Announcements - St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church Trauger PA

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The Church Choir is always looking for new voices.

The church is a great place to do volunteer work.  If you have some extra time and would like to help the church or your community, talk to the church office about how you can volunteer with the church.

Track and make Church Donations Online

This web page will allow members of the congregation to access their information in the ChurchTrac software. They will be able to update their information, check their giving and also make a donation online.
If a Congregation member does not have access to the software with thier desired email, they can send a request to the church to have their profile updated with their email address so they can get access.

National, State and County emergency has been declared for COVID-19
In order to keep everyone safe, after deep prayer, the church council has decided to suspend in person gatherings.
We will not be having Church this Sunday March 15 or Sunday March 22.
We are following recommendations from state and local authorities about limiting gatherings of high risk groups.  If at any time during this hiatus, if anyone is food insecure, needs assistance with errands or Dr. appointments or is in need of child care during the two week school closings, please contact the church office by phone or e-mail.  The office staff and Council will continue to coordinate outreach efforts during the COVID-19 emergency.
Please share this information with other members.

Take Joy
will meet on March 19, 2020 at 10:30AM  in the General meeting room.  Please bring your stories of Joy and any “Show  and Tell” items you would like to share.

Mammoth Fest:
A meeting will be held on March 26, 2020 at 6:30PM in the General Meeting Room to organize Mammoth Fest.

Easter Flowers
are available this year.  See order form included with today’s bulletin.  Deadline for ordering is March 29, 2020.

The annual chili cook-off
is set for March 29th 2020.  Have your secret family recipes ready for the “taste test” after services on that day.

Request from Property and Grounds Committee
As we continue to tend to the needs of our Church property, we invite you to consider donating gift cards from Lowes so that we can purchase needed items. Gift cards can be placed in an offering envelope.  At the present time, painting and improvements are being made to the parsonage.

From Council –
We will again be accepting donations of $300 for help with the cost of propane this winter. You may make your donation “in memory of;” if you choose.

Regarding the Sunday Bulletins:
The office staff meets on Tuesday mornings to “draft” the bulletin for the following Sunday (including announcements.)  On Thursday the bulletin is finalized.  If you have an announcement for the Sunday bulletin, please have the information in the office (either by e-mail, phone or hand-delivered by  9AMThursday Morning.

During this flu season,
if you would rather not share the peace with a handshake or a hug, just wish your neighbor, “Peace be with you.”

Neighborhood News

Union Mission Spaghetti Dinner
Do you believe that homelessness should be rare, brief and non-recurring?  Do you want to join with others who feel the same way?  Then please plan to attend a Spaghetti Dinner being held at Congruity Presbyterian Church at 136 Fenneltown Road in New Alexandria on March 8th.  The event begins at 4PM and ends at 7PM. It is hosted by the Union Mission
For more details, see the poster on the bulletin board.

Christians Uniting
will be hosting the “Senior Citizens Dinner” at St. Florian on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.  You may sign up for this dinner at any of the Ecumenical Lenten Services.  St. Florian Hall will open the doors at 4:30, dinner is at 5PM.  There is no charge for this evening of good food and entertainment.

Community Lenten Services for 2020.
All services are at 7PM
March 18 The Journey Church
March 25 Pleasant Unity United Methodist
April 1 Kecksburg Church of God
There will be no Community Good Friday Service.
Offerings will go to Christians Uniting

As of March 14, 2020,  Rebecka Andrae will be Rebecka VA Frontz.  Her new address is 119 Sheffield Drive, Irwin, PA 15642.

The Women’s Organization is beginning to
collect items for layettes.  Items contributed do not have to be new, just clean, no holes and serviceable. Items may be placed in drawer marked “Layettes” in the Sunday School Office. To complete 25 layettes we need:
11 sweaters or sweatshirts with a hat or a hood 25 combs
41 onesies 48 diaper pins
50 sleepers 50 receiving
37 pairs of socks  blankets
82 flat-fold diapers
50 washcloths (full size)

Until further notice, the newsletter will be printed every other month.  The next one to be published will be for May and June.  Articles for the May/June issue need to be submitted by April 20, 2020.

It has been brought to our attention that one of our shut-ins likes to get mail and looks forward each week to receiving the bulletin and enjoys reading the newsletter.  Maybe sending a card or note to our shut-ins is something each of us could do to let them know that they are not forgotten.  If you want the names and addresses of our shut-ins, please call the church office 724-423-2590.

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