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August 2009 St. Paul’s Lutheran



The Bread of Life

PENTECOST ____________________________________________________________________________________ Phone: 952-938-4683 Email: Fax: 952-938-1141 Website: Our mission is to be “an open and inviting church spreading the Good News of Christ.”

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 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 for all ages. Please check the enclosed calendar for education times. An interactive calendar is now available on our website: Just click the “Calendar” tab at the top of the webpage and click the time for event details.

OFFICE HOURS The office is lightly staffed. Regular office hours are 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays. Please call before coming in case of unexpected closures. Phone: 952-938-4683, Fax: 952-938-1141, email:, Website:

MAILING LIST Please notify the church office when you notify the Post Office you will be temporarily away. St. Paul’s congregation is pleased to send you this newsletter. However, if you prefer not to receive it, please call the church office at 952-938-4683 or e-mail us at We are moving toward “going green” in the future. The newsletter is also available on our website: Save paper and postage, view it online.

PARTNER CONGREGATION Igelsia Vida Abuntante en Cristo, (Abundant Life in Christ), provides a worship service in Spanish at St. Paul’s on Sundays 1:00 – 3:00 pm. All are welcome. MISSION AFFILIATES Agora Ministries Augustana Chapel View Care Center Bet Shalom Reform Congregation Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Intercongregation Communities Association (ICA) Hopkins - Minnetonka Family Resource Center Lutherans Concerned/North America (RIC) Lutheran Social Services (LLS) Meals on Wheels Minneapolis Area Synod Oak Knoll Lutheran Church Our Saviours Housing West Metro Grief Support PUBLICATION The Messenger is a monthly newsletter published by St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 13207 Lake St. Extension, Minnetonka, MN 55305. Phone: 952-938-4683, Fax: 952-938-1141. Website: Please submit articles as Word attachments with your clip art to Include your name and contact information. Indicate whether what you are submitting is optional "filler" material or something you definitely want included in the next newsletter. For pre-printed fliers or brochures, provide a condensed version that can be directly inserted in the newsletter. If needed, include the name of a contact person or phone number that readers may call for more information. Submission deadline is the fifteenth of the month. All submissions are subject to editing for space and content. All rights reserved by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

ST. PAUL’S CHURCH COUNCIL & ASSISTING ADMINISTRATORS Vince Jacobson President Mary Hromatka Vice President Carolyn Carpenter Council Secretary Mike Mikulay Treasurer Rev. Louise Mollick Pastor Connie Hessevick Council Member Jeanne Moe Council Member Kathy Powers Council Member Bernie Johnson Associate Treasurer Shirley Schaller Financial Secretary Position open Music Director Linda McGee Accompanist Linda Dundas Administrative Assistant Lisa Foss Webmaster

AUXILIARY BUILDING USE St. Paul’s encourages use of it’s facility by outside entities such that it will support our mission statement. Examples would be the 12 Step anonymous programs, local neighborhood organizations, and other congregations. Please contact us at 952-938-4683 for more information if interested.

A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT Have You Seen My Faith? This phrase inexplicably popped into my head a few weeks ago and it continues to return. I think that means I am supposed to write about it. In trying to understand the question, I ultimately restated it as, “Is the faith me within strong enough to be visible to those around me?” This begs for an accompanying definition of faith. Let’s define faith as “a manifestation of a relationship that generates sufficient trust to substitute another’s will for our own”. This is a question that I would never ask, but yet, hearing the answer is very important. The question could imply a cry for help like “Have you seen my lost puppy?”, or a need for reinforcement of identity like “They will know we are Christians by our love.” “Seeing faith” is a lot like “hearing grass grow”. It seems a bit oxymoronic until you actually experience it. If you have had the opportunity to just sit in or near a corn field on a quiet day, you will have been amazed by how loud the sound of corn growing actually is. Grass is much more subtle but it can indeed be heard. You just have to be in a good place to observe, and pay attention. In the same way, as we observe and participate in the lives around us, if we pay attention, the appearance of faith is unmistakable. I believe that the glow of faith, shining from lives lived in relationship with Christ is one of the greatest forms of evangelism. But a little reinforcement can’t hurt. Even though we would never ask the question, we can answer it for others. When you encounter someone whose faith is an inspiration to you, don’t be afraid to tell them. Your act of sharing will reinforce their faith as well as your own. Pray that others may be able to see your faith, and pray in thanksgiving for the faith you see in others. Blessings, Vince Jacobson

What’s a Live Church? A live church has parking problems; A dying church doesn’t. A live church has lots of “noisy” children and young people around; A dying church enjoys the quiet. A live church often changes the way things are done; A dying church doesn’t need to change anything. A live church dreams great dreams for God’s Kingdom and his children. A dying church has nightmares. A live church grows too fast to remember everybody’s name. In a dying church, everyone knows all the names for years. A live church invites people to open up and risk involvement. A dying church plays it safe and never risks anything. A live church supports world missions; A dying church keeps all of its money safely at home. A live church forgives and seeks forgiveness; A dying church never makes mistakes. A live church uses its tradition and facilities to serve and welcome people; A dying church uses people to preserve tradition and buildings. A live church is filled with tithers; A dying church is filled with tippers. A live church sees challenges and opportunities, A dying church looks for problems and dangers. A live church worships; A dying church worries; A live church evangelizes; A dying church fossilizes. Author Unknown Submitted by Pr. Louise

Continued from previous page Goodsoil is a collaboration of organizations working for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families in the full ministerial and sacramental life of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). We work to reconcile our church’s policies and practices regarding same-gender marriage, blessings of covenanted unions, and the rostering of partnered LGBT ministers, harmonizing these with our shared values of faith, trust, commitment, monogamy, mutuality, and dignity.

• It’s About Reconciliation: Reconciling all through Jesus Christ, God gave us the ministry of reconciliation. Throughout all of Goodsoil’s efforts before and during the 2009 Churchwide Assembly, our work is to engage the ELCA in love and in grace, speaking the truth so that we may come to renewed understanding as the Body of Christ, overcoming estrangement and discord. •

It's About Transformation: Our mission is evangelical, recognizing how all human relationships are transformed in and through the encounter with Jesus. Set free by Christ in his forgiveness and bound to the neighbor in love, Goodsoil grounds its work in the freedom of Christians to establish mutually supportive communities of love, care, and trust among God’s people, no matter what their sexual orientations and gender identities may be. • It’s About Proclamation: We give witness to all ELCA contexts-congregational, synodical, and churchwide – proclaiming the message of freedom in Christ with boldness and power, as did Paul among the Gentiles, as did Peter with Cornelius, and Philip with the Ethiopian eunuch. We call for one standard of ethical conduct for all ministers – regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. We encourage all members and leaders in the ELCA to similarly give voice to the transformed relationships they see before their own eyes.

• Open to the public, special Goodsoil worship services at Central Lutheran Church across the street from the Convention Center, Wed. 8/19 at 7:30 – 8:30 pm and Fri. 8/21 at 9:15 -10:30 pm. ______________________________________________________________

Treasurer’s Report for June 2009 by Mike Mikulay - At St. Paul’s Annual Congregational Meeting held in January, the congregation approved a 2009 budget with a $29,318 deficit. - Year-to-date pledged/non-pledged offerings are $1,383 unfavorable to budget. - Most expenses continue running close to budget; office supplies and utilities compared to budget are $1,882 favorable.

Income Expenses Net Income

YTD Actual $85,151 $97,631 ($12,480)

Operating Funds Youth Funds Total Checking/Savings Securities at Scottrade GRAND TOTAL

YTD Budget $84,896 $99,567 ($14,671)

June 30, 2009 $12,795.60 $3,904.24 16,699.84 $14,033.36 $30,733.20

$255 favorable $1,936 favorable

Dec. 31, 2008 $31,032.02 $3,904.24 $34,936.26 $14,033.36 $48,969.62


($18,236.42) ($18,236.42)

WISH LIST With input from the council and others, we have developed a list of things that we could use here at St. Paul's. We consider it to be a "wish list" because none of these things are a necessity or urgent, but sure would be nice to have. If you have any ideas to add to the list please either call or email the church office. • Special fund for new sign or banner • Digital camera to be kept at church • Video camera • Paper shredder • Fire pit

Chapel View Schedule Once a month our congregation provides worship for residents and friends at Augustana Chapel View Health Care Center in Hopkins. This is a marvelous opportunity for us to share the love of Jesus out in the community. We always need helpers. Please let Pr. Louise know if you can attend. August 9 November 15

September 6 December 20

October 11

Pastor Louise’s schedule: Pr. Louise will be out of the office Monday, August 17 through Sunday, August 23 to attend the ELCA Churchwide Assembly with Vince Jacobson. The assembly is held every three years at different locations throughout the United States and this year it is being held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Pr. Louise can be reached by cell and will pick up messages.

• John Riggle for weekly delivery of ICA donations to ICA. • Grace and Ron Falk for special trips to prepare and set out the recycling each week. • Rey Lindquist for the picnic table, patio chairs, and new grill and charcoal. • Supporters of ministry for designated donations to cover the cost of the patio chairs. • Ruth & Bernie Johnson for all the care they provide to the grounds that we enjoy so much. • Maxine Rieman for weekly pick-up and straightening of the church, as well as dusting, polishing & upholstery cleaning. • Vic Jacobson for writing in to update us on “Prayer & Bible Study” choices. Your interest is much appreciated. • All Picnic on the Patio participants for your joy, enthusiasm, thoughtfulness, shared games, and delicious food. • St. Paul’s from ICA for the donations of 55 lbs. of food during June & July and check for $155.

Parent’s Morning Out September 9 – May 19 2009 – 2010

Provided by Faith Presbyterian Church 12007 Excelsior Blvd, Minnetonka 55343 Director: Kathy terSteeg 952-935-4481 ext. 14 PMO is a strong program bridging childcare and preschool for children 8 months to 5 years of age. Music, gym, snack, and story time is offered. Staffed with loving adults who enjoy teaching and inter-acting with children, even the infant/toddler classes enjoy music and gym! When: Wednesday mornings 9:15 am to 12:15

• Roger Ramsden for making metal tables for the patio and safety railings for the steps out to the patio. • Handy Helpers, Darold Hanson, John Riggle and Roger Ramsden, for providing weekly repairs and installations.

Cost: $60/month – 8 months to 2 years $55/month – 2 to 3 years $50/month – 3 to 5 years A Lunch Bunch program is an option for families that need to streeeeetch the morning out. Available November 4 through May 12 from 12:15 to 2:00 pm. Please contact Kathy terSteeg for details.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Church Musician NEEDED immediately: Growing RIC (Reconciling in Christ) ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) congregation in Minnetonka is looking for a Music Director. Complete job description and application is available on our website. Please visit: Click on “Open positions”. Send resume with cover letter to or contact Jenni at 952-929-9180 for more information. Thank you for your interest.

TourdeTonka August 1 Where: Minnetonka High School/race course Volunteers needed to help with the race! Volunteer forms found at tourdetonk. Indicate that you are an ICA volunteer on the form. Please return to Syndey at the ICA office or to address listed on the form.

Summer at St. Paul’s

on the Patio, Wednesday nights June 3 – August 19, 6:15 – 8:00 PM Please note the date change. August 19th will be the final summer patio picnic with a Bar-b-q featuring hot dogs and hamburgers by Thrivent. August 26 is our Lutheran Night at the Twins, advance tickets required. The Wednesday night picnics have been well attended and enjoyed with great food, excellent weather, and good summer fun & fellowship, but don’t feel left out; you haven’t missed it yet. There is still time to invite your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers – and now you can invite them to the Twins game too. See Twins flyer.

Picnic on the Patio is open to all new comers. You don’t have to know some one to attend. Come meet the neighbors, enjoy free food, and relax. If anyone can arrive early (6:00 PM) to help set up, it would be much appreciated.

Explore Home Wine Making Beth Mikulay is teaching a home winemaking class through Hopkins Community Education this fall and would like to offer a FREE sneak preview in exchange for class critiques to help her prepare for the community education class. The sneak preview will be offered Tuesday, August 25 from 7 – 9:00 pm at St. Paul’s. Samples of Beth’s homemade wine will be available for tasting that night only. Please call the church office to reserve your space: 952-938-4683. Beth’s Hopkins Community Education classes will be offered at Eisenhower Community Center 7-9:00 pm Tuesday, September 29 and 9-11:00 am Saturday, October 17 for $22. Class description: “Discover all the tricks to making great wine at home for you or to give away as a fabulous gift. Learn the step-by-step process to make wine from fresh fruits, fruit juices and kit wines from around the world as well as bottling and labeling techniques. Explore this very fun and cost effective hobby . . .”

Bulletin Cover Art

God of Mercy, hear our prayer …

• • • •

Production method – Black and white photocopies Bulletin cover paper – White or colored; we may use color of the occasion or the liturgical season, or a color to go with your art Finished dimensions – 8½″ tall by 7″ wide, may be enlarged or reduced Format – Finished art to be clearly photocopied in black and white; clip art or other online art (compatible file formats are under review)

Please consider being a part of this new ministry for those with an artistic spiritual gift. We welcome ideas from all. We hope to hear from Sunday school classes, ministry teams, and those of you who want to add to the message of any Sunday or season. Please contact Connie Hessevick or another member of the Worship and Music Team to volunteer your art or ideas. Thank you!

Prayer & Bible Study < St. Paul’s Prayer Line is activated by calling the coordinator, Maxine Rieman at 952-238-8516, cell 763-807-7682, or calling the church office when she cannot be reached. < Daily devotional booklet, Christ in Our Home, is available on the entryway table. < ELCA online Bible study, Daily Discipleship is based on the lectionary and online at discipleship. < Other prayer resources are available at

For care of God’s creation, for our war torn world, that peace may prevail, < for the hungry, the homeless and the afflicted, < for those suffering due to economic crisis, for our President, Barack Obama, his advisors, and all leaders of nations, for our bishops Mark Hanson and Craig Johnson and all leaders of the church, for our congregation and the congregation of Vida Abundante en Cristo as we partner in ministry, for the Russian Baptist congregation and Maranatha, the Seventh-day Adventist congregation, who are sharing the building with us, for St. Paul’s Church Council and Transformational Ministry Team as they lead our congregation with boldness, in thanksgiving for God’s presence and strength, for the ELCA Churchwide Assembly as we prepare to meet for a week in August, for those in need of healing and comfort, for us as a RIC congregation learning to live into becoming a more welcoming congregation. < <

St Paul’s is discontinuing the purchase of the Augsburg Fortress Press bulletin covers. Beginning with the September 6 cover, we are inviting the congregation to submit front cover art.

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Loving God, you are near to us when we cry out to you. Into your embrace we commend all for whom we pray, through Christ and by the power of your Spirit. Amen. _______________________________

In Memory of … Ray Johnson (92), father of St. Paul’s council member Kathy Powers, passed away Tuesday, July 7 at Temperance Lake Ridge Assisted Living in Sherburn, Minnesota. The funeral was held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sherburn with burial and full military honors at Greenwood Cemetery, Saulk Centre. Please keep the family and friends of Ray Johnson in your prayers as they morn his passing.

Sunday Bible Readings [Can be used for bulletin cover design inspiration]

August 30 –13th Sunday of Pentecost Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9 Psalm 15 James 1:17-27 Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

August 2 – 9th Sunday after Pentecost Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15 Psalm 78:23-29 Ephesians 4:1-16 John 6:24-35

September 6 – Time after Pentecost Isaiah 35:4-7a Psalm 146 James 2:1-10 [11-13] 14-17 Mark 7:24-37

August 9 – 10th Sunday after Pentecost 1 Kings 19:4-8 Psalm 34: 1-8 Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2 John 6:35, 41-51

September 13 – Time after Pentecost Isaiah 50:4-9a Psalm 116:1-9 James 3:1-12 Mark 8:27-38

August 16 – 11th Sunday after Pentecost Proverbs 9:1-6 Psalm 34:9-14 Ephesians 5:15-20 John 6:51-58 August 23 – 12th Sunday after Pentecost Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18 Psalm 34:15-22 Ephesians 6:10-20 John 6:56-69

September 20 – Time after Pentecost Jeremiah 11:18-20 Psalm 34 James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a Mark 9:30-37 September 27 – Time after Pentecost Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29 Psalm 19:7-14 James 5:13-26 Mark 9:38-50

West Metro Grief Support Group West Metro Grief Support Coalition invites all persons experiencing grief due to a death. Grief support groups offer hope and healing through education, listening, sharing, prayer and fellowship.

Tuesdays 4:30 – 6 :30 p.m. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church 13505 Excelsior Blvd. Minnetonka, MN 55345 DATE August 4


TOPIC Music in Grief Expression

August 11

Lois Wilder

Journaling through Grief

August 18

Brenda DeMotte MSW, LICSW

Myths of Grief

August 25

Lois Untinen

Personal Story

For more information, please call our coalition co-coordinator, Darcie Rodman at (763) 546-4404


MEMBER NEWS Farewell from Cindi Paulsen: As I leave my position at St. Paul’s, I wish you all the best in your individual and congregational futures! Thanks for your good nature, friendliness and support through the years, with a special thanks to the loyal, musical (and sometimes silly) choir members! It’s been grand, and I shall miss you, our music-making and our mutual belly laughs. Note new e-mail address after 8/1:

Best, Cindi Paulsen. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------August Service Team church council member

September Service Team church council member

Campbell – Eric, Deb, Kristen Eckhert/Brenden – Phil, Sheri, Emma & Carl Peaslee, Sarah Eckhert Gilbertson – Roger, Darla Hanning – Elsie Johnson – Regina Larson – Tom, Rachel Madson – Annette, John Mikulay – Mike , Beth Pfaendtner – Kathy, Olivia, Helene, & Luke Powers – Tom, Kathy , Jack, Nick Riggle – John, Shirley Schwitzer – Bill Streater – Kim, Dylan, John Thompson – Ruth Campbell – Eric, Deb, Kristen

Anderson – Doug, Terri, Cory, Sammi Bonner/Hromatka - Dean, Mary , Nora Eggert – Laura Erickson – Muriel Falk – Grace, Ron Hanson – Darold, Diane Jacobson – Vince , Kris Lindquist – Rey, Lois Ramsden – Roger, Joyce Rieman – Maxine Schaller – Shirley Schmitz – Matt, Shari, Maggie, Heidi, Haily, Kelsey, Riley Smith – Lorraine Tollefson – Paul, Pat

1 4 7 9 10 18 20 23 24

Diane Hanson, Linda Dundas Anne Streater Vicki Smith Dawn Skrogstad Katie Campbell, Roger Gilbertson Tom Hoyhtya Claire Crossley Tom McGee John Madson

Blessed Anniversaries 9 15 18 27 30

Carl & Pr. Louise Mollick Marshall & Carolyn Carpenter Bob & Jan Guetschow Greg & Lisa Saal Dick & Jeanne Moe

Farewell and Godspeed Cindi Paulsen – Please join in wishing a fond farewell to Cindi for her music ministry here at St. Paul’s. We wish God’s blessing on her as she creates a new chapter in her life. Thank you Cindi for all you have done to enrich our worship. We have been blessed to have you these past years. May God guide you as you continue on your journey.

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SUMMER AT ST. PAUL’S ALL FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS ARE INVITED Young and old, new & known, from near and far

Wednesdays June 3 – August 19, 2009 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. “Picnic on the Patio!” Come to enjoy fellowship, good food, music, stories & games, and order discount tickets for Twins Night, August 26!


St. Paul’s Lutheran Messenger, August 2009  

August 2009 monthly newsletter from St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Minnetonka, MN

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