Worship together at St Paul Lutheran! 
SUNDAY, November 25TH  8:30 & 10:45 a.m.
Christ the King Sunday 

This coming Sunday we will close our liturgical year 
with a celebration of Christ as our king. 
Come to worship, where together we encounter Christ 
reigning from his cross with mercy for us all .

Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14   The one coming with the clouds rules over all
Psalm 93 
Ever since the world began, your throne has been established. (Ps. 93:2)
Revelation 1:4b-8  
Glory to the one who made us a kingdom
John 18:33-38  
The kingdom of Christ

Do you have family visiting? Bring 'em to CHURCH!
1.) A written reflection on the coming Sunday:
Sunday is coming!   "What world are you from?"
Love Redefines Power and Dominion
In fairy tales, kings live in a castle, usually located on a hill (a safe place), surrounded by a moat for the utmost protection for the king and family. Modern political leaders often have more technologically advanced means to provide a similar level of safety against would-be attackers. Because of these preconceived notions of what kings are, hearers will need to be reminded that Jesus redefined the title "king." The appointed psalm says, " The waters have lifted up, O Lord, . . . the waters have lifted up their pounding waves. Mightier than the sound of many waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea, mightier is the Lord who dwells on high" (Ps. 93:3-4). While a king might have the ability to sail atop a roaring, chaotic sea, Christ the King is one who stills the waves (Mark 4:35-41).
In John's gospel for today, Jesus says " For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth" (John 18:37). Perhaps the 'this' Jesus is referring to is a motioning with his hands to the cross, the most clear demonstration of God's love for humanity and the truest definition of kingship. Jesus redefines what power is and what people think God's power looks like to fight evil and suffering in the world. Jesus does not resist the way of the cross with force.
Rather than protecting himself from harm in any way, the vulnerable King Jesus dares to demonstrate God's love for all people. Jesus does not run from pain, anguish, or suffering. Rather, the risen Jesus, " the ruler of the kings of the earth" (Rev. 1:5), rushes to the places of disaster and suffering in the world. Jesus goes where storms are ravaging and have ravaged lives and brings life and calm into the chaos.     Sundays & Seasons 2018
"When the world is on fire"
November 18  Sermon on Mark 13:1-8
Sunday Learning Hour
ALL AGES Learning Hour at 9:30.  
We will begin in the fellowship hall with a snack and cross generational time before breaking into age appropriate groups to dig deeper. Any questions please contact Tammie: tammie@stpaul-elca.org  YOUTH AND FAMILY NEWSLETTER 

Thanks to the congregation for another wonderful Christmas Fair. We netted over $5000 (one of our best years yet) which will all be donated to help fund the Homework Club. The fair would not have been possible without the support and help from the congregation. The Christmas fair team, Ginny Lampo, Ursula Rufleth, Julie Koch, Jackie Preece, Ken Hartley, Shirley Parker, Bill Rufleth, and Nancy Bailey worked for many months preparing before the fair. Our fair team was spectacular!  We were blessed with wonderful helpers: Kim Meadows--just did everything; Paula, Pat, Gloria, Sueing, Penny, Andrew,  Dicie, Mary Jane, Wade, Pastor,  Marcia Y., Carol V., Elise, Amy, Ellie, Ryan,  Charlie, John, Laurie, Carol C., Diana, Diana, Peg, Alice, Tess, Katrina, Charlotte, Dave, John Jake, Marcia F., Regina, Bob the best Santa, and Tammie S. our cheerleader and all around helper. Many more people baked, donated to our white elephant, made pies and cookies and donated baskets and food supplies to our Candy Cane Café. The baskets that were donated by the members were an important part of our fundraiser and contributed at least a quarter of our profit.   We were thankful for all the church members who came out to support the fair. Thank you to all who helped and continue to help us support this important mission

Crown Him With Many Crowns - Westminster Abbey
"Crown Him with Many Crowns"
One of the most effective and simple costume changes is to put on a hat. When you walk off stage and return wearing a top hat, you are suddenly a different person. A "man of many hats" is someone who can be a different person in different contexts or crowds. This hymn declares that we are to crown our Lord with many crowns, but this does not mean that Jesus is a "man of many hats." Christ was not simply a prophet, He was not simply the carpenter's son, and He was not simply human, nor simply divine. Rather, this call to "crown him with many crowns" is a simple and yet profound declaration that Christ is many things, and everything. He is Lord of all, to be crowned for many things that all add up to Him being Savior of the world. Each crown represents a different aspect of who Christ is - Lord of life, Lord of love, Lord of years, Lord of heaven, the Lamb upon the throne. Christ is King, Servant, Lamb, Shepherd, and we celebrate this all-encompassing, paradoxical nature of our Savior by crowning Him the Lord of all. LEARN MORE
Friday! Soup Kitchen Benefit 
"Ophelia" - The Meadows Brothers
Support a Thanksgiving weekend tradition and support Shoreline Soup Kitchens & pantries while enjoying   the  melody, lyricism and harmony of  The Meadows Brothers, Ebin-Rose Trio, Moving Target, Lauren Agnelli & Dave Rave. The concert will feature a special performance by Carter Gowrie & Friends prepared just for this concert.  Friday, November 23rd at 8:00 pm. Tickets are just $25 and are available either at  TheKate.org  or at the door.  
" The financial support we receive through this wonderful concert and the generous Gowrie Group Challenge match allows SSKP to meet the needs of the community," said Ellen Rabin, executive director of the Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries. " Thank you to all of the musicians for their time and talent and to our friends at The Kate."
The concert is sponsored by Wyeth Architects LLC and acousticmusic.org. 100% of proceeds go to SSK&P and will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Gowrie Group Challenge.
If you haven't had the chance to do so already, please complete your pledge card and place it in the box or in the office. Even if you only plan to give one dollar next year, it's a start toward giving faithfully and intentionally! 
Sunday's Commemoration 
Isaac Watts hymnwriter, died 1748
Thought by many to be the greatest hymnwriter in the English language, Watts as a youth was critical of the quality of the metrical psalter of the time. He wrote about 600 hymns-many based on the psalms, but others that are not. On page 1193 of our hymnal, you will find some of Watts' contributions. Some examples:
Joy to the world (based on Psalm 98
O God, Our Help in Ages Past (based on Psalm 90)
When I Survey the Wondrous cross
This is the day the Lord has made
Watts was also a prolific writer. Some of his books include:

The Improvement of the Mind d Vol 1 Vol 2 

The Knowledge of the Heavens and the Earth Made Easy

Logic, or The Right Use of Reason in the Enquiry After Truth

A Short View of the Whole Scripture History

An Essay on the Freedom of Will in God and Creatures

Get in the spirit!
Saturday, December 1
3:45 - Meet at church OR at Gladeview to Christmas carol at 4:00pm.
5:00- Advent Vespers
Dinner to Follow Vespers- " Baked Potato Bar". Sign up for toppings on Board in the Gathering Space. 
Sunday, December 2Advent Wreath Making during All Ages Learning At 9:30
Poinsettias for Christmas Eve
Poinsettias will adorn the sanctuary for our Christmas Eve services. Donors and dedications will be listed in the bulletins for both services. The cost of each 6 1/2" pot is $11. Please let us know your dedication by 12/18. To order, please fill out the card in the found in the seat in front of you or email the office. Check payable to St. Paul with POINSETTIA in memo line.
simply_giving If you are interested in simplifying your giving program to St Paul Church this year, there is an opportunity for you to have your offering directly deposited - no checks to write - no envelopes to fill out! If you would like to participate, visit the website and click on the Simply Giving link or talk to Kim.  SIGN UP HERE
Please mark your calendars!
for upcoming Advent & Christmas Worship, Service & Fellowship Opportunities:

12/1 3:45PM Christmas Caroling at GladeView 12/16
12/1 5:00PM Advent Vespers & Dinner
12/16 ✪ 10am Christmas Pageant & Service Project
12/23 ✪ 10am Advent 4 Worship Service
12/24 5PM Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
12/24 10:30PM Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
12/30 ✪ 10am Christmas Season Worship
You are invited to grab a tag from the Giving Tree and bring the items back to St. Paul before December 16th. Following the Christmas Pageant that day (one service at 10:00), we'll have a little something to eat and a  "pack the blessing bag" operation. The Blessing Bags will be distributed to the homeless in new Haven through David and Amy Mueller's  "Someday Soon Ministry" LEARN MORE
Dec. 30
 to let us know your date & dedication
Stay in the know by checking the church calendar! 
Ongoing & upcoming:
Breakfast Club   Wednesdays, 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
We eat, read & talk about the scripture for the coming Sunday - meets in classroom by kitchen.  1st Wednesday at OS Diner.  
Prayer Circle   Wednesdays, 8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Join Pastor Geoff for a brief, spoken, opportunity for morning prayer.  
Bible Study   Thursdays, 1200 p.m. We meet at 12 noon each Thursday until 1:30 .  Bring your Bible and join us as we read the gospel and consider questions about the meaning, at the time it was written and about what it says to us today.  This group is open to anyone with an interest in exploring their faith in light of the scriptures.  No previous Bible knowledge is required.  Call Carol Voigt with any questions:  860-388-3213.
Soup Kitchen  3rd Wednesdays  Grace Church  (lunch inSaybrook)  
5th Saturdays   Old Lyme Congregational Church (breakfast Old Lyme)
OA Mondays 7:00pm Narthex 
AA Mondays  7:00 pm Fellowship Hall 
NA Thursdays 7:00 pm Classroom
AA Sundays  8:00 pm Fellowship Hall
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