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.

Known to be hospitalized:
·         Rhonda Hayes at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital
·         John Mott at Brookdale Nursing Home
Additionally, Mitch Novak is on the transplant waiting list in need of a pancreas.  Please include them in your prayers
We gratefully acknowledge a donation of heating fuel this week
and Dec. 9th given by the Hilltop Quilters.
We gratefully acknowledge a donation of heating fuel the week of Dec. 16th
given Robert and Michelle Williams in memory of Barbara Williams.
Heating the Church
Once again, we are asking for donations to help us pay for fuel needed for keeping the church warm this winter.  A donation of $300 may be given in honor of, or in memory of someone, for the week you wish to sponsor. We thank you in advance for your generosity.
Preparations are now beginning for our annual Pork N’ Sauerkraut Dinner.  
Signup sheets for donations and to help are in the Sunday School Office.
The next practice for our Christmas Program
is scheduled for Dec. 16th after church.  If you are interested in having a part in the program, see Amy Werner.  Parts are available for youth and adults.  The program will be held Sunday December 23rd during worship.
You are now able to make your donations to St. Paul Lutheran
Church by automatic withdrawal from a personal account or credit card.  For more information, just go to the church website ( and click on Track and Make Church Donations Online.
Bible Study will resume after the holidays
on Monday, January 7, 2019 and will continue January 14, 21, and 28.  We’ll be studying John, Chapters 13 through 17.
Are you in need of Service Hours
before you graduate high school? Lisa Yothers has volunteered to keep track of these hours.  Anytime you participate in service hours, let Lisa know.
Do You have a prayer partner?
If so, please complete the slip in the Sunday school office and return it to the office or Pastor Mark.  If you need assistance finding a prayer partner, please speak with Pastor Mark
Do you ever receive Christmas gifts that you cannot use?
Wrong size?  Too many of the same thing?  Just don’t want?  Well here is your chance to put those items to good use.  In January, Megan DiGuglielmo will be organizing a fund raiser to support our youth.  Bring your unused gifts to the church by January 6th. Items will be sorted into baskets for a Chinese Auction.  Drawing for the baskets will be on January 27th.
St. Pauls has started ad campaigns on Google and will soon be starting on Facebook.  
It may be exciting to see your church on these platforms but we ask that you refrain from clicking on the ads because it will just deplete our advertising budget faster.  These ads are intended to stimulate new interest and growth in the church.  Thank you for your assistance.
Pastor Mark is looking for four families to assist with lighting the Advent Wreath
on each Sunday during the Advent season - Dec. 16, 23.  If you are interested, please contact Pastor Mark.  We thank Pastor Mark, Amy and Jordan for lighting the wreath today.
Audit: We need 3 individuals to audit the financial accounts of the church and accounts of various groups.  If you are interested in serving, please speak to a council member or Pastor Mark
There will be Christmas Caroling from 1-4 on today. All members and friends of the congregation are welcome to participate.
There will be a congregational meeting to elect council members and hear a presentation regarding a possible second service on Sunday December 9 following worship.
The Mid-Northeastern Mission District is excited to offer a Domestic Mission Trip to Wilmington, NC to help in the restoration efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. The trip is scheduled for January 7 – 14, 2019. Cost is $150, plus transportation cost.  Deadline to commit is December 9, 2018.  Sign up sheets are in the Sunday School Office
An opportunity to participate in a COOKIE EXCHANGE on Dec. 16 is open to anyone who wishes to participate.
Deadline to register: Dec. 9. , Limited to 10 participants.
There is a sign-up sheet in the Sunday School office. Please check that sheet for additional details and requirements
Take Joy will be carpooling to the Dec 16th matinee
at St Vincent.  Please let us know if you are carpooling or meeting us there. Plan to leave the church parking lot no later than 1:45. Contact Sandy Freeman
2018 Christmas Season Schedule

Intergenerational Christmas Program
December 23 at 10:30

Christmas Eve, December 24th
Family service at 7:00 p.m.
Candlelight Service at 9:30 p.m.

Christmas Day, December 25th
Communion Service at 10:30 a.m.

December 30st
No Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Lessons & Carols

Join us for a FREE Pork N’ Sauerkraut Dinner
from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

January 6th
Resume Normal Schedule
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Service

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