The next issue of the GOOD NEWS will be the November 2014 issue.
The deadline for all submissions will be Noon on Sunday, October 19th.
Please remember that items for the Saturday and Sunday bulletins are due
in the church office by Noon on Thursdays.
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Please remember to ask permission from the person you are placing on the prayer list.
Pray for the Congregations of
St. Matthew, Scranton, and
St. Peter, Scranton.
Pray for Shut-In Members: Margrit Hislop, Bruni Bayer.
Pray for those suffering illness:
Members: Julia Crispell, Maryan Daily, Colin Grube, Hank Henry, Peter & Kay Hometchko,
Gail Ide, Andy Kaskus, Chuck Koup, Dolores Leehan, Ray Mancke, Olivia Marquart, Vic McCarty,
Cheryl Myers, John Reishus, Dianna Smith, Shirley Templin, Tabitha Walters, Betty Weaver,
Bertha Williams, Justin Yost.
Family & Friends: Veronica Bashaw, Amy Bush, Nicole Cadwalader, Martha Cease,
Tina Chernikovich, Alicen Cheshire, Elizabeth Covert, Beth Cunius, Gladys Debesis, Nancy & Bob Decker,
Susan Diedrickson, Scott Dietrich, Kay Fairly, Sara Frace, Joe Galardi, Jim Grady, Ellen Greenberg,
Diane Hahn, Aminta Harris, Jay Hess, Emma Horensky, Leona Huntz, Marie Janoski, Audrey Jenkins,
Andrea Kaskus, Mildred Kelly, Dan Kopen, Alicia Mack, Robin Mahon, Luana Maross, Michelle Martin,
Marilyn & Carl Matthews, Margaret McGiffin, Barbara Metcalf, Angela Miles, Elaine Ojetek, Cheryl Osborn,
Kenny Piestrak, Walter Roberts, Rodney Samson, Nancy Sandt, Betty Schultz, Steve Selige,
Niki Cheskiewitz Shotwell, Pr. Lynn Snyder, Timothy Sutliff, Joe Vereb, Gordon Wight, Richard Wilbur,
Bobby Zeigler, Parker, and Linda (no last names given).
Pray for military personnel: Brian Bayer, Katie Dale, Brian Rigez, Paul Rigez, Adrianne Rigez,
Paul Hiller, Andrew Hiller, David Dymond, William B. Phillips, Jerry Price, Phillip Miller, Matt Lipo,
Joe Walsh, Robert Stevens, Adam Wendoloski, Joshua Knobel, David Spangenberg, Lt. Commander 04
Shaun McAndrew, Cpl. Christopher Avery, Major Cindy Ruckno, Major Kevin Andersen, Captain Frank J.
Michael, Jr., Daniel Worthington, Michael Tanner, Stanley Brudnicki, Charles Brudnicki, CDR Chris Petrock,
Jason Reed, Ethan Jacobs, Pvt. Kevin Fritzges, Dustin Siperko, John Feher, Aaron Coburn, Justin Thomas,
Specialist Steven J. Martin, Private Esme Molina, Michael Hoffman, Matthew Yurko, Don Zimmerman.
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CONGREGATION COUNCIL NOTES
- Secretary’s report was accepted as presented.
- Treasurer’s report was accepted as presented.
Budget Update: St. Paul's finances as of
*General Fund - does not include Special Appeals or
Mortgage Retirement Phase III Campaign:
1/1/2014 to 12/31/2016: $ 84,204.99
Total Received to Date: $ 13,341.00
Loan Obligation Balance: $388,052.32
Monthly Loan Payment: $ 2,929.88
Worship & Music: World Day of Prayer 2015 will be on March 6, 2015. God’s Work Our Hands
day of service will be on September 7 with four projects: cleanup of Rice Cemetery in Dallas Borough,
fixing a parishioner’s home, diaper collection, and sock collection. Holy Cross Sunday will be
September 14; will request that worshipers bring crosses to display. Harvest Home will be
October 11/12; St. Luke’s Healing Service will be October 18/19. Asking for volunteers for
Assisting Ministers and Eucharistic Ministers. Reception to be held on August 31, Pastor Rothrock’s
last Sunday with us. Youth Sunday will be November 9.
Christian Ed.: Sunday School will be utilizing the theme from this year’s VBS of Weird Animals.
Rally Day will be held on September 7. Discussion of Youth Gathering in Detroit; there may be a
bus to travel in. Agape will be here for a concert on November 7. Trunk or Treat Halloween
Party will be October 26. Christian Ed meetings will now be held on the last Sunday morning
of the month after one of the services.
Property: Outside water pipe has been repaired, call to Mike Confer to repair resulting hole in wall.
Trees are to be removed from end of driveway. Flag pole spot light will be repaired and columbarium
lights inspected. Middle kitchen oven pilot light issue to be resolved. After roof repairs, we await
heavy wind-driven rain to be certain the leaks have been repaired before repairing damage in the Narthex.
Windows in Social Hall, Narthex, Sanctuary and offices have been washed inside and out. Insurance
risk inspection has been completed and passed..
Fellowship: Provided refreshments for Dottie Henry’s viewing and service, August 1/2, and after
Sunday services on August 3, 17, 24, and 31.
Social Ministry: Discussion of Lenten Penny Wars campaign, as CEO will no longer sponsor it. Discussed
cards being collected for St. Jude’s Ranch. Discussion of Lovin from the Oven and for whom meals
should be prepared. We will continue to collect for and assemble hygiene kits and hypothermia kits.
Old Business: God’s Work Our Hands projects reviewed, and reminder to wear yellow t-shirts to
church on September 7; discussion of parking lot welcome banners; discussion of updates to church
website. 90th Anniversary: Event date of June 6/7 2015 approved by Council; Sunday service at 9:30 am.
Bishop Zeiser has agreed to preach on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. Discussion of special
guests to be invited. Began discussing worship details. Publicity, memorabilia, community and committee
involvement, and picnic were discussed.
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DORCAS SOCIETY UPDATE
The meeting held on September 9 was called to order by President Chris Bellezza with 24 members
present and two guests, Bea Pritchard and Pam Cyphers.
Hostesses for the evening were Fran Dierolf, Cynthia Mahalick, Cookie Fetterman and Chris Bellezza.
Fran led devotions, thanked members for the sympathy cards and donations on the death of her sister,
Ann Golightley, and for the cards she received for her 85th birthday.
Chris thanked Dorcas members for all their help with the Bake Sale during Summerfest, the
Quilt Show & Tea, and for Pastor Rothrock’s farewell reception.
It was announced that Bertha Williams has been moved from the Meadows to the United Methodist Home
in Tunkhannock and that Catherine Grieshaber is under hospice care at Geisinger South in Wilkes-Barre.
Old Business: Chris reviewed upcoming rummage sale event on Friday, October 3. Sale hours will be from
8:00 am to 2:00 pm and then again from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Saturday October 4 will be Bag Day and hours
are from 8:00 am to Noon. Bags will cost $2.00 for small bags and $5.00 for large bags. Checkout people
in the Social Hall will be Marge McCarty, Jean Wilson, Helen Carey and Hope Beisel; Jewelry, Lois Gdovin;
Bake Sale, Lois Hardisky & Barbara Shafer; Children’s Room, cookie Fetterman & Fran Dierolf;
Holiday Room, Carol Fett; Books, Annie Bisher, Connie Borchert, and Ellie Rodda.
The two new table skirts arrived and were placed on the table in the Narthex and the table in the hallway
between the Narthex and the Social Hall.
It was decided not to purchase any additional smaller “sandwich board” signs; it was felt that they
are okay for outside events around the building but are too small for highway placement. It was
decided that if Brotherhood needs to purchase more “informational signs” for the large sandwich
boards then Dorcas will help cover the cost.
Narthex carpeting: Another estimate was obtained from Scorey Brothers in Wilkes-Barre, but the
sample obtained was a loose weave and there was concern that it would not hold up well. Motion
to table discussion and to obtain three samples from both KW Carpets in Dallas, and from Scorey
Brothers in Wilkes-Barre and review them at next meeting. Passed.
New Business: Dessert sign-up sheet was passed around for upcoming Roast Beef Dinner on
Saturday, September 20.
Christmas Luncheon: Tuesday, December 9 at Newberry; time is to be determined, but most
likely Noon or 1:00 pm. Following discussion it was agreed to have the meal served rather than
having a buffet. Committee will have information regarding menu at the next meeting.
Speaking on behalf of the Evangelism Committee, Annie Bisher asked if Dorcas would be willing
to cover the expense of three “Welcome Banners” to be hung from the light poles in the parking
lot. Council had approved the placement of five banners and the committee currently has funds
for two. Motion to purchase three banners, approximate cost $1,148. Passed.
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 14 at 7:00 pm; hostesses for the evening
will be Barbara Shafer and Chris Bellezza.
Carol Fett, Secretary
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“We could learn a lot from crayons: Some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have
weird names, and all are different colors ... but they all exist very nicely together in the same box.”
-- Robert Fulghum
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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
With the summer sabbatical leave you granted me, it has been a long time since I have written
to you through our newsletter. We were so ably and caringly served by Pastor Lynn Rothrock as
acting pastor during that time and I take this opportunity to thank him. Between him, our council
and congregational officers, our committee chairs and ministry leaders, I was freed to entrust our
congregation and ministry into their care, and that was very good. I also want to take this
opportunity to thank you for granting that valuable time away, for your prayers and good wishes
as I prepared for the leave, and for the hearty welcome back and expressions of care you have shared
with me since. As I said in my first sermon back, you are, indeed, a special community.
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SPECIAL SERVICES IN OCTOBER
Special festivals mark most of our October worship days. We celebrate Harvest Home on
Saturday and Sunday, October 11-12, with a collection of food and special offering for the Back
Mountain Food Pantry and attention to the abundance God provides for us this season and always.
The following weekend, October 18-19 is our annual Healing Service. On the weekend closest
to the feast day of St. Luke, referred to in the scriptures as a physician, we invite all who desire to
come forward during the service to receive laying on of hands and anointing with oil for healing.
The prayers and texts of the day also focus our attention on the church’s gift and call to healing. The
final weekend of October, 25-26, we celebrate Reformation Sunday, and this year in our celebration,
we include First Communion for our young members and Reception into membership for our newest
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We invite all children who have begun school together with their parents to join together for first
communion preparation on Saturday, October 25 from 10 am to Noon. Through hands-on activities,
stories, projects, and practice, we offer age-appropriate preparation for communion for our children.
Please contact the church office if you will be participating. Participants will be invited to receive
their first communion that weekend, Reformation Sunday or Saturday, October 25-26.
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YOUTH GATHERING UPDATE
Registration for “Rise Up Together; ELCA Youth Gathering” in Detroit next summer is
this month. Three of our young men have committed to the gathering. Daily programs include
Proclaim Justice Day, a day of service in Detroit, Proclaim Story Day, learning with fellow NEPSynod
Gathering attendees, and Proclaim Community Day, interactive learning and activity in the Convention
Center. Each day begins and ends in Ford Field for worship, Bible Study, speakers, and music, and
the night time features Community Life activities in the hotels including dances, game rooms, prayer
stations, and the day’s ending: Final 15. The Youth Gatherings are always inspiring and life-changing.
Thank you for your support of our youth and their opportunity to attend the ELCA Youth Gatherings.
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We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say, “It’s not my child, not
my community, not my world, not my problem.” Then there are those who see the need and respond.
I consider those people my heroes.
-- Fred Rogers, Presbyterian minister and
“hero” of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood
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YOUTH DIRECTOR UPDATE
Your willing spirit and our ministry staff’s and council’s preparation and desire to work with Bear
Creek Camp this year for a Youth Director Partnership and host Thomas Devaney, a young man from
Scotland, has fallen through. Thomas was denied a visa to come to the United States to work at Bear
Creek Camp and St. Paul’s. Council and the Christian Education committee continue to assess the
needs we have for youth leadership and ministry staff, but we will need to investigate other options
and opportunities for that. Thank you for your willingness to try something new for the sake of our
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“Faith goes up the stairs that love has made and looks out the window which hope has opened.”
-- Charles Spurgeon
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TIME TO WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Those wishing to become members of St. Paul’s are invited to an orientation luncheon Sunday,
October 19 at 12:30 in the Social Hall. We will enjoy a light lunch together with members of
our congregation council, then talk about the church and Lutheran Christianity, the Bible and
Prayer, worship and the church year, and other topics you ask about. Then we will introduce you
to our council and congregation committees and ministries. We will receive new members the
following Sunday, Reformation Sunday, October 26. Please contact the church office to indicate
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Get to know Jesus well because the more you know him, the more you’ll love him. And the
more you love him, the more you’ll want to follow him. And the more you follow him, the more
you’ll become like him. And the more you become like him, the more you become yourself.
-- Ned Erickson
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A GREAT YEAR AT BEAR CREEK CAMP
Bear Creek Camp, our Lutheran church camp for all of eastern Pennsylvania located just down the
road in Bear Creek, had a wonderful summer of camp for children of all ages. Executive Director
Dan Scharnhorst reported in a September letter, “We are happy to announce that our attendance
rose once again in 2014! We grew by over 14% this summer and served over 810 campers. This
follows growth of 12% in 2013. It’s the first time in over 10 years that attendance has grown in back
to back years! We also sent out eight Day Camp teams to area congregations for a great week of
Bear Creek Camp programming in the local community. Thanks be to God!” Indeed. And thank
you Bear Creek Camp for your valuable ministry! You can support Bear Creek Camp with your
donation to St. Paul’s by marking “Bear Creek Camp” on your check’s memo line or on the outside
of an envelope.
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Our Northeastern PA Synod Assembly this past spring unanimously adopted a resolution that we
would strive to have all 275 synod congregations participate in some way in the “Always Being
Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA”. This is a five-year, $198 million campaign to
invest in the work and future of the ELCA and its ministry. Various ministries and agencies of the
ELCA will benefit in four broad categories: Congregations, Leadership, Hunger and Poverty, and
the Global Church. Each of the five years will focus on selected and particular ministries, but
commitments and contributions to the campaign may be designated to either of these ministries or
to the campaign generally. These commitments and contributions are above your regular support
of the ministries of St. Paul’s and your additional commitment to our mortgage retirement fund for
our church building. You can learn more about the campaign at the ELCA website (elca.org; click
on the Resources tab, then the button for Campaign for the ELCA), and watch for additional and more
specific information in the newsletter and bulletins in future months.
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GLOBAL MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
Young adults ages 18-30 are invited to take a Global Plunge to deepen their spirituality and
experience the global church through a visit May 27 – June 8, 2015 to the ecumenical centers in
Geneva, Switzerland and Taize, France. Applications and more details can be found at this ELCA
website: http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/HandInHand/427. Act now because the
application process ends this month.
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MORE GLOBAL MISSION NEWS
The ELCA Global Mission work continues with great impact around the world. Augusta Victoria
Hospital in East Jerusalem and the region’s healthcare system were pushed to the limit providing
care during the recent violence in the Middle East. The ELCA provided the hospital with $100,000
for its work. Meanwhile, The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia is growing fast, and one of the
greatest needs there is more church buildings. The ELCA has been assisting there, too. Almost 100
new long-term missionaries and Young Adults in Global Mission began their service this fall around
the world, including our own companion synod, Argentina. These people are in addition to the
missionaries already stationed across the globe, like our own Krystle Moraska and her husband Ignacio
Madrussen in Buenos Aires. Thank you for your prayers and support for ELCA Global Mission and
for our missionaries and companion synod and congregation, San Timoteo in La Plata, Argentina.
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The Holy Supper is kept indeed
In what we share with another’s need;
Not what we give, but what we share:
For the gift without the giver is bare.
Who gives himself with his alms feeds three:
Himself, his hungering neighbor and Me.
-- James Russell Lowell, The Vision of Sir Launfal
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† IN MEMORIAM †
May the light and promise of
shine in the lives
of the family and friends of
Rest eternal grant her Lord,
and let light perpetual shine upon her.
We also remember Christopher Crawford, son of Len and Shirley Crawford, who passed away
on September 25. May God comfort all who mourn.
Bina Holdredge will be visiting with her daughter for the fall. Her address follows:
Bina Holdredge c/o J. Palmer
148 Haverhill Rd.
East Kingston, NH 03827
Bina would love to hear news of the church and of her friends! Keep in touch!
Jennifer Shedlock has moved. Her new address is
573 Tioga Ave.
Kingston, PA 18704-5625
We have a new address for Jens Brandenstein:
563 Main Rd.
Hunlock Creek, PA 18621-3810
And we have a new address for Gina Kaiser:
196 E. Overbrook Rd.
Shavertown, PA 18708-1136
We wish them joy in their new surroundings!
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“I was not born to be free: I was born to adore and to obey.” -- C.S. Lewis
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FALL RUMMAGE SALE SCHEDULED
It’s hard to believe but Dorcas’ fall Rummage Sale is almost here and
it’s time to start cleaning out attics, closets, dresser drawers, and garages
as the ladies will be setting up for the sale soon. The sale is set for
Friday/Saturday, October 3/4. Friday’s hours will be from 8:00 am to
2:00 pm and then again from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Saturday’s hours are from
8:00 am to 12:00 pm (Bag Day all day).
We will be accepting good, clean useable clothes, household items, dishes, pots & pans, holiday
decorations, books, games, &c., and they may be brought to the church starting:
Tuesday Sept. 30 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Wednesday Oct. 1 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Thursday Oct. 2 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Please note: We will not accept encyclopedias, computer/printer equipment, cribs, child car
seats, or large appliances. Also for Saturday/Sunday drop off times, please use the back door
(by the garage) to bring items into the Social hall; the 2:00 pm drop-off time on Thursday is set
so that the ladies have time to price items and get them ready for display.
Homemade baked goods are needed for the bake sale and may be brought to the church on
Thursday, Friday, or Saturday (morning).
Our Fall rummage sale is fast approaching (October 3/4) and we are looking for donations of jewelry.
Please call Lois Gdovin (570-696-3254) if you have some items to donate.
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BIBLE STUDY LOCATION CHANGE
Wednesday Morning Bible Study meetings will take place at the Irem Apartments. Please contact
Annie Bisher at 570-674-1277 if you have any questions.
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ANNUAL CHOCOLATE CANDY FUNDRAISER
Our candy makers will be making chocolate covered Peanut Clusters, Raisin Clusters, and
Peanut Raisin Clusters for $7.00/lb. and Cashew Clusters for $8.00/lb. Order forms are
located on the table in the Narthex along with additional forms if you would like to take one
for friends, relatives or co-workers. We are curtailing production this year and it
will be important to place your order in advance. Order forms may be returned to
Carol Fett, Ruth Ide, Barbara Shafer or Helen Carey or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org by
Sunday, 5 October. Candy will be ready for pickup October 23-29. Volunteers (men & women)
are also needed to help make the candy Monday through Thursday starting October 20
(no experience necessary; on-the-job training provided). Please see the display poster in the
Narthex and sign up to help for one day, two days, or more!
We need everyone’s support to make this fundraiser a success as all proceeds benefit St. Paul’s
ministries. A sign-up sheet is on display in the Narthex for volunteers to help make the candy...
no experience necessary; on-the-job training provided!
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A Family Issue, A Community Concern
Presented by the Social Justice Committee of
St. Therese’s Church, Shavertown in conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month on
Wednesday, October 8 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm in Fr. Sammons Hall of St. Therese’s Church basement.
Suggested Admission Fee (items must be new):
Blankets, bath towels, wash cloths, diapers size 4 & 5, Pull-Ups, crib sheets, twin sheets,
pillows, alarm clock, umbrella, silverware, plastic cups, basic first aid supplies, women’s pajamas,
sweatshirt, underwear and socks, feminine products...
Did you know:
1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime;
27% of victims are men;
21 domestic violence fatalities in Luzerne County between 2011 and 2013.
Come to the program! Share what you learn! End the silence!
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COME TO THE ODDFELLOWS BREAKFAST
St. Paul’s will be the home of the breakfast served by the Oddfellows on Saturday,
October 11 from 7:30 to 10:30 am. Tickets are $7.00 at the door. Come hungry and
bring your friends!
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HARVEST HOME SERVICES
On Saturday/Sunday October 11/12 our Sanctuary and Narthex will be decorated for our
annual Harvest Home Services by members of the Art & Environment Committee. Our attention
will be focused on the bounty God provides us from the field and orchard, and the rich harvest of
that bounty for our health and well-being. A special “Harvest Home” envelope was included with
the September newsletter and by direction of the Social Ministry Committee monetary donations
will be directed to a local food bank (to be determined). Envelopes are also available on the table
in the Narthex. Donations of canned goods are encouraged for use in our display; these will be
shared with the Back Mountain Food Pantry and we ask that you place them in the shopping cart
which is located in the hallway between the Narthex and the Social Hall by Wednesday, October 8.
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ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY NEEDS YOU
Volunteers are needed to help with the Adopt-a-Highway clean up on Saturday, October 18 starting
at 6:30 am. Workers should stop at St. Paul’s to pick up supplies -- gloves, vests, bags, &c. -- before
heading out to clean up our portion of Route 118 from St. Paul’s to Cook’s Store in Lehman. There
is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex. Please be sure to include your phone number on the sign-up sheet
in case the cleanup is canceled due to inclement weather.
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LOOKING FOR OTHERS LIKE ME:
Bishop Zeiser’s Call to the “Social Media Challenged”
OK, I confess: adopting the use of social media intimidates me as much as discussing the theology
of the Trinity. I like it best when someone else is doing it and I can observe.
And yet, I know how important social media is for effective ministry today. That’s why I am going
to attend the October 11th event at which Meredith Gould will explore social media in the church,
even though I already feel like everyone else in attendance will be pointing at me and wondering
why I’m taking up space in the room.
I just don’t know this stuff very well, even though I’ve often called upon trusted staff to tutor me.
They now all run in the other direction, or quickly pick up their phones to pretend they are
busy with important calls, when they see me coming their way with my iPad.
I’m going to the Meredith Gould event because I need a totally objective teacher who hasn’t
seen the quizzical look on my face when someone uses the phrase “social media platform.” And I
need more people like me at the event.
Don’t stay away from the October 11th event if you feel “social media challenged”. We can sit at
the same table and support one another as Meredith Gould takes her best shot at bringing us into
the 21st Century when it comes to using social media in the church.
Register by visiting www.nepsynod.org.
October 11, 2014, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at Moyer Hall, Muhlenberg College.
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WHERE TO GO ON WEDNESDAY EVENING
Have you ever read a Bible text and your first response was, “What does that mean?” Or read a
passage and wondered what it had to do with your daily life? Those are the very topics of our
discussion at the weekly Wednesday evening Bible Study. And to make it even more pertinent,
we use the texts for the following week’s worship for our discussions. We meet at 7:00 pm each
Wednesday, and we invite you to join the discussion.
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TRUNK OR TREAT FOR HALLOWEEN
It’s Trunk or Treat time again at St. Paul’s! Please note the change of date: on Sunday, October 26
from 3:00 to 5:00 pm, the church parking lot will be transformed into a trick or treating “neighborhood”.
Bring your car, truck, trailer, &c., come up with a theme, decorate your vehicle, and get some treats
for trick or treating. Feel free to also bring food to share with everyone. Kids -- and adults -- should
come in costume prepared to trick or treat around the parking lot. There will be prizes for best
costumes and cars. Pizza and soda will be provided as we wrap up the festivities.
If it rains, we will move the whole party into the Social Hall.
If you have any questions or would like to help out in any way, please contact Trish and Keith
Brosious at 570-378-2016.
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CURIOUS ABOUT ADULT FORUM?
You are invited each Sunday at 9:45 am to be a part of our dynamic and thought-provoking
Adult Forum. Throughout this year, we will be discussing, from time to time, “Embracing an
Adult Faith”; we will explore why there are so many Christian denominations and if one is really
much different than another; an adult study “Reformation Roots” will bring to life the stories and
struggles that still impact us today. Also, Atty. Stephen Killian will present “You Can’t Take It
With You,” a discussion of the legal impact facing those who seek to divest assets upon entering a
nursing home along with other financial issues and what planning you should be doing now. Time
will be allowed to ask questions; watch the bulletin for more information. You are always welcome
to bring a topic for discussion. Hope to see you in our class!
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“Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness.” -- Mother Teresa
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HELP WANTED: WORSHIP ASSISTANTS
Our worship leaders are great! They are dedicated, conscientious people who love our
congregation and volunteer to serve by leading us in worship. BUT ... we need more volunteers.
Please consider sharing your gifts by volunteering to be an Assisting Minister, and Acolyte or
Crucifer. Training is offered and you will find that you will receive a great deal of pleasure in
any of these ministries. For information concerning Assisting Ministers, Acolytes or Crucifers,
Schukraft at email@example.com.
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ANNUAL ALL SAINT’S APPEAL
We are preparing a collection of photos for All Saints’ Weekend. As in past displays, we will
include photos of church members who have died this year, as well as photos of the newly
baptized members. These photos will be displayed in the Narthex. During the liturgy, names of
those who have died this year and been baptized this year will be remembered out loud in prayer.
We invite you to bring a photo of any loved one who has died to add to the display in the Narthex.
You can include loved ones who died many years ago, images of Saints from old, and historic
church leaders. Please bring a framed photo and include a label with the name of the departed.
While the prayers at church that weekend will include3 the names of the saints who have died this
year only, the Narthex display will include the faithfully departed of many years. Please bring your
framed photos to the church office by Wednesday, October 29th. Please take your photo home after
the services on November 2nd.
Remember a loved one who has died with a special gift contribution. An envelope has been
enclosed with this newsletter. We will include a list of all donors in our worship bulletins that
weekend. You can include your contribution in the offering plate at any worship service, drop it
in the Treasurer’s mailbox (by the choir room), or mail it to St. Paul’s, Att’n: Carol Fett,
PO Box 802, Dallas, PA 18612, by Wednesday, October 29.
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“GOD’S WORK. OUR HANDS” SUNDAY
DAY OF SERVICE
UPDATE & REFLECTIONS
Thanks to many members of our congregation and
St. Luke Reformation, Noxen, who took part in God’s Work Our Hands projects. The ELCA
presented GWOH as a Day of Community Service, but we extended our service to a 2-3 day
project plus additional days for the collection of socks and diapers.
First, several families and other members of our congregation met to bake cookies on Saturday,
September 6. On Sunday, two families delivered 10 trays of cookies to Meadows Nursing Center,
Shavertown Volunteer Fire Co., Mercy Center, Dallas Twp. Police, Dallas Twp. Fire Dept.,
Kingston Twp. Police and Fire Dept. and Meadows Manor.
That same Sunday afternoon, several people rallied together to clean branches and debris from
Rice Cemetery in Dallas. We even planted some chrysanthemums in front of the Rice Cemetery
sign on Huntsville Road.
In the meantime, a group of men was helping a neighbor pull down rotted fascia board on his
house, replace it with new board and reattach the gutters. As an aside, some of the cemetery
clean-up crew went over to the house after they were finished their job to lend an additional hand.
The final work was completed on Monday.
Throughout the prior month, we requested diapers and socks. We delivered 28 packages (1,179)
diapers to the Women’s Resource Center of Susquehanna County in Montrose. (This is a
cooperative effort between the congregations of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Mission District
and The Women’s Resource Center of Susquehanna County.)
Last but not least, we gave 114 pairs of socks to our Head Start children meeting here at our
Again, a warm and heartfelt thank you to all of you who contributed in any way to our
response to God’s Work Our Hands Sunday.
-- From Alice Baer
As I was wearing my yellow shirt on Sunday while buying lunch at our neighboring Subway,
the woman behind the counter was impressed with what we were doing and offered me lots of
encouragement. Our house repair project required buying some wooden boards from our local
sawmill. After the sawmill owner found out what we were doing, he charged me very little to
cut and plane to size 80 linear feet of boards and threw in for free some 2" x 6" boards required
for bracing. I needed some sheet metal to be brake-formed for a drip edge [for house gutters].
Craig Allen, our church neighbor, did this work at his sheet metal shop for free. It was truly a
vastly rewarding experience and I appreciated all of the “hands on” talent that we have in our church.
-- From Joe Hardisky
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FOOD PANTRY UPDATE
The Back Mountain Food Pantry is in need of the following types of items:
cereal of all kinds, canned fruit, canned potatoes, canned tomatoes, and spaghetti sauce (glass jars okay).
These items represent an ongoing need at the pantry. Please remember to check the “use by” dates.
You may place your donation in the shopping cart in the hallway just outside of the Social Hall.
Any donations made before October 10 will become part of St. Paul’s Harvest Home display!
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HEALTH MINISTRY UPDATE
First and foremost thank you for your thoughts and prayers this summer. I’m finally feeling human
again with the meds acting like they’re supposed to in this body.
That leads me to a question brought up a while ago about how grapefruit interacts with some
medications, like some of the statins. You may have seen that little sticker on your medicine
bottle about not using grapefruit juice but WHY? is the question. The Federal Drug Administration
(FDA) gives a clear answer for those statins and for other prescription and a few nonprescription drugs.
Sometimes it affects enzymes and sometimes the transporters during digestion. Please go to
www.fda.gov and type in Grapefruit Juice and Medicine May Not Mix to get all the details on when
there can be a big buildup of the medicine to possibly cause an overdose and sometimes decreasing
the medicine to become ineffective. I did copy the pdf article and put it on our revolving
circular library. You will also find near the bottom of the article under For More Information a link
to a large important article related to many medical conditions titled Avoid Food-Drug Interactions.
(Retrieved online 9/19/14 from the FDA website.)
In Love and Service,
Gail Ide, BSN RN
Your Parish Nurse Coordinator
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Studies show that most Americans don’t get adequate sleep. Whether an overcrowded schedule
or insomnia is to blame, the short- and long-term effects are alarming. It’s tough to maintain a
healthy mind and body when you’re sleep-deprived.
Likewise, we require sufficient, regular quiet time with God to stay spiritually healthy. Even
Jesus needed time alone with God. Luke 5:16 says Jesus withdrew to deserted places to pray.
Think how much more we need to listen for God’s voice and learn from his Word!
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A PLEA FOR HELP
CAMP NOAH UPDATE
This summer just past, Marty Everhart volunteered at two separate sessions of Camp Noah, a
camp specially designed for children of disaster-stricken areas. He worked in Toms River, NJ
and Fort Plain, NY. Out of these camps came a plea for help from the Fort Plain group.
It seems that they were unable to qualify for Disaster Relief so they received no government
help to rebuild their homes.
When asked what they needed, “dry wall” was one of their major needs. Seeing that that would
be difficult to arrange they asked for Home Depot Gift Cards. These can be handed out to those
who need it the most.
We ask our congregation to join with others in the Mission District and please donate Home
Depot Gift Cards to help these people in upstate New York.
Please contact Marty Everhart if you would like more information. You may call him at
570-675-2843 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Send your gifts to him at 54 Davenport St.
Dallas, PA 18612 or call him and he will pick them up and send them along to Fort Plain.
“While we were doing Camp Noah there they were getting flooded. Sirens were blasting all day
and night for two days. Please open up your hearts and purchase a Gift Card to help these people.
God’s Work, Our Hands.”
In God’s Service,
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If ever I reach heaven I expect to find three wonders there: first, to meet some I had not thought
to see there; second, to miss some I had expected to see there: and third – the greatest wonder of
all – to find myself there.
-- John Newton
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ELCA GOOD GIFTS
[Ed. Note: This is the fourth in a series of articles to spread the good word about what Good Gifts
Last year $3.9 million, in the form of the more than 15,000 gifts, was raised to support the mission
and ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) through ELCA Good Gifts.
Your generous gifts are already changing lives. Here’s a glimpse of what your gifts helped make
possible last year.
In the remote mountains of the southeastern Sichuan province of China, subsistence farming is a
way of life. In some villages, farmers have no choice but to rely solely on rainwater to grow their
crops. And when the rain doesn’t fall, drought can cause the entire community to go hungry.
Your gifts to ELCA World Hunger helped the local church put together a plan to help the government
and residents take action. Today, an irrigation canal, piped directly to fields and homes, makes a
world of difference. In addition to providing clean, safe water to drink, this means that there is always
enough water to grow food and make a living -- no matter the weather.
Our partner in this work, the Luzhou Christian Social Services Center, reports that the overall
water supply issue in this region should be completely solved by the end of 2014. Thanks be to God!
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I used to think that God’s gifts were on shelves one above the other and that the taller we grew in
Christian character, the more easily we should reach them. I find now that God’s gifts are on shelves
one beneath the other and that it is not a question of growing taller but of stooping lower, and that
we have to go down, always down, to get his best gifts.
-- F.B. Meyer
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ROAST BEEF DINNER AHEAD
The final Roast Beef Dinner of 2014 is scheduled for Saturday, 1 November in the Social Hall. Tickets
will be available at the door the night of the dinner: Adults eat for $10.00 and $5.00 for children under 12.
Take-outs will begin at 3:30 pm and dinner will be served starting at 4:00 pm. Our dinners are well-known
throughout the Back Mountain community and many helpers are needed to make them successful. Please
watch for and use the sign-up sheet posted in the Narthex to signify that you are willing to help...whether
it is to provide a dessert or work for an hour, two hours, or all evening long!
Dinners for 2015 will be on April 11, May 16, September 19 and November 7.
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AGAPE* RETURNING TO ST. PAUL’S
AGAPE* will be live in concert at St. Paul’s on Friday, November 7! David Scherer, who uses
the stage name Agape, the Greek word for love, is a nationally known Lutheran theologian,
proclaimer, and hip-hop rapper. He is very popular with youth but proclaims the gospel in its
purity and with a twist of familiarity, poetry, dance, and enthusiasm. AGAPE* has been to St. Paul’s
before, and will appear at the ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit next summer. Set the date now and
be prepared to be inspired.
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A minister parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short of time and
couldn’t find a space with a meter. So he put a note under the windshield wiper that read: “I have
circled the block 100 times. If I don’t park here, I’ll miss my appointment. FORGIVE US OUR
this block for 10 years. If I don’t give you a ticket, I’ll lose my job. LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION.”
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IMPORTANT LECTURE AT MISERICORDIA
On Tuesday, October 21 at 7:00 pm, a presentation will be hosted by the Department of
Religious Studies at Misericordia University entitled “Syria: How the Civil War and Extremists
Have Affected the Christian Community” by Raymond Khoudary, M.D., who was born and
raised in Aleppo, Syria. This presentation is free and open to the public.
“It’s so sad you cannot describe it in one simple word
or statement how you feel about the destruction of the country,” said Dr. Khoudary, who has
two brothers and a sister-in-law still living in Aleppo. “They’ve destroyed the infrastructure;
they are kidnapping, beheading and crucifying people -- particularly Christians because of their
beliefs. It is so sad for everyone in the country to go through this. Innocent people are in
between the government and ISIS,” he added.
“This is the story of many families. They lost their homes, their land, and their resources.”
For more information about the presentation, please contact Christopher Carr, Ph.D., assistant
professor of religious studies at Misericordia University, at 570-674-6739 or at email@example.com.
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In 1804, William, a 21-year-old from a poor family, decided to go to New York City to find a job.
He told a neighbor his plans, saying he knew how to make soap and might work in a soap factory.
The neighbor said, “Just remember to be a good man, give your heart to Christ and pay the Lord
all that belongs to him. Give a dime of every dollar you make, make an honest soap and you will be
a happy and wealthy man.”
Sure enough, William found a job making soap. Later, he became part owner and then sole owner
of the business. His product line – and giving – expanded greatly. He gave many millions of dollars
to the Lord’s work throughout the world, far more than 10 percent of his wealth.
William Colgate died in 1857 at age 74, but his legacy and company, Colgate-Palmolive, still thrive.
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IN THE MAILBAG
Dear Friends at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church,
Thank you so much for your caring and love for Hugh and me these last few difficult
months of his life.
God has truly blessed us to be a part of this congregation.
Today he is at peace with the Lord and I am at peace here on earth.
Again, many thanks to you.
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I truly appreciate everything you do for Vic & me. He loves all the goodies you send
him. The yellow rose was so beautiful. Thank you all for your kindness.
Love & Friendship,
Marge & Vic McCarty
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“Mr. Goldblatt,” announced little Joey, “there’s somethin' I can't figger out.”
“What’s that, Joey?” asked Goldblatt.
“Well, accordin’ to the Bible, the Children of Israel crossed the Red Sea, right?”
“An’ the Children of Israel beat up the Phillistines, right?”
“An’ the Children of Israel built the Temple, right?”
“Again, you’re right.”
“An’ the Children of Israel fought the ‘gyptians, an’ the Children of Israel fought the
Romans, an’ the Children of Israel wuz always doin’ somethin’ important, right?”
“All that is right, too,” agreed Goldblatt. “So what’s your question?”
“What I wanna know is this,” demanded Joey. “What wuz all the grown-ups doin’?”
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