Church News
 
 

Bethlehem Express:  Saturday, December 7, 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Free Indoor Event:   Board the Bethlehem Express and go on an imaginary train ride throughout the church.  Passengers travel from stop to stop; visit the carolers, walk the path to the Star, celebrate Jesus’ birthday, then reach the final destination, Bethlehem, to learn about the REAL meaning of Christmas. This event begins at 11:00pm.  Trains run every half hour with the last train departing at 2:30pm. 
 
 
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For the Week of December 8

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Sunday, December 8:  8:45 a.m. Sunday School, 9:00 a.m. Family Bible Study Class, 10:00 a.m.  Worship
                                                    Children's Christmas Bag Door Offering

Monday,December 9:  1:30 p.m. Senior Ministry, 7:00 p.m. Council Meeting

Tuesday, December 10 :  7:00 p.m. Outreach Committee Meeting
                                                
Wednesday, December 11:  2:00 p.m. Bible Study, 3:45 p.m. Confirmation Class, 7:00 p.m. Advernt Serice, 8:00 p.m. Choir Practice                                                               
Thursday, Deember 12:  10:00 a.m. Bulletin Information Due, 11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Our Service on Cable TV - Channel 8
                                                    
Saturday, December 13:  9:00 - 10:30 Christmas Eve Practice

Sunday, December 15 : 8:45 a.m. Sunday School, 9:00 a.m. Family Bible Study Class, 10:00 a.m.  Worship ,
                                                       Devotion Book Door Offering, Fellowship-Family Bible Study Class Serving,
                                                     Christian Education Society Bake Sale, 3:00 p.m. Choir Caroling
                                                                        
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
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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 PrayerBluffton, S.C. mission – O Holy Spirit, thank you for the many resources that you have provided in recent years to fund new missions in North America. Continue to encourage Pastor Eric Janke as he works with Risen Savior Lutheran Church in Pooler, Ga., to reach out in nearby Bluffton, S.C. Give our brothers and sisters wisdom in their planning and optimism as they share their faith. Open hearts to welcome the gospel message that Jesus is the risen Savior who has conquered the enemies of sin, death, and hell. Amen.

Children's Christmas Bag Door Offeringwill be collected Sunday, Dec. 8.
 
SENIOR MINISTRY will meet Monday, December 9, at 1:30pm. We begin with a short Bible study followed by games, snacks, talk, and fun. By the way, you are never too young nor never too old to come. We welcome all! Hope you can join us!
 
WEDNESDAY BIBLE CLASSwill meet this Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 2:00pm. We will be looking at Psalm 139.  This psalm tells about many of God’s attributes. We invite everyone to join us.
 
AdventThere are two more Advent services for you to attend; the 11th & 18th.  December 18th is a candlelight service. 
 
Youth Group Advent supper sign up sheets are in the narthex for bars & salads and working schedules.  Please sign up today.
 
CORRECTIONYou may use your last quarter’s Thrivent choice dollars of 2019 from January through March 31 of 2020.
 
 Poinsettias If you have a poinsettia you would like to add to the church's Christmas decor, please bring it to church by Dec 23. Be sure to mark your plant with your name to avoid confusion.  Plants will be displayed from Christmas Eve through New Year's Eve.  You are encouraged to take your plant home after Dec 31.  Plants will not be maintained after the New Year's Eve service.
 
Christmas OrnamentsMission Society is selling personalized Christmas tree ornaments.  Memory ornaments to honor a loved one or friend are available. We also have lights of love and friendship ornaments. There is a table in the narthex where you can purchase ornaments for $10 each. Thank you for supporting our group’s mission work.
 
Sunday School is looking to add Christmas books to our library.  If you have any gently used Christmas books about Jesus’ birth, etc. & would like to donate them to our library, we would be so grateful!  There is a box in the narthex, under the Sunday School bulletin board, for your donation. Thank you very much!
 
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.
 
Board, Committee, and Organization ChairpersonsIt is that time of year.  You need to start on your annual reports.  We want to have the reports published a week early to allow the congregation time to prepare for the meeting.  Reports will be due in the office on Monday, January 6th with exception for a few of the financial ones. 
 
Gifts for MLC Married Students Our congregation is the only one providing 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.  The five children’s gifts need to be returned wrapped & with the tag on it 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.
 
CES Holiday Bake Sale Sunday, December 15thwill be at 11:00 in the church basement.  Members of the congregation are welcome to bring homemade goods to add to the sale if they wish to do so.  The money given for items that day will go towards the school’s furnace/air conditioning upgrades. If you have any questions contact Mrs. Petzel.
 
MVL Christmas Concertis December 20th at 7:00 pm.
 
SANTA’S HELPERSUnwrapped new gifts are to be at American Lutheran Church in Gaylord by December 9th between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm.  Please put a note with them so they know who they are from. Or you may call the hotline 507-299-0073 to have someone pick them up.
 
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
 
WELS Prison MinistryAre accepting ONLY Meditations devotionals and Time of Grace pamphlets or Grace Moments in regular and large print that are less than 1 year old and are not curled, torn, stained, or have writing or addresses on them.
 
Food Shelves The items collected Thanksgiving Day were delivered this past Monday.  Thank you to all those who so generously contributed. 
 
“…whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”   Matthew 25:40
 
November 2019 2018
Sibley County 62# $20.00 62# $20.00
Thanksgiving 83# $0 ---- ----
Martin Luther College 54# $25.00 52# $10.00
 
 
 
 
 
 “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