This Week at St. Paul's

For Next Sunday: Isaiah 35:1−10; James 5:7–11; Matthew 11:2–15

December 4 – Second Sunday in Advent – Only knowledge that God Himself lives in human hearts like shoots from a stump (Isaiah 11:1) and leads like a little child can keep people from hurting and destroying (Isaiah 11:6). In our repentance He brings us near His kingdom (Matthew 3:1-2) of encouragement and harmony (Romans 15:5), and those the world calls lifeless stones He claims as His dear children (Matthew 3:9). God of hope, fill us with Your joy and peace. Amen.

Protect Your Vehicle from Damage: Due to recent smash and grab incidents in our parking lot please lock your car, take your keys, and hide your belongings. 

Today is the Day!  Gingerbread Cookie Walk!: Walk the steps or take the elevator to the Nerger Assembly Room.  For $8.50 you receive a 3 lb. bakery box which can be filled with homemade Christmas cookies of your choice!  What a bargain!   Enjoy the camaraderie of the ”Kaffee Haus” and enjoy a cup of coffee/juice and two cookies for $1.00.  It’s a “taste” of the Christmas spirit!

Thank You for Sponsoring the Soup Supper: Our Wednesday Afternoon Bible Study Group is planning to prepare a Taco Bar meal for our Advent Soup Supper this Wednesday, Dec. 7.  Come join us as we share a meal and attend worship together.

RSVP by Monday, Dec. 5 for the Ladies Aid: Ladies, it’s almost time again for the annual Christmas luncheon on Thursday, Dec. 8th at 11am.  It’s not too late to make your reservation with Lou Linnemeier by calling 484-4639 by December 5. A donation of $8 can be sent in by mail or dropped off in the Ladies Aid Treasurer’s mailbox.  Checks are to be made out to Ladies Aid.  Christmas card writing will start at 11am with the luncheon afterwards.  Entertainment by the Choiristers will follow along with revealing our Secret Pals and a White Elephant exchange.  The exchange should be wrapped. 

Tickets for City of Churches Tour: Pick up your tickets for the City of Churches Tour between services at a table near the church office. They are free! During the week tickets can be picked up at the church office and at any participating church the day of the event.  

Lutheran Witness Subscription Due by Dec. 5: Please make checks payable to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in the amount of $18 for a year subscription and envelopes are available for your convenience in the Narthex and at the reception desk. Drop envelopes off at the church office, in the collection plate, or mail.

 Quarterly Voter’s Meeting Dec. 11 between Services: Join us in the Nerger Room for our Voter’s meeting on Sunday, Dec. 11 between the two worship services. 

All Hands on Deck—Decorators Needed Saturday, Dec. 17: Join in and lend a hand to decorate the sanctuary for Christmas. We do not have a group that does this yearly. It is done by volunteers. We need both men and women, because there is some heavy lifting. On Dec. 17 at 9am, we raise the banners, the Nativity is set up, and poinsettias arranged. You’ll enjoy the fellowship!

Pack Away Hunger Results: Over 149 volunteers, 41,040 meals were packed and $11,550 was raised for this worthwhile event on Nov. 19.  Over the 4 years, a total of 171,040 meals have been packaged for those in need.

Request for 2017 Church Newsletter Sponsors: Would you like to sponsor the “Messenger” for a month in 2017?  A donation of $100.00 will help cover the monthly expense of paper and postage for each newsletter.  Please contact Margo Ernst at the church office, 423-2496, if you are interested, and please indicate if your sponsorship is in memory/honor of a loved one or special occasion.   (Available months: February, May, August, September, and November.)  

Christmas Poinsettias for our Sanctuary: Poinsettia plants will once again add to the beauty of the chancel for Christmas services.  Your donation will help to cover the cost of these flowers and purchase new Christmas decorations for next year.  Please consider leaving a donation in the mailbox marked church office/miscellaneous and write on your check “Christmas Poinsettias.”

As You Contemplate Donations this Christmas Season: Please keep St. Paul’s in mind.  Your contributions are needed for everything from special programs to basic operating expenses- both are deserving of your support.  Please be as generous as you can this Christmas season and in the year ahead.  For the convenience of church members, we offer electronic giving.  Pick up your authorization form on the glass case in the narthex or on the front desk in the church office.     

 

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