Messenger February 2015

SAINT
PAUL’S LUTHERAN
CHURCH
February 2015
St. Paul’s Good Works
Team members and
other volunteers
serving a meal to the
homeless at Holy
Communion Lutheran
Church’s Welcome
Center. Food donations
were sponsored by
St. Paul’s members
and Thrivent Financial
for Lutheran. Over 100
Welcome Center
visitors received a hot
Thanksgiving meal.
Lenten Soup Suppers at
6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall
Holden Evening Prayer
Mid-Week Lenten Services,
Wednesdays during
Lent at 7:30 p.m.
Join us for Ash
Wednesday Services on
Wednesday, February 18th
at noon and 7:30 p.m.
PASTOR’S
LETTER
During our recent council retreat we spent some time looking at the Good Shepherd window in the back of the
sanctuary. It was early in the morning and the sun was shining through the window. It was one of those moments that
was deeply spiritual and brought a sense of calm and peace to all who were gathered there that morning.
We listened to the words of John’s gospel and talked about why God has put us in this place. I really enjoyed our talk
and also just sitting there in silence with my brothers and sisters in Christ.
My prayer for all of us is that in the coming months we may all find moments of peace and experiences that help us
embrace the mission we share in Christ namely to proclaim the Good News of Jesus who died and rose for us. As we
sing in the Christmas carol he was born so that we may not die anymore. He was born to give us all a second birth
and the promise of eternal life.
As we go into the month of February we will gather again with 13 men for the Living Last Supper Portrayal. I am
looking forward to the sixth rendition of Christ’s last gathering with his disciples around the table that provided the
beginning of all communion meals that we celebrate to this day.
We will be going to the streets again with donuts and ashes and begin another Lenten journey together on Ash
Wednesday. Some things will be different but there is also lots of continuity. I can’t wait to sing the Holden evening
prayer again on Wednesday nights. We will continue the tree theme that we started on Christmas Eve. I am looking
forward to our soup suppers as well.
I will talk more about our plans for Holy Week in next month newsletter.
But I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who send a Christmas card, gave us a Christmas gift and
especially for the very generous gift that we received from the congregation. You will be glad to know that our house is
more organized now because we decided to buy some new closets for the kids and the living room which helped us to
manage the ordinary chaos. Thanks from the bottom of our hearts. You all really brightened our Christmas season.
Soon we will be launching our new directory. If you haven’t send us your photo yet I encourage you to do so soon.
Many blessings to all of you!
Henrik Sonntag, Pastor
There will be two services on Ash Wednesday, February 18th at noon and 7:30 p.m.
Join us for the Holden Evening Prayer services each Wednesday evening during Lent at 7:30 p.m. Soup Suppers
will be held prior to the Wednesday Evening Services (except for Ash Wednesday) at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.
Look for sign-up sheets in the Great Room for set up/clean up, and donations towards the meal.
VICAR’S VOICE – Timothy Hearn
Thursday, January 15 is the birthday of, and April 04 will be the day of the anniversary of the assassination of, Martin
Luther King, Jr. And we celebrated his life on January 19. Many of us, however, may find ourselves satisfied to
remember the life of an African-American reformer of society just one day a year.
Across the twenty years I taught teenagers of color from Harlem and the South Bronx, the idea that as a EuroAmerican I might owe the current African-American community reparations for past offences did not sit comfortably
with me. I would regularly ask myself and others, “In what way and through what reasoning can I possibly be held
responsible for what others did to African-Americans in decades and centuries past?” I wasn’t there when AfricanAmericans were ripped from their villages, chained, and sent through the harrowing and horrid Atlantic Passage. I
wasn’t there when families of African-Americans who had survived the Passage were divided up and sold as
individuals at slave auction, flesh as merchandise. I wasn’t there for the relentless and denigrating, backbreaking
work and abuse, nor for the back-slashing floggings. I wasn’t there during Reconstruction for the Jim Crow years. I
wasn’t there at any lynchings.
Nor was I there when they crucified my Lord.
It was Epiphany for me when, in my first class in theology at seminary, I internalized that the body of Christ lives as us
through time as well as through space. I suddenly saw the body of Christ not only as all other believers alive today, I
saw all who have gone before--still safe in God’s faithfulness--and those yet to come. Then I saw the wounds inflicted
on the body of Christ by forced relocation, bondage in rope and chain, abuse in body, mind, and soul, and by lynching-and I realized that, in being part of that same body, I was to share in that suffering. And I thank our God that, through
the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, I may be not so much responsible for as made responsive to the needs of
African-Americans past and present. I am to help ensure that race-based injustice does not continue to flourish.
Nowadays I see Martin Luther King, Jr. Day not just as a day only for African-Americans, but as a day for everyone
forgiven and made alive by the righteous sun of God’s merciful incarnate love--Jesus Christ, Our Savior and Lord.
FROM OUR COUNCIL PRESIDENT…Mike Hoffmann
During our annual Council Retreat this past weekend, we completed our year-long visioning work and put together
some recommendations for the 2015 Annual Meeting. It was suggested, among many things, that we include
specifics on how we will work toward justice and peace. This can be a difficult proposition for many congregations, as
not everyone views justice and peace from the same perspective. I have expressed the opinion that we are blessed
as a welcoming congregation that is growing in diversity while honoring our heritage. That diversity includes not only
race, age and ethnicity, but varying political and theological perspectives. It speaks to our strength of community that
while we naturally bring those things with us through the sanctuary door, and at the same time leave them at the door,
we stand and sit together in the pews, recognizing and embracing our differences as we worship together. I believe
THAT is living the words in scripture, spoken by Peter.
Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts from
every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. 36 You know the message God sent to the people of Israel,
announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.”
Acts 10:34
I believe God has put us here together, in this place, at this time, to work alongside each other to fulfill his plan. Let us
encourage each other to think beyond ourselves and creatively find ways to share the Good News that Peter spoke of.
Mike Hoffmann
Congregational Meeting – Sunday, February 8th at 11:45 a.m.
All members are encouraged to attend our annual congregational
meeting to discuss and vote on our annual budget and other issues
regarding the life of the congregation.
COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS
At the December Church Council meeting, Bill Erat outlined proposed revisions to our mission statement and
strategic plans for 2015-19. Council will flesh these out at an upcoming retreat. Elements for discussion include
collecting and telling our stories, caring for creation, engaging members and equipping them to share their talents, and
inviting in all whom Jesus would welcome.
Pastor Sonntag expressed thanks for the ministries we do together, for the time and energy our members devote to
service.
Vicar Timothy Hearn announced plans for the Longest Night, Sunday the 21st, include this year a healing service
with laying on of hands.
Treasurer Mary Ann Allen reported that $50,000 has been donated for repairing the stained glass windows. Allen
handed out copies of the proposed budget. Council will vote on the budget next month and it will be presented for
approval at the annual Congregational Meeting in February.
Keith Darrow reported that we should consider replacing the boiler Council thanked Keith Darrow for his
Herculean efforts in the “Big Dig” to find the source of our water problems.
Council voted unanimously to thank the anonymous, generous donor for the gift of $50,000 earmarked for the stained
glass restoration.
Old Business:
-The total number of pledges received is now 102.
-The leaking toilets were replaced at a cost of a little more than $2,000.
- A list of items in need of repair or replacement includes: windows, boiler, slate roof, masonry, sidewalks, exterior
painting, office fan and light, sanctuary exterior, patio replacement, air conditioning for Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall.
Outreach: Council discussed how to help the community and make better use of our building to serve them, but
concern was raised about the safety of children in the nursery school if we were to open our doors.
Announcements: The next Council meeting will be January 19th, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
The Council Retreat is scheduled for January 10, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The Annual Congregational Meeting is scheduled for February 8 after the second service.
Marlen Livezey
Haven’t submitted a photo for the St. Paul’s
Member Directory yet? It isn’t too late. The
beauty of this new on-line directory is the
flexibility for adding, deleting, and changing
information. Send any photos electronically
via email to
[email protected] Look
for hard copies of the directory out in the
Great Room at the beginning of February.
Interested in getting the on-line directory on
your smart phone. You’ll need to download
the app for Instant Church Directory onto
your smart phone. Send an email to church
secretary, Laura Campbell, for the
password. This directory is for church use
only, not for solicitation or business
purposes. To protect your information, any
misuse of the on-line directory could leave
to removal from the database.
SPECIAL WINTER MUSIC OFFERINGS
During the month of February and including the first Sunday of March, several of our worship services will have
special musical offerings.
On Sunday, February 1st the St. Paul’s Men’s Ensemble will lead worship, and then on Sunday, March 1st the St.
Paul’s Women’s Ensemble will be leading worship. In preparation for these offerings the three Thursdays prior to their
Sunday to sing, the ensembles will practice from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. If you are interested in participating, please do not
hesitate to contact Rae Ann!
On Ash Wednesday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m. the St. Paul’s Children’s Choir will be offering the special music to
help us prepare for our Lenten journey.
ST. PAUL’S YOUTH SINGERS ARE STEPPING OUT!!
On Sunday, February 22 at 5:00 p.m. the St. Paul’s Youth Singers will be joining with 100 other youth from the area
to sing in a festival at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Radnor, Pennsylvania. Our youth will be singing with youth from
Abington Presbyterian, Wayne Presbyterian and St. David’s Episcopal – a beautiful ecumenical event! This is in
celebration of St. David’s 300th anniversary. All are welcomed to attend this event and support our Youth Singers.
MARDI GRAS, FAT TUESDAY, FASTNACHT – TUESDAY, 2/17!!!!
Step right up to our Winter Carnival!
FEBRUARY 17th @ 6PM marks our second
annual Fastnacht/Mardi Gras celebration. This
fun carnival-themed event is sponsored by the
Global Mission Team and proceeds will go to
benefit the 9 youth (so far) and 2 adults who
are going to Detroit this July to participate in
the ELCA Youth Gathering. The Youth
Gathering is a great opportunity for these
young people to experience a wider view of
our church, our nation and our world. This
event is a wonderful way for us to shake off
the cold, have some fun and get youth gathering fundraising off to the right start! We'll have...
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Talent show performances from our youth
Games
Music
Pancakes by chef, Glenn Rall
Hot chocolate
Hot dogs
Photo booth
...and maybe even a chance to pie your favorite pastor in the face (for an appropriately large donation, of
course)
So please mark your calendars! Costumes are encouraged (think Frozen), and most importantly, be prepared to
loosen up and have some fun!
Ken & Diana Brown, Youth Gathering coordinators
SERVING IN THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 2015
Acolytes
8:00 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
2/01 Jackson Campbell
Katherine Mitchell
2/08 Annabelle Leister
Eva Kurilla
2/15 Rebecca Berglund
Emma Christensen
2/18 Ash Wednesday 7:30 Jackson Campbell & Eva Kurilla
2/22 Connie Campbell
Nicole Sacchetti
Wed. 2/25 7:30 Annabelle Leister & Rebecca Berglund
Altar Guild
Helen Miklautz Mary Ellen Astheimer
Assisting Ministers
2/01 Timothy Hearn
2/08 Timothy Hearn
2/15 Timothy Hearn
2/22 Timothy Hearn
8:00
Valorie Merkle
Doug Strachan
Paul Ziegler
Julie Gable
10:30
Timothy Hearn Laura Mitchell Nancy Stevens
Timothy Hearn Cathy Keim Pr. Bill Erat
Timothy Hearn Alex Sickert Laurie Pellicore
Timothy Hearn Beverly Freed Lawrence Fred Livezey
Greeters Roberts Ave. 8:00 Easton Rd.
2/01 Laura Campbell
Carol Mallen Hall
2/08 Sandy & Al Silvestri Carol Mallen Hall
2/15 Cheryl Doyle Donna Cunnane Jim & Karen Orr
2/22 Cheryl Doyle Donna Cunnane Jim & Karen Orr
Roberts Ave. 10:30 Easton Rd.
Dot & Bob Sutton Peter Kurilla
Dot & Bob Sutton Peter Kurilla
Jane Kinsey Ronny Kosempel Lynn Craig
Jane Kinsey Ronny Kosempel Lynn Craig
Counters: Lead Counter: Barbara Barlow; Assistants: Cathy Harris Kristen Moyer Greg Markham
Flower Delivery
2/01 Deb Sekelewski
2/15 Marlen & Fred Livezey
Nursery
10:30
2/01 Joanne Vasquez
2/08 Dawn Zapiec
2/15 Ruth Fricker
2/22 Brooke Yeager
2/08 Mary Ellen Astheimer
2/22 Debbie & Steve Reiff
Rebecca Berglund
Connie Campbell
Katherine Mitchell
Declan Zielinski
Ushers
8:00 Ed Hayes Team: Linda Hayes Joe Noga Mary Anne Allen Ray O’Brien
10:30 Chuck Gray Team: Peter Kurilla Justin Kurilla
Jim Shenk
ASH WEDNESDAY 7:30 p.m. 2/18 Chuck Gray Team
WEDNESDAY NIGHTS 7:30 Service 2/25 Ed Hayes Team
Hospitality
(first named sets up, second named cleans up)
2/01 Debbie Sekelewski Misty Wagner
2/08 Sandy Silvestri
2/15 Rosemary Mann
Lynn Craig
2/22 Debbie Reiff
Church Opener
2/01 Robert Sutton
2/08 Ed Hayes
2/15 Jim Hornberger
Sue Duffy
Linda Erat
2/22 George Neveil
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
2/1
2/8
2/15
2/22
Office hours
9:00 a.m. to
3:00 p.m.
Monday to Friday
Men’s Ensemble 1
Soup Sale
8:00 The Eucharist
9:15 Adult Education 101
9:15 LLS
200
9:15 Sunday School
FH
10:30 The Eucharist
12:15 Youth Singers 104
5:00 YFG
Schreiber
7:00 Trp. 48 Com. Mtg. 200
Congregational 8
Meeting
8:00 The Eucharist
9:15 Adult Education 101
9:15 LLS
200
9:15 Sunday School
FH
10:30 The Eucharist
12:15 Youth Singers 104
1:00 Rental – Gill
FH/K
2:00 Choir Retreat Rm. 104
Ringer’s 15
Gospel Choir
Groundhog Day 2
5:45 Pack 48, Den 8
FH
7:00 Trp. 48
FH/101
7:30 All Comm. Night
8
5:45 Pack 48, Den 8
7:00 Trp. 48
7:30 Stewardship
FH/101
Rm. 200
President’s Day 16
6:00 Pack 48
7:30 Yoga
Messenger
Deadline
9:30 Lois Circle
10:00 NS Chapel
10:30 Staff mtg.
6:00 Pack 48
7:00 Elizabeth Circle
7:30 Yoga
FH
GR
4
5
6
11:00 Let’s Meet Group
GR
9:00 NS Music Class Rm. 101
7:00 Lydia Circle
7:30 Confirmation Class
7:30 Ringers
GR
200
9:00 NS Music Class Rm. 101
4:00 Kids Club
FH/K/101
5:30 Cherub Choir 104/Nave
6:00 Children’s Choir
104
7:00 Trp. 793
Rm. 101
7:00 Women’s Choir
104
8:00 Adult Choir
104
12
13
10
11
GR
Nave
200
FH
101
Mardi Gras 17
10:00 NS Chapel
7:30 Confirmation Class
7:30 Ringers
Nave
200
104
18
FH
101
200
FH
104
200
6:45 Exec. Comm. Rm. 200
7:30 Church Council Rm. 200
6:00 Mardi Gras Fundraiser
for Youth Gathering FH/K
6:30 PMT
Nave
7:30 Yoga
GR
Scout Sunday 22
23
24
12:00 Ash Wednesday Service
7:30 Ash Wednesday Service
25
4:00 Kids Club
FH/K/101
5:30 Cherub Choir 104/Nave
6:00 Children’s Choir
104
7:00 Trp. 793
Rm. 101
7:00 Pack 48, Den 11
FH
7:00 Women’s Choir
104
8:00 Adult Choir
104
9:00 Maintenance Day
Valentine’s Day 14
12:00 Rental
FH
2:00 Abington Chorale Club
Nave
NS Closed for inservice
19
9:00 NS Music Class Rm. 101
9:15 Newsletter Folding 200
4:00 Kids Club
FH/K/101
5:30 Cherub Choir 104/Nave
6:00 Children’s Choir
104
7:00 Pack 48, Den 11
FH
7:00 Trp. 793
Rm. 101
7:00 Women’s Choir
104
8:00 Adult Choir
104
7
D
9:00 NS Gym Class Rm. 101
NS & Office Closed
1:00 Blood Drive
8:00 The Eucharist
9:15 Adult Education
9:15 LLS
9:15 Sunday School
10:30 The Eucharist
12:15 Youth Singers
7:00 Pack 48 Cm. Mtg.
FH
3
20
21
9:00 NS Music Class Rm. 101
26
28
27
8:00 Winter Quilt Day FH/K
8:00 The Eucharist
9:15 Adult Education
9:15 LLS
9:15 Sunday School
10:30 The Eucharist
5:00 Youth Festival St.
David’s in Wayne
11:30 NS Pizza Day
101
200
FH
11:30 NS Pizza Day
K
7:30 Yoga
5:45 Pack 48, Den 8
FH
7:00 Trp. 48
FH/101
7:30 Rachel Circle
K
7:30 Deborah Circle
GR
GR
6:30 Soup Supper
FH/K
7:00 Holden Evening Prayer
Nave
9:00 NS Gym Class Rm. 101
4:00 Kids Club
FH/K/101
5:30 Cherub Choir 104/Nave
6:00 Children’s Choir
104
7:00 Trp. 793
Rm. 101
7:00 Pack 48, Den 11
FH
7:00 Women’s Choir
104
8:00 Adult Choir
104
9:00 NS Gym Class
Rm. 101
9:00 Prep for Homeless meal K
7:00 Quilt Day Set Up
FH/K
Decem
Thursday, 9:00
a.m. to noon.
MINISTRIES OF ST. PAUL’S…..
ALTAR GUILD - A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR EVERYONE!!
Are you looking for a way to get involved in a service to our church? Are you looking for a way to include your
children ( all ages) in service to our church? The Altar Guild is a wonderful way to share with your children the
meaning of our worship service. The Altar Guild has the privilege of serving the congregation by preparing the
worship space for weekly services; this involves setting the altar, placing the flowers, putting out the guest books and
worship programs. Responsibilities are shared on a monthly basis with a partner; it can fit into any schedule. This is
also a perfect opportunity for new members who would like to learn more about our church. Please contact Cheryl
Doyle if you have any questions, 215-886-4539; [email protected]
FAIR TRADE PRODUCTS
Fair Trade/Equal Exchange products are available for purchase each Sunday morning. There is a choice of high
quality items, coffee, tea, chocolate bars, & fruit & nut bars, sold at competitive costs and with the added advantage of
supporting the third world farmers who produce them. Currently, three St Paul's members are involved in this ministry;
more are needed & would be welcomed. If you think you might be interested in being involved with Free Trade/Equal
Exchange sales, please contact Linda Erat at 215-887-9383 or [email protected]
PRAYER MINISTRY TEAM
Do you or someone you know need prayer? Your St. Paul’s Prayer Ministry Team members engage in prayer every
day for many people in various areas of need. At the Great Room entrance and the Easton Road entrance to the
Nave, there are baskets with lids and cards to make your requests. Please fill out the card and place it in the basket.
All requests are kept confidential. Among the categories of prayer are: For health of body and soul, those in
bereavement, cancer patients, world concerns, aged and chronically ill, church leaders and organizations, those in
emotional distress, those in service and all veterans, and other categories. Please let your requests be made known.
Marlen Livezey is the leader of the Team.
LET’S MEET GROUP/SPUD’S
"Of All that is Seen and Unseen: A Few of My Favorite Demonstrations in High School Chemistry and Physics"- Come
join us on Wednesday, February 4th, 11:00 a.m., in the Great room for our first meeting in the New Year 2015. Our
own Vicar Timothy Hearn will present some of his favorite science demonstrations and shenanigans from his 20 years
of teaching secondary school chemistry and physics in New York City. Be prepared to be amazed! Scientists and
theologians welcome! Don't forget to bring your sandwich, and a friend or two. All are welcome.
DINNER FOR HOMELESS SET FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH
Your help is needed to help prepare a meal for the homeless to be held at the Church of the Holy Communion in
Philadelphia at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, February 27th.
Needed: 12 meatloaves (each should feed 10 people); 12 cakes—any kind, your choice
The Good Works team will provide mashed potatoes, vegetable, rolls and butter.
Helpers in the kitchen at 9 a. m. on the 27th are needed as well as folks to go to the site and serve.
Sign-up sheets are available in the Great Room. Thanks for your help!!!
On Wednesday, November 26th we welcomed into St. Paul’s membership
through the sacrament of Holy Baptism, Leah Holovachuk, daughter of
Amanda Schreiber and Joe Holovachuk.
On Sunday, December 7th, we welcomed into St. Paul’s membership through the
sacrament of Holy Baptism, Josephine Mills, daughter of
Susan Pierce and Geoffrey Mills.
On Sunday, January 11th, we welcomed into St. Paul’s membership through the
Sacrament of Holy Baptism, Preston Dubbs,
son of Natalie and Kenneth Dubbs.
We welcome our new, young members into our St. Paul’s family.
Congratulations to them and their families.
Month
3-Feb
3-Feb
4-Feb
5-Feb
6-Feb
10-Feb
12-Feb
13-Feb
13-Feb
13-Feb
13-Feb
15-Feb
Name
Mary Ann Saurman
Nancy Stevens
Elizabeth Edelman
Aiden Gill
Noah Bothwell
Greg Markham
Jennifer Pratt
Susan Duffy
Grant Emery
Lorraine Glausman
Michelle Hall
Benjamin Sonntag
Month Name
16-Feb
17-Feb
17-Feb
20-Feb
21-Feb
21-Feb
21-Feb
22-Feb
23-Feb
23-Feb
24-Feb
29-Feb
Stefanie O'Brien
Bernice Dicker
Connie Sanders
Marilyn Kowalick
Aura Hatch
Sheila Kurilla
Judy Lunde
Carolyn Moyer
Justin Kurilla
Leza Thomas
Viginia Sue Kowalick
Ruth Kirrstetter
Anniversary Couples name
1-Feb Regina & Walt Thompson
12-Feb Nancy & Ed Fitzgerald
David Kosempel was promoted to Assistant Director of the Cheltenham Auxiliary Police. He has been serving in the
auxillary police for 12 years. The Cheltenham Auxiliary Police are celebrating 60 years of service to the community.
Congratulations, Dave, and also to the Cheltenham Auxiliary Police Force.
Dacy Boyd graduated with her Ph. D. in Religion from Temple University on December 18! Congratulations to Dacy
on completing her degree!
Thanks to the young families group and all members for my
care package for finals week. I'm already one test in and have 5
more tests/presentations/musical performances to go this week. I'll
be coming home Friday and am very excited to see you all at
worship on Sunday! I'm sure I can fill all of you in on the
excitements of college then.
Blair Cunningham
Dear Pastor Sonntag, Vicar Timothy, Emma, Eva, Annabelle
Rebecca, & Jackson:
I just want to thank all of you for the great goodie box & thinking of
me. I was so surprised when the mailman dropped the package off
at my house yesterday. I can't wait to start enjoying all the treats. Even though I had a great first semester & loved
living away at school, there is still nothing like coming home. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas
and enjoying your break like I am. Hope to see you soon. Thanks again!
Lindsay Najbrt
Dear St. Paul’s,
Thank you so much for the care package! I had prayed earlier in the week for an extra boost to help get me through
finals week, so you can only imagine how surprised I was to find my prayer answered in the form of a well-filled
cardboard box! The Lord certainly does work in mysterious ways – so thank you all for listening to Him and supporting
me through a tough week. Your thoughtful gift was most definitely appreciated. God bless, and have a great year.
Allyssa Embery
Dear St. Paul’s confirmation class,
Thank you so much for the very thoughtful finals care package. Not only were the snacks a real treat, but it was nice to
know that people back home were thinking of me and others away at school. I especially appreciated the mix of
healthy and sweet snacks. I hope one day if/when you are at school that there will be people looking out for you in the
same wonderful and thoughtful way. Thank you again!
Katie Baxter
Dear Pastor Sonntag,
We appreciated your kindness in baptizing our grandson, Benjamin Luddy. Being raised as a Lutheran Minister’s
daughter, it is wonderful to see that my father’s outlook in Christianity is still relevant today. We’ve enclosed a donation
to help you continue your outreach program for children of the church and the community. Once again, many thanks &
God bless.
Sincerely,
Jane & Pat Luddy
To Pastor Sonntag & St. Paul’s,
Thank you for the lovely altar flowers delivered to me on November 16th on the death of my husband. They were much
appreciated at this sad time.
Laura H. Johnson
Dear Friends at St. Paul’s,
Thank you so much for the beautiful altar flowers and all of your prayers and well wishes. The prayers must be
working because all my therapists and visiting nurses are pleased with my progress. Skip has waited on me hand and
foot and Suzanne provided us with Thanksgiving Dinner. (I came home from the hospital on Thanksgiving Day). I feel
very blessed to have so many friends praying for me. Thank you again.
Love,
Pam McDowell
Dear St. Paul’s,
What a lovely surprise to find a beautiful autumn bouquet sitting on my steps … and they came from the caring people
of St. Paul’s. The flowers brought happiness to me and my family. Thank you for your kindness and for thinking of me.
Sincerely,
Gloria Kiehn
Dear Pastor Sonntag & St. Paul’s Lutheran Church,
Thank you so much for the gift of $13,250 you sent in November 2014. The continued support of St. Paul’s for
Lutheran Disaster Response truly makes it possible for Lutheran Congregational Services and Liberty Lutheran to
provide this program to the region. Your steadfast support of our program represents more than a financial
contribution; it represents meetings, volunteer coordination, volunteer time, and a tremendous amount of energy in
preparing for Oktoberfest at St. Paul’s each year, a wonderful event that people have enjoyed for the past six years.
Again, thank you.
Blessings in Christ,
The Reverend Dr. Jennifer Phelps Ollikainen, Executive Director, Lutheran Congregational Services
Dear Members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church,
We would like to take this opportunity to advise you that the John R. Freed Funeral Home of Glenside is arranging to
have a young tree planted in memory of Elizabeth A. Hopkinson. This memorial tree will be planted on public lands
during the earliest appropriate season. We would like to extend our condolences to the friends of Elizabeth A.
Hopkinson, along with the staff of the John R. Freed Funeral Home, who have provided this living memorial.
Sincerely yours,
Robert S. Pearson, President, Lofty Oaks Association
Dear St. Paul’s,
I want to thank you for the check that Marina's Kids received from you this past week for $200.
At percent, the funds are raised will be going to the following projects in the next few weeks:
A medical brace for a 3 years old boy, to straighten his back, after a spinal TB has left him with a large hunk on his
back; winter shoes; winter break bible camp in one of the orphanages. I really appreciate your support, and on behalf
of the kids that it helps, we are grateful.
Marina
Thank you for remembering those on our prayer list during the upcoming week. Please contact the office with
any changes to the prayer list.
Rev. Don Anderson
Bernice Dicker
Veronica Imsick
Michael Lavin
Vicki Sbrocco
Kathleen Wallace
Young Bai
John Berglund
Hilda & Danielle Graf
Kristen Jacobus
Judy Lunde Marie McCarthy
Betty Stevens
Olivia & Julianna Warner
Edith Bergner
Anna Gump
Ed Klein
Jack McCleary
Geneva Stevens
Matthew Zeccardi
Stephanie Corbin
Joe Daughen
Nancy Hadley
Chris Hunsicker
Jane Klotz
Alberta Lang
Katie Noga
Stephan H. Putnam
Carolyn Stuetz
Please continue to pray for our members and friends in the military:
Jason Carr
Grant Kerrick
Andrew Sickert
OFFICE AND STAFF
CONTACT INFOMRATION
Office Hours Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Church Office Number
215-884-3005
Fax Number
215-884-6199
Nursery School Number
215-884-8995
Our Website: www.StPaulsglenside.org
Our Staff Listing & e-mail addresses:
The Reverend Henrik Sonntag, Pastor
[email protected]
Vicar Timothy Hearn, Pastoral Intern
[email protected]
Rae Ann Anderson, Music Director
[email protected]
Laura Campbell, Parish Secretary
[email protected]
Kathleen Getz, Nursery School Director
[email protected]
Nancy Carbine, Bookkeeper/Volunteer Coordinator [email protected]
Frank Crawford, Bob Sutton - Sextons
Pastor Miriam Schmidt and Jeremy Blyth, missionaries
St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
120 N. Easton Road
Glenside, PA 19038-4199
ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED
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PAID
PERMIT NO. 106
GLENSIDE, PA
19038
PERMIT NO.
106
GLENSIDE, PA
19038
Services on Sundays are held
at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
Sunday school and adult
education begin each Sunday
at 9:15 a.m.
At the intersection of
Easton Road & Mt Carmel
Avenue in Glenside,
Pennsylvania
Nursery care is available
January 22 , 2015
during worship for infants
and children through
The Messenger is a monthly newsletter of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 120 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038. Office
hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00
p.m., Monday through Friday. FAX: 215-884-6199. Phone: 215-884-3005, after hours please leave a
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message on St. Paul’s General Delivery Mailbox, extension 21. St. Paul’s Nursery School office phone is 215-884-8995.