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Please consider joining the chancle Choir as we prepare for the coming season.  No experience necessary - if you can match a pitch, you'r in!  All voice parts will be accepted.  The first reharsal is scheduled for Wednesday, August 30th, at 7:15 p.m. in the Sanctuary.  We hope to see all current members, plus any number of "newly current" members!

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Handbell Choir will begin rehearsals on Wednesday, September 6th.  They rehearse from 6:15 - 7:15 p.m. in the Sanctuary.  If you are interested in joining, or want more informaiton, please tale with Mary Dinesen.

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Your are invited . . .

to be a part of our mission team in Clarksdale, Mississippi.  The week we are planning to travel to Mississippi this year is October  14th – 22nd.  This is MEA week and we would like to encourage youth and families to join us!  All ages are welcome.  You don’t need any experience.  There are always jobs for everyone!  Youth 18 and under do need a responsible adult to be paired up with during the week.  We do a lot of fun things, learn about the history and culture of the area, meet a lot of great people, eat a lot of good Southern food, and we get a lot of work done!  It is a very rewarding and humbling experience and your help is greatly needed and appreciated by a family that desperately needs a home.  Please prayerfully consider coming along.  For more information, contact Carol Weber at 651-439-5970. 

Our featured donation for the month of August will be Salad dressings of all kinds, oils and school supplies.  Product donations can be dropped off at the church.  If you prefer to make a monetary donation and want to get credit for it on your contribution statement, please make the check out to St. Paul Lutheran Church and mark in the memo that it is for the Food Shelf.  We will deposit the check into our Food Shelf line item and write one larger check to cover the donations to the Food Shelf on a regular basis. 

Scholarship Support for Mgama  Parish Students

Students are enjoying their break from regular classes but there is that question asked many times , “When do you start school again?”  Education is one of the most important things anyone can do for themselves.  Many times the choices for further education has to be based on financial sources.

 Members of our parish of Mgama in Tanzania face the same decisions about education that we have here only the choices  have to be made earlier in the education process as the government does not provided the schooling for secondary students.  Funding for that phase of education compared to our high school level has to be provided by individuals.  In a country where the income level is at a poverty level, families many times are not able to provide funding for secondary education of their children.

Early in the development of the Bega Kwa Bega  program it became apparent to those in the process of organizing the companionship that scholarships for education would be an important part of the partnerships between parishes  in Tanzania and congregations in the Saint Paul Synod.  We at St. Paul Lutheran have provided funds each year for our parish officers to determine who will receive scholarship assistance.  The management of this program involves people from Saint Paul  Synod working with people from the Diocese of Tanzania.  In order to complete the assignments, we are now requested to send our supporting funds to the synod earlier than in previous years.

If you have been a supporter in the past, or you want to become a supporter, please  begin thinking about what funds you will provide.  There is no set amount that needs to be given.  In the past $450 was considered the amount of one scholarship but now the parish receives the total amount to be used as they decide to applicants.  Please give prayerful consideration to this request.  There will be more detailed information in mid-September with funds due by  November 1.  This is a project of the Social Concerns Committee of St. Paul Lutheran.

Funeral Lunch Volunteers

Would you be willing to help with funeral lunches?  The funeral lunch crews need more helpers.  If you are able to be a volunteer for funeral lunches, please add your name to the sign-up sheet in the Gathering Area or call the church office.  You don't have to help with every funeral.  If you can only work weekends or specific days of the week, indicate that on the sign-up sheet.  There are more details on the sign-up sheet.  Thank you for prayerfully considering this opportunity to serve. 

Hope for the Journey Home

HOPE FOR THE JOURNEY HOME

We are partnering with the United Methodist Church of Stillwater during the week of September 10.  St. Paul Lutheran will do the shifts at the beginning of the week as follows:   Sunday, September 10;  the afternoon shift from 2:45 – 5:15 p.m., the dinner shift from 5 – 8:15 p.m., and the overnight shift from 8 p.m.-9:15 a.m.; Monday, September 11; the afternoon shift from 2:45–5:15 p.m., the dinner shift from 5 - 8:15 p.m., and the overnight shift from 8 p.m.-9:15 a.m.; Tuesday, September 12; the afternoon shift from 2:45 –5:15 p.m., the dinner shift from 5-8:15 p.m., and the overnight shift from 8 p.m.-9:15 a.m.; Wednesday, September 13;  The afternoon shift from 2:45-5:15 p.m. and the dinner shift from 5 - 8:15 p.m.  The Social Concerns Committee needs your help to fulfill these shifts.  More detailed information on these shifts will be located in the gathering area in August.  Please consider volunteering your time to help the staff at HJH and their guests.  For more information, please contact Adele.

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Sunday, July 30  --  3rd  Fifth Sunday of the year
9 a.m.  Ushers:  Jim Sandahl, Capt., Ron Kuehn, Camren Gullickson, Mark Walker and Jon Sime
Reader:  Kathy Conery
Communion helpers:  Edie Peterson and Kathy Conery
Clicker:  Peter Conery

Sunday, August 6
9 a.m.  Ushers:  Floyd Nestrud, Capt., Roger Harris, Keith Wille, Leon Siverhus and Patrick Raleigh
Reader:  Hank Drews
Communion helpers:  Hank Drews and Nancy Grebis
Clicker:  Peter Conery

Sunday, August 13
9 a.m.  Ushers:  Lloyd Johnson, Capt., Josh Mack, Martin Withuski and Lynn Lomen
Reader:  Merritt Heaney
Communion helpers:  Mary Jo Drews, Hank Drews and Marguerite DeFore
Clicker:  Outdoor service – no PowerPoint – outdoor worship service

Sunday, August 20
9 a.m.  Ushers:  Jim Sandahl, Capt., Ron Kuehn, Camren Gullickson, Mark Walker and Jon Sime
Reader:  Ron Kuehn
Communion helpers:  Marty Withuski, Marguerite DeFore and Ann Kriesel
Clicker:  Peter Conery

Sunday, August 27
9 a.m.  Ushers:  Ed Seekel, Capt., Jim Schuster, Denny Dey, Mel Friedrich, and Brady Seekel
Reader:  Chris Shivers
Communion helpers:  Paula Burnett, Hank Drews and Mary Jo Drews
Clicker:  Peter Conery

Sunday, September 3
9 a.m.  Ushers:  Jay Swanson, Capt., Adele Urhammer, Ted Thomsen, and Maureen Thomsen
Reader:  Mary Jo Drews
Communion helpers:  Marty Withuski, Merritt Heaney and Nancy Grebis
Clicker:  Peter Conery

 

A warm handshake and smile goes a long way during this winter season!  Please check the Greeters sign-up sheet located in the Gathering Area and see if you could fill an open spot during July or August.  All it takes is 15 minutes before services and a friendly personality!     

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