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October 2009 St. Paul’s Lutheran


Francis of Assisi The Blessing of the Animals Celebrating the Feast of St. Francis ___________________________________________________________________________________ Phone: 952-938-4683

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Fax: 952-938-1141

Our mission is to be “an open and inviting church spreading the Good News of Christ.”

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church An RIC congregation of the ELCA MISSION STATEMENT Our mission is “to be an open and inviting church spreading the Good News of Christ.” WORSHIP TIMES You are invited to join us regularly on Sunday mornings for 9:30 AM worship followed by refreshments and Christian education for all ages. Please check the enclosed calendar for education times. An interactive calendar is now available on our website: Just click the “Calendar” tab at the top of the webpage and click the time for event details.

OFFICE HOURS The office is lightly staffed. Regular office hours are 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays. Please call before coming in case of unexpected closure. Phone: 952938-4683, Fax: 952-938-1141, email:, Website:

MAILING LIST Please notify the church office when you notify the Post Office you will be temporarily away. St. Paul’s congregation is pleased to send you this newsletter. However, if you prefer not to receive it, please call the church office at 952-938-4683 or e-mail us at We are moving toward “going green” in the future. The newsletter is available on our website. Save paper and postage; view it online.

PARTNER CONGREGATION Igelsia Vida Abuntante en Cristo, (Abundant Life in Christ), provides a worship service in Spanish at St. Paul’s on Sunday 1:00 – 3:00 pm and Friday, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. All are welcome. MISSION AFFILIATES Agora Ministries Augustana Chapel View Care Center in Hopkins Bet Shalom Reform Congregation Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Intercongregation Communities Association (ICA) Hopkins - Minnetonka Family Resource Center Lutherans Concerned/North America (RIC) Lutheran Social Services (LLS) Meals on Wheels Minneapolis Area Synod Oak Knoll Lutheran Church Our Saviours Housing Thrivent Financial for Lutherans West Metro Grief Support PUBLICATION The Messenger is a newsletter published monthly by St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 13207 Lake St. Extension, Minnetonka, MN 55305. ARTICLE SUBMISSION Please submit articles as Word attachments with your clip art to Include your name and contact information. Indicate whether what you are submitting is optional "filler" material or something you definitely want included in the next newsletter. For pre-printed fliers or brochures, provide a condensed version that can be directly inserted in the newsletter. If needed, include the name of a contact person or phone number that readers may call for more information. Submission deadline is the fifteenth of the month. All submissions are subject to editing for space and content. All rights reserved by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

ST. PAUL’S CHURCH COUNCIL & ASSISTING ADMINISTRATORS Vince Jacobson President Mary Hromatka Vice President Carolyn Carpenter Council Secretary Mike Mikulay Treasurer Rev. Louise Mollick Pastor Connie Hessevick Council Member Jeanne Moe Council Member Kathy Powers Council Member Bernie Johnson Associate Treasurer Shirley Schaller Financial Secretary Steve Mollick Music Director Rachel Mollick Worship Accompanist Linda McGee Kristen Campbell Mike Mikulay Choir Accompanists Linda Dundas Administrative Assistant Lisa Foss Webmaster AUXILIARY BUILDING USE St. Paul’s encourages use of it’s facility by outside entities such that it will support our mission statement. Examples would be the 12 Step anonymous programs, local neighborhood organizations, and other congregations. Please contact us at 952-938-4683 for more information if interested.

COUNCIL NEWS St. Paul’s Church Council meets at 7:00 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. Congregation members are welcome to attend and/or submit items for the agenda by contacting one of the council members.

Council Meeting Highlights September 8, 2009 Gathering Council President Vince Jacobson called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m. Present were Vince Jacobson, Pastor Louise Mollick, Carolyn Carpenter, Mary Hromatka, Connie Hessevick and Mike Mikulay. Connie offered a prayer and devotion. Mike provided the Treasurer’s Report for August and the Financial Secretary’s Report and led an extended discussion pertaining to our financial situation. The report included notes from the “Financial Summit” which was held recently with Phil Eckhert, Tom Larson, Bernie Johnson and Eric Campbell. Recommendations on how to proceed from here were contained in the report as well. Mary moved to follow the recommendations in item “c” (1, 2, and 3) as follows below: “Item c: Summarize assessment/recommendations for council. Recommend the council: 1) direct the Financial Ministry Team to draft a balanced budget(s) for 2010 for review and consideration at the October council meeting showing what the congregation must achieve in new revenues or expense reductions, and what the resulting impacts on current programs/ministries would be; 2) appoint a team to investigate all aspects and alternatives for terminating ministries at St. Paul’s in a manner that best serves the members and staff and that best meets our stewardship responsibilities and to then present the team’s findings and recommendations at the council’s November meeting; 3) call a congregational meeting some time before November to make members fully aware of the financial situation and then again some time soon after the November council meeting for consideration of options, alternatives, and recommendations.”

The motion also included appointing Mike to follow up on these. Carolyn seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. A correction was made on page two of the August 11 minutes. Mary moved to accept the corrected August 11 minutes and Mike seconded. The minutes will be filed as amended. Reports • Pastor Louise presented the Pastor’s report and also the Partner congregation’s reports. • Worship and Music has written up various functions of worship. They plan to use the October monthly gathering for reorganizing our service teams. Experienced people would recruit others for necessary jobs. However, it appears as if the October gathering may be used to cover higher priority topics. Continuing Business • Mary provided copies of the Church Facilities Policy and also the policies on Weddings. She asked that we review the policy in detail, provide comments, and be prepared to vote on approval at the next council meeting. New Business • Worship and Music was directed to consider and address H1N1 implications with respect to the worship experience, including common cup communion. The meeting closed with a prayer by Connie and was adjourned at 9:08 p.m. Disclaimer Highlights are provided for advance information purposes only. The above is not official meeting minutes and is subject to correction and/or change.

WELCOME Steve & Rachel!! The Search Committee is excited to announce we have hired a dynamic duo as the new Music Director and Worship Accompanist. Steve Mollick will be joining us as our Music Director and will direct the choir. Rachel, his wife, will join us as the Worship Accompanist. She will be leading the music during our worship services. They will start in mid October. Please warmly welcome them.

Treasurer’s Report for August 2009 by Mike Mikulay At our Annual Congregational Meeting in January, the congregation approved a 2009 budget with a $29,318 deficit. We are on track to use up most of our cash reserves by year-end. This means that the congregation will likely face some severe financial challenges at year-end and going into 2010. Year-to-date receipts are close to budget, and due to close management, expenses are favorable to budget. YTD Actual YTD Budget $309 unfavorable Receipts $112,887 $113,196 $4,662 favorable Expenses $128,088 $132,750 Net Receipts $4,353 favorable ($15,201) ($19,554) Highlights regarding year-to-date receipts and expenses include: - Offerings are $3,000 unfavorable to budget. - Rental fees are $6,000 favorable to budget. - Expenses for Office Supplies, Utilities, and Committees/Ministry Teams combined are $4,300 favorable to budget. The remaining expenses for Salaries, Benefits, Mortgage, Benevolence to ELCA, and Insurance are each close to budget. Balance Sheet at the end of August: August 31, 2009 Operating Funds $3,772 Youth Funds $3,904 Total Checking/Savings $7,676 Securities at Scottrade at cost basis* $14,033 GRAND TOTAL $21,709 *Note: Current market value of Securities is about $14,800. Call me at 952.933.9068 if you have any questions. ___________________________________

FACILITY USE CHANGES Things are happening so quickly, it’s hard to get them announced before changes occur. • As of September 1, 2009 we only have two congregations worshiping at St. Paul’s. Maranatha, the growing Seventh-day Adventist congregation moved to a larger facility at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on Hwy 7 and Texas Ave. in St. Louis Park. We have much appreciated their financial contribution and knowing their fine leaders. We wish them fond farewell and Godspeed. When asked the secret of their success, Pr. Birai answered “each is requested to bring two more”. • We have a local AA group named “It Might Have Been Worse” meeting in the Fellowship Hall every Wednesday starting at 6:15 p.m. On the 2nd Wednesday of the month, when the long standing monthly District AA meeting needs the space, the local AA group moves down the hall to the large meeting room (formerly the youth room). You may have noticed the room is set up in a lecture format and there is a table in the hall for their check-in, display and refreshments. • We welcome a new group starting October 8 at 7:00 pm, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Hopkins Lodge #17. They will meet every Thursday evening in the Fellowship Hall during the school year but only the 1st and 3rd Thursdays during the summer. When Family Ministry needs the space for Night Out on the 3rd Thursday, Odd Fellows will move upstairs to our library. • Emerald Crest Senior Living will be using the West end of our parking lot three days a month for overflow parking on staff training days. They will be donating $10/day of use in appreciation.


Belief You Can Change In Over the past year we have repeatedly heard the phrase, “Change You Can Believe In”. I never really quite understood what that meant. Over the same time period, I have been observing our congregation living the phrase “Belief You Can Change In”. We as a congregation have been going through a process of intentional change for at least a couple of years now. The nature of these changes has ranged from modest to borderline radical. The most fascinating thing to me has been the way in which these changes have been embraced, pretty much universally, across the entire congregation. Anyone who has been involved in intentional change within a group or an organization will tell you that change is very scary to many people and that there is generally significant resistance to change. Strangely enough, we have not experienced that and it is tempting to wonder why. One of the most compelling weapons against the fear of change is faith. Think of faith as a belief that THIS change is safe and has no reason to be feared. This sense of safety and freedom from fear of change that we experience in faith makes it literally “a belief you can change in”. One might consider what this faith is, where it comes from, and why it exists in our congregation. This turns out to be a very complex subject. Here are a few possible sources of faith or confidence to consider. 1. A relationship with God growing from a discipline of regular prayer 2. A relationship with God growing from a discipline of scripture meditation 3. Trust in one-another as fellow Christians 4. Trust in one-another as friends and family 5. Confidence that our congregational leadership is faithfully discerning and following a path prepared by our Lord and Savior 6. Confidence in the wisdom of our congregational leadership

I think that each of these possibilities and many others influence our ability to embrace change to varying degrees. We are each at a different place in our journey and what faith means this day is unique to each of us. Everyone that is part of our congregation is here for a reason. We are each being fed by our presence in this community of believers. We don’t think often enough about how we are being fed, what it means to our lives, and what it could mean to the lives of others who have a need to be fed in the same way. This congregation is truly a very unique, very special place, but for some reason it is a well kept secret. Even with all of the other changes we have already embraced, we have only just begun. These are challenging times … for everyone. Most of us have people we care about who are searching; people who have a hunger that is not being fed. We have a responsibility to them to share how we are being fed, to invite them to “come and see”, and to introduce them to a community of believers. Pray for those you know that are in need, are seeking, or are facing closed doors. Pray for belief you can change in and the courage to invite them to come and see. Pray that they will be able to meet Christ and have their needs satisfied, find what they seek, and have the door opened unto them. (Luke 11:9) Blessings, Vince Jacobson

Recycling? Cell Phones: We have a drop box above the mailboxes in the office to recycle cell phones (please, no accessories including charge cords, manuals, cases etc). Cartridges: The cell phone fundraiser is being expanded to include all ink and toner cartridges. Office Depot will give us credit we can use toward office supplies for each ink and toner cartridge we bring in to recycle. Water bottles: ICA can use your gently used water bottles for liquid dish detergent dispersement. Drop box is in our entryway.

Thank you for recycling with St. Paul’s.

Create Change for Children Today: Bring Hope and a Better Tomorrow October 11, 2009 Children’s Sabbath St. Paul’s will again join congregations all over the United States in celebrating Children’s Sabbath. It is a day to lift up the needs of children. The theme of the 2009 Children’s Sabbath weekend is "Create Change for Children Today: Bring Hope and a Better Tomorrow." With millions of children living in poverty, lacking basic health coverage and being funneled into a pipeline to prison, we know that children in our nation desperately need change and they need us to create change today. We must step forward now to strengthen families, call for health care for all children, and create paths of promise for every young person. Creating change for children today brings hope and a better tomorrow for all of us. The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) began the idea of the Children’s Sabbath some 18 years ago in the hopes of drawing on another avenue for lifting up the needs of children. The CDF has worked relentlessly for more than 35 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. They champion policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education, and a moral and spiritual foundation. CDF advocates nationwide on behalf of children to ensure children are always a priority. Join us at 9:30 AM on Sunday, October 11, 2009 as we come together once again to observe the Children’s Sabbath.

Family Night Out St. Paul’s Youth and Family Ministry is excited to announce a new format for our gatherings this year. To try to better meet the busy schedules of our families’ lives, we will hold a once-a-month family gathering to which ALL families are invited. The evenings, which will be held the third Thursday of every month, will include a potluck pasta dinner, and will be focused on the young children in our congregation (ages 0 – sixth grade) though everyone is welcome to attend. Families are invited to attend together, as this ministry is meant to help encourage a faithful dialogue between parents and children. We are asking that each family unit take the responsibility for organizing and planning one month’s gathering which might include game night, Bible trivia, movies, baking or whatever else your families can think up! We ask that there be a short devotion or Bible study as part of the evening, and we have plenty of resources for you to use to plan. The next family gathering will be Thursday, October 22 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM, led by Darcie Rodman, Peter and Chuck Rudolph. We’re looking for families to sign up for the remaining Thursdays, and a sign-up poster is in the narthex. If you have any questions or want to pick your month before your choice is gone, please contact Lisa Foss, gathering coordinator, at 952-401-8044 or

The Commemoration of St. Francis of Assisi The 21st article of the Augsburg Confession says, “It is taught among us that saints should be kept in remembrance so that our faith may be strengthened when we see what grace they received and how they were sustained by faith. Moreover, their good works are to be an example for us, each of us in [his/her] own calling.” October 4th is the day that the Church commemorates St. Francis of Assisi well known for his love of creation and all of God’s creatures. On this day, in various parts of the world, some may see processions of animals, everything from dogs and cats to hamsters and even horses being led to churches for a special ceremony called the Blessing of the Animals. YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THIS!!! On Oct. 4th, you AND your pets are invited to attend worship together! We will enjoy the opportunity to bring our animal companions (furry, feathered or finned) to church for a special blessing. On this day we will all be reminded that church is indeed the place where the bond of creation is celebrated. A MUST: Please be sure to bring your animal on a leash, crated, or in a carrier and make sure that you can keep your pet under your control at all times! Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures.

You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air, and animals on the land. You inspired St. Francis to call all of them brothers and sisters. By the power of your love, enable us all to live together according to your plan. May we always praise you for all your beauty in creation. Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amen.

WE CELEBRATE THE REFORMATION Reformation Sunday is a festival that we celebrate each year on the last Sunday in October. It is a time to remember that in 1517, on the eve of All Saint’s Day (or as they referred to it then: All Hallowed’s Eve or as we refer to it now: Halloween), Dr. Martin Luther, an unknown Augustinian monk and Old Testament professor, made his way to the community bulletin board in Wittenberg, Germany (which was the front door of the castle church). There he posted a list of ninety-five complaints he had about the church of his day. This simple act set off a chain of events that would have him excommunicated from the Roman Church within three-and-a-half years. AND within a decade, a movement that eventually bore his name would spread throughout Europe, and then across the whole face of the earth. This movement, which began with one man and his list of complaints on October 31, 1517, would grow in ways that he could never have imagined. Today some eight million people in our own country call themselves Lutherans, and there are more than 60 million Lutherans world-wide. Reformation Day provides an annual opportunity for us to ask what that means to us. What does it mean to be a Lutheran in today’s world? What unique insights about God or the life of faith do Lutherans have? Why is it important, nearly 500 years later, to still have a movement that names itself after Martin Luther? Think deeply about these questions and be reformed! Connect your thoughts with the stories of your life, then, tell them to your friends, your family and your neighbors! Learn and experience what it is like to share your insights and your faith with others: joyfully, gratefully, lovingly, and enthusiastically. Celebrate the reformation!! *Dr. Martin Luther’s seal expresses his theology and his faith. He designed it himself. In the center is a black cross indicative of Christ’s dreadful sacrifice on the cross for every sinner who ever lived. The cross is in the center of a red heart, to show that faith causes love, joy and peace to grow in the human heart, The red heart is on a white rose (Luther’s favorite flower) because white is the color of angels and blessed spirits. The white rose is against a blue-sky background to symbolize the Christian’s hope for the coming joys of heaven. The seal is enclosed in a gold ring, showing that the bliss of heaven is unending

October is National Clergy Appreciation month, October 11, Appreciation Day

person as he is, he will stay as he is; but if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be, he will become what he ought to be and could be." 3. Express Appreciation in Writing

Hebrews 13:7 (MSG) Appreciate your pastoral leaders who gave you the Word of God. Take a good look at the way they live, and let their faithfulness instruct you, as well as their truthfulness.

A spoken compliment is always welcome, but a written one can be read over and over again for years. So, when you hear or see something you like from your minister, write an appreciative note. 4. Use your skills to bless

Pastor Louise, You work vigorously, often neglecting personal needs to give us comfort and direction. You do so much, yet you receive so little in return. This National Clergy Appreciation Day, we take time out to acknowledge and celebrate the efforts of your leadership. 8 Ways to Encourage Your Pastor Simple acts that feed a shepherd by Victor Parachin from “Today's Christian”. Paul's admonition to "serve one another in love" (Gal. 5:13) should encourage us to remember our shepherds. Here are eight ways to make their lives better. 1. Cut the Criticism Unlike most workers who are evaluated once or twice a year, clergy are often critiqued weekly after each worship service. It's not unusual to hear people say "the music was poor," "the hymn selection was awful," or "the sermon was boring." We would do well to remember that most spiritual leaders work hard to make worship a unique celebration each week. 2. Pray Regularly Ask God to shower your pastor with an abundance of love, hope, joy, faith, peace, power, wisdom, and courage. Pray for your spiritual leader's maturity and growth in the faith. As you pray keep in mind this wisdom from German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: "If you treat a

One pastor I know recalls: "I was pastoring my first church, a small congregation with limited resources. While there, I developed a series of dental problems and could not afford treatment. What a joy it was when a dentist in the church offered to treat me for free. Correcting my dental problem involved nearly a dozen visits. He treated me carefully and cheerfully each time. I have thought of that dentist many times since then and the memories of his kindness continue to bless my life." 5. Squelch Gossip If you hear a negative comment, respond with a positive one. If misinformation is being spread, correct it with the accurate information. Or, if people are gossiping, just walk away. Remember the Bible soundly condemns gossip and careless speech. James 1:26 says, "If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless." And Psalm 34:13 reads, "Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies." 6. Offer to meet a need Some people make their spiritual leaders defensive and angry by saying, "You need to… " That approach is seldom welcome and almost always counterproductive. If you see a need, approach your spiritual leader by saying, "I'd like to help by… " If you see an area that can be improved, take responsibility for working on it. Be an active participant in your church. Get involved by teaching a class, leading a workshop, singing in the choir, feeding the hungry. Ask your spiritual leader where and how you can help.

7. Be openly responsive Nothing so animates and excites a spiritual leader as seeing people respond to the preaching and teaching. Imagine the surprise and delight of a pastor in Virginia Beach, Virginia, who, when greeting a visitor to his church, found she came because of the kindness of a church member who was her neighbor. "I'm recently divorced, a single parent and new to this community," she told the pastor. "To keep up with rent and provide for my three children, I must work two jobs. That leaves me very little time for yard work. I was relieved when the weeds didn't overrun my yard as I had feared they might. However, when I made an unscheduled trip home in the middle of my workday, I discovered the reason why the weeds had not taken over my yard. "My 86-year-old neighbor, a member of your church, was on his hands and knees pulling my weeds. I barely knew this man and he was embarrassed to be caught in this anonymous act of kindness. He explained that he heard you preach a sermon on the importance of living a life of compassion and kindness and decided to put that sermon into practice by weeding my lawn." 8. Throw away the measuring stick Don't expect that your present spiritual leaders will do things the same way their predecessors did. Lay aside personal agendas and preferences. Instead, focus on how your leader is being used by God to do effective ministry now. By serving your shepherds, you will ensure that they will not only be encouraged but will feel appreciated and continue to minister with enthusiasm and energy. “A friend is someone who stays with you in the bad weather of life, guards you when you are off your guard, restrains your impetuosity, delights in your wholeness, forgives your failures, and does not forsake you when others let you down. The friendship of Jesus enables us to see others as he saw the apostles: flawed by good children of the Father.” Brennan Manning Thank you St. Paul’s, a good friend.

AGORA SEMINAR FOR GROWING CONGREGATIONS October 10, 2009 8:30 AM – 3:15 PM WHO SHOULD ATTEND Pastors, Lay Leaders, Sunday School Teachers, Youth Workers, Greeters and Evangelism Teams WHAT YOU LEARN ♦ The role of culture in the spread and growth of global Christianity. ♦ How to grow local congregations by welcoming diverse cultures. ♦ How to enrich worship through the healing ministry. AT THE SEMINAR ♦ Brad’s sessions, “Christianity and Cultures” and “Opening our Hearts and Congregations” will focus on the rich cultural heritage in Christianity. ♦ Small group discussion will bring diverse thoughts and practices in global Christianity. ♦ Dick’s session, “Healing Ministry” will focus on the importance of the ministry of healing in cross cultural outreach and how to bring diversity into congregations. COST $35.00 per person or $150.00 for a congregation team of six

8:30 9:00 9:15 10:15 11:15 12:15 1:15 2:15

- 9:00 - 9:15 - 10:15 - 11:00 - 12:15 - 1:15 - 2:15 - 3:15

SCHEDULE Gathering Time – Coffee & Rolls Devotion Christianity & Cultures Small Group Discussion Open our Hearts and Congregations Lunch and Table Discussion Healing Ministry Q & A Time with Brad and Dick

Registration forms are available in the Church office, or contact Agora by phone: 952-888-5197, by email: at, or at website:

Sunday Bible Readings [Can be used for bulletin cover design inspiration] October 4 – Time after Pentecost Genesis 2:18-24 Psalm 8 Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12 Mark 10:2-16 October 11 - Time after Pentecost Amos 5:6-7, 10-15 Psalm 90:12-17 Hebrews 4:12-16 Mark 10:17-31 October 18 – Time after Pentecost Isaiah 53:4-12 Psalm 91:9-16 Hebrews 5:1-10 Mark 10:35-45

November 26 – Thanksgiving Joel 2:21-27 Psalm 126 1 Timothy 2:1-7 Matthew 6:25-33 November 29 – 1st Sunday of Advent Jeremiah 33:14-16 Psalm 25:1-10 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 Luke 21:25-36

Prayer & Bible Study

October 25 – Reformation Sunday Jeremiah 31:31-34 Psalm 46 Romans 3:19-28 John 8:31-36

 St. Paul’s Prayer Line is activated by calling the coordinator, Maxine Rieman at 952-238-8516, cell 763-807-7682, or calling the church office when she cannot be reached.

November 1 – All Saints Day Isaiah 25:6-9 or Wisdom 3:1-9 Psalm 24 Revelation 21:1-6a John 11:32-44

 New: Brown Bag Bible Study with Pr. Louise is being offered Tuesdays at Noon in our Library starting Oct. 6th. Hope you can make it for this refreshing gathering.

November 8 – Time after Pentecost 1 Kings 17:8-16 Psalm 146 Hebrews 9:24-28 Mark 12:38-44

 Daily devotional booklet, Christ in Our Home, is available on the entryway table.  ELCA online Bible study, Daily Discipleship is based on the lectionary and online at discipleship.

November 15 – Time after Pentecost Daniel 12:1-3 Psalm 16 Hebrews 10:11-14 [15-18] 19-25 Mark 13:1-8

 New: Faith Conversation is a new opportunity for learning and fellowship this fall on Wednesdays nights at 6:00 pm in the library starting October 7th before choir practice.

November 22 – Christ the King Sunday Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 Psalm 93 Revelation 1:4b-8 John 18:33-37

 Other prayer resources are available at

West Metro Grief Support Coalition is moving to St. Paul’s

the narthex with further instructions. I would also ask that you pray for all those who will be participating, facilitating and speaking.

Regular weekly meetings of the West Metro Grief Support Coalition will relocate for a three month period to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Minnetonka. The first meeting will be Saturday, October 3, 2009. Meetings are each Saturday from 9:30 – 11:30 AM with registration and refreshments 9:30 – 10:00 AM. Speakers are from 10:00 – 10:30 AM. At 10:30 participants break into small groups led by trained facilitators until 11:30 AM. People are welcome to attend any or all of the morning events. Our final meeting that includes a remembrance service will be held on Saturday, December 19th.

We have some wonderful speakers lined up and everyone is welcome to attend any speaking time. We kick off our quarter on October 3rd with art therapist Lucy Gantz. On October 24th we have a new author, Lynn MacKenzie, who shares in “The Tear Catcher”, her husband’s journey through cancer and her own experiences from heartache to grace; from unspeakable fear and grief to abundant peace and joy.

West Metro Grief Support is the combined effort of thirteen area sponsoring churches in the West Metro area, including St. Paul’s. As a sponsoring church it is our privilege to host the grief support group once every two years. As a host we provide a safe and healthy environment, for those who are grieving the death of a loved one, to come together to receive support and education. As we meet this Fall at St. Paul’s, help is needed in providing refreshments and serving them every week. There will be a sign up sheet in

Each week a growing experience is offered by bringing together adults who have experienced the death of a loved one and are in the grieving process. Individuals may register and join the group at any time by coming to a meeting or by contacting a Coalition Coordinator. Church affiliation is not required. There is no fee but a free will offering will be accepted for refreshments. Co-Coordinator Darcie Rodman can be reached at (763) 546-4404 for questions, information and sign-up.

Saturday Grief Support Group West Metro Grief Support Coalition invites all persons experiencing grief due to a death. Grief support groups offer hope and healing through education, listening, sharing, prayer and fellowship.

Saturdays 9:30 – 11:30 AM St. Paul’s Lutheran Church 13207 Lake Street Extension Minnetonka, MN 55305

DATE October 3

SPEAKER Lucy Gantz, M.A.

TOPIC Art Therapy


October 10

Barbara Ziegenhagen

Who Am I Now?

October 17

Brenda DeMotte MSW, LICSW

New Normal: Creating a Personal Vision

October 24

Lynn MacKenzie

“The Tear Catcher” a Personal Story

October 31

Mary Christopherson

Celebrating Cultural Influences of Grief

MEMBER NEWS Pr. Louise and some members of St. Paul’s are attending the Discipleship Academy offered by Agora Ministries at Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis. The Academy meets every other Saturday from 9:00 am to Noon through April 2010. Anyone can join at any time, just talk with Pr. Louise or Vince Jacobson. Confirmation Ministry is again teaming up with Oak Knoll Lutheran Church. Orientation was held September 23 with classes meeting every Wednesday from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------October Service Team church council member

November Service Team church council member

Carpenter – Marshall, Carolyn Foss – Ryan, Lisa, Kristian, Sawyer Guetschow – Bob, Jan Hessevick – Connie Hoyhyta – Carol Johnson – Bernie, Ruth MacNaughton – Jenni, Katie, Zach Majersky, Deloris McGee – Linda Moe – Rick, Jeanne, Britta, Erik, Kris Nelson – Steve, Wanda Olson – Ray, Jean Peterson - Mary Kay Rodman/Rudolph - Darcie, Chuck, Peter Rutzen – Doris Smith – Kay, Ken, Michael

Campbell – Eric, Deb, Kristen Eckhert/Brenden – Phil, Sheri, Emma & Carl Peaslee, Sarah Eckhert Gilbertson - Roger, Darla Hanning – Elsie Johnson – Regina Larson – Tom, Rachel Madson – Annette, John Mikulay – Mike, Beth Pfaendtner - Kathy, Olivia, Helene, & Luke Powers – Tom, Kathy, Jack, Nick Riggle – John, Shirley Schwitzer – Bill Streater – Kim, Dylan, John Thompson – Ruth

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Betty Anderson Nicholas Powers, Lisa Saal John Streater Mary Copouls Dylan Streater, Doris Rutzen Kelsey Schmitz Phil Eckhert Jenni MacNaughton, Annette Madson Sheri Brenden Greg Saal Maggie Schmitz Laura Eggert

Anniversaries: 3 18 24 25

Matt & Shari Schmitz Tom & Rachel Larson Jim & Nancy Uden Tom & Kathy Powers

October 2009

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

S Key: CR—Choir room FH—Fellowship Hall K—Kitchen L—Library, LL—Lower Level PR—Peace/Prayer Room S—Sanctuary SS—Sunday School rooms UL—Upper Level 4

St. Francis of Assisi Food Shelf Sunday 9:30 am Holy Communion with Blessing of the Animals, followed by refreshments



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Celebrating St. Francis of Assisi


8:00 am—3:00 pm Emerald Crest parking


8:00 am—3:00 pm Emerald Crest parking 11:30 am Befrienders 6:00 pm Faith Conversation 6:15 pm Local AA (FH) 6:30 pm Confirmation O. K. 7:30 pm Choir rehearsal (S)



9:00 am Synod meeting

10—Noon Coffee with Pr. Louise, The General Store, Woodhill Rd at Hwy 7

7:00 pm Transformational Ministry

7-9:00 pm VAEC (S)

14 11:30 am Prayer Shawl

15 MEA

16 MEA

Newsletter Deadline

7:00 pm Council meeting

6:00 pm Faith Conversation 6:15 pm Local AA (YR) 6:30 pm Confirmation Ministry at Oak Knoll 7:00 pm District AA (FH) 7:30 pm Choir rehearsal (S)

7—9:00 pm Hopkins Odd Fellows (FH)

7-9:00 pm VAEC (S)


23 10—Noon Coffee with Pr. Louise, The Depot Excelsior Blvd, Hopkins

8:00 am—3:00 pm Emerald Crest parking

1—3:00 pm VAEC worship

7:00 pm Emotions Anonymous (CR)

7:00 pm Worship & Music

11 Children’s Sabbath



9:30 am Holy Communion followed by refreshments

9:30 am Staff meeting, Handy Helpers

Noon—Brown Bag Bible Study (L)


2:00 pm Chapel View

7:00 pm Emotions Anonymous (CR); Breast Cancer Survivors (PR)





9:30 am Holy Communion, followed by refreshments

9:30 am Staff meeting, Handy Helpers

Noon—Brown Bag Bible Study (L)

6:00 pm Faith Conversation

7—9:00 pm Spong discussion (FH)

6:15 pm Local AA (FH) 6:30 pm Confirmation Ministry at Oak Knoll

7:00 pm Emotions Anonymous (CR)

6:00—7:30 pm Family Night out (FH)





9:30 am Staff meeting, Handy Helpers

Noon—Brown Bag Bible Study (L)

6:00 pm Faith Conversation

1—3:00 pm VAEC worship

6:15 pm Our Saviour’s

7:30 pm Choir rehearsal (S)

9:30 am Holy Communion followed by Monthly Gathering with potluck & discussion

7:00 pm Emotions Anonymous (CR), 7:00 pm Breast Cancer Survivors (PR)

7—9:00 pm Hopkins Odd Fellows (FH)

7—9:00 pm Hopkins Odd Fellows (L)

25 Reformation Sunday

2:00 pm Beacon Hill worship


S 3 9:30—11:30 am Grief Support at St. Paul’s

7-9:00 pm VAEC (S)

Noon—Brown Bag Bible Study (L)

1—3:00 pm VAEC worship

F 10—Noon Coffee with Pr. Louise, Caribou Coffee Glen Lake

9:30 am Staff meeting, Handy Helpers

1—3:00 pm VAEC worship


7:30 pm Choir rehearsal (S)

11:00 am Meals on Wheels 7-9:00 pm VAEC (S)

30 10—Noon Coffee with Pr. Louise, Caribou at Knollwood, east end

6:15 pm Local AA (FH) 6:30 pm Confirmation Ministry at Oak Knoll

10—Noon Coffee with Pr. Louise, Starbucks Hopkins Crossroads & 7

7—9:00 pm Hopkins Odd Fellows (FH) 7-9:00 pm VAEC (S)

10 8:30 am Men’s Breakfast at Perkins 9:30—11:30 am Grief Support at St. Paul’s 9:00 am—Seminar Growing Congregations

17 MEA 9:30—11:30 am Grief Support at St. Paul’s

24 9:00 am—Discipleship Academy All day—VAEC (S) 9:30-11:30 am—Grief Support at St. Paul’s

31 9:30—11:30 am Grief Support at St. Paul’s

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WELCOME STATEMENT We at St. Paul’s are committed to welcoming you . . .

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If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersexual, transgendered or straight.

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If you have accepted Christ’s love, question Christ’s love or don’t know if you are loved.

If you are seven, seventeen, forty-seven or one hundred and seven. If you are black, brown, red, yellow, white or any shade in between. If you are broken, healed or in recovery. If you are rich, poor, or somewhere in between. If you are able-bodied, disabled or differently-abled. If you have a strong faith, have doubts about your faith or aren’t sure you have any faith at all. If you are looking for a church home, have never had a church home or need a place to find peace. We are committed to welcoming everyone, living as a reconciling people in our life together and in our outreach to the community.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Messenger, October 2009  
St. Paul’s Lutheran Messenger, October 2009  

October 2009 monthly newsletter from St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Minnetonka, MN