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                                                                                            FEBRUARY 2010/

  St. Paul’s Epistle
                                                                                            MARCH 2010/
                                                                                            APRIL 2010

                                                                                              I N S I D E T HI S IS S UE :

                                                                                             Treasurer Report                2

                                                                                             Congregational Mtg.             2

                                                                                             General Info.                   3
     With the Lenten season approaching,        come the righteousness of God.” 2 Corin-
  let’s reflect on a passage from the 4th       thians 5:17-21                               Upcoming Events                 4
  Sunday in Lent. The word “Lent” origi-
  nally meant “spring” and we Christians           The above passage simply bursts with      Prayer List                     5
  understand it as a time to reflect on the     the promise of spring. “There is a new
  new life of our own Baptism and its basis     creation: everything old has passed          Thank You                       6
  in the death and resurrection of Jesus.       away; see, everything has become new!”
  Lent is a time for spiritual renewal in       And it continues by making it clear that     Calendar                        7
  preparation for the celebration of Easter.    this new creation comes because of what
  In our Lenten scripture readings we find      Christ has done (through the Cross) so       Acolyte/Lector/Greeter          8
  a constant connection between the Cross       that reconciliation with God is possible.
  and our own discipleship.
                                                   But then the connection is made be-
     “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a     tween the Cross and our discipleship:
  new creation: everything old has passed       “God…has given us the ministry of rec-
  away: see, everything has become new!         onciliation.” “We are ambassadors for       Council Members &
  All this is from God, who reconciled us       Christ.” Now that’s the connection we       officers are:
  to himself through Christ, and has given      should keep in mind always. We are en-       Elna Stratton
  us the ministry of reconciliation; that is,   trusted to be reconcilers in the world.     Pastor
  in Christ God was reconciling the world       Our reconciling God is not counting our      Scott Brown (2012)
  to himself, not counting their trespasses     trespasses; how are we doing along          President
  against them, and entrusting the message      those lines as his Ambassadors?
  of reconciliation to us. So we are ambas-                                                  Charles Denis (2011) ( S)
                                                                                            Vice President
                                                               Pastor Elna
  sadors for Christ, since God is making
  his appeal through us; we entreat you on                                                   Aveline Stees (2010)
  behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.                                                   Secretary
  For our sake he made him to be sin who                                                     *Jane Reppert (2010)
  knew no sin, so that in him we might be-                                                  Treasurer
                                                                                             Calvin Rausch (2011)
                                                                                            Financial Secretary
   Chairpersons for various committees
                                                                                            Joe Parker (2010) (S)
Richard Adams…………….….Property                   Stephanie Smith…….Church Secretary          *Richard Adams (2011)
Harold Reppert………….……Outreach                   Eloise Tucker…………Music Director/            Howard Speck (2012) (S)
Calvin Rausch…….…Music & Worship                                          Organist          Chad Stoever (2012)
Jane Reppert…………..….…Fellowship                 Elna Stratton……………………..Pastor
                                                                                            *Indicates second term
Charles Denis………250th Anniversary                                                           members (Year indicates end
                                                                                            of the council member’s three
Jennifer Denis……….....Rejuvenation                                                          year term.)
                                                                                            (S) Indicates Shared Ministry
Lester Bowers...Education & Resources                                                       Members from our church
                    (Sunday School)
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   Treasurer’s Report
   October 2009                                             December 2009
    General Income                  $ 6689.64                 General Income                 $9382.68
    General Expenses                -10087.59                 General Expenses               -8298.40
        Loss for October             -3397.95                       Gain for December         1084.28

   November 2009                                            Total Loss for Year 2009         $-10798.32
     General Income                 $10854.57               Money used from Thrivent              665.01
     General Expenses               - 8392.67               Deficit reduction donations          4645.15
       Loss for November             -2461.90
                                                            End of Year 2009 Deficit            -5488.16

                                                             CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
    Dates for 2010 Meetings
        2/7, 5/2, 8/1, & 11/7
                                                           This newsletter will serve as official notice
    Scheduled to make chow chow
    9/20-9/22.                                  that our annual congregational meeting will be held
    Prepared, served & sold lunch               on Sunday, February 21, 2010. There will be a light
    for Annual Bazaar.                           lunch at 11:30am followed by the meeting. On the
    Made 212 quarts and 276 pints            agenda will be the 2010 budget, which was not passed
    of chow chow.
                                                at the November meeting, and 2009 end of year
    Prepared food tray for Ham-
    burg Ministerium Meeting                 reports. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend
    at Bridge Church 11/22/09.                            this critical meeting of St. Paul’s.
    Donated $2,000 to Church
    treasury 12/6/09.

This is early information, but please mark your calendar if you are interested in going along to the Dutch Ap-
ple Dinner Theatre in 2010 with fellow church members.
       The date of Sunday, October 17, 2010, has been reserved at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre to see
―Church Basement Ladies‖. The buffet is at 11:45 a.m. and the show at 1:15 p.m. The cost is $45.00 for adults.
Children, 18 years of age and younger, are cheaper. We will car pool from the church, if someone needs a
        The show is: The recipe for laughter you’ve been waiting for! A hilarious new musical comedy cele-
brating the women who work tirelessly in the church basement kitchens to keep stomachs full and coffee
brewing for every important event from weddings to ―pot luck‖ suppers. See where the
heart and soul of the church is!
       If you want to go along, please let Jane Reppert know as soon as possible, because
we only have 40 seats reserved. If we have more people interested in going, the earlier we
know, the better is our chance to get more seats.
 S T . P AU L ’ S E PIST LE                                                                          P AGE 3

 General Information
 ADDRESS & TELEPHONE                     2010 FLOWER & BULLETIN             MOTORIZED SCOOTER
 NUMBER CHANGES                          SPONSORS                           The church has purchased a mo-
 If your address or telephone            The chart for sponsoring altar     torized scooter for the use of
 number has changed for what-            flowers and Sunday bulletins for   members or visitors attending
 ever reason, please let us know,        2010 will be on the bulletin       any service or activity in the
 so we can change our mailing            board December 6, 2009. Please     church or Sunday School wing.
 list. You can call the church and       pick your favorite date and sign   The scooter is kept in the base-
 leave a message on the answer-          the sponsor charts.                ment of the church. If you, or
 ing machine or mail the changes                                            someone you know, is coming to
                                                 Sponsorships are:
 to the church.                                                             a service and can not walk up
                                                        Flower $25.00
                                                                            the walk-way due to health
                                                        Bulletins: $ 6.00   problems, please let someone
                                                                            from the church know. We will
GROCERY STORE PROGRAMS                                                      have someone out at the walk
                                                                            with the scooter to show you
         We have Weis Gift Cards. St. Paul’s gets                           how it works; or come in the
5% of the total amount of certificates redeemed.                            basement door and someone can
If you shop at Redner’s, please register at the cus-                        help you.
tomer service desk and get a card for the Save-A-
Tape program. Then, just save your register
tapes and give the tapes to the church. We total        Campbell Soup Labels & Box Tops
the tapes and get a % of the total.
        Thank you to those who support the gro-
cery store programs. If you are interested in sup-      As an outreach project for our
porting the church with this project, contact Jane      church, we are starting to collect
Reppert at 610-562-2647 for cards or key chain          Campbell Soup Labels and Box Tops.
tags.                                                   These items will be given to the local
                                                        school district, for purchase of educa-
SPECIAL COLLECTION                                      tional items. So don’t throw these
We will be holding a special col-                       labels and box tops in the trash,
lection on (Super) Souper Bowl                          bring them to church and put them
Sunday, February 7, 2010. The                           in the plastic container.
money collected will be donated to
the Northern Berks Food Pantry.

                              CHURCH BASEMENT RENTAL
Are you having a family get-together, birthday party, baby shower, etc. and need a place to hold
the event? Well, St. Paul’s basement is available for rent. The new cost is $30.00 (Active mem-
bers) and $60.00 (all others) for basement without use of kitchen facilities or $55.00 (active mem-
bers) and $110.00 (all others) for full use of kitchen facilities and basement
rental. There is a security deposit of $25.00 due at time of rental, which will be
refunded after inspection of facilities if there are no damages and clean up has
been satisfactorily completed.
Contact Jane Reppert (610) 562-2647 to book a date.
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  Upcoming Services and Events
                                                    LENTEN and HOLY WEEK SERVICES
                            HOME-MADE POT                    The Lenten Season started on Wednesday Febru-
                            PIE DINNER &            ary 17, 2010, with Ash Wednesday Services at New Jeru-
                            GAME NIGHT              salem Zion UCC starting at 7:00 p.m. You are invited to
                              Our annual Pot Pie    attend the Lenten Bible Study at New Jerusalem Zion
    Dinner will be held on Saturday, February       UCC on the following Wednesday evenings. They have
    27, 2010, starting at 5:30 p.m. We asked that   soup and sandwiches at 6:00 p.m. followed by a Bible
    you sign-up for the meal so we know how         Study. (February 14th, March 3rd, 10th, 17th, & 24)
    much pot pie to make. Following the dinner,              Maundy Thursday service with Holy Commun-
    we will be playing many different games         ion will be held at St. Paul’s Church starting at 7:00 p.m.
    (board game, card game, etc.) Please bring      and Good Friday service will be at St. Paul’s starting at
    your favor game along to share with other       7:00 p.m.
    members and friends. Snow-date for the                   The Northern Berks Ministerium will be holding
    event is Saturday, March 6.                     community Lent Services on Thursday evening
                                                    (February 25th, March 4th, 11th, 18th, & 25th). The March
PASSOVER DINNER                                     25th service will be held at St. Paul’s. A list of where the
        Everyone is welcome to attend the an-       other services will be held and the time of services will be
nual Passover Dinner sponsored by the St. Paul’s    posted on the bulletin board in the beginning of Febru-
Sunday school.                                      ary.

         The dinner will be held on                          Also, the Northern Berks Ministerium will be
Sunday, March 28, 2010, starting at                 holding a Good Friday Service starting at 11:00 a.m. from
4:30 p.m. Please fill out the reser-                the Hamburg Market at
vation form for the dinner and re-                  4th & Port Clinton Ave.,
turn it by March 21, 2010.                          with the walking of the
                                                    ―CROSS‖ down to Beth-
                                                    any United Methodist
SANDWICH SALE                                       Church at 3rd & Island
                                                    Street. It is followed by
On Wednesday, March 17, 2010, an Italian, Tur-      a service at 12:00 noon
key, and Ham/Cheese sandwich sale will be           in the church. Easter
held. The sandwiches can be ordered with or         Sunday service with
without onions. We start making the sandwiches      Holy Communion at St.
at 11:00 p.m. and orders can be picked up at 3:00   Paul’s starts at 8:45 a.m.
p.m. Order forms can be picked up at the church
or by contacting Charles & Linda Stewart (610)
562-8473. Your orders are due no later than         SUNDAY SCHOOL SOUP & HOMEBAKED
March 7, 2010. Any help to make the sandwiches      BREAD SALE
or take orders would be greatly appreciated.
                                                    We will be holding our annual sale Saturday,
                                                    March 27, 10am—1pm.

                    EGG HUNT
                                                    Anyone who would like to donate soup, please
                    The Sunday School Egg
                                                    contact Melanie Brown 610-916-5036 or email,
                    Hunt will be held on Satur-
                    day, April 3, 2010. We will
                    decorate eggs at 9:00am and
                    the hunt will follow.
S T . P AU L ’ S E PIST LE                                                                               P AGE 5

                                           Mystery Tour—Bus Trip

   St. Paul’s is trying something new this year.; we have a ―Mystery Tour Bus Trip‖
   planned for Saturday, April 10, 2010. We will be leaving the church parking lot at
   6:30a.m. and arrive back to the church at 9:00 p.m. The cost of the trip is $114.00
   per person. This includes the bus, a nice lunch, admission to an attraction, and
   driver’s gratuity. On the way home we will be stopping at a fast food place for supper, which will be on
   your own. You will have some time on your own to do as you wish. If you are interested in going on the
   trip, please fill out a form in the narthex of the church. The availably is on a first-come-first-served basis
   to fill the bus and we will be opening it to anyone, not just church members. We have a passenger bus. So
   get your registration in early if you want to go. The money for the trip is due by the end of February. If
   we cannot get the required number of people needed for the trip, all money will be returned. Please give
   forms and money to Jane Reppert.

    We are working on a ―Basket Party‖ to be held May 15, 2010, at the Hamburg Field House. This is open
to the public. People will come between 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. to put the tickets in the containers of the bas-
kets they would like to win. They will also receive a light lunch with the purchase of the first set of tickets,
(additional set of tickets can be purchased). At 1:00 p.m., we will start drawing the basket
    The profit from this event will be all used for outreach and to help people in the com-
munity during the next two years. We are asking for help from everyone, because there is
a lot of work in making this a success. If you have small coffee cans with the plastic lids or
any other kind of small round container with lids (oatmeal, peanut, etc.), please save
them a bring them to church. Also, if you get any baskets that you will just throw away
or baskets you have that you don’t want anymore, please save them for us and we will let you know when
we need the baskets. We will be asking local businesses for donations of items or if they want to make a
basket up for us. If you would like to help collect donations or know a business owner, please let the com-
mittee know because we don’t want two or three people asking the same business for donations. We will
have a list of places that you can sign-up to ask. If you make things and would like to donate something or if
you would like to purchase items, we will take any donation of new items from church members. The week
or two before the basket party we will need help to make up the baskets with the donations we collect. Also,
the day of the event, we will need help to serve the lunch, sell tickets, etc. If you would like to be on the
committee for this event or have any questions, please contact Jane Reppert.

                                       PRAYER LIST
Please keep the following members in your prayers during the next months:
           Arlene Adam                     Alvin Adam                       Angela Bashore
           Sterling Bower                  Kathryn Hermansader              Lillian Hopko
           Harry Kauffman                  Roy Lindenmuth                   Joe Parker
           Verna Rausch                    Maude Reidenhour                 Stephanie Smith
           Charles Stewart                 Fern Stewart                     Linda Stewart
           Donald Sunday                   Ron Wolf                         Herman Zettlemoyer
           Anna Zima                       John Zima

A Special “Thank You!” to...
*FELLOWSHIP AFTER CHURCH                                      *THANK YOU from LAMP (Lutheran Association
The fellowship and refreshments after the church              of Missionaries and Pilots U.S.)
services are being enjoyed by everyone. This was started      Jesus came to save hurting, broken people, People like
so members of the church can enjoy the company of             you and me. Thank you for helping us reach our Native
other members and visitors. We are asking for                 American brothers and sisters with this message of hope,
volunteers to be in charge of providing the refreshments      through your recent gifts.
and serving them. This is to get more people involved
and so the same people don’t have to do it all the time.
There is a chart on the bulletin board in the narthex of      Your giving helps us share the message of Christmas each
the church for members to sign-up for a Sunday they           and every day of the year: from Haskell Indian Nations
would like. We hope everyone will volunteer, taking           University in Lawrence, Kansas to Fairbanks, Alaska …
their turn, to provide the refreshments after the worship     from New Mexico to Ontario… Native Americans are
services, so we can continue this fellowship.                 hearing the Good News that God became a man and lived
                                                              among us, and that He triumphed over sin and death.
 ―Thank you‖ to the people who donated the
refreshments for the months of October, November, and
December 2009.                                                Thank you for helping us shed the Gospel’s Light in
 Chad & Glenda Stoever Family     Harold & Jane Reppert       places of profound spiritual darkness.
 Esther Moyer & Linda Frederick   Faye Rausch & Tana Koller
 The Calvin Rausch family         St. Paul’s Sunday School    *THANK YOU from Hamburg Area Women’s
 Herbert & Ruth Rausch                                        Club
                                                                 On behalf of all of us at the Hamburg area Women’s
                                                              Club. I would like to extend my sincerest thanks and
*THANK YOU for cookies
                                                              appreciation for your generous donation of books and
Thank you to everyone who baked and donated cookies           stuffed animals towards the annual ―Families Helping
for fellowship after the PA Dutch Service, Thanksgiving       Families‖ holiday dinner that was held at the American
Eve Service, Special Handbell Choir Concert, and for          House Hotel on December 13th, 2009. Due to the gracious
Christmas Caroling to the shut-ins.                           support from the community, this year’s event was truly
                                                              a special and memorable occasion.

* EVERYBODY’S BIRTHDAY PARTY                                    Thank you again for your generosity, and may your
                                                              holidays be filled with meny blessings.
Thank you to everyone who attended the Birthday Party
activity. Everyone had a good time and enjoyed the               (We collected approximately 70 books and 30 stuffed
fellowship and fun. A special ―thank you‖ to Faye             animals, which were donated to them.)
Rausch, Doris Lindenmuth, Glenda Stoever, Cheryl
Parker, Esther Moyer, & Jane Reppert for making soup.
Also, thanks to Betty Seidel, Roseanna Bower, Angie
                                                              *ANNUAL BANQUET
Bashore, & Melanie Brown for supplying some of the            On Saturday, November 14, 2009, we held our annual
other food items needed to make this a great success.         banquet at the Virginville Grange. This evening was
This year there were 33 people who attended the party.        enjoyed by 75 church members and friends. Thank you to
                                                              everyone who helped make the event a great success and
                                                              helped in the program.
*THANK YOU from the Salvation Army
The Salvation Army Hamburg Service Center would like
to take this opportunity to thank you for participating in
our Angel Tree program. It truly is a blessing that so
many people are caring & giving during the Christmas
The Salvation Army, with your help assisted 225 families
this Christmas season and 350 children received toys &
clothing thru our Angel Tree program.
I pray that God richly blesses you and yours with Peace,
Joy, and good health in the new Year.
S T . P AU L ’ S E PIST LE                                                                                                          P AGE 7

                             1 - Fellowship Meeting at 8:00 a.m.
                             7 - Praise Team singing during church
                                Souper Bowl Sunday collection
                                Willing Workers meeting after church
                             10 - Church Council Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
                             11 - Shared Ministry meeting at St. Paul’s starting at 7:00 p.m.
                             14 - Children Sermon during church at 8:45 a.m.
                                 Sunday School meeting after church
                             17 - Ash Wednesday Service 7:00 p.m. (Joint service with NJZUCC) at NJZ
                             21 - Congregational meeting – Lunch at 11:30 a.m.
                             24 - NJZ Lent Bible Study - 6:00 p.m. Soup & sandwiches followed by Bible Study
                             25 – Northern Berks Lent Service – place to be announced
                             27 - Home-made Pot Pie Dinner & Game Night at 5:30 p.m. Snow date: Sat., March 6.
                             28 - Holy Communion during church at 8:45 a.m.

                             1 - Easter candy making 8:00 a.m.
                             3 - NJZ Lent Bible Study - 6:00 p.m. Soup & sandwiches followed by Bible Study
                             4 - Northern Berks Lent Service – place to be announced
                             7 - Praise Team singing during church @ 8:45 a.m.
                                Sandwich Sales orders due
                             8 - Easter candy making 8:00 a.m.
                             10 - NJZ Lent Bible Study - 6:00 p.m. Soup & sandwiches followed by Bible Study
                                 Church Council meeting at 7:00 p.m.
                             11 – Northern Berks Lent Service – place to be announced
                             14 - Children sermon during church at 8:45 a.m.
                             15 - Easter candy making 8:00 a.m.
                             17 - Sandwich Sale - Order due March 7
                             17 - NJZ Lent Bible Study - 6:00 p.m. Soup & sandwiches followed by Bible Study
                             18 - Northern Berks Lent Service – St. Mary’s
                             20 - Bread & Home-made Soup sale - 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Funds raised will be going to help with the cost of
                                 Vacation Bible School.
                             22 - Easter candy making 8:00 a.m.
                             24 - NJZ Lent Bible Study - 6:00 p.m. Soup & sandwiches followed by Bible Study
                             25 - Northern Berks Lent Service – St. Paul’s
                             28- Palm Sunday with Holy Communion & music by the “Praise Team” during church at 8:45 a.m.
                             28 - Sunday School Passover Meal starting at 4:30 p.m.

                             1 - Maundy Thursday Service with Holy Communion at St. Paul’s starting at 7:00 p.m. (Joint service with NJZUCC)
                             2 - Good Friday Walking of the “Cross” starting at 11:00 a.m. from the Hamburg Market (Port Clinton Ave &
                                4th Street) with a service following at Bethany United Methodist Church (3 rd & Island St.)
                                Good Friday Service at St. Paul’s at 7:00 p.m.
                             3 - Sunday School Egg Hunt - decorate eggs starting at 9:00 a.m. and egg hunt to follow.
                             4 - Easter Sunday with Holy Communion & Praise Team sings at 8:45 a.m.
                             6 - Fellowship meeting at 8:00 a.m.
                             10 - Mystery Tour -Leave church 6:30 a.m.
                             11- Children sermon during church at 8:45 a.m.
                             14 - Church Council Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
                             25 - Holy Communion during church at 8:45 a.m.
                                                   St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
                                                   2613 Old Route 22
                                                   Hamburg PA 19526
                                                   ADDRESS SERVICE REQUIRED

  St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran “Smoke” Church

              2613 Old Route 22
              Hamburg PA 19526
                Service Times
            Church Service 8:45am
            Sunday School 10:00am

     If you are in need of pastoral
  services, please leave a message on
   the church answering machine or
   call Pastor Elna at 610-562-1243.

                                                                               Our Mission
                                                         The congregation of St. Paul’s is committed to
                                                       Serving our Lord Jesus Christ, Spreading His gospel,
                                                            and Preparing Christians to do His work.

                                                   Those serving as acolyte, lector, and greeters...
     During the winter months
  please turn to Channel 69 News                          Acolyte               Lector                Greeters
  or for worship                      Feb 7 Andrew Stoever         Jacob Rausch          Betty Seidel & Florabelle
     cancellation information.                                                                                 Miller
                                                       14 Felicia Schappell     Howard Speck          Lloyd & Mabel Seaman
                                                       21 Shelby Bashore        Vickie Rausch         Cheryl Parker & Lena Kaley

                                                       28 Jacob Rausch          Betty Seidel          Timothy Rausch Family
            We are on the web
                                                   Mar 7 Nicholas Rausch        Harold Reppert
                                                       13 Tyler Brown           Kathryn Hermansader
                                                       21 Andrew Stoever        Karen Willard
250th History Books:
                                                       28 Felicia Schappell     Shelby Bashore
The new history books have arrived.
The price of the books will be $10.00.
If you are interested in purchasing a              Apr 1 Shelby Bashore         Jacob Rausch
book, come to a church service and ask
Betty Seidel or Jane Reppert for one or                 4 Jacob Rausch          Howard Speck
call the church office and leave your                  11 Nicholas Rausch       Vickie Rausch
name and telephone num-
ber and someone will get                               18 Tyler Brown           Betty Seidel
back to you.                                           25 Andrew Stoever        Harold Reppert