Pastor Scott

Dear Friends in Christ,

Gratitude is a great theme to choose for my newsletter article for this month. I’m grateful for many things. Let me share a few of my thankful thoughts with you.  Our transition task force of Al, Jacqueline, Mugs, Jerry, and I have been happy to turn the initial Ministry Site Profile draft over to the church council. We did so after several opportunities to share this draft and to make amendments to it as we got feedback during adult forums and from others who read the document cover to cover. We’re glad that the council approved this document and that it is on the final leg of its journey to find its way to our Bishop in the St. Paul Area Synod. We got to share a comprehensive summary of the ministry site profile during worship – which was also a great thing. It’s been a good process.  This document will let the synod staff know how we perceive ourselves as a congregation and as a community. It also spells out what we perceive to be our needs for the skills, experiences, and character that our next pastoral leader will need to have to succeed. It defines the kind of partnership that we anticipate forming between our new pastor and this congregation and its current forms of elected and informal leadership.

In the end, those working on our behalf in the synod office in this call process will try to make a good match of potential candidates to our ministry setting based on available pastors. Pastors who read this document on the ELCA website will also be able to self-select and ask the Bishop to add their names into the mix for this call process. I’m thankful for the work of the Holy Spirit that is guiding this matching process along the way.

The biggest thing I’m thankful for these days is that my role of transformational ministry with you as your interim pastor will continue during this next phase of our transition.  We’re not done working!  We’ll continue to focus on these same themes of building a  community of trust and humility. We’ll stay on the path of transparency, letting you know whatever it is that we know as far as updates in the call process – practicing patience along the way.  And we’ll keep on addressing the challenges we have around roles clarification, the lack of new leaders among us, issues with authority and responsibility when it comes to decision-making, and finally, flexibility. God is going to do new things among us and in Christ we are a new creation.  Being an agile church allows us to be open to this new future.

My you find deep gratitude and thankfulness as you celebrate God’s grace and blessings throughout this month – not just being grateful on Thanksgiving Day!

I encourage you to notice the generosity of our God in terms of gifts of beauty, mercy, and community. God is so good! Thanks be to God!!

In Christ,

Pastor Scott Jakel


November Health Minute!
~ Posture Pointers ~

Remember what Grandma said?.....”Stand up straight!” Well, she was right! Posture habits are capable of having a significant effect on your everyday comfort and mobility, so we want to be sure that we’re thinking every day about the way we sit and stand and move. Proper posture will encourage comfort and pain free movement, while poor posture can cause agitation and pain. Here are a few key points about your posture.

Some benefits of proper posture:

• Better balance, decreased chance of a fall

• Prevention of osteoporosis

• Lower risks of cardiovascular problems as posture promotes better blood flow

• Better digestion due to better blood flow and help with bloating and discomfort by strengthening abdominal muscles.

• Pain relief for back, shoulder, hip and knee problems.

• Decreases abnormal wear on joints and ligaments.

Common posture issues

• Slouching in chair

• Hips tipped forward (sticking your bottom out)

• Favoring one leg, leaning full weight on one leg while standing

• Shoulders rounded forward

• Head jutting forward or tipped down

Some ways to improve your posture

• Move around. Avoid being sedentary for long periods of time. Get up every so often and walk around allowing the muscles to stretch, warm up and stay loose.

• Exercise- get into a routine of exercising. Do a short daily program of stretches.  There are apps for your smartphones and websites on your computer for daily stretches or exercises. Chose the style that works for you. OR join a class! – St. Paul Lutheran has a FREE Tai Chi class every Monday and Friday at 10:00am.

• Pay attention and adjust your posture throughout the day. Cue yourself: “Stand up tall” or “Tuck hips under” or “Pull shoulders back”. By cueing yourself, your brain and body will start to work together and you will begin to have better posture habits automatically. If you chose to cue yourself in Grandma’s voice.....well! that is your decision!

[Thanks to Cole Rebhan of Croixdale for some of the article and Carol Weber for sharing it]

“Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.”” 3 John 1:2 (ESV)

Linda Peterson, Parish Nurse Church • Church phone 651.439.5970

Pastor Carole

The end of October is Reformation Sunday.  One of the things that you will come to learn about me is that I love Reformation history.  Last year I was in 7th heaven with all of the focus on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  My kids and I were even blessed to be able to take a tour in Germany that followed the footsteps of Luther.

We have benefited in so many ways as a result of the work that these reformers started, and in the interest of not taking over the entire newsletter, I will only stick with one of those benefits.  Sola Gratia - Grace alone, meaning we are saved by the grace of God alone. We are saved by God’s unconditional love and mercy regardless of what we deserve or don’t deserve.

Ephesians 2:8: For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

This grace was bought with crucifixion, death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  It is this grace that brings us back into relationship with our creator and God. 

Sharing this grace through a ministry of presence, through communion, is what visitation ministry is about for me.  In fact, it is grace that first drew me to the ministry.  May this same grace strengthen and keep you.


Pastor Carole


Andy Peterson

Andy Peterson

I am so thankful to be the new music director at SPLC! I want to say a heartfelt "thank you" to all of you who have made me feel so welcomed. Just in case you are wondering, I was born in Maplewood and graduated from North High School in 2000 and then on to Augsburg College ‘05 with a degree in Music Education. Since graduating, I have been involved in performing, teaching, and directing. I have been involved in many different groups, such as, jazz, classical, choral, music theater, sacred, contemporary Christian, and even Somali music! I am interested in continuing the rich tradition of Lutheran music at St. Paul’s while incorporating and building new kinds of music into our worship. I believe music has an important place in our worship service and should express our hearts of praise to our God.

As the Fall season has begun, our Chancel Choir has been rehearsing on Wednesday nights from 7:15-8:15 pm and sings three Sundays per month. Our Bell Choir will have its first rehearsal on Wednesday, October 3rd from 6:15-7:15pm and will play once per month during worship.

I am thankful to work with Karen and all of our musicians who provide beautiful music for our services. I would also like to encourage any people in the congregation to think about participating in choir, bell choir, special music and/or the band.

I am so glad to be here at St. Paul’s and I am looking forward to getting to know everyone in the congregation.

In Christ,

Andy Peterson

Greetings Members and friends at St. Paul Lutheran,

I am so grateful and glad to be here and I am looking forward to serving you in the capacity of Children, Youth, & Family and Education Coordinator!

A little bit about me: I grew up in central MN, where my parents still live.I am a mom to three kids - Matthew (11), Ella (10), and Levi (5 1/2, as he’ll tell you!). I also have two "fur babies", a rescue dog, Scout, and a bunny, Gracie. We live in Bayport, where we moved almost 2 years ago. By the time you all see this, I will have graduated from Augsburg University with a B.A. in Religion and an emphasis in Theology. I have felt called in to ministry since I was a young girl, with my grandpa (who was a pastor) as a tremendous role model for me. I intend on starting at Luther Seminary in the fall to begin work on my Masters of Divinity degree, which is necessary in becoming a Pastor. I have a passion for theology, and special interest in the Holocaust and work of Dietrich Bonhoeffer during WWII. I love working with young people. It is my passion to share the profound love of Christ with them, that they would truly know what it is to be and live as a beloved child of God. Prior to coming here, I worked at Bethlehem Lutheran in Bayport for almost four years as their Children, Youth and Families Ministry Director. Prior to that, I was a very active volunteer in the youth ministry at Our Saviour’s Lutheran in Hastings.

I don’t have loads of free time, as you might imagine! But in the free time I do have, I enjoy gardening and relaxing in my hammock. I am pretty "crafty" and love decorating (as I shared with you all through the decorations at the Easter breakfast!). Thanks to my mom, I have a deep appreciation for all things old, and especially primitive antiques! I have a pretty large garden in the summer and enjoy growing a large variety of things in it! I also love walking my dog and running. I have a goal of completing a half marathon in the next year (and maybe a full one someday!). I have been itching to learn to sew, so I will most definitely be connecting with our yarnsters to learn the art of quilt making! Finally, I have grown to love traveling (though I am less than fond of airplanes!), and enjoyed taking the kids to Disneyland and the beaches of Anaheim, CA this past fall. I also studied for 15 days in Germany last May. I would love to live and work in Germany one day, but that, of course is up to God and what He has planned for me!

I am humbled and thrilled to have been chosen for this position and already have grown to love this community we share. My family and I look forward to calling this place our church home for a long time to come, and I deeply appreciate the ways you have all already swooped us up and made us feel so welcome here!

Please know my office door is always open, and I welcome the opportunity to get to know and serve you all!

Peace! Amy Peterson


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