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The Spirit of Saint Paul A R ECONCILING February, 2017

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C HRIST C OMMUNITY Volume 52, Issue 2

“‘You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.” Matthew 5:13-15


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 DIRECTOR OF MUSIC MINISTRIES Seth Hartwell ORGANIST Beverly Pettit OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR AnnaMarie Padilla CALICO BUTTERFLY PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR Linda Conjurske, Director

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 Albuquerque Interfaith ......................................................................... 3 From The Congregation President........................................................ 4 Adopted Families................................................................................... 5 Calico Butterfly Preschool .................................................................... 6 Defend Our Neighbors ........................................................................... 7 Friends Feeding Friends ....................................................................... 7 Greetings from the Music Director ........................................................ 9 Movie Night ......................................................................................... 10 St Paul Sewing Group ......................................................................... 10 Sunflower............................................................................................. 11 Pastors Report to the Council ............................................................ 12 Caring for Our Faith Community ....................................................... 15 Council Highlights .............................................................................. 16 Congregation Council ......................................................................... 17 Calendar/Volunteers ....................................................................... Insert

BULLETIN & NEWSLETTER DEADLINES (except as otherwise noted)

SUNDAY BULLETIN: Each Wednesday at 9 a.m. MARCH NEWSLETTER: February 15th at 9 a.m.


FROM THE PASTOR The Soul of Leadership Some Sainthood. It is an interesting word that conjures up many images. I looked it up in the dictionary and the definition goes something like this: (1) The character and status of a saint. (2) Saints collectively. (3) Also known as “saint-dom”. So, of course I had to look up “saint”. Its definition? (1) A person of great holiness, virtue, or benevolence. (2) In certain religious groups, a designation applied to members by themselves. And then there is “communion”: (1) The act of taking the Eucharistic elements (2) association or fellowship, and (3) the act of sharing; participation. I expect that, like me, many of you have thought of sainthood, or a saint, as some kind of status that the church bestows upon another person (usually deceased) and that communion is something we do at church on a monthly basis. Does this mean that communion of the saints is a collection of people of great holiness, virtue, or benevolence that share the Eucharistic elements? This doesn’t sound quite right, does it? I would hardly think of myself as “holy or virtuous” and we know that many Christian traditions do not share the Eucharistic elements with each other (Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran Missouri Synod, etc.). Yet, when we confess the Apostle’s Creed, we state that we believe in the “communion of the saints”. Martin Luther writes this in the large catechism: “… that there is upon earth a little holy group and congregation of pure saints, under one head, even Christ, called together by the Holy Ghost in one faith, one mind, and understanding, with manifold gifts, yet agreeing in love…” . Here I believe we get a little bit closer to the communion of the saints. This is not about people bestowing a status on someone who has died, or seeing ourselves in a self righteous way as holy, virtuous, and benevolent. It is about coming together in one faith, guided by the Holy Spirit, to love and care for each other in the name of Jesus Christ. We see this more often than we realize. We hear and see people’s faith in action more often that we recognize. Joan Chittister seems to refer to 2 

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saints as heroes when she writes: “Heroes are people who do ordinary things – care for the poor, speak the truth, reject evil, love God – to an extraordinary degree…Throughout history these heroes – lay and religious, male and female, Christian and non-Christian – have stretched the very soul of humanity.” (taken from Vison and Viewpoint by Joan Chittister). I think it is appropriate to believe that the communion of saints is about stretching the soul of humanity through compassionate service to all. I would think that this is a part of our baptismal vows and the affirmation of those vows at the time of confirmation. As I read Rotsy’s faith statement for her confirmation this month and thought about the confirmation class that is about to begin a spring semester, I couldn’t help but give thanks for all the saints that preceded us in order that we too could pass on to our children the gift of knowing Jesus Christ. We pray for these confirmands, these heroes, this “little holy group”, these saints – to live their lives doing ordinary things to stretch the souls of humanity. This is God’s dream. This continues the communion of the saints. This is sainthood.

Pastor Phil ALBUQUERQUE INTERFAITH By Ivan Westergaard ALBUQUERQUE INTERFAITH PREPARES FOR LEGISLATIVE SESSION The New Mexico State Legislature began this year's 60 day session on Jan. 17. A.I. plans to have leaders from our member institutions at the State Capital regularly during that time to talk to legislators and attend hearings on bills of interest to A.I. To prepare for this, a workshop will be held on Saturday, February 4th, 3—4:30 pm, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 431 Richmond Pl. NE. By February 4th, we will have a good idea of what bills will be on the docket in the legislature that we need to follow. The workshop will review the legislation being considered that is in our areas of concern: public education, mental/ behavioral health and workforce development. Decisions will be made related to our issues and the bills we will track. Member institutions will choose the times when they can have people at the roundhouse. Training in how to meet with elected officials will be offered. Plan to attend this workshop. Learn how easy it is to meet with legislators to share your concerns about bills being considered and to build a relationship with them. Join us on Saturday, February 4th. 3


FROM THE CONGREGATION PRESIDENT In this season of Epiphany, we surely have many reasons to celebrate. As the people of St. Paul Lutheran Church, we understand that in this season of light we are empowered to share God's love with each other and with all we meet. In fact, this call to love is at the core of who we are in every season. In order to ensure that our ministry can be strong now and in the future, we must make plans to move forward with the recommendations that came out of the 6 Ad Hoc Committees. The Council has reported on their recommendations and hosted 3 open meetings for discussion with the congregation on December 4th, 2016, January 25 and Feb. 11, 2017. The purpose of these meetings has been to give everyone an opportunity to speak and listen to what each of us feels is important from the recommendations. Within our behavior covenant, we have agreed in all of our communications to:  See the child of God in each person;  Work together for the common good;  Openly and honestly share our views with each other, especially when we disagree;  Take personal responsibility to ensure that each person has the opportunity to speak;  Listen to one another without interruption or judgment;  Honor the decision that may arise out of a difficult decision-making process;  Talk directly with a person with whom we have a conflict;  Assume they have the best of intentions;  Respect confidentiality; and  Actively practice forgiveness. Council's hope is that these discussions have led us to a place where we can reach consensus on a Path Forward for St. Paul, a plan that will be voted upon at our Spring Congregational meeting, April 2nd, 2017. 2017 is a BIG YEAR for us! And within this big year, we have several EXCITING and BIG goals. While the details of our Path Forward will be fleshed out in the next many weeks, we will also, with Pastor Phil Kettering's guidance, begin the preparatory work necessary to engage in a call process. THE LIGHT that EMPOWERS ALL OF US! We are many, we have much to do and we have so much to share. Let your light shine. Together in the light, Paula Eglinton, Council President 4 


ADOPTED FAMILIES By Kay Schoenefeld Some Christmas tales:  A single mom with two kids for whom we provided gifts said that she and her kids were very happy with what they received. It turns out that what we gave them was all they got for Christmas; they were very appreciative of everything. 

A single woman said she is happy to be on our list at Christmas; she said she cannot afford anything all year so it is really nice to get something new.

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The parents of a two-year-old were very happy and said, "Thank you all very much!" They especially noted that the baby had a lot of fun opening her packages.

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A single mom with six kids was very thankful for our help; she mentioned that they received exactly what they wanted.

So - many, many thanks to all of you who helped to put smiles on many faces that otherwise may have not been so bright during what can be a very stressful time for folks who are struggling. One of our "old" adoptees has become a friend who now is "passing our help forward" - that is, she often connects us with people she knows who need help. So when my boss had a king mattress to donate, our friend not only found a home for it, she brought the recipient (a mom with several kids) to our storage unit to "shop" for other things that were needed. While at the unit, they found some king sheets to go with the mattress. We think that several of the kids might be sleeping on that mattress now. We continue to have a special need for 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 again for thinking of 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 5


By Linda Conjurske

February, 2017

This month’s curriculum theme is Friendship, Feelings, I Grow Too and Kindness. The children will be learning about what it means to be a good friend, recognizing and responding to the feelings or other and about how they are growing. Our Bible Memory Verse for this month is Ephesians 4:32 - Be Kind to One Another. We will be hosting a Made with Love Art Show this month on February 14th. Each classroom will choose one famous work of art to replicate and display for everyone to enjoy. Classroom parties will be on that day as well. We will serve Strawberry Shortcake for the families. We welcome 10 new families to Calico Butterfly so far this year! We have only few openings throughout the center. Please contact us at (505) 242-4504 or Calico@StPaulABQ.org for information. COOKING WITH KIDS: EASY STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE Ingredients:  1 quart fresh strawberries, sliced 

½ cup sugar

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1 package prepared sponge cake dessert cups

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1 container Cool Whip whipped topping

Directions 1. Place strawberries in a container with a lid; add sugar and stir to coat 2. Place lid on the container and refrigerate until sugar has dissolved, at least 15 minutes 3. Place 1 dessert cup in each serving bowl and smother with strawberries 4. Top each with whipped topping and a few strawberries ENJOY!


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DEFEND OUR NEIGHBORS We, St Paul Lutheran Church, have been asked to consider joining others in our community in support of DEFEND OUR NEIGHBORS. Please read the following explanation of the issue. At our Council meeting on January 18th, the members of Council felt that this is a conversation into which we wanted to engage others in the congregation. Of course individuals may choose to respond to this request on their own, but it is the intention of Council to ask the CONGREGATION to participate in this conversation. Look for a Mission Moment on this topic...DEFEND OUR NEIGHBORS. Who are We? What is our Statement of Purpose? Defend Our Neighbors is a non-partisan grassroots effort lead by concerned citizens to ensure that we, as a community, actively support the rights of the New Mexico undocumented immigrant children & their families to live without fear, without oppression, and with a right to due process regarding their ability to remain in the United States. Defend Our Neighbors believes supporting undocumented immigrants (as the most vulnerable of our communities under threat of persecution) is a significant moral duty. Finally, we believe that not challenging threats to one part of our community can lead to threats to other parts of our community: the Muslim community, the LGBT community, the Native American community, the Jewish community, other communities of color and even the Media. We believe we must actively challenge possible threats to our diverse social fabric. What is our Goal? To generate a comprehensive list of community individuals and organizations by January 20, 2017 who support the Defend Our Neighbors Statement of Purpose above. It is our intent to publish this list of supporters in the Albuquerque Journal on or before February 1st, 2017. Defend Our Neighbors Steering Committee: Jeffrey Baker, Maria Estella de Rios, Art Gardenswartz, John Ross, Jennifer Landau, Justin Remer-Thamert, Antoinette Sedillo-Lopez, Liz McGrath, ARE YOU WITH US? lf you support the Statement of Purpose, you can do so as an Individual, as an Organization, or both: 7

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As an Individual: email this statement to defendnm@gmail.com: I support the Defend Our Neighbors Statement of Purpose and agree to have my name made public as part of the Defend Our Neighbors public awareness campaign. As an Organization: email this statement to defendnm@gmail.com: As a legal representative of the following Organization, we support the Defend Our Neighbors Statement of Purpose and agree to have our Organization name made public as part of the Defend Our Neighbors public awareness campaign. Questions: contact John Ross, at 505-270-2351 or at JohnRoss@JohnRossCompany.com -Paula Eglinton

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. This last month we went back to serving food to the clients beginning at 5:00 p.m. (vs. 4:30) and being done by 6:00 p.m. With the increased number of meals served (well over 200 people) and associated supplies we are more and more dependent on the generosity of others, such as yourself. We are always looking for more people to join our teams (each team prepares food four times a year), especially with the large number of clients. We also 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. 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 4:45 p.m. St. Martin’s is located at 1201 3rd Street NW, Albuquerque, NM. 3r d Str eet 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 505-899-9705 or marshakea@aol.com. -Marsha Kearney 8 


GREETINGS FROM THE MUSIC DIRECTOR What a wonderful new year it has been! We are already in the season of Epiphany after a quick few weeks of Christmas and I am already working hard with Pastor Phil and the Worship Planning committee to craft meaningful midweek services for Lent as well as Holy Week. As you know, Pr. Phil is quite engaging and thoughtful, but he has great ideas as to how silence and contemplation add to a meaningful spiritual experience. This year during Lent, we will offer a contemplative Taizé Community type service at 6:30 pm on Thursday evenings proceeded by a soup meal starting between 5:30 and 6. This service will be a great opportunity to experience the magic of simple repeated melodies and harmonies. Often we get so caught up in what to sacrifice or introduce as a Lenten discipline, that meditative prayer gets overlooked. Please consider attending this service as part of your Lenten walk. Fellowship? Food? Why not both! Get to know your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ over some soup and bread this season of lent. During the lunch hour, please come down to the fellowship hall for some reflective discussion on some devotional text or scripture and enjoy some, well, fellowship! What: Midweek lunch and reflection When: 12:00 pm at the fellowship hall What: Midweek Taizé service When: 5:30-6:00 start of food at fellowship hall, 6:30 service in sanctuary We welcome bass Barry Haak from Bakersfield (and Los Lunas) to the Chancel Choir. We also welcome Soprano Pam Tibbitts back from Minneapolis. Pam will stay with us until after Easter so we are excited to be a home away from home for her. The Chancel Choir will always be a safe place to share music to glorify and magnify God. Thank you for all your support to our music ministries at SPLC. Peace, Seth Hartwell

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MOVIE NIGHT Movie night is February 17th at 6 p.m. We hope you will able to make it! The movie will be About Time, (rated R for language and some sexual content). The movie is about a young man, Tim, who discovers at the age of 21, that he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. But his decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think. This combination romantic comedy and time travel movie reveals what comes if you make a spiritual decision to appreciate the present moment and all its delights. Hope to see everyone there! Potluck dinner at 6 p.m., movie at 6:30 p.m. –Alicia Ruch Flynn

SAINT PAUL SEWING GROUP This past Christmas season was a most special one for the sewing group. Having the children’s Christmas service called “The Quilter’s Christmas Story,” Pastor Phil blessing the quilts to be given away, and helping raise money for the children’s programs - that’s what Christmas is all about. This holiday season we were able to give 21 quilts, 10 kids’ throws and 4 baby blankets to the Adopted Families Christmas event. In addition we gave 13 laprobes to Manzano del Sol and 9 baby blankets and kids throws to Cuidando Los Niños. When you add in the quilts we gave to others earlier this year we broke a record, providing 101 quilts to those in need. The most exciting pr oject was being asked to pr ovide a “nativity” quilt for the children’s Christmas service. All in all, another successful year of providing love and comfort to those in need of a hug from God. We were approved as a Thrivent action team in October, being able to use the seed money for the purchase of batting for the quilts. This and the wonderful gifts of supplies, fabric, and financial support provided by the congregation enable us to do the work we do. 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.—2:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month (February 21). Please contact Marsha Kearney at 505-899-9705 or Susan Latella at 505-508-2001 for mor e information or if you are able to join us. If interested in more information about the Thrivent Action Teams, 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  10 


SUNFLOWER Christmas at Sunflower Christmas time is over and Saint Paul has been generous as we are certainly called to do. It’s been the best Christmas ever for some children. About 40 young kids in Cambodia attended a Christmas party for the first time. These are children whose parents are so poor they struggle to supply their children with nourishing food and the clothes and supplies they need for school. They are part of our Sunflower community and sometimes we are able to share: a party with treats, food, and a very fun time. Our children are reaching out – as they are able – to the poor children in their neighborhood. And St. Paul is making it possible. And there’s more. Transportation at Sunflower has become a growing problem. School is about four miles away. Some of our kids attend in the morning starting at 7:00 am. For others school starts at 1:00 pm. So that’s four trips a day to and from. Plus frequent trips to the hospital etc. We’ve been using our tuk tuk to do the running but lately it’s been breaking down almost daily. HERE’S WHERE SPLC COMES INTO THE PICTURE. Thanks to those who suggested sharing our benevolence funds with Sunflower (I am very grateful to them), we are able to replace the old tuk tuk with a newer one. It’s the result of a gift from St. Paul to Sunflower that will keep on giving, from a benevolence fund that keeps on giving.  Thank you so much to St. Paul members. The hope that comes from St. Paul’s support is a gift for which our Sunflower children will always be thankful. - Hal Schultz

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1/18/2017

PASTOR’S REPORT TO COUCIL Mission Statement: St. Paul Lutheran Church, as a community of faith in Christ, is radically welcoming, strives for justice, and loves its neighbors as itself.

Church organization and General Business:  Met with Worship & Music committee in December and January.

Drafted plan for Lenten worship and Holy Week was discussed and put into place (see below). Met with the Visitation Committee, will be making visits with committee members this week. To date, we have 6 visits planned.  Started meeting with Council President, Paula, (congrats!),

AnnaMarie, Seth, and John Adolphi on a weekly basis.  The church office was closed for Christmas on Monday/Tuesday,

12/26-12/27 and again for New Year’s on 1/2/17.  I was unable to attend the monthly Interim Pastor’s meeting for

January due to a funeral service.  Contacted Pace to correct problems with the sound system in the

sanctuary. It turned out to be a corroded plug in the choir mixer. The component was cleaned and the system now functions as expected.  130 Free Indeed Lenten devotionals are now being ordered ($1.50

per copy). This devotional will take us through Martin Luther’s Small Catechism honoring the 500 year commemoration of Luther’s nailing the 95 Thesis to the door at Wittenberg.  We are ordering 15 copies of “Honoring Our Neighbor’s Faith”

which will be used as a opening devotion for council meetings. This book looks at 32 faith traditions, compares their basic principles to the ELCA, and includes discussions questions.  I will be participating in the council retreat this Saturday. The goal

is to identify expectations for the ministry of St Paul in 2017 and beyond. We will begin by looking at the requirements to complete the ELCA’s Ministry Site Profile. This is the next step in the process to call a pastor to a permanent position (i.e. a settled call). All council members should review this document before the Saturday meeting.  It can be found at: http://www.elca.org/Call-Process/ Ministry-Sites 12 

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Worship and Music:  As discussed in Worship & Music, we will continue to use Setting 4

(ELW) as our worship liturgy through Easter.  2 Christmas Eve services (5:00 pm & 9:00 pm) were provided using

one bulletin. Both services included Christmas readings, carols, & communion. The message for the 5:00 service focused on children’s participation and included Seth’s solo of “Somebody Build a Manger” . The message for the 9:00 service was similar to the 5:00 but had the full choir participating. Special music was included before the 9:00 service (thank you Amy for your gifts with a guitar).  Christmas day worship was intended to be an abbreviated service

but went a little over an hour. The service focused on stories behind Christmas carols and included communion.  I presided over a marriage ceremony on 1/15/17. Please hold

Vincent and Monique Kilgore in prayer as they begin their life together.  A funeral service was held for Paul Davidson on Wednesday,

1/18/17. Please keep the Davidson family in prayer as they begin to heal from their loss. A special thanks to all who helped make this a meaningful service for the Davidson family.  We will confirm Rotsy Josoa on 1/22/17. Will the council please

approve the confirmation of Rotsy as a member of St Paul?  We will be baptizing Kendyl Christine Yaple on 2/12/17!!  Worship for the Lenten season will continue to offer two gatherings

on each Thursday. The noon gathering will include a soup luncheon and a devotion focusing on a selection of Hebrew words and their meaning. The evening (6:00 pm) will include soup and a 20-30 minute Taize worship service. Seth has ordered music in support of the Taize worship (approx. $150).

Education (Growing in Faith):  We will begin a weekly text study to explore the lessons for the

upcoming week during Lent.  Confirmation classes will begin on 2/12/17. This curriculum will

be focused on Luther’s Small Catechism (the Ten Commandments, the Apostle’s Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Holy Sacraments of Baptism and the Eucharist). Tentative plans are to meet at Hal and Cheryl Schultz cabin for a “miniature retreat” to kick off the spring sessions. 13

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 Offering a new “members” class during the Lenten season. This will

be a four week class using Dan Erlander’s Baptized W e Live as a discussion guide and will meet Sunday afternoon on March 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th.

Mission and Evangelism:  I continue to work on the development of Kitchen Theology. A spe-

cial thanks to the benevolence committee for their support.

Property:  We are moving forward on the implementation of a wireless

network. Sonrise has presented a cost estimate of $5,417.40 for labor and materials. I would like to request approval of this expenditure by the council.  We will be installing windows in two doors to my office to help cre-

ate a safe church environment. The original order had to be cancelled but placing the order with another vendor resulted in a 40% savings.

Pastoral Care and Counseling:  I will be making visits to homes as a part of the Visitation ministry

beginning in January.  Pastoral Care and Counseling averaged 20 hours per week over the

past month. This included hospital visits, office appointments, family consultations, and telephone conferences.

Misc.:  I will be out of town January 23 - February 7 (two Sundays).

Pastor Hal will preside on January 29th and Pastor Ben Larzelere will preside on February 5th.  If possible, I would like to install council members on 2/19/17 or

2/26/17.

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CARING FOR OUR FAITH COMMUNITY PLEASE PRAY FOR My family, the Padilla’s, and I, as we heal from the lost of my little cousin. Pray God gives us the strength to over come and to bring us together. Thank you . -AnnaMarie Padilla WE PRAY HEALING PRAYERS FOR those who have had recent surgeries and illnesses:  Millie Weeks  Jere Krakow

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COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS Your Council Members…

January 23rd, 2017

At its January 18th Meeting:  Approved with joy the confirmation of Rotsy Josoa;  Approved the expenditure of monies from unrestricted funds to

install Wi-Fi throughout the church building;  Approved using a $1,500 contribution from La Vida Llena to

purchase Sun Tran vouchers for seniors and other members who could use them;  Accepted a motion to bring to the congregation for their feedback

the request for endorsing the "Defend Our Neighbors" Statement of Purpose in support of undocumented immigrants;  Approved the expenditure of $300 down payment for St. Paul senior

youth to attend Rainbow Trail Camp.  Encouraged participation in these congregation meetings: Path

Forward Meetings on January 25 and February 11 (Mission and Ministry), and the spring Congregation Meeting on April 2nd. And at its January 21st retreat:  Considered these current "Big Six" priorities: The Path Forward Implementation, The Ministry Site Profile in preparation for the Call Process, Stewardship approach concerns, Ensuring sustainable property management, an Endowment Disbursement Plan, and Communication around all these issues;  Heard the plans for the upcoming Path Forward congregation

meetings;  Discussed the need for persons to work on compiling information

and overseeing the writing for the Ministry Site Profile, and for working with the office personnel on St. Paul's website and electronic communication concerns and problems. Shirley Nilsson, Council Secretary

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Congregation Council PAULA EGLINTON, President, Liaison to Finance, PAUL THOMPSON, PRESIDENT-ELECT, Liasion to Calico Butterfly ALICIA RUCH-FLYNN, Past-President, GREG FLYNN, Treasurer SHIRLEY NILSSON, Secretary, SIGURD STOCKING, Financial Secretary LINDA HUTCHINSON CRONK, PETER BOISSIERE, KATHY BRANSON, CATHERINE MAHONEY, RINDRA ANDRIAMANANA, JONATHAN ICE, KELLY YAPLE,

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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