NEXT WEEK WE START OUR SUMMER SCHEDULE WITH ONE WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M.
We resume two services on September 8th
On June 16th immediately following the service, we will be having a congregational meeting to vote on new council members who will begin on July 1st.
GOD BLESS OUR CONFIRMANDS who will affirm their baptism today as Christ’s disciples here at St. Paul:
Chad Ryan Boyer Kasie Rosalyn Sheaffer
Ryan Thomas Charles Andrew Martin Smith
Josefina Camille Colantoni Andrew Thomas Weidner
Kaitlyn Paige Kinser
ST. PAUL BLANKET MAKERS are once again in need of sheets and cotton material. There is a plastic tub in the narthex marked "cotton material and sheets" for these donations.
LCO SEMINARS: The remaining LCO seminar in the series is: Stewardship, TODAY 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. here at St. Paul. Anyone interested is encouraged to attend, to share your ideas and to learn from others. If you have questions, see Joe Doster, Gayle Stauffer, or Pastor Gable.
THIS IS THE WEEK! Join SPGG (St. Paul Garden Group) this Tuesday evening, 6:30-7:30pm or Saturday morning, 11am-noon to hoe, weed, plant and water the gardens in the front of our church. Many hands make light work. Bring your gloves, a hoe, a trowel and a sprinkling can. Meet by the Office door. (Did you know that's the closest door to the water faucet?) Gardening is guaranteed to make you feel good! (We don't work long enough or hard enough to feel stiff!)
AS PART OF THEIR VISIT TO THE KONDE DIOCESE this July, John and Linda Bell will be spending a weekend with our companion congregation, the Kanga Lutheran Church. The purpose of this trip is to facilitate communication and understanding between the two congregations. During that time, the Bell’s will be meeting with the leaders of the Kanga Congregation to learn about their most pressing needs and to bring back that information so that our congregation can determine how best to assist them in meeting these needs. We will be having a special offering TODAY for the Bell’s to take with them and give directly to the Kanga Congregation. Please prayerfully consider your contribution remembering that Konde Diocese personnel consider the Kanga Congregation to be one of the poorest in the Diocese.
THE WOMEN OF THE ELCA BOOK CLUB will meet June 6th at 7 pm in the lounge to discuss Dr. Eben Alexander's best seller, "Proof of Heaven", which is a scientist's case for the afterlife. The book is available on audio and in paperback. All women of the church are invited to attend and join in a lively and stimulating discussion.
THE NEXT BREW CREW will be on May 21st at Iron Hill Brewery in Lancaster. Meet at the church at 6:00 p.m. to car pool. There is a sign-up sheet in the sign-up book. We will be going to Sly Fox in Phoenixville in June, the date is yet to be determined.
BLANKET MAKING will be held Thursday, May 23rd from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. as well as Wednesday, May 29th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
OUR JR. AND SR. HIGH YOUTH GROUPS are heading to the Central PA Food Bank in Harrisburg on Saturday, June 8th as a service project for the end of the year. They will be working on anything from sorting or packing food to stocking shelves or preparing mailings. The Central PA.Food Bank serves 27 counties including Lancaster. They inventory and distribute food and other donated products to such agencies as food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.
VBS--We are looking for the following donations for our VBS craft projects: Clean 20 oz. green plastic bottles with lids and clear plastic water bottles with lids. Please place them in the container marked VBS in the narthex. Thank you.
STEPHEN MINISTRY: St. Paul has been enrolled in Stephen Ministry since May 2001, so we are celebrating our 12th anniversary as a Stephen Ministry congregation. Today we are recommissioning our Stephen Ministers and Leaders. May God bless this vital ministry of caring.
MATTHEW 25 THRIFT STORE is in need of donations of spring and summer clothes in all sizes. Please consider dropping of any items that you no longer use to them at 48 E. Main St. All profits are donated to charity.
WE, YOUR FRIENDS OF LUTHER ACRES keypersons, would like to thank all of you who so generously contributed to the Friends 2013 project. St. Paul gave $1100.00 for the tech project for Muhlenburg. We are so proud of that gift and know the residents of Muhlenburg will enjoy the project when it is completed, hopefully this summer. At the keyperson's breakfast in April, we heard from the activities director and a resident of personnel care. They are very excited that the Christensen Room is going to come alive with movies, special programs and games. This will be made possible thru the gifts of many churches in our district. We will let you know the total amount raised and when the project is complete. Thank you again and may God richly bless you all. In His Service, Evelyn Balmer and Kathy Trayer.
UPDATE: THE 7TH NORTH LANCASTER CONFERENCE Disaster Response trip was a huge success! 39 “maniacs” from across the territory of the conference worked on ten homes while in Minot April 28-May 4th. I used the term “maniacs” because that is what one of the construction supervisors from Hope Village called our group in response to how hard we worked while in Minot. All are invited to come out and hear the story of our time in Minot, North Dakota. On Sunday, June 2nd, we will gather at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Ephrata, at 7:00 p.m. for coffee and dessert and a presentation that tells our story.