November 2010 St. Paulâ€™s Lutheran
CHRIST IS KING! ___________________________________________________________________________________ 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 WHO WE ARE A Reconciling in Christ (RIC) congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Minneapolis Area Synod, Western Parks and Lakes Conference.
MISSION STATEMENT Our mission is to be an open and inviting church spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. WORSHIP TIMES You are invited to join us regularly on Sunday mornings for 9:30 AM worship followed by refreshments and Christian education. Please check the enclosed calendar for days and times of activities and events. Also, an interactive calendar is available on our website: www.saintpaulslutheran.org. Just click the “Calendar” button at the top of the web page and click on the time and event for details and map.
CONTACT INFORMATION 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: 952-938-4683 Fax: 952-938-1141 email: StPauls@saintpaulslutheran.org, MAILING LIST Please notify the church office when you notify the Post Office you will be temporarily away. This is because our newsletters are not forwarded. St. Paul’s congregation is pleased to send you this newsletter. However, if you prefer not to receive it, please call the church office or e-mail us. The newsletter is also available on our website. Save paper and postage; view it online.
CONGREGATION RELATIONSHIPS Partners 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. Bet Shalom Reform Congregation, Interfaith Thanksgiving Eve service Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Vigil of Easter Mizpah United Church of Christ, Interfaith Thanksgiving Eve service Oak Knoll Lutheran Church, Confirmation Ministry Spirit of Christ Community Lutheran Church and Westwood Lutheran Church, Vacation Bible School 2010 Companion Mount Olive Lutheran Church Mission Agora Ministries Augustana Chapel View Care Center in Hopkins Augustana Emerald Crest Beacon Hill Commons Give Us Wings Intercongregation Communities Association (ICA) Lutherans Concerned/North America (LC/NA), (RIC) Lutheran Social Services (LSS) Lutheran World Relief (LWR) Meals on Wheels Our Saviour’s Housing ResourceWest of Hopkins Sojourner Project Thrivent Financial for Lutherans West Metro Grief Support
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ST. PAUL’S CHURCH COUNCIL & ASSISTING ADMINISTRATORS Pastor Rev. Louise Mollick Officers President – Vince Jacobson Vice President – Mary Hromatka Secretary – Jeanne Moe Treasurer – Mike Mikulay Council Members At-Large Connie Hessevick Kathy Powers Eric Reishus Michael Smith (Youth Representative) Finance Committee Assistant Treasurer – Bernie Johnson Financial Secretary – Shirley Schaller Staff Administrative Assistant – Linda Dundas Choir Accompanist – Linda McGee Music Director – Steve Mollick Worship Accompanist – Rachel Mollick Facility Use Coordinator Mary Hromatka Webmaster Vince Jacobson
AUXILIARY BUILDING USE St. Paul’s encourages use of its facility by groups that will support our mission statement. Examples are the 12 Step recovery programs, local neighborhood organizations, and congregations seeking a meeting place. Please contact us for more information if interested.
PUBLICATION The Messenger is a monthly newsletter published by St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church ELCA, 13207 Lake St. Extension, Minnetonka, MN 55305.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT
The God Shaped Hole I recently attended the Agora Ministries Growing Church Seminar. The keynote speaker was David Lose from Luther Seminary. He taught that God created humankind in His image (nothing new there). He taught that humans are intended to be in relationship; with God and with one another (well yeah). He reminded us that humans have also been given free will that must be voluntarily yielded to another for a relationship to succeed. He introduced the imagery that each of us is made with a God-shaped hole, a space within us that prevents us from feeling complete unless it is filled with God (now that caught my attention). This imagery brought new life to some of the other teachings above that had apparently become stale for me. I’m sure that you have gotten something in special factory packaging. You know, a box that has specially formed sections to perfectly fit a product such as a computer printer. We usually think about how the box protects the printer, but in a reciprocal relationship, the printer gives the box meaning. When the printer is in it, it is filled. It is complete. It is fulfilling its intended purpose. We keep this box around to protect the printer in case we need to send it someplace. Invariably, we find something else, perhaps a similar printer, and try to use the box to protect it. When we try this, it is either a loose fit or the box fails to protect its contents, or it is a very tight fit and the contents or the box itself may be damaged when we try to jam it in. Or we may want to include a stack of printing paper, and it doesn’t fit right because the box is not made to hold multiple things. The history of humanity reveals story after story of people seeking to become complete, seeking to fill that hole within us. But alas, we are clueless. Trial and error is the human way. We keep looking for things that are about the right size and shape and filling our lives with them. We ultimately discover that “this attempt did not satisfy our emptiness either”.
We find ourselves test driving lots of gods. After all, the hole IS God shaped. How many people do you know that spend their lives searching for ways to become complete by filling themselves with money, or work, or sex, or power, or any of hundreds of other things that at least temporarily look like they are about the right shape to fill that empty space? No matter how successful they are, they are destined to continue searching until they find the true God. Some of us that are blessed with good role models stumble onto the true God sooner than others … but realizing that God is what we need is just the beginning. We live in conflict between our need to be complete and our need to be in control. We think that God wants us to give up too much control over our free will. It’s relatively easy to give control to God in hard times when it’s obvious even to ourselves that we don’t have the answers. But in good times, when we become prideful about our own abilities, we don’t hesitate to shove God out. We decide that our way is easier (just this one time?). So, for me, the pendulum swings. Each day is a new day with the Lord. On some days I am filled by God and I make many good choices leading to the confidence to think I can do it on my own. Then I continue, making less good choices, until it becomes apparent even to me that I have pushed aside the very thing that filled me with confidence in the first place. Then the cycle begins anew. By the Grace of God, the swings of the pendulum become smaller and smaller with the center closer to God. Praise the Lord for His Grace, His love and His patience to be ready and willing to bail us out over and over again each time we are finally ready to invite Him into our hearts. Blessings, Vince Jacobson
Wishing you a happy & blessed Thanksgiving
COUNCIL NEWS St. Paul’s Church Council meets at 7:00 PM the second Tuesday of each month. Members of St. Paul’s Community are welcome to attend and/or submit items for the agenda by contacting one of the council members.
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Council Meeting Highlights October 12, 2010 Gathering President Vince Jacobson called the meeting to order at 7:08 pm. Present: Pr. Louise Mollick, Vince Jacobson, Jeanne Moe, Connie Hessevick, Mike Mikulay, Mike Smith, Mary Hromatka. Absent: Eric Reishus, Kathy Powers Prayer and opening meditation given by Jeanne. Minutes of August Council Meeting Mary H. moved to approve as written, Connie H seconded. Motion approved. Pastor’s Report for Council • Pr. Louise reported on visitations/contacts with individual members. • Ministry meetings/events reviewed. • Some of the upcoming events were discussed to include; Mpls Area Synod’s Got Talent Bible study event 10/16, Children’s Sabbath10/17 and neighborhood walk to advertise 10/30, Blessing of Animals service10/24, and Fall Festival 10/30. Cathy Maes/ICA to speak at potluck 10/31 as we are their “Congregation of the Month”, Thursday Grandfamily Connection 11/4 needs assistance with meals & child activities, Wednesday, 11/28 1st Advent Prayers around the Cradle at 6:45 pm. Continuing Business • “Jammin for Joy” to begin Saturdays as of 10/16/10. “Jammin for Joy” will meet Thursday afternoons and Saturdays each week. Music lessons to be offered Saturdays. Consideration given to donations accepted for lessons. There are potential grant monies through the Synod for new ministries via Mission and Outreach to consider.
Finance report reviewed by Mike M. Discussion around possibility of seminary student participation. Pastor Louise presented 3 different Christmas options to assist those in need: Sponsor a Family, North Mpls PCYC or Hopkins Resource West. Mike S. will review and make determination as to the selection for St. Paul’s. Mike M. and Pr. Louise met earlier in week to discuss options for stewardship. Plans are to present a recap of previous year via photo slideshow with music. We want to display that much has been accomplished with minimal monies. We want to lift the congregation visually. Decision made to hold a lasagna dinner 11/21/10 at 6:00 pm. Anyone in congregation who has photos from previous year to forward them to Pr. Louise.
New Business • Vince asked for evaluation on how new council format is working. Discussion evolved and consensus made to initiate with spiritual worship for the first hour to follow with business for the hour following – retaining 2 hr council meeting. • $125 earned from Winemaking demo by Mikulay’s. 10% of funds to ELCA with 90% to Feed My Starving Children. • Mike M. to work out budget for this next year. Spiritual Nourishment Jeanne led discussion of Chapter 6 “Daring to Take Action” from Reclaiming the “C” Word. Jeanne gave closing prayer with adjournment of meeting at 9:00 pm.
Note: Highlights are not official meeting minutes and are subject to correction and change. They are provided for timely informational purposes only. Approved final minutes are filed in a labeled green binder in the church office for your perusal.
The Johnson Symposium on Faith & Society
Treasurer’s Report for September by Mike Mikulay, Treasurer 952-933-9068
November 12-13, 2010 Christians and churches in North America today are deeply divided by two very different visions of Christianity, including ways of seeing the Bible, the Christian tradition, the Christian life, and what it means to be Christian. Dr. Borg’s lecture will describe the two visions of Christianity, clarifying the differences and seeking points of commonality.
Featuring Dr. Marcus J. Borg Celebrating the ministries of Ronald K. Johnson and Stacy K. Johnson at Holy Trinity.
Friday Evening: 7:00 Lecture “An Emerging Form of Christianity Today” 8:45 Service of Evening Prayer Saturday Morning: 8:30 Continental breakfast available 8:45 Lecture “Telling the Story of Jesus Today: A historical-metaphorical approach to the study” 10:15 – Break 10:45 – Lecture “Christology, the cross, and Easter: Post Easter understandings of Jesus’ significance” Cost: Friday lecture – $15/person, Saturday lectures – $25/person All lectures – before Nov. 1, $35/person All lectures – after Nov. 1, $40/person Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 2730 East 31st Street Minneapolis, MN 55406 612-729-8358
From Financial Secretary’s Report: September Total $1,452 unfavorable to Offerings budget September Total $1,184 unfavorable to Operating budget YTD Total Offerings YTD Total Operating
$2,356 unfavorable to budget $29 favorable to budget
YTD Pledged Offerings
$8,413 unfavorable to budget YTD Non-pledged $6,736 favorable to Offerings budget Note: Total Operating includes Total Offerings, Coffee, Fundraisers, Interest Income, and Rent & Fees. From Treasurer’s Report: YTD YTD Actual Budget Income $136,161 $136,623 Expenses Net Income
Variance $462 unfavorable $2,131 favorable $1,669 favorable
- $265 received for the ELCA Malaria Initiative was disbursed in September. - $150 was donated at the Home Winemaking Class. $135 was disbursed to Feed My Starving Children and $15 will be disbursed to the ELCA/Mpls. Synod. If you are current with your giving, thank you!! If not, please catch up. Call with any questions.
Celebration of Stewardship Come to the Congregational Lasagna Dinner & Annual Stewardship Program Sunday, November 21 at 6:00 PM Please let us know what you are willing to bring by using the sign-up sheet or calling the church office: 952-938-4683. The meal will be served family style. Plan to have your lasagna, salad, or bread ready to serve and pass at a table for 8. We also need help setting up Saturday and/or Sunday with table clothes, dishes, centerpieces, candles, etc. Contact Mike or Beth Mikulay for details: 952-933-9068.
God’s Global Barnyard & LWR Fair Trade Marketplace What is the best gift you ever received? It was probably given out of love. Love comes to us as a gift from God, and we are called to share it with others. The best gifts are those that deepen our relationships with one another. They are unexpected. They are filled with love. November 7th is the last day to contribute to the purchase of an animal from the ELCA Good Gifts barnyard and/or shop the Lutheran World Relief Fair Trade Marketplace. Come join us downstairs in “the barnyard” to peruse the animal choices, learn about families who receive the animals, and “purchase” an animal in the name of a loved-one. Even enjoy some animal crackers! The LWR Fair Trade Marketplace is part of the LWR Handcraft Project, a partnership of LWR and A Greater Gift, a nonprofit program of SERRV International. All of the high quality crafts sold at the marketplace are handmade by artisans from 35 countries around the world. Every purchase directly helps to improve working conditions, and provide healthcare and education for the artisans and their families by offering them fair prices for their products. Purchase a gift or place an order from the catalog and you will provide income, dignity and hope to people in developing regions of the world. _________________________________
November’s Monthly Gathering & Potluck Brunch November 28th falls on the First Sunday of Advent so we will gladly welcome this opportunity to make table top Advent wreaths to take home and use for daily devotions. To create a wreath, you will need an 8” cake pan (disposable is fine), evergreen clippings (bring extras for others), and any ribbon/decorations you wish to adorn your wreath with. All other supplies will be furnished along with an Advent devotion booklet.
Saturday, December 4th
Don’t miss St. Paul’s “Progressive Dinner”! Sign-up now to attend. The evening begins with everyone gathering at Bill Schweitzer’s place for appetizers at 6:00 pm [the party room at the Beacon Hill senior apartments in Glen Lake]. The large group then divides into small groups that travel to one of several hosting houses for the main course. Later, everyone reunites for dessert at church or yet another host home. This event is for all adults – couples and singles alike. All contribute to the dinner as a host or a “host helper” so the work involved is minimal. Hosts are always needed, particularly for the main course. Host houses accommodate 5-6 people or up to as many as will fit around your table. Rides can be arranged for people who don’t wish to drive. Plan to bring along visiting relatives and friends or ask neighbors that may be interested in St. Paul’s Community. Look for the sign-up sheet in the narthex on Sunday. EVERYONE is encouraged to attend this fun and joyous event. ______________________________
Advent Services Services Advent begins November 28th. At 9:30 AM we will be celebrating with a service of Lessons & Carols for Advent followed by our Monthly Gathering and Potluck Brunch. Additionally, during the incredibly busy time before Christmas, it is a gift to be able to have some time to be quite, center oneself, and focus on the reason for the season. Midweek Advent services are this gift to you. On four consecutive Wednesday evenings beginning December 1 at 6:45 pm, St. Paul’s will be offering “Prayers Around the Cradle”, 20 – 30 minute service that offers chants and quiet meditation as we prepare our hearts for the Nativity of Our Lord. All are welcome.
Please join us this Advent season.
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Wanda Nelson Sarah Eckhert John Riggle Ron Falk Becca Tollefson Paul Tollefson, Jim Uden Bill Schwitzer Shirlee Waltz Jack Powers
“Give Us Wings” has been designated the beneficiary of November and December’s Sunday morning coffee donations. “Give Us Wings” is a nonprofit organization rebuilding villages and restoring hope in Kenya and Uganda, Africa. Thank you for your generosity.
Interfaith Dialogue Series A continuation of the earlier dialog series on
Judaism, Islam, and Christianity
Happy Anniversary 15 28
Mike & Beth Mikulay Chuck Rudolph & Darcie Rodman
Farewell and Godspeed Maxine Rieman We thank you for all the years of service, laughter, care, and love. May your new church home be of great blessing. Be sure to come back and visit!
St. Paul’s Prayer Chain wants you! Our prayer chain is being updated. This wonderful ministry is simple yet so very valuable. When called with a prayer request, write it down and repeat it back to the caller. Take time immediately to pray then pass the prayer request on without comment or speculation. The last link on the list of prayer partners calls the coordinator back to complete the circle. Interested parties please contact Pr. Louise ASAP. We are also looking for a Prayer Chain Coordinator who would be the initial contact for the prayer request. Currently, prayer requests are submitted to the office or to Pr. Louise.
Each session will consist of a basic refresher in the topic religion (Islam or Judaism), response to earlier questions, and continuing dialogue with participants. The overall objective is to deepen our understanding of each other’s traditions, and to resolve common and troubling misconceptions. Tuesday, November 9 Isalm and Christianity: led by Mr. Zafar Siddiqui and moderated by Pr. Michele Abbott Thursday, November 11 Judaism and Christianity: led by Rabbi Yonatan Sadoff and moderated by Pr. Michele Abbot 6:30 – 8:00 PM Oak Knoll Lutheran Church 600 Hopkins Crossroad Minnetonka, MN 55305 952-546-5433
All are welcome!
Cemetery plot available Plot located at Dawn Valley Funeral Home & Cemetery, 9940 East Bush Lake Rd., Bloomington, MN 55432. Located near South Minneapolis and suburban areas just 15 miles from the Twin Cities. Two gravesites at $1,200 each. Please contact Carol, 612-619-4850.
Cholera Update from Haiti October 24, 2010
World Wide Village teams have been visiting communities north of Port au Prince in an effort to supply water purifying chlorine solution. One community visited was Barbancourt, a few miles north of Arcahaie. People were laying alongside the road - some begging for help and others who had probably already died from cholera. Cholera deaths are preventable. The cholera outbreak is caused by unclean water, inferior sanitary systems and a lack of good hygiene. The press is reporting more than 300 deaths and in excess of 3,500 being hospitalized with diarrhea and other symptoms consistent with cholera. In addition to distributing the chlorine solution our team members are teaching about washing hands, food preparation, and personal hygiene. Of greatest concern is the possibility that the cholera bacteria will spread to the more than 1.5 million people living in the tent cities surrounding Port au Prince. A few cases have already been reported in Carrefour and Leogane.
The need for safe water is critical. Over the past year World Wide Village has provided water treatment systems providing safe water for 11 communities in Haiti. Donations totaling $500 will provide a water purification system capable of providing clean water for 2,500 Haitian men, women and children. The goal is to provide at least 50 of these units to at-risk communities. Your gift today will help continue to deliver life-saving water and medical care to children and their families in Haiti. WWV medical clinics are also in need of IV fluids, rehydration salts, Zofran, Azithromycin, and Doxycycline. Your prayers are vital. Haiti is hurting enough and the threat of hurricanes still looms. Lives are at stake. If this outbreak continues children in the schools and their families may be at risk. With your continued financial support, we can remain responsive during this urgent time. Please visit us at Worldwidevillage.org
Randy Mortensen, President
Saturday Grief Support October 2 – December 11, 2010 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. 9:30 – 11:30 AM Gethsemane Lutheran Church 715 Minnetonka Mills Road Hopkins, MN 55343 Susan Radde ~ church liaison (952) 935-1753 www.glconline.org DATE November 6
SPEAKER Brenda DeMotte MSW, LICSW
TOPIC ________________ Uncommon Sense about Change, Loss & Grief Part 2
Phyllis Bruce, RN
Wellness During Grief
Cinda Columb, M.A.
“Why Do You Feel Like You’re Going Crazy?”
Susan Obremski, M.A.
For more information, please call the coalition co-coordinator Darcie Rodman at 763-546-4404 or find us online at www.WestMetroGriefSupportCoalition.org
Worshiping in November November, beginning with All Saints and ending with Christ the King, has often been either a favorite time or a challenging one for worship planners. As the weeks unfold with distinct ideas for the individual Sunday, there is yet a continuous theme spreading throughout this “season.” Discussions on death, endings, beginnings, and future show us what it is like to live as God’s saints within God’s reign in the past, present, and future. . . . This year there are only three Sundays in this November “season”. Each Sunday has a different focus, and yet throughout these weeks we hear scripture articulate ideas on “what is to come.” The gospel reading for All Saints Sunday relates the words of the Sermon on the Plain (different from Matthew’s account of the Sermon on the Mount) and describes the four “blesseds” (beatitudes), which are certainly out of kilter with society – how the saints live within God’s vision for the world! . . . . The November 14 readings are warnings about what is to come – “the day of the Lord.” We are urged to pay attention to these endings and, we could insert, we could also be prodded to pay attention to and acknowledge endings within our lives as well. As we do, we need not fear these endings, for God is in the midst of them! As saints, we have a God who lives among us in whatever we face. Christ the King Sunday uses the gospel text of the crucified Jesus talking to the two criminals beside him; the other texts that day speak of a God full of compassion and a king who does not avoid the pain of the cross, the pain of the world, or the pain in our lives. This is a God who does not sit high on a throne segregated from the people of the kingdom, but rather one who desires to be with us, the saints of the kingdom, in all moments of our lives. SUNDAYS and SEASONS 2010, Year C Guide to Worship Planning Copyright 2009 Augsburg Fortress Page 306
Sunday Bible Readings November 7 – All Saints Sunday Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18 Psalm 149 Ephesians 1:11-23 Luke 6:20-31 November 14 – 25th Sunday after Pentecost Malachi 4:1 – 2a Psalm 98 2 Thessalonians 3;6 – 13 Luke 21:5 – 19 November 21 – Christ the King Jeremiah 23:1 – 6 Psalm 46 Colossians 1:11 – 20 Luke 23:33 – 43 November 25 – Thanksgiving Day Deuteronomy 26:1 – 11 Psalm 100 Philippians 4:4 – 9 John 6:25 – 35 November 28 – 1st Sunday in Advent Isaiah 2:1 – 5 Psalm 122 Romans 13:11 – 14 Matthew 24:36 – 44
Interfaith Worship Service You are cordially invited to worship together as brothers and sisters. Thanksgiving Eve November 24, 2010 – 7:30 PM Mizpah United Church of Christ 412 5th Ave. North Hopkins, MN Offering – for community needs Refreshments & fellowship to follow the service. Offered by Bet Shalom Reform Congregation, Mizpah United Church of Christ and St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
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NOTE: These are your shopping opportunities as well.
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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.