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December 2012 St. Paul’s Lutheran

MESSENGER

______________________________________________________________________________________ Phone: 952-938-4683

Email: stpauls@saintpaulslutheran.org Website: www.saintpaulslutheran.org

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 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 our calendar for days and times of activities and events. CALENDAR 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 any time or event for details and often a map. CONTACT INFORMATION The office is lightly staffed. Regular office hours are 9:30 AM to 1:30 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 provide the church office with your email address to be included in electronic delivery of the newsletter. The community of St. Paul’s is pleased to send you this newsletter. However, if you prefer not to receive it, please call the church office or e-mail us to remove your address from our list.

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 Bet Shalom Reform Congregation, Interfaith Thanksgiving service Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Lent & Holy Week services Mizpah United Church of Christ, Interfaith Thanksgiving service Mission Augustana Chapel View Care Center in Hopkins Augustana Emerald Crest Feed My Starving Children ELCA World Hunger 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 Synod Disaster Relief Teens Alone Thrivent Financial for Lutherans ARTICLE SUBMISSION Please submit articles as Word documents with your clip art and/or photos to stpauls@saintpauls lutheran.org and include your contact information. For informational emails and pre-printed fliers or brochures, provide your 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 Officers President – Pat Tollefson Vice President – Darcie Rodman Secretary – Kathy Powers Treasurer – Vince Jacobson Council Members At-Large Aly Bonner Mary Hromatka Kathy Pfaendtner Mike Smith Pastor Rev. Louise Mollick Staff Administrative Assistant, Newsletter Editor Linda Dundas Choir Accompanist Linda McGee Music Director Rick Latterell Facility Use Coordinator Mary Hromatka Finance Committee Assistant Treasurer Mark Kokesh Financial Secretary Mary Kay Peterson 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 details.

PUBLICATION The Messenger is published monthly by St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church ELCA, 13207 Lake St. Ext., Minnetonka, MN 55305.


COUNCIL NEWS St. Paul’s Church Council meets at 7:00 PM the second Tuesday of the 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.

Council Meeting Highlights

contacting some candidates for the youth position.

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Parking Lot Repair Update – Vince reported that the lot has been repaired, and even sooner than some expected.

Annual Audit – Pat will be checking on having this audit completed for St. Paul’s.

AED Update – This was tabled for now.

Kathy Powers, Council Secretary

November 13, 2012

GATHERING President Pat Tollefson called the meeting to order at 7:17 PM. Present: Aly Bonner, Vince Jacobson, Kathy Powers, Darcie Rodman, Mary Hromatka, and Pat Tollefson. Absent: Mike Smith, Pr. Louise Mollick, and Kathy Pfaendtner. Mary Hromatka opened with spiritual nourishment from a Native American spiritual prayer of thanksgiving. COUNCIL BUSINESS  September council minutes from Oct. were approved as amended by Mary and seconded by Vince.

Cottage Meeting Update – We had a good discussion about how the cottage meetings went. Many ideas came up at the various meetings, as well as the discussion of the Vision and Roles for the members of St. Paul’s. These items were captured and recorded for further discussions. Council also discussed how we can record the members that attend on Sunday morning. Pat will talk to Pastor Louise regarding this. Ministry Team Restructure Update – Darcie reported on the discussion of the need to help with the service teams and how can we establish key leadership roles. Pat, Aly, and Kathy Powers will form a subcommittee to address ministry team issues outside of the Worship and Music Team. Nominations for Vacant Council Positions – Council will be contacting some candidates to see who may be interested in taking over the January 2013 vacancies. Darcie will be

Mark Kokesh is currently acting as Assistant Treasurer.

REPORTS  Pastor’s Report was tabled

Sanctuary Design Team – The immediate need is to tidy up the sanctuary before the Thanksgiving service. There will be a Design Team meeting at the end of the month to look and discuss Phase II.

Stewardship – Cottage meetings are in progress and are going well and well attended. There are two meetings left for members to attend.

Finance – Vince reported we are favorable thanks to members going above and beyond in their giving as well as careful budgeting.

SENDING  Mary closed with a prayer. The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

Next Council meeting is Tuesday, December 11, 2012.

Note: Highlights are not official meeting minutes and are subject to correction and change. Approved Church Council meetings are shelved in the church office.


Brighten the Sanctuary with Plants for the Holiday! Plant orders are being accepted until Sunday, Dec. 9. Plants may be taken home following the Christmas Eve service. Poinsettia: $12 Red, Pink, or White Cyclamen: $12 in assorted colors. Contributions to the music fund will also be accepted. Look for an order/donation form in Sunday’s bulletin. Please make your check payable to St. Paul’s and specify “PLANTS” and/or “MUSIC’.

Creative Expression’s Dinner Theater presents:

St. Paul’s Book Club invites you to join them. Lively conversation and light refreshments provided

Reading Schedule December

Holiday break

January

Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo

February

Timekeeper by Mitch Album

March

The Meaning of Mary Magdalene by Cynthia Bourgeault

April

Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time by Marcus Borg

May

Grandmothers Counsel the World: Women Elders Offer Their Vision for Our Planet by Carol Schaefer

“Christmas Animals” 5 – 7 PM Saturday, December 15 All are cordially invited. Look for details in your Sunday bulletin.

Annual Meeting Announcing St. Paul’s All Congregation Meeting during our monthly gathering & potluck brunch 11:00 AM Sunday, January 27 Mary Hromatka’s and Vince Jacobson’s three year terms, as well as Mike Smith’s one year term, will expire January 2013. Nominations for these openings are currently being accepted by St. Paul’s Church Council. Mark your calendars now!

Please join us even if you haven’t read the book of the month. Check our online calendar for meeting date and location, or watch for announcements in the Sunday bulletin.

Stay up to date: Visit our calendar weekly http://saintpaulslutheran.org/calendar.php Use the arrows keys at the top of the calendar to move forward or backward in time.

Now accepting donations of NEW UNWRAPPED HOLIDAY TOYS thru Sunday, Dec. 16. Visit www.resourcewest.org or call 952-988-5350 for gift ideas. Look for drop box in our Narthex.


Celebrating Baptism We celebrate with those who are remembering their baptism this month:

11 19 20 31

Doris Rutzen Maggie Schmitz Kelsey Schmitz Marla Bonner

Nominate a Church! Tell Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota about outstanding community service performed by one Minnesota congregation in 2012. Go to www.lssmn.org/servant and nominate that church for the LSS Servant of Christ Award to be presented at your ELCA Synod’s 2013 Assembly.

1 10 25 26

Britta Moe Darcie Rodman Jesus of Nazareth Emma Peaslee

& Happy Anniversary 7

Deadline is January 15, 2013 Thank you! Richard Andersen Director of Congregational Relations Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota

John & Annette Madson

2013 Offering envelopes The newly designed offering envelopes will be available for pick-up in the narthex Dec. 16. Please help us save postage by taking yours home. Linda Dundas, our Administrative Assistant, will be on vacation beginning Thursday, December 20 through Tuesday, January 1, 2013.

Indoor plant watering Watering is being done by the office until it is decided which service team will take over from Ruth & Bernie. Please don’t water any plants without first testing the soil for dampness with a finger. (Plants should be allowed to dry out between watering.)

2013 Offering numbers Numbers are assigned to those not wishing to use envelopes. Numbers are necessary for accurate record keeping. Please pick-up your assigned number card in the narthex next to the offering envelopes and include it on your offering throughout the year.

Our Daily Bread These free daily devotionals for December through February 2013 are on the entryway table. You are invited to take one home to use.


Sunday Bible Readings December 2 – 1st Sunday of Advent Jeremiah 33:14 - 16 Psalm 25:1 - 10 1 Thessalonians 3:9 - 13 Luke 21:25 - 26 December 9 – 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 16 – 3rd Sunday of Advent Zephaniah 3:14 - 20 Isaiah 12:2 - 6 Philippians 4:4 - 7 Luke 3:7 - 18 December 23 – 4th Sunday of Advent Micah 5:2 - 5a Luke 1:46 - 55 or Psalm 80:1 - 7 Hebrews 10:5 - 10 Luke 1:39 - 45 [46 - 55] December 24 – Nativity of Our Lord Christmas Eve Isaiah 9:2 - 7 Psalm 96 Titus 2:11 - 14 Luke 2:1 - 14 [15 - 20] December 30 – 1st Sunday of Christmas 1 Samuel 2:18 - 20, 26 Psalm 148 Colossians 3:12 - 17 Luke 2:41 - 52

Joy and blessings to all this Advent season and Christmas celebration!! St. Paul’s Council & Staff

The Advent of Advent Vince Jacobson The season of Advent is upon us. The word advent is defined literally as meaning “coming or arrival, especially of something extremely important”. The calendar time of the Advent season associates it directly with the arrival of Christmas. That is, with the anniversary of the first arrival of Christ. While that is indeed part of Advent, great anticipation of the anniversary of an event seems a bit anticlimactic. Advent is actually more about anticipation of the second coming of Christ. Its temporal relation to Christmas helps us humans make a connection between the first coming and the second coming. I have always had trouble making sense of that whole second coming business. My personal faith tells me that Christ arrived millennia ago and never actually left. He continues to walk beside us today. How can I anticipate Christ’s return when he is standing right next to me? Besides that, my faith is strongly focused on making decisions and taking actions today that are consistent with Christ’s guidance. I take the concept of living one day at a time pretty seriously. I often, probably too often, find myself completely unaware of ‘things coming’ that others find to be very important. But now, I find myself imagining about these ‘things coming’, and wondering how awareness of them could affect my decisions and actions today. When my imagination fails to produce useful results, it becomes clear that I’ve done it again. I’ve let my making sense of things, and rationalization, and reliance on my own thoughts and imagination take over. I feel a need to slap myself sharply and shout, “STOP IT”. Yes, Advent is upon us. It is time to pause and listen and await the coming of something extremely important. Don’t blow it off. Invest the time and concentration needed to honor the opportunity. Don’t approach it with preconceived notions. Just let it happen. If you think you know specifically what is coming and how it will affect your life, you have probably gotten ahead of yourself like me. PRAISE THE LORD for what is to come and for the invitation to patiently await it.


St. Paul's Lutheran Church 13207 Lake Street Extension Minnetonka, MN 55305

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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.


St. Paul’s Lutheran Messenger December 2012