THE CHRISTIAN SERVICE BOX FOR November is The North Star Initiative – Building “The Harbor”. The Harbor exists to provide residential housing and a secure place for adult female survivors of domestic sex trafficking and sex exploitation. The women coming to the Harbor are coming from damaging life styles that have resulted from trauma of their past. During their time in the Harbor program the women receive support in education, career building, social services, therapy, and access to legal and basic medical services. The program allows women to transition into independent life styles. It allows women to navigate towards a place of healing and wholeness.
THE WORSHIP FLOWERS are placed by Craig & Tammy Jo Stetler to the glory of God.
AUGSBURG ADULT BIBLE STUDY CLASS meets in the church lounge Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
Today: Marsha Campbell Nov. 15: Dave Althouse
POWER PACKS PROJECT VOLUNTEERS:
Nov 12 : Driver—Stauffers; Distributors—Jenny Bitzer, Joan Mac Millan, Sally Hall
Nov 19 : Driver –Gerald Miller; Distributors—Anne & Jim Millhouse, Mary Lamoreux
WORSHIP ASSISTANTS 8 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
Acolyte Pat Lamb Nate Hovan
A. Min. Gayle Stauffer Doug Minnich
Lector Reba Oberlin Don Masey
Com. Asst. Don Stauffer, need 2 need 3
Greeters Ray & Rosann Lowry Jim & Anne Millhouse
Altar Guild Debbie Herr, Deb Herr, Kathy Ross
Com. Bread Deb Herr
Flowers Craig & Tammy Jo Stetler
Nursery Gary & Kristee Reichard Jim & Bethany Hovan
Lights/Snd. Robert Wiegand Kathy Ross
Ushers Robert Hill’s Team 3 Kathy Smith’s Team 10
NEW MEMBERS WILL BE RECEIVED on November 22nd, Christ the King Sunday. Persons/families interested in joining St. Paul, please contact Pastor Straw for more information.
NEEDED: Sheets & cotton material for blanket making. Please place in container in the narthex.
SIMPLY GIVING is an easy and convenient way to make donations to St. Paul. It is an automatic checking account deduction plan that transfers your designated contribution directly to the church. You no longer have to complete an offering envelope; the church receives your offering every week; and saves the cost of purchasing envelopes. You can easily set up your contribution by using the St. Paul website (stpaullititz.net). More information is on the narthex television and instruction brochures are also available in the narthex. Direct questions to John Bell at 669-9560.
ST. PAUL'S CHURCH HISTORY can be summarized in the visuals that you'll find in the new Archives Showcase Exhibit in the narthex. Fifty-two members from Salem of Kissel Hill started this congregation in 1885 and dedicated its first church on Spruce Street the following year. Twenty-six years later, the little church was bursting at its seams and a new church was built on the corner of Broad and Orange Streets. Worship was held there for fifty-seven years before the sanctuary that you are sitting in now was built in 1969. That makes 129 years of church history!
LADIES LUNCH BUNCH will gather at 11:30 on November 18, at Appalachian Brewing Co located at 55 N. Water St., Lititz. 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.
ATTENTION SEWERS: Patches and instructions to sew blanket tops are in a plastic container in the narthex. If you can help St. Paul get off to a start for next year's Ingathering, it will be gratefully appreciated by St. Paul blanket makers.
BREW CREW will be going to the Black Forest Brewery in Ephrata, PA on Monday Nov 16th. They are opening just for our group so this will be a private gathering. The owner will be making soups, salad and sandwiches and the price will be $15 per person with a cash bar. Our reservation is for 6:30 so those wishing to car pool, meet at the church to leave by 6:10. Please sign up in the book if you are able to come.
CALLING ALL BAKERS: The youth group will be providing food for the craft fair on Nov 13th & 14th. We would love to have donated baked goods for sale. If you would like to donate, please bring them to the church during the day on Thursday, Nov. 12th or Friday Nov. 13th. Please package them the way you would want them sold and we will price everything here. Thanks to everyone in advance! The money raised at the craft fair concessions will benefit our youth group program.
MEAL SERVING: Our congregation has partnered with Zion Leola to serve community dinners in Lancaster. Volunteers (ages 15+) are needed to serve at REDEEMER Lutheran on Thurs. Nov. 19th and Grace Lutheran on Wed., Dec. 30th for: Set Up (1 person) 3:00-5:00pm AND Serving/Clean-up (5 people) 5:15-7:00pm If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up on the kiosk.
JOY TO THE WORLD! Seniors of St. Paul. The annual Senior Christmas Dinner will be held on Saturday, December 5 at 12 noon in the Social Hall. A delicious dinner will be served with all of the trimmings. Light entertainment will be held following the dinner. All of those who are 65+ along with spouse or significant other are invited to attend. Look for the sign-up sheet in the narthex activity book beginning Sunday, November 1. If you are unable to get to church to sign up call the church office (626-4709) or Mary Ann Seitz ( 626-9368 ). Need a ride? Just indicate on the sign-up sheet and we will help. St. Paul WELCA is the sponsor of this long running tradition.
DID YOU JUST FINISH READING the Senior Christmas Dinner announcement? Did you think to yourself that you would like to help? We can always use volunteers. People to cook, serve, set-up and clean-up are needed. Please consider becoming a part of this event. Those who have helped over the years will tell you that it is fun, fulfilling, and part of the Advent tradition of preparing for Christ’s birth. Please call (626-9368) or sign up on the volunteer sheet found in the activity book in the narthex. You will be glad that you did.
STAR WARS EPISODE VII--private showing at Penn Cinema, Lititz on December 19th at 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $10 each. Checks should be made out to: Lower Susquehanna Synod. In the memo please indicate Hammer Family Mission Trip. You can mail check to Angie Hammer at 6497 Lemon St. East Petersburg, PA 17520. You will receive a confirmation email and be placed on a list to check in outside of the theater. 100% of ticket sales will benefit the Hammer family’s year-long mission in the Konde Diocese. Angie will be our guest speaker for Mission Awareness Sunday. Contact Angie at firstname.lastname@example.org (note the time change and email has been corrected) less than 50 tickets remain!
REMINDER: The Building Improvement Fund and the Capital Campaign are two separate funds. The Building improvement Fund is for ongoing maintenance of our building, and the Capital Campaign is our three-year commitment for future (Social Hall, Phase 1) renovations.
THE INSTALLATION SERVICE for The Rev. Alison Bowlan will be held at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church of Kissel Hill TODAY at 4:00 p.m. Come and celebrate with our mother church as Pastor Bowlan officially joins our LCO (Lutheran Community Outreach).
THANKOFFERING SUNDAY will be held November 15th at both services. The speaker is Upper Susquehanna Women of the ELCA President, Stephanie Lewis. As a member of St. Matthew Lutheran in Shamokin Dam she helped revitalize their Women of the ELCA unit and currently serves as unit president. In 2012 she joined the Women of the ELCA’s 25th Anniversary Tour of Liberia. In 2014 she served as a delegate to the W/ELCA’s 9th Triennial Convention and Gathering. This past June she represented the churchwide organization at the Sojourner’s Summit: world Change Through Faith and Justice in Washington, D.C. A special offering for churchwide Women of the ELCA will be taken during the services.
WOULD-BE HANDBELL RINGERS! Have you ever wondered what it's like to play handbells? Would you like to try it? Would you also like a free dinner from Dickey's Barbecue Pit? Join us on Monday, Dec. 7 for dinner and to try your hand at ringing. We'll eat at 6pm and ring some Christmas carols together thereafter. Anyone with basic music reading knowledge, of any age, is welcome. RSVP to Valerie in person or at email@example.com.
EXTRAORDINARY GIVE: On Nov. 20th the Lancaster County Community Foundation is conducting it’s 24 hour online giving opportunity for over 300 local organizations. Bridge of Hope Lancaster and Chester Counties is a participating nonprofit. Please prayerfully consider making a donation to help fight homelessness for single mothers and their children. It’s easy to do. Go online to ExtraGive.org and follow the simple directions. No checks to write, stamps to buy or envelopes to lick—and it’s fun to watch your organization’s $$ grow throughout the day!
STEPHEN MINISTERS ARE AVAILABLE FOR YOU! Are you experiencing a personal conflict? A loss of job? Loss of a significant other? Or an unexpected diagnosis? We are bombarded daily by many difficult, challenging and uninvited situations. A Stephen Minister can share your burdens.
To contact a Stephen Minister we invite you to complete the form in the church pew. You may hand the form to the minister or speak with him following the church service. You will be contacted shortly by a member of the Stephen Ministry team.
FORGIVEN: Crossfire invites you to come to the Forgiven presentation at St Paul on Nov 15 at 7 p.m. in the Social Hall. Forgiveness once studied only by philosophers and theologians, is now gaining attention by psychologists and physicians. Research is proving that people who are more forgiving report fewer health and mental problems and symptoms of stress. The findings clearly show that forgiving also transforms people emotionally and spiritually. Judy Cameron will share a jaw dropping forgiveness story about her friend, former Olympian, WWll hero, and prisoner of war, Louis Zamperini. He passed away in July 2015 at the age of 97. His biography, Unbroken was released in 2014. When everything in us wants to hold a grudge, point a finger and remember the pain, God wants us to lay it aside. Zamperini accomplished this with fortitude, faith and forgiveness. His story will inspire us to engage the work with softer hearts and teachable spirits.
THE WELCA BOOK CLUB will meet at 7:00 PM on December 3 at the home of Marion Gotwalt at 415 Linden Street, Lititz. The selection for the December 3rd meeting is The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared unspeakable loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. Rather than sink into tragedy, they choose to gather to raise their spirits and money. The book is a series of sixteen vignettes about the lives of these four Chinese immigrant mothers and their four American-born daughters. Contact Gayle Stauffer if you’d like to share a ride or for directions to Marion’s house.
SUPPER CLUB SIGN UP FOR 2016: Supper Club is a group of couples/singles who meet for dinners and socializing throughout the year. Groups of 4 couples/singles will be formed from those who sign up. Your group will then meet 4 times during the next year, once at each of the couples/singles home for dinner and socializing. Each group can decide how to organize the dinners for their group. In the past, some groups have done formal dinners, picnic type dinners, and one group this past year even did a cookout and watched a polo match. This is a GREAT way to socialize and get to know others here at St. Paul! Look for the signup sheet in the Sign-Up book in the narthex. Please sign up by Sunday, Dec. 13th. This is a great way to get a night out with adults. If you are a couple in need of babysitting, please indicate when you sign up. We may be able find some of the youth wanting to babysit to help you, so you can attend a supper club dinner. After Dec. 13th, we will randomly select the groups, and inform each couple/single of your group so you can get started. Any questions, please contact, Deb or Al Rothermel (627-2107 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
BLANKET MAKERS will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon. And the next time will be Jan. 27, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
FRIENDS OF LUTHER ACRES is having their Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, November 21st from 7 a.m. – 10 a.m. at Katy’s Grill. $5 includes pancakes, sausage and juice.
THE WORSHIP AND MUSIC COMMITTEE will meet Tuesday evening, November 17 at 7:00 PM in the lounge. Members of the committee and anyone who is interested is invited to attend. We will be discussing Advent, Christmas, Epiphany and other items involved with worship at St. Paul. Jane Brye and Gayle Stauffer, Co-chairs of the Worship and Music Committee.
RECOGNITION goes out to the St. Paul Garden Group who tended ten gardens this year, and they were lovely. Hats off to those who planted, weeded, clipped and watered: Sandy Bingaman, Marsha Campbell, Joe and Sandy Doster, Mary Lamoreux, Kelly Perkins and children, McKenna, Mackenzie, Finnian; Kathy Ross, Tom and Sandy Wingenroth. Thank you all for making our church look so welcoming!
WORSHIP ASSISTANTS Nov. 15 at 8 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
Acolyte Tami Ruckel Kendall Eby
Lector Dawne Mellinger Nancy Miller
Com. Asst. need 3 need 3
Greeters Reba Oberlin, Mallory Weiss Sally Hall, Cathy Harmon
Altar Guild Carol Miller, Mary Ann Seitz, Donna Graybill
Com. Bread Jean Steffy
Flowers Eileen Martin
Nursery Steve & Signe Fink Jen Maryniak, Steph Cramer
Lights/Snd. Mike Herr George Nickel
Ushers Nancy Weiss’s Team21 Women of the ELCA
ST. PAUL Annual CRAFT fair
FRIDAY NOV 13 5:30 - 8 PM
SATURDAY NOV 14 8 AM – 1 PM
FREE DOOR PRIZE DRAWINGS (Must be present to win)
FRIDAY at 6 & 7 PM SATURDAY at 9, 10, 11 AM, & NOON
Food available--benefits St Paul Youth Group
Something for everyone and every budget!