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Choir
The Church Choir is always looking for new voices.

Volunteers
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.

BIBLE STUDY 
  We are studying the book of Hebrews. As with all our Bible studies, they are open to anyone who would like to attend. They do not need to be a member of St. Paul. Participants meet in the General Meeting Room on Mondays from 6:30 to 8PM. 
 
Bible Bowl 
   Bible Bowl is TODAY at The In-Tents Camp in Hooversville, starting at 3 PM.

Church  Directory is in!  
The directories are available in the Sunday School office.   Look for the label with your name on it.
 
Take Joy 
We will meet on Thursday, April 19 at 10:30 a.m. in the General Meeting Room.
 
Christians Uniting will be sponsoring a Senior Dinner  
on April 25th for those over age 65.  Reservations are still available by calling Pastor Greer at 724-493-6032. The location of the dinner is St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Trauger. Doors will open at 4:30, dinner at 5PM.

Martin Luther Hymn Festival  
On Sunday, April 29, 2018, 7PM at Heinz Chapel, University of Pittsburgh.  All are invited to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation through Luther’s Hymns and Music.

A salad bar 
will be held following the worship service on Sunday, April 29th.  Proceeds will benefit youth ministry.

Please look over the sign up sheet to see what is needed.

Spring Gathering for Women of the NALC of the Mid Northeast Mission District  
will be held Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Salem Lutheran Church, 26 Clarion Street, Smicksburg, PA .  The cost of the lunch is $6.00. Please contact Amy Werner by Friday, April 6th if you would like to attend.
 The guest speaker will be Rachel Himes from the We Care Pregnancy Center at 1464 North Main Street, Suite 11, in Punxsutawney, PA.  The center has an educational program with a wide range of subject matter for young women and even the fathers.  They are prolife in all aspects and are actively working to preserve life and to provide education for quality life.  The center would appreciate monetary donations, diapers up to size 6, baby wipes, baby bottles, newborn items like little nail clippers and pacifiers, burp cloths, Q tips, etc.
 

Citizens Fiber Cleanup Day  
Citizens Fiber is participating in a cleanup day April 21, 2018 from 9AM to Noon.  Location is Hill Churches Road.  During this cleanup day, we will be going alongside the roadway picking up any unwanted debris and litter.
 We are asking that you arrive before 8:45AM.  We want to make sure there is adequate time to assign everyone to their cleanup location.  Volunteers can park their cars at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church parking lot and we will shuttle you to your designated location.  We will also have our tent set up at this lot with some refreshments and snacks.
Contact information:   724-424-9037  Jaylynn.Surma@ctzn.net.

Beginning in April 
the WNALC will be working on layettes
for the disaster center in Ohio.  To complete 22 layettes we need the following:
            1 receiving blanket                          13 sleepers
            7 dozen diapers (flat fold)               42 wash cloths
            3 combs for babies

Book Drive 
A ministry of SPY, Not Youth Ministry – Youth DOING Ministry.
 Collecting new and gently used books for infants all the way through teens.  Board books, chapter books, classics, fiction, non-fiction, comic books, biographies, character development, etc.
 The book drive benefits children and teens in placement (foster care, group homes, residential treatment facilities, respite care, kinship care, step-down, etc)
 Books can be placed the container in the Sunday School office.
 COLLECTING NOW THROUGH APRIL 29TH.

A  fun BOWLING NIGHT 
for all ages is scheduled for Friday, May 4 @ 6:30 p.m. @ the Main Bowling Center, 513 Main Street, Greensburg.  Cost is $6.00 per person for 1 game or $10.00 per person for 3 games.


Our brothers and sisters in Christ from Nile Lutheran Church 
are coming to visit us on the weekend of May 25th.  Help is needed to plan for their visit  If you can help in the planning, please see Pastor Mark.
 Please keep Nile in your prayers.  They are at the finishing touches of renovating the building.  If it passes inspection on April 16th they can begin worshipping in their church home on April 22nd.  They are in need of $2,200 to finish this work.  If you would like to make a donation you can send it to Pastor Nestory, 804 Merchants Road, Rochester, NY 14609.

Celebrate Jesus!!  VBS 2018 
Vacation Bible School will be held June 25th through June 29th from 5:45PM to 8:30PM.  Each day will have a different holiday theme.
Your help is needed!
Share the VBS information with families you know.  Volunteer to help by contacting Hannah Yothers at 724-832-1145.
Enroll your children (and grandchildren) on line at our website www.splchurch.com or return the registration form located in the Sunday School Office.
 
 
May 3rd is National Day of Prayer.  
We are hosting a covered dish dinner in the pavilion (weather permitting) from 6 to 8PM.  In the event of rain, we will meet in the church.

Save the Date  
October 5th and 6th for a trip to the Ark Encounter, the Creation Museum, and Newport Acquarium.  Details to follow.  Any questions can be directed to Ross Howard.

Attention Thrivent Subscribers  
We urge you to direct your Thrivent Choice dollars to St. Paul Lutheran Church!

A Reminder: 
In order to reserve the church pavilion for personal use, you will need to reserve the date.  There is a book in the Sunday School Office for you to put your name and the date requested.
 
Thanks to a Donor  
We have our own T-shirts.  If you want one, simply look for your size on the table in the Sunday School Office.  There is no cost; however, there is a container if you wish to give a contribution.
 
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 (www.splchurch.com) and click on  “Track and Make Church Donations Online.”

Heating Sponsorship  
Did you know that it takes, on average $300 a week to heat the church during an entire heating season?  To help address this, the council is inviting anyone who is able, to sponsor a week of heating the church.  You can sponsor a week in honor or in memory of a loved one.  It is our hope that such a gift could be in addition to your weekly support.  If you would like to sponsor a week, call the office to schedule the week you want and include the check in your envelope with the note “heating sponsorship” in the memo.

The North American Lutheran Church 
and the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and the Lutheran Church--Canada have put together a three-year Bible reading guide. Following the guide will aid you in reading through the entire Bible over the next three years. You can access the guide through the website.  Also, for those who would like a printed guide a few copies are available in the Sunday school office.
https://www.thenalc.org/gallery/daily-reading-calendars/.

SMALL GROUP HOSTS
Pastor Mark has developed a one session study on prayer. Such studies are meant to be led in homes of our parishioners. The host provides refreshments and invites guests. It is hoped that the guests are not members of St. Paul. This design is intentional with the hope that we build connections with people that may lead them into a deeper relationship with Jesus and that such a relationship will be nurtured in our congregation. If you are open to hosting a small group, please see Pastor Mark about scheduling a date.
 
THIS WEEK IN CHURCH
Today                                9:15 a.m.                   Confirmation
                                          3:00 p.m.                  Bible Bowl @
                                                                       Hooversville, PA
Monday                             10:00 a.m.     Secretaries Meeting
                                          6:30 p.m.                      Bible Study
Tuesday                             10:15 a.m.             Bagels & Books
                                          NOON           Newsletter Deadline.
Wednesday                       8:30 a.m.              Morning Prayer
                                          7:00 p.m.                               Choir
Thursday                           10:30 a.m.                        Take Joy
NEXT Sunday                     9:15 a.m.        Focus Bible Reading
TODAY – April 15
Acolyte                                                       Volunteer Needed
Bell Ringer                                                         Maria Andrae
Lector                                                             Rebecka Andrae
Communion Assistant                                      Tom Brannigan
Communion Prep              Bob & Ardis Marton, Amy Werner
Next Sunday  - April 22
Acolyte                                                      Volunteer Needed
Bell Ringer                                                Volunteer Needed
Lector                                                                Myrna Miller
Communion Assistant                                    Tom Brannigan
Communion Prep                                                    Pat Wolfe,
                                                                Carl, & Peggy Miller

 
 
 
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