Pastor Scott

Dear Friends in Christ,

Through the work of the Transition Task Force during this interim, we’re trying to accomplish these 5 goals of the interim. 1. Communicate re: Call Process (frequent updates). 2. Affirm both staff and volunteers ("naming" what is going well) & address past/present problem dynamics that we have had in the church. 3. Urge greater involvement in sharing talents (getting more people involved.) 4. Learn how healthier congregations learn how to reduce anxiety/reactivity in the membership. (Each of us learns to monitor our own anxiousness/anger.) 5. Enhance both transparency in decision-making and accessibility for asking questions and expressing concerns.

Ten "Shared Commitments in Conversations" that we’re emphasizing at our meetings and in day to day interactions are these: 1. Assume the other person has a positive intention in mind – that "They're doing the best they can." 2. Treat each other with respect and dignity. (No "put-downs" or slandering. In terms of the 8th commandment's meaning: we defend each other, we speak well of each other, and we explain the other person's action in the kindest way.) 3. Be genuine with each other and be constructive in offering ideas – looking at solutions, not just the problems. 4. Listen so that you understand the other point of view - don't just listen to see if you agree or disagree. We seek understanding, not necessarily agreement. 5. Make sure that no one dominates the conversation. No more "having one person speaking about things frequently and/or at length". We are aiming to give everyone the chance to speak if they wish to speak, inviting the quiet among us to contribute. 6. Stay with the questions or the topic being discussed at the moment - (not going on tangents) 7. Speak for yourself, not for others - no one can say, "a bunch of us..." or "a lot of people have told me..." Anonymous comments and feedback are not addressed. 8. Agree to not "cross-talk" (interrupting someone while that person is talking). Also, we agree to not have side-conversations (causing disruption) or use our phones during meetings. 9. Recognize that you are part of something larger - that your specific interest or perspective is part and parcel of the larger system we are all involved with. 10. Commit to the whole, not just your piece (being supportive of decisions made by others that you were not interested in and yet you know are part of the big picture).

As a task force, we’ve been trying to get these kinds of messages across in the newsletters, in announcements, by doing skits in worship, and through visiting with all the committees, the council, and other groups meeting at the church. We’re excited that we’ve been able to celebrate the great things going on here at St. Paul’s and that we’re addressing potential difficulties going forward.

During the last part of worship on July15th, we’ll host a special time for questions about the call process and we’ll talk further about what we’re working on during this transition period. We know that people are eager to hear what else we will be working on and what our time frame could look like as we neither rush forward nor "drag our feet". We need input from you!

Thanks for your attention to these matters. This will suffice for my newsletter article this month. God’s blessings to you in these warm and wonderful days of summer! It’s an honor to be among you!

Pr. Scott Jakel

July Health Minute!

"Is it HOT enough for ya?"

While most people find extremely hot weather and uncomfortable, some people have a higher risk than others of becoming ill. These include:

• elderly people aged over 75 years
• babies and young children
• people with long term health conditions, for example heart or respiratory disease, diabetes
• people who are obese
• people taking certain medicines
• people who are socially isolated
• people who work outdoors or in hot and poorly ventilated areas
• people engaging in vigorous physical activity in hot weather

Drink plenty of water
One of the best ways to avoid heat-related illness is to drink plenty of water. It’s important to keep drinking water even if you don’t feel thirsty because this can prevent you from becoming dehydrated. Avoid alcohol and hot or sugary drinks (including tea and coffee) because these can make dehydration worse.

Keep your body cool
Keeping as cool as possible can also help you prevent heat-related illness. Make sure you stay out of the sun. Drink cold drinks and eat smaller, cold meals. Wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothing. Take cool showers or baths.

Keep your house cool
You can help keep your house cool by shutting curtains and blinds during the day. If you don’t have air-conditioning, go to a cool place such as a library, shopping center or swimming pool. Stay in the coolest room in the house and use the stove and oven as little as possible.

Take care of others
Visit or call elderly friends and relatives at least once a day. Check they have water in the fridge and encourage them to drink it. Children also need to be reminded to drink water. Ensure animals have water and plenty of shade if they are outside. Babies, children or animals should never be left alone in a car, even if the air-conditioner is on.

Enjoy our Minnesota summer and stay safe – you can do both!

"It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day,
and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain." Isaiah 4:6

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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