Today is Thanksgiving Sunday. We are beginning our Stewardship Campaign -- COMMON HOPE, COMMON TRUST -- with a week of giving thanks to God! This year's Stewardship Campaign invites everyone to participate (and not just with a pledge card!) We will be building a "light" that includes our thanks and hopes for St. Paul. On October 9 and 16 you will be able to help make of this "light." This will be a visual representation of our common hope and common trust. We will also have pledge cards that we will invite you to consider prayerfully and make a commitment to the ministry at St. Paul. Today, Thanksgiving Sunday, we invite you to take one of the lights/flames and write on it why you are thankful to God for the ministry of Saint Paul.
You should have received a mailing this week that details the schedule. If you did not receive this mailing, let the office know!
TODAY: Thanksgiving Sunday Oct 16: Hope Sunday Oct 23: Trust -- Pledge -- Sunday
THE WORSHIP FLOWERS are placed by Mike & Deb Herr to the glory of God.
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.
COMMUNION BREAD is provided each week by members who sign up in the red Worship Book. We have had the same faithful people bringing in the bread for quite a long time. It would be nice to have a few more people help out and ask you to consider signing up a date or two. There are simple instructions telling you what to do, and it is simple! Thank you!
STAFF CHANGES: Our Director of Family and Outreach ministry, Barb Paynter, has announced her resignation. Her final day will be TODAY. We thank Barb for her work these past few years in helping launch and coordinate so many ministries that have helped us at St. Paul impact the community and share God's love. We will definitely miss Barb's organization and heart for outreach in the office! Barb and her family fully intend to stay active members at St. Paul. At the October meeting, Council will begin discussing options regarding this position as we move forward.
CHRISTIAN SERVICE BOX for October will support will support Lutheran World Relief. In July, $205.50 was collected to benefit the Lititz Springs Park. Thank you for your continued support and prayers for these ministries.
POWER PACKS VOLUNTEERS: St. Paul will be partnering with Power Packs to serve the children and their families of Bonfield Elementary School again this school year. Thank you to all of our volunteers for your time and dedication to this program! If you need to change your assigned days, please contact Jenny Bitzer. Volunteers for the next two weeks are:
LWCC FOOD DRIVE: The Mission and Outreach Committee thank the congregation for their generosity during the God’s Work, Our Hands food drive. The Lititz/Warwick Community Chest which is housed in the church basement, received 898 pounds of food and $20 in cash donations. The response was outstanding!
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: Our Sunday School children will be participating in Operation Christmas Child as our fall outreach project. Each child is asked to fill a shoebox with gifts for a child this Christmas and to return it to the narthex by Nov. 13. Every shoebox gift delivered by Operation Christmas Child is a tangible expression of God’s amazing love. But the shoebox is just the beginning...every child who receives a shoebox will also be invited to participate in The Greatest Journey, a 12-lesson Bible study course guiding them through what it means to faithfully follow Jesus Christ. The St. Paul congregation can support our Sunday School children by: filling a box to add to their collection (more info can be found on the table in the narthex), giving a monetary donation to defray the cost of shipping – each shoebox costs $7 to ship (there is a box on the table in the narthex for donations), and praying for both our children as they pack the shoeboxes & the children who will receive these shoeboxes and be introduced Jesus and his love for them. Please contact Barb Paynter if you have any questions.
SHOE BOXES NEEDED: In preparation for our Sunday school's upcoming outreach project, we are in need of shoe boxes. If you have any shoe boxes that you can donate, please place them in Barb Paynter's office (across from the nursery). Thank you for your donations!
CHILDREN AT CHURCH
SUNDAY SCHOOL has begun for all ages - jump into a new class anytime. Please register your child (forms are on the Children's area of the kiosk). Kids are always welcome to bring friends.
WANTED: Helpers in the Nursery and Substitutes in Sunday School; please contact Deacon Emily if you can pitch-in from time to time!
HEY KIDS AND TEENS - do you have spare time at church on a Sunday morning? Stop in the Children/Youth office to work on a big Biblical puzzle with other kids. The door is open for you!
OCTOBER’S FAITH STEP-STONE: Our Kindergarteners and 1st Graders are learning the Lord's Prayer in Sunday School. You can teach your children at home too! On Sunday, October 30th, all K & 1st Grade children are invited to help lead the congregation in the Lord's Prayer during worship (with Pastor Rob!) It's their Faith Step-stone! For questions, contact: Deacon Emily.
TOUCH A TRUCK: Oct. 15, 9 am-1 pm. The St. Paul Christian Early Learning Center (CELC) is hosting this event, welcome to all! Entry fee: a canned good or dry good to donate to the Warwick Community Chest. Bring your children, grandchildren or just yourself! There will be additional fun activities available for both children and adults. Bracelets for additional activities will be available for purchase and all proceeds benefit the St. Paul CELC scholarship fund.
FIRST COMMUNION INSTRUCTION is coming up for all 2nd Graders! Also welcome are older children who have not yet had Instruction or Communion. Classes will be held during the Sunday school hour on Nov. 6 & 13th with First Communion for those participants on Sunday, Nov. 20th. A parent should attend the class with their child. Please contact Deacon Emily to join.
HIGH SCHOOLERS meet for Bible Study and Discussion Sundays, 9:30am - join us!
ATTENTION YOUTH AND PARENTS! Please join us for an informational meeting this evening for students in grades 5-12 and parents in the choir room at 7pm. We will be discussing upcoming events and expectations for the year. See you tonight! Also, mark your calendars for these upcoming events:
7-12th Grade: Friday Oct. 21st - 5th Quarter Party following the WHS football game
5/6th Grade: Saturday Oct. 22nd - Oregon Dairy flashlight corn maze
FAITH & FELLOWSHIP
PASTOR’S BIBLE STUDY takes place every Thursday at 10 am and 7 pm in the choir room. Note: This Bible Study requires no previous experience with the Bible! We look at the passage for the upcoming sermon. This way you can participate in the process of sermon writing! The people that attend find they look forward to worship even more.
SERMONS ONLINE: We now can offer Sunday's sermons online. You can use this link to listen and also to share with others. We hope to offer this moving forward each week. You can access them here: http://www.stpaullititz.net/pastor-robs-sermons.html. You can also listen to Pastor Rob's sermon on Podcast (search under Pastor Robert Myallis on itunes or any other podcast directory).
COMMUNION SERVICE AT LUTHER ACRES AND MORAVIAN MANOR: St. Paul has a number of its members who live at Luther Acres and Moravian Manor, including their skilled care units. St. Paul’s has begun holding occasional worship services at both for many of the homebound members. If you are interested in attending or helping transport people to this service (wheelchairs) let Pastor Rob know (626-4709; firstname.lastname@example.org). We will worship on October 21 at 10 am at Moravian Manor. Please contact Dot Rosenquist, at 626-5175, if interested.
ST. PAUL CONCERT SERIES: The first event in the St Paul Concert Series, the Lancaster Marimba Ensemble is performing TODAY at 3pm. The group performs a variety of musical selections ranging in style from opera to vaudeville and Broadway to spiritual. Traditional global styles, especially Mexican, Andean, and African music, are combined with European classics and American jazz, allowing the ensemble to showcase the versatility of the marimba as an instrument. The five musicians of the group perform on a variety of instruments throughout the performance. It promises to be a dynamic and enjoyable concert.
THE NEXT MEN’S BIBLE STUDY AND BREAKFAST will take place on Saturday Nov. 5th at Brickerville United Lutheran Church starting at 7am. All men are invited to attend this event.
HELP NEEDED WITH THE CHICKENS: Our Chicken Processing Day is scheduled for Tuesday, October 18 at Airy Hill B&B and volunteers are needed to complete this fundraiser. Help is needed to:
FAMILY FALL FOLIAGE DAY: Sunday, October 16th from 1pm – 6pm at Camp Kirkenwald and Camp Nawakwa. $7 a person includes all activities and evening meal.
SPECIAL ST. PAUL MEMBER BIRTHDAY: Gladys Trefny, a long-time St. Paul member, will celebrate her 100th birthday on October 26th. Her telephone number is 626-0152 and her address is 1402 Knob Hill Dr., Lititz. Please consider calling her to wish her much happiness or send her a card to enjoy on her special day and for weeks to come.
500th ANNIVERSARY REFORMATION TOUR of Germany June 16-26, 2017: Pastor Sandy will be leading a group to Germany. Some places include: Rhine River Cruise, Gutenberg Museum, Worms and St. Peter’s church, Heidelberg Castle, Strasbourg (France), Zurich (Switzerland) & Neuschwanstein Castle, Zugspitz (the highest point in Germany), Augsburg, Daschau concentration camp, Wartburg Castle, Erfurt, Bach Museum, Augustinian Monastery, Wittenberg & the Castle Church, & Berlin. You can call Pastor Sandy at 484-1172 for more info, and see details at: http://www.pilgrimtours.com/groups/gideonreformation.htm The price of $3,519 includes airfare, lodging, transportation, guides, 2 meals a day, all tips, plus more. You must be registered before Jan. 2017
BEER & HYMNS: Sunday, November 6th from 5pm – 6pm. Come early, food and beverages available at 4:30pm. Join us for a casual gathering of people who love singing and socializing. No cost to attend. Beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase. 551 West (formerly Kegel’s Seafood Restaurant) 551 West King St., Lancaster. Off-street parking available diagonally across from restaurant on Pine St. Hosted by Emmanuel Lutheran.
GRIEF GROUP: A grief group for people who have lost their spouses is being formed by Pastor Alison Bowlin of Salem Lutheran, Kissel Hill. Members of St. Paul are welcome to attend this joint ministry. The next meeting is October 18 for lunch. If you have questions, contact Pastor Rob.
LUTHERAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF LANCASTER will hold its fall meeting on Sunday, October 16th at 3 p.m. at Salem Lutheran, Kissel Hill. Along with a brief history of Salem Church, we will be pleased to have a member of the Society present a history of Lutheran hymnody. Come prepared to sing some of the hymns! Refreshments will be served following a short business meeting. All members are urged to attend and to bring friends.
FINANCIAL UPDATE: We thank everyone for the generosity this summer. Our fall Stewardship campaign is kicking off under the theme: Common Hope, Common Trust. By now you should have receive a letter in the mail outlining Council’s vision for the congregation as well as explaining some of the steps Council has taken to ensure financial vitality in our congregation.
SIMPLY GIVING: To register for Simply Giving, use the church website under access My St. Paul or use the QR code on the offering card in the pew. If you have difficulty registering, call John Bell at 669-9560. If you choose to give electronically, you may place the card in the offering plate in lieu of a physical contribution as an act of worship.
Today 8:00 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
Acolyte Tami Ruckel Sarah Charles
A. Min. Jane Brye Nancy Miller
Lector Greta Weiler Emily Myallis
Com. Asst. NEED 3 NEED 3
Greeters Gary & Kristie Reichard Tom & Sandy McCormick
Altar Guild Dave & Marty Althouse, Carol Miller, Bethany & Audrey Hovan
Com. Bread Sally Hall
Flowers Mike & Deb Herr
Nursery Dave & Marty Althouse Linda Reynolds & Kathy Smith
Lights/Snd. Ben Hipple Daniel Spadaro
Ushers Kenneth Keener’s Team 7 Steve Shaub’s Team 4
WORSHIP ASSISTANTS Oct. 16
8:00 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
Acolyte Luke Reichard Jack Martin
A. Min. Tami Ruckel Wayne Gongaware
Lector Kevin Martzall Don Masey
Com. Asst. NEED 3 NEED 3
Greeters Jon & Melissa Lamb, Pat Lamb Don Shaub, Jim Hoffer
Altar Guild Barbara Weaver, Cindy Wingenroth, Kathy Ross
Com. Bread Deb Herr
Flowers John Steffy
Nursery Steve & Signe Fink Kate Martin, Jen Maryniak
Lights/Snd. Steve Fink & sons Don Campbell
Ushers John Steffy’s Team 13 Jeff Eby’s Team 6
ENDOWMENT FUND REQUEST FORMS are available on the table outside the church office. If possible, please attach a brochure from the agency you are requesting funds for. 25% of the Endowment interest goes back to the church. The Endowment gift amount is dependent on the status of the investment as of September 30th. Funds are distributed in January. Any member of the congregation can make a request. In Christ, Chair Kathy Ross.