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 for 
Sunday, July 12

9:00 am Drive In Outdoor  Worship Service

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Friday, July 10, 2020
FROM PASTOR SARAH
Beloved of God, 

A beautiful poem was shared with me recently titled, For One Who Is Exhausted, A Blessing. It is by the Irish poet and theologian John O'Donohue and is from a book titled, To Bless the Space Between Us. The first line reads,
When the rhythm of the heart becomes hectic, 
Time takes on the strain until it breaks;
Then all the unattended stress falls in
On the mind like an endless, increasing weight.
It speaks to the hectic pace of our lives before Covid-19 and it speaks to the endless drag of days since the world was turned upside down by this pandemic. It puts into words what so many are feeling, the grief, the fear, the frustration, the weariness: 
Something within you has closed down;
  And you cannot push yourself back to life.
Y ou have been forced to enter empty time.
  The desire that drove you has relinquished.
  There is nothing else to do now but rest
  And patiently learn to receive the self. 
He doesn't mince words about what happens when we enter into this "empty time." It is scary and it is unknown. But it also is a gift. Because in this time, better than at any other time in our lives, we are invited to, or forced to, slow ourselves and find our way back to our Creator. The poem ends: 
Now your soul has come to take you back.
Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through.
Be excessively gentle with yourself.
Stay clear of those vexed in spirit.
Learn to linger around someone of ease
Who feels they have all the time in the world.
Gradually, you will return to yourself,
Having learned a new respect for your heart
And the joy that dwells far within slow time.
May you be blessed by empty time so that you may find rest and joy in your God who loves you. 

In Christ's Peace, Pastor Sarah 
Click here to read the whole poem. 
Christ in Our Home Devotional
Copies of the current Christ in Our Home will be available Sunday mornings at the hospitality Station. If you would like a copy mailed to you, please email Melissa or call 651.462.5212

Available on a first come first serve basis.  
EVENING BIBLE STUDY

You can still join in for Acts Bible study on Wednesday evenings. Next week, July 15, we will look at chapters 10 and 11. You don't need to have been at the previous sessions to join in now! 

Dates:  Wednesdays in July 
 Time:   7:00 pm 
 Meet:   via Zoom 

Sign up  here to learn more and join the conversation! 

Password is 5212
Or connect via phone by dialing 312 626 6799 
Meeting ID: 528 018 344
Password: 5212
WORSHIP SERVICE


Bulletin for July 12, 2020
In Case of Severe Weather...

If there are thunderstorms, and we cannot safely worship outside, worship will be live streamed from the sanctuary. A notice will go out via email, put on the church's website & Facebook account and personal phone calls will go to those who do not have internet connections. 
Sunday's Worship Service is streamed live... 
 
We can all worship together -- You choose if you will join us for  drive-in worship or live on our Facebook page. 

The worship service will still be posted on the website for you to watch anytime. 
Worship Readings
The readings for Sunday, July 12th are:
  • First Reading: Isaiah 55:10-13
  • Second Reading: Acts 8:26-40
  • Gospel: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
DIAL A SERMON

Call 651.371.5421 to hear this week's  sermon. 
CHURCH BUSINESS
SPLC COVID Response Team Update: 

The COVID Response Team (formerly known as the Safety Team) continues to work on preparing the COVID-19 Response and Preparedness document as required by the State of MN. A portion of that document relating to Outdoor & Drive In Worship is now available on our website. As with everything COVID-19 related, this document is ever changing based on CDC, MDH, and Synod recommendations. Please watch this space for updates. 

Phase 2 Outdoor & Online Safety Document is available on our website or a downloadable version is here.
CONGREGATIONAL CARE AND FELLOWSHIP
CHURCH CLEANING 

We are looking for volunteers to clean our church as we transition back to "drive in" worship.  If you are able to help, please sign up here.  We would like to limit it to one family unit at a time, and please wear a mask and gloves. 
  • Share Prayers and God Sightings here or by email
Click on  SPLC Zoom Room to join by internet
Or connect via phone by dialing 312 626 6799 
Meeting ID: 528 018 344
Password: 5212
NURSE'S CORNER

We are blessed to have knowledgeable and caring nurses in our congregation! They have some words of advice for us: 

This year has really challenged all of us to look at our community differently, the pandemic, George Floyd's death, the riots and other current events has many people scared and finding it difficult to cope. Grief can come in many forms not just the death of a loved one. Don't be afraid to reach out if you are dealing with any of these types of loss, there are many resources, including COVID Grief Network: https://www.covidgriefnetwork.org for COVID deaths or https://whatsyourgrief.com/ or you can talk with Pastor Sarah or another member of the church. 

Understanding that grief is natural and it is okay that you might not be dealing well in this moment of your life. Watch for signs that friends or family might need a helping hand right now. These might include but aren't limited to withdrawl, avoiding social interaction, abusing substances like alcohol, multiple losses in a short time, support system is limited, unexplained illness, or struggling to complete everyday tasks. If you notice these things speak up and help a friend. This clip is a great way to explain how we can help others from You Tube: https://youtu.be/1Evwgu369Jw its clip by Brene Brown discussing empathy vs sympathy

Remember to pray for these nurses and all those on the front lines fighting the coronavirus. 
SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES 
We are so pleased to be able to offer in-person worship in addition to live-stream and video recording. If you are able to serve in one of thefollowing ways, your congregation would be very appreciative: 
  • Hospitality Station
  • Reader
  • Usher
If interested, please contact  Melissa   or Pastor Sarah 
FINANCIAL UPDATE
Questions: Contact Council 
Treasurer, Chris Timmons at treasurer@SharingChristsLove.org



As of 07/09/2020
2020 
Budgeted
2020
Received
Over / (under) Budgeted $
Year-to-Date Totals
$  81, 020.81
$ 85,545.58
$   4,524.77  
WEEK-AT-A-GLANCE
Sunday, July 12
9:00 am      Drive In/Outdoor Worship
Sunday, July 19
9:00 am      Drive In/Outdoor Worship