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:
• Bernadine Shopsky at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital
• Rhonda Hayes at Excela Health Frick Hospital
• John Mott at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital
Additionally, Mitch Novak is on the transplant waiting list in need of a pancreas.  Please include them in your prayers

Flowers on the Altar
are given in memory of our daughter, sister and granddaughter, Paige Annaleigh Myers, by John, Amanda, Morghan, Jackson, Hudson and Carson Myers and Ross and Leslie Ann Howard.

We gratefully acknowledge a donation given in honor of Robert Borland by:
Dale and Eleanor Stewart Vaun Hile

We gratefully acknowledge a donation of heating fuel for the week of November 11th given in honor of St. Paul Youth by Glenn and Lisa Yothers

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.

Thank you to all the youth of our congregation for leading today’s service:
Autumn Pavlik, Jordan Werner,Hannah Yothers
Elizabeth Yothers, Braden Pavlocak ,Raygan Mizikar
Morghan Myers, Connor Pavlocak, McKenna Mizikar
Adam Musick, Ria Andrae, Bently Mizikar
Matthew Yothers, Sara Andrae, Summer Pavlik
Kendall Kolar

Take Joy will meet on Nov 15th at 10:30 in the General meeting room.
Preparations are now beginning for our annual Pork N’ Sauerkraut Dinner.  Signup sheets for donations and to help are in the Sunday School Office.

Safety Committee
A safety committee has been formed for our congregation.  This ad hoc committee will be looking at a number of issues to enhance the safety of all who utilize the church property.  Safety tips and other information will be shared with the congregation through newsletter, bulletin and other means of communication.  The next meeting of the safety committee is November 15th, 6:30pm.

All you can eat Pancake/Waffle Breakfast
Lions Club at Norvelt Firehall on November 18, 2018
8am- 1pm.   $5 per adult, $3 per age 6-12, 6 and under free

Spy: Save the Date, November 16th-17th  will be our lock in at the church. We will meet at 7:00p.m.  Activities include shopping for Christmas gifts, sending Christmas cards and playing games. Adult chaperones are needed. Please see Pastor Mark if you can help. A sign-up sheet for youth who are coming with permission slips are available in the Sunday School Office.

Harvest Home will be celebrated next Sunday.  Donations of non-perishable items, as well as gift cards, will be gratefully appreciated.  We are looking especially for donations of:
Boxed Potatoes Cranberry Sauce Gravy
Canned Vegetables Non-perishable baking supplies Sugar

The first Practice for our Christmas Program will be held on Sunday November 18th 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. Additional practices are scheduled for Dec. 2nd and 16th after church.

Thanksgiving Day Meal - Thursday, November 22, 2018 from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Hosted by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 822 West Main Street, Mount Pleasant PA 15666.  Dine in only.  Need a ride with in 5 mile radius? Contact 724-547-5941 for arrangements.

St. Mary’s Turkey Bingo Sunday. November 18th 1 - 4pm at St. Mary’s Center, Rt. 981 in Trauger. Admission $5.00. 50/50, Door prizes, Kitchen will be open. Doors open at 12:00  
Call 724-787-5631 for more information

It is not too late to join us for Bible Study. We will meet Monday from 6:30-8:00PM

Attention Readers: We will meet on Saturday, November 17th to review "I Am Malala."

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.

TAKE JOY and WNALC will be attending St Vincent Theatre on Sunday December 16th afternoon matinee   Cost per ticket is $18.00.  Please notify Sandy Freeman if you are interested today. Home for The Holidays A Christmas Style Concert Celebration   Classic holiday selections performed by top-notch Broadway performers.

Student Care Packages Thank you for picking up all boxes for our college student care packages.  Please mail them by November 19th.  If you have any questions, please call Kathy Houtman at 724-423-3390.

Bulletin Announcements are needed by Tuesday to make sure your announcement is included in the following Sunday’s bulletin.

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

This week in your Community
If you have ever attended to a wedding in south western Pennsylvania, then you have probably been part of a bridal dance.  It is often customary for people to tie the money in knots before putting it in the apron to dance with the bride.  The Bride and Groom are left to uncrumple and untie the money later.
 Still considering money, if on a windy fall day, if you were in your local park and noticed a fifty-dollar bill blown up against the fence along with the leaves and trash, would you pick it up?  If that same fifty-dollar bill was wet and partially laying in a puddle on a rainy day would you pick it up?  Of course, you would pick up the fifty dollars.  Why wouldn’t you?  The worth of the money does not change in any of the situations from the tied bills at the bridal shower to the windswept fence to the wet puddle. The value of the money does not change.
 The same holds true for you and I.  No matter what we may be experiencing in life, God always loves us and sees worth and value in us. We may have depression or pain and feel emotionally twisted and crumpled inside like the bridal money, but God knows we are of value to him.  We may have run with the wrong crowd and were caught up in some trash now our back is up to a fence and we are not sure which way to turn but God still loves us and sees value in our lives.  We may be weathering a bad storm or feel we that we have fallen into muddy waters of existence, but God feels we have worth and purpose. He is not finished with us yet.  No matter what we experience in life, do not forget we have worth and value.
Jeremiah 29:11 “ For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

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