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Church News for the week of Dec. 4, 2022


Sunday, Dec. 4 :  8:45 a.m. Sunday School, 9:00 a.m. Family Bible Study, 10:00 a.m. Worship with Communion - Continuous Flow,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Christmas Bag Door Offering

Monday, Dec. 5:  7:00 p.m. Elders' Meeting

Wednesday, Dec. 7:  2:00 p.m. Bible Study, 3:45 p.m. Confirmation Class, 7:00 p.m. Advent Service, 8:00 p.m. Choir Practice
Thursday, Dec. 8: 10:00 a.m. Bulletin Information Due

Saturday, Dec. 10:  11:00 - 10:30 a.m. Christmas Eve Practice

Sunday, Dec. 11:  8:45 a.m. Sunday School, 9:00 a.m. Family Bible Study, 10:00 a.m. Worship
, Christmas Bag Door Offering

We, the members of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran congregation are here to share the truth of God's Word.  We use the message of Christ to nurture one another that we might be equipped to spread the message of Christ to all people.   

Bring the KidsOur congregation enjoys the “worshipping family”.  Children who act up are not viewed as a bother to worship.  We’re glad they’re here!
However, if you feel the need, a “comfort room” for parents with small children is available complete with speakers and a window looking into the worship area.  Please find this room to your right when entering the narthex from the sanctuary or ask an usher for assistance.  You will also find children’s church bags, a diaper changing station, a restroom, and age appropriate books there.

Mission Prayer - World Missions – Lord, we praise you for your victory over sin and death and for giving us the privilege of sharing this good news with all people. Thank you for blessing our church body with many missions throughout our country and world where the gospel is being proclaimed. We pray for our missionaries and their families, that they may be strengthened by your Spirit for daily ministry with all its challenges. We pray for our congregations, our synod, and WELS-affiliated ministries like the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society that support missionary efforts. May your Spirit continue to guide the body of Christ in supporting your work. Amen.

NOTE: The Christmas Eve Children’s Service will be at 4:00 pm and Christmas Day Service will be at 9:00 am.  New Year’s Eve Communion Service is at 6:00 pm and worship service on New Year’s Day will be at 10:00 am as usual.  Please plan accordingly.
CHRISTMAS EVE PRACTICES are Dec. 10th & Dec. 17th at 9:00 – 10:30 am.  Please be at both practices.  Parents please pick your child(ren) up at 10:30.
Open Gym - Back by popular demand St. Paul’s open gym begin in a couple of weeks.  Starting on SUNDAY, December 4th play basketball games in our school gym every week from 6:30-8:00 during the winter months.  Please be careful about little ones; there is no supervision for them.   Dust off your sneakers and hope to see many of you there.  Follow us for specific dates at  Any questions call Eric Kaesermann at 964-2397
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON BIBLE CLASS will meet this Wednesday, Dec. 7. 
Our series is called “Portraits of Christmas” – looking at various aspects of the Christmas story. This week we are looking at some prophecies of Jesus and how he fulfilled them.  What a good way to get into the Christmas spirit! Please join us!!
COOKBOOKS & MUGS will be for sale in the back of church until Christmas.  These make great Christmas presents!  Cookbooks will be $15 and mugs have been reduced to $5 per mug in 6 different colors.  During the week these will also be on sale in the church office.       
PHONE NUMBERSfor the annual report. Please let the office know if yours may be published this year and what it is as well.
KWIK TRIP CAR WASH CARDS ARE STILL AVAILABLE –– 5-count Ultimate Car Wash card ONLY $36; Regular price $50 – a SAVINGS of $14! Contact Jenny or Darv Scherer or Ella.
WELS Travel Tour or Theatre Tix through MLC - The MLC alumni office invites all W/ELS members to join a group attending the Dec. 10 matinee of Les Miserables at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. Tickets are just $35. You are also welcome to join a March 1-12 travel tour which plans to visit Southern CA, Grand Canyon West, the Mighty Five Utah national parks, and the Colorado Rockies. For more information or to register, visit (theatre) or (tour) or contact coordinator Steve Balza ( or 507-217-1731).
Food ShelvesThe items collected in our narthex during November                were delivered to the food shelves last Monday.  We thank all those who contributed.
He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and He will reward him for what he has done.  Proverbs 19:17

November 2022 2021
Sibley County 62# $0 94# $20
Martin Luther College 19# $0 57# $0
“Time of Grace” If you are not able to come to church, you can watch “Time of Grace” Ministry with lead speaker Pastor Mike Novotny.  “Time of Grace” is on at 10:30 a.m. on KARE11 on Sunday mornings.  You can also go to their website and access it at any time you want to at

The Advent Wreath
The first candle is known as the Prophecy Candle. It symbolizes the Old Testament prophecies of the coming of Christ, first as Savior and then a second time as Judge.
The second candle is known as the Bethlehem Candle. It symbolizes the incarnation of Jesus the Christ, the Son of the Living God, born of the Virgin Mary in the city of Bethlehem.
The third candle is the Shepherd Candle. It symbolizes the coming of the Savior into our hearts and the new life that is ours as a result of God’s gracious act.
The fourth candle is the Angel Candle. It symbolizes the first coming of the Savior to redeem the world of sin. It reminds us of the angels announcing the birth of our Savior.
The middle candle is the Christ Candle. It symbolizes the fulfillment of all messianic prophecies—beginning with the nativity of Christ and culminating with his death on the cross.