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 8th
Advent 2

9:00 am 
Worship Service

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Friday, December 6,  2019
FROM PASTOR SARAH
Beloved of God, 

In Romans 15:5 St. Paul writes: "May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." 

He is writing to a congregation in conflict giving them advice about how to be a congregation united in Christ. 

It's comforting to know that other congregations have been through difficult times - even all the way back to the very earliest Christians - and that they made it. We're still reading their words and reaping the benefits of their wisdom recorded in the New Testament! We have a long legacy of faithful Christian communities to draw on. So on Sunday we begin a process of creating a set of promises that we will make to one another. These promises are for the health and benefit of our congregation, our families, and for us individually. 

It starts with brainstorming around a question: what is Y(our) Vision of the Golden Rule? You'll hear more about it on Sunday and there will be a station in the Narthex to check out and talk with folks more. 

The next steps include naming the norms of our interactions in the past, the healthy ones and the less-than-healthy ones. We'll learn from other congregations how having a set of promises they make to each other has made a difference for them. We'll create our own set of promises that we can adopt at our Annual Meeting on January 26th. The whole process involves everyone in the congregation and will be visually represented on the wall in the Narthex. 

This is an important part of the health process for us. I've personally seen this kind of thing make a huge difference in congregations. I hope that each of you will open yourself to this process and take part in creating a positive, uplifting environment here at St. Paul that oozes love and joy out into the congregation and the world. 

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

December 8th - Advent 2:
Food Truck Sunday
Yule Log Fellowship Event
December 11th - Advent by Candlelight 7 pm: 
Holden Evening Prayer
December 15th - Advent 3: 
Children's Play: Super Christmas 
December 18th - Advent by Candlelight 7 pm:
Holden Evening Prayer
December 18th & 19th - Preschool Christmas 
Program 10:30 am: Songs & Children's message in the Fellowship Hall 
December 22nd - Advent 3:
Puppets performing offering & sending songs
Lefse making fellowship event
December 24th - Christmas Eve:
4 pm Family Service
10 pm Candlelight Service
December 29th - First Sunday of Christmas: 
Lessons and Carols
January 5th - Epiphany of Our Lord

If you would like additional information about any service or above events, please contact Melissa (office administrator) at 651.462.5212 or  admin@sharingchristslove.org
Sunday's Readings
Isaiah 11:1-10
Romans 15:4-7, 12-13
Matthew 3:1-12
CHURCH BUSINESS
Yule Logs! 
THIS SUNDAY, December 8th - 10:00 am

We are excited to once again have Dee lead us in making Yule Logs!  We hope you can join us for this event, all are welcome.  Glue guns and glue sticks will be needed! Sign up sheet is on the welcome table.
A N O N Y M O U S A N T A
Once again this year, the confirmation students are participating in Anonymous Santa!  This directly supports the "Christmas with Dignity" program, which offers parents that are unable to buy Christmas presents the opportunity to "shop" in the holiday store at North Branch United Methodist Church.  

Please take an "ornament" off the tree located in the Narthex, and return the items by December 15th.  Our confirmation students will be helping pack donations on December 15th.  
Christmas Poinsettias
We will have poinsettias available for purchase again this year!  Please watch for order sheets in the Sunday bulletin or there are order forms at the welcome table.  Orders are due by Sunday, December 15th. 

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

A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped decorate the church last Sunday!  Your help is very much appreciated! 
Seeking Donations of Personal Care and Food Items for the Food Truck

For the past several years the St. Paul Lutheran members have provided a Christmas gift to the families visiting the Food Truck in December.  This year we would like to put together a box of personal care items for each family. Please consider adding some of these items to your shopping list this holiday season. 

Laundry Detergent, Fabric Softener Sheets, Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels, Deodorant, Toothpaste, Shampoo, and Conditioner and band-aids.  

It would be wonderful if you could bring these items in by Sunday, December 8th , so we would know what we needed to go buy to fill up the boxes.  If you would like us to do the shopping for you, you could make a donation to St. Paul Lutheran, memo line: Personal Care Items, Food Truck.  If you have any questions please contact Jan Brainard or Katie Edwards.   

Food items that are always needed

Baked beans, cereal, tuna, white rice, coffee, salt/pepper, baking goods (flour, sugar, etc.)

When donating, please keep in mind our food truck services about 30 people each time.

This Sunday, we will be including our food truck donations during offering.  Thank you for supporting this mission. 
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. 

Also, 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 12/04/19 Actual Budgeted
Over/(Under) Budget
YTD Totals
$ 181,158.62
$ 190,955.63
$ (9,797.01)
YOUTH UPDATES
COSTUME NEEDED:

An Incredible Hulk costume (size youth large), is needed for the Christmas program.  If you are have one you are willing to donate, please contact Joanna at  jkroschel@sharingchristslove.org
Dish Towels Sale! 
The Mission Trip youth are selling embroidered dish towels on Sunday, December 15th. They
 make great gifts!
Updates:  Please note the following changes and events: 
  • There is a fellowship event for Confirmation students Friday, December 6th, 6-9 pm at church - Christmas festivities, a movie and other activities. This is a required fellowship event. 
  • Confirmation meets December 11, and 18 at 6:30. There will be time for learning and check-in and then worship at 7 pm. 
  • Confirmation Class will take a break over the holidays. We begin meeting again January 8th at 6:30 pm. 
If you have any question, please contact Pastor Sarah at pastor@sharingchristslove.org
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, Dec. 11th
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!

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WEEK-AT-A-GLANCE
Sunday, December 8
  9:00 am     Worship
10:00 am     Yule Logs
  6:30 pm     Hand Bells 
Monday, December 9
6:30 pm       Boy Scout Meeting
Tuesday, December 10
7:00 pm       Cub Scout Parent Meeting
Wednesday, December 11
      11:00 am       Keenagers
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 12
6:00 pm       Girl Scout Meeting
Sunday, December 15 
  9:00 am     Worship Children's Christmas Play 
  6:30 pm     Hand Bells 

Save the Date: 
Sunday, December 22 - Lefse Making
Sunday, January 26 - Annual Meeting