December 2009 St. Paul’s Lutheran
O Antiphons _______________________________________________________________________________ Phone: 952-938-4683
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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. Please check the enclosed calendar for days and times of Christian education and events. Also, an interactive calendar is available on our website: www.saintpaulslutheran.org. Just click the “Calendar” button 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: StPauls@saintpaulslutheran.org, Website: saintpaulslutheran.org.
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PARTNER CONGREGATION Igelsia Vida Abundante 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) Heifer International Project Intercongregation Communities Association (ICA) Lutherans Concerned/North America (RIC) Lutheran Social Services (LLS) Lutheran World Relief Meals on Wheels Minneapolis Area Synod of ELCA Mizpah United Church of Christ Oak Knoll Lutheran Church Our Saviour’s Housing ResourceWest of Hopkins 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 email@example.com. 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, Facility Use Coordinator 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 Choir Accompanists Linda Dundas Administrative Assistant Lisa Foss Webmaster
AUXILIARY BUILDING USE St. Paul’s encourages use of its 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.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT
The Giant Tree Swing of Faith The life and faith at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Minnetonka continues to go through exciting changes. As with all living things, the life of a congregation swings like a pendulum. Swinging like a pendulum brings to mind a plethora of imagery. Imagine a very tall tree swing with a child in it believing, “I can swing high enough to touch the sky”. Imagine a mature and reasoned adult nearby thinking about safety and how badly someone could be hurt if they fall from a swing that is almost touching the sky. Imagine someone remembering their childhood, longing to climb back into the swing of their memories while fighting the illusion that they are too grown up for this; living in a dichotomy seeking the exhilaration of their memories mixed with visions of how to do it safely. Now imagine a two seat swing, where that adult and child are swinging together. What does that look like? Is the seat twisting frantically with one side trying to go faster and one trying to be safer? Is it going smoothly and safely with the child patiently waiting to find a different swing? Is it swinging high with a delighted child and a terror struck adult? I would pray that they would find a way to almost touch the sky safely, and to share the exhilaration of the experience. Isn’t that like the core of our faith journey? As we go through our lives, our experiences subtly reshape us and our priorities change. We learn to do certain things better. But with maturity also comes the realization that different is not the same as better. We have not necessarily learned to swing more safely. It is equally likely that we have given up on the possibility of touching the sky and have chosen safety over exhilaration. When Jesus speaks of faith like a child, I see it as a challenge to embrace and reclaim the spirit that brought us these experiences we often long for. For many years, our congregation has been happily swinging safely and smoothly, with great dignity, and (yawn) were a fairly typical small Lutheran
congregation. A few years ago, many of us started pump’n the ol’ swing wildly, imagining we could reach the sky. Today, we are all together in this gigantic swing, to varying degrees listening to and claiming the dreams that the Holy Spirit is giving us. The swing is big. There is room for our entire congregation. There is room to spare for many more. THERE IS ROOM FOR EVERYONE. Ok, it’s a bit wobbly and some of us look nervously over the edge from the highest points, but we are learning to lean on one-another at those times for reassurance that our Lord and Savior takes responsibility for our safety. It’s not our problem. Who do you know that longs for some seasoning in their lives, whose heart longs for new life, who longs for someone to sit beside them in their swing? Know that you will be doing THEM a favor to invite them into fellowship and to join them on their journey. Pray for the courage to put your safety in the hands of the Lord and to dare to reach for the sky.
Blessings, Vince Jacobson
Blessings to all during this season of Advent Preparation & Christmas Celebration! From St. Paul’s Council and Staff
Advent 2009 Sisters and brothers in Christ of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, I greet you with the words of the apostle Paul to the Romans: "Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand" (Romans 5:1-2a). Where does the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) stand today? We stand together in God's grace, but we are not standing still. We proclaim Jesus Christ and are fully engaged in this mission by actively caring for the world that God loves. God's mission is serious work that calls for serious commitment. We bring all that we are -- especially our rich diversity, our shared tradition and even our disagreements -- in service of God's mission. We go forward in this mission trusting that "God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us" (Romans 5:5). Evidence abounds of the Holy Spirit being poured out upon us and through us: •
Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Naples, Fla., recently purchased land for new ministry center. They also convened ELCA partners, seminaries, synods, and churchwide staff to envision together a vibrant, evangelical and multicultural Lutheran presence in southwestern Florida. Our new directors of evangelical mission, based in synods, are trained and ready to serve ELCA congregations that they might continue to grow as evangelical centers for mission. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi told Global Mission colleagues traveling in the region that they are ready to deepen their relationship with the ELCA so that together we can more generously and faithfully respond to malaria, HIV and AIDS. Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl, ELCA coordinator for the Lutheran Malaria Initiative, writes, "The ELCA, especially through the Lutheran Malaria Initiative, will be part of a movement that changes the world. It's certainly going to change Malawi." In summer 2009, 37,000 youth, young adults and adult leaders attended the ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans. They spread throughout the city, wearing orange tshirts in a witness of service that touched the hearts of residents and has them talking still. ELCA chaplains Michael Lembke, Richard Brunk and Paul Dirksmeyer bore witness to God's mercy at Fort Hood, Texas. They ministered to families, friends and an entire nation grieving the tragic shootings at the nation's largest military base.
These are just a few examples. Think of the signs of the Holy Spirit being poured out in your life and in your congregation! Thanks be to God for this continued outpouring of the Spirit among us. When the ELCA Church Council faced the reality of reduced financial resources for mission, it made a difficult but necessary 10 percent budget reduction. The decision, however, does not
diminish our resolve and commitment to engage together in God's mission for the life of the world. We will engage Christ's mission with everyone who stands together in God's grace, using the rich gifts that the Holy Spirit has poured into our lives: • • • •
Together we will proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord in worship spaces and workplaces, in online conversations and around kitchen tables. Together we will develop new ministries in every synod in multicultural communities and among people living in deep poverty. Together we will raise up and welcome faithful, wise and courageous leaders by sustaining vital and creative seminaries and campus ministries. Together we will send missionaries to accompany new and growing Lutheran churches throughout the world.
I invite you to deepen this conversation with me in an online town hall forum on Sunday, December 6, at 4:30 p.m. (CST); check www.elca.org for more details. The apostle Paul wrote that where the Holy Spirit is poured out upon us, hope abounds and hope does not disappoint us (Romans 5:4-5). What a wonderful promise this is as we now enter the season of Advent! With our hope in Christ, we face the future together as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, serving the world that God so loves. Amen. Come Lord Jesus!
The Rev. Mark S. Hanson Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Visit http://www.elca.org/faithfulmission for a video message, bulletin insert and more.
I pass this on to you so that you have the opportunity to read words of hope and inspiration. Please pray for our bishop and for the ELCA: those celebrating, those lamenting, those serving and those who are struggling. Pray for St. Paul's church and our ongoing ministry, bringing God's love and healing to this little corner of our world. See you Sunday! Peace – Pr. Louise
Treasurer’s Report for October 2009 by Mike Mikulay, Treasurer As I reported previously, the congregation is still on track to use up most of its cash reserves by year-end. Year-to-date receipts are unfavorable to budget, but due to continued close management, expenses are favorable to budget. YTD Actual YTD Budget $779 unfavorable Receipts $140,719 $141,498 $7,324 favorable Expenses $158,610 $165,934 Net Receipts $6,545 favorable ($17,891) ($24,436) Highlights regarding year-to-date receipts and expenses include: • Offerings are $5,154 unfavorable to budget. Pledged offerings are $6,790 unfavorable to budget while non-pledged offerings (members/visitors who did not pledge) are $3,069 favorable to budget. • Expenses for Office Supplies, Utilities, and Committees/Ministry Teams combined are $6,680 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 October: October 31, 2009 Operating Funds ($3,856.97) Youth Funds $3,904.24 Total Checking/Savings ($47.27) Securities at Scottrade at cost basis $14,033.36 GRAND TOTAL $13,986.09 Note: We ran into some cash flow problems in the middle of October and chose to sell about $7,800 worth of securities. However, funds were not available until November 9. Thus, the sale and deposit is not reflected in the “Balance Sheet” for October. The market value on November 15 of the remaining securities was about $6,725. Call me at 952-933-9068 if you have any questions. __________________________________________________________________________
LWR thanks you!!! Thanks to everyone who shopped at the LWR Fair Trade Fair, as well as those who ordered items from the catalog! At the Lutheran World Relief Fair Trade Fair (held on Sunday, November 1 and Sunday, November 8), we brought in over $800. Every dollar benefits the artisans who created these products, and each of you shoppers also found unique items and gifts! Thanks for: ● ● ●
Connecting to our global community! Enjoying beautiful handcrafts! Helping our brothers and sisters work their way out of poverty!
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 November 17, 2009 Gathering Council President Vince Jacobson called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. Present were Vince Jacobson, Pr. Louise Mollick, Carolyn Carpenter, Mary Hromatka, Kathy Powers, Jeanne Moe, Connie Hessevick and Mike Mikulay. Reports • Pastor deferred part of her report until New Business. In addition she reported that there would be a joint service with Vide Abundante en Cristo on Sunday, December 27 and worship will start at 11:00 a.m. • Worship and Music reported that Jenni MacNaughton is resigning as leader of that committee. • The Finance Report and the Stewardship Report were presented by Mike. He reported that financial matters were trending the right way but that we have a long way to go. His report included information on provisions from the constitution that are relevant when we need to consider closing down our church. • A motion was made and seconded that the Sunday morning coffee money will be donated to Open Arms. Our commitment with Heifer International has been completed. Continuing Business
• All items listed in the agenda under Continuing Business are either ongoing or on hold at the moment. New Business • We discussed our observations from the cottage meetings. • The theater ad content was also discussed.
Mt. Olive church in south Minneapolis has approved working with us in a “mission seeding” program. Pr. Howard Rand will be our liaison. Other churches have also been approached but have not yet approved. • We discussed creative ideas for additional donations above and beyond pledges and Mary, Kathy and Carolyn agreed to work on these. • LSS (Lutheran Social Services) has a new program in the western suburbs for grandparents parenting grandchildren. Pr. Louise said that our church will be used for this purpose and it was hoped that the timing could coincide with Thursday family ministry nights. • A signup sheet was passed around for 2010 council duties, i.e. announcements, lockup, etc. • January 9, 2010 will be the date for Twelfth Night Bonfire. • The Annual Congregational Meeting will be January 17, 2010 following worship. Preparation will be done next month. Vince will research and review the by-laws and continuing resolutions. • The November Monthly Gathering with Potluck Brunch will be the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. Disclaimer Highlights are provided for the purpose of timely dissemination of information only. The above is not official meeting minutes and is subject to correction and/or change.
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: Office Depot will give us $3 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.
"Christmas Snapshots" A Christmas Program presented by St. Paul's Children and Youth Please join St. Paul's children and youth on Sunday, December 13 during the 9:30 a.m. worship service as they present the Christmas story through songs, Bible readings and oversized snapshots! Join the children as they bring us back to Mary's and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem, the shepherds’ surprise in the fields, and the wonder of the Magi at the birth of the King. This very special worship service will be followed by "Christmas Creations" on the lower level during which time everyone is invited to come have a special snack, enjoy some fellowship, and make a Christmas creation of their own to bring home or to pass to a loved one. If you have questions or would like to help with Christmas Creations, please contact Lisa Foss at 952-401-8044 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Darcie Rodman at 763-546-4404.
us at the Hopkins theater Beginning December 1st, we will be “on the screens” at the Hopkins theater before every movie. We will have a 15 second video introducing ourselves and inviting moviegoers to Come and See. We see this as an exciting and innovative way to remind members of the Hopkins-Minnetonka community that we are here, and we want to welcome and serve them. You may want to take in a movie and see our video. Remember, its OK to clap!
Celebrate Epiphany January 9 at the 12th Night Bonfire 5:30 pm St. Paul’s Backyard Everyone is welcome: neighbors, visitors, 1st time guests at the annual Twelfth Night Bonfire. Please bring whatever you would like to cook over the fire and something to share. Introduce yourself; we are a very friendly group, and have fun. There may even be a short program after dinner so bring your friends!
Advent Preparation EVERYONE WELCOME Each Wednesday in Advent (December 2, 9, and 16) St. Paul’s will offer a 6:15 – 6:45 p.m. Holden Evening Prayer service to help focus on the reason for the season and grant some peace to our usually hectic lives. Then The Nativity of our Lord will be celebrated on December 24 at 4:30 p.m. with a candlelight service. Please be sure to come! We are expecting you.
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Britta Moe Darcie Rodman Emma Peaslee Maxine Rieman
and Anniversaries: Anniversaries: 7 John & Annette Madson 30 Dick & Shirlee Waltz
Nordic Choir to perform in Brooklyn Park Luther College Nordic Choir, one of the top college choirs in the nation, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 30, 2010 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 7217 West Broadway Ave, Brooklyn Park, MN. Conducted by Dr. Craig Arnold, the choir will perform sacred choral works, including selections from Fritschel, Gjeilo, Schumann, Paulus, Christiansen, Vaughan Williams, and Courtney. For tickets, visit www.luthertickets.com or call 1-800-4 LUTHER. $15 Adults, $8 Students. Thank you for your support. _________________________________
Fireside Chapter of BNI The Fireside Chapter of BNI (Business Network International) has begun meeting every Wednesday morning at St. Paul’s. We outgrew the last meeting space in the Community Room of the Elder Homestead, about a mile east of St. Paul’s on the other side of Hwy 7. Fireside is one of over 150 chapters in Minnesota and boasts 62 members at present. The group started over 11 years ago and is now one of the largest and most vibrant chapters of BNI. The purpose of this organization is to help each other grow our businesses. There is one member per profession allowed per chapter. Most of us are small business owners or sole proprietors so having a sales force this size is fabulous. We each give a short commercial each week to remind our colleagues of what we do, and two of us give a 5-6 minute presentation each week that is more in depth. We also encourage getting together individually to help build trust and subsequent referrals. When I have a personal need that could be filled by another member of the group, I use their services. When one of my friends or family members has a need, I likewise refer
them to the individual in the group that handles that. BNI is the world’s largest referral organization! We are always looking for new members so please join us at 7:00 am any Wednesday morning. We may also be able to help you connect with another chapter should your business already be represented. Contact President Stacy Klone at 763-2288607 or pick up a brochure in the church office that lists all our members and their services. Submitted by Sadie Hawkins, Counselor Realty Residential Real Estate _________________________________
If you or someone you know cannot make nutritious meals on a regular basis, call 612-623-3363. Serving the 7-county metro area, Metro Meals on Wheels facilitates client and volunteer referrals for 40 member Meals on Wheels programs. The Metro Meals on Wheels’ web site is a great resource for those who need to refer patients/clients to neighborhood meal programs. The website has a Metro Directory with corresponding maps to aid in locating the appropriate program. Just go to “meals-onwheels.com.” If you are not web oriented, call for referral help. What you get: • A hot lunch is delivered to your home 5 days a week. • Special diets such as low sodium and kosher are available. • Meals are available to all people at any income level, living on their own but unable to prepare meals. • Meal costs vary and are determined by each program. Financial assistance may be available for those who cannot pay the full cost of the meals. • Meals on Wheels provide help, autonomy, dignity and security for seniors, their families and caregivers.
What are the “O Antiphons”? The O Antiphons are a set of medieval refrains originally used before and after the singing of the Magnificat. They were in use already in the eighth century. They cover the special period of Advent preparation known as the Octave before Christmas, Dec. 17-23, with Dec. 24 being Christmas Eve and Vespers for that evening being for the Christmas Vigil. The exact origin of the “O Antiphons” is not known. The importance of them is twofold. Each one highlights a title for the Messiah: O apientia (O Wisdom), O Adonai (O Lord), O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse), O Clavis David (O Key of David), O Oriens (O Rising Sun), O Rex Gentium (O King of the Nations), O Emmanuel and each one refers to Isaiah’s prophecy of the coming of the messiah. According to Professor Robert Greenberg of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Benedictine monks arranged these antiphons with a definite purpose. If one starts with the last title and takes the first letter of each one - Emmanuel, Rex, Oriens, Clavis, Radix, Adonai, Sapientia - the Latin words ero cras are formed, meaning, “Tomorrow, I will come.” Therefore, the Lord Jesus, whose coming we have prepared for in Advent and whom we have addressed in these seven Messianic titles, now speaks to us, “Tomorrow, I will come.” So the “O Antiphons” not only bring intensity to our Advent preparation, but bring it to a joyful conclusion. [Added] Use of the O Antiphons also occurs in many Lutheran churches. The hymn O come, O come, Emmanuel is a lyrical paraphrase of these antiphons in reverse order. Acknowledgement – Father William Saunders is dean of the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College and pastor of Our Lady of Hope Parish in Sterling, Virginia. The above article is excerpts from a “Straight Answers” column he wrote for the Arlington Catholic Herald.” _____________________________________________________________________________________
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 December 5
SPEAKER Jan Stanton, M.A
TOPIC God’s Presence in Grief
Cinda Columb, M.A.
Smooth Sailing through Transition: 5 Tips to Successfully Navigate the Journey
Participants remember their loved ones
West Metro Grief Support Group moves January 9 to Union Congregational United Church of Christ 3700 Alabama Ave. South St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Sunday Bible Readings [Can be used for bulletin cover design inspiration] December 6 – 2nd Sunday of Advent Malachi 3:1-4 or Baruch 5:1-9 Luke 1:68-79 Philippians 1:3-11 Luke 3:1-6 December 13 – 3rd Sunday of Advent Zephaniah 3:14-20 Isaiah 12:2-6 Philippians 4:4-7 Luke 3:7-18 December 20 – 4th Sunday in Advent Micah 5:2-5a Luke 1:46b-55 or Psalm 80:1-7 Hebrews 10:5-10 Luke 1:39-45 [46-55] December 24 – Nativity of Our Lord Isaiah 9:2-7 Psalm 96 Titus 2:11-14 Luke 2:1-14 [15-20] December 27 – 1st Sunday of Christmas 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26 Psalm 148 Colossians 3:12-17 Luke 2:41-52 January 3 – 2nd Sunday of Christmas Jeremiah 31:7-14 Psalm 147:12-20 Ephesians 1:3-14 John 1:[1-9] 10-18 January 10 – Baptism of Our Lord Isaiah 43:1-7 Psalm 29 Acts 8:14-17 Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 January 17 – 2nd Sunday after Epiphany Isaiah 62:1-5 Psalm 36:5-10 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 John 2:1-11
January 24 – 3rd Sunday after Epiphany Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Psalm 19 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a Luke 4:14-21 January 31 – 4th Sunday after Epiphany Jeremiah 1:4-10 Psalm 71:1-6 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Luke 4:21-30
Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son. By his coming give to all the people of the world knowledge of your salvation; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Prayer & Bible Study 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. Daily devotional booklet, Christ in Our Home, is available on the entryway table. Faith Conversation is an opportunity for learning and fellowship with Pr. Louise on Wednesday nights at 6:00 pm in the library before choir practice. Other prayer resources are available at www.elca.org/prayer.
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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.
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.