5879 Wyoming Trail
Wyoming, MN 55092
Friday, October 8, 2021
A Message from Pastor Dale
Dear Members and Friends of St. Paul Lutheran Church,

My wife, Carrie, and I volunteer twice a week in an online writing class that teaches English as a second language through the International Institute of Minnesota in St. Paul. The students are currently practicing writing "For and Against" essays. This has been interesting as they first have to choose a topic and then create an outline presenting three reasons why people are for it and three reasons why others might be against it. As you might imagine, there is no shortage of topics (many controversial) for them to choose from. It has made for some interesting conversation as the students have strong opinions on both sides - for and/or against.

I was reminded as I write about this, of an illustration I've used in sermons before. A conversation between a father and son, Joe and Murray. Both of them grew up Jewish, but now the son, Murray, is a Christian. This strained his relationship with his father for many years. So when Joe was dying and his son, Murray, had come home to visit, they shared a touching bedside conversation about faith.

Joe: You know Murray, sometimes I lie in bed at night and wonder, "What if you're right?"
Murray: And dad, sometimes I lie in bed at night and wonder, "What if I'm wrong?"

You and I both find ourselves at odds with our own close family members, friends, co-workers, and even church friends. Like those ESL students have recently learned, we too have been reminded everyday that there is no shortage of contentious subjects that we find ourselves having strong opinions either for or against. This contentiousness has fractured many of our relationships. I am disappointed how (among many things) the pandemic and our varying responses to it, and how our political leanings or affiliations have gotten in the way of valued and dear relationships. It doesn't need to be this way.

I continue to encourage you - at home, at work, at school - to let love win, rule, and dictate your actions in your life. We can rise above the contentiousness and love one another as the greatest commandment calls us to do. We can "come to each other's defense, speak well of one another, and interpret everything one another does in the best possible light" as Martin Luther calls us to do in his interpretation of the eighth commandment. We can arrive at a place of grace like Joe and Murray eventually did. We can follow the apostle Paul's advice in his letter to the Romans, "As much as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone."

To live in this way - in all aspects of our life - will bring about the peace and healing that we all long for. And that is something I think we are all strongly for. Am I right?

See you in Church! (and bring a friend!)

Pastor Dale
Sunday, October 10, 9:00 a.m.
Worship Indoors

Worship is also streamed live on our Church Facebook Page
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

“What’s Your Story?” A Four-Week Fall Stewardship AppealOur Fall Stewardship Appeal for this year kicks off on Sunday, October 31. The theme, “What’s Your Story?” is an invitation to open our hearts to one another and to deepen the bonds of friendship among us. It will be a reminder that faithful stewards share not only their time, talent and treasure, but that they also share their stories, by way of sharing themselves. Be thinking of your own story of faith and if you would be willing to share it among your friends at SPLC. Stay tuned for more information!

The theme is based on the book, “Everyday Spirituality: Discover a Life of Hope, Peace, and Meaning” by James Hazelwood. All members are encouraged to purchase the book and read it. As part of the appeal there will be two adult education opportunities to discuss the book.
The September 2021 Council minutes are available here.
We are looking for a creative individual to lead the Children's Christmas Program this year. If you are interested, or have further questions please talk to Joanna Kroschel.
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Sunday School

is teaming up with the International Bible Investigators and we need you to help solve the case of The Missing Biblical Heroes!

Our Agents have been hard at work searching for our missing Biblical Heroes. Dr. H. has certainly made a mess of things, but our super smart agents have been able to find Noah and Eve. Thank goodness the book of Genesis looks almost back to normal! Unfortunately, we have gotten a report that the Bible may be more mixed up than we thought. Follow along here and on the bulletin board in the narthex to see who is still missing and how hard the agents have been working to put things back together. 

All kids from ages 4 through 4th grade are encouraged to become agents.

For more information on Sunday School, and to access the registration form click here.
S.P.L.A.S.H. meets on Sundays at 7:00 p.m.
All 5th and 6th graders are invited!

Please click here for more information and for the registration form.

All 7-9 graders are invited to attend Confirmation
on Wednesday nights from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
We meet in the Youth Room

For more information about confirmation,
and to access the handbook and registration
forms click here.
Adult Bible Study

Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall

We are studying Hidden Heroes of the Bible based on the book,
"12 Hidden Heroes: Bible People Who Did Brave Things For God."

Join us as we learn about some of the unnoticed characters of the Bible who are rarely mentioned
but whose actions were used by God to make a big difference.
We hope you can join us. Bring a friend!
Please join the Lion's Club on Saturday, October 9 for Halloween Bingo!
Bingo will be from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Lion's Park in Wyoming.
If you have questions please contact Kathy Mills.
Hope to see you there!
We are going to purchase gift cards for the food truck recipients this Holiday season, and are asking for donations to make that possible. Please email Melissa for further information on how to donate.
General Fund Offering Received
as of 10/07/2021
Direct Questions to:
Church Council Treasurer, Chris Timmons
 $ 135,380.55
$   133,577.50

Over / (Under) Budgeted Giving
$    1,803.05 
Monthly Totals
(as of September 19, 2021)
Total Revenue: $147,270.34
Total Expenses (before mortgage): $126,892.89
Total Expenses (after mortgage): $169,516.89
Net Revenue (after mortgage payment): -$22,246.55
Mortgage Balance: $328,705.66
We are blessed to have knowledgeable
and caring nurses in our congregation!

Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month as I’m sure many of you know. The national breast cancer foundation has a quiz that might be helpful for people to look at, and it sends information to your email regarding questions you might have!

 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in their life. Early detection is key and the survival rate is 99% at 5 years when caught early. Signs you should have a screening is new pain in your breast, discharge other than breast milk, changes in the size or new lumps in the breast, irritation or dimpling of skin, and redness or flaky skin at nipple or other parts of breast.

 There are several screening tools for people to use to detect breast cancer including mammograms, ultrasounds, MRI, and new 2D and 3D tools! There are risks for breast cancer that include being a woman, 1st degree family history (mother, sister, or daughter), certain genes, white women are slight more likely than other races, age, and being taller. There are ways to decrease risk for breast cancer such as drinking more than 2-3 drinks in a day, being overweight, physically inactive, birth control with hormones in them, not breast feeding, and breast implants.

Are there questions about breast cancer you want answered? Let the nurse’s know, we are here to help, please contact Joanna Kroschel or Jaime Fraley with any questions!

To speak to one of our parish nurses Joanna Kroschel or Jaime Fraley,
please contact the church office.
COVID-19 Response at St. Paul Lutheran

We continue to wear face coverings and sit socially distant while inside the church building.

We extended our alternating of in/outdoor worship through end of October and will eliminate after-worship coffee after Sunday, October 3.

Find out more about our response to COVID-19 and how we are choosing to care for and love one another on our church website.
Sunday, October 10
9:00 a.m. Outdoor Indoors
10:00 a.m. Sunday School
7:00 p.m. SPLASH

Monday, October 11
6:30 p.m. Boy Scouts

Tuesday, October 12
6:00 p.m. Cub Scouts

Wednesday, October 13
1:00 p.m. Adult Bible Study
6:00 p.m. Confirmation

Sunday, October 17
9:00 a.m. Outdoor Worship @ amphitheater!
10:00 a.m. Sunday School
7:00 p.m. SPLASH