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Posted on November 28, 2017 3:14 PM
Scott and I need to thank so many people for everything we experienced on November 19. Thank you to everyone for the kind words and other expressions of love and appreciation. Thank you to everyone for the cards and gifts. Thank you to the CTK teachers and students for the special blessing to end the service. Thank you to the Board of Elders and Pastor Stolarczyk for organizing such a wonderful service and potluck celebration. And thank you to Care & Share for providing drinks and other assistance for the potluck celebration. We are thankful to be part of this congregation— which we’ll continue to be!— and to have helped serve God here for the past 18 years.
God’s blessings to everyone,
Posted on November 28, 2017 8:57 AM
Make Time this Advent to Watch & Pray
Watch and pray! It's a regular refrain when our Lord talks about His second coming. Watch and pray so that His return does not catch you by surprise. One of the ways we do that is by setting aside additional time during Advent-- our preparation for His birth at Christmas-- for prayer and worship. Join us Wednesday, December 6th, 13th, and 20th at 7:00 p.m. for our Advent Midweek services.
Posted on November 17, 2017 9:24 AM
Order Your Poinsettias by December 11
You can help beautify our sanctuary for the celebration of Our Lord’s Birth by ordering a poinsettia. You can order either singles ($12.50 each) or doubles ($25 each). They are available in red, white, or pink and come wrapped, with a bow. If you have any questions please contact us. Thanks!
Order deadline is December 11. Payment can be turned in directly to the church office.
Posted on November 15, 2017 1:05 PM
After significant discussion in response to the survey of our members that was done earlier in the year, we will be changing from two services each Sunday to only one. Starting January 7, 2018, we will have only one service at 9:00 a.m. with Sunday School and Adult Bible Study immediately after.
The decision was made, in part, because of the strong preference expressed by our members in the survey we did last spring. The intent is also to try to strengthen our fellowship by not dividing our members between two services. It's been said that, as soon as a congregation adds a second worship service, it has two congregations. There's some truth to that. More than a few people have observed that, after we go back to two services in the fall, there are other members who they won't see until the next summer. Hopefully, being all together in one service will avoid that problem.
We understand that a change in service time can have a significant impact on people. We appreciate your understanding as we make this change. If you have any questions, please talk to Pastor Stolarczyk or one of the elders.
Posted on November 11, 2017 6:25 AM
Help Us Help Others This Christmas!
It's almost time for our Care & Share group to pack Christmas Boxes of food for people in need. If you know of someone, please let us know. (They don't have to be members of St. Paul!) Names need to be submitted by December 3.
Thank you for helping us help our community!
Posted on November 10, 2017 6:16 AM
Update on Fund Drive to Repair School Roof
As has been the case so often in the past, you, our members, have responded when approached about a special need-- in this case the need to replace the roof on our school building.
You may recall that last winter, after a stretch of particularly difficult weather, we experienced water leaks at a number of locations throughout the school gym. Several contractors came out to examine the roof and none were able to identify where the leak could be coming from. After quite a bit of investigation the trustees concluded that the leaks are due to network of normally invisible cracks in the roofing material that have developed over time. It is, unfortunately, not unusual to experience this sort of thing with a roof that is as old as ours is.
The "bottom line" is that there isn't a single crack that can be repaired or a simple hole that can be patched. The entire roof on the gym needs to be replaced at a cost of approximately $12,000-13,000. Since the roof on the other areas of the school building is of a similar age, it would be ideal, and the most cost effective, to have them all done at the same time. Because of that, we began a fund drive at the beginning of October with a goal of $20,000 to enable us to replace the entire school roof.
We've now come to the official end of the fund drive and, although we haven't reached the goal, we've received $14,118.00. In addition, another rather significant gift has been pledged and should be received in the next few weeks. Those funds will allow us to move forward with the work as soon as possilbe and replace the gym roof and at least part of the other areas.
Even though the drive is officially over, it is the most cost effective to replace the entire roof now, so if you are in a position to consider another gift to help us reach the $20,000 goal, it would be very much appreciated.
Posted on November 07, 2017 9:23 AM