Pastor Scott

Dear Friends in Christ,

Here is an update on the 4 areas of focus for the Transitional Task Force team (composed of Pr. Scott, Jerry Schagel, Al Lewis, Mugs DeFore, and Jacqueline Shoeberg). I’m presenting it as my article for this month, but I acknowledge others and thank them for helping to refine the ways of shaping this update.

1 – Communication Regarding the Search Process: Communicate updates to the members and friends of St. Paul Lutheran Church regarding the current state of the interim process. Improved communication will allow for increased transparency, including the ability for congregation members to ask questions and feel that they are involved in the process. This will be an opportunity to provide information to the congregation in a positive manner, in order to decrease the anxieties that are being felt. Updates will include discussing the partnership between SPLC and the St. Paul Area Synod and the current climate of calling a Pastor. The focused area of communication regarding the search process will culminate in the formation of a call committee.

2 – Structures: Prayerful discernment about the current programs, committees, and processes at St. Paul Lutheran church, including: worship and fellowship opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and creating a sense of community and purpose. It is important that the members of SPLC focus on the health and well-being of our programs and fellowship. It’s vital that we concentrate our biggest energies in the areas that are our strengths. Celebrating our programs and creating a welcoming environment will encourage new volunteers to help carry out the ministry God is doing through our church. This structural and "community-building" work can be achieved in several ways. We’ll do this through invitations we make, friendships we strengthen, and possibly even adding people to work on the committees and seek out volunteer opportunities that are currently in existence at SPLC. Streamlining our commitments will be important as we consider other ventures that may arise as God leads us forward.

3 – Success of Staff, Volunteers, and other Leaders: Molding faithfulness. Encouragement and support of our newest staff members will help them thrive. It is also important that current staff, volunteers, and leaders are aware of and carry out their duties and responsibilities. Creating guidelines and boundaries will help prevent "toes from being stepped on". This will decrease power struggles and hurt feelings. Communication between staff, volunteers, and leaders should be thorough and cheerful. Improving working relationships will create an environment that encourages compassion and success, while maintaining boundaries.


4 – Steadiness: "Steady as she goes". Change can be unnerving and create anxieties. Change will bring about both challenges and opportunities. We will be focusing on the opportunities to be steady and even-keeled during times of change. We will celebrate the many assets that make St. Paul Lutheran Church a wonderful place to worship and fellowship. There are many dedicated, but also emotional individuals at SPLC. Strong emotions can create support, but also can bring challenges and conflict. We will all need to practice thinking before we speak. We can try and put ourselves in each other’s shoes before offering corrections and suggestions (be less "reactive", and more compassionate). We will battle our "stuckness" and learn to be flexible. The area of "steadiness" will be where most of our learning and education will be focused during the interim process. This is about being the healthiest congregation that we can by, empowered by God’s Spirit.

We’ll keep you posted as we start our meetings. We’re grateful for those who officially volunteered to be on this team (and for those who at least considered it) and yet will not be serving in this way. Having a smaller team with these 4 individuals, who seem most closely aligned with the work we want to achieve, will be beneficial for us in keeping the work advancing. Please watch for several ways to be involved in important conversations we’ll be having soon!

In Christ, Pr. Scott Jakel

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

May Health Minute!

It’s been a LONG, LONG winter…..and we are dreaming of warm weather and sunshine! It’s not too early to think about our summer health habits.

May is "Skin Cancer Awareness" month. Folks may find that "climate change" is a controversial topic, but it is a fact that current ozone depletion has lead to an increase in skin cancer.

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. UV damage can also cause wrinkles and blotches or spots on your skin. UV radiation can also come from tanning booths or sunlamps. The most dangerous kind of skin cancer is called melanoma. The good news is that skin cancer can be prevented, and it can almost always be cured when it’s found and treated early.

Whether it’s cloudy or sunny, remember to "slop, slip, slap, slide and seek".

• Slop on some sunscreen - apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before you go outside, reapply often (especially when sweating or swimming) and always use a high factor (SPF 30 to 50+) water-resistant sunscreen.

• Slip on a shirt - choose clothing with collars and long sleeves.

• Slap on a hat - always wear a wide-brimmed hat when you are outside that provides shade to the face, neck, ears and head.

• Slide on some good-quality sunglasses - wear close fitting, wrap-around UV protected sunglasses.

• Seek some shade - bring an umbrella. or stay in the shade if possible.

Because many skin cancers develop where they can be seen, there is a good chance of catching them early. Regular examination of the skin for any new or unusual growths, or changes in existing moles is critical. If you find anything suspicious, you should discuss it with your doctor.

Enjoy the upcoming warm weather safely!

"From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised." Psalm 113:3 NIV

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

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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