Church, on purpose

St. Paul’s develops purpose statement to focus ministry and encourage mission.

On the morning of Saturday, October 11th, members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church gathered together to develop a purpose statement for St. Paul’s. The workshop was led by Rev. Nancy Nyland, Director of Evangelical Mission in the Indiana-Kentucky Synod.

With doughnuts and a lot of coffee, members delved into Scripture and discussed what it calls us to be as a church, and ways in which we have witnessed that Living Word working through St. Paul’s ministry in the past.

By the end of the morning, those sturdy souls had developed the following purpose statement for St. Paul’s:

“To Listen, care, go, & connect,

to God, one another, and the world.”

At its next meeting, the council discussed & affirmed this purpose statement.  It will be brought forward to the congregation for affirmation at the Annual Meeting (on December 7th), but we also want to encourage conversation about the purpose statement now.

What do you think:

  • What in this statement resonates with your experience of God working in and through St. Paul’s?
  • How do you imagine the ministry of St. Paul’s being reshaped by this purpose?
  • What does this statement call St. Paul’s to let go of?
  • What new things does this statement call St. Paul’s to begin?

TNBS Returns!

Glasses on Open Bible ca. 2001Tuesday Night Bible study will return to its weekly schedule on Tuesday, January 14.  What, exactly, we will be studying is still up for grabs.  Got a suggestion?  Let us know in the comment box below!

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.

 

 

 

The Art of He Qi

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Baptism of Jesus (2005)
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Artist to Speak on Jan. 17; Artwork on Display from Jan. 6 to March 2

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Frankfort, Ind., will be hosting the work of He Qi, a Chinese artist whose distinctive style blends traditional Chinese materials and methods with unique interpretations of classic Christian scenes. “

The artwork will be on display in the church’s gallery space at 2029 S. State Rd. 39, Frankfort, Ind., from Jan. 6 – March 2, and He Qi will be present at the same location to speak about his life and work on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at 7 p.m. A brief reception for the artist will be held immediately following his talk, both of which are free and open to the public.

Please contact St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at office@stpauls39.org or visit St. Paul’s facebook page for specific exhibit hours or more information about this event.

Coming of age during the Cultural Revolution in 1970s China, He Qi learned to paint by copying portraits of Chairman Mao. At that time, he also encountered a copy of Raphael’s “Madonna and Child” printed in a magazine. The image caught his attention, and he soon began copying it, as well, but did so in secret.

Such diversity of influences remains evident in his work. Dr. Richard Melheim, “It’s Chagall meets Matisse meets Picasso meets the East.”

Currently residing in Minnesota, He Qi studied at Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing Art Institute in China, and Hamburg Art Institute in Germany. He was the first person from mainland China to earn a Ph.D. in religious art after the Cultural Revolution, and currently serves as a guest professor at Drew University.

He’s artwork has been on display throughout Europe, Asia, and North America; it has also been featured in a variety of publications, including Christianity Today and The Washington Post.

The exhibit will be open to the public during gallery hours; admission is free, but donations to St. Paul’s Art of the Passion are welcome. Posters of He Qi’s work, along with his new artbook, will be available for purchase.

 

For more information, contact office@stpauls39.org

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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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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