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The Spirit of Saint Paul A R ECONCILING January, 2018


C HRIST C OMMUNITY Volume 53, Issue 1

And just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” -Mark 1:10-11

St. Paul Lutheran Church A Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Community Office Hour Information: Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 12:00pm ; Monday - Thursday: 1:00pm - 4:00pm Phone: 505-242-5942 Email: Website:

CALICO BUTTERFLY PRESCHOOL Phone: 505-242-4504 Email:

SUNDAY SERVICE 9:30 a.m. Holy Communion


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

Table of Contents From The Pastor ................................................................................... 2 2018 Legislative Luncheon & Issues Briefing ...................................... 3 From The Congregation President ........................................................ 4 Adopted Families ................................................................................... 4 Albuquerque Interfaith .......................................................................... 6 Assistance for a St. Paul “alum” ........................................................... 6 Border Immersion Synod Council Trip ................................................. 7 Camino De Vida ................................................................................... 8 Cards for Care ...................................................................................... 8 Did you hear…? .................................................................................... 8 Calico Butterfly Preschool .................................................................... 9 Calendar .............................................................................................. 10 Worship Volunteers ............................................................................ 12 Endowment Distribution ..................................................................... 14 Friends Feeding Friends ..................................................................... 14 A Gifts Fair .......................................................................................... 14 Join the Inreach Task Force ............................................................... 14 Movie Night ......................................................................................... 15 St. Paul Sewing Group ........................................................................ 16 Stephen Ministry ................................................................................... 17 Sunflower ............................................................................................. 18 Youth News ........................................................................................... 18 Pastor’s Report to the Council ........................................................... 19 Council Highlights .............................................................................. 21 Congregation Council ......................................................................... 21

BULLETIN & NEWSLETTER DEADLINES (except as otherwise noted)

SUNDAY BULLETIN: Each Wednesday at 9 a.m. FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER: January 12th at 9 a.m.

FROM THE PASTOR Having worshiped our way through Advent and Christmas with the annunciation of Jesus’ coming and the birth in Bethlehem, the next events of Jesus life tumble out on us rapidly and somewhat chaotically.  After eight days Jesus is circumcised and named according to Jewish

law (Leviticus 12:3).  After 33 days, Mary and Joseph make the required sacrifice for Mary’s

post-childbirth blood purification and redeeming of the first-born son (Leviticus 12:6-8 & Exodus 13:15).  Somewhere in there;

 the Magi visit Jesus in Bethlehem,  the Holy Family flees to Egypt,  and Herod kills the babies of Bethlehem. On our liturgical calendar these events are not observed in chronological of order:  Dec. 25 - Nativity;  Dec. 28 - Slaughter of the Innocents;  Dec. 30 - Purification of Mary & Dedication of Jesus;  Jan. 01 - Circumcision & Naming;  Jan. 06 - Visit of the Magi;  Jan. 07 - and then, on to Jesus’ baptism as an adult on.

Of course, the important point is not to celebrate them in order, but to pay attention to the meaning of each.  Circumcision & Naming: Jesus is circumcised because he is a Jewish male child. When God Incarnate comes among us, God comes as a Jewish person, because the Jewish people are the people through whom God has chosen to reveal God’s self to humanity. Circumcision is a bloody business that marks a person as a member of God’s first covenant. And Jesus is given a Jewish name, “Yeshua”.  Purification and Dedication: Since childbirth was a bloody business and

considered a defiling experience, before Jewish women were welcomed back into the larger society, they had to wait for a prescribed period of time and then be deemed clean by a priest. (A similar practice was once observed in Christian society.) Instead of actually sacrificing the firstborn male, (Exodus 13: 11-16), a substitute sacr ifice was made to redeem him and dedicate him to the Lord 2


 Visit of the Magi: The Magi’s visit is St. Matthew’s nativity story and

reflects the inclusive significance of Jesus as savior of the nations, not just the Jewish people. It reflects the words of Isaiah 60.  Slaughter of the Innocents: While there is no historical record of this

massacre, it does fit in with what history tells us of Herod’s character. It also makes clear that Jesus’ coming threatens the violent, oppressive and autocratic order and Jesus is in danger from the start. God seems dedicated to a flesh and blood way of doing things which includes coming in flesh and blood to join & redeem flesh and blood creatures. And, no surprise, as we will find, it is a bloody business. Pastor Fred Schott, Interum Bridge Pastor

2018 LEGISLATIVE LUNCHEON & ISSUES BRIEFING You are invited and urged to attend the 2018 Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM Bishop's Legislative Luncheon & Issues Briefing on Monday, January 22nd. The mor ning Issues Br iefing will be at the United Church (1804 Arroyo Chamiso Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505, which is near Christ Lutheran Church). Registr ation and r efr eshments will begin at 9:00 am. The Bishop's Legislative Luncheon will be at 12:30 pm La Fonda Hotel (100 East San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501). Since this event is in Santa Fe, you may want to carpool. In order to help meet our growing expenses for this event, the cost of the luncheon has been increased to $35 per person. The cost is reduced to $30 when 4 or more 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 18th. Please make r eser vations by calling the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM office at 505-984-8005 or sending an email to -Ruth Hoffman, Rocky Mountain Synod-ELCA


FROM THE CONGREGATION PRESIDENT Those of you who know me reasonably well. know that I approach this year as St. Paul Congregation President with a certain amount of trepidation. In fact, I have asked myself many times during the past year why I agreed to take on this responsibility. Yet I am bolstered by the confidence and encouragement expressed by people I trust. So, with God’s guidance and an expectation of your prayers and support, I accept the challenge, confident in our future together. I am delighted to have Rijasoa, Nancy, John, Sharon, Jeff and Elke elected to serve as officers and members of council for the coming year and beyond. They will join existing council members, Jonathan, Peter, Kelly, Linda and Paula to round out our council for 2018. “Thank you” to ALL who serve in positions of leadership and responsibility at St Paul. The most significant, and anticipated, item on our calendar this year is the prospect of calling and installing a new pastor in the coming months. I am enormously thankful for our Call Committee for the time and dedication they have already committed to the task of interviewing and evaluating pastoral candidates. I am sure I speak for the congregation in expressing our eagerness to see this process unfold. It will mark the beginning of a new chapter for St. Paul Lutheran Church. One of the commitments we have made in conjunction with the call process is to reestablish our constitutionally mandated Mutual Ministry Committee. In consultation with Council, I will be working in the coming weeks to identify members to serve in this important capacity. As the year progresses, I hope we can reinvigorate some of our other committees and ministries as well. “We are Church. Better together.” Paul Thompson, Congregation Council President

ADOPTED FAMILIES By Kay Schoenefeld Since I am writing this in mid-December, I have no Christmas anecdotes to relate yet; that will have to come later. I will, however, tell you about one of the families we helped. The counselor who is working with them told me some of their history. The mom and her two sons were victims of very severe domestic violence for many years by her former spouse. The man was very cruel and the case went to the grand jury. The mom and her 4


sons are now safe and living on their own. The boys are 14 and 21 years old and both of them have cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, and other diagnoses. The single mom deals with both sons' weights, their wheel chairs, walkers, braces, tons of medical appointments, their education, and transporting them all over. She has completely devoted her life to her boys. They live in a small trailer and she doesn't have the handicap amenities. She dreams of buying a van that has an auto-lift so she would no longer have to lift her sons, or have them lift each other, their chairs and their walkers. She is overwhelmed and exhausted, but she loves her sons, and has chosen not to place them in life-long residential treatment. The counselor calls her an angel. I would wholeheartedly agree. We've been low on funds so we haven't helped anyone financially but we did have a caseworker bring a client to the storage unit to "shop". The client was happy to get some cleaning supplies as he was just moving into an apartment. He also found some hygiene items and blankets for which he was also very appreciative. On a sad note, the son in a family we have known for over 20 years passed away from natural causes. He was in his thirties. His father was killed and his mother and sister were injured in a horrific auto accident outside Gallup several years ago. His death was unexpected so, as you can imagine, his family is still in shock. We have a special need for a hospital bed - a single mom we've known for some time is having some serious health challenges and a hospital bed would allow her to sleep more comfortably. We're also aware of a need for a washer and dryer. We can always use personal hygiene items (e.g., toothpaste, tooth brushes, shampoo, deodorant), cleaning supplies, furniture, toilet paper, laundry soap, dish soap, 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 & Ted Parson, Dave & Susan Lund, Pat Curtin, Bill & Paula Eglinton, Randy & Marsha Kearney, Fred & Helen Disque, Paul & Mary Thompson, Hal & Cheryl Schultz


ALBUQUERQUE INTERFAITH As a result of the Mayoral Runoff Action (Oct. 22) and the Leaders' Retreat (December 3), A.I. will be introducing the new Albuquerque Mayor, Tim Keller, to the issues and concerns that A.I. member institutions have put forward. A bus tour of the area will take the mayor and some A.I. leaders to various sites that demonstrate these issues: fair treatment of immigrants, the lack of mental/behavioral health services, drugs and crime, public education (including a cafeteria lunch) and zoning and land use. Leaders on the tour will share stories and talk about what the needs are. The mayor committed to doing this tour at the Oct. 22 action. The tour will take place in the second week of January. Attending the retreat from St. Paul were Else Tasseron, Patrick Rabezanany, and me. A.I. will also begin, in January, a public education strategy focused on chronic absenteeism. We are teaming up with a foundation (funding) and APS, to work in several schools where absenteeism is a problem. This summer an Organizer will be hired to start the program. Details will be worked out over the coming six months. At our January 18th meeting, we will determine our involvement with the State Legislature's 30 day session (begins January 16) and schedule groups to go to Santa Fe to meet with legislators, etc. We will determine, on the 18th, what our focus will be on these trips to the Legislature, since the 30 day session is primarily about the budget and finance issues. We also will start developing how we will undertake the absenteeism project. You are invited to join us on Thursday, January 18th, at 6 pm, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 431 Richmond Pl. NE. -Ivan Westergaard

ASSISTANCE FOR A STE. PAUL “ALUM” Dr. Wilson Ngambeki William earned his Ph.D. in chemistry at UNM in 2011 before returning to his native Tanzania to teach at a Lutheran university. Wilson regularly attended worship at St. Paul during the eight years he was in Albuquerque. Several members of St. Paul, including the late beloved Dr. Robert Loftfield, assisted Wilson during the process toward his degree. Dr. William recently completed writing a textbook for his students, Introduction to Analytical Chemistry. By American standards, the $16 cost of the text is very inexpensive. For Wilson’s Tanzanian students, however, that cost is beyond their ability. He is seeking to reduce each student’s cost by one -half by raising $2,500. Our contributions will aid students and honor an alumnus of our congregation. Your gifts toward this project may be made through St. Paul. Please indicate on your envelope and/or memo line “W illiam Project.” For more information please contact Hal Nilsson at -Hal Nilsson 6

BORDER IMMERSION SYNOD COUNCIL TRIP I am honored to serve the church as a member of the Rocky Mountain Synod Council. We meet monthly via computer technology, and twice a year in Denver at the Office of the Bishop. This year, for our Fall Council Meeting, we took a road trip to our mission congregation Iglesia Cristo Rey in El Paso. This was no small accomplishment, as it meant borrowing a couple of church vans and transporting members from Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah, along with bishop Gonia and his staff hundreds of miles and many hours to our partners on the border. The Council received hospitality along the way (breakfast burritos, sack lunches, sack dinners) at King of Kings in Pueblo, CO, St. Timothy’s in Albuquerque, and Desert Springs in Truth or Consequences, NM. We were hosted by Cristo Rey, and by local congregations in El Paso. As part of the weekend experience, we participated in a Border Immersion Experience. This eye-opening weekend helped everyone to understand the context of being Church on the border and will help Council members to make more informed decision on behalf of us all. “Thank you for coming to the border,” was a common greeting everywhere we went. Being church together does require showing up. Our immersion experience included a visit with two Border Patrol agents and with representatives from various organizations working for immigrant justice. We spent time and shared a meal with an immigrant family living in a Colonia on the outskirts of El Paso where they deal with the daily fear of deportation and extreme living conditions. We heard stories of rattlesnakes invading their home and rain storms where it rained more on the inside than the outside of their homes. We met with Reuben Garcia of Annunciation House where refugees are greeted after leaving a detention center. Some of his words really hit home when he reminded us that the migration of people has been taking place for centuries. This is a social issue that has turned into a law enforcement issue, and now a political issues with the clamor for a wall. We traveled to Juarez and on to Anapra, a Colonia outside of Juarez, where we visited a clinic and met a saint doctoring the people of Juarez who have no access to health care. We met two women at the library who have created a mission serving those in Juarez. We also had time to visit the plaza downtown in Juarez, where we experienced a lively Saturday afternoon with markets, street music and dancing, and human statues who gave candy to passing children for a few pennies. The cathedral was open and provided a respite from the sights and sounds, if only for a moment. And, of course, there is a wall. Standing at the heavy iron wall that is at least 20 feet tall, looking at the United States from Mexico, and all that represents, remembering the stories, I... well, there are no adequate words. -Terry Cole 7

CAMINO DE VIDA It has been wonderful to see the response for the gifts for the children at this “Mission in Development" in the South Valley. Thanks to all who contributed. Since this is written well before December 24 when the gifts will be given out. I will report on that at a later date. Our work, together with the Presbyterian Church USA, continues to thrive under the leadership of Pastor Guillermo Yela, who now has the part-time help of Pastor David Martinez and Claire Lewis, who is a Young Adult Volunteer in the Presbyterian Church (like our YAGM in the ELCA). In addition, a newly retired Presbyterian Pastor, Joe Mares, has also gotten involved and wants to help. In addition to help with his many pastoral duties, this will mean that Pr. Guillermo should be able to finally take a sabbatical this year. Two baptism were held recently. 30 people showed up for another series of English as a Second Language classes (many of these are community people, so the congregation is reaching out). The lunch after worship effort by the women of the congregation raised $2000 for the fence that is needed to secure the property. Pastor Judith VanOsdol of our Synod provided leadership and stewardship training for the C de V Steering Committee. 20 from C de V helped serve the Thanksgiving meal at the annual event offered by La Mesa Presbyterian Church for the La Mesa neighborhood (the International District). -Ivan Westergaard

CARDS FOR CARE Thinking of sending a card to someone you care for?? Our Stephen Ministry group has provided a large basket of cards for all occasions for you to use if you don't happen to have just the right card at home. Just add two or three lines and the address to let that person know you are thinking of them. The church will even pay the postage! By the way, if your card collection at home has gotten out of hand, you can make your own donation to the card basket. It is located next to the west doors in the lobby. -Nancy Matthews

DID YOU HEAR…? Did you hear about the Thanksgiving meal at St. Paul? Some of us thought there might be a need, so word was put out in the community and about 35 people turned up – St. Paul members, young folks from Luther House, some from Camino de Vida, and a few others too. There was enough food to feed two or three times the number of people; a fishes and loaves event to be sure. Everyone pitched in to clean up so we were on our way home while it was still light. Plan on coming next year. Maybe we'll have entertainment or games! -Nancy Matthews 8

What an amazing time we had last month when Santa made a special visit to Calico! We had a good turn out of families who also joined us so the event was a great success. It’s always nice when our families can socialize with each other while their children are being loved and having fun. Thank you to all the staff for making great memories and of course, thank you Santa for visiting us! This month, the children will be learning more about winter and snow. The teachers have many art projects and science experiences planned to help the children gain deeper knowledge and make lasting memories. Curriculum Theme: W inter, Snow, W ork ing T ogether, Sharing. Bible Memory Verse: Psalm 145:9 - The Lord is good to all . Our teachers are also working with the children to instill the concepts and behaviors of working together as a team and sharing with others. In addition to being great role models of teamwork and sharing, they’ve planned group activities and experiences that will bring the children closer to obtaining these great life skills. IMPORTANT DATES January 01 - Closed: New Year’s Day . January 15 - Closed: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day We currently have openings in our toddler and twos classrooms. Please contact us at (505) 242-4504 or for information. COOKING WITH KIDS: FESTIVE QUINOA SALAD  1/2 medium – pomegranate Ingredients:  1 cup – quinoa, uncooked Dressing:  1 cup – vegetable broth  1 1/2 tablespoon – maple syrup, pure  1 cup – water  1 tablespoon – orange juice  1 medium – mango  1/2 teaspoon – cinnamon  1/2 medium – bell pepper, green  1/4 teaspoon – sea salt Instructions: 1.Prepare quinoa according to package directions using the ratio 50/50 (water to broth).

2.While quinoa is cooking , place all remaining ingredients in a small glass bowl and stir until combined. 3.Fluff cooked quinoa with a fork and add to dressing. ENJOY! Linda Conjurske, Calico Butterfly Director 9

St. Paul Lutheran Church  Sunday






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8:00a: Outr each (CR) 9:30a:Wor ship (Sanc) 10:45a:Y/A FF (FH/CR) 11:00a: B.O.R.C.C.

10:45a: Kids Love to Dance (Calico) 5:30p: ABQ Inter faith (CR)



14 9:30a:Wor ship (Sanc) 10:45a:Y/A FF (FH/CR) 11:00a: B.O.R.C.C. (Chapel)

3:00p: ABQ Chamber Soloist (Sanc/FC )


5:30p:Wor shi Music (FC)

9 10:30a: Calico Chapel


9:00a:BULLET DEADLINE 9:00a: Chur ch United (Lib) 10:30a:Staff M

6:30p: Cor o Lux (FH)



5:30p: Pr oper ty (CR) 5:30p: WTT (Closed)


9:00a:BULLET DEADLINE 10:30a:Staff M

16 9:30a:Sewing Gr p (FH) 9:00a:BULLET 10:30a: Calico Chapel DEADLINE 10:30a:Staff M (Chapel) 1:30p:Visitation (CR) (CR) 6:30p: Cor o Lux (FH) 4:00p:Calico B (Lib)

5:30p: Financ 7:00p:Council



9:30a:Wor ship (Sanc) 10:45a: Kids Love to 10:45a:Y/A FF (FH/CR) Dance (Calico) 11:00a: B.O.R.C.C.

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9:30a:Wor ship (Sanc) 10:45a: Kids Love to 10:45a:Y/A FF (FH/CR) Dance (Calico) 11:00a: B.O.R.C.C.

1:00p:NEWSLETTER ASSEMBLY (Lib) 10:30a: Calico Chapel

9:00a:BULLET DEADLINE 10:30a:Staff M




6:30p: Cor o Lux (FH)

Bulletin & Newsletter Deadlines (except as otherwise noted): Sunday Bulletin: E

PLEASE NOTE: The calendar is updated on a daily basis. Please check with the office at 505-242-5942 before scheduling a meeting.

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LOCATION KEY: B.O.R.C.C.: Blessed Oscar Romer o Catholic Chur ch; CHAPEL: Chapel Room ; CHOIR: Choir Room, CR: Conference Room, FC: Friendship Corner, FH: Fellowship Hall, KIT: Kitchen, LAB: Labyrinth, LIB: Library, N: Narthex; SANC: Sanctuary, WC: Welcome Center; YR: Youth Room,

tin: Each Wednesday at 9 a.m.; December Newsletter: November 13th, at 9 a.m.

Worship Volunteers JANUARY 7TH


Pr. Fred Schott

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Terry Cole

Jo Brow

Linda Hutchinson Karen Ellingboe Corin Zaffery

Kristie Pet Phyllis L Else Tass


Bob Matthews

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Rotsy Josoa Isabella Wilkerson

Chase K Lauren K

Altar/Sacristy Care

Sharon Hamilton Marlys Weinhold Robyn Schlegel Kristie Peterson

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Presiding Pastor Assisting Minister Communion Assistants




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Seth Hart Jeff Sorense

Ushers Welcome Center Communion Bread Stephen Minister


Karla Ice

Nancy Jen

Mandy Wang

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Greg Flynn

Paula Egl

Roger Hein Jeff Peterson Katherine Boissiere Sharon Hamilton Else Tasseron

Judy La Kevin Blac Becky Sc Chuck Y

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Patty Crown Mino Rakotoarijaona Kelly Hardison

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Rado Josoa Rindra Josoa

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Ruth Monteverdi

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Margy Wienbar Hal Nilsson y Lalani Jan Bowers Shirley Nilsson Blackerby Sue Margison Luana Carey ky Scheib Carl Scheiber Kay Fulton ck Yaple Patty Crown Herb Korff Chip Wills Becky Dusenbery need more time, please let me know. -Thank you, AnnaMarie Padilla

ENDOWMENT DISTRIBUTION The Endowment ad hoc committee sent 25 ministries checks from our endowment distribution for 2017. If you are new to St. Paul, you may not know we been given funds over the years which collect interest. Part of the interest is given to ministries near and far that reflect the mission and ministries of St. Paul. If you would like to see who received funds this year, the list will be posted in the hallway just beyond the posters. Also, if you might like to serve on this committee in 2018, talk to the council president, Paul Thompson. -Nancy Matthews

FRIENDS FEEDING FRIENDS The days are colder and there has been an increase in the demand for hot meals. Thanks to the group's generosity, we served almost 200 people the first Thursday night of December. Serving a group this size requires about 6 servers. We had to ask the St. Martin staff to help since we only had 4 servers. Special thanks to Hal and Cheryl Schultz, Else Tasseron and Dave Lund. If you have some time on the first Thursday of the month, come to St. Martin's at 4:30pm. We begin serving at 5 and are done by 6. St. Mar tin's staff does all the clean-up. Parking is on the east side of the building. If you have any questions, call Nancy Jenkins 505-269-0855. I appr eciate all the support Friends Feeding Friends receives from the congregation. Thank you! -Nancy Jenkins

A GIFTS FAIR February 24th will be another oppor tunity for us to gather together and see what gifts we've been given. Gifts as in 1 Corinthians 12: 4-7.... Do you do woodwork? Sew? Sing? Bake? Dance? Repair things? Act? We hope you are willing to show us what you can do. Maybe some who have been gifted with the ability to cook or bake will help us provide a simple meal. More information will be available throughout January, so think about how you can share your gifts. -Nancy Matthews

JOIN THE INREACH TASK FORCE Inreach Task Force is looking at all the ministries and the service activities St. Paul offers all of us. Both those lists are very, very long! How do we do it? After the first of the year we will be asking all the ministries if they will fill out a form that will give us a better idea of what these ministries do and what their needs are in the way of people power. We will do the same for all the service activities that help run St. Paul. Won't it be interesting to see what we find out? If you would like to be part of the Inreach Task Force, our next meeting will be Wednesday, January 10th, in the Friendship Corner at 10:00 a.m. Come join us! -Nancy Matthews 14




Main Dish

Jan. 19th The Tree of the Wooden Clogs Not Rated Italian Pasta Dish The Tree of Wooden Clogs follows the lives of a group of peasants in Lombardy (northern Italy) over the course of a year. Set near the end of the 19th century, the film recreates their traditional way of life in all its beauty and cruelty. Feb. 16th Collateral Beauty PG-13 Chili & cornbread Parents who survive the death of a child are often suspended in limbo; they are not the persons they used to be and they don't know when or how they will be able to forge a new identity. Collateral Beauty is a thoughtprovoking movie about how we are all connected. March 16th Mass (Bernstein) Not Rated Chicken Alfredo Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis asked Bernstein to compose a piece for the 1971 inauguration of the Kennedy Center and as the son of Russian-Jewish parents, a social liberal, and lifelong activist, Bernstein made a surprising choice: the Roman Catholic Mass. MASS premiered on September 8, 1971, at the inauguration of the Kennedy Center, directed by Gordon Davidson, conducted by Maurice Peress, and choreographed by Alvin Ailey. The performance was fully staged, with over 200 participants. The eclecticism of MASS's music includes rock, gospel, folk, Broadway and jazz idioms appearing side by side with 12-tone serialism, symphonic marches, solemn hymns, Middle Eastern dances, orchestral meditations, and lush chorales. April 20th Lady Bird R Chile Stew Lady Bird is a movie about Marion McPherson, a California nurse, who works tirelessly to keep her family afloat after her husband loses his job. She also maintains a turbulent bond with a teenage daughter who is just like her -- loving, strong-willed and deeply opinionated. What Greta Gerwig has done — and it’s by no means a small accomplishment — is to infuse one of the most convention-bound, rose-colored genres in American cinema with freshness and surprise. May 18th To Kill a Mockingbird Not Rated Burrito Bar Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice. To kill a mockingbird is to destroy innocence. Throughout the movie, a number of characters (Jem, Tom Robinson, Dill, Boo Radley, Mr. Raymond) can be identified as mockingbirds—innocents who have been injured or destroyed through contact with evil. (continued) 15

June 15th Crash R Macaroni & Cheese Crash is a movie about Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate whose lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption. July 20th Loving PG-13 Taco Salad Bar Loving is the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court's historic 1967 decision. August 17th St. Vincent Pg-13 Chinese Food St. Vincent is a movie about a young boy whose parents have just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic war veteran who lives next door. Stars Bill Murray. -Brought to by the Movie Night Team

SAINT PAUL SEWING GROUP What a great year it has been providing “hugs from God” for those in need. Thanks to our Christmas project (a Thrivent Action Team endeavor) we were able to supply 20 quilts to the “A dopted Families,” 25 kids blankets to CLN Kids (on a mission to end child homelessness), 8 quilts to Lutheran Family Services Refugee Program, and 16 laprobes for our veterans at the VA Hospital. We were also able to complete a handmade sampler top (gracefully donated to the sewing group) and present it to the youth program to raise funds for their various projects. We could not do what we do without all donations so many provide – be it volunteer time, financial support, fabric, sewing supplies, etc. Sewing group members are Kathy Kimler Antobelli, Darlene Beard, Vonna Hopkins, Marsha Kearney, Ruth Kimler, Susan Latella, Barbara Maxwell, Peggy Neiman and our own “Quilting Bee.” Sincere thanks to you all! Thanks also to Thrivent Financial for funding used to purchase batting and bed sheets needed for the quilts and lap robes. We will beginning to start to fill the shelves with quilts and laprobes for 2018 later this month. We will be meeting the fourth Tuesday this month (January 23th). We will meet at 9:30am until 2:30pm in the Fellowship Hall. If you would like to join us, bring a lunch. You don’t even have to know how to sew. We will be back to our usual meeting schedule in February (the third Tuesday of the month from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm). Any questions, please contact Marsha Kearney at 505-899-9705 or Susan Latella at 505-508-2001. Thrivent Financial members – if you are interested in putting together an Action Team Project proposal and need help filling out the forms, please contact Marsha Kearney. Every full member is allowed 2 projects a year. Thrivent provides help and support, which includes a $250 Visa card to be used toward the project. -Marhsa Kearney 16

STEPHEN MINISTRY “Stephen Ministry is a wonderful way to help those suffering from the everyday stress of life. Stephen Ministers understand grief and pain and know that compassion and prayer are ways to elevate a heavy heart.” -Margo Nicholson, St. Paul Stephen Minister, Emeritus Member “People often ask, ‘What exactly is a Stephen Minister?’ One way to put it is that Stephen Ministers are the After People. Stephen Ministers are there: ... after the phone call you hoped you’d never get. ... after the divorce papers are served and the bottom falls out of your life. ... after the funeral, when everyone has left and the emotions you’ve held at bay come crashing in on you. ... after the doctor says, ‘I’m sorry, but there’s nothing more we can do.’ ... after the nursing home director shakes your hand and says, ‘Welcome to your new home.’ ... after the last child honks the horn, waves, and drives away—and the house suddenly seems empty. ... after the gavel goes down, the handcuffs go on, and your loved one is led away. ... after the baby arrives, demanding more of you than you ever dreamed possible. ... after you find a pink slip with your final paycheck. ... after your family and friends have heard your story one too many times, but you still need to talk it out. Stephen Ministers are the ‘After People.’ They are ready to come alongside you—or your friends, neighbors, coworkers, or relatives—and provide comfort and support for as long after as needed.” Copyright © 2009 by Stephen Ministries St. Louis, Missouri. All rights reserved. Representatives of a congregation have permission to photocopy this document for use within their congregation to build support for Stephen Ministry.

Stephen Ministry is an active ministry here at St. Paul. We look forward to sharing with you during Adult Education on January 21 and 28. In the first session, we will share the basics of Stephen Ministry, share our stories, and have a general Q/A discussion. The next week we will share a new resource we have for our use, the book Cancer, Now What? by the founder of Stephen Ministries, Kenneth C. Haugk. We have studied this book in our regular Continuing Education meetings and are eager to make it available to the congregation. Please plan to attend. -Terry Cole 17

SUNFLOWER Saint Paul! Do you know what you have done? Do you realize what a difference you have made in many children’s lives? There is a story to be told. It’s one that hasn’t ended yet. I’m guessing it will continue well into the future. One that would not have been possible without the good people at St. Paul, their caring, their vision, generosity, and faithful commitment. I would like to reintroduce you to Chita. We’ve talked about her in the past. She is a clever young lady now 19 years old. She did very well on her three days of exams that all students in Cambodia take at the time of their high school graduation, and she is accepted to university with some financial assistance from her government, and she is now spending a year in an intensive English language program preparing for university since she will be expected to be fluent once she is enrolled. Once in university she wants to study finance and economics. In addition she is now learning first hand the operation of a small business, including accommodation, customer service, cash flow, staff and stock control, and everything else that a small business needs to strive. She is living in Phnom Penh with her “sister,” another Sunflower child, and works part time to support herself. So what makes this remarkable? Chita was abandoned when she was a young child and does not have any knowledge regarding her relatives. She is HIV positive, as are all Sunflower children. But she does have a family and St. Paul is a part of it. Her family of course is Sunflower. The sister she is living with, Srey Phouy, is also part of the Sunflower family. Chita has what Len, our director, calls a happy personality. She is very sensible, mature beyond her years, and I have a great deal of confidence she will continue to do well. I have known her since she was a child and am very proud of her. It’s a great feeling to be part of her success story and to be a part of her ongoing support. St. Paul, you have been instrumental in Chita’s success, with your prayers and support these many years. We, the Sunflower family, are very grateful for what you have done. -Submitted by Hal Schultz

YOUTH NEWS: WORKING TOGETHER WORKS. Thank you to the r ecycler s and to Pastor Phil K. for his "change" donations. we had almost $ 90. for the Sunday school students to buy gifts to help others. WOW!!! The students chose to buy a piglet, three sets of chicks and a water purifier. They had the fun of picking ornaments representing the gifts from the ADVENT tree. What a wonderful way to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas as we learn and reflect on our abundance and responsibility to care for our world and those not as fortunate as ourselves. -Dana Mullen 18

PASTOR’S REPORT TO COUNCIL Since our last Council meeting, I have:  Been on site at St. Paul each Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday.  Conducted necessary office activities including newsletters & bulletins.  Preached and presided at worship each Sunday.  Attended the December Congregational Meeting.  Conducted Calico Chapels on Tuesday mornings.  Attended staff meetings each Wednesday.  Participated in the Worship & Music committee meeting.  Participated in a Worship & Music quarterly planning session.  Made five hospital visits.  Met with persons seeking pastoral care & advise.  Coordinated services with the Adopted Families Project.  Met with baptismal families and conducted one Baptism.  Respectfully,  Pastor Fred Pastor Fred Schott, Bridge Interim Pastor


December 20th, 2017 Decembers Council meeting was a “Potluck Change Over� to thank those whose term is over, and welcome the new member. No business was conducted. Nancy Jenkins, Congregation Council Secretary





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