August 2011 St. Paul’s Lutheran
“JAMMIN FOR JOY!”
August 15th - 19th Phone: 952-938-4683
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.saintpaulslutheran.org
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 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 9:15 AM to 1:15 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 but are returned to us at a cost. 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, Lent & Holy Week Mizpah United Church of Christ, Interfaith Thanksgiving Eve service Oak Knoll Lutheran Church, Confirmation Ministry Mission Agora Ministries Augustana Chapel View Care Center in Hopkins Augustana Emerald Crest Children’s Lighthouse of MN Feed My Starving Children Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) 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 Synod Disaster Relief Thrivent Financial for Lutherans West Metro Grief Support Coalition ARTICLE SUBMISSION Please submit articles as Word documents with your clip art to email@example.com. Include your contact information. For pre-printed fliers or brochures, provide a condensed version that can be directly inserted into the newsletter. Submission deadline is the fifteenth of each month. All submissions are subject to editing for space and content. All rights reserved by St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.
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 Aly Bonner Jessica Harris Kathy Powers Eric Reishus Michael Smith 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 meeting space. Please contact us for more information 952-938-4683.
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
Finding Our Way As I began considering what to write this month, it seemed as if everything that came to mind sounded very familiar. I briefly looked back at articles from over the last couple of years, and quickly identified recurring themes. There appear to be a number of issues that I find myself struggling with over and over again. I suppose that is to be expected. We are, after all, creatures of habit. Our journey from self reliance to discipleship is punctuated with setbacks and repetition. How often do we learn an important lesson only to ignore it out of habit? It is very easy to be distracted and enticed away from our intended path and very, very hard to find our way back after we have strayed. It is reminiscent of being lost in the woods. We find ourselves going past familiar looking trees, formations, and apparent paths, and wondering whether we have been here before. We learn many practical lessons, like this plant is good to eat and that one makes us sick and the one over there is OK but it tastes terrible. But navigating within the forest is much more challenging. Have I really been here before or does this just look familiar? Is there evidence of my having been here? If I chose well last time, would I be here again? If I have been here before and I remember what I did last time, should I make a different choice this time? The situation is almost hopeless unless there is some way to get our bearings. One of our best hopes is to get a glimpse of the sun and use its light to guide us in the right direction. While it is important to be able to find our way out of the woods, don’t forget the compelling question, “Why did you go into the woods in the first place?” I can hear my mother’s voice admonishing me to keep away from the woods. We are continually surrounded by bright shiny things that grab our attention and distract us, and then we suddenly find ourselves in the woods, unsure which way to turn.
I guess there should be no surprise when I find myself repeatedly struggling with the same issues. My human nature continues to be subject to the same distractions. Following one of those distractions can still lead me into the woods. The fact that I am struggling means that I must be relying on my own capabilities to work through difficult choices. The fact that I am struggling AGAIN means that either I learned nothing last time or that I am ignoring the lesson. Yes, I have learned a few things along the way. I still struggle with my choices, but I am less likely to eat something that’s poison (this time). In either case, the existence of the struggle means that I AM NOT relying upon Christ’s Light for guidance when I am lost or at risk of becoming lost. Next time you find yourself “chasing a kickball into the woods”, be aware of the fading light around you and stop while it is still sufficiently visible to guide you back. Be very aware that it is better to lose the kickball or to go back for help than to risk becoming lost. When all else fails, and you find yourself lost in the woods again, seek out Christ’s light to guide you back to safety. When seeking out Christ’s light, utilize discernment to decide which, if any, of these shiny things is the true light. It is tempting and dangerous to follow guidance merely because we agree with it. Test guidance for consistency with Christ’s nature before you follow it. The final analysis ends on one of those recurring themes. That is, diligent study of scripture reinforced by discussion with fellow students is critical for recognizing Christ’s nature and discerning Christ’s light amongst a universe of bright shiny stars. Praise the Lord for the ever present light, helping us to avoid becoming lost, and guiding us to safety when we ignore it and become lost in spite of it. Blessings Vince Jacobson
Treasurer’s Report for June 2011 by Mike Mikulay, Treasurer 952-933-9068 or firstname.lastname@example.org
DREAM TEAM VISIONS
Initial notes from July 12, 2011 Dream Team meeting provided by Steve Mollick. After much discussion about possible obstacles and ideas, we began a fresh focus on big-picture concepts (dreams) about sanctuary renovation goals. The somewhat overlapping bullets below are the initial set of goals enumerated at the meeting. Team members will provide input and comments on these items and suggest new items by July 26. Inputs may be inserted into this document or sent to Vince Jacobson via email. Vince will consolidate inputs into this document. • • • • • • • •
Firstly, the worship space should serve the needs of the worship service in its flexibility. It should be more inviting and welcoming. It should be more inclusive for people with hearing and mobility issues. Aesthetically pleasing. Improved acoustics for music and natural sound. More intimate, closer, cozier Structural repair (leaking roof in SW corner) Focused and purposeful use of the space.
Anyone interested is invited to attend the Dream Team meetings held every other month at 7:00 PM. St. Paul’s Council participates in each meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 13.
A huge thanks to all who helped with St. Paul’s Raspberry Festival booth! Information cards, book marks, Music Camp registration forms, and Picnic On the Patio invitations were handed out. It was a great outreach effort from which we hope to see new faces.
Highlights from Financial Secretary Report Actual Budget Variance $14,339 $13,514 $825
June Total Offerings June Total Operating
YTD Total Offerings YTD Total Operating
YTD Pledged Offerings YTD Non-pledged Offerings YTD Building Use
Highlights from Treasurer’s Profit & Loss Budget Performance Report
Income Expenses Net Income
YTD Actual $82,524 $91,466 ($8,941)
YTD Budget $86,280 $96,475 ($10,195)
YTD Variance ($3,756) $5,009 $1,254
Highlights from Treasurer’s Balance Sheet Total Current Assets Less Total Current Liabilities Working Capital
June 30, 2011 $27,781 ($12,141) $15,640
Other News and Notes Coffee Donations: 2nd quarter (April, May, and June) donations went towards the ELCA Disaster Response for Japan earthquake & Pacific tsunami victims. The accumulated coffee donations of $223.31 plus the additional “Japan earthquake” funds of $30 were disbursed to the ELCA. Building Use: The Hopkins Odd Fellows group discontinued their facility use at the end of May and moved back into Hopkins. We wish them a fond farewell and a hearty thank you for their support.
Foil lined containers Chip bags and candy wrappers Diapers and wipes Yard waste (garden plants, grass, leaves, branches, etc)
IS HERE!! JULY 1, 2011 St. Paul's implemented the first steps in reducing our environmental footprint. We’re starting by changing the way we view and handle garbage. Our goal is to become a “Zero Waste Congregation.” The keys to getting there are: (1) Generate less waste (2) Recycle everything we can (3) Buy organic (bio-degradable) products and compost them, along with other organic materials, to yield a rich soil additive (compost) rather than burying it in a landfill or incinerating.
PLASTIC / CANS also includes glass:
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WASTE consists of:
We’ve installed environmental stations in our building on both levels. One is in the Narthex across from the church office and the other is outside the kitchen on the lower level. Each station has three containers labeled “Organics”, “Plastic/Cans”, and “Waste.”
ORGANICS consist of:
Food Scraps Bread, baked goods and pasta Fruits and vegetables Egg shells Coffee grounds, filters and tea bags Meat, fish, and bones Dairy products Food-soiled Paper products Paper towels and napkins Non-coated paper cups and plates Milk and non-foil lined juice containers Pizza boxes Boxes from frozen foods Waxed paper and paper containers Other Compostable items Full vacuum cleaner bags Tissues and cotton balls Floral trimmings and indoor plants Tooth picks, wooden coffee stirrers Ice cream desert and Popsicle sticks Unacceptable Organics Styrofoam cups and packaging Coated paper plates and cups Plastic
Only plastic bottles with a neck Only glass bottles Food cans (empty)
Everything NOT included in the other two or under “RECYCLING” Aluminum foil, aerosol cans Chip bags and candy wrappers Foil lined containers (juice boxes) Plastic bags Plastic cups, lids, and straws Plastic coated paper plates and cups Leather products Expired pens and markers All Styrofoam
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Water bottles with lid in crate inside main entryway doors for ICA. Empty pop cans in large brown tub outside lower level kitchen Office paper, junk mail, phonebooks, other paper in blue recycle bins Non frozen food cardboard in blue recycle bins outside the kitchen.
WE ASK EVERYONE WHO USES OUR FACILITY TO PLEASE HELP BY PLACING THEIR REFUSE IN THE PROPER CONTAINER. Additionally, when buying supplies, please discontinue the use of non-recyclable, noncompostable cups, plates, napkins and utensils for meals and fellowship. Replace with compostable or washable items wherever possible. Thank you for your support.
Name that Room ~ Contest! ~ and the winner is “Numbers” 1 4 10 18 23 24
Diane Hanson Linda Dundas Ann Streater Katie Campbell, Roger Gilbertson Tom Hoyhtya Tom McGee John Madson
Numbers have already been added to the doors on the west wing of the lower level to match the office signage. #1 – previously Choir room or Yellow room #2 – previously Small Meeting room #3 – previously the Puzzle floor room #4A – previously the west end of the carpeted Large Meeting room #4B – previously the east end of the carpeted Large Meeting room
& Happy Anniversary 9 15 18 30
Carl & Louise Mollick Marshall & Carolyn Carpenter Bob & Jan Guetschow Dick & Jeanne Moe
Thanks so much to those that participated! This should simplify our room assignment designation for all concerned.
On the Patio Wednesday nights 6:30 – 8:00 PM “POP” gatherings will soon be over for 2011. Don’t miss your chance for fellowship: focus on “Stories from the Center”, enjoy lively discussion and good food. If you are able to arrive early (6:00 PM) to help set up, it would be much appreciated. ______________________________
Award winning author Emrys Current “Looking for Lucy” will be at St. Paul’s Potluck Brunch, Sunday, August 28 for a meet and greet and presentation. Be sure to come and see! _____________________________
St. Paul’s Book Club wants YOU! Please make room in your schedule to join us and come whether or not you have read the book. When: The 2nd Thursday of each month Where: Munkabeans & Sunshine Cafe 1206 Mainstreet, Hopkins Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Reading Schedule August vacation break September: Spirit Matters by Michael Lerner, author of national best seller The Left Hand of God. Selection comes highly recommended by Howard Rand. October: The Family Heart: A Memoir of When Our Son Came Out by Robb Forman Drew November: The Help by Kathryn Stockett December holiday break
Munkabeans Coffee & Sunshine Café is under new ownership. Barry Lawrence has offered to stay open late Thursday evenings for our meetings. Be sure to thank him!
Sunday Bible Readings August 7 – 8th Sunday after Pentecost 1 Kings 19:9 - 18 Psalm 85:8 - 13 Romans 10:5 - 15 Matthew 14:22 - 33 August 14 – 9th Sunday after Pentecost Isaiah 56:1, 6 - 8 Psalm 67 Romans 11:1 - 2a, 29 - 32 Matthew 15: [10 – 20] 21 - 28 August 21 – 10th Sunday after Pentecost Isaiah 51:1 - 6 Psalm 138 Romans 12:1 - 8 Matthew 16:13 - 20 August 28 – 11th Sunday after Pentecost Jeremiah 15:15 - 21 Psalm 26:1 - 8 Romans 12:9 - 21 Matthew 16:21 - 28
SEASON OF PENTECOST
AUGUST LECTOR REHEARSAL, SATURDAY, AUGUST 6 AT 9:30 AM Please notify the church office if you are unable to attend: 952-938-4683 or email Secretary@saintpaulslutheran.org.
DONATIONS ACCEPTED JULY 25TH – AUGUST 30TH
News from West Metro grief support coalition The coordinators of the West Metro Grief Support Coalition have met to evaluate the ministry our churches are providing for persons who have lost a loved one. Based on our observations, the feedback from some coalition member as well as from some of the speakers, we plan to reorganize the format we have been using all these years, i.e. social time, speaker, small group discussions. Beginning in the fall of 2011, we will offer an education/enrichment speaker series at one of our sponsoring churches. The schedule will be social gathering, then presentation with question and discussion time. We will obtain the services of qualified educators/ counselors for a 6 week series addressing the topics of loss and grieving. Then we will offer another 6 week series with other speakers in the spring. Brochures will be printed and published explaining the program with a synopsis of topics to be covered. It will be open to the general public, free of charge, and will be held in the evening to accommodate more working people.
Kristen Campbell gives back . . . Hello! I am choosing to take on a physical challenge in order to raise money for First Descents. This is an organization that provides a cost-free adventure camp for young adult survivors and fighters of cancer. I participated in First Descents in May of 2011, and it had a huge impact on my life. I finished chemotherapy 4 days before travelling to Estes Park, CO to spend a week rock climbing with First Descents. This opportunity gave me the chance to regain control of my life after spending four long months battling cancer. The week long camp allowed me to meet other cancer survivors, take on physical challenges that I thought I may never be able to do again, and realize how beautiful and precious this world is. This summer, I am joining Team First Descents in order to raise money to send another first time camper to First Descents. I strongly believe that this camp changed my life, and I am doing
everything I can to give this amazing opportunity to another cancer fighter. On August 11th, my dad and I are taking a voyage along the border of Minnesota and Canada. We are spending 2 weeks in the Boundary Waters, canoeing and portaging all of our food and camping supplies. We are starting on Crane Lake and ending with the Grand Portage, which takes us out to Lake Superior. This is the same route that the French Voyageurs took on their expedition. I would greatly appreciate any and all donations!! Thank you so, so much. Kristen Campbell Donation deadline is 8/11. Donate online at:
http://teamfd.firstdescents.org/2011/fd/thevoya geurs/kristen/ or by mail to: 4100 Lakeridge Rd., Excelsior, MN 55331. Visit the website for more information.
A beacon of hope, light and peace is on the horizon for children with life-limiting conditions and their families. We intend to build the third children's hospice home in our country. It is time for us to provide this loving and unique care for children and families right here in Minnesota â€“ so that children can live fully even if their life is short, and so that families can feel supported and nurtured to provide the challenging cares they face. Most children in Minnesota with terminal health conditions die either in the hospital or at home. Even though the hospice movement has been growing in recent years, and Minnesota has 15 residential hospice homes for adults, there are none in the state for kids. Childrenâ€™s Lighthouse of Minnesota will provide comfort care for respite stays in between treatments and at the end-of-life after treatments have been completed. In doing so, we will collaborate with the medical directors and staff at local hospitals and other organizations in our community that serve children. EVERY MOMENT COUNTS. Visit ChildrensLight house MN.org to donate today.
The Cab Ride I arrived at the address and honked the horn. After waiting a few minutes I walked to the door and knocked... ’Just a minute’, answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor. After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90’s stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940’s movie. By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets. There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware. ‘Would you carry my bag out to the car?’’ she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman. She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb. She kept thanking me for my kindness. ‘It’s nothing’, I told her... ‘I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to be treated.’ ‘Oh, you’re such a good boy, she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address and then asked, ‘Could you drive through downtown?’ ‘It’s not the shortest way,‘ I answered quickly.. ‘Oh, I don’t mind,’ she said. ‘I’m in no hurry. I’m on my way to a hospice.’ I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening, ‘I don’t have any family left,’ she continued in a soft voice.. ‘The doctor says I don’t have very long.’ I quietly reached over and shut off the meter. ‘What route would like me to take?’ I asked. For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator. We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds. She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl. Sometimes she’d ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing. At the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, ‘I’m tired. Let’s go now.’
We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico. Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her. I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair. ‘How much do I owe you?’ she asked reaching into her purse. ‘Nothing’ I said. ‘You have to make a living,’ she answered. ‘There are other passengers,’ I responded. Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She held onto me tightly. ‘You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,’ she said. ‘Thank you.’ I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light... Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life. I didn’t pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk. What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run or had honked once, then driven away? On a quick review, I don’t think that I have done anything more important in my life. We’re conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments. But great moments often catch us unaware - beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one. PEOPLE MAY NOT REMEMBER EXACTLY WHAT YOU DID, OR WHAT YOU SAID ~ BUT THEY WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HOW YOU MADE THEM FEEL. You might make the world a little kinder and more compassionate by passing this story on and reminding us that often it is the random acts of kindness that most benefit all of us. Thank you, my friend … (Forwarded email, author unknown)
Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.
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WELCOME STATEMENT We at St. Paul’s are committed to welcoming you . . . • If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersexual, transgendered or straight. • 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 have accepted Christ’s love, question Christ’s love or don’t know if you are loved. • 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.