PLEASE PRAY FOR:
Remembering those with medical challenges: Diana Bartlett, Elaine Benka, Ron Benka, Pastor Richard Bowen, Jerry Groves, Don Hazel, Carol Hipple, Jim Illencik, Carolyn Marsh, David Perkins, Roy Seibert, Ken Wareham, April Williams, Andrea Wollam
Remembering those who are home bound: Shirlee Chambers, Charles English, Harriette Shaffer
Remembering those with special needs: Lori Akins, Donna Baldwin, Gini Cage, Elizabeth Campbell, Cathie Cimini, Amber Ellis, Connie Fowler, Bryan Giocondi, Debi Houlf, Ann Marie Perkins (David’s daughter), Anita Rayburn, Cindy Robinson, Deanna Savon, Ondine Shiau, Diane Tullis Suloit, Bonnie Taylor, Shelley Town, Dean Voye, Mark Voye, Lisa Young
Remembering those in the Military: Kirk Groves, Michael Maradin, Danielle Greenhill
A WORD ABOUT STEWARDSHIP: “And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8
November is a time of Thanksgiving, a time of thankfulness for home, family, friends, and all of the many things God has graced us with. For this reason, this is the time that we have decided to turn our thoughts to stewardship at St. Paul, since stewardship is defined as the way that we use all of the resources that God has trusted us to care for, so that we can truly show our love of God. This month we will look at how our congregation and our members share their time, talent, and money to support the ministries at St. Paul Lutheran Church.
As a Stewardship Committee, we have talked with some members who were generous enough to share their thoughts on giving, and how they give of their various talents, time, and monetary donations. Stewardship is the way that faith connects to our day to day lives, and our congregation is filled with giving people who share their gifts in many ways. They vary in talents and range from the very young on up, and we will share some of their stories (anonymously, as sometimes people who are willing to share don’t want to be praised or singled out) with you on November 4, 11, and 18. As one member stated, “Giving something over to the glory of God is about what you can do, not what you can’t. It feels good, and becomes part of who you are.”
This November, please prayerfully consider how God is calling you, and then complete the talent/time and financial commitment cards. God bless! May we all discover how the Holy Spirit will deepen our faith and move us to action through this time of thanksgiving! Your Stewardship Committee
ARC FREE SMOKE ALARMS: The American Red Cross is installing free smoke alarms in homes without working smoke alarms or alarms more than 10 years old. Request forms for this Save-a-Life campaign are on the information table in the narthex.
COFFEE CUP GREETINGS: Held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, November 4 & 18.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: We would like to collect the following items: School Supplies: pens, pencils, sharpeners, crayons, markers, paper, note pads, coloring books; Toys: small cars, balls, dolls, yo-yos, kazoos, harmonicas, jump ropes, Slinkys, small Etch-a-Sketch, toys that light up, toys that make noise; Hygiene Items: toothbrushes, bar soap, comb, washcloth; Misc.: T-shirts, socks, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights, extra batteries. PROHIBITED ITEMS: Used or damaged items, war related items (toy guns, knives, or military figures), chocolate or food, out-of-date candy; aerosol cans, liquids or lotions, medications or vitamins, breakable items (glass). PLEASE RETURN ITEMS BY NOVEMBER 11. Place items in the red bin under the Operation Christmas Child table in the narthex. If you have any questions, please see Debbie Bartlett.
YOUTH LOCK-IN: The Eastern Conference Youth Lock-In will be held on November 17-18 for all youth in 7-12 grades at Zion Lutheran Church, 3300 Canfield Road, Youngstown, Ohio 44511. All youth are encouraged to attend the 8:30 am worship at Zion together before departing for the morning. We will meet to worship, fellowship, and grow together in faith for an overnight event. This is a great opportunity to get to know one another or catch up with old friends. The cost will be $10 to help cover the cost for food and recreation for the evening (to be paid at registration desk upon arrival). Please RSVP by November 10 at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eastern-conference-lock-in-tickets-50262328979 or by calling or texting 330-442-7924. We are also looking for any and all adults, parents, or guardians who are able to come for the evening or short shifts throughout the night. If you can assist or will be attending, please call or text Pastor Erin at 330-442-7924. If you have any questions, please see Liz Chapin.
DECORATING FOR ADVENT: Please take notice that we will remove the fall decorations and decorate the church for Advent following the service on November 25. Remember…many hands make light work.
THRIVENT ACTION TEAM PROJECT: As many people in our congregation are aware, there has been a huge increase in the number of children in Trumbull County who are being placed in foster care. Much of this is due to the opioid crisis and other issues. Lauren Patton has launched a Thrivent Action Team Project in order to alleviate some of the burden that has been placed on Trumbull County Children Services for items that are needed when children and teens must be removed from their homes and placed in foster care. A list of items which are needed follows. If you are able to help by donating any of these items, please bring them to the church and place them in the bin marked “Thrivent Action Team Project” provided in the narthex by December 10. Please direct any questions about this project to Lauren Patton or Brenda Ceplecci. “Care Packages” of hygiene items or individual items such as: toothbrush, toothpaste, comb and/or brush, deodorant, plain white T-shirts sizes 6-14 or adult medium for teens, underwear sizes 6-14 or adult medium for teens, socks, slippers, and NEW small stuffed animals.
HALL RENTAL: Any member wishing to rent Cassel Hall must call the office to schedule the date to be sure it is not already rented or in use by the church, the Preschool, DAR, the Red Cross, or The Solace Center. There is also paper work which needs to be filled out prior to renting.
FLOWERS AND MEDITATION CANDLES: Weeks are available for purchase, dedicated to your special intentions. The meditation candle is $5.00 and flowers are $30.00 for two vases. Please use an Order Envelope and PREPAY your order at the time that you sign the flower and candle chart. PAYMENT ENVELOPES ARE BY THE FLOWER CHART. On weeks where there is no paid order, the church will display silk flowers to the Glory of God. Please sign up for your special weeks while they are available.
SPLASH TODAY: Donations are always warmly welcomed, and with your continued support, we will be able to sustain this valuable ministry to young families.
GRIEF MINISTRY: Part of the Social Committee is Grief Ministry. Joyce Osborn (330-372-2136) is spearheading this ministry with Pr. Perkins’ and God’s guidance and help. When a loved one dies, Joyce sends a set of four books called “Journeying through Grief” throughout the first year. Each book describes the issues and feelings that a person tends to encounter at various points of grief and the books offer suggestions on handling them. If Pastor Perkins or Joyce can be of any help or if you have any questions during a time of grief, please contact either of them.
DUE TO GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS: In the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), churches and clergy can no longer make written or oral public announcements of health information regarding our members. Thus, unless specifically requested by a member to share other information, we are only able to indicate where a person is hospitalized or that they have been discharged.