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The Spirit of Saint Paul A R ECONCILING June 2018

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C HRIST C OMMUNITY Volume 53, Issue 6

“If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.” -Mark 3:24-25


St. Paul Lutheran Church A Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Community CHURCH OFFICE : Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Phone: 505-242-5942 Website: www.StPaulABQ.org Office Email: Info@StPaulABQ.org

CALICO BUTTERFLY PRESCHOOL Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Phone: 505-242-4504 Email: calico@StPaulABQ.org

SUNDAY SERVICE 9:30 a.m. Holy Communion

PERSONNEL PASTOR Pr. Kristi Koppel 507-438-8323 Pastor@StPaulABQ.org OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR AnnaMarie Padilla CALICO BUTTERFLY PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR Linda Conjurske DIRECTOR OF MUSIC MINISTRIES Seth Hartwell ORGANIST Beverly Pettit

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 From The Congregation President ................................................................... 3 Congratulation to our 2018 Graduates! ........................................................... 4 Adopted Families .............................................................................................. 6 Albuquerque Interfaith ..................................................................................... 7 Calico Butterfly Preschool ............................................................................... 8 Camino De Vida .............................................................................................. 9 Calendar......................................................................................................... 10 Worship Volunteers ....................................................................................... 12 Celebration Ringers Concert and Potluck ...................................................... 14 Friends Feeding Friends ................................................................................ 14 Inreach Task Force News ............................................................................... 14 Lutheran Family Services Needs Supplies ...................................................... 15 Message from your Church-Together Ambassadors ..................................... 15 Movie Night Team .......................................................................................... 16 Movie Night Schedule ..................................................................................... 16 St. Paul Scholarship Applications .................................................................. 16 St. Paul Sewing Group.................................................................................... 17 Sun Setting on Sunflower ............................................................................... 18 Theology on Tap ............................................................................................ 18 Your Name Tag is Proper Dress Anytime....................................................... 18 Pastor’s Report to the Council ...................................................................... 19 Our Faith Community..................................................................................... 19 Council Highlights.......................................................................................... 20 Congregation Council .................................................................................... 21

Please be sure Not to Leave any Valuables Visible in your Vehicle during service! BULLETIN & NEWSLETTER DEADLINES (except as otherwise noted)

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


FROM THE PASTOR O my, what an amazing, full, challenging, exciting, loving, first few weeks!!! Words seem so inadequate. Nonetheless they are all I have, at least for the newsletter! Thank you for welcoming me with such open arms, incredible energy to seek the Spirit’s leading, and one deeply meaningful Installation Service! Many, many hands came together to make it all happen! Thank you, right down to the box of dog biscuits with the sign “Thank you Hamlet and Sierra for bringing your Mom to us.” One area of high energy that I have sensed is that of growing our relationships with the staff and families of Calico. And so, in this spirit, I sent the following letter to Calico families. Greetings Calico Families! Although St. Paul Lutheran Church is known for its beautiful, harmonious music (choirs, organ, congregational song, etc.), one of the sweetest sounds that I hear outside my office window is that of your children laughing and playing together. What a gift you bring to us. As to pastoral leadership, St. Paul has been in transition for a few years. I am so very pleased, however, to introduce myself as this faith community’s pastor. Might we meet for coffee sometime (my treat!)? I very much look forward to getting to know all of you and learning how we can support and encourage one another. Holding you in love and prayer, Perhaps you have some ideas too. Let’s put our noggins together to intentionally nurture our relationships, all relationships, for the sake of a world that longs for such love and support. Peace, Kristi, Pastor

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FROM THE CONGREGATION PRESIDENT IT’S OFFICIAL -- Kristi Koppel has been installed as our pastor! (I know this is not breaking news as you read this but, I hope you’ll agree it’s still worth reporting.) The Installation Service and the luncheon that followed was an exhilarating celebration for St. Paul and the larger Faith Community. The St. Paul family was joined by Synod leaders and more than a dozen area clergy members, representing multiple denominations, to embrace and welcome Pastor Koppel into her new leadership role with us. I hope we will continue to support her in every way possible in the months and years to come. After Pastor Koppel’s installation, one of the things that is most gratifying to me in the life of St. Paul is the fact that we have been able to reestablish some committees and ministries that have been inactive in recent years. A Mutual Ministry Committee is now in place to support Pastor Koppel as she continues to get acquainted with the congregation and the challenges that lie ahead. The committee membership will be reevaluated and expanded later in the year. Our Personnel Committee has been re-instituted and is in a process of organizing itself to begin taking on the many challenges associated with church staff, as mandated by our constitution. Finally, a dedicated and experienced group of members have recently come together to organize a Stewardship Ministry Team. They have already begun the process of investigating ways of making stewardship a year-round part of the life of the congregation. Thank you to all who serve in so many ways. Paul Thompson, Congregation Council President

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2018 GRADUATES! We are proud to announce out 2018 Graduates! High School: Jesse Clark: Sister of AnnaMar ie Padilla. Graduated from Rio Grande High School on May 8, 2018. Plans to: Work for a year before enlisting into the Marine Corps. John Duran, Son of J ose Dur an. Graduated from Albuquerque High School on May 7, 2018. Plans to: Continue his education at CNM in Philosophy. Jaelyn Hendren: Gr anddaughter of J o Br owning. Graduated from Mountain Vista HS, Highlands Ranch, CO. Plans to attend UNM and will play Lobo women’s soccer team. Rado Josoa: Son of Rijasoa Andr iamanana & Kikao J osoa. Graduated on May 7, 2018 from Albuquerque High School. Plans to attend the University of New Mexico; field of study is computer science. Chase Keller: Son of Amy & Matt Keller . Graduated on May 26, 2018 from Albuquerque Academy. Plans to Continue education at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California Elke Peterson: Daughter of Hannah & J eff Peter son. Graduated on May 10, 2018 from Alb Institute of Math and Science. Plans to attend the University of British Columbia in the fall.

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University/College: Alexis Carey: Gr anddaughter of Luana Car ey. Graduated on May 12th, 2018 from School of International Studies at American University in Washington, DC, with a major in International Studies and Spanish. Plans to remain in Washington and is currently interviewing for jobs in her field. Let’s wish her luck! Hannah Johnson: Gr anddaughter of J o Br owning. Will graduate school in the fall from University of Iowa, in Psychology. Joaquin Rubalcaba: Gr aduated fr om the Univer sity of New Mexico with a PhD in Economics on May 12, 2018. Plans to he just accepted a faculty position at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Katianna Christa Zaffery: Daughter of Dean and Cor inna Zaffer y. Graduated on May 15 2018 from New York University, Yankee Stadium with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts Music with honors, Minor German. Plans to continue studying Clarinet Music performance. AnnaMarie Padilla, Office Administrator

Photo on Left: Pr . Koppel blessing graduates and family during service on May 27th, 18 Photo on Right: Pr . Koppel blessing Alexis Carey on May 24th, 18.

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ADOPTED FAMILIES By Kay Schoenefeld A caseworker from UNM Forensics called to tell me about one of her clients who had her social security (SSCI) benefits shut off for a few months. This put the client in dire straights with her bills. We had the funds to help so we paid her electric, gas, and water bills so those services wouldn't be turned off. The client was very relieved and grateful; she is in the process of getting her benefits turned back on. Once again Randy has been busy making several pickups and deliveries of furniture and household items. There is no end to the need out there and the folks who get these things are always so appreciative. Cheri reports that a couple of UNM caseworkers brought several clients to the storage unit at different times. One of the clients fell in love with the arched wicker shelves we had. She got very animated when she started talking about arranging them in her living room and putting her plants on them. She was so excited and anxious that the caseworker made arrangements to bring a van the following day to pick them up. She also got sheets, blankets, towels, cleaning supplies, and hygiene items. Another client got a dresser, a fold-up table, some chairs, some kitchen items, pillows, and hygiene supplies. She took only one coffee cup because she said she lives alone and that was all she needed. She was very excited to find a bottle of bath and body works shower gel in the storage unit - she said now she can smell good. She couldn't stay too long because they had to get her back for an appointment. She was vey sweet and took a stuffed animal for her dog because she said she couldn't get new stuff for her "baby". Cheri says that another client was vey appreciative and must have thanked her 10 times! The client got cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, pots and pans, dishes, kitchen utensils, Tupperware, a pitcher, and sheets. She lit up over an old metal cracker tin, saying how cute it was and that she has crackers at home to put in it. One of the caseworkers told Cheri to please pass it on that we are invaluable to his project and he couldn't imagine not having us to call on. We are still a little low on bedding, cleaning supplies, hygiene supplies, kitchen utensils, silverware, and pots and pans. We continue to have a special need for women's medium adult diapers. We can always use personal hygiene items (e.g., toothpaste, tooth brushes, shampoo, deodorant), furniture, toilet paper, laundry soap, dish soap, TVs, sheets, blankets, bath towels, dishes, silverware, pots and pans, cleaning supplies, 6

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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 for remembering our families. Members: Kay Schoenefeld, Cheri & Ted Parson, Dave & Susan Lund, Bill & Paula Eglinton, Randy & Marsha Kearney, Fred & Helen Disque, Pat Curtin, Paul & Mary Thompson, Hal & Cheryl Schultz

ALBUQUERQUE INTERFAITH ASSEMBLY AND ISSUES CONFERENCE On Sunday, June 24, at 3 pm, delegates from the member institutions of Albuquerque Interfaith will gather at St. Therese Catholic Church (4th St. and Mildred St. NW) to install J oaquin Sanchez as Lead Or ganizer , ratify the budget, designate members of the Executive Team and review and act on the issues that A.I. is pursuing. The Statewide Issues Conference portion of the meeting will hear reports from Action Teams regarding work that has been done on our issues: Public Education, Behavioral Health, Immigration and Neighborhood Preservation/Zoning. The Assembly will act on these issues and commit to moving forward to seek resolution to problems that prevent residents and their communities from living a full life. You are invited and encouraged to attend this Assembly and be a part of St. Paul's delegation. -Ivan Westergaard

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There was much wonder, excitement and joy in May. Our Mother’s Day Tea was a lovely event! I look forward to having another next year. As our school year comes to an end and our summer program approaches, we are continually grateful for the amazing opportunity to serve the children and families who are part of our center. Throughout the month of June, the children will be exploring lots of fun and educational activities having to do with water and life in our bodies of water. Our Butterfly project has been a huge success and such an exciting learning experience for the children, families and staff of Calico. Our caterpillars arrived on schedule and got right to work. The preschool and twos classrooms have been observing the butterfly lifecycle very closely. Now in their chrysalises, we are eagerly awaiting their arrival as butterflies. We released our butterflies on May 22nd during the final Children’s Chapel for the 2017-2018 school year. IMPORTANT DATES  June 14 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Donuts for Dads Available  June 27 11:30 a.m. Family Cookout We welcome 10 new children to Calico Butterfly so far this year! We currently have openings in our infant through twos classrooms. Please contact us at (505) 242-4504 or Calico@StPaulABQ.org for information. CALICO COOKING WITH KIDS: BUTTERFLY NECTAR FROM TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY INGREDIENTS  4 parts water;  1 part granulated sugar  Bright yellow and orange kitchen sponges DIRECTIONS 1. Boil the solution for several minutes until sugar is dissolved, and then let cool. Serve the solution in a shallow container with an absorbent material such as paper towels saturated with the sugar solution. 2. Bright yellow and orange kitchen scouring pads may be placed in the solution to attract butterflies and give them a resting place while they drink. 3. Place the feeder among your nectar flowers on a post that's 4-6 inches higher than the tallest blooms. Extra solution can be stored in your refrigerator for up to a week. Linda Conjurske, Calico Butterfly Director 8


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2018 Butterfly Metamorphosis Project 5/4/2018 5/6/2018 5/8/2018

5/10/2018

CAMINO DE VIDA 8TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Pentecost Sunday was a day of celebration for our Spanish language mission congregation in the South Valley. It was 8 years ago on Pentecost when the 1st worship was held. I'm sure there were well over 100 gathered in the sanctuary of the former Cristo del Valle Presbyterian Church, which is now Camino's building (the Presbytery of Santa Fe of the Presbyterian Church-USA owns the building - will become Camino's when the congregation is "organized/chartered"). Pastor Judith VanOsdol, Assistant to the Bishop, Rocky Mountain Synod, ELCA, preached and presided at Communion with Pastor Yela. Spanish and English were both used (hymn verses alternated language, Pr. Judith preached in both languages, etc). It was a joyous occasion. At the end, among others, a plaque was given to St. Paul for our years of support. Paul Thompson, Congregation President was there to receive the plaque. Pastor Yela announced the "Vision 2020" effort that hopes to reach the point in 2020 where the mission will be recognized as an "organized" congregation of both the ELCA and Presbyterian Church-USA. -Ivan Westergaard

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St. Paul Lutheran Church    Sunday

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BULLETIN & NEWSLETTER DEADLINES (except as otherwise noted): Sunday Bulletin: Wednesdays at 9 a.m.; July Newsletter: June 15th, at 9 a.m. PLEASE NOTE: The calendar is updated on a daily basis. Please check with the office at 505-242-5942 before scheduling a meeting. STEPHEN MIN. DAY 3 4 8:00a: Outr each (CR) 6:00p: Stephen Min. 9:30a: Wor ship (Sanc) Training (FH) 6:00p: ABQ 11:00a: B.O.R.C.C. Interfaith (CR) (Chapel) 11:00a: Per sonnel Meeting (CR)

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18 9:00a: St. Paul Review (Library) 6:00p: Stephen Min. Training (FH)

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9:00a: BULL DEADLINE 3:00p: Calic 6:00p: Theo (Monks Corner

19 9:00a: St. Paul Review (Library) 9:300p: Sewing Gr oup (FH)

10:30a: Staff Mtg. (CR) 12:00p: Text Study (CR) 4:00p: Benevolence (CR)

9:30a: Wor ship (Sanc) 11:00a: B.O.R.C.C.

9:00a:BULLE DEADLINE 5:30p: Wor s Music (CR)

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10:30a: Staff Mtg (CR) 12:00p: Text Study (CR) 5:00p: Celebr ation Ringers Pot Luck (FH) 5:30p: Pr oper ty Mtg. (CR) 5:30p: WTT [Closed] (Lib) 7:00p: Celebr ation Ringers Concert (Sanc)

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9:30a: Wor ship (Sanc) 11:00a: B.O.R.C.C.

5 10:30a: Staff Meeting (CR) 12:00p: Text Study (CR) 4:00p: Br oken Tr ail Fellowship (Broken Trail

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9:00a: BULL DEADLINE 9:00a: St. Pa Review (Libr 10:00a: InR Meeting (FC) 4:00p Calico 5:30p Finan 7:00p: Coun

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9:00a: BULL DEADLINE 11:30a: Cali Cookout (Lab

LOCATION KEY: B.O.R.C.C.: Blessed Oscar Romer o Catholic Chur ch; CHAPEL: Ch FH: Fellowship Hall, KIT: Kitchen, LAB: Labyrinth, LIB: Library, N: Na


Worship Voluntee JUNE 3

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Presiding Pastor

Pr. Kristi Koppel

Pr. Kristi K

Assisting Minister

Shirley Nilsson

Hal Nils

Communion Assistants

Else Tasseron Nancy Jenkins Rado Josoa

Kay Ful Jan Krak Rindra J

Lectors

Jan Krakow

Rado Jo

Acolytes

Isabella Wilkerson Rotsy Josoa

Chase K Lauren K

Altar/Sacristy Care

Sharon Hamilton Robyn Schlegel Kristie Peterson

Else Tass Robyn Sc Vera R No W

Worship Advent.

Linda Hutchinson

Ushers Greeters Friendship Corner

Stephen Ministry

Linda Hutc

Welcome Center

Nancy Jenkins

Ruth Mont

Communion Bread

Pat Montague

Eileen Sh

Stephen Minister

Paula Eglinton

Counters

Roger Hein Jeff Peterson Katherine Boissiere Sharon Hamilton Else Tasseron

Jan Krak Judy La Kevin Blac Becky Sc Chuck Y

REMINDER: July Schedules are due on June 15th. If you need m


CELEBRATION RINGERS CONCERT AND POT LUCK A treat is coming to St. Paul in June. The Celebration Ringers is one of the six handbell choirs at the First Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs, CO. This year’s tour is bringing them to St. Paul Lutheran Church on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 7:00 pm. Along with the 14 r inger s playing on 5 octaves of handbells and 6 octaves of chimes, there will be piano, voice and percussion and Elisa Wicks, a professional violinist. Prior to the concert St. Paul is hosting a pot luck, so our congregation can meet and greet them. The pot luck will start at 5:30 p.m. We will need help setting up, cleaning up and of course LOTS OF FOOD! Sign-up sheets are available at the Welcome Center. We want to give them a great New Mexico welcome so plan to attend both the pot luck and the fantastic concert. -Sharon Hamilton

FRIENDS FEEDING FRIENDS The dinner in May served about 160 clients which includes 25 meals for the disabled veterans who live close by. Several members came to help serve: Pat Montague, Karla and Jonathan Ice, Dave Lund, Else Tasseron and me. We also had help from a young women who was doing community service. There was plenty of food but due to time constraints we were not able to serve seconds. We did make sure everyone had a tray piled high with salad, spaghetti and meat sauce, fruit, bread, cookies and a cup of lemonade. The food we didn't serve was used for lunch the next day so nothing was wasted. St. Martin's determines the time we start and stop serving and when there are lots of clients, we are unable to let clients come through the line for seconds. I want to thank all the cooks and servers who make this meal possible. Many thanks!!! -Nancy Jenkins

INREACH TASK FORCE NEWS Inreach Action Team will meet one more time on Wednesday, June 20th, 10:00 am in the Friendship Corner. We'r e still wor king on gather ing information on all the ministries and activities and services that make St. Paul happen and will continue to do that throughout the summer, though we won't meet until September. However, we would be delighted to have you join us in June; we may draw some diagrams of how we see connections in our community. You are welcome to bring your crayons or colored pencils. See you then! –Your Inreach Task Force 14

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LUTHERAN FAMILY SERVICES NEEDS SUPPLIES! Lutheran Family Services is placing new r efugee families into Albuquerque communities. In our standard apartment set ups, we are currently in need of new pillows, lamps, mixing bowls and serving utensils. New or gently used only. Please contact Donations Coordinator Sandi Bertholomey 505-933-7014 or sandi.bertholomey@lfsrm.org to schedule delivery times, pick-ups or questions. Address: Lutheran Family Services, 4105 Silver Ave SE, Albuquerque. NM 87108. - Sandi Bertholomey

MESSAGE FROM YOUR CHURCH-TOGETHER AMBASSADORS AMY GILLESPIE & MARGY WIENBAR Bishop Gonia writes, “A church that is willing to step into the public arena for the sake of the neighbor is a church that is engaged in ministry for the life of the world. It matters to me that we as such a church, that through our hands-on service, our partnership and our commitment to the long-term wellbeing of our neighbors, our hands contribute to God’s life-giving work in the world.” As a church, we respond with care and compassion when people are facing crisis in life, a personal or family need or are at their most vulnerable. We do this work together as part of a large network of partners, organizations and denominations. The ELCA and nearly 300 health and human service organizations participate in an alliance known as Lutheran Family Services in America which serves more than 6 million people each year in the US and the Caribbean. That’s one in 50 Americans every year. In the Rocky Mountain Synod, our support goes to several ministry organizations that serve people in our territory, including: Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains, Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center, Urban Servant Corps., and Lutheran Disaster Response. Lutheran Disaster Response is rebuilding homes and lives in the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida, and the US Virgin Islands after the 2017 hurricane season. What can we do? Pray, give to mission support, and share the news of these good works with others. A prayer: O God, we look to you in our times of greatest need and vulnerability. In your mercy, you call us to respond in turn when our neighbors are in need. Inscribe our hearts with your desire for love and justice, that we would continue to walk together as your church to love and serve our neighbor. -Amy Gillespie & Margy Wienbar

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MOVIE NIGHT TEAM Interested in helping plan movie nights for the fall? Join our dynamic group of 8 folks! for a meeting on Sunday July 15th, in the Fellowship Hall after worship to help us plan. Come with ideas for movies, food, etc. All ideas welcome. Hope to see you there! -Alicia Ruch-Flynn

MOVIE NIGHT SCHEDULE UP TO AUGUST Date

Movie

Rating

Main Dish

June 15th 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. 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, and who finds himself an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic war veteran who lives next door. Starring Bill Murray. -Brought to you by the Movie Night Team

ST. PAUL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS: Applications for St. Paul scholarships administered by the St. Paul Scholarship Committee for the benefit of members of St. Paul will be available beginning June 1st for those who wish to apply. Amounts of the scholarships to be awarded will be listed on the application. Completed applications must be received in the St. Paul church office not later than 4 PM on Monday, June 25, 2018. The St. Paul Endowed Scholarship fund – comprised of donations from the Meuli and Mutschman families and includes additional funding from the Voida family. Available funds for this year will be dispersed by the scholarship committee according to the number of qualified applicants. The Olson Scholarship is available only to those members attending a Lutheran or Baptist college or seminary; the amount of this specific category of scholarships would be split among qualifying students. 16

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Applications will be available from the church office beginning June 1, 2018. For more information please contact Pastor Koppel or a member of the scholarship committee (Paula Eglinton and Omar Durant). Thank you! -Omar Durant

ST. PAUL SEWING GROUP We stayed busy in May finishing quilts to present to the graduates that were recognized at the end of the month for their accomplishments. We enjoy being able to provide these “hugs from God” as the graduates move forward into their next phase of life. Sewing group members are Kathy Kimler Antobelli, Darlene Beard, Vonna Hopkins, Marsha Kearney, Ruth Kimler, Marilyn Kraemer, Susan Latella, Barbara Maxwell, Peggy Neiman and our own “Quilting Bee.” Sincere thanks to all of you who have donated fabric and other needed items! Thanks also to Thrivent Financial for funding used to purchase batting and bed sheets needed for the quilts and lap robes. We are back to our regular schedule, meeting the third Tuesday of this month (June 19th). We will gather 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 are also looking at how to get new members to join the group and would appreciate any thoughts you might have on how to make that happen. Please feel free to contact Marsha Kearney at 505-899-9705 or Susan Latella at 505-508-2001 if you have any ideas or questions. 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. -Marsha Kearney

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SUN SETTING ON SUNFLOWER Sunflower Orphanage Center is wrapping up its mission. Most of our children have graduated from high school and moved forward with their respective lives. Several are interns in the tourist industry, working for reputable employers with prospects of a good and productive career. Others are in job training, preparing for jobs in the transportation industry and or food preparation. And we have a co-ed with a job at university to help her pay for educational expenses. It’s rewarding to see our kids transitioning from high school to gainful employment and/or post secondary education. I think about what their fate might have been without the support of Sunflower, especially when I witness the dangers of living on the streets in a large city like Phnom Penh. And even though the residents are now dispersed, they remain part of the Sunflower family and continue to appreciate the opportunity Sunflower has provided them. So what happens next? I continue to be convinced that the opportunity to learn English is a very significant factor contributing to a pathway to becoming a wage earner and productive member of Cambodian society. So with this in mind we are exploring the idea of turning our facility into an English language school, supplementing each student’s high school education. St. Paul has done so much through its generosity and willingness to designate Sunflower as one of the ministries it has supported. So again thank you to St. Paul and all the generous contributors. I am grateful to everyone that has provided support and encouragement. You are part of a wonderful success story that will keep on giving through the productive lives of our children. Respectfully submitted, Hal Schultz

THEOLOGY ON TAP Theology on Tap meets the second Wednesday of each month, 6:00 pm, at 3rd & Silver at Maya Restaurant. Food and drink is also available at Monks Corner next door. Come join us for good food, dr ink and conversation with others from around town. All ages welcome. -Nancy Matthews

YOUR NAME TAG IS PROPER DRESS ANYTIME Since we first met Pastor Koppel, I've been delighted to hear her say a couple of times, “Thank you for wearing a name tag.” Do you think she is trying to tell us something? -Nancy Matthews 18


PASTOR’S REPORT TO COUNCIL There will be no written report for the June Newsletter. Respectfully, AnnaMarie Padilla, Office Administrator

OUR FAITH COMMUNITY Baptized Members In May, we baptized into our congregation, Tessa Laurel Driggers, daughter of members Chandra & Jeff Driggers.

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Said Farewell to the Hartwells We said good bye to Music Director, Seth Hartwell, his wife Liz, and children Anna & Jacob, as they move on to the next journey of their lives in Minnesota.

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May 18th, 2018 In May, Council:  President Thompson called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm.  For devotions Pastor Koppel asked everyone in the room to say

something about themselves that others didn't know. It was a very interesting and fun way to meet and greet for her first Council meeting.  Pastor Koppel gave a oral report. She asked if she could go to Rainbow

Trail with the confirmation class and the senior high group. She would be gone two Sundays but feels it is important to be with the youth. The Council agreed to let Pastor Koppel have the two weeks and she will work out the logistics with Dana Mullen. She had done two funerals in the last two weeks and another one is coming in June. She will work on a written report going forward.  President Thompson gave an oral report. The installation is this week-

end. He announced that several committees have been reformed: Stewardship, Mutual Ministry, Personnel and the Benevolence Ad Hoc. He is pleased with how things are going.  John Adolphi presented the Treasurer's report. He presented the new

Calico budget. The deficit is projected to be $69,000. Calico is paying 75% of shared services while the church is only paying 21%. This is the first year that Calico has had to support the church. Calico and the church are co-dependent and we need to develop a long range plan. A Council retreat is being planned to address this issue. Motion made and seconded to approve the revised Calico budget. Passed unanimously.  The Calico update was presented by Rijasoa Andriamanana. The school

has 31 full-time students and several part-time students which come to 33 full-time equivalents. They lost two teachers due to family health and personal health issues. They have hired two new teachers. Calico would like to see church members attend Calico events to build relationships between the church and the school. Calico staff is currently brainstorming ideas for events.  Stewardship for All Seasons was presented by Bob Matthews. He stated

that the Stewardship committee has been formed. This program is from the synod and includes training, marketing and facilitates developing a development process in the congregation. Each year 25 churches join together to create a cohort. We are looking at joining a cohort in 2019. Until then we will work on stewardship at St. Paul. In July and August we will talk about the ministries of the church. In September members 20

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will give testimonials about how the ministries have touched them personally. October will be stewardship month.  A new envelope system was presented by Sig Stocking. We will no longer

use the prepackaged envelopes due to cost. We will use pew envelopes with labels and 55 will be banded together for those members who want envelopes. Motion was made and seconded to accept the new envelope system. Passed unanimously.  Mary Thompson gave an update on the installation planning. The commit-

tee is asking Council members to be present early to direct visitors to changing rooms (the Conference Room and possibly the Library where clergy can put on their robes) and to the luncheon. Jonathan and Linda volunteered to come early on Saturday. The rest of the Council will be available after the service to answer questions and direct visitors.  Clark McLean will be the interim music director once Seth leaves. The

Hartwell's are moving to Minnesota in June. There is a farewell luncheon planned for Sunday May 27. We will also acknowledge the graduates and the baptism at the luncheon. We are asking congregation members if they would like to donate to a good-bye gift for the Hartwell's.  The meeting was adjourned at 9:15 followed by praying the Lord's Prayer.

Nancy Jenkins, Council Secretary

CONGREGATION COUNCIL PAUL THOMPSON, President, Liaison to Finance; RIJASOA ANDRIAMANANA, President-Elect, Liaison to Calico Butterfly; PAULA EGLINTON, Past-President; NANCY JENKINS, Secretary; JOHN ADOLPHI, Treasurer; AMY GILLESPIE, Financial Secretary; ELKE PETERSON, Youth Council Member; PETER BOISSIERE; SHARON HAMILTON; LINDA HUTCHINSON CRONK JONATHAN ICE; JEFF PETERSON; KELLY YAPLE

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