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 22nd
Advent 4
CPR Puppet Sunday 

9:00 am 
Worship Service

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Friday, December 20,  2019
FROM PASTOR SARAH
Beloved of God, 

'Twas the night before, the night before, the night before Christmas, and all through the church 
the staff were preparing for Jesus' birth! 

It is only a few short days until Christmas when we welcome again the Christ child! I pray that in these holy days you find some peace and joy amid preparations and festivities. 

While so many of us celebrate, enjoying time off work and school to be with family, we remember those for whom this is not a joyous time or for whom there is no rest. Those who are experiencing homelessness and unemployment, those who have fled their homes, those for whom home is not a safe place, those who are sick and grieving, those who work so that the rest of us can rest. Reach out if you can to anyone you know who needs it. You don't have to do or say anything. Just be there and give a little love. Be God's presence in someone's life this Christmas. That is the best way to celebrate our God who became human and lived among us. 

Jesus is Emmanuel, which means, God With Us. God is indeed with us in everything we do and say, in our waking and our sleeping, in our moments of joy and the depths of our sorrow. May you be a sign of God With Us to someone this week. 

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

December 22nd - Advent 4:
  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
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The Gift of a Clean Building 
We need YOU to clean! Give the gift of a clean church to the friends and family who will attend worship on Christmas Eve! Sign up in the Narthex at the Welcome Table - a list of duties is with the sign-up sheet. Come to clean any time between today and next Tuesday morning. Talk with a member of the Property, Building, and Grounds Ministry Team if you have any questions. 
Join us in making Lefse!

This Sunday, December 22nd at 10:00 am

The November (meeting held December 3) and December (meeting held December 17) Church Council minutes are available on the website or to
download (links below) .

On the website, you can also find past council minutes, guidelines, current forms, how to contact team leaders or your church council and the church constitution. Hard copies of the minutes are available at the Welcome Center. 

Please read so you know what's happening in your congregation!


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!
DUE DECEMBER 23rd! 
Team leads - please submit your team report for the Congregational Annual Report to Melissa (office administrator) by December 23rd!  

Nominating Committee Update 

The Nominating Committee is Brandy Timmons, Sean Fraley, Tom Miller, and Pastor Sarah. Their work to invite individuals to serve on Council will wrap up early in January. 

There are five roles opening this year: President, Treasurer, and three Members at Large. The Nominating Committee is looking for folks who have the following characteristics: active faith life, open minded, self-differentiated, good listener, good communicator, can see the big picture, open to change, and value the  history of the congregation. The committee also has an eye on finding a mix of demographics including, age, gender, and length of time in the congregation,  among others. 

If you are interested in serving on Council, or you know someone who might be a good Council member, please talk with one of the Nominating Committee. 

A slate will be created for the  annual meeting. Nominations are also accepted from the  floor. 
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. Kick off 2020 by doing a little service at church! Make it a family affair!  
  • 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 12/17/19 Actual Budgeted
Over/(Under) Budget
YTD Totals
$ 191,904.62
$ 197,775.48
$ (5,870.86)
End-of-year Giving 
The end of the calendar year is a great time to give a little extra. Please consider a gift to your congregation. 

YOUTH UPDATES


SPLASH starts up again January 8th at 6:30pm. See you then!! 
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
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. 
Sunday, January 26

Immediately following worship
SCRIP
WEEK-AT-A-GLANCE
Saturday, December 21
  9:00 am     Family Pathways Food Truck  
Sunday, December 22 - CPR Puppet Sunday
9:00 am      Worship
     10:00 am       Lefsa Making 
6:30 pm       Hand Bells
Monday, December 23
6:30 pm      Boy Scout Meeting
6:30 pm      Adult Choir Practice
Tuesday, December 24 - Christmas Eve
OFFICE CLOSED
  4:00 pm       Christmas Eve Service
10:00 pm       Christmas Eve Service
Wednesday, December 25 - Christmas Day
       OFFICE CLOSED 
Sunday, December 29
9:00 am       Worship

Save the Date: 
Sunday, January 26 - Annual Meeting