow our traditional worship liturgy (with singing!). The first Sunday of July & August, Devotion will lead a contemporary, outdoor worship service in the pavilion, weather permitting.
6:30 Wednesday service –Camp-style: We will offer an intergenerational and child friendly worship services on Wednesday nights (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 JUNE supports the Warwick Ministerium’s Community Summer Lunch Program. The Ministerium is reaching out to the children in our community who receive free lunches during the school year but may not have anything to eat when school is not in session for the summer. These children as well as anyone in our community are invited to come and enjoy this meal together. Lunches will be served on Tuesdays & Thursdays through Sept. 6 from 11:30-12:30 at Lititz Springs Park and Warwick Township Lions Park in Rothsville.
SUMMER COMMUNITY LUNCHES - This Warwick Ministerium is preparing and serving lunches for our community on Tuesdays & Thursdays through September 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. In order to make this program a success, we are looking for volunteers to help in the following areas: Food Preparers: 9:30am – 11:30am; Food/Supply Transporters: 11am – 11:30am & 12:30-1:00pm; Food Distributors: 11:15am – 12:45pm; Clean-Up Crew: 12:30-1:00. 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'd like help completing these clearances, please contact Barb Paynter and she can assist you. Completed forms can be returned to Barb or mailed to Missy Deibler. After your forms are received, you will be sent a link to a "Signup Genus" where you can select the dates that you are available to serve. If you have any questions, please contact Barb.
MEAL SERVING OPPORTUNITY - Our congregation has partnered with Zion Leola to serve community dinners in Lancaster. We will be serving at Grace Lutheran Church on Wednesday, June 29. 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 have arrived and are available in the narthex. As you know, the ebola virus has been devastating for much of the country over the past 2 years, but members of the charity organization were able to travel to Liberia this year and we do have updated profile pictures. We learned that while the majority of our students were spared, some had been ill and were unable to attend the shortened school year last year. Sadly, we also have several students who did not report for registration, so we don't have information on their current status. Please continue to pray for the Liberian people and all those suffering from the ongoing effects of the ebola crisis; the country will be struggling for years to come. As in the past, for those who indicated an interest in 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. Thank you for your faithful support of this project over the years - your generosity has enabled hundreds of students to receive the gift of an education!
NEW MEMBERS - Interested in becoming a member or associate member at St. Paul? We will be having a new member’s class in the fall. See Pr. Rob or Barb Paynter to sign up.
BURGER BUNCH will be going to the Aussie and The Fox, 38 W. King St., Lancaster, on Friday, June 24th at 6 pm. Please sign up in the small groups book and note if you need a ride.
COTTAGE MEETINGS: provide an opportunity for Pr. Rob and our congregation to get to know each other better through a small group discussion time. Please sign up for a time to be part of one of these sessions on the kiosk in the narthex.
4TH OF JULY PARADE FLOAT: This year St. Paul will be entering a float into Lititz's Parade on Friday, July 1. We are looking for people interested in designing and decorating the float as well as participants to walk in the parade. If you are interested, please see Barb Paynter or Emily Myallis. Creative and crafty people are needed!
MEN’S BIBLE STUDY & BREAKFAST will take place on Saturday, July 9th starting at 7AM here at our church. All men are invited to this event so please come out. Help is needed with the following items: providing food and somebody to prepare and present the Bible study, please consider helping. If anyone has a question or can help please contact Jim Millhouse.
SENIORS GROUP: Let's enjoy Lititz on Wednesday, June 22! We will meet at the church at 11:30am and head to Zigs for lunch and then a visit to the park.
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.
BARNSTORMERS GAME: St. Paul's Church Night Out at the Barnstormers is July 5 at 6pm. Tickets are $12. Children ages 12 & below are FREE! $4 from each ticket will go towards the Warwick Ministerium's Summer Community Lunches. Watch Pastor Rob throw out the first pitch. Interested in singing God Bless America on the field? See Melodie Fair! Kids are invited to be a part of the high five tunnel and Field of Dreams. To purchase tickets and be part of this FUN night, please see Barb Paynter in the narthex TODAY or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHILDREN, YOUTH and FAMILY
"CAVE QUEST" VBS will start TONIGHT thru Thursday, June 23 at Salem Lutheran Church Kissel Hill from 6:15-8:45 P.M. Join us for a fun-filled week of "cave adventure!"
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.
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
ST PAUL CHICKENS for the KITCHEN PROJECT
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**
Join us this summer for Worship on Wednesdays
NOW through August 31
St. Paul Lutheran Church
200 W. Orange St., Lititz
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.
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 the New Testament
Completed 6th grade: Books of the Old Testament
WORSHIP ASSISTANTS June 26 8:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m.
Acolyte Ryan Fink
A. Min. Gayle Stauffer Jane Brye
Lector Greta Weiler
Com. Asst. Don Stauffer Kathy Ross, Need 2
Greeters Harriet & Michael Kometa Samanta Smith, Jennifer Ziegler
Altar Guild Carol Miller, Tami Ruckel, Bethany & Audrey Hovan
Com. Bread Sally Hall
Flowers Don & Gayle Stauffer
Nursery Dve & Marty Althouse
Lights/Snd. Needed Ben Hipple
Ushers Harriet & Michael Kometa Jeff Eby’s Team 6
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.