October 2013 St. Paul’s Lutheran
Always being made new … again and again
Rev. Elizabeth Eaton will be installed as the new ELCA Presiding Bishop Saturday, October 5 at 2:00 p.m. 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) Lutheran Social Services (LSS) Lutheran World Relief (LWR) Meals on Wheels Minnesotans United for All Families Our Saviour’s Housing ReconcilingWorks 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 Sheri Brendan and I recently attended a workshop led by Deb Stehlin, the director for Evangelical Mission at the ELCA synod. The topic was the art of one-on-one conversations for the sake of mission. It is about making things happen through relationships! We learned about the three great “Listenings”: 1) To God 2) To each other in our faith community 3) To our larger community It reminded me of and is consistent with the “trinity of relationships” - a metaphor built on the Triune God, which we learned about in the book Unbinding the Gospel. First and foremost is our personal relationship with God – the foundation stone of who we are. The second relationship is between church members, and the third is the people outside the church. How could the trinity of relationships be more consistent with the three great Listenings?! One-on-one conversations are about uncovering what matters most to someone. The conversation is uncommon and unconventional – it’s to start a relationship. It is not chit-chat, a sales job, counseling or therapy. It’s about listening for an opportunity to go deep fast when a person opens a door, e.g. “after my divorce I got into gardening”. It’s about approaching the conversation with courage and a sense of curiosity, meaning ask about how she is coping after the divorce, not about the gardening! One-on-one conversations are meant to build a community of trust within the congregation. Sheri and I had the opportunity to practice one-on-one conversations with others at the workshop. It’s not as easy as it sounds and we were told it takes practice. We need to role model being courageous and to go deep ourselves. Do we tell people in our church what’s really going on in our lives? Another similarity to the three great Listenings is from the “Art of Christian Relationship”, which Howard Rand introduced us to earlier this year: 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8)
You can’t be a Christian alone. Build relationships through communication. Let’s get personal. You must risk and trust. Pay attention to what they’re saying. Try harder to get the real meaning. Deal with one another in love. Remember who you are.
Church isn’t the place we go weekly for a little encouragement to get us through the rest of the week, but rather our faith community is an igniter of faith, an instigator of growth that affects our whole lives. The larger purpose of the Church is to take the Gospel out beyond the walls, and having the relationships within our own faith community prepare us to move out to the larger community. Deb talked about how evangelism is not a means to an end for getting butts in the seats, but rather about bringing people into relationship with God. If we at St. Paul’s can put a long-term focus on helping people be in primary contact with God, then healthy relationships have a much better chance of developing. As a reminder, on Sunday, November 10th, we’ll be holding our all-congregational workshop on evangelism, where you too can have the opportunity to learn how to have meaningful one-on-one conversations as a means to equip you for fulfilling our mission to be an open and inviting church spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ! ________________________________________________________________________________________
COUNCIL NEWS St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Council meets at 7:00 PM the second Tuesday of every 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.
September 10, 2013 St. Paul’s Church Council took a field trip on Tuesday in place of their meeting.
PRESS RELEASE “As Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) voting members celebrated “Always Being Made New” at the church body’s biennial church-wide assembly, they lived up to that promise by electing a new presiding bishop and a new secretary. The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton was selected presiding bishop in the fifth ballot over the Rev. Mark Hanson, a two-term incumbent. The presiding bishop is the primary elected official of the ELCA.” METRO Lutheran, Sept. 2013 “The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton will be installed as presiding bishop of the ELCA Oct. 5 at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel in Chicago. The installation is open to the public; tickets are not required. Worship begins at 2:00 PM (Central); doors open at 1:00 PM. A free public reception will follow. Eaton is bishop of the ELCA Northeastern Ohio synod and is the ELCA’s first woman presiding bishop-elect. She was elected Aug. 14 at the 2013 ELCA Church-wide Assembly held Aug. 12 – 17 in Pittsburgh. Prior to becoming synod bishop in 2006, Eaton served as pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Ashtabula, Ohio; interim pastor of Good Hope Lutheran Church in Boardman, Ohio; and assistant pastor of All Saints Lutheran Church in Worthington, Ohio. She earned a Master’s of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., and a Bachelor’s degree in music education from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. She currently serves on a number of boards and committees. About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 4 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of ‘God’s work. Our hands,’ the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA’s roots are in the writing of the German church reformer, Martin Luther.” ELCA News Service: www.ELCA.org/news, Aug. 23, 2013
In our prayers Remember in your prayers Patrick and Jacqueline Bencke, ELCA missionaries teaching English in Kumamoto, Japan. (This prayer suggestion for Sept. 24 is available along with daily prayers from around the globe at www.ELCA.org/prayerventures.) South Africa: A beautiful vision A simple outdoor scene of a father lovingly bathing his adult, disabled son became a precious spiritual moment for ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission participant Taisha McWilliams. See www.ELCA.org/YAGM-vision. Kenya: Knitting toward self-reliance The sweaters they make are nice, but learning a skill that can help support their families is even nicer. The students learn knitting and self-reliance at a school sponsored by the Nairobi International Lutheran Congregation, led by the Rev. Michael Fonner, ELCA missionary. See www.ELCA.org/Kenya-knitting. Year of service molds ELCA young adults "I’m truly transformed by it," says Stephanie Berkas, an alumni of the ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission program, referring to her work in South Africa from 2009 to 2010. In August, 64 new young adult volunteers began their year of service abroad. For more testimonials from former participants, see www.ELCA.org/YAGM-alumni. For photos from the program, see www.LivingLutheran.com/YAGM-photos. Seven new ELCA missionaries seek sponsors Learn how you can support them in their global service by emailing email@example.com. For photos from their commissioning and anointing this summer, see www.Facebook.com/GlobalLinks.
U.S. Flooding: Colorado Sisters and brothers in Christ, Record rainfall in September has produced major flooding in Colorado. According to news reports, hundreds of people remain unaccounted for or are missing and as many as seven people are feared dead. Three ELCA church buildings have sustained damage. More than 18,000 homes and businesses have been destroyed or impacted. Some areas continue to experience mudslides, damaged roads and downed power lines. Your help is needed to make a difference in affected areas. Gifts designated to "U.S. Floods" will be used in full -- 100 percent -- to help disaster survivors clean-up, rebuild and recover. Your generous offerings of prayer and financial support will help those affected in Colorado and other areas on the long road to recovery.
‘Lutheran Happy Hour’ supports ELCA Malaria Campaign Members of several ELCA Connecticut congregations gathered in downtown Hartford for a lively, Africanthemed event to support the campaign to curb malaria in Africa. See www.LivingLutheran.com/Hartford-malaria.
Take The Plunge to Geneva and Taize in 2014 The Plunge is a spring pilgrimage for young adults, ages 18-35, to deepen spirituality through an experience with the global church. See www.ELCA.org/Plunge2014.
The Rev. Daniel Rift Director, ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal
New book explores Christianity in relation to other religions For Christians in an increasingly diverse world, other religions are not academic curiosities but rather faith traditions that can be encountered in our daily lives. Kristin Johnston Largen in "Finding God Among our Neighbors: An Interfaith Systematic Theology" addresses the appreciation of other religions from a Christian point of view. For more on this Fortress Press publication, see www.ELCA.org/religions-book.
Ways to Give Checks or money orders should be sent to: Lutheran Disaster Response 39330 Treasury Center Chicago, IL 60694-9300 Write "U.S. Flooding" on your check memo line.
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BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS You
On October 6th you AND your furry, finned, feathered, and hard shelled loved ones are invited to attend worship together for a special blessing during the 9:30 AM service. On this day we will all be reminded that church is indeed the place where the bond of creation is celebrated. A MUST: Please be sure to bring your pet on a leash, kenneled or in a carrier and to keep your companion under your control at all times!
Join us at 9:30 AM Sunday, October 13th
WELCOME & BAPTISM Be sure to join us Sunday, October 27th when we officially welcome the Muldoon family, Ryan, Kacy and Eloise, into the community of St. Paul’s. Baby Eloise will be receiving the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. A reception will follow to celebrate these new beginnings!
SUNDAY BIBLE READINGS October 6 – Blessing of the Animals Habakkuk 1:1 - 4, 2:1 - 4 Psalm 37:1 - 9 2 Timothy 1:1 - 14 Luke 17:5 - 10 October 13 – Children’s Sabbath 2 kings 5:1 - 3, 7 - 15c Psalm 111 2 Timothy 2:8 - 15 Luke 17:11 - 19 October 20 – 21st Sunday after Pentecost Genesis 32:22 - 31 Psalm 121 2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:5 Luke 18:1 - 8 October 27 – Reformation Jeremiah 31:31 - 34 Psalm 46 Romans 3;19 - 28 John 8:31 - 36
REMINDER Investigating the Answers to Life’s Questions in God’s Word The young child today needs to find the truth for themselves and then be guided to apply it to their lives. In this day and age bullying, death, terrorism, and abuse all influence our children. They can actively see the earth “moaning and groaning.” So what can we offer them to quell their fears and give them promise of a solid, certain future?
St. Paul’s “E-vent” Sunday, November 10th WHAT: All-congregation workshop on evangelism WHEN: 8:30 AM – Continental Breakfast 9:00 AM – Workshop 11:30 AM – Worship 12:30 PM – Adjourn WHERE: St. Paul’s Sanctuary
CELEBRATING BAPTISM We celebrate with those who are remembering their baptism this month: 1 27
Nora Bonner Shari Schmitz
3 13 17 17 19 19 21 25 26 26 28 28
Nicholas Powers John Streater Howard Rand Lillian Rand Dylan Streater Doris Rutzen Kelsey Schmitz Phil Eckhert Jenni MacNaughton Annette Madson Sheri Brenden Revi Hjelden
& Happy Anniversary 3 18 24 25
Matt & Shari Schmitz Tom & Rachel Larson Jim & Nancy Uden Tom & Kathy Powers
BUT, WE'RE JUST KIDS Creative Expression, St Paul's Youth Program meets most Thursdays, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM September 1 – October 24: Who am I? The Exploration of each of us. No meeting October 31 – Halloween Come join us in Fellowship Hall for a light dinner and activities!
Join special guest speaker Scott Wardell CFP, Wealth Advisor, 30 years industry experience, Masters in Financial Planning, Retirement Specialist. This workshop covers the basics of Social Security and reveals strategies for maximizing your benefits, including: Five factors to consider when deciding when to apply for benefits. How to minimize taxes on Social Security benefits How to coordinate Social Security with your other sources of retirement income. This workshop is hosted by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and your local representatives Michelle Nisbet and Scott Greening. EVENT st Tuesday, October 1 2:00 PM or 7:00 PM Minnetonka Community Center 14600 Minnetonka blvd. Minnetonka, MN 55345 Coffee and refreshments will be served. Please call Lisa at 952-400-0559 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place for yourself and a guest. No products will be sold. For additional important disclosure information, please visit Thrivent.com/disclosures.
This congregation of St Pauls' is collecting our third quarter Sunday refreshment donations for the organization Feed My Starving Children. Please thoughtfully consider making contributions for our hungry brothers and sisters before Oct. 12. And also, please consider whether you can pack meals for these special children. We have reserved 14 positions, but would love to increase that number, as you are able. EVENT
Saturday, October 12th 2 – 4:00 PM Feed My Starving Children 18738 Lake Dr. East Chanhassen, MN 55317 Look for sign-up sheet and attached policies & rules in the Narthex.
St. Paul’s Book Club
We hope you’ve had a relaxing summer sipping fairly traded coffee and renewing your spirit for the fall. As we start to gear up for the holiday season, we want to thank your congregation. Your leadership makes a world of difference for small farmers. Often times it is one person – you – the coffee hour organizer or social justice committee member making fall sales happen. We recognize and appreciate your efforts!
Everyone is invited to join the book club and come to meetings, even if you haven’t read the book. Book Club meets the last Thursday of each month, excluding holidays.
Reading Schedule October (check our online calendar for date): Wolf and Watchman by Scott C. Johnson, nonfiction. It is about the experience of the son of a father who is a CIA agent.
This fall, please pass on the message to your congregants that their purchases count twice. In addition to supporting long-term committed relationships that we have with our small farmers, when you purchase Equal Exchange products, you support your denomination too. Equal Exchange gives additional funds back to your national denomination through the Small Farmer Fund which your denomination decides how to spend. [Lutheran World Relief: A portion of all fair trade purchases support three cooperatives in Kenya through farmer training and agricultural development. Projects include planting new trees and improving processing equipment and storage facilities, which creates a stronger union between coffee growers].
Dear People of St. Paul’s, Thank you for the generous donation toward our Back-to-School program on 8/27/2013. Your donation of $117 and school supplies is so deeply valued by us and the children and adults receiving our services. Thank you! Every day, with the help of donations from supporters like you, we are able to make a real difference in the lives of the people we serve and in strengthening the west metro community at the same time. Each year we continue to advance our mission to assist people and strengthen community through collaborative programs and connections to resources. We do this through our programs [Information & Referral, Project Starfish, Computer Technology Center, Back-to-School, Winter Warm Wear, and Toy Chest] and we have seen many lives change for the better. Thank you again for your generous support of the services we provide to the members of our community.
Best wishes, Judy Ellin Executive Director, ResourceWest
Thanks to recycling efforts of the Guetschows, we received $6.90 in September from Express Metals.
Dear Fair Trade Leader,
Do you enjoy the flavor of Sunday’s coffee? We have cans available for purchase at $10 per can. There are numerous other flavors available as well. Check with the church office about ordering the flavor of your choice.
Thanks you for keeping us uncluttered. There are miscellaneous items in the corner of the downstairs kitchen, art projects on top of the Narthex coat racks, and clay stored in the upstairs kitchenette. Much effort was exerted last spring to clean out and organize the church property. Please claim these miscellaneous items by November 1 or they will be recycled. Additionally, the nursery is full of large toys. Please consider donating your gently used large toys to ResourceWest. Thank you, Laura Eggert
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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 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.