He Qi Exhibit to open Sunday, January 12th

Due to inclement weather, the gallery featuring the art of He Qi was unable to open this past week.  Beginning this coming Sunday, the gallery will be open for public viewing on each week following Sunday morning worship until 2pm.  Additional days and hours to be determined.  Select posters and the recently published book, The Art of He Qi, will be available for purchase during gallery hours.

Meet the artist:  He Qi will also be speaking about his life and art at St. Paul’s on Friday, January 17, at 7pm.  Doors open at 6:30p.  Following the event, a light reception will be provided and the gallery will remain open to visitors until 9pm.

 

 

 

Service Cancelled

Worship service for January 5th has been cancelled.  Please stay safe, keep warm, and pray for those without adequate shelter.  We will gather again for worship the following Sunday, January 12th.

Advent at St. Paul’s

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Announcements for Advent

Tuesday Night Bible Study will not be meeting in Advent.  Our weekly study will resume in Epiphany on January 7th.

StoryCircles will be held on December 4 & 11 from 6:00-6:45.  During this time, all are welcome to come.  Participants will be working through the “Telling your story” worksheets.

Evening Prayer will be offered at 7pm on Wednesday evenings (Dec 4, 11, & 18).  Join this event.

St. Paul’s Annual Meeting will be held following worship on Sunday, December 8th.  Join this event.

The final meeting of the 2013 Church Council will be on December 18, from 5:30-6:45.  Dinner will be provided.

Christmas Caroling is scheduled for Sunday, December 22nd.

Christmas Eve Candlelight service will be held at 11pm on Tuesday, December 24.  Join this event.

 

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Community Impact Grant

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church is pleased to announce the

Community Impact Grant.

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St. Paul’s Lutheran Church invites organizations, individuals, and churches in Clinton County and adjacent counties to apply for funding for a project or event that will have a positive impact on the community.

Each applicant will need to complete an application form which clearly identifies the need in the community the project will address and describes the desired impact of the project.  Eligible applicants may request up to $1500 to help make it happen.

Those interested in applying should consult the guidelines and submit the completed application by November 18, 2013. The recipient of the grant will be announced December 10.

You may download the application and guidelines here:

Guidelines       Application

 For more information, please contact us via email at office@stpauls39.org.

 

St. Paul’s is called to share God’s love with all people, to proclaim God’s love in word & deed, and to grow together in faith as followers of Christ.

St. Paul’s is a congregation within the Indiana-Kentucky Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Stories of Faith Series

 

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We all have a story to tell.  But sharing our faith sometimes proves difficult.  And yet, as we see in Scripture, our stories are the most powerful witness we have.

We just have to learn how to tell it.

Stories of Faith is an opportunity for Christians to discover, refine, & share their own story of faith.

In this series, participants will reflect together on the stories of people from the Bible and explore how these stories relate to their own faith story.

Participants will also receive practical tools and practice sharing their faith by having the opportunity to lead a session on a biblical person of their choosing and by working together on shaping and sharing their own faith stories.

The series will begin with two “introductory” sessions.  The first session, “Stories of Faith,” will explore stories of faith in the Bible.  The following week, “Storytelling as Evangelism” will discuss the elements of a good story and why storytelling is a vital part of our Christian life.  A third introductory session may be held if needed.

Following the introduction, participants will work together to identify a Biblical person, reflect on how the biblical story reflects their own experience (or vice versa), and practice telling their story and inviting others to share their own stories by facilitating the discussion on the Biblical story they have chosen.

After each participant has the opportunity to share, participants will discuss and identify specific ways each of them will share their story with others.

All stories welcome.  Come share your story!

 

Tuesday Night Bible Study meets every week from 6:30p-8:00p at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.  Get directions from Google.

Series Schedule

September 17:            Stories of Faith

Key Text:          Hebrews 11

September 24:            Storytelling as Evangelism

Key Text:          Matthew 28:16-20

October:          Storytelling Groups

October – December  Presentation of Faith Stories

December 10 or 17     Review

Worship Schedule

Readers and Assisting Ministers needed for the Sundays through October.  You can sign up online using the link below.  Watch for updates to the list at stpauls39.org/guild.

Sign up now! 

 

Sunday, Sunday, Sundae!

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Join us September 8th for

Sunday School.  We’ll gather together in the sanctuary at 9:15 a.m. to kick off the fall Sunday School program!

Sunday worship.  We’ll meet back in the sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. to celebrate the Word with bread & wine!

Sundae Social.  Bring your favorite topping (enough to share)!owing service, and plan to stick around after service for sundaes and conversation about St. Paul’s being a part of a new shared ministry!

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August Events

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If you haven’t been to church in awhile, now is a great time to come and be involved!  Preparations and planning for fall activities have begun and it is shaping up to be a very exciting time at St. Paul’s with a lot of great events!

Here are just a few of the things that are happening this month:

St. Paul’s Community Engagement Project is well underway.  This project is at the core of St. Paul’s 2013 Partnership Grant objectives and has two major parts.

The project began by launching the first-ever Listening Campaign at St. Paul’s in March.  Over the following months, St. Paul’s Listening Team scheduled a number of one-to-one’s with members and friends of St. Paul’s.  The first phase of listening led to the Pentecost Report (you can see that here).  Over the summer, the Listening Team further debriefed the experience and met this past week to set the trajectory for phase two.  Because this was our first go around with a listening campaign, there was a lot to take in and learn from that experience.  In the coming days, a “Learnings Reflection” on the first phase will be posted online.  The Listening Team will continue throughout the fall by supporting and working alongside the “grant team.”

The Community Grant makes up the second component of the community engagement project.  This week, a team has met with Tiffany Hatfield who provided an overview of the grant process.  From here, the team will work to set the guidelines of the grant and extend invitations to local organizations to apply.  Later this fall, the entire congregation will have the opportunity to select the recipient together.

There are a lot of other things happening as well!

Rostered members and friends of St. Paul’s should have received a letter last month discussing the exploration of shared ministry possibilities.  More information about these possibilities is being gathered over the next few weeks and further information will be provided following the council’s meeting in September.  In the meantime, if you have questions, please talk with Pastor Joshua.

Grandparents are invited to a Table Talk on Monday, August 26th (5:30p-7:00p). This will be an opportunity for grandparents to get together, learn a little about each other, and have a guided conversation about faith, family, and the things that matter most.  If you did not sign up in July, but would like to attend, you can RSVP via email to office@stpauls39.org.

Also happening in August is Gloria Dei’s Chicken Bash dinner on August 14th, from 4:30-7:00.  Tickets are available in advance – $8.50 for adults and $4.00 for children 8 and under.   The proceeds will benefit the food pantries in Rossville and Mulberry.  Folks can contact the church,765-296-2108 for tickets.  Gloria Dei Lutheran is located at 610 W Jackson St in Mulberry.

Finally, the initial meeting for the 2013 Stewardship campaign planning team will be held this coming Sunday (August 11) at 9:00am.  St. Paul’s will be hosting a special lunch on November 17th following service – so mark your calendar now and plan to attend!

 

If one or more of these events sound interesting, connect with Pastor Joshua (email) to learn more about how to get involved!  As other events are scheduled, they will be added to St. Paul’s Calendar.  Check back regularly for the most up-to-date information.  You should also “Like” St. Paul’s on Facebook!  It’s a great way to keep connected.

 

Sacraments & Christian Living

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In August, St. Paul’s will host a congregation-wide study of baptism, communion, & the call to discipleship.

Currently, two classes have been scheduled.  These courses are especially well-suited for those wishing to be baptized, make a public affirmation of their faith, interested in membership at St. Paul’s.  Students seeking confirmation are strongly encouraged to attend.

1. Sunday Mornings (following service) on August 4th & 11th

This two week course gives an overview of baptism & communion, and their role in shaping discipleship.  The first session will use “Water Washed and Spirit Born” to guide our conversation on baptism.  The second week our discussion will focus on the Lord’s Supper, using the resource, “Fed and Forgiven.”  Participants in this course may elect to be baptized or make public affirmation of their faith following a post-class conversation with Pastor Joshua.

2. Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:00pm

Tuesday Night Bible study will read together “Baptized We Live.”  The course will run for four sessions, each covering various parts of the book.  Participants in this class may also elect to make public affirmation of their faith.

3. Small Groups

There are no small groups currently scheduled, but if neither of these times work for you, contact Pastor Joshua to see what other opportunities may be available.  You may even wish to find 4-6 people interested in one (or more) of these subjects and host a small group in your home!

Registration for these courses are not required, but advance notice is appreciated so that we can make sure to have enough materials for everyone.  You can also RSVP on Facebook!

In Memory: Rev. Schreck

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Rev. Clifford L. Schreck, who served as pastor of St. Paul’s from September 15, 1957 to March 31, 1962, died on July 4th in Bellevue, WA.

During his tenure at St. Paul’s, Pastor Schreck worked with the A.L.C. mission board to identify a new location for St. Paul’s expanding educational ministry.  The move from its previous location on the corner of John St. & Gentry St. to its present location on State Road 39 was completed in 1961.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, July 23 at First English Lutheran Church in Goshen, IN.   Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service.

Condolences and written memories may be sent to First English Lutheran Church, 406 S 5th St, Goshen, IN 46526.

St. Paul’s will be gathering a special collection now until Sunday, July 28th to make a contribution to Lutheran World Relief in memory of Pastor Schreck.

If you have a memory or photo of Pastor Schreck (perhaps he married you or baptized you or your child), please leave it in the comments below.