Worship together at St Paul Lutheran! 
SUNDAY, JUNE 10th  9:30 a.m.
3rd Sunday after Pentecost

This Sunday's readings deal with the power of evil, 
which is pictured as a snake in paradise 
and as a demon who opposes the will of God. 
Mark also gives us a startling picture of Jesus' relationship with his natural family. Come to worship: we are now Jesus' mother and brothers.
Genesis 3:8-15     God confronts Adam and Eve in the garden
Psalm 130    Wait for the Lord, for with the Lord  there is steadfast love.  (Ps. 130:7)
2 Corinthians 4:13--5:1   Renewed in the inner nature
Mark 3:20-35     Doing the work of God as brothers and sisters of Christ


Baptismal Water Is Thicker than Blood
Many, perhaps most, subcultures in North America affirm the belief that " blood is thicker than water." Even when our commitment to family is too often served through hand-wringing sentiment over the so-called decline of the family or pandered to by politicians seeking to prove their " family values" credentials, we like to think of ourselves as loyal to our own kin. Family comes first! In the gospel, Jesus sharply, alarmingly, contradicts the norm; he snubs his nuclear family, his blood.
We discover that Jesus' family is not defined by objective or biological categories-DNA tests, adoption records, or custody papers-but rather by function: Jesus' family consists of those whom God has called into mission and are engaged in that mission.
Bringing a child of God from birth to maturity of faith requires many things, among them food, shelter, new birth, story, discipline, catechism, and an enduring hope in the one who raised Jesus from the dead. It is a joy to be celebrated when these gifts are provided by those who live in one's own household-parents, grandparents, extended families. But Jesus reminds us ( with an echo from Paul) that even when those nearest to us thwart God's purposes, we " do not lose heart" but trust that God will call and create a household " not made with hands," where God's purposes for us will be nurtured and we will become like the one who " does the will of God."
There is a strong challenge here to Christian communities to keep their focus on the mission of God and not be tempted to confuse God's mission with what's "best" for nations or communities or (even) nuclear families.      Sundays & Seasons 2018

SUNDAY! Cookout Fundraiser
THIS Sunday June 10 - Come to Church Hungry!
After worship on Sunday, June 10 until 1:00 the youth attending the Mission Trip and the Youth Gathering will be grilling up a nice barbeque with hotdogs and hamburgers to help fund their summer trips. Enjoy your meal at church or take it to go!
$5 Hot dog Meal $7 Hamburger Meal .

Please help us eat a healthy breakfast in Houston!
The group heading to the ELCA Youth Gathering on June 26 would like to ask for donations of meal bars while in Houston. Some of their favorite protein bars are Kind, Cliff, Lara, and Quest. Flavor? "Anything Chocolate" Thank you in advance for helping us start the days off right while serving and worshiping with 30,000 other Lutherans from around the country!   YOUTH AND FAMILY NEWSLETTER
"Asking better questions with Abiathar" 
June 3   a sermon on Mark 2:23-3:12

SUNDAY! Blessing of the Shawls
We have a wonderful prayer shawl ministry here at St. Paul Lutheran.  Over the past few years hundreds of prayer shawls have been distributed in our community and around the country. This Sunday we are blessing a new group of prayer shawls. While we know that God is always present in our lives and that His love transcends all tragedy, illness and pain, we also know that sometimes a physical reminder can bring hope, healing and peace to someone who is crying out. The blessing includes prayers that the prayer shawls bring comfort to all those who receive them.
Hymn of the Day
This African American Spiritual is so easy and delightful to sing. Imaginane slaves adding new verses as they were inspired by the stories they heard of Jesus and salvation giving them cause to rejoice. They understood that Jesus was was the Lord for whom they waited and would continue to wait for until they were free. What about us? Are we lifted by Jesus? Consider how Jesus lifted Jairus' daughter. Everyone thought she was dead, but Jesus said, "Child, get up" (Luke 8:54). Just like that child, we may appear to be dead: dead in spirit, dead in motivation or ambition, dead in willingness to work. But Jesus can lift us up, bring us new life, salvation, and glorious joy. I'm so glad! Are you?  --  excerpt from  African American History Month Daily Devotions By Marjorie L. Kimbrough
council This past month at the Church Council meeting, the Council continued it's strategic planning and visioning process with a discussion of the book Canoeing the Mountains. Pastor Geoff provided an update on his pastoral duties. The Council discussed plans to report on the current status of different ministry areas. The Council reviewed the treasurers report, discussed safety railings as it relates to the stage in fellowship hall, and Bob Moller shared devotions and some "getting to know you" highlights.    MINUTES
St. Paul Softball Sign up!
Calling all Softball Players!
WE NEED YOU! (ESPECIALLY the LADIES...)  St. Paul is fielding a team for this year's softball season and we are actively recruiting! Add your name to the roster and waiver forms in the narthex on the table in front of the corridor window. Games are played on Mon., Tues. or Wed. 5:30pm. Start up 6/18. Contact: Charles Brown in person or email at brown@gncbengineers.comLEARN MORE
This is an opportunity for the ladies to to relax and reflect together united in faith and sisterhood. Consider bringing an hors d'oeuvres and a friend to share. R.S.V.P. by  calling or emailing the church office  860.388.2398  staff@stpaul-elca.org. Martie Bierkan and friends will be leading the service.     June 15th | 6:00 | narthex
Shoreline Soul Community Choral is holding a "hand-clapping, foot-stomping, spirit-lifting" gospel concert at the First Congregational Church on the Madison Town Green, 26 Meetinghouse Lane, Madison. The concert is Sunday, June 10 at 3 p.m. Shoreline Soul's director, Angela Clemmons, has been a professional singer for over 35 years. FLYER
This ever-popular series commences 6/11 and continues through 8/27. Join with your singing friends, old and new, to sing-through a variety of works under well known guest conductors. No rehearsals, no audition, scores provided, just turn up and sing. Here at St. Paul Church. Cost is $10 per evening. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. www.conbrio.org. Register after 7:00
Items needed for Homeless
Handing out water at 2017 street ministry
The Mission Team is collecting items to bring with them to Portland, Maine in July to distribute to homeless during street ministry operations. We would be grateful for any amount of items you can give! Needed: travel size shampoo, lotion & hand sanitizer, throat lozenges, lip balm, socks. Please place in box under coat rack on the left side. Thank you!     EXPERIENCE MISSION 
Save the Dates!
Vacation Bible Camp is scheduled for August 6 - August 9, 9-11:30.  If you have questions or would like to help out contact: Tammie S.   BLOOD DRIVE  is scheduled for July 24, 1-6.  If you can help with registration or finger sandwiches, contact: Regina Moller
This survey is being used to determine interest/participation in holding a yoga class here at St. Paul. The class would be taught by Lynn McCarthy. Lynn is looking for an opportunity to share her knowledge and love of yoga with people in our community - including those who may not be able to afford or feel comfortable going to yoga studios. Bringing like-minded people together who enjoy connecting, learning something new and getting healthier through movement and introspection is Lynn's intent for the classes.
Lynn is a certified yoga instructor with nearly 40 years of experience as an exercise instructor and has worked with populations of all ages and health conditions. She hold an MS in Exercise Physiology and has certifications in other related fields: strength training, cardiac rehab, health coaching, chair yoga and Reiki. Lynn grew up in Old Saybrook and still has family here. Although she no longer lives in Saybrook, her office is located in town. As the cofounder and CEO of Angel Charities, which helps children with cancer and life-threatening illnesses, Lynn currently coordinates athletic events; AngelSwim and AngelRide which have raised over 5.5 million dollars. She is currently teach yoga at Blissworks in New LondonTAKE SURVEY HERE
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St. Paul Calendar & Events
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.  
Thursday Bible Study   Thursdays, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Bring a lunch as we read & discuss the book of Exodus - meets classroom          Link to Calendar  

Lauren Brown and Brent Gilbert  were married June 2 in New Hampshire at The Preserve at Chocorua. Lauren and Brent  will be moving soon to the Jamaica Plains section of Boston with their cat Tywin.  Lauren  will be entering a fellowship at the Boston Children's Hospital in the pediatrics ICU and Brent is a lawyer. Cards of congratulations can be sent to:  Mr. and Mrs. (Docter) Brent Gilbert   Apt #1512 , 665 Washington St. Boston, MA 02111 
They are very happy and Charlie is so pleased that they have made this life long commitment to each other!

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