News for August from St. Paul’s

August 10, 2019

Church News

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 jmdeal@gmail.com–Thanks!

The church office email is stpaulsuccoffice1@gmail.com

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

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

Saturday, August 3rd:  Men’s Brotherhood, 8:00am, King’s Restaurant

Friday, August 16th:  Love for the World Event, 5-7pm, Shellenberger Park and Fellowship Hall

Sunday, August 18th:  Picnic in the Park Church Picnic, Noon, Shellenberger Park

Tuesday, August 20th:  Church Council Picnic and meeting, 6:00pm, Shellenberger Park 

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.  

   

Men’s Brotherhood

The Men’s Brotherhood will meet for their August meeting on Saturday, August 3rd at 8:00am at The Stoystown Tractor Show.  All men of the church are invited to attend!

Greeters & Ushers for August

August 4:  Communion By Intinction: Craig Weaver—Chair & Elder, Harold Weaver—Elder, Denise Weaver, Kathy Gary

August 11:  Angie Brumbaugh—Chair, Josh Brumbaugh, Kristen Mumau, Emma Mumau

August 18:  Rebecca Miller—Chair, John Harris, Lorin Harris, Samantha Miller 

August 25:  John Geary, Jr.—Chair, Sue Geary, Emily Korns, Steve Addleman

Access Control System to be Installed.  Church Council approved a plan to install an access control system at their May meeting.  The system comes in response to accessibility concerns following a series of incidents last summer with a homeless man who would not leave the church, nor accept alternative assistance.  Church Council embarked upon a nine-month study on how to adequately secure the church while also allowing maximum access to church members, staff, community groups, rental groups, and those who are in need.

Responding to members’ needs.  Every member of the church who desires 24-hour access to the church will be given a key fob or access card.  This will enable church members to gain access to the church during after-hours to pray, complete projects, or find solitude. Once the system is installed, the church will be unlocked during normal business hours and on Sundays. The use of the key fob or access card will only be necessary during non-business hours.

Responding to user groups’ needs.  The access control system is a computer-based system that will allow us to lock and unlock the outside doors by following a programmed schedule set to meet the usage needs of the church.  For example, the downstairs doors will remain unlocked during Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings when AA and Weight Watchers meet.  The doors will then lock during the remainder of the night and unlock in the morning when office hours begin.  

Responding to community needs.  The access control system also allows church leaders to respond to unexpected community needs by: remotely programing, locking, and unlocking doors as needed; and assisting those in need by use of a calling station at the main door to contact the pastor in the event of an extraordinary need during after-hours.

Installation of the system is to begin the week of July 15th. We anticipate it may take three to four weeks for completion. Watch for updates in the Sunday bulletin and the Cornerstone Newsletter.  

Church Council would like to thank the congregation for their understanding and patience this past year as we studied, prayed, and finally reached the decision to move forward with the access control system for our church facility.

Picnic in the Park!

Please join us in Shellenberger Park for our annual church picnic on Sunday, August 18th following our regular Sunday morning worship service.

Here’s a look at the schedule for the day:

9:30am: Worship in the Sanctuary

10:45am:  Refreshments, Fellowship & Games in the park

Noon:  Fun & Food in the park!

Please feel free to bring a covered dish to share!  Meat, drinks, and table settings will be provided.  The Spiritual Life & Evangelism Team is organizing a picnic committee to assist you in caring for your covered dish during the regular Sunday morning worship, helping to plug in crockpots, refrigerate food, and etc.  You can either bring your covered dish prior to worship or get it during the transition time between the end of the dedication service and the picnic.

Please put your name on the sign-up sheet in the back of the Sanctuary if you’d like to attend.  Contact Pastor Matt or Sally McClintock if you have any questions.

Love for the World: planting seeds locally, to grow fields of grace and peace worldwide

Our first “Love for the World” supper, learning, and vigil event will take place on Friday, August 16th from 5-7pm in Shellenberger Park & Fellowship Hall.  The theme for our inaugural “Love for the World” is Blessing Children and Families.  Resource partners will be present to share what services are available for children and families in our county and throughout the country.  During the vigil service we will be doing a blessing on the backpacks in preparation for children, teacher, and staff returning to school.  All school participants are free to bring a backpack or bag to be blessed.  We will also be accepting non-perishable food items to share with our local food band.  A light picnic supper will be served. 

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