Greetings from Down the Hall!
"Family. Gotta love em!" This is a phrase I've heard a lot in my life. Sometimes it's with a slight sarcastic tone and others it truly is an honest sentiment.
Can you think of other places in your life where you would consider people around you family even though it isn't your typical "live under the same roof" group of people?
 A family can be any group that is brought together by common interests, beliefs, and love for one another. One of the best examples of this kind of family is the Church. The church is a family bound together by love for God, their Heavenly Father, and for one another. 
We see this idea dates back to Jesus' time: in Sunday's Bible reading from Mark, Jesus was together with his disciples in a house. When Jesus' mother and brothers arrived at the house, they sent someone inside to look for him. They told Jesus, "Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you."
Jesus looked around at the people seated around him and answered, "Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God's will is my brother and sister and mother."
You and I love our families, but we also have a wonderful family of faith made up of brothers and sisters who love God and love one another. It is wonderful to be a part of "The Family of God."

"Who are my mother and my brothers?" he asked. Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, "Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God's will is my brother and sister and mother." Mark 3:33-35

God loves you just the way you are,
any age you are,
any place in your faith life you are.
Have an awesome day!
Cabaret at Bethesda in New Haven
Bethesda Lutheran Church in New Haven had two youth that really wanted to go to the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston but couldn't make it work with just the two of them. They reached out to St. Paul to ask us to consider having them join our group so that they could attend the Gathering. Ruth and David are great kids who have joined our group and followed our lead with using music as a fundraiser (remember the awesome Nightflight concert?)
Last Saturday night, Elena and Joe helped David and Ruth serve Greek food and host several very talented musicians to create a wonderful evening. We even had a table of St. Paul folks who made the trek to enjoy the evening and support Ruth and David. Our own Amy Forbes sang several pieces that got everyone tapping their toes!
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!

Sunday, June 10
9:30 Worship
Youth Cookout Fundraiser to follow worship

Around the Table... This week's question:
What makes the perfect picnic meal?
Please let me know what's happening in your life right now! Swim meet
on Saturday? Performing in your school play next weekend?
Scout project going on? I would love the opportunity to pray
for you and maybe even get to see you in action!
You can simply reply to this email or text/call me: 860.810.4429.

Have an amazing day, a fantastic weekend
and remember that God loves you exactly the way you are!
Tammie Sinibaldo

  St. Paul Lutheran Church 56 Great Hammock Rd, Old Saybrook, CT