Weekly Update
October 16, 2020
Worship
Scripture Lessons:
Isaiah 65:17-19
Ephesians 2:4-10
Livestreamed Services
The 8:30AM service will be livestreamed to our Facebook page, as well as a new phone in option (412-485-0213). Call at 8:30AM for the live service, or at your convenience to hear the recorded service.

Tune in to view our 10:30AM service via our app, website, Facebook, or YouTube.
In-Person Services
Please click here to register to attend this weekend's in-person worship services. All are welcome! Masks and social distancing are required. Bring your own Bible (or app!) to follow along during scripture readings. If you are not feeling well, have traveled out of state recently, or have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, please stay home and join us for online worship.

Saturday Night Worship at 6:00PM will move to Wesley Hall this week, limited to 25 persons.

Faith’s Chapel in the Woods Worship at 9:30AM will be held, weather permitting.

Sanctuary Worship at 10:30AM is limited to 25 persons, with overflow space for an additional 25 persons in the George Crooks Dining Area, via closed-circuit TV. George Crooks will also be set up with tables and chairs so families may sit together, and activity sheets will be available for children at each table. This service may also feature occasional soloists (behind a plexiglass screen), instrumental music, and of course, our own Alaine Fink on the piano and organ!

Sunday Evening “Parking Lot” Worship at 4:30PM is limited to 100 persons (bring your own chairs) in the lot, and persons or families in about 18 cars (the service is broadcast on FM radio in the parking lot on a frequency of 106.1). This service will continue as long as weather permits.
This Week
Winter Coat Collection
North Hills Community Outreach is currently collecting new coats, as well as hats, scarves, and gloves to distribute to children ages infant through 18 years. Gift cards to purchase coats or shopping from their Amazon Wish List are also greatly appreciated. Please drop off donations through October 19 to NHCO's Allison Park location during the following times, and note that donations may not be left outside during alternative times: Monday – Friday, 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Saturday October 3, 9:00AM - Noon
NoMIC Otis Spunkmeyer Fundraiser
NoMIC will be raising funds this year that will be used for the Food Packing event that will be hosted at St. Paul's in January of 2021. Please help us! We will earn 40% profit on all of the products that Cherrydale sells (Cherrydale is our supplier of Otis Spunkmeyer products). Along with the Otis products, the website has hundreds of additional items online.

Orders are due tomorrow, October 17! There are two ways to order:

  • Use the Order Form
  • Select your purchases from the catalogue (contained in the packet that can be picked up in the church office entryway) and enter your selections on the order form
  • Write a check made out to St. Paul's UMC with the correct amount and write 'NoMIC Fundraiser' on the memo line OR pay when you pick up your order
  • Return the order form (minus the pink copy which is yours) and check to St. Paul's and place in the NoMIC Cookie Orders bin in the office entryway

  • Go to www.shopfund.com to register, fill out your order and pay
  • Use student code LAQ9207
  • Nonperishable items can be shipped to your home
  • Perishable items must be picked up at the church on the scheduled delivery date

The actual pick up date will be between Nov. 9 and Nov. 20 to pick up your ordered items that are not shipped to your home. If you need more information or need answers to questions, please call Bob or Cindy White at 412-719-7857 or by email.
Pastors' Bible Study
Pastor Jeff and Pastor Chad's Bible Study will be taking a break this week, and will resume Wednesday, October 28.
Upper Room
Upper Rooms for November/December can be picked up in the church entryway at your convenience. Please place your donation in the envelope.
NHCO Thanksgiving Meals for Seniors
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We are excited to be partnering with NHCO to cook and deliver Thanksgiving meals to local senior citizens. Last year, this NHCO ministry delivered about 150 meals, so thank you to all who have already stepped forward to make this year’s ministry possible! If you have already notified Pastor Karen of your availability, please watch for an email next week with more details.
 
We are still recruiting kitchen helpers and especially need delivery drivers between 12:30-2:30PM on Thanksgiving Day. An electronic signup with specific shifts will be available next week. We look forward to blessing our neighborhood together!
Update from Pastor Jeff
Friends, I wish you could witness, as I have, the incredible dedication of St. Paul’s staff and lay leadership to getting us through this terrible pandemic and keeping all safe. The extraordinary work of our Preschool, Drop-in Child Care, and Kidz Korner Directors and staff (aided by Mike Cooknick, our custodial staff, and with guidance and coordination from Erin Soza, our Director of Children’s Ministries) is a sight to behold, indeed. I highlight them this week as essential ministries, but if I were to list all of the committees, teams, and individuals that have worked tirelessly to guide St. Paul’s during the challenges of COVID-19, it would probably crash your computer!

This worship weekend will see the same services and attendance limits as last week. Note that the Saturday service will move to Wesley Hall this weekend. The Re-opening Task Team, as it reviewed our first weekend when we added two in-person, indoor services to the mix, felt that we still need to be cautious until we are comfortable with our safety procedures. If all goes well, we hope to add another worship opportunity to the mix the weekend of October 24 and 25. A reminder that we are now streaming the 8:30AM service to Facebook AND our new telephone streaming service [Call (412)485-0213 at 8:30AM on Sunday to listen in, or anytime thereafter]. The 10:30AM service is now the one we are streaming to BOTH our St. Paul’s Facebook and YouTube pages, the latter of which is linked to the St. Paul’s App and our website.

Incidentally, during our Re-opening Task Team meeting this past Tuesday, one of our medical experts who is quite involved in the kind of research that tackles things like the Coronavirus, said: “The cavalry is on the way!”, further stating that a credible vaccine should be available in the Spring. She assured us that the situation we are in is “only temporary,” but we all know that it will only be “temporary” if we take the Coronavirus seriously and heed the safety guidelines judiciously until a vaccine is available.

Two non-COVID-19 notes:

Don’t forget to VOTE! With an important national election coming up November 3, go to www.votespa.com to get all of the information you need to know to make your vote count. Many polling places were closed during the COVID-19 shutdown during the Spring primary election but will be open for the November 3 general election. However, there is confusion on some of the township websites as to which ones will be reopened. Have a plan to register your vote! When Jesus said “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s,” he was not only talking about taxes. As American citizens, we “owe” our vote to further our democracy.

St. Paul’s is holding our Annual Church Conference on Tuesday, November 10 at 6:30PM. “Church Conference” means that any of you may attend. Church Conference is the meeting led by our District Superintendent Rev. Dawn Hand, and is where we elect church officers for the coming year, hear membership reports, and a message from the Superintendent about the “state of the church.” IT WILL BE A VIRTUAL MEETING this year, via Zoom. Here is the link to the meeting, which you may join from any computer, smart phone, or tablet: St. Paul’s Church Conference (Note the unusual 6:30PM start time, set to allow our Superintendent to have time to convene another church’s conference at 8:00PM.)

That’s all for this week, Beloved. Shalom to you!
Adult Ministries
Volunteers Needed!
We are very excited to be offering a variety of in-person worship experiences, however, many helping hands are needed to keep the process as organized and safe as possible. YOUR HELP IS NEEDED! Please consider signing up to help with hospitality. Contact Linda Cox for complete details.
Discover St. Paul's
If you are new to St. Paul’s and would like to learn more about us, please join us for a Discover St. Paul’s conversation via Zoom on Sunday, November 1 at 7:00PM (the Zoom link is posted below).

Our "Discover gathering" is a suggested pre-requisite for anyone interested learning about and/or joining the church. Our time together will be led by Pastors Karen Slusser and Jeff Sterling, and will also be an opportunity to get to know our newest pastor, Rev. Chad Bogdewic, who just joined our staff in July. You will hear a little about our church, the United Methodist Church, our history, and our various ministries and programs.

Discover St. Paul’s is also a great way to meet others who are new to the church, albeit virtually, due to COVID. The only preparation you need is being ready to share a little of your story with us as an introduction.

If you email or call Carla in the church office, we will send some materials out to you in advance, either by mail or email.

We will end the conversation by 8:30PM, at the latest. Be a “pioneer” with us and help us blaze the trail of a Zoom version of Discover St. Paul’s!

Here is the Zoom link for our “gathering”:

Discover St. Paul's New Member Conversation
Time: Nov 1, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
Working for Justice
The United Methodist Church urges us to vote. “The church should continually exert a strong ethical influence upon the state, supporting policies and programs deemed to be just and opposing policies and programs that are unjust.” (The United Methodist Church Book of Resolutions, ⁋ 164)
 
As we approach November, we contemplate participating in our nation’s elections, as we should. The UMC resolves that we “the church” exert our influence, and so we should vote. When we do, we must vote considering our Christian values, because our government establishes laws, programs and policies which may advance our values, or which counter our values. For more information please visit the St. Paul’s Working for Justice blog. There you will find materials prepared by the League of Women Voters to help young, senior or actually any voter, fulfill their Christian obligation to vote guided by faith. The UMC urges us all to do so. 
Adult Sunday School and LifeGroups
Our Adult Sunday School classes and LifeGroups are staying connected by zoom, with a variety of meeting times. Thank you to all of our dedicated leaders! All classes are open and welcoming to new participants. The information listed below is tentative; please contact the class leaders below for the most up-to-date meeting information and zoom codes. Please keep our Adult Classes in prayer, and reach out with your ideas to stay strong in this pandemic time. If you’d like to get a new class or LifeGroup started, Pastor Karen will be glad to help.

  • Mary Ellen Dickson & Avery Deeds will lead the study of 1 & 2 Corinthians. This “Faith and Fun” class plans to meet by zoom on Sunday mornings.

  • Mark Lenz & Michael DiMonte will continue to lead the study of The Meaning of Jesus by Marcus Borg and N.T. Wright. This group meets weekly at 7:30PM on Monday.

  • Jill & Rob Campbell will continue to lead a LifeGroup for families of young children. They meet on alternate Wednesday evenings at 9:00PM (after the kids are to bed!), and have done some socially distant outside gatherings.

  • Mike Cooknick & Sherri Schuetz will lead a time of prayer and Bible Sunday mornings on Sunday mornings in the spring.

  • Christy Rosso and Kim Suddeth are brainstorming with their Sunday morning LifeGroup on the best way to connect this fall.

  • Bill Dennis and Gail Moore are also brainstorming how to connect with their Wednesday evening LifeGroup, who are a bit “zoomed out” – we understand!

  • Gary Brandenberger is working to connect with the class that he and Dave Smith (who has now entered the church triumphant) led for many years.
Fall Epistle
Click here to read our Fall Epistle!
Reading the New Testament with Hebrew Eyes
Pastors Jeff Sterling and Chad Bogdewic are leading a study on exploring Old Testament themes in the Gospels and letters of the New Testament. The course is offered at 9:00AM and 7:30PM, virtually via Zoom.

  • October 21: BREAK WEEK
  • October 28: Matthew 26:6-13, Deuteronomy 15:7-11

Join us any time. Registration is not necessary. Also, stay tuned for what we will be studying beginning in November! Here are the links, which are the same for each week:

Pastors Jeff and Chad Weekly Bible Study - 9:00AM
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 818 5799 9149
Dial In: +1 646 558 8656

Pastors Jeff and Chad Weekly Bible Study - 7:30PM
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 894 5749 4291
Dial In: +1 646 558 8656
Pastor Karen's Bible Study
Pastor Karen's Bible Study meets on Wednesdays at 9:00AM. If you would like to participate via Zoom, please contact Pastor Karen.
Prayer Quilt Ministry
We are grateful to be able to continue our prayer quilt ministry during this unique season in the life of the church. The leaders of the Wholeness and Healing service tie knots in the quilts representing the faithful prayers of the congregation for those on our prayer lists. Those with a prayer quilt-in-process are designated with a red diamond on the weekly prayer list. If you would like to request a prayer quilt for someone, please contact Marilyn McKean.
Drive-Thru Flu Shots
St. Barnabas is offering drive-thru flu shots Monday-Friday from 8:30AM-4:30PM. Walk in, no appointment needed for walk-in shots, but please make an appointment for drive thru (724-443-7231). Masks are required!

Flu shots are free of cost for Medicare recipients (bring your insurance card). Prices without insurance are $35 for a regular dose and $70 for the higher/senior dose. 

St. Barnabas Medical Center, 5830 Meridian Rd. 15044
We appreciate your continued financial support during this time of challenge and hardship. Giving may still be done online. For those of you who typically place your gifts in the offering plate, please consider mailing them to the church office (1965 Ferguson Road, Allison Park 15101), as our financial staff are making sure these get deposited.

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!
Youth Ministries
Youth Ministries Calendar
We are looking forward to a fall full of ways to connect in ministry! Please contact Tami if you have any questions!

October 18: SRHI S'Mores & More
October 21: MIDHI Pumpkin Carving
October 25: SRHI Pumpkin Carving
October 21&25: Challenge
October 28: MIDHI S'Mores & More
Children's Ministries
Birthday Card Ministry
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We are starting a new Birthday card ministry and are seeking volunteers to help shower the kids at St. Paul’s with a birthday card on their special day. If you are interested in being part of this ministry, sign-up now! You will receive an email with all the necessary information about the Birthday Card Ministry about a month before you'll be sending cards. For example if you are sending January birthday cards, you'll receive your list in December. 

Depending on how many birthday are happening in any given month and the number of volunteers mailing cards, you may receive a list of between 3-10 children and their addresses. You'll also receive an insert to include in your card that explains the the ministry. If at anytime you realize you are not able to send the cards you signed up to deliver, please reach out to Erin Soza.
Children's Ministry Calendar
Check out the new opportunities to be in ministry! 

October 16: 6-7:30PM Room on the Broom Project and Movie
October 18: 9:15AM Sunday Morning Zoom Lesson
October 21: 6-7PM Thanksgiving Supermarket Sweep
October 23:6-9PM NoMIC Prep for Cumberland Crossing Halloween Party
October 25: 9:15am Sunday Morning Zoom Lesson
October 25: NoMIC Halloween Party Cumberland Crossing

November 1:1-3pm Fall Friends & Fellowship Stations (Please register to host and/or attend)

Registration is required for all in-person events. Please contact the Church Office if you would like to receive Children's Ministry updates, or for more details about an event!
Sunday Morning Lesson
Each week, Erin hosts a Sunday Morning Zoom Lesson at 9:15AM for all children. The lesson will also be emailed for those who cannot attend. Please contact Erin for details.