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The attendance at the June 9th worship service was 91.

The flowers gracing the altar for the June 16th worship service are presented to the glory of God by Eric & Susan Frombach.

I've tried many times to express my gratitude, but words fail me each time.  The love and support from my church family during my recent diagnosis have been overwhelming.  Thank you to everyone who has kept my family and me in your prayers, sent cards, reached out and donated money.  Knowing I have such a powerful group of prayer warriors behind me empowers me to fight this battle.  Your support gives me immense strength and hope.  Thank you,    Katelynn, Kody, and Finley Reighard

The church office hours for the week of June 16th are Monday and Thursday 8:30--4:30 and Friday 9:00--1:00.

The total raised as of June 9th for the Roof Replacement is $41,970.34. The amount borrowed was $71,050.00.  Balance to repay is $29,222.66.  Thank you for your contributions!

On June 2nd, we recognized our high school seniors David Leipchack and Zack Petree.  David has joined the Carpenter's Union Local #423.  He is attending the apprenticeship training program and working in the field.  Zack will be attending Penn State in the fall at the Altoona campus.  He will be majoring in cybersecurity.  Congratulations David and Zack!

We are always looking for volunteers to help out with our service!  If you are interested in becoming an acolyte, lector, or communion assistant please let the secretary or Pastor Nila know.  We are especially in need of communion assistants.  Pastor Nila will provide training.

The NALC In-Tents Camps will again take place this year at the St. Thomas Church Grove.  The Youth Camp for those in grades 7-12 takes place July 8--12.  The cost is $225.  This price includes food, camp t-shirt, camp activities, and a water bottle.  This year our guest speaker is Pastor Brian Barlow.  At the youth camp we will hear from Pastor Brian, play games, worship together, complete a service project for the NALC Disaster Response, go swimming, enjoy time around the campfire, make new friends, and much more.  Our Elementary Camp for those in grades 4-6 will take place July 15--17.  The cost is $125.  This price includes food, camp t-shirt, camp activities, and a water bottle.  At Elementary Camp we learn Bible stories from the Old and New Testament, make crafts, play games, worship together, enjoy time around the campfire, and make new friends.  The theme for our camps this year is "Put on the Whole Armor of God" which is taken from Ephesians 6:11.  To help everyone get a feel of camp, we have a few different videos.  You can find them on the Mid-Northeast Mission District website ( or on our YouTube Channel.  To register go to the following links:  Youth:  Elementary:

Kaufman Church invites you to take part in a day trip to Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster, July 16th.  The day will include a chartered bus ride, a viewing of Daniel at the theater and a buffet lunch at Bird-In-Hand Restaurant.  Cost is $155.  Tickets are non-refundable.  Payment required to secure your seat.  Contact the church office Tuesday--Friday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 814-479-7813.

Part of our 150th Anniversary celebration will be a hymn sing at the church after the picnic on the evening of August 17th.  We would like to gather hymns together to plan the hymn sing.  If you have a favorite hymn that you would like to have sung, write it on a piece of paper with your name in case we have a question of the version we should use.  The list will be by the discretion of the 150th anniversary committee.  We are looking for hymns that everyone will know.

The Food Service Committee would like to thank everyone who helped make our first two events successful!  The total from the Soup and Gob Sale was:  Sold--$2352.00, Expenses--$1074.88, Grove Commission--$306.78,  PROFIT:  $920.34.  The total from the BBQ Chicken Dinner was:  Sold--$3000.00, Expenses--$1521.68, Grove Commission--$363.33, PROFIT:  $1089.99.


Reminder the other "Special Services from the Past" will be June 23rd, set in 1920's and July 28th set in late 1960's.  The BIG celebration will be August 17th and 18th with a picnic at the grove--the return of the roast beef sandwich dinner--hymn sing--and hopefully fireworks.  The NALC Bishop Dan Selbo will be with us that weekend and will preach on Sunday.  You won't want to miss this special service!

Anyone wishing to make it possible to have fireworks at the August 17th celebration may place a donation in the offering plate marked for fireworks or see Pastor Nila.

St. Thomas will be hosting a "Gospel Festival on the Ridge" on Saturday, September 7th from noon to 5:00.  The bands will be:  Heaven 4 Shore, Steel City Quartet, Fellowship Quartet, The Millers, and Keystone Quartet.  WE NEED HELP with fund raising (selling of ads for the program book) and advertising.  If you wish to help, please see Pastor Nila, Mike Vatavuk, or Eric Frombach. Sponsor information is available on the table in the narthex or on the St. Thomas website.

To prepare for the "Services from the Past" we would like to have practices to go over the liturgy.  Practices will be held on June 19th at 7:00 p.m. for the 1920's service and on July 24th at 7:00 p.m. for the late 1960's service.

We will be having a choir for the BIG celebration on August 18th.  Practices will be held at 7:00 p.m. on July 31st, August 7th, and August 14th.  Everyone is welcome!  If you enjoy singing, come on out!

Upcoming dates:

   June 19--1920's Liturgy Practice--7:00 p.m.

   June 23--Service from the Past--1917--9:00 a.m.

   June 30--Anointing for Healing during worship

The flower chart for 2024 is now posted on the bulletin board.  Please consider sponsoring flowers.  The prices are $25 for chancel flowers and $35 for altar flowers.  A reminder that if you would like an announcement placed in the bulletin, please let the secretary know by noon on Wednesday of the previous week.  There are announcement papers available near the flower chart.

All contributions given to missionary will now be directed to Heart for Mission.  This is a mission group run by the Thorstad family in Laos/Thailand.  If you would like more information, please see their website



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