April 2013 St. Paul’s Lutheran
New Life in Christ 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 Jesus 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 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 Minnesotans United for All Families 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 – Erik Kemnitz Secretary – Kathy Powers Treasurer – Mark Kokesh Council Members At-Large Aly Bonner Sheri Brenden Darcie Rodman Heidi Schmitz Haily Schmitz Pastor Rev. Louise Mollick Staff Administrative Assistant, Newsletter Editor Linda Dundas Music Director Rick Latterell Facility Use Coordinator Mary Hromatka 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 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. Extension., Minnetonka, MN 55305.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT Pat Tollefson
Spreading the Good News through worship and witness in the image of a generous God. Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed! Acts 10:34-43 The most important time for Christians in the church year is the Lenten season, a time of penitence and baptismal renewal, and the Vigil of Easter, three days of reflection and understanding of the cross and empty tomb– the meaning of this journey for ourselves and the world – reaching its crescendo on Easter Sunday with joy and thanksgiving for our risen Lord! On Easter Sunday, we indeed proclaimed the good news that Christ is risen – and did so with clarity and conviction, confident that the message of the resurrection of Christ is for all. In the Gospel of Matthew, we are told the story of the Commissioning of the Disciples. After Christ’s resurrection, Jesus appeared to the eleven disciples on a mountain in Galilee. There he told them to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 27:16-20 The mission of St. Paul’s is rooted in this Gospel text and supports one of the 2013 St. Paul’s congregational goals of increasing worship attendance by inviting others to hear the Good News. It is about each of us, as Christ’s disciples, letting others know of His love. I believe that all of us at St. Paul’s are aware of how challenging and uncomfortable this task can be given the busy lifestyles, beliefs, and attitudes of today. To support and teach each of us how to become more skillful at being disciples of Christ, the Council is engaging in a process/program that will involve an all-congregational workshop on witnessing. More information to come on this effort once our planning is more complete. Our ELCA Bishop, Mark Hanson, stated in his 2013 Easter message that Easter is about more than an open tomb. It is the good news of the risen Christ who opens lives. The risen Christ appeared saying "peace be with you" and opened their lives with a liberating word of reconciliation. In the same way Christ opens your life with a baptismal promise that joins your life to his death and resurrection. "You are my child. Nothing in all creation will separate you from my love.” Even now Christ is opening your life, your daily work, your passions and imagination. Christ is opening your daily life into a holy calling that fills the world with love. At the Lord’s Table, Christ is opening you into a community that can bear even suffering with confidence, and sorrow with hope. Let this message be an inspiration to us that we are indeed already equipped to fulfill our mission, each in our own way with our God-given gifts. Let us be more like our namesake, St. Paul, who devoted his life to spreading the Good News of Christ! Eternal giver of life and light, our days shine with the radiance of the risen Christ. Renew your church with the Spirit given us in baptism, that we may worship you in sincerity and truth and may shine as a light in the world, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen. .
St. Paul’s Church Council meets at 7:00 PM the second Tuesday of the month. Participants 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 Aly Bonner, Substitute Council Secretary
March 12, 2013 GATHERING President Pat Tollefson called the meeting to order at 7:05 PM. Present: Pat Tollefson, Aly Bonner, Erik Kemnitz, Mark Kokesh, Pr. Louise Mollick, Darcie Rodman, Haily and Heidi Schmitz Absent: Sheri Brenden, Kathy Powers Opening and spiritual nourishment was given by Pastor Louise. COUNCIL BUSINESS 1. Liz Talley from Savory Springs Farms, an Amish community supported agriculture (CSA) group, made a presentation. She proposed to make St. Paul’s a drop site for 25 – 40 boxes of produce for the group members to pick up on Thursdays. A volunteer from St. Paul’s would be needed for a 2 hour window to supervise the drop. It was decided that Aly will bring the matter before the congregation on Sunday, March 17th. 2. Erik moved to accept the February minutes as submitted. Mark seconded, the motion passed. 3. Our target Sunday worship attendance goal of 57 was discussed. It was decided that the council will keep the congregation updated on progress made towards this goal via email. 4. It was highly recommended by Deb from the Synod that we read the book Unbinding the Gospel by Martha Grace Reese to prepare for the allcongregational workshop on witnessing. The council decided to order 10 copies of the book for council members and committed to having it read by the next council meeting. The agenda for the workshop will also be set at the next council meeting. Action Item: Pastor and Pat will work together to write an invitation to the congregation for the workshop and confirm the meeting time with Deb from the Synod.
5. Erik will be working with Pastor and Linda Dundas to put the old church records into a computer database so they can be pulled up quickly when needed. 6. A prayer request notebook will be instituted and placed in the narthex. 7. Pastor wants to make St. Paul’s a teaching church with an intern from Extraordinary Lutheran Ministry (ELM). It would cost 30,000 a year to pay this intern. The Pastor’s plan is that she would work part-time and have half her salary go towards an intern. She will be going to the seminary to ask for more information to see if this is even feasible. 8. Council approved Kathy Powers to buy 2 rain barrels for $150 by April 15 to be paid for out of the property budget. REPORTS: Pastor’s report: The congregation will be celebrating Maundy Thursday and Easter Vigil of the Pascal Triduum at Lutheran Church of the Reformation. Colleen Norton broke her leg and Wanda Nelson’s brother died. Our prayers are with them. Worship and Music Team: No report, they are meeting on Sunday March 17. Sanctuary Redesign: The new chairs will arrive in 2 to 4 months. We are happy and grateful to Pax Christi for making this possible by purchasing our old chairs. Financial Report: We are still favorable regarding the budget. It was suggested that we give Mark Kokesh, Mary Kay Peterson and Shirley Schaller financial signing power. No vote was taken on this. Action Item: Pastor to email council with names from the congregation who have not been attending so we can call them. SENDING: Pastor closed the meeting with a prayer at 9:45 PM. The next council meeting will be Tuesday, April 9, 2013. Note: Highlights are not official meeting minutes and are subject to correction and change. Approved minutes are available in the church office.
Sanctuary Update Kris Jacobson Sanctuary Redesign Team Phase II of our Sanctuary Redesign Project has begun. I recently contacted Northland Church Furniture in order to address the concerns of several congregants as to the comfort, faded upholstery, and lack of hymnal storage of our recently acquired chairs. Northland Church Furniture is the company who manufactured our pews and the 24 chairs we still own, as well as the 160 chairs we are now using. I met with Northland’s owners and inquired about the cost to reupholster the chairs, asked if a new cushion fill would help with the seating comfort, and if there was a way to add hymnal storage. It would cost $6,000+ to reupholster the 160 chairs plus our 24 original chairs, and another $2000+ to add hymnal storage. So, for $8,000+ we would improve the appearance of the chairs, possibly add to the seating comfort with a newer cushion insert, and have a place to store a hymnal, which unfortunately would mean we would have to “gang” the chairs together. (The hymnal storage would be between the chair seats). This did not seem to be a viable option. The owners then made us aware of another congregation in the area that have the same style of chairs as those we are now using. They were hoping to order 200 new chairs but money is tight for them also. I was put in contact with their director of operations. They valued our chairs at $8000, which is the same as our cost to order 60 more of our original chairs plus the reupholstering of our original 24 chairs. Both congregations would benefit from an exchange of them purchasing our recently acquired chairs and we ordering new chairs that match the original 24! Ideally, we think we need a total of 100-125 chairs. An order of 100 chairs and the re-upholstering of our 24 chairs will cost an additional $4000, and includes a price break when ordering 100+ chairs. A new order will take 2 – 4 months but we will be able to use the chairs we now have until our new ones arrive. It was not our intention to come to the congregation at this time requesting money, however, this is a unique opportunity to sell and purchase what we want.
If anyone is interested in contributing towards the order of additional chairs, please contact me (Kris Jacobson), Pastor Louise, Pat Tollefson or Dean Bonner ASAP! Several people have already committed to giving to this fund.
Amongst Us Eric Reishus There is a Silent Saint in our midst. She is always there with a smile on her face. Not a big laugh, or a look-at-me smile, but a knowing, gentle let-me-help look. You can see her in the kitchen, helping with the kids, teaching and reaching out to all. Our silent saint has knowledge of life gained through living in a world of study, reading, travel, interaction and observation. Much can be learned by just be being around her and listening and observing. Our silent saint leads with her heart, not with her head. Look around; maybe you will see her in her quiet interactions. Listen, you may hear her gentle laugh or profound observations. She challenges you in a non-threating way, speaks her mind, makes you think, always gives, and goes about the business of being a silent saint. Can you identify her?
Second Sunday – Butterfly Rising Connie Hessevick On the second Sunday in April, the 14th, St Paul’s will be hosting an all congregation and friends event following worship and after fellowship. On the second Sunday last month (do you see a pattern?), we met to view images of prayer and learn about the shared history of the pretzel and prayer. I can’t say that the pretzels which I helped make rose to my expectations – maybe too much flour, and maybe that was OK, since we were in the Lenten season. Continued on the following page.
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Sunday Bible Readings
Now we are in the Easter season, and I am wondering about how the butterfly has become a symbol of resurrection. If I did not have the proof of science, would I imagine a butterfly could rise from a caterpillar? I would like to explore such questions with others in our congregation. What do you understand, feel, believe about resurrection?
April 7 – 2nd Sunday of Easter Acts 5:27 - 32 Psalm 118:14 - 29 or 150 Revelation 1:4 - 8 John 20:19 - 31
While exploring this topic, we will offer an opportunity to make origami butterflies, and to take an online look at this year’s journey of the Monarch from Mexico.
April 14 – 3rd Sunday of Easter Acts 9:1 - 6 [7 - 20] Psalm 32 Revelation 5:11 - 14 John 21:1 - 19
Please contact Pr. Louise or Connie if you have additional ideas or would enjoy helping with this or other Second Sunday events.
On the Road on Easter Morning Connie Hessevick In July of 2004, I experienced three Mary’s of the Bible through a conference at Wisdom Ways, a ministry of the Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet, on the campus of St Cate’s in St. Paul. One Mary was Miriam, sister to Moses. Another Mary was Magdalene, a follower of Jesus. The third Mary was mother to Jesus. Those of us in the workshop attempted, many of us for the first time, to explore the readings more fully through the Jewish practice of midrash. I am no expert, but as a layperson, I think of midrash as experiencing the scripture before, beyond, and in between the words.
April 21 – 4th Sunday of Easter Acts 9:36 - 43 Psalm 23 Revelation 7:9 - 17 John 10:22 - 30 April 28 – 5th Sunday of Easter Acts 11:1 - 18 Psalm 148 Revelation 21:1 - 6 John 13:31 - 35
St. Paul’s Book Club invites you to join them. Lively conversation and light refreshments provided
We explorers were encouraged to write something of our experience. I was led to be with Mary Magdalene on Easter morning, in the time after receiving the commission to tell of the risen Lord, and the time before she arrived at her destination.
APRIL The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin. In a voice that is both tender and filled with rage, Mary - the mother of Jesus, tells her story of his death that led to an overpowering grief.
Do my feet touch the ground? As I return on this road to our gathering place Can I see left or right or what is in front of me? All colors are bright and beautiful All odors are fresh All sounds are clear as at the sound of a bell The world breathes to the rising of my Lord
MAY The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. She beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of a woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others and her own.
Joy - Joy – Joy
April’s meeting is on Thursday, April 25, 7:00 PM in St. Paul’s library. Please join us even if you haven’t read the book of the month.
Celebrating Baptism We celebrate with those who are remembering their baptism this month:
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Connie Hessevick Chuck Rudolph Linda McGee Mary Hromatka Joyce Ramsden John Riggle Vince Jacobson Annette Madson Julius Helmer Jim Uden Lorraine Smith Emma Peaslee
Pr. Louise will be on vacation beginning Thursday, April 25 through Saturday, May 4. Pr. Howard Rand has graciously agreed to preach during Pr. Louise’s absence. Please call the office with any pastoral care needs and, if possible, leave a message during off peak hours. Office hours are 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM, Monday – Friday. Linda Dundas, Church Administrative Assistant, will be out of town Thursday, May 16 through Monday, May 20. Please make arrangements with Pr. Louise if you need access to the church during her absence. Pr. Louise will again be on vacation beginning Saturday, June 22 through Saturday, June 29. Please make a note of it.
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Jana Larson Lindsey Powers Zachary Brenk Nancy Uden Carl Mollick Clint Hoyhtya Kathy Powers Darla Gilbertson Kris Jacobson Tim Feiertag Darold Hanson Roger Ramsden
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Joyce & Roger Ramsden Kris & Vince Jacobson Diane & Darold Hanson
A Kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they were drawing. She would occasionally walk around to see each child's work. As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was. The girl replied, 'I'm drawing God.' The teacher paused and said, 'But no one knows what God looks like.' Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the girl replied, 'They will in a minute.'
Basketball Jamboree to benefit Metro area families with medical bills The 15th Annual Tim Orth Memorial Foundation Basketball Jamboree will be held at Glencoe High School gymnasium on Saturday, April 6th. The doors open at 5 PM with games beginning at 6. Admission for adults: $8 and all students $6. Male and female area high school senior athletes will play two basketball games. Entertainment will be provided by Glencoe/Silver High School Danceline, Kelly’s Dance Academy, GSL Pep Band, DJ, Encore School of Dance, Laketown Gymnasts, Hutch Key Club, Twin Cities Unicycle Club, Zumba Movers, plus much more and a Silent Auction. The proceeds from this event will help defray medical expenses for: Mason Brink Sara Gomez Philip Gonzales McKenzie Fairbairn Tate Maurer Tianna Schilling Luke Scumacher Levi Silfverston Kailyn Wester
Hutchinson Litchfield Edina Glencoe Waconia Maple Plain Minnetonka Brownton Hutchinson
St Paul’s Partners With ICA Eric Reishus Can you believe that spring is just around the proverbial corner? Daylight Saving Time holds an extra hour of sunlight in the hands of its earthly clock. Robins can be spotted and tulips are quietly waiting for their annual surprise party. This is truly the Easter season. New Life. So what else is around the corner? Why, of course, community gardens and a chance to be stewards of our earth and to reach out to our friends in need. ICA and St. Paul’s Without Walls would love to see 12 garden boxes dedicated to supplying fresh vegetables to ICA shelves. All you have to do is agree to plant, harvest, and deliver the bounty to ICA. And now for some really good news, seeds and plants will be donated by Tonkadale Nursery. By the way, you are welcome to harvest some for yourself too. Please contact Linda in the church office by April 15 for your chance to participate (952-938-4683). If you had a garden box last year and want one again, also let Linda know. And finally, when weather permits, clean out your boxes of last summer’s remains. Thank you.
Please mail donations for the Tim Orth Foundation to Ralph Johnson, 558 Juergens Rd., Hutchinson, MN 55350 or to Don Tangen, PO Box 33, Glencoe, MN 55336. Questions? Call Ralph (320-587-6733) or Don (320-864-6010) Glencoe is just west of Shakopee on highway 212. Hope to see you there!
The following workshops are provided by Thrivent for members, guests, and friends: 1.) Women & Finance – Monday, April 15, 7 PM, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 16515 Luther Way, Eden Prairie. RSVP Beverly Osekowsky (952-934-5824). 2.) Long Term Health Insurance – Tuesday, April 16, 6:30 PM, space is limited, Edina Hennepin County Library. RSVP Taylor Dale (612-201-8976).
ELCA Malaria Campaign Update
Save the Date, MAY 4th for St. Paul’s Annual Rummage Sale Your STUFF & HELP is wanted and needed… Please begin saving and collecting all types of items for our rummage sale (no electronics please). Remind your friends and neighbors that as they “Spring Clean”, we need their clean and usable items (tax donation receipts will be available). Our Café St. Paul’s, which sells coffee and baked goods, will be open again this year. Rachel Larson and Jan Guetschow are cocoordinating this event and need your support. Give them a call if you have any questions, new ideas, or offerings. May 3: Drop off items 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM Help is needed to organize, price & set up. May 4: THE SALE: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM Help is needed during and after the sale. 1:00 pm: Prompt take down with Salvation Army coming for pick up after the sale. Times to sign up to help are available at church. Thank you in advance for your help and generosity with this annual fund raising event!
Stay up to date: Visit our calendar weekly http://saintpaulslutheran.org/calendar.php Use the arrow keys at the top of the calendar to move forward or backward in time. Click on any time or event for details and often a map.
St. Paul’s contributed $503.82 in 2012 through “Nickels for Nets” collected by our Creative Expression ministry. The ELCA Malaria Campaign will run through 2015. You can still give online at www.ELCA.org/resources or mail checks directly to ELCA Malaria Campaign at P.O. Box 71764, Chicago, IL 60694-1764.
Malaria is a totally curable and preventable disease.
Express Metals Thanks to all who continue to participate with recycling of aluminum cans. 2013 first quarter’s collection brought in $18.48. Many thanks to Deloris Majersky for generously offering to deliver cans brought to church to Express Metals.
$500 Cell Phone Recycling! St. Paul’s participates in a cell phone recycling program that collects old cell phones to make them available for reuse in 3rd world countries. This company will be holding a $500 drawing in July for anyone who ships them usable phones in June. We plan to take advantage of this opportunity. We already have several donated cell phones. If you have a phone you would like to recycle, please deposit it in the box above the mailboxes in the church office by June 10. DATA PRIVACY REMINDER: The phones need their card and battery so be sure to delete all contact information or anything else before donation. Reminder: no cords or accessories please!
The Funny Side of Parenting One six-year-old daughter, Lisa, had a need to ask questions … lots of questions. Finally, one day, her mom had had it. "Have you ever heard that curiosity killed the cat?" Mom asked in exasperation. "No," replied Lisa. "Well, there was a cat, and he was very inquisitive. And one day, he looked into a big hole, fell in, and died!" Lisa was intrigued: "What was in the hole?"
Deadline Reminder Linda Dundas As we upgrade our technology, equipment, and make other changes affecting the workload of the church office, the lead time deadline to complete a task has become somewhat blurred. How long does something take to do now? Actually, an amazing amount can be accomplished! The answer depends on advance planning. When the workload is evenly distributed by planning for busy times at least a month in advance, projects can be completed easily and with quality. Small last minute tasks can be added without disruption. It has been brought to my attention that guidelines should be published to help everyone and everything run smoothly. To honor that request, please make note of the following for your reference. Annual Report / Specialty items: Consideration should be given for workload planned that month, i.e. publication of monthly newsletter, special Sunday bulletin (standalone) and new seasonal Sunday bulletin (reusable). Monthly newsletter: All material should be submitted to the office by the 15th of the month. If the 15th is a Friday or weekend, please provide by 9:00 AM Monday. For informational emails or printed fliers and brochures, please provide a condensed version that can be directly inserted into the newsletter without retyping. Bulletin or booklet: All parts should be provided to the office by Thursday, one week before it will be printed. Bulletin insert: All announcement/calendar additions and changes should be received by the office by Noon each Wednesday. This would include special inserts/flyers.
Thank you so very much for your help and cooperation.
St. Paul's Lutheran Church 13207 Lake Street Extension Minnetonka, MN 55305
God’s work. Our hands.
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.