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.

We are planning to move services indoor starting Sunday October 4, 2020.
Services will start at the normal 10:30AM time
Together we will work through the glitches that may come up in this transition.
If you have any concerns please contact Pr. Sam or any Council member

To adhere to state guidelines set out by Governor Wolfe and to minimize risk of the spread of Covid, we ask that you observe the following procedures.

1. Everyone please park in the main parking lot and enter through the door near the elevator/restroom. If you need to speak to someone please do so in the parking lot away from the door.
2. As you enter through the specified door, please wear a mask. Remember masks are a way we show love for our neighbors. Proceed directly to the back of the church and an usher will point out a seat for you. (They will do everything they can do to seat you near your normal seat.) Please remember to stay six feet apart as you are waiting to be seated. We will be using every other pew and will have socially distancing markings on the pews.
3. Once in your seats please continue to social distance from all but immediate family members.  
4. Communion will be held on the first and third Sunday’s and we will continue to use our communion bags. You will receive a bag from an usher as you pass through     the Sunday School office.
5. We may or may not sing. This is something that is hard for most of us. The best medical advice (and state mandate) suggest that singing could spread the virus.
6. We will have soloists who will be in the front of the sanctuary at a safe distance.
7. When church has concluded, please wait in your seats until an usher directs you to exit the church the same way you came in. 8.
8. PLEASE..... do not linger entering or exiting the church. If you would like to chat with someone it is safer to do so outside.

Christmas Eve Services
If you are looking for a safe church service this year, check out my church. St. Paul Lutheran Church in Trauger. GPS address is 108 Dutch Hill Rd Latrobe.
Our Services will be at 7p and 9p. This is a drive-in service. Broadcast of the service will be on FM 88.3
We will have candlelight hymns. You will receive a Service booklet, battery-operated candle, and a small flashlight for use in your car and to keep as a small gift. Please dress warm and maybe bring some blankets, Christmas cookies and hot coco to enjoy from your car during the service. This is about family, warmth, and community prayer as we celebrate the birth of Jesus and pray for guidance and prosperity as we close out the unforgettable year that was shrouded in the darkness of virus and look forward to a brighter year ahead in the light of Jesus.
Pastor will be visible from a window. We will have a large lighted Nativity near the church. We will be having communion for all who take communion in their home church.
Being up on the hill, over-looking Mammoth Park with our parking lot lined by luminaries will provide a beautiful setting for a meaningful service.
Please join us!
As always, we have a stocked emergency food pantry for anyone needing help during the holiday season with food insecurity.

St. Paul Church has an Area Emergency Food Pantry.
Our pantries are stocked with nonperishable food such as canned vegetables and fruit, beans, rice, cereal, pasta, peanut butter and tuna. Some cleaning supplies, personal care items and paper products are also available.  Food is available to anyone who needs it without obligation, regardless of circumstance and it is free and confidential.  
To access the pantry, call the church office .  The church office is usually only staffed on Tuesdays and Thursdays so you may need to leave a message and someone will return your call or you can e-mail at anytime with your name and number and someone will contact you to set up a time to access the food pantry.

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.

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.

Thank you to everyone who has made their Bell Tower Pledge for 2020.  Payment for 2020 has been made to Wells Fargo.

The Property and Grounds Committee thanks Keith and Nathan George for cutting down the 2 trees in front of the church.

Thank you to, Raygan and Bently Mizikar, Eliana Schrack, Hunter Kaelin, and Cameron, Alexis, and Ethan Hayes for raking leaves this fall for some of the congregation members.

Josephine Linden says, “I would like to thank the youth group from St. Paul for raking my leaves, and there was a lot.  They did a great job.  Hope to have them again next year.”

St. Paul thanks Josephine for her donation to the church in honor of the youth group.

Confirmation class will be held each Sunday morning 9:45 to 10:15AM.

Regarding church protocol during the Covid 19 pandemic, printed instructions can be found in the Sunday School Office.

If you are aware of a family within the congregation of St. Paul who might need any kind of assistance in this uncertain time, please contact someone on the secretarial staff, Darlene Metzler or Pastor Sam.

Beginning Now, we will gratefully accept a $300 gift for purchasing propane for heating the church this winter.  You may give this gift “in honor of” or “in memory of” someone.

Having received John Houtman’s resignation, we will be needing a new Financial Secretary beginning January 1, 2021.  If you have interest in filling this position, please contact Joan Smeltzer, council president, any member of the council or Pastor Sam.

Also, there is need for one more person to serve on the committee for the Memorial Trust Fund.  If you are interested, please let Joan Smeltzer, a member of council or Pastor Sam know of your interest.

Because of Covid 19, we ask the lectors to please read the scripture passages from their worship booklets.  

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