Pastor Scott

Dear Friends in Christ,

The month of September is one of my favorite times of the year. I like Labor Day and its focus on vocation. I enjoy the return to a more "ordered" daily schedule with school back in session. The temperatures start to become more comfortable outside as we say goodbye to summer. Plus, it’s my birthday this month! I’m 55!!

In September, there’s an excitement in the air among most children and youth as they return to the classroom and their friendships and activities. Many teachers are equally excited! Perhaps parents rejoice the most!! There’s a sense that things are back to normal when September comes again. We know what we should be doing this time of year. We’re moving forward in the fall.

St. Paul’s has been moving forward with a ton of things this summer. Please read in this newsletter about the work of the Transition Task Force, the update on the September 13th opening of the Youth Connections Drop-in Center (Y.C.D.C.), our worship and music programs, our youth and Christian Education ventures and programs, our upcoming fellowship opportunities and a report of past events, and finally, information related to the roofing project and plans for updating both our kitchen/fellowship area and portions of our sanctuary.

So what’s next? How can you help? Please consider how you can participate with your prayers, your time and energy, your generous financial gifts, and your good-will toward all that is going on here these days. As we continue to progress forward and to pull together, we are gladly experiencing God’s blessings. There’s a huge amount of excitement in regard to what has taken place in the last ½ a year and in regard to what we sense God has in store for us! We need people to support these things in the ways mentioned above in this paragraph and through sharing the good news of what God is doing among us through word of mouth. Tell your friends. Make some more friends - then tell them, too!!

Finally, I ask for your patience and your continual efforts to join us as we build stronger, God-based, trust-foundational relationships with each other and with our Lord. God is calling us to open our hearts with compassion and kindness. God is calming us down when we get upset and stressed out. God is helping us to be accepting and open when, at first, negativity and judgments would try to win the day. God is growing our Christ-centered curiosity about the many, beautiful ways God will be working through us in life-changing fashion.

Stay tuned!

Pastor Scott

September Health Minute!


Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious lasting problems.

Signs a Child Is Being Bullied

Look for changes in the child. However, be aware that not all children who are bullied exhibit warning signs.

Some signs that may point to a bullying problem are:

• Unexplainable injuries

• Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry

• Frequent headaches or stomachaches, feeling sick or faking illness.

• Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.

• Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares

• Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school

• Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations

• Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem

• Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide

If you know someone in serious distress or danger, don’t ignore the problem! GET HELP RIGHT AWAY!

Signs a Child is Bullying Others

Kids may be bullying others if they:

• Get into physical or verbal fights

• Have friends who bully others

• Are increasingly aggressive

• Get sent to the principal’s office or to detention frequently

• Have unexplained extra money or new belongings

• Blame others for their problems

• Don’t accept responsibility for their actions

• Are competitive and worry about their reputation or popularity

Kids don’t tell adults for many reasons:

• Bullying can make a child feel helpless. Kids may want to handle it on their own to feel in control again. They may fear being seen as weak or a tattletale.

• Kids may fear backlash from the kid who bullied them.

• Bullying can be a humiliating experience.

• Kids who are bullied may already feel socially isolated. They may feel like no one cares or could understand.

• Kids may fear being rejected by their peers.

If you have done everything you can to resolve the situation and nothing has worked, or someone is in immediate danger, there are ways to get help.

The problem:  There has been a crime or someone is at immediate risk of harm.
What you can do:  
Call 911

The problem:  Someone is feeling hopeless, helpless, thinking of suicide
What you can do:  Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  - online or at 1-800-273-8255.  The toll-free call goes to the nearest crisis center in our national network. These centers provide 24-hour crisis counseling and mental health referrals.

The problem:  Someone is acting differently than normal, such as always seeming sad or anxious, struggling to complete tasks, or not being able care for themselves.
What you can do:  Find a local counselor or other mental health services.

The problem:  A child is being bullied in school.
What you can do: 
Contact the: 1. Teacher 2. School counselor 3. School principal 4. School superintendent 5. State Department of Education

The problem:  The school is not adequately addressing the problem based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or religion.
What you can do:  Contact: • School superintendent • State Department of Education • U.S. Department of Education • U.S. Department of Justice

Information from


 "Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. " 1 John 2:9 ESV

Linda Peterson, Parish Nurse Church • Office hours; Tuesdays 9am -2pm
Church phone 651.439.5970; leave voice mail or staff can relay a message.

Pastor Carole

My very first day of work, in my very first position in the church, there was a huge snow storm and I couldn’t make it to work that day. I find it ironic that all of these years later, my very first Sunday at my new congregation, at this new juncture in my ministry, there was a huge snow storm (the 10th biggest in Twin City history no less) and I couldn’t make it to work. That first job was as a lay person in Youth Ministry and Christian Education. Little did I know that I would be blessed to be in youth ministry for 23 years.

This year I will be celebrating my 25th anniversary as an ordained pastor. I have served not just in youth ministry but in general ministry, chaplaincy and now I am in Visitation Ministry. Currently, I am serving not only at St. Paul’s but also at St. Andrew’s in Mahtomedi. My duties there include, worship volunteer coordinator, wedding coordinator and chaplain at St. Andrew’s Village. It as in my position as chaplain at St. Andrew’s Village that I fell in love with ministry with Seniors.

I live in Mahtomedi with my son who is a senior at Mahtomedi High School and my daughter who is just about to finish her first year at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. I am also lucky enough to have my parents close by.

I have really enjoyed getting to know you. I look forward to where God is going to bring us in our ministry together.

Living in God’s Grace,

Pastor Carole

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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