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The Spirit of Saint Paul A R ECONCILING December, 2016

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C HRIST C OMMUNITY Volume 51, Issue 12


St. Paul Lutheran Church A Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Community Phone: 505-242-5942 Email: Info@StPaulABQ.org Website: www.StPaulABQ.org Pastoral Care Emergency Phone : 505-249-9859

CALICO BUTTERFLY PRESCHOOL Phone: 505-242-4504 Email: Calico@StPaulABQ.org

SUNDAY SERVICE 9:30 a.m. Holy Communion

PERSONNEL INTERIM PASTOR Pastor Phil Kettering Personal Cell Phone: 507-626-5806 Email: Pastor Phil@StPaulABQ.or g DIRECTOR OF MUSIC MINISTRIES Seth Hartwell ORGANIST Beverly Pettit OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR AnnaMarie Padilla CALICO BUTTERFLY PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR Linda Conjurske

Saint Paul Lutheran Church, as a community of faith in Christ, is radically welcoming, strives for justice, and loves its neighbors as itself.

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Table of Contents From The Pastor ................................................................................... 2 From Pat Holman.................................................................................. 3 Movie Night ........................................................................................... 3 Spring Teaser ........................................................................................ 3 From The Congregation President........................................................ 4 All Saints Sunday ................................................................................... 5 Adult Faith Formation - ........................................................................ 5 Financial Secretary Year End Note....................................................... 5 Adopted Families................................................................................... 6 Albuquerque Interfaith ......................................................................... 7 Advent Tree? ......................................................................................... 8 Camilo De Vida ...................................................................................... 8 Calico Butterfly Preschool .................................................................... 9 Friends Feeding Friends ..................................................................... 10 Happy Birthday Ella! .......................................................................... 10 L.A.M. NM Bishop's Luncheon & Issues Briefing ............................... 11 “Thank You” from Dr. Joseph Saria ................................................... 11 Sewing Group ...................................................................................... 12 Sunflower............................................................................................. 13 Update on St. Paul's Transition and Discernment Process ................ 14 Up Coming Events ................................................................................ 14 Youth F.F. / Sunday School ................................................................ 15 Caring for Our Faith Community ....................................................... 16 Council Highlights .............................................................................. 16 Congregation Council ......................................................................... 17 Calendar/Volunteers ....................................................................... Insert

BULLETIN & NEWSLETTER DEADLINES (except as otherwise noted)

SUNDAY BULLETIN: Each Wednesday at 9 a.m. DECEMBER NEWSLETTER: November 11th at 9 a.m.


FROM THE PASTOR The Soul of Leadership Some time ago, I opened a book that had been recommended to me titled Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership by Ruth Haley Barton. This book was to be my morning devotional while on vacation. The book examines the leadership of Moses as a focus for understanding the soul of leadership. I simply wanted a time of reflection and prayer to begin my day that focused on an ever changing sense of vocation and found an inspirational book that I had to share. The opening scripture used in the introduction to this book immediately caught my attention: “A nd what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” (Matthew 16:26 NLT). Another tr anslation r eads like this: “For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?” (Matthew 16:26 NRSV). Is anything wor th mor e than one’s soul? What will one give in return for their life? Soul…Life…these words can easily be interchanged and then, again, can mean something quite different. It may well be that the soul of a leader defines the life of a leader… different words but of the same essence. We now come to a time of year when we look back on all that has been accomplished and talk about hopes for the coming year. We again dream of all that is to come. This is a time when we give thanks for the leadership we know and all of their work throughout 2016, and begin to think about the dreams and challenges that face us in 2017 and beyond. At times, we become fatigued and have doubts about our course or progress. We may even question our purpose or the value of our efforts. Yet there is something in each and every one of us that pushes us to a place we never dreamed of going…a place only our faith can take us. The need to journey to this “next place” comes from a space within us that we often struggle identifying or describing. It is a space nourished in worship and prayer. It is a space strengthened in solitude and times of silence. It is a space we all share yet it is unique to each of us. It is a space that requires an ongoing effort to nurture and develop. There is a process that we engage that allows us to use this space to help us move forward into the unknown. Ruth Haly Barton writes: “To give ourselves to this process, we must trust our true self is hidden with Christ in God, to be revealed as God sees that we are ready to live into it”. I believe it is this “true self” that is revealed in the soul of our leadership. 2 

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Each of us carries a leadership role within the church. At times this role is formally defined: a pastor, a council member, a Sunday school teacher, a musician, an administrator, etc. At other times, the leadership role is less formal but just as critical to the success of the mission of the church: a mentor, a parent, a friend, a speaker at a local gathering, a volunteer serving the community in general. As we elect new council members and begin to evaluate our ministry plan, make sure you give yourself to a process of discovery. Take some time in solitude and prayer. Listen for God’s still small voice. Let your “true self” emerge and step forward in leadership to take us all to a place that only God could dream of us going! Remember, it is the soul of a leader that defines the life of a leader.

Pastor Phil FROM PAT HOLMAN: "INCONCEIVABLE!" Retired pastor, Pat Holman, has asked for this message be run in the newsletter for a final thank you. Many thousand thanks to all who helped make my "retirement" celebration the weekend of August 19-21, 2016, such a great success. The events, connections, laughter, tears, tributes, photos, movie night, feasting, worship, music, memories shared, and opportunities to celebrate God's amazing grace and mercy wove together to create many more treasured memories to take with me as I move on into retirement. God be with you as the next chapter of St. Paul ABQ -- of being the church, better together begins! (Written 8/22/16) <>< Pastor Pat Holman and/for Phil Wangberg

MOVIE NIGHT There will not be a Movie Night this month, due to the holidays. Please see next months newsletter for January’s Movie Night. -Your Outreach Team

Spring 2017 Teaser: A lot of women can plop a hat on their head, but they can't carry it off unless they have the attitude to go with it. That's what I call “hattitude”. “Hattitude” is something you have to possess in order to wear a hat well.” —Deirdre Gerion, Owner, PR Company 3


FROM THE CONGREGATION PRESIDENT Final President Newsletter Article What a blessing to have walked this journey with you all this year. As I write my final newsletter article, I do so with confidence that the community of St. Paul will live into God’s Call for Us under the guidance of Paula Eglinton, Pastor Phil, and the council of St. Paul Lutheran, and through the faithful participation by everyone in conversation/ prayer/and action on behalf of St. Paul. Our community is truly blessed with a depth of committed faithful members willing to jump in and participate in all aspects of our lives together, as this past year clearly shows. To recap, we, as the community that is St. Paul, have been working through a years’ long discernment process. This year in January, we gathered in conversation around the questions “Why are we being called to transform at this time?”, and “What is essential about St. Paul that should remain a part of St. Paul after we transform?” One hundred percent of us participated in answering these questions, either by attending a Gathering Meeting, or by responding to a call from a council member. With this information in hand, St. Paul went further into our discernment process by praying intentionally during Lent on focused on “What is God Calling us to do/ be?” The answers to these prayers were sung in church responsively during the season of Pentecost. Further discernment involved the formation of six Ad Hoc committees charged with analyzing in detail how each Call would impact our mission and resources. The council used the reports created by these committees at our November retreat to discern possible paths forward for St. Paul that are sustainable and faithful to our mission and resources. These paths will be presented at our December 4th Congregational meeting and we hope to see everyone there. And lest we remember this year only through the lens of our discernment process, we also had a year of celebrations! We celebrated in GRAND style our 125th year together as church in April and the retirement of Pastor Patricia Holman in August. Thanks to everyone who helped plan and who help celebrate these two events in our church life. It was also a year of welcoming. We welcomed new members into our community, a new director for Calico Pre-school (Linda Conjurske became the director in June after the retirement of Doreen Kleinsasser in May), and our Interim Pastor, Pastor Phil Kettering in October. We are so grateful that all of you have joined our community. The year has been a year of transitions, and as we moved through each one faithfully, prayerfully, and thoughtfully together, we have 4 

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become even stronger as a community rooted in faith and hope. I am blessed to be on this journey with all of you, and look forward to what God has in store for us as we live into our future together. -Alicia Ruch-Flynn

ALL SAINTS DAY PICTURES Please pick up your pictures of loved ones in the box in the lobby. We so appreciate your sharing of them for this year's All Saints celebration. The pictures will be put in the plastic box for you to retrieve. Thank you! -Jo Browning

ADULT FAITH FORMATION December brings another assortment of goodies from Adult Faith Development. Here's what's in the sampler:  December 11--Ruth Hoffman of Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-New Mexico discusses the upcoming New Mexico legislative session and what LAM--NM will be doing to advocate for the poor and marginalized. With the state's budget problems and the usual political turmoil at The Roundhouse, it promises to be a turbulent and difficult session. We can be thankful that Ruth is on the job for us.  December 18--Youth Faith Formation Christmas program. There's no class that day, so we can all enjoy the program together.  December 25--Christmas Day! No class. Adult Faith Development meets in the conference room Sunday mornings at 10:45 a.m.. Ever yone is welcome . - Bob Matthews

FINANCIAL SECRETARY YEAR END NOTE: A number of our members choose to make year end contributions for a variety of reasons. Usually they want the contribution to count toward their current year pledge. To ensure that year end contributions will be processed for 2016, please submit them to the church office by Thursday, December 29th, 2016. -Sigurd Stocking

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ADOPTED FAMILIES By Kay Schoenefeld By the time you read this the Adopted Families Christmas “tree” (actually a paper tree on an easel) will be in the lobby. We have gotten gift wishes from several families. This includes a single mom we've known for several years. She is caring for six kids; one of them is her biological daughter and the other five belong to relatives who are not able to care for them. There are also several families who were referred to us by a counselor in the southeast part of town; the families are facing some pretty stiff challenges and really appreciate our help. On the tree there are tags for gift cards and for specific gifts. If you choose to help, please return the wrapped gifts by Sunday, Dec. 18. If you would like to donate money instead, please make checks payable to St. Paul and mark them for Adopted Families; we use the money to help with food, other items, or gifts for folks we hear about just before Christmas. Thank you in advance for thinking of these folks during a time of year that can be very difficult for them. One quick note: I forgot to tell you that the police found the truck that was stolen from the single mom with a Down Syndrome son. We thought the truck was probably long gone. The ignition was damaged and there were other problems so the people at the church she attends found her another used car in exchange for the truck. She's working on getting enough money to pay for licensing, insurance, etc. She and her son are very happy to have wheels again. We continue to have a special need for men's small/medium adult diapers and women's medium adult diapers. We can always use furniture, toilet paper, laundry soap, dish soap, toothpaste, tooth brushes, shampoo, cleaning supplies, TVs, sheets, blankets, bath towels, dishes, silverware, pots and pans, lamps, and anything else useable. If you have large items to donate, call Kay to arrange for pickup; bring small items to the narthex coatroom (by the Adopted Families sign). To donate money, make checks payable to St. Paul, mark them for Adopted Families and place them in the Sunday offering or church office. Thank you very much for sharing your gifts with our families. Kay Schoenefeld, Cheri and Ted Parson, Dave and Susan Lund, Pat Curtin, Bill & Paula Eglinton, Randy & Marsha Kearney, Paul & Mary Thompson, Fred & Helen Disque, Hal & Cheryl Schultz


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ALBUQUERQUE INTERFAITH By Ivan Westergaard ALBUQUERQUE INTERFAITH SEES LARGE TURNOUT FOR MENTAL HEALTH SUMMIT AND PRESS CONFERENCE Sixteen folks from St. Paul attended the Building a Constituency for Mental Health summit that was held at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church on November 13th. 250 people were in attendance from the member congregations, schools and non-profits of Albuquerque Interfaith, plus others from interested congregations and organizations in Albuquerque. The development of a comprehensive system of services and care to those, and their families, with mental or behavioral health issues was the focus of this meeting. After stories were shared by persons dealing with the need for services and the problems they faced, A.I.'s proposed "Principles for a Comprehensive System..." was presented, and elected officials were asked specific questions regarding how they would support the development of this System. County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins agreed to meet with A.I. to evaluate development thus far and determine strategies for the continued work. Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham said "yes" to meeting with A.I. regarding Medicaid decisions that affect the delivery of services and to help find funding sources to fill gaps in the service system. District Attorney-elect Raul Torrez agreed to work with A.I. on gaps in the system that contribute to criminalization of mental illness and addiction. State Auditor Tim Keller affirmed the need for audits of the 1/8 cent tax to assure that that money went to new and expanded programs (transparency) and to review the City's expenditure of the 1/4 cent tax for public safety that A.I. got committed to new behavioral health programs over 10 years ago. We were challenged to develop greater involvement in this effort in each member institution. Attending from St. Paul were Pastor Phil Kettering, Kathy Branson, Catherine Mahoney, Jeff Sorensen, Carol Ann Sorensen, Dave and Susan Lund, Paul and Mary Thompson, Chris Moody, Else Tasseron, Andres Guerrero, Cheryl Schultz, Mary and Richard Graves and me. The Press Conference that followed was a response to the fears and concerns many are expressing following the presidential election. Stories were shared by several that related to fear of exploitation, separation of families due to immigration status, loss of health care, etc. Fr. Christopher McLaren (St. Mark's Episcopal) and Julie Radoslovich (South Valley Academy) spoke to the continuing work of our democracy, the respect for all people and staying involved in the efforts of maintaining that culture. Present were the 3 network TV channels and the Albuquerque Journal. 7


ADVENT TREE? Yes, this year we have an advent tree to raise funds for the ELCA Good Gifts, or World Hunger as we usually call it. I spoke with the organizer of the adopted family Christmas tree and she indicated that it was a nice additional opportunity for us all to share from our bounty with those who have nothing. Imagine to live in a shack made of card board and some wooden planks; when it rains, it leaks and the clothes, laying on the dirt floor, get wet just like the thin sleeping mat, but there is no other place to go. Now imagine receiving some chicks, who find their own food, who grow quickly and lay eggs for you to eat and also for you to sell. Suddenly you have some money to buy nutritious food, and buy construction materials to have a better home, suddenly you have hope instead of despair; suddenly you see that God did not forsake you and you know what gratitude means. Please take an ornament from the tree, representing a gift you like to give; pay for it on the web site mentioned on the back and then give the ornament to the person, in whose honor you give this gift. If wanted, you also can visit www.ELCA.org/GoodGifts for a selection of pr inted car ds and eCards. Give online and you may request a printed card for each of your gifts to be mailed to your home. God loves a cheerful giver. (1 Cor.9:7) Questions? See me. -Else Tasseron.

CAMINO DE VIDA The Christmas Event featuring the children and their presentation of music and a pageant will be held on Sunday, December 4, at 4 p.m. (watch for bulletin notices regarding the time), at their building at 3907 Isleta Blvd SW, south of Rio Bravo about 1/2 mile. Gift car ds for the children will be appreciated. ESL (English as a second language) classes will continue this winter and spring, thanks to the ELCA Hunger Grant that is funding a second year of this effort. Acquisition of portable classrooms has become a possibility and is being explored. This would provide space for the increasing number of children in the congregation and the new Sunday schedule that includes a education hour before worship. There are around 100 people worshiping each Sunday. Our joint effort with the Presbyterians is working well and meeting the needs of our Spanish speaking population. -Ivan Westergaard


By Linda Conjurske

November, 2016

We had an excellent turn out for our Thanksgiving Parent Luncheon last month. I am so thankful for the children, families, staff and board members of Calico! We will have our Christmas parties on the 16th. Our families are invited to join us. Santa will be visiting us this month as well! This month’s curriculum theme is Let it Snow, Cold, Freezing, The Gift of Giving. The childr en will be lear ning about snowflakes, weather changes, and giving through community service. Our Bible Memory Verse for this month is James 1:17 - Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above. Our teachers are having a coat drive this month and asking for donations of hats, coats, and gloves of any size. The teachers will involve the children in this community service activity to help them learn about giving through service. We welcome 1 new family this month. We have a few openings throughout the center. Please contact us at (505) 242-4504 or Calico@StPaulABQ.org for information. COOKING WITH KIDS: FROSTY THE BAGEL INGREDIENTS NEEDED:  Mini Bagel  Cream Cheese  1 Baby Carrot  Sliced Black Olives  Sliced Red Pepper  Celery  Broccoli DIRECTIONS: 1. Spread half a mini bagel with cream cheese, then add a baby carrot nose, sliced black olive eyes, and a sliced red pepper mouth. 2. For the earmuffs, simply curve a thinly sliced piece of celery along the top of the bagel as shown and hold it in place with a broccoli floret at each end. 9


FRIENDS FEEDING FRIENDS St. Paul is the “guest chef” for Project Share (located at St. Martin’s Hospitality Center) the first Thursday of each month. Volunteer teams of 15+ people provide an entire meal, including bread, fruit, salad, main entree and dessert. On days when no “guest chef” is available, Project Share will provide a meal with whatever food they have available to make sure people do not go away hungry. We had another good month, having enough food to serve all the clients and not turn anyone away who wanted seconds. We even had several families come in for a warm meal. The calendar only had a few empty “guest chef” spots for the month. What a wonderful blessing. With the increased need of food and associated supplies we are more and more dependent on the generosity of others, such as yourself. We gladly accept any donations to help defray the costs (a check can be made out to “St Paul Lutheran Church,” with “FFF/Hospitality Fund” being noted under remarks). If you have some free time on the first Thursday of the month, we always need people to help serve the meal. This is especially true with the number of clients we serve (200+). Servers must be at least 18 years of age and in jeans or pants (no shorts). All ser ver s need to be at St. Martin’s by 4:00 pm. St. Martin’s is located at 1201 3rd Street NW, Albuquerque, NM. 3rd Street is a one-way street going south and St. Martin’s is on the west (right side) just south of Summer St. If you can cook, we need you on a team. We have three teams at St. Paul, each serving a meal quarterly. The team leaders are Nancy Jenkins, Randy Kearney and Cheryl and Hal Schultz. If inter ested in helping out or if you have any questions, please contact Marsha Kearney at 505-8999705 or marshakea@aol.com.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLA! Ella Pierce, who is one of our HomeBound members, is turning 109 years old on December 13th. She has been a member of St. Paul since 1954. -Herb Korff, Visitation Minitry

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LUTHERAN ADVOCACY MINISTRY NM BISHOP'S LUNCHEON & ISSUES BRIEFING You are invited and urged to attend the 2017 Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM Bishop's Legislative Luncheon & Issues Briefing on Tuesday, January 31. The morning Issues Briefing will be at the United Church (1804 Arroyo Chamiso, which is near Christ Lutheran Church). Registration and refreshments will begin at 9:00 am. The Bishop's Legislative Luncheon will be at 12:30 pm in La Terraza at La Fonda Hotel (100 East San Francisco). In or der to help meet our gr owing expenses for this event, the cost of the luncheon has been increased to $35 per person. The cost is r educed to $30 when 4 or mor e people attend from your congregation or group. If you are only able to attend the morning Issues Briefing, the cost is $10. Deadline for reservations is January 27. Please make reservations by calling the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM office at 05.984.8005 or sending an email to info@lutheranadvocacynm.org. -Ruth Hoffman

“THANK YOU” FROM DR. JOSEPH SARIA St. Paul Community past and present, Dr. Joseph Saria of Tanzania worshiped with us while he studied at UNM. We heard this autumn that he was ill but not too ill to send us a note: Thank you for thinking much about this poor African guy. For the past three weeks, I suffer Belly's Palsy disease. At the beginning, I thought it is stroke, because my face paralyses mouth shifted and I could not close my eye. It was a terrible situation which I can’t explain until my doctor revealed to me it is not a stroke. I started medication two weeks after and now it is improving slowly. My limbs feet and brain were not affected, that's why I am attending job as usual. Once again thank you for your prayer hoping one day we will meet. I love to be around my people again at St Paul. Please convey my heart feeling to all friends at St Paul. -Nancy Matthews

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SEWING GROUP It is the time of season when we finish up and deliver the quilts/ laprobes we have to give to those in need of a hug from God. It’s also the time to celebrate the Christmas Holiday and give thanks for our many blessings, including having Laura Voida as the Sewing Group leader for many years. Not only did Laura provide outstanding leadership (took two of us to replace her), but she always brought delicious homemade cookies to our meetings. A number of the sewing group members were able to visit Laura Voida and have a wonderful lunch with her this past month. Our thanks to Vicki Bannerman (Laura’s daughter) and Marilyn Kraemer for making the lunch a reality! As always, we extend a big thank you to Thrivent and everyone who has provided wonderful gifts of supplies, fabric, and financial support. We are always looking for others to join the group, and you don’t even have to know how to sew! We usually meet in the fellowship hall 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month, but will be meeting the second Tuesday of December (November 15th). On December 13th we will finish the quilts we have to deliver to Adopted families and others. We will also have our annual Christmas luncheon and welcome others to join us. Please contact Marsha Kearney at 505-899-9705 or Susan Latella at 505-508-2001 for more information or if you are able to join us. If interested in more information about the Thrivent Action Teams, which provided the batting and fabric for this project, contact Marsha Kearney. Sewing Group members include Kathy Kimler Altobelli, Darlene Beard, Marilyn Kraemer, Peggy Neiman, Vonna Hopkins, Ruth Kimler, Barbara Maxwell, Susan Latella and Marsha Kearney

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SUNFLOWER As I begin writing this report I’m sitting in the Phnom Penh Airport after nearly two weeks spent at Sunflower. All the kids are doing just fine. Much more about them next month. This trip was unique in that I had two teen-agers with me, one of which is my grandnephew. Sooo --12 teen-agers at the center plus two more from Minnesota --- needless to say, I wasn’t spending a lot of time sitting around. It was good for me to benefit from seeing the center from new sets of eyes, observing, deepening, and in some times confirming my impressions and thoughts. They spent quite a bit of time with the kids, teen to teen. And what were there impressions? I’ll just quote, with permission, something from the journals I asked them to write: I will admit that there were plenty of times during this trip where I did feel uncomfortable. I did feel out of my element, and I did feel out of place. In my mind though, those are important steps to a good trip. I feel as if I am walking away --- with an altered perspective, which is exactly what I was looking for. When I arrive back home I already know that I’ll have a whole new level of appreciation for the things that I have and the opportunities that are available to me. I’ll never forget this place. It wasn’t being surrounded by the poverty that shifted my mindset, but rather being around the people who live here. The people who live with this poverty every day of their lives. While in Phnom Penh I didn’t come across a single person who was rude to me, or a single person who tried to do me wrong in any way. In fact, I’ve never seen so many bright and beautiful smiles in my entire life. The best part of my trip had to be the Sunflower children. The sights and everything were cool and all but sightseeing wasn’t the purpose of the trip. I was absolutely amazed by all of those kids. The whole time we were visiting, I don’t think I saw a single one of them upset or heard any of them complain. That really says something to me. These kids seem to have so much stacked against them from my view, and yet they remain so happy and cheerful. It was truly heartwarming. All in all, those boys added to the trip for me and definitely for the children. - Hal Schultz

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ST. PAUL'S TRANSITION & DISCERNMENT PROCESS UPDATE I am happy to report that we are moving forward in our years' long discernment process. The council and members of the congregation listened to presentations from the six Ad Hoc committees at the Quarterly Ministry Meeting on Saturday, November 12th, and then the council retreated in the afternoon to prayerfully reflect on all the reports/information/presentations. The goal of the retreat was to discern a path or paths forward for St. Paul that is/are consistent with our mission, preserve what is essential about St. Paul, and lead us into the future in a way that is sustainable and faithful to our resources (financial, staff, and volunteer). Those path or paths forward for St. Paul that will be presented to the congregation at the December 4th Congregational meeting. So, please plan to join us on Sunday December 4th, for our Congregational meeting in the Sanctuary after the Sunday service. Ther e ar e thr ee agenda items for this meeting. One is to approve the 2017 budget (draft copies available at the Welcome Center, and one is posted on the MONEY MATTERS bulletin board for congregational review prior to this meeting). The second will be to elect council, president-elect, and synod representatives (See Bob Matthews or Linda Cronk if you ar e inter ested in ser ving in one of these positions), and the third will be to present the possible path(s) forward for St. Paul as discerned by the council at the council retreat. Thank you to everyone for participating in this discernment process and we look forward to seeing you at the December congregational meeting. -Alicia Ruch-Flynn

UP COMING EVENTS Saturday: 12/10/16  9 a.m. – Raising of the Sanctuary Christmas Tree (15 footer – all hands on deck!)  11:00 a.m. – Decorating the tree with the Visual Choir Sunday: 12/18/16  Children’s Christmas pageant during the service  Decoration of the greens with the white bows after service in preparation for Christmas Eve Saturday: 12/24/16  5 p.m. – Christmas Eve Service  9 p.m. – Christmas Eve Service Sunday: 12/25/16  9:30 a.m. - Sunday Wor ship 14 


YOUTH F. F. / SUNDAY SCHOOL 1) Recyclers - Again we thank you for letting us practice good stewardship using the recycling funds. After intense discussion of the pros and cons of buying various items from vaccines and medical care to mosquito nets and farming tools, the students decided to purchase safe drinking water by purification tablets and sustainable food source by chicks. $40 of fun and learning. 2) CHRISTMAS PLAY wr itten by Robyn Schlegel. to be pr esented during regular service on December 18th. Sunday School, throughout Advent, will focus on preparing the December18th Sermon/drama and music. Come prepared for fun. Saturday, December 17th morning play practice for all involved. Time will be announced. 3) Use the Advent wreath that you made November 29th to enr ich your advent season. 4) Christmas cookie decorating. the youth will be hosting fr iendship corner on December 18th. A Youth Night/Afternoon is needed for this fun service activity. Talk to Judi Lalani or Dana Mullen for planning. 5) Luminarias. Please volunteer to help. December 24th setup 10:30 a.m. Lighting 5:00 p.m. ser vice. Br ing long lighter s.

Youth Christmas Pageant: A Prairie Christmas The children & youth of St Paul will be gifting the congregation with their annual Christmas Pageant during the service on Sunday, December 18th. We are encouraging every member to attend this very special service that Sunday. The pageant will be presented in place of the sermon. The Pageant is titled, “A Prairie Christmas” and The Luther Rose Ramblers will be providing special music to assist our young people in this season’s telling of the Christmas Story. Due to the staging requirements, the ushers will be seating the congregation on the west side of the Sanctuary for this one service only. Also, as part of supporting our young people in their endeavors, a silent auction will be held after the service for one very special surprise item being used in the pageant. We encourage everyone to attend and support our young people Sunday, December 18th! -Seth Hartwell & Robyn Schlegel 15


CARING FOR OUR FAITH COMMUNITY MEMBER UPDATES:

 Omar Durant says Penny is coming along after her surgery and when she is well enough, they will be back to church!

 IT'S A GIRL! We would like to congratulate the Yaple family on their new family addition, and welcome baby Kendyl Christine Yaple to our church family. Kendyl was born on November 6th, at 11:20am. She weighed 7lb, 14oz and is 19 inches long. Both Kelly and Kendyl are doing well. WE PRAY HEALING PRAYERS FOR those who have had recent surgeries and illnesses:  Penny Durant  Sharon Hamilton  Pat Montague  Jude Sadel

COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS Council Members…

November 15th, 2016

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Heard positive reports from officers and committee leaders as ministry continues to happen at St. Paul in pastoral leadership, financial accountability, benevolence, Calico Butterfly Preschool, staff support, the Visual Choir, and presentation of nominations for future Council leadership.

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Took action on disbanding the Ad Hoc Staff Support Committee while continuing ongoing intentional support for our staff at St. Paul.

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Reviewed and approved the newly revised Employee Handbook contingent on legal review.

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Reviewed and approved the recommendations of the Ad Hoc St. Paul and Calico Butterfly Preschool Governance Committee pending resolution of concern over paid holidays.

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Reviewed, edited, and approved the Council report and recommendations for the next steps in St. Paul's transformation process, to be presented at the December 4th Congregation Meeting.

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Congregation Council ALICIA RUCH-FLYNN, President, Liaison to Finance PAULA EGLINTON, PRESIDENT-ELECT, Liasion to Calico Butterfly ROGER HEIN, Past-President GREG FLYNN, Treasurer SHIRLEY NILSSON, Secretary SIGURD STOCKING, Financial Secretary CHRIS ADOLPHI PETER BOISSIERE KATHY BRANSON CATHERINE MAHONEY DIANA MULLEN JONATHAN ICE CHERYL SCHULTZ

As a Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Community, this congregation specifically welcomes gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons as partners on the journey of faith.


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