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 29th
Lessons and Carols

9:00 am 
Worship Service

Quick Links
Friday, December 27,  2019
FROM PASTOR SARAH
Beloved of God, 

I'm one of those people that wants Christmas to go on and on. I want to experience the full 12 Days of Christmas after Christmas Day, like it was meant to be. I suppose that is one of the things I love about the church. Because while the stores and the media have moved on to the next big thing, we get to stay in the wonder and mystery of Christmas for two whole weeks. 

As we lean into these 12 days, heading toward Epiphany and into the new calendar year, I invite you to ponder these words from poet Howard Thurman:

The Work of Christmas 
When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among others,
To make music in the heart.

May the work of Christmas be our work as we journey together into what God has in store for us. 
 
Peace to you! 
Pastor Sarah 
ADVENT & CHRISTMAS
SCHEDULE OF WORSHIP & EVENTS

December 29th - First Sunday of Christmas
  9:00 am - Lessons and Carols with handbells
January 5th - Epiphany of Our Lord
   9:00 am - Worship
CHURCH BUSINESS
DUE NOW
Thank you to all the team leads who have turned in their annual reports. If you have not turned in your report, please submit it ASAP.   Please email admin@sharingchristslove.org
Adult Forum January 5 and 12 
Curious about the "Golden Rule" question in the Narthex? Wondering what is happening with all those sticky notes? Join Arlie, Dale, and Pastor Sarah to find out more and get your creative thinking going! 
Bread Breakers is small groups of couples/families who meet monthly to get to know their congregational brothers and sisters better.
 
Groups of four different couples/families will be formed. Each month one meal will be hosted by a couple/family. By the end of four months, each couple/family will have hosted a meal for their group. Each group will work among themselves where and when the month's meal will be. This can be an informal gathering at your home or an offsite location.
 
Sign-up in the Narthex or Here
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: 

 

Nursery:  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.
Altar Flowers:  2020 altar flowers dates are currently being filled, so sign up now. Placing flowers on the altar for our worship services is a wonderful way to honor someone you love and appreciate or to remember a departed loved one.
 
Arranging to place flowers is as simple as a signing up, telling us what information you would like printed in the bulletin, we order the flowers, and the florist delivers them. You write a check for $15 and put in the offering plate (checks made payable to St. Paul Lutheran Church, with the memo line stating "altar flowers) and you are done.  Sign-up in the Narthex (outside the Library) or  Sign-up here.
Sunday Morning Refreshments
Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. Don't forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! 
   Hebrews 13:1-2 

Before and after worship on Sunday mornings is a time for fellowship with our fellow worshippers. Treats brought in by you add to this fellowship time.

We are looking for volunteers to bring in treats on Sunday mornings and volunteers to clean-up the coffee and treats. 

You can sign-up in the Narthex or   Sign-Up Here.
Questions on any of these volunteer opportunities, please contact Melissa (office administrator) 651.462.5212 or  admin@sharingchristslove.org .
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! 
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. 

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!
Questions:  Contact Council Treasurer, Katie Fetterly, at treasurer@sharingchristslove.org

As of 
12/23/2019

Actual

Budgeted
Over / (under) Budget
YTD Totals
$197,268.93
$201,185.40
$ (3,916.47)
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
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Needed: 
Complete, age-appropriate, cardboard puzzles for the children's area in the sanctuary. Thank you!!

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


SPLASH starts up again January 8th at 6:30pm. See you then!! 
The Sermon notes and Confirmation Service Hour totals are posted on the bulletin board outside of the youth room. Please note the date posted. It will be updated regularly. Thanks to Angie Lundblad and Jodie Beaudette for keeping track!!  

We begin meeting for class again January 8th at 6:30 pm. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Pastor Sarah at pastor@sharingchristslove.org
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
January 18th!

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

Please stay for the annual meeting right after worship on January 26th and a pot luck lunch to follow! 
SCRIP
This week we will not be selling Scrip, but we will be taking orders. Scrip orders placed this week will be available for pick-up next week. 

Also, to ensure Scrip continues, we need everyone to participate and we need volunteers to help sell Scrip cards on Sunday mornings. Selling is easy (we have complete instructions) and only a short commitment of time. 

Sign-up here to volunteer

WEEK-AT-A-GLANCE
Sunday, December 29 - Lessons & Carols
9:00 am      Worship
Monday, December 30
6:30 pm      Boy Scout Meeting
Tuesday, December 31- New Year Eve
OFFICE OPEN
Wednesday, January 1st - New Year's Day
       OFFICE CLOSED 
Sunday, January 5
  9:00 am     Worship
10:00 am     Sunday School 
10:00 am     Adult Education Hour 

Save the Date: 
Sunday, January 26 - Annual Meeting