The next issue of the GOOD NEWS will be the April 2014 issue.
The deadline for all submissions will be Noon, Sunday, March 16th.
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 Shut-In Members: Bernie Hill, Margrit Hislop, Bruni Bayer.
Pray for those suffering illness:
Members: Kristy Bellezza, Karen Cheskiewitz, Kate Confer, Marge Fritzinger, Dick Glass,
Catherine Grieshaber, Dottie Henry, Hank Henry, Nancy Hitchings, Nancy Johnson, Andy Kaskus,
Barbara Kessler, Chuck Koup, Hugh Lamberton, Judy Loeffler, Ray Mancke, Olivia Marquart,
Jan Martinchak, Vic McCarty, Dorothy Peiffer, John Reishus, Dianna Smith, Betty Weaver.
Family & Friends: Bob Askew, Veronica Bashaw, Sylvia Bator, Larry Berdis, Arlene Biesecker,
Amy Bush, Nicole Cadwalader, Martha Cease, Alicen Cheshire, Al Cheskiewitz, Sr., Chris Crawford,
Beth Cunius, Gladys Debesis, Nancy & Bob Decker, Susan Diedrickson, Lamar Fields, Joe Galardi,
Jim Grady, Emma Horensky, Audrey Jenkins, Marvin Keck, Mildred Kelly, Dan Kopen, Mary Lewis,
Loughnane Family, Alicia Mack, Marilyn & Carl Matthews, Margaret McGiffin, Clarence Michael,
Elaine Oetjen, Peter Perella, Emil Pinto, Jimmy Reino, Walter Roberts, Rodney Samson, Betty Schultz,
Fred Shafer, Niki Cheskiewitz Shotwell, Eleanor Skorski, Bob Smalls, Susan Stric, George Strish,
Rev. Peter Jark-Swain, Jack & Nancy Topolewski, Linda Van Gorder, Joe Vereb, Nicole Vogrin,
Paul Walters, Matt Williams, Edith Yohn, Bobby Zeigler.
Pray for military personnel: Brian Bayer, Katie Dale, Brian Rigez, Paul 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: $ 4,745.00
Loan Obligation Balance: $407,966.32
Monthly Loan Payment: $ 2,929.88
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Treasurer’s Notes: W2s and 1099s were prepared and distributed. Final reconciliation
forms were also submitted. Waiting for W-4 updates from staff. Shepherd Staff
finance program was closed for 2013 and program was upgraded; new budget figures
for 2014 were entered.
Evangelism: Photo directory has been sent out for proofing; it is expected back any day.
Much discussion of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program, which will hold its
first meeting on Wednesday, March 12th, and the 2nd Wednesday of each month thereafter.
The poster has been designed and will be distributed. Discussion of decline in church
attendance. Began discussion of possible Senior Fair during better weather.
Social Ministry: Meeting cancelled due to bad weather.
Christian Education: Youth Sunday will be March 16th. Senior Youth will meet on March 2nd
with parents to plan for spring. Alaina Schukraft will chair Vacation Bible School, set for July 20-24.
Worship & Music: Single Sunday service will begin on June 15. Eucharistic Ministry teams are
to meet following 11:00 service one Sunday in near future. Candle wax on the pew cushions
was discussed. Decreasing the number of bulletins printed due to lower attendance. Discussed
cleaning of the baptismal font. Lenten services will be combined with St. Luke Reformation, Noxen,
with Luther’s Small Catechism as the theme for the services. Will sponsor the first Lenten meal
(March 12). Andy Kaskus has resigned at an 8:30 usher, and was thanked for his faithful service.
We are still looking for a crucifer coordinator.
Fellowship: Served refreshments for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Mission District pastors on
Tuesday, January 14th. Covered dish for January 26th annual congregational meeting went well,
with approximately 72 members present for the meal; thank you to all who contributed. Discussion
of Lenten meals, Confirmation reception, and congregational picnic.
Old Business: Pastor’s new microphone seems to be functioning well; a second (backup) microphone
will be ordered.
New Business: Review of congregational meeting; discussion of Mission District (May 3) and Synod
(May 30-31) Assemblies.
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FROM THE PASTOR
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
“Lent” comes from Germanic roots for Spring. It strikes me that since
this has been a particularly long, hard, cold, snowy winter, many of us are
quite eager for spring. But Lent? The prophet Joel sounds the call that
rings throughout Lent: Repent. What strikes me is that repentance is
usually something we feel we have to drag ourselves into doing in order
to win God’s favor, and get it right by giving up all those nasty habits and
apathetic omissions; that’s such a drag! But repentance is really orienting
ourselves to see, know, and do God’s perspective, and living in alignment with God’s way is
something we could and should be as eager about as spring.
Instead of reviewing bad habits or good habits that are neglected and working on t
hem for themselves, try changing your perspective and ask yourself how you can
get closer to God, align yourself to God’s way, and live according to God’s reign,
and make your Lenten repentance a reflection of your response. You may well
decide that giving up bad habits or re-adopting neglected activities is one way to do that. But God
and not our own failures will be the motivation for our repentance so you can approach it with
eagerness rather than dread. May you have a blessed and joyous Lent in communion with God
and God’s ways.
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Opportunities for coming closer to God and the community of God’s people
abound again this Lent with Monday Soup and Scripture gatherings with our
community of churches to our west, and Wednesday Midweek gatherings with
our sister congregation, St. Luke Reformation, Noxen. Mondays we gather at
6:00 pm for a light soup supper followed at 6:45 by a presentation by the host pastor on one of
the texts for the upcoming Sunday worship. St. Paul’s will host the gathering March 31.
Wednesday Midweek gatherings with St. Luke Reformation, Noxen, begin at 6:00 pm with a
light supper provided by groups and committees from our congregations, followed by a service
at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary titled, A Lenten Decalogue Service, which features a different portion
of Luther’s Small Catechism each week. All of those Wednesday midweek services will be at
In addition to Wednesday midweek gatherings with
St. Luke Reformation, we will celebrate Ash Wednesday, Holy Week (Maundy Thursday,
Good Friday and Saturday’s Easter Vigil), and Easter Sunrise together. Each service except
the Easter Sunrise begins at 7:00 pm and all but Good Friday will be at St. Paul’s. We will
gather at St. Luke Reformation in Noxen for our Good Friday service.
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SOUP AND SCRIPTURE
Monday Soup and Scripture gatherings will be held at different neighboring congregations
west of St. Paul’s. The gathering begins at 6:00 pm with a light soup supper, and continues with a
presentation by the host pastor on one of the readings for the upcoming Sunday worship. The host
March 10 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic
Church, Lake Silkworth, Fr. Richard Fox
March 17 Lehman-Idetown United Methodist
Church, Pr. Bob Ryder
March 24 Maple Grove United Methodist
Church, Pr. Barbara Pease
March 31 St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Pr. Charles
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CUB SCOUTS NEWS
Pastor Grube had the privilege of attending Cub Scout Pack 241 Blue and Gold
Banquet this year. The scouts meet at St. Paul’s each Sunday evening through the
school year. A slideshow of many of the boys’ activities, projects, and events
was a real highlight of the dinner, and proof that the scouts are a wonderful
investment in the use of our building and the many ways we can contribute to their success
and support them. Pastor Grube watched as the three boys he had met with for the God and
Family program were acknowledged, and many other boys received honors for other
accomplishments in the scout program, too. St. Paul’s was acknowledged and thanked
for providing space for their meetings and received a huge card signed by many of the scouts
and their leaders. The card is posted on the board in the Narthex. The grand finale of the dinner,
however, was the bridging over of the Webelos II scouts from cub scouts to boy scouts. Our own
Justin Doran and Walker Kmetz were two of the four boys to accomplish this, and we congratulate them!
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The January/February issue of L Magazine includes three main articles and
additional Department articles all focusing on Alzheimer’s disease. From
Spirituality to Humor, A Caregiver’s Guide to Creating Moments of Joy, the
issue looks at the disease and caring for those who suffer it from a variety of
perspectives. A copy is available in the Narthex on the literature rack.
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“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between
lightning and a lightning bug.” -- Mark Twain
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“A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.”
-- Theodore Roosevelt
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The March 2014 edition of ELCA Global Links reports that more than 1,000 members
and leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hong Kong kicked off the church’s
year-long celebration of its first 25 years with a walkathon and worship service in January.
Meanwhile, in Africa, ELCA missionaries Michael Fonner and Leslie Weed-Fonner
visited three rural congregations in Kenya, and reported, “All three are building their
own new churches under their own leadership, using their own expertise and labor, and raising their
own funds. How exciting this is!” More than 240 ELCA missionaries serve in more than 40 countries
around the world. Some are doctors in rural areas. Others teach children where there are few
opportunities to go to school or work in seminaries that prepare pastors and future church leaders.
Thank you for your support of ELCA Global Missions by your direct contributions, by our congregation’s
support of Krystle Moraska-Madrussan & her husband, Ignacio, in Argentina, and by your purchase of
ELCA Good Gifts.
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WORKSHOP ON SCRIPTURE
The Northeastern PA Synod Worship Team will present a workshop,
Scripture Shapes the Assembly, Sunday, March 30 at the Lutheran Center off
Schoenersville Road, Allentown. The presentation begins at 3:00 pm, a light
supper is included in the registration fee, and the event closes with a service of Holy Communion
at 6:00 pm. Registration online before March 16 is $20, and is available at:
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The March wind roars like a lion in the sky,
And makes us shiver as he passes by.
When winds are soft, and the days are warm and clear,
Just like a gentle lamb, then spring is here.
-- Author Unknown
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VOTING MEMBERS NEEDED
St. Paul’s is in need of two voting members, one male and one female, for the annual Mission
District Assembly and Synod Assembly. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Mission District Assembly is
Saturday, May 4 at St. John Lutheran Church, Sayre. The planning committee is arranging for bus
transportation to Sayre for this event. The Northeastern PA Synod Assembly is May 30-31 at Split Rock
Resort, Lake Harmony, and features the election of synod bishop with a first ballot shortly after the
opening Friday morning at 9:00 am. Voting members of the congregation attend both assemblies.
If you would like to participate in the action and business of the larger church through this voting
member role or have questions about it, please contact Pastor, the church office, or a member of
the congregation council.
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Please use the order form and payment envelope included with this newsletter to
place your order for Easter lilies that will be used to decorate the church on Easter
Sunday. Please note that the deadline to place your order is Sunday, March 23rd.
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PENNY WAR IS COMING
We hope you have been saving your pennies!
The annual Lenten “Penny War” will begin on Ash Wednesday, March 5th
and will conclude on Easter Sunday. This is a friendly competition among area
churches and proceeds will be given to the Commission on Economic Opportunity to help fight hunger
in the Wyoming Valley. Watch for the “penny container” which will be on the table between the
Narthex and Social Hall.
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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 them Lord,
and let light perpetual shine upon them.
Updates to the 2014 Church Directory:
2601 E. Evesham Rd.
Voorhees, NJ 08043-9509
This number rings directly to Nancy. She’ll be at this address for a while, until she’s
improved enough to move to Arizona.
23 Marina Drive
Harveys Lake, PA 18618-9769
Her telephone number remains the same.
OTHER CHANGES AND NEWS
St. Paul’s thanks Andy Kaskus for his years of service as usher. With a
smile and helping hand Andy has helped visitors and members at our worship
services. He always greeted everyone and made them feel welcome. Although
he is no longer ushering, Andy will be attending services. Again, thanks Andy for a job well done!
Congratulations to Jenna Morgan. Jenna has been hired by Bear Creek Camp to
be a counselor this summer. She will be there June 9th to August 16th. St. Paul’s
connections to Bear Creek Camp keep growing stronger. God bless you -- we are
all proud of you, Jenna!
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The February meeting was called to order with 20 members present.
Hostesses were Lois Gdovin, Marge Fritzinger, Susan Siperko and Dianna
Smith; Lois led devotions on a Valentine’s Day theme.
The secretary’s report was read and approved, as was the treasurer’s report.
The telephone squad was thanked for notifying members about change in
meeting location and also for their hard work during the Valentine Breakfast.
There was no “old business”.
1. 17 pew cushions have wax stains from candles used over the years on Christmas Eve. Dorcas
approved sending the cushions to Steven’s Town & Country Cleaners to be treated @ $5.00 per
2. It was agreed to purchase six stackable wire/plastic coat hanger storage units to be used for
the rummage sales. A Dorcas member graciously donated the funds to purchase them.
3. Due to excessive wear and tear, the Altar Missal Stand is in need of re-plating. Motion made
and passed to approve the expense of having the stand re-plated.
4. Dorcas ladies agreed to organize the Bake Sale Tent for the Car Show on Saturday, July 26th.
5. Motion made and passed to hold all future Dorcas meetings in the Social Hall.
6. Dorcas will host a Lenten Meal on March 26th.
The next meeting will be held on March 11th at 1:00 pm; hostesses will be Hope Beisel,
Jean Wilson and Marge Johnson. All ladies of the church are welcome to attend.
Carol Fett, Secretary
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HEALTH MINISTRY UPDATE
THINK SPRING! THINK SPRING!! THINK SPRING!!! I know it’s coming
eventually. I was going to have some pieces of dark chocolate in anticipation but
then I read this (go to www.mayoclinic.org and type the following into the “Search
Mayo Clinic” box at the top of the page) -- Chocolate: Does it impair calcium
absorption? Okay, only one piece for the whole day...
Since we’re still going to have cold days I am going to try, or at least have my
husband try, one of Mary Ehret’s Super Soups. Google The Sunday Dispatch
(from Pittston), click on Opinion, then click on Tips for Super Soups. As our own
Mary is the nutrition expert from Penn State Extension, I defer to her in anything
concerning food for our health. Enjoy. This will also help pass the time as we await the flowers.
In Love and Service,
Gail Ide, BSN RN
Your Parish Nurse Coordinator
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FOOD PANTRY UPDATE
The Pantry is in need of the following types of items: cereal of all types,
oatmeal, canned fruits, pancake mix and syrup, tuna, crackers, snacks,
fruit juice, puddings of all types, box potatoes. 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.
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TIME CHANGE COMING
Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 am on Sunday, 9 March 2014, so
remember to set your clocks ahead one hour.
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“Faith is to the soul what life is to the body. Prayer is to faith what breath is to the body.
How a person can live and not breathe is past my comprehension, and how a person can
believe and not pray is past my comprehension, too.”
-- J.C. Ryle
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A NEW SUPPORT GROUP TO BEGIN
St. Paul’s will be sponsoring a Support Group for Grandparents
Raising Grandchildren. The group will meet on the second Wednesday
of each month at St. Paul’s, beginning on March 12, 2014. Meeting time
will be from 6:00 - 7:30 pm with childcare being provided as needed.
Please call St. Paul’s at 570-675-3859 for further information and to
register. It is important to register so proper arrangements can be made for childcare.
The group is one of four in Luzerne County to address the unique needs of grandparents who are
raising their grandchildren. According to the AARP, there are 81,000 children living with their
grandparents in Pennsylvania.
The support group will provide an opportunity for grandparents to gather and discuss common
issues and concerns ranging from legal custody to educational concerns to general child rearing issues.
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Brotherhood Roast Beef Dinner:
Saturday, April 5th
Dorcas Rummage/Bake Sale:
Friday and Saturday
May 2nd and 3rd
Watch for more details in the April “Good News”!
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MARCH BLOOD DRIVES
The Wyoming Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross announces the
following Back Mountain blood drive location for the month of March:
Dallas American Legion (Memorial Highway)
Thursday, March 20th *
from 1:00 to 6:00 pm
* = DRC (Double Red Cell) Donation available
The Red Cross strongly suggests that appointments be made by calling 1-800-REDCROSS
(1-800-733-2767) due to possible changes in donation site locations and times.
What a gift to those in need! If you are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission)
and in good health, you can help to save up to three lives by donating blood. People in your
neighborhood, church, and community are in need -- people with cancer, or receiving other
therapies, or who have had an unfortunate accident. Your prayerful consideration is requested!
Please contact the Red Cross at 570-823-7161 or 1-800-REDCROSS for more information.
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We are again offering a great selection of beautiful bedding plants, hanging plants
and potted plants all very reasonably priced and grown locally at Sirak’s Greenhouses
in Muhlenberg. The proceeds from this Eighth Annual Fundraiser benefit the ministries
of St. Paul’s.
Order forms will be available in the Narthex starting March 6th; deadline to place orders will be
Sunday, April 20th. Orders will be ready for pickup on Friday/Saturday May 9th & 10th (just in time
for Mother’s Day) right here at St. Paul’s. If you would like an order form mailed to you or if you
have any questions, please contact Carol Fett at 570-675-3144 or Ruth Ide at 570-639-5166.
Please help us make this a great fundraiser for the ministries of St. Paul’s...tell your friends and
relatives, or better yet, give them an order form!
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BROTHERHOOD MEETING - The quarterly meeting will be held on Tuesday,
March 11th at 7:00 pm. All men of the church are invited and encouraged to attend.
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WOMEN’S RETREAT PLANNED
A one day women’s retreat, “Marys and Marthas Welcome Here”, will be
held on Saturday, March 29th, at The Lutheran Home at Topton from
9:30 am to 8:00 pm. Registration deadline is Friday, March 14, 2014.
Please see the flyer on the table in the Narthex for more information.
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ATTENTION MARRIED COUPLES:
Time is running out for you to sign up for your spring Lutheran Marriage Encounter
Weekend! Now that spring us just around the corner, it’s time to give your marriage
a fresh start; shake off those winter blahs, and pump some new love and romance
into your relationship.
The 2014 Pennsylvania Weekends are:
March 28-30 at Park Inn Radisson, West Middlesex (north of Pittsburgh)
April 25-27 at Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College
September 12-14 at Spruce Lake Retreat Center, Canadensis (north of Allentown)
September 26-28 at Olmsted Retreat Center, Ludlow (north of DuBois in the Allegheny
Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekends run from Friday night at 8:00 pm to Sunday at 4:00 pm.
There is a $45 per couple registration fee, plus toward the end of the weekend, you will be given
an opportunity to make a confidential contribution toward continuation of the program. Two
nights’ lodging, five meals for each of you, and all supplies are included. Register today! Simply
go to the website: www.GodLovesMarriage.org and register using your credit card or marking
the option to mail in a check. For questions, or if you would like a brochure with registration
form mailed to you, contact Pennsylvania Directors of Lutheran Marriage Encounter, Fred &
Julie Schamber, at 724-325-3166 or email email@example.com.
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PREVENTIVE HEALTH EVENT PLANNED
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church is pleased to offer a preventive health event. Life Line
Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will
host their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings on Tuesday, April
22nd. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related
to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms
which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is
a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is
closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used
to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4
vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount).
All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. In order to register for this event
and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call
1-888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners.
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DAILY LENTEN READINGS
Be sure to follow the daily Lenten readings listed in the Sunday bulletin, Facebook, and
the St. Paul’s website (www.stpaulselca.com - click on “events”) each week for your
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Some people today reject the idea of belonging to a church by saying, “I’m spiritual but not
part of any organized religion.”
It may be cute to respond by saying, “Well, you’d like our church. We’re the most
disorganized group of people you could imagine.” But what a putdown to the body of Christ.
Instead, try saying this: “I really enjoy our church. We have something for everyone.
I’ve learned so much and get a lift for living every week.” Briefly point out what has been
most helpful and meaningful to you. Then offer to take the person to worship with you as your guest.
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IN THE MAILBAG!
Please extend to the cookie bakers of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church our
grateful appreciation in the 2013 Exam Week Cookie Break at the Penn State
Wilkes-Barre Campus. The abundant and delicious cookies were quickly
devoured by hundreds of hungry, stressed students!
We are grateful for the continuing support of special friends like you!
Rev. Cheryl Cavalari
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To the Sunday School Class,
You really brightened my day! Thank you -- I loved the Valentines.
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Thank you for all those pretty Valentines that you sent to me this week. I put
them on my refrigerator to remind me of your loving thoughts.
Each one of you is precious, and God loves you for your thoughtfulness.
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“Reach up as far as you can, and God will reach down all the rest of the way.”
-- John Vincent
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[From a phone conversation -- Ed.]
To the children of St. Paul’s --
Thank you for the valentines! We appreciate the things you send.
Charles and Anna Glasser
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To my friends and members of St. Paul’s --
Many thanks for your prayers and best wishes regarding my recent surgery. I am pleased to
learn all went well.
It is a pleasure to be associated with the great congregation which we have.
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“Lent is 40 days till Easter, not counting Sundays. Lent is actually six and a half weeks of
very violet repentance and very purple passion.”
-- Wayne Saffen
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Seven-year-old Kathy tried to quiet her younger brother during a church service. “Hush...hush,”
she warned him. “You’re not supposed to talk out loud in church.”
“Why?” asked the brother. “Who’s going to stop me?”
Kathy pointed to the rear of the sanctuary. “See those men standing back there? Well, those
are the hushers!”
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In Dr. Burns’ Prescription for Happiness, comedian-actor George Buns wrote that after he played “God” in
a movie, he received a letter simply addressed to “God -- Beverly Hills, CA.” It was from a 6-year-old
boy who asked “God” to keep it from raining on the day of his baseball team’s championship game. The
boy ended by saying, “Don’t forget; it’s this Sunday.”
Burns said he guessed it didn’t rain that day because he later received another letter from the boy that
read, “Thanks, but we lost.”
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