This Week at St. Paul's

For Next Sunday: Isaiah 61:1−4, 8−11; 1 Thessalonians 5:16–24; John 1:6–8, 19−28


December 10 – Second Sunday in Advent – The Gospel of Jesus Christ extends healing forgiveness to all those involved in sins against life (Isaiah 40:1-2). God’s Word offers redemptive hope also to all those victim or vulnerable to intentional death. Our Lord does not wish that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9), and He lifts up those trampled underfoot (Isaiah 40:4, 11). Son of God, make straight the ways for us to meet You among those who have been thought unfit. Amen.


Quarterly Voter’s Meeting TODAY: Join us in the Nerger Room for our Voter’s meeting today between services. 

Order Holiday Wrapped Justice Bread Today: Your choices are: Wheat, Cranberry, and Pumpkin. Order gifts of Justice Bread between worship services. The cost is $3 a loaf and please have the correct change or make a check payable to LSSI. Pick up your gift wrapped Justice Bread on Dec. 17.

Bring in Your Extra 2018 Calendars: Please consider giving your extra 2018 calendars to LSSI to help with their program, as clients use your calendar to help them schedule appointments and more. Bring your calendars to the church office, or place in the decorated boxes on the counter outside of the elevator or hallway leading into the church.

Advent Services Wednesdays, Dec. 13 & 20: Advent services will continue Dec. 13 & 20. There will be a Noon Responsive Prayer with Holy Communion immediately following the service. An Advent Supper meal begins at 5:30 pm. Evening Prayer at 6:45pm with Holy Communion immediately following the service.

Ladies Aid Christmas Luncheon December 14: Come join us on Thursday, December 14 in the Nerger room.  We will address Christmas cards to our nursing homes beginning at 11 a.m. with the catered lunch   following. The cost will be $8 with checks made out to Ladies Aid, which can be sent in by mail or dropped in the Ladies Aid Treasurer’s mail box in the main office. Reservations need to be made to Lou Linnemeier by calling 484-4639 by December 11.  Following our lunch, the Choristers, led by Ann Fritz, will sing for us.  We will conclude the day with a white elephant exchange, so please bring a wrapped gift.  Don’t forget about your secret pal, for they will be revealed and new ones made.  Don’t forget your mites.   See you then!

How You Can Help Our Seminary Families: Fill our plastic container next to the elevator. Dry and canned food items, toilet paper, paper towels, personal hygiene items, health care products and disposable diapers are always welcome. You can purchase extra gift cards to major local retailers, gas stations and restaurants, no larger than $25 a piece. These cards are shared with the students at Christmastime. You may drop off your gift cards to the Food & Clothing Co-op at the seminary .

Church Decorating on Saturday, Dec. 16: 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. 16 at 9am, we raise the banners, the Nativity is set up, and poinsettias arranged. You’ll enjoy the fellowship!

Escort Lutheran Life Villages Residents on Sunday, Dec. 17: High school students are needed to escort wheel chaired LLV residents to chapel. Text Mrs. Gutman at 260-710-0814 to help.

Higher Things Registration DEADLINE Sunday, Jan. 7: Confirmed Students in 8th–12th Grades: It’s time to register for the Higher Things “Sanctified” Conference at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL, July 10-13, 2018 (check out Have your registration form and $100 deposit to Pastor Smith no later than January 7. Please contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him at 423-2496 for details and registration information. 

Christmas Poinsettias for the 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.”

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