February News From St. Paul’s

February 6, 2018

Church News

February’s Meetings at a Glance (available at press time)

Thursday, February 1st:  Care Team, 1:00pm, CE Room

Monday, February 5th:  Valentines Making Party sponsored by the Women’s Fellowship, 6:30pm, Fellowship Hall

Saturday, February 10th:  Men’s Fellowship, 8am, King’s Restaurant

Thursday, February 15th:  Bible Brew, 6:30pm, hosted by Craig and Denise Weaver, 389 Stepping Stone Rd, Somerset, PA.

Tuesday, February 20th:  Church Council, 7pm, CE Room

Thursday, March 1st:  Spiritual Life & Evangelism Team, 7:00pm, CE Room

St. Paul’s is on Facebook!  Be sure to “Like” us to keep up with updates and events.

Book of Remembrance forms are in the literature rack in the narthex.  If you wish to give a gift in memory of or in honor of a loved one, please use this form.  You can place it in your offering envelope along with your monetary gift or you can bring it to the office.  We save these forms for documentation until the Book of Remembrance is published in the newsletter twice a year.  Thank you for taking the time to submit the form.

Bible Study: Bible Studies following worship themes will be held on Tuesdays at 10:00am in the Salem Chapel.

The Children’s Aid Home and Society of Somerset County is February’s Mission Offering

The Children’s Aid Home and Society of Somerset County was founded on May 1, 1889 at the Park Hotel in Somerset. In 1910, a countywide canvas was made of the friends of the Society and enough money was raised to purchase the Home at 574 East Main Street. The house was built in 1887 as a private residence. The Children’s Aid Home and Society developed its Foster Family and Adoption Programs in 1947.

It’s been over 114 years since The Children’s Aid Home and Society of Somerset County was founded. We continue to be a private, non-profit social service agency, guided by a Board of Directors and Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors authorized a project to construct a new home on 55 acres of donated property north of Somerset. The new home was completed in September of 2001. It is named the Shoemaker Home in memory of Alvin and Sally Shoemaker and is located on the Wheeler Campus, so named to honor Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Wheeler, Jr.

The new building has allowed The Children’s Aid Home Programs of Somerset County, Inc. to increase the services it provides:

~ Residential Care for children between the ages of 12 and 18.

~ Foster Family Program – provides family care service for children (infants to 21 years).

~ Partial Hospitalization Program – for children between 12 and 18 is a non-residential treatment program, which includes a specially tailored academic curriculum.

~ Adoption Program – provides services for children of all ages, including those with special needs.

~ Alternative Education Program – the newest program offered at The Children’s Aid Home, broadening our continuum of quality services. The program is provided on site and is the result of a partnership with the Somerset Are School District and serves students in grades 6-12.

~ Search & Reunion – The Children’s Aid Home Programs of Somerset County, Inc. has two authorized representatives with the ability to conduct searches for adoptees or their birth parents.

Special Mission Speaker: On February 11th Bob Miller, President of the Children’s Aid Society Foundation, will be joining us during worship.  He will be sharing with us the work of the Society in Somerset County.  Most people usually think of the Society in terms of the residential program offered at ‘the Aid Home,’ this program has expanded into a large variety of community services.  The Foundation provides adoption services, educational classes, mental health services, and some family support, just to mention a few expansions  they have made to meet the needs of families in Somerset County.  Mr. Miller has worked at the Children’s Aid Society for 39 years and has been instrumental in

implementing many of these changes.

Greeters & Ushers for February

February 4:  Communion By Intinction: John Geary–Chair, Steve Addleman–Elder, Candy Christner, Helen Brown, Craig Weaver

February 11:  Mike Stutzman–Chair, Nancy Aultz, Brian Aultz, Tammie Waggle

February 14:  Peg Roy—Chair, Gary Cameron, Harold Weaver, Audrey Hay

February 18:  Jonathan Hillegas—Chair, Brady Hillegas, Phyllis Moore, Amy Marteeny

February 25: Craig Schenck–Chair, Mark Marteeny, Nancy Thomas, Pat Beggs

Winter at St. Paul’s

We have a long tradition of being open all the time!  Whether it is sheltering the homeless or for those who just need a place for some solitude, the church is always open.

Our inclement weather policy is that we will worship whenever two or three are gathered. However, we ask that you use your judgement when venturing out in bad weather.  We’d love for you to worship with us, but rather you’d be safe than end up in the hospital.  Regular Sunday worship begins at 9:30am, followed by Sunday school at 10:45am.

Tuesday Bible Study:  Bible Study will be cancelled anytime the Somerset Area School District is cancelled or delayed.

We will endeavor to keep our website updated with recent sermons and devotional materials so that your spirit may be warmed even during our blustery Somerset County winter.

Lent Is Just Around the Corner!  Ash Wednesday is February 14th.  It’s hard to believe, but the season of Lent will begin a week and a half.  This holy time reminds us of Christ’s loving acts that lead up to his suffering, death, and resurrection.  Over the next couple of months a number of events and devotionals will be offered to assist you during your Lenten faith journey.  The journey begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14th.  Worship will begin at 7:00pm and will include the imposition of ashes.

This year’s Lenten Theme is Meeting Jesus: Transformed to Love.  Many of our worship services, Bible studies and devotional opportunities during Lent will focus on how an encounter with Jesus transforms us.  A major part of Jesus’ ministry focused on sharing God’s love.  During Lent we will discover how Christ calls us to love God, love our neighbors, and love ourselves.

Devotional Resources for Lent

We have special Lenten devotionals and study guides for all ages.  Please take a look at the display table in the Edgewood Ave. narthex and choose one for yourself, children, or family.

We also have an online devotional available from The Society of St. John the Evangelist, www.ssje.org.  They are offering an online interactive devotional called “Meeting Jesus in John.” You can sign up to participate in this series by visiting www.meetingjesusinjohn.org.  We have printed out the downloadable series guide.  Copies of the guide can be found on the Lenten resource table.

Bible Brew Resumes in February

Our popular small group forum, Bible Brew, will resume meeting on Thursday, February 15th at 6:30pm.  Monthly conversation topics usually focus on themes of faith, theology, Biblical interpretation, and trends in church and society.  Our opening conversation topic will be “Meeting Jesus.” 

Craig and Denise Weaver have offered to host Bible Brew at their home, 389 Stepping Stone Rd, Somerset, PA.  Participants are welcome to bring snacks to share with the group, if they wish. We hope that you can join us as we brew up some good conversation over good food and fellowship!

St. Paul’s Team for the Daily American Challenge

It’s that time again—time to get off the couch and get moving!  Join St. Paul’s Daily American Challenge Team.  The “fitness challenge” portion of the program begins on February 4th and runs through April 28th.  During the fitness challenge each team member logs his/her starting weight (on February 4th) and exercise (walking, biking, exercise videos, etc.) miles/hours each day through April 28th.  On April 28th each team member takes his/her final weight and tallies up total exercise miles/hours.  FYI…you never have to report your weight, just weight lost–the beginning weight and ending weight are recorded on your own personal log that helps you keep track of things and you don’t turn it in!  You and our team will get points for each pound lost and mile/hour exercised.  The race portion of the event will be held on the morning of June 9th.  Participants have the option of running 5K or 10K or walking 5K.  You are welcome to participate in the fitness challenge only, the race only, or both the challenge and the race.  The registration fee is $20 and includes a t-shirt.  If you’re interested in participating, please see Amanda for a registration form or for more information.

The Women’s Fellowship is sponsoring a Valentines making party for children and youth.  Please join them on Monday, February 5th at 6:30pm in Fellowship Hall.  The Valentines will be given to homebound community members.  We hope that you can help with this important project. 

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