The church will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 22nd - 23rd in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

We pray that you and your families are having a joyous and safe holiday weekend!
Sunday, November 25th
8:30 am Traditional Worship Service with St. Paul Lutheran Church Choir!
10:00 am Traditional Worship with Sunday School!
Greening of the Sanctuary after Sunday Services!

Happy Thanksgiving weekend everyone! It's a time for tea, staying with family, for doubling up deals on Black Friday, and for taking a moment (and a breath) as we prepare to plunge into Christmas preparations. Come this Sunday to continue the festivities! It's Christ the King Sunday,
and oh what a King He is!

While we may get caught up in all the trappings of royalty, He steps out of the trap to grasp something better for us in this world! Come hear the pronouncement of Our King over you.
It is good news, that may just change your life!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Pastor Grant


Sun., Nov. 25th  -  GREENING OF THE SANCTUARY. 


Please plan on staying after service to help get the church ready for the coming of Christ our Savior!


It's always a FUN time.  Music will be on and cookies will be baking in the kitchen.  Bring a treat or snack to share!

CHURCH WEEKLY CALENDAR
 
Monday, November 26
Office Closed
6:00pm   Hand Bell Choir Practice
6:30pm   Boy Scouts
7:00pm   SPLC Choir
Tuesday, November 27
6:00pm   (YR) Girl Scouts - Hyrkas
6:30pm   Pack Outings 142 (out of Building)
7:00pm   (SR) Cub Parents Wkly Meeting
Wednesday, November 28
10:00am  Chapel - All God's Children
1:00pm    (L) Bible Study
6:00pm    Program Practice for Youth & Children
7:00pm    (FH) Family Night at SPLC!
Thursday, November 29
6:45pm    Praise Band Practice
Friday, November 30
9:00am    Look for your Latest Refresh & ReNEWS!
Sunday, December 2
  NAME TAG SUNDAY!
8:30am Traditional Worship Service
10:00am Contemporary Worship Service
10:00am Sunday School
2:00pm (S) Individual Program Practice
6:30pm (L)Bible Study

SPLC Council, together with the Finance Team, has revised the reimbursement policy. This revision is effective immediately. The policy can be found here, as well as outside the finance office. 

Please review the new policy as it has some significant changes from the previous policy. If there are any questions regarding the new policy, please contact the Council Treasurer, Katie Fetterly, at treasurer@sharingchristslove.org.
Current as of November 19, 2018

Year-to-Date Giving    $ 214,590.18     
Year-to-Date Budget
Based on Pledges      $ 228,437.50     

YEAR-TO-DATE TOTAL                 
as of  Nov. 19, 2018    $ -13,847.32

Congregational Matching Funds received            $7,640.00
Funds to match Congregational giving                 $7,640.00
Total matching funds                                            $ 15,280.00

Our matching funds goal is to raise $10,000 from the congregation for a total of $20,000 once those funds are matched. We are 76.4% of the way to our goal. The matching drive will end December 31, 2018. Thank you for your continued support of St. Paul Lutheran. 

Katie Fetterly, Treasurer (treasurer@sharingchristslove.org)

USHERS
We are looking for volunteers to join our usher team and serve as ushers for our Sunday morning worship services.  It is not a difficult job - the ushers greet people as they go into the sanctuary; they hand out the bulletins; they help collect the offering; they count how many are in attendance; they help dismiss and direct people as they go forward for communion; they pick up the attendance sheets after worship; and keep a general eye on the congregation to make sure everyone is ok and give directions and/or answer questions if needed.  Ushers can be male or female.  Each usher team OF TWO ushers one regular Sunday of every month, with an occasional fifth Sunday of a month and/or special services during a holiday such as Easter and Christmas.
 
Please prayerfully consider sharing your time and talent in this way.  If you have questions or are interested in joining an usher team, please contact Dave Haselbauer at 651-433-2281 or call the church office at 651-462-5212.  Thank you!

DECEMBER FOOD TRUCK & WINTER CLOTHING DONATIONS
Now that's a fancy turkey
We
 are currently asking for monetary donations for turkeys for the December food truck event .  Please mark your check or envelope "Turkey".

We're also collecting warm outwear for winter (men, children, women).  Drop off at church and FILL THE BENCH before December 7th!



THANK YOU!  WE'RE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!


SIGN UP AT THE WELCOME CENTER.  All ages Welcome.  Come enjoy some tasty treats as we make Yule Logs together!
WEDNESDAY 7PM ADVENT SERVICES
 
Wednesday Evening Advent Services will be held December 5, 12, and 19.

We will be enriched through the Holden Evening Prayer Service and all the special musicians and singers that will be joining us.

COME and Hear Voices from the Global Church share how they see Emmanuel, God with Us, during this Holy Season.  Video or live interviews from South Korea, Palestine, and Puerto Rico.
Snow Birds Change of Address
 
Here at St. Paul Lutheran, we like to keep in touch with our birds.  If you're heading south and want to stay connected, be sure to let Wendy know your winter address.

Stay Warm!


SMILE ... It's Annual Report Time!
All ministry team leaders should have received a notice from Wendy this week regarding our annual report.

If you lead a ministry team and did not receive this information, please let Wendy know ASAP!

All Reports due to Wendy no later than December 21st.
Christmas Poinsettias
 
Look in your bulletin this week and next to order Poinsettias for our Christmas Services.  The plants are from Forest Lake Floral and come in a variety of colors and sizes.

Orders must be in by December 7th.



                    

Christmas is only 39 days away.   Decking the halls or sending out Christmas cards? Consider buying a Scrip gift card to pay for your purchases. Orders placed by Monday will be available for pick up the following Sunday. 


GREAT EVENTS THROUGH ST. PAUL SYNOD.  CHECK IT OUT BELOW 
 
Look for the events and be sure to scroll to the bottom and click on "See More" to see all that they are offering in education, community, and special events
AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM YOUR CHURCH COUNCIL
 
"Give Back to Pay It Forward" is a celebration of St. Paul Lutheran Church's 150th Anniversary. St. Paul Lutheran has had a rich history over the last 150 years and we are looking at continuing that legacy well into the future. As a result we are challenging the entire congregation from, July 29th 2018 through the end of the year, to participate in a matching contributions initiative.

Several members of the congregation have generously offered to match any funds given that are above and beyond the regular weekly giving by the remainder of the congregation.
 
In order to have your contribution matched, please use your preferred method of donating (envelope, bill pay, online giving), but remember to clearly note that the donation is for "Matching Funds".
 
As the year progresses we will continue to update the congregation on the success of this initiative.
Check us out.  We're on a Mission of
Sharing Christ's Love With Joy!