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Wyoming, MN 55092
St. Paul
Lutheran Church
An Evangelical Lutheran
Church of America

Our mission is to 
Share Christ's Love
with Joy!

Pastor Sarah Friesen-Carper

Sunday, August 30
9:00 am Drive In Outdoor Worship Service

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Friday, August 28, 2020
Beloved of God,

The word, "AND," is a big word for Christians. Especially as Lutherans we love, "AND". We are both sinners AND saints. In scripture we find Law AND Gospel. 

AND means that there is room for more than one way of relating with God. More than one way of interpreting Scripture. More than one way of being. AND creates faithful space for a multitude of creatures and ideas and ways of living. 

As we head into the first week of September, I am reminded of how not normal life is. This week we should be heading for the state fair. This week we should be getting ready for a fun and exciting year of school. This week we should be putting the final touches on our Rally Day. Instead, there is no fair, school is going to be very different, and we don't know what church will be like this fall.

There is no shame in feeling sad or anxious or even numb in the face of all the "not normal" of our lives. 

AND God is with us in the middle of it all. God knows our sadness, anxiety and numbness. God sits with us as we mourn and worry. God also opens our eyes to some of the beauty of "not normal." State Fair vendors operating in other locations around the metro area. Children and families finding creative ways to be with friends. Outdoor worship in God's beautiful creation. 

"AND" is a big deal. When you are feeling at the end of your rope, remember God's gracious "AND." It is grace for these hard days. 

In Christ, Pastor Sarah 


 Bulletin: August 30, 2020
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Sunday's Worship Service is streamed live on facebook
Worship Readings
The readings for Sunday, August 30th are:


First Reading: Jeremiah 15: 15-21

Second Reading: Acts 15: 1-19

Gospel: Matthew 16:21-28 


Call 651.371.5421 to hear this week's sermon. 
SPLC Call Committee 
In accordance with SPLC's constitution, with recommendations from the congregation, and much prayer and discernment, the Council has appointed a Call Committee who will be entrusted to carry out the process of interviewing and recommending a pastor for SPLC. They will use the Ministry Site Profile as a guide, a survey for which you have had the opportunity to complete, and work directly with the Rev. Justin Grimm from the St. Paul Area Synod Office. 

The Call Committee members are: 

 Steven Coozennoy                     Neil Gatzow
      Pam Heaton                             Brian Young

  Paulette Miller                          Katie Fetterly


Karen Rozeske

The August 2020 Church Council Meeting Minutes are available here. 

It's not too late to make your opinion count!
Please take a minute to fill out the invitation you were emailed for the Ministry Site Profile Survey. Last day for surveys to be completed is Sunday, August 30.
SPLC COVID Response Team Update: 

For updates on our response to the pandemic, please click here. 

To contact the team, please email: 
Parking Lot Work!!
Monday, August 31st
(Rain dates: September 1 or 2)

The parking lot will be closed for a few days for sealing and striping.  

The theme of this project is "Save Your Spot!" The cost of this project is $82.00 per spot. There are 150 spots in our lot.  If you are able to help support this project financially, or if you have further questions, please call 651.462.5212 or email
Golden Opportunity: Things We Are Learning in Lock Down
What have you learned in lockdown? Share your insights with each other! 
Please share yours at
Bring Your Own Picnic Nights
Wednesday nights - 6:00 pm 
September 2, 16 and 30th. 

For more information about this event, please click here

The Finance Team is currently looking for volunteers. We typically meet once per month. Outside of that meeting the time commitment is minimal. Please contact Chris Timmons at if you have questions or are interested.

We are blessed to have knowledgeable and caring nurses in our congregation! They have some words of advice for us: 

August is national children's eye health and safety month.  As children prepare to return to school, now is a good time to get an annual eye exam, if it hasn't been done already.  In addition, your child should have an eye exam during their well child check-up beginning around age 3.  One in every 4 school-aged children and one in every 17 preschool-aged children have some sort of vision problem requiring treatment.  In addition to checking for near or far sightedness, your child's doctor can look for a lazy eye, crossed eyes, drooping of the eyelid, and color blindness.  As a child grows, an untreated eye disease or problem becomes more difficult to correct.  This can lead to difficulty reading and affect classroom behavior, focus, and social adjustment.  If you notice any of the following warning signs, schedule an appointment with your ophthalmologist:  wandering or crossed eyes, family history of childhood vision problems, disinterest in reading or viewing distant objects, squinting or turning the head in an unusual manner when watching television, sensitivity to light, or frequent rubbing of the eyes.
Preventable eye injuries are the leading cause of vision loss in kids.  Each year there are about 42,000 sports related injuries in America.  To prevent harm, all children should wear protective eyewear when participating in sports such as baseball, football, lacrosse, hockey, basketball, soccer, racquet sports, and paintball.  Purchase age appropriate toys for kids.  Avoid projectile toys such as darts, bows and arrows, and missile-firing toys.

Remember to pray for these nurses and all those on the front lines fighting the coronavirus. 
Family Devotions

Sunday School is inviting the entire congregation to join us for weekly family devotions. Our Sunday School curriculum provider has provided us a fun and thought provoking devotional series. While the general nature of the series is geared toward kids, we would love to have kids of all ages join us. Devotions will be emailed or mailed weekly.  Please email or call Melissa in the main office to be added to the distribution list and please note if you would like the devotions via email or regular mail. 
Sunday School Update
If you have a child who is between 4 years old and 4th grade and they are interested in participating in Sunday School for the 2020 - 2021 school year, please let Chris and Katie know by emailing your Child's name and age to

We are still working out what the format will end up being like (in-person/online). Additional information will be distributed in the coming weeks. 
Bible Study on Isaiah 
The book of Isaiah is full of the promises of God's salvation and written for people who eagerly await what God is doing next.
Join Pastor Sarah and other curious folks to talk about what God promises and what God is up to "In the Days to Come..." 

When: Wednesday Evenings (7:30pm) 
Where: Zoom (click here for the link)
Date: August 26th - September 23rd 
Click here to sign up. 
Questions: Contact Council 
Treasurer, Chris Timmons at

As of 08/27/2020
Over / (under) Budgeted $
Year-to-Date Totals

$ 106,877.31

$   3,170.67  

Sunday, August 30
9:00 am      Outdoor and Live Stream Worship 
11:00 am    Coffee Hour via Zoom 
Tuesday, September 1
7:00 am      Walking Club
7:00 pm      Walking Club
Wednesday, September 2
1:00 pm     Adult Bible Study via Zoom
6:00 pm    Bring Your Own Picnic
7:30 pm    Isaiah Bible Study via Zoom
Sunday, September 6
9:00 am      Outdoor and Live Stream Worship
11:00 am    Coffee Hour via Zoom