Pastor Scott

Happy New Year!

As we enter into 2019, we rejoice that God has gone before us into this New Year preparing a meaningful set of experiences for us to encounter.  God is so generous in providing a mixture of challenges, blessings, and hope.  Through these experiences we grow in our faith and our ability to serve in Christ’s name.

Here at the Church there is a clear anticipation that a new settled pastor will be coming on board in the New Year and that I’ll be heading on to my next intentional interim assignment.  Do we know when that will be?  No!  However, we do know that as the call process continues, the call team for St. Paul’s is discerning, to their best abilities, the person that God plans to call to this church as your next lead pastor.  Please keep this call committee in your prayers.

Once Christmas is over and done with, we enter into a special time of the church year called Epiphany.  This year, since Easter is relatively late (April 21st), Epiphany is a bit longer.  I hope that we’ll be able to focus on the themes of baptism, faith, light, wisdom, evangelism, blessings, and generosity during this season.  On January 9th, 13th, 16th, and 20th we’ll be having Bible studies on these themes.  We’ll gather on these 2 Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and these 2 Sundays at 10:15 during the adult forum.  Please join us!

If you ever have questions or concerns - even affirmations! - about what’s going on these days, please don’t hesitate to share these with the elected leaders of St. Paul’s and with me as your intentional interim pastor.  The intention from the leadership here at the church is to be accessible and approachable so that you can communicate in a clear and caring way and so that your thoughts will be both heard and understood.  When possible and appropriate, action can be taken on information shared in a timely manner.

That’s all for this month!  2018 was a year filled with blessings and opportunities for growth and maturation.  May God bless us all richly in this New Year, as well!

In Christ,

Pastor Scott Jakel

January Health Minute

“The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance.
The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you,
as perfect, as unspoiled - as if you had never wasted or misapplied
a single moment in all your life.
You can turn over a new leaf every hour, if you choose.”  ~Arnold Bennett

With the arrival of the 2019 New Year, there is no better time to focus on your health. Many people will set New Year’s resolutions this year, but only a few will keep them. Research shows that setting goals is still the best way to get results. People who set goals are much more likely to achieve them than those who don’t.

Having a plan and not relying just on willpower will help you be more successful in keeping your New Year’s goals.

Here a few helpful tips !

  1. Make it realistic. Don’t set your goals so high that you talk yourself out of them right from the start. If you haven’t exercised in the past, then set a goal to begin with 15 minutes 3 days a week verses 60 minutes 5 days a week. 
  2. Avoid All or None Thinking. Instead of eliminating ALL sweets, try adding more fruits and vegetables, or substitute unsweetened iced tea in place of a sugared soda.
  3. Group Your Goals. Ever heard the old saying kill two birds with one stone? When you are short on time this can be the best way to achieve your goals. If you want to exercise more and spend more time reading then maybe you can read while riding a stationary exercise bike. 
  4. Be patient. Most goals in life are the process of work, focus and determination over a long period of time. Personal health goals are the same way. Focus on changing one small thing at a time which will lead to big results in the long run, NOT overnight! 
  5. Reward Yourself. It’s important to reward yourself to stay motivated. When you hit a milestone, for example you hit your goal of walking 10,000 steps 3 days out of the week, reward yourself with a new shirt to exercise in or maybe a massage or manicure.

“May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.” Psalm 20:4 

Linda Peterson, Parish Nurse

Church phone 651.439.5970

Pastor Carol

I had lunch with a friend of mine this past week. We hadn’t seen each other for a long time so we were catching up. As I was going through the litany of what the past year had been like (of course focusing on the negative) she listened patiently. Then when I finished, she said, "Now what were the good things." I stopped in my tracks and I drew a complete blank. Then slowly I started thinking of the good things. As I thought of more and more good things, my shoulders started to relax and the knot in my stomach seemed to let go. I just felt better and the rest of my day definitely had a much better feel to it than it had when I started out.

Epiphany is the season of light. It comes at a time when we are beginning a new year. Traditionally I think we focus more on the new year than we do on Epiphany. But I think they have definite similarities. Epiphany is about focusing on the light of the world - the One who came to give us all new life - the One who came to shine the light of hope into a dark world. When we think about the new year, often times we think about wanting things to be better. What will make our lives easier, make things seem less difficult. Some of us even make resolutions that will hopefully make that happen. I for one, don’t make resolutions. They always end up frustrating me rather than helping me. But I think there is one resolution that my friend showed me, is well worth making - Gratitude and looking for what is good.

I will start right here and now. I am very grateful for all of you, my friends in Christ. As 2018 comes to a close and 2019 begins, I am excited to see where God leads us


Pastor Carole Lundell


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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