Weekly Update
September 17, 2021
Worship
Scripture Lesson: Mark 12:28-34
Online and Call-In Services
Our 10:30 AM service is livestreamed on Sunday and can be viewed via our app, website, Facebook, or YouTube.

A call-in devotional is also offered on Sunday at 9:30 AM and is available throughout the week. Call 412-485-0213.
In-Person Services
Pastor Amy will be preaching this weekend. We welcome you to the following in-person services:

Saturday@6:00 PM in Wesley Hall

A Service of Word & Table@8:30 AM Sunday mornings in the Sanctuary

Worship@10:30 AM Sunday mornings in the Sanctuary (also livestreamed)

Outdoor@11:45 AM Sunday mornings in the front parking lot by NHCO, led by members of Lifeboat Praise Band

Wholeness & Healing Service@7:00 PM Sunday evening in the Sanctuary. Join us for a quiet service of prayer, hymns, scripture, devotion, and communion. We will take time to pray for every person on our prayer lists by name together, as intercession and expression of God’s love experienced in community.
Ministries for All Ages
Please click here to view a complete description of our in-person worship services plus Sunday morning ministries that are offered for all ages.
This Week
Acolyte Training
All 4th, 5th, and 6th graders are invited to be an acolyte! This ministry includes lighting the candles at the beginning of the service, helping the ministers with baptisms and communion, and putting out the candles at the end of the service. A short training session is scheduled for this Sunday, September 19 at 11:30 AM in the Sanctuary. For more information, please contact Jill Campbell.
Meal Packing Mission - We Need Your Help!!
On Saturday, September 25, We will join The Outreach Program to make bulk packets of rice and beans to send to Haiti. Haiti has been ravaged by an earthquake recently and is great need of support. Please consider helping to prepare meals while also keeping Haitians and the many others around the world who hunger in your prayers.
Help us reach our goal of packing and shipping 24,000 meals to Haiti! Click here to sign up to volunteer to package food on Saturday, September 25 form 10:00 AM - Noon. We need your help, so please sign up if you are available to participate!

We also need about $6,000 to financially support this mission. Your donations are appreciated! (Please select Outreach Program Meal Packing Mission from the fund drop-down menu).
Adult Ministries
Bible/Book Study with Pastor Karen
In addition to Sunday mornings, Pastor Karen is also offering a Book/Bible Study on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM via Zoom, and on Thursday mornings at 9:00 AM in the Charles and Susanna Wesley Rooms. We are studying Finding Your Bearings by James Harnish (suggested book donation: $15).

Please contact Pastor Karen if you would like to participate via Zoom and she will send you the link!
Barnabas Ministry
We are in need of one more Barnabas pal to bless a recent graduate with encouraging notes, cards, and small gifts throughout the year. Please contact Jacque Lang if you would like to participate in this meaningful ministry!
Faith Geer Memorial Eyeglasses Program
On September 8, St. Paul’s hosted a presentation on the Faith Geer Eyeglass program which is one of the many programs sponsored by The Nyadire Connection. We had an amazing enthusiastic group of people attend.

Don Ziegler gave a moving presentation explaining the impact that the program has on the people of Nyadire. So many people have had their lives greatly improved, opening them to new opportunities for education, training and work that would have never been possible without the assistance of corrective lens.

Marie Hunt instructed us in proper sorting and cleaning of the donated eyeglasses.
We are also making plans for a Lens Meter to be used at St. Paul’s. This is the next step in preparing the eyeglasses to be sent to Nyadire. The prescription of each pair of eyeglasses is read and recorded, and then the eyeglasses are boxed to send to clinics in Nyadire.

Donated eyeglasses can be placed in the bins labeled Mission Vision in the outer vestibule or in the Welcome Center at St. Paul's.

If you would like more information about this program please contact Kathy Belcastro (412-487-3678).
UMCOR Supports Afghans in Need
In collaboration with long-standing partners, United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is providing humanitarian relief and is prepared to assist with refugee resettlement. To help locally, UMCOR points us to Church World Services. Click here for more information, or contact Mary Ann Love of the Working for Justice team.
Photography Retreat
Looking for a break, an enjoyable learning experience, some new sights and experiences? Register for the October 11-13 Olmsted Manor Fall Photography Retreat led by Pastor Dean D. Ziegler. Click here to view the brochure. The retreat is open to all, so please feel free to share with others!
iPad Donations Needed
Please contact Pastor Chad if you are able to donate an iPad to the Cove Art Center at Greenstone UMC. 2016 models and newer are preferred. Thank you for your donations!
Altar Flowers
If you would like to gift flower arrangements to beautify our chancel, please sign up by the Tuesday before the weekend of your choice. Sign up sheets are now posted on the bulletin board near the church mailboxes, or contact Marilyn in the church office. Arrangements are $43 each.
Children & Youth Ministries
Children & Youth Ministries Updates
Click here for an update on Children's Ministries, and click here for the Youth Ministries update.
Children's Ministries Emergency Registration
Please register your child's emergency information if your child will be attending Sunday Morning Children's Ministries, including Sunday School and Children's Church, NoMIC, or any other Children's Ministry.
Opportunities to Support Our Weekday Ministries
St. Paul's Weekday Children’s Ministries (Drop-In Child Care, Preschool, and Kidz Korner) are designed to nurture and care for infants to fifth graders and serve many local families.

Help support their programs while providing fun and enriching necessities for their classrooms - your support is appreciated! Simply shop from the following wish lists:
We appreciate your continued financial support. For those of you who typically place your gifts in the offering plate and are continuing to worship from home, please consider mailing them to the church office (1965 Ferguson Road, Allison Park 15101).

Have you found yourself shopping online more often? Please register for Amazon Smile in the name of St. Paul's and use the UMC Market (Allison Park) as a portal for all your online shopping. St. Paul's receives a small percentage from your purchases at no extra cost to you!