5879 Wyoming Trail
Wyoming, MN 55092
Friday, June 4, 2021
A Message from Pastor Dale
Dear Members and Friends of St. Paul Lutheran Church,

It was a beautiful Saturday - May 22 - when your Church Council and I gathered at the home of Chris and Kim Clark from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. for our annual planning retreat. The theme of this year's retreat was "Everyday Spirituality: Discovering A Life of Hope, Peace, and Meaning" based on the book written by ELCA Bishop of the New England Synod, James Hazelwood. Our congregation will be diving into this book this fall as it will also be the theme of our annual stewardship appeal. This will be fun and meaningful for our congregation! Feel free to purchase the book now and get a head start on reading it. More to come on that.

For the sake of our planning purposes at the retreat, and given our recent years of conflict and uncertainty, we re-phrased the subtitle of the book to "Re-Discovering A Life of Hope, Peace, and Meaning - at St. Paul Lutheran!" This was helpful as our main goal of the retreat was to set both short and long-term goals for us as a congregation, using a two to five year timeline.

I'm excited to share with you that we came up with an exciting list of goals that will certainly help us, as a congregation, re-discover a communal life together that offers the hope, peace, and meaning that we all long for and hope to find at our church. Some of these goals will be relatively simple to achieve without much commitment from you, while other will be more challenging and will ask more from you. This is how goal-setting works. Goals should be designed to stretch and challenge us in ways that may not always be easy or comfortable (like losing weight or breaking bad habits), but are so rewarding and beneficial upon completion.

Now that I've teased you with that introduction, I need to say we are not ready to share our list of goals with you yet. They first need to be shared with Pr. Justin Grimm, Bishop's Assistant at the St. Paul Area Synod, as part of our congregation re-development plan that he is assisting us with. They will be sent to him today!

As soon as they are approved, they will be shared with you and we can immediately begin efforts to make them reality! I think you'll be excited as the Church Council and I are. Until then, I want to remind you of two banners that hang in the narthex of our church. You've likely seen them before. If not, I've provided images of them here for you to see. One (above) reminds us that "We Are the Church" (an image of a cross surrounded with people), and the other (below) is calling us to "Look To Our Future" upon a background of a limitless star-filled nighttime sky.

As ongoing reminders, these two banners will remain hung, as we move forward in faith as the Church, looking to our vast and limitless future together. You're invited to gaze into that future with us!

See you in Church - outside at the Amphitheater - this Sunday!

Pastor Dale
Sunday, June 6, 9:00 a.m.
(It's going to be hot! Dress accordingly.)
Graduation Recognition Sunday

Week two of our Five-Week Preaching Series

Worship will continue to be streamed live
and available on our website the next day.
We hope to see you there! Bring a friend!

For those without computers or internet access,
the service can be listened to by calling 651-371-5421

Sunday Morning Volunteers Needed

We are in need of greeters, readers and communion servers for our worship services.
Please email Melissa if you are interested in signing up!
Lucas Byl: A recent graduate of Luther College, we believe Lucas is the only SPLC member to be baptized, confirmed and on his way to seminary. He is the younger brother of Hannah Byl, the youngest child of Mick and Sheila Byl and the oldest grandson of Jim and Karen Carlson. His family thanks you in advance for your prayers as he continues his faith journey to become a pastor. 
Heidi Hyrkas: Heidi will be graduating from Lakes International Language Academy on June 8, 2021. For the last few years Heidi has been doing PSEO through the school, attending both Century and Pine Tech College, and is now looking forward to heading off to the University of Minnesota-Duluth to pursue her interests in Computer Science.
Emily Nelson: Emily recently graduated from Kansas State University with a B.S in Early Education. Emily is going to be teaching first grade next year at Amanda Arnold Elementary in Manhattan, KS. Emily is the daughter of our Office Administrator, Melissa Nelson.
A Word of Appreciation from Dale Brainard:

On behalf of Jan’s family (Ditlefsen) and the Brainard family, a blessed thank you to all who participated in her Celebration of Life service on May 8th. I especially want to thank those who contributed the nearly $700 in her memory to the benefit of St. Paul Lutheran Church. We all are deeply moved and humbled by your sharing of Christ’s love.
1 Corinthians 12:14 says,

“For the body is not one member, but many”

At Saint Paul Lutheran, we are the strongest when working together in unity. With this in mind, you are invited (as part of our "Sharing Christ's Love" preaching series) to participate in creating a congregational piece of art to reflect the power of our faith in God and the strength that we have as a congregation and how we can make a positive impact on our community as well as each other.

Please take a packet for each member of your family home with you on Sundays, or during the week. You are asked to recreate the small section/piece onto a larger (8.5 x 11) piece of paper that will be provided to you. Your creativity is encouraged to use either crayon, markers, paint, etc.
Upon completion, please return your completed artwork to the special box in the Narthex during the week or on any Sunday before June 6th.

For additional questions, please contact either Pat Clearence at 651-285-9348 or Pastor Dale at 651-462-5212
A new member orientation will be held in the church fellowship hall on:
Wednesday, June 9, at 7:00 p.m.

New members will be received during worship on:
Sunday, June 20, at 9:00 a.m.

If you, or someone you know, might be interested in membership at Saint Paul Lutheran,
please contact our Office Administrator, Melissa, or Pastor Dale, directly.

Spread the word!
We will be resuming altar flowers on Sunday, June 6, 2020!

You can sign up to purchase flowers here, or sign up in the Narthex.
General Fund Offering Received
as of 06/03/2021
Direct Questions to:
Church Council Treasurer, Chris Timmons
$     75,595.00
$   72,187.50

Over / (Under) Budgeted Giving
$  3,407.50
Rocky Railway Vacation Bible School
will be chugging our way this Summer!

Save the Dates! July 26-30

Grab a Cargo Claim Ticket off the bulletin board at church
and bring back the item(s) by the date listed on the ticket.

Talk to Joanna Kroschel for volunteer opportunities that are already underway.
Support SPLC While Shopping!
Do you shop online at Amazon? Did you know you can support the ministries of St. Paul Lutheran by shopping at smile.amazon.com? AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service, except it donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to our church! Why not try it? And, thank you!

A Weekly Food Donation Reminder
The Food Donation Grocery Cart is in the parking lot each Sunday ready to receive your non-perishable food truck donations which are distributed the third Saturday of each month. Also, a donated bag of groceries can go a long way at our local food shelf. By mixing and matching the items you choose, you can help a family eat balanced and nutritious meals. The next time you're at the grocery store fill a bag for our local food shelf and drop it off at church on Sunday. Thank you!

Cans For Christ!
You're great at sharing Christ's love for the sake of the world, now we need you to share your aluminum cans for Christ. You've likely noticed the drop off bin for aluminum cans just off the road in front of the church. Your donated cans become additional funds to help us meet our general operating expenses at the church. Tell your friends and neighbors to donate their cans for Christ, too!
We are blessed to have knowledgeable
and caring nurses in our congregation!


The month of June we concentrate on Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, this means that people get worse over time, it affects memory, thinking, and behavior. This disease affects the neurons in our brain by disrupting the proteins that are needed for these neurons to work. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the US, most people who are diagnosed are over the age of 65 but there are over 200,000 people under that age who have early onset Alzheimer’s. Often the first sign is inability to learn new things. There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s but there are treatments for slowly the disease progression and this is lots of ongoing research to understand how to stop it. If you are interested in more information please visit the Alzheimer’s Organization website or Mayo Clinic.

If interested in more information, please reach out to our Parish Nurses Jaime or Joanna,
Sunday, June 6
9:00 a.m. Outdoor Worship at the Amphitheater
Graduate Recognition

Monday, June 7
6:30 p.m. Boy Scouts

Tuesday, June 8
6:00 p.m. Cub Scouts

Wednesday, June 9
1:00 p.m. Bible Study
7:00 p.m. New Member Orientation (Fellowship Hall)

Sunday, June 13
9:00 a.m. Indoor Worship


Sunday, June 20 (Father's Day)
(Root Beer Floats with "Dad's" Root Beer after worship)
New Member Reception
Guest Band, "David Haugen and the Wyoming Wanderers" Leading Outdoor Worship

Sunday, July 11
Journey Together Intergenerational Eight-Week Learning Series Begins

Sunday, July 18
Guest Band, "Cornerstone" Leading Outdoor Worship

Sunday, August 15
Guest Band, "Jackie & Pete" Leading Outdoor Worship