Summer News From St. Paul’s

June 10, 2018

Church News

Summer Worship at St. Paul’s

(Worship begins at 9:30am.)

One of the ways that God speaks to us is through our worship time together.  The season of Pentecost gives us the opportunity to discern the ways in which God is calling us to a life of growth and vitality.  We are truly partners in Christ’s saving work, so let us make regular worship a part of our discernment process.  

Please visit our church website ( during the summer months to see updates and worship themes.  Scripture readings can be found there for personal reading and devotion.  

I’ll see you in worship!

Pastor Matt

Transportation Assistance:  If you, or someone you know, needs a ride to church or any church-related event, please contact the church office, 445-4534.

Emailing the church and Pastor Matt:  If you need to email the pastor or the church, please direct your email to–Thanks!

The church office email is

The Men’s Brotherhood.  The men’s brotherhood will meet for breakfast on Saturday, June 16th at 8:00am at King’s Restaurant.  All men of the church are invited to attend!  

Summer Mission Offerings:  

June’s Offering:  Habitat for Humanity—A Hand Up, Not A Hand Out

Our local Habitat chapter continues to be active in our county, partnering with volunteers and low income families to achieve the dream of home ownership.  Over the years, a number of our members have volunteered for Habitat, helping house families throughout Somerset County.  According to Habitat for Humanity’s website, their mission statement embodies a life-giving spirit:  Habitat for Humanity believes that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. We build and repair houses all over the world using volunteer labor and donations. Our partner families purchase these houses through no-profit, no-interest mortgage loans or innovative financing methods.  We are please to continue our partnership with Habitat for Humanity!

July’s Offering is:  The SAM Van

Somerset Area Ministries (SAM) has been offering a free medical van service to the people of Somerset County for the past nine years.  The van has taken residents to hospitals in Pittsburgh and Johnstown.  Our support of the SAM Van has helped to benefit elderly and needy neighbors who aren’t able to secure their own transportation to medical appointments.  St. Paul’s Church Family is happy to partner with other local churches to make this important service possible.


In August, St. Paul’s will partner with the  Somerset Area Food Pantry.  The Somerset Area Food Pantry serves the residents of the Somerset Area and Rockwood Area school districts.  They provide nutritious food items to hundreds of individuals in need each Wednesday out of the basement of Trinity Lutheran Church, Somerset.  Our monetary offering will assist in purchasing food.

Church Camp Schedule

The 2018 Living Waters brochures are now available!  Copies of the brochures, complete with this year’s schedule of events are available in the Edgewood Avenue Narthex.  Scholarships are available for those who are interested in attending camp.  Please talk to Pastor Matt for more details.

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.  

Greeters & Ushers for the summer

June 3: Communion by Intinction:   Karen Addleman—Chair & Elder, Steve Addleman—Elder, Candy Christner, Harold Wahl

June 10:  Michele Sredy—Chair, Don Funk, Bob Hainzer, Chris Hainzer

June 17: Patrick Ferko—Chair, Pet Hauger, Kathy Hauger, Amy Marteeny

June 24: Andra Snyder—Chair, Nancy Aultz, Brian Aultz, Wynne Sechler

July 1: Communion by Intinction:  John Geary, Jr.—Chair & Elder, John Geary, Sr.—Elder, Helen Brown, Carole Wilson

July 8:  Mike Stutzman—Chair, Barb Stutzman, Brad Winters, Amy Winters

July 15:  Peg Roy—Chair, George Hay, Judy Hay, Audrey Hay

July 22:  Jonathon Hillegas—Chair, Brody Hillegas, Ken Shaffer, Donna Phillippi

July 29:  Craig Schenck—Chair, Pam Webreck, Jim Webreck, Ruth Blycheck

August 5:  Communion by Intinction, Roger Rayman—Chair & Elder, Gary Cameron—Elder, Harold Wahl, Kathy Gary

August 12:  Sally McClintock—Chair, Amy Mihalik, Kim Keim, Greg Keim

August 19:  Pam Webreck—Chair, Roger Romesberg, Jean Romesberg, Sienna Ash

August 26:  Karen Addleman—Chair, Craig Weaver, Denise Weaver, Harold Weaver

2018 HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE GRADUATES:  Please let us know if you are a graduate!  We would like to honor you by placing your graduate photo in our display case in the narthex.  We would like a 5×7, however, if you do not have this size, please bring us what you have available.  We plan to honor our graduates on Sunday, June 10th.  Thank you!

“Rolling River Rampage!”  Community Vacation Bible School!  This year’s Community VBS will be June 18-22nd.  The theme is “Rolling River Rampage.”  Come and experience the thrill of a lifetime as you ride the rapids of amazing grace!  Children from 3 years of age to 6th grade are invited to attend.  This year’s Bible school will be a cooperative effort between 4 partner churches.  As is the case every year, we need adult and teen helpers to make our VBS a success.  Please talk to Pastor Matt or Andra Snyder if you are interested in helping.  We hope you can join us!

Family Fellowship Meal

Please join us for our annual summer meal on Monday, June 11th at 6:00pm in Fellowship Hall.  Please bring your favorite covered dish, your friends, and family, as we open up the summer season.  We will enjoy great food, fellowship, and a special musical guest!  

North Fork Church Picnic

Come on out to the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ annual church picnic on Sunday, August 19th at North Fork.  The good times will begin at 4:00 P.M.  with a covered dish dinner.  Drinks will be provided.  Bring your favorite picnic dish along with utensils and plates for your family.

After dinner there will be entertainment for the children while the adults visit and chat with church family and friends.  The day will conclude with a vesper service.

Directions to North Fork can be found online or at the back of the church sanctuary.  Please see Harold Weaver or Audrey Hay if you have questions about the day.  We hope to see you there!

A Very Special Thank You!  The Cornerstone does not publish itself!  Thanks to Sally McClintock, Cornerstone editor, we get to enjoy ten issues of church news each year.  Sally spends countless hours formatting and editing our church newsletter.  Not to mention, Sally has to deal with articles that are constantly late (mostly because of Pastor Matt!) and does so with abundant grace and cheer.  The next time you see Sally, be sure to thank her!  

Thanks for sharing your time and talents with us!


Pastor Matt

Child Sponsorship Program

Since the 1950’s, the United Church of Christ has been involved in child sponsorships.  As of July 1, 2000, the Child Sponsorship Program became a part of Global Ministries.  The program is committed to helping children at risk by providing a practical way for individuals and churches to “extend a helping hand.”  Monthly contributions enable a sponsored child to be adequately housed, clothed, and fed, and to have basic health care until they are 18 years old.  

According to Lind Lawrence, the current administrator, the Child Sponsorship Program provides assistance to more than 1,000 children in 11 centers throughout the world.  All centers are related to our global partners thought Global Ministries.  These include centers in India, Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Philippines, and Armenia.

At St. Paul’s, the Women’s Fellowship has supported a child at the Rawdat El-Zuhur school for over 15 years.  The school, located in East Jerusalem, serves 250 Palestinian children through its preschool and elementary classes.  The current child , age 10, Baha Nijem, attends the primary school.

If you would like to contribute to this project, please mark your envelope “Child Sponsorship/Women’s Fellowship,” or contact Phyllis Moore.  Thanks to all who have and continue to support this vital program.

–The Women’s Fellowship Committee


The following is a list of this year’s grads, as we are aware of them.  We are very proud of them and pray that God will bless them in their future endeavors!  Be sure to congratulate them on their accomplishments.   

High School Graduates

Mya Cameron:  Somerset Area High School

Anna Geary:  Somerset Area High School

Kolby Glessner:  Somerset Area High School

Donnie McDaniels:  Somerset Area High School


Kira Geary:  Skidmore College

Anna Chan:  Binghamton University

Shellenberger Park Work Has Begun

If you’ve been by the church lately, you’ve likely noticed the large mound of dirt in the middle of  Shellenberger Park.  Work has begun on the park upgrades.  Rumors swirl as to what we’re up to.    My personal favorite is that we are installing a pool and a spa house.  While those might be nice, the brand new playground set and landscaping that is arriving will welcome children and families in our neighborhood for generations to come.  

Many thanks go out to Mike Stutzman for coordinating the project and doing much of the prep. work.  We give thanks for Jeff Wahl and his crew for laying the wall and to Marcy Shellenberger and Barb Stutzman for helping to envision this project.  Pastor Matt

St. Paul’s Extends a Special Thank You to Our Sunday School Teachers

As another school year comes to an end, we are grateful for those who have shared their time and talents with us.  Their dedication is the greatest lesson they have given us! 

Here is a list of our teachers and Christian Education committee members:

Isabel Shumaker–Preschool and Kindergarten

Kim Keim–Preschool and Kindergarten

Suzy Housley–Grades 1-3

Christie Schenck–Grades 1-3

Kristen Mumau–Grades 4-6

John Harris–Grades 4-6

Craig Weaver–The Adult Class

Gary Cameron, Carole Wilson, and Audrey Hay–Young at Heart Class

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