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, June 28

9:00 am Drive In Outdoor  Worship Service

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Friday, June 26 2020
FROM PASTOR SARAH
Beloved of God, 

Hanging on the wall in my office is this quote: Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all living beings which are all part of one another and all involved in one another. - Thomas Merton, Christian writer and monk
 
Our world needs that kind of compassion always, and especially now. Here are ways to practice compassion in your life: 
  • Listen without interrupting or thinking about what you're going to say in response. 
  • When you notice suffering in yourself or others, allow yourself to be moved rather than brushing it off. 
  • Remember a time when someone showed you compassion and write a letter of gratitude. 
As we all seek to navigate a world that is very different from any we've known before, we can easily find ourselves dismissing others' experiences as untrue or unimportant. But when we practice compassion, we unleash God's love into the situation and into the world. 

The same is true in this congregation. You are entering a time of figuring out what the future will hold in several ways:
  • Writing paperwork that will begin the call process for your next pastor.
  • Figuring out the safe reentry to building usage.
  • What congregational life looks like after significant conflict, a time of healing work, and in a time physically apart from one another. 
Flexing your compassion muscles is so very important in the days and months ahead of you. Know that God's compassion is never ending and draw on that grace and forgiveness. 

In peace, 
Pastor Sarah 
PASTOR SARAH VACATION

Pastor Sarah will be out the week of June 29-July 5th.  Pastor Justin Grimm will be our guest pastor on Sunday, July 5th. Pastor Steve Melander is on call for pastoral care emergencies:  763-218-1865. 
EVENING BIBLE STUDY

Join Pastor Sarah for the Book of Acts Bible Study. You don't need to attend every week's Bible Study.
Pastor is looking forward to exploring one of her favorite books of the bible with you.

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


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, June 28th are:
  • First Reading: Jeremiah 28:5-9
  • Second Reading: Acts 6:1-7
  • Gospel: Matthew 10:40-42 
DIAL A SERMON

Call 651.371.5421 to hear this week's  sermon. 
CHURCH BUSINESS
Please read all the ways our church is working toward the next steps in the COVID-19 process.
  • COVID-19 Updates on the website
  • Hospitality Station: On Sundays a station will be set up outside with a limited number of bulletins, masks, individually pre-packaged communion kits, and hand sanitizer. 
  • Sign-In and Sign-Out Sheet: If you are in the building, please sign in and out.This sheet allows us to care for each other in case of COVID-19 exposure and is a state requirement for churches. The sheet is in the Narthex. 
  • SPLC's Congregational Care Team: In addition to fellowship hour and phone calls, the Congregational Care Team will plan ways for us to be in fellowship while physically distanced. Please let Pastor Sarah know if you'd like to join this team or if you have an idea to share. 
  • SPLC's Safety Team: This team will research and make recommendations for the safe return to the building. Please let Pastor Sarah know if you'd like to serve on this team. 
  • Contact Melissa and Pastor Sarah via email or phone. Beginning next week, when you call to the office phone number during regular office hours will be forwarded to Melissa. Hours: T, W, Th 9am-4pm, F 9am-12pm. 
NEW LOCK BOX CODE 
In order to follow COVID guidelines, the lock box code has been changed to help monitor who is in our building.  If you have an essential need to use the building, please email Melissa for the new code. Thank you. 
CHURCH COUNCIL
June's Council Minutes are available on the website or you can
What is the next step in calling a settled call pastor?

St. Paul Lutheran needs to create a Ministry Site Profile (MSP).  The MSP provides congregations a single, common form to use to describe their mission and their search for a rostered minister.

The Church Council has tasked the Ministry Site team with completing this profile by early fall. A Ministry Site Profile team has been formed to work with the congregation on creating this profile. The team consists of: Julie Coozennoy, Bob Olson and Brandy Timmons. 

Continue to watch your weekly email for updates.
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: 

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events.  It's normal to experience upsetting and confusing thoughts after a traumatic event, but in most people these improve naturally over a few weeks. You should visit your provider if you or your child are still having problems about 4 weeks after the traumatic experience, or the symptoms are particularly troublesome. Your provider will want to discuss your symptoms with you in as much detail as possible. The main treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are psychological therapies and medication.

Remember to pray for these nurses and all those on the front lines fighting the coronavirus. 
SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES 
In order to make our worship services successful, we need your help. We are looking for volunteers in the following areas:
  • Hospitality Station: This will be a new area for our church. Beginning Sunday, June 28 we will have a Hospitality Station. There will be a limited supply of masks, communion kits, and bulletins, also hand sanitizer. One Hospitality Minister per week is needed. 
  • Reader: Read and pray in outdoor worship 
  • Usher: Help folks know where to park and count worship attendees on Sunday
If interested, please contact  Melissa   or Pastor Sarah 
FINANCIAL UPDATE
Questions: Contact Council 
Treasurer, Chris Timmons at treasurer@SharingChristsLove.org



As of 06/25/2020
2020 
Budgeted
2020
Received
Over / (under) Budgeted $
Year-to-Date Totals
$  77,779.98
$  80,316.95
$   2,536.97  
WEEK-AT-A-GLANCE
Sunday, June 28
9:00 am      Drive In/Outdoor Worship
Sunday, July 5 - Guest Pastor Justin Grimm
9:00 am      Drive In/Outdoor Worship