Sunday,  February 18th, 2018
THE FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT
Gentle Reader,
Of all the Bible stories, there are few more recognized than Noah and the Ark.  It decorates children's walls and lives in songs, cinema and comedy routines.  But there is more to this story than animals and Hickory bark.  It's a story of grief, a story of sin, a story of abandonment and redemption, and a fresh start sealed by a rainbow.  Come and hear Noah's story with adult ears, and consider how this ancient  mariner's life speaks to yours.
It may just change your life!

Traditional Worship  8:30am
Contemporary Worship w/ Sunday School  10:00am


GOD TALK:  Pastor Grant's February Message to the Congregation
TIME TO ORDER EASTER FLOWERS

You have the opportunity to decorate the sanctuary with Easter flowers. 

Please fill out the form in your bulletin, or found in the narthex, and drop it in the offering plate along with payment (make checks payable to St. Paul Lutheran with memo line stating "Easter flowers").
 
  • Orders due by Sunday, March 11th
  • You may pick up your plant following the 10:00 am service on Easter
CHURCH COUNCIL UPDATE

Giving Update: Based on pledge cards, we budgeted the giving for the month of January 2018 at $21,250.

We received $14,359 for an overall shortfall of $6,891.

Thank you for your contributions and please remember the cost of operating the church goes on even if you are unable to make it to  Sunday  service. 
This Lent, St. Paul Lutheran Church invites you to join us in a spiritual discipline of de-cluttering!  Come learn more about this project  on Sunday .  The Journey began, Ash  Wednesday, February 14th !
OPEN HOUSE ... Share this date with friends, family, and neighbors!

All God's Children Preschool is now accepting registrations for the 2018-2019 school year. We will be holding an open house on Tuesday, February 20th from 5:30 - 7:00. If you have preschool age children or know someone who has preschool aged children and are interested in signing them up please stop in and check us out. Or call 651-462-6832.


Mon., Feb. 19th - Hand Bells at 6pm  -  Book Club at 6:30pm  -  Adult Choir starts up again ,  7 pm on Monday's through April.  JOIN US.

Tues., Feb. 20th - Prayer Team at 4pm  -  Visitation Team at 5pm  -  PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE at 5:30pm

Wed., Feb. 21st - Confirmation & SPLASH at 6:30pm.

WEDNESDAY LENT SERVICE:
7 pm  -  Vespers Evening Song & Prayer.
Pastor Amanda Applehans will join us.
Theme:  Spring Cleaning Through God's Holy Word  -  SHOUT!
Thur., Feb 22nd - Praise Band all at 6:30pm
 
Thur., Feb 22nd - Praise Band all at 6:30pm

Fri., Feb. 23rd & Sat., Feb. 24th  - CREATION VACATION!  STILL TIME TO JOIN US!   Grab your craft supplies, some friends, and join us for a Creation Vacation. Enjoy a weekend for yourself to work on your most cherished projects with home cooked meals and fun with fellow crafters without the distractions of home!  Fri. $15 (3pm-midnight); Sat., $30 (9am - 8pm); both days $40.
 

Children of Christ Sunday -  February 25th
Please come and celebrate the smallest members of St. Paul Lutheran (special communion blessing included).  First Communion Class will be offered  from 1 - 4pm.   Generally for 5th graders, its open to those a little younger that would like to join the class.
 

Sun., March 4:  Annual Mission Trip Chili Contest.  The competition is HEATING UP.  See Janet to enter and try your chance at getting your name ON THE SPOON!
 
 

Wanted Summer Roadies and Guest Musicians
Anyone with an interest in sound equipment and technology willing to learn and be a part of summer worship AND/OR provide music leadership during outdoor worship.  If interested, please contact Sheila Byl at sbyl@sharingchristslove.org or call the church office at 651-462-5212.
 

Reach for the Stars/Wellness for Seniors (Men and Women):

Come join us for exercise of easy stretch and cardio at Faith Lutheran Church, Forest Lake (Mon., Wed., or Fri., from 9 - 10am).  Offered year-round.  Free under Silver Sneakers program through your insurance or just $2.00 per class.  Ask Fran, Dean and Claudia ... they attend regularly.  Sue Lindell from Monarch (formerly Ecumen) is a superb instructor! 
 
 

Do you love music?  Would you enjoy helping to shape the experience of  Sunday morning Worship?

Then Hymn Pickers may be for you!  Hymn Pickers is a worship team that meets quarterly to select hymns and liturgy for the  8:30 worship service.


In order to keep the team diverse and energetic, each year we rotate one or two folks off and add new members to replace them.  This year we are looking for one (1) new member to join us in hymn and liturgy selection for the 2018-2019 school year. Passion for Jesus, music and worship are required.  Ability to read music is not. :-)

If you are interested contact Pastor Grant.

WEDNESDAY EVENING LENTEN SERVICES:
Wed., February 14th:  Vespers Prayers  with Holy Communion





Weekly Wednesday Services at 7pm February 21 - March 21

LOOK FOR SCHEDULE of Pastors Preaching during
Lent in this weeks Refresh & ReNEW Newsletter and
read about their "SPRING CLEANING" themed services ... Shout, Dawn, Cascade, Arm & Hammer, and Finish!   
 

ANOTHER UPDATE:  If you have Simply Giving, or are considering changing to bill pay, please choose the option to send a paper check directly to the church rather than the direct deposit option. We recommend this option to avoid the reoccurring fees that go with Simply Giving.  Ask your banker to simply send a check from your account that matches your giving level and time frame.  No need to ask for our bank information, as your bank sends the check and we deposit.  If you are on Simply Giving and you choose this new method, you must go into your Simply Giving account and stop payments, after you have your new banking method set up.  Thank you for considering this new option and FOR SAVING MONEY FOR THE CHURCH!
 

Hi ladies,

We still need models for our Spring Fashion Show, April 14th.

You get to model new clothes from Christopher & Banks (and get a great discount if you wish to keep them) ... nice!

Please look for the sign-up in the narthex or contact Darlene Petrey with questions 651-462-5019.
"For our 150th Anniversary year, we want to purposefully measure the difference we make in our world.  
We want to celebrate all the lives we touch in big and small ways.  And we are asking you to count those blessings and get your numbers to the church council each month.

Our ministries should be focused on the good that we do for people-- in our congregation and outside of our congregation."    Shirley Zierke