During the month of September, we will be focusing our donations for Valley Outreach Food Shelf on personal care items for men, women and children.  Things like shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap, Band-aids, toothpaste, tooth brushes, mouthwash, sanitary napkins/tampons, lotions, disposable diapers, shaving cream and razors, baby wipes, etc. 

Monetary donations are always welcome, also, as they allow Valley Outreach to purchase items they are short of and, also, purchase items in bulk at a lower price.  Thank you for your generosity and support!

Hope for the Journey Home - September 2018

We are partnering with the United Methodist Church of Stillwater during the week of September 16.  St. Paul Lutheran will do the shifts at the beginning of the week as follows:  Sunday, September 16, the dinner shift will be gin between 4-5:30 p.m. (your choice of start time) until 8:15 p.m. ; and the overnight shift from 8 p.m. - 9:15 a.m.; the dinner shift will begin between 4-5:30 p.m. (your choice of start time) until 8:15 p.m.; and the overnight shift from 8 p.m.-9:15 a.m.; Monday, September 17, the dinner shift will begin between 4-5:30 p.m. (your choice of start time) until 8:15 p.m.; and the overnight shift from 8 p.m.-9:15 a.m.; Tuesday, September 18, the dinner shift will begin between 4-5:30 p.m. (your choice of start time) until 8:15 p.m.; and the overnight shift from 8 p.m.-9:15 a.m.; Wednesday, September 19, the dinner shift will between 4-5:30 p.m. (your choice of start time) until 8:15 p.m.; and the overnight shift from 8 p.m.-9:15 a.m.  The Social Concerns Committee needs your help to fulfill these shifts.  Please see the more detailed information on these shifts in the gathering area and consider volunteering your time to help the staff at Hope for the Journey Home and their guests.  For more information, please contact Adele.


Because of the recent car accident that went into Joseph’s Coats facility, Social Concerns has been notified that Joseph's Coat cannot take any donations until further notice.  They have a lot of clean-up and repairs to do.  If you have donations, please deliver them to Dawn’s Closet at Valley Outreach.  We will keep you posted when Joseph’s Coats can receive donations in the future. 

Through partnership with the St. Croix Family Resource Center, St. Paul Lutheran is excited to announce the opening of the Youth Connections Drop-in Center. We'll be prepared for youth and young adults ages 13-24 to come every Thursday, starting September 13th. 18-24 year old can come from noon to 3 p.m. and 13-17 year olds from 3:30-6 p.m. They will be able to do laundry, get a hot meal, take a shower, do homework, have access to a computer to complete job applications and other networking, charge phones, and find a welcoming and supportive atmosphere in our building. We have several people from both our congregation and the community trained as volunteers. Any young person in the age range of 13-24 that is either homeless or has an unstable housing situation will be welcomed and treated with respect and kindness. For more information and to see how you might be able to help, click on the arrows . . . Read More







Sunday, September 2


Jay Swanson, Capt., Adele Urhammer, Ted Thomsen, Maureen Thomsen

Shelley Jokinen

1.  Mugs DeFore

2.  Shelley Jokinen



Mary Jo Drews

Sunday, September 9


Jeff Brower, Amelia Brower, Peter Hockin, Jeff Thomsen, Jerry Schlagel

Mary Jo Drews

1. Mary Jo Drews




Jennifer Braun Pixley

Sunday, September 16


Leonard Schrade, Capt.,
Gus MacDonald, Paul Glaser, Tim Gangnon


1. Robin Gullickson

2. Pam Seekel

3.  Mugs DeFore



Sunday, September 23

Ed Seekel, Capt., Jim Schuster, Denny Dey, Mel Friedrich

Chris Shivers





Sunday, September 30 Third 5th Sunday of the year

Leonard Schrade, Capt.,

Gus MacDonald, Paul Glaser, Tim Gangnon





Mugs DeFore

Grab a cup of coffee, tea or a glass of water and either join us for discussion in Adult Forum or just sit and visit in the Gathering Area while you enjoy some treats. 


Thank you to the Business Management and Stewardship committee for provising snacks in August.  The Evangelism and Membership committee will be providing snacks during September.


Community Thread (Senior's Center) is looking for volunteers to drive people to medical appointments.  You would use your own vehicle and those needing rides are all ambulatory, so there are no wheel chairs involved.  If you are interested and want more information, or to volunteer, call Community Thread at 651-439-7434 or you can visit their website at Volunteer@CommunityThreadMN.org.

We are looking for volunteers to join our usher teams and serve as ushers for our Sunday morning worship services.  It is not a difficult job - the ushers greet people as they go into the sanctuary; they hand out the bulletins; they help collect the offering; they count how many are in attendance; they help dismiss and direct people as they go forward for communion; they pick up the attendance sheets after worship; and keep a general eye on the congregation to make sure everyone is ok and give directions and/or answer questions if needed.  Ushers can be male or female.  Each usher team ushers one Sunday every-other month, with an occasional fifth Sunday of a month and/or a special service during a holiday such as Thanksgiving Eve, Easter, Christmas.  Please prayerfully consider sharing your time and talent in this way.  If you have questions or are interested in joining an usher team, please contact Hank at 651-342-0242 or call the church office at 651-439-5970.  Thank you!

Saturday, October 6th, is just around the corner and is the date that SPLC is signed up to provide, prepare, and serve the homeless at Simpson Shelter in Minneapolis. We will serve a fall stew meal with coleslaw, rolls, and dessert. This ministry of service to the homeless is very gratifying in knowing we are doing God’s work in his earthly kingdom. This is an excellent way for our confirmation students/parents/families to serve alongside and create a wonderful "teaching moment" about those less fortunate than ourselves. There is a sign-up in the Gathering Space. We will do some of the prep work on Saturday morning, and then meet at church at 4:30 p.m. to drive to Simpson Shelter. It works best when we have approximately 12-14 people sign up to help. Thank you.



We’ve been intentional about getting petition descriptions out to all of you who are praying for this time of transition to be blessed by God - so you know what petitions to offer... Thank you for your prayers! The 3 prayer petitions of thanksgiving that we lift up to you at this point in our interim process are these: 1) We thank God for bringing our newest staff member Andy Peterson to play organ/piano, lead the bell choir, and direct our chancel choir, 2) We are grateful for a great start to the summer with participation in the summer stretch youth program and the youth going to Camp Wapo and youth going to Houston for the National Youth gathering and we delight in the good work done by youth and adults through St. Paul’s involvement at the LumberJack Days event at the historic courthouse and finally 3) We’re pleased with the planning and collaboration for the start-up of the Youth Connections Drop-in Center (Y.C.D.C.) through partnerships with St. Croix Family Resource Center and area churches. The area of concern to lift up is this: recognizing that there is indeed some strain and even fatigue present for some of our most active volunteers who are involved with many, many things - knowing that there are a few workers who are doing most of the work around here vs. more involvement by "the many" so that each of us only has a few jobs to attend to and we don’t get overwhelmed. The prayer concern is for God to guide and empower us to greater involvement by everyone one of us pitching in to join in the joy of service and to enjoy fellowship and build community as we glorify God through these efforts.

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