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Prayers of Intersession 7/23/17

Called together in the Spirit’s embrace, let us pray for the mending of God’s world.

A brief silence.

Enliven your church with love for your world, O God. Give undivided hearts to Christians from Africa and the Americas, Asia and Europe. Make us one in faithful witness to your will. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Renew the life of this earth, O God, even as it groans because of misuse and decay. Cultivate in us an eager longing for a healthy and life-giving earth. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Bridge the chasms that divide the nations, O God. Inspire a reconciling vision among the world’s leaders, and bring together people of differing commitments for the sake of the world’s most vulnerable people. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Embrace those who suffer, O God. Give peace to all who are near death, hope to those who are depressed, shelter to the homeless, and healing to the sick. We Pray for Jim, Kathy, Sara, Roger, Linda, Pat, Richard, Sara, Dean, Matthew, Kevin, Aaron, Marsha, Matthew, Shirley, Elizabeth, Erich, Karen, Betty, Peg, Shirley, Linda, and Dan Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Embolden our witness to your love, O God. Send us out into the world with courageous hearts, persistence, and holy wisdom. Inspire us to tend to and delight in our children’s faith. We give thanks for Vacation Bible Schools and Drama Camps. We pray for those who suffer from Human Trafficking. We pray for those who are controlled, manipulated and enslaved by others. We pray for the Always Reformed, Always Reforming process. May we find a direction together that is one with your Spirit’s desire. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

 All these things, and whatever else you see that we need, we entrust to your care through Christ our Lord.


Christian Education has moved out of the classroom to engage people in active faith and to build relationships.  It is now be called Faith Formation to encompass the many activities we do to build relationships and serve others, while we learn and grow in our faith.  Click link for more details.

“Always Reformed, Always Reforming”– This Is Your Last Chance!


What’s the Next Step in the ARAR Process?


The poster boards with our Guiding Questions and Post-It Notes will stay up until July 30th. Please post your thoughts on the board(s) of your choice. Let your voice be heard. Now is the time!

After worship service on July 30th the postings will be removed by the ARAR Team.  The blank posters will remain up as the ARAR Team compiles a draft of the directives to be presented. On September 17th the various directives will be posted for your review and comment. Each directive will be represented by a separate posting to allow room for your comments.

On October 8th the poster boards will be removed and the ARAR Team will create the final Reformation Directive document. The final document will be communicated to the congregation on Sunday October 22nd.

On Reformation Sunday, October 29th, the congregation will be asked to pledge their support for the Reformation Directive by signing a pledge page to be attached to the document.


ARAR Overview

Below is an overview of the process for your reference.

Step One: (Present – February)

  • Cottage meetings will be held in congregant’s homes, coffee houses, or at St. Paul to determine our guiding questions for this process of discovery and the areas we would like to further reform.

Step Two: (March – June)

  • Church-wide, interactive meetings will take place to find solutions and actions for our guiding questions.

Step Three:  (June – October)

  • A draft of our reformation directive will be written by the ARAR team, considered by the congregation and ultimately, received on Reformation Day 2017—the Reformation’s 500th anniversary.

Please keep this process in your prayers and as opportunities arise please give your heart, mind, and time to this process.

Tuesday Mornings with Justin

Are you looking for a more in-depth foray into the scriptures?  We invite you to attend our Timg_5355uesday morning Bimg_5352ible Study group.  Pastor Justin leads out in a group discussion every Tuesday from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m in the Harms Fireside Room.  The discussions focus on the coming Sunday’s readings as taken from the Revised Common Lectionary.  While the readings follow a three-year cycle, the conversations vary as each participant brings his or her own unique perspective to the conversation.  We look forward to seeing you there. Follow the link below for a look at this week’s readings

A “Thrivent Builds Worldwide” trip to Jordan

Since 2014 members from St. Paul have participated in annual church-supported Thrivent Builds.  A group of 12 from St. Paul just returned from the Jordan Valley where they assisted in building a three-bedroom home for Fahmi Naser Khashan and his family.  To catch up on the latest news out of Ammar Ben Yasser, Jordan check out Stephanie and Elizabeth mission trip blog.

“Listening for God’s” Next Meeting

While our women’s book club, “Listening for God,” does not meet during the summer months, they have a great summer read for you! Discussions will resume again in the fall with a #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER.  In preparation for September 13th’s 7:30 p.m. meeting at the church, we hope you enjoy reading Elizabeth Stroud’s book, My Name Is Lucy Barton. 

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Strout tells how “simple hospital visit becomes a portal to the tender relationship between mother and daughter in this extraordinary novel by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys.”

Vacation Bible School: July 31 – August 4

We anticipate this summer’s collaborative VBS ministry.  Together with Christ Church Episcopal and First English Lutheran, St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church invites you to attend “Maker Fun Factory!”  See the brochure for more information. You can find registration Here.

Prayer Vigil For Peace – July 24

Held every fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 pm, these evenings begin with a short video followed by a discussion.  Everyone is invited, and there is no preparation needed.  The next vigil will be held on July 24 in the Bethany Room.  The prayer forum used is entitled, ACT Palestine Forum Prayer. A link to the organizations website may be found here.

WELCA Treinnial Gathering, July 13-16

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Did you know that every woman of the church is automatically a member of WELCA?  Which means that you could attend the 10th Annual Triennial Gathering in Minneapolis, July 13-16.  We are real women talking about our faith. About our doubts and challenges. About joy and what inspires us. We’ll experience simple conversations between friends—old and new—that will develop into a movement sweeping the church, inspired and infused with the Holy Spirit.

Join the conversation as we explore the triennial gathering theme All Anew.” Listen to inspiring speakers; participate in worship and praise; learn by attending workshops, viewing films and engaging in servant events. Visit the exhibit hall where you can gather, shop and connect.

Check the WELCA website for more information or speak with one of the WELCA Board members, Gretchen Archinal, Brenda Dittrich, Carol Meza, Alana Sabol, Lela Ulmanis or Peg Upmeyer.

This Sunday . . .

Join us for Worship at 9:30 a.m. on July 23, 2017.

Feel free to stay after service for our “God’s Work. Our Hands’ Social Action activity.  We will be assembling hygiene kits for victims of human trafficking.  If you are not able to attend but would like to contribute, you can place a pre-assembled kit of your own in the basket in the foyer.  The kits contain 9 travel-sized items in a Ziplock bag:

  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • lotion
  • soap
  • toothpaste
  • toothbrush
  • washcloth
  • deodorant
  • razor

One additional item may be added to make the receiver feel special. Nail polish, perfume or make up are some possible suggestions. For more information, visit the “All Worthy of Love” website


A/C Informational Meetings – Aug 20, Sept 10

We Need Your Input !

Church Council has been gathering information and discussing the merits of installing air conditioning at St. Paul. The scope of that discussion has gone beyond the Sanctuary and/or the Harms Fireside Room. Those areas were previously approved at the Annual Meeting as potential capital improvement projects.

The question of air conditioning and the potential increased scope of the project have raised numerous issues that are best discussed prior to formulating a course of action. Therefore, Church Council has set August 20th and September 10th immediately following Sunday service as informational meeting dates.

A copy of the outline to be followed at the informational meetings is available for your review prior to the meeting. You may pick up a copy at the church office or use the following link to view the outline:

Please plan on attending one of these informational meetings.

Rick Grenzke, Congregation Secretary