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BETHLEHEM EXPRESS:  Saturday, December 4th, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, Trains leaving every 1/2 hour.
 
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Church News for the week of December 5, 2021

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Sunday, December 5:  8:45 a.m. Sunday School, 9:00 a.m. Family Bible Study, 10:00 a.m.  Worship with Communion continuous flow method,
        Guest Pastor Mike Muehlenhardt - Livestreamed, Children's Christmas Bag Door Offering, Fellowship, 4:00 p.m.Youth Group Christmas Party

Monday, December 6:  7:00 p.m. Elders' Meeting 

Tuesday, December 7:  7:00 p.m. Bible Information Class
                                                                                                                                              

Wednesday, December 8:  2:00 p.m. Bible Study, 3:45 Confirmation Class, 7:00 p.m. Advent Service,  7:45 p.m. Choir Practice

Thursday, December 9:  10:00 a.m. Bulletin Information Due, 7:00 p.m. 150th Anniversary Committee Meeting

Saturday, December 11:  9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Christmas Eve Practice

Sunday, December 12:  10:00 a.m.  Worship - Livestreamed

Wednesday Advent Services @ 7:00 p.m.:  Dec. 8, 15
Christmas Eve Children's Service  Dec. 24 @ 6:00 p.m.
Christmas Day Service @ 9:00 a.m.
New Year's Eve Communion Service @ 6:00 p.m.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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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.      

Covid GuidelinesPlease be aware that precautionary measures are still needed.  Use the hand sanitizer as soon as you enter the building and again as you exit the building.  THE WEARING OF MASKS IS NOT REQUIRED IF YOU ARE FULLY VACCINATED. THAT DOES NOT MEAN YOU SHOULDN’T USE THEM.  WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU WEAR ONE IF AT HIGH RISK, YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM IS COMPROMISED, OR ARE NOT FULLY VACCINATED.   6’  SOCIAL DISTANCING IS STILL IN EFFECT.
 
Communion –  Communion services will be Dec. 5 using the coninuous flow method and Dec. 26 at the table.

Mission Prayer - TELL Network – Lord God, we praise you that throughout history you have used different means to grow your Church no matter the resistance put up by Satan or unbelievers. We thank you that the Internet has allowed us to reach people in virtually any country—to train them in your Word and in how to start small groups and congregations. We pray that you continue to bless our online gospel outreach and discipleship efforts in different languages. We praise you for every lost soul that you bring to the joy of knowing you. Amen.

CHRISTMAS BAG DOOR OFFERINGSThe School Board will be collecting door offerings for the children’s Christmas bags after church.
 
YOUTH GROUP CHRISMAS PARTYSunday, Dec. 5th, @ 4:00 pm @ the Scherer’s residence. 
 
Martin Luther College’s Highly Anticipated Christmas Concert will be presented Dec. 5th at 4:00 pm in the MLC Chapel of the Christ. The combined choirs of Martin Luther College, the Wind Symphony, and the Hosanna Ringers invite you to join them in this musical celebration of the birth of Christ. This year's program, entitled "Light from Light Eternal," offers a highly eclectic blend of music for choir, instruments, and congregation, centering on the birth of Jesus Christ, God from God and Light from Light. Refreshments will be served in the Chapel Fellowship Room after each concert. All are welcome as we open the Advent season with this joyous campus tradition!
 
Church Anniversary T-shirts are here in the office - some are on backorder.
 
KWIK TRIP CAR WASH CARDS –– Youth Group will be selling them after church.  5-count Ultimate Car Wash card ONLY $36; Regular price $50 – a SAVINGS of $14!
 
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON BIBLE CLASS will meet this week, Dec. 8. We have an Advent theme Bible study called “Expectations of Advent.” Our lesson this week centers on gifts. What is the best Christmas gift you ever gave or received? We will discuss some of the gifts God has given us. This Bible study is a wonderful way to get in the Christmas spirit.  Come and join us!!
 
FELLOWSHIP after church downstairs near the stage area. Take time to greet our former member Rev. Mike Muehlenhardt and his family over cookies & cupcakes & beverages.
 
CHOIR sings “One Small Lamb” this morning in our worship service.  Keeping with singing past songs this one was first sung at Bethlehem Express and Christmas Eve in 2014. This song encourages the shepherds (and us) to go to Bethlehem to find the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. This has an accompanying CD with a modern beat. (Also listen for the basses!)  The choir also sang it yesterday at Bethlehem Express.
 
150th ANNIVERSARY CALENDARS & MUGS AVAILABLE  The calendar runs through 2022.  It has a number of historical pictures of our church and school.  They are available in the narthex for only $10. The MUGS are available in 6 different colors with our anniversary logo.  The price is $8 a mug OR 2 for $15.  They are great for coffee, hot cocoa bombs, soup, or a beverage of your choice.  Hand washing recommended.  The calendars and mugs are also available in the church office during the week.
 
150th ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE will meet this Thursday evening, Dec. 9, at 7:00pm.
 
LISTS OF FUNERALS We have compiled a list of funerals from our church records for the past 150 years. A new supply has been run off. You are welcome to take a list from the narthex. They will be available through June of 2022.
 
SAVE THE DATE CARDS  The Anniversary Committee is asking you to invite your family members and friends or whoever you know who may have connections to our congregation to invite them to our 150th Anniversary next June 18-19.  We are making available “Save the Date” cards. Pick up as many as you need in the narthex.  Use these cards as you see fit to inform them of our Anniversary.  You can put a name and address on one side and mail it off OR put them into your Christmas cards.
 
Chairmen, Boards, CommitteesIt is time to start thinking of your annual reports that will be due in the office in early January.
 
Food Shelves The items collected in our narthex during November were delivered to the food shelves last Monday.  We thank all those who contributed.
 
“…whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”   Matthew 25:40
 
November 2021 2020
Sibley County 94# $20 97# $60
                            School 161#   25#  
Martin Luther College 57# $0 112# $110
 
 
 
 
 
 “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.
 
ADVENT SERVICESWednesdays @ 7:00 pm, Dec. 8th & 15th
 
ADVENT SUPPERWednesday, Dec. 15th – BBQ’s, 5:00 – 6:30 pm
 
CHRISTMAS EVE PRACTICESSaturday, Dec. 11 & 18 @ 9:00 – 10:30 am
 
CHRISMAS EVE CHILDREN’S SERVICEDec. 24th @ 6:00 pm
 
CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICESaturday, Dec. 25th @ 9:00 am
 
NEW YEAR’S EVE COMMUNION SERVICEFriday, Dec. 31st @ 6:00 pm