WE WELCOME into the one holy catholic and apostolic church through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, Emma Jean Groff, daughter of Tony & Kelly Groff, born October 2, 2015. (10:45 a.m.)
THE WORSHIP FLOWERS are placed by Bob & Janet Hill to the glory and in celebration of their 61st 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.
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!
ACOLYTE TRAINING (for new and returning!): We are significantly increasing the role of the acolytes in worship. Acolyte training will take place TODAY, Sept. 18th during the Sunday School hour starting right at 9:30. The 4th, 5th, and 6th grade Sunday School class will attend, as will the 7th and 8th grade class. If you are a current acolyte, you should attend because there are some important changes in the procedures and tasks. Mr. Reinfried is the instructor. Hope to see you there!
SUNDAY SCHOOL BEGINS
Sunday School kicked off last week – here are the classes and locations! All are welcome to join on any Sunday!
Ages 3 - pre-K
Grades K & 1
Grades 2, 3, & 4
Grades 5 & 6
Grades 7 & 8 (Confirmation)
Social Hall Side Room
Youth Room (by foodbank)
Faith & Family Class
Walk in Faith
CHRISTIAN SERVICE BOX for September will support will support our Kanga Companion Congregation.
WARWICK COMMUNITY CHEST FOOD DRIVE: As our God's Work, Our Hands service day, bags were given out last week and may be filled and returned to the narthex on Sunday Sept. 25th by noon. Please, no expired dates on the items. Suggested items for donation are: ready-to-eat or chunky soups, cold breakfast cereal, oatmeal, jelly, canned chicken and spam, applesauce, spaghetti sauce, canned tomatoes, baked beans, canned fruit cocktail, pears and mandarin oranges, shampoo and conditioner, laundry detergent. Cash donations will also be accepted. Please see Phyllis Frankhouser or Barb Paynter with any questions.
PERSONAL CARE KITS are being collected thru September. During the October 2nd church services, these kits will be blessed, then packed and sent to Lutheran World Relief. A list of items to include in a kit is posted on the Women of the ELCA bulletin board in the narthex. Please take a list, follow the steps to make a kit and put the finished kit in the container in the narthex marked "Personal Care Kits." Thank you for your generous help with this project.
MEAL SERVING Volunteer Opportunity - Our congregation has partnered with Zion Leola to serve community dinners in Lancaster. We will be serving at Kingdom Life Church on Thursday, September 15. Volunteers (ages 15+) are needed for the following responsibilities: Set Up (1 person) 3:00-5:00pm & 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.
POWER PACKS PROJECT - St. Paul will be serving Power Packs to the children of Bonfield Elementary School for the 3rd year beginning on Thursday, September 29. The mission of the Power Packs Project is to help families stretch their grocery money, prepare low-cost meals for their families over the weekend and have their children fed well and ready to learn when they go to school on Monday. Our responsibility is to transport the food from the Power Packs warehouse in Lancaster to Bonfield Elementary School and pack the bags and distribute the food to the individual families. If you are interested in helping with this very meaningful mission, please complete the form below and place in the offering plate or email Barb Paynter at firstname.lastname@example.org. Generally volunteers are scheduled once every 6 weeks.
_____ I would like to volunteer to transport food from Lancaster to Lititz from 12:45-1:45pm on Thursdays
_____ I would like to volunteer to pack & distribute food from 1:45-2:45pm on Thursdays
CHILDREN, YOUTH and FAMILY
TOUCH A TRUCK: Oct. 15, 9 am-1 pm. 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.
CHILDREN AT CHURCH
SEPTEMBER’S FAITH September's Faith Step-Stone: Welcome to all the 3-year olds who are starting Sunday School. We're excited for your faith to grow!
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.
SUBSTITUTE SUNDAY SCHOOL teachers and assistants are needed; please see Deacon Emily.
HIGH SCHOOLERS meet for Bible Study and Discussion Sundays, 9:30am - join us!
CONGRATS to Mrs. Johnna McCormick, youth director, and her family on the birth of Logan!
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. Thank you to Tom Reinfried, George Nichol and David Fair for helping to make this possible. Y You can access them here: http://www.stpaullititz.net/pastor-robs-sermons.html
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; email@example.com).
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 (Tues, Sept 20: 6-7 pm): Welcome and Worship
Session II (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.
THE LADIES LUNCH BUNCH will gather on Sept. 21, at 11:30 at Ciro’s Italian Bistro in the Richmond Square. From Salads, Sandwiches, Pasta dishes and Pizza, along with Gelato and Cannoli, there is definitely something you will just love! 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.
WINE CLUB will meet at the home of Joe & Sandy Doster on Friday, Sept. 23rd at 7 pm. ALL wine will be provided!
THE NEXT MEN’S BIBLE STUDY and breakfast will take place on Sat., Oct 1 at Zion Lutheran, Manheim starting at 7AM. All men are invited to attend. As a reminder the November event will take place at our church.
IN THE MOOD for fall cleaning? The St. Paul Garden Group could use your help. Consider working for an hour on Saturday, October 1 beginning at 11am (weather permitting) to help with pruning, cutting and raking so that the gardens in front of the church can be carefully put to rest for the winter. Bring pruners and rakes!
ST. PAUL CONCERT SERIES: The first event in the St Paul Concert Series is the Lancaster Marimba Ensemble, performing on Sunday, October 9 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.
ANNUAL ST. PAUL CRAFT FAIR will be held on Fri. Nov 18th and Sat. Nov. 19th. The cost is $25 for an 8 ft. table. Please see the Small Groups sign up book (craft section) for vendor applications or contact Carol Miller at 627-0535 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due by Oct. 1st. All information is on the application.
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:
Keep Noah's Ark in St. Paul: Many of you saw the Ark that Joe Doster built as part of St. Paul's Senior Shepherd Program. If you are interested in being a benefactor to keep the Ark as a part of our church, you are welcome to join the fund drive for the Ark. It will take at least $500 to retain it here at St Paul. If your generosity helps exceed that amount, the additional monies will be used to help fund the Senior Shepherd program. The fund drive will last until September 25, 2016. Make your checks payable to St. Paul, complete the following form, place your donation in an envelope, and return it to the church office by September 25, 2016.
Take the Ark Off The Auction Block Fund
Donation $_________ Note on Memo line on your check “Ark Fund”
If you have questions... please contact Tom Reinfried at 717-371-7302 or email@example.com
FINANCIAL UPDATE: A group of Council and capital campaign steering committee members met to discuss modifying the capital campaign given the financial situation. The discussion was optimistic a proposal to be shared soon with the congregation was discussed at Council this week.
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 Adam Reichard Hayden Eby
A. Min. Mary Ann Seitz Wayne Gongaware
Lector John Steffy Gary Hanna
Com. Asst. need 3 Kathy Ross, Jim Millhouse, need 1
Greeters Jonathan & Kim Herr Bill & Mary Turner
Altar Guild Reba Oberlin, Michelle Mumma, John & Linda Bell
Com. Bread Emily Myallis
Flowers Bob & Janet Hill
Nursery Gary & Kristee Reichard Jim & Bethany Hovan
Lights/Snd. Mike Steffy Daniel Spadaro
Ushers Nancy Weiss’Team 21 Kathy Smith’s Team 10
WORSHIP ASSISTANTS Sept 25
8:00 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
Acolyte Tom Reinfried Alex Fair
A. Min. Gayle Stauffer Doug Minnich
Lector Jenny Bitzer Jed Kensinger
Com. Asst. Don Stauffer, need 2 NEED 3
Greeters Dick & Judy Mearig Chris, Lauren & Leann Runkle
Altar Guild Erlene Kilhefner, John & Linda Bell, Stephanie Cramer
Com. Bread Jean Steffy
Flowers Bill & Nancy Boyer
Nursery Kelly Perkins, Melanie Minnich John McCormick, Stephanie Cramer
Lights/Snd. Robert Wiegand Sam & Elena Smith
Ushers Mike Herr’s Team 1 Jeff Eby’s Team 6