Lutheran Disaster Response brings God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world.
Here is the link to their webpage which offers the opportunity to make a donation, search their blog, or just get updates on ongoing situations.
The World Council of Churches Prayer Cycle
The World Council of Churches
a prayer cycle to
praying for the
whole world. Click on the Prayer Cycle button, then on the Prayer community we are praying for this week.
In celebrating the beauty and strength created through diversity, we welcome, value, and include all of God's children regardless of race, culture, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, appearance, or citizenship.
"Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ."
1 Corinthians 12:12
VIDEOS at St. Paul's Lutheran Church -- This link will take you to our VIMEO page and you may select any of the Sunday or special worship services, as well as an assortment of other videos related to St. Paul's. There is a wonderful video of our Palm Sunday service with the children processing with their palms. There are also several concerts and hymn sing-alongs on the vimeo page you can enjoy.
Worship with us on Sundays at 8:30 am and 11:00 am. We are currently using "Setting One" from the Evangelical Lutheran Book. Holy Communion is celebrated at all services.
Sunday School is at 9:45-10:45 am each Sunday morning for all ages, child through adult from September 16, 2018 through May 2019.
At the end of November and through early December there will be an opportunity to shop for Christmas gifts right here at our church. Items for sale will be pieces crafted by artisans from struggling communities around the world. "SERRV International is a nonprofit organization committed to fighting poverty through fair trade since 1949. We adhere to the fair trade standards as defined by the World Fair Trade Organization and endorsed by Fair Trade Federation."
Mid-Week Advent Services: Images of God
A Jewish son of a carpenter from the backwater town of Bethlehem is probably not the image we had in mind for God. As Duke Divinity School Professor Will Willimon writes, "God surprised us not only by appearing in human form, but as a person who looked suspiciously like the annoying guy next door, an undeniably human person who hungered, thirsted, rejoiced, suffered, rages, wept, and died as all persons do." Yet this surprising image of God is not merely an image. This carpenter's son born in Bethlehem is God incarnate, whose life, death, and resurrection on this earth changes everything. This Advent, as we prepare for the coming of Christ -- for God incarnate -- we look for and celebrate the many other strange and surprising ways in which Emmanuel dwells with us already. During the midweek Advent services this season, we will continue to explore "Images of God." Join us throughout the coming weeks as we explore four lesser-known biblical images of God, and in doing so, as we seek to experience the richness of God Emmanuel, the God of many names.
Advent I -- Wednesday, Dec 5th at 7 pm: God the Migrant
Advent II -- Wednesday, Dec. 12th at 7 pm: God the Bread
Advent III -- Wednesday, Dec. 19th at 7 pm: God the Warrior
Advent IV -- Sunday, Dec. 23rd at 8:30 and 11 am: God the Birthing Mother
Wednesdays in Advent
Dec 5 and 12 at 5:45 pm we will have our typical Advent meals in Trinity Hall. On Wed, Dec 19, we will have our annual Christmas celebration meal. Details will be forthcoming on RSVPs and menu.
On Sunday, December 16 at 4:00 pm we will present our annual Christmas Pageant and a lasagna supper. Everyone is invited to enjoy the children's interpretation of the birth of our Savior, ending with a fine fellowship meal. Rehearsals for the pageant occur on Saturdays, Dec 1, 8, and 15 at 10:00 am in Trinity Hall.
St. Paul's Readers
Everyone is invited to join the book discussions on the third Thursday of the month at 3:00 pm in the library. The book for the December 20 meeting will be Walking Across Egypt, by Clyde Edgerton.
Christmas Concert and Sing-a-Long
Join us on Sunday, December 23 at 4:00 pm for a wonderful concert and sing-a-long with soprano Jessica Cates and our wonderful Laudate Handbell Choir. After a fun Christmas medley played by the Handbells, Jessica will sing a few beautiful and fun arrangements of Christmas favorites such as O Holy Night, Silent Night, and Away in a Manger by Mark Hayes, as well as Mozart's popular Alleluia and Laudate Dominum. Ending with sing-a-long Christmas Carols, this concert is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit! A free-will offering will be collected for the St. Paul's Music Ministry.
Christmas Eve Services, all celebrating Holy Communion