Sunday,  February 25th, 2018

Gentle  Read er,
What's in a name ?  Quite a lot, actually!  Research has shown that, contrary  to what Shakespeare wrote, a rose by any other name would not smell as sweet to us.  Names help shape how we perceive our world and ourselves.

This week in worship, God changes a man's name as a reminder of the fresh start and the new life that He is giving.  Throughout his life that man named Abraham wrestled with his own faith in wheth
er God would be faithful to what He had promised.  As it turns out, God is faithful and the new name he gives each of us truly makes a difference.  Come as you are, and hear the name that God has for you.  It may just change your life!

Traditional Worship  8:30am
Contemporary Worship led by the children of the congregation  10:00am

Looking forward to seeing you there!
Pastor Grant

Pastor Grant's February Message to the Congregation
  1. Children of Christ Sunday at 10 am.  Hope you can join us as some of the children help lead the service.
  2. Last Day to order 150th T-shirts.  See Janet or leave your form with the office.
  3. LAST DAY to get your name on the list for the March 4th Mission Trip Chili Contest.  It will be an awesome day of filling up on a variety of delicious home-made chili and then pick the new winner for the BIG SPOON!

Mon., Feb. 26th - Hand Bells at 6pm  -  Adult Choir at 7pm 

Tues., Feb. 27th - SPLASH 3rd - 4th Grade 10 Commandment Class  -  Ministry Team Lead Meeting at 6pm

Wed., Feb. 28th - Bible Study in Library at 12:30pm  -  Confirmation & SPLASH at 6pm. 
7 pm  -  Vespers Evening Song & Prayer.  Pastor Jon Yurk of Trinity Lutheran Church, North Branch, will join us. Theme:  Spring Cleaning Through God's Holy Word  -  DAWN!
Thur., Feb 22nd  - Praise Band at 6:30pm
This Lent, St. Paul Lutheran Church invites you to join us in a spiritual discipline of  de-cluttering!
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and learn more!

Please fill out an order form found in the narthex, and drop it in the offering plate or leave with Wendy in the office.

Make checks payable to St. Paul Lutheran with memo line stating "Easter flowers".
  • Orders due by Sunday, March 11th
  • You may pick up your plant following the 10:00 am service on Easter

Giving Update: Based on pledge cards, we budgeted the giving for the month of January 2018 at $21,250.

We received $14,359 for an overall shortfall of $6,891.

Thank you for your contributions and please remember the cost of operating the church goes on even if you are unable to make it to  Sunday  service. 

MARCH CHOIR DATES:  March 5th & 26th


MOBILE FOOD PACK OPPORTUNITIES:  Hosanna Lutheran Church in Forest Lake sponsors a Feed My Children Mobile Food Pack each year.   The next opportunity will be held April 19 - 21.   A sign-up sheet is available at our church for those that want to volunteer to pack.    Our Lenten offerings will be given to Hosanna to go towards the purchase of the ingredients for the pack.   For more information go to Hosanna's website
Do you love music?  Would you enjoy helping to shape the experience of  Sunday morning Worship?

Then Hymn Pickers may be for you!  Hymn Pickers is a worship team that meets quarterly to select hymns and liturgy for the  8:30 worship service.

In order to keep the team diverse and energetic, each year we rotate one or two folks off and add new members to replace them.  This year we are looking for one (1) new member to join us in hymn and liturgy selection for the 2018-2019 school year. Passion for Jesus, music and worship are required.  Ability to read music is not. :-)

If you are interested contact Pastor Grant.
Wanted Summer Roadies and Guest Musicians
Anyone with an interest in sound equipment and technology willing to learn and be a part of summer worship AND/OR provide music leadership during outdoor worship.  If interested, please contact Sheila Byl at or call the church office at 651-462-5212.

Reach for the Stars/Wellness for Seniors (Men and Women):

Come join us for exercise of easy stretch and cardio at Faith Lutheran Church, Forest Lake (Mon., Wed., or Fri., from 9 - 10am).  Offered year-round.  Free under Silver Sneakers program through your insurance or just $2.00 per class.  Ask Fran, Dean and Claudia ... they attend regularly.  Sue Lindell from Monarch (formerly Ecumen) is a superb instructor! 

Wed., February 14th:  Vespers Prayers  with Holy Communion

Weekly Wednesday Services at 7pm February 21 - March 21

LOOK FOR SCHEDULE of Pastors Preaching during
Lent in this weeks Refresh & ReNEW Newsletter and
read about their "SPRING CLEANING" themed services ...
Shout, Dawn, Cascade, Arm & Hammer, and Finish!   

"For our 150th Anniversary year, we want to purposefully measure the difference we make in our world.  
We want to celebrate all the lives we touch in big and small ways.  And we are asking you to count those blessings and get your numbers to the church council each month.

Our ministries should be focused on the good that we do for people-- in our congregation and outside of our congregation."    Shirley Zierke