October News From St. Paul’s

October 9, 2018

Church News

The Men’s Brotherhood.  The men’s brotherhood will meet for breakfast on Saturday, October 27th at 8:00am at King’s Restaurant.  All men of the church are invited to attend!  

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.  

Upcoming Children’s & Youth Choir Worship Service Appearances

Mark you calendars!

Sunday, October 28th—Their 2018-2019 Season Debut

Sunday, November 11th—A special Veteran’s Day Tribute

The Children’s & Youth Christmas Musical: Saturday, December 15th at 7:30pm and Sunday, December 16th at 9:30am in Fellowship Hall

Greeters & Ushers for October

October 7: Communion by Intinction:   Peg Roy—Chair & Elder, Candy Christner—Elder, Brad Conn, Carrie Conn

October 14:  Jonathan Hillegas—Chair, Isabel Shumaker, Judy Emerick, Tim Witt

October 21: Craig Schenck—Chair, Pete Hauger, Kathy Hauger, Don Zuccolotto

October 28: Roger Rayman—Chair, nancy Aultz, Laura Bowers, Abby Bowers

Shellenberger Park Renovations Near Completion

The last month saw a flurry of activity occur at the park.  The concrete footer was poured underneath the pavilion.  Mike Stutzman and his employee Barry Carpenter graded, raked, and sowed grass seed in the yard and also built the lower retaining walls.  Jeff Wahl and Carl Kister planted shrubs and did some landscape work around the upper retaining wall.  

As work on the park nears completion, here’s what you didn’t see:  Families in the neighborhood, and even one family passing through from Indiana to New Jersey, have picnicked and played at the park, even as renovations were occurring!  The Spiritual Life and Evangelism committee met last week.  Among the things they discussed was how our church can increase our presence during the festivals in Somerset.  A series of ideas were brainstormed, many involving the newly renovated Shellenberger Park.  We hope to have a presence during this January’s Fire & Ice event, maybe even utilizing the pavilion or Fellowship Hall to provide warmth and hospitality to the festival goers.  Our church grounds in the heart of Somerset Borough, along with our beautiful North Fork Recreation site offer us some exciting and unique possibilities for ministry and outreach.  The park’s renovation will play a key part in providing a recreation space for families in our neighborhood.

You should also be aware that we have been richly blessed as a congregation.  Most of the Shellenberger Park renovations were paid for by special monetary gifts from a number of donors.   Thanks goes out to The Shellenberger Park Improvement Committee whose members are:  Karen Gibson, Jonathan Hillegas, Roger Rayman, Marcy Shellenberger, Barb Stutzman, and committee chair, Mike Stutzman.  Many hours of time, equipment, and labor were given by a number of people, Jeff Wahl, Carl Kister, Barry Carpenter, and especially Mike Stutzman who spearheaded the project with his expertise and equipment.  A special dedicatory service and Thank You event will be planned for next Spring.  

 Pastor Matt

Lancaster Theological Seminary President is the Special Guest Preacher for October 28th.

We are excited to welcome the Rev. Dr. Carol Lytch as our special guest preacher during worship on Sunday, October 28th.  St. Paul’s and Lancaster Theological Seminary have enjoyed a special relationship for well over 100 years.  Please come and be part of worship on this special Sunday.  

Dr. Carol E. Lytch is the 11th president of Lancaster Theological Seminary. An ordained minister in The Presbyterian Church (USA) and in the United Church of Christ, she speaks on a variety of topics especially theological education, opportunities and challenges for mainline Protestant churches, and faith formation in young adults.

Dr. Lytch is a cum laude graduate of Mount Holyoke College. She earned a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.  Her PhD in Christian ethics and sociology of religion is from Emory University.

Dr. Lytch is the author of the book, Choosing Church: What Makes a Difference to Teens?

She and her husband, the Rev. Dr. Stephens G. Lytch, have two adult children and three grandchildren and have completed the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, a 500-mile ancient pilgrimage across northern Spain. 

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

Thursday, October 4: Care Team, 1:00pm; Spiritual Life & Evangelism, 7:00pm, CE Room

Thursday, October 11:  Youth Game Night, 7:00pm

Tuesday, October 16:  Church Council, 7:00pm  

Saturday, October 27: Men’s Brotherhood, 8:00am, King’s Restaurant

The Confirmation Class will meet on Sunday, October 14th and 28th at 11am in the Youth Room.  

St. Paul’s to Host the Somerset Association Fall Meeting

Our congregation will host this Fall’s meeting of the Somerset Association, a group of UCC churches in Somerset and Cambria counties, and Garrett and Allegheny counties, MD.  Registration begins at 2:30pm and worship will start at 3:00pm.  Rev. Dr. Carol Lytch, the President of Lancaster Theological Seminary will be the guest preacher.  A brief meeting and fellowship meal will follow.  All are welcome to attend!

Children’s Church Update

Planning for Children’s Church continues.  We’ve postponed the launch date to poll families as to the best time to initiate the program.  Multiple opportunities exist for adults and teens to assist in making Children’s Church a success.  We are in need of worship leaders and helpers for each Sunday, steering committee members, and people to help provide snacks.  Please talk to Pastor Matt or Jenn Boland if you would like to help.  

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