This Week at St. Paul's


For Next Sunday: 2 Samuel 7:1−11, 16; Romans 16:25−27; Luke 1:26−38; Psalm 89:1−5

December 14 “In the Christmas story, God descends to reascend. He comes down … down to the very roots and sea bed of the Nature He has created. But He goes down to come up again and bring the whole ruined world up with Him.” C.S. Lewis, from “Miracles” – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life •

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This Week's St. Paul's Family Caroling:
Sunday, Dec. 14, 6:00 pm at the Fickenschers, 2 Martin Luther Drive
Friday, Dec. 19, 6:00 pm at the Gregorys, 1520 Kensington Blvd
Bring your voice and join these neighborhood caroling groups with others from St. Paul’s. We’ll meet at the member’s home, carol door-to-door, and come back to the host’s home for holiday refreshments. It’s the Gospel of the Savior’s birth shared in a way that’s a lot of fun and pleasantly low key (even if off key!).

2015 Offering Envelopes: Please pick up your new envelopes TODAY in the front cloister. Please do not use these until January 1, 2015.

REMINDER: church books close on Dec. 31 | All contributions must be received on or before that date (or postmarked by that date if mailed) to be credited for the 2014 year. Remember that the church office will close at noon that day. Please plan your contributions accordingly. Thank you.

Last Day to Decorate: Calling all volunteers! | Saturday, Dec. 20 • 9:00 am. We’ll raise the Christmas banners, the Nativity is set up, and poinsettias arranged. No need to call, just show up. A special thanks to all who helped with the December 6th Christmas decorating at church. It was a great turn-out and very much appreciated.

ABSOLUTION FOR YOU: Wed. 5:00–6:00 pm | Individual confession and absolution is offered in the chapel (to the left of the altar) on the Wed., Dec. 10 and 17 at 5:00–6:00 pm. Details are provided on a stand outside the chapel or ask one of the pastors.

Gingerbread Lane Cookie Walk | Once again a successful project for the Ladies Aid! Thank you, calling committee, bakers of hundreds of delicious cookies, special donors, and congregation members who made purchases. There are 22 handmade angels available for purchase. The $1.50 'heavenly delight' decoration can be used as an adornment for a gift or worn on your holiday apparel it has a pin bar. Angels available in the church office between services.

2015 CHURCH NEWSLETTER SPONSORS | Available months: February, July/August, and December. Would you like to sponsor the “Messenger” for a month in 2015? 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.

2015 Altar and Chancel flowers are available | Cost: $35.00 • checks to St. Paul's Altar Guild. Dates available in Jan., Feb., March, 2015 • pick up after the 11:00 service.

SCRIP (Gift Card Purchase) Sunday between services • 9:45–10:45 am
Email orders: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 9:00 am • Filled only on Mon./Fri. Payment due when you pick up your purchases
SCRIP offers one stop shopping, so why fight the traffic and crowds? Stop by the SCRIP office to see the selection of vendors available. Check for a list of national or “chain” vendors we can order. Remember, there are many local vendors who also participate in our program. If we don’t have what you need on hand, it may take one week to receive new orders from our supplier, so please plan accordingly. We are currently overstocked with the following inventory: Carmike Theater, Kids Wear, Lucky’s and Outback.
Sundays – December 14, 21, 28 – Between Services
Mondays-Dec. 15 & 22, 8:30-9:30 am
Fridays-Dec. 12 & 19, 8:30-9:30 am
Sunday-Jan. 4 between Services
Return to normal hours – Friday – January 9 – 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. 

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