January 2014 St. Paul’s Lutheran
The Reconciling in Christ (RIC) program is for congregations, synods, colleges, seminaries, and other Lutheran organizations. RIC recognizes Lutheran communities that publically welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender believers. The Reconciling in Christ roster now exceeds 500! Please join us in worship on RIC Sunday, January 26th at 9:30 AM.
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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 Assistant Treasurer Bernie Johnson 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
It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone! The old cliché of “time flies” certainly seems to becoming more and more real the older I get. This past year has indeed flown by, but it has been an interesting journey, one that I would like to reflect on. At last year’s All-congregational Annual Meeting, the 2013 goals were approved, one of which was to provide a congregational workshop on evangelism, which made sense because our focus for the year was on witness and worship. This goal seemed like an easy task to accomplish. No problem! Our first logical step was to contact the ELCA Synod to ask if someone was available to lead an evangelism workshop for our congregation. Soon we would have that goal checked off. Their response to us was a bit of a surprise. It was suggested to us to slow down and take time as a church council to learn about evangelism before trying to provide a one-time event to others that wouldn’t produce the results we were looking for. It was suggested that we read the book Unbinding the Gospel, which you all know was the focus of our council meetings for several months of the year. I wondered at times if making council meetings more of a book club was the right thing to do. It wasn’t long before it became apparent it indeed was the right thing to do! Praying about evangelism was a big part of our journey and I know that God had a hand in our learning. It took until November to actually provide the congregational workshop, and based on the positive feedback we received about the “E-vent”, it was worth the time and effort. A special thanks to all who had the courage to attend the workshop because we understand that evangelism is a daunting word! Thanks be to God for the counseling from the Synod to follow the path we did. It was a privilege to take the journey with my fellow council members and I learned much about being more true to our mission. The work will continue into 2014 and we look forward to the accomplishments of the evangelism teams (E-teams: People Team, Road Trip Team, Communication Team, and Prayer Team). As we celebrate the joy and peace of Christ’s light coming into our world this season, and what that means to us as Christians, let us be reminded that we are the light through our evangelism efforts. All-powerful and unseen God, the coming of your light into our world has brightened weary hearts with peace. Call us out of darkness, and empower us to proclaim the birth of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
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COUNCIL NEWS* Kathy Powers, Council Secretary
December 10, 2013 I. GATHERING a. President Pat Tollefson called the meeting to order at 7:10 PM. Present: Sheri Brenden, Erik Kemnitz, Mark Kokesh, Pr. Louise Mollick, Kathy Powers, Haily Schmitz, Heidi Schmitz, and Pat Tollefson. Absent: Darcie Rodman b. Pat shared a reading from the daily meditation for advent. II.COUNCIL BUSINESS a. November minutes – Erik motioned to approve the minutes as is. Mark seconded it. Motion passed. b. All-congregational Evangelism Workshop – Council decided to forego the survey. Feedback has already been received. The E-teams will continue meeting and forging forward. If you are not on an E-team and would like to be, contact any council member. c. 2014 All-congregational Annual Meeting on Jan. 26th – i. An email announcement will be sent announcing the meeting. Those without email addresses will receive it by US mail. This information will be put in the Jan. newsletter by Sheri and also in the Sunday bulletin insert on 1/12 and 1/19. An attachment of the narrative budget and the internship proposal will be included in the e-delivery for perusal before the meeting. ii. Discussion continued deciding who will write up reports for the annual report and when they will be due. Pat will contact report writers. The due date to Linda Dundas will be Mon., Jan. 13th. d. Nominations for 2014 Council Seats – Pat, Sheri, Kathy, and Darcie will be contacting congregation members asking them if they are willing to serve. Election will occur at the annual meeting. e. Budget Deficit – An update on the deficit was discussed. A reminder went out to those that are behind on their pledges. One more will go out before the end of the year. An email will be sent out informing the congregation on amount received so far and how much we have to go to eliminate the deficit. f. Update on Internship for St. Paul’s – A discussion forum will be held after worship January 5th. g. Update on Audit – Tom Larson stated it will be done by the end of the year. h. Epiphany Bonfire – The Epiphany 12th Night Bonfire is cancelled for this year. III.REPORTS a. Worship and Music team – Rick Latterell asked for a nominal amount of money to give to the Hopkins quartet that played at worship on Dec. 1. Council approved. b. Pastor’s – i. Pastor reported that Julius and Marian Helmer’s internment was Dec. 10th at Fort Snelling. ii. Dec. 22 we will participate in a pulpit exchange with Lutheran Church of the Reformation. iii. Dec. 24 St. Paul’s Christmas Eve service will be at 4:30 PM. iv. Dec. 29 worship service will be Lessons and Carols for Christmas. v. Jan. 5 we will celebrate Epiphany followed by a forum to discuss a possible internship. vi. Jan.19 will be Pastor’s travelogue on her recent trip to Africa. vii. Jan. 29 is St. Paul’s All-congregation Annual Meeting and potluck brunch. c. Stewardship update – Pat summarized there are 21 to date pledges and 2 new ones. Pledges will continue to trickle in. Mike Mikulay reports everything is on track. d. Sanctuary Redesign – Pat reported we will push for flooring funds in 2014. e. Finance – Pat explained and went over the Financial Secretary’s report. November was a good month for pledged offerings. Mark highlighted other receipts. IV. SENDING a. Pat closed the meeting with a prayer. b. The meeting was adjourned at 9:27 PM c. Next church council meeting is Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:00 PM. *Council News is not official meeting minutes and is subject to correction and changes.
St. Paul’s May Host Intern Sheri Brenden
What would it be like if St. Paul's committed to being a teaching congregation for a seminarian? St. Paul’s Church Council and Pastor Mollick have discussed this possibility and have taken preliminary steps to make it a reality in the fall of 2014. A discussion forum addressing this internship proposal will be held Sunday, Jan. 5th. Please plan to stay after worship to hear more about what roles the congregation, seminarian and pastor might play. Share your thoughts about this vision for 2014. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.
Epiphany We invite you to join us in celebration of Epiphany Sunday, January 5 9:30 AM (This begins the season of Epiphany)
“AN AFICAN ADVENTURE” All are invited to stay after worship on Sunday, January 19th when Pr. Louise will share her experiences and photos of her recent trip to Africa.
RIC Sunday, January 26 Invite your family, friends and neighbors to share in the 9:30 AM worship celebration !!!
Annually, the last Sunday in January is designated as “Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Sunday.” RIC Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate the witness of God's love for persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities. It is a time to highlight and renew our commitment to be “an open and inviting congregation, spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ.” You may recall that at last year’s All-congregational Annual Meeting you entrusted the leadership of St. Paul’s to re-examine our Welcome Statement. The work on this task has been completed, some changes were made and the revised statement will be presented at this year’s meeting. We look forward to our RIC worship celebration followed by our annual meeting, potluck brunch, and most especially, the opportunity to share God’s welcoming embrace to ALL who come into our lives!
Annual Meeting Announcement You are cordially invited to St. Paul’s All-congregational Annual Meeting 11:00 AM Sunday, January 26, 2014 Potluck Brunch Hear about highlights from 2013, our vision for 2014, and elect new council members. Nominations to replace outgoing council members -- Aly Bonner, Kathy Powers and Heidi and Haily Schmitz -- are currently being accepted by St. Paul’s Church Council. Mark your calendars now!
Sunday Bible Readings January 5 – Epiphany observed Isaiah 60:1 - 6 Psalm 72:1 - 7, 10 - 14 Ephesians 3:1 - 12 Matthew 2:1 - 12
We celebrate with those who are remembering their baptism this month. Darcie Rodman
January 12 – Baptism of Our Lord Isaiah 42:1 - 9 Psalm 29 Acts 10:34 - 43 Matthew 3:13 - 17 Janury 19 – 2nd Sunday after Epiphany Isaiah 49:1 - 7 Psalm 40:1 - 11 I Corinthians 1:1 - 9 John 1:29 - 42 January 26 – 3rd Sunday after Epiphany Isaiah 9:1 - 4 Psalm 27:1, 4 - 9 I Corinthians 1:10 - 18 Matthew 4:12 - 23
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New Church Directories are coming! Many additions and changes to the congregation have occurred in 2013. The 2014 congregational directory will be available on Sunday, Jan. 12. Please be sure your information is listed correctly. If you moved, changed your name, acquired a new phone number, have a new email address, no longer want children listed who do not live at home, or whatever information might be useful to others trying to contact you, please provide it to the church office by January 5, 2014.
Bob Guetschow Beth Mikulay Mary Kay Peterson Joyce Ramsden Dustin Powers Jess Harris Tom Larson Kate Mikulay
Steve & Wanda Nelson Ryan & Lisa Foss
In Honor & Memory of Julius O. Helmer Julius, age 88, of St. Louis Park, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 3rd. Proceeded in death by wife, Marion. Survived by children, Alvina Dukes, Paula Helmer, Annette (Dan) Hagglund, Randy Helmer and Brian Helmer, Julius and Marion were long time members of St. Paul’s. Julius was often a “Greeter” on Sunday mornings. A memorial service was held at 12:00 Noon, Saturday, December 7 at St. Paul’s with Pr. Louise Mollick presiding. Internment for both Marion and Julius was held at Fort Snelling on December 10, 2013.
Creative Expressions St. Paul’s Community Youth Program culminated its latest semester with a seasonal theatrical presentation during bunch on Sunday, December 15 immediately following worship.
BUT, WE'RE JUST KIDS Creative Expressions, St Paul's Youth Program meets most Thursdays, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM January 9 – February 20 What are You? Exploration of who are the others in your life.
With coming of the new year, comes clearing out of the old. Please consider donating your clean reusable items to St. Paul’s Annual Rummage Sale held every May. Tell friends, neighbors and family we need their “stuff”. Contact Jan Guetschow or Rachel Larson for details and to volunteer.
THANK YOU, GRACIAS, MERCI, GO RAIBH MAITH AGAINBH Adrian, Anisa, Dean. Jack, John, Joseph, Lola, Mary & Theo want to express gratefulness to the people who donated & cooked the food for Sunday's brunch and to the people who served and cleaned up the kitchen.
St. Paul’s Book Club
invites you to join them the last Thursday of the month. 2014 Reading Schedule January: The Orchard: A Memoir by Theresa Weir
Additionally, we appreciate the ability to use Fellowship Hall each Thursday evening. Also want to express thanks to Linda Dundas who schedules the space and fields the phone calls on our behalf.
February: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Finally, we would like to thank St Paul's and all the people who made time in their busy schedules to attend Creative Expression's Christmas theatrical event; ROUND THE BACK an interpretation of the book "JESUS' CHRISTMAS PARTY" by Nicholas Allen.
May: The Wolf and the Watchman by Scott Johnson
GRATIAS VOBIOS TIBI AGO, TODO RABA, PILAMAYA LILA PILAMAYAYE
March: Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Patton April: Heaven’s Coast by Mark Doty
Please send suggested reading titles to: Majersky.email@example.com or call 952-945-9602.
The gift of generosity Annual Stewardship Program update Mike Mikulay
So far we have received 24 pledges, totaling $117,886. Last year we finished with 32 pledges, totaling $138,078, but this year we have more members. As you know, the on-going support of the many ministries of St. Paul’s primarily comes from your generous offerings. A very sincere thanks to all of you who have made a pledge in support of St. Paul’s for next year. If you have not yet pledged, you are invited and urged to support St. Paul’s with a weekly, monthly, or annual pledge offering for 2014. It would be wonderful if yet another 10 to 15 pledges were turned in soon.
Judy Elling ResourceWest, Executive Director
Our thanks go out to the members of the congregation that attended Dad’s service. We also send thanks to all the people that helped with the luncheon. They were so wonderful! The family of Julius Helmer
Thanks to all who helped decorate the Sanctuary for advent with donations of plants and tree. Additional thanks to Ruth and Bernie Johnson for the spruce tips planters adorning our entryway.
Please contact Mike Mikulay, Pat Tollefson, or Phil Eckhert regarding pledge offerings.
Dear Parishioners, Thank you for your generous donation toward our programs, on 12/4/2013, from your Interfaith Thanksgiving service with Bet Shalom Congregation, The Mills Church and Mizpah United Church of Christ. Your donation of $206.50 is so deeply valued by us and the children and adults receiving our services. Thank you! …
2014 offering envelopes are under the office window. Please check for a box even if you didn’t sign up for one and let the church office know if you don’t want it, or if you didn’t get one and do want one. Remaining envelope boxes will be mailed before Jan. 5, 2014. Please pick yours up to help save on postage.
Snow Removal Sign-up We are again in snow season and need help clearing the steps and walks every day snow falls.
If you are having problems with your entrance key, please notify Linda in the church office. New keys are available.
A weekly sign-up sheet is under the office window. If you cannot be responsible for a whole week, please indicate which days you are available.
Remember that your key fits all of the new glass doors: main entrance, west side, patio, and lower level.
Many thanks to John Riggle who has shoveled every snow so far this December, Roger Ramsden, and Mike Mikulay for snow blowing.
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.