Sunday, December 2nd
8:30 am Traditional Worship Service with St. Paul Lutheran Church Choir!
10:00 am Traditional Worship with Sunday School!
The First Sunday in Advent

Happy new year! This Sunday we start the season of Advent in preparation for Christmas. It's the beginning of the church year! And it's a time to step back and take in the big picture, looking to this Christ who was, and is, and is to come.  This Sunday we begin with the end. There are, and there will be signs and portents and gathering fear. But at the center of it, our king is coming with healing in his wings.  It's the end of the world as we know it! And yet we have good reason to feel just fine. "Heaven and earth will pass away, but [Jesus'] Word will not pass away." Come here that Word this Sunday. It may just change your life!

Looking forward to seeing you there!
Pastor Grant


IT'S NAME TAG SUNDAY!
Don't forget to wear your name tag and mingle to meet new people at SPLC!

CHURCH WEEKLY CALENDAR
Monday, December 3
  Office Open by Appt.
6:00pm  Hand Bell Choir Practice
6:30pm  Boy Scouts
7:00pm  SPLC Choir
Tuesday, December 4
6:00pm  (FH) Den Meetings Cub Pack 142
7:00pm  (SR) Cub Parents Wkly Meeting
Wednesday, December 5
10:00am  Chapel - All God's Children
1:00pm     (L) Bible Study
6:00pm    Program Practice for Youth & Children
7:00pm   Advent Service
Thursday, December 6
5:30pm  (FH) Girl Scouts Tp. 56611
6:45pm  Praise Band Practice
Friday, December 7
5:00pm  (S) CPR Practice and Set up
Saturday, December 8
10:00am  Taylor Event
Sunday, December 9
BLESSING OF THE BLANKETS
Choir Singing Both Services!
8:30am     Traditional Worship Service
10:00am  Contemporary Worship Service
Advent Joy Concert
5:45 Desserts  -  6:30 Concert!

As of November 29, 2018


GENERAL FUND:
Year-to-Date Giving
$217,440.83
 Based on Pledges, Year-to-Date Budget
$233,750.00
YEAR-TO-DATE TOTAL
-$16,309.17
MATCHING FUNDS:
Congregational Matching Funds Received
$7,810.00
Funds to Match Congregational Giving
$7,810.00
MATCHING FUNDS TOTAL
$15,620.00

Our matching funds goal is to raise $10,000 from the congregation for a total of $20,000, once the funds are matched.  We are 78.1% off 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
and the winners are:
The Salt Shakers
Congratulations to all the teams on their "Amazing Race"  


THANK YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS  to all those who participated in our 150th Anniversary Amazing (G)Race! We had 11 teams participate with 94 people making up those teams. These teams racked up over 1,726 points during the six weeks of the race.  

To see all the ways teams participated and the complete list of team standings, click here .
Did you know you can access the Church Council Minutes on the SPLC Website?
Christmas Ornaments & Pens will be on sale this Sunday in the Narthex

Each Sunday we have gift cards available to help make your Christmas shopping easier.
We have low denomination gift cards that make great stocking stuffers, Secret Santa, teacher or Santa Anonymous gifts.  
Stop by the Welcome Center on Sunday Morning!
NEW Videos Available in our Church Library 
Thanks to Darlene Petrey's generous donation, both "Miles Between Us" and "The Current" are now available to check out and borrow for your enjoyment!

Scott and Diane Peterson, owners of iiFilms, were at SPLC this past fall.  Their Christian films tell the story of life's difficult challenges and where Jesus Christ can help us see anew and overcome!

Kindly check out for viewing and return back to the library when you are finished.  PS - There was one additional video in this series but it appears to be missing.  If you happen to still have it checked out, please return it at your earliest convenience.  Thank you!
 
Find out more 
at iiFILMS
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.



St Paul Lutheran 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 Katie Fetterly, Council Treasurer at  treasurer@sharingchristslove.org.
ReFresh & ReNEWs
 
Look for the latest copy of your paper version of ReFresh & ReNEWS at the Welcome Center this Sunday.

Contains the December calendar of events, Worship Participant Schedule and more!


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!


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!


CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
Sunday, Dec. 16th at 10:00 am
 
Don't miss a chance to see our Sunday School children tell the story of Christmas like only they can.

Come and support their desire to share their joy with you through word and song!

Treats Afterwards!

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.


ONLY 25 
DAYS TIL CHRISTMAS!
 
Don't miss your chance to order gift cards for your Christmas gift giving.

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
Check us out.  We're on a Mission of
Sharing Christ's Love With Joy!