5879 Wyoming Trail
Wyoming, MN 55092
Good Friday, April 2, 2021
A Message from Pastor Dale
Dear Friends,

An excerpt from one of my favorite books by Brennan Manning:

"It was early on a Sunday morning as the sun began to streak across the eastern sky. Jesus’ body still lay stiff, when all at once, his chest began to heave. Then, his hand slowly reached up and removed the covering from his face. His eyes adjusted slowly to the darkness. He stood on shaky legs and walked slowly out of the tomb. Once outside he breathed in fresh air, thrilled at this new experience. And then, he turned, and looked up to the hilltop where he saw three empty crosses. He smiled and winked – and walked away." - Brennan Manning, The Signature of Jesus: On the Pages of Our Lives (Portland, Or.: Multnomah, 1992), 232-233.
This is the promise of, and the hope we have, in Jesus' resurrection, which we gather across the world this Sunday to celebrate. Jesus defeated death. Jesus arose victorious. Life, not death, had the last word. However, this day, being Good Friday, is a day we must acknowledge Jesus' brutal death and seemingly, defeat, on the cross, in addition to our own role (our sinfulness) in it. While difficult to acknowledge this and even consider, it's necessary, if we are to fully understand, embrace, and experience the depth of the joy and forgiveness that comes with resurrection in only three short days.

On this somber day and night, I remind you of Paul's bold and confident proclamation he made in the fifteenth chapter of his first letter to the Church at Corinth. They are also words that I share boldly at every graveside internment service before laying the deceased to rest.

“Death has been swallowed up by Life! Who got the last word, oh Death?
Oh, Death, who’s afraid of you now? In a single, victorious stroke of Life – sin, guilt, shame, bitterness, rejection, and death – are all gone! A gift to us
from our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.” 
-1 Corinthians 15:51-57

This Easter Sunday, invite a friend, coworker, neighbor or family member to join you at worship at Saint Paul Lutheran, as together we "smile and wink at the empty cross." And be sure to bring enough lawn or camping chairs for everyone!!

On another note, we will also celebrate with two of our young men this Sunday. Samuel Tyler Kroschel and Adam John Stoyke will be receiving their First Communion! Please join me in praying for and celebrating with these families on this special day.

See you in church!

Pastor Dale
WORSHIP
EASTER Worship Outdoors at the Amphitheater!
THIS SUNDAY, April 4, 9:00 a.m.
We will be having Drive-Up Worship in the parking lot!
Worship will still be streamed live on our
and available on our website the next day.
We hope to see you there! Bring a friend!




"HYMNSING: A Service of Hymns, Scriptures, & Prayers"
Join us on Sunday, April 11, at 9:00 a.m. in our amphitheater
as members of our Church Council lead us through this special service.


For those without computers or internet access,
the service can be listened to by calling 651-371-5421

HOLY WEEK SERVICE SCHEDULE
Joint Congregation
Good Friday Tenebrae Service
April 2, 7:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday, April 4, 9:00 a.m.
Outdoor Worship at Amphitheater
UPCOMING - WEEKLY BIBLE STUDY
After Easter, Pastor Dale would like to begin offering a weekly Bible Study opportunity.
If there is enough interest, both virtual and in-person options could be made available, depending on people's preference. To begin with, a Daily Discipleship curriculum will be offered. This curriculum follows the Revised Common Lectionary, which is what the weekly worship and preaching texts are based on. If interested, please contact Pr. Dale directly and days/times will be determined.
COVID -19 Response - UPDATE Regarding In-Door Worship

On Monday, March 8, our COVID-19 Response Team met to evaluate and decide a plan for resuming in-person, indoor worship at St. Paul Lutheran. They decided on a target date of Memorial Day weekend, Sunday, May 30 as our first indoor, in-person worship service.


THE SPIRIT OF GIVING
General Fund Offering Received
as of 04/01/2021
Direct Questions to:
Church Council Treasurer, Chris Timmons
Year-to-Date
Actuals
$   42,603.00
Year-to-Date
Budget
$  41,250.00


Over / (Under) Budgeted Giving
$   1,353.00 
The following memorials were received:

In memory of Arley Kendall, Margaret LaBell,
and Fran Swenson

from Cindy Gruett
SUNDAY SCHOOL

Sunday, April 4, 2021
NO CLASS



Happy Easter! He has risen, he has risen indeed!

-Chris & Katie

MISSING ITEM
The scale used to weigh food for the monthly food truck is missing.
It is grey in color, looks like a bathroom scale, and its last known location was in the kitchen pantry. Call Dave Haselbauer 651-433-2281 if you know of its location.
Thank you.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Rocky Railway Vacation Bible School
will be chugging our way this Summer!

Save the Dates!

July 26-30


*donations can be dropped off at church

Please be watching for volunteer opportunities.

CONFIRMATION NEWS AND INFORMATION



The following five ninth graders will be confirming their faith at their Affirmation of Baptism Service on Sunday, May 2



Elijah Lundblad, Karl Landherr, Savanna Olson, Elizabeth Stenberg, Reid Olson


Please keep these confirmands and their families in your prayers as they prepare for this special day.


leading up to the Rite of Confirmation and for the necessary forms.
Please contact Pr. Dale if you have any questions.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Meals on Wheels

Deliver a nutritious meal once a month to people in need.

Requirements include:
Time frame of 1-2 hours per month
Fill out short application form
Have a background check (no cost to you)
Pick up meals and return containers to Parmly in
Chisago City

Due to COVID, meals are left at the door.
If you are interested or would like a meal delivered, please contact Karen Carlson at 651.462.5310 or via email.
Support SPLC While Shopping!
Do you shop online at Amazon? Did you know you can support the ministries of St. Paul Lutheran by shopping at smile.amazon.com? AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service, except it donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to our church! Why not try it? And, thank you!

Cans For Christ!
You're great at sharing Christ's love for the sake of the world, now we need you share your aluminum cans for Christ. You've likely noticed the drop off bin for aluminum cans just off the road in front of the church. Your donated cans become additional funds to help us meet our general operating expenses at the church. Tell your friends and neighbors to donate their cans for Christ, too!

Spring All-Church Clean-Up - May 1
Since the start of the pandemic our church building has not had a good, deep cleaning. As we prepare to open our building for indoor worship on May 30 we need your help to get ready. On Saturday, May 1, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. you're invited to come together and help get our church ready for use again. Indoor help will be limited to ten people. Outdoor help will be unlimited. Please contact Melissa in the church office to sign up to help indoors.

Church Cleaning Needs
  • Sign up for bathroom cleaning here
  • Sign up for vacuuming here
  • Sign up for sweeping and mopping here
  • Sign up for emptying garbage and cleaning high touch surfaces such as tables, chairs, doors, light switches, pens, etc. here
PARISH NURSE'S CORNER
We are blessed to have knowledgeable and caring nurses in
our congregation!

Epilepsy is a disorder where people have seizure this is the 4th most common neurological disorder (or disorder of the brain). Just a few statistics, there are 65 million people worldwide who suffer from epilepsy and 3.4 million in the United States. Seizures can start for a variety of reasons and all times of a person’s life. These can be scary to witness and often people aren’t sure what to do, so here are a few tips to help if you encounter someone having a seizure:

Stay, Safe, and Side are the recommendations
  • Stay with the person while they are having the seizure and if possible time how long the seizure lasts,
  • Make sure they are safe
  • Help lower them to the ground if they were falling
  • Make sure the person is on their side while having the seizure
  • If the seizure lasts more than 5 min call 911. 
  • Do not reach into someone’s mouth while they are having a seizure or restrain a person. 

Seizure look differently for people not everyone has the same symptoms. If you want more information visit the epilepsy foundation or the CDC website.

If interested in more information, please reach out to our Parish Nurse Jaime or Joanna,
WEEK-AT-A-GLANCE
EASTER SUNDAY
Sunday, April 4
9:00 a.m. Drive Up/Online Worship

Monday, April 5
6:30 p.m. Boy Scouts

Tuesday, April 6
6:00 p.m. Cub Scouts

Wednesday, April 7
6:00 p.m. Confirmation

Thursday, April 8
8:00 p.m. W.A.M. (Worship And Music) Meeting

Sunday, April 11
HYMNSING
9:00 a.m. Drive Up/Online Worship
10:00 a.m. Sunday School