ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH

651-462-5212
5879 Wyoming Trail
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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

Worship Schedule for
Sunday, December 15th
Advent 3
Children's Play 

9:00 am 
Worship Service

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Friday, December 13,  2019
FROM PASTOR SARAH
Beloved of God, 

The holiday season is often about reconnecting - with family, with friends, and with our gracious, loving God. In these next two weeks before Christmas, I hope you will take time for that reconnecting. 

This Sunday during worship you will be able to connect with your church family through the Children's Christmas play, "Super Christmas." The following Sunday, December 22, stay after worship to make lefse with your brothers and sisters in Christ. Both will be joy-filled experiences! 

You can reconnect with God through Advent by Candlelight on Wednesday evenings at 7pm, regular worship at 9am on Sundays, and beautiful Christmas services at 4pm and 10pm on Christmas Eve. 

Please, also take some time to think about how you would like to see our community grow together in the new calendar year. We're taking on a project creating promises we can make to each other about how we will treat one another. 

It starts with brainstorming around a question: what is Y(our) Vision of the Golden Rule? Visit the station in the Narthex to add your thoughts. Be as specific as you can! To get you thinking, consider personal interactions, what happens when there is a conflict, and how we should approach our assumptions about one another. 

Please take a look at the article in last week's Refresh and ReNEWS for more information. And please talk with me, Arlie Post, Dale Brainerd, or any Council member about this important work for St. Paul Lutheran Church! 

Peace to you! 
Pastor Sarah 
ADVENT & CHRISTMAS
SCHEDULE OF WORSHIP & EVENTS

December 15th - Advent 3: 
9:00 am - Children's Play: Super Christmas 
December 18th - Advent by Candlelight:
7:00 pm - Holden Evening Prayer
December 18th & 19th - AGC Christmas Program
10:30 am - Songs & Children's message in the Fellowship Hall 
December 22nd - Advent 3:
  9:00 am - CPR Puppets perform
10:00 am - Lefse making fellowship event
December 24th - Christmas Eve:
  4:00 pm - Family Service with Candlelight
10:00 pm - Candlelight Service
December 29th - First Sunday of Christmas: 
  9:00 am - Lessons and Carols
January 5th - Epiphany of Our Lord
   9:00 am - Worship

If you would like additional information about any service or event, please contact Melissa (office administrator) at 651.462.5212 or  admin@sharingchristslove.org
CHURCH BUSINESS

We welcome all ages to worship, especially children! 

If your child is going to be in the children's area, please have an adult with them and clean up the space after worship. 

Thank you!
A N O N Y M O U S A N T A
This is the last weekend to support the confirmation students by donating toys for Anonymous Santa! The "Christmas with Dignity" program sponsors the effort, offering parents who are unable to buy Christmas presents the opportunity to "shop" in the holiday store at North Branch United Methodist Church.  

Please  return the items by THIS SUNDAY, December 15th.  Our confirmation students are packing donations that afternoon.  
Christmas Poinsettias
Poinsettias are available for purchase!   Orders are due by THIS Sunday, December 15th. Forms are available on the welcome table or the usher's table. 

Prices are: 
4"  small  $7.00 (red, white, or pink)
6"  medium  $13.00 (red, white, pink or marble)
8"  large  $18.00 (red and white)
10"  extra large  $30.00 (red and white)

You can pick up your plant after the 10:00 pm Christmas Eve service, or anytime after December 26th. 

If you have any further questions about ordering, please contact Melissa (office administrator) at 651.462.5212 or admin@sharingchristslove.org
DUE DECEMBER 23rd! 
Team leads - please submit your team report for the Congregational Annual Report to Melissa (office administrator) by December 23rd!  

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: 
  • We are looking for ADULT volunteers to staff the Nursery with our confirmation student volunteers on Sunday mornings. All volunteers must have completed Safeguarding training and adults must have a background check. 
  • Please sign up to purchase flowers for Sunday mornings, or to provide refreshments for fellowship after service. Sign up sheets are available in Narthex.
Please email Melissa (office administrator) at admin@sharingchristslove.org with any questions. 
Service Opportunities at Saint Paul Lutheran!
Each week we will highlight opportunities for you to serve in your congregation. Watch this space for details!
  • Building Cleaning: Please sign up on the clipboard at the welcome center. A list of duties is attached to the sign up. The last two weeks of December and into January are open. 
  • Snow Shoveling: Please sign up to shovel the walks at church on Sunday mornings, and during the school week. Shovels and Salt are provided! 
QUESTIONS:
Contact Katie Fetterly at treasurer@sharingchristslove.org

As of 12/11/19 Actual Budgeted
Over/(Under) Budget
YTD Totals
$ 184,213.62
$ 194,365.55
$ (10,151.93)
YOUTH UPDATES
Dish Towels Sale! 
The Mission Trip youth are selling embroidered dish towels on Sunday, December 15th. They  make great gifts!
Updates: 

Anonymous Santa - 

Meet at church at 12:30pm on Sunday, December 15 to travel to North Branch and help sort toys for families in need!

The last Confirmation Class of 2019 is at 6:30 on December 18th. We begin meeting again January 8th at 6:30 pm. 

If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Sarah at pastor@sharingchristslove.org

Sunday School will resume classes on January 5, 2020 . We are in need of volunteers each week. Please consider volunteering for one or more dates.
  • Guest Readers - Each week we will have a guest reader read our bible story for the class. We encourage everyone in the congregation to come and read, even if you do not have kids in Sunday School. Volunteer here
  • Small Group Leaders - Each week we will need at least two adult volunteers to help facilitate the small groups and other activities. Volunteer here
  • Confirmation Student Volunteers - We welcome a Confirmation student volunteer each week to help with various activities. Volunteer here
  • Sunday School Refreshments - We would welcome a volunteer to provide a light snack for about 20 kids at the beginning of each Sunday School Class. Volunteer here
MIGOLI / MTERA PARISH UPDATE
We received three wonderful thank you letters from the children we sponsor in the Mtera parish of Tanzania.  Please take a moment to click on the link below for each letter.  It is a delight to hear from the people whom we help and pray for.  Thank you for your ongoing support for this mission.  

UPCOMING EVENTS
Food Truck Family Pathways
Wednesday, Jan. 8th
11:00 am - Village Inn 
Bring a Friend!

Grab a friend and meet other seniors for a time of fun and fellowship at the Village Inn  in Wyoming. 

Don't forget it's free pie day!

FOOD TRUCK
December 21st 

A small donation can make a big difference in the life of those receiving the gifts. Food donations may be placed in the cart in the Narthex. Volunteers are also needed for this wonderful outreach program. 

Volunteer Sign up at the Welcome Center. 
Join us in making Lefse!
Sunday, December 22nd at 10:00 am.  If you have equipment or experience you are willing to share, please contact Arlie Post at 651-503-3169  or  arlie.post@gmail.com  
SCRIP
Be sure to stop at the Welcome Center to purchase Scrip Cards to help with your Christmas shopping. We have a large variety of cards in stock, including many under $20. These make great teacher gifts, stocking stuffers, Secret Santa, or maybe just a gift for you!

(this form has only a fraction of the gift cards available)

All gift cards for $20 or less. Great for coworkers, stockings, teachers or yourself!

Complete List of all Retailers
WEEK-AT-A-GLANCE
Sunday, December 15
  9:00 am     Worship - Children's Christmas Play
  6:30 pm     Hand Bells 
Monday, December 16
6:30 pm       Boy Scout Meeting
6:30 pm       Adult Choir Practice 
Tuesday, December 17
4:00 pm       Prayer Team
5:00 pm       Visitation Team 
6:30 pm       Council Meeting
6:30 pm       Cub Scout Parent Meeting
Wednesday, December 18
        1:00 pm       Prayers for the Congregation
1:30 pm       Adult Bible Study
6:30 pm       Confirmation/SPLASH
7:00 pm       Advent by Candlelight Service 
Thursday, December 19
5:30 pm       Global Missions Team 
Saturday, December 21
9:00 am       Family Pathways Food Truck 
Sunday, December 22 
  9:00 am     Worship
10:00 am     Lefsa Making  
  6:30 pm     Hand Bells 

Save the Date: 
Sunday, January 26 - Annual Meeting