Church News
 
 
For the Week of November 17

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Sunday, November 17:  8:45 a.m. Sunday School, 9:00 a.m. Family Bible Study Class, 10:00 a.m.  Worship - Saints Triumphant &
                                                      Welcome Home Sunday, Devotion Book Door Offering, Fellowship-Sunday School Serving,
                                                     Misson Society Meeting after the Service

Monday, November 18:  10:00 a.m. December Calendar Information Due

Tuesday, November 19:  10:00 a.m. Good Samaritan Service
                                                
Wednesday, November 20:  2:00 p.m. Bible Study, 3:45 p.m. Confirmation Class, 7:00 p.m. Choir Practice
                                                               
Thursday, November 21:  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, November 24 :  8:45 a.m. Sunday School, 9:00 a.m. Family Bible Study Class, 10:00 a.m.  Worship with Communion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
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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 Prayer:   Christmas evangelism – Our Savior Jesus Christ, we cannot go shopping at this time of the year without being reminded that Christmas is coming. We know that this holiday is the celebration of your birth, our God who became fully human to take away the sins of the world. Sadly, we realize that not everyone knows this good news even though it is for all people. Bless our congregation and our synod as we strive to bring this gospel about the Savior to the people living around us. Empower each of us to invite someone to worship Christ, the newborn King, along with us. By your grace, bring many more to hear the true message of Jesus Christ, which alone can bring true joy to the people of this world. We pray in the name of Christ, who became our brother to save us all. Amen.

Funeral – 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, Bryan James Koepp.  The memorial service for Bryan was held here in our church at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14.  The length of his earthly pilgrimage was 55 years, 4 months, and 17 days.  Interment was at our church cemetery.
 
DECORATING FOR THANKSGIVINGAnyone who wants to bring anything to help decorate for Thanksgiving please bring your items to church by Friday Nov 22.
 
No Bible Study on Wednesday, Nov. 27
 
Bulletin Information Due EarlyBulletin information for Sunday, Dec. 1, will be due in the office by 10:00 am Wednesday, Nov. 27.
 
Christmas Bag Door Offeringswill be collected Dec. 1st & 8th.
 
St. Paul’s Open Gym - Play 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
 
BETHLEHEM EXPRESS is ready to pull out of the depot and share the true meaning of Christmas on Dec. 7. We need your help.  Please see this Sunday’s insert for details for donations and volunteer opportunities!!
 
BETHLEHEM EXPRESS POSTERS If your place of work does NOT have a BE poster and if it is appropriate to put one up, please take one from the back of church this morning and put it up.  There are extras!!
 
Interested in Ushering?  The Ushers Groups for 2020 are being assembled, and there are some openings that need to be filled.  Confirmed members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, who are interested in serving as an usher, should contact Dwight Grabitske (964-5878) for more information.
 
Kwik Trip Car Wash Cardsare being sold for $36 by our Youth Group to raise funds for their trip to the WELS International Youth Rally at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville this coming June. Each card is good for 5 ultimate washes. The rally will cost $375 per student if registered by April 30 plus transportation.
 
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDYHow we make use of God’s gift of time will be the topic of study for a four week Women’s Bible Class which will met in the church basement on Tuesdays in November at 9:30am & 7:00pm.  This study, titled Time: It’s a Gift, was written by Sally Vallesky (native of Arlington) and seems especially appropriate as we enter the holiday season when time seems to be in short supply. The topics discussed will be Nov 19: Our Time, and Nov 26: Yes and No (Managing time).  All women of St Paul’s are encouraged to join their sisters in faith for an hour of study and fellowship as we study the God-pleasing use of his gracious gift of time.
 
WEDNESDAY BIBLE CLASSmeets this Wednesday, November 20. We are returning to our study of the Psalms.  This week is Psalm 46, the favorite psalm of Martin Luther.  Find out why.  We invite everyone to join us.
 
INVITATION TO BETHLEHEM EXPRESSOne of the best ways to get people to Bethlehem Express is YOU! Yes, You!!  Bring your family to Bethlehem Express and then invite other family members, friends, neighbors, and acquaintances to our church on Dec. 7 beginning at 11:00am.  Trains leave every half hour until 2:30pm. The true meaning of Christmas is told. Listen to Christmas carols as they are sung, walk the path to the star with a special surprise, celebrate Jesus' birthday in Munchiland with cake and ice cream, and end up in “Bethlehem” and enjoy a shadow play of Jesus’ birth.
 
BETHLEHEM EXPRESS SHIRTS To make it clear – we are providing all those who are helping the day of BE with a free long-sleeve, specially-made BE shirt. To be assured of your size, we ask that you sign up by Nov. 17 AND fill out a sheet with your name and size and drop it in the box.  If you are not helping and would like to purchase a shirt, fill out a sheet AND also drop it in the box.  The cost will be $12 per shirt payable when delivered to you.

DECEMBER NEWSLETTER INFO   If anybody has information for the December Newsletter, please email it to Don Koch by this Friday, Nov. 22 at ddkoch@hotmail.com or don.koch@stpaularlington.com
 
CES Bake Sale December 15thwill be held at church.  Members of the congregation are welcome to bring homemade goods to add to the sale if they wish to do so.
 
Thrivent Choice Dollars Please remember to use yours by the end of the 2019 year.
 
Gifts for MLC Married Students It has been a tradition at St Paul’s to provide Christmas gifts for the married students at MLC to encourage them in their preparation for service in the public ministry.  These young couples often struggle financially to meet household expenses as well as the cost of education. Many are far away from the support of family.  Our congregation is the only one providing these gifts which are distributed through the MLC food shelf. This year there are 19 married couples using the MLC food shelf.  St. Paul’s Married Couples Club with the help of a Thrivent action team grant will provide gift cards for those couples and four teenage children.  Gift tags for the five younger children are displayed in the narthex.  If you would like to provide a gift for one of these children, please take a gift tag to attach to your gift and returned the wrapped gift to the narthex no later than Sunday, Dec 8. The wrapped packages will be taken to MLC for distribution through the food shelf on Dec. 10. Thank you for your generous support.
 
VAPING - The Arlington Lions Club will be hosting a presentation on vaping at 7pm, Thursday, November 21, 2019, at the Arlington Community Center. 
 
Food Shelves The holidays will soon be here. Please remember those that are less fortunate. Contribute to the Martin Luther College and Sibley County food shelves.  Our next deliveries to them will be November 25 and December 30.
 
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.   Hebrews 13:16
 
October 2019 2018
Sibley County 56# $ 69# $0
     Youth Group ----- ----- 442# $15.00
     St. Paul’s School 115# $0 119# $0
Martin Luther College 46# $45.00 60# $45.00
 
 
 
 
 
 
 “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 5:30 a.m. on KMSP Fox Channel 9 on Sunday mornings.  You can also go to their website and access it at any time you want to at www.timeofgrace.org