THE CHRISTIAN SERVICE BOX for October will be to support the youth who will be going to Detroit for the ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit in July 2015. Thank you for your contributions to this ministry.
THE WORSHIP FLOWERS are presented by Jim & Jayne Gable to the glory of God and in honor of their 45th wedding anniversary.
FYI: Each week when the bulletin is printed, we post all of the announcements on the website under the Member Info Tab, then go to Announcements. The worship assistants are also listed with the announcements.
IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE READING THE BULLETIN we can email you a copy each week for you to print in the size font that suits you, or you can view it on your tablet or electronic device. Just email Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WORSHIP ASSISTANTS 8 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
Acolyte Tami Ruckel Kendall Eby
A. Min. Tami Ruckel Jim Millhouse
Lector Phyllis Frankhouser Sue Yeager
Com. Asst. Greta Weiler, 2 NEEDED Kathy Ross, 2 NEEDED
Greeters Gary & Melanie Minnich Wayne Gongaware,
Altar Guild Barb Weaver, Evelyn Balmer, Kathy Ross
Com. Bread Tom & Erlene Kilhefner
Flowers Jim & Jayne Gable
Nursery Dave & Marty Althouse Jeff Eby & Margot Kusienski
Bus Driver Al Rothermel
Lgts/Snd Mike Herr George Nickel
Ushers Gerald Miller’s Team 9 Craig Wagaman’s Team 12
PERSONAL CARE KITS will be blessed TODAY then packed and sent to Lutheran World Relief. Thank you for your generous help with this project.
RUTH CIRCLE will meet TODAY at 9:30 a.m. in the library. Gail Benner is the presenter of the topic “We Are Called” and the text is Isaiah 6:8.
FOOD DRIVE: Today is our final collection date to benefit the Lititz Warwick Community Chest Food Drive. Please place all donations in the Narthex by noon. Thank you for your generous donations and reaching out to our community! We are also looking for a few volunteers to help carry the food downstairs from the narthex to the pantry TODAY at noon. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Please see Barb Paynter if you have any questions.
NEW MEMBERS CLASS: A class for prospective members/disciples will meet on Saturday, October 18th at 8:30 a.m. If you are interested in becoming part of St. Paul and its ministry check your schedules and please contact Pastor Gable or the church office to reserve your slot(s).
CHORAL CONCERT: The first event of this year's concert series is a performance by the Chester County Choral Society Chamber Ensemble TODAY at 4 p.m. This group of auditioned volunteer singers is dedicated to excellence in performing diverse choral music and is under the direction of Gary Garletts. Plan to be here!
THE BREW CREW Picnic/Oktoberfest will be held on October 9th at 6:30 p.m. We will be in the pavilion weather permitting. (social hall if weather is bad) We will be providing the main course and beverages and we ask each family to bring a side dish or dessert. Please mark your preference on the sign-up sheet. Keep an eye out for upcoming trips to Snitz Creek in Lebanon and Columbia Kettle Works. We are also planning a beer and cheese tasting for early in 2015.
THE ENDOWMENT COMMITTEE will be accepting requests from the congregation, committee chairs and church council for funds from the annual distribution from the Endowment Fund. There is a form available on the church website, www.stpaullititz.net. It is under “member information-endowment”. Forms are also available at the church office. All requests must be in the church office by Sunday, October 26th. For additional information, contact Troy Wingenroth, Endowment Chairperson, 627-2111.
WE NEED YOUR HELP! We are looking for a few volunteers willing to take turns helping as a Sunday school assistant to the teacher. Our 2nd and 3rd grade class is in need of an extra pair of hands on Sunday mornings. If you would like more information or would like to help out, please contact Lori at email@example.com or call the church office 626-4709.
ST. PAUL BLANKET MAKING group's list of volunteers since October of last year include: Deb Herr, Waltraut Wegner, Nancy Weiss, LaRue Ketner, Sue Long, Joyce Groff, Marian Weaver, Sandy Bingaman, Marylou Gooch, Joyce Loercher, Mae Keller, Dawne Mellinger, Debbie Herr, Sandy Doster, Anne Millhouse and Sharyn Garrett. In addition, numerous others have contributed material, sheets and pillow cases. THANK YOU to each one who has helped and contributed to this vital ministry.
HEIFER INTERNATIONAL BEYOND HUNGER CELEBRATION: Everyone is invited to celebrate 70 years of Family Farming on Saturday, October 25 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the Manheim Farm Show, 502 E. Adele Avenue, Manheim. This celebration is free to guests (please sign up on kiosk in narthex by Oct. 10). You’re invited to come and celebrate our first 70 years and learn how we are currently scaling up our impact to end hunger and poverty and care for the Earth. Meet our “Seagoing Cowboys”, learn about our current programs and how you can get involved. Activities for all ages! Special guest will be Heifer's CEO Pierre Ferrari at 1:00pm. For more information, contact Mark Nestleroth, firstname.lastname@example.org or 664-2159.
HELP NEEDED…In support of Heifer International, St. Paul has been asked to provide volunteers to help serve lunch at their celebration from 11:30am – 1:00pm. Please sign up on the kiosk in the narthex if you are able to help or email Barb Paynter at email@example.com. Thank you in advance for volunteering!
COMMITMENT CARDS WERE MAILED this past week. Please bring them on Sunday, October 19th for Commitment Sunday. This commitment is for the upcoming year of 2015. 2014 was mistakenly printed on the commitment cards.
POWER PACKS PROJECT Volunteers:
Oct. 9: Driver - Jenny Bitzer; Distributors - Jenny Bitzer, Mary Ann Seitz, & Jayne Gable
Oct. 16: Driver - Dick Mearig; Distributors - Sandy & Joe Doster & Mary Lamoreux
WORSHIP ASSISTANTS Oct. 12 8:00 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
Acolyte Adam Reichard Sara Charles
A. Min. NEEDED Wayne Gongaware
Lector Sue Fry Wayne Gongaware
Com. Asst. 3 NEEDED Gail Benner, Kathy Ross, 1 NEEDED
Greeters Gary & Kristee Reichard Tom & Sandy McCormick
Altar Guild Nancy Weiss, Deb Herr, Donna Graybill
Com. Bread Deb Herr
Flowers John Steffy
Nursery Steve & Signe Fink Kathy Smith, Judy Rusnock
Bus Driver John Bell
Lgts/Snd Tom Reinfried Kathy Ross
Ushers Karl Usner’s Team 11 Wayne Gongaware’s Team 14
As Jesus’ first disciples walked with their Lord they often found themselves listening closely as Jesus taught them and others. Walking with Jesus still means listening to Jesus teach. It is because of this that Bible study and prayer are such important parts of the walk.
Jesus often taught his followers about the important relationship between faith and money. We can think of his conversation with the rich ruler and his comments to his disciples as they watched the widow place two copper coins in the temple treasury.
One important teaching of Jesus is the sentence, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” This is so important that it is recorded in both Matthew and Luke. These words point out that what we do with our treasure impacts our loyalties. When we give generously to something, when we place our treasure there, our heart follows.
God’s people for centuries have discovered that generous giving to Christ’s church leads one’s heart to Jesus. It is almost like a mathematical formula “Growth in giving = growth in faith.”
On your walk with Jesus, consider your own giving. How does your giving lead your heart to Jesus? Is your giving at a level that it does lead your heart to Jesus? Is your giving at a level that it leads your heart in other directions, and blocks your heart from coming to Jesus?
These are serious questions for each of us to consider as we walk with Jesus.