Church News
 
 
 
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For the Week of January 19th

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Sunday, January 19 : 8:45 a.m. Sunday School, 9:00 a.m. Family Bible Study Class, 10:00 a.m.  Worship, Devotion Book Door Offering,
                                                 Fellowship-Choir Serving, Mission Society Meeting

Monday, January 20:  10:00 a.m. Calendar Information is Due

Tuesday, January 21:  10:00 a.m. Good Samaritan Service

Wednesday, January 22:  2:00 p.m. Bible Study, 3:45 p.m. Confirmation Class, 7:00 p.m. Choir Practice
                                                             
Thursday, January 23:  10:00 a.m. Bulletin Information Due, 10:30 a.m. Bible Study at Highland Commons,
                                                     11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Our Service on Cable TV - Channel 8,
                                                                                      
Sunday, January 26 : 8:45 a.m. Sunday School, 9:00 a.m. Family Bible Study Class,
                                               10:00 a.m. Worship with Communion,  Annual Meeting after the Service
                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
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Bring the Kids! Our 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.

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.
 
Mission PrayerLutheran Leadership Conference – Father of all, some things never change: our sinful nature and actions, and your forgiveness despite our wicked actions. At this week’s synodwide Lutheran Leadership Conference, give the attendees new ways to share your Good News with a sin-sick world. We pledge to continue to reach out to the lost since you have given us that commission. Bless both presenters and listeners. Amen.

Time of Grace Has New Time & StationTime of Grace is now being broadcast on KARE11 at 10:30 a.m. Sunday mornings.
 
WEDNESDAY BIBLE CLASS will meet this Wednesday, January 22.  We are studying the book of I John. Our lesson this week is “You Are Maturing in the Light of God’s Love.” (This one isn’t just for older folks – just saying.)  We will be looking at the last half of the second chapter of I John. If you are concerned about the outside influences of the world today, this one is for you!  We meet at 2:00pm in the church basement.
 
CHOIR will be practicing this Wednesday, January 15, at 7:00pm in the balcony. If you would still like to join choir (and we would love for you to join) come this Wednesday to the balcony and join us!!
 
CES Silent Auction forms are located on the table in the narthex for all those interested in contributing to this year's Silent Auction.  The Silent Auction begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26 and runs until Easter Sunday, April 12. Time to get those creative minds thinking as to what interesting baskets can be donated this year. Contact Judy Petzel if you have any questions @ school - 964-2397.
 
 St. Paul’s Mission SocietyWarmly welcomes all women of our congregation to come to our meetings.  They are held on the 3rd Sunday of the month after the service in the council room (TODAY).  All are welcome to join.
 
ANNUAL VOTERS’ MEETING SUNDAY, JANUARY 26, AFTER THE SERVICE
 
Lenten SuppersMarch 4th & 11th are still open.  Please sign up soon.
 
FEBRUARY NEWSLETTERIf you have info that you would like included in the February Newsletter, please send it to Don Koch by this coming Friday, January 24.  You can send to him at don.koch@stpaularlington.com or ddkoch@hotmail.com.  You can also give him the info by calling the church office.  Thank You!
 
FRIENDSHIP SUNDAY is February 16!
 
POTLUCK DINNER for Friendship Sunday needs your help. We have a lot of people who come to the potluck so it takes a lot of work and help. If you can help serve, we would appreciate it if you would sign up.  There are 3 shifts the day of the potluck and also a shift the day before to help set-up. Check sheets in the back of church for times!  THANK YOU so much!!
 
WHAT IF THE WEATHER IS NASTY FOR CHURCH? We are in that time of the year where the weather may become difficult for traveling.  It will be rare that we will actually cancel Sunday services due to the weather.  There are enough people in town who can make it.  But if the weather is bad, and you need to travel to church, we leave that up to your better judgment.  If it is so bad that we have to cancel services, we will announce that on KNUJ and KDUZ as well as post it on our website if possible.  If we need to cancel SUNDAY SCHOOL, the parents will be notified by Facebook.
 
St. Paul’s Open GymPlay games in our school gym every Sunday evening beginning Dec. 1st from 6:30-8:00 during the winter months.  The gym will be open to all members of the congregation.  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 www.facebook.com/pages/Thunderdome
 
New WebsiteForward in Christ magazine now has its own website; forwardinchrist.net that offers even more than the magazine. Take a look at it.
 
Martin Luther College is now accepting applications for one temporary limited-term Men's Cross Country Head Coach. A comprehensive description of 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, January 28, 2020. Additional information and details can be obtained by contacting the Martin Luther College Human Resources Office at 507-354-8221.
 
Food Shelves Balanced nutritious meals are a vital part of a person’s health and well-being and a child’s physical and mental development.  Please remember the Food Shelves for Sibley County and the MLC students when you buy your groceries.  Deliveries to them will be made Monday, January 27.

 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.   Hebrews 13:16
 
December 2019 2018
Sibley County 72# $40.00 82# $0
Martin Luther College 52# $65.00 14# $45.00
 
 
 
 
Help is NeededJust 45 minutes of your time.  Lutheran Social Services of MN requests volunteers, men or women, to deliver meals (3 or 4) at this time, daily (Mon.-Fri.) from 10:45 to about 11:30 am, no out of town deliveries.  Meals are picked up at Highland Commons. Contact Joyce at 952-242-6298.
 
“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 www.timeofgrace.org