ST. PAUL’S EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH’S MISSION STATEMENT:
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.
Worshipping Pandemic Style –
Please be aware of precautionary measures that are needed. Use the hand sanitizer as soon as you enter the building and again as you exit the building. Face masks are required. Six foot distancing - not all pews will be used. You may sit in groups of immediate family members that live in the same household but maintain six foot distancing from others. Do not leave bulletins or other papers in the narthex; take them home with you. Try not to gather in the narthex but do use the parking lot to converse with each other at a safe distance.
will only be on the 4th
Sunday of the month and the day before. Saturday services are at 4:30 pm.
Mission Prayer -Christian Aid and Relief
– Lord of love who enables us to care for all people, we praise you for the opportunities we have to reflect your love through WELS Christian Aid and Relief. Give us, your people, the means to support their work, and give WELS Christian Aid and Relief the wisdom to administer assistance to those in need. Lead those who receive aid not only to see the help we are giving them for their earthly needs, but also to know the love of Christ that provides for their spiritual and eternal welfare. Amen.
– It has pleased our Almighty God, in His infinite wisdom, to summon from this vale of tears to Himself in heaven the soul of our brother in Christ, William Nagel. The length of his earthly pilgrimage was 87 years, 9 months, and 21 days. A spring funeral is being planned.
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON BIBLE CLASS –
meets this Wednesday, Dec.
2, at 2:00pm in the church basement. We are starting a new series called “Prepare Ye.” This is an Advent Bible study preparing us for the coming of Christ. This week we will “Ponder” on the message of Christ similar to Mary pondering on the message from the angel that she would become the mother of Jesus. You are invited to join us! We social distance and wear masks.
CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS – BETHLEHEM EXPRESS
Outreach Committee is selling Christmas ornaments similar to those given out last year at Bethlehem Express. Even though we can’t ride the Bethlehem Express this year we want to keep it alive in some way. Angela Paggen will be in the narthex with samples and you may pick them up from her or order them from her. The cost is $3 per ornament and a perfect smaller gift. All proceeds will go to WELS Christian Aid & Relief. Our country has experienced a number of natural disasters this year from fires, hurricanes, floods, storms, coronavirus, and what have you. They help our churches and their members and people at large.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AFTER SERVICES –
We need volunteers to stay after services to wipe down pews and a few other items. This only takes about 15 minutes with about 8 workers (youths can help too).
REMINDER: Colored offering envelopes
; Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas, and New Year’s, etc will go to congregational mission offerings. The white Sunday envelopes include other designations such as general fund, debt reduction, major repair, CMO, MVL, LIMA, etc. Please pick up your 2021 envelopes
from the stage today but don’t use them until January 1st
. Thank you.
December Calendar –
There will be Bible Study Wednesday afternoons at 2:00 pm except for Dec. 30. We will be having communion services Dec. 19th
instead of the 26th
. Note that Christmas Eve has 2 services this year to accommodate social distancing; 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm with Christmas Day service at 9:00 am as usual. The 6:00 pm service will be live streamed.
YOUTH GROUP –
Movie/Game Nights in December are the 4th
If you run across Clorox or Lysol wipes when doing your shopping please pick up a couple for church. We only want to use these brands on the pews as they are safe for wood. Thank you.
Martin Luther College
is now accepting applications for one full-time Early Childhood Learning Center Assistant Teacher
. A comprehensive description for this position can be found at mlc-wels.edu/hr
. Interested individuals should apply online
. Applications will be accepted through 12:00 pm (noon) on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Additional information and details can be obtained by contacting the Martin Luther College Human Resources Office at 507-354-8221.
Spirit of MVL Virtual Gala & Auction -
To everyone who has been a part of the 2020 Spirit of MVL - item donors, gracious givers, the production team, and viewers - THANK YOU. The Appeal to the Heart continues on: if you're interested in supporting MVL's livestream technology project and Partnership Fund, visit spiritofmvl.givesmart.com
, send in a check, or donate through the MVL Facebook
page. We also have two five-night stays at The Legacy Golf Resort
in Phoenix, Arizona, available for purchase for $1,200.00 each. They were originally secured for March 14-19, 2021, but the dates can be adjusted throughout 2021! Contact Kristin Matzke at email@example.com
for more information.
MVLHS Director of Mission Advancement Position Open -–
Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School seeks a WELS or ELS male to serve as Director of Mission Advancement. Interested individuals should contact MVL Principal, Dr. Tim Plath, for more information at 507-354-6851 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MVL SCRIP –
Orders for scrip may be placed by phoning the MVL office, co-coordinator Lizz Tice, 507-354-6851, emailing email@example.com
, or the new mobile app RaiseRight. Orders placed by Monday are usually ready by Friday for pick up or mailing.
Choosing a Seat –
Families please sit together if you live in the same household. Use the center, longer pews. Groups of 1-3 please use the short side pews with the exception of communion. Those who have difficulty walking may use the front center pews for communion
so you won’t have to walk all the way to the back of church to return to your seat. Everyone please try to maintain the 6 ft. social distance
Time to start think about your annual reports for 2020.
If your name is missing, or your address, phone numbers, or email addresses are different from last year please notify the church office so the information can be updated in the 2020 Annual Report
. Thank you!
Food Shelves –
There is an increased need for food donations at the food shelves due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Please support the food shelves by placing your donations in the cart in the narthex.
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
“Time of Grace” –
|Martin Luther College
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 www.timeofgrace.org
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39