Sunday, December 16th The 3rd Sunday in Advent
8:30 am Traditional Worship Service with St. Paul Lutheran Church Choir!






10:00 am Our Annual Children's Christmas Program!
Join us afterwards for refreshments


Gentle Reader,
Christmas is coming, and the season is a frenzy of activity!  This Sunday, take a moment away from the dash and twinkle of all there is to do, and rest in the eternal story that is the reason for the season.  It's about a God who loves you so much that He gave His only son... It may just change your life!

8:30 Traditional worship w/John the Baptist preaching important words on the banks of the Jordan and pastor Grant preaching as well ;-)

10:00 St. Paul Lutheran Christmas Pageant.  Come and hear the story of Jesus birth as told through the voices of our children and youth!

Looking forward to seeing you there!
Pastor Grant

Look for your latest issue of
ReFresh & ReNEWS at the Welcome Center!
Blankets Will Be Distributed at Food Truck this Saturday

To help celebrate our 150
th Anniversary, the Loaves & Fishes team organized the Great Blanket Giveaway for the December Food Truck. 86 blankets were made. This project began in January with members donating material. Thanks to the Forest Lake Lions we were given enough money to cover the rest of the material. Jan Brainard organized several blanket making sessions.  Thank you to all those who were a part of this great way to celebrate our 150th Anniversary.


LAST CHANCE TO PROVIDE unwrapped Christmas gifts or gift cards for Anonymous Santa. Plea se bring to church no later than service times on December 16th.
 
SPLASH and Confirmation students will head to North Branch at 2:30 pm to help with the distribution of these gifts at Main Street Church. If you would like to join in, please let Janet Nutter know before Sunday.
Giving Hope.  Giving the Gift of Warmth this Christmas

Donations of New or Gently Used Warm Winter Clothing and Outwear for the Union Gospel Mission is greatly needed.

Please drop off at church no later than Wed., December 19th.

"What are we to do?"  
We're making a difference!
God Bless!




CHURCH CALENDAR
Saturday, December 15
9:00am   Food Truck Family Pathways
10:00am   (S) Practice for the Children's Christmas Program
Sunday, December 16
8:30am   Traditional Worship Service
SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM - 10 am Service
2:30pm Anonymous Santa: Youth in NB
6:30pm (L)Bible Study
Monday, December 17
  Office Open by Appt.
6:30pm Boy Scouts
7:00pm SPLC Choir
Tuesday, December 18
4:00pm Prayer Team
5:00pm Visitation Team
6:30pm Council Meeting
6:30pm (CRs)(FH) Den Meetings Cub Pack 142
7:00pm (SR) Cub Parents Wkly Meeting
Wednesday, December 19
10:00am Welcome Center Meeting (L)
10:00am Chapel - All God's Children
1:00pm (L) Bible Study
7:00pm Advent Service
Thursday, December 20
5:30pm (FH) Girl Scouts Tp. 56611
5:30pm GMT (Global Missions Team)
6:45pm Praise Band Practice
Friday, December 21
8:00am Straighten Pews
Saturday, Dec. 22nd
9:00am Christmas Poinsettias Delivered
Sunday, December 23
Choir Singing!
9:00am Traditional Worship Service
 
LAST WEEK TO ORDER SCRIP CARDS FOR CHRISTMAS
 
Don't miss your chance to order gift cards for your Christmas gift giving.

Planning on buying VISA gift cards (no fees with us!)? Don't want to leave your home? Forgot someone?  DON'T WORRY, SPLC is here to help you.  Order your Scrip gift card by THIS SUNDAY and you will receive next Sunday, December 23.  

Don't see a store you want?  Be sure to check the Scrip website for a complete list of all available stores.  

Stop by the Welcome Center for order forms, help or to purchase the cards we have in stock. 

Here are some of the current specials 

*AMC Theatre - 11%
*American Eagle - 11.75%
*Applebees - 11%
*Barnes & Noble - 12.75%
*Blimpie - 26%
*Cabela's - 11.75%
*Caribou - 6.75%
*Carters - 11%
*Cold Stone - 26%

*Dave & Busters - 14.75%
*Express - 12%
*HomeDepot - 7%
*Jiffy Lube - 10%
*Lane Bryant - 9.75%
*Lowes - 6%
*Shutterfly - 11.75%
*Starbucks - 8.75%



         
       Scrip Website






Orders placed by December 17,
will be here in time for Christmas



WEDNESDAY 7 PM ADVENT SERVICES
 
Wednesday Evening Advent Services
December 19th

COME and Hear a Voice from the Global Church.  Mikyoung Park, from South Korea, will share how she sees Emmanuel, God with Us, during this Holy Season.  


All offering during our Advent Services goes to Lutheran Disaster Relief. 

Evangelical Lutheran Church in AMERICA

We are partnering with ELCA and all Advent Offerings will go to help the victims of our recent U.S. Wildfires.
Pray.
Give.
Connect.
Recognition for Their Service
Recognition of Service to the Church 
 
On Sunday, December 23rd, during our 9:00 am worship service, the council will recognition Arne Ranta for his long-time service to music within the church.  Arne's last performance as choir director will be December 24th during the 10:00 pm service.

Also, recognized will be Cindy Gruett.  Cindy has served many years with our Altar Guild.  Cindy continues her service with altar guild but recently stepped down as the lead.  Claudia Nelson and Jaime Fraley have jointly taken over this important position.



Please help us in recognizing both Arne and Cindy's contributions to St. Paul Lutheran this coming December 23rd.

Arne Ranta
Cindy Gruett




All Christmas Poinsettias can be taken home following our 10:00 pm Christmas Eve Worship
As of December 4, 2018


GENERAL FUND:
Year-to-Date Giving
$227,860.75
 Based on Pledges, Year-to-Date Budget
$242,250.00
YEAR-TO-DATE TOTAL
-$14,389.25
MATCHING FUNDS:
Congregational Matching Funds Received
$8,080.00
Funds to Match Congregational Giving
$8,080.00
MATCHING FUNDS TOTAL
$16,160.00

Our matching funds goal is to raise $10,000 from the congregation for a
total of $20,000, once the funds are matched.  We are 80.8% of the way
to our goal. The matching drive will end December 31, 2018. Thank you
for your continued support of St. Paul Lutheran.

Katie Fetterly, Treasurer    treasurer@SharingChristsLove.org

Darling, Dee!

Our very own, Dee Wilkinson, did a great job of organizing our Family Event night by sharing how she relates the custom of the Yule Log with our Savior Jesus and the life of a Christian.  The Lundgren's and many other families & friends enjoyed the story and making their very own Yule Log.  Thanks, Dee.  We Love Ya!
If you lost a watch, please see Wendy in the office.
 
Who's Who in the Pews?
 
Starting with our first Sunday in the New Year, SPLC will begin using
Who's Who in the Pews.
A clipboard will be placed in each Pew. Every individual and family will  write down their name and whether they will commune during worship.
This NEW process
will not replace our usher counts, but will provide members and visitors the opportunity to let us know if they have current needs with prayers, visits, membership, or other requests found through the form.
This process will also assist the church in gathering pertinent information for annual reporting to the Synod.
Who knows?  It may even provide some new ways to get to know each other and share stories of our Christian Faith. 
We appreciate everyone's compliance with the process beginning in January.

Extra Calendars?
 
Are you like me and you receive 3-4 calendar's each year from the wonderful people who do business with you?

If you do, please consider bringing calendars you will not use to the church office so we can give them away to others that might need them.

THANKS!
On the website, you can find the monthly Council Minutes, the church constitution and how to contact members of your church council.  There is also hard copies of the council minutes at the Welcome Center?  Just ask, and we'd be happy to provide you a copy of the minutes.  

Purchase a Special Treat for Family & Friends
Café Salvador Coffee
Imported Chocolate from Germany
Purchase at Your Welcome Center!
We're Counting Our Blessings!

LOOK at our
Blessings Grow!

We're Sharing Christ's Love
with Joy!
SMILE ... It's Annual Report Time!
All ministry team leaders should have received a notice from Wendy this week regarding our annual report.

If you lead a ministry team and did not receive this information, please let Wendy know ASAP!

All Reports due to Wendy no later than December 21st.
GREAT EVENTS THROUGH ST. PAUL SYNOD.  CHECK IT OUT BELOW 
 
Look for the events and be sure to scroll to the bottom and click on "See More" to see all that they are offering in education, community, and special events
Check us out.  We're on a Mission of
Sharing Christ's Love With Joy!